Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan w Videos

first_imgUsing ‘Air Multiplier’ technology, air is pushed forward, dragging air from behind and from the sides.Without rotor blades, a smooth airflow is created. 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: For detailed information on the design and how the bladeless fan works, visit the Dyson website.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Unlike conventional fans that rely on fan blades to chop the air and push it forward, the bladeless fan technology uses an airflow principle modeled after an airplane wing. Air is pulled into the machine’s cylindrical base using a small brushless motor. The motor’s impeller pushes air into a hollow ring and is then forced out a slit that runs all around the ring. The air is then accelerated into the circular chamber which is called a loop amplifier. The video below illustrates the airflow technology. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — James Dyson, inventor of the bag-less vacuum cleaners has taken his invention one step further with the unveiling of the bladeless fan. Using ‘Air Multiplier’ technology the bladeless fan pushes 119 gallons of air per second. In an interview with Dyson, he said: “I’ve always been disappointed by fans. Their spinning blades chop up the airflow, causing annoying buffeting. They’re hard to clean and children always want to poke their fingers through the grille. So we’ve developed a new type of fan that doesn’t use blades.” Citation: Dyson Unveils His Bladeless Fan (w/ Videos) (2009, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-dyson-unveils-bladeless-fan-videos.html Video: Swine flu health tipslast_img read more

Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type

first_imgOne unfortunate downside to using the new format, is that in order for a user to receive the benefits of it, they have to download and install a 150MB installer, which then takes up some 500MB of drive space. There’s also the tricky problem of going to all the trouble of programming a document (which the company says is as easy as recording a spreadsheet macro) only to find there aren’t any users out there who can see your results, because they haven’t downloaded the program, much less heard of it.On a positive note, now that Wolfram has shown what is possible, it’s likely Adobe will either license and incorporate the new standard into PDF (CPDF anyone?), or come up with its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, users will certainly benefit in the end, especially if this new technology winds up on cell phones, or especially tablets; being able to manipulate data in a report with our fingertips, sounds like something we should already be able to do. Citation: Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-wolfram-programmable-document.html (PhysOrg.com) — Wolfram Research, the same folks who brought us both Mathematica, and Wolfram Alpha (see here, here, and here), the search computation site, is now announcing via Conrad Wolfram’s blog, that it has designed a new document format that allows for simple programming on the creator end, and interactivity on the user end. Called, appropriately enough, the Computable Document Format (CDF), it takes PDF documents one step further by allowing data embedded in a document to be manipulated in real time. Explore further More information: blog.wolfram.com/2011/07/21/la … a-expand-the-medium/ 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. Nitro PDF Reader out to blow away Adobe © 2010 PhysOrg.com While it doesn’t appear, at least for now, that Wolfram intends to compete with Adobe with its new format, it does appear to be sort of a knock on the static nature of the current PDF format.As it stands now, if you download and look at a PDF document, it’s like looking at an image, in that that’s all you can do with it, look and read. With the CDF format however, the person or group who creates the document can embed code in the document t so that when a user downloads it, he or she has the option of manipulating data in that document to taste. As an example, per Wolfram’s blog, say you wrote a paper on the Doppler affect. With a PDF document, you’d lay down your words and then try to come up with a graph/chart/picture that hopefully conveys the sound of a siren changing in pitch, for example, such as an ambulance passing by. With CDF, you could embed code that would allow a user to actually listen to that ambulance, and then by adding changeable parameters, allow them to adjust such things as the speed of the vehicle, to hear the differences that would result; in other words, you’d have a much more dynamic document.last_img read more

