Month: August 2019

Corky The Little Brown Mouse Thats 100 Percent Green

first_img © 2010 Citation: Corky, The Little Brown Mouse That’s 100 Percent Green (2010, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Corky, the little brown mouse, is self powered. It requires no batteries like other wireless mouse devices, but makes its own kinetic energy by scrolling, clicking, and rolling around just like any battery-operated mouse. The energy is captured and stored by piezoelectric elements within the mouse. More information: via Inhabitat ( — A computer mouse that’s made from recycled and biodegradable cork and recycled plastic components is one of 18 finalists in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition. But its technology is even greener than its parts. Apple Intros ‘Mighty Mouse’ 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. Adele Peters, Corky’s inventor, designed the little brown mouse to be sustainable, recyclable, and self-powered. But she has also thought through the processes by which these features will be fulfilled. Plans include regional sourcing and assembly, as well as regional take back and disassembly, making the disassembly data easily accessible for the recycling centers, so proprietary information will not stand in the way of making Corky 100 percent green.If you like Corky, the little brown mouse, you can vote for it in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition. Corky, the little brown mouse. (Image via Inhabitat) How Corky captures energy. (Image via Inhabitat)last_img read more

Twoheaded porpoise pulled from the ocean in the North Sea

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. Reports of conjoined twins in cetaceans (a family that includes whales, porpoises and dolphins) are rare, quite naturally because they occur in the open sea—it is also likely that most would die shortly after birth, like the specimen found by the fishermen. In this case, it appears the porpoise was born without the ability to swim.The fishermen knew the porpoise was a rare find, but because they were subject to rules preventing them from keeping caught mammals, they were compelled to throw it back into the sea—but not before taking multiple photographs, which they sent to the team at Deinsea.In studying the photographs taken by the fishermen, the researchers found signs that it had been born very recently—the dorsal fins were limp and the umbilical opening was still open—also, the tail had not stiffened, which meant it could not swim. Additionally, both of the heads still had rostrum hair, which disappears in healthy porpoises shortly after birth. The research team reports also that the porpoise was male, and that it had two heads that were fully formed. It also had individual pectoral fins, but just one body. They suggest it is likely the porpoise was symmetrically conjoined, which happens when two embryos fuse into one. In other cases, a single embryo does not split, preventing the development of separate twins.Though there have been nine previous cases of known conjoined sightings in cetaceans, this is the first for a porpoise. Researchers believe that twins, conjoined or otherwise, are rare in porpoises because porpoise calves in utero are too large. The development of conjoined twins would normally kill the mother, though it is not known if that was the case for the one found in the North Sea. Explore further © 2017 More information: … 7_1-5_2017_06_07.pdfcenter_img Citation: Two-headed porpoise pulled from the ocean in the North Sea (2017, June 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Mexico to put endangered vaquita porpoises in refuge A newly born two-headed porpoise has been documented by a group of Dutch fishermen and studied by a team of researchers from several institutions in the Netherlands. In their paper published in Deinsea—Online Journal of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, the researchers report how the fishermen caught the porpoise, photographed it and then threw it back into the ocean.last_img read more

Evidence found for midsized black hole near center of Milky Way

first_img Over the years, scientists have found a lot of physical evidence of large and small black holes, but very little evidence for those in the mid-size range. This has led to an intense search, which until now, has come up mostly empty—mid-size black holes are exceedingly difficult to spot.The team reports that last year, they discovered a gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way that appeared to behave in odd ways—some of the gasses were moving faster than others. The cloud, named CO-0.40-0.22, was intriguing because not only did it represent the possibility of finding an intermediate black hole, but it could also explain how massive black holes come to exist at the centers of galaxies, such as our own Milky way.The team originally spotted the gas cloud using the Nobeyama radio telescope in Japan—but to learn more about what they had found required something bigger, so they ventured to Chile, where they gained access to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. The researchers found that there was a dense part of the gas cloud near its center that also showed varying velocities. Better yet, just next to the clump, they found a source of radio waves that was very similar to those generated from the giant black hole at the center of Milky Way, but 500 times weaker. The two findings together suggested very strongly the presence of a mid-sized black hole. To add further evidence, the researchers built a simulation of the gas cloud and its characteristics, particularly the gas velocities, and found that it, too, pointed to a mid-sized black hole.These findings offer strong evidence of a mid-sized black hole, though it is not clear how it might have come to that location. But as more research is done and the find is confirmed, the mid-sized black hole could explain how giant black holes at the centers of galaxies are formed—by swallowing nearby mid-sized black holes, perhaps. More information: Tomoharu Oka et al. Millimetre-wave emission from an intermediate-mass black hole candidate in the Milky Way, Nature Astronomy (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0224-zAbstractIt is widely accepted that black holes with masses greater than a million solar masses (M⊙) lurk at the centres of massive galaxies. The origins of such ‘supermassive’ black holes (SMBHs) remain unknown, although those of stellar-mass black holes are well understood. One possible scenario is that intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs), which are formed by the runaway coalescence of stars in young compact star clusters, merge at the centre of a galaxy to form a SMBH3. Although many candidates for IMBHs have been proposed, none is accepted as definitive. Recently, we discovered a peculiar molecular cloud, CO–0.40–0.22, with an extremely broad velocity width, near the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. Based on the careful analysis of gas kinematics, we concluded that a compact object with a mass of about 105M⊙ is lurking in this cloud. Here we report the detection of a point-like continuum source as well as a compact gas clump near the centre of CO–0.40–0.22. This point-like continuum source (CO–0.40–0.22*) has a wide-band spectrum consistent with 1/500 of the Galactic SMBH (Sgr A*) in luminosity. Numerical simulations around a point-like massive object reproduce the kinematics of dense molecular gas well, which suggests that CO–0.40–0.22* is one of the most promising candidates for an intermediate-mass black hole. (—A team of researchers with Keio University in Japan has found evidence of a mid-sized black hole near the center of the Milky Way galaxy. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes their study of a gas cloud cluster near the center of our galaxy and why they believe it offers evidence of a mid-sized black hole. Explore further A possible explanation for why no intermediate sized black holes have been found © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Evidence found for mid-sized black hole near center of Milky Way (2017, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature Astronomy Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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

