first_img More information: Spanish researchers build electric motorcycle prototype The price is not likely to deflate the interests of serious electric bike enthusiasts who, to parrot the Lightning Motorcycles company motto, believe that choosing to ride an electric motorcycle should not be a compromise. The company has focused on refining the technology of their electric bikes for best performance.The company–the result of founder Richard Hatfield getting together with engineers who shared his belief that clean tech transportation can deliver high performance–continues to work out technical challenges. Its key goal is placing electronic motorcycle technology in parity with gas-powered motorcycles.Lightning Motorcycles is especially happy with its choice of the Ener1 lithium-ion battery pack used in the record-breaking run. The driver of the SuperBike was Paul Thede, the owner of Race Tech. Thede, who has a degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic University, is known as a motorcycle suspension guru. He developed the Lightning SuperBike’s suspension system. For Thede, breaking the 200 mph mark on an electric motorcycle was special not just for the numbers, he said, but because it is a step toward “green” technology. Citation: Fastest electric motorcycle tops 200 mph for world record (2011, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The speeds also signify how Lightning Motorcycles broke its own 2010 record of 173 mph. The bike has a Remy HVH250 electric propulsion motor, and an Ener1 battery pack. The pack provides mileage of over 100 miles on the freeway and a combined city/highway range of 150 miles. Lightning Motorcycles is taking orders on its website for the SuperBike, with a base price set at $38,888. © 2011 Explore further ( — The Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike recently set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats as the world’s fastest electric bike, vrooming in at over 200 mph. Lightning Motorcycles set its newest speed coups at a record-breaking 215.960 mph with a best speed of 218.637 mph. Until this month’s triumph, no electric motorcycle had ever topped a speed of 200 mph. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: Linnaeus University ( —A trio of researchers at Stanford University has shined a light on a problem many in the social science research arena are aware of but tend to ignore: the problem of null result papers not being written or published. In their paper published in the journal Science, Annie Franco, Neil Malhotra and Gabor Simonovits suggest that not publishing null result papers produces a bias in the literature, skewing the reliability of papers with strong results that are published. Jeffery Mervis offers an In Depth piece on the team’s work in the same journal edition. Explore further Citation: Researchers suggest lack of published null result papers skews reliability of those that are published (2014, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from When ‘exciting’ trumps ‘honest’, traditional academic journals encourage bad science More information: Publication bias in the social sciences: Unlocking the file drawer, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1255484ABSTRACTWe study publication bias in the social sciences by analyzing a known population of conducted studies—221 in total—where there is a full accounting of what is published and unpublished. We leverage TESS, an NSF-sponsored program where researchers propose survey-based experiments to be run on representative samples of American adults. Because TESS proposals undergo rigorous peer review, the studies in the sample all exceed a substantial quality threshold. Strong results are 40 percentage points more likely to be published than null results, and 60 percentage points more likely to be written up. We provide not only direct evidence of publication bias, but also identify the stage of research production at which publication bias occurs—authors do not write up and submit null findings.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What should a social scientist do if he or she comes up with a hypotheses regarding human behavior, designs a way to test it, runs that test, but then learns that nothing new has been found by doing so? At first blush, it might seem logical to toss the idea into the trash, or file drawer and move on to something else, which is exactly what a lot of researchers do, the researchers with this new effort report. After all, if you don’t find anything relevant or pertinent, others might think you didn’t actually accomplish anything, so why would you write up a paper describing what happened and submit it to a journal?The answer lies in the domain of published results, if respected journals only ever publish strong result papers, an impression is created that only research that provides strong results is important, which of course is nonsense. It also leaves the science open to wasted effort when other researchers come up with the same hypotheses and the same result.To learn more about the problem, the researchers pulled data from TESS, an online program that allows researchers to get data from surveys that have been conducted as part of research efforts sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The team found that only 48 percent of studies begun were completed, so they contacted the study leaders to find out what happened to those that weren’t represented. Their work revealed that just 20 percent of null result papers wound up being published, and that an astounding 65 percent of the null result studies had even resulted in a written paper—the researchers had simply walked away. When asked why, many suggested that to do so would be wasted effort as there would be little interest by journals.The researchers suggest that perhaps a new repository be set up for the placement of null result papers, one that would be accessible by other researchers. That would allow for a future scenario when a scientist could ask their computer about an idea, and get back a history of the research surrounding it, rather than a skewed list that shows only the work of successful endeavors. © 2014 Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