Study shows lions got distemper from dogs originally but now there are

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences India scrambles to save tigers from deadly virus (Update) Back in 1994, 30 percent of the lions living in Serengeti National Park died from an outbreak of distemper, which came as quite a shock to park managers—until then it was believed that cats could not catch the disease, which is normally associated with dogs. A domestic dog vaccination program was subsequently implemented to curb the spread of the disease, which met with great success—in the dogs—outbreaks continued in lions, though it is now less deadly for them, but it has caused biologists to wonder if another animal might be involved in the dispersal of the disease.Distemper, caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV) is a viral disease and has been known to infect dogs, coyotes, foxes, pandas, and a wide variety of other animals, including big cats. It is transmitted through the air, and symptoms generally include a high fever, inflammation of the eyes and nose, and coughing, which is how the disease is spread. Scientists are hoping to learn more about how the disease is transmitted as part of an overall effort to prevent the loss of life wild animals that could lead to extinction in populations already threatened by the encroachment of man.In this new study, the researchers collected serological data obtained from lions in the park between the years 1984 to 2014, and for domestic dogs for the period 1992 to 2012 and then compared the outbreak timelines between the two species. They found that while it appears clear the initial infections in lions came from the domestic dogs, subsequent spikes in lion infections did not—suggesting another species is likely involved. The researchers believe more studies need to be carried out to determine which species that might be. The fear is that it is likely a roving animal such as the hyena, which would mean the virus could spread far and wide very easily. (Phys.org)—A study conducted by an international team of researchers has led to evidence that suggests lions in Africa originally got distemper from domesticated dogs, but now it appears there are other unknown carriers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the team explains the data analysis they undertook covering distemper infections in a park in Tanzania, and how their findings help better understand how infectious diseases jump between species. 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. A young child holds a puppy for examination during a CDV vaccination campaign. Credit: Serengeti Carnivore Disease Project. Citation: Study shows lions got distemper from dogs originally but now there are other carriers (2015, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-lions-distemper-dogs-carriers.html Explore further © 2015 Phys.org A lion with myoclonus, involuntary muscle spasms, brought on by canine distemper virus infection during a 1994 outbreak. Credit: Serengeti Carnivore Disease Project. More information: Dynamics of a morbillivirus at the domestic–wildlife interface: Canine distemper virus in domestic dogs and lions, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1411623112AbstractMorbilliviruses cause many diseases of medical and veterinary importance, and although some (e.g., measles and rinderpest) have been controlled successfully, others, such as canine distemper virus (CDV), are a growing concern. A propensity for hostswitching has resulted in CDV emergence in new species, including endangered wildlife, posing challenges for controlling disease in multispecies communities. CDV typically is associated with domestic dogs, but little is known about its maintenance and transmission in species-rich areas or about the potential role of domestic dog vaccination as a means of reducing disease threats to wildlife. We address these questions by analyzing a long-term serological dataset of CDV in lions and domestic dogs from Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem. Using a Bayesian state–space model, we show that dynamics of CDV have changed considerably over the past three decades. Initially, peaks of CDV infection in dogs preceded those in lions, suggesting that spill-over from dogs was the main driver of infection in wildlife. However, despite dog-to-lion transmission dominating cross-species transmission models, infection peaks in lions became more frequent and asynchronous from those in dogs, suggesting that other wildlife species may play a role in a potentially complex maintenance community. Widespread mass vaccination of domestic dogs reduced the probability of infection in dogs and the size of outbreaks but did not prevent transmission to or peaks of infection in lions. This study demonstrates the complexity of CDV dynamics in natural ecosystems and the value of long-term, large-scale datasets for investigating transmission patterns and evaluating disease control strategies.last_img read more

Gut biome of monkeys found to change when they are kept in

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that when monkeys are kept in captivity, their gut biomes become less diverse. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they collected fecal samples from monkeys from several sites and compared DNA analysis of organisms living in their guts to learn more about the impact of a changing gut biome. © 2016 Phys.org Red-shanked doucs (Pygathrix nemaeus) on Son Tra Peninsula, Da Nang, Viet Nam. Credit: Bui Van Tan, 2013. Scientists have known for some time that the human gut biome is far less diverse than it once was—most in the field believe this is due both to the use of antibiotics and a reduction in consumption of a variety of fibrous foods. The gut biome helps us digest our foods, which means that the greater diversity of food we eat, the greater diversity of microbes we must have in order to digest them. To gain a better understanding of this relationship, the researchers chose to study the monkey biome because it is possible to obtain samples from individuals that live in the wild as well as in captivity.To compare gut biomes, the researchers collected fecal samples over a nine-month period from wild and zoo-housed red-shanked doucs and mantled howlers—two types of monkey. The samples were then analyzed using DNA sampling techniques to identify all the types of microbes living in a given monkey gut. The team then compared the average number of individual microbes for the groups. They found that the wild monkeys had a much more diverse gut microbiome—they also noted that they ate a far more varied diet; the wild doucs, for example, ate approximately 57 plant species, while those that lived in a Vietnamese zoo were given just 15 species. Those that lived in American zoos were fed just one. The researchers also noted that the gut biomes of the two monkey species living in captivity were far more alike than those that lived in the wild and that the gut biomes of monkeys living in a zoo was very similar to the human gut biome of people eating a western diet.What is still not clear, however, is whether having a less diverse gut biome is good or bad—some evidence has suggested monkeys in captivity experience gut-related health issues, but to date, a comparative analysis of monkeys living in the wild versus those in zoos has not been done. More information: Jonathan B. Clayton et al. Captivity humanizes the primate microbiome, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1521835113AbstractThe primate gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of bacteria, whose composition is associated with numerous metabolic, autoimmune, and infectious human diseases. Although there is increasing evidence that modern and Westernized societies are associated with dramatic loss of natural human gut microbiome diversity, the causes and consequences of such loss are challenging to study. Here we use nonhuman primates (NHPs) as a model system for studying the effects of emigration and lifestyle disruption on the human gut microbiome. Using 16S rRNA gene sequencing in two model NHP species, we show that although different primate species have distinctive signature microbiota in the wild, in captivity they lose their native microbes and become colonized with Prevotella and Bacteroides, the dominant genera in the modern human gut microbiome. We confirm that captive individuals from eight other NHP species in a different zoo show the same pattern of convergence, and that semicaptive primates housed in a sanctuary represent an intermediate microbiome state between wild and captive. Using deep shotgun sequencing, chemical dietary analysis, and chloroplast relative abundance, we show that decreasing dietary fiber and plant content are associated with the captive primate microbiome. Finally, in a meta-analysis including published human data, we show that captivity has a parallel effect on the NHP gut microbiome to that of Westernization in humans. These results demonstrate that captivity and lifestyle disruption cause primates to lose native microbiota and converge along an axis toward the modern human microbiome.Press releasecenter_img Patients with multiple sclerosis found to have gut microbe changes 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Gut biome of monkeys found to change when they are kept in captivity (2016, August 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-gut-biome-monkeys-captivity.htmllast_img read more