Outlook Uncertain On Gun Policy As Trump Signa

first_imgOutlook Uncertain On Gun Policy As Trump Signals Openness… Alex Brandon by NPR News Tim Mak 8.21.19 2:38pm President Trump said he’s willing to get behind some changes to background checks for gun-buyers as long as Democrats don’t move the goalposts and lead him down a “slippery slope.”The president told reporters on Wednesday that he continues to support new or altered checks without going into detail and he acknowledged that he’s been taking counsel on the issue from the National Rifle Association.Trump confirmed he’d spoken with NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre on Tuesday but not some news accounts that suggested the two men had agreed there would be no movement on background checks.Instead, Trump said he and LaPierre mostly talked about “concepts” and “certain weaknesses we want to fix” in the current process for buying guns. Trump suggested he was willing to negotiate something with Democrats: “Assuming they really want to get this done, we can get this done.”Precisely what “this” might involve isn’t clear as Trump and Democrats appear far apart on gun proposals following two mass shootings earlier this month in Texas and Ohio.Political leaders on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue have suggested they’d be open to new gun policies, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. But one difficulty in understanding the state of play has been Trump’s own changing position. Two weeks ago, he wrote on Twitter that “Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks.” After his phone call with the NRA leader on Tuesday, Trump played down the need for such action.”We have very, very strong background checks right now,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. Continued Trump: “But we have, sort of, missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle. And we’re looking at different things. And I have to tell you that it is a mental problem … It’s not the gun that pulls the trigger; it’s the person that pulls the trigger.”Then on Wednesday the president repeated some of those points and added that what he feared was a tactic by Democrats in which they opened negotiations but then insisted on elements that would take any bill beyond the point he was willing to support.Opponents call for new actionDemocrats say the recent shootings reinforce the need for significant new action; the House Judiciary Committee has announced it’s going to return early to Washington to take up legislation on “red flag” laws and assault weapons.”For years, Democrats have worked with the survivors of gun violence on legislation and promised that we would never stop until we got the job done,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to lawmakers this month. “Public sentiment is in favor of gun violence prevention,” she said. “The American people must weigh in with the Congress and the president.”Democratic presidential hopefuls also faulted what they called Trump’s capitulation to gun rights groups. “Trump isn’t in charge — the NRA is,” wrote California Sen. Kamala Harris.Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed that if he’s elected not only would he pursue “universal” background checks but also reinstate the 1994 assault weapons ban.Trouble inside the associationThe president’s adoption of the NRA’s leitmotif that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” underscored the enduring influence of the gun rights group even as it also undergoes significant internal turmoil. For example, on the same day that LaPierre spoke with the president, two NRA board members decided to resign. Country music singer Craig Morgan stepped down, as did NASCAR team owner Richard Childress. Childress did not refer to the internal power struggles or the multiple investigations taking place into the NRA’s finances. “It is necessary for me to fully focus on my businesses,” Childress wrote, in a letter obtained by NPR. “My hope is that the NRA will move forward with a focus on its important mission.”Amid allegations of financial impropriety, the New York and Washington, D.C. attorneys general have launched investigations into the gun rights group. This comes in addition to numerous congressional probes into the organization’s finances. Morgan and Childress’ resignations brings the total number of resignations from the board to seven, out of a total of 76 board members. A number of board members have resigned in recent weeks due in part to what they claim is an inability to get straight answers about the group’s financial situation.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Poor sleep leads to skin ageing

first_imgScientists have shown that lack of quality sleep can lead to ageing of skin, says a study. In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, physician-scientists at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Centre, US, found that sleep quality impacts skin function and ageing.The recently completed study demonstrated that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin ageing and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Poor sleepers also had worse assessment of their own skin and facial appearance, reports Science Daily.The research team, led by lead investigator Elma Baron, director of the Skin Study Centre at UH Case Medical Centre, presented their data recently at the International Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, in an abstract titled ‘Effects of Sleep Quality on Skin Ageing and Function’.‘Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin ageing. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin ageing and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure,’ said Baron.last_img read more

Courage under fire

first_imgTo pay a homage and tribute to the victim Indian Habitat Centre is organising a cultural night titled I, Devi.The program is dedicted to Nirbhaya and every woman. Through classical ragas, various acts and with the spoken words artistes will depict various messages to people. India is a country where we worship different forms of  a woman as Saraswati, the godess of knowledge, Laxmi who provides beauty order and prosperity and also Durga, the protector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But what happened with Nirbhaya and many other like her whoes stories might be heard, unherad contridicts what we as a nation believs in. The show I, Devi with its various forms of performing arts will explore various forms of woman and will also be a presentation against the contradictions that our society has.The night will witness Mudhmita Ray on vocals accompanied by Shoma Mukherjee and Shrisha Murty, Anirudh Chowdhury on keyboard, Sanjay Mukhrjee on violion, Tabla performance by Shamsher Nazi and  dance by group Aleksandra. There will be a poetry session by Mamta Yadav. The show is directed and conceptualized by Madhumita Ray.When: 18 DecemberWhere: Indian Habitat Centerlast_img read more


