Doctors Providing Critical Patient Care Remotely With a Smartphone wVideo

first_img Remote-control health AirStrip ‘Critical Care’ is the next application that is in the advance testing stages and will be available to hospitals once its FDA approved. ‘Critical Care’ delivers ventilator flow tracings, patient vital signs data and rhythm strips. Practitioners can access virtual real-time and historical data. In the video below AirStrip Technologies reviews some of the benefits of this application. Explore further ( — AirStrip Technologies is revolutionizing the medical field by giving physicians the ability to monitor their patient’s vital signs form their smartphone. Doctors can now keep track of heartbeats, nurse’s notes, exam results and drug doses when they are out of the hospital. Citation: Doctors Providing Critical Patient Care Remotely With a Smartphone (w/Video) (2010, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from AirStrip Imaging. Credit: AirStrip Technologies More information: AirStrip Lab. Credit: AirStrip Technologies AirStrip Cardiology. Credit: AirStrip Technologies As medical records become digitized and made available to the medical community there’s a growing concern for patient’s privacy. AirStrip Technologies has taken the first step in making all their applications HIPAA compliant.AirStrip applications not only let your doctor track your health but will one day let your doctor share your vitals and get opinions from any doctor they may wish to consult.center_img AirStrip Imaging. Credit: AirStrip Technologies © 2010 AirStrip Lab. Credit: AirStrip Technologies AirStrip has developed a hardware/software solution that makes remote monitoring of a patient possible. AirStrip already has their obstetrician application (AirStrip OB) in use in facilities across the U.S. and they are working on similar applications for ‘Critical Care’, ‘Cardiology’, Imaging’, and ‘Lab’ work.AirStrip OB, delivers vital patient waveform data which includes fetal heartbeat and maternal contraction patterns in virtual real-time directly from the hospital labor and delivery unit to a doctor’s mobile wireless device. Doctor’s also have the ability to review nurse’s notes, vital signs and other patient related information. The video below illustrates how a maternity facility, equipped with AirStrip OB, made one patient’s delivery less complicated. AirStrip ‘Cardiology’ is another application in the advance testing stages. This application offers remote access to valuable data for the cardiologist including telemetry strips, EKG data, pulse oximetry, ventilator pressure measurements, end-tidal CO2 monitoring and arterial pressure monitoring. AirStrip Technologies is also currently working on two additional applications that are in the development stages:• AirStrip ‘Imaging’ is a mobile PACS solution that can be accessed from virtually anywhere, providing practitioners with access to data previously accessible only at the bedside or on a hospital workstation.• AirStrip ‘Laboratory’ provides on-demand access to lab results and readings via an HL-7 feed. Users can refer to current or historical results through the patient medical file by simply selecting the required results view. The AirStrip Technologies platform securely delivers critical patient information, including virtual real-time waveform data, directly from hospital monitoring systems to a doctor or nurse’s smart phone, laptop or desktop. Credit: AirStrip Technologies 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

Researchers study knifewielding robots w Video

first_img The researchers were from the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, which is a branch of DLR, the German Aerospace Center at Wessling. They used a 14 kg DLR Lightweight Robot III robot arm capable of holding a range of knives, scissors, a scalpel, and a screwdriver. The articulated arm has a reach of 1.1 meters, and is moderately flexible, and unlike other robots is fitted with position sensors and torque sensors in every joint.The aims of the experiments were to determine what would happen if domestic robots were trained to use bladed tools commonly found in the home and accidentally struck human soft tissue, and to develop a collision detection system to limit injuries. The results showed in some scenarios when the safety system was turned off the robots inflicted wounds that could have been lethal. The scientists say they have reservations about ever training robots to use knives and other bladed tools in the home, but their research and the safety system they developed will help researchers to develop safer robots. © 2010 The robot arm was programmed to use the tools to cut, puncture, and stab at different speeds. Tests were carried out on a leg of pork and a lump of silicone, materials simulating human soft tissue. The robot used different maneuvers to strike the materials. Limited tests were also carried out on the arm of a human volunteer (leader of the research team, Sami Haddadin), and in this case a safety system including a prototype collision detector developed by the research team was turned on to limit injuries. When the robot was used with the silicone and pork leg the safety system was turned off and the puncture and stab wounds produced by the robot arm were deep and in some cases would have been serious enough to be lethal if made on a living subject. With the safety system turned on the depth of cuts was reduced and sometimes were prevented altogether.The research is believed to be the first to study injuries from bladed tools, although there have been studies of injuries that could be inflicted by robots bumping into people. The paper was presented last week by scientists Sami Haddadin, Gerd Hirzinger and Alin Albu-Schaffer at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010) in Alaska. Scientists study robot-human interactions Explore furthercenter_img ( — Many people have dreamed of robots helping around the house, vacuuming the carpets, making the beds, and chopping vegetables in the kitchen. Now a new study has found such robots could pose a danger to humans if they use sharp implements such as steak knives. Image credit: German Aerospace Center Citation: Researchers study knife-wielding robots (w/ Video) (2010, May 10) 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

