August 2019

Sport Fans Delight Logitech Gizmo Allows 4 Television Views Record Send

first_img Citation: Sport Fans Delight: Logitech Gizmo Allows 4 Television Views, Record & Send (2007, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Logitech LDT-1S30X4U. Credit: Logitech Logitech introduces a new device that will allow PC users to watch four TVs simultaneously. Let’s say there is a hockey game on ESPN, a basketball game on NBC, a football game on Fox and a horse race on ESPN 2. The soon to be released Logitech LDT-1S30X4U will allow PC owners to watch two TV channels with its built-in double TV viewer. If you add a second device the sports fan can connect it to 2 USB ports featured in the LDT-1S30X4U and watch all four sports event. The Logitech device is more than a simple TV display. It has the ability to record previoius video by implementing the Time shift play back function. It can also perform direct video recordings. It also allows users to export captured video to mobile devices with ease. The Logitech suggests that PC owners have at the minimum a Core2 Duo Processor. However a 3GHz Pentium 4 should be able to handle the job. The triple antenna increases the reception sensitivity dramatically. Logitech provides very specific instructions on attaching the main 15.1 cm antenna via the F connector. The company recommends installation of the cable to the F connector and the TV antenna terminal to the wall be done separately. This will minimize room or environmental interference. The Logitech LDT-1S30X4U will be available to the West in the near future. It is expected to cost in the range of $152. In the box, you will find the device, an AC adapter, 1 USB cable and a CD ROM instruction guide. Explore further Gadgets: Logitech adds affordable, all-in-one remote to Harmony lineup A Sport Fan’s device. Logitech will release a new electronic gadget that will allow PC users to watch two sport event. If that isn’t enough, by adding another device and using the USB ports, the fan can watch four events simultaneously. Additionally the device allows users to record and send video to mobile devices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img“Imagine that going into your tablet!” The presenter at the Display Taiwan 2011 Technology Show recently was demonstrating a finger-length, thin USB flash drive of 16 gigabytes. She told visitors, however, that what was really interesting about this little number is that the drive could store up to two terabytes. Two terabytes? The idea has sparked much curiosity as to how this was achieved and how much such a device could cost. Manufacturers of the flash drive, Taiwan-based Transcend, developed the USB 3.0 flash drive in collaboration with Taiwan’s government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the R&D superstars who help Taiwan’s technology companies grow. Citation: Transcend says USB stick capable of 2 TB storage (2011, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 At the time of this writing, though, it was evident that technology observers could only imagine, as they were unable to satisfy their curiosity as to specs and technology approach. The Display Taiwan event, which focuses on flat-panel displays, was the key signal of the product, but there were no signs of price tag, specs or technical explanations.Called the “Thin Card,” the USB 3.0 device will not be available now because Transcend awaits the setting of the USB 3.0 standard. Transcend and partner ITRI will not be pushing the device forward until they get the 3.0 green light This is also, according to reports, the reason why there has been no promotional information other than the video. (USB 3.0 is the third generation of USB technology that acts as a connector between a host computer and peripheral device.)What is certain is that the video peek at a flash drive with a capability claim of 2 TB storage has raised awareness of Transcend as an aggressive player in memory products. With a company motto of “Good memories start here” the company has had a succession of product launches, selling flash memory cards, USB flash drives, MP3 players, digital photo frames, portable hard drives, among other items. At the time of its founding in 1988, the company offered two products only, a laser printer driver and a software protection system. The company introduced storage devices in 2003 and by 2009 it was recognized as a top Taiwanese global business. ITRI has an impressive record of helping companies innovate and of helping to create a high-tech environment for Taiwan, starting on its incubation missions in 1973, when the government decided to reduce dependence on labor-intensive industries and instead grow technology-intensive enterprise.center_img Fast Food USB Drive Thru: 1GB Pizza, Hamburger To Go, Please 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.last_img read more

