PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play ‘Cyborg beetle.’ Image credit: UC Berkeley Three types of large beetles from Cameroon were used in the experiments, which were carried out at the University of California in Berkeley. The smallest, cotinis texana, is 2 cm long, while the largest is a massive 20 cm long (megasoma elephas). The third species was mecynorhina torquata, a 7 cm long beetle. The components of the system were implanted in the beetles when they were at the pupal stage.According to Professor Noel Sharkey, an international expert on artificial intelligence and robotics from Sheffield University in the UK, there have been attempts in the past to control insects such as cockroaches, but this is the first time the flight of insects has been controlled remotely. Sato and colleagues also said the beetles could serve as couriers to inaccessible locations. The Berkeley team is also experimenting on dragonflies, flies and moths because of their “unmatched flight capabilities”.More information: Sato H, Berry CW, Peeri Y, Baghoomian E, Casey BE, Lavella G, VandenBrooks JM, Harrison JF and Maharbiz MM (2009) Remote radio control of insect flight. Front. Integr. Neurosci. 3:24. doi:10.3389/neuro.07.024.2009 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen The ultimate military application of remotely controlled beetles is puzzling, Professor Sharkey said, since you would need to also implant a GPS transmitter/receiver to pinpoint the beetle’s location, and probably a camera too, but this would be too heavy for even the largest beetle. Potential use of the system as a means of carrying a payload of biological or chemical weapons would be completely illegal.The Berkeley researchers suggested the “cyborg” beetles — part beetle, part machine — could serve as models for micro air vehicles. DARPA, which funded the research, is also known to be developing a Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) that would weigh less than 10 g, and measure under 7.5 cm, and give the military the capability of carrying out indoor and outdoor operations in urban warfare situations. (PhysOrg.com) — A team of scientists funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have implanted miniature neural and muscle stimulation systems into beetles to enable their flight to be remotely controlled. Play Citation: Cyborg beetles to be the US military’s latest weapon (w/ Video) (2009, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-cyborg-beetles-military-latest-weapon.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ‘Cyborg beetle.’ Image credit: UC Berkeley Play © 2009 PhysOrg.com Play North Carolina wine crops face beetlemania Researchers Hirotaka Sato, Michel Maharbiz, and colleagues implanted a system of nerve and muscle stimulators, a microbattery, and a microcontroller with transceiver into beetles. They were able to successfully control the beetles’ take off, flight, and landing by stimulating the brain to work the wings. They controlled turns through stimulating the basilar muscles on one side or the other to make the wings on that side flap harder. 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 research group then tested whether yellow pulses occur at certain stages of feather tract differentiation by staining developing follicles with beta-catenin. Their results indicated that these pulses were not related to any mechanism taking place during tract formation, so they next examined whether the pulses were triggered by feather growth. Finding no correlation between feather growth and yellow pulses, the investigators then theorized that the yellow pulses are governed by prepatterns established before skin differentiation, and governed by the signalling peptide Agouti. They ultimately found that agouti-expressing bands are present in the dermis prior to follicle formation, and that these bands foreshadow the position of the yellow stripes. They confirmed their findings by performing a double in situ hybridzation for agouti and beta-cateninin the species Coturnix japonica.To further demonstrate the relationship between agouti and the yellow pulse, the researchers looked at the striped phenotype in mutant strains of C. japonica. Examining recessive black quails (RB-/-) and fawn quails (FA-/-), they compared differences in phenotypes with genetic data related to the expression of agouti and the duration of the yellow pulse. They found that the agouti gene directly controls stripe width in a dose-dependent manner via the duration of the yellow pulse. On these findings they conclude: “This raises the appealing possibility that striped pattern evolution is governed by differential regulation of agouti expression levels.”Finally, in a grafting experiment designed to determine whether the somitic mesoderm controls agouti expression and stripe position, the researchers transplanted somites and neural tubes from the right side of C. japonica onto the right side of P. colchicus. They used immunohistochemistry staining with QCPN to track cell growth and development from the grafted section, and track expression of Trp1, a marker for black pigment generating melanocytes. The result of their operation was a chimera whose right side showed the phenotypic characteristics of the C. japonica donor, thus demonstrating that the localized expression of agouti and the associated pigments are governed autonomously by the somitic mesoderm.The authors of this study thusly conclude that the striped pattern in birds is governed by a two-part mechanism. First, the somite determines the location and positioning of agouti-expressing bands in the dermis through the establishment of a prepattern. Then, the prepattern is further elaborated on with respect to the differing levels of expressed agouti, which in turn determine the width of each stripe. “These results,” the reasearchers write, “raise the possibility that most natural patterns, including periodic designs, rely on (and are constrained by) a stepwise organization of space that combines late local events producing periodicity and early positional sources ensuring reproducibility, which is the key to fitness and proper directionality (in this case, longitudinal stripes depend on information from axial structures).” More information: Haupaix et al. The periodic coloration in birds forms through a prepattern of somite origin. Science 21 Sep 2018: Vol. 361, Issue 6408, eaar4777. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4777 Citation: What’s behind the color and pattern of bird feathers? (2018, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-pattern-bird-feathers.html To better understand the phenomenon of feather patterning and coloration, a group of French researchers led by Nicolas Haupaix undertook a study of galliform birds. In looking at an initial group of 10 species, the researchers sought to deterimine whether or not early developmental landmarks play a role in establishing spatial reference for periodic patterns in feathering. They identifed two main types of feathers among these species: entirely black (eumelanic) and yellow (a black base and tip, with a central yellow [pheomelanic] band in between). Henceforth, they were able to establish a common stripe sequence emanating from the dorsal midline: a central black stripe, sometimes containing a few yellow feathers, flanked on either side by a yellow stripe, each of which was bordered by another black stripe, which in turn was borderd by another yellow stripe.From this, the researchers observed that an increase in dorsum size correlated with an increase in stripes, suggesting that color pattern variation is not necessarily the result of scaling. In fact, in measuring absolute distances between groups of stripes, they were able to infer that stripe position is determined early, before the skin expands. The researchers also found, by plotting feather tracts in relation to stripe boundaries, “that color boundaries are highly reproducible within species,” but that these boundaries vary between species in relation to stripe width and stripe shape, suggesting that the variations in width and shape are due to local effects present during feather tract formation.Working from these findings, Haupaix and colleagues examined pigment production and feather tract formation during embryogenesis in five galliform species, each representative of distinctive variations in the width and shape of stripes and the organization of the dorsal tract. They found that pigment production begins a few days before hatching, when all dorsal tract feather follicles are visible. The black central feathers are colored first with eumelanin, the default tissue pigment, which is then succeeded by a “pulse” of pheomelanin. This forms the banded yellow pattern of the lateral feathers. This phase is then succeeded by a return to eumelanin production for the farthest lateral feathers and transient production of pheomelan, in the case of birds with a central yellow stripe. Journal information: Science © 2018 Phys.org While it may be true, as the old adage goes, that ‘birds of a feather flock together,’ what is less certain is how the feathers on those birds come to have their distinct patterns and colorations. Current data suggest that patterns of stripes and spots on animals’ fur or feathers are formed through an open-ended or stochastic process during the embryonic formation of skin, at which time a dynamic—such as Turing’s reaction-diffusion—is at play. On the other hand, owing to their specific orientation and periodictity, and the highly reproducible nature of these patterns within species, it is thought that other factors may also be at work in the development of patterning and coloration. Male Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Credit: Ingrid Taylar – Flickr: Mikiko the Quail, CC BY 2.0 Explore further How the clownfish earned its stripes: Color pattern evolution in coral reef fishes 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.
A team of researchers from Japan, Mongolia and the U.K. has developed a new theory to explain the origin of iron-oxide concretions (hard, solid masses) found in Utah and Mongolia. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their theory and how well it tested. Spherical iron concretions on Earth and Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/cornell/University, rests are all Nagoya Univeristy Museum (NUM) © 2018 Science X Network The researchers suggest their findings offer evidence of flowing water on Mars during the time the “blueberries” came to exist. They note the lack of a calcite core does not mean it was never there—such cores could very easily have vanished due to over-wash flowing through the rock. They further suggest that such an occurrence would also explain the dearth of carbonate on Mars’ surface—it would have been dissolved as part of the process that led to the creation of the blueberries. Formation process of iron concretion on Earth and Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/cornell/University, rests are all Nagoya Univeristy Museum (NUM) Journal information: Science Advances People have known about the iron-oxide balls found in Utah for hundreds, if not thousands of years—they are often referred to as Moqui marbles after the local Indian tribe. But how the small spheres came to exist is a mystery. It is the same story with the little balls in Mongolia. Interest in both has spiked in recent years due to the “blueberries” (hematite spherules) found on Mars back in 2004—many geologists believe they developed in the same way as the balls on Earth. In this new effort, the researchers suggest they may have solved the mystery of their origin on Earth, and by extension, on Mars, as well.The researchers started by looking at samples of the balls using X-ray diffraction and optical microscopes. This allowed them to get a good look at the cores of the balls. After studying the makeup of the interior of the balls, the researchers concluded that they were first nothing but sandstone (mostly calcite). But then, the sandstone was very slowly dissolved by acidic water rich in iron, resulting in the formation of the balls, which notably have calcite cores. The researchers next conducted lab experiments designed to make similar balls using the same process. They report that their efforts were successful. Using ‘shade balls’ in reservoirs may use up more water than they save More information: H. Yoshida et al. Fe-oxide concretions formed by interacting carbonate and acidic waters on Earth and Mars, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau0872 Citation: Researchers propose a new theory to explain iron-oxide concretions found in Utah and Mongolia (2018, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-theory-iron-oxide-concretions-utah-mongolia.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Elemental mapping during iron concretion formation. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/cornell/University, rests are all Nagoya Univeristy Museum (NUM)
This weekend get ready to enjoy Shoelace productions’ latest venture Animal Song comprising three short musical stories – Kutte, Majh andDonkey. Experimenting with music in this play, Deepak Dhamija who has written and directed all three, brings in an animal metaphor in each of the stories.Essentially the 80 minute play – Animal Song is being enacted in Hindi and Punjabi and in sequence has three sub-plays or short stories being performed which explore the relations humans share with animals. In each of these stories the background will be an interesting point to note. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Talking about the play, Dhamija says, ‘In 2011, I experimented with a short play Kutte in Short and Sweet Delhi, (10-minute theatre festival). I was toying with idea of telling a story with multiple narratives using music and text. It worked well and the play was nominated for 6 awards in the festival and finally bagged the best script award.’‘The story of Kutte revolves around a strange connection between an old woman and street dogs. With the same format, we staged a play Majh last year, where in the backdrop of ‘84 riots and Khalistan movement love for country clashed with the love for buffalo. Now, we are adding another story Donkey, where we have multiple narratives going on simultaneously. One narrative is around a small village freedom Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixfighter who took a vow to get married only after freedom while another narrative is about two kids discussing their religions,’ adds thewriter-director.On being asked what inspired him to pen these plays he says, ‘There wasn’t any inspiration as such. I have found myself sitting in park or road sides interacting with street dogs or cows. I have discussed politics, sports, wars and all kind of stuff with them. I have found quite a nice listeners in them. So this play was kind of tribute to these friends.’ The play has original songs composed by quite a talented bunch of Delhi musicians. The stories are being presented in the play by an ensemble cast of Harpreet, Vanya Joshi, Zakir Khan, Maheep Singh, Nitin Sukhija, Vipin Heero, Om, Jagdish, Nihal Parashar and KuljeetSingh. Maheep is a known comedian but his performance in a dramatic role needs to be seen. Harpreet’s vocal cords will add to the musical element which this play focuses on.Animal Song starting off with Kutte which had received the best script of Short and Sweet 2011 is about man’s relationship with dog.Second in line is Majh and lastly the latest addition by Dhamija is Donkey.Head over! WHERE: Kamani AuditoriumWHEN: 24 May, 7 PM
Kolkata: A youth was shot at on Beliaghata Main Road on Thursday morning.Police said the youth, Danish, received bullet injuries and is admitted to hospital.Policemen from Narkeldanga Police Station went to the spot after receiving information in this connection.Police came to know, after speaking to locals, that three youths came on a motorbike and all of a sudden, started firing at Danish, who received bullet injuries.Hearing the sound of bullet shots, locals rushed to the spot and found Danish lying in a pool of blood. Police with the help of locals took him to NRS Medical College and Hospital where he is receiving necessary treatment.Police initiated a probe in this connection and collected samples from the spot.They have also spoken to the locals to know if anyone knew the three persons who came on motorbike.A police officer said it seems there are some locals who are involved in the entire operation and suspect that the same person had informed the trio that Danish was waiting for someone on Beliaghata Main Road. Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the incident, but suspect that an old rivalry had led to the crime. They are speaking to Danish’s family members to know if he was involved in a dispute with anyone in the recent times.In a bid to identify the trio involved in the incident, police are going through the footages of CCTV cameras installed in the area. The incident led to panic in the area and policemen have been posted and are taking necessary steps to check repetition of such incidents.
Asserting that the entire Indian security forces would not be able to defend the nation from terrorists, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Saturday called for a dialogue between the India and Pakistan to end violence at the border.“For how long do we want to see innocents being killed (in the border areas)? How much the army can defend us? Even if the entire Indian Army comes then they will not be able to defend against the terrorists. There is only one way and that is to talk to them,” Abdullah said at a press conference here. The former state chief minister also reiterated his earlier stance that PoK belonged to Pakistan and that India should be content with Jammu and Kashmir, saying that both nations do not have the courage to take each others’ territories. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Farooq Abdullah will say this again and again. Not for the last 15 years but ever since I entered politics, I have never felt that these two sides can be united. Neither do we have the courage to take their territory, nor do they have the courage to take ours. We are also a nuclear power; they are also a nuclear power,” he said.Abdullah said that dialogue is the only way forward for a resolution to the Kashmir issue. “Ever since I came into politics, I have always said that this state (PoK and J-K) can never become one. Neither do we have the power to take back their part (PoK) nor have they (Pakistan) the power to take our part; we are a nuclear power and they, too, are,” he said at a discussion by civil society to explore the ways for bringing peace and reconciliation between the two countries.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will launch a special drive to collect house tax arrears worth Rs 4,700 crore, Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh said on Tuesday.This is for the first time in the history of the KMC since the Mayor-in-Council system was introduced in 1985 that sincere attempts are being made to collect house tax arrears. Earlier, the state government had allowed waiver scheme twice, namely, between 2000 and 2005 when Subrata Mukherjee was the Mayor and again between 2010 and 2016 when Sovan Chatterjee was the Mayor. But on both the occasions, the KMC could not collect the entire house tax arrears. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhosh held meetings with senior officials of the Assessment department to prepare the blueprint that will be followed to collect house tax arrears. The officials of the Assessment department representing various divisions will give the lists containing the names of the tax defaulters to Ghosh who in turn will pass them on to the Councilors. The latter will visit their houses and if they agree to clear the dues, then the KMC will waive 50 percent of the interest and 99 percent of the penalty. If property tax is not paid on time then the KMC imposes 12 percent interest and 15 percent penalty. Ghosh said he has fixed a target of collecting tax arrears which the Assessment department will have to meet by March 31. From April 1 to May 30, the Assessment department officials will have to submit lists of properties that have not been assessed to Ghosh. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe added that the officials will have to inform about the number of pending files twice a month. Ghosh maintained that in South Kolkata, the house tax dues will be around Rs 969.54 crore. In North Kolkata, it is around Rs 640 crore. In Jadavpur, the house tax arrears will be around Rs 129 crore while in Behala, it is almost Rs 160.50 crore. In Garden Reach, the outstanding will be around Rs 22.42 crore while tax from Tollygunge would amount to Rs 260.31 crore. The heavy loss in revenue which the KMC is facing now is the handiwork of the erstwhile Left Front government. The party leaders have told thousands of house tax owners in Behala, Jadavpur and Garden Reach areas, known as the added areas in KMC’s parlance, not to pay property taxes. Kamal Basu, who was the Mayor from 1985 to 1990, sent a team comprising officials of the Assessment department to take stock of the buildings in the added areas and impose a property tax. The officials were beaten up by locals at the instruction of the CPI(M) leaders in Behala in 1986. Following this, the drive was suspended forever. Ghosh said in case of housing complexes if the flat owners’ associations want a meeting with the KMC officials on house tax arrears, then if informed beforehand, he would attend the meetings. Ghosh is very hopeful about the collection of the house tax arrears.