Next generation hard drives may store 10 terabits per sq inch research

first_img InPhase Demos 515 Gigabits Per Square Inch Data Density Explore further The research, published in this week’s Nature Photonics, has found a method that combines two writing procedures to store data on hard drives. Each procedure writes tightly packed data without affecting data on the bits surrounding it and avoiding the usual challenge with tightly packing data, which is that the heat generated in the write head can create superparamagnetisim that can interfere with surrounding bits and jumble the data on them (by flipping a 0 state to 1 or vice versa).One of the procedures used is bit-patterned recording (BPR), which writes to “magnetic islands” lithographed into the surface, which isolate the write events and prevent superparamagnetic effects occurring. The other is thermally-assisted magnetic recording (TAR), in which a tiny region of the surface is heated when data are being written and then cooled. The heat allows the surface to magnetize quickly, and this, the small-grained design of the surface, and the distance between bits all help to prevent superparamagnetisim.The two methods both present difficulties: BPR is limited by the need for a write head that exactly matches the size of the magnetic islands, while TAR is limited by its need for small grain media that can tolerate heating and cooling, and the difficulty of controlling the area heated. It turns out that combining the two methods solves all the problems. BPR’s magnetic islands remove the need for small grain media, and TAR writes only to the heated bit, so the size of the write head is less important. Using the two methods in combination means surrounding bits are unaffected, and data can be tightly packed on less expensive surfaces.The new system, developed by Barry C. Stipe and colleagues from Hitachi research groups in California and Japan, uses a plasmonic nano-antenna to write the data, with laser light guided via a waveguide to the antenna, where it is transformed into a charge. The “E-shaped” antenna has a 20-25 nanometer (nm) wide middle prong that concentrates the charge on an area as tiny as 15 nm in diameter, rather like a lightning rod, with the outer prongs acting as grounds. The write speed obtained by the researchers was 250 megabits per second and the error rate was low. Data tracks were separated by 24 nm, and the researchers obtained a data storage density of one terabit per square inch of high-quality data quite easily. The researchers believe 10 terabits per square inch is theoretically possible. Bit addressing during TAR writing on bit patterned media. a, Schematic of the head path and write waveforms during experiment. Both up and down orientations were written. The head path is purposefully misaligned to the track direction by a fraction of a degree. Initial phase is random with each track. Write frequency was incremented by 1% between tracks. b, Large area HR-MFM image of resulting tracks. Scale bar, 1um. Single tone tracks at the highest data frequency are written properly with no adjacent track writing when the head is centered on the track and in phase with the island positions. Nebulous light regions are due to reversal of the soft magnetic material in the trenches between islands. c, Close-up HR-MFM image of a single track. 60 islands are written correctly before the write phase and track centering drift too far. Scale bar, 500nm. Image credit Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.90. More information: Magnetic recording at 1.5 Pb m^(−2) using an integrated plasmonic antenna, Barry C. Stipe et al., Nature Photonics, Published online: 2 May 2010. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.90 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: Next generation hard drives may store 10 terabits per sq inch: research (2010, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 ( — The majority of today’s hard disks use perpendicular recording, which means their storage densities are limited to a few hundred gigabytes per square inch. Scientists have for some time been trying to find ways of increasing the limit, and a new method has been proposed that could stretch the limit as high as ten terabits (Tb) per square inch.last_img read more

The sound of driving VW plays a cars music w Video

first_img( —Volkswagen calls its new concept “driving music reinvented” in the form of an app called Play the Road. We can think about the driver as a composer; we can think about the car as an instrument; we can think about the road as a sheet of music. Such are the suggestions from the concept creators, a collaboration between music producers, a musical group and VW, who have delivered a Play the Road app. This app creates music according to the driver’s style in handling the car, from speed to steering and more. The system can generate music triggered by the car’s movements; VW turned to the electronic music group Underworld on their project to help synchronize driving and music realtime, where the car itself becomes the instrument. The team faced the challenge to create “a nonlinear composition that would work as a dynamic soundscape for the VW GTI driving experience.” The app is not available commercially; instead, VW is using the app for a Track Day competition event, where entries close on December 2. Drivers who enter experience what it is like to compose music by driving around a special course. “You’ll get behind the wheel of the new GTI MK7 and experience our prototype project, transforming you from driver to musician, as you create music with your drive.” © 2013 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. Teen driver music preferences increase errors and distractibility, study finds To complete the process, all information was ported to Pure Data, where music and data came together. (Pure Data [Pd] is an open source visual programming language, which musicians, visual artists, and developers use to create software graphically without writing lines of code.) Different musical motifs were attached to different data streams, so the cars movements or locations would trigger the music live.Commenting on the experience of putting this together, the VW site noted how the GTI became “an office for Underworld, Nick, Yuli and the precision driver Steve Gault until the final composition was finished.” That is because the only way to refine the composition was to drive it, over and over. The team identified locations in the soundscape where the composition and PD patch could be tightened.center_img Explore further Citation: The sound of driving: VW plays a car’s music (w/ Video) (2013, November 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Underworld began composing based on driving data collected and they delivered “music stems” that could be attributed to locations and specific driving behaviors. How it works: a smartphone is tethered to a VW GTI’s on-board computer and the data collection begins: steering, acceleration, speed, GPS, each turn of the wheel, each gear shift, each change in location, determine the sound of musical elements composed by Underworld. The team had sought to gather as much driving information about the GTI driving experience as possible. Using the accelerometer and gyroscope in the smartphone they captured data recordings of the car performing numerous maneuvers. Cross-referencing the data with video footage, they began to attribute data patterns to car behaviors. Along with the help of Audio Specialist Nick Ryan, Underworld began composing based on the driving data collected. “We want to listen to this bit of data here, but when we want to stop listening to it here and listen to this completely different bit of data here. How they all interweave, that’s where the complication of the project starts to multiply,” said Yuli Levtov, music producer, who also assisted in the project. More information: … 1_480_22_36423_91_13last_img read more