Stretchable graphene transistors overcome limitations of other materials

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Left) Graphene-based transistor patterned on a PDMS substrate. (Center) Microscope images of the transistor undergoing stretching up to 5%. (Right) The transistor patterned on a balloon. Image credit: Lee, et al. ©2011 American Chemical Society ( — When it comes to fabricating stretchable, transparent electronics, finding a material to make transistors from has been a significant challenge for researchers. They’ve explored a variety of conventional semiconductor materials, including molecules, polymers, and metals, but these materials tend to have intrinsically poor optical and mechanical properties. These drawbacks make it difficult to realize a transistor that can maintain its optical and electrical performance under a high strain. In a new study, researchers have fabricated a stretchable, transparent graphene-based transistor and found that, due to graphene’s excellent optical, mechanical, and electrical properties, the transistor overcomes some of the problems faced by transistors made of conventional semiconductor materials. Citation: Stretchable graphene transistors overcome limitations of other materials (2011, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Seoung-Ki Lee, et al. “Stretchable Graphene Transistors with Printed Dielectrics and Gate Electrodes.” Nano Letters ASAP, DOI:10.1021/nl202134z Engineers create polymer light-emitting devices that can be stretched like rubber Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of The researchers, led by Jeong Ho Cho from Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, and Jong-Hyun Ahn from Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, South Korea, have published their study in a recent issue of Nano Letters. “Our work includes important results compared with stretchable and transparent devices reported in the previous literature,” Ahn told “In fact, it is nearly impossible to fabricate transistors that offer both mechanical stretchability and high optical transparency on unusual substrates such as rubber slabs or balloons by using conventional materials. In particular, graphene devices have the advantage that they can be integrated using printing processes at room temperature without vacuum or high-temperature steps. The capabilities of these systems go far beyond conventional material-based systems.”To fabricate the transistor, the researchers synthesized single layers of graphene and then stacked them layer by layer on copper foil. Using photolithography and etching techniques, the researchers patterned some of the transistor’s essential elements, including the electrodes and semiconducting channel, onto the graphene. After transferring these components onto a stretchable rubber substrate, the researchers printed the remaining components – gate insulators and gate electrodes – onto the device using stretchable ion gel. The researchers found that the graphene-based transistors on rubber substrates had several attractive features. For instance, the low-temperature printing processes made the fabrication technique much simpler than techniques that require high-temperature processes. Also, transistors made of conventional inorganic semiconducting materials cannot be fabricated on rubber substrates due to their poor mechanical properties, which limits their stretchable range. The researchers’ experimental results confirmed the graphene transistors’ good performance. They showed that the devices could be stretched up to 5% for 1,000 times and still maintain their good electrical properties. In one experiment, the researchers fabricated the graphene transistors on a rubber balloon and measured its electrical properties as they inflated the balloon. When stretched more than 5%, the electrical properties began to degrade, due partly to microcracks and other defects in the graphene films.“We will make an effort to improve the range of stretchability and the electronic properties of the current graphene devices and apply them to various wearable electronics and sensory skins,” Ahn said.The researchers predict that the graphene transistors could serve as a valuable component in future transparent and stretchable electronic applications, offering a performance that would be difficult to achieve using conventional electronic materials. Applications could include rollable displays, conformal biosensors that shape themselves on an underlying surface, and others.“Stretchable electronics could be useful for various current and future applications, such as wearable displays and communication devices, conformal and stretchable biosensors (brain sensors, balloon catheters, etc.), sensory skin for robotics, and structural health monitors and eye-ball cameras,” Ahn said. “Stretchable interconnects and devices would create foldable, rollable and wearable displays. Stretchable sensors could be embedded into gloves and clothing without bulkiness. Surgeon gloves could constantly monitor blood pH and other chemical levels.”last_img read more

Study shows some cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts

first_img Journal information: Science ( —A team of researchers in Spain has found that at least one species of cuckoo bird may actually help its nest-mates survive. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how in studying the great spotted cuckoo, they found that crow hatchlings were actually more successful due to the presence of an uninvited bird. Most everyone knows that cuckoo birds are the ultimate free-loaders. Mothers lay their eggs in the nests of birds of different species, leaving them to raise their young for them. What many may not realize however, is that different kinds of cuckoo birds behave differently when they hatch. Some famously push all the other eggs out of the nest, leaving themselves as the sole survivor and beneficiary. Other’s however, don’t do that, instead, they leave the other chicks alone and share in food the mother brings, acting as an adopted sibling, of sorts. At first glance it would appear that the host birds gain no benefit from this arrangement, but upon closer inspection, that assumption has been proved wrong.The researchers in Spain were studying the relationship between cuckoos and host carrion crows. In so doing, they were surprised to find that survival rates for crow chicks in nests shared by a cuckoo, were actually higher than for cuckoo-less nests. Looking even closer they discovered that the cuckoos had a survival mechanism that crows did not—they gave off a stink when threatened that caused predators such as feral cats to stay away. The stink, the researchers found, was caused by a chemical mix of repulsive compounds that included indoles, acids, sulfur and phenols. Taken together it proved too much for cats and birds of prey which typically find chicks in a nest easy pickings when the mother is away gathering food.The discovery by the team came as part of a 16 year study of carrion crows that included observations of birds in 741 nests. After noting the advantage to crow chicks when a cuckoo chick was present, the team actually moved chicks around between crow nests, to find out whether it increased their chance of survival—it did, on average by 40 percent, even when there were fewer crow chicks.The team’s research shows that parasitic relationships among birds are more complicated than originally thought. Prior research has also shown that carrion crow mothers appear to understand the benefit of a cuckoo chick—upon discovery of the interloper, they treat it as their own, rather than push it out of the nest. Study shows fairy-wrens learn to drive off cuckoos from their neighbors More information: From Parasitism to Mutualism: Unexpected Interactions Between a Cuckoo and Its Host, Science 21 March 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6177 pp. 1350-1352 DOI: 10.1126/science.1249008ABSTRACTAvian brood parasites lay eggs in the nests of other birds, which raise the unrelated chicks and typically suffer partial or complete loss of their own brood. However, carrion crows Corvus corone corone can benefit from parasitism by the great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius. Parasitized nests have lower rates of predation-induced failure due to production of a repellent secretion by cuckoo chicks, but among nests that are successful, those with cuckoo chicks fledge fewer crows. The outcome of these counterbalancing effects fluctuates between parasitism and mutualism each season, depending on the intensity of predation pressure. Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows some cuckoo birds may actually help their hosts (2014, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2014 A carrion crow brood parasitized by a great spotted cuckoo. Credit: Vittorio Baglionelast_img read more

