Sets the city World Science Festival 2012 New York style Part 2

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — New York City is the nexus of all things intellectual, cultural and academic. (Being a native New Yorker, I admit being somewhat biased.) Either way, one highlight in this complex and vibrant metropolis is the annual World Science Festival, founded in 2008. World Science Festival 2012 was a nearly week-long orchestration of myriad events focused on a wide range of topics embracing not just science, but also art, architecture, film, music, and technology. Explore further One even darker possibility, concluded Wilson, is that our demonstrated aggression will continue. “We’re an extremely aggressive species that displaces our own genotype. As William James said, history is a bloodbath. We should see this as a powerful generating force for what we are.”History is replete with histrionics – and in Spooky Action: The Drama of Quantum Mechanics, held at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, quantum physicist and string theorist Brian Greene and actors Elizabeth Stahlmann, Michael Roush and Raja Burrows blended theory, experiment, history, media, and theater to recreate a window into the drama surrounding Einstein, Bohr and the long debate over whether quantum entanglement was correct or, as Einstein (who actually identified entanglement in a Nobel Prize-winning paper on quantum mechanics) asserted, an error in quantum theory.Spoiler alert: Einstein was wrong – but his paper was right.Part 1: … ival-york-style.html Wilson began with a sweeping but concise account of the main steps from pre-human to human (covering bipedalism, fire’s ability to cook meat that enhanced digestibility, increased brain size, early campsites, an Australopithecine out-of-Africa diaspora, and so on). He then delved into eusociality, his controversial take on sociobiology (itself hotly debated) in which some individuals reduce their own lifetime reproductive potential to raise the offspring of others. Wilson sees eusociality as the natural selection-based altruism he observed in ant colonies that underlies the most advanced forms of social organization and the ecologically dominant role of both social insects and humans. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Video: Copyright © 2012 World Science FestivalWith the panelists’ diverse backgrounds, a wide range of perspectives was to be expected. In addition to many of the points Wilson raised in On the Shoulders of Giants, they discussed climate instability, diet, grain starch, lactose intolerance, differential disease resistance, differences in neurotransmitters, absorption by interbreeding, and other factors that – amazingly – have moved from assumption to fact through the panelists’ research in paleobiology, genome biology, and paleoanthropology. In the end, the panelists seemed to agree that our species is not one given to co-existence. “Just in terms of population census size, we’re off the rails,” said Green. “This is unprecedented: If you compare current humans with all previous humans and all other great apes alive today, there are 7 billion of us and 100,000 of the most populous great apes. Not only did we crowd out all the other hominid forms; we’re on our way to crowding out all the great apes. Our biggest danger is our success.”Video: Copyright © 2012 World Science FestivalBrooks pointed out that we even do this to other humans. “I don’t think that we do well at co-existence. When we meet another population of our own species, there ends up being one group that dominates the other. There’s always an asymmetry.” Stringer reminded us of the impact of climate change. “People have gotten though climate change in the past, but we’re headed into new territory with the predicted rises people are talking about. For example, large areas of the tropics and subtropics could end up being uninhabitable. That could really change our future – it really is a threat.” Copyright © Greg Kessler, 2012 World Science Festival The Festival was co-founded in 2008 by quantum physicist and string theorist Brian Greene, Columbia University professor of physics and mathematics and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality, and Tracy Day, Emmy Award-winning journalist and television producer. The annual event brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers for a five-day celebration that, through discourse and debate, conversation and performance, the arts and exhibitions, allows everyone to experience science in a unique and thrilling way. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted some 600,000 people to over 200 original programs.A special event held at the NYU Global Center, On the Shoulders of Giants: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance was a talk on the study of human social behavior and evolutionary biology given by Edward O. Wilson, the sometimes controversial entomologist, evolutionary biologist, National Medal of Science recipient, and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Wilson is the Pellegrino University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator in Entomology at Harvard University and a founding advisor of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, a non-profit organization a nonprofit organization leveraging education, technology, and business strategies to further the preservation of biodiversity and our biological heritage. Caught on camera: quantum mechanics in actioncenter_img Copyright © Greg Kessler, 2012 World Science Festival Later the same day at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium, Wilson appeared as a panelist in Why We Prevailed: Evolution and the Battle for Dominance. With John Hockenberry again the moderator, Wilson and the other panelists – Alison Brooks, professor of anthropology and international affairs at George Washington University and a founding member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology; Ed Green, a genome biologist who found evidence of gene flow from Neanderthals to modern humans; and Chris Stringer, paleoanthropologist – discussed their views on why we survived but our hominid ancestors and relatives became extinct. , Journal of Human Evolution Citation: Sets & the city: World Science Festival 2012, New York style (Part 2 of 2) (2012, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The evolution of eusociality, Nature 466, 1057–1062 (26 August 2010), doi:10.1038/nature09205The revolution that wasn’t: a new interpretation of the origin of modern human behavior, Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 39, Issue 5, November 2000, Pages 453–563, doi:10.1006/jhev.2000.0435The Neandertal genome and ancient DNA authenticity, The EMBO Journal (2009) 28, 2494 – 2502, doi:10.1038/emboj.2009.222Earliest Directly-Dated Human Skull-Cups, PLoS ONE 6(2): e17026 (2011), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017026 , EMBO Journal Journal information: Nature Copyright © Greg Kessler, 2012 World Science Festivallast_img read more

