Month: August 2019

What if dark matter particles arent WIMPs

first_img Explore further ( — For years, many physicists have accepted that dark matter is composed of weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). The fact that WIMPs can naturally explain the amount of dark matter in the universe – left over from the Big Bang – has been described as the “WIMP miracle.” Not everyone, though, thinks that this phenomenon represents an ironclad prediction that dark matter is made of WIMPs. “We know little about dark matter, since we can’t measure it directly,” Jonathan Feng tells “But there are theories and models. WIMPs are attractive because they happen to appear in many popular theories of new particles and interactions. But what if there are other well-motivated possibilities for dark matter besides WIMPs?”Feng, a physicist at the University of California, Irvine, worked with Jason Kumar (now at the University of Hawaii) to re-examine physics models to find additional possibilities for dark matter. Their work, published in Physical Review Letters and titled “Dark-Matter Particles without Weak-Scale Masses or Weak Interactions,” suggests that dark matter could be composed of heavier, strongly interacting particles, or even particles that are lighter and more weakly interacting than WIMPs. “WIMPs are a very specific example of dark matter,” Feng continues, “but there is a broader class of particles. We found that some of the models also predicted the right amount of dark matter for the universe, but with dark matter that was much more strongly or weakly interacting than WIMPs. We are wondering if almost-exclusive attention for WIMPs is really warranted.”Feng says that WIMPs are thought to be right around 100 GeV in mass. However, there is evidence that dark matter particles could be as light as 1 GeV. This puts them far below WIMP range. “An experiment called DAMA has been recording dark matter signals, and there is evidence that they are seeing light dark matter particles. We have perfectly good 1 GeV candidates,” he says, “and now we can accommodate such light particles.”Some models seem to support a stronger degree of interaction between particles, Feng believes. In order to get to the level of dark matter we have in the universe now, though, these particles would have to be annihilating each other now. “These models imply that experiments looking for very energetic photons may be very promising.”But the idea of WIMP-less dark matter gets a little more interesting than simply considering weaker or stronger dark matter candidates. Feng says that WIMP-less dark matter could provide some support for the idea of a hidden sector – a so-called shadow world. “There are theories that there is a shadow world behind ours. It is a mirror world that is like ours, but doesn’t interact with ours. With WIMP dark matter, that possibility is remote.”“WIMP-less dark matter requires new forces that we don’t really know much about. If you could have evidence of this type of dark matter, it might be a hint that this shadow world exists.”Mirror worlds and hidden sectors aside, Feng believes that his and Kumar’s findings warrant a close look. “Perhaps the millions of dollar spent on WIMPs is not the most productive way to use the money. This opens up a whole bunch of different avenues for discovering what dark matter is.”More information: Jonathan L. Feng and Jason Kumar. “Dark-Matter Particles without Weak-Scale Masses or Weak Interactions.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Tracking down dark mattercenter_img Citation: What if dark matter particles aren’t WIMPs? (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Tailoring the optical dipole force for use on molecules

first_img( — “Scientists have been working with dipole fields for quite some time,” Peter Barker tells “However, most of the work is focused on very small particles, like atoms, or on larger particles, such as for use as optical tweezers. There is an interim region between atoms and large particles, and that is what we are looking at. We want to be able to control molecules a little differently.” 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. Barker is a professor at University College London, and has been working on a process by which an optical field can be used to align molecules. Along with Simon Purcell, Barker has found a way to not only align molecules through the tailoring of the optical dipole force, but to also move them around. “This is, we believe, the first time that alignment and the ability to move molecules around have been brought together using the dipole force,” Barker says. Barker and Purcell report their work in Physical Review Letters: “Tailoring the Optical Dipole Force for Molecules by Field-Induced Alignment.”“In order to do this, we have a gas sitting at a relatively high pressure in a chamber. Using strong optics, we send a beam through the chamber, forming a hole of sorts. The optical field acts as a tractor beam, grabbing the molecules present in the gas and bringing them to rest. This makes them ultra cold,” Barker explains. Laser cooling in a similar fashion has been done with atoms for quite some time. It is standard practice for many experiments. However, Barker says that it is harder to produce ultra-cold molecules than it is to bring atoms to a state of rest. “This could provide a way to cool molecules to just above absolute zero, which is of interest for a number of research applications.”The process introduced by Barker and Purcell could also have use as a way to separate rotational states. “In some cases, scientists want to be able to separate out different states. Unfortunately, there is a whole range of molecules that can’t really be singled out in this way. With our dipole tailoring process, though, it is possible to separate out these states. We could also separate molecules of different types.”Another use for this process could conceivably be the use of light to focus molecules onto a particular surface. “We haven’t done this yet, but it should be possible get molecules to act as a lens, and then rotate the polarization to change the focus. We think that it should be possible to get features down to the nanometer size by focusing molecules in this manner.”“Being able to tailor the optical dipole force in this way is a big step,” Barker says. “In our experiment, we were able to both align molecules and move them around by tailoring the optical dipole force. Being able to align and position molecules simultaneously is something that hasn’t been done before with this force, and it has a great potential, both for fundamental research, and for possible practical applications.”More Information: S.M. Purcell and P.F. Barker, “Tailoring the Optical Dipole Force for Molecules by Field-Induced Alignment,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Tailoring the optical dipole force for use on molecules (2009, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ‘Voltage Patterning’ could be next step in nanostructure lithographylast_img read more