Straintronic spin neuron may greatly improve neural computing

first_img Journal information: Nanotechnology A current-driven spin neuron, shown here, is based on magnets like the straintronic spin neuron. However, the current-driven spin neuron is less energy-efficient and dissipates orders of magnitude more heat than the voltage-driven straintronic spin neuron. Credit: Biswas, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing The researchers, Ayan K. Biswas, Professor Jayasimha Atulasimha, and Professor Supriyo Bandyopadhyay at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, have published a paper on the straintronic spin neuron in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.As the scientists explain, finding an effective way to mimic real neurons is essential for realizing the full potential of artificial neural networks, yet this task has proven difficult.”Most computers are digital in nature and process information using Boolean logic,” Bandyopadhyay told “However, there are certain computational tasks that are better suited for ‘neuromorphic computing,’ which is based on how the human brain perceives and processes information. This inspired the field of artificial neural networks, which made great progress in the last century but was ultimately stymied by a hardware impasse. The electronics used to implement artificial neurons and synapses employ transistors and operational amplifiers, which dissipate enormous amounts of energy in the form of heat and consume large amounts of space on a chip. These drawbacks make thermal management on the chip extremely difficult and neuromorphic computing less attractive than it should be. “Fortunately, there are other ways to implement neurons, such as with magnetic devices. It was thought that magnetic devices will dissipate much less heat, but what we found is that they do not necessarily dissipate less heat in all circumstances. The heat dissipation depends on how the magnetic devices are switched to mimic a neuron’s operation. If they are switched with current, which is the usual approach, then they do not dissipate that much less heat, and, in some circumstances, may even dissipate more heat than transistors. “However, there is a way to switch certain types of magnets with mechanical strain generated by an electrical voltage. We found that if magnets are switched with that approach, then the magnetic neurons are indeed much less dissipative than both their transistor-based counterparts and current-switched magnetic counterparts. This is the ‘straintronic spin neuron,’ and it may provide a boost to neuromorphic information processing hardware.” Citation: ‘Straintronic spin neuron’ may greatly improve neural computing (2015, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Researchers have proposed a new type of artificial neuron called a “straintronic spin neuron” that could serve as the basic unit of artificial neural networks—systems modeled on human brains that have the ability to compute, learn, and adapt. Compared to previous designs, the new artificial neuron is potentially orders of magnitude more energy-efficient, more robust against thermal degradation, and fires at a faster rate. More information: Ayan K. Biswas, et al. “The straintronic spin-neuron.” Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/28/285201 Explore further “The extraordinary energy efficiency of the straintronic spin neuron is due to the fact that it takes very little voltage to switch the magnetization of a soft magnetostrictive nanomagnet elastically coupled to a piezoelectric film—a system known as a ‘two-phase multiferroic’—as long as the magnetostrictive nanomagnet is made of a special class of materials that have very high magnetostriction, such as Terfenol-D,” the researchers explained.In addition to being more energy-efficient, the straintronic spin neuron is also much more resilient to thermal noise than current-driven spin neurons. At temperatures above 0 K, thermal noise creates an additional random torque on the magnetization of any nanomagnet, which increases the probability that the neuron will either fire before reaching the threshold voltage or fail to fire after reaching the threshold voltage. This deleterious effect can be combatted by increasing the threshold current for firing (in the case of current-driven spin neurons) or the threshold voltage for firing (in the case of voltage-driven straintronic spin neurons), but this will also increase the energy dissipation. Here, the researchers showed that the tradeoff between energy efficiency and reliability favors the straintronic spin neuron overwhelmingly over current-driven spin neurons, which are estimated to dissipate several orders of magnitude more energy. With these advantages, straintronic spin neurons could have a variety of applications in neural computing.”What we have studied is a perceptron, which is a mathematical model of the artificial neuron,” Atulasimha said. “There are many possible applications of this in neural computing. One area we are interested in is spike-timing-dependent plasticity, which is a form of Hebbian learning. It is widely believed that it underlies learning and information storage in the brain, and there is a vast body of literature dealing with this. Straintronic spin neurons are fired by voltage impulses, and there are clear pathways to adapt them to the spike-timing-dependent plasticity model. We are also interested in character recognition, which employs feed-forward networks and image compression. That does not exclude anything else. Wherever heat dissipation is a spoiler, the straintronic spin neuron may be able to offer a solution.”The next steps for the researchers will involve fabricating the physical devices.”The proof of the pudding is always in the eating,” Biswas said. “Sooner or later, this device will have to be demonstrated experimentally. Our group has experimentally demonstrated switching of a magnet’s magnetization with strain in many different systems and we will strive to demonstrate the straintronic spin neuron in the future.” © 2015 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. Ultrafast heat conduction can manipulate nanoscale magnets The straintronic spin neuron is composed of magnets with mechanical strain generated by an electrical voltage. Because the magnets can be switched with very little voltage, the device has a very high energy efficiency. Credit: Biswas, et al. ©2015 IOP Publishing As the researchers explain, the proposed straintronic spin neuron is based on a magneto-tunneling junction, which is a tri-layered structure consisting of a hard nanomagnet, a spacer layer, and a soft magnetostrictive nanomagnet sitting on top of a piezoelectric film. Applying voltage pulses to the neuron generates a strain in the piezoelectric film, which is partially transferred to the soft magnetostrictive nanomagnet. When the strain in the nanomagnet exceeds a threshold value, the magnetization rotates abruptly, which changes the resistance of the magneto-tunneling junction between two stable states. The abrupt change in voltage across the device mimics neuron firing. last_img read more

Count on the contemporary

first_imgAll the art lovers across the Capital can head on for this art exhibition cum sale of curated fine arts, decors and jewelry being organised by The main aim of this show that is on till 17 August  is to appreciate the value of art and create awareness about the Indian contemporary paintings. The collection from Arrested By Art, a contemporary art boutique is a visually rich representation of our beautiful cultural heritage comprising of world famous iconography like peacocks, Maharajas and Maharanis.This collection has been designed to suit the requirements of today’s contemporary audiences starting at Rs 4,500. All art works are accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity mentioning the title and date of the artwork along with an acknowledgment of the artist. The collection includes not only Indian contemporary artworks but also abstract and modern contemporary artworks too.last_img read more