first_imgThe mobile subscribers are at the mercy of the unruly tele-callers who end up making calls at the most unwanted hour. It has been a daily routine for the subscribers to bear such calls and SMS’. According to data accessed from the telecom ministry 9,41,691 complaints  were received by service providers between 27 September, 2011 to 3 July, 2014 while the number of notices sent to unregistered telemarketers from 27 September, 2011 to 24 May, 2013 were 2,86,910. Also Read – A vintage affair with Shyam SundarA total of 4,94,688 of telephone disconnections of unregistered telemarketers were undertaken from September 7, 2011 to July 3, 2014. The data further shows that 8,25,404 connections were additionally disconnected on account of Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC) sent (proactive/call back numbers/entities). The number of notices sent to telemarketers with deduction in their security deposit and total amount deducted so far from 27 September, 2011 to 3 July, 2014 were 4,03,173. While 20 telemarketers were blacklisted during the same dates, 2,24,341 unregistered tele marketers were blacklisted for two years till 3 July, 2014. Given the high frequency of pesky calls, each mobile subscriber today looks for a solution to stop these unwanted messages and calls. Also Read – Melodious Mavericks – Jatin LalitFew years back the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), had introduced the DND (Do Not Disturb) service. A mobile subscriber could register his/her mobile number on DND and as per policy all unwanted messages and calls should have been stopped. But even after registering for the service, these calls and messages haven’t stopped even until now.  TRAI notified the ‘Telecom Unsolicited Commercial Communications (UCC) Regulations, 2007’ dated 5 June, 2007, putting in place a framework for controlling unsolicited commercial communications. It envisaged establishment of a National Do Not Call (NDNC) Registry to facilitate registration of requests from customers who do not wish to receive UCC. To improve the effectiveness of the framework, TRAI had subsequently amended these regulations from time to time by issuing amendments,’ said union telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Rajya Sabha on 11 July, 2014.‘In order to make the regulatory framework for curbing UCC more effective, TRAI issued ‘Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010’ on 1December, 2010.  As per the provisions of the Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010, registration of telemarketers has started on the web portal from 15 January, 2011. Registration of customer preference on National Customer Preference Registry (NCPR) has started from 10 February, 2011. All the provisions of these regulations have come into force from 27 September, 2011,’ he added. Meanwhile the subscribers despite having the assurance from the operators, feel the heat of unwanted calls. ‘I receive so many spam SMS in a day that I have now lost interest in reading them. Sometimes even genuine text messages are kept unread or read after much delay due to this issue,’ says Om Prakash, an insurance company manager. Very few people have stopped receiving calls from every unknown number, he adds. A large number of telemarketers did not register with the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) as required, TRAI said earlier. Telemarketers have also shifted from voice calls to short message service (SMS), it added.The NDNC did not work very well also because many telephone users did not subscribe to the service. In a recent consultation paper, TRAI has proposed that subscribers should be instead offered an ‘opt-in’ option which requires them to register only if they want telemarketing calls, rather than the other way around. A number of countries are moving in this direction, according to TRAI. Another option proposed by TRAI is to make it easier for subscribers to register with the NDNC through the use of toll free special numbers, and interactive voice response systems.To force telemarketers to register with the DOT, TRAI is suggesting a ceiling on the maximum number of calls as well as SMS per day from a telephone number, wireless as well as wireline, so that it can force telemarketers to register with the telecommunications department. Analysts are however not sure how this will work. Mobile subscribers are a large and affluent market for telemarketers. Even mobile service providers cannot sometimes resist the temptation to SMS their subscribers with a variety of unsolicited offers, they add.last_img read more

Water level has depleted in Bengal but not reached dangerous levels

first_imgKolkata: State Water Resources Investigation and Development and Panchayat & Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee said on Thursday that ground water level in the state has depleted, but assured that it has not reached a dangerous level.”70 percent of the water used for agricultural activities is still procured from groundwater. There has certainly been a depletion in ground water level, but it has not reached dangerous levels yet. However, we are taking all possible measures to store water,” Mukherjee said, while speaking at an interactive session on “Assuring Irrigation to Small & Marginal Farmers of West Bengal” at Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister said that in districts like Hooghly, West Burdwan and East Burdwan, they have found out that they need to go 200 feet below the ground for irrigation water. “We earlier had to put in two to three pipes underground for the purpose,” the minister said.He referred to “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo”, a unique state initiative to conserve rain water in all kinds of water bodies like tanks, ponds, reservoirs, canals etc. According to the minister, as of June 2018, 2,44,149 water bodies/water retention structures have been created in convergence with the state Water Resources Investigation & Development and Panchayat & Rural Development departments. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also mentioned about a Rs 3,000 crore loan from World Bank for developing minor irrigation with a command area of 5 hectares and above.The Water Resource Investigation department has already constructed 1,500 check dams across the state, including a good number in the hilly areas for storing water for irrigation.”There are a number of rivers in the state that are of perennial nature. Water from the check dams are being used for irrigation in the areas where rivers dry up,” he said. The minister also spoke about a location-specific scheme for comparatively underserved areas of the state, named “Jalatirtha” since 2014-15, in five Paschimanchal districts of Bankura, Birbhum, Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram & Purulia, which was later extended to Sunderban areas and hilly areas of Darjeeling & Kalimpong.”The achievable minor irrigation potential in the state has been estimated at 44.34 lakh hectares, out of which 31.34 lakh hectares is expected to be drawn from ground water resources, with 13.00 lakh hectares from surface water. Owing to successful implementation of irrigation, the crop intensity has increased from 177 percent in 2010–11 to 188 percent,” Mukherjee said.According to the minister, the small and marginal farmers constitute 96 percent of the farmers and hold around 80.7 percent of the land, the average size of land holding being 0.77 hectare.last_img read more