Kolkata: The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL) has roped in the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for a pilot project in Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in some areas of Barasat, Bidhannagar and Behala to check overloading during peak hours in summer and thereby preventing the transformer from becoming defunct.”The places that have been identified hardly have any space to undertake replacement of distribution transformers. Moreover, the cost for replacing a transformer if it goes defunct is also very huge. The BESS system will prevent overloading during peak hours in summer particularly in the evening. TERI has already started their feasibility study and will submit their findings in six to eight months. If feasible, we will implement it,”a senior official of WBSEDCL said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseGanthi Paulpara in Barasat, Hatiara Uttarmath in Bidhannagar and Srijani Ranjit Park area in Behala are the areas where it has been found that some transformers associated with electricity supply to residential consumers face huge overload during the summer months. There is significant voltage drop and the residents had submitted mass petition to the WBSEDCL pointing out their difficulty and urging the state distribution company to come up with some solution. However, there is no space for putting up distribution transformers to tackle the problem in these areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior official of TERI said that such BESS pilot project in Bengal is the first of its kind in the country. “We are searching for strategic locations where we can put up this system,” the official said. WBSEDCL has also identified certain areas in Burdwan rural Garia and Barasat where there is requirement of such infrastructure to meet agriculture as well as domestic consumer requirement. Transformers in Nischintapur and Khandakosh in Burdwan , Bidhanpally and Kalibazar in Garia, Sadanpur and Jeerat in Barasat suffers due to huge load from the month of December to February – March when farmers take up Boro cultivation. TERI has already studied some distribution transformers in Bidhannagar and Barasat that supply electricity for domestic consumers and face enormous overloading during summer. “We will soon take up study in those areas with a mix of agriculture and domestic consumers,” the TERI official said. TERI may also integrate the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme launched in February for promotion of solar farming with the BESS project for those areas with a mix of agriculture and domestic consumers.
Kolkata: In order to meet the heavy rush of passengers during the holiday season, the Eastern Railway has decided to add extra coaches in several trains.ER will attach additional coaches to various long-distance trains during the period of April 16 to July 1. Since people plan trips during summer vacations, trains have more passengers. The Eastern Railway plans to attach additional coaches so that people don’t miss out on exploring new areas during holidays. The rush in trains is a huge challenge for families. Trains from several popular tourist destinations do not have seat availability and the waiting lists are longer during the holiday time. The additional couches will benefit travelers as they face a lot of inconvenience due to non-availability of seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe following trains will have additional coaches— 12259/12260 Sealdah-New Delhi Duranto Express, 12319/12320 Kolkata-Agra Cantt. Weekly Express, 12357/12358 Kolkata-Amritsar Bi-Weekly Express, 13135/13136 Kolkata-Jogbani Weekly Express, 13155/13156 Kolkata-Sitamarhi Mithilanchal Express, 13157/13158 Kolkata- Muzaffarpur Tirhut Express, 13159/13160 Kolkata-Jogbani Express, 13165/13166 Kolkata-Sitamarhi Express, 12359/12360 Kolkata-Patna Garibrath, 13121/13122 Kolkata-Ghazipur City Express (Via Patna), 22323/22324 Kolkata- Ghazipur City Shabd Bhedi Exp. (Via Dhanbad), 13043/13044 Howrah- Raxaul Bi-weekly Express, 13063/13064 Howrah-Balurghat Bi-weekly Express, 13507/13508 Asansol-Gorakhpur Weekly Express, 13509/13510 Asansol-Gonda Weekly Express, 13425/13426 Malda Town-Surat Weekly Express and 13429/13430 Malda Town-Anand Vihar Weekly Express.