Preserved tracks in Alaska park suggest duckbilled dinosaurs lived in Arctic yearround

first_img Explore further Hadrosaurs, more commonly referred to as duck-billed dinosaurs (because of their unique crest) lived approximately 69 to 72 million years ago—there were several species living on several different continents. In this study of the preserved footprints found in Alaska, the researchers found evidence of both pack and family behavior.The footprints were found on a piece of land not much bigger than a soccer field—scientists working there found thousands of preserved tracks from several types of animals and insects—all living during the during the Late Cretaceous. In this study, the emphasis was on the hadrosaurs.The team found footprint size ranged from 8 to 64 centimeters, which they said could be attributed to dinosaurs of four different groups: adults, near-adults, juveniles, and the very young. The majority of the tracks were made by adults or those close to being full grown—84 percent. Very young members made up 13 percent of the tracks while juveniles made up just 3 percent of the total. Because the tracks appear to have been made near in time to one another, the researchers suggest they offer evidence that the dinosaurs lived as family units within a herd. The small number of juvenile tracks, they add, likely means that the dinosaurs had a very short juvenile period—they probably grew pretty fast because at that stage they would have been very vulnerable to predators. Also, it appears unlikely the small dinosaurs would have been able to migrate, thus the footprints offer evidence that the dinosaurs lived in the Arctic year-round.Scientists believe that the area in which the dinosaur tracks were found was more mild millions of years ago, likely closer to what is now typical for the Pacific Northwest, making it a suitable place for a hadrosaur to raise a family. The researchers note also that some of the tracks were so clear, it was possible to make out skin impressions, which offered clues as to what the bottoms of the feet looked like. High–tech imaging stamps on Queensland dinosaur stampede theory ( —A trio of researchers has published the results of a study of dinosaur tracks found in Alaska’s Denali National Park in 2007. Anthony Fiorillo, Stephen Hasiotis and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, of the Perot Museum, the University of Kansas and Hokkaido Museum respectively, report, in an article published in the journal Geology, on their analysis of 70 million year old hadrosaur footprints and what they revealed about the lifestyle of the dinosaurs. Figure 3 from Fiorillo et al. A–C: Size ranges of tracks found at Denali National Park, Alaska, tracksite. D: Adult hadrosaurid track with skin impressions. Scale bar for C1 is 5 cm. Credit: Geological Society of America Journal information: Geologycenter_img More information: Herd structure in Late Cretaceous polar dinosaurs: A remarkable new dinosaur tracksite, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA, Anthony R. Fiorillo, Stephen T. Hasiotis and Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, Geology published online 30 June 2014; DOI: 10.1130/G35740.1 . discovery of a new tracksite of mostly hadrosaurid dinosaur footprints, made by a herd living in an ancient high-latitude continental ecosystem, provides insight into the herd structure and behavior of northern polar dinosaurs and perspective on populations of large-bodied herbivores in an Arctic greenhouse world. This tracksite occurs in the Upper Cretaceous Cantwell Formation in the Alaska Range (Denali National Park, Alaska, United States), and it is the largest tracksite known from this far north. Preservation of the tracksite is exceptional: most tracks, regardless of size, contain skin impressions and they co-occur with well-preserved plant fossils and invertebrate trace fossils of terrestrial and aquatic insects. Statistical analyses of the tracks show that individuals of four different age classes of hadrosaurids lived together in a large social group. Our research results independently corroborate the growth curve for hadrosaurids proposed by paleohistologists that suggests that these dinosaurs experienced a period of rapid growth early in their life history. © 2014 Citation: Preserved tracks in Alaska park suggest duck-billed dinosaurs lived in Arctic year-round (2014, July 10) 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

Using metals with high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient allsolidstate active

first_imgA team of researchers from the Ohio State University and the University of Virginia has found a way to use metals with a high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient all-solid-state active coolers. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Applied, the group describes their new approach to cooling electronic devices and how well it worked. © 2019 Science X Network New material to pave the way for more efficient electronic devices Explore further Two ways to cool. A refrigerator transfers heat from a cold object to its warmer surroundings (left). By contrast, an active cooling system helps heat move more efficiently in its natural direction, from a hot object to the cooler surroundings (right). A new active cooling system is optimized for this second purpose and may be useful for cooling hot components. Credit: M. J. Adams/Ohio State University, via Physics Active cooling systems, by definition, are cooling systems that use electricity to cool a hot or warm device down to ambient temperatures. In this new effort, the researchers have found that such systems could benefit from the use of special metals. They also coined a new term to use as a metric—effective thermal conductivity. In active cooling systems, heat-carrying charge carriers flow from the hot side of an object to the cooler side when electricity is applied—effective thermal conductivity is a number that is calculated by adding a system’s active thermal conductivity (when electricity is applied) to its passive conductivity (when the electricity is off).As the researchers note, most commercial cooling systems have been optimized over the years for use in refrigeration applications, and are thus not ideal for active cooling situations such as removing heat from a computer. They note also that engineers typically use a measure called the thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) to describe the efficiency of such systems. But again, they suggest it is not a good metric for active cooling systems.To improve the efficiency of such systems, the researchers looked for materials that had better-than-conventional thermal conductivity. They found two that showed promise: Kondo-effect metals and magnon-drag metals. They built a Peltier cooler using the metals (cobalt and cerium-palladium) and set it between various hot and cold materials, and then tested it to see how efficient it was at removing the heat on the hot side and sending it to the cold side.The researchers report that when they applied five amps to the device, it pulled out approximately 100 more milliwatts of heat than it did when no power was applied. In terms of thermal conductivity, the device was measured at 40 W/mK in passive mode and reached 1000 W/mK with some heat differentials. Citation: Using metals with high thermoelectric power factor to create efficient all-solid-state active cooler (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: M.J. Adams, et al. Active Peltier Coolers Based on Correlated and Magnon-Drag Metals, Physical Review Applied (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.054008 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