first_img Citation: Quantum computer that ‘computes without running’ sets efficiency record (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Journal information: Physical Review Letters The researchers explain that the “on” and “off” states can be thought of as the two paths of an interferometer, where a photon may take one path or the other, but not both.”Such a situation is very similar to the case of a photon passing through a two-way interferometer,” Jiang said. “When a detector on one of the paths catches the photon, then one says the photon does not go on the other path. Similarly, when the whole system collapses into the ‘off’ subspace, one can conclude that the computer does not run. After each repetition, the state changes slightly. It finally evolves to a certain value after N repetitions from its initial value. By detecting its state, we get the information that is ‘programmed’ in the computer, although the computer has not run.” Breaking the efficiency limitPrevious experimental CFC protocols have faced a counterfactual efficiency limit of 50%, where the counterfactual efficiency is defined as “the average probability of learning the result of a computation without running the computer.” But the generalized CFC (first proposed by G. Mitchison and R. Jozsa in 2001) does not face this limit, which allowed the researchers in the new study to experimentally demonstrate an efficiency of 85% at 17 pulse repetitions. “The key difference between the two protocols is that the ‘off’ subspace of the generalized CFC is dependent on the choice of the ‘algorithm’ (Ur), whereas it is independent in the controlled-Ur CFC,” said coauthor Chenyong Ju at the University of Science and Technology of China. “As a consequence of this fact, the sum of the ‘volume’ of each ‘off’ subspace, which has a direct relation to the counterfactual efficiency, is much larger for the generalized CFC than the controlled-Ur CFC.”The higher efficiency opens up the possibility of developing highly efficient yet very low-light imaging technology. This technology could be useful in any situation in which light may damage or destroy the illuminated sample, which makes the method particularly relevant for biological imaging. Applications may include imaging green fluorescent proteins that might be bleached under laser light, as well as UV imaging of cells and safe X-ray imaging. In some situations, these applications might be performed using only a single photon.”The use of one photon is just for the special case that the object to be imaged has only one pixel being transparent, whereas the other pixels are opaque,” said coauthor Fei Kong at the University of Science and Technology of China. “To image the object with our protocol, one may imagine that the situation in which a photon is absorbed by an opaque pixel is just like the computer evolving into the ‘on’ subspace. Such a process is effectively avoided in our protocol. The photon will eventually ‘find’ the transparent pixel and pass through it. Through a detector below, one can locate this pixel and hence accomplish the imaging with just one photon. The number of photons needed is proportional to the number of transparent pixels, whereas normal imaging methods need [many more] photons.”In the future, the researchers also plan to investigate potential applications of counterfactual computing for secure communication.”We are looking forward to exploring more realistic applications of the generalized CFC,” Du said. “There are several recent works on the topic of counterfactual quantum cryptography and communication. Employing the counterfactual quantum phenomenon, several groups have proposed and demonstrated a new model of secret communication in which no physical signal particles are transmitted, which provides practical security advantages. [For example, see here, here, and here.] We wonder what the potential of the generalized CFC is in this area.” Paving the way for a faster quantum computer Now in a new paper, scientists have experimentally demonstrated a slightly different version called a “generalized CFC” that has an efficiency of 85% with the potential to reach 100%. This improvement opens the doors to realizing a much greater variety of applications, such as low-light medical X-rays and the imaging of delicate biological cells and proteins—in certain cases, using only a single photon. The researchers, led by Prof. Jiangfeng Du at the University of Science and Technology of China and Prof. Liang Jiang at Yale University in the US, have published a paper on the high-efficiency counterfactual computing method in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”The main keys to achieving high-efficiency CFC include the utilization of exotic quantum features (quantum superposition, quantum measurement, and the quantum Zeno effect), as well as the use of a generalized CFC protocol,” Du told How counterfactual computing worksBy “not running,” the scientists mean that the computer—which can operate in either an “on” subspace or an “off” subspace—stays in its “off” subspace for the entire computation. Physically maintaining the computer in the “off” subspace, in this scheme, involves controlling the spin properties of a diamond system, which acts as a quantum switch. Some of the spins must be kept in a superposition state, in which they occupy two states at the same time. To control the spin superposition, the physicists took advantage of the quantum Zeno effect, in which frequent measurements on a system can “freeze” the system in its current state. By applying a sequence of pulses to the system, the scientists could keep the system in its “off” subspace, and so keep it from running. “The procedure comprises a quantum switch and a quantum register,” Jiang explained. “For each repetition, we prepare the quantum switch into a quantum superposition state, including two coherent parts (‘on’ and ‘off’). Then the ‘algorithm,’ a NOT gate on the quantum register in our case, is performed in the ‘on’ subspace. Although it seems the computer has run in this step, a consequent projective measurement will remove all the changes in the ‘on’ subspace, since the probability of the whole system collapsing into the ‘off’ subspace during the measurement is very large (approaches 100% as the number of repetitions tends to infinity utilizing the quantum Zeno effect).” More information: Fei Kong, et al. “Experimental Realization of High-Efficiency Counterfactual Computation.