Uber rape case Defence lawyer unwell

first_imgThe case relating to alleged rape by an Uber cab driver on Monday saw another adjournment, sought by the counsel for the accused driver, in a Delhi court on the ground that the advocate was on bed rest after falling from stairs.Shiv Kumar Yadav’s advocate moved a plea before Additional Sessions Judge Kaveri Baweja seeking adjournment of the case for a few days submitting that he has fallen from stairs at his house yesterday and was having back pain and the doctor has advised him bed rest. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe court, after taking on record the plea of advocate D K Mishra, moved through his fellow lawyer, adjourned the case and fixed the matter for March 4 for hearing the defence’s final arguments.The lawyer, however, sought the court to fix the matter for March 7 but the judge refused to adjourn the case for six days as the medical record of the counsel showed he was required to take three days bed rest.The court had earlier also adjourned the case as sought by the defence counsel on the ground that he was busy in the Delhi High Court with an application in the same matter. The court is hearing final arguments of Yadav’s counsel who had earlier claimed that the Delhi Police were “hand-in-glove” with the prosecution to ensure the driver’s conviction and that there were several loopholes in the probe.According to the prosecution, the incident took place on the night of December 5 last year when the victim, a finance executive working in Gurgaon, was heading back home.last_img read more

IISER joins hands with agency in arsenic purification bid

first_imgKolkata: A private agency in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has come up with a unique device which detects the presence of arsenic in water and purifies it.The private agency, ‘Ado Additives’ will tie up with the state government for working together in removing arsenic from water at various water treatment plants and also in the areas where contamination is high.According to a survey, Bengal has the highest number of arsenic-affected people in the country. The report says there are 83 blocks in eight districts – Bardhaman, Malda, Hooghly, Howrah, Murshidabad, Nadia, North and South 24-Parganas, where ground water is affected by arsenic contamination. There has been an increasing concern of arsenic induced diseases due to exposure to high concentration in deeper levels of groundwater. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a report, Bengal topped the list with more than 1.04 crore people being affected by arsenic contamination as in March 2017. Bihar comes second with 16.88 lakh people and Assam comes in the third spot with 14.48 lakh victims. The total number of arsenic-affected people in the country is about 1.48 crore.WHO guideline says that for drinking water, the permissible limit of Arsenic in ground water is .01 mg per liter. In India, the permissible limit in drinking water has recently been revised from .05 mg per liter to .01 mg per liter. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe use of deep tube-wells for water supply in the Ganges delta causes serious problem to a large number of people.The agency has officially unveiled the equipment in a city hotel on Wednesday. It would approach the Public Health Engineering department so that the products could be used for the detection of arsenic and produce arsenic free water.State government has initiated a project in order to provide safe drinking water to more than six lakh people in the arsenic-affected Rajarhat and Haroa block in North 24-Paraganas district and Bhangar II blocks in South 24-Paraganas district. The water treatment plant in New Town will be used to provide safe drinking water to these areas through pipelines.State PHE minister Subrata Mukherjee had earlier claimed that the State has been able to provide safe drinking water to 52% of the arsenic-affected areas in Bengal. A senior official at the PHE department said there is a considerable amount of progress in setting up water treatment plants in the state. The technology for removal of arsenic is rather new and expensive, the progress has been slow, the official maintained.Sanjib Parial, MD and CEO of ‘Ado Additives’ said: “We are planning to distribute and market the products in selected areas in collaboration with the respective department of the state government.”last_img read more

