IAA says Yes We Can to power plants in orbit

first_img European space company wants solar power plant in space (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists from around the world have completed a study that says harvesting the sun’s energy in space can turn out to be a cost effective way of delivering the world’s needs for power in as little as 30 years. As important, the report says that orbiting power plants capable of collecting energy from the sun and beaming it to earth are technically feasible within a decade or so based on technologies now in the laboratory. More information: iaaweb.org/via The Globe and Mail These are findings in a report from the International Academy of Astronautics, headquartered in Paris. What their time references refer to are that the very technology needed to satisfy global energy requirements may be available in only 10 to 20 years, and the project can show cost-effectiveness in about 30 years. The IAA’s three-year, ten-nation study, as the first broadly based international assessment of collecting solar energy in space, is considered significant. The study was conducted from 2008 to 2010 and was under peer review. John Mankins, the former head of concepts at NASA, led the study. The concept centers on placing one, then several, then many, solar-powered satellites in orbit over the equator. Each would be several miles wide. The satellites would collect sunlight up to 24 hours a day The power would be converted to electricity in space, then sent to where it was needed on earth by a microwave-transmitting antenna or by lasers, and then fed into a power grid.Who would bear the cost of such an effort? The report recommends that both governments and the private sector should fund the research needed to further determine viability.A pilot project to demonstrate the technology could proceed using low-cost expendable launch vehicles being developed for other space markets, said Mankins, according to Reuters. A moderate-scale demonstration would cost tens of billions of dollars less than previously projected as a result of not needing costly, reusable launch vehicles early on. According to reports, reactions to the study strike a hopeful note that such a project will proceed. Jeff Peacock, who heads Boeing’s ground-based solar cell product line, said in theory it could double the amount of solar power collected, compared with the earth-bound technology equivalent. Col. Michael Smith, director of the Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, was quoted as saying that the idea has the potential to send safe, clean electrical energy worldwide “if we can make it work.”Advantages to space solar power compared to ground solar power are that it can occur without worry about adverse weather conditions and the costs of energy storage. Another thumbs-up reason given is that solar collection does not bring carbon pollution, addressing key concerns about a continuing reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to global pollution. Nevertheless, the Reuters report says skeptics point out hurdles such as space debris, a lack of focused market studies and development costs. © 2011 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. Image credit: SpaceWorks Engineering, Inc. Citation: IAA says ‘Yes We Can’ to power plants in orbit (2011, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-iaa-power-orbit.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Lead in tapwater in ancient Rome up to 100 times more than

first_img Scientists and historians have for years debated the possibility that lead poisoning was a contributing factor in the decline and fall of the Roman Empire—water carried from afar in aqueducts was directed into lead pipes for distribution in the empire’s capital city of Rome—leading to speculation that leaders had gone mad due to exposure in their drinking water. In this new effort, the researchers have concluded that while lead levels in the ancient drinking water were high, they weren’t high enough to have been a major health hazard, and thus, lead cannot be blamed for the demise of the empire.To ascertain lead levels during the time of the empire, the researchers retrieved sediment samples from two locations, the Tiber River, and the Trajanic Harbor—a man-made harbor located near the mouth of the Tiber. In analyzing the samples, the researchers were able to identify lead isotope concentrations at various depths, corresponding to different time periods. The analysis also provided clues as to the origin of the lead (other parts of Europe). They found that they were able to trace the history of the empire by noting lead levels. In the early years, lead levels were near to those of local spring water, but as time passed, levels increased dramatically as more and more lead pipes were used to transport water. Continuing forward, they found that lead levels fell along with the empire.The authors conclude that the amount of lead in the drinking water, while a concern, was not likely to have caused brain damage. Thus it’s unlikely that the poor decisions made by leaders of the time that led to fall of the empire can be blamed on lead poisoning, nor, as some have suggested, would it have led to an increase in crime throughout the city. Mercatus Traiani (Trajan’s market), a semi circular ancient market in Rome’s historical city center. Credit: Elias Z. Ziadeh/Wikipedia More information: Lead in ancient Rome’s city waters, Hugo Delile, PNAS, 2014. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400097111AbstractIt is now universally accepted that utilization of lead for domestic purposes and water distribution presents a major health hazard. The ancient Roman world was unaware of these risks. How far the gigantic network of lead pipes used in ancient Rome compromised public health in the city is unknown. Lead isotopes in sediments from the harbor of Imperial Rome register the presence of a strong anthropogenic component during the beginning of the Common Era and the Early Middle Ages. They demonstrate that the lead pipes of the water distribution system increased Pb contents in drinking water of the capital city by up to two orders of magnitude over the natural background. The Pb isotope record shows that the discontinuities in the pollution of the Tiber by lead are intimately entwined with the major issues affecting Late Antique Rome and its water distribution system. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Lead in ‘tap-water’ in ancient Rome up to 100 times more than local spring waters (2014, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-tap-water-ancient-rome-local.html A team of researchers with members from France, Great Britain and the U.S. has found that lead concentrations in drinking water in Rome, during the height of the Roman Empire were 100 times that of local spring waters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they took sediment samples from two sources in the city that revealed lead levels over a thousand year period.center_img © 2014 Phys.org German researchers near certain remains are those of Charlemagne 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

Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids

first_imgThe Almahata Sitta meteorite number 15 in-situ on the desert floor during its find on 2008 December 8, much as it fell on October 7 earlier that year. Credit: P. Jenniskens, SETI Institute 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. Violent solar system history uncovered by WA meteorite Explore further The meteorite is but one of a collection that came from 2008 TC3, the first asteroid to ever have its collision with Earth tracked by scientists. When it exploded over the Nubian Desert, debris was scattered over many kilometers—over 600 meteorites from it have been found thus far. In this latest effort, the researchers focused on ALM-A, studying it using optical and electron microscopy—they found the rock contained minerals that were rich in a kind of silica that to date has been found to only be producible by certain types of explosions or volcanic action.The rapid crystallization, the researchers claim, could only have come about due to an explosion (not the kind that happens when an asteroid enters an atmosphere) or because of the sort of rapid cooling that occurs when extremely hot lava seeps out of the ground. Because it is unlikely that conditions would have ever existed on the asteroid that could have led to the type of explosion capable of producing such crystallized silica, the only option is that the asteroid from which the meteorite came, had at least one volcano on it, at some point. If so, that would mean that volcanic activity existed in our solar system much earlier than scientists have thought.But that’s not the whole story, the researchers believe the asteroid that broke apart when it collided with Earth’s atmosphere was part of a different asteroid that was nearly destroyed close to six and a half million years ago when it collided with another asteroid. After that there were likely other collisions, some of which resulted in melding with other asteroids, which would explain the uniqueness of the Almahata Sitta meteorites—they host a variety of minerals not ordinarily found on just one specimen. More information: Trachyandesitic volcanism in the early Solar System, Addi Bischoff, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404799111 AbstractVolcanism is a substantial process during crustal growth on planetary bodies and well documented to have occurred in the early Solar System from the recognition of numerous basaltic meteorites. Considering the ureilite parent body (UPB), the compositions of magmas that formed a potential UPB crust and were complementary to the ultramafic ureilite mantle rocks are poorly constrained. Among the Almahata Sitta meteorites, a unique trachyandesite lava (with an oxygen isotope composition identical to that of common ureilites) documents the presence of volatile- and SiO2-rich magmas on the UPB. The magma was extracted at low degrees of disequilibrium partial melting of the UPB mantle. This trachyandesite extends the range of known ancient volcanic, crust-forming rocks and documents that volcanic rocks, similar in composition to trachyandesites on Earth, also formed on small planetary bodies ∼4.56 billion years ago. It also extends the volcanic activity on the UPB by ∼1 million years (Ma) and thus constrains the time of disruption of the body to later than 6.5 Ma after the formation of Ca–Al-rich inclusions.center_img Citation: Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids (2014, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-meteorite-volcanic-early-small-asteroids.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Examination of one of the Almahata Sitta meteorites (aka, ALM-A, found in Sudan in 2008) by a team of space scientists working in Germany has revealed a volcanic past. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they dated the meteorite to just a few million years after our solar system was born and uncovered evidence that it suggests it was produced by volcanic activity.last_img read more

Study of sea creatures suggests nervous system evolved independently multiple times

first_img Cellular self-digestion process triggers autoimmune disease Because the central nervous system similar looks so similar across species, it has been assumed for some time that it likely evolved just once in a very early common ancestor. But recent studies have shown that may not be the case. In this new effort, the researchers sought to gather more evidence of multiple instances of nervous system development by studying invertebrates scattered across the evolutionary tree with different types of central nervous system architectures. To that end, they collected tiny specimens from multiple locations and studied their lineage. They report that some of them belong to an ancient lineage called Xenacoelomorpha, which had a wide variety of nervous system types. Some had no central cord, they note, while others, such as modern jellyfish, have multiple cords—and one species has a cord running along its back reminiscent of vertebrates.The team also looked at a gene called bmp, believed to be the gene that is responsible for kicking off the development of the nervous system. But another team had shown that in the acorn worm, it became active before the formation of the nervous system, suggesting other genes were also at play. After looking at the invertebrates they had collected, the team found other instances of the bmp gene becoming activated before the formation of nerve cords. They also found that blocking the protein that is produced when bmp becomes active did not prevent formation of the cord in some species. The group also found that other genes that have been associated with development of the nervous cord became active in some species that had no nervous cord at all.The researchers claim their findings show that the nervous system evolved in different creatures at different times, which means that it evolved more than once. Journal information: Nature Explore further Proporus sp., a xenacoelomorph. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY 2.5 Citation: Study of sea creatures suggests nervous system evolved independently multiple times (2017, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-sea-creatures-nervous-evolved-independently.htmlcenter_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. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark has found evidence that suggests the nervous system evolved independently in multiple creatures over time—not just once, as has been previously thought. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their study of tiny sea creatures they collected from fjords in Norway and Sweden, from various sea floor locations, and from a site off the coast of Washington state, and what they found. Caroline Albertin and Clifton Ragsdale, with the University of Chicago, offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. More information: José M. Martín-Durán et al. Convergent evolution of bilaterian nerve cords, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature25030AbstractIt has been hypothesized that a condensed nervous system with a medial ventral nerve cord is an ancestral character of Bilateria. The presence of similar dorsoventral molecular patterns along the nerve cords of vertebrates, flies, and an annelid has been interpreted as support for this scenario. Whether these similarities are generally found across the diversity of bilaterian neuroanatomies is unclear, and thus the evolutionary history of the nervous system is still contentious. Here we study representatives of Xenacoelomorpha, Rotifera, Nemertea, Brachiopoda, and Annelida to assess the conservation of the dorsoventral nerve cord patterning. None of the studied species show a conserved dorsoventral molecular regionalization of their nerve cords, not even the annelid Owenia fusiformis, whose trunk neuroanatomy parallels that of vertebrates and flies. Our findings restrict the use of molecular patterns to explain nervous system evolution, and suggest that the similarities in dorsoventral patterning and trunk neuroanatomies evolved independently in Bilateria.last_img read more

