Magnesium Alternative Power Source

first_img Innovative magnesium sheet production process licensed This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: www.magpowersystems.com/ A small amount of magnesium ribbon burns in a flame with a satisfying white heat. Magnesium + Oxygen + Water + Salt + Additive = Direct Current Credit: MagPower Systems, Inc The MAFC (magnesium-air fuel cell) has the electrolyte versatility of using a common saline (salt) solution or ocean water. The performance capabilities of the MAFC can be enhanced through the addition of MagPower’s hydrogen inhibitors.According to MagPower Systems, by using hydrogen inhibitors the MAFC has increased power efficiency, lower cell resistance, and the reduction or elimination of pressure and/or volume increase due to hydrogen gassing resulting in smaller metal-air fuel cells, and batteries.Magnesium is highly reactive and stores a lot of energy. Researchers are now devising ways to extract energy from magnesium in a more controlled method. (PhysOrg.com) — There is enough magnesium to meet the world’s energy needs for the next 300,000 years, says Dr. Takashi Yabe of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Citation: Magnesium: Alternative Power Source (2010, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-magnesium-alternative-power-source.html Magnesium is abundant in the world; however the production of magnesium is neither cheap or clean. There are various ways of extracting magnesium, ranging from an electrolytic process to high temperature method called the Pidgeon process.Dr. Yabe has devised a high temperature solution by concentrating solar collectors and a solar-pump laser to reach a temperature of 3,700 degrees centigrade. This high heat method is used to burn magnesium oxide extracted from seawater. The solar-pumped laser is necessary to help obtain this high temperature because concentrated solar energy alone would not be enough to generate 3,700 degrees C. Engineers at MagPower have developed a metal-air cell that uses water and ambient air to react with a magnesium anode, to generate electricity. A magnesium based version of the lithium-ion rechargeable cell has been created by Dr. Doron Aurbach at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Predatorprey role reversal as bug eats turtle

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Predator-prey role reversal as bug eats turtle (2011, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-predator-prey-role-reversal-bug-turtle.html Image credit: Shin-ya OHBA In a recent journal published in Entomological Science, Dr. Shin-ya Ohba shares the unusual behavior and role reversal of a giant water bug becoming the predator and eating a juvenile turtle in a ditch in central Japan. While this Kirkaldyia deyrolli, or giant water bug, from the Lethocerinae family has been seen preying on small vertebrates such as frogs and fish, Ohba has captured images of the bug eating small turtles and snakes. The K. Deyrolli is a native bug from Japan and is listed by the Japanese Environment Agency as an endangered species. They live primarily in the rice fields throughout Japan and feed on small frogs and fish. These bugs can grow up to 15cm long and inflict a venomous bite. They have been known to occasionally bite humans, causing a burning pain that lasts for several hours.Ohba was conducting a night sampling in the central Japan region of western Hyogo when he recorded images of the giant water bug feeding on a small Reeve’s pond turtle. The insect used its front legs to hold on to the turtle while it inserted its rostrum into the prey in order to feed. While the bugs are known for only attacking moving prey, Ohba assumes that the bug caught and killed the turtle before he stumbled upon it. More information: Field observation of predation on a turtle by a giant water bug, Entomological Science, DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2011.00450.xAbstractThe giant water bug, subfamily Lethocerinae, which has the largest body size among Belostomatidae, is known to be a vertebrate specialist that preys upon fish, amphibians and snakes. However, there have been no reports concerning predation on a turtle by Lethocerinae. Here, I report that a male giant water bug Kirkaldyia (Lethocerus) deyrolli (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) (58.09 mm in total length) was catching hold of a turtle Chinemys reevesii (34.14 mm in carapace length) in a ditch adjoining a paddy rice field. This is a first report of K. deyrolli eating a turtle.via BBC Explore further Month of ActiveX Bugs (MoAxB) 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

Team seeks to finally solve mystery of Da Vinci mural hidden behind

first_img Da Vinci’s mural was believed to have been painted on a wall in what is known as the Hall of Five Hundred, in Florence, Italy, a local government headquarters. The work was subsequently covered or destroyed when a later regime came into office and commissioned artist Giorgio Vasari to create a fresco to replace Da Vinci’s work. But Maurizio Seracini, a professor from the University of California, doesn’t think Vasari ruined Da Vinci’s mural. Instead, after extensive research, he’s come to believe a wall was built directly in front of the wall that had the Battle of Anghiari on it, with some space between it to keep it from harm. Unfortunately however, there has been no way to prove it.In a fortuitous turn of events, Seracini happened to meet photographer David Yoder, who just happened to shoot for major publications such as the New York Times, and more importantly, National Geographic Magazine (who is now helping fund the project). After working together on ideas for ways to find out once and for all if Da Vinci’s mural was indeed where Seracini thought it was, Yoder met up with the third party to their consortium; Dr. Robert Smither, a physicist with Argonne National Laboratory, who has been working on a kind of gamma ray camera to be used for creating images of tumors in cancer patients. He thought the same technology might be used to create an actual image of the mural behind the wall, if it was indeed there.The camera, if it can be built, must be portable so it can be transported to the site, and once there would work by sending neutrons through the first wall which would then hit the metals contained in the oil based paint that Da Vinci is believed to have used, on the wall behind. Those metals would then emit gamma rays which could be captured using copper crystals to form an image. Thus, the “camera” would not actually have a glass lens at all. In testing done at an Italian research center, it appears the technology would work as predicted, but, there’s still one more problem, the lack of funds, hence the posting on Kickstarter. So far the team has collected $21,514 of the $265,000 needed with just 33 days to go. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A trio of players now invested in not only finding out if Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous lost mural “Battle of Anghiari” is where they think it is, but also in trying to take a picture of it, has posted a project on KickStarter asking for contributions to help in the effort. 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. Study: Mona Lisa neither man nor da Vinci Citation: Team seeks to finally solve mystery of Da Vinci mural hidden behind wall using gamma ray camera (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-team-mystery-da-vinci-mural.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

