Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun

first_img New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning A battery with a half-glued flexible solar cell, and batteries wrapped with the blue solar cells. Image credit: Knut Karlsen. 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. Knut Karlsen, a blogger from Norway, hit upon this idea of a solar battery (a rechargeable battery with integrated solar cells) in hopes of making battery charging more convenient. He was able to work with some flexible solar cells given to him by the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Norway. He then glued the 1.8V solar cells around some 1.5V NiMH rechargeable batteries. Using a conductive silver pen and some flat wires from a broken canon lens, he connected the solar cells and batteries.Karlsen calls his DIY prototype “SunCat” batteries. As he explains, “The batteries should just bask in the sun like a cat and left for a while, in a sunny window, they would slowly recharge.” However, according to his blog post, the weather wasn’t sunny enough to test the batteries yet. He explains that the current set-up is not ideal, but a second version might include capacitors to charge the batteries more efficiently and electronics to show when the batteries are fully charged.Via: blog.bareknut.no Citation: Battery Wrapped in Solar Cells Recharges in the Sun (2009, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-battery-solar-cells-recharges-sun.html (PhysOrg.com) — Although you can buy solar charging devices for rechargeable batteries, it would be even more convenient if batteries had built-in solar cells. Sitting in sunlight, the battery could then recharge itself. Explore furtherlast_img read more

White storks found to be altering migration patterns due to human environmental

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. Birds migrate from one location to another because the food they eat is typically seasonal—they cannot find insects, for example, in the wintry north, so they fly south to where it is warmer. That is what white storks have done for as long as humans have been taking records—flying south from Europe to Africa. But now it seems, some of the changes humans have made to the environment appear to be causing the birds to rethink their migration patterns.Migration for birds has a trade off—the farther they fly the more likely they are to die during the trip, either from the elements, or predators. For that reason, scientists have found, if migrating bird species find a way to shorten their migration route, they will take it. In this new study, the researchers affixed GPS bands to 70 wild juvenile storks born in Germany, Spain, Uzbekistan, Poland, Greece, Russia and Armenia and then tracked them as they migrated. Doing so allowed the researchers to compare current migration patterns to those that were noted in the past by prior researchers. Why are storks changing their migratory patterns? New project launched Journal information: Science Advances © 2016 Phys.org (A) Summed activity (ODBA) of the first 5 months of a juvenile’s life as a function of total distance flown during the same time. The solid gray line represents the third-order polynomial regression. The best-fitting regression is provided by the equation Y = 387.2 + 1.344 × 10−11 X3. (B) Average activity (ODBA) of a migration day in relation to average activity of a stopover day. Color represents the different populations. Gray dashed line is a reference line. Credit: Flack et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2: e1500931 Explore further Storks in Spain. Credit: Julio Blas (A) Migration paths of 62 individuals tracked with GPS/GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) (eight individuals died before migrating).Maps depicted are OpenStreetMap images accessed through the R package OpenStreetMap. (B) Departure date of the studied populations. Color scale indicates departure dates (white indicating no departure). (C) Departure date as a function of maximum distance reached (each color represents one population). Dots in the light gray–shaded area represent individuals that left their natal grounds but survived for less than 150 days. SW, southwest. Credit: Flack et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2: e1500931 (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that many groups of white storks have begun to modify their migration patterns to take advantage of human made food sources, such as garbage dumps. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the study they undertook of young white storks that were born in eight different countries, their migration routes and any changes they noted from previous studies. In studying the data, the researchers found that while storks from Greece, Poland and Russia followed their traditional routes, those from Germany, Spain, and Tunisia did not fly as far as before, stopping short of the Sahara; storks from Armenia did not fly very far, and storks from Uzbekistan did not migrate at all, instead choosing to feed on local fish farms. Those that stopped short of the Sahara appeared to do so because there was ample food in garbage dumps in Morocco.The researchers note that the shorter migration paths is likely leading to higher survival rates, but it is still unclear what other impact it will have—migrating birds such as storks tend to eat a lot of insects, fish, frogs and other animals. It is not known how prior migration areas will be impacted by the absence of the migrating birds. Citation: White storks found to be altering migration patterns due to human environmental changes (2016, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-white-storks-migration-patterns-due.html More information: A. Flack et al. Costs of migratory decisions: A comparison across eight white stork populations, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500931AbstractAnnual migratory movements can range from a few tens to thousands of kilometers, creating unique energetic requirements for each specific species and journey. Even within the same species, migration costs can vary largely because of flexible, opportunistic life history strategies. We uncover the large extent of variation in the lifetime migratory decisions of young white storks originating from eight populations. Not only did juvenile storks differ in their geographically distinct wintering locations, their diverse migration patterns also affected the amount of energy individuals invested for locomotion during the first months of their life. Overwintering in areas with higher human population reduced the stork’s overall energy expenditure because of shorter daily foraging trips, closer wintering grounds, or a complete suppression of migration. Because migrants can change ecological processes in several distinct communities simultaneously, understanding their life history decisions helps not only to protect migratory species but also to conserve stable ecosystems.last_img read more

Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters To the eye, when metal is abused, it either bends or dents, which typically seem to be two aspects of the same end result—but at the atomic level, metals behave quite differently when force is applied. Two main categories of change have been identified—twinning, where the atoms that make up a crystal shift in their position relative to one another, and slip, where crystal planes slide along one another causing bonds between atoms to be broken and reestablished with other atoms. Over the years, various research efforts have led to general findings that some metals twin, and some slip, and rarely do they vary from expectations. But now, research by the team in China is contesting that view, suggesting that a material such as aluminum, which has traditionally been classified as one that exhibits slipping when stressed, can also exhibit twinning—when stressed in different ways. This finding suggests that expectations of other metals may be in error as well, which means the whole idea of categorizing metals in such ways may have to be rethought.In their experiments, the researchers bent a bar made of aluminum until it formed a T shape. To explain what occurred in the metal as it was exposed to the large forces that caused such bending, the researchers built a computer model that sought to show what happened at the atomic level. The model wound up showing, via animated “movies” that the metal underwent both twinning and slipping, which contradicted what should have occurred. To test their model, the researchers looked at the bent metal under an electron microscope, which revealed the true nature of the metal—it did indeed both twin and slip. Their research results suggest other metals will have to be tested and new ways of categorizing the ways that metals react to force will have to be found. Explore further , arXiv More information: F. Zhao et al. Macrodeformation Twins in Single-Crystal Aluminum, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.075501 . On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.04404v1ABSTRACTDeformation twinning in pure aluminum has been considered to be a unique property of nanostructured aluminum. A lingering mystery is whether deformation twinning occurs in coarse-grained or single-crystal aluminum at scales beyond nanotwins. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of macrodeformation twins in single-crystal aluminum formed under an ultrahigh strain rate (∼106  s−1) and large shear strain (200%) via dynamic equal channel angular pressing. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations suggest that the frustration of subsonic dislocation motion leads to transonic deformation twinning. Deformation twinning is rooted in the rate dependences of dislocation motion and twinning, which are coupled, complementary processes during severe plastic deformation under ultrahigh strain rates. Strength in shrinking: Understanding why a material’s behavior changes as it gets smaller (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from multiple institutions in China has cast doubts on the simple approach that has until now been taken regarding twinning and slip as metals deform. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team outlines experiments they conducted with aluminum, explain their results and suggest that new ways of categorizing the ways metal responds to stress must be defined. Citation: Experiments show that notions of twinning and slip in metals may not be as simple as thought (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-notions-twinning-metals-simple-thought.html Propagation speed of dislocations and deformation twins during D-ECAP obtained from MD simulations. Credit: arXiv:1510.04404 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] 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

Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels

first_img More information: John L. Hoogland et al. Prairie dogs increase fitness by killing interspecific competitors, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0144AbstractInterspecific competition commonly selects for divergence in ecology, morphology or physiology, but direct observation of interspecific competition under natural conditions is difficult. Herbivorous white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) employ an unusual strategy to reduce interspecific competition: they kill, but do not consume, herbivorous Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) encountered in the prairie dog territories. Results from a 6-year study in Colorado, USA, revealed that interspecific killing of ground squirrels by prairie dogs was common, involving 47 different killers; 19 prairie dogs were serial killers in the same or consecutive years, and 30% of female prairie dogs killed at least one ground squirrel over their lifetimes. Females that killed ground squirrels had significantly higher annual and lifetime fitness than non-killers, probably because of decreased interspecific competition for vegetation. Our results document the first case of interspecific killing of competing individuals unrelated to predation (IK) among herbivorous mammals in the wild, and show that IK enhances fitness for animals living under natural conditions. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Maryland, the other the University of Tulsa, has found that white-tailed prairie dogs living on the North American prairie, sometimes kill ground squirrels that live in the same area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, John Hoogland and Charles Brown describe their multi-year study of the prairie dogs, their observations of squirrel killing, and why they believe it occurs. Prior to this new effort, there had never been an observation of a mammalian herbivore killing another herbivore without eating it—and it was not a one-off situation. The researcher pair recorded multiple instances of squirrel killing over the course of their study covering the years 2003 to 2012 which consisted of sitting in tree-stands watching the activities of the creatures below. They report that they were astounded to witness a prairie dog killing a squirrel four years into their study and thereafter made it a priority to look out for another such instance.They did not have to wait long, squirrel killing, it appeared was a natural part of the lives of prairie dogs. Over the course of the remainder of their study, they witnessed 101 instances of prairie dogs intentionally killing ground squirrels, and noted the carcasses of another 62 squirrels they believe were the victims of prairie dog attacks. They also identified 47 individual prairie dogs that killed squirrels—11 male and 36 female, and 19 of the animals that killed squirrels multiple times.The researchers suggest that the prairie dogs kill the squirrels because they see them as a competitor for the same resources, not as a threat. Prairie dogs and squirrels eat the same foods, and in many cases squirrels take over abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Taking their study further, they found evidence that showed that mother prairie dogs who killed squirrels tended to have more offspring than did those that did not and that their overall ‘fitness’ levels were much higher than non-killing females.The researchers also note that it is surprising that the killing of squirrels by prairie dogs has gone unnoticed for so long, which suggests that it is a possibility with other mammalian herbivores as well. Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs © 2016 Phys.org Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servicecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels (2016, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-prairie-dogs-squirrels.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

