Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

first_img Tucson closer to having network of electric-car chargers Is Chicago leading the way for solar-powered EV charging stations? When you think of advances in making electric vehicles easier to use, you do not normally think of Chicago. San Francisco or Portland often come to mine. Both cities are working to install EV charging stations throughout the city in order to make “filling up” with electricity almost as convenient as filling up with gasoline. But Chicago has gone one better. Not only will Chicago provide EV charging stations, but the city will do so using renewable energy. Solar power will be used to provide electricity, negating the need for fossil fuels altogether if you drive an electric vehicle in the Windy City.There is a tree-like canopy that holds the solar panels. These panels collect the sun’s light and facilitates the transformation into electric energy. Storage of the electricity is underground. The station was built by Carbon Day Automotive. The company hopes that other cities will follow suit, allowing them to build solar-powered EV charging stations for other American cities.For now, the City of Chicago is likely to be the biggest user of the EV station. The city has a fleet of electric cars, and the charging station will be used daily to make sure that the cars have the electricity that they need. It’s a great idea, and proof that innovation and technology can move us into a more sustainable future — one that doesn’t require fossil fuels to keep us going.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the biggest arguments that some have made against plug-in electric vehicles is that they still promote the use of fossil fuels. When you have to plug in a car for a charge, the electricity used to charge the battery often comes from a power plant that gets its energy from oil. Chicago is hoping to change that as it becomes the first city to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station powered with solar energy. Citation: Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles (2009, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-chicago-solar-powered-station-electric.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Proposed Spacetime Structure Could Provide Hints for Quantum Gravity Theory

first_img Generally Speaking: A Primer on General Relativity This artist’s drawing shows Gravity Probe B orbiting the Earth to measure spacetime. A new study proposes that spacetime could be both discrete and continuous simultaneously. Credit: NASA. Citation: Proposed Spacetime Structure Could Provide Hints for Quantum Gravity Theory (2009, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-spacetime-hints-quantum-gravity-theory.html 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Spacetime, which consists of three dimensions of space and one time dimension, is such a large, abstract concept that scientists have a very difficult time understanding and defining it. Moreover, different theories offer different, contradictory insights on spacetime’s structure. While general relativity describes spacetime as a continuous manifold, quantum field theories require spacetime to be made of discrete points. Unifying these two theories into one theory of quantum gravity is currently one of the biggest unsolved problems in physics. More information: Achim Kempf. “Information-Theoretic Natural Ultraviolet Cutoff for Spacetime.” Physical Review Letters 103, 231301 (2009). Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In an attempt to better understand spacetime, mathematical physicist Achim Kempf of the University of Waterloo has proposed a new possible structure of spacetime on the Planck scale. He suggests that spacetime could be both discrete and continuous at the same time, conceivably satisfying general relativity and quantum field theories simultaneously. Kempf’s proposal is inspired by information theory, since information can also be simultaneously discrete and continuous. His study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“There are fiercely competing schools of thought, each with good arguments, about whether spacetime is fundamentally discrete (as, for example, in spin foam models) or continuous (as, for example, in string theory),” Kempf told PhysOrg.com. “The new information-theoretic approach could enable one to build conceptual as well as mathematical bridges between these two schools of thought.”As Kempf explains, the underlying mathematical structure of information theory in this framework is sampling theory – that is, samples taken at a generic discrete set of points can be used to reconstruct the shape of the information (or spacetime) everywhere down to a specific cutoff point. In the case of spacetime, that cutoff would be the natural ultraviolet lower bound, if it exists. This lower bound can also be thought of as a minimum length uncertainty principle, beyond which structural properties cannot be precisely known.In his study, Kempf develops a sampling theory that can be generalized to apply to spacetime. He shows that a finite density of sample points obtained throughout spacetime’s structure can provide scientists with the shape of spacetime from large length scales all the way down to the natural ultraviolet cutoff. Further, he shows that this expression establishes an equivalence between discrete and continuous representations of spacetimes. As such, the new framework for the sampling and reconstruction of spacetime could be used in various approaches to quantum gravity by giving discrete structures a continuous representation.“It is exceedingly hard to obtain experimental data that could guide the search for the theory that unifies quantum theory and general relativity,” Kempf said. “The proposal that spacetime is simultaneously continuous and discrete in the same way that information is may be able to serve as a theoretical guiding principle. It points towards a theory in which all natural processes are seen as possessing what is in effect a universal finite bandwidth.”Kempf added that, at the very least, the new approach provides some practical technical tools for studies in quantum gravity, such as solving discrete problems and using continuum methods. In the future, Kempf plans to apply the new methods to a variety of problems.“I am planning to use the new information-theoretic methods to tackle afresh certain long-standing information-theoretic questions in quantum gravity, such as the black hole information loss paradox and the question of the role of the holographic principle in quantum field theory,” Kempf said.last_img read more