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.080501 (a) The pulse sequences for the generalized CFC scheme keep the system in its ‘off’ state. (b) Populations of different states as a function of the number of repetitions of pulse sequences. (c) The green curve shows the simulated efficiency (reaching 85%) with practical imperfections, while the dotted curve shows the ideal efficiency (reaching 100%). The dashed line shows the 50% limit. Credit: Kong, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Explore further (—Due to quantum effects, it’s possible to build a quantum computer that computes without running—or as the scientists explain, “the result of a computation may be learned without actually running the computer.” So far, however, the efficiency of this process, which is called counterfactual computation (CFC), has had an upper limit of 50%, limiting its practical applications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgOn the theory that consumers use money to express themselves as individuals, researchers at University College London and Columbia University analyzed spending by more than 2,000 consumers in the U.K. who agreed to provide their financial data for analysis. Overall, the researchers analyzed more than 2 million spending records, including purchases made at Amazon and British supermarkets like Tesco. The paper was recently published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Read the whole story: CBS Decisions on how you spend your money can signal key traits about your personality, according to a new study. People who tend to be neurotic typically spend less on mortgage payments than others, for instance.last_img read more

first_imgÖzgür Aytürk Culture and Tourism Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy in India takes pride in promoting his country’s culture and tourism and has taken several steps to tap into the ever-increasing outbound travellers market from India. In an interview with Millennium Post he speaks about how both Turkey and India are connected culturally.Can you tell us about the cultural of your country and how similar it is to India?Turkey is on the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle East and that in itself makes it unique. And it is for this reason that for centuries Turkey has seen many civilisations come and go and has had the fortune of evolving a diverse and rich heritage and culture much like India. So when one visits Turkey today you will find richness of this diversity in every part of the country and especially in Istanbul as it was capital to three different empires in the history. So one would find a great mix of religious worship places, cuisine, and cultural all under one roof in Istanbul. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What steps have you taken to improve cultural relations between India and Turkey?We think that culturally we are close to India unfortunately, however, we have to remind this to the people of both the nations. Both India and Turkey share common platforms in terms of cuisine, general characteristics amongst our people, hospitality and even language.  In fact there are more than 9,000 words that are same or similar in both the languages. To remind both the nations of these similarities we have been organising several cultural nights or supporting them. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSufism is another string that binds both the countries musically and culturally hence we have orgainsed several Sufi festivals. The last one was performed at the Rastrapati Bhawan. So we are trying to promote and showcase these similarities in order to build stronger cultural ties. We had also organised a Turkish food festival some time back which got a good response. We are also looking at establishing a cultural centre in Delhi, once that is established we will be holding Turkish events more often in the city and we hope to have it established by the end of this year. What is the role of the Indian travel fraternity in promoting Turkey among Indian travellers?Now people are using websites more often but still when you look at this market, majority of them are still going to the travel agents before making their decisions. They still have a great impact on the end consumers while shaping their decisions and making their vacation plans. That is why we will be supporting the travel trade through road shows, fun trips, media campaigns that are going on. What segments are you looking to promote in India? Please tell us about your strategies in targeting these.MICE definitely. Although, we do not have certain breakup for MICE and leisure, we believe that more than 20 percent visit Turkey for MICE purpose and little less for leisure. We are focusing on MICE because we think Turkey has many things to offer. It has very beautiful and big convention facilities. Ontalia is hosting the ICCA 2014 conference, Ismeirs and some other cities have big convention venues.On the other side, wedding is becoming very popular for Turkish private sectors. We are getting queries from Turkish hoteliers and associations. We are willing do so something on wedding and golf. We are inviting decision makers and tour operators to showcase the gold destinations. We have been organising Istanbul shopping fest for the past two years. Istanbul shopping fest is 20 days shopping fest, where we have lucky draws every day and people can win every day.Has Turkey seen many repeat travellers from India?Turkey is  a destination which can’t be explored at one go. If you are curious about the country you have to definitely return. They visit Istanbul and when they return they tell their friends and start planning for other trips. I can’t say about promoting Turkey as a repeat destination because the numbers from India are still below our expectations.last_img read more