Italians to send ISSpresso machine to ISS

first_img Explore further Representatives for Lavazza told the press that the company has been working on the idea of a space ready espresso machine for several years. The news that the two companies are near to actually completing such an assignment comes not long after comments made by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano bemoaning the lack of espresso while aboard the ISS, last year. The new machine will use a capsule system (instead of a full ground system) and will be capable of making not just espresso, but several other hot beverages including caffè lungo and coffee. The company notes that the plastic tube that usually conveys hot water inside a normal espresso machine has been replaced by steel tube, making the unit capable of withstanding very high pressure. They also added multiple redundant systems (and likely resistance to vibration) to ensure continued service for many years to come. The changes have meant increased weight however—it’s expected the final machine will be approximately 20 kilograms. The liquid product made by the machine is dispensed into a plastic bag—the astronaut will be able to enjoy his or her beverage by sipping it through a straw. ( —A pair of Italian companies in cooperation with the Italian Space Agency (ISA) has announced plans to send an espresso machine to the International Space Station, (they’re calling it the ISSpresso machine) allowing astronauts to sip hot drinks while conducting research. Lavazza, a well known maker of espresso machines has joined forces with Italian aerospace engineering company Argotec to design an espresso machine capable of withstanding the rigors of space travel—one that can also dispense the liquid in a way that allows astronauts in low gravity to drink products without making a mess aboard the space station. Citation: Italians to send ISSpresso machine to ISS (2014, June 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Huffington Post launching Italian edition The ISSpresso is still undergoing testing but engineers on the project fully expect it to be ready for launch this November as part of a long-term mission by the ISA. The same mission will also include Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian women to be sent into space, and perhaps the first on the ISS to enjoy the pleasure that only a good espresso can bring. 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

Researchers develop math model to determine greatness of cities

first_imgMulti-level mobility network decomposition of urban interaction networks. In the multilayer mobility networks, the red and green nodes represent the origin and destination, respectively, of the particular directed edge in the city interaction network. The blue crosses indicate a transfer from one transport mode to another (e.g. walking to metro), where each cross on a given layer corresponds to another on a different layer. Note that the spatial position of each transfer node in each layer has no meaning other than to provide an indication of the spatial distance travelled in the corresponding mode. Credit: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0315 Action is needed now to lower the content of aluminium in infant formulas (—A team of life scientists and mathematicians at Imperial College in London has created a series of formulas that together allow for determining what they deem the greatness of a city. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes the factors they consider to be critical in judging the greatness of a city and the formulas they developed to create a model. According to the researchers, the one overriding factor that determines how “great” a city is, is how connected it is. Great cities, they claim help people connect, whereas those that are not so great, tend to result in isolation. With that thought in mind, they developed a series of math formulas meant to sum up features of the city that promote connectedness and then gathered data from real cities to plug into the formulas. The result is a model that not only helps determine the greatness of city, but how changes to certain factors can influence it.To build the formulas, the researchers came up with four principles, the first of which was a means of quantifying heterogeneity, which in turn served as a sort of measure of things like the quality or quantity of art produced, the amount of wealth and the beauty inherent in subcultures. The second revolved around the things people do, the rational choices they make etc., the third was based on resources and how they were used—as one example, how much of a person’s income would they be willing to dedicate to commuting. The fourth principle sought to gauge actual opportunities for people to connect face-to-face, based on both mobility and social situations. By plugging numbers into variables in the formulas and calculating results, the team was able to come up with a general model. The generic result was also the title of their paper, “Great cities look small.”Because the model includes the introduction of factors such as census data, mobility information, topology, gross domestic product and even HIV infection rates, the team claims it can be used to accurately predict what might happen when changes are introduced to a city, such as impacts on mass transit, an increase in population or changes to the infrastructure. Explore further Citation: Researchers develop math model to determine greatness of cities (2015, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Great cities look small, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0315AbstractGreat cities connect people; failed cities isolate people. Despite the fundamental importance of physical, face-to-face social ties in the functioning of cities, these connectivity networks are not explicitly observed in their entirety. Attempts at estimating them often rely on unrealistic over-simplifications such as the assumption of spatial homogeneity. Here we propose a mathematical model of human interactions in terms of a local strategy of maximizing the number of beneficial connections attainable under the constraint of limited individual travelling-time budgets. By incorporating census and openly available online multi-modal transport data, we are able to characterize the connectivity of geometrically and topologically complex cities. Beyond providing a candidate measure of greatness, this model allows one to quantify and assess the impact of transport developments, population growth, and other infrastructure and demographic changes on a city. Supported by validations of gross domestic product and human immunodeficiency virus infection rates across US metropolitan areas, we illustrate the effect of changes in local and city-wide connectivities by considering the economic impact of two contemporary inter- and intra-city transport developments in the UK: High Speed 2 and London Crossrail. This derivation of the model suggests that the scaling of different urban indicators with population size has an explicitly mechanistic origin.last_img read more