Chimp study shows evidence of synaesthesia

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Common chimpanzee in the Leipzig Zoo. Image credit: Thomas Lersch, via Wikipedia. The idea was to see if chimps associate high noises with light colored objects, as people tend to do, and low noises with dark colored objects. To find out, they trained six chimps to sit in front of a computer monitor and to play a matching game. In the game, three squares are displayed, a single small one in the center of the screen and two larger ones above it. The larger squares are identical except that they are either black or white. To get a treat, the chimp must correctly identify, by touch, which of the two larger squares matches the color of the smaller one. Then to test for synaesthesia they randomly played either a high noise or a low one while the chimp was trying to choose. The test was run over and over with the small square being shown for a very short period of time. Play A human participant and chimpanzee Ai performing the task. After tallying up the results, the researchers found that the chimps did slightly better (93% versus 90%) at choosing the right colored square when matching white squares with high notes and black ones with low. This, the researchers say, shows that chimps do have some innate sense of synaesthesia.These results by themselves may not by themselves truly answer the question of whether chimps really do have some degree of synaesthesia, but they do add to the body of research on the topic, all of which suggests that such abilities are innate, rather than learned, which means that such abilities may hold the key to explaining why humans developed complex speech and chimps and other animals have not.At any rate, after finishing up with the chimps, the team did the same study with humans, but because the volunteers were so accurate at choosing the right square, they weren’t able to draw any real conclusions regarding synaesthesia, but they did find that people seem to choose more speedily when the tones “matched” the colors displayed. Citation: Chimp study shows evidence of synaesthesia (2011, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-chimp-evidence-synaesthesia.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Researches find poop-throwing by chimps is a sign of intelligencecenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — In the never-ending struggle to understand how the human brain works, all manner of experiments are dreamed up and carried out. In one new one, for example, researchers in Japan have been testing chimps to see if they possess brain connections that cross the senses. In human terms, it’s known as synaesthesia, the phenomenon where a person associates one sensation with another; feeling colors for example or associating higher musical tones with lighter colored objects. Vera Ludwig, a German researcher, has teamed with colleagues at Kyoto University in testing chimps to see if they have such traits. In their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how chimps did better or worse matching colored objects when a high or low noise was played. More information: Visuoauditory mappings between high luminance and high pitch are shared by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and humans, PNAS, December 5, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1112605108AbstractHumans share implicit preferences for certain cross-sensory combinations; for example, they consistently associate higher-pitched sounds with lighter colors, smaller size, and spikier shapes. In the condition of synesthesia, people may experience such cross-modal correspondences to a perceptual degree (e.g., literally seeing sounds). So far, no study has addressed the question whether nonhuman animals share cross-modal correspondences as well. To establish the evolutionary origins of cross-modal mappings, we tested whether chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) also associate higher pitch with higher luminance. Thirty-three humans and six chimpanzees were required to classify black and white squares according to their color while hearing irrelevant background sounds that were either high-pitched or low-pitched. Both species performed better when the background sound was congruent (high-pitched for white, low-pitched for black) than when it was incongruent (low-pitched for white, high-pitched for black). An inherent tendency to pair high pitch with high luminance hence evolved before the human lineage split from that of chimpanzees. Rather than being a culturally learned or a linguistic phenomenon, this mapping constitutes a basic feature of the primate sensory system. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey

first_img More information: Niche construction and Dreaming logic: aboriginal patch mosaic burning and varanid lizards (Varanus gouldii) in Australia, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 23 October 2013 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2297AbstractAnthropogenic fire is a form of ecosystem engineering that creates greater landscape patchiness at small spatial scales: such rescaling of patch diversity through mosaic burning has been argued to be a form of niche construction, the loss of which may have precipitated the decline and extinction of many endemic species in the Western Desert of Australia. We find evidence to support this hypothesis relative to one keystone species, the sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii). Paradoxically, V. gouldii populations are higher where Aboriginal hunting is most intense. This effect is driven by an increase in V. gouldii densities near successional edges, which is higher in landscapes that experience extensive human burning. Over time, the positive effects of patch mosaic burning while hunting overwhelm the negative effects of predation in recently burned areas to produce overall positive impacts on lizard populations. These results offer critical insights into the maintenance of animal communities in the desert, supporting the hypothesis that the current high rate of endemic species decline among small animals may be linked to the interaction between invasive species and mid-century removal of Aboriginal niche construction through hunting and patch mosaic burning. Goanna (Varanus varius). Credit: Wikipedia Citation: Study finds aboriginal hunting technique causes increase in number of prey (2013, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-aboriginal-technique-prey.html (Phys.org) —A team of American researchers led by anthropologist Rebecca Bliege Bird of Stanford University has found that a bush burning hunting technique used by aboriginal hunters in western parts of Australia leads to an increase in the number of sand goannas—their main prey. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes a decade long study of the Martu Aboriginal people, their hunting techniques and the impact the people have on their environment. 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. Hunting with fire appears to benefit Australia’s small-mammal populations, researchers say The common assumption in field studies is that when humans hunt, the number of prey falls—it just seems to be common sense. In this new effort, Bliege Bird and her colleagues have found that may not always be the case. In studying how the Martu people hunt, the researchers learned they use controlled small fires to burn away brush that allows them to find the dens of sand goannas—a type of monitor lizard. Their controlled small burns are in stark contrast to the wildfires that race across the bush due to lightening strikes in areas where the Martu don’t live and hunt. Once the dens have been located, the hunters (all women) use sticks to prod the lizards into revealing themselves. Once killed, the lizards are cooked and eaten—they make up a substantial portion of the Martu diet.Aboriginal people have been living in the Australian Outback for thousands of years, and until recently, were allowed to continue their hunting practices without interference by modern people that have migrated to the country. Believing that the people living in the outback were depleting the numbers of animals that lived in the bush, the government began attempting to move them towards a more modern way of living. Unfortunately, that move appears to have backfired as the numbers of indigenous animals has been declining with several groups going extinct altogether. This new research suggests that because the Aboriginal people have been living in the environment for such a long time, they have become an integral part of its existence.center_img Play A burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to a near doubling of lizards and improves habitat, according to a study by Rebecca and Doug Bird, researchers affiliated with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. The fire makes it easier to spot burrows from longer distance, and, by removing grass, improves the ability to locate the animal in its burrow. Credit: Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Over the years, the research team has conducted extensive surveys of sand goannas both near where the Martu live, and in distant places. In so doing, they have found that there are on average twice as many of the lizards in the areas where the Martu hunt, than in those areas where they don’t. They attribute this to the localized burning that is used to hunt them. They believe it leads to a more varied environment that allows for more diversity, which in turn means more food for to the lizards, causing growth in population. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2013 Phys.org Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Chinese scientists plead for research before more mountain moving

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Yellow Mountain in China. Credit: chinafacttours (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers from Chang’an University in China has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature, pleading for planners in China to consider more carefully the repercussions of cutting the tops off mountains to fill valleys to allow cities to grow larger. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevitycenter_img Cutting off mountain tops is not unique to China, coal miners have been doing just that for many years in the eastern part of the United States. What is new is using mountaintop material to fill in valleys near cities to allow for continued growth. The problem with the idea, Peiyue Li, Hui Qian and Jianhua Wu write, is that it likely won’t work in many instances and will cause a whole host of environmental problems.Mountains and valleys exist in the states they are in for a reason—geological events, time and weather have all played a hand, resulting, in most cases, in a reasonably stable environment. Cutting off mountaintops and especially filling in valleys changes the way rainfall runoff makes its way to rivers, streams or even the ocean. Plus, the trio point out, the material from the mountaintops (thick windblown silt) likely will take at least a decade to settle enough to erect buildings. The problem, they note, is the lack of research being undertaken to learn what might happen to cities and the neighboring environment if such practices continue. Building on such soft material could result in sinkholes, swift terrain deterioration and mudslides.One example of a lack of planning, the team points out, is the increase in dust released into the air as earth movers haul mountain dirt to valleys—they kick up massive amounts of dust that merges with other pollutants causing even bigger problems for people in the area. They note that prior research has shown that land modification projects in other parts of the world (and in China) have led to landslides, flooding, rivers changing course and increased pollution.Of extreme concern is the scale at which such mountain topping is occuring—700 projects are currently underway, none of which have been thought through, the researchers say, and the result is very likely to be something catastrophic in the near future. They suggest several changes be made: soil in sites used by earth movers should be watered to prevent dust kicking up, trees and plants should be planted on areas left barren, farmers should be compensated for lost land and finally, economists and environmentalists should be consulted before such projects are approved. More information: Comment: Environment: Accelerate research on land creation: www.nature.com/news/environmen … and-creation-1.15327 Citation: Chinese scientists plead for research before more ‘mountain moving’ (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-chinese-scientists-mountain.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles

first_img More information: Retrading, production, and asset market performance. PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print November 9, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517038112AbstractPrior studies have shown that traders quickly converge to the price–quantity equilibrium in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, but they produce speculative price bubbles in resalable asset markets. We present a stock-flow model of durable assets in which the existing stock of assets is subject to depreciation and producers may produce additional units of the asset. In our laboratory experiments inexperienced consumers who can resell their units disregard the consumption value of the assets and compete vigorously with producers, depressing prices and production. Consumers who have first participated in experiments without resale learn to heed their consumption values and, when they are given the option to resell, trade at equilibrium prices. Reproducibility is therefore the most natural and most effective treatment for suppression of bubbles in asset market experiments. © 2015 Phys.org Commodity market volatility more perception than reality Other examples include the so-called dot-com bubble of 1995-2000, the stock market bubble of 1922-1929, and there was even a bubble in the uranium market in 2007. Often, speculative bubbles occur in the markets for durable goods, defined as an asset that does not quickly wear out. By contrast, studies have demonstrated that price-quantity equilibrium prevails in markets for goods that are immediately consumed, like milk shakes and haircuts; this is because the buyer and the seller never trade places, and the consumption value of the good is very high.A group of economics researchers at Chapman University in California, curious about production and trade in a stock-flow market for durable assets, treated the issue as a pure abstraction in a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They developed a model of a reproducible durable asset with several conceptual elements: First, the asset provides use value to its owner (dividends) through use.The asset depreciates over time. And suppliers can profitably sell newly manufactured units if the price is below the market price.They tested this model in two conditions: In the baseline treatment (BL), they suppressed the asset units’ option risk by requiring units to be held until they depreciated. The second condition was the resale treatment (RS), in which consumers were allowed to freely sell their units to each other, thereby competing with the manufacturer. The researchers found that the RS condition hindered prices from converging to equilibrium and degraded market efficiency. Additional sessions under the RS condition used participants who had prior experience in the BL. These sessions with experienced participants were referred to as RSX.The researchers found that there was much less resale in RSX than RS, and that resale in the RSX increased market efficiency more frequently. Consumers in the RS condition failed to optimally specialize as buyers, competing with the manufacturers by reselling their units. Resale was much more efficient when the consumers were experienced. The reason? Experienced buyers understood the consumption value of the asset. “Our statistical analysis gives us strong confidence that consumers were more focused on the consumption value of their units in the RSX than in the RS and consequently captured more gains from exchange,” the authors write. “This affected price and production convergence, as well as efficiency…”Other results: Prices converged to the short-run equilibrium in the BL and RSX, but diverged from it in RS. Production converged to the steady state in BL and RSX, but diverged in the RS. And the efficiency was the lowest in the RS, according to a measure of global efficiency for each period. The researchers conclude, “Resale alone—although destabilizing—does not generate price bubbles. Over the past quarter century, numerous real estate bubbles have occurred around the world, with serious economic consequences. Our design with reproducible assets suggests that these markets should be stable unless other factors such as credit, cash infusions, and limitations on production disrupt market equilibrium.” Citation: How experienced buyers can mitigate economic bubbles (2015, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-experienced-buyers-mitigate-economic.html 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (Phys.org)—Over the last decade, many people got a tough primer on the effects of economic bubbles, as the bursting of the 2007-2008 housing bubble sent shockwaves through most of the major world economies. But property isn’t the only asset class that experiences economic bubbles; any asset valued at a price or a range that deviates sharply from its intrinsic value is said to be experiencing a bubble.last_img read more