WB Green varsity to be renamed as Rani Rashmoni Green University

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Green University which is coming up in Hooghly will be named after Rani Rashmoni in commemoration of her 225th birth anniversary.The West Bengal Green University (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed in the Assembly on Monday after the state government had decided that the name of the West Bengal Green University be changed as Rani Rashmoni Green University. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that a proposal has been received to name the university after Lokmata Rani Rashmoni. The process has begun following instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Rani Rashmoni had played an important role in the spread of education in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The life and preachings of Rani Rashmoni have been included in the curricula of the school education following the Chief Minister’s direction,” Chatterjee told the House. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that a photograph of Rani Rashmoni was also unveiled in the state Assembly on Monday. The West Bengal Green University Act was passed in the Assembly in 2017 for setting up the university. It would be developed as a centre of excellence for learning and research in various branches of studies related to environmental studies, surface management studies and bio-diversity management. There will be courses in undergraduate and post-graduate levels and job oriented training as well.last_img read more

Framing inspiration

first_imgCultural exchange has always benefited people around the world, be it through Fine Art or Performing Art forms. The 2nd edition of International Art Symposium is an upcoming event presented by ‘I Art’ and conceptually developed by two Delhi based emerging contemporary artists Sangeeta Kumar Murthy and Suchismita Sahoo. the duo are not only engaged  to paintings and art installations but also have a focus of bringing a little change towards Indian Art in the global platform through intercultural exchange programmes. Their togetherness has brought a new platform for emerging artists from India and abroad. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Artists from six countries and another eleven artists from different corners of India are participating in the symposium. ‘I Art’ starts scouting for young and upcoming art talent throughout the world and invite them for a few days’ stay in India. During their stay at a private residence they can freely show and present their work. Separate workshops are arranged for every form of art (Painting, Sculpture, Art installation, Photography and Apparel designing).  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is intended that during their stay, the artists can show their capabilities and skills by making their own art. The presentations and works are discussed while a file of their work is laid out. Participating artists from around the globe include Lukaszk Rupski (Poland), Luka Radojevic (Serbia), Tg Thet (Myanmar), Sabiha Hadzimuratovic (Bosnia), Yura Tkachenko (Russia), Valentina Dusavitskaya (Russia) and Constantin Migliorini (Italy).Artists participating from India include Sudha Sama, Kamlesh Gandhi, Parveen Upadhaya, Ashish Bose, Barkha Jain, Ritu Gupta, Rajesh Harsh, Kavita Wig, Shraboni Banerjee and Manissha Khanna.  According to Rajesh Harsh, a participating artist, “This platform would help us in maintaining good relations with people who think differently, as inspiration can be drawn from anyone and anything. This platform would help the line blur between the artists of different countries. Sangeeta Kumar Murthy and Suchismitha Sahoo says, “We have always represented India in different countries in various symposiums and the cultural exchange that happens has always been enriching because it helps open avenues.It helps in understanding different cultures, traditions and minds of people. We conceived the idea of holding one in India as this would give an opportunity to Indian artists to showcase and discuss their work. It would open new horizons for artists who might not have got the kind of exposure they wanted. This time we have artists who are exhibiting paintings as well as sculptures. Also, the ratio of female participation is more.”last_img read more

Mamata remembers bravehearts of 1971 war on Vijay Diwas

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday remembered the soldiers of the Indian Army who fought during the 1971 war against Pakistan. “On #VijayDiwas I salute the brave soldiers of the Indian Army who fought valiantly in the 1971 war and defeated the Pakistan Army. Jai Hind,” she tweeted. Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is celebrated every year on December 16 in India, to mark the anniversary of victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. On 16 December, 1971, nearly 93,000 Pakistani soldiers had raised white flags and surrendered to the Indian Army. The victory followed the creation of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).last_img

Early puberty may up risk of untimely menopause

first_imgWomen who have their first menstrual period aged 11 or younger are at an increased risk of early menopause and the risk is even higher if they remain childless, a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has warned.Researchers, including those at University of Queensland, looked at 51,450 women who had agreed to take part in nine studies in the UK, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan.It found that women who started their menstrual periods aged 11 or younger had an 80 per cent higher risk of experiencing a natural menopause before the age of 40 (premature menopause) and a 30 per cent higher risk of menopause between the ages of 40-44 (early menopause), when compared with women whose first period occurred between the ages of 12 and 13. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWomen who had never been pregnant or who had never had children had a two-fold increased risk of premature menopause and a 30 per cent increased risk of early menopause.The risk increased even further for women whose periods started early if they had no children: the risk of premature or early menopause increased five-fold and two-fold respectively compared to women who had their first period aged 12 or older and who had two or more children.”If the findings from our study were incorporated into clinical guidelines for advising childless women from around the age of 35 years who had their first period aged 11 or younger, clinicians could gain valuable time to prepare these women for the possibility of premature or early menopause,” said lead researcher Gita Mishra from the University of Queensland in Australia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”It provides an opportunity for clinicians to include women’s reproductive history alongside other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, when assessing the risk of early menopause, and enables them to focus health messages more effectively both earlier in life and for women at most risk,” said Mishra.Most of the women in the study were born before 1960, with two-thirds born between 1930 and 1949. “We expect that the underlying relationship between these reproductive characteristics across life is still present, but it may be that our definition of early menarche would be revised,” Mishra said. “It is also possible that we will see a higher prevalence of premature menopause for the current generation of women.Another change worth considering is that fertility treatments today can enable women to have children, whereas previously they would have been childless,” she said.In this study only 12 of the women remained childless and it is possible that they may have remained childless due to ovarian problems, which may or may not have been detected, and which might also be implicated in the early onset of menopause. The study was published in the journal Human Reproduction.last_img read more