Soulful Rendition at Tihar Jail

first_imgThe atmosphere and setting would not be seen as being conducive to cultural expression and appreciation. Yet, against the grim walls of Tihar Jail, an evening of soulful music and ethereal dance took the inmates to a more sublime plane for some hours on Wednesday evening in an endeavour, promoted by Legends of India, aiming at gradual reformation and rehabilitation of  people who have chosen a life of crime. This is the first time Sangeet Natak Akademi has joined hands with Legends of India to make their initiative a permanent feature.Sonam Kalra, the present day Sufi Queen, unfolded the Gospel of Sufi where many inmates swayed their heads and tapped their feet while some sat still — heads bowed and eyes shut—in deep thought, as if deciphering what lies ahead as the soulful melody of the great Baba Bulleh Shah in Sonam’s voice that reverberated in the air.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her accompanying artists too enthralled the audience with the  instrumental jugalbandi, which was the lime-light of the show. The inmates enthusiastically applauded with every beat of the instrument, enjoyed it thoroughly and some even started dancing with the flow of the Sufi. “They are inmates but were good audience, I must say. Everyone commits mistakes in life irrespective of who is behind the bars and who isn’t. But the reaction of the prisoners has confirmed that music will play the role of catalyst in their transformation” Sonam said while minimizing their show.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second part of the event was presented by Rachna Yadav, a Kathak dancer along with her group including four accompanying dancers. With energetic performances by the dancers and melodious composition by her team the prisoners were surprised and felt lucky to be a part of this event. Director General Alok Kumar Verma, who has played a pivotal role in accepting the concept of rehabilitation by Legends of India, said that “music affects the minds of the inmates and calms them. The pain of being away from their loved ones is traumatizing. We want to soothe their nerves, calm them”.last_img read more

Transfer of teachers stalled states Education dept in notification

first_imgKolkata: The state School Education department on Friday brought out a notification, stalling the transfer process of teachers both in the primary and secondary level until further notice.”All kinds of teachers’ transfer orders are stopped until further order. No application or cases for transfer of primary or secondary teachers will be entertained until further notice,” the notification stated. “We want to have a clear idea of the transfer of teachers that have taken place in the last few months, before further going for teacher transfer. So, we have stalled it for now,” state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official of the state School Education department said that instructions in this regard have already been issued to the district inspector (DI) of schools and also to the headmasters of the state schools. It may be mentioned that after the incident at Daribhit High School in North Dinajpur, where two students were killed in a clash that broke out over teacher recruitment, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had directed all the DIs to submit a report to the department by October 5, stating the student and teacher strength, the infrastructure of the schools under their respective jurisdiction and other details. “The DIs are expected to submit their report by today (Friday). We will examine the vacancies at the schools on the basis of the report. In recent times, there has been a number of teacher transfers. In Daribhit High School, there was no need of Urdu teachers and neither was there any vacancy. But the school was in the process of recruiting a teacher for Urdu, which led to the unfortunate incident,” the official maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Education department wants to have a clear picture of the strength of teachers and students, the vacancies, transfers in recent times and other nitty gritties to prevent such incidents in future. It may be mentioned that on September 25, Chatterjee held a meeting with the District Inspectors (DIs) and expressed his displeasure over the decision of shuffling teachers at Daribhit High School in Islampur and reprimanded some of them for their aggressive role in the recruitment or shuffling of teachers.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim visits Skywalk ahead of inauguration by CM

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim visited Dakshineswar Skywalk on Tuesday.The Skywalk will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on November 5. On his visit to the skywalk on Monday, Hakim said: “The wait is going to end and the hope of many is going to get real. The Skywalk will be of great help to people and also clear crowds fast,” Hakim said adding that people no more have to walk on the road to reach the temple. Instead, they can safely take the Skywalk and reach the temple. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim inspected the Skywalk before it gets inaugurated and also spoke to the locals about it. He further said: “Feasibility to construct a Skywalk at Kalighat is being checked upon. The project will be taken up if it is found feasible.” The residents of the locality have congratulated the state government for constructing the Skywalk and its decision to inaugurate it ahead of Kali Puja. During Kali Puja, thousands of devotees visit Dakshineswar and approximately 1.3 crore devotees turn up at the temple in a year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has come up at a cost of Rs 65 crore and the 340 m long Skywalk that is fitted with four elevators and 12 escalators ensures an easy connectivity to and from the temple. It will help in reducing traffic congestion in the area and pedestrians will no more have to worry about getting stuck due to vehicular movement when they are headed towards the temple or return from the same. There are also staircases that can one avail while using the Skywalk. Interestingly, one can also buy various stuff while on the Skywalk as there are spaces for around 200 shops there. According to the locals, the Skywalk is a landmark architecture and has given a complete new look to the area. People from various countries visit Dakshineswar every year. The Skywalk at Dakshineswar is a gift from the state government to its people ahead of Kali Puja. It is expected that with the construction people no more have to face rush while entering the temple premises on the days of Kali Puja and Diwali.last_img read more