DNA found in lake bottom offers historical clues regarding impact of an

first_img The researchers note that understanding the full impact of an invasive species on an environment is difficult, involving many factors, one of which is generally a long timescale. In this new effort, the researchers found an environment with few interacting variables and a natural historical record—DNA found in a lake bottom.The environment was the Kerguelen Islands, situated in a remote southern part of the Indian Ocean. The invasive species was a type of rabbit introduced to the islands as a food source in 1874 by a group of scientists—they were there to study the transit of Venus, but they left behind several rabbits that quickly multiplied because there were no predators. Since that time, the rabbits have spread across much of the main island of Grande Terre, wreaking havoc on the delicate ecosystem.To learn more about the impact the rabbits have on the island, the researchers collected samples from the bottom of a lake which contained samples of plant DNA. They found samples dating back several hundred years, and were able to follow the events that had transpired.They deduced that the region had been relatively stable for hundreds of years prior to the arrival of the rabbits. Then, in the early 1940s, when the rabbits made their way to that part of the island, things changed. Prior to their arrival, the dominant plant was Azorella selago—after their arrival, plant diversity plummeted. They also noted that erosion dramatically increased, as well.The team notes that erosion did eventually level off, but the ecosystem was unstable, and remains that way today in spite of efforts to eradicate the rabbits by the French Government. Instead, due to more human traffic in the area, other invasive species have made their way to the islands. Still, the island offers a unique opportunity to study the impact of an invasive species in a near-pristine environment. Citation: DNA found in lake bottom offers historical clues regarding impact of an invasive species (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-dna-lake-bottom-historical-clues.html Invasive Burmese pythons shown to be reducing marsh rabbit population in Everglades Journal information: Science Advances A team of researchers from France, Italy and Norway has found a natural historical record of the impact of an invasive species of rabbit on a remote Indian Ocean island. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the researchers describe their efforts to learn more about the environmental impact of an invasive species. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Explore further © 2018 Phys.org More information: Gentile Francesco Ficetola et al. DNA from lake sediments reveals long-term ecosystem changes after a biological invasion, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar4292AbstractWhat are the long-term consequences of invasive species? After invasion, how long do ecosystems require to reach a new equilibrium? Answering these questions requires long-term, high-resolution data that are vanishingly rare. We combined the analysis of environmental DNA extracted from a lake sediment core, coprophilous fungi, and sedimentological analyses to reconstruct 600 years of ecosystem dynamics on a sub-Antarctic island and to identify the impact of invasive rabbits. Plant communities remained stable from AD 1400 until the 1940s, when the DNA of invasive rabbits was detected in sediments. Rabbit detection corresponded to abrupt changes of plant communities, with a continuous decline of a dominant plant species. Furthermore, erosion rate abruptly increased with rabbit abundance. Rabbit impacts were very fast and were stronger than the effects of climate change during the 20th century. Lake sediments can allow an integrated temporal analysis of ecosystems, revealing the impact of invasive species over time and improving our understanding of underlying mechanisms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

India under one roof

first_imgWith the minimum temperature fluctuating between 10 and 11 degrees, we can safely say now that winter has arrived in the Capital. And that is one more reason why you should pay India International Trade Fair another visit. While last time we went, we focussed on ‘foreign’ stalls, this time we decided to check out our desi men and women. Various states like Nagaland, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka and Haryana have given their stalls. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nagaland has a good collection of winterwear like woollen knitted pullovers, baby shoes, Naga shawls, beaded traditional accessories, traditional decorative pieces like spears, headgear, wooden masks and bamboo baskets. Here one can pick up home-utility products like wooden spatula, bamboo chopssticks, wooden hair accessories, straw hats, bamboo wall hangings, wooden pestle etc. Also on sale are local food items from the state like preserved wild apples, bamboo and Naga chilli pickles and squash. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe West Bengal pavillion reflects the culture of the people. On display are jute products like bags,  tablemats, doormats,  weaves from different parts of the state, sculptures of godesses, bangles made from shells, leather goods like wallets, bags, jewellery boxes, dolls in traditional dress, metal carvings of gods and other items. The Karnataka pavillion stocks rich Tanjore paintings, miniature art, colourful stationery, wooden windchimes and keychains, silk salwars and saris, bags and traditional embroideried attires from the tribal belt. There are also items made from lead with silver linings in the shape of elephants, boxes, knives, decorative items and accessories like rings, the price of which starts at Rs  100. These are from the Bidar region. We saw scrubbers and chappals made from roots of a tree which has medicinal value — for a few hundred rupees. You can also pick up colourful masks and figures of gods, butterfly and fans made out of the root. Another crowdpuller at this state pavillion are pickles made of jackfruit, mango, lemon and many other fruits.The Gujarat stall has wooden camels and horses, heavily-decorated metal prayer houses for idols, glass paintings, colourful bedspreads, salwars, lehenga cholis, shell decorative pieces, metal pottery, bangles, Krishna and Radha dolls.For more wooden home decor pieces like boats, trays and bowls, head to the Jammu & Kashmir stall. Also pick up shawls, pashminas, carpets, phirans and heavily embroidered wall hangings.  At the Haryana stall has metal lanterns apart from soft toys and a variety of plants saplings. So if you want a glimpse of India all under one roof, load your wallet with cash, pick up the large shopping bag, and just head to Pragati Maidan. Happy shopping!last_img read more