HC reserves order on plea on medical reimbursement of SC judges

first_imgDelhi High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a plea moved by an RTI applicant challenging the single-judge order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information Act.“Heard both the party. Order reserved,” said a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Deepa Sharma, as it expressed the view that disclosure of medical reimbursement data would not serve any public interest. The petition has sought setting aside of the High Court’s December 19 last year’s order of a single judge who had held that disclosure of the medical reimbursements would not serve public interest and was thus exempt from the Act’s purview. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe judge had held that the information sought was of a personal nature and the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order was “erroneous”.The petitioner, Subhash Chandra Agarwal, contended that “salaries, pensions and allowances payable to or in respect of judges of Supreme Court are to be charged under Consolidated Fund of India”, as per the Constitution.“Therefore, source of reimbursement money of the medical bills of Supreme Court judges comes from the hard-earned money of citizens as taxpayers,” advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for Agarwal, said. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedSenior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for Supreme Court registry, opposed Bhushan’s contention, saying the information sought is not in the public interest.Bhushan had contended that “information pertaining to expenditure of public money on public servants cannot be exempted from disclosure under RTI”.He said he had not sought information regarding the illness or medical treatment of the judges, but only the amount spent on the same.He also sought an order directing the Apex Court registry to comply with the CIC’s February 2012 order directing them to provide the information.last_img read more

KMC to clamp down tighter on night parking violators

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started charging huge fines to act tough against car owners who have fled away with their vehicles, even after the civic body officials had put clamps on them for illegal night parking. “In recent times, there have been a number of cases where we have found that car owners have fled away with vehicles even after we had clamped them. We have decided to fine these offenders double the price of such clamps,” a senior official of the Parking department of KMC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsApart from the usual fine of Rs 1,000 for illegal parking, the Parking department is imposing an additional fine of Rs 2,800 to 3,000, depending upon the price of the clamps that had been put on the vehicles.The Parking department had started its night parking drive with full vigour from the month of April this year, after they had put up billboards across the city, cautioning motorists against indiscriminately parking cars at night. On an average, in April the KMC had put more than 50 clamps every night for illegal parking. On certain days, the clamping reached even 80 vehicles and they were removed only after the vehicle owner/ driver shelled out Rs 1,000 each. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that after the civic body had put up such billboards to apply for night parking stickers at Rs 450 per month, a number of car owners had come forward and around 250 such applications have come before the civic body till mid May. The number of applications from Ritchie Road and Lovelock Street alone have been around 100.”There were hardly 25 to 30 applications a month when the drive started for the first time in July 2017,” an official said.The KMC hands out stickers against payment of Rs 450 per month, which allows parking at designated lots between 10 pm and 7 am, preferably at a location near the residence of the car owners.last_img read more

Art galore Best of both worlds

first_imgThe famous saying by Leonardo da Vinci, “How painting surpasses all human works by reason of the subtle possibilities which it contains”, has been justified at famous artist Sakti Burman’s recent solo art show at Aakriti Art Gallery. Sakti Burman: works from 60s-80s, is not only an art show but is a delineation of artistic philosophy that is an assemblage that showcases the best of both worlds-east and the west from the foregone era. Although he settled permanently in Paris, he spent most of his time visiting all the art centres of Europe and natural art centres of India like Ajanta, Ellora, Sanchi, Khajuraho, Elephanta etc.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This in turn inspired him to build up translucent joyous imageries of his paintings from the assimilation of the earthly forms, yet ethereal Italian Frescoes with the jubilant and enlightened classical ethos of Ajanta and the dream world of medieval miniatures. Along with being a painter, he is also a marveled sculptor with his works being mostly figurative  but the association of the figures defies the general norms and logic of reality. They create a world of dream defying the prevalent law of gravity. The reality is heightened towards an environment of surreal.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe paints mostly in three mediums: oil, water colour and pastel. His technique,   which represents  chromatic orchestration in his oils, is very jubilant and ecstatic even within a structural orientation. In the present show, barring four oils, most of the paintings about twenty in number are in water colour, executed between 1960 and 1980 . He transforms vacuity of the space into a divine light of the sky through treatment of his figurative forms with water colours. The second characteristic of his water colours is the use of texture,  which is also an essential feature of his oils but the transparency and subtlety of application of chromatic points bring out a different character in his water colors. The artistic identity that Sakti Burman created in the modernist field of post-1960s art is a kind of spirituality through a sensation of love for life. It not only limits oneself to mere art works but also exposes one to the historical-artistic contributions. This provides us with a deep insight into the cultural history of art forms of both worlds of the west and the east.last_img read more

Young drivers still using phones despite dangers

first_imgTeenagers do understand the dangers of using cellphones while driving —but they still use them, new research has found.Car crashes kill more teens each year than anything else, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“Teenagers think about what they do behind the wheel in very different ways than we think about teenagers behind the wheel,” said Marilyn Sommers, professor at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing.For the study, the researchers got 30 teenagers engaged in conversations on distracted driving.“The definition of ‘texting while driving’ is not the same for everyone,” Catherine McDonald, assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, said. “For example, in their responses the teenagers would indicate that they did not text and drive, but then later would say something like, ‘At a red light, I’ll check my phone’,” McDonald noted.The interviewees made a distinction the interviewers had not. The study appeared in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.last_img read more

Jilted lover stabs housewife in Nadia

first_imgKolkata: A housewife from Nadia was stabbed by a local youth after she refused to go into an illicit relationship with him.The victim has been fighting for her life at Krishnanagar district hospital with several injuries on her body. The incident occurred at Debnathpur village under Tehatta police station in Nadia. It was learnt that the woman was attacked by the accused youth identified as Swapan Mondal with a knife on Thursday evening when she was returning home from a local shop. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, the victim’s husband stays outside the state for professional reasons. A few months ago, the accused had given an indecent proposal to the woman but she refused to establish any relationship with him. However, the accused started mounting pressure on her after she rejected his proposal on repeated occasions. This made the youth angry and he hatched a plan to take revenge. From Thursday morning, the accused called up the victim several times asking her to meet him outside her house. But the woman told him that it was not possible for her to meet him. If he continues to mount pressure, she would inform police, the woman told the accused. On Thursday evening, when she was returning home from a local shop the accused stabbed her several times. Locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital. The accused managed to flee the spot immediately after the incident. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard on the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s family members.last_img read more