Delhis waste chokes Yamuna of all aquatic life

first_imgIt is not that Yamuna river has no aquatic life at all. Upstream from Wazirabad – before the river enters Delhi – it is home to turtles, different species of fish, crocodiles and an abundance of aquatic plants and phytoplankton. But as it enters Delhi, the river starts to die. Noted ecologist CR Babu, who is helping the Delhi government in developing a riverfront for the Yamuna, says that the river is in fact “ecologically dead” in the 22 km urban stretch – between the Wazirabad and Okhla barrages. “Low levels of dissolved oxygen (DO) and a very high degree of pollution are the reasons that killed the river,” said Babu. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA retired Delhi University professor, Babu says that sewage from 21 nullahs (drains) flow into the river, polluting it to a level that is enough to kill the components essential for maintaining aquatic life. Agents like phytoplankton are responsible for sustaining the aquatic food web by creating organic compounds from carbon dioxide dissolved in the water. In the urban stretch of Yamuna there are no phytoplankton or zooplankton left; these play an important role in maintaining the aquatic life of any water body. They have vanished,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExperts say factors like river-basin degradation, ecological pollution, contaminant effect on ecosystem and ecology, solid and liquid waste pollution and encroachment on riverbed have all combined to kill Yamuna’s aquatic life. The river, which normally flows through the city in the form of a big ‘nullah’ with no water life, is these days flooded because of heavy monsoon rains which may temporarily revive some aquatic life. According to a report of the Central Pollution Control Board, the current level of DO in the river is only around 1 mg/litre, while it should be between 4 to 5 mg/litre to sustain life. “The formation of coliform bacteria is very high due to pollution. It is formed from raw sewage, and the Delhi stretch of Yamuna is no different than a sewer drain. This is a major factor discouraging aquatic life in the river,” said Sushmita Sengupta, Deputy Water Programme Manager at the Centre for Science and Environment. Ammonia levels, which should to be at a maximum level of 1.2 mg/l, also shoot up to 12 mg/l at some points in the city. Research biologist Chaitra Baliga, who has worked extensively on turtles in various parts of the country, says that other than in Delhi, the Yamuna contains rich aquatic life. Besides different species of fish, crocodiles, turtles and mugger crocodiles, even fresh water Gangetic dolphins can be found in some stretches of the river near Hamirpur, in Uttar Pradesh. “Fresh water during the monsoon may dilute some of the river’s pollutants, but that will not have any sustainable effect on aquatic life,” said Baliga, adding that river-bed construction and human interference are equally responsible for the ecological imbalance in the river. Delhi Water Minister, Kapil Mishra said the government was working seriously to clean the river and bring the Yamuna back to life. “The construction of 14 STPs is going on and we will complete it by December 2017. It is our primary focus that after the STPs are made functional, untreated water will not be allowed into the river,” said Mishra.last_img read more

Derek slams BJP for featuring children in promotional video

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien came down heavily on the BJP for flouting the model code of conduct laid down by the Election Commission of India by featuring children under the age of 14 in its political promotional video.In his Twitter handle, O’Brien said: “After being insensitive to children with dyslexia, Modi and the BJP do it again! Children under 14 being used in political promo music video. Breaking EC rules. Shameless. #CheatIndia So desperate for votes?” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe pointed out that the Delhi High Court in a judgment on 15 July, 2013, advised political parties to take note of provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 which is concerns children in the age group 14 to 18 years. The court had said that the provisions under the act should not be flouted during election campaign. He alleged that Modi used pictures of jawans to seek votes. It may be mentioned here that various top Trinamool Congress leaders had been vocal against the BJP for its attempt to take credit of the Balakot air strike. Many banners were put at various points in the city by the state BJP leaders with photos of armed forces. They also brought the matter to the notice of the Election Commission. The Commission has however issued necessary instructions to the administration to remove all such banners.last_img read more

VIT to offer skill development courses in Indian languages

first_imgVellore: Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) and Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) recently signed a MoU to offer skill development courses in local Indian languages.The MoU was signed and exchanged by Dr Sathiyanarayanan, Registrar, VIT, and Natarajan Authorized Regional Coordinator, C-DAC GIST PACE, in the presence of Dr Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, VIT; Dr Aswani Kumar Cherukuri, Dean, School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) and faculty members. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs part of this MoU, C-DAC Pune will provide necessary software and course materials in Indian languages to VIT for offering courses such as office automation, tally ERP9 with GST, computer programming, computer applications, mobile application development, desktop publishing, multi-media, and animation among others. Speaking about the new association, Natarajan said, “This program will benefit heterogeneous section of society to get hands-on experience in computing for career development / self-employment opportunity. This Program is likely to cover candidates with no academic education and few programs are open to all. Candidates who know their Mother tongue can confidently learn and earn through the various courses offered by this undertaking.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe courses include office automation, tally ERP9 with GST, computer programming, computer applications, mobile application development, desktop publishing, multi-media, and animation. Besides, hardware and networking, digital marketing are also a part of this new initiative. The 10th class and above candidates can do certificate programmes, +2 and above candidates will be offered diploma programmes to get employment opportunity. The Programme is targeted towards skilling the youth in and around Vellore as a livelihood mission who will benefit by undergoing these courses.last_img read more