Research team develops facemapping app for global smartphone searching

first_imgArchitecture of Theia and information flow between its component. Image: arXiv:1106.5568v1 [cs.IR] The app, named Theia (perhaps for the Greek goddess of extent brightness) once installed on a user’s phone allows for searching for images transmitted by a centralized server. If a match is thought to be made, the photo is sent back to the server for additional processing.The whole point of the app is that there are times when most people wish for someone to be matched to a photo that might have been taken unintentionally. An image of a missing child’s face, for example, might be included in a photo another family has taken at a playground, or perhaps someone wanted for a crime is on the loose and takes in a ball game and manages to wind up on a fan’s smartphone as part of a bigger picture. Clearly such applications are all for the public good.The problem is, of course, that not everyone would be open to installing an app on their phone that let’s other people scan for, what are normally considered to be, private photo’s. The possibility of abuse just seems far too likely. Also, when you consider that the app uses resources when performing its searches, slowing down the phone for normal use, it’s hard to imagine many people agreeing to such a scenario, even in the instance where they would be paid some small amount for the processing time used by their phone.Granted, some might be amendable to loading the app and allowing their phones to be searched during certain scenarios, such as right after a child abduction, or when a manhunt is underway, but leaving the app running so that anyone that signs up for the service can search for someone they are looking for, seems like an invitation to disaster. What if an abusive husband is looking for his wife, or a murderer is looking for a witness? How would the people running the server be able to differentiate the good from the bad? And finally, it seems that such a system would only be useful if the majority of phone owners agreed to use the app, which hardly seems likely.Still, the idea behind the app is actually rather profound in that it highlights just how far we’ve come in a very short time. The idea of such an app just ten years ago would have seen both Orwellian scary and totally far-fetched. Explore further More information: Opportunistic Content Search of Smartphone Photos, arXiv:1106.5568v1 [cs.IR] taken by smartphone users can accidentally contain content that is timely and valuable to others, often in real-time. We report the system design and evaluation of a distributed search system, Theia, for crowd-sourced real-time content search of smartphone photos. Because smartphones are resource-constrained, Theia incorporates two key innovations to control search cost and improve search efficiency. Incremental Search expands search scope incrementally and exploits user feedback. Partitioned Search leverages the cloud to reduce the energy consumption of search in smartphones. Through user studies, measurement studies, and field studies, we show that Theia reduces the cost per relevant photo by an average of 59%. It reduces the energy consumption of search by up to 55% and 81% compared to alternative strategies of executing entirely locally or entirely in the cloud. Search results from smartphones are obtained in seconds. Our experiments also suggest approaches to further improve these results.via I Programmer Facebook launches “Facebook for Every Phone” Java app for feature phones Citation: Research team develops face-mapping app for global smartphone searching (2011, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Researchers at Rice University have developed a smartphone app that appears both clever and interesting, but may never actually be used by anyone anyway. It’s an app that when combined with a centralized server, combs people’s cell phones looking to find photo’s that have a face in them that match what someone is looking for. The team describes how their application would work in a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. © 2011 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

OnStar opens gate for thirdparty developers

first_img More information: Press release OnStar changes over privacy concerns ( — OnStar staged a Sunday night conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to announce that the telematics provider will open its application program interface (API) to third-party developers. OnStar also used the CES venue to announce that it has struck a deal with Verizon that will make use of Verizon’s 4G LTE service to carry a variety of content. The beam-up to bring digital cars of the future to 2012 is a competitive move by GM-owned OnStar to enhance its portfolio of services. Pragmatic locked-out uses will extend into lock-me-in uses in infotainment. The move is aimed at giving customers more reasons to be willing to stay with OnStar. Company president Linda Marshall said, “Customer demand is driving a new marketplace for a variety of automotive applications. With this step we believe we can broaden our portfolio, grow our business and enable our customers to achieve additional functionality from their vehicle using their computer, smartphone, tablet or other device.” Video: CES 2012 OnStar APIAs a technology-centric service, OnStar said it had to move faster than the longer automobile development cycles. Selected developers can plan on getting on board with OnStar in the first half of this year via its Advanced Telematics Operating System (ATOMS) server, which connects to over six million customers.Popularly cited statistics show that, over the past 15 years, OnStar Advisors have answered 346 million button pushes, responded to over 160,000 vehicle crashes, unlocked more than 5 million doors, provided 2.6 million with roadside assistance and routed customers to their destination more than 70 million times.Now OnStar wants to travel into additional, customized territory. Like other companies, OnStar has recognized that opening up to third-party developers can be a fast and profitable way to bring successful products to market.The possibilities include restaurant reviews, apps for cars with large fleets, social networking, gaming, and maintenance-related text alerts.Early users at the ATOMS gate will be GM-backed RelayRides, a peer to peer service that was launched in 2010. Last year, San Francisco-based RelayRides announced its special partnership with GM. Relay Rides is a company that has users renting out their cars to others. The idea is that OnStar subscribers who use RelayRides can unlock the reserved car through OnStar with a smartphone. The app will launch this year.Video: OnStar RelayRidesOn the Verizon side, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be used for OnStar service. A demo at CES showed a Verizon rep Skyping from the back seat of a 4G-enabled Volt. Using Verizon’s high-speed 4G LTE network, the vision is vehicle occupants accessing streaming content from the web, holding Skype video conversations and playing games.When asked about costs, a senior OnStar executive at the Vegas show said several pricing options may be possible.According to OnStar, developers interested in the API should contact OnStar at developers(at) Citation: OnStar opens gate for third-party developers (2012, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2011 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