How The Stigma Against Obesity Harms Peoples Health

first_imgStigma can harm health in many ways. It can discourage people from taking part in healthy behaviors like exercise, which improves health regardless of whether it leads to weight loss, and it can erode mental health. One large study found that perceived weight discrimination is associated with a host of psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety, and another found that weight discrimination is associated with a shorter life, even after researchers controlled for body mass index in both cases. Even perceiving yourself as overweight when you aren’t is linked to poorer health down the line. If you’re one of the nearly 40 percent of Americans who are obese, you don’t need anyone to explain the associated stigma; you’ve probably experienced it in some form or another — jokes about your weight, teasing, bullying, employment discrimination (which is legal in 49 states), prejudice and unfair treatment. This kind of stigmatization doesn’t just create hurt feelings, it can harm your health. The research suggests that reducing stigma against obesity could give overweight people a health boost — even if they never shed a single pound. And stigma creates a vicious cycle. People who report experiencing weight stigma are more likely to gain weight in the future and attain a BMI categorized as “obese.” Behavior likely contributes to this trend: When people get stressed out, they tend to soothe themselves with comfort food and are more likely to fail at attempts to self-regulate — meaning that, among other things, they are less likely to stick to a healthful diet. But there is also some evidence that physiological factors contribute to weight gain among people who experience stigma. A. Janet Tomiyama, a psychology professor at UCLA, is studying the relationship between weight stigma and cortisol, a hormone that responds strongly to stress. Cortisol signals the body to store more fat, especially in the abdominal area, and it increases appetite and makes the brain’s reward centers more sensitive in response to treats like sugar and fatty foods. And that’s what makes weight stigma doubly pernicious, she said. In addition to the pain and stress it causes, “experiencing it makes the original condition more exacerbated.” Read the whole story: FiveThirtyEightlast_img read more

Tourism ministry awarded for Find What You Seek

first_imgThe tourism ministry’s new film Find What You Seek received the first prize at the 11th Golden City Gate Tourism Media Awards Ceremony held in Berlin Friday to coincide with Indian Tourism Bourse (ITB) Berlin 2013.The Golden City Gate is an international film, print and media contest for the tourism industry. The awards ceremony is held every year at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. The competition provides tourism advertisers an opportunity to participate in the contest for presenting their new creatives. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All entries are assessed by 45 independent international expert jurors with strong industry background. Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi had launched the new campaign, Find What You Seek, as the second phase of Incredible India Campaign at WTM 2012 last November, along with the new domestic campaign Go Beyond.By launching new campaign, the tourism ministry has made a paradigm shift by shifting the focus from destinations and products to consumers (travellers). The new campaign emphasizes that there is something for every traveller in India and every traveller can find what he or she is seeking while travelling in our incredible country. Go Beyond urges travellers to travel beyond the obvious, the known destinations to the lesser known destinations.last_img read more

Violations in Satyarthis home state

first_imgSatyarthi was born 60 years back at Vidisha, a district headquarter town about 55 kms from Bhopal. He did his schooling and degree in engineering from the government engineering college at Vidisha but instead of going for a cushy job, he chose the turbulent path of a crusader for child rights. Ironically, his home state is infamous for child trafficking and for children who go missing from their homes, never to return.  Madhya Pradesh is only second to Uttar Pradesh is crimes against children. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceA recent report on ‘Exploitation of children in Tourism’, based on extensive surveys carried out in two tourist destinations of the state, present a very sordid picture of the state of children in Madhya Pradesh. The first is Khajuraho, where the number of foreign tourist visitors is only second to the Taj Mahal. And second, Ujjain – one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centre of the country. Besides ordinary people, a large number of top politicians, officers, lawyers, judges, film actors and other prominent personalities visit Ujjain regularly to pay homage to Lord Mahakaal.  Mahakaal is one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of the country and every 12 years, Kumbh (known as Simhastha) fair is held at Ujjain, which draws tens of lakhs of Hindu pilgrims. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeBoth these centres of tourism are also centres of exploitation of children- both boys and girls. The survey says that the children are exploited in temples, hotels and many other places. A large number of children are made to beg to take advantage of the gullible pilgrims, who want to earn some ‘Punya’. And in many cases, this is done with the approval of their parents. A group of 8 child beggars of Ujjain told the researchers that they come from extremely poor families and earn Rs 100 to Rs 200 per day as alms from the pilgrims. The money is used by the children and their parents for buying intoxicants. The child beggars are put on work when they are as young as 3-4 years old. The most distressing aspect of the issue is that almost all children working in hotels or indulging in begging are addicted to intoxicants of one kind or the other. They mainly used whitener and nail polish removers for the purpose. They work the whole day and in the evening, buy Whitener to get intoxicated. Though the district administration has banned the sale of Whitener in Ujjain but it is available easily. Besides begging, small kids also work in hotels in Ujjain. Their working hours are not fixed. On occasions, they have to work from morning through the night. During the festive season, they beg during the day and work in hotels in the night as pilgrims keep on coming to and going from the city the whole night. In Ujjain, many small boys and girls have also been caught in the whirlpool of sexual exploitation. Besides local girls, the pimps also bring girls from other parts of the state to Ujjain. Earlier, there used to exist a red light area called ‘Pinjarwadi’ in Ujjain but now prostitution and sexual exploitation is rampant in many other parts of the city. The sex workers of Pinjarwadi have been shifted to other locations in the city. It is said that many houses in the city have become known centres of prostitution. Women and especially minor girls sing and dance before the ‘customers’ to entertain them. This continues till the customers keep on shelling out money. In the end, bidding is held and the highest bidder gets a chance to have intercourse with the girl. Autorickshaw drivers take tourists to such houses and they get a hefty commission in return. Tourists take snaps of minor girls. They are taken to their homes to shoot their nude pictures and their MMS are made. Children selling sexual literature (like Kaam Sutra) are a common sight.  What is worse is that all this is happening with full knowledge and tacit consent of the administration and the police. The administration does nothing to put a stop to such nefarious activities. Childline is functional in Ujjain for the last seven years. The cases which come before it are mainly related to making children beg in the vicinity of temples, molestation of children by family members or by neighbours, child labour, child trafficking, children going missing and children getting addicted to intoxicants. The Childline is not doing anything to extricate the children trapped in sex rackets.The condition is worse in Khajuraho. The survey revealed that sexual exploitation of children and child labour are very common in and around Khajuraho. Hotels of all types are centres of sexual exploitation of children and they include starred hotels. The boys subjected to sexual exploitation are locally called ‘Lapka’. Besides Indian, a large number of foreign tourists are also involved in this horrific exploitation of children. Many foreign tourists stay with the families of such children and take the children out for sexually exploiting them. The boys take the tourists for sightseeing on bikes. ‘They give us everything and in return we give them sex’, was the rather shocking admission of a young boy. Some boys do not see this as exploitation at all. They consider it a business. And their family members concur. In many cases, some foreign tourists make repeated trips to Khajuraho and stay with the same families. The tour operators also bring boys from other states for the purpose. In Khajuraho, sexual exploitation of boys is a big business, involving thousands of persons. A large number of young boys also develop sexual relations with foreigner women tourists. IPAlast_img read more