first_imgThe urban life has it’s own pro’s and con’s. Our life is an imprint of our professions, homes, societies influence and many other things. One such play depicting the up’s and down’s of an urban couple will soon be staged in the Capital.Between the Lines is a contemporary play set in urban India, where well-educated, affluent couples find themselves caught between modernity and tradition. Maya and Shekhar are a lawyer couple, who have been married for 10 years. Shekhar is a high-profile criminal lawyer, while Maya balances work and life, drafting routine contracts for a law firm. One day they accidentally end up being on opposite sides in an attempted murder case. Shekhar is the prosecutor and Maya, the defense lawyer. As they fight the case, their personal life starts to get impacted in more ways than one.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play is co-written, directed and enacted by Nandita Das.  This play also marks her directorial debut of Das in theatre. Das made her directorial debut with Firaaq, in 2008 which travelled to over 50 film festivals around the world, winning both audience and critical acclaim.  Between the Lines also marks her return to the stage after eight years. Her co-actor is Subodh Maskara, an entrepreneur, who is on a sabbatical to pursue his creative passions. He makes his debut in professional theatre in Between the Lines, alongside his wife, Nandita Das.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDas and Divya Jagdale, both actors, got into writing by default! Nandita wrote her directorial debut film, Firaaq, while Divya has written two plays: Bansuri and End of Season. Their writing is true to life, as it comes from real, lived and felt experiences. The play is based on a theatrical adaptation by the writer-academician Purushottam Agarwal, who was inspired by a 1960s English film. When: 7-8 December, 7 pmWhere: FICCI auditorium, Mandi Houselast_img read more

first_imgLalit Kala Akademi is presenting  Inner Voices, a solo show of artist Vijendra Sharma from December 13 which will go on till December 19, in its gallery number three and four. The exhibition is to curated by Uma Nair.  Vijender the artist is quiet for contemporary taste. The paintings look at his Desire series that deal with the pressures and struggles of life as well as images that speak of ambition, of self realization, of the new woman and a few other large canvasses.”The New Woman” is a surreal work of a young girl sitting on a chair completely covered with a newspaper wrapping from head to toe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Influenced as a young artist by realism ,he made one of the most astonishing leaps in Indian contemporary art – transforming himself into a painter of hyper realist abstractions and studies of human portraits and choreographed compositions. He was particularly attracted to subjects and thinkers who looked beneath the surface of the modern world — to create corollaries where even a stone wall seems to have a secret life“Vijender Sharma  has always painted dream worlds, a world that is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence. Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the mythic and religious Indian epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with modern myth and full of complexity”, says curator Uma Nair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe wants to convey a profound view of existence, one suggesting that, to borrow Thoreau’s words, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This show, includes many of his archetypal figures from reality myth and his own idea of fantasy: a young girl wrapped up in newspaper, a hairy man breaking out of a sheath that looks tight ,a wrinkled pair of hands held in clenched closeness while the flowers around speak of the power of the human spirit. “My subjects are born out of everyday realities. Not only do they offer me a rich visual source, the human experience also reveals the ritualistic, experiential and decorative nature of contemporary art trends – a point which sets the modern millennium story apart from the traditional legends. During and after my travels all over the world and in India ,images of human habit provide the inspiration and visual sources enabled the me to crystalise my exploration of an aesthetic style in terms of the hyper realist idioms,” says Vijender Sharma.last_img read more

first_imgWeeping, wailing and lamenting out loud, displays of the aching anguish felt at the death of a loved one, can also be a traditional art.For Lakshmi R, who hails from Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district, weeping on command and often during funerals for strangers, is a profession she has been practicing for the past over 20 years The 57-year-old professional mourner, a practitioner of  ‘Oppori’, the ancient tradition of singing to express grief and lament, gave a live performance at Khoj Collective recently. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was part of the finale event marking a show curated by the Delhi-based artist collective Khoj. Titled Nameless Here for Evermore it showcased art reflecting on global suffering and collective trauma. “It was fairly disturbing”, says Amitesh Grover, an assistant professor at the National School of Drama who was invited by Khoj to put up the performance.“I wanted to investigate what mourning means. I have been observing a lack of collective mourning in urban society. It is entirely absent in society. Nowadays we do not meet to mourn collectively,” says Grover. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDuring his research Grover spent some time in Tirunelveli and among Oppori singers, of whom he says there is no correct estimate available. “There are no correct estimates on the community. It is a dying tradition. No new women were interested or allowed to practice and existing Oppori singers are stigmatised by neighbours and not invited to weddings etc because they are thought to carry the stigma of death,” says Grover. Lakshmi, who ran away from her abusive husband provided an intimate autobiographical account of her life and sorrows to a select audience in Delhi, which was visibly moved by the performance. Some people even completely broke down into tears moved by the sheer force of her songs. “The event was designed for her to see death not just as a private affair but also a lament,” says Grover.“Lakshmi has been singing for 20 years now and we set up a tutorial during event so that the young artist Janagi learnt to sing the Oppori repeating after Lakshmi,” says Grover.The show was intended as a way to look at transferrance of the quality of mourning, to set up a dialogue with a traditional performative practice. “It is a deep experience,” says Grover.