RAPIRO wants to spread joy of robots with Raspberry Pi

first_img Citation: RAPIRO wants to spread joy of robots with Raspberry Pi (2013, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-rapiro-joy-robots-raspberry-pi.html More information: www.rapiro.com/ 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. “If we are successful in our Kickstarter, we will publish 3-D data (.stl) on our website, allowing you to customize the RAPIRO with a 3D printer,” according to the campaign page.Kits available on Kickstarter do not come with a Raspberry Pi and camera module. © 2013 Phys.org RAPIRO: Mounting of a Raspberry Pi camera module As for progress, the campaign has taken in more donations than its original £20,000 goal. The initial offer of a full kit at £199 was already snapped up. The offer was for a full kit with estimated delivery date of December; prices after that start at £229, up to £5,000 for a custom-designed RAPIRO, where the shape would be 3-D printed especially for the pledger. At the time of this writing, the campaign has taken in £31,002 with 178 backers.center_img (Phys.org) —The Raspberry Pi is a computing milestone as a very low-priced computing device running Linux; now a Japanese inventor wants to rev up another kind of breakthrough, with an affordable robot kit that can work with the Raspberry Pi and its camera module. Say hello to RAPIRO, as its makers say, “the robot you always wanted as a kid,” and, as its makers ask, pledge some money for it too, because it is a Kickstarter campaign. Charlotte robot tells the world where it’s not going Explore further The makers want to raise funds to get it off and running in full production mode. RAPIRO is billed as an affordable and easy to assemble humanoid robot kit. This comes with 12 servo motors and an Arduino-compatible servo control board. RAPIRO was designed to mount with the Raspberry Pi and camera module in the head. Taking its selling points one by one, the question is, how affordable? The makers claim the kit is 1/10th the price of current Linux-powered humanoid robot kits.Next, the RAPIRO robot is billed as cute. How cute? Its 12 servo motors are for the neck, waist, feet, and arms. RAPIRO can grip a pen, and can turn its head and waist. Then there are RAPIRO’s LED eyes, lit brightly by RGB LEDs. Next, the claim is that it is easy to put together. How easy? Assembling RAPIRO just takes a screwdriver. No soldering is involved.The developer behind RAPIRO is Shota Ishiwatari of Kiluck Corp. in collaboration with three other small companies in Japan. Ishiwatari designed RAPIRO with 3-D CAD, built circuits, and wrote the code. Now he and colleagues are in promotion mode. They want to start a robot revolution, in the spirit of Raspberry Pi, where the robots can not only be enjoyed as cute but also eventually customizable and programmable.last_img read more

Smallmolecule solar cells get 50 increase in efficiency with optical spacer

first_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. 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. The fluorescent future of solar cells (Phys.org) —In the world of organic solar cells, polymer-based devices may currently be at the top, but other organic materials such as “small molecules” also prove to be promising. Although small-molecule organic solar cells currently have lower efficiencies than polymer solar cells, they are generally easier to fabricate and their efficiencies are improving. More information: Aung Ko Ko Kyaw, et al. “Improved Light Harvesting and Improved Efficiency by Insertion of an Optical Spacer (ZnO) in Solution-Processed Small-Molecule Solar Cells.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl401758gcenter_img In a new study, researchers have shown that they can increase the efficiency of one type of small-molecule organic solar cell from 6.02% to 8.94% simply by tuning the thickness of the active layer and inserting an optical spacer between the active layer and an electrode. The efficiency improvement demonstrates that small-molecule solar cells have the potential to compete with their polymer counterparts, which have efficiencies approaching 10%.The researchers, led by Alan J. Heeger at the University of California at Santa Barbara, have published their paper on the efficiency improvement in small-molecule solar cells in a recent issue of Nano Letters.As the scientists explain in their paper, small-molecule organic solar cells have several advantages over organic polymer solar cells: relatively simple synthesis, high charge carrier mobility, similarly sized particles (monodispersity), and better reproducibility, among others. However, small-molecule solar cells have so far achieved top efficiencies of about 8%, lagging somewhat behind the best polymer devices.By demonstrating how a few simple changes can increase the efficiency of one type of small-molecule organic solar cell by nearly 50%, the scientists here have shown that these devices still have the potential for vast improvements. Tuning the thickness of the active layer and inserting a zinc oxide optical spacer between the active layer and metal electrode enable the active layer to harvest more light, increasing optical absorption. The insertion of the optical spacer places the active layer in a more favorable position within the optical electric field within the cell. As the scientists explained, the optical spacer contributes to increased light absorption in three ways: increasing the charge collection efficiency, serving as a blocking layer for holes, and reducing the recombination rate. Journal information: Nano Letters Citation: Small-molecule solar cells get 50% increase in efficiency with optical spacer (2013, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-small-molecule-solar-cells-efficiency-optical.html (Left) A ZnO optical spacer viewed under an atomic force microscope. (Center) The device structure of the small-molecule solar cell. (Right) Solar cell performance with and without an optical spacer. Credit: Aung Ko Ko Kyaw, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Societylast_img read more