Memories of home

first_imgRedefining the idea of home when all is lost and when borders are etched between lands and people, this is what Sheba Remy Kharbanda and William Charles Moss’s documentary is all about. To be screened from 14 to 21 November in India Habitat Centre, Five Rivers: A Portrait of Partition is  a documentary in Cyclorama featuring a video art installation by these multi-disciplinary artists.  The documentary illustrates the intimate complexities of ‘home’. Staged inside a traditional Indian wedding tent, this cycloramic screening marries culture-bridging conventions of storytelling to the stimulation of a sculptural installation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Projected footage occupies conducting a blend  of five synchronized films that craft the narrative of Amrik Singh, a Punjabi/Afghani Sikh who at age nine left his childhood home to migrate alongside millions across the Indian Subcontinent in the months preceding the Partition of India in 1947. Singh’s introspective recollections carry an  invitation for participants to trace his turbulent journey to redefine home across the sudden and stark borders created by the establishment of Pakistan and India as independent states. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixClearly visible on the white textile of the tent from both inside and outside the structure, these  interviews, landscapes, and historical documentation are fostered by a pervasive soundtrack of contemporary punjabi and urdu poetry, testimony, and speeches that imbibe the space with a strong sense of the memory.The artiste, Sheba Remy Kharbanda is a metaphysician, filmmaker and storyteller born in London to immigrants from the Punjabi. In 2005, she launched the Foreign Land Project, a documentary film and online oral history archive that chronicles the stories of elder women from the Punjab, who, after partition of India, left for England in search of work and a new home. In May, 2014, her essay entitled, A Lesson in Love was published in the anthology, Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write about Love, Courage, and Faith. With Five Rivers, Kharbanda seeks to weave threads through questions of identity, displacement and memory – questions she continues to grapple with and which she feels are her ancestral inheritance.William Charles Moss is a photographer and cinematographer who began in the feature film industry almost twenty years ago, before discovering the world of documentary film, which has since become his passion. Together with Kharbanda, he runs Callejero Films, a Brooklyn-based video production company. When: 14-21? NovWhere: India Habitat Centre Timing: 5.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Calcutta HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