BaTboT is up for imitating smart bat maneuvers

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further The interest in bats is because of the way bats change the shape of their wings, which has potential for improving the maneuverability of these air devices. Julian Colorado and colleagues at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain and at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, built the drone with an end goal in mind—more agile, autonomous robots making more agile moves than can fixed wing aircraft. Colorado said that trying to mimic that level of functionality requires analysis of bat flight and novel technologies, ranging from design to control issues. Colorado’s team refers to their device officially as the “BaTboT” robot. They make use of shape memory alloys as muscle like actuators, behaving as biceps and triceps along the wing-skeleton structure of the robot. The wing extends and contracts under the control of the shape-memory alloy wires that switch between two shapes when different currents are applied. The wires, between the “shoulder” and “elbow” of the robot, rotate the elbow, pulling in the “fingers” to slim the wing profile on the upstroke. This contracts and extends the wings in a similar way to the biological counterpart, said Colorado. The device’s wingspan was inspired by a specific type of bat, the grey-headed flying fox, the largest bat in Australia. The US military partly funded this research. The paper presenting the design of this bat-like air vehicle is “Biomechanics of smart wings in a bat robot morphing wings using SMA actuators.” Authors are J Colorado, A Barrientos, C Rossi and K S Breuer. A professor of engineering, Breuer is from the School of Engineering at Brown and he has been studying bats for over ten years. “There is growing interest in the energy cost of flight,” according to Breuer. Understanding bat flight can help further the continued development in small, unmanned flying vehicles“Bats have evolved with truly extraordinary aerodynamic capabilities that enable them to fly in dense swarms, to avoid obstacles, and to fly with such agility that they can catch prey on the wing, maneuver through thick rainforests and make high speed 180 degree turns,” according to notes from Brown University’s notes on Bat Flight Research. 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: BaTboT is up for imitating smart bat maneuvers (2012, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The design is said to be encouraging, as an example of how robot construction can move from rigid components toward bionic systems made from softer materials and artificial muscles. ( — Robotics researchers in Spain and the U.S. are studying bats for their design work on drones. Bat wings are highly articulated, with skeletons similar to those of human arms and hands. The researchers have built a drone that mimics the way a bat changes its wing shape in flight. Bats achieve an “amazing” level of maneuverability, says a researcher, mainly because of their capacity of changing wing morphology during flight. Specifically, the “Batbot” replicates the way a bat changes the profile of its wing between the downstroke and upstroke. By folding wings toward their bodies on the upstroke, bats use 35 percent less energy and reduce aerodynamic drag, according to researchers at Brown. … / Bats save energy by drawing in wings on upstroke: studylast_img read more

New way to make a CuPd catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of

first_img Because carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, researchers are interested in ways to decrease the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. One feasible solution is to capture CO2 and reduce it to energy-rich hydrocarbon compounds. However, this needs to be done using methods that do not involve burning more fossil fuels for energy.One method is to reduce CO2 using electrocatalysis. This involves using a metal catalyst within an electrochemical cell. Copper has been shown to be a good catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of CO2. However, there are some problems with using copper foils and crystals including low surface area, low catalytic current densities, and deactivation due to surface buildup. Copper nanoparticles have proved more desirable for these reactions, but their formation typically involves using surfactants, which are difficult to remove and often results in contamination.Sheng Zhang, Peng Kang, Mohammed Bakir, Alexander M. Lapides, Christopher J. Dares, and Thomas J. Meyer, in their recent paper, demonstrate a technique in which they can produce copper nanoparticles that are the same size and evenly dispersed on a thin film on an electrode. This precludes the needs for a surfactant and allows for smaller particles, which has better catalytic efficiency.The thin film used is poly-[Fe(vbpy)3][PF6]2 which is then treated with TBAPF6/CH3CN such that cyanide ions replace one of the bipyridine groups. These two cyanide groups, once part of the iron complex, serve as ligands for Cu(II). Electrochemical reduction of Cu(II) produces an ultrafine film of Cu(0) nanoparticles on the polymer surface.Zhang, et al. tested the generalizability of their technique using palladium to make palladium nanoparticles and CuPd nanoalloys. In testing their catalysts, CuPd had the highest Faradaic efficiency for the reduction of CO2. Furthermore, studies showed that in this reaction both CO and CH4 were present. Electroacatalytic activity was tested using a glassy carbon electrode and controlled potential electrolysis in CO2-saturated solutions of 0.1 M TBAPF6/CH3CN solution with 1M added H2O. Products in solution were analyzed using 1H NMR and products in the headspace were analyzed using gas chromatography. Products were CO, CH4, and H2, with CuPd nanoalloy producing the highest Faradaic efficiency for CH4. Additional studies on how alloy composition affects Faradaic efficiency showed that maximum yield for methane was Cu2Pd.The formation of CH4 is important because this allows for a longer lifetime for the electrode. CO results in degradation and carbon deposition. The formation of methane keeps this from happening so quickly. Zhang, et al. speculate that the reason why the nanoalloy does so well for forming methane has to do with a palladium hydride reduction of CO. Electrochemical studies without the hydride reaction indicate that methane production is tied to Pd-H formation.This technique involving the formation of metal or metal alloy nanoparticles on a thin film using coordination chemistry is a good step in finding ways to reduce carbon dioxide and form high energy carbon products that is environmentally safe and does not involve the use of contaminants. (—A group of researchers from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill have devised a generalizable technique for making copper nanoparticles that are of a uniform size and dispersion on a polymeric thin film for the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide. Their technique involves the electrodeposition of copper and/or palladium metal onto a thin film polymer via coordination of the metal to a cyanide-based ligand complex. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: New way to make a CuPd catalyst for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to methane (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img Stepwise synthesis of nanoCu. Step 1: A polymeric film of poly-Fe(vbpy)3(PF6)2 is preformed by reductive electropolymerization. Step 2: Cyanide displacement of a vbpy ligand gives the dicyano film poly-[Fe(vbpy)2(CN)2,poly-vbpy]. Step 3: Metal ions Cu(II) are incorporated by binding to the cyanide ligands. Step 4: The bound metal ions are electrochemically reduced to metal nanoparticles. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522496112 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences New step towards producing cheap and efficient renewable fuels More information: Sheng Zhang et al. Polymer-supported CuPd nanoalloy as a synergistic catalyst for electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1522496112AbstractDeveloping sustainable energy strategies based on CO2 reduction is an increasingly important issue given the world’s continued reliance on hydrocarbon fuels and the rise in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere. An important option is electrochemical or photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction to carbon fuels. We describe here an electrodeposition strategy for preparing highly dispersed, ultrafine metal nanoparticle catalysts on an electroactive polymeric film including nanoalloys of Cu and Pd. Compared with nanoCu catalysts, which are state-of-the-art catalysts for CO2 reduction to hydrocarbons, the bimetallic CuPd nanoalloy catalyst exhibits a greater than twofold enhancement in Faradaic efficiency for CO2 reduction to methane. The origin of the enhancement is suggested to arise from a synergistic reactivity interplay between Pd–H sites and Cu–CO sites during electrochemical CO2 reduction. The polymer substrate also appears to provide a basis for the local concentration of CO2 resulting in the enhancement of catalytic current densities by threefold. The procedure for preparation of the nanoalloy catalyst is straightforward and appears to be generally applicable to the preparation of catalytic electrodes for incorporation into electrolysis devices.last_img read more

A BoseEinstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time

first_imgThe device consisted of a capsule containing a chip holding a group of rubidium-87 atoms, electronics, some lasers and a power source. It was activated once the rocket reached an altitude of 243 km, producing a BEC in just 1.6 seconds. Once the BEC was produced, 110 preprogrammed experiments were carried out in the six minutes it took the rocket to fall back to Earth.The BEC produced by the team was the first ever produced in space and marks the start of a new era in BEC research efforts. An international team of researchers has successfully produced a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in space for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes creating a small experimental device that was carried on a rocket into space and the experiments that were conducted during its freefall. The payload of the sounding rocket in the integration hall at the European Space and Sounding Rocket Range (Esrange) in Sweden Credit: photo/©: André Wenzlawski, JGU Journal information: Nature Explore further Payload of the sounding rocket and all those involved in the undertaking, among them scientists of the MAIUS-1 project, employees of the German Aerospace Center, and employees of the Esrange rocket launch site Credit: photo/©: Thomas Schleuss, DLR More information: Dennis Becker et al. Space-borne Bose–Einstein condensation for precision interferometry, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0605-1center_img A Bose-Einstein condensate is a state of matter occurring after gas atoms with very low density are chilled to very near absolute zero and bunch up to form an extremely dense quantum state. Scientists are interested in producing them so that they can test their properties—theory has suggested that they could serve as the basis for highly sensitive sensors. Such super-sensitive sensors could be used to better understand physics phenomena such as gravitational waves. However, producing Bose-Einstein condensates is tricky, because gravity interferes with devices for producing and studying them. The current method involves dropping such devices from towers to allow them to do their work in a zero-gravity environment—but these experiments have just fractions of seconds to operate. Doing these experiments in space would be a much better option due to the microgravity environment.Realizing the potential of a space-based platform for conducting BEC research, the U.S. launched the Cold Atom Laboratory last May, though it is not yet fully functional. In the interim, the researchers with this new effort created a tiny device capable of producing a BEC and conducting a host of experiments on it, which they put aboard a rocket and launched into space. © 2018 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: A Bose-Einstein condensate has been produced in space for the first time (2018, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers are creating a spot colder than the vacuum of space inside the International Space Stationlast_img read more

What to Do When Youre Bored With Your Routines

first_imgLast spring I started a new exercise class. As someone who dislikes doing jumping jacks, burpees and push-ups, I found the workouts surprisingly enjoyable — at least for a while. But after several months, my newish hobby began to feel like watching the same episode of a TV sitcom over and over again. Overly familiar with the class routine, my excitement had been replaced with boredom, a nattering emotion that affects us all. “Humans are remarkably good at growing accustomed to the positive and negative changes in their lives,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, who studies hedonic adaptation. A 2016 study estimated that 63 percent of us suffer from boredom at least once over a 10-day period. While it certainly won’t kill us, researchers have found that chronically bored people are more prone to depression, substance use and anxiety. But boredom isn’t a character flaw. It’s a state brought on by a behavioral phenomenon called hedonic adaptation: the tendency for us to get used to things over time. This explains why initially gratifying activities and relationships can sometimes lose their luster.center_img Sometimes this is a good thing, like when “it comes to adversities like losing a loved one, divorce or downsizing,” Ms. Lyubomirsky said. “We adjust fairly well, but this same flexibility can be detrimental to how we respond to positive life events.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Even though we all feel apathetic from time to time, according to Mary Mann, a researcher and author of “Yawn: Adventures in Boredom,” talking about it can be embarrassing because it’s often seen as being self-inflicted. “Only boring people get bored” seems to be a popular belief, Ms. Mann said.last_img read more