The youth factor

first_imgWhat happens when the youth of the city gather at the heart of the Capital? It results into the biggest vibrant cultural event. Called the Youth Festival, the extravaganza is being celebrated with full fervour in Delhi.Organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages and Sindhi Academy, the festival is an initiative the Delhi government.The first day of the carnival comprised live performances by Guru Rajendra Gangani’s disciples who performed a Kathak recital, cultural performance by students of SES Baba Nebhraj Sr Secondary School, contemporary dance performance, cultural performance by DAV public School, Vasant Kunj, cultural performance by Ability Unlimited Foundation, Hindi rock performances by the band Aayudh, laser and beam show and giant puppet shows by Ishara Puppet Theatre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”Delhi has one of the most energetic audience and we are overwhelmed with their response,’ said Hindi rock band Aayudh.Commenting on the participation at the youth festival, Guru Syed S Pasha, of the NGO Ability Unlimited said: ‘We have been preparing since a long time for this festival. The disabled children will get enormous support from the audience response. We are thankful to Sathiya Kala Parishad and Delhi government for giving this opportunity to our NGO. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’I firmly believe that the energy of the youth should be directed onto a constructive path. Young artistes in the age group 13-30 are put to good use which will help them inculcate better professional attitude in future. More so they are all achievers in various cultural fields,’ said Sindhu Mishra, secretary, Sindhi Academy.Bringing about such a festival to the fore at this mass scale has its own challenges. ‘I agree, there were too many of them. Foremost being that the Delhi Government did not have a great name to pull in the crowd. Similarly managing the crowd in between breaks to keeping the audience’s attention glued to the activities were difficult tasks,’ added Mishra.There are more performances lined up.last_img read more

State govt forms committee to commemorate 100 years of Bangla Cinema

first_imgKolkata: The state government has formed a committee for commemorating 100 years of Bangla Cinema.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the patron of the 18-member committee, with Soumitra Chatterjee as the chief advisor and Goutam Ghose as the chairman.The members of the committee include Aroop Biswas, the state Youth Services and Sports minister, Indranil Sen, Minister-of-State for Information and Cultural Affairs department, Madhabi Mukhopadhyay, Ranjit Mallick, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Deb, Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Srikant Mohta, Kaushik Ganguly, Rituparna Sengupta, Indrani Haldar, Swarup Biswas and Vivek Kumar, principal secretary of the Information and Cultural Affairs department. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe committee will chalk out a plan to organise various programmes to celebrate the 100 years of Bangla Cinema. The committee, comprising most of the senior actors from Tollywood, will prepare a “Calendar of Events” to gift a unique programme on the completion of a century of Bengali cinema.The first Bengali silent movie, Satyabadi Raja Harishchandra, was released in 1917. It was directed by Framji Dhobiwalla. Jamaibabu, another silent movie, directed by Kalipada Das, was released in 1931. But prior to it, Hiralal Sen had directed Alibaba, which was released in 1904. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHowever, Sen didn’t get the due recognition. In the past 100 years, Bengali cinema has produced great actors like Pramathesh Barua, Durgadas Banerjee, Chobi Biswas and Kanan Devi among others. But the most popular matinee idol in the past 100 years has undoubtedly been Uttam Kumar. In the past century, Bengal has produced some of the finest film directors, including Nitin Bose, Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and many more.It may be mentioned that the initiative of the Chief Minister has taken the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) to new heights in the past six years. She has made it possible for people from all walks of life to witness the grandeur of the film festival, with steps taken to ensure that it doesn’t remain bound only within Nandan. The Information and Cultural Affairs department will be providing all necessary support to the committee.last_img read more

Ambitious plans announced for elderly disabled

first_imgWith an aim to make travelling through Indian Railways a better experience, in the Railway Budget announced on Thursday, more facilities for the differently-abled people and the senior citizens have been added. However, the differently-abled are apprehensive whether or not these “ambitious” plans will ever be tuned into the “practical” mode.“A lot is being said to make travelling easier. But I doubt if they will be implemented. Travelling by train is a menace for us. We have a quota for the disabled in trains, but despite that we are unable to procure seats. Trains have coaches, which are only for the disabled, but they are mostly occupied by the general people. No steps are taken by officials to put such things in order,” said Sidharth Mohite, a Delhi University student, who is hearing-impaired. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThis year, the Railway Budget has introduced the facility of online booking for wheel-chairs on payment basis for senior citizens, patients and disabled passengers to be provided on selected stations. The present ladders used for climbing upper berths will be replaced to make them user-friendly. TTEs would also be instructed to help senior citizens, pregnant women and differently-abled people. Also, a folding ladder would be made available in coaches for easy climbing. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedTaking a jibe at the online ticketing process and quota system, visually-impaired Pankaj Singh said: “I don’t find anything new in the Railway Budget. There have been provisions, but they are never implemented. When we go to stations asking for seats under quota, they always say they are full. The coaches for disabled people in trains are at extreme ends. We want them to be in the middle. Moreover, orthopaedic people are not allowed to book singular tickets. They are required to travel with assistants. Such issues should be addressed.” In the Railway Budget, it has also been announced that for the differently-abled, a special initiative is being launched, whereby they can purchase concessional e-tickets after one-time registration. “If concessional tickets are provided to us, it will be a big relief,” said Pankaj.For senior citizens, a proposal to add to the quota of lower berths for senior citizens has been made. “We don’t get lower berths easily. And, for us it is very difficult to climb up to the upper berths. If this proposal is implemented, it will be beneficial for us,” said a senior citizen.last_img read more

Abyakto selected for competitive section in Kolkta film fest

first_imgKolkata: Bengali film ‘Abyakto’ focusing on the complex relationship between a mother and son has been selected for the Indian Language Competition Section of 24th Kolkata International Film Festival, the producers said in a statement Wednesday. The Indian Language Competition Section is one of the sections in the Competition Category of 24th KIFF 2018 with the other categories being International Competition, Innovation in Moving Images, Competition on Indian Language’s Films, Asian Select (NETPAC Award) and Competition on Indian Documentary Films. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life This edition of KIFF will be held from November 10 – 17 in the state-run auditorium Nandan and some other theatres across the city. Directed by young film maker Arjunn Dutta, ‘Abyakto’ has an ensemble cast of Arpita Chatterjee, Adil Hussain, Anubhav Kanjilal, Samontak Dyuti Maitra and others, the statement said. Besides being screened in KIFF’s competition category, ‘Abyakto’ has also been selected in the Indian Panorama section of the 49th International Film Festival of India, the producers said in a statement Wednesday. The film to be commercially released this year is focused on the complex relationship between a mother and son.last_img read more