Throughout the ages, the cities of Lucknow and Delhi are regarded as the epitome of Indian food. Embedded with rich culture and hospitality, The Imperial, New Delhi brings the drooling ‘Clash of the Titans’ festival for all who wants to be a part of India’s rich culinary journey at the Daniell’s Tavern from November 17– 24.The Delhi contingent is led by Chef Ved Prakash and his Lucknowi counterpart is Chef Mirza Munnawar Baig. Masterchefs Ved and Mirza fight a gourmet battle to present recipes from their archives with cuisines ranging from starters to desserts. The cuisines of Delhi are dominated by the taste of the main ingredients used in the recipe whereas the Lucknowi dishes are more aromatic and rich. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven though every single recipe on the two distinct menus of the Chefs seemed mouth-watering, the must-try dishes include – kebabs like Dahi kebab, Kakori and Galouti, curries like Paya Shorba and Mutton Korma, Mahi Nazakat, Raamdana ki Tikki, and the aromatic Murgh Dum Biryani. For desserts, the face-off also offers you Bharwa gulab jamun, Khoya jalebi, and the famous Purani Dilli ka Shahi tukda amongst many others. An insight on the chefs surfaces Chef Mirza as the fourth generation of Khansama from Lucknow. His forefathers used to work with Nawabs of Awadh and their gharanas. He presents in this menu traditional kebabs like Kakori, Galouti along with the all-time famous Biryanis. Mirza has generously used his own blend of spices which are prominent in his recipes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing light on Chef Ved’s legacy, his grandfather used to own an eatery in Old Dilli at the time of independence, famous for curries like Paya Shorba and Purani Dilli Ka Mutton Korma. He, therefore, brings in this menu the same flavors inspired by his grandfather’s collection as memoirs from his childhood, straight from the heart of Dilli. His spice levels are in between medium to high and his curries have a velvety texture, for an unforgettable dining experience. Vijay Wanchoo – Sr Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Imperial New Delhi stated, “The concept of ‘Clash of the Titans’ takes you on a delectable culinary journey of Hindustan and revives the traditional recipes, passed on to our Master-chefs Ved and Mirza by their forefathers. The menus by the chefs revisit the legendary food aesthetics of Lucknow and Purani Dilli, passed on from generation to generation”. Mark your calendars at the earliest to be a part of the rich culinary journey and relive the magic of the lost traditions.
Kolkata: A Class-VI student from Katwa in East Burdwan committed suicide after a quarrel with his elder sister over using her mobile phone.The incident occurred at Srikhanda village under Katwa police station on Monday. It triggered tension among local residents. The deceased boy, identified as Kailash Ghosh, (11), had a fight with his elder sister, who is Class-X student, over using she mobile phone. The boy had no mobile phone of his own and hence he wanted to use the phone of his elder sister. As the elder sister was not willing to hand over her mobile phone to him, an altercation broke out between the two. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing the incident, Priyanka went inside her room and attempted to kill herself by hanging from the ceiling fan. A timely intervention of the family members saved her but the victim on the other hand thought that his elder sister had committed suicide and he left the house in fear and hanged himself from a tree close to his house. Some of the local residents spotted the victim and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. The elder sister however managed to survive as she was rescued on time while she was attempting suicide. A probe has been initiated in this regard.
New Year starts on January 1 for everyone across the world except the Chinese people. Because for them, the spring festival falling on the first day of the first lunar month is the most important time and therefore the start of another year.The custom originated in the Shang Dynasty where people used to offer sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one. To celebrate this important day, which comes with its own set of traditions, The People’s Republic of China, in coordination with the CD Foundation, organised a grand event at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. The purpose of the annual ‘Happy Chinese New Year’ program supported by Ministry of Culture and Tourism Of China is to convey joy, friendship and auspicious wishes of Chinese people to their friends all over the world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe program started with lamp lighting by Chief Guest Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India and Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to India. On this occasion, hundreds of people along with members of the foreign diplomatic corps, the foreign correspondents in India and the Indian Foreign Service officers were present in the program. On the occasion, cultural programs presented by artist showcased the best of Chinese music and dance. The splendid art and culture of Inner Mongolia of China to Indian People was the main point of attraction. An acrobatic troupe of Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupe attracted viewers by their amazing acrobatics performances. Every performance by Chinese artists caught the attention of the audience. The cultural program was also presented by the Indian artist at the function.
New Delhi: Hitting out at the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said while Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency imposed in 1975, the country is going through “super emergency” for the past five years. Emergency was imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 which was in effect till March 21, 1977. “Today is the anniversary of the Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ‘Super Emergency’. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country,” Banerjee tweeted.