Study suggests a big increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century

first_img Citation: Study suggests a big increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century, much of it rain (2017, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-big-arctic-precipitation-century.html Journal information: Nature Climate Change © 2017 Phys.org Mosaic of images of the Arctic by MODIS. Credit: NASA Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has found via climate modeling that it appears likely that the Arctic is likely to see substantially more precipitation over the next century, much of it in the form of rain. In their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, Richard Bintanja and Olivier Andry describe their results when running 37 climate models programed to describe Arctic conditions over the years 2091 to 2100. More information: R. Bintanja et al. Towards a rain-dominated Arctic, Nature Climate Change (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3240AbstractClimate models project a strong increase in Arctic precipitation over the coming century, which has been attributed primarily to enhanced surface evaporation associated with sea-ice retreat. Since the Arctic is still quite cold, especially in winter, it is often (implicitly) assumed that the additional precipitation will fall mostly as snow. However, little is known about future changes in the distributions of rainfall and snowfall in the Arctic. Here we use 37 state-of-the-art climate models in standardized twenty-first-century (2006–2100) simulations to show a decrease in average annual Arctic snowfall (70°–90° N), despite the strong precipitation increase. Rain is projected to become the dominant form of precipitation in the Arctic region (2091–2100), as atmospheric warming causes a greater fraction of snowfall to melt before it reaches the surface, in particular over the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea. The reduction in Arctic snowfall is most pronounced during summer and autumn when temperatures are close to the melting point, but also winter rainfall is found to intensify considerably. Projected (seasonal) trends in rainfall and snowfall will heavily impact Arctic hydrology (for example, river discharge, permafrost melt), climatology (for example, snow, sea-ice albedo and melt)8, 9 and ecology (for example, water and food availability). Over the past several years, climate scientists have been running various models in different ways trying to understand why Arctic sea ice continues to melt faster than models predict. In this new effort, the researchers took a closer look at the impact caused by changes in the amount of precipitation. They combined data from a variety of sources and used it to run 37 climate models, finding that the Arctic is likely to see an increase in precipitation by as much as 4 percent, which is double that for the rest of the planet. They note that retreating ice leaves more open water, which leads to more evaporation and more snow and rainfall. The models suggested the rainy season in the Arctic will likely last longer in the future and reach farther north. They also theorize that sometime in the next century, it will be possible to navigate a ship to the North Pole because all of the sea ice will be gone.In another study, an international team of researchers ran models of their own and concluded that almost half of the ice that has melted in the Arctic over the past century and a half may be attributed to natural changes such as variations in wind and water currents. They have also published their results in Nature Climate Change. They suggest that the reason so many climate models have failed to accurately predict how much ice would melt in the Arctic and when is because they fail to account for natural climate variations. They believe the Arctic is currently experiencing a natural warm spell, which, when combined with human-caused global warming, is causing ice to melt at very fast rate. 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