Store clean your precious jewellery the right way

first_imgOnce you buy precious jewellery, it’s essential to store your expensive pieces in the right manner to avoid losing the sheen of the metal. Remove your jewellery while doing household chores like cooking, cleaning and dish washing, says an expert.Here are some tips to help you protect your ornaments:*Diamond jewellery: Jewellery should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser as that will scratch and damage it. To clean your diamonds, use a good quality jewellery cleaning solution that is easily available in the market.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’You can also mix some ammonia and water to clean your diamonds at home. *Gold jewellery: If proper care is not taken, gold can lose its sheen and can become dull. Always clean your gold jewellery with a mild detergent, lukewarm water and a soft cloth. It is always advisable to keep your gold chains and bracelets in separate boxes as they can get entangled easily. Gold should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool as chlorine has a very harsh effect on gold. The chemical can weaken it.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix*Pearl jewellery: Always clean your pearls gently with a damp cloth, dry them off and store them in an airtight container. Never use plastic pouches to store your pearls, rather keep your pearls in a pouch that has soft lining. Always wear your pearl jewellery only after applying make-up. Never use baking soda or bleach to clean them. *Silver jewellery: To clean your silver jewellery, use a phosphate-free detergent or just soap water. Rinse it off and wipe it with a soft and clean cloth.last_img read more

Dakshineswar skywalk A new landmark

first_imgDakshineswar: Dakshineswar skywalk, an elevated pathway constructed to link the suburban railway station in Dakshineswar with the Kali temple, was thrown open for the public from Monday evening following its inauguration by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.A brainchild of the Chief Minister, the skywalk has been named after Rani Rashmoni and has come up at an approximate cost of Rs 80 crore. It is a steel pedestrian bridge 340 metre in length and 10 metre in width which will accommodate around 137 shops and utility rooms. It has its initiation point at the gate of Dakshineswar railway station and terminates near the main gate of the temple. The portion of the skywalk structure on Rani Rashmoni Road (270 metre stretch) is supported on steel portal frames and the rest of the portion near the rotary and railway station is a cantilever steel structure stretching over 70 metre. The structure is covered with circular arch-type roofing of polycarbonate sheet. There are several elevators at various points, each having a capacity to carry about 20 people. There are around 14 escalators and 6 stairs including a fire exit. The skywalk is equipped with a fire fighting mechanism. CCTV cameras have been installed at various points to keep a vigil in and around the elevated corridor. LED tunnel type lights have been installed on the skywalk for better illumination. One of the main objectives of the project was to decongest the area by segregating the pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It will also provide safety and comfort to the pedestrians. The state government had faced difficulties to complete the project. Lots of existing and overhead utilities were there, the shifting of which had been a serious challenge for the government. This had also delayed the completion of the project. The footfall at the temple is likely to go up following the construction of the new pedestrian bridge, expects the Dakshineswar temple trust.last_img read more

Taking khadi to international fashion ramps

first_imgReaffirming its commitment to position Khadi as a fashionable fabric for the world, Raymond in association with the Woolmark Company, launched ‘Khadi Wool’ at an exclusive ceremony at Australian High Commission. The exquisite range of pure wool and wool blended fabric from Raymond, offers some of the most intricate designs. Inspired by the weave patterns and designs of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, it caters to the sartorial taste of the discerning consumers. Redefining notions associated with Khadi, was a stellar fashion show that showcased the startling new collection of designs crafted from this latest Khadi Wool collection. The event was graced by the presence of Gautam Hari Singhania, Chairman and Managing Director, Raymond Ltd, VK Saxena, KVIC Chairman, along with other dignitaries.last_img read more

Bharati interrogated for 2nd time in a week

first_imgKolkata: Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was interrogated by the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday. She was earlier questioned by the sleuths on Friday as well.Following Friday’s questioning, CID officials again went to Ghosh’s residence, that she had rented for the purpose of the ensuing elections, at Daspur in West Midnapore on Monday morning. After Ghosh’s name was announced by the BJP as their candidate from Ghatal, the state government had appealed to the Supreme Court to ban her from entering Bengal. Subsequently, the Apex Court passed an order last week, stating that Ghosh cannot be arrested but she can be interrogated in connection with the case in which she is an accused. The top court also directed Ghosh to intimate the state about her contact number and whereabouts. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs per the direction, CID served a notice at Ghosh’s Naktala residence but as she was not there, her husband MAV Raju, refused to accept it. Later, sleuths were informed on Thursday by Ghosh that she could not go to Bhavani Bhawan for questioning as she was busy with election work. Following the communication made by Ghosh, CID went to her rented house in Daspur on Friday. She was reportedly grilled for several hours in connection with an extortion case lodged by a businessman at Daspur police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCID sleuths went to Ghosh’s home in Daspur again on Monday. She was again interrogated in connection with the same case. Earlier, during March this year, Ghosh was granted protection from arrest by the Supreme Court. Following the stay on her arrest, Ghosh appeared before the Midnapore District Court, responding to a summon. CID raids were started following a case of extortion and criminal conspiracy which was initiated in Daspur during February last year after gold trader Chandan Majhi lodged a complaint.last_img read more