Chic ways to style for a Sunday brunch

first_imgBrunch is usually a casual affair and often we meet friends and family to catch up with them over brunch. Thus, what you wear should be something thats comfortable and also makes you feel good about yourself. Often, men end up either being too formal or casual at brunches but not anymore. Experts suggest some looks that are just too perfect for the kind of brunch you’re going to attend: -A little funk: Well, if you’re attending a brunch with your friends or relatives, then atmosphere being super casual will let you experiment with different styles. Here, you can sport your cargo pants paired with a white crew neck T-Shirt and sneakers. The other look is to fold the hem of your pants and pair it up with a colour block T-shirt in blue, maroons or a conversational printed Tee with espadrilles; the combination is a thumbs up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Semi-formal combo: For the formal brunch outing, opt for a semi-formal look. You can pair your formal blazer with a pastel colour polo shirt, navy blue jeans and tassel loafers. A button down shirt with khaki pants would also look neat and cool enough to leave an impression amongst your colleagues. -Go for prints: Well, if your girlfriend has invited you over a brunch, then it is time to show the uber cool side of you. Don’t keep it too casual to walk in slippers. Choose a half sleeved floral shirt paired with straight pants, throw on a bomber if you may like, put on your favourite shades and you’re good to go. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Layering: With the cold weather setting in, coat, cardigans are good options. They look different and are much more comfortable than blazers and dinner jackets. It’s a good season to layer up and finding good jackets is important for that. Experiment with not just colours and styles but also fabrics like terry, denim, fleece, etc. -Style with sweatshirts: Sweatshirts are a wardrobe staple but something to look out for this season is details. Interesting panel details, contrast stitch lines, pleat details, among others make for subtly interesting styles.last_img read more

KIIT student tops IES 2018

first_imgKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), deemed to be University, student Shashank Shekhar topped in Indian Engineering Services (IES) Examination 2018 conducted by UPSC.Shashank is a pass out student of 2013 Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering. After completing his engineering degree from KIIT, he did his M. Tech from IIT, Kharagpur. In his reaction, Shashank said, “During the preparation of Engineering Services, I had no coaching. The only reason that I could achieve success in this examination is the study I did at KIIT.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is no point discussing whether IITians or NITians only get better marks, or if this engineering services is meant for them only. This perception is completely wrong because I have done my B.Tech from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar. Anyone who has patience, dedication, and talent can qualify,” he added. Congratulating Shashank for his success, Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT and KISS said, “The success of Shashank proves the quality of teaching and educational ambiance in KIIT. Professor Hrusikesh Mohanty, VC, KIIT Deemed University; Dr Sasmitarani Samanta, Registrar; faculties, students and staff also congratulated Shashank for his success.last_img read more

KMCs antidengue drive Officials meet victims

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertook the anti-dengue drive in Ward 81 under Borough X on Saturday. KMC officials visited a slum at 56/1, Tollygunge Road where 11 cases of dengue had been reported in 2018. Senior officials spoke to the victims and advised them to take proper precautions. The KMC team included the Ward councillor, deputy chief Municipal Health Officer (I and II), chief Vector Control Officer, consultant entomologist, Ward Medical Officer and health supervisor among others. Anti-dengue drives will be conducted throughout the year. The civic authorities have identified 20 Wards that are vulnerable and where people had been afflicted with dengue last year. Along with the drives, massive campaigns to create awareness against dengue have begun. The civic authorities have launched a new documentary on the dos and don’ts against dengue. The KMC has opened dengue clinics in every borough and urged private laboratories to do ELISA test for proper detection of the disease.last_img read more

Crisis prompts state to fund nursing education

first_imgKolkata: The state has allotted a fund of Rs 56.58 crore for strengthening nursing education in Bengal to tide over the crisis of nurses in state-run hospitals and health centres.Work is on to set up nursing colleges at SSKM Hospital, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Nursing Training Schools at Suri Sadar Hospital and Alipurduar District Hospital. According to a health department source, there are 89 Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) schools in the state so far. The government has decided to set up 27 new GNM schools in the state. One of the main objectives of the initiative is to boost health infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis apart, the state has taken up various initiatives to increase the number of nursing staff in the hospitals. In September 2017, five new GNM schools with 60 seats each were started at Jhargram and Basirhat district hospitals, Ghatal and Jangipur sub-divisional hospitals and College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital. The total number of GNM seats has been raised to 3,065 from 2,175 to train more nurses. The state has also joined hands with the UK government to boost nursing and health-related infrastructure and the health department has come up with a two-year programme under the Ministry of Skill development Entrepreneurship and UK India Education Research Institute Project III on nursing skill development and to improve the quality of mental health care. The move aims to impart quality training to nursing students in the state. The budget allocation in the health sector in Bengal has been raised to Rs 9,552.70 crore in the current financial year from Rs 682 crore in 2011. This indicates the emphasis laid by the Mamata Banerjee government to improve the health sector in Bengal. The number of doctors in state hospitals, which was 4,500 in 2011, has gone up to 10,900 in 2019 while the number of nurses has also witnessed a sharp increase from 37,366 to 52,820.last_img read more