Satish Gujrals Lifetime Award

first_imgSatish Gujral’s Lifetime Award from the Vice President Venkaiah Naidu comes at a perfect time.Gujral is a versatile and consummate draughtsman, painter, sculptor, architect and writer.Gujral’s artistic career has spanned more than six decades and several mediums and genres.In 1961 in the New York Times, a critic penned his impression of the brilliant artist Gujral.”Gujral is a young Indian painter whose pictures concern themselves with the dialogue between single tragic figures and buildings set down around them with all the apparent solidity of a stated fact. This dark, parched environment is part of a locked-in world, in which figures and buildings stand among the soundless fall of shadows, so that our inspection seems like a trespass. There is something hauntingly Indian in his work, although he consciously refuses to exploit traditional Indian styles. Perhaps this quality lies in the dry colour, sunburned and gritty, that is dragged across the surface to create a uniform mat texture,” wrote the article. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”His pictures are most impressive when subtleties of colour begin to play across this harsh surface like hints of a mirage in a dry desert. But these pictures have an elusive quality that retreats into profundity as you attempt to grasp it. They involve one more and more, so that eventually their seeming solidity dissolves into sliding planes of colour that are somehow slightly desperate, like a house of cards built before some infinite horizon.” (B O’Doherty, New York Times, May 31, 1961, published in Satish Gujral, exhibition catalogue, Forum Gallery, New York, 1964, unpaginated) Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGujral’s work will be in the Saffronart Auction this September in Delhi on 20th September at the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi.This stunning wooden sculpture is among one of his best. The sculpture in burnt wood and gold is a result of his experiments with burnt wood-a medium he grew fascinated with after seeing the multi-hued embers emerge from a burning log of wood. Intrigued by the possibilities of sooty wood, he created sculptural forms with this material-often abstract representations of deities-interspersed with vermillion and gold colours, such as in the present lot. He explores the spatial elements of depth and texture through a unique technique and his multi-faceted, contemporary sensibilities.But it also references multiple imagery from Indian mythology. Gujral’s paintings too stand him in good stead.Whatever he has done he has done so with his own intuition and hard work and unique sensibility. About his paintings Gujral said in an interview: “Thematically it is passion, but inside me, there is an expression of inner fury. You can see it in the whirls on the canvas, through the movement. The whirl is not what is painted. I found out what I had done when I finished. In my Partition paintings there is the same movement in the contorted muscles: the coils symbolise snares in our memory. The inner storm is in the gesture. The motivating expression may be of despair, anger, sorrow or sexual passion, but no artist ever reached the final riding on content.”One of his best series was ceramics , taking the painter to the boundary of the world between art and art decor. His murals done in the 70s were walls in themselves: The Hindustan Times building, Delhi High Court; Sultan’s palace, Muscat; Agricultural Institute, Hissar and many other places are succinct examples.Sculpture has been a very important phase: black burnt wood, and metal have been constant creations. But the real take-off for Gujral was architecture.. Huge domes of some Kubla Khan dream metamorphosed on Indian landscape in red brick. The magnum opus in Delhi by Gujral is the Belgian Embassy . The University of Goa and the Computer Management Corporation, Hyderabad are also important architectural works.In an interview in the 1990’s he said: “An artist should not be connected with anything he has not created himself. When I did ceramics I did it all myself. Many asked me to do tea sets which would be mass produced in my name but I refused…Artists are influenced by craftsmen: actually artists are basically craftsmen endowed with poetic vision. When I did a ceramic mural I didn’t go to a factory. I sat down and studied chemistry, how to build kilns.”last_img read more

Music stalwarts to perform in Delhi on a full moon night

first_imgIndia is known for its countless dance and music styles which celebrate romantic, mythological or devotional themes. Introducing the new generation to our rich and diverse culture, ‘Under the Banyan tree on a full moon night’ is back with its September edition. To be held on 22, 7 pm, at 1AQ, Opposite Qutub Minar, the next edition in the concert series filled with delightful elements that make for a memorable evening, stunning ambiance, delectable food, a selective audience, and the magical full moon – seeks to celebrate three art traditions which emerge from North India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe musical evening will start with a performance by Indira Naik, an institution in Hindustani classical music. She has been trained under Pt. Satyanarayan Singh, Pt. Mohinderjeet Singh, Pt. Dayal Thakur, and Pt. Vithal Rao, all stalwarts in the field. Indira has collaborated with a diverse set of musicians and has also released four studio albums. For under the banyan tree on a full moon night, Indira Nayak will perform Thumri, a semi-classical celebration of love and joy, such as the Radha-Krishna love saga. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe second set of performers, The Ganganis, represent a unique art tradition of a family which is filled with expert Kathak dancers and percussionists, trained at home by family members who have passed down traditions, skills, and styles over decades of dedicated practice. The Ganganis will present a percussion centered set which will celebrate the rhythms and beats of the Kathak tradition. They will also showcase a dance performance, which will be a glimpse of the Kathak dance form. The final performance of the evening will feature The Kutle Khan project. A testament to Kutle Khan’s voyage into a world of music ‘beyond boundaries’, music played by The Kutle Khan project is a perfectly distilled blend of musical styles, while still retaining a strong Rajasthani folk sensibility.The evening’s entertainment will conclude with a performance by the Kutle Khan project; Rajasthani folk performers, who celebrate the Kaalbeliya dance form – an energetic celebration of the Kalbelia tribe.The event also comes with an inspiring space creatively conceptualised by Anubhav Nath offering a stunning view of Qutab Minar, the venue 1AQ, the company of a select community and the rain- washed full moon to bring to you a complete musical soiree experience.The August edition featured Hindustani vocalist Pavitra Chari, Atul Shankar and a mesmerizing performance by ‘Women of the World’.last_img read more