“From my perspective I wanted to see how Lakshmi managed to produce tears. Everytime, I have seen her perfrom I have seen her cry and the tears are genuine. Sometimes she had to stop and wipe them away. She brings out the intimate sadness and to me that is mark of a true performer,” says Grover. The performer herself draws strength from the responses of the audience. She sings, wails and beats her chest and accompanied to the sounds of a beating drum she helps mourners bring their burried grief to the surface.Meanwhile, the Khoj show has got togther an exhibition of multimedia artworks by 10 international artists based on various incidents like the violence in Jammu and Kasmir over the last decade, the Punjab and Delhi riots of 1984, the occupation of Afghanistan besides others.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas district administration is keen on improving the socio-economic condition of the people involved in various Self-Help Groups (SHGs).The district administration has chalked out an elaborate plan for the development of infrastructure so that more people can be inducted into various Self-Help Groups, thereby strengthening the socio-economic condition of people in the rural areas.It may be mentioned here that after coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has laid enormous stress on the formation of various SHGs in the villages, so that the rural youth become self-reliant. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district sets a target of linking nearly 25,000 SHGs with banks. According to sources in the district administration, around 20,000 SHGs and bank credit linkages are on the verge of completion, while 5,000 new linkages are yet to be done.The scheme has got an impetus after the Chief Minister, during her recent administrative meeting, instructed the administrative officials to ensure that more SHGs get bank loans.The district also has a plan to distribute Kishan Credit Cards (KCCs) among 1.69 lakh people across the district. Sources said that more than one lakh KCCs have already been distributed, while the rest will be covered this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe average credit limit for each individual is around Rs 43,000, an official said.The district administration is on constant touch with the banks and other financial institutions, to ensure that the farmers are not denied loans.It may be mentioned that there were some allegations that the distribution of KCCs and also the credit linkages were not satisfactory and there was a delay in the whole process.The district is encouraging people to get involved in bee-keeping, poultry farming, or preparing various handicrafts through the SHGs. There is a plan to impart training on beekeeping among unemployed rural youth, particularly in Bongaon and Basirhat sub-divisions. The youth would be trained by forming small groups. According to the plans, the district horticulture officials would conduct awareness campaign among rural youth, to encourage them for bee-farming. It would also convince the people to take up bee-keeping as an occupation to increase agriculture products.Bee cultivators would soon get their identity cards. The scheme would not benefit the poor beekeepers but it would increase the overall production of honey.The state Horticulture department would ensure that beekeepers get a good price for their produce in various state government markets.last_img read more

first_imgUse of foundation in make-up can either make or break the perfect look. Use a primer before applying foundation and set the foundation with translucent loose powder, says an expert.Make-up expert Kanikka Gauraav Tandon suggests how:* Before applying foundation on your face, gently clean your hands and face with the facewash suitable for your skin. For oily skin, use that facewash which contains tea tree oil, neem leaf extract and salicylic acid, so that it thoroughly cleanses skin without making the skin overtly dry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Apply foundation but not with your fingers. Always use foundation brushes as it helps you to clean your skin of germs and also if you use fingers for applying foundation, it will stick to your fingers and not on your face.* Use a primer before applying foundation on your face so that it lasts for a long time. The primer makes your skin safe from the direct touch of any chemical and your skin looks healthy.* Leave the moisturiser, sunscreen or primer for two minutes to set in, before applying foundation and if you feel your skin looks oily after this process, wipe your face with a soft wet tissue. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix* Apply dots of foundation on the cheeks, forehead, chin and tip of your nose. Don’t apply foundation all over your face. The objective is to even out the skin tones and not apply an opaque mass. If it’s too much, you will look like a jester and if too less, you will look unpolished.* Mix the dots together. Make sure that there are no noticeable lines near your hairline or jawline.* Set the foundation with translucent loose powder. This will provide you the natural look. No need to apply loose powder on your face.last_img read more

first_imgIn a unique initiative Women and Child Development minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi and People For Animals have organised an exhibition on Elephant Art – a fundraiser for Wildlife SOS to support the Elephant Rescue Centre and the care of the rescued elephants in India. Renowned artists in the country including SH Raza, Subodh Gupta, Binoy Varghese, Seema Kohli, Rini Dhumal, Thukral & Tagra, Jayasri Burman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maity and several others, work will be on display. Also celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan have painted fibreglass elephant statues which will be on display and sale. The exhibition is curated by Sunaina Anand of Art Alive Gallery. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first Elephant Conservation and Care centre in India has been started by an NGO Wildlife SOS that was established in 1998. All the funds raised from the Elephant Art event will be given to Wildlife SOS who run the “Elephant Conservation and Care Center” (ECCC) in Mathura which is near to the Agra Bear Rescue Facility.  Wildlife SOS provides treatment and care for 18 elephants. The ECCC is in the middle of natural vegetation with open fields around for their daily walks and trees to scratch themselves, making it close to the natural habitat of the elephants. Water pools have been provided to the elephants with free access for them to bath and play in the water. The ECCC is flanked by 215 acres of forest on one side and a river on the other side.Historically the elephant is animal which is worshipped across the world. They are folk divinities in three major religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. In fact Gautama Buddha descended in the form of a white elephant. This fundraiser will be inaugurated on November 28 at 7 pm onwards and the exhibition will continue till 30th November 2015 at Le Meridian Hotel in the national Capital.