first_imgKolkata: Displeased with the State Election Commission’s (SEC) decision to cancel its own order to extend the nomination process by a day, the Calcutta High Court today stayed the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal till further orders. Rejecting the SEC’s contention that the writ petition of the BJP was not maintainable, the court held that the SEC is endowed with powers relating to holding of elections, but in case of any digression, it needs to be corrected by the court of law. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJustice Subrata Talukdar stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal.Talukdar also sought from the SEC by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of those rejected, among other information.The court said it would hear on April 16 the pleas challenging the SEC’s decision to withdraw its April 9 notification, which had extended the date for filing nominations by a day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe BJP had challenged the cancellation of the notification dated April 9 by the commission vide its order dated April 10, withdrawing the one-day extension granted to the candidates to file their nomination papers.The deadline to file nominations had expired at 3 pm on April 9.Justice Talukdar observed that the commission had recognised the grievances expressed by different political parties as well as individuals by extending the date.”However, the order was abruptly withdrawn,” he said. Justice Talukdar had on April 10 stayed the SEC order, permitting the commission to take steps in accordance with the law by treating the operation of its order dated April 10 to have been kept in abeyance.Referring to the Supreme Court order with regard to a petition by the West Bengal unit of the BJP challenging the SEC’s decision to recall the extension order, Justice Talukdar said that the operative part of the apex court order is crucially connected to the cancellation of the notification.The high court also said that the SEC should have informed it today that it has ensured a level playing field for all players.Justice Talukdar also expressed his displeasure at the conduct of the BJP representative, Pratap Banerjee, who had moved the petition on behalf of the party in view of an ongoing cease work by lawyers, for not disclosing that a similar petition had been moved by the party before the Supreme Court also.Justice Talukdar observed that this court must hold a very dim view of the conduct of the BJP representative appearing in person.”However, in view of public interest involved, this court is not vacating its directions to the SEC,” the judge said.Likening its conduct to forum hopping, Justice Talukdar imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the BJP which would have to be deposited with the registrar general of the high court.Representing the Trinamool Congress, its vice-president Kalyan Banerjee earlier prayed for vacating the order on the SEC, alleging that the petitioner had suppressed that it had moved both the high court and the apex court with similar petitions.last_img read more

Negative mood promotes craving for sweets

first_imgResearchers have found that those who suffer defeat or are in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.The research published in the journal Appetite focused on how a person’s emotional state—particularly in the competitive world of sports — affects the perception of taste.“We found how emotions arising from the outcome of college hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami (savory) taste. In addition to hedonic responses—or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” said Robin Dando, assistant professor of food science at Cornell University in the US. Emotions experienced in everyday life can alter the hedonic experience of less-palatable food, implying a link to emotional eating, the study said.last_img read more

Blend of art and commerce

first_imgIndian textiles and fashion-wear has been receiving accolades from all over the world, since the ancient times. To give the foreign exporters a closer experience of the same, Greater Noida saw an elaborate arrangement for domestic textile manufacturers to showcase their art, this weekend. A two-day mega exhibition was organised by Surat Dreams at the Expo Mart to promote Indian textile. The motto of this event was to uphold Indian textiles in the foreign market and as well as throughout the country as a contribution to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ mission. With 108 exhibitors from all over the country participating in the event, a perfect blend of art and commerce took place at the Expo Mart this weekend. Over 3300 domestic and international buyers from UK, USA, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and the Gulf countries were present, who helped in generating an estimated amount of Rs 700 crore MOU. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition enabled manufacturers to reach their target sellers for women’s wear and spread their creation worldwide without the menace of middlemen. The collection exhibited were all women’s wear, from stylish dresses to bridal wear; every woman’s dream wardrobe collection was presented for the domestic and the international buyers. The exhibited fashion clothing was not only ethnic but also had some western wears. Traditional lehengas, suits, sarees and fusion dresses were also for display. The exhibition served as a great platform for all the manufacturers and buyers to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and styles. This platform had been a meeting of dealers, traders, exporters as well as fashion designers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also showcased high profile fashion shows featuring top models endorsing the latest ensembles from the ethnic couture presented by 30 textile manufacturers in the two-day event.One of the four co-founders of Surat Dreams, Hitesh Jain said, “This is the first time that we are doing our textile exhibition at Greater Noida, and the splendid response from the foreign buyers made it the most successful event of Surat Dreams. With this exhibition we hope to create history in the coming years of fashion industry by going a step ahead to promote export of textiles.” Similar events had been structured by the company since 2010 but the first event in Greater Noida has proved to be splendidly effective.last_img read more

Skill development access to technology to help vulnerable adolescents WB Minister

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal minister Sashi Panja has said skill development, greater exposure to technology and better coordination with education and health systems will help address the vulnerability of adolescents. Speaking at a workshop here Tuesday, the Women and Child Development and Social Welfare minister, said that nutritional needs of adolescents were being taken care of by the existing government schemes. But areas of self-reliance could be strengthened by linking them with ‘Kanyashree’ and ‘Utkorsho Bangla’, a skill development programme for youth, Panja said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A group of adolescents at the workshop described how a pilot programme at a Kolkata Municipal Corporation ward, under the aegis of the department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, has brought positive changes in their lives. The pilot programme had been undertaken at Ward no. 26 to meet the need to create safe spaces for the adolescents. The pilot programme in ward 26 by UNICEFs technical partner, Action for Childrens Environment Trust (ACE), with the support of CRY, identified the risks and vulnerabilities faced by adolescents. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The programme has now been extended to another five KMC wards through an NGO. Speaking on the occasion, the adolescents sought the support of the authorities in making the environment friendlier and safer for the youngsters. The need for providing counselling services to address the issue of violence and abuse against adolescents was also discussed at the workshop. The event was organised by UNICEF in partnership with CRY (Child Rights and You), where a report A Safe and Inclusive City for Adolescents in Kolkata was released, a CRY statement said Tuesday.last_img read more