KMC to install LED advertisement boards in city

first_imgKolkata: In a significant step towards curbing pollution and reduction in electricity bills, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will install LED advertisement boards that will be lit up by solar power at 26 places in Kolkata.The decision has been taken in the recent Mayor in Council’s (MMiC) meeting. The tender in this regard will be floated soon, an official in the Advertisement department of the civic body said.According to sources at the advertisement department, the places that have been earmarked for this purpose include Park Circus, Dum Dum Road, Jadavpur 8B bus stand, junction of Sukanta Setu in Jadavpur, Ramlal Bazaar crossing, Santoshpur crossing, DL Khan Road, AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Elgin Road, SP Mukherjee Road to name a few. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The company that will put their advertisements in these LED monopoles will have to keep 60 percent of these boards for social welfare schemes undertaken by the state government like Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Rupashree etc or that of KMC regarding dangerous buildings, unit area assessment, drive against vector-borne diseases and others.The rest 40 percent will be reserved for their own advertisements,” a senior official of the KMC’s advertisement department said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that in a bid to check illegal banners and hoardings of advertisements in the city, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce GPS mapping.”We have a GPS mapping system to keep a check on filling up of waterbodies. A similar system will be introduced in case of advertisements as well,” a senior official said.He added that the civic body will prepare a map of the geographical area and anyone, who puts up advertisement hoardings beyond that area, can be identified through this GPS mapping. “This will stop illegal hoardings in the city,” he added.last_img read more

STF nabs Bodh Gaya blast accused from Jharkhand NIA tracks down Kausars

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested another activist of the Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen (Bangladesh) from Pakuria in Jharkhand on Wednesday.The arrested JMB activist, Dilwar Hasan (26) alias Ali Hasan alias Umar, was involved in the case of explosion of IEDs at Bodh Gaya in January.Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising officers of the city police’s STF raided some hideouts at Pakuria and arrested Dilwar.The police has initiated a case against him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B), waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India (121), concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war (123) and 4 and 5 Explosive Substances Act. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that Dilwar was a close associate of Kausar, the mastermind of the Khagragarh blast case, who was arrested on Tuesday by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).The NIA has also arrested another JMB activist, Adil alias Assadullah, from Bengaluru. It may be recalled that Kausar was arrested from Bengaluru as well, on Tuesday. The police came to know about him after questioning Kausar.The 29-year-old Adil is a resident of Elisabad village in Murshidabad. After receiving information, NIA officers conducted a raid and found him at an auto stand near Cantonment Railway Station in Bengaluru. He will be taken to Patna in transit remand and will be produced before the NIA Special Court at Patna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Kausar isone of the prime accused in the Khagra-garh blast case that took place in October 2014. He had taken shelter in the southern part of the country and got arrested on Tuesday, after almost four years of the incident.The investigating officers have searched the house where he used to stay at Ramnagar in Bengaluru and recovered electronic devices and traces of explosives.Kausar was also involved in the Bodh Gaya incident as well and serial blast cases in Bangladesh. He had entered India through the porous border in 2014 and carried out the terror activities. He was an expert in making IEDs and circuit designs for preparing explosives.last_img read more

Abhishek Banerjee sends legal notice to Amit Shah for defamatory remarks

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, president, All India Trinamool Youth Congress and party’s MP has sent a legal notice to BJP national president Amit Shah for his alleged “malicious and defamatory” statements at the Kolkata rally, asking him to “express unconditional apology” within 72 hours.Shah, who addressed a rally in Kolkata on Saturday, had accused Abhishek of corruption.”The Centre has given Rs 3.59 lakh crore to the state but the amount did not reach the grassroots and ended up with “bhatija” (Abhishek Banerjee) and syndicates,” Shah had said at the gathering. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAbhishek has demanded that Shah should issue an unconditional apology within 72 hours from receiving the notice failing which both civil and criminal cases would be filed against him without any further notice.In the public gathering, Shah had said: “After coming to power, Mamata didi has started endorsing scams like Narada, Sarada, syndicate and her nephew’s corrupt practices and syndicate’s corruption.”Again, Shah accused the Chief Minister and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee of being involved in various scams and illegal syndicates. Shah also accused the Chief Minister and Abhishek of siphoning a sum of Rs 3,59,000 crore which was disbursed by the Prime Minister for the residents of the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the legal notice, Abhishek’s lawyer Sanjay Basu maintains: “…that from the aforesaid it is abundantly clear that your malicious, false and defamatory statements have also been unequivocally understood by the media to be directed against my client. It is also abundantly clear that by your acts and conduct you have authorized and actively encouraged the publication of such malicious, false and defamatory statements against my client. Your speech and the subsequent publications reporting to your speech have severely hampered my client’s reputation and goodwill.” The letter further read that Abhishek Banerjee vehemently denies all allegations and imputations made by Shah should be proved. Abhishek also denied the allegation of his involvement with any syndicate and with any scam. He also denied the allegation of his involvement with Rs 3,59,000 crore or any other sum purportedly allotted by the Centre to Bengal.It appeared, according to the letter that such statements were made in the public rally to sensationalise and instigate the general public into believing that Abhishek is involved in such wrongdoings by the consistent use of the word “bhatija” and to deliberately and tactically bring him to disrepute.last_img read more