Archaeologists Discover the Oldest Library in Germany

first_imgHumans have always had a thirst for knowledge; archaeologists have found evidence of libraries from ancient Sumeria, where tablets and scrolls were shown to be ordered by subject, usually stored in a temple or royal palace. The most famous and largest library from the classical period is the Library of Alexandria in Egypt which existed during the 3rd century and was inspired by the Royal Library of Ashurbanipal. Neither of these libraries have survived, but the human quest for answers traces a thread through all civilizations.The ancient statue positioned in front of the Library of Alexandria (aka Bibliotheca Alexandrina or Maktabat al-Iskandarīyah) evoking the spirit of the original library. Alexandria, Egypt – July 19, 2016.The ancient Greeks were avid collectors of books. Aristotle maintained such an impressive private library that it was one of the first to be extensively discussed in early texts. The Romans were also big fans of the library idea and kept vast, fascinating private collections and built public libraries not only in Rome but throughout the Empire.Ruins of the Library of Celsus in the ancient Greco-Roman city of Ephesus. Selçuk, Turkey.The Cologne ruins were originally discovered in 2017 during an excavation of a Protestant church in the center of Cologne. The archaeologists working on the site knew the ruins were of Roman origin but have only recently identified its use as a library.Archaeologists who made the discovery are placing the library as far back as the 2nd century AD and say that it could have held as many as 20,000 scrolls.Cityscape of Cologne, Germany.The discovery looks set to become one of the earliest examples of a public library in Northern Europe. The excavation team from the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne were able to draw parallels from other ancient Roman libraries, such as the ancient library at Ephesus.The walls of the ruins in Cologne have niches carved into the walls where the scrolls would have been stored. Dr. Dirk Schmitz of the Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne told the Guardian, “It took us some time to match up the parallels – we could see the niches were too small to bear statues inside. But what they are are kind of cupboards for the scrolls.”The walls of the ancient library have niches carved into the walls where scrolls would have been stored. Photo by Roman Germanic Museum of CologneCologne has a long history as an important strategic location. It has been inhabited since 38 BC and became a Roman provincial city around 50 AD. Due to the age of the city, finding Roman ruins during an excavation is not surprising, however, the understanding that the building is a library has led to speculation that there may be many more libraries that have gone undiscovered.Cuneiform synonym list tablet from the Library of Ashurbanipal. Neo-Assyrian period (934 BC – 608 BC). Photo by Fæ CC BY-SA 3.0As Dr. Dirk Schmitz theories in The Guardian, “Perhaps there are a lot of Roman towns that have libraries, but they haven’t been excavated. If we had just found the foundations, we wouldn’t have known it was a library. It was because it had walls, with the niches, that we could tell.”The oldest working library in Germany is said to be the Bibliotheca Bardensis in Barth, Northern Germany, which is first mentioned in 1398. The oldest working library in the world is said to be Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Morocco which opened its doors in 859 AD and is still open to the public to this day.Read another story from us: Amazing drone footage reveals decaying & abandoned Chernobyl cityAnother library that could claim the title is St. Catherine’s Monastery Library, a UNESCO world heritage site located on the foothills of Mount Sinai, which has existed since 565 AD and has the second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices, just behind the Vatican.last_img read more

Artist Transforms Victorian Portraits into Superheroes

first_imgAlex Gross has long been an important part of the contemporary art scene in the United States, and while his work is often exhibited in galleries across the country, Gross remains ever-popular for his illustrations across the web. Among one of his most-captivating art projects is a selection of Victorian cabinet card paintings re-imagined as pop-culture superhero icons.Cabinet cards became increasingly popular during the 1860s, replacing the former carte de visite as the prime form of portraiture, with the main advantage of this style being a larger in size than its predecessor. However, by the mid-1920s, cabinet cards too were abandoned as new photography technology developed.Batman. Photo by Alex GrossAmidala (Idolene Hackney). Photo by Alex GrossArya, Game of Thrones. Photo by Alex GrossBatman & Catwoman. Photo by Alex GrossBatman and Robin. Photo by Alex GrossBatwoman. Photo by Alex GrossBlack Panther. Photo by Alex GrossC3PO. Photo by Alex GrossCaptain Marvel. Photo by Alex GrossCabinet cards were first popularized in the United States by Civil War-era photographer Mathew Brady, who marketed it to his clients under the name “Imperial Carte-de-Visite”, exploiting the established image format and spreading cabinet cards all over the war-torn country.The format itself is an important part of the history of photography and as such has earned a place in the shrine of Gross’ trademark superheroes in every-day situations.In an interview for Vivianite – The Painters Blog, Gross expressed personal admiration for the Victorian period and its imagery, which has a great deal of influence in his art.In the same interview, the artist draws the connection between vintage family photos and his work. As history and genealogy play an important role for him, Gross likes to emphasize the personal connection between an artist and his art by using real-life photographs and re-imagining them through surreal and pop imagery.Cat Woman (Julie Newmar). Photo by Alex GrossDaredevil (Netflix). Photo by Alex GrossDarth and Family. Photo by Alex GrossElectro. Photo by Alex GrossFifties Superman. Photo by Alex GrossHan Solo. Photo by Alex GrossKid Flash. Photo by Alex GrossMagneto (Film). Photo by Alex GrossMr. Incredible. Photo by Alex GrossNight King. Photo by Alex GrossPoe Dameron. Photo by Alex GrossPsylocke. Photo by Alex GrossSuperboy and Robin. Photo by Alex GrossSupergirl. Photo by Alex GrossThe Dark Knight Joker. Photo by Alex GrossThe Dark Knight Batman. Photo by Alex GrossThese cabinet-cards reworked with pop-culture icons — featuring your cult favorites such as Star Wars, Batman, or the Marvel Universe characters — instead of distant relatives from the past are sure to strike a note.Read another story from us: Man Finds Rare 100-Year-Old Negatives – Uses Photoshop to “Develop” ThemGross seems to create an alternative reality for his subjects, giving them new life and placing them in unexpected roles. By fusing the old photographs of unknown people and globally recognized characters, the artist blurs the line between reality and fiction, giving birth to something new and unsettling.last_img read more

