SuperSpeed USB 30 Finalized By Major Players in USB Promoter Group

SuperSpeed USB 30 Finalized By Major Players in USB Promoter Group

first_imgUSB 3.0 socket Explore further Industry Leaders Proposed Superspeed USB 3.0 Specification The USB Promoter Group´s three-year effort to create a universal USB 3.0 culminated in the release of the specifications which is the technical road map for all developers to bring SuperSpeed USB technology to the marketplace. The Group invites developers to read the specifications and apply to become “Adopters” of the new technology. According to the USB Promoter Group, the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 will deliver speed 10-times faster than current USB 2.0. In practice, the Group claims the USB 3.0 is backward compatible with existing USB 2.0 and will be capable of transferring a 25-GB HD movie in approximately 70-seconds. Current, USB 2.0 transfer rates for the same content will take nearly 14-minutes. Recognizing the public demand for high definition content, the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 discrete controller will be seen in the second half of 2009 and for other consumer products like external hard drives, flash drives and consumer products by 2010. Microsoft has been somewhat reluctant to say whether the new SuperSpeed USB will be incorporated into the new Windows 7 OS. It is considering adding it to its existing Windows Vista OS. Various tech experts caution that the newly released specifications and speed ratings are based on a maximum throughput in lab conditions. The actual performance for consumers will be significantly impacted by Internet infrastructure in their region. Symwave a global fabless semiconductor company provided a live demonstration of a USB 3.0 PHY device at the SuperSpeed USB Conference in San Jose. According to Yossi Cohen, President of Symwave, ” This is an amazing achievement for our engineering team and underscores our mixed-signal core competency. Symwave´s Quasar PHY is targeted at the fast-growing “sync- and- go” applications like mobile phones, media players, HD camcorders and external hard drives. The exceptional hurdle made in the final form of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is its apparent ability to utilize optical lines and wireless with some room for future and yet to be developed technology. The Adopters Agreement with a reciprocal royalty-free licensing arrangement for developer´s compliant products has a good chance of igniting a firestorm of new products. © 2008 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Finalized By Major Players in USB Promoter Group (2008, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-superspeed-usb-major-players-group.html (PhysOrg.com) — The final specifications for the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is available and a discussion of the technology is underway at the SuperSpeed USB Conference in San Jose, California. Major players in the development of the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 include, Hewlett-Packard, ST-NXP Wireless, Intel, Microsoft, Texas Instruments and NEC.last_img read more

Autonomous quantum error correction technique proposed for quantum memories

Autonomous quantum error correction technique proposed for quantum memories

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — While words such as “powerful” and “efficient” are often used to describe the potential of quantum computing, these quantum systems can be very fragile at the same time. Errors in quantum systems can easily arise due to decoherence – which occurs when a quantum state interacts with its environment – as well as unwanted noise or defective components. In order to protect quantum systems from these problems, physicists use quantum error correction (QEC) techniques to identify and correct errors without disturbing the system. A diagram of the proposed quantum memory with autonomous quantum error control (QEC). Image credit: Kerckhoff, et al. (c)2010 APS. In a recent study, physicists have developed a new QEC technique that can be directly embedded into quantum memories. Because the method is implemented “on-chip,” it requires no external clocking or logic. In addition, all control operations are performed autonomously by an embedded feedback loop, which is different than most previous QEC approaches. The researchers hope that the design could be useful for nanophotonics implementations and quantum-optical engineering.“Good QEC designs can improve implementation efficiency by reducing the hardware and computational ‘overhead’ that is needed in the implementation of the QEC for a particular quantum memory scheme,” coauthor Hendra Nurdin of Stanford University and the Australian National University told PhysOrg.com.In general, it’s much more difficult to design QEC methods than it is to design classical error correction methods because in classical methods, bits can simply be copied for redundancy. However, qubits cannot be copied in the same way due to the non-cloning theorem. Yet physicists can get around this limitation in a few ways, such as by encoding a single “logical” qubit (representing the information carried) in the entangled state of three “physical” qubits using a technique called the bit-flip code. The new autonomous QEC technique is based on the bit-flip code and another similar strategy called the phase-flip code, and can protect the stored information against independent unwanted flips to any, but not more than one, of the physical qubits. Whereas previous QEC approaches usually involved discrete restoration steps, the new approach involves a continuous syndrome readout to diagnose and correct errors. In this approach, each physical qubit is strongly coupled to its own optical cavity. If an error occurs so that one of the physical qubits has its state flipped, two feedback signals are sent to the qubit to flip it back and correct the error. The system is autonomous in that probe signals are continuously providing feedback to the qubits: less than two feedback signals in the case of no errors, and two feedback signals in the case of an error. “This QEC design has the potential to be embedded on the same hardware platform as the quantum memory, such as in nanophotonics, and has the potential for reduced hardware overhead requirements because it does not require external clocking and logic to operate, nor does not it require interfacing to measurement devices,” Nurdin said. “Moreover, since all processing is performed coherently, no classical computations are required to determine the corrective feedback signals.”Although the current design is just a proposal, the physicists explain that the circuitry could be realized with available technology, such as solid-state qubits coupled to electromagnetic resonators and waveguides. In the future, the scientists also plan to find ways to extend the design to QEC feedback networks that can correct a wider variety of qubit errors. 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. Citation: Autonomous quantum error correction technique proposed for quantum memories (2010, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-autonomous-quantum-error-technique-memories.html First International Conference on Quantum Error Correction Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Joseph Kerckhoff, et al. “Designing Quantum Memories with Embedded Control: Photonic Circuits for Autonomous Quantum Error Correction.” Physical Review Letters 105, 040502 (2010). Explore furtherlast_img read more