Expansive chronicle of Tagores poems to be unveiled on Aug 28

first_imgKolkata: At a time when India is making remarkable digital progress, a digitally compiled platform has come up with recitations and all necessary information regarding all the poems composed by Rabindranath Tagore.Tagore had also composed several songs, most of which are known to us. But his wonderful poems have not been fully explored till now.Dr. Purnendu Bikash Sarkar, an eye surgeon by profession, has collected and digitally compiled all the poems of Tagore using an interactive software named Rabindra Kabita Archive, after 5 long years of research and labour. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe archive is going to be published at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has set up Kabita Academy with poet Subodh Sarkar as its chairman.It may be mentioned that in 2006, Dr. Sarkar had brought out another expansive work on Tagore’s songs. His compilation Gitabitan Archive contains 4,870 songs in the voice of 310 artistes, with printable notations and all information about every song. Gitabitan Archive has been highly appreciated by all as a treasure trove of Tagore’s songs and a true collector’s item. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Rabindra Kabita Archive contains 3,500 poems of Tagore from his 57 anthologies, 5,000 recitations and 110 songs by 245 eminent artistes, 103 English recitations from Song Offerings and 15 recitations by Tagore himself.The archive will be published on August 28, in a function at Rabindra Sadan. There will be a short live demonstration by Dr Sarkar.The inauguration will be followed by a cultural programme, where eminent elocutionists and Rabindra Sangeet exponents of Kolkata and Bangladesh, like Bijoylaxmi Barman, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Subodh Sarkar, Partha Mukhopadhyay, Soumitra Mitra and Pranati Tagore will be present, among others.last_img read more

Art Karat celebrates its 30th anniversary

first_imgArt Karat, one of India’s oldest and most renowned designer jewellery houses, celebrated its 30th anniversary on February 6, 2018, at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. To commemorate this glorious day, the jewellery house presented ‘Art Karat Awards For Excellence 2018’. It was followed by a tribute to the nightingale of India, Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi, with a vocal recital by her great-granddaughters S Aishwarya and S Saundarya.Art Karat also honoured those who have contributed to the society in the field of art and culture. The selected awardees were Vineet Jain, Chairman Times of India Group, Manushi Chillar, Miss World 2017, Ashok Pratap Singh, Chairman Modern School, Vivek Burman, Chairman Dabur India, Paresh Maity, Painter, Jaya Prada, film actor, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI, Muzaffar Ali, filmmaker and Krishen Khanna, painter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn this special occasion, Art Karat launched their spectacular new jewellery collection ‘Padmaavat’, which has been created by Asha Kamal Modi, the designer behind Art Karat. She has tirelessly researched and created rare masterpieces to capture the grandeur of the period. This collection is extremely special as for the first time a designer has recreated the amazing jewels in silver instead of gold, thereby making it more affordable for a lot of women who wanted to own a part of this timeless heritage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBiggest names from the fashion fraternity, art circuit, and prominent socialites graced the evening with their presence. Guests like politician Amar Singh, Anju Modi, Fashion Designer, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Fashion Designer, Sushma Seth, actor, Yuvi Suri, actor, Uma Sharma, Kathak dancer, Sonal Mansingh, dishi dancer, Ranjana Gauhar, Padmashree and Pavleen Gujral, actor are some of the names that made the glitterati event a rather memorable one.last_img read more

Protein rich diet may reduce Alzheimers risk

first_imgA diet high in protein rich foods such as meat and legumes may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study claims. Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia examined the diets of 541 Australians and measured the levels of amyloid beta (A ) in their brain, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.They found that participants with higher levels of protein in their diet were less likely to have high levels of A in their brain, reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were divided into three groups based on their protein intake.The team found that those with the highest consumption, around 118 grammes per day, were 12 times less likely to have high levels of A than those in the lowest consumption group, who ate only 54 grammes per day.According to Binosha Fernando, who led the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, this was the first ever study to examine the relationship between protein consumption and A . Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The research clearly demonstrates that the more protein eaten the lower the chances someone has of having a high A burden on the brain, which corresponds to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future, she said.Fernando said it was still unknown what was driving the relationship between high protein intake and low A.One possibility is that previous studies have shown that a high protein diet is associated with lower blood pressure, she said. High blood pressure is a risk factor for both Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. We also know that developing cardiovascular disease increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said Fernando.She said the next step was to further examine what role gender, genetics, age and metabolic factors play in the relationship between protein consumption and Alzheimer’s disease.Protein is found in animal products like beef, pork, lamb, eggs, fish and poultry, as well as in plant-based foods like legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.To get the protective effect that we have demonstrated, you need to be eating about 120 grammes of protein each day, which is not too hard, Fernando said.For example, if you had a mixed bean and tuna salad for lunch, 100 grammes of chicken and salad for dinner and snacked on a handful of peanuts during the day, you would be getting very close to enough protein to lower your chances of having a high A burden in your brain,” she said.last_img read more