Human bony labyrinth used as an indicator of dispersal from Africa

first_img As archaeologists continue to piece together human history, they look for new ways to interpret evidence that may already be in hand—such as ancient human bones or fossils. By studying the way the skeleton has changed from the time when our ancestors were in Africa until today, researchers have created a kind of map of the migration of humans around the world. In this new effort, the researchers focused on the bony labyrinth, the three bones of the inner ear—the cochlea, vestibule and semicircular canals. Together, they appear as a sort of labyrinth for which they were named. The researchers started with the knowledge that as time passes, bone structure tends to change—and the bony labyrinth has proven to be particularly hardy, remaining mostly intact in skeletons when arms, legs and other bones have been broken, crushed or lost completely. They further noted that earliest humans that migrated from Africa would have had the longest amount of time to evolve as they moved to other places. And those that migrated the farthest would likely be among those who migrated the earliest. This, they believed, suggests it should be possible to use evolutionary changes in the bony labyrinth as a means for charting human migration.To test their theory, the researchers collected and analyzed 221 skulls, which included 22 unique populations from various time periods. They looked at the differences in the bony labyrinths, and once they had been identified, the researchers compared the differences they found with data from other studies attempting to create migration maps.The team reports that their original idea aligned with their research data—those humans with the greatest amount of change in their inner ear bones were among the group that left Africa the earliest and traveled the farthest, demonstrating that the bony labyrinth could, indeed, be used as a new tool to help in adding pieces to the puzzle of human history. An international team of researchers has found that it is possible to use the human bony labyrinth of the ear as an indicator of dispersal from Africa. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of hundreds of ancient ear bones from around the world and the differences they found among them. Citation: Human bony labyrinth used as an indicator of dispersal from Africa (2018, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-human-bony-labyrinth-indicator-dispersal.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Scientists discover oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa More information: Marcia S. Ponce de León et al. Human bony labyrinth is an indicator of population history and dispersal from Africa, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717873115AbstractThe dispersal of modern humans from Africa is now well documented with genetic data that track population history, as well as gene flow between populations. Phenetic skeletal data, such as cranial and pelvic morphologies, also exhibit a dispersal-from-Africa signal, which, however, tends to be blurred by the effects of local adaptation and in vivo phenotypic plasticity, and that is often deteriorated by postmortem damage to skeletal remains. These complexities raise the question of which skeletal structures most effectively track neutral population history. The cavity system of the inner ear (the so-called bony labyrinth) is a good candidate structure for such analyses. It is already fully formed by birth, which minimizes postnatal phenotypic plasticity, and it is generally well preserved in archaeological samples. Here we use morphometric data of the bony labyrinth to show that it is a surprisingly good marker of the global dispersal of modern humans from Africa. Labyrinthine morphology tracks genetic distances and geography in accordance with an isolation-by-distance model with dispersal from Africa. Our data further indicate that the neutral-like pattern of variation is compatible with stabilizing selection on labyrinth morphology. Given the increasingly important role of the petrous bone for ancient DNA recovery from archaeological specimens, we encourage researchers to acquire 3D morphological data of the inner ear structures before any invasive sampling. Such data will constitute an important archive of phenotypic variation in present and past populations, and will permit individual-based genotype–phenotype comparisons.center_img © 2018 Phys.org Explore further The inner ear of modern humans shows subtle shape differences between populations, tracking human dispersal from Africa (colors symbolize dispersal distance from sub-Saharan Africa). Credit: PNAS 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. 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Smart window controls light and heat kills microorganisms

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Smart window controls light and heat, kills microorganisms (2018, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-smart-window-microorganisms.html The researchers, led by Yan-Yan Song at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and Xing-Hua Xia at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, have published a paper on the new sterile smart window in a recent issue of ACS Nano.As the researchers explain, integrating multiple functions into a single smart window presents a challenge, since each function typically requires a different material composition. For example, one of the most widely used materials for smart windows that control visible light transmission is WO3 (tungsten trioxide). As an electrochromic material, WO3 can reversibly change its optical transmittance in response to electrochemical charging and discharging. On the other hand, smart windows that convert near-infrared solar radiation into heat typically involve metal nanoparticles. Also, a wide range of materials have antimicrobial properties, most notably copper. So far, however, combining all of these properties into one material has remained a challenge.In the new study, the researchers designed an electrochromic-photothermal film composed of 3D WO3 in a honeycomb-like structure embedded with gold nanoparticles and nanorods. While the WO3 controls the amount of visible light that passes through the window, the gold nanostructures convert incoming sunlight into thermal energy for heating the building interior. “This is a new strategy that achieves excellent photothermal conversion via solar gain optimization on electrochromic films and, importantly, the photothermal efficiency is adjustable during optical transmission,” Xia told Phys.org.The researchers demonstrated that the window can change from fully transparent to pitch black within minutes. Further, they showed that a near-infrared laser increases the temperature of the window by 24 °C in about five minutes. To investigate the antimicrobial properties of the window, the researchers treated it with E. coli and irradiated it with a near-infrared laser. They found that the bactericidal effect was strongest when the window was in its dark state, in which it could eliminate virtually all of the bacteria. In contrast, the effect was much weaker for windows in the transparent state, as well as those made of only WO3 or only gold nanostructures, rather than both materials combined. The results suggest that most of the bactericidal effects are due to the photothermal properties of the window.”The sterile smart window would be particularly useful in aircraft, in high-latitude zones, and also in hospitals,” Xia said. “It should be multifunctional, for example, controlling visible light transmission dynamically, tuning heat conversion of near-infrared solar radiation, and reducing attacks by microorganisms.” Journal information: ACS Nano Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature A new smart window offers more than just a nice view—it also controls the transmittance of sunlight, heats the interiors of buildings by converting solar radiation into heat, and virtually eliminates E. coli bacteria living on the glass. In the future, such sterile smart windows may be used in airplanes, hospitals, public transportation, and other areas.center_img Photographs showing one of the three properties of the sterile smart window: control of visible light transmission. Credit: Xu et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Explore further More information: Jingwen Xu et al. “Electrochromic-Tuned Plasmonics for Photothermal Sterile Window.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02292 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