Mona Lisa’s famed smile may be forced, according to a study which suggests that Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci deliberately portrayed her that way. Researchers at St George’s, University of London in the UK set out to investigate the truth of Mona Lisa’s expression and apply neuroscientific principles to the world’s best-known painting. They investigated the mechanism of the expression and used a ‘chimeric face’ technique; cutting the mouth in half and placing each half alongside its mirror image. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe two chimeric images were judged by a group of 42 healthy subjects and rated according to the expression perceived. The subjects agreed that the left-left image showed happiness, while the right-right side image was less expressive, being perceived as neutral or even sad. The research, published in the journal Cortex, concluded that the Mona Lisa is smiling asymmetrically. The researchers, including Luca Marsili of the University of Cincinnati in the US and Matteo Bologna of Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, then applied their neuroscientific knowledge to this conclusion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”According to the most accredited neuropsychological theories, if a smile is asymmetric it is usually non-genuine,” said Lucia Ricciardi at St George’s, University of London. “While what we call a Duchenne’ smile, a genuinely spontaneous smile, is bilateral and symmetrical. It’s also characterised by upper face activation and that also doesn’t seem to be the case in this portrait,” Ricciardi said. Recent research has suggested that asymmetric smiles can be a sign of insincerity or of a lie. “Of course, we know that posing for a picture for many hours will result in a forced expression. But we also know that Leonardo was a master of ‘sfumato’ – the technique of shading which is used to demonstrate expression,” Ricciardi said. “He deliberately raised her left lip, as if to paint a smirk. He would have known that curving the lip on both sides and adding folds around the eyes would have shown a genuine smile. “And he had this knowledge hundreds of years before Duchenne’s work in the 1800s. So we have enjoyed hypothesising that this asymmetry was a deliberate action. What we still don’t know is the reason that he portrayed her this way — so her smile is as elusive as ever,” he said.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 16, 2009 Register Now » After all the rumors and last-minute botched deals over the years, it’s finally happened: Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement to merge their search services in hopes of finally being able to compete with the grand search overlord, Google.Under the new 10-year, $275 million agreement, Microsoft’s new Bing search engine will power Yahoo Search, while Yahoo Search Marketing will be powered by Microsoft AdCenter.So what does this mean for small-business owners? Well, keep an eye on your Yahoo rankings because they are going to change once the Yahoo search engine is replaced by Bing.As for your Yahoo Search Marketing campaigns, the good news is that your ads will now be seen across a greater number of websites. If you’ve been running campaigns through Microsoft AdCenter and Yahoo Search Marketing, once the change takes effect you will only have one campaign to manage, which will free up your time to work on other search marketing strategies.If you’ve never bothered with Microsoft’s search offerings, the best way to get ready for the coming changes is to learn how to optimize your site for Bing and become familiar with the rules and regulations of Microsoft AdCenter.Since its launch, Bing has proven itself to be very amenable to webmasters’ optimization efforts. That means that with a little tweaking you can get your site listed at the top of Bing’s search results quickly. And if your site is brand-new, you can probably get it indexed faster on Bing than on Google, so you might want to focus your optimization on Bing first. Then, once you’re ranked well in Bing’s listings, you can tweak your optimization efforts to meet Google’s more stringent requirements.Here are five easy ways to get Bing to notice you:1. The older, the better . Bing places a lot of emphasis on the age of a domain, so if you’re just starting out, you might consider buying an older domain in order to get your site a higher ranking.2. Titles are important. Bing seems to place a lot more emphasis on title tags than Google does, so make sure you use your best keywords in the title tags of every page on your site.3. Text is terrific. For Google, the amount of text you have on a web page doesn’t play a huge role. Not so with Bing, which seems to place a higher value on pages that have at least 300 words.4. Outbound links are OK. Google has always seemed to frown on the number of outbound links you have on a page. But Bing actually seems to like them–at least for now.5. Backlinks are even better. If you’re frustrated because all of your efforts to get links pointing to your site haven’t gotten you anywhere with Google, then good news! When it comes to backlinks, Bing’s attitude seems to “the more, the merrier”–as long as the links are coming from relevant sites.So there you have it–five easy optimization tips to help you score a good ranking with Bing.Bear in mind that this is a huge change, and will take months to fully take effect. But the sooner you align yourself with Microsoft’s search policies, the better positioned you will be to ride the wave of change to the top of Bing’s–and Yahoo’s–search results. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read July 21, 2014 As 3-D printing technology edges steadily towards wider implementation, one industry likely to be disrupted is that of toys. If consumers can simply print out their own dolls, curios and figurines, the thinking goes, then why need they purchase them elsewhere?Perhaps sensing this eventuality, Hasbro — the Pawtucket, R.I.-headquartered toy giant — announced today a groundbreaking partnership with Shapeways, an online 3-D printing marketplace where designers can share and vend their own creations. Marking what the companies say is the first time that a global brand has opened up its intellectual property to let fans make and sell their own products, Hasbro has granted five artists license to create My Little Pony figurines. The toys will be sold on a co-created site entitled SuperFanArt.Related: This Company Makes 3-D Printed Headphones That Perfectly Fit Your EarsThe artists, selected by Hasbro and Shapeways, were given complete creative control (so long as their designs were not “obscene, violent or hateful,” reports The New York Times), and they were also able to set their own prices.Nineteen total designs are currently available, ranging in price from $24.99 to $99. Each is available for purchase today and will also be on display next month at Comic-Con International: San Diego.The initiative will roll out with additional artists, products and Hasbro brands — which include G.I. Joe, Mr. Potato Head and Transformers — in coming weeks.Related: Will.i.am Wants You to Buy This Eco-Friendly 3-D PrinterMore than 900 total fan-created ponies could ultimately exist within the marketplace, Shapeways said in a blog post — many of which will have been contributed by the “Brony” community, or older male My Little Pony fans.By choosing to share some of its rights from the outset, Hasbro could theoretically keep closer tabs on the My Little Pony brand as a whole while engaging die-hard fans and generating significant marketing buzz, according to the Times.“We’ve already seen a passionate My Little Pony following on Shapeways,” said its co-founder and CEO, Peter Weijmarshausen, in a statement, “and are thrilled that Hasbro is opening its doors for the design community to actively work with a global brand.”Related: This Gadget Will Let You 3-D Print in Nutella How Success Happens Listen Now