AIs Emmy award goes to Swarmanoid robot book heist

AIs Emmy award goes to Swarmanoid robot book heist

first_imgImage credit: swarmanoid.org 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. Citation: AI’s Emmy award goes to Swarmanoid robot book heist (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-ai-emmy-award-swarmanoid-robot.html (PhysOrg.com) — Robots removing a book off a shelf? Hardly what you would consider worthy of a video award. Not unless you’re talking about a special platoon of robots known as a swarmanoid. Their book heist actually won the “Oscars” of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Video Competition 2011 last week. Spy-thriller music, a Hitchcock-like hum of mosquitoes, and a menacing whir-sound of blades did nothing to deter excitement, but the technical construct and techniques of these little snap-in, snap-out robots are interesting even without special effects. A swarmanoid is a robot “swarm” made up of three characters: the eye-bots (they fly and stick to ceilings with magnets, loiter and send info to other robots) and hand-bots (they climb and manipulate objects) and foot-bots (wheeled robots capable of connecting to the other types as well as amongst themselves, moving in a horizontal roll). The three are like a fire brigade or any search and rescue mission team in that they have discrete tasking abilities but they can also connect when needed.The foot-bots are 17 cm diameter x 29 cm, 1.8 kg; the hand-bots are 38 x 44 x 30 cm; and the flying eye-bots are 50 cm in diameter, with an endurance of 10 to 20 minutes. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Toyota’s musical robots (w/ Video) Explore further The award-winning video shows how a swarmanoid teams up to identify a book, walks over to the shelf where the book is located, and then climbs the wall to get it, with each of the three characters doing its respective task.The eye-bot identifies the target book and the foot-bots are summoned. They roll over to the target area, and release the hand-bot, which climbs to the ceiling and gets the book.The “swarm” in “swarmanoid” helps explain the fundamental concept. Swarm robotics was inspired by social aspects of insect behavior. The film, and the robots, are the result of a research undertaking called the Swarmanoid Project, funded by the European Commission, with a stated objective of design, implementation and control of a novel distributed robotic system. Dr. Marco Dorigo is the developer of the project and its coordinator. He was awarded in November 2007 with the “CajAstur International Prize for Soft Computing.”According to the New Scientist, Dorigo and his colleagues have gathered an army of 30 foot-bots, 10 eye-bots and eight hand-bots. According to the Swarmanoid site, the Swarmanoid project started in 2006 and ended in September 30 2010. Nonetheless, the Swarmanoid team looks ahead toward future incarnations from the present groundwork. The film narration refers to future possibilities where swarmanoids could play a role in (1) replacing humans in dangerous situations (2) performing search-and-rescue missions and (3) interplanetary explorations.last_img read more

Physicists experimentally demonstrate oneway quantum steering

Physicists experimentally demonstrate oneway quantum steering

first_imgSchematic of the experimental set-up, in which Alice can steer Bob, but not vice versa. Image credit: Händchen, et al. ©2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited 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. Citation: Physicists experimentally demonstrate one-way quantum steering (2012, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-physicists-experimentally-one-way-quantum.html Journal information: Nature Photonics To demonstrate that the answer is yes, the physicists here entangled two laser beams that they prepared using an intricate system that involved mixing the beams with two vacuum modes. One output mode was sent to Alice and one to Bob. If the beams were prepared with the vacuum contribution in a certain intermediate range, the researchers observed that Alice could make a measurement on her side that influenced Bob’s measurements on his side – but Bob’s measurements did not influence Alice’s. In other words, they observed one-way steering.However, changing the vacuum contribution could change the results. The researchers found that, for a vacuum contribution smaller than 39%, two-way steering was allowed. And for a vacuum contribution greater than 70%, no steering was allowed. In between these values, only Alice could steer.”From the very beginning in 1935, EPR and Schrödinger focused on the question of whether a single subsystem (of an entangled state) can be described by a classical model, given some measurement results on the other subsystem,” coauthor Roman Schnabel of the University of Hannover and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics told Phys.org. “In our paper, we produce for the first time an entangled state that allows for a purely classical description of one subsystem but not of the other. Our result supports the relevance of the original question by EPR and Schrödinger since we demonstrate that the answer is more diverse than one might expect.”As he explained further, the results also provide insight into the extent to which quantum mechanics differs from classical mechanics, one of the fundamental questions in physics.”Our experiment pinpoints the effect of decoherence,” he said. “Our state is produced by discarding information from one subsystem (due to the extra vacuum contribution). The one-sided information loss results in the new situation that this subsystem can be described by a classical model whereas the other subsystem still requires a quantum model. There is a long debate on how the transition from a distinct (entangled) quantum system to a system that can be described by a classical model actually happens. Our experiment is thus a nice model system that shows how decoherence produces the transition from the quantum to the classical world.”The researchers expect that the experiment can be extended to a tripartite situation involving a third party, Charlie. In the current experiment, one output mode of the light beam was dumped, but if it had been sent to Charlie, the researchers predict that Alice could also steer Charlie simultaneously to steering Bob. Neither Bob nor Charlie could steer anyone.As the physicists explain, one-way steering is yet another counterintuitive effect of quantum mechanics. They explain that one-way steering leads to the peculiar situation in which two experimenters performing measurements on the same shared state reach different conclusions. Future research into this implication and others could have applications in areas such as quantum key distribution for secure communication and information science in general. One-way steering occurs when the second vacuum mode used to generate the steering states is between 39% and 70% (white region). When the value for one steering direction is less than 1.0 (red histogram) and the value for the other steering direction is above 1.0 (blue histogram), one-way steering occurs. Image credit: Händchen, et al. ©2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited Explore further Quantum physics mimics spooky action into the past Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Because of the two different roles, physicists have wondered about the possibility of one-way steering. That is, are there any physical states that Alice could send that allow her to steer Bob, but not vice versa? (Phys.org)—When Einstein described the interaction between two distant objects as “spooky interaction at a distance,” he was referring to the quantum phenomenon called steering. Steering can occur in strongly entangled systems and implies a direction between the two parties involved, while entanglement without steering generally has no direction. In 1992, physicists experimentally demonstrated steering in both directions – that is, both parties could steer each other. Now for the first time, physicists have demonstrated steering in one direction only, a feat that gives new insight into the quantum world and that could have applications in quantum information. More information: Vitus Händchen, et al. “Observation of one-way Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen steering.” Nature Photonics. DOI: 10.1038/NPHOTON.2012.202 The physicists, from the University of Hannover’s Center for Quantum Engineering and Space-Time Research-QUEST, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), and the Institute for Theoretical Physics, all in Hannover, Germany, have published their study in a recent issue of Nature Photonics.As the scientists explain, steering forms the core of the famous Einstein-Podolosky-Rosen (EPR) argument put forth in 1935. As an attempt to criticize quantum mechanics, the three scientists theoretically pointed out an odd effect of two strongly correlated particles: measuring a quantity (such as the position or the momentum) of particle A will cause the related quantity of particle B to become certain, even though the Heisenberg Uncertainty Relation predicts a minimum quantum uncertainty for individual systems. This odd effect exists even if the particles do not come in contact with each other. To explain this finding, Einstein, Podolosky, and Rosen assumed that the outcome of all possible measurements must be encoded in both particles as a hidden parameter, and that quantum mechanics is incomplete because it does not account for this parameter. Otherwise, the instantaneous interaction would conflict with the theory of relativity.However, other physicists of the day saw that the interaction was actually a new quantum phenomenon. Erwin Schrödinger was the first to call the effect “entanglement” as well as describe its stronger form, steering. In steering, the two parties (Alice and Bob) have certain roles that are not interchangeable. Specifically, Alice has the role of choosing an observable to be measured, which somehow changes the states in Bob’s system. If Bob chooses the observable to be measured, then the roles would change, and he would be the one steering Alice. last_img read more