Elkunchwar to receive META Lifetime Achievement Award

first_imgThe Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival 2019 recently announced that this year, the award will be conferred to one of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar. He is critically-acclaimed and widely-known for having experimented with a wide range of drama, and is a powerful force in both Indian and Marathi theatre for over three decades.The jury for the 14th edition of the awards was also announced and comprises of renowned theatre artist, actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana; Anmol Vellani, Founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts; Ila Arun, popular Indian actress, singer and TV personality; Kulbhushan Kharbanda, eminent Indian actor; Lynne Fernandez, Managing trustee of Nrityagram and one of India’s first professional female lighting designers; and Sunit Tandon, former Director of Yatrik, the oldest theatre group in the capital, and presently Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The announcements come ahead of the week-long Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and festival to be held from March 6-12, 2019 at New Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre, where META 2019’s ten-shortlisted plays will be performed for an esteemed panel of jury members, as well as theatre-lovers in the Capital. Breaking previous records, over 400 entries were received this year at META, which were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. This year’s final nominations feature plays in Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, along with Hindi and English language scripts. The shortlisted plays, this year, will explore several themes. In previous years, the META Lifetime Achievement Award has been conferred on several stalwarts of Indian theatre, including Vijaya Mehta, Arun Kakade, Ratan Thiyam, Girish Karnard, Ebrahim Alkazi, the Late Heisnam Kanhailal, to name a few. Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, said, “The Mahindra Group is delighted to announce the 14th Annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards. The enthusiasm this annual event generates for theatre practitioners and audiences is in itself a validation of what we had set out to achieve.” Sanjoy K Roy, MD, Teamwork Arts, and Festival Producer, said, “Every year META reinforces Indian theatre’s diversity and excellence. META 2019 is a tribute to the finest talent we have across the country. Like last year, META’s workshops and masterclasses will bring the dynamic community of theatre-practitioners closer and inspire more stories of the stage.”last_img read more

Kolkata metro death FIR lodged against Metro Railway

first_imgKolkata: An FIR was registered Sunday against the Metro Railway after a complaint alleging negligence on its part was lodged by the family of a man who died after he was dragged by a train as his hand got stuck between two of its doors, police said. The incident took place at the Park Street station on Saturday when the man, Sajal Kanjilal, a resident of Kasba area of Kolkata, was trying to board a Kabi Subhash-bound train. According to eyewitnesses, Kanjilal fell on the tracks as the train entered the tunnel. The train came to a halt, with four of its eight coaches still at the platform, after staff and passengers outside raised an alarm. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The man was rushed to the SSKM Hospital, where the doctors declared him “brought dead”. Rajkumar Mukherjee, Kanjilal’s cousin, said he has filed a complaint at Park Street police station accusing the metro authorities of criminal negligence. “We will take up the matter with the highest metro authorities, no matter what,” he said. “An FIR was lodged against Metro Railway today on the basis of a complaint filed by Sajal Kanjilal’s family, alleging criminal negligence,” a police official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The Metro Railway authority has ordered an inquiry into the incident by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), an official said. He said the mishap took place in one of the newly inducted rakes, manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory. The rakes, delivered more than 20 months ago, were put into service only a few months ago. The CRS will conduct an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the incident and submit a report at the earliest, he added. “Questions are being raised over the sensor technology used in the rakes and its alleged failure to detect Kanjilal’s hand between the doors, but a clear picture in the matter will be available only after the investigation,” the official said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday ordered a police inquiry into the incident, which she described as “very unfortunate”. She asked state Urban Development Minister and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to assure Kanjilal’s family of full cooperation from the government. Theatre artists Sunday took out a protest march near the Park Street station, alleging that laxity on part of the Metro Railway led to Kanjilal’s death. They also sought a response on the allegations from the authorities. Kanjilal, who was unmarried, sold magazines at Academy of Fine Arts and Nandan complex, a hub of cultural activities in the city, for a living.last_img read more