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The term of the Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, has been extended for another six months.A notification from the Home and Hill Affairs department, government of Bengal on September 15 stated that an Authority (read Board of Administrators) was appointed under the provision of Section 65(b) of the GTA Act 2011, to exercise, discharge and perform all the powers, duties and functions of the GTA. “The said Authority has been functioning as the Caretaking Authority of the GTA in terms of that notification. And holding of general election to re-constitute the GTA Sabha does not appear to be possible in the present situation” stated the notification. “The Governor, in terms of the relevant provision of Section 17(1) of the GTA Act 2011, is pleased to allow extension to the aforesaid Caretaking Authority of the GTA to function for a further period of six months with effect from 20-09-2018,” read the notification. Incidentally, on September 20, 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced the formation of an administrative board to run the GTA with Binay Tamang as Chairman and Anit Thapa as the Vice-Chairman.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The State Finance department has issued a notification, increasing the retirement age of nurses from 60 years to 62 years.It has been stated in the notification that the move has been made to ensure proper healthcare to the people of Bengal through government hospitals, health centres, etc. The step has been taken up after it was noted that “there is acute shortage of nursing personnel in the state which would be difficult to make up through fresh recruitment, as the existing nursing training schools of the state will not be able to provide the required number of such personnel, with their current infrastructure”. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSo, in order to overcome the situation to some extent and considering all aspects of the matter, the age of retirement of all categories of nursing personnel, who are holding regular appointment and are in service as of September 1, shall be enhanced from 60 years to 62 years. It has also been stated that necessary amendments in this connection in the West Bengal Service Rules Part 1 shall be made in due course. This comes at the time when there are around 84,000 beds in the state-run health centres and there is a requirement of around 50,000 nurses. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official, recruitment of nurses takes a long time as there are matters related to their training, involved in the process of filling up the vacant posts. So, the step to increase the age limit of retirement for nurses has been taken to ensure that health services do not get hampered due to the lack of nurses. Common people will be benefitted with the step taken by the state government in this connection. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several measures in the past seven years to create infrastructure for providing better health services to the common people.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The six-day-long anti-dengue campaign along with environmental awareness organised by the students of Sir Ramesh Mitter Girls’ School came to an end on Saturday.The students organised street plays to create awareness against dengue. They put up posters requesting people to clean accumulated water and clear garbage from their houses every day. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has launched a massive drive to prevent the spread of dengue. For the first time, the community Puja committees that will conduct awareness programmes against dengue most successfully will be awarded cash prizes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe students of the school conducted a campaign to set up no-plastic zones. Plastic carry bags clog the underground sewer lines causing massive water-logging everywhere in India. Though campaign against plastic has been carried out, people are still using carry bags and throwing them on the streets. The students planted saplings and urged people to go green. They have also requested locals to keep the environment clean. Atin Ghosh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) said it is good that many schools are taking up drives to create awareness against dengue. He sought cooperation from all walks of life to prevent the spreading of the disease.last_img read more

first_imgLazy Sundays On the second day of World Book Fair, European Union as the guest of honour held its one of the most awaited activities – Lazy Sundays.Lazy Sundays of Literature is a literary European event that featured 12 authors from nine countries at the ‘International event corner’. The afternoon was full of readings, discussions and interactions with celebrated European authors writing across all genres: Dorothea Nurnberg (Austria), JL Morin, Jeanie Keogh and Evridiki Pericleous-Papadopoulou (Cyprus), Norman Ohler (Germany), David Foenkinos (France), Kallia Papadaki (Greece), Jakub Malecki (Poland), José Luis Peixoto and David Machado (Portugal), Elvad Flisar (Slovenia) and Laurence Boissier (Switzerland). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll for public librariesIndian Public Library Movement (IPLM) in collaboration with National Book Trust (NBT), with an aim to inculcate the culture of reading in children has been working together successfully since the signing of MOU between the two organisations. Once again, IPLM leveraged World Book Fair as a platform to bring the cause of public libraries in the mainstream agenda of the government.Chanchal Yadav, secretary, NDMC graced the occasion as the chief guest. She interacted with the audience on the need to revive the culture of reading and importance of public libraries to engage with children. She was also of the opinion that the libraries need to be modernized and digitalized to remain relevant in today’s world. IPLM is also utilizing the opportunity to promote the skill of creative writing by organising a self-written poetry in either Hindi/English or Urdu by the college students which will also be recited by them in front of the audience at World Book Fair on January 13; giving them the pleasure of getting accolades from the live audiences for their own creation.World Book Fair continues till January 14 at Pragati Maidan.