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

first_img More information: via Tech-on (Phys.org)—It’s no secret that Toyota has been hard at work trying to improve on current battery technology to power electric vehicles, last year the company described a prototype solid state lithium superionic conductor battery in an article in the journal Nature Materials that was based on a three dimensional framework. And just this month the company announced plans to introduce several new lines of hybrid and all electric vehicles over the next three years (after also announcing that the Prius hybrid now accounts for ten percent of all sales). The sticking point has been and remains, the batteries used in such vehicles which can account for up to half their cost to consumers. Explore further The all-solid-state battery prototype. Credit: Tech-on © 2012 Phys.org At the heart of current batteries for use in electric vehicles are liquid electrolytes, which by their very nature present fire safety hazards. Adding technology to reduce the fire hazard adds to the cost of the battery, thus a battery based on a solid electrolyte would be cheaper and safer. Up till now however, such electrolytes have only been practical at the 50–80 °C range which obviously isn’t workable for an electric vehicle. The new prototype is an attempt to overcome that restriction.The new battery, first described last year, uses Li10GeP2S12 in a layered three dimensional framework where cells are sandwiched together to create a stack of seven tiers with each having a voltage of four volts for a total of twenty eight at normal temperatures. The result, they say is a battery with five times the output density of previous varieties. To demonstrate its progress in refining the battery, the prototype was demonstrated recently to a group attending a green technology seminar as a power source for an electric scooter.The battery is sulfide based and differs from previous prototypes in that germanium was added to the mix to bring a more refined structure to the material. It boasts improved conductivity to 1 x 10-2S/cm-1, which is on a par with liquid electrolyte based batteries, though the company readily acknowledges that there is still a lot more work to do before such a battery could be used in electric vehicles for sale. They are shooting for a 2015 to 2020 timeframe, at which point, the hope is that a way will have been found to dramatically reduce production costs, which are at this point, apparently far too high to allow for use as a commercial battery. Citation: Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-toyota-solid-state-lithium-superionic.html Journal information: Nature Materials 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. Research group develops “superior conducting” solid state lithium batterylast_img read more

Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288

Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288

first_imgNGC 288 as seen by Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Channel of the Advanced Camera for Surveys. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA More information: On the extended stellar structure around NGC 288, arXiv:1709.07284 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.07284AbstractWe report on observational evidence of an extra-tidal clumpy structure around NGC 288 from an homogeneous coverage of a large area with the Pan-STARRS PS1 database. The extra-tidal star population has been disentangled from that of the Milky Way field by using a cleaning technique that successfully reproduced the stellar density, luminosity function and colour distributions of MW field stars. We have produced the cluster stellar density radial profile and a stellar density map from independent approaches, from which we found results in excellent agreement : the feature extends up to 3.5 times the cluster tidal radius. Previous works based on shallower photometric data sets have speculated on the existence of several long tidal tails, similar to that found in Pal 5. The present outcome shows that NGC 288 could hardly have such tails, but favours the notion that interactions with the MW tidal field has been a relatively inefficient process for stripping stars off the cluster. These results point to the need of a renewed overall study of the external regions of Galactic globular clusters (GGCs) in order to reliably characterise them. Hence, it will be possible to investigate whether there is any connection between detected tidal tails, extra-tidal stellar populations, extent diffuse halo-like structures with the GGCs’ dynamical histories in the Galaxy. NGC 288 is a globular cluster located some 28,700 light years away from the Earth in the constellation Sculptor. With an estimated age of about 10.6 billion years, this cluster belongs to low-concentration globulars, with its stars more loosely bound together. It has a large, dense core surrounded by a much more diffuse and irregular ring.Some globular clusters in the Milky Way are surrounded by extended stellar structures. Previous observations of NGC 288 have suggested that this cluster exhibits tidal tails that could be extending up to about 1,100 light years from its center. One study reported that the cluster has two main tidal tails, one running from the cluster centre towards the southeast and another one towards the galactic center. Other research speculated on the existence of a long tidal tail from the cluster center towards the north-west beside its counterpart tail to the south-east.Now, Piatti’s team has studied the extended stellar structure around NGC 288 by analyzing the data from the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The astrometric and photometric catalogue produced by Pan-STARRS allowed the researchers to learn more about the cluster’s external region.”We report on observational evidence of an extra-tidal clumpy structure around NGC 288 from an homogeneous coverage of a large area with the Pan-STARRS PS1 database,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the paper, NGC 288 has not two or more but only a single extra-tidal clumpy structure, as commonly seen in other globular clusters in the Milky Way. This structure reaches approximately 3.5 times the cluster’s tidal radius. The researchers also emphasized that NGC 288 is not a tidally limited galactic globular cluster and its main sequence stars located in the outermost regions are in some way experiencing gravitational effects due to the potential of the Milky Way.When compared to other galactic globular clusters, NGC 288’s tidal tail is a moderate extended structure. The astronomers noted that other globular clusters in the Milky Way show evidence of such features up to nearly more than six times their tidal radii.The results of the new research, which debunked the hypothesis of several long tidal tails around NGC 288, show that external regions of galactic globular clusters should be further studied. “These results point to the need of a renewed overall study of the external regions of galactic globular clusters (GGCs) in order to reliably characterise them. Hence, it will be possible to investigate whether there is any connection between detected tidal tails, extra-tidal stellar populations, extent diffuse halo-like structures with the GGCs’ dynamical histories in the galaxy,” the researchers concluded. (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Andrés E. Piatti of the Astronomical Observatory of Córdoba in Argentina has recently observed an extra-tidal clumpy structure around the globular cluster NGC 288. The results of these observations, available in a paper published Sept. 21 on arXiv.org, could redefine our understanding of external regions of globular clusters in our Milky Way galaxy. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Astronomers study the extended stellar structure around the globular cluster NGC 288 (2017, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-astronomers-stellar-globular-cluster-ngc.html Tidal tails detected around a distant globular cluster 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

India through the eyes of Russia

India through the eyes of Russia

To honour and celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and India, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, in association with the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and the Russian Centre for Science and Culture (New Delhi) with the sponsorship from Sistema JSFC and MTS India have come together to showcase an exquisite piece of history.This is in the form of an art exhibition and an exclusive book launch which is translated for the first time in English called ‘Letters from India’ by Prince Alexei Saltykov specifically for the Indian audiences. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this month-long unique art exhibition that will commence on 29 October, 2012 there will be 23 historic art works that depict the life and people of mid 19th century India told through the eyes of Prince Alexei Saltykov who visited India between the periods of 1841-43 and 1845-46. A talented painter, Prince Saltykov, using water colour and pencil, made images that depicts Indian realities, which he treated with utmost affection and adoration. Prince Alexey Saltykov’s travelogue ‘Letters from India’ first published in French in 1848 aroused great interest amongst readers and was reprinted several times. Only 1,000 copies have been printed to mark the legacy of Prince Alexei Saltykov and the 65th anniversary of the two countries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe letters of the Russian traveller attracted readers with an abundance of information which could rarely be found in literature of this kind. Courage and a desire for learning enabled Saltykov to penetrate those corners of India where Europeans had rarely set foot. He was amongst the first Russian travellers who visited remote areas of Western Himalayas leaving behind priceless images of people inhabiting the picturesque landscapes.The Russian artist visited India in search of beauty and found it in the Indian landscape, the temples and palaces, processions and festivals and above all in its people. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Dr Karan Singh, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and HE Alexander Kadakin, Ambassor of the Russian Federation to India on Monday, 29 October. read more

An hour of darkness

An hour of darkness

first_imgBy spending an hour in the dark, hotels like Le Meridien joined millions around the world to send a powerful message about a brighter future for the planet.23 March saw the hotel turn off its lights, all except the ones needed for basic amenities (by turning off exterior signage lighting; dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting; using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars) to celebrate Earth Hour. For those who don’t know about this world-wide initiative, here is a little crash course! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. The event first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEarth Hour 2013 was being held on 23 March from 8:30 pm To 9:30 pm during participants’ local time.Guests of the hotel and others who gathered to mark the event were encouraged to support the cause by lighting candles in the hotel’s lawns to form the well recognized Earth Hour logo ‘60+ Earth Hour’.’A lot of hotels across the country are doing things for Earth Hour,’ says Meena Bhatia, Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Le Meridien. ‘We chose to light candles on the hotel lawns,’ she explains. Guests were requested with letters to switch off lights for an hour and to join others to mark the 60 minutes. With the kind of response the initiative garnered, clearly they were more than happy to be a part of it.While the flickering candles created a magical atmosphere, it also marked out the gravity of the need to conserve energy across the planet. As granted as we take regular energy sources such as water, electricity and even solar power, Earth Hour is a stark reminder that unless we learn to use resources wisely, a day might come when nothing remains.We switched off for Earth Hour…hope you did too!last_img read more