Earliest Known Depiction of Jesus is not so Flattering

first_imgGraffiti is not a modern form of expression. People have been leaving their marks, or making comments on their world, on walls for thousands of years. Graffiti has famously been found in Pompeii, Egyptian pyramids, ancient Chinese caves, and even a Viking church.In 1857, however, an excavation on the Palatine Hill in Rome revealed a particularly interesting piece of graffiti on a plaster wall.Palatine Hill at the Roman forum in Rome, Italy.Since named the Alexamenos Graffito, it is believed to date from around 200 AD and is possible the earliest surviving depiction of Jesus. And it is not at all flattering.Along with being one of the oldest surviving representations of Jesus, it may also be one of the earliest depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus, since the event was only rarely depicted in Christian art before the 6th century.The so called Alexamenos graffito. It represents a satirical representation of Christian worship and it dates back to a period between the year 85 to the 3rd century.The drawing, scratched crudely into the soft plaster, shows a male person worshiping a figure on a cross, only the figure is wearing has the head of a donkey.There is an inscription in Greek, “ΑΛΕ ξΑΜΕΝΟϹ ϹΕΒΕΤΕ ϑΕΟΝ”, or “Αλεξαμενος σεβετε θεον” in standard Greek, which translates roughly to “Alexamenos worships his god,” or “Alexamenos worships God” (there are several variations of the translation).The originator of the graffiti manages to mock both Jesus and Alexamenos at the same time.Tracing of the drawing.The illustration has been interpreted as Alexamenos being a Roman soldier or guard. His left hand is raised in a gesture that is suggests worship.The Greek letter upsilon or a tau cross is at the top right of the image. There has been no real consensus as to the date of the image, and estimates have ranged from the first to the third century.Uppercase and lowercase Greek letter upsilon.The figure on the cross (presumed to be Jesus, although some scholars argue it could be another deity) is as we would think of a modern depiction of Christ Crucified (minus the donkey head).His arms are outstretched, pinned to the horizontal cross bar. His feet are fixed to a platform on the vertical section of the cross, and he is wearing a garment that covers the lower portion of his body.Alexamenos graffito in the Palatine Antiquarium Museum. Photo by Comrade King CC By 2.0With the Jesus figure wearing the head of a donkey, however, it is not farfetched to conclude that this illustration was meant as a mocking portrayal of a Christian performing an act of worship.During the early Christian period, non-believers (who remained the majority for centuries), ridiculed Christians for worshiping a man who had been crucified – the execution method reserved for the worst criminals until it was abolished in the 4th century by emperor Constantine, a devout converted Christian.Marble head representing Emperor Constantine the Great, at the Capitoline Museums. Photo by I, Jean-Christophe BENOIST CC BY 2.5The relationship between Christians and Romans was testy at best for a few centuries, and often changed. Sometimes Christians would be put to death for their beliefs, after being hunted down by Roman authorities.At other times, they were allowed to (discreetly) worship their God, but they were often still mocked and shamed for it.Mysterious Ancient Societies That DisappearedAt the time, it was commonly believed that Christians practiced a form of religion called onolatry, or donkey worship.This came about through the misconception that Jews had worshiped a god in the form of a donkey, as claimed by Apion, an Egyptian grammarian, in the first century BC. Tertullian, an early Christian author, also reported that Christians were accused of worshiping a donkey-headed deity.Plan of the Palatine Hill.The intentions of the author of the graffiti are, and will forever remain, unknown. Did he (or she) mean to simply mock Alexamenos and/or Jesus in relatively harmless way? Or was the purpose to “out” or intimidate Alexamenos?It may be the latter, as the location of the graffiti is also of interest. It was discovered in the domus Gelotiana, which was a house that had been acquired by the emperorPortrait of Caligula from Palazzo Massimo in Rome. Photo by Tomk2ski – CC BY-SA 4.0The wall on which the graffiti was located was not in what would have been a public area, but it would have been visible to many other people in the house. Either way, it likely succeeded in making Alexamenos rather uncomfortable, to say the least.Read another story from us: Afghanistan’s Amazing Last Buddhist Relics – the Taliban Blew Them UpWhen the street where the domus Gelotiana sits was walled off to support extensions to buildings above, the graffiti was hidden and sealed off for hundreds of years. Since the excavation, the piece of wall on which the figure was etched has been removed and is now in the nearby Palatine Hill Museum.Patricia Grimshaw is a self-professed museum nerd, with an equal interest in both medieval and military history. She received a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University in Medieval History, and an MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, and completed a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto before beginning her museum career.last_img read more

How to Make Someone Desire You Ancient Egyptian Love Spell Decoded

first_imgA university researcher has decoded a mysterious fragment of a 1,300-year-old Egyptian papyrus and proclaimed it is a love spell. In fact, the spell might have once been part of a magician’s handbook. After studying the images and the text, Dr. Korshi Dosoo from the University of Strasbourg in France said they “may be understood as a representation of a ritual intended to unite two lovers.” The analysis “draws comparisons with other similar papyrus artifacts and known rituals of the time to suggest that this was a recipe for love, and possibly protection, between two people,” according to Live Science.Stone with Coptic inscription. Photo by Imran CC BY-SA 3.0The image is of two bird-like creatures, connected by what could be a phallus, Dosoo said. Or, he speculated, it could be a chain. The text in the fragment is written in Coptic, an Egyptian language that uses the Greek alphabet.Any thought of ancient mummies and Egyptian gods being involved in the spell is mistaken. The fragment was written at a time when Christianity was practiced in Egypt.Cairo, EgyptAnd the phrases that Dr. Dosoo deciphered say things like “I call upon you… who is Christ the god of Israel…,” followed by the words “you will dissolve… every child of Adam…” There is also mention of the Biblical character Ahitophel, who deserted King David, which “hints that the incantation is designed to avoid such bad influences.”“Christian literary texts from Egypt which mention love spells often imply that the problem is not that the woman doesn’t love the man per se, but that he does not have access to her, because she is a young unmarried girl protected and secluded by her family, or already married to someone else,” Dosoo said in an interview.EFFY ALEXAKIS / MACQUARIE UNIVERSITYThere are clues that this is a love spell. The fact that the figures face each other is one. There’s also mention of an exotic deer musk perfume, which at the time was supposed to bring lovers together.There is a larger mystery to this fragment — no one knows how, when, or why it ended up in Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where Dr. Dosoo studied it. The university stores approximately 900 papyri.“Experts have been busy trying to decipher the magic spells in the Macquarie University collection for years,” according to Live Science. “This text may be part of the Handbook of Ritual Power that was the subject of a similar study back in 2014.”Turin Erotic Papyrus.Most of the papyri were purchased by or donated to the university between 1972 and 1985. Many were purchased from Anton and Michael Fackelmann, who were antiquities dealers in Austria in the 1970s and 1980s.Among the papyri is what researchers call a Handbook of Ritual Power, along with magical text that is about 1,300 years old and also written in Coptic. It is possible that the love-spell fragment recently decoded is part of a similar handbook, written at the same time.Page from Iryan Moftah Coptic language grammar primer.That handbook told readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil, and treat “black jaundice,” a sometimes fatal bacterial infection.In an interview in The Washington Post in 2014, Malcolm Choat and Iain Gardner, who are professors at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, said the handbook was “a complete 20-page parchment codex, containing the handbook of a ritual practitioner.”The ancient handbook, a codex, “starts with a lengthy series of invocations that culminate with drawings and words of power,” they wrote. “These are followed by a number of prescriptions or spells to cure possession by spirits and various ailments, or to bring success in love and business.”To “subjugate” someone, the handbook says, you would say a magical formula over two nails and then “drive them into his doorpost, one on the right side (and) one on the left.”Read another story from us: The Egyptian Mummy Wrapped in a Manuscript from Ancient ItalyThe practitioner of the handbook didn’t have to be a priest or monk. “It is my sense that there were ritual practitioners outside the ranks of the clergy and monks, but exactly who they were is shielded from us by the fact that people didn’t really want to be labeled as a ‘magician,’ ” Choat said.last_img read more