WISE reveals the Xshaped bulge of our galaxy

first_img Starry surprise in the bulge: encounter of a halo passerby More information: © 2016 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. WISE is an infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope launched in December 2009 that completed a full sky photometric survey using four bands in the mid-infrared at 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 μm wavelength range bands over 10 months. It scanned the entire sky twice, snapping pictures of nearly billion objects, including remote galaxies, stars and asteroids. Data from WISE has been released to the public and include processed, contrast-enhanced pictures grouped in a catalog called “unWISE.” This set offers coadded images using enhancement technology that does not degrade the resolution of the photo.Melissa Ness and Dustin Lang, the paper’s co-authors, claim that the Milky Way bulge is irrefutably morphologically X-shaped. According to the paper, this peculiar shape was revealed by the ‘split in the red clump’ from star counts along the line of sight toward the bulge. When the scientists studied contrast enhanced, zoomed-in versions of the images provided by WISE, they spotted the X-shaped light profile of the bulge and its extent across the photo.”No additional unsharp masking or equivalent techniques have been used to enhance these data. The bulge in the central region shows a clear X-shaped morphology,” the researchers wrote in the paper.By looking at the images from the “unWISE” catalog, they found that the arms of the X-shaped feature are asymmetrical around the minor axis and appear larger at left than at right. The bulge is oriented at about 27 degrees with respect to the line of sight, with the nearest side at positive longitudes.Previous studies have questioned the X-shaped nature of this feature, arguing that the ‘split in the red clump’ may be due to different stellar populations, in an old classical spheroidal bulge. Now, the new findings confirm this peculiar shape, similar to that seen in the unsharp masked images of other barred spiral galaxies.The spatial mapping presented in the research could provide a useful guide for current and future spectroscopic surveys such as APOGEE (APO Galactic Evolution Experiment), slated to map over 100,000 red giant stars across the full range of the Milky Way’s galactic bulge, bar, disk, and halo. It could be also helpful for bulge programs associated with the GALactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey, an ambitious project to observe a million stars in our galaxy.”These data can be used to guide stellar target selection, where examining the spectroscopic ages and metallicities of stars in the arms of the X-shape will be necessary to understand the formation of the bulge and constrain the formation processes relevant in the Milky Way,” the astronomers concluded. Using a set of coadded images taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany and the University of Toronto in Canada, have provided new insights on the morphology and structure of the bulge of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They revealed the X-shaped nature of the bulge, which could have important implications for the understanding of the formation history of our galaxy. The findings are presented in a research paper published online on Feb. 29 on the arXiv server. Citation: WISE reveals the X-shaped bulge of our galaxy (2016, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The WISE W1 and W2 image fit by a simple exponential disk model, making the X structure more apparent. Top-left: Data. Top-middle: Data, masking out the top and bottom 5 percent of pixels based on W1 − W2 color, as well as pixels with negative flux. The diagonal structure at the top of the image is due to scattered light from the Moon in the unWISE coadds. Top-right: Exponential disk model fit. Bottom-left: Residuals (data minus model). Bottom-middle: Masked residuals. Bottom-right: 50-pixel median filter of masked residuals (median of unmasked pixels). Credit: Melissa Ness/Dustin Lang, 2016.last_img read more

Physicists unify quantum coherence with nonclassicality of light

first_img Experimental method measures robustness of quantum coherence (—Physicists have demonstrated that two independently developed concepts—quantum coherence and the nonclassicality of light—both arise from the same underlying resources. The ability to explain seemingly distinct phenomena within a single framework has long been a fulfilling aspiration in physics, and here it may also have potential applications for quantum information technologies. Citation: Physicists unify quantum coherence with nonclassicality of light (2017, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: Asim Alnamat 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 physicists, Kok Chuan Tan, Tyler Volkoff, Hyukjoon Kwon, and Hyunseok Jeong, at Seoul National University, have published a paper on their work in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”The results unify two well-known yet independently developed notions in quantum information theory and quantum optics: the concept of quantum coherence that was recently developed based on the framework of quantum resource theories, and the notion of nonclassicality of light that has been established since the 1960s based on the quantum theory of light,” Jeong told Jeong explained, an important question in physics is how to draw the line between “quantum” and “classical” and how to quantify the degree of “quantum.” In their new work, the physicists developed a procedure that quantifies the amount of coherence in a superposition of coherent states. This information essentially tells how “quantum” vs. how “classical” these states are, which is useful for many quantum information tasks.In the process of doing this, the scientists found that the same resource that measures coherence can also be used to measure the nonclassicality of light. This finding helps to explain some previous observations, such as that both coherence and nonclassical light can be converted to quantum entanglement. As the new results show, this is because nonclassical light may be interpreted as a form of coherence.”I think it is always interesting to apply new ideas to old concepts to see if we can get additional insight,” Tan said. “In this case, the resource theory of coherence is a relatively new tool available to the community while nonclassical light is, comparatively speaking, a much older concept from a mature field of study. By providing a connection between the two concepts, our hope is to be able to create synergy, where the tools and insights we gain from coherence can be used to achieve greater insight into the inner workings of nonclassical light and vice versa. For instance, our work suggests that the fact that both coherence and nonclassical light can both be converted to entanglement is no mere accident.”He added that the unification of these two concepts may open the doors to unexpected discoveries in the future.”Then there is this idea of unification,” he said. “Parsimony is a virtue as far as physics is concerned, so there is an inherent appeal in having a single framework rather than treating things separately. We show that this is possible, but not necessarily straightforward. The fact that there is a way to treat discrete system coherence and continuous nonclassical light on equal footing also suggests methods to study the nonclassical effects that arise from the intersection of these two regimes. This intermediate regime can possibly lead to new and interesting quantum phenomena.”In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate the connection between the two phenomena, with the hope that it may lead to practical applications.”For now, we are still in the early stages of trying to leverage this parallelism between coherence and nonclassical light,” Tan said. “There are some promising applications of coherence that may be ported over, with some wrangling of course, to the continuous variable, quantum light side of things and vice versa which we are looking into. “As previously mentioned, we are also interested in studying the regime where nonclassical light interacts with discrete systems, such as spins or atoms. This is a key component of quantum information and communication technology where light interacting with matter is commonplace, so we are hopeful that the nonclassicality in this regime can eventually be converted over to perform some useful task.”center_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2017 Explore further More information: Kok Chuan Tan et al. “Quantifying the Coherence between Coherent States.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.190405Also at arXiv:1703.01067 [quant-ph]last_img read more