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Google just announced a handy new Maps feature that should make it easier to find your friends on your next night out.On the iOS and Android versions of the app, you’ll be able to share your location with anyone in real time. The people who you share your location with will be able to see where you are on Android, iPhone, the mobile web and even a desktop. Google expects to start rolling out the feature worldwide some time “soon,” according to a blog post from Maps Engineering Manager Daniel Resnick.When it launches, you’ll just need to open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are to share your location. From there, tap “Share location,” select who to share with and how long and the app will let you send a link to the recipient with your whereabouts.”When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map,” Resnick explained. “And you’ll see an icon above the compass on your own map reminding you that you’re actively sharing your location.” Rest assured that you can change your mind and stop sharing your location whenever you want.You can also share your location from navigation to let your friends know exactly where you are and when you’ll arrive. Just tap the “More” button at the bottom of the navigation screen, then press “Share trip.””When you share your trip with people, they’ll see your expected arrival time and can follow your journey as you head toward your destination,” Resnick wrote. “Sharing automatically ends when you arrive.”Google released a version of this in 2009, dubbed Latitude. It offered up a user’s rough location, placing their profile picture on a map accessible through a PC or mobile device. Eventually, Google added check-in functionality to Latitude as a challenge to Foursquare, but Latitude was axed in 2013 as Google tried to push people to Google+. This story originally appeared on PCMag March 23, 2017 Register Now » 2 min read
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Machine learning isn’t new to the enterprise, but technological advances and accelerating investments have made it available to the average entrepreneur.In fact, according to a recent Forrester survey, machine-learning investments are increasing 300 percent this year compared to last year. Already, machine learning has made its mark in areas like self-driving cars, personalized-content recommendations and even face-recognition filters.Related: How Self-Learning Software Is Already a Huge Part of Your Life Clearly, though, machine learning can do much more than suggest content and steer cars. In fact, a category of it called “deep learning” promises to completely change how we market, produce and sell products.Unlike traditional models, which require specific rules and feature sets to extract meaning from data, deep learning models autonomously draw conclusions and create their own classification rules from unstructured data.That last phrase — unstructured data — is more important than it appears. In contrast to structured data, such as organized charts and tables, unstructured data includes “everyday” data, such as pictures and sounds, which is much more difficult for computers to analyze. For artificial intelligence, tackling unstructured information is a big breakthrough.Digging into deep learningIf you’re struggling to see how innovative deep learning is, you’re not alone. To understand it, imagine simultaneously teaching a baby and a computer to recognize cats in photographs.With traditional machine learning, the computer has to be told which cat features — whiskers, paws and tails — to look for in the images. These hand-engineered models then make predictions based on those features. If an image doesn’t follow the rules, the machine can’t adapt. If a cat’s tail is out of the frame, for example, the computer might not even know it’s a cat.A baby, on the other hand, needs no such guidance. After viewing enough images, the baby will build a mental framework to distinguish what is or isn’t a cat. Deep learning, like the baby, takes unstructured input without guidance and determines for itself, while considering all pixel values, which among the images contains a cat. Given enough time and data, deep learning models can make sense of virtually any unstructured data set.So, how has such an incredible tool flown under entrepreneurs’ radar? Well, deep learning has only become commercially viable in the past decade. Conceived not long after the dawn of AI in the 1950s, early neural networks could simulate just a few neurons at once. Although deep learning was revived several times throughout the ’70s and ’80s, we simply didn’t have the data or processing power to make it work until the mid-2000s.Now, thanks to the 2.5 quintillion bytes produced per day — much of it publicly available via Google and YouTube — and massive improvements in cloud computing technology, deep learning isn’t just viable — it’s inevitable, and it’s profitable.Deep learning at workWe’re sure to see more deep learning applications crop up as the technology improves, but today’s entrepreneurs can leverage it in three ways, to:1. Find and reach new customers. No matter how much they might need it, people can’t buy a product that they don’t know about. A life insurance company, for example, probably won’t make many sales if it markets to students instead of seniors.Deep learning, however, can help entrepreneurs target the right markets. Facebook, Google and Twitter all use deep-learning-infused ad platforms, which businesses use to extrapolate valuable, relevant look-alike audiences from seed audiences. In fact, B2B spending on social media advertisements has grown by 130 percent in the past two years.Of course, finding a market is only step one; the next step is actually reaching it. Again, deep learning can help. Companies such as Octane AI use it to power their chatbots, which have come a long way from annoying assistants like Microsoft Word’s Clippy. Today, they can autonomously grow audiences and engage customers with personalized experiences.