Cycles are means of empowerment says Mamata on World Bicycle Day

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lauded the Sabooj Sathi project, where bicycles are given free of cost to students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools, on World Bicycle Day.On the occasion she tweeted: “Today is WorldBicycleDay. A bicycle is not just a means of transport but an instrument of empowerment too. The Bangla Govt has distributed over one crore bicycles to students under Sabooj Sathi scheme. These cycles have enabled them to attend school even from far-off places. The Sabooj Sathi project was declared a ‘Champion Project’ at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes given by ITU, a United Nations organisation in April, 2019, out of 1,140 projects across 18 categories.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBengal is the only state in the country where more than one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of state-run and aided schools. The project has successfully brought down the number of school dropouts and reduced the number of early marriages among girls. The Bengal government has spent over Rs 2,000 crore for the project. The Backward Classes Welfare (BCW) department has the names of the students along with the classes they are studying in, names of their guardians and the schools and the day the cycles were given to them. The cycles have been maintained for one year and the department has given training to over 3,500 unemployed youths from the SC and ST categories to repair cycles as a part of the project to make them self-reliant. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe BCW department gave them kits free of cost. These youths have been engaged to maintain the cycles under Sabooj Sathi project. It may be mentioned that in New Town, the cycle sharing scheme introduced by the Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has become very successful. Under the scheme, a person can hire a cycle, use it for commuting and then leave the cycle on the stand after paying the requisite charges. In New Town, graded paths have been constructed only for cycles. The cycles are also fitted with GPS. It may be recalled that in the early 20th century, Jagadish Chandra Bose and his wife Abala used to demonstrate bicycle riding in different localities to inspire Indians to ride them to work, which symbolised self-confidence and nationalism as only the British used to ride cycles.last_img read more

Marvellous display of marble rocks

first_imgAfter mounting 26 shows pan India and internationally, Pune based artist Neena Singh is showcasing her artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Paridrishya – A solo exhibition of paintings’, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from April 12-18, 2019.The exhibition was inaugurated on April 12, in the presence of art lovers and connoisseurs. Singh is an acclaimed artist best known for her series of paintings on Marble rocks. Ever since she made a move from Jabalpur to Pune she has been working on the series of ‘Dynasty of marble rock’ and has painted about 45 artworks in varying sizes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeena Singh has a multifaceted personality being an artist par excellence, an art conservator, Chemist, teacher, and writer. She believes that art is not just a tool for information but it has to be envisaged as a catalyst to stimulate discourse and foster change in society. Talking about her artworks, the artist said: “I did not want my painting to be just a representation of a scene rather I wanted to represent the mood, emotions which I experience when associated with nature. I have used tonalism to express a sense of unity over diversity, tranquillity overactivity and spiritual over physical.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe artist reveals that among all the colours, blue dominates her palette, which she says is the colour of the sea and sky, and has a quality of cool expansiveness and openness.”Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, blue is an introspective colour. But, the quiet character and poetic subtlety of blue can also be associated with melancholy and resignation,” she elaborates. In her works, she has used oil as the medium and has not hesitated to experiment with texture, colour and light extensively to express the grandeur of the marble rock jotting out of the beautiful Narmada, whose bluish-greenish water matching with the colour of the sky. The abstract mosaic of colour and texture lend a sculptural effect to the paintings. The artist believes that the eye never wearies of about the effect produced by the broken and reflected sunlight glancing from the pinnacle of white marbles reared against the deep blue sky. The brilliantly coloured cliffs and watching the seasons and the light change provided endless inspiration for her paintings. Taking inspiration of her art from the Narmada, Neena says, “Just before the Narmada passes through the gorge it plunges down from 100 feet height, it is a sight to behold and its roar is heard from a far distance. The mist created by water falling on hard rock creates visuals of smoke emanating from the river bed hence the name ‘Dhuandhar or Smoke Cascade’. Since my childhood, I wished to paint this scene and I am happy with the use of colour, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image which depicts the spontaneity, rhythm, and flow of water.” The artist spent a great part of her life in Jabalpur, either at spiritual Gwarighat or adventurous Bargi Dam, followed by being enamoured by her sensuous flow at Bhedaghat. Over the centuries forces of nature has curved out strange structures on the marble cliffs and every rock narrates its story, and through the medium of paint, Neena has also expressed colour in all its beauty. Her paintings are directly connected to life and interact with the viewer because everyone connects to nature. In recent times, due to rapid technological developments, there is a gradual increase in the tendency to distance ourselves from the environment and culture. And, through her paintings, she attempts to reveal the beauty of nature with fresh, vibrant, colourful and poetic colours and motivates viewers to preserve it for the future.last_img read more