Bedi hails adversary takes potshots at party

first_imgAt a time when BJP humbly accepted  defeat and described it as a ‘collective loss’, its Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi blamed party leadership for her rout.While giving ‘full marks’ to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal for his historic victory, Kiran quickly changed her stand and claimed that she had given her best. “It was the BJP that lost and needs to introspect. They should find the reasons for the defeat,” Bedi, who lost from Krishna Nagar seat, a BJP stronghold for years, said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRaking up the issue, she claimed that BJP made her a member without taking any money and said, “I am part of the BJP. I don’t regret my decision. Who is saying I am not taking responsibility for the BJP defeat? I am.. I also said BJP leadership will take stock of what went wrong!” she said.Shocked over the debacle, a reluctant and cornered BJP initially refused to come out with an official statement but senior party leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accompanied by state BJP chief Satish Upadhyay accepted the defeat ‘officially’. “BJP respects the verdict of Delhi voters. We humbly accept our defeat in Delhi. People chose to go with PM Modi and BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, but chose AAP over us in Assembly elections. We will play the role of a responsible opposition,” he added. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindUpadhyay, who was accompanied by party MP Prabhat Jha and national general secretary Ram Lal, looked devastated. “People have dissected us and we have to accept it,” Jha said. On the context of whether the result would weaken BJP’s standing in Bihar, West Bengal and in Punjab in coming years, a party leader said: “ We will take stock after our party chief Amit Shah returns from Ahmedabad after his son’s wedding. Then there will be major changes in the party structure.”last_img read more

Ferrari convertible crashes into divider bizman dead

first_imgKolkata: A 30-year-old Kolkata businessman was killed while his companion, a 21-year-old woman critically injured after a Ferrari sports car they were travelling in toppled on National Highway 6 at least 6-7 times before hitting a divider. The intensity of the accident was so high that the frontal portion of the high-end Ferrari California T was reduced to a lump of mangled metal. The railing of the divider pierced into the vehicle resulting in the bursting of the airbag on the driver’s side. The deceased, Shibaji Roy (30), was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident while his friend Ashna Surana (21) was sitting next to him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accident took place at Pakuria area of Domjur at around 9.30 am on Sunday. According to the police, the victims went to Dankuni to have food along with a few of their friends as they used to on a regular basis on Sunday morning. It was learnt that Roy’s friends who accompanied him were in other cars on their way back home.The Ferrari California T is a two-door, hardtop convertible sports car that makes over 552 horse power.The exact cause of the accident is yet to be confirmed by the Howrah rural police after a forensic test. Sources said the two-seater Ferrari crashed after the driver lost control over the vehicle. The nature of the accident suggests that it was running at a minimum speed of 150-170 km per hour at the time of the accident. Police are investigating every possible angle that might have led to the fatal accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was learnt that Roy, a resident of a Triangular Park area, and a high-profile businessman had at least 8 high-end cars in his possession. He belonged to a group that used to go out frequently, particularly on Sundays. According to local sources, people often indulge in car racing along the National Highway 6.The way the car was damaged indicates a terrible crash as it hit the side of the road, smashing the driver’s door and the entire front was completely crushed. A metal pipe, about 6 inches thick, was seen to have pierced the bonnet of the vehicle. According to a senior police officer of Howrah rural police, the sports car was coming at a high speed from Dankuni and hit the divider while approaching a bridge at Pakuria on National Highway 6 at Domjur. Soon after the accident, the car landed upside down on the ground with a thud, the officer said.The locals rushed to the spot immediately. Senior police officers reached the spot and began with the rescue operation. The victims were removed from the mangled portion of the car with the help of the gas cutter.They were rushed to a private hospital where Roy was declared brought dead while Surana is undergoing treatment and is under ventilation support. Her condition is stated to be critical. According to hospital sources, she has multiple injuries in her body. Police are expected to conduct a forensic test on the mangled parts of the Ferrari. The accident caused a major disruption to traffic movement along the arterial road for around 30 minutes, a senior police officer of the district added.last_img read more