City streets wear deserted look amid fear of clashes

first_imgKolkata: Streets in the city emptied by early Thursday evening amid fear of clashes, as election trends poured in with the ruling Trinamool Congress and the surging BJP locked in a neck and neck battle for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. People reached the safety of their homes before the formal declaration of results, fearing violent fallout of the poll outcome amid a bitter election battle between the two parties, leaders of which were involved in a no-holds barred attack in a gruelling two-month long campaign. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”In a state where political clashes are the norm during election season, we thought it is better to go back home early to avoid being caught up in some untoward incident,” said Moloy Banik, an employee of a private firm at Dalhousie in the heart of the city. His colleague Raju Basu nodded in agreement as they hurried towards a bus stop near their office. Small crowds gathered at tea shops and local clubs in various localities of the city, discussing the incoming trends and possible results in a hushed voice. “We are not venturing far from our homes after sundown so that we can get back fast in case of any incident,” said Manoj Roy, as he sipped tea with his friends at Lake Market area in the southern part of the city. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateStunned at the impending outcome of the elections, Trinamool Congress supporters were subdued in their celebrations though its candidates attained comfortable leads in the two Lok Sabha seats in the city – Kolkata South and Kolkata North. Party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s residence at Kalighat and the TMC headquarter at Eastern Metropolitan Bypass also wore deserted looks. In contrast, the BJP state headquarter in central Kolkata saw jubilant supporters distributing sweets and smearing each other with orange-coloured “gulal”. An official of Kolkata Police said there was no report of any incident or commotion with regard to the election results till evening. Additional forces have been deployed in many areas to prevent any incident, he said.last_img read more

Incessant rain causes spate of landslides in Hills 2 killed

first_imgDarjeeling: Incessant rainfall in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills has triggered numerous landslides, leading to the death of two persons in Pubung in Darjeeling. A number of houses have been damaged as well.At around 2 am on Monday, a landslide occurred at Chataidhuta near Pubung Fatak in Sukhia block, where the house of one Kumar Lopchan was washed away and buried under the debris. “Police along with fire brigade rushed to the spot. Lopchan (60 years) and his wife Bal Kumari Lopchan (55 years) were dug out and rushed to the Darjeeling Sadar Hospital at around 4am. The hospital doctor declared both brought dead,” stated Mingma Lepcha, OC, Jorebungalow police station. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLopchan’s daughter Chetna Lopchan works in the police department, while his son Chetan Lopchan works in Sikkim. “We have distributed necessary relief material including tarpaulins. The Block Development Officer is keeping a close tab. We are constantly monitoring the situation. A coordination meeting of the line departments has been held and a helpline has been started. In case of any emergency, one can call at 0354-2255749,” stated Deepap Priya P, District Magistrate, Darjeeling. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe victims of the landslide will be given ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh as per government norms. GTA chairman Anit Thapa visited the affected spots and families on Monday and assured of all requisite help from GTA. There have been reports of numerous landslides in Kalimpong as well, namely from Coronation Bridge (on the way to Malbazar) and Setijhora area. Single lane traffic has been plying on this part of the National Highway. Trees were uprooted in different parts of Kalimping blocking roads and damaging houses. The house of Bishnu Maya Sherpa was damaged when a tree crashed on it at Goshkhan Line in Lava. She, however, escaped unhurt. The house of one Sabir Rai was wrecked in a landslide in ward number 4 in the Kalimpong Municipal area. Kalimpong has been allotted the emergency control room number 03552-256353. The IMD has stated in a weather bulletin: “Due to presence of low pressure area over Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Bihar with strong moisture incursion from bay of Bengal, enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over the districts of North Bengal during July 8-12.” The IMD has issued a red warning (very heavy rainfall) for Darjeeling area for July 9 and 10 and yellow warning (heavy rainfall) for July 11 and 12.last_img read more