Cris Carter explains why the Falcons can beat the Cowboys

first_imgThe Cowboys are coming off another primetime blowout win after steamrolling the Lions 42-21 last night. Dallas is clicking on all cylinders and look like they’ll be a tough out in the playoffs, but Cris thinks they’re beatable. One team he thinks can knock them off is Atlanta.The Falcons are putting up offensive numbers that rival Cris’ ’98 Vikings team, but have largely flown under the radar because most people don’t watch their games. Matt Ryan is an MVP candidate and Julio Jones is a matchup problem for everyone in the NFL, including the Cowboys. The Atlanta defense has also improved under head coach Dan Quinn, and Vic Beasley, Jr. leads the NFL in sacks. Don’t sleep on the Falcons.Today, the Bills announced that they have fired Rex Ryan after less than two full seasons as head coach. Neither Nick nor Cris are surprised by the move. Ryan is a holdover from a smash mouth era of football that has been replaced by strategy and preparation. Ryan has always talked a big game, which makes it even harder to explain when the results don’t match his blustery promises.It was only a matter of time before Ryan got canned, and both Cris and Nick agree that it’s the last NFL head coaching gig for Ryan.As it currently stands, division winners not only make the playoffs regardless of record, they get a home game. Nick thinks it’s time for the NFL to look at changing the system, or at least contemplate reshuffling the deck during the playoffs to award home games based on record.Cris likes the current system and thinks division winners should rewarded with a home game.  Example 1A for this debate this year is the Houston Texans, who could finish 9-7, and still be rewarded with a playoff home game for winning the AFC South.Guests:Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss Rex Ryan’s firing in Buffalo, whether he’s finished as an NFL head coach,  how the Raiders move forward without Derek Carr, and his leading candidates for MVP.Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach for the Jets and Browns is in-studio to explain why Tom Brady is his MVP, why the Lions shouldn’t be downgraded for comeback wins against bad teams, if he thinks division winners should automatically get a playoff home game, and his take on the Dolphins chances with Matt Moore.last_img read more

Coast Guard Rambos Singlehanded Take Down of a Moving Drug Submarine Is

first_imgThe Coast Guard isn’t usually the first branch of the armed services that comes to mind when you think of badass tactical military exploits, but in the course of patrolling the high seas for NARCO traffickers it isn’t all daisies and rainbows.A recently released Department of Defense video shows a Coast Guard cutter encountering a NARCO drug submarine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on June 18. After the sub refused numerous orders to stop, one of the guardsmen took matters into his own hands and pulled a full Rambo by leaping onto the sub and banging on the hatch until the bad guys give up. The helmet cam video of the one man wrecking crew captures all of the adrenaline and ass kicking.In 14 total busts from May and July, this crew confiscated almost 39,000 lbs of cocaine, so might be time for the NARCO’s to come up with an alternate route.last_img read more

4 Technologies That Have Changed Business Forever

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. With the advent of new technologies, the business landscape sure looks a lot different than it did just a short time ago.  Despite the coming changes, there are tools that have had a great impact on business and hold great promise for the future.If I had to pick the tools that would be most indispensable for businesses and entrepreneurs now and in the future, my list would include:  CloudCloud technology is truly changing everything. The most important thing the cloud brings to entrepreneurs and to businesses is enhanced accessibility. People can, will, (and in many instances, already do) access everything they need from anywhere they are through the cloud.Related: Don’t Get Stuck in the Software JamThis technology allows for sharing secure and private information, and it will continue to create new capabilities for more efficient work. While adoption of cloud tech is improving business communication, its proper implementation will increase workplace collaboration in unimaginable ways.  For businesses that thrive on their remote workers, cloud-enabled collaboration will become crucial.Recommendations:Google Drive (Productivity): Allows for all of your tools — from documents to spreadsheets to calendar – to be at your fingertips for free or a very low cost.StarLeaf (Collaboration): Simple, secure and highly reliable ad-hoc video solution for point-to-point and multi-user video conferencing.Quickbooks Online (Accounting): Powerful tool for small businesses looking for a single application to handle contacts, billing, banking and so much more.Pipeliner (CRM): Many great cloud customer-relationship management apps are out there but this one has a wonderful visual interface that gives newfound clarity to deal management.MobileWith rapid Internet proliferation and smarter devices becoming not only more affordable but also more widely available, the mobile employee will be as productive as ever, regardless of whether they are in the office or at a coffee shop. Mobile will ensure the ultimate success of flexible work, pushing it to mainstream.  Recommendations:GChat (Mobile Real-Time Chat): This platform is an awesome and free way to connect and chat with almost anyone on the web. Not a private platform, but super convenient.Asana and Trello (Productivity and Project Collaboration): Small businesses rarely allows for project teams to be available in one place. Mobile project collaboration is hot and these tools are awesome.DataSmall businesses will be empowered to make data driven decisions from a plethora of data brokers who are selling the power of information, much like brokers used to sell oil or commodities. Want to understand how to grow your business? Just look at the data, and you will be able to make informed decisions that are both simple and affordable. The present strategies of business owners will align and prepare them for the future, but these tools will also take the burden of data mining and management off their shoulders.Related: Learn to Refine Crude Data, a Precious Resource for a StartupRecommendations:Google Analytics (Web Traffic): This free tool is a tremendous way to see where your traffic is coming from and where they go once they get to your site.Moz (SEO): Want to understand the keywords, traffic and competition better? This tool will help you optimize and get more from your digital assets.Traackr (Social Influence): Interested in who the individuals and companies are that have the most influence in your industry or area of interest? This tool can help you do that.Twitter Analytics (Native Twitter Data): For companies using Twitter for social marketing, Twitter’s native analytics are a great way to see how your content is performing.SocialWe no longer need to knock on doors or make cold calls to find our prospective customers. We can locate them instantly, see what they are talking about (and what matters to them) and connect and engage with them in real time. Effective messaging and tactics backed by strategy will certainly be necessary. But social will reinvent our go-to-market strategies like nothing ever has before. In fact, social will be the place where your customers will willingly seek you out. There is the potential to create relationships that will yield brand advocates who will help build your brand community, and ultimately, bolster your credibility. From this standpoint, social media tools will no longer be optional. Instead, they’ll be must-haves.   Recommendations:Hootsuite and Sprout Social (Feed Management and Scheduling): Looking for a central command center for social-media planning and distribution? Look no further than to these tools to empower your business to be social.Buffer (Scheduling): For companies looking for an easy way to keep their content sharing valuable and regular Buffer allows you to quickly find content and share it at a later time rather than immediately.BundlePost (RSS Automation and Optimization): This lesser known tool is a wonderful way to aggregate RSS data to see the most relevant content and then using simple export tools upload the content to your social management platform.Making these tech tools a part of your core business operations now will unlock potential benefits for the future.  How many have you already employed? Related: 18 Effective Social-Media Tools That Will Save You Time December 26, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Microsoft to Offer Biometric SignIn for Windows 10