Vajpayee to be conferred Bharat Ratna on March 27

first_imgFormer Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran Parliamentarian and founder member of the BJP who is held in high esteem across the political spectrum, will be conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, on March 27, 2015. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among a host of VVIPs who are likely to be present at the Krishna Memon marg residence of Mr. Vajpayee in Lutyens’ Delhi where he will be honoured. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe announcement for the prestigious award for Vajpayee — the first Prime Minister from outside the Congress party to serve a full five-year term — came on December 24, 2014 a day before he turned 90. Mr. Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister from 1998 to 2004, and has faded from public life due to age-related illness, is lauded as a statesman and has been often described as the moderate face of the BJP. The Bharat Ratna announced earlier for noted educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya will be presented to his family members on March 30, 2015 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.last_img read more

Depps daughter LilyRose lands first modelling gig

first_imgLily-Rose, the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, has made her fashion debut in the latest issue of Australia-based magazine Oyster.The 15-year-old girl was photographed in a quintessential LA garden by photographer Dana Boulos, reported Ace Showbiz.Lily-Rose shared on Instagram one photo from the magazine’s spread which showed her wearing a denim top. She looked pretty with natural make-up while being sun-drenched in the garden with her short blonde locks were blown by the wind.In another photo shared by Oyster on Instagram, Lily-Rose donned a round hat with coral eyeshadow and lipstick.Lily-Rose made her acting debut in 2014 in Kevin Smith-directed horror movie Tusk. She will next be seen alongside her father in Kevin’s upcoming comedy film Yoga Hosers which is set to be released in the US on June 1.last_img read more

IPS reshuffle in Bengal Jawed Shamim back in Kolkata Police

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle in IPS cadre in Bengal, IGP Traffic, North Bengal, Jawed Shamim has returned to Kolkata Police as Additional Commissioner of Police-II.Besides Shamim, 12 other senior officials have been given new posting. With the new posting of Shamim, the present Additional Commissioner of Police-II in Dr R Sivakumar will take over as IGP (Headquarters)-II in state police.Simultaneously, SP of East Burdwan Kunal Agarwal has been asked to take over as SP of Birbhum, while SP of Nadia Santosh Pandey will take over as Deputy Commissioner, Cyber Crime, in Kolkata Police. Anoop Jaiswal, Commandant 6th Battalion, State Armed Police, has been asked to take over as SP of North Dinajpur replacing Shyam Singh who will take over as Commandant 10th Battalion in State Armed Police. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSudheer Kumar Neelakantam, SP of Birbhum, will now join as DC, East Division, Kolkata Police, replacing Rupesh Kumar, who has been asked to join as SP of Nadia.Bhaskar Mukherjee, DC Zone-II (Airport Division), Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, has been asked to join as SP of East Burdwan.Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Commandant 10th Battalion in State Armed Police, has been asked to take over as DC Traffic under Siliguri Police Commissionerate, replacing Sunil Kumar Yadav, who have been asked to join as SP of Alipurduar.Avvaru Ravindranath, SP of Alipurduar, will now join as DC Zone-II (Airport Division) under Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate.Rahul Goswami, Additional SP (Zonal), Diamond Harbour Police District, has been asked to join as Additional DCDD, Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, the official said.last_img read more

Lalu Nitish show bonhomie vow to send BJP packing in Bihar

first_imgChief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD President Lalu Prasad on Tuesday came together at a platform for the first time after announcement of secular front for coming Bihar poll and promised to send BJP packing in state election.The two who buried their hatchet to come together for Bihar poll targeted BJP and showed bonhomie among them. The occasion was Hindustan Samagam Programme to discuss agenda for Bihar. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIEarlier on two occasions, despite being scheduled, the two failed to share dais as Nitish Kumar skipped both functions apparently against RJD creating roadblocks in process of merger and later tie-up for Bihar elections.Speaking first, Nitish Kumar hit at BJP and called it “worst practitioner” of caste politics in the country. “While BJP accuses us of being ‘casteist’, the fact is that BJP’s politics is centred on caste and to gain votes its sparing no efforts to organise caste based meetings and convention,” Kumar said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindKumar, who drove JD(U) to sever ties with BJP on June 16, 2013 over elevation of Narendra Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, made a mockery of saffron party’s claiming “share” in the good governance in the state since 2005 when NDA came to power in Bihar. “They are claiming share in good works even in ministries which were not with BJP ministers,” Kumar said mocking the claim. Manjhi-Pappu unite take on Nitish and Lalu    Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and RJD rebel MP Pappu Yadav, alias Rajesh Ranjan, on Tuesday termed the alliance between Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad as an “immoral alliance fraught with danger for Bihar.”  “The alliance between Kumar and Prasad is immoral and its sole aim is to capture power. It is very dangerous for Bihar. The public has seen their rule and what they have done to the state. It is our duty to defeat or annul it,” Manjhi said. Manjhi formed Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), after resigning from the CM’s post. Yadav has formed Jan Karnti Adhikar Morcha (JKAM) after his expulsion from RJD.last_img read more