Memories of matrons

first_imgMuch acclaimed poet and author Keki N Daruwalla launched his new book – ‘Daniell Comes to Judgement: New and Vintage Daruwalla’, a collection of short stories at The India Habitat Centre in the national Capital recently. Most of the stories are written from a woman’s perspective – a woman’s voice, moods and memories – in a span of less than two months. ‘Bars,’ a new story, is a commentary on the strains of intolerance staining the social fabric. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe collection includes stories where fantasy and myth transport one to the pre-language, pre-script era – to amphibious trains and an island of birds. In short, the master storyteller weaves his magic yet again. “I don’t know how the matter of writing from a woman’s voice came to my mind, but in case of some of the stories you can see, if I would have written them in a man’s voice, (the husbands voice for example) it would not have been a short story,” said Daruwalla, who has written over 12 books and had published his first novel ‘For Pepper and Christ’ in 2009. “Keki writes in a reflective way about an India of which he is extremely affectionately disposed towards. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe affection in Keki’s writing is something very particular to him. He likes the people he is writing about and he communicates himself,”said writer and publisher, Ritu Menon, present during the book-launch along with academic, food critic and historian Pushpesh Pant.Keki’s writing is mostly concerned with rural India but in this new book, he concentrated on the urban scenario. When queried about the reason, he said, “Prose writing is all about what you know and what you come across. It is the characters we meet and the kind of situation that you can write on.”last_img read more

Decomposed body of woman recovered from Salt Lake house son detained

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar North police station has recovered a decomposed body of an old lady from inside a house in Salt Lake late on Sunday night. Police detained the deceased’s son for interrogation.According to the sources, one Krishna Bhattacharya (77) used to live at BE 220 with her son Maitro Bhattacharya. Her husband Dr Gorachand Bhattacharya had died a few years ago. Since then Maitro and Krishna had been living an isolated life. Locals informed that Maitro, a few years ago, had pasted his and his mother’s voter card, ration card and other documents on the boundary wall of the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Sunday night, Maitro went to one Tarun Kumar Porel’s house and informed that his mother died a few days ago and needs help to bury the body. Porel, known to Gorachand, was stunned to hear the near. He asked Maitro to wait. Sources informed that Porel called up the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Bhavani Bhavan and reported the matter. Later, Bidhannagar North police station was informed. Upon receiving the information, police went to Beadon Street and detained Maitro. He was immediately brought to Salt Lake. As soon as Maitro opened the door of his house foul smell spread all over the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths entered the house and saw a decomposed body lying on the back of a wooden almirah placed on the floor. Police recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. Later, Maitro was questioned. During the interrogation, he claimed his mother had died approximately 18 days ago but police suspect Krishna might have died 10 days ago. The sleuths suspect Maitro is not mentally sound as he said he was not having any problem with his mother’s decomposed body. On Monday, Maitro claimed his mother instructed him to bury her body after her death as they are Christian. “I was planning to bury her body inside the house. Later, I changed my mind and planned to bury it in the garden. But nothing has happened till now,” he said. The incident, coupled with Maitro’s statements, have made the sleuths recall the infamous Robinson Street case of 2015. Police started an Unnatural Death (UD) case. If any foul play found in the autopsy report, a fresh case may be initiated according to the provisions of law.last_img read more

Ideal platform for talented artists

first_imgFor the artists who cannot afford to exhibit their masterpiece at private art galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi is going to organise an International Kala Mela (Art Festival). Artists and groups from any part of the world can showcase their art at this unique festival from February 4 to 18, 2018 at IGNCA, New Delhi. Administrator of the Akademi, CS Krishna Setty said, “This is for the first time that the Akademi has planned a Kala Mela on such a large scale.” He says that earlier it was organized only at the national level. “It is going to prove a boon to especially those artists who cannot afford to exhibit their works of art in the art galleries’. Setty, himself, is an artist of international repute who was recently honoured by the Russian Academy of Arts with its honorary membership. He further said that the Kala Mela shall not only showcase various art forms and precious work of art by the Indian artists but also endeavour to bring the best from around the world including some of the most prominent international galleries from Europe, Asia and the United States. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The International Kala Mela is coming at a time when there is a perceptible requirement in the art market for a wide-ranging, global platform for Indian art. Besides being one of the leading official platforms of Indian art, the Kala Mela is an attempt to be the first major event of international art in the country so far as the range and scale are concerned. The central objective of Kala Mela is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also education and raising awareness about art, which has been the mandate of Lalit Kala Akademi. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Kala Mela shall ensure that the contemporary art scene in India, in the sub-continent and the South Asian region gains visibility. It shall also offer an insight into the richness and diversity of these markets to the visitors from across continents. It will simultaneously allow the collectors and investors from this region to access global art in their backyard.The International Kala Mela shall exhibit the most assorted range of modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, and photography; mix media, prints, drawings and video art by celebrated and upcoming artists.last_img read more