first_img 1 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 17, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters Microsoft Corp will introduce an automatic biometric sign-in option with its Windows 10 operating system due out later this year, the first time it has offered such a service widely across devices.The feature, called Windows Hello, means users will be able to scan their face, iris or fingerprint to verify identity and access Windows phones, laptops and personal computers.Microsoft, which announced the feature on Tuesday, said users’ biometric data would be stored locally on the device and kept anonymous to make sure personal data is safe from hackers.Windows Hello will only be available on new devices that are capable of running the new feature. Chip-maker Intel Corp said all machines incorporating its RealSense F200 sensor will run Windows Hello.The feature is the latest effort from Microsoft to make its products more amenable to natural interaction with users, following its Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox game console and its Cortana personal assistant on Windows phones, a rival to Apple Inc’s Siri.(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Christian Plumb) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Why Instagram Is Adding View Counts to Videos

first_imgFebruary 12, 2016 Register Now » Instagram is to show how many views a video has received in a bid by the Facebook-owned service to compete with rivals such a Google for advertising dollars.Videos posted on Instagram will now show a view count where the number of likes used to be, similar to the way Facebook shows the number of views on its site and app.The idea, according to analysts, is to attract more brands and content producers – which has been YouTube’s tactic for a while – to platforms like Facebook and Instagram and get them to pay more money for advertising.”If you want to attract branded content, having a view count is essential,” Richard Broughton, research director at Ampere Analysis, told CNBC by phone.”Unlike ad-impressions, for which your campaign management will deliver detailed statistics, for branded videos and product placement there isn’t an obvious, independent and verifiable currency for measuring the success and reach of a series of videos. Publishing a view count means that brands are no longer reliant on statistics shared by the video creator and can independently check performance of videos featuring their product and brands.”Broughton also said that it acts as a “calling card” for advertisers who will be able to see the commercial implications of advertising on Instagram by showing how many views videos are getting. Mobile on the riseVideo has recently become a huge area of focus for Facebook. The company claimed that it now clocks up 100 million hours of video watched per day on its social network. YouTube does not break out specific stats but said that people watch “hundreds of millions of hours” a day on the platform. But independent figures show that video views on Facebook exceeded two trillion in 2015, or two-thirds of YouTube’s total for the same period, according to Ampere Analysis.At the same time, video ad spend in the U.S. is expected to hit $9.59 billion this year, a 28.5 percent year-on-year rise, with a large percentage of that growth on mobile, according to eMarketer. Meanwhile, mobile is expected to account for 82 percent of Facebook’s U.S. digital ad revenue this year, with Instagram expected to earn $1.48 billion globally in mobile ad revenues. In the U.S., Instagram will represent 20.1 percent of Facebook’s total mobile ad revenues, eMarketer forecasts. YouTube ad revenue was up 4.6 percent last year, reaching $4.28 billion worldwide.As Facebook tries to boost the views on its platform it has rolled out a number of new features including live-streaming to take on the likes of Twitter-owned Periscope. Last year, chief executive of the social networking site Mark Zuckerberg said that content creators will eventually pocket a revenue share from video views.This is the tactic that has made YouTube so popular with content creators and led to the rise of YouTube stars who command millions of dollars a year through advertising and product deals. Facebook will be hoping to attract the same level of talent as well as brands looking for creative ways to advertise.”Adding view counts is the first of many ways you’ll see video on Instagram get better this year,” the photo sharing service said in a blog on Thursday, signaling that there are more features to come. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read This story originally appeared on CNBC Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