With love from China

With love from China

first_imgA sophisticated, stylised and lyrical opera, The Peony Pavilion meant for the connoisseurs rated as one of China’s best-loved classical operas was staged at the Capital’s Sirifort auditorium on December 12.  The legendary play has been brought to India by Swati Bhise, artistic director of BraviaSadir Theatre Festival Production who is an acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer.  Her aim is to promote art and culture between the two neighboring countries and develop friendly relations between the two nations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The peony love attracted an audience which included corporate honchos, bureaucrats, distinguished members of Delhi society and young students from art and cultural institutions in Delhi. Swati Bhise, said, “Art is the finest way to bridge the cultural gap between two great powers. Theatre and Art give us a deep understanding of the existing political, social and economic conditions of a country. It also gives an insight into the thought process of an entire ethnic group. This is a perfect platform to go global and continue our own personal growth and get better understanding of different cultures. I am happy that it was so well received in Mumbai and Delhi. The audience is evolved and understands sophisticated art forms such as Opera”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Peony Pavilion showcased a complicated love story which was set in the last days of the Southern Song Dynasty, which lasted from 1127 to 1279 AD. It is hailed as the “mother” of a hundred opera forms. In its original form, the play, traditionally performed as a Kunqu opera, which is one of the oldest styles of Chinese theatre, runs for 20 hours and has 55 scenes,  has been brought down to a 90-minute performance of key scenes without compromising on its essence. The play was staged by 18 performers, all from mainland China. It was translated by Joanna Lee, an American-Chinese who has spent a lifetime on operas.last_img read more

Three TMC workers attacked by BJP men in Maynaguri

Three TMC workers attacked by BJP men in Maynaguri

first_imgKOLKATA: Three Trinamool workers were critically injured when they were attacked allegedly by some BJP workers at Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri on Sunday night. All three are undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital in Jalpaiguri and condition of one is stated to be critical. Locals alleged that the TMC workers were attacked when they had assembled at a place to hold a meeting. It has also alleged that the BJP workers were carrying swords and iron rods. All of a sudden, they rushed to the spot where the TMC workers had assembled and started beating them up. Police went to the spot after receiving the news. They brought the situation under control and took the injured persons to the hospital. TMC leaders in the area alleged that their workers were attacked as BJP is trying to create tensions in the area. However, local BJP leaders have refuted the allegations and claimed that they were not involved in the incident.last_img read more

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

Forest cover in Bengal up says Mamata on Biodiversity Day

first_imgKolkata: The total forest and social forestry cover in West Bengal has been raised to 12,358 hectares and 934 hectares respectively till 2016-17 under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted project, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday. In a tweet on the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity, Banerjee expressed her committment to preserving biodiversity in the state saying that the JICA was extending help towards the West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project since 2012. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”JICA-assisted West Bengal Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Project (WBFBCP) commenced in 2012. Till 2016-17, the total plantation raised was 12,358 hectares in forest and 934 hectares under social forestry”, she said in the tweet.The objective of the project was to improve forest ecosystem, conserve biodiversity and improve livelihood. It comprises afforestation, regeneration, wildlife management and income generation activities through Joint Forest Management approach, including institutional capacity development.Environmental conservation has also contributed towards the social development of West Bengal.last_img read more

Early life stress linked to depression

Early life stress linked to depression

first_imgEarly life stress is a major risk factor for later episodes of depression and people who are abused or neglected as children are almost twice as likely to experience depression later in life, says a new study.There may also be diminished processing of reward in the brain and associated reductions in a person’s ability to experience positive emotions. Researchers at Duke University and the University of Texas Health Sciences Centre at San Antonio recruited 106 adolescents, between the ages of 11-15, who underwent an initial magnetic resonance imaging scan, along with measurements of mood and neglect. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers focused on the ventral striatum, a deep brain region that is important for processing rewarding experiences as well as generating positive emotions, both of which are deficient in depression. “Our analyses revealed that over a two-year window during early to mid-adolescence, there was an abnormal decrease in the response of the ventral striatum to reward only in adolescents who had been exposed to emotional neglect,” said first author Jamie Hanson.Emotional neglect is a form of childhood adversity where parents are persistently emotionally unresponsive and unavailable to their children, researchers said. This study suggests that, in some people, early life stress compromises the capacity to experience enthusiasm or pleasure.last_img read more

Enchanting dance recital

Enchanting dance recital

first_imgClassical dance performances enthrall the audience with its authencity and subtle postures. Well known Kuchipudi danseuse, Meenu Thakur, and her disciples presented ‘Bhamakalapam’, a Kuchipudi dance recital at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. ‘Bhamakalapam’, a poetry woven with music, is one of the most celebrated works that is synonymous with Kuchipudi style. ‘Bhamakalapam’ is the story of Satyabhama who considers herself the favourite consort of Lord Krishna. Satyabhama displays her vanity, envy, jealousy and anger, which create a dilemma for herself. But finally, she surrenders to her Lord and is accepted by him, with open arms. The occasion was graced by C Rajshekhar, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations; Rajshekhar Vyas, Additional Director General, Prasar Bharati; Guru Vanshree Rao, and V. Meera, General Manager, International Trade Promotion Organisation, who honoured the artistes for their excellent performance.The dance-drama, which has lyrics in traditional Telugu language, was presented in Hindi, for the first time on stage, by any dancer.last_img read more