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas police on Wednesday started a suo motu case against Sayantan Basu for the derogatory statements he had made during an election rally in Basirhat’s Bhabla on Tuesday.Basu is contesting the elections on BJP’s ticket from Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. The district Trinamool Congress leaders have also lodged a complaint with the returning officer at Basirhat in this regard. A senior leader from the district said that no political leaders can make such remarks which are highly derogatory and may also intimidate the voters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring his election rally on Tuesday, Basu said that he would ask the Central force personnel to fire bullets not aiming at the feet but the chest of those who will create trouble. His statements invited criticism from various quarters. The district police have booked Basu under seven different sections of the IPC. BJP leader Basu has however claimed that their party workers were not allowed to paint wall graffiti by the Trinamool Congress activists in Basirhat. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also alleged that police are slapping various charges on their party workers and hence he had lost his temper. Basu also stated many other cases were already pending against him in various police stations and the new case is just an add-on to the old ones. He also stated that he would inform the matter to the Election commission. They might stage sit-in demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in the state protesting against the false cases that have been slapped the BJP party workers in various parts of the state, Basu maintained. Trinamool Congress candidate from Basirhat, Nusrat Jahan in her Twitter handle urged the people not to get intimidated by the threatening statements made by her political opponent. She also reminded that our democracy propagates peace and not violence. It was learnt that the Election Commission will examine the video footages of Basu. The commission may also seek clarification from Basu in this regard. Meanwhile, the CEO office has already sought a report on various controversial statements of other BJP leaders including Mukul Roy, BJP’s candidate from Jadavpur Anupam Hazra.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The School Service Commission (SSC) candidates who had been part of a hunger strike in the city since February 28, withdrew their movement on Thursday, following the assurance of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who personally met them on Wednesday.Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, five SSC candidates on Thursday met a committee comprising five senior Education department officials at Bikash Bhawan and placed their 14-point charter of demands. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Education department secretary assured them that they would get back to the candidates after going through their demands. After Thursday’s meeting, the students called off their hunger strike but said that they would again start a similar movement from the first week of June, if their demands are not met by then. SSC Chatra Yuva Adhikar Mancha secretary Insan Ali said: “We had a long discussion with senior Education department officials and submitted files carrying our 14-point agenda. The officials will come up with a decision within April 3. We have withdrawn the strike following the assurance of the Chief Minister, for whom we have the highest regard.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee had met the candidates on Mayo Road on Wednesday and urged them to end their hunger strike, assuring them that she would look into the matter. She also sought some time from the candidates. She also reminded them that the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was already on and hence she would not be able to make any specific assurance in this regard. The Chief Minister also told them that her sympathy is with the candidates and also said that her government would try to find a solution in the first week of June, after the conclusion of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She clarified that nothing can be done immediately as that would violate the MCC and if anything is done in haste, it could be challenged in the court of law. Banerjee instructed state Education minister Partha Chatterjee, who was accompanying her, to include five of the agitating candidates in the expert committee headed by the Education department secretary Manish Jain, to make a comprehensive report on the issue. It may be mentioned here that Thursday was the 29th day of the hunger strike by the SSC candidates. Over 400 SSC candidates from the state had been part of the hunger strike at Mayo Road under the banner of SSC Chatra Yuva Adhikar Mancha. The candidates had accused that there have been some irregularities in the appointment of assistant teachers at state-run schools. They have called for immediate recruitment in the numerous vacancies across the state.last_img read more

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) technology can enhance the quality of life for people with dementia by helping them to recall past memories, reduce aggression and improve interactions with caregivers, says a study. The technology helped patients recall old memories by providing new stimuli difficult to achieve, due to ill health, or inaccessible within a secure environment, said the team from the University of Kent in the UK. These memories not only provided positive mental stimulation for the patients but also helped their caregivers learn more about their lives before care, thereby improving their social interaction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”VR can clearly have positive benefits for patients with dementia, their families and caregivers. It provides a richer and more satisfying quality of life than is otherwise available, with many positive outcomes,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent. For the study, the researchers picked eight patients aged between 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Each patient used a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual environments of a cathedral, a forest, a sandy beach, a rocky beach and a countryside scene. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe sessions were monitored with feedback gathered from patients and their caregivers. The patients also demonstrated their own choices during the experiment, with some keen to explore different VEs within a session, while others explored the same environment repeatedly. “With further research it will be possible to evaluate the elements of virtual environments that benefit patients and use VR even more effectively,” Jim Ang added.last_img read more