Study suggests imprisonment does not deter future crime

first_img Journal information: Nature Human Behaviour Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: David J. Harding et al. A natural experiment study of the effects of imprisonment on violence in the community, Nature Human Behaviour (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0604-8 A team of researchers from the University of California, the University of Michigan, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, the State University of New York and the University of Colorado School of Medicine has found evidence that incarcerating people who commit serious crimes does not prevent them from committing more crimes once they are released. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, the researchers describe a study they conducted using statistics from people incarcerated in Michigan prisons for committing violent crimes, and what they found. © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Locking people up when they have been convicted of a crime is an age-old form of punishment. In the short term, it prevents the offender from committing more crime—at least against those outside the prison gates. But jailing people has also been espoused as a means of teaching the offender a lesson—being locked up is supposed to make them think twice about committing future crimes once they are released. But does it? That is what the researchers sought to find out.To learn more about the probability of engaging in criminal activity after release from prison, the researchers looked at data for 110,000 people convicted of violence-related felonies during the years 2003 to 2006 in Michigan—some had been sent to prison, others we given probation. The researchers followed the records through the year 2015 looking for examples of arrests or incarcerations.The researchers report that they saw a slight decrease in crime for those sent to prison compared to those who received probation, but only for the time they were in prison. After they were released, they were found to be just as likely to engage in crime as those who had been given probationary sentences. The data indicates that serving time in prison did not serve as a deterrent for those convicted of a crime. The researchers suggest imprisonment is an ineffective deterrent, and because of that, policymakers ought to take at a closer look at its use. Putting people in prison, they note, is a lot more expensive than probation. Explore further Citation: Study suggests imprisonment does not deter future crime (2019, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Parole violations are driving prison’s revolving doorlast_img read more

Dont want perfection

first_imgVedic philosophy talks of oneness of being. That ultimately everything merges into one, just like everything emerges out of one. While on the face of it the philosophy might sound simple, imagine converting that into art. Well, artist Satish Gupta has managed to turn the complex philosophy into what he calls ‘sculpturepaintings’. With a series of works which form the exhibition Transcending Eternity, Gupta has attempted to capture the philosophy of oneness in his own unique way. The exhibition is divided into three parts — Vishnu, Shiva and Devi — which together encapsulate into Brahmin or the Ultimate Reality. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition comprises sculpturepaintings, paintings and sculptures.  Sculpturepaintings, simply put, are small bronze sculptures that frame the canvas. Gupta has brought in the concept of duality — of micro and macro — into the paintings too which have a large image with several small images painted in the background.There is also a huge installation of Garuda which took him six months to make. The colour scheme varies in the series’. For instance, the imagery of Vishnu has been done in rich colours since he is considered to be the provider. The 10 avatars of Vishnu are done in oil on gold-leaf canvas. The nine manifestations of the Devi have been done in colours of the rainbow. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘I wanted to merge the second and third dimensions. And since I am both a sculptor and a painter, I thought why not merge both? After all, life is one and there are no barriers,’ explains Gupta. ‘I have tried to show life on macro and micro levels. There are billions of cells in the body and likewise in the gallery. The repetition acts as a mantra invoking the gods,’ the artist further explains. Each one his works have taken months of research and then 3-4 months of hard work to complete. The research, that he has been doing for more than 20 years now, has taken him to various places including the Tirupati Balaji temple. He has been to lots of Shiva and Devi temples to feel the energy of those points.  In Tirupati, he sat inside the deity’s chamber and did some drawings. ‘Each work is a meditation. I had to absorb them. They are not just paintings, they are meditations,’ insists a calm Gupta.   Is he religious? Gupta denies, adding: ‘Going beyond religion is beautiful. You don’t see any difference between the gods. Even though I am paintings religious images, my paintings go beyond that,’ says the artist.  Gupta says he intentionally keeps the imperfections in his works even though he can correct them (as seen in some of the works in this exhibition).  ‘Sometimes it takes much more to do a simple drawing. For it to be alive takes a lot. Unless it has chi, the work is dead. The work could be imperfect but full of life,’ explains Gupta.  Does he strive for perfection? ‘I do but I hope I never achieve it. Because there is nothing beyond perfect and you tend to get egoistic,’ he sums up.DETAILAt: Gallery Art & Soul, Zazen Studio, E 20, South City 1 Gurgaon On Till: TodayTimings: 11 am to 7 pmPhone: 9811021898last_img read more