The inner eye

first_imgThe current exhibition of the works of artist Pankaj Kumar Singh is a cumulative display of the artist’s current muse. The event is a follow-up of his earlier shows at prestigious galleries over the last two years.The works on display express a collective representation of perceptions gleaned from geometric forms, particularly the circle, with an inner eye-like centre point. Though reminiscent of a suggestive geometry, the works are fused into a pleasing palette of colours, which are blended loosely across the space and then concentrated with a hint of graphic outlines, thereby exuding a calming effect on the sensibilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is a narrative playfulness behind the forms, allowing the mind of the viewers to go into expansionist thinking mode, where the ideas for the narrative are the input of each individual viewer. The works therefore establish a platform for sharing a conversation between the viewers and the artist, through the works on display.An alumni of the Benaras Hindu University, Pankaj Kumar Singh has been an awarded the prestigious AIFACS Cash Award for upcoming artists. He has been a National Scholarship winner of the Government of India and has also been an active participant at alumni shows such as the Annual Art exhibition of the Faculty of Fine Arts at BHU. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis works have been displayed by the Kerala Lalith Kala Academy and the State Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow. An insightful and strategic messaging angle through art was created when he visualised a telling poster for 21st century women’s issues, and for eye donations, among others, initiated by BHU. Exhibitions of his works have been held at prominent art galleries in Delhi and Kolkata. The artist currently lives and works in Delhi. WHERE: Dhoomimal Art Centre, A8 – Connaught Place, Level I & II, Inner CircleWHEN: On till 15 October, 11 – 7 pmlast_img read more

BJP protest in city over violence over panchayat nomination

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal BJP today organised a sit-in demonstration here in protest against the continuing violence over filing of nomination for the panchayat polls.The party also demanded adequate deployment of central paramilitary forces for free and fair panchayat polls.Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha along with other party leaders organised the sit in demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Mayo Road area in the city. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Trinamool Congress has turned the panchayat elections into a farce in the state. The TMC is not allowing others to file nominations,” Roy said.The entire state is bleeding and both the State Election Commission (SEC) and the police administration are mute spectators. The police is acting like cadres of the TMC, Roy said.During the demonstration, BJP activists were carrying placards against the state government condemning the violence.Roy urged the workers of the opposition CPI(M) and the Congress to leave their party and join the BJP if they are serious about fighting against the alleged misrule of the TMC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Both the Congress and the CPI(M) are spent forces in Bengal. They don’t have the strength to fight against the TMC’s misrule. The workers of BJP and CPI(M) should join the BJP if they are serious about fighting TMC,” Roy said.While addressing the agitation programme, Rahul Sinha said the BJP won’t leave a single inch to the TMC without putting up a fight.The protest comes in the backdrop of widespread violence across the state over filing of nominations. There have been several incidents of clashes between the BJP and the TMC supporters in various parts of the state. A state BJP delegation will today meet the SEC to complain about the ongoing violence in the state, party sources said.TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee dubbed the allegations as baseless.”The BJP is trying to disturb the peace and stability of the state by flaring up communal violence and bringing in outsiders to create trouble during the panchayat polls,” Chatterjee said.Panchayat polls will be held in the state in the first week of May.last_img read more

Four students injured after crude bomb explodes

first_imgKolkata: Four school students were injured after a crude bomb exploded at Paddapukur Park in Entally on Tuesday afternoon.Police said some of the students from a nearby school came to play in the area during the recess. One of the injured victims told the police that two unidentified persons came to the spot and handed over a crude bomb to one of them by asking him to dispose it. The victims are all teenagers and residents of nearby area.When one of the victims tried to dispose the bomb, it suddenly went off and this resulted in serious injuries on the children. The victims were playing at the park when the accident took place. The boy who received the bomb suffered serious injuries. Three others who were also there received injuries. The incident triggered tension among locals. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter hearing the sound of bomb blast, locals rushed to the spot. They rescued the injured victims and rushed them to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to police, one of the teenagers suffered splinter injuries on his neck and other parts of his body. The two accused who handed over the bomb to one of the victims fled the spot after the incident. Police are trying to identify the accused and conducting raids to nab the culprits.Cops are trying to ascertain the reason as to why the accused handed over the crude bomb to school students. They are probing if local miscreants are involved in the incident. In a few previous incidents, miscreants hurled bombs in the Entally area. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some local criminals might have be involved in the incident. All the injured victims have been undergoing treatment at a hospital. Their health condition is stated to be stable now.last_img read more

CMCH row Agitating students force council to sign copy of demands

first_imgKolkata: As the protest at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) entered the 8th day on Wednesday, the agitating students attempted to force the college council to write an undersign mentioning that they will be allotted rooms in the new hostel.The college council has, however, refused to give any undersign as demanded by the agitating students. The principal of CMCH, Uchhal Bhadra, is still undergoing treatment in SSKM, where he was admitted on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBhadra fell ill on Tuesday after being heckled by some MBBS students, who continue to protest for the past eight days, demanding a new hostel accommodation.It was learnt that Bhadra has high blood pressure. He complained of chest pain following the harassment. After primary treatment in CMCH, the Principal was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he was kept in the ITU. It happened after a scuffle broke out at the time of agitation inside the hospital campus on Tuesday. The agitating students threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give a written document. However, CMCH authorities have agreed to meet the demands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe agitating students were assured that they would be given new hostel accommodation. Around 276 hostel rooms have also been allotted by CMCH authorities. But the agitating students refused to listen to the authorities and demanded rooms in the new hostel building.The second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the authorities. Dr Raunak Hajari, state working president, Progressive Junior Doctors’ Association said: “Today (Wednesday), the MCDSA activists along with their counterparts gheraoed the entire college council, trying to force them into signing the copy of their demands.Meanwhile, it is to be noted that 12 food packets were brought at their hunger strike venue on Tuesday night, raising a big question on the real nature of their so called “anashan”.last_img read more