128YearOld Kodak Looks to the Future With Launch of Instagram Competitor

first_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global With its sights set on Facebook and Instagram, 128-year-old Kodak will roll out its new photo sharing and storytelling app, Kodak Moments, at SXSW.Not to be confused with Twitter Moments or Facebook Moments, the new app, from Kodak Alaris, is hoping to parlay positive feelings about the brand and the “Kodak Moment” into a user base for the new app. Up to this point, the Kodak Moments platform has only been used to make prints of users’ digital images.The troubled company was famously a bit late to the party regarding innovations in digital photography — the first digital camera was invented by a Kodak engineer in 1975, but the company clung to film and nothing ever came of it. In 2013, a restructured Kodak exited its Chapter 11 protection after filing in 2012, moving away from cameras and more towards mobile technology.Related: 3 Signs Your Social Strategy Needs Help — and the SolutionsWith the ad-free Kodak Moments app, users can edit photos and share images and text with their followers within the app, or on other social-media platforms. Although Kodak Moments looks to be following in the footsteps of photo-sharing sites such as Facebook and Instagram, the company is banking on it to uphold its traditional business: selling prints, ordered directly through the app.”We’re not interested in showing you ads or selling your data … we’re not in that business,” says David Newhoff, Kodak Alaris’ vice president of Product Mobile Imaging — Consumer.Related: 15 Tips to Grow a Social-Media Audience for Your StartupWhile the Kodak Moments platform was initially more geared toward young families, Newhoff believes that the app would appeal to anyone who is frustrated with the content they find on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Newhoff called SXSW a “perfect platform” for the app’s debut, citing the successful launches of Twitter, Instagram (which is now owned by Facebook) and photo-sharing app Path, which was bought by Korean internet company Daum Kakao.Related: How Shutterstock Is Training Its System to Help You Find Better Photos Kodak may be positioning Moments as a different kind of service than Facebook or Instagram, but it’s still leveraging those more established sites as a way to build up its app’s user base from its already established customers. Right now, Kodak suggests people for you to follow, and you can invite people through your contacts, but soon there will be a way to send invites through Facebook.You can get started on the app by pulling in photos from not only your photo roll on your phone, but Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram. Kodak Moments will be available in the U.S. first on iOS, with an Android version to come in late May to early June.center_img March 11, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

Vanillylacetone Market by Trend Analysis Gross Margin Analysis Cost Structure Analysis

first_imgChapter 1 provides an overview of Vanillylacetone market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Vanillylacetone market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Vanillylacetone industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Vanillylacetone market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Vanillylacetone, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Chapter 6 is about production, consumption, export, and import of Vanillylacetone in each region.Chapter 7 pays attention to the production, revenue, price and gross margin of Vanillylacetone in markets of different regions. The analysis on production, revenue, price and gross margin of the global market is covered in this part.Chapter 8 concentrates on manufacturing analysis, including key raw material analysis, cost structure analysis and process analysis, making up a comprehensive analysis of manufacturing cost.Chapter 9 introduces the industrial chain of Vanillylacetone. Industrial chain analysis, raw material sources and downstream buyers are analyzed in this chapter.Chapter 10 provides clear insights into market dynamics.Chapter 11 prospects the whole Vanillylacetone market, including the global production and revenue forecast, regional forecast. It also foresees the Vanillylacetone market by type and application.Chapter 12 concludes the research findings and refines all the highlights of the study.Chapter 13 introduces the research methodology and sources of research data for your understanding.Years considered for this report:Historical Years: 2014-2018Base Year: 2019Estimated Year: 2019Forecast Period: 2019-2026Related Report:GLOBAL PHOTONIC CRYSTALS MARKET (Construction Strategies, Geography , Applications) – Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation And Forecast, 2013 – 2020Photonic Crystals are attractive optical materials for controlling and manipulating the flow of light. The global market for components and modules using Photonic Crystals indicates a CAGR of 33.1% and is estimated to reach $20.4 billion in 2017…..Read More https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/photonic-crystals-marketAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research25933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Global Vanillylacetone Market report contains all study of the market status, growing demand, industry analysis and forecast research report in all over the world. This report offers some penetrating overview, Key players and solution in the complex world in global market. The Global Vanillylacetone Market Set for Rapid Growth and Trend, by 2026.The Vanillylacetone market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.The report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Vanillylacetone Market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Vanillylacetone market.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3214538?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikMajor players in the global Vanillylacetone market include:Company 1Company 2Company 3Company 4Company 5Company 6Company 7Company 8Company 9Company 10Company 11Company 12Company 13Company 14Company 15On the basis of types, the Vanillylacetone market is primarily split into:Type 1Type 2Type 3On the basis of applications, the market covers:Application 1Application 2Application 3Geographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other RegionsGet Discount Copy Of This Report @  https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3214538#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=Rajashriklast_img read more