Summer fashion picks for office wear

first_imgFrom relaxed casuals to strictly corporate, dress codes for office vary widely in today’s time with changing work cultures. Ensure you have some right essentials. Here are few suggestions from experts: Frolic Formal: If you are someone who regularly meet executives, you might be asked to come dressed in business formals. A tailored suit in a solid, neutral colour like black, gray or navy can be paired with a white collared button-up shirt – a classic pairing for men. Women can pair-up their well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral colour such as black, navy or brown with a collared white button-up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSmart semi-formal: Wearing casual to work is an art of adding personality to the workwear without looking unprofessional. Separates like skirt or trouser with a cardigan can be one choice for women. Pair it with solid coloured or muted patterns like checks or striped shirt. Men can pick a collared button-up in any colour to pair it with black dress pant or pressed khakis in the summer. Classic casual: For the ones allowed to wear casuals to work, remember not to go over the top with your dress-up. Casual dressing also leaves room for individuality and slight experiments. Men can pair up collared polos with casual slacks or dark denims. Choose muted patterned polos over novelty designs to be able to mix in while making a subtle statement. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNicely fitted tops and blouses with cotton slacks or denims can be the option for women to wear to office. Dresses and skirts also add to the variety. Some tips on what footwear to wear and bags to carry to office: Footwear: Footwear adds the final touch to the outfit. For women, flats are more comfortable and functional than heels, while at work. Platform heels work the best for working women as they are stylish yet comfortable at the same time. Also, wedges look chic and glamorous without being over the top. For men, Oxford, derby shoes and loafers are formal, classy and high on the style quotient. A brown shoe catches more attention and adds another layer to your outfit. Dark brown shoes are easier to pull off than light brown ones. However, a pair of classic black shoes goes with primarily everything that you wear and has been never out of vogue. Bag Options: Work bags often pull double duty – they need to be attractive and useful with enough space to carry all the things you need during the day. For women, the classic tote bags are large enough to get you through a work day as they tend to swallow half your stuff. It can have a neoprene water bottle sleeve, a phone pocket, pen holder, padded laptop sleeve, notebook or tablet sleeve with magnetic closure, and interior side pocket. For men, the classic backpack has the convenience of the open pocket design, such as the carryall, generally with a smaller outer pocket. It is multi-functional and serves the purpose, whether in the office or heading out for a meeting. Also, these days the market is full of stylish options for men’s laptop bags crafted from leather, in different colours and designs.last_img read more

Incredible RealLife Inspirations Behind the World of Harry Potter

first_imgThe Harry Potter novels are some of the most magical books you’ll ever read. They delight adults and children alike. Yet while J.K. Rowling’s words might take you to a realm of pure fantasy, some of the ideas and characters within the books have their roots firmly grounded in ancient myths and folklore — and some are based on objects from the real world.Ancient creaturesHarry Potter movie props – magical books and Dobby the House Elf.Most people will have heard of a phoenix or a dragon. Anyone well-versed in fairies or folklore might recognize some other creatures in the Potterverse as well.The basilisk is a creature so old that it was written about by Pliny the Elder in 79 AD. In his Natural History, he described it as being not more than 12 fingers in length with a white spot on its head in the form of a crown. Many people believed that the basilisk was the king of the serpents, and its name in Ancient Greek means “little king.”Statue of Pliny the Elder on the facade of Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore in Como, Italy. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber CC BY-SA 3.0Pliny went on to say that its breath was so noxious that it could wither grass. If a man on horseback should plunge a spear into the creature, the basilisk’s poison would run up the weapon and not only kill the rider, but also his horse. It’s lucky for Harry that Rowling chose to tone down the deadly nature of this beast.Boggarts are creatures which Rowling borrowed from English folklore. We first meet a boggart in a Defence Against the Dark Arts class run by Professor Lupin in The Prisoner of Azkaban.Boggart Hole Clough Brook. This park, just north of Manchester city center, contains some dramatic ravines. Local legend associates a boggart with this area. A boggart is a mischievous spirit mainly found in Lancashire and Yorkshire – they were thought to be responsible for poltergeist activity. Photo by Keith Williamson CC BY-SA 2.0The boggart in the Potterverse can transform into the worst fear of the person in front of them. However, boggarts according to the superstitions of our world possessed no such powers.Katherine Briggs, in her Encyclopaedia of Fairies, describes a boggart as a mischievous brownie with habits similar to a poltergeist. A boggart would disrupt the household and play tricks, but would never be seen.A bit closer to the original source are the grindylows which live in the lake next to Hogwarts. In The Goblet of Fire, they guard the stolen loved ones as part of the second task in the Triwizard Tournament.The Triwizard Trophy at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of the Making of Harry Potter. Photo by Karen Roe CC BY 2.0They are listed in Brigg’s Encyclopaedia too, and are described as “nursery bogies,” a form of fairy that was invented to prevent small children from misbehaving in dangerous ways. It was said that any children venturing too close to a deep pool might find themselves being dragged down by the grindylows to drown in the depths.Nicolas FlamelNicolas FlamelThis man really did exist and lived in Paris in the 14th and 15th centuries. During his life he worked as a scribe, and it was only after his death that he was linked with alchemy.About 200 years after his death, rumors arose that he’d not only managed to create the philosopher’s stone (that can turn base metal into gold) but also that he and his wife, Perenelle, had gained immortality by discovering the Elixir of Life.Tombstone of Nicolas Flamel, 1418, Musée de Cluny, Paris.These claims came about because of the publication of the Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures in 1624. This was a text attributed to Flamel in which he described his life’s work of trying to find the philosopher’s stone.Three Treatises of Natural Philosophy – the first edition of the book of hieroglyphic figures of Nicolas Flamel, published in 1612.The introduction stated how he bought a mysterious 21-page book that he went to Spain to have translated. This book was identified by a sage he met as being the original Book of Abramelin the Mage. It was from this that he made the stone and the elixir.MandrakeMandrake prop. Photo by Rob Young CC BY 2.0Harry and his friends encounter a mandrake in The Chamber of Secrets. It comes in rather useful for reanimating those who have been petrified by the basilisk.Mandragora (Mandrake) plant. Photo by Welcome Images CC BYS A 4.0Mandrake is a plant that exists in real-life, and although it doesn’t have exactly the same appearance as the ones found at Hogwarts, plenty of people did think the roots looked like human figures.Mandragora, from Tacuinum Sanitatis (1474).Legend also has it that when the mandrake is dug up, it releases a fearful scream that can kill anyone who hears it. To get around this, people would tie one end of a piece of string around the plant and the other end around an animal, so that the animal would be the one to pull up the plant and die.Meaningful namesIrish actor Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore in the film Harry Potter. Photo by AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesSome of the characters have the most outlandish names, but many of them were based on real words or names.Sirius Black, the man who turns into a dog, is named after the constellation Canis Major (meaning the Greater Dog). The brightest star in this collection is called Sirius, or “the Dog Star.”Dumbledore surely sounds made up, but it is in fact an old English word meaning “bumble bee.” It’s a compound word bringing together “dumble” (similar to bumble) and “dor” meaning a buzzing, flying insect.Dobby the house-elf gets his name from Lancashire and Yorkshire, where “Dobby” is the name of a hobgoblin or brownie who plays mischievous tricks. Katherine Briggs likens him to Robin Goodfellow.Read another story from us: Harry Porto? The bookshop in Porto, thought to inspire Harry Potter locationsPerhaps the world of Harry Potter is not as far removed from our own as we might think…last_img read more