Freedom to Stand

first_imgEver imagined getting a call of nature and having nowhere to go? That would be awkward. Well not in India, at least not for men. While women have no choice but to suppress the call of nature, men would ease themselves in some corner or wall in full public view. You might give it a second thought on attending to nature’s call, on seeing the condition of public toilets in India. At any given point of time, a woman who wants to pee desperately has definitely thought of this one thing, ‘we wish we could pee while standing.’ Well, why should boys have all the fun? What if women had the freedom to stand and pee! Yes, now that’s possible.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Ladies – You can now pee while standing,” says Pee-Buddy website. Launched by Delhi based startup First Step Digital in December last year, Pee-Buddy claims to provide women the freedom to stand and pee anywhere such as public toilets in malls, airports, hospitals, highways, railway stations or even those in the metro stations. Pee-Buddy is the first of its kind use-and-throw product that allows women to pee while standing. It is a waterproof paper funnel that can be kept in bags at all times and used in toilets to pee without causing any spills or leaks. It’s a funnel-shaped female urination device (FUD), probably the first of its kind in India.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“With Pee Buddy, women just need to place it between the flow area (no insertion is required) and urinate. This way they can stay away from infections. On a different note, it is also useful because many times, due to dirty toilets, women hold the urge to urinate for a long time, which is a major reason for kidney stones,” said Deep Bajaj, Pee Buddy, founder as per an agency report.It’s not always the thinking seat that pops up a brilliant idea but at times a road trip does that too. “The inspiration for Pee Buddy came from a trip in 2013,” shares Deep. “We were on a road trip on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.  While the men drank beer and water casually, the women did not. Why? While men could pee anywhere and everywhere, womenfolk, on the other hand, needed clean toilets to ease themselves. The idea of a funnel using which women should be able to stand and pee like men was suggested by a friend’s wife. That thought stayed with me and the idea started taking shape thereafter,” he added. “We wanted to keep the name as direct as possible. It’s not an issue which is to be kept under wraps, common toilets are an issue and it was time that it got highlighted with same urgency,” he comments.    Public toilets are the hub for infectious water borne and air borne diseases causing UTI and other diseases. Women often end up using toilets in places like KFC, McDonald’s and CCD, but at the cost of buying something, which is not always possible. Pee-Buddy is highly beneficial for pregnant women and arthritis patients who are advised by their doctors to restrict their body movements. The device is more reliable as it is discharged after one use, preventing any chance of bacteria accumulation if used a second time.  “I had experienced this issue for women in my life. One with my life partner, during pregnancy, when ladies are a lot more prone to UTI and hence don’t travel much, and second in the case of my mother who had arthritis,” says Deep. Pee-Buddy is available online and in market stores all over India in packs of 5, 10, 20 and 40 for Rs 120, 200, 375, 720 respectively.last_img read more

All set for the party month Groom your beard

first_imgAfter ‘No Shave November’ its time to sport a classy beard to gear up for the party season. Get that suave and urbane look by using some defined grooming tips that work wonders in the cold month, says an expert.Being thick and oily, men’s skin is difficult to clean and suffers the daily trauma of facial shaving and then has to deal with harsh winter which dries and bruises it. Follow these tips and enjoy a groomed and party ready look. Don’t overdo the wash: You must wash your face with a gentle cleanser and shower daily with a good body wash. Avoid using harsh face scrubs or soaps, since it will dry up your skin much more in dry weather, making it appear wrinkled. Also, avoid long, leisurely baths as hot water depletes skin of its natural moisture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Get a winter moisturiser: Your 365-days all-purpose moisturizer is not a good idea when the mercury dips as light and oil-free stuff is for summers. In winters, you need an additional dose of moisture and winter moisturizers come loaded with special oils that keep your skin smooth in freezing weather. Dab the sunscreen: Winter sun is as bad as summer UV and you would be neglecting sunscreen at your own risk. This is one routine bros shouldn’t give up, whatever time of the year. Dab on sunblock and keep your skin protected at all times. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Chapped lips: An ungainly (and frequent sight) in winters, it wouldn’t do much to your love life either. Stock up on lip balms, one each for home, work and your pocket. A vitamin E lip balm with SPF would be perfect, but plain petroleum jelly would do too. Groom that beard: Daily shavers might be turned off by the scruffiness of their first week to forget it all and shave because of how scruffy you feel. But all you need to do is wash your beard when you wash your face. Not with the same old soap as that will make your face and beard feel drier. You also need to moisturize your beard from the dry winter air. Beginners should try out the incredibly affordable Lavender and Cedar Beard Oil.last_img read more

Kids born to older mothers are smarter

first_imgThere’s good news for career women. Overturning conventional wisdom, a new study suggests that delaying pregnancy till age 35 can actually make your kids smarter.In contrast to 40 years ago, children born to older mothers today are more likely to perform better in cognitive ability tests than those born to younger mothers, said the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.”Our research is the first to look at how the cognitive abilities of children born to older mothers have changed over time and what might be responsible for this shift,” said study lead author Alice Goisis, researcher at London School of Economics and Political Science. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis shift is due to the changing characteristics of women who have children at an older age, the study said. Older mothers today tend to be more advantaged than younger mothers – for example, they are well educated, are less likely to smoke during pregnancy and are established in professional occupations. This was not necessarily true in the past.For the study, the researchers analysed data from three longitudinal studies in Britain – the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and the 2001 Millennium Cohort Study. Children’s cognitive ability was tested when they were 10/11 years old. In the 1958 and 1970 cohorts children born to mothers aged 25-29 scored higher than children born to mothers aged 35-39. In the 2001 cohort, this result was reversed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen the researchers took the mothers’ social and economic characteristics into account, the differences across cohorts disappeared. This indicates that the changing characteristics of women who have children at an older age were highly likely to be the reason for the differences.”Cognitive ability is important in and of itself but also because it is a strong predictor of how children fare in later life – in terms of their educational attainment, their occupation and their health,” Goisis said.last_img read more