first_imgIn 2000, a team of scientists, led by Ethiopian paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged, discovered the skull and bones of a toddler ape-girl from 3.3 million years ago. The fossil was named Selam, meaning “peace” in Ethiopian. Selam belongs to the same species as Lucy, Australopithecus afarensis, and was unearthed just a few miles from the location where the famous female adult was discovered in 1974.Since it is the second complete skeleton from that species, Selam is quite often called Lucy’s baby even though she lived some 120,000 years before Lucy.Selam. Photo by Highrey CC BY-SA 3.0The fossilized remains were found in Dikika, Ethiopia, in the north of the Great Rift Valley of Africa, a region famously known as the Cradle of Civilization since it was once the home of some of our distant relatives and also some now-extinct species of animals such as types of elephants and hippos.Lucy skeleton, reconstruction, Cleveland Natural History Museum. Photo by Andrew from Cleveland CC BY-SA 2.0During the exploration, a fossilized piece of a cheekbone was spotted in a chunk of sandstone, and Alemseged immediately felt that there was more to it. Soon, the team of scientists found an intact skull and a nearly full set of teeth. It took a couple of years to recover all the fossil remnants that were embedded in the hard sandstone.“This is something you find once in a lifetime” were the words of Alemseged.WORLD’S OLDEST WILD BIRD HATCHES CHICKSelam is of great scientific importance because her remains reveals numerous insights into our early human relatives. According to Alemseged, the most exciting and important find is the spine, which was adapted for walking upright — something completely unexpected from such an early hominin.‘Lucy,’ the most complete example of the species, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2007, in Houston, Texas. The exhibition is the first for the fossil outside of Ethiopia and has generated criticism among the museum community and others who believe the fossil is too fragile to be moved from it’s home country. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)The lower part of the skeleton is also perfectly adapted for walking upright and the pointy canines that distinguish apes from early humans are missing from the teeth. Only the upper body of the fossil reveals more primitive similarities with the apes such as the gorilla-like shoulder blades and the curved chimpanzee-like fingers which served for clinging and climbing trees.Zeresenay Alemseged. Photo by Gerbil CC BY 3.0In 2006, six years after the discovery of Selam’s fossil, the findings were presented in the journal Nature. The discovery set off a debate whether the species walked upright: Some of the scientists believed that the upper body wouldn’t have been so ape-like if they didn’t move in the trees while others argued that it was an evolutionary inheritance not yet lost at the time.“Selam” (Australopithecus) or DIK 1-1. Photo by Jlorenz1 CC BY-SA 3.0National Geographic describe the remarkable fossil find as “Found in sandstone in the Dikika area, the remains include a remarkably well-preserved skull, milk teeth, tiny fingers, a torso, a foot, and a kneecap no bigger than a dried pea.”Read another story from us: For centuries, some Buddhist monks followed self-mummification, which meant a rigorous diet followed by lying in a tomb, ringing a bell each day they were still aliveThe specific reasons that caused Selam’s death couldn’t be determined, but there are indications that the child died suddenly, perhaps in a flood. According to Zeresenay, the child was buried “just after it died,” and as he continued: “That’s why we found an almost complete skeleton, so maybe [drowning] could be the cause of its demise.”last_img read more

first_imgKirk Cousins made the right call to sign with MinnesotaKirk Cousins will reportedly sign with Minnesota on a fully guaranteed 3-year, $86 million contract and Colin thinks the signing is a no-brainer.Minnesota’s explosive weapons and arguably the best defense in the NFL give him a supporting cast that no other team could come close to matching. With Cousins, Colin thinks the Vikings are set up to win the NFC North for the foreseeable future. They probably would be without him. He clearly made the right decision. Green Bay has wasted Aaron Rodgers’ primeFresh off an NFC Championship Game appearance, Minnesota looks like they’ll be even better next year after signing Kirk Cousins, and continue to separate from the rest of the NFC North, including the Packers.The Packers have covered up roster deficiencies with Aaron Rodgers generational ability since winning the 2012 Super Bowl, but have been complacent about adding talent through free agency. Now they have a bad roster, and unlike Cleveland or San Francisco, don’t have much cap flexibility.The Packers have been on a slow and steady to decline since winning the 2012 Super Bowl, and by failing to surround Rodgers with a competitive roster have wasted the prime of his Hall of Fame career with a roster that isn’t worthy of his talent. The NFC North is Minnesota’s division now.Also:– Drew Brees greatness is underappreciated– Sammy Watkins to the Chiefs sounds like a bigger deal than it isGuests:Greg Jennings – FS1 NFL Analyst I sin-studio talking Kirk cousins signing with the Vikings; why Richard Sherman negotiated a bad deal.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief joins the show to talk Colts GM Chris Ballard willing to trade the 3rd pick; and the impact of Kirk Cousins signing with the Vikings.last_img read more