Fake doctor arrested from East Burdwan

Fake doctor arrested from East Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: A fake doctor was arrested from Kalna in East Burdwan. The accused has been identified as Subhojit Roy, who had been attached to a private nursing home in the area.On the basis of a specific complaint, police said a probe has been initiated a few days ago. The accused has been remanded to judicial custody after being produced before a court in the district. They have started collecting information about him. As soon as police came to know about the incident they conducted a raid and arrested Roy. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect the accused might have been impersonating to attend the patients. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeInvestigation has revealed that he had been practising in the area for quite sometime. But recently, his behaviour led to the suspicion following which a complaint was lodged at a police station. Cops are now trying to find out whether he was involved with any healthcare centres. Police also came to know that several people used to visit his chamber every day. But he had never let anyone understand that he didn’t possess a degree to practice medicine. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.last_img read more

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

first_imgAs the next season of weddings is drawing near, all the would-be brides are gearing up to look and feel their absolute best on that special day of their life. Add papaya to your diet to achieve the glowing skin and fit body like never before.Well, it might sound incredible but this one fruit, papaya, can really do wonders for all your beauty and health needs, says Mehar Rajput, dietitian and nutritionist from Fitpass.* Cuts the fat to give you that dream figure: Make it a habit to eat two bowls of papaya every day for a month prior to your D-day. The fruit has a super enzyme, papain, that helps in faster digestion, increasing metabolism and creating healthy waterworks, all of which aid in an efficient weight loss strategy. So by having this approximately 55-calorie portion, not only you are ready for your D-day but also for that beach body you are craving for your honeymoon. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Aids digestion: Irregular and unhealthy eating due to wedding jitters can have the bride constantly complaining about acidity or upset stomach. A bowl of papaya everyday can keep stomach problems at bay through its papain enzyme that can help in improving digestion. Moreover, the fibre content in papaya clears the stomach and aids digestive performance so that the bride stays happy from within.* Exfoliation: Pep up your skin with Papaya since it has an enzymatic effect and it is very good for the clearance of dead skin.* De-tanning: Papaya has a very good anti-tanning effect and is an excellent beauty choice for de-tanning.last_img read more

Online dating Love redefined

Online dating Love redefined

first_imgWe being millennials in the era of social media and internet have witnessed many changes – in terms of love, emotions, and relationships. Fake promises and casual relationships have existed since forever, but introduction to ‘online dating’ made it worse for millennials of the 21st century. Number of people struggling to find love through digital dating is rapidly increasing and it seems the whole idea of love has changed.To back this with facts, several researches conducted in the last few years have shown a tremendous rise in the use of online apps like Tinder – especially around the month of romance (February). Has online dating really changed the meaning of love? Let us know by some of the youngsters using these apps: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSrikant Bhutani, who is an IELTS trainer and have used Tinder, though had a pleasant experience on the dating app, he believes that it is important to be safe while using such apps. He says that one’s experience on such platforms depends on three major factors. Firstly, upon the kind of app you are using. Secondly, the exposure that the app provides to people. And, lastly, on the users – how they use it. For Aditya Singh, a Lawyer by profession, online dating is a boon as it helps to set choices and preferences…without actually facing the other person we get an idea whether to take the relationship forwards or not. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYoungsters using or not using these apps hold a notion that on such platforms, individuals form judgement if the other person is worthy to date or have ‘sexual relationship’ or not. First appearance matters the most and as a result of this, youngsters have started caring about their looks more than it’s required. Harsh Vohra, a corporate worker believes that with this hook-up culture in place and empowered by free dating apps like Tinder, society seems to have destroyed traditional dating. “It might look like you are going to find your soulmate on such apps. But, dating world is stuffed with people who deeply desire nothing but sex,” he states. On the contrary, Neha Khanna, who works as a content writer asserts that seeking sexual relationships on such platforms is fine. Describing further, how online dating is a threat, Sanket Sethi, a DU student shares his views too. “There have been reports about dating gone wrong on these platforms where mischievous elements have duped their partners of money by getting the details of their credit cards and mobile wallets, harassing and blackmailing girls with their private photos and asking for money in return to get them deleted,” he said Talking about how online dating has changed the meaning of love in today’s era, Paras Middha, event planner says, “Earlier people used to meet, spend time, know each other better and then fall in love. Now, it’s the era of ‘instant love’ or ‘filtered love’. People swipe right by looking at good seductive pictures – when they meet – the reality is different. Shrikant, an IT expert feels that online dating has made people fall in love instantly and get over it overnight. “I have met people who don’t even know what they are there for. They just want to be there.”last_img read more

Virtual reality may help treat Parkinsons

Virtual reality may help treat Parkinsons

first_imgPlaying games in virtual reality (VR) may help treat people with neurological disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease, a study claims. The technology, described in the journal Scientific Reports, could help the patients shift their perceptions of time, which their conditions lead them to perceive differently. “The ability to estimate the passage of time with precision is fundamental to our ability to interact with the world,” said Seamas Weech, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For some individuals, however, the internal clock is maladjusted, causing timing deficiencies that affect perception and action,” Weech said in a statement. The study will help researchers to understand how these deficiencies might be acquired, and how to recalibrate time perception in the brain. It involved 18 females and 13 males with normal vision and no sensory, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders. The researchers used a virtual reality game, Robo Recall, to create a natural setting in which to encourage re-calibration of time perception. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers coupled the speed and duration of visual events to the participant’s body movements. They measured participants’ time perception abilities before and after they were exposed to the dynamic VR task. Some participants also completed non-VR time-perception tasks, such as throwing a ball, to use as a control comparison. The team measured the actual and perceived durations of a moving probe in the time perception tasks. The researchers found that the virtual reality manipulation was associated with significant reductions in the participants’ estimates of time, by around 15 per cent. “This study adds valuable proof that the perception of time is flexible, and that VR offers a potentially valuable tool for recalibrating time in the brain,” Weech further added.last_img read more