Colin was right on Dez wrong on the Rams

first_imgEvery Monday is judgment day for Colin’s predictions that either came through, or fell flat on their face. Colin has hits and misses, but he’s more accountable to his constituents than your local congressman.Here’s Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong through 5 weeks of college and 4 weeks in the NFL.Where Colin was Right.Dak doesn’t need Dez – Last week, Colin called Dez the most overrated player in the NFL, largely because he thinks the concept that teams need a star wide receiver is overrated. Bryant is hurt again, missing meetings, and more of an impediment to the growth of Dak Prescott than an asset. Sunday only proved his point. Dak used a cast of unknown pass catchers, and leaned heavily on Ezekiel Elliott to storm into San Francisco and steal a key road win. Colin is calling this one right.Ezekiel Elliott cutting, Dez Bryant making one-handed grabs— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 2, 2016 Where Colin was wrong.Blazin’ 5 could have been hotter – Colin’s hopes were high for an official take off to the NFL betting season, but a hard nosed 2 – 3 for Week 4 brings the Blazin’ 5 back down to .500 for the year (10 – 10). Also, Colin’s College Football Lock of the Year was Michigan giving 11 against Wisconsin. The Wolverines 14 – 7 win wasn’t any consolation. There aren’t any moral victories in Vegas. There’s only one course of action for Week 5. Pick winners. Colin was wrong. The Trump Effect is a real thing – Sports ratings are down across the board, including the NFL. Colin has been saying for months that the dip in ratings is directly related to a once in a lifetime election season, starring Donald Trump.  The first debate set viewing records, and this weekend’s Saturday Night Live season premiere was its highest rated in 8 years, bolstered by Alec Baldwin’s debut as Trump. The Trump Effect is absolutely real. Colin was right. Where Colin was Right.Iowa exposed again – Colin was proven right after “College Football’s Fake ID”, Iowa, was bounced from “Club Undefeated” by North Dakota State. This week they lost to a below average Northwestern that boasts losses to Western Michigan and Illinois State so far this year. Even though he knew they were a fraud, Colin’s over/under lock of the year was Iowa with 8.5 wins, strictly because their weak schedule.  Now that’s in jeopardy. That’s why they build casinos in the desert. Colin was right on the Hawkeyes.Register four sacks in a game, and you’re going to claim #B1G DPOW.Congrats to @NUFBFamily‘s @IfeadiOdenigbo!— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) October 3, 2016 Where Colin was Right.Georgia firing Mark Richt was a bad move – Colin has been a vocal supporter of Richt’s, and thought Georgia made a mistake by letting him go. Down on South Beach, Miami is 4 – 0 and faces two ranked opponents the rest of the year. Georgia is already 1 – 2 in the SEC under Kirby Smart. Sure, they lost on a Hail Mary to the Vols, but Georgia expects to beat Tennessee. Richt is sippin mimosas on a yacht in South Beach this morning. Georgia is nursing a nasty PBR hangover. Colin is calling this Right.ICYMI, here’s how Tennessee’s 43-yard Hail Mary sounded on #Vols radio…— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) October 2, 2016 Advertisement Where Colin was WrongMatty Ice has been fire – Colin thought Matt Ryan was the fourth best quarterback in the NFC South. But, Winston and Newton have regressed in 2016, and Ryan is playing the best football of his career. He leads the NFL in passing yards, completion percentage and is tied for the league lead in touchdown passes with Big Ben. Yesterday, he bombed the Panthers for over 500 yards. Colin is taking a loss on this one.Austin Hooper was very, very open.Needless to say Matt Ryan found him.#CARvsATL— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) October 2, 2016Where Colin was Right. Where Colin was Wrong.How the hell are the Rams 3 -1? – So far this season, the Rams have a negative point differential, they didn’t score an offensive touchdown until Week 3, and franchise workhorse running back Todd Gurley has been average at best. Somehow they’re 3 – 1 and tied for the NFC West lead, and have wins against the formidable Cardinals and Seahawks. This is the best magic trick since David Blaine lived inside of a block of ice for a week. Colin is wrong, but still doesn’t understand how.Let’s keep it going! #MobSquad— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) October 3, 2016 Where Colin was Right.Zeke Elliott was worth the #4 pick – One particular draft expert from another network (with amazing hair) says no team should ever draft a running back with a Top-10 pick. Colin said the Cowboys were right to grab Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick in last year’s draft because it was a perfect fit. He’s leading the NFL in rushing through the first 4 weeks of the season, and is on pace for 1,400 yards on the year. What other rookie is going to remotely approach that production? The answer is none. Colin was right.Ezekiel Elliott is going to be a legend for the Cowboys… #FeedZeke— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) October 3, 2016last_img read more

VIDEO Iowa family carries on casual conversation as giant tornado closes in

first_imgThe sight of tornado approaching would be a terrifying sight for most, but for one Bedford, Iowa family, it’s nothing to get excited about.This video shows a family carrying on a casual conversation while a giant twister looms not far off in the background. The contrast of the image of a colossal tornado, hell bent on destruction, and the family talking completely unfazed is just bizarre.The family wasn’t injured. Maybe they know something we don’t.Four miles south of Bedford, IA yesterday evening…LARGE TORNADO filmed by Becky Juhl. (@ReedTimmerAccu @glezak @NWSOmaha @weatherchannel )— Brent Barnett (@25Barnett) June 29, 2017 Advertisementlast_img