3 abducted Pune youths released by Naxals

first_imgThree youths from Pune, who were allegedly abducted by Naxals while they were on a bicycle rally to spread the message of peace, have been released by the rebels in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.“The youths have been released and they safely reached Chintalnar camp of police,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri, said.The three youths – identified as Aadarsh Patil, Vilas Valake and Shrikirhna Shevale – were abducted from Basaguda area of the neighbouring Bijapur district and kept at Timmapuram village forests near Chinger in Jagargunda police station limits under the custody of Maoist commander Papa Rao, Kalluri said.Soon after getting news of the abduction, police had suspended all anti-Naxal operations in south Bastar, he said.Later, the police were able to locate the whereabouts of the three youths following which talks were held with the abductors through various means to secure their safe release, he said  The IG, however, did not reveal details about the negotiations with the abductors. The youths had on December 20 launched a cycle rally from Pune under their “Bharat Jodo” (Link India) campaign to propagate the message of peace in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, the states worst affected by Naxalism over past three decades, he said. They were passing through several places of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh when they were allegedly abducted by the ultras in Bijapur a few days back.last_img read more

Imparting theatrical knowledge

first_imgIn order to impart knowledge and to interact with young theatre enthusiasts, ‘Living Legend series – face to face’- an interactive session was held on February 2 in the national Capital. The second edition of the interaction session, which is also a part of ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, was inaugurated by legendary actor Nana Patekar and scholar Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. The series consisted of an interactive session where eminent personalities get to interact with the students and audience.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nana Patekar shared his journey from stage to the big screen. He said: “The beginning of any journey is struggling, so be calm. If you are making mistakes, it is blessing in disguise.”  Listening to the doubts and fears of new theatre talents, Nana Patekar shared some essential sources of his acting skills about theatre after carefully listening to the doubts and inhibitions of the young. Sharing his unfathomable attachments with the farmer families of Maharashtra, he said: “I can read faces. They are expressionless at times.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interaction was very unconventional since he sat at the stairs, surrounded by the students, and shared many lighter moments. Audience got a chance to witness another side of Nana Patekar with lots of humour mixed with seriousness messages.Confessing his love for the theatre, Nana Patekar stated: “Theatre is special because there is so much new to do every day at stage. What you performed yesterday is gone, what you will perform next day will be something entirely new. You can wear a new blanket of emotions every day.” Dr Kapila Vatsyayan, eminent scholar, author and researcher, started the session by her deep rooted association with NSD as she said: “National School of Drama is established at historical soil and I am related to it since its inception.”  Stating the value of basic cognition about an art, Dr Vatsyayan said, “I was taught every art form from the beginning because it provides strong foundation to everything you do in that field.” She expressed her gratitude towards her aficionado teachers by thanking them, “I give my heartfelt thanks to my teachers, for educating me and guiding me, I couldn’t have done anything without their instructions.”last_img read more

Domkal Superspeciality Hospital turns saviour for critically injured 8yrold

first_imgKolkata: Domkal Superspeciality Hospital in Murshidabad has given a fresh lease of life to an 8-year-old boy who had an iron rod piercing his body.A doctor from the hospital said Jakir Hossain (8), a resident of Domkal had been playing with his friends outside his house when an iron rod somehow pierced his lower back. He was profusely bleeding from his injury when the Jakir was brought to the hospital by his mother. After checking the injury, doctors felt the need for an immediate surgery, as any delay in the removal of the iron rod might have led to his death. The doctors acted on a war footing and took him to the operation theatre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedClinical tests performed on the patient showed that the rod was touching his paraspinal region. The surgery was not easy for the doctors as they had to keep various factors in mind while conducting the same. Notably, the surgery was done completely free of cost. A team of doctors headed by surgeon Dr Sabyasachi Chakraborty conducted the surgery for nearly an hour and removed the iron rod. The patient has been kept under observation for 72 hours. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe doctors were worried about Jakir developing neurological problems. According to the doctors, such patients often develop neurological complications. But in this case, the victim has not developed any such complications so far. His condition is stated to be stable now. “The patient was brought to the hospital in a very critical condition. We decided to conduct the surgery despite some infrastructural problems. The patient could not be shifted to the city from Murshidabad, as he might have bled to death. We had taken all the precautionary measures while conducting the surgery. The patient is out of danger and will be released from the hospital soon,” a senior official of the hospital said.last_img read more