ICSE schools to resume classes from Monday

first_imgKolkata: The ICSE-affiliated schools in Bengal have decided to resume classes from Monday following improvement in weather conditions, a senior member of the Association of Head of ICSE Schools said today. This was decided during a meeting held by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), on a different issue, yesterday, after the representatives of the association, took up the issue of suspension of classes since June 20, the association’s General Secretary of Bengal chapter, Nabarun Dey, told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights “As the issue came up during the meeting that held on a different issue yesterday, it was decided that in view of improvement in weather conditions, the schools can resume classes from Monday and most of them are expected to do so,” Dey said. Classes were suspended across various ICSE schools in wake of the state education department’s notification and subsequent letter by CISCE recommending suspension of classes due to severe heat conditions, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The CISCE on June 19 called upon principals of all affiliated schools in West Bengal “to adhere and comply” with the request of the state government to suspend classes, due to the sweltering heat. “The government of West Bengal has decided to suspend classes in government, government-sponsored and non-government aided schools in West Bengal from June 20 to 30, 2018 due to extreme hot weather conditions,” the CISCE had referred to the state government’s June 19 notification, in its letter. The school, where Dey is the principal, had suspended classes on June 21 and 22 following the council’s letter. “We are also starting classed from Monday,” Dey said. When contacted several other prominent institutions affiliated to the CISCE confirmed they would start classes from Monday. There are around 100 ICSE-affiliated institutions in and around the city and most of them had suspended classes from June 20 to 22, an association member said. The notification was issued keeping in view the hardship faced by children in attending classes due to the sweltering heat, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had said on June 19. He had also said, while the notification would come into effect for state-aided, and state-run schools, the government also would request private schools, including those affiliated under other Boards, to suspend classes from June 20 to 30. Chatterjee could not be contacted today.last_img read more

WBSEDCL reaches new milestone with SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Power department has achieved another milestone, as the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL), has been conferred with the prestigious SKOCH Order-Of-Merit for ‘Intellectual Billingwith Automated SupervisoryCheck System’, at the 52nd SKOCH Summit in New Delhi on June 23.According to a senior official of the WBSEDCL, the prize can be considered as a recognition for them, as it has come up with an innovation in the spot-billing procedure for domestic and commercial consumers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The initiative was taken by WBSEDCL. The award is an acknowledgement of WBSEDCL’s endeavour to provide 24×7 quality and uninterrupted power to over 1.8 crore valued consumers,” an official said.According to a Press statement issued by Biswarup Mukherjee, Adviser & CPRO, WBSEDCL, the pioneering mechanism involves multiple software facilities in addition to the SAP IS-U system, right from an android based mobile app (Vidyut Sahayogi) for meter reading and bill Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedgeneration, to layered supervision and storage of consumer data.It has increased the billing efficacy, data security and authenticity. With the help of this facility, 100 percent billing has been achieved. The energy bill is delivered at the consumer’s doorstep on the same day of meter reading.The meter-reading image, along with capturing of latitude-longitude of the consumer’s premise and date and time, are done with the help of new technology, besides generation of bill. The image verification software and profiling facility also helps in central data supervision, apart from being a quick and transparent way of dispute resolution.Vidyut Sahayogi is a multilingual mobile application of the state electricity distribution company, to help its customers get better service.The app has been developed with state-of-the-art technology based on Android mobile platform, for the customers of WBSEDCL. Apart from paying bills, the mobile application will also help customers apply for new connections.last_img read more