KWave is coming

first_imgThe Korean Wave – synonym for Korean pop culture, has made a strong impact across the world. K-wave dramas are known to have influenced a large audience and have increased viewership worldwide.The influence of Korean culture can easily be seen amongst the Indians especially the youth who have adopted the Korean ways, culture and language in their everyday lives. Apart from K-Pop music and dance, Korean dramas have also found great popularity amongst them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Korean Cultural Centre, India and DD Bharati is bringing to India the most famous South Korean Drama based on the life of legendary doctor, Hur Jun, titled Dr. Hur Jun ki Sachi Daastan.The serial is based on real life events of Hur Jun took the Koreans back to their history and re-instilled the faith in the traditional Korean medicines. It will mark an important step in India to familiarise the Indian audiences with the Korean culture, history and medicinal procedures. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHur Jun, who was born as an illegitimate son of a nobleman, met a renowned physician named Eui-tae Yu, who taught him medicine. With the help of the knowledge gained, he selflessly devoted himself to heal the sick. He faced many social barriers and struggling against them all, he went on to become the Emperor’s physician. He also compiled a book called Dongui Bogam, literally Mirror of the Eastern Medicine, published in 1613. The book became the Bible of Medicine in Korea and is also listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in July 2009. ‘This Korean Drama will highlight the contemporary Korean culture and provide basic information on its history. Although the diplomatic relation is 40 years old but the cultural relationship goes back to 2000 years said, Kim Kum Pyoung, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, India.The show dubbed in Hindi will be telecasted from 13th January on DD Bharati from Monday to Friday, 7 pm – 8pm. Showcase of Hur Jun series in India is an effort to continue and enhance the cultural exchange between the two countries. ‘It has been our endeavour to bring the cultures of different countries to the viewers of DD Bharati, and DD Bharati has made very good and intensive efforts to connect with different missions, embassies, cultural centres, countries to be able to take this forward. We hope to enhance the awareness of Indian viewers and enrich their knowledge of East Asia in general and South Korea in particular,’ says Usha Bhasin, Channel Head, DD Bharati, India. We say, don’t miss this one.Premiering on DD Bharti When: 13 January, 7 pmlast_img read more

A plate of Punjab

first_imgGet ready to experience a change in your dining as Paatra at Jaypee Siddharth brings the Sanjha Chulha. It is a new food festival that celebrates the beautiful Punjabi tradition of togetherness. The promotion  recreates the magic of traditional village cooking and authentic Punjabi flavours. Grab your dose of the most delicious Punjabi dishes with dhaba style service in a royal way, as Paatra is all set to take you to an extraordinary culinary journey from Amritsar to Lahore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Adding to the zest of the festival the restaurant would be converted into a village courtyard with props.  The stewards will be attired in kurtas, vibrant jackets and turbans. Live chulla counters and earthen lantern on tables, serving traditional dhaba style food, and sounds of Punjabi folk music will leave you mesmerised. Looking at the menu you can opt for dishes like – Saundha Gosht, Cholai ka Saag, Moong di kadi pakodi, Kacchi mirch di tangadi, Kutte masale da paneer tikka, Sarsoon wali macchi and much more. So book a table!last_img read more

Nokia back in devices biz with new tablet

first_imgWithin a year of selling its handset and services business to Microsoft, Nokia has again entered the mobile devices segment by unveiling a new tablet N1 in partnership with Taiwanese company Foxconn.Nokia’s first tablet since sale of its devices business to Microsoft in about $7.2 billion in April this year is built on the latest Android platform Lollipop.Foxconn, which also makes Apple iPhones, will be responsible for full business execution, from engineering and sales to customer care, including liabilities and warranty costs, inbound IP and software licensing and contractual agreements with third parties. Nokia has extended its brand name and some of its patent technologies for the product. To begin with, the N1 tablet will be available from the first quarter of 2015 in China for $249 before taxes and gradually in other markets. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash‘We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,’ Nokia Technologies Head of Products Sebastian Nystrom said in a statement.The company said N1 will be brought to market through a brand-licensing agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner responsible for manufacturing, distribution and sales. Though Nokia did not disclose the name of OEM, sources identified the original equipment maker as Foxconn. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsFoxconn has a manufacturing facility near Chennai close to Nokia unit where mobile production is suspended post its deal with Microsoft. ‘This is a great product for Nokia fans and everyone who has not found the right Android tablet yet,’ Nystrom said.After sale of its devices and services business, Nokia now has telecom network business, HERE navigation and Nokia Technologies which deals in patent licensing business.The Nokia statement said that N1 has industrial design and comes with Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly.last_img read more