A theatrical extravaganza

first_imgTheatre in India, much like other places in the world, has a paradoxical image. As those in the Indian theatre scene would attest, lack of funds and the occasional distracted audience remain an obstacle in what should otherwise be a free-flowing creative pursuit. At the same time, there is a small but significant section of intelligentsia, who are trying to make the scene perceivably inaccessible to those who may not be so actively clued in to the theatre space. But all that is set to change this year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Aadyam, an initiative by the Aditya Birla Group, is bringing 5 new plays from highly reputed theatre groups, to Delhi and Mumbai. Crafting a holistic approach for each play that extends beyond the stage, Aadyam  brings a fresh perspective to our understanding of watching a play, and through this, takes theatre to newer audiences.With production houses like Rage Theatre, QTP, Masque Theatre, AK Various and Arpana Theatre on board for its first year, five new plays with  45 shows are scheduled in Mumbai and Delhi across eight months.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe groups will stage The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, The God of Carnage, The Merchant of Venice, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon (Hindi) respectively. Focusing on theatre this year, Aadyam has   completed the first set of shows in Mumbai and is presenting the  productions in Delhi.  Aiming to create a brand new theatre experience for the audience; with a curated pre-show event, off-stage activities will be coupled with experiential night outs after the performance. Director(Theatre) for Aadyam, Divya Bhatia  said, “It is a diverse and strong mix. Combined, these groups have been associated with an enviable variety of projects that cover the gamut of theatrical experiences in Mumbai.”While being deeply satisfied with the response to the initiative and the first schedule of shows in Mumbai, he has his eyes firmly on the future of this cultural movement. He added, “Aadyam’s made a good beginning. In its very first year, we’ve generated immense interest among theatre makers in Mumbai who have been very appreciative of Aadyam’s effort.”They see this as a bold and correct move to attract larger audiences and to developing good theatre. We’re now bringing the plays to Delhi and are hoping for a good response here as well. We have also begun working on our next few productions – our broad mandate remaining the same, we’ll see the works of Indian playwrights as well.”When: July 4 – August 23Where: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

Tribute to Girija Devi at Tihar Jail

first_imgAs part of the rehabilitation of Asia’s largest prison complex inmates, the third edition of Morning Ragas was organised by legends of India in Tihar Jail on Friday. The program was dedicated to Girija Devi, the legendary singer. The rendition began with Sunanda Sharma who is the senior most disciple of the legendary Girija Devi. The day began with Sharma’s voice singing Miyan ki Todi raag as a peaceful opening for fresh morning Then she began singing  bhajans — Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram & Sawariya Mere Mann Ko Bhaya, in which the crowd joined along with her in chorus making it more interactive musical session.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On special request, she also presented sufi song — Deewane Kiye Shaam kya Jaadu Dala. Sharma said “we face a lot in life but the moment we start working towards success that is the moment when life comes into play.”Sharma was accompanied by Pt. Shubh Maharaj on tabla, harmonium player Ustaad Zamir Ahmed & Tanpura players Rachita Arora & Richa Sharma. The combination of Sunanda’s voice with these musical instruments played by the accompanied artistes touched the soul of the inmates and most of them were listening intently. “Sharma has created a magic spell over all the listeners & this voice would stay for long with us. Also, this monthly session if carried on like this will help in de-stressing inmates, hence spreading positivity around them” said Tihar Jail Director General Alok Kumar Verma.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMr. Dipayan Mazumdar, the Chairman of Legends of India, said that “taking initiatives is not difficult but implementing ideas for taking those initiatives on a high elevation takes a lot of hard work. Also, we would try to arrange music professionals for the ones who are interested in learning music.”Legends of India has been presenting some of the jewels of Indian Classical Music like Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bickram Ghosh, & Shiv Kumar Sharma to mention a few. Majumdar believes that a lot can be achieved by music & art. Providing solace to prison inmates will help them grow into good humans as music & art nurture positivity.last_img read more

Bengal adjudged best state for effective family planning

first_imgKolkata: Bengal has been adjudged as the leading state for adopting effective family planning methods at the 5th National Summit in Guwahati on Sunday.An economic review published by the department of Planning and Statistics under the Bengal government for the year 2018-19 reveals that at present the state leads in postpartum intrauterine contraceptive device (IPPIUCD) acceptance rate in the country with an achievement of 40 per cent. IPPIUCD is a lucrative postpartum family planning method which provides effective reversible contraception to women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWith continued focus on family planning Couple Protection Rate (CPR) of the state has increased from 49.9 per cent to 57 per cent which is one of the highest in the country. It is an indicator of the prevalence of contraceptive practice in the community. The CPR is usually expressed as the percentage of women in the age group of 15-49 years protected from pregnancy or child birth in the year under consideration for a specific area. The eligible couples are effectively protected against childbirth by one of the approved methods of family planning such as sterilization, intrauterine device, condom and oral contraceptives. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe review also says that the teenage fertility rate has declined from 25.3 per cent to 18 per cent and the prevalence of low birth weight has also declined 22.9 per cent to 16.7 per cent. It may also be mentioned that infant mortality rate has reduced to 25 per 1000 births following a number of initiatives taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government. At the same time, the rate of institutional deliveries has increased to 97 per cent in the state. This has become possible due to various projects in the state. Various “waiting huts” or “pre-delivery huts” have been constructed by the health department to provide healthcare facilities to pregnant women free of cost in far-flung areas. The parliamentary committee on the empowerment of women in the Centre has shown interest in the project. After coming to power the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid a great emphasis on health infrastructure in the rural areas and also on mother-child care. The Bengal government has achieved a significant milestone as it has been able to reach 99 per cent in immunization of children.last_img read more

Mamata pays homage to Nanoor victims

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday paid her tribute to all those who had died due to political violence at Nanoor in Birbhum.”Today is Nanoor Dibas. Innocent agricultural labourers were brutally martyred on this day in 2000. My homage to all those who lost their lives due to political violence,” Banerjee tweeted. It was on July 27, 2000 when political violence broke out in Soochpur village of Nanoor block in Birbhum district over the right to cultivate a four-bigha plot. Eleven farm workers lost their lives. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn 2010, Mamata Banerjee, who was the then Railway Minister, took up the cause of bringing justice for the massacre and 44 accused were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. It was the first time when so many people were given punishment in a single case in Bengal. State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim on Saturday attended a rally at Nanoor where he came down heavily on the erstwhile CPI(M) government for the killings. “The workers in Nanoor were killed simply because they raised their voice against the CPI(M). The people have rejected you and so they have voted the Trinamool party to power with such a huge mandate in 2011,” Hakim said. The TMC government has built a martyrs’ memorial in memory of those killed at Bashpada bus stand in Nanoor. The incident is considered one of the foremost political disturbances of recent times in Bengal.last_img read more