The Hiking Grandma who did the Impossible – 3 Times

first_imgImagine walking 2,050 miles along America’s Appalachian Trail, one of the most grueling hikes on the planet, enduring uneven mountainous trails, fallen trees and huge boulders, sleeping on the ground, and relying on the kindness of strangers along the way. It sounds like a rough trip. Now imagine doing it at the age of sixty-seven.Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail solo and completed her journey in five months. It was 1955, and the trails were not as maintained as they are now and were sometimes not even connected.Emma Gatewood. Photo by Stratness CC BY-SA 3.0She had no previous hiking experience other than when she hid from her abusive husband in the woods, but she educated herself on what she could eat in the wild. Growing up on a farm, she was no stranger to hard work.Her first attempt, in 1953, starting in Mount Katahdin, Maine, was unsuccessful as she was not properly prepared, accidentally broke her glasses, and got lost almost immediately.Mount KatahdinPark Rangers helped her find her way out. Not to be deterred, Emma started again two years later with a sack made from denim in which she carried her supplies. No sleeping bag, tent, backpack, or even a compass.She took a shower curtain to keep dry, a blanket, a journal, first aid kits, small non-perishable food items such as nuts and raisins, cans of Vienna sausages, extra tennis shoes, and a few other items.Emma Gatewood. Photo by Stratness CC BY-SA 3.0Starting at the opposite end, in Georgia this time, Emma averaged about fourteen miles a day; she bypassed a troop of Boy Scouts who were unable to hike at her pace. The media got wind of Emma’s extraordinary trek and “Grandma Gatewood” suddenly became a household name.Newspapers reported her progress and took note of her complaints about the condition of the trails, which may have led to the improvements found today.Emma Gatewood. Photo by Stratness CC BY-SA 3.0Her newfound fame also helped her get meals and sleeping quarters with fans who lived near the trails. When the tennis shoe company Keds found out they were her preferred brand, they took advantage of the publicity and supplied her with more shoes. She wore out six pairs on her lengthy walk.Diagram of the Appalachian Mountain systemAfter hiking through northern Georgia, across Tennessee, Maryland, and the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania into New York state and up through Vermont and New Hampshire, she finally reached northern Maine. Afterwards, she gave interviews to Sports Illustrated and appeared on television on the Today Show, You Bet Your Life, and the Tonight Show. According to a blog in the Washington Post, when asked why she did it, she replied, “Because I wanted to.”Not one to sit idle, she made the trip again in 1957 “so she could enjoy it.” Emma hiked it a third time in 1964, but she did it in sections, becoming the first person to hike the trail three times.Emma Gatewood. Photo by Stratness CC BY-SA 3.0In 1959 she hiked again, this time from Independence, Missouri to Portland, Oregon, for Oregon’s Centennial celebration. An old-time covered wagon train had left several weeks before Emma, and she not only caught up to it but passed it, as they traveled through Idaho.In 1959, in her home state of Ohio, Emma assisted in establishing The Buckeye Trail, which consists of twenty miles going north, beginning at Hocking Hills State Park in the southern section of the state and ending at Old Man’s Cave in Benton Township; it has a section named after Emma.Emma Gatewood died in 1973, at the age of eighty-five, from what was believed to be a heart attack. She was buried in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens in Gallia County, Ohio.Read another story from us: How a Movie About a Pig Inspired James Cromwell to Change his LifeBen Montgomery wrote a book about Emma’s exploits called Grandma Gatewood’s Walk, and Ohio filmmaker, Peter Huston, produced an hour long documentary about Emma called Trail Magic. She was posthumously inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame in 2012.last_img read more

Malania Trump accused of plagiarism for RNC speech Florida ISIS claims German

first_img Advertisement Netflix green lights more ‘Making A Murderer’ episodes. (The Playlist)Netflix has announced that more episodes of ‘Making a Murderer’ are currently in production.— The Film Stage (@TheFilmStage) July 19, 2016 Attacker on German train was “fighter” of the Islamic State, the group says— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 19, 2016 ISIS claims responsibility for terrorist ax attack on a train in Germany. (Bloomberg) Plagiarism questions surrounds Melania Trump’s RNC speech from a Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. (Washintonian)ICYMI: Watch Melania Trump straight copy her speech from Michelle Obama. #RNCinCLE— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 19, 2016center_img Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Melania Trump’s speech at #GOPConvention— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2016 3.7 magnitude Earthquake in Florida likely caused by military testing. (WSVN -7)So that weird #Earthquake off the east coast of Florida was actually an experimental Navy explosion?!?!?— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) July 19, 2016NY Mag story says Ailes out at Fox. (NY Mag)BREAKING: The Murdochs have decided to remove Roger Ailes, possibly within days. My latest:— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 18, 2016 German train attack: ISIS-like flag found in attacker’s apartment, police say— KTLA (@KTLA) July 19, 2016last_img read more