Weeklong festival to showcase Japanese culture in Delhi

first_imgThe Embassy of Japan along with The Japan Foundation and other institutions is organizing the Japan Festival. A seven-week-long celebration of enchanting music, delightful dance, engrossing films, awe-inspiring sports and of course the irresistible food from the Land of the Rising Sun will be held in New Delhi. As part of the festival, a series of events have been planned at various venues across the city from October 27 to December 16. The festival will kick off with an opening event at the India Habitat Center, which will be attended by H.E. Kenji Hiramatsu, the Ambassador of Japan to India along with other dignitaries. The highlights of the opening event will be performances by Makoto Kuriya, Creative Jazz Ensemble Japan, Wasabi, a Japanese traditional music group, Japanese cultural heritage tour using VR technology, interaction with NAO – an autonomous, programmable humanoid robot-and trailer screening of films to be screened during the Japanese Film Festival along with other film screening events. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Festival will include events such as the Japanese Film Festival, Japanese music performances, Traditional Japanese dance performance with Kathak and Indian Classical Music, Comic Con Delhi, etc. Most of the events are open to public. On the Japan Festival, Ambassador Hiramatsu says, “I am delighted to celebrate the year of Japan-India friendly exchanges together with people of India. The Japan Festival is certainly an important part of the celebration. The celebration is going to be exciting as there will be cultural performances from Japan as well as by Indian performers. This will provide an opportunity to artists and citizens of both countries to interact and embrace the diversity of cultures.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDuring Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan in November 2016, Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to mark the year 2017 as the ‘Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges’ to further enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. The year 2017 also marks the 60th anniversary of the Japan-India Cultural Agreement. On this occasion, various commemorating events including the Japan Festival are being held in both countries.last_img read more

5 hours daily on phone increases risk of obesity

first_imgResearchers have found that students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to higher risk of obesity and likely to have other lifestyle habits that increases the risk of heart disease. According to a study, researchers analysed 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of Colombia with an average age of 19 years and 20 years, respectively. “It is important for the general population to know and be aware that, despite being undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes, portability, comfort, access to countless services, information and entertainment sources, mobile technology should also be used to improve habits and healthy behaviours,” said study lead Author. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that the risk of obesity increases by 43 per cent if a smartphone was used for five or more hours a day, as participating students were twice as likely to drink more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, snacks and have decreased physical activities. According to researchers, 26 per cent of the students who were overweight and 4.6 per cent who were obese spent more than five hours using their device. Spending too much time using the smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancer, the study said. According to a surgical Gastroenterology, using smartphones today is not a mere choice, rather it has become a necessity. But using it for too long may risk your healthy life. “The best way out is to encourage yourself to reduce the duration of time being used on phones and other related gadgets at the same time, to indulge in physical activities like yoga or any other sports or exercise pattern,” researchers added.last_img read more

Rs 13000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a slew of industrial projects involving an investment of Rs 13,000 crore that is tipped to create employment for almost two lakh people.”Our state is the safest place for investment and so IT majors, namely Wipro and Infosys, are coming here. These industrial and MSME projects will come up on 1633 acre land which involves an investment of Rs 13,000 crore. There will be the employment of 2 lakh people in these projects,” she said at Howrah’s Nabanna Sabhagar event where she laid foundation stones and inaugurated a host of projects. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Chief Minister added: “I am very much against sitting with placards protesting in front of factory gates and hosting agitations. The factories should run and if there is any discontent on the part of the employees, it can be resolved through talks. Stalling of work is not a solution. The owner and the employee should work hand-in-hand to solve any crisis.” Banerjee also took the opportunity to hit out at the saffron party (without taking any name) and said that Bengal does not believe in violence and anarchy. “There should be competition on the basis of work shunning the path of anarchy and violence. If there is a split in communities in a factory then how can it run,” she questioned. Also Read – Rain cripples traffic movement across cityBanerjee further added that people who had once turned away from the state are coming back with development of Bengal taking place by leaps and bounds. “This is a pride for Bengal. We have a commitment towards the common people and also towards the industry. We want industries to come here.” Referring to the recession in the country, Banerjee said many industries are closing down with the automobile sector being the worse hit. “Bengal has registered the highest GDP growth in the country and recently we have created the potential for five lakh jobs at the Bantala Leather Complex,” she added. The Chief Minister also stressed on revamping the existing single window system of the state government. “There should be a nodal officer and officials of the government departments to expedite projects. The mechanism should be extended to the district levels also,” Banerjee said emphasizing on quick issuance of fire license and other necessary clearances for business ventures. Among the projects, Banerjee handed over some possessions to units at the Gems and Jewellery Park at Ankurhati and announced several projects including the hosiery park in Jagadishpur, foundry park at Ranihati, chemical park in Jagatballavpur, mini foundry park at Jagatballavpur and multimodal logistics park in Sankrail. The investment at the logistics park alone will be more than Rs 600 crore and more than 3,500 people will be getting employed. Banerjee also inaugurated the newly constructed head office of the state Food and Supplies department and a digital library bringing 21,500 books to the public domain. A total of 90 passenger shelters under the PWD were also unveiled. The commissioning of Phase I and foundation stone laying of Phase II of South City Anmol Infra Park and the announcement regarding setting up of Regent SME Industrial Park was also made from the venue.last_img read more