Depicting the beauty of Rama through art

first_imgTo explore the beauty of the blue bodied god Rama, an exhibition has been organized by the National Museum. ‘Rama Abhirama: The beauty of Rama in Indian art and tradition’ was inaugurated on December 18 by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Government of India.This exhibition majorly focuses on Rama – who is a manifestation of compassion – through the lens of emotion and sentiments. It also brings forth the visual representations of episodes from the Ramayana. The exhibition looks at Ramayana as a living tradition and highlights it’s ritualistic aspects. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma said, “Lord Ram has always been an inspiration, teaching the values of life to everyone. It’s amazing to see how beautifully some artists have presented his life through their artworks. I am told that there are certain exhibits which have never been witnessed by anyone in the country. They were only kept locked in the museums and archives. We need to bring them out so as to make our new generations aware of it.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveElaborating further on the necessity of museums in a country, he said, “Museums hold great importance as they bridge the gap between our rich history and the millennials. Today, young generations are hardly aware of their history. National Museum, which was established on December 18, 1960, has been successful in achieving everything it was expected of. I congratulate the entire team for organizing such amazing events and exhibitions.”Bringing to life the story of Rama, the exhibition showcases the seven Kandas of Ramayana i.e. the Bala, Ayodhya, Aranya, Kishkindha, Sundara, Yuddha and Uttar, highlighting the beauty of each of them. The exhibition narrates the story and splendour of Ramayana, while exploring his morals, in the folk and vernacular style. The artefacts in the exhibition consist of bronze and terracotta sculptures, wood carvings and miniature paintings belonging to different schools, gold coins, worship icons that reflect the artistic brilliance imbibed with devotion and a lot more.The inauguration was followed by the book launch ceremony of five books namely ‘Archaeology of Ancient Madhyadesa’, ‘Archaeological Myths in Early Evolutionary History of Indian Civilization’, ‘Archaeology History and Numismatics of South India’, ‘Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple Complex at Palani and Origin and Development at Muruka Worship in South India’ and ‘Ramayana, Poetic expression on Temple Hanging.’ The exhibition is open until January 31 at National Museum, New Delhi.last_img read more

Ways to use essential oils

first_imgAll essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquids that are purely extracted from the fruits, seeds, flowers, barks, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. However, there are specific ways to use them, say experts. Here are some popular essential oils and the ways to use them:Lavender essential oil: Well-known for its soothing, calming properties, lavender is wonderful for accelerating healing time for burns, cuts, stings, and other wounds. Its specific properties include being an analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, sleep inducing and disinfectant. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPut a few drops on your pillow just before going to bed for a clam and sound sleep.Mix 1 or 2 drops with coconut oil to soothe occasional skin irritations. Add 2-3 drops with olive oil for nail care.Rosemary essential oil: This oil is colourless to pale yellow oil with a herby aroma. Astringent properties of this oil cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate skin, making it firm and gorgeous. It helps with wrinkles and under-eye bags as well as conditions damaged skin and lighten scars. Its anti-inflammatory properties are useful in reducing swelling and puffiness of skin as well as in healing burns. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMix rosemary essential oil with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin and massage gently.For hair growth, add 4-5 drops of the oil in 1 tsp of coconut oil. Mix this until it reaches a smooth consistency and evenly apply onto your hair and scalp. Leave it overnight. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry your hair.Ylang Ylang: Known for its unique floral aroma, ylang ylang essential oil was used as a natural hair growth remedy in Victorian England and has continued to be used to treat fine and limp hair. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to coconut oil for a deep hair conditioner.Put it into an Epsom Salts bath for relaxation.Tea tree: Antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral, its often used to inhibit viral and bacterial infections. It can even be used to kill insects, protect a wound and expedite the healing of a scar.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Do not apply directly on hair or skin.Add 2-3 drops to olive oil for lip care or diffuse to get clean and refreshed surrounding aromatically.For acne, mix a few drops of the essential oil and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Apply to the affected area. Leave for 3 to 4 hours or overnight for better result. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat regularly for effective results.Eucalyptus: This oil helps to improve respiratory issues such as sinusitis, bronchitis and allergies. It has the ability to reduce congestion and improve mental clarity as well. Eucalyptus contains a number of important properties and serves as a decongestant.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Do not apply directly on hair or skin. You can add a few drops to a hot bath. The steam and the aroma will relax the mind and body. As eucalyptus oil isn’t water soluble, mix it with half teaspoon bath salt of choice before adding it to water.Peppermint: The invigorating and fresh mint aroma of the peppermint essential oil works to stimulates the mind and clear the sinuses.Use a drop of it with lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.Rub one drop of the oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Diffuse to get energised and increase alertness.For clear skin add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil in two tablespoons of grated cucumber and two tablespoons of green clay. Whisk the ingredients and apply the paste as a face mask. Let it dry and wash with lukewarm water. Rose: This oil can be used to achieve young, healthy and moisturised skin. The delicate aroma of the oil is useful for relieving anxiety and stress.For glowing skin, add to any skin cream/lotion to enhance its effect by increasing its absorption by the skin.To treat acne, add 4-5 drops in 1 tsp coconut oil and apply thrice a day.last_img read more