Sovan opens up about personal issues after resigning row deepens

first_imgKolkata: Breaking silence after resigning as minister of two crucial departments, Sovan Chatterjee said he is facing a tough time answering questions of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with his wife’s acts.This comes at a time when he has claimed that the investigating agency has nothing against him in connection with the Narada case. In connection with his resignation from the post of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Mayor, he said that he has always followed the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and will send the resignation at the suitable time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring an interview to vernacular channel ABP Ananda on Wednesday, Chatterjee said: “If Baishakhi Banerjee had not come forward to organise and prepare legal documents for the CBI and ED cases, then the person who would have been in trouble is none other than Sovan Chatterjee.” In the same breath, he said: “There is nothing against me with connection to the Narada case. But I am facing challenges in answering questions related to my wife.” In reply to another question, he said: “It had not always become possible for me to focus on household developments, due to me remaining busy with my work. But I later realised that there were developments in my house beyond my knowledge…My wife (Ratna) had formed a company called GCR, that stands for ‘Gopal Chiku Ratna’. I later came to know that Chiku is one Avijit Ganguly and got to know from family members that he often used to visit my house. Later, I enquired about it from Ratna after going through telephone call books and records and tourism-related documents and she said that I can go for divorce if I didn’t like it. This is the reason behind putting forward the name of Baishakhi Banerjee into the mix.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee further said: “There was a female security guard in my house. I removed her after the controversy. I had received a phone call after a few days and came to know that a supari killer had been engaged to ‘hurt’ Baishakhi and her daughter. This would sound like a story, but it’s true.” He further alleged that attempts were made to take security guards under confidence to send him poisoned cake on his birthday. Kolkata Police has recorded statements in both the connections. Meanwhile, his wife Ratna Chatterjee said in this connection: “Avijit Ganguly is known to all my family members and he is 15 years younger to me.” The former minister said it is not the right time to answer irrelevant questions on whether he would quit politics. He also ruled out the possibility of him joining BJP. When asked whether he is tensed, Chatterjee said: “I am very much relaxed. But I condemn the way Baishakhi has been dragged into a controversy for no reason at all.”last_img read more

Onehorned rhino killed in Bengal 3 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A one-horned rhino was found dead with its horn chopped off at Gorumara National Park in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district and three people were arrested, an official said on Wednesday. “The body of the rhino was found on Tuesday. As per veterinary officers, the death occurred within 24-48 hours prior to the time of detection and it is a possible case of toxicity,” Nisha Goswami, divisional forest officer of Gorumara, said. Goswami said that as the horn was chopped off, it is definitely a case of poaching. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Suspects were being interrogated. So far three people have been arrested. The investigation is going on as the case is not yet solved,” she said. The national park is famous for its sizeable population of one-horned Indian Rhino. As per the World Wildlife Fund, India’s October 2015 figures show that the population estimate of the endangered one-horned rhino at Gorumara National Park is around 50. The last such case of a rhino being killed in this park was reported in 2017 around March, Goswami said.last_img read more

BSF tightens security after Bangladesh elections

first_imgBALURGHAT: The BSF has tightened the security arrangements in the areas located at the extreme India-Bangladesh border of South Dinajpur district to ensure peace in the Indian side after the general elections in Bangladesh on Sunday.The jawans were seen patrolling along the Hili border around 24 km away from here. According to a BSF source, the step of beefing up the security measures was necessary because there were chances of Bangladeshi extremist organisations using the Hili corridor for taking shelter in India after committing any crime during the poll. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe BSF and the police are jointly conducting search operations. A high alert has been issued for the 11 sensitive check-posts in the district including Hili, Raghunathpur, Patiram, Gangarampur, Rampur, Tapan and Buniadpur. A vigil is maintained at bus depots, railway platforms and public places. Passengers travelling in long distance buses and trains are being checked and interrogated thoroughly. According to a senior police officers, the department has appealed to every resident of several villages, particularly those close to border areas, to cooperate with the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior administrative officials said a mutual understanding and close cooperation among police officers, the BSF men and general public will help the administration maintain security in the district. “The jawans are alert to avoid any untoward situation. Our senior officials have instructed us to intensify the search operations due to Bangladesh poll. We always try to make close contact with the BGB counterpart,” said officiating commandant of 199 Battalion of BSF, Dhananjay Kumar Singh.last_img read more

EC to bring 25 extra companies of Central Forces ahead of 2nd

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will bring an additional 25 companies of Central Forces for the second phase of elections in Bengal on April 18, when the Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Raiganj Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls. According to sources in the commission, out of the 25 companies that will be available, 10 companies will be from Meghalaya Armed Forces, with 5 from Manipur Police, 8 from Sikkim and 2 from Tripura.”This will be in addition to the existing 79 companies that had been deployed for the first phase of elections held on Thursday (today). They were supposed to come a day before the first phase but somehow it couldn’t be arranged,” a source in the EC said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe commission was unable to deploy Central Forces in each of the 3,844 polling booths in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar, both of which went to polls on Thursday. Central Forces were deployed only in the 1,067 critical booths, while the rest did patrolling duty and guarded strong rooms. The commission’s wish list for the phase-1 polls included 104 companies of Central Forces. However, they could deploy only 79 companies for the first phase, which was 25 companies less than what it had wanted. Out of this, 29 companies had been withdrawn from Jangalmahal. The state administration, however, ensured that sufficient state armed police forces were there in all the booths for peaceful elections.last_img read more

Blast calories in Shangri Las aqua gym this summer

first_imgThis Summer, Shangri-la’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is coming up with the all new gym workouts and swimming lessons with exclusive offerings such as deep water running, aqua combat, boot camp and aqua zumba. The hotel launched ‘Aqua gym’ on June 9, adding to the Global Wellness Day celebrations at the hotel.At Aqua gym, guests can experience exciting workout sessions in the water, designed to keep them in good shape. They can choose from fun group classes to personal sessions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe workout session focuses on an intense cardio workout and enhanced fat burning exercises. This new workout will take the guests away from the mundane exercises and create a fun, rejuvenating experience.Susan is an aqua fitness and swim coach and has been associated with some revered names like Sydney Olympics and Commonwealth Games and has won various accolades in swimming and running.The major offerings at the gym include high-intensity interval training (HIIT) which is evidently perfect for athletes, injured runners and for hard-core sports enthusiasts. Also, there is high intensity, low impact shallow water aqua aerobics class as well as aqua yoga to attain greater flexibility and aqua combat.Stroke Correction and swimming classes for babies (six months and above), kids and adults are also available.last_img read more