Living until 100 Life Expectancy is on the Rise

first_imgLiterature is filled with stories of people living hundreds, even thousands of years, yet for much of recorded history, a person was considered lucky if they reached the age of fifty. Someone living in the United States during the beginning of the 20th century was expected to live a paltry forty-seven years. Part of the reason life expectancy rates are many times improved from that of our ancestors has to do with infant mortality and how it affects data. Understanding that the chances of a child surviving were slim, many of our forebearers opted for large families.More children, of course, equaled more deaths, as medicine could not yet help children who were born too early, experienced complications at birth, or were exposed to illnesses from which many children today are protected by vaccinations.Human life expectancy at birth, measured by region, between 1950 and 2050. Photo by Rcragun CC-BY 3.0The average life expectancy today for someone living in the United States of America is about 78.6 years. While a few lucky individuals in the past could reach this age, it wasn’t nearly as common as it is today, and certainly wasn’t expected.Today, not only do people expect to experience their 70s, but many expect to do so in relatively good health, living by themselves in an independence that would have been unheard of just a few generations earlier.Human lifespan has been predicted to progress steadily.Scientists are still not too sure about what causes people to live longer lives. It might be expected that advances in medicine and vaccines would dramatically alter life expectancy rates, but there are no such sudden leaps evident in research. Instead, the progression towards a longer life has simply gradually increased over time.Even research into the lifestyles of our grandparents and great-grandparents yields little information; some smoked and drank for much of their lives, ate plenty of red meat, and yet lived well into their nineties. Others, of course, didn’t. Then, too, some families appear more susceptible to arterial problems and cancer, while others have avoided them.Countries by average life expectancy according to the World Health Organization (2015). Photo by JackintheBox CC BY-SA 4.0It is estimated that since the beginning of the 20th century, human mortality in developed countries has risen such that each year, the average life expectancy rose three months higher than the previous year.This is despite two world wars, numerous infectious outbreaks, and a changing climate. Human lifespan has been predicted to progress steadily, with 80 and 90 years of age becoming common in the middle of the current century…that is, until recently.Mysterious Ancient Societies That DisappearedThe past few years have actually seen a decline in life expectancy among people living in the United States, albeit a small one, and it has been noted that the U.S. has the highest mortality rate in the developed world for pregnant mothers and newborn children. Rates of death from heart disease, suicide, and drug-related deaths have also increased and show no signs of slowing.Even if these problems were addressed, humans might still have what is termed a “maximum species lifespan” by scientists. This would mean that even if conditions were optimal, people might only be able to live as long as 122 years, the longest in recorded history that can be verified.Masazo Nonaka of Japan (R), aged 112, receives a certificate for the Guinness World Records’ oldest male person living-Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905. Photo by JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP/Getty ImagesIf it’s quality, not quantity you’re after, you may be in luck: researchers at the Buck Institute are looking into ways to halt the process of aging at around 40 to 50 years of age. This means that the time you did have would be spent considerably healthier than if your aging proceeded as normal into your 80s.This isn’t so far-fetched, as we know of several animals that already enjoy this slowed aging. Hydra don’t deteriorate with age, and the desert tortoise ages for only a short period before it lives out the rest of its life.Hydra speciesThis is particularly relevant because, while a person living in the 1940s could expect to spend about 17 years of their life enjoying retirement, those retiring today can expect 22 years or more. A decrease in the effects of aging would mean less of the illnesses associated with old age, such as dementia, heart inflammation, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Less of these ill effects would mean that the need for nursing homes would decrease, and thus, possibly, the rising cost of healthcare to which older members of society are subjected to.The research looks promising enough for Google to have invested a significant amount of money (billions, not millions) into the research. The company has founded the California Life Company to study aging and how it might be combated.Others are following suit, such as the Mayo Clinic, the National Institute on Aging, and various state universities. The search for the fountain of youth has become the search for a pill that offers those same benefits.Read another story from us: 3.95-Billion-year-old Rocks Show Oldest Evidence of Life on EarthThe Buck Institute is currently experimenting with the first drug to yield solid results, rapamycin, which in tests on mice has yielded longer lifespan and increased vitality in the older subjects. Human testing is still a long way off, however, so there’s no point rushing to your doctor for a prescription.last_img read more