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Organize data and fill gaps. Missing data is a major problem for most businesses. A recent Openprise study found that 41 percent of surveyed B2B marketers considered missing contacts their data’s greatest shortcoming. Another 39 percent cited missing field values as the biggest problem.Fortunately, as they’re fed data, deep-learning models get smarter about what’s captured and what’s conspicuously missing. Then, after identifying missing data, deep learners can track it down.Node, a startup founded by a former colleague of mine, is already doing this on a grand scale. It uses a four-pronged approach, including data crawling, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to help business leaders optimize prospect data and sell more efficiently.3. Perform quality analysis and control. A friend at Qualcomm recently described to me the tedium of checking every chip they produce for defects. That’s a perfect problem, I reminded her, for deep learning. Everything from manufacturing to construction to consumer electronics can benefit from automated product defect analysis.At Skycatch, for example, we’ve built a deep-learning model that guides drones to inspect structures such as cell towers. When it finds a flaw, it tips off human inspectors. The data is then reingested, continuously improving the deep neural network. Thanks to deep learning, we can automatically identify job-site changes, track heavy equipment and log productivity for each worker and machine on site.Training such a model does takes enormous amounts of data and processing power, but entrepreneurs can get started with Google’s Cloud TPU Alpha program. In short, tensor processing units are high-performance cloud computers designed specially for machine learning applications.What makes machine learning so exciting, if it’s not clear already, is that it’s a foundational technology. Much like the computer and the internal combustion engine, machine learning can be applied to an enormous variety of problem domains.Related: Machine Learning Needs Bias Training to Overcome StereotypesBut that’s a double-edged sword. As it matures, machine learning will be applied in more and more contexts — some valid, some not. Only by learning the basics today and seeing past the hype can entrepreneurs make machine learning their next revenue machine. 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 18, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Food Authenticity Market by Target Testing, Technology, and Food Tested: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018-2025, the global food authenticity market was valued at $5,312 million in 2017, and is estimated to reach $9,840 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 8.1% from 2018 to 2025. In 2017, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology segment accounted for more than one-third share of the total food authenticity market.Download Sample Report: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/food-authenticity-marketThe report emphasizes on the different technologies used for food authenticity, which include polymerase chain reaction based, liquid chromatography‐mass spectrometry, isotope methods, immunoassay-based/ELISA, and others. Based on target testing, the market is classified into meat speciation, country of origin & aging, adulteration test, and false labelling. Based on food tested, it is categorized into meat & meat product; dairy & dairy product; cereal, grain, and pulse; processed food; and others. Based on region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.Food fraud is committed when food is deliberately altered for financial gains with the intention of deceiving consumers or customers. The food standards agency (FSA) specifies two main types of food frauds, namely sale of food that is unfit and potentially harmful, and deliberate mis-description of food. In the recent times, food authenticity testing is not just a tool to identify gross substitution such as whisky, horsemeat, or olive oil, it is now quite possible to differentiate between Welsh or Scottish lamb, farmed or wild salmon, and pure or sweetened fruit juice. Food authenticity testing is not only used in identification of gross substitution in whisky, horsemeat, or olive oil but also is used to differentiate between Welsh or Scottish lamb, farmed or wild salmon, and pure or sweetened fruit juice.Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2329Various regulations on food safety particularly in the developed economies, growth in instances of food fraud, and rise in Economically Motivated Adulterations (EMA), owing to high competition among food producers drive the food authenticity market. However, high cost of food authenticity, availability of relatively cheap substitutes, and anti-dumping policies on food authenticity are expected to hamper the food authenticity industry growth.In 2017, the processed food segment was the leading revenue contributor to the global food authenticity market. The processed food segment includes numerous processed products, such as infant formula, packaged food, wine, bakery & confectionery, and other processed food products; hence, there are large chances for food frauds.Key Findings of the Food Authenticity Market:• In 2017, Europe dominated the global food authenticity market, with more than two-fifths food authenticity market share in terms of value.• Asia-Pacific is estimated to witness the highest growth during the forecast period.• The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) segment is estimated to register the highest growth rate, in terms of revenue, registering a CAGR of 8.7% from 2018 to 2025 and generated the highest revenue in 2017.• The meat speciation segment is estimated to register a highest growth rate, in terms of revenue, registering a CAGR of 8.7%.• In 2017, processed food was the leading segment, which occupied around one-third food authenticity market share in global food authenticity market, in terms of revenue.In 2017, Europe dominated the global market, owing to the strict food safety regulations and large number of consumer complaints. Furthermore, presence of major players in the region is anticipated to boost the food authenticity market in the near future. North America is the second leading revenue contributor to the global food authenticity industry, and is expected to register a CAGR of 7.8% in terms of revenue.The key companies profiled in the report include SGS S.A., Intertek Group PLC., Eurofins Scientific SE, ALS Limited, LGC Science Group Ltd., Mrieux Nutrisciences Corporation, Microbac Laboratories, Inc., EMSL Analytical Inc., Romer Labs Diagnostic GmbH, and Genetic ID NA, Inc.About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. 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