The Jockey who Died MidRace but Miraculously Still Won

The Jockey who Died MidRace but Miraculously Still Won

first_imgIf the obituary of Frank Hayes had contained any mention of the Sweet Kiss of Death, it wouldn’t have been entirely euphemistic. Hayes, 22 (although his age is sometimes listed at 35), was riding a horse named Sweet Kiss in June 4, 1923, steeplechase at New York’s Belmont race track when the jockey’s heart gave out. He died, reports said, sometime after taking the lead in the grueling, two-mile race.But Hayes miraculously stayed in the saddle even over the last jump, not falling out until Sweet Kiss, a 20-1 long shot, crossed the finish line ahead of the pack.Belmont Park in 1916.It wasn’t until the horse’s owner and friends rushed in to congratulate him that they realized he hadn’t just fallen in exhaustion.A news report the following day in the Auburn, New York, Citizen, dramatically described the outcome:“Death clutched Francis Hayes, steeplechase jockey, as he rode his first winner yesterday at Belmont Park. Sweet Kiss, his mount, cleverly handled, came across the finish line a length ahead of the favorite, Gimme, with the lad swaying from side to side.”The Jockey by Toulouse-Lautrec (1899)“Hayes was valiantly but weakly tugging at the bridle as death gripped his heart and the mists swam before his eyes. Sweet Kiss cantered 100 yards further and stopped. The jockey crumpled in the saddle, slipped slowly over his mount’s sides, fell face downward and lay still.Dr. John A.H. Voorhees, track physician, hurried to the fallen jockey. ‘Heart disease,’ was his comment.”Because Hayes stayed in the saddle across the finish line, he was declared the winner, the only recorded case of a jockey winning a race while dead. The usual post-win activities, such as weigh-in, winner’s circle posing and the like were, of course, waived.Hayes stayed in the saddle over the last jump, not falling out until Sweet Kiss crossed the finish line.Hayes was buried in his colorful silks three days later. The race was his only win as a jockey.It was also the last race for the valiant Sweet Kiss, who was from then on referred to in the notably superstitious racing community as the “Sweet Kiss of Death.”Female Jockey FALLS Off Her Horse Right at the Finish Line!As for why Hayes died in the saddle, there is strong evidence his own training regimen was a contributing factor.Hayes worked more often as a horse trainer and stable-hand. When he decided to ride, he had to drop 12 pounds, from 142 to 130, in three days. It is likely he was dehydrated from “sweating off” water weight, creating an electrolyte imbalance known to throw the heart into chaos.The owner of Sweet Kiss, the horse he rode to his death, attended the funeral.He likely never heard the crowd cheering in the end.“A great roar swept out when she came home first,” the Auburn paper said of Sweet Kiss’s win.News of Hayes’ wild last ride was carried well beyond local newspapers. In fact, his obituary was even in the Washington Post, which reported kindly on his passing:“Hayes ambition in life was to win a race. He tried once in Canada and failed, and on his second attempt, he won, but the strain on his heart was too much, and he died after crossing the finish line on a horse trained by him and owned by a lifelong friend. J. F. Frayling, the boy’s employer and lifelong friend, and Miss A. M. Frayling, the owner of Sweet Kiss, the horse he rode to his death, attended the funeral.”Kentucky Derby. Photo by SayethThe rigors – and dangers – of making weight have long plagued certain athletes, such jockeys and wrestlers. To ride in the Kentucky Derby, a jockey plus his equipment can only weigh 126 lbs. That means most jockeys must weigh less than 118 lbs. to meet the requirement.While more is known about the risks of dropping to much weight – especially water weight – too fast, jockeys all have their tricks to keeping trim.Race for the prize of the “Derby”Laffit Pincay Jr., the world’s “winningest” jockey, allowed himself only 600 to 750 calories a day when racing. He was known to eat half of a single peanut for lunch, slicing it into slivers. He had the odd treat, including cake, but would chew the food, then spit it out instead of swallowing.Read another story from us: The Legendary “Battle of the Sexes” Horse Race that Ended in TragedyFor exercise, Pincay would speed-walk instead of run, because running increased muscle mass, and therefore, total body weight. To this day, many jockeys emulate this exercise regime.Terri Likens’ byline has appeared in newspapers around the world through The Associated Press. She has also done work for ABCNews, the BBC, and magazines that include High Country News, American Profile, and Plateau Journal. She lives just east of Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more