The Political Intrigue which Sadly Derailed Grace Kellys Big Screen Comeback

first_imgAside from being the “Master of Suspense,” director Alfred Hitchcock was known for his beautiful and conflicted female characters. While his behavior around actresses has been called into question, most notably in the 2012 TV movie The Girl, there was one working relationship that ran pretty smoothly. During the 1950s Hitchcock began casting Grace Kelly, starting with Dial M For Murder (1954). He was impressed by her cool yet compelling demeanor. A BBC article from 2017 writes he referred to her as a “snow-covered volcano.”Grace Kelly in Rear Window.He also directed her in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. The last film was significant due to its French Riviera location, as Kelly went on to marry Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and her Hollywood career would effectively end.There was one other project Hitchcock hoped to shoot with her, several years after she’d settled into life as Princess of Monaco. And it was here that the Hitchcock-Kelly collaboration hit a bump in the road.Princess Grace Kelly in her wedding dress at the Prince’s Palace. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesMarnie was a 1961 novel by Winston Graham about a female embezzler who enters into a reluctant relationship with one of her targets.Hitchcock wanted her for the title role in his adaptation, but couldn’t just hand over a script. Reportedly a friend of the Royal couple, he resisted the urge to broach the subject over dinner.Studio publicity photo of Alfred Hitchcock.“I am too much of a gentleman to mention work to a princess,” he said, as quoted in Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie. “That would be most uncouth. But I waited and finally, she came to me.”As for the reason she came to him, that is more complex. For starters there was scheduling.Princess Grace had responsibilities to bear, so it was agreed the movie would be shot during a family vacation in the US, killing two birds with one stone and avoiding any clashes.Grace Kelly.Then there were the protests from MGM. Marnie was being produced by Universal Pictures, and back in the days of the all-powerful studio system, MGM argued their contract with her was still binding.According to Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, “Metro Goldwyn Mayer claimed that their contract with Kelly was merely suspended and not canceled when she left Hollywood in 1956; therefore, she could only make films for them… Hitchcock’s reply was that because the contract was made in 1953, by law it could only last seven years.”Marnie, 1964.Thankfully, due to the dawning of another decade, the red tape was out the way and production could begin.But rumors were swirling about Princess Grace’s motivation. Stories appeared claiming the part had been taken for financial reasons. Monaco was luxurious yet also constitutionally precarious.Running it was a juggling act, though Rainier III strenuously denied Grace’s involvement for monetary gain.Princess Grace and Prince Rainier before Pope John XXIII at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, 1959.According to screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Hitchcock believed that was the reason the Princess said yes.If people thought Marnie was about to come to life, they were going to be disappointed.In 1962 Hitchcock decided to hold off the shoot until the following year. He’d recently finished The Birds and the timeframe was tight.Hitchcock at work on Family Plot, San Francisco, summer 1975. Photo by Stan Osborne CC BY 3.0This was the straw that appeared to break the camel’s back. The Princess withdrew from the film, citing a complicated schedule. Hitchcock himself was less than pleased.Quoted in Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, Stefano commented: “He informed me that Miss Kelly has changed her mind. I think Hitch was more hurt than angry.He had invested his very special passion in something over several weeks. He was abruptly informed that she wasn’t going to be involved, and his comment was, ‘They probably got the money from somewhere else.’”Grace Kelly, 1956So that appeared to be that for Grace Kelly and Marnie. However, another layer of the story was yet to be uncovered. It transpired political intrigue was at the heart of the matter, rather than Tinseltown wranglings.In Hitchcock’s archive, the fraught political situation between France and Monaco was laid bare.A memo revealed that the administration of President Charles de Gaulle was “irritated over Monaco’s free and easy tax system which included no income or corporation taxes… To make Monaco fall in line with the French tax system, de Gaulle ordered the withdrawal of the 1951 convention governing French-Monacan relations under an older treaty.”Commander of the Free French Forces Charles de Gaulle, seated.“Monaco had six months to negotiate a new one and otherwise faced economic loss of its French-controlled water supply and electrical and telephone services.”Put simply, Rainier III had to straighten up and fly right. Having Grace resume her acting career would not have been a good look, so she had to bow out.The BBC claims that before he met his wife “Rainier had been paying people to introduce him to Marilyn Monroe.”The Prince and Princess of Monaco arrive at the White House for a luncheon, 1961“He wanted a top-shelf US actress – who would then quit acting to bear him children, thus securing Monaco’s crown and tax-free independence from France.”The role of Marnie was eventually taken by Hitchcock’s muse, Tippi Hedren. Tensions between the pair led to their relationship breaking down. Inevitably Hedren was linked to Grace Kelly in reviews, following the press frenzy which greeted the Princess’s potential involvement.Tippi Hedren as Marnie Edgar in ‘Marnie,’ directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1964. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesA Variety review says that “Hedren, undertaking role originally offered Grace Kelly for a resumption of her screen career, lends credence to a part never sympathetic.It’s a difficult assignment which she fulfills satisfactorily, although Hitchcock seldom permits her a change of pace which would have made her character more interesting.”When it came to her personal character, Princess Grace was always under scrutiny. She rarely gave anything away but some speculate Hitchcock could have been a father figure to her. Raised in a wealthy and high-achieving family, she was surprisingly made to feel like the outsider despite her accomplishments.Read another story from us: Celebrity jobs before they were famousThe BBC writes “Instead of (Dad) Jack Kelly’s affection, she had Hitchcock’s, who claimed that Kelly could practically read his mind.” Who knows what Marnie might have been had circumstance allowed the two to work together again?last_img read more

UPDATED VIDEO A 15 yearold high school girls basketball player threw down

first_img Advertisement The dunk has evolved significantly in women’s basketball over the past 20 years or so. In Colorado, Regis Jesuit, 6’1” sophomore Fran Belibi is showing that the upcoming generation of female ballers aren’t just going to sneak in weak-sauce dunks, they are going to punch it.In a playoff game last night, Belibi shot the passing lane to intercept the opponents’ pass and busted out on a one woman fast break.She finished by gliding in from the wing for a definitive one-handed throw down. Her school tweeted that it was the first postseason dunk in the history of Colorado girls high school basketball.She’s 15! For my money, this clip is more interesting than last week’s dunk contest. No drones either.**Regis Jesuit just tweeted us a better quality version of the dunk. Much appreciated. As many people as possible should get a clear view of this highlight.Here’s a better version of the video with now crack @TheHerdNow!— RJHS Girls BBall (@RJHSGDBball) February 25, 2017Back in January, Belibi became the first girl in Colorado history to throw down in a game with this flush:15-year-old Fran Belibi delivers first dunk in Colorado high school girls basketball history. #RJHSGirlsBBall #FranBelibi #Colorado #SCtop10— C.Rookie ? (@CoachRookie) January 8, 2017last_img read more