8 trains cancelled as BJP workers stage protest at Kankinara

first_imgKolkata: BJP workers and supporters allegedly obstructed train movement at Kankinara, which led to harassment for the daily commuters. Train services were affected for almost half-an-hour which resulted in cancellation of eight local trains during the peak hours on Monday.According to local resident, trouble cropped up on Sunday night when BJP supporters were allegedly putting up flags at ward no. 15 in Bhatpara. It was alleged that the flags were being put up on the house of local councillor Manoj Guha, without his permission. When he asked the BJP workers and supporters not to put up the flags, an altercation ensued between the Guha’s supporters and the BJP men. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLater, BJP supporters gheraod Jagaddal police station led by BJP leader Arjun Singh, alleging that Guha had assaulted a BJP supporter. After almost one-and-half-an hour BJP supporters lodged a complaint. A local Trinamool leader denied the allegation and said that BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area. They are resorting to hooliganism instead of democracy, he said. Situation went out of control when again BJP supporters put up a blockade on Monday morning claiming action over their allegations. Despite repeated requests by the daily commuters, BJP supporters did bother to listen to them. As the protest continued from 9:24 am to 9:50 am, huge numbers of daily commuters were late to their destinations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSeveral school and college students also faced trouble. Later, Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police intervened and managed to convince the BJP supporters to withdraw the blockade. Eastern Railway authorities informed that the train services in Barrackpore-Naihati section of Sealdah Division were affected due to obstruction by a group of people near Kankinara and eight local trains had to be cancelled. Normal train services resumed after 9:50 am.last_img read more

India Sothebys International Realty expands its horizons

first_imgIndia Sotheby’s International Realty announced their entry into the eastern Indian market with the opening of their new office in Kolkata, recently. With this latest addition, the company now has a total of three offices including that in New Delhi and Mumbai, and further is in the process of opening of three or four more offices in 2019 across India. Additionally, the company also manages the Sri Lanka operations for the ultra-prestige residential development ‘Sapphire Residences’ by ITC Hotels. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCommenting on the expansion plan of the comapny, Amit Goyal, CEO, India Sotheby’s International Realty said, “We are thrilled to expand our presence across the country, with the opening of our third office in Kolkata. This city is full of some the most exclusive and breath-taking properties that cover the length and breadth of the evolution of Indian architecture. And, we are looking forward to represent local clients and investors by offering them high-end luxury real estate solutions.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSituated in one of Kolkata’s prime location, Salt Lake City – the Kolkata office is spread across 2800 square feet, and comprises of eight highly experienced professionals. The team which comes with people having decades of experience in various fields, is led by Udayendu Dass, who has over 34 years of experience in Ultra HNI Business Banking, Financial Services Advisory, Lifestyle Business, Telecom and Exports. The Kolkata office will comprise of some very exerienced people like Avijeet Das, Shivani Kapur, Vikram Kapoor, Sujit Kumar Ghosh, among others – who come with a varied experience across sectors such as Tourism and Hospitality, Real Estate, Banking, FMCG, and Business Management. The venture in Kolkata will be catering to the burgeoning real estate requirement across Eastern India, with a focused view to bring the best realty options to our global audiences. According to the Director International, Akash Puri, the Kolkata office will also help clients in buying a home in preferred overseas destinations like UK, Dubai, USA, Italy through the global network.last_img read more