Colins Opening Rant The Thunder beating the Warriors would be good for

first_img Advertisement In his opening rant today, Colin said he thinks Oklahoma City beating Golden State in the Conference Finals would be good for the NBA, and the league knows it.  Their 133 – 105 domination of the Warriors in Game 3, and current 2 -1 series lead, proves that a team that isn’t entirely dependent on the three-point shot can still win in the NBA.The Warriors won the title last year. This year they set the NBA record for regular season wins with 73. They’re the most popular team in the NBA. Their philosophy revolves entirely around attempting and making more three-pointers than their opponents.Their Beatles-like invasion of the NBA has caused a league wide shift, with many teams adopting a knock off version of their frenetic style. The strategic shift to high volume three-point shooting has eliminated a significant amount of strategy and nuance of the game.  It’s rendered the traditional Center and Power Forward practically obsolete.Colin doesn’t have a problem with the Warriors playing their style, but thinks the entire league falling in love exclusively with the three is bad for the game. “As a country, we fall in love with things fast. Remember the Atkins diet. Eat a plate of bacon a day, you’ll live forever. That thing went away.”The Thunder are the Anti-Warriors.  They have a complete roster, with legitimate post players. They aren’t entirely dependent on small ball and the three point shot. They rebound, play defense, and block shots. If they can beat the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, it may help slow the league wide panic for every team to become a cheap copy of Golden State.University of Oregon Football is the closest comparison to the Warriors. The Ducks burst on the scene and shocked teams into submission with their hyper up-tempo, no huddle offense. Opponents couldn’t keep up.  Just like the Warriors, Oregon seemed unstoppable.Then teams figured them out.  Teams like Auburn, Ohio State and Stanford proved the blueprint for beating them wasn’t to emulate their style, but to physically dominate them and push them around. Oregon is still respected as an elite program, but not feared as an unstoppable force of nature.If the Thunder can take out the Warriors, they’ll do it by staying true to their own blueprint, not by becoming a carbon copy.  This would ultimately be good for the NBA.Ric Bucher, of Bleacher Report and Sirius XM, agreed with Colin that the league wide trend of high volume three point shooting has grown tiresome.“I like blueberry pie. I’m not going to be Mel Kiper and have it for breakfast every morning. That turns you into the cast from the Willy Wonka factory. There can be too much of a good thing.”last_img read more

Colin has doubts about Magic Johnson just like he has doubts about

first_img Advertisement Pointing out that the potential exists for Johnson to spectacularly fail isn’t a controversial statement. There is a long list of failed player-turned-GM’s that have been total disasters. There are a lot more Isiah Thomas’ and Matt Millen’s than there are John Elway’s and Larry Bird’s.There’s no formula for front office success that doesn’t involve constant grinding and hours of reviewing the minute details that separate the elite execs people from the failures. If Lynch and Johnson are willing to grind out the long hours and surround themselves with knowledgeable, experienced staff, they have a shot to succeed.  If not, they’re toast.“I don’t think people understand. There are certain jobs out there where you don’t have a life. You get a life as a player. You could have a life as a broadcaster. You don’t get a life as a general manager.”Here’s Magic and Lakers President Jeanie Buss discussing his hiring and the future of the Lakers. Dan LeBatard came under fire for recent comments he made regarding Magic Johnson’s qualifications to run the Lakers’ basketball operations. LeBatard implied that Magic keeps getting cushy gigs because of his charm and charisma, despite failing as a coach, talk show host, and what he characterized as a lackluster tenure as an NBA TV analyst.Fellow ESPN’er Keyshawn Johnson called the comments racist, and PTI host Michael Wilbon sent a series of Tweets criticizing LeBatard for conveniently ignoring Johnson’s post-basketball business success.Today in The Herd, Colin didn’t defend LeBatard’s comments, but said it’s fair to question any GM entering a professional sports job with no prior front office experience. He was critical of John Lynch’s lack of experience when he was hired as the Niners GM. It’s fair to say the same applies to Magic. There are plenty of legitimate questions.“I think it’s actually healthy to question Magic and John Lynch. I have major doubts about both. And another reason I do, is because I’ve watched Phil Jackson in New York. He’s a smart dude. He’s been a disaster.”last_img read more