Rare old Photos Show how People Lived in the 1850s

first_imgThe year that marked the middle of the 19th century was a turning point for most of the world ― just two years before, Europe was tangled in a series of revolutions that announced the age of absolute monarchs was over, and the age of national states was coming. Besides political turmoil, the economy was also transitioning between the First and the Second Industrial Revolution. With the end of the 18th century came the radical improvement of manufacture in countries such as England and France. Following this breakthrough, by the mid-19th century, Germany and Italy, as well as the United States, were quickly catching up and becoming the economic power-houses in their own right.Candle seller in front of the cathedral, Chartres, France. Photograph taken by Charles Nègre, 1851.Le joueur d’orgue de barbarie et deux enfants (The Barrel Organ Player With Two Children Listening). Photograph taken by Charles Nègre in the backyard of his workshop at 21 Quai de Bourbon, on the Île Saint-Louis in Paris, circa 1853.G. Roman, Self Portrait, 1851.Three Chimney Sweeps on the Quai de Bourbon, Paris, circa 1851.The Chimney Sweeps by Charles Nègre, circa 1851-2.A Moorish Woman with her MaidCaptain Hawkes and his Daughters, circa 1850. Salted paper print from a Calotype negative reimagined. Attributed to Scottish photographer Thomas Rodger (1832 – 1883).Carriage and team of two horses at Beaulieu, country house of Jean-Gabriel Eynard. Daguerreotype, circa 1850.‘The Vampire’ – Painter/photographer Henri Le Secq poses behind a gargoyle of Notre-Dame de Paris. Photograph taken by Charles Nègre, 1853.The Chattar Manzil Palace and the Royal Boat of Oude on the Gomti River in Lucknow, India. Photograph taken by Felice Beato, 1858. Albumen silver print.The Geography Lesson, 1851. Image from stereoscopic daguerreotype by Jean Francois Antoine Claudet.Sculpture gallery in the “Crystal Palace”, London World’s Fair, 1851.Machines became ever-present in manufacturing processes and millions of people took to working in factories for a living. Steamships and telegraph companies connected the New World with the Old. Migrations were taking hold from Europe to America ― many of them involving the political refugees who were forced to flee after the wave of European national revolutions of 1848.However, while the world was rapidly changing, one invention, of no less revolutionary significance, would finally enable this transgression to be documented in the most realistic of ways. Photography came just in time to provide a fast and efficient tool for capturing the spirit of the era in images that would echo through eternity.Soon after the first cameras came into use, professional photographers started traveling the world, in search of interesting and relevant portraits, breathtaking landscapes and events of historic significance.These photographers emphasized the importance of capturing everyday life and ordinary people, leaving an invaluable trace on the cultural heritage of the world.Thomas Martin Easterly’s Daguerreotype Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, 1851.Daguerrotype of four children from the 1850s.Empress Eugénie’s Poodle, 1850s. Salted paper print from collodion glass negative, from the studio of André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri.Group portrait by Franz Antoine, dated 1850s-60s.Isambard Kingdom Brunel and others observing the SS Great Eastern launch attempt, November 1857.Italian Street MusiciansLynch’s Slave Market by Thomas Easterly, circa 1852. St. Louis. Missouri.Mortar batteries in front of Picquet House, Light Division, 1855. Island of Guernsey. Image taken by Roger Fenton (English, 1819 – 1869).Mounted Calotype depicting a scene from the Great Exhibition of 1851. Hyde Park, London. Attributed to William Henry Fox Talbot.Paris, circa 1851.High Street – Oxford, Ohio. On the left is a store owned by Elias Kumler and R. E. Hills. The large building in the center of the photograph is the Mansion House hotel.ParisPortrait of the writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885)Pyramids of El-Geezeh (From The Southwest) by Francis Frith, circa 1862.Quartermaster Fabry of the 1st Hussars. One of the last surviving veterans of Napoleon’s army. He is shown here in full dress uniform, wearing the Saint Helene medal (issued August 12 1857, to all veterans of the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire). Date believed to be May 5, 1858.Roadside scene, 1850s.San Francisco, 1851.San Francisco harbor, 1850 or 1851.Shew’s Daguerreian Saloon, San Francisco, 1851.From family portraits, suspicious of the devilish contraption that captures their image, to political figures such as Napoleon III and the eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, this collection offers an excellent overview of the 1850s.Read another story from us: 100-Year-Old Photos depict some of the most beautiful women from all over the worldAdd to that mixture the famous construction and departure of the British steamship ocean liner SS Great Eastern, a Persian dignitary and a beautiful cityscape of 19th century Jerusalem, so you can enjoy the world through the lenses of photographers who lived and worked 160 years ago.last_img read more