The Dramatic Love Story of Queen Elizabeth I and Her Favorite Robert

first_imgQueen Elizabeth I of England (reign: 1558-1603) famously never married and steadfastly defended her chastity, protecting her reputation and defending her crown. Having never had children, her throne passed to her cousin’s son, King James VI of Scotland, who subsequently became King James I of England. Elizabeth was often referred to as the “Virgin Queen” – dramatically different from her philandering father Henry VIII. She is known to have stated, “I will have but one mistress here [referring to herself], and no master.”However, both during and since her reign the question of whether or not Elizabeth took any lovers at all has lived on, particularly in reference to Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester.Elizabeth I of England, The Sieve Portrait. Elizabeth is portrayed as Tuccia, a Vestal Virgin who proved her chastity by carrying a sieve full of water from the Tiber to the Temple of Vesta. She is surround by symbols of imperial majesty including a column with an imperial crown at its base and a globe. The portrait is signed on the base of the globe 1583.So secretive was Elizabeth’s personal life (rightly so) that the King of France in Elizabeth’s own time declared it to be one of the three great questions of Europe.Elizabeth and Robert Dudley had known each other since childhood. His father, the Duke of Northumberland, had been Protector during the short reign of Elizabeth’s half-brother King Edward VI, and Robert was one of his childhood companions.Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, circa 1564Later, Robert was imprisoned and condemned to death in 1553 as retribution from Mary I, Elizabeth’s older half-sister, after trying to stage a coup against the queen (his father had already been executed for the same reason). His time in the tower coincided with that of Elizabeth, herself imprisoned by Mary, who suspected Elizabeth of plotting against her.Elizabeth lived in constant fear for her life during her sister’s time on the throne, and Robert remained loyal to her. They spent many hours together and had several common interests including dancing and hunting. This friendship was the source of much gossip in Princess Elizabeth’s household, particularly as Robert was married.Mary I of EnglandIn 1558, when Mary I died and Elizabeth I ascended to the throne, Robert was appointed as her Master of Horse. This position, which held some prestige, also meant that Robert would be in regular attendance with the Queen.However, her new role meant they could no longer meet in private. They were looked upon now not only by the royal household but also by the entire kingdom and beyond. According to Elizabeth, “a thousand eyes see all I do.” Not much has changed for the royal family.Elizabeth’s coronation procession: Robert Dudley is on horseback on the far left, leading the palfrey of honourDespite near constant pressure for her to marry and give birth to an heir, Elizabeth steadfastly refused — and she made it quite clear that Robert was her favorite. In her palace, Robert’s rooms were moved next to hers, causing scandal across England as well as Europe.This was used by Elizabeth’s cousin and rival, Mary, Queen of Scots, who told another noblewoman, Bess of Hardwick, that Robert had been seen visiting Elizabeth’s rooms many times.Elizabeth I Coronation MiniatureThis was made even worse when, in 1587, a man named Arthur Dudley, while visiting the court of Philip II in Spain, claimed to be the illegitimate child of the Queen and Robert.His story included a time of conception – around 1561 – when Elizabeth was ill and bedridden, her body mysteriously swollen. Arthur was also able to name a servant who took him from Hampton Court Palace and raised him as his own before confessing all on his deathbed in 1583. However, there was no real evidence to confirm the story.Lord Robert Dudley, circa 1560To add fuel to the already brightly burning gossip fire, Robert Dudley’s wife died under mysterious circumstances in 1560. While Robert was constantly by Elizabeth’s side, his wife was not, living apart from her husband.Robert pressed for an impartial inquiry, which found that it was an accident: his wife had fallen down the stairs, breaking her neck. However, it was still speculated that Robert had arranged his wife’s demise, in order to be able to marry Elizabeth.Queen Elizabeth and Leicester by William Frederick Yeames, 1865While many historians and a coroner’s report found in the National Archives have all pointed to an accidental death, it did not prevent nobles and politicians at the time from using it to try desperately to prevent the Queen from marrying him.Notwithstanding this pressure, Robert remained close to the Queen, despite his suggestion that she would be better off without him. As she told the French ambassador, “I cannot do without my Lord Robert for he is like my little dog.” Thus he remained by her side as her “Bonny Sweet Robin”. Elizabeth even came up with a plan for him to wed Mary, Queen of Scots, but only on the condition that the pair lived with her at court. It did not come to fruition, however.Robert Dudley, dressed partly in tilting armour, 1575In 1562, Elizabeth became ill with smallpox and requested that Robert be made Protector of the Realm. However, her health improved, and he was instead made a privy councilor.Their friendship and close companionship continued for many years. Robert was given the title of Earl of Leicester in 1564 and a gift of Kenilworth Castle, which the queen visited regularly.Queen Elizabeth at Wanstead Hall. The figures in the garden may include representations of Robert and Lettice Dudley. Painting by Marcus Gheeraerts the ElderIn 1578, with no hope of marrying Elizabeth in the future, Robert secretly wed her cousin, Lettice Knollys. Elizabeth was furious, however, and never spoke with her cousin again.The marriage did not last long, as Robert died of suspected stomach cancer in 1588. Understandably devastated by the loss of her dearest and closest companion, the queen barricaded herself in her rooms and refused to see anyone. His last letter to her, which she noted directly on it after he had died, was buried with her in 1603.A letter from Leicester to Elizabeth I, written at the Armada camp and signed with his nickname, “Eyes”Whether Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley were indeed lovers remains a mystery to this day; there is no hard evidence to provide confirmation one way or the other. However, when Elizabeth believed she was dying, she solemnly swore, “though she loved [Robert] dearly…nothing unseemly had ever passed between them.”Read another story from us: Elizabeth I Files: The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding her True GenderNonetheless, in a court and era full of intrigue, backstabbing and scheming (she had been imprisoned by her own sister after all), it is not surprising that Elizabeth would remain so close to one of her oldest and most loyal friends, Robert. They did not need to be lovers to share a deep love for one another.last_img read more

VIDEO Rick Pitino ranting against shoe companies involvement in recruiting in 2014

first_imgRick Pitino is going down in flames after becoming entangled in the massive college basketball recruiting scandal involving shoe companies funneling recruits to basketball programs in exchange for cash.Pitino has denied any direct involvement, but reports  now allege he was in direct contact with shoe companies and cherry picking top recruits.We unearthed a preseason press conference from 2014, where Pitino directly addressed the role of shoe companies in the recruiting process, and called for the NCAA to address the situation. Of course, he proclaims his program would never do such a thing. Sure, Rick.Based on all the information available now, it’s laughable and revealing, considering his apparent direct involvement in the scandal. Advertisement Pitino was always a great coach, but this is elite lying.“Our pockets are all lined with their money.”last_img read more

VIDEO Reallife SpiderMan heroically climbs 4 stories in 30 seconds to rescue

first_imgIn one of the more heroic feats you’ll likely ever see, a Paris man climbed 4 stories on the outside of a building to save a four-year-old child dangling from a railing, as a captivated crowd watched on.22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama leapt into action and scaled the 4 stories to reach the child in a remarkable 30 seconds to reach the child who was being held by residents of a neighboring unit until Gassama was able to bring the kid to safety.Even Peter Parker has to slow clap this effort.Les héros ne portent pas de cap. 👏👏 #Paris pic.twitter.com/QrOn3YB4Q7— •NubiΔΠ• (@Adil__Brown) May 27, 2018 Advertisementlast_img