Beyond the taste of chocolate

first_imgKnown to be one of the best comfort food, stress buster, mood lifters – chocolates are the nectar bars which can basically be the solution for every problem in your life. They are the answers to your bad, good or ‘I don’t want to eat anything’ mood. To put it in simple words, chocolates are something that will be there for you no matter what.Besides being a versatile ingredient, which is used in different kinds of dishes these days, chocolates even hold interesting secrets for skin and hair care, wellness and health, and much more. Therefore, on the occasion of ‘World Chocolate Day’ (celebrated on July 7 every year), we thought to talk to different experts to know about the not so popular uses of ‘chocolates’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfChocolate for nutritionChocolates are a powerful aphrodisiac and should be consumed in moderation, says Dr Seema Singh, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Vasant Kunj. Giving reasons for the same, she explains a few points: Chocolates are a powerful source of antioxidants. They release endorphins – which help in satisfying a person and relieving his/ her stress. Dark chocolates (which have a high cocoa content) have a positive effect on the LDL cholesterol and high blood pressure. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveConsuming hot chocolate helps to improve one’s blood flow to the brain. But according to health experts, the dependency on chocolates, and its intake should very moderate, as the delicious stress-reliever is also the biggest reason for weight gain. Chocolate for skin People who are not in favour of using the chemically infused products, chocolates can be the best possible option for de-tanning, exfoliation, cleaning, and more. The ingredient detoxifies your skin Helps skin to glow Also, acts as an anti-tan product Playing with Chocolate Talking about the problems associated with chocolates as a cooking or baking ingredient, Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef, The Imperial says, “Working with chocolate as an ingredient in your dishes is not an easy job. And to handle it well, one should consider important factors like room temperature, moisture in the air and lastly how to store it.” Chocolate is an essential ingredient and chefs love to experiment with it. A lot of innovations, are being done in which chocolates are used in sauces and for marination. “You can handle chocolate in various ways in moulds, demoulds or in melted form. Also, exciting combinations of chocolate with chillies, breads, vegetable is becoming increasingly popular among foodies,” says Neeraj Tyagi – EAM – Food and Beverage, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi. Different forms of chocolate Baking chocolate: Also called bitter or unsweetened chocolate. This solid chocolate liquor contains 50-58% cocoa butter and no added sugar. Best for cooking and baking. Milk chocolate: Contains at least 10% chocolate liquor and at least 12% milk solids to give it a sweet and creamy taste. Best for eating. White chocolate. Not really a “true” chocolate because it does not contain chocolate solids. Contains at least 20% cocoa butter. When the cocoa butter is replaced with other, less expensive fats, it can no longer be labeled as white chocolate, Best for cooking, baking, and eating. Cocoa powder: Can be sweet or bitter. Made by drying and grinding chocolate liquor and removing most of the cocoa butter, but must still retain 10-22% cocoa butter. Best for baking and drinking. Cocoa Nibs: Made by roasting and breaking up cocoa beans. Adds crunch to cookies and dessert garnishes. Best for baking. Now that you know that chocolates are more than just food, you can experiment with it as much as you want. Have a happy chocolate day!last_img read more

Euro Pop Smash Crazy Vintage Album Covers from Yugoslavia

first_imgYugoslav state-owned record labels such as Yugoton produced numerous pop and rock records during the period between 1947 and 1991, providing a fruitful discography which testifies to the former socialist country’s love for music. What became increasingly popular in the mid-1970s, apart from the wave of rock ‘n’ roll which swept the world, was an authentic mixture of Yugoslav folklore and popular music.This gave way to a huge diversity in terms of genre, vocals, and arrangements.However, when it came to cover designs, many of them followed the same pattern ― most often it would feature the performer (or sometimes the band), standing in the front, while the background would usually be a one block-color, or badly photoshopped scenery.While the pattern itself didn’t differ much from industry standards abroad, what draws immediate attention are the vivid characters who are placed on the covers who embrace the prevailing fashion styles of the era. Ranging from hairy ladies to toothless gentlemen, the variety of these covers is guaranteed to make you laugh.Just as the high-quality artwork of legendary albums contributed to their fame, in a way, their Balkan counterparts sure have their charm, apart from being an elaborate demonstration in lack of taste. Still, while many of these artists slowly fell into obscurity, their album covers continue to circulate across the internet, as there is no denying their absurd and ridiculous look.As the country fell apart in the midst of a civil war which lasted throughout the 1990s, its vast music industry was largely privatized. Some record labels were shut down, while others changed their name and continued working in Yugoslav successor states ― Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.Read another story from us: The Greatest Collection of Mullet Hairstyles You Are Ever Likely to SeeEven after the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the pattern by which the covers were made remained largely the same and so did the music, for it still draws inspiration from its predecessors.last_img read more