After the Fire – Historic Buildings Gloriously Rebuilt After Devastating Fires

After the Fire – Historic Buildings Gloriously Rebuilt After Devastating Fires

first_imgOn April 15, 2019, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris experienced a near catastrophic fire. The roof caught light (investigators are still determining the precise cause) and within a couple of hours the central steeple had fallen through the transept. More than two-thirds of the roof was destroyed in the end. Amazingly, much of the cathedral remained largely undamaged, although extensive restoration work will be required throughout the historic building. President Emmanuel Macron has stated that Notre-Dame will be finished and reopened in a mere five years.Notre-Dame after the fire. Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0When looking at photos of the cathedral today, it might seem like five years is optimistic. However, other significant historic sites have also seen horrendous fire damage and been fully restored within a relatively short time.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsSelby Abbey, EnglandSelby Abbey, Yorkshire, UKSelby Abbey is contemporary with Notre Dame, with construction starting in 1069 and being completed in 1539. The monastery was one of the wealthiest in the county of Yorkshire, and it is one of the few surviving abbey churches from the Middle Ages in England. While it has needed repairs and restoration since its construction (as have the vast majority of buildings of the same age), it was nearly destroyed by fire in 1906.The church organist, Frederick Skyes, noticed flames coming from the organ chamber just after midnight on October 19,1906. Organ builders had been working on the church’s organ until very late the previous night, installing a new kinetic gas engine to provide power. It was initially reported that this new equipment was the cause of the fire, but this was later disproved.Selby Abbey after the fire of 1906. Photo by Andrewrabbott CC BY-SA 4.0The resulting fire destroyed the choir roof as well as the belfry and all eight bells. It also consumed the church’s entire interior, but the stained glass East Window, which dates from the 14th century, was saved.Architect John Oldrid Scott was hired to restore the church, at a cost of around £50,000 (equivalent to roughly £5,200,000 in 2018). The nave was reopened a year later, on October 19, 1907, and the choir exactly two years after that.York Minster, EnglandThe magnificent York Minster in York, EnglandWhile its proper title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, York Minster, as it is commonly known, is the seat of the Archbishop of York, and one of the largest churches of its kind in Northern England. It was founded well before Notre Dame, in 627, but the Gothic structure was not started until 1220. It was consecrated in 1472 upon completion.Early in the morning on July 9, 1984, a fire broke out in the south transept. In order to save a large part of the church from total destruction, the decision was made by firefighters to collapse the roof of the south transept, using the water from the fire hoses.Inside of York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern EuropeWhile the fire brigade was tackling the blaze, church officials tried to rescue as many historic objects from the building as they could. Astonishingly, the lead of the stained glass rose window of the south transept held together, although the heat shattered the glass. However, it was able to be restored and was back in place inside of only four years for a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth II.The investigation after the fire determined that it was likely caused by lightning. The total restoration project was completed in 1988. It cost around £2.25 million and included new roof bosses, which were designed by children. To put it into perspective, the restoration of the Great East Window, which took place from 2007 to 2018, was estimated to cost a whopping £23 million.Windsor Castle, EnglandWindsor Castle – Changing of the GuardsOne of several royal residences and the longest-occupied palace in Europe, Windsor Castle was originally founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It has been renovated and added to over the centuries, and is now a thoroughly comfortable home that is regularly used by the British royal family. It is also the largest inhabited castle in the world, with around 500 people living and working there.Giles Downes’s new hammer-beam roof in St George’s Hall, completed 1997. Photo by Ian Gratton CC BY 2.0A fire decimated a significant portion of this residence on November 20, 1992, causing major damage to the Upper Ward as it raged for 15 hours. It is believed to have been started when a curtain near the altar of the Private Chapel was set alight by a spotlight. It quickly spread and subsequently destroyed nine staterooms, damaging more than 100 others.An 1848 drawing of the Private Chapel by Joseph NashJust as with York Minster and Notre Dame, staff rushed in to save as many artworks as they could; fortunately several of the rooms nearest the fire were already empty as they were being restored. As is common with any fire, the damage caused by the water used to put it out was significant, resulting in a much more complex restoration. In order to cover the costs of fixing the castle, parts of Buckingham Palace were opened to the public. Repairs to the royal residence cost £37 million and were completed in 1997.Related Video: Fantastic footage of Old Wardour Castle. Bbuilt in the 1390s and partially destroyed in 1643 and 1644 during the English Civil War.Parliament Hill, CanadaThe parliament buildings the morning after the fire of 1916Parliament Hill stands on one of the highest points in the city of Ottawa, Canada, at the edge of the Ottawa River. The collection of buildings on the site are home to the Parliament of Canada and are built in the Gothic Revival style.When Queen Victoria chose Ottawa as the capital of the Province of Canada in 1859, construction began on the historic buildings. However, in 1916, a huge fire destroyed the Centre Block. Adding to the already complicated nature of fighting fires, it was early February in Ottawa, and bitterly cold.Troops deliver a feu de joie on Parliament Hill for the Queen’s Birthday Review in 1868Only the original library survived, thanks to the efforts of the library clerk, Michael MacCormac, who shut the iron doors, preventing the fire from spreading to the collection.Read another story from us: 850 Years of History Engulfed in Flames – A Look at the Notre Dame AftermathThe cornerstone for the new Centre Block was laid in September that same year, and completed in 1927. It included a new taller bell tower, which was dedicated as the Peace Tower in honour of those Canadians who had fought and died during the First World War.last_img read more

Michael Phelps has done way worse than Ryan Lochte but he has better

Michael Phelps has done way worse than Ryan Lochte but he has better

first_imgColin says:Colin is playing hurt, but should probably be in the concussion protocol.Why the best time to fire someone is right before Christmas.Boxing purists need to accept that boxing is dead.McGregor/Diaz was the most important moment in the history of UFC.Guests:Kyle Wittingham – University of Utah Head Coach joins the show to talk about his expectations for the upcoming season, why preseason polls are a bad idea, and why he has decided to stay at Utah instead of moving onto other opportunities.Nick Wright – FS1 host is in studio to push back against the recent wave of sympathy for Ryan Lochte, the idea that the rest of the world is catching up to the U.S. in basketball, and to plead with Colin to stop banging on Carmelo.James Andrew Miller – Author of Powerhouse: The Untold story of CAA is in studio to talk about the process of writing the book, his relationship with Michael Ovitz, how JJ Watt is going all in as a crossover athlete, and how CAA has changed into what it is today.last_img read more