Patton now marches into Mexico

first_imgPatton International Limited – A government recognised export house, manufacturer and star exporter of steel conduit fittings, electrical hardware and EMT fittings serving the electrical trade needs of major OEM’s, has made inroads into the Mexican markets with its range of engineering products. The company has joined hands with Eaton Crouse Hinds – Mexico for supplying engineering products from its five sophisticated states of the art multi-locational plants in West Bengal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEaton Crouse Hinds group is ‘Fortune world’s most admired companies 2018′ recognised business conglomerate with interests in electrical sector, industrial sector comprising of aerospace, hydraulics, filtration etc.”This is a great leap forward for Patton,” says Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director who is just back from Mexico. Mexico is fast emerging as a major trade partner for India. Indo-Mexican trade of $5.82 billion in 2016 is reported 20 percent jump to $7.7 billion in FY18 and can touch $10 billion easily. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”In the international market, JIT/ETA/OTD – Just in Time, Expected Time of Arrival and On-time Delivery is name of the game. It is imperative that quality products are delivered at a competitive cost and on the right time. Zero deviation from specifications is the norm of the day. Nowadays It is not customers’ expectations but mere requirements that one cannot supply even two days earlier or a day later than the precise and specified date of deliveries. To sustain and meet these challenges, it has become necessary for us to have our own full proof and fault-free backup supply chain logistic system in place. I am glad that they are satisfied with our capabilities and credibilities and considered Patton as their long-term trusted partner,” said Sanjay Budhia. Patton has rapidly increased its product portfolio with a diverse range of products for the electrical market in Canada, Germany, the US, and Middle East countries. The products are retail packaged with customer logo and made ready for the shelf. Patton products are certified to global standards such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and Canadian Standard Association (CSA). Factories are regularly audited by renowned agencies like Intertek for workplace health and safety and are also CTPAT compliant. This company currently employs around 2500 employees and has not lost a single man-day in strikes or Lockouts. PATTON group is the consecutive winner of Productivity Awards, FIE Award, recipient of National Export Excellence Awards.last_img read more

Embrace winters with Keventers sundaes

first_imgIndia’s iconic dairy brand, Keventers, is all set to expand its product portfolio with the introduction of Sundaes to beat the winter blues. With this expansion, the parent company aims to diversify its business into complimentary verticals that are in line with its identity.Speaking about the expansion, Tarun Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer said, “Guest experience is our obsession and we pledge to delight the guest at every moment of truth. We are constantly trying to innovate and create new products and flavours for our guest’s palate. Keventers is thrilled to add this new range of Sundaes to our product portfolio and are confident that our loyalists will love these as much as our shakes”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis newly added range of deliciously sinful sundaes are available in all outlets across India adding four distinct combinations that Keventers loyalists can choose from including: Yin and Yang: Find your inner zen with this simple yet timeless combination that brings together the goodness of chocolate cake, a scoop of meticulously churned vanilla ice cream topped with some chocolate sauce and chips to tingle your taste buds. Guilty Pleasure: Indulge your senses in this sinful treat and dig into this treat that combines chocolate crumble and chocolate ice cream with mocha syrup a dollop of chocolate sauce. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveForbidden Forest: Prepare to be tempted with this luxurious treat with delectable chocolate cake and vanilla ice-cream bathed in the chocolate sauce along with a swirl of whipped cream and some fresh cherries on top to seal the deal. The Dark Conspiracy: A chocolate lover’s dream come true – this indulgent combination brings together chocolate cookies and chocolate wafers, in cahoots with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Priced between Rs. 199 – 249 (exclusive of taxes), this specially curated range of Sundaes flavors will be served in reusable glass bowls which one can easily take home. Make every day a Sundae, and devour into the wholesome goodness of Keventers Sundaes to embrace winters differently.last_img read more

Netflix originals which you shouldnt miss

first_imgIn the era of digitalisation, while so many shows and series are being made on different web platforms, even the films are being released online. Netflix being the biggest running digital platform worldwide provides its audience an option to watch plethora of films across various genres. Let’s have a look at the recent and upcoming projects of Netflix: Chopsticks: Directed by Sachin Yardi, the film which stars efficient actors like Mithila Palkar and Abhay Deol in lead roles, is a comedy-drama on Netflix. The plot of the film revolves around a gifted but insecure woman Nirma Sahastrabuddhi (Mithila Palkar), who is in for a transformative experience when she enlists an enigmatic con to help recover her stolen car from a Mumbai thug. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe reviews for the film released on May 31, have been a mixture – while the audience calls it a great film, critics fail to understand its essence in the first place. Rim of the world: Released on May 24 this year, this film is an action, adventure and comedy Netflix original, directed by McG. It is a story of four misfit teenagers, who join forces to save the world when an alien invasion interrupts their summer camp. The 1hr 38mins long film stars known entertainment faces like ‘The Kids Are Alright’ star Jack Gore; Miya Cech, who plays ZhenZhen; Dariush played by Benjamin Flores Jr., to name a few. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf you like any web series like ‘Aliens in the Attic’, ‘Stranger Things’ or ‘Charlie’s Angels’, you are going to fall in love with this Sci-Fi drama. Velvet Buzzsaw: After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art. The American satirical supernatural horror thriller film is directed by Dan Gilro. It has a huge star cast with actors including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. Point blank: Do you remember the 2010 film named ‘Point Balck’? Good, because a film with the same name is going to be released on Netflix this 12th. Directed by Joe Lynch, the action and thriller has already had remakes in Bangla, Tamil, and Korean.last_img read more