Alligator attacks boy at Disney Bernie and Hill chill 9 yearold swims

first_imgRussian hooligan wears a GoPro into a brawl with English fans at Euro 2016. Euro 2016 looks like good family fun.WANKERS – Russian hooligan wears a go pro which shows us them hunting down the English fans. #ENG #RUS (@90thMin)”— Matthew Cameron (@Cam7ron) June 14, 2016 9-year-old boy from Central Valley sets record as youngest to swim to Alcatraz and back.— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) June 15, 2016 BREAKING: Disney closes beaches at resort where gator snatched boy— New York Post (@nypost) June 15, 2016 Search continues after gator pulls child into water at Disney hotel #abc13— Houston News (@abc13houston) June 15, 2016Hillary meets with Bernie to discuss eliminating “the bern.”. (NY Times)Hillary Clinton wins D.C. Democratic primary, has “positive” meeting with Sanders:— New York Magazine (@NYMag) June 15, 2016 Every parents worst nightmare.  Alligator drags two year-old boy into a lake at Disney. Search continues for missing boy. All Disney beaches closed. (Orlando Sentinel)Breaking: Gator drags child into water near Disney’s Grand Floridian— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) June 15, 2016 Freak show 9 year old makes record setting swim to Alcatraz and back.  (ABC-7 SF)9-year-old boy becomes youngest to swim to #Alcatraz and back #SanFrancisco— KCBS 106.9 FM/740 AM (@KCBSNews) June 15, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

Herd U Upset Saturday Down goes everyone

first_img#3 Michigan can’t handle the Hawkeyes – Jim Harbaugh and Michigan were undefeated and crushing the competition on Alabama type levels. All signs pointed to the Wolverines heading into their showdown with Ohio State without a loss. Last night against Iowa was just one of those nights. The Wolverine offense wasn’t rolling and couldn’t put Iowa away. The Hawkeyes managed to hang around in a low scoring, ugly game, punctuated by a  game winning field goal and a 14-13 upset. Michigan isn’t out of the playoff picture. If they win out, they should still be in. #4 Washington meets Sam Darnold – USC quarterback Sam Darnold is the truth. Darnold outplayed Husky Heisman hopeful Jake Browning, who threw 3 picks, in a decisive 26-13 Trojan victory. Chris Peterson and youthful Washington’s entry into the national conversation was a surprise, and the Huskies will be loaded with returning starters next year. It’s disappointing, but Chris Peterson is ahead of schedule in the big picture.Sam Darnold throws another strike! Touchdown Trojans. #USCvsWash— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 13, 2016 It happens every year, and it finally happened this weekend. Yesterday was upset Saturday in college football, with 3 of the 4 top ranked teams going down in flames like a giant molotov cocktail to the College Football Playoff rankings. It was the first time the 3 of the top 4 ranked teams all lost in the same weekend since 1985.Michigan, Clemson and Washington all suffered their first loss of the year, which will cause a major shakeup in the rankings on Tuesday, and changes the calculus for which teams have the inside track to the Final Four.Here’s a rundown of the big losers from the weekend, and how it all went down.#2 Clemson finally pays for their mistakes – When it comes to underperforming expectations this year, the conversation begins and ends with Clemson. After a year filled with underwhelming wins and near losses, the Tigers finally coughed up their first game of the year against Pitt yesterday. Dabo Swinnney’s decision to go for it on 4th and 1 at the Pitt 35-yard line, with less than a minute left in the 4th quarter, was a dud. It’s great if it works. It didn’t. The result was a game winning 48-yard Pitt field goal as time expired, and a self-inflicted loss that should bounce Clemson out of the playoff discussion.ICYMI: Here’s Pitt Kicker Chris Blewitt’s Game Winning 48 Yard Field Goal to upset Number 2 Clemson 43-42— Donald (@BurghPSUFaninPA) November 13, 2016center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Theres nothing wrong with LeBron calling out teammates

first_imgLeBron calling out teammates is what leaders doLeBron James and Tristan Thompson got into a shouting match during a timeout last night. LeBron apologized after the game, but Colin doesn’t have a problem with it.It drives Colin crazy when stars like Andrew Luck go out of their way to avoid laying into teammates who aren’t doing their job. Most of the all-time greats across sports, from MJ, to Kobe, to Tom Brady have all laid into their teammates. Jordan even punched people in practice.“Leadership is what LeBron James did yesterday. Got in a guy’s face.”Zags over the Tar Heels in a close oneUNC faces off against Gonzaga for the national title tonight. It’s a matchup between a traditional power school and a former Cinderella turned perennial juggernaut. Carolina enters the game as a 1.5 point favorite.Colin is taking the Zags in a close one, even though he likes the Bulldogs’ personnel better than the Tar Heels’, he likes Carolina’s big game experience, including having played in the last year’s title game against Villanova.All signs point to a close game late, with both teams having a chance to win. This year in sports has been the year of the blown lead. Don’t be surprised if one team coughs up a lead late.“We’re gonna have an all-timer tonight.”NBA ratings are down and college basketball ratings are through the roofThe NBA ratings are down as it nears the end of a lackluster regular season, and NCAA Tournament ratings are through the roof. Colin thinks the NBA has struggled because it’s top heavy and has become overly political in an extremely polarized society.While the quality of college basketball isn’t anywhere close to the NBA, but the tournament games matter, and the games are almost always close at the end. College basketball is just easier to embrace.Guests:Metta World Peace – NBA veteran and world champ with the Lakers is in-studio discuss if LeBron went over the line by publicly calling out Tristan Thompson; if confrontations with teammates are okay; and why he thinks LaVar Ball could be an NBA coach.Doug Gottlieb – Fox Sports Radio host and college basketball analyst joins the show to talk Zags/UNC title game matchup; why he thinks this Carolina team is their least talented Final Four team; and if a win tonight will be bigger for Mark Few or Roy Williams.Andy Enfield – USC men’s basketball coach is in-studio talk about the Zags/USC title game; what he expects to see from both teams; what his tournament run at Florida Gulf Coast taught him about tournament pressure; and his title game pick.last_img read more