Historical Methods of Birth Control That Have not Aged Well

first_imgFor millennia, humans have tried different methods of birth control to control their fertility, although some of the ways used in the past were certainly less reliable than what is available today. Although condoms have been around since ancient times, their primary use was to avoid the spread of disease rather than to avoid pregnancy. The earliest recorded use goes back to Ancient Crete where King Minos is thought to have used a goat’s bladder. The ancient Egyptians made theirs from linen and liked to decorate and dye them different colors to denote the wearer’s rank and social status. Animal intestines were the most common material until the 19th century when the Goodyear Company, more famous for making tires, developed the first rubber condoms.Ancient silver coin from Cyrene depicting a stalk of silphiumBut for thousands of years, women have taken matters into their own hands, seeking out a variety of herbs and potions to avoid pregnancy. Sometimes this would be done without their husband’s knowledge. A large family could be seen as a status symbol for a man as well as evidence of his virility.And growing children often provided additional hands to help work the land. Husbands might see no need to limit the size of his family. For women, of course, repeated pregnancies meant pain, hard work and the very real possibility of death during childbirth.Vintage condom tin from the 1950sCommon methods included pessaries made from strange substances believed to obstruct the sperm and prevent fertilization. Popular choices from ancient Mesopotamia to the Middle Ages included honey, acacia gum, lily root, rue and crocodile dung. Interestingly, acacia has since been found to have some spermicidal properties although it is unlikely to have been effective when used in this way.All sorts of plants and potions were ingested. These included date palm and silphium, a type of fennel that was popular in ancient Greece. It only grew in a small specific area and became quite rare — and very expensive because of its supposed contraceptive properties.‘And the villain still pursues her’, a satirical Victorian era postcardWhile most of these were merely ineffective, others were potentially poisonous. Drinking a solution of copper salt dissolved in water was supposed to give the woman a year’s protection.In 7th century China a mixture of oil and quicksilver (mercury), to be drunk daily, was recommended. In medieval times women wishing to avoid pregnancy could consult the local herbalist or wise woman. This had to be done in secret. Women who offered advice and remedies were often accused of witchcraft and risked torture or death if found out.Birth Control Review, 1919Another popular and equally useless method was douching. The practice was based on the belief that sperm could be rinsed away. However, even if it was carried out immediately after sex it would be too late as the sperm were already well on their journey to reach the egg. Despite its lack of effectiveness, the practice continued well into the 20th century.Related Video: Dolly Parton’s Risky Playboy Shoot – A Surreal and Serious Gamble for HerThere was even a myth that douching with coca cola made the procedure more effective. In 2008 research showed that this was pure nonsense, and that Coca Cola had no spermicidal properties.Coca ColaWhat is perhaps most surprising is that such a subject merited scientific study and that the results were even reported in the highly respected British Medical Journal.When the contraceptive pill was first introduced in the 1960s it was initially made available to married women who already had children. The idea was to limit family size, not, as the government feared, to encourage free love and promiscuity.Read another story from us: The 7 Worst Pieces of Sex Advice Dispensed Throughout HistorySo it is not surprising that increasing access to birth control via the internet is causing some debate. However, it is only a matter of time before it becomes the norm and no doubt the controversy will settle down until the next new development.last_img read more

VIDEO Zeke Elliott tackled a fan on the field during Pro Bowl

first_imgZeke Elliott can do it all. The Cowboys superstar rookie run, catch, and block. During last night’s Pro Bowl, he showed he can also tackle.During the game action, some knucklehead ran onto the field for a sprint to glory before heading for a night in jail. He was stopped dead in his tracks when Elliott jumped out from the sidelines and took the trespasser down to the ground like Sean Lee.Elliott let the kid up, and then raced him to the end zone and the awaiting cops.Ezekiel Elliott can do it all, including security detail. The whole scene was weird, but, then again, the Pro Bowl was in Florida.Watch Ezekiel Elliott Chase Down And Tackle Fan Who Ran Onto The Field At The Pro Bowl— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) January 30, 2017last_img read more

The Warriors have become entitled and unlikeable

first_imgThe Warriors were unhappy with how the Thunder handled Kevin Durant’s first game back. Colin says the idea that the Warriors would be upset about how another team addresses the media regarding a player that just left them is laughable and shows a complete lack of self-awareness.From the ownership down, the Warriors think they’re the smartest guy in the room. Nobody likes that guy.“The ego and the entitlement that Golden State has is remarkable. You’ve been good for an hour.”Whenever Duke loses in the tournament, haters come out to revel in the loss unlike any other team. Colin says the reason people hate Duke is simple, jealousy. Duke isn’t just a basketball team, it’s a tangible embodiment of everything people resent, from wealth to success.Colin warns that even though the haters are dancing in the aisles, a lot more people would be watching the Sweet 16 if Duke was in it. If you get your rocks off by hating Duke it says more about you than it does about Duke.“The greatest thing you can say about Duke is they’re hated.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Adam Silver’s reputation as too player friendly; why the NBA; why he thinks the Lonzo Ball is the top draft prospect; and how Lonzo Ball in Minnesota would create a new Big 3.Jay Glazer – Fox NFL Insider is in-studio to discuss his Tom Brady jersey scoop; when he first got a lead; what other items the thief is suspected of stealing; and the release of the exclusive video of the purported thief.Pat Forde – Yahoo! Sports Columnist joins the show to discuss the behavior of Lynn Marshall; if she crossed a line; if her behavior could be a deterrent to hiring Greg Marshall to a major job; and if Alford is headed for Indiana after the season.Chris Carter – NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss the stereotype of Duke players as rich kids; why he doesn’t cover his house with his own memorabilia; and if Marshawn Lynch can still produce in the NFL.last_img read more