Eating fried food may stop your brain from controlling your diet

first_imgIf you are looking for ways to reduce that ever-burgeoning waistline, stay clear of foods rich in saturated fat found in butter, cheese or fried foods as these can make your brain struggle to control what you eat, says a study.The findings showed that consuming fatty food affects the hypothalamus a part of the brain that helps regulate hunger.Simply put, people struggle to control how much they eat, when to stop and what type of food to eat symptoms seen in obesity. ‘Although the effects of high fat diet on metabolism have been widely studied, little is known about the effects on the brain,’ said a researcher. On the other hand, consuming foods rich in unsaturated fats such as fish, avocado or olive oil makes a significant difference, the researchers said.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study shows that brain function remains normal and manages to restrain from eating more than necessary.‘The difference was very clear and we were amazed to establish the impact of a fatty diet onto the brain,’ Crispino explained. ‘Our results suggest that being more aware about the type of fat consumed with the diet may reduce the risk of obesity and prevent several metabolic diseases’, the researcher concluded.last_img read more

Lack of sleep makes people angry

first_imgLosing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, a study has found. Other studies have shown a link between sleep and anger, but questions remained about whether sleep loss was to blame or if anger was responsible for disrupted sleep, said Zlatan Krizan, a professor at Iowa State University in the US. The research answers those questions and provides new insight on our ability to adjust to irritating conditions when tired. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Despite typical tendencies to get somewhat used to irritating conditions – an uncomfortable shirt or a barking dog – sleep-restricted individuals actually showed a trend toward increased anger and distress, essentially reversing their ability to adapt to frustrating conditions over time. No one has shown this before,” Krizan said. Study participants were randomly split into two groups: one maintained their normal sleep routine and the second restricted their sleep by two to four hours each night for two nights. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThose who maintained averaged almost seven hours of sleep a night, while the restricted group got about four and a half hours each night. The difference reflects sleep loss we regularly experience in everyday life, Krizan said. To measure anger, researchers had participants come to the lab – before and after sleep manipulation – to rate different products while listening to brown noise or white noise. Krizan said the purpose was to create uncomfortable conditions, which tend to provoke anger. “In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted. We manipulated how annoying the noise was during the task and as expected, people reported more anger when the noise was more unpleasant,” said Krizan. “When sleep was restricted, people reported even more anger, regardless of the noise,” he said. It is well established that sleep loss increases negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, and decreases positive emotions, such as happiness and enthusiasm, Krizan said. Researchers measured these effects to more generally understand the relationship between sleep, anger and emotions. They also tested whether subjective sleepiness explained more intense feelings of anger. Sleepiness accounted for 50 per cent of experimental effect of sleep restriction on anger, suggesting individuals’ sense of sleepiness may point to whether they are likely to become angered.last_img read more

BJP supporters vandalise Gurap police station

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters allegedly vandalised Gurap police station on Thursday in the name of submitting deputation regarding an incident, which took place on Wednesday night.According to the police, several police personnel were injured as BJP supporters pelted stones at the police station. According to sources, on Wednesday night, the on-duty officer at Gurap police station was informed about a person who suffered a head injury after a clash broke out between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress at Bathangaria village. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn the clash, a Trinamool worker reportedly suffered a head injury and was rushed to Chinsura Imambara Hospital. After the police was informed, a team from Gurap police station went to Bathangaria to investigate the case. While going to the village, the police saw a bike parked on a narrow road blocking vehicle movement. When a policeman asked the owner of the bike to remove the vehicle, he allegedly used abusive language to address the officer. The police officer warned the man who called local residents stating that police were harassing him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSoon, several villagers gathered and started assaulting police personnel. It is alleged that when a villager tried to snatch the service revolver from the police officer, a bullet was fired accidentally. The bullet hit the chest of a man identified as Joychand Malik. As soon as villagers saw Malik falling on the ground, they started beating up the police personnel and vandalised the police van. After a while another police van reached the area to rescue their colleagues. This van was also vandalised. Police personnel somehow managed to run from the spot. Later a huge police force went to the spot brought the situation under control. On Thursday, the BJP alleged that the police intentionally fired and went to Gurap police station to submit a deputation. They started pelting stones on police personnel and police station. Two police vans were vandalised. At least seven police personnel were injured. Later huge police force along with Rapid Action Force (RAF) fired tear gas shells and brought the situation under control. No one has been arrested till Thursday night. “We are probing the matter. The bullet was fired accidentally when some villagers tried to snatch the service revolver from the officer,” said Sukhendu Hira, Superintendent of Police (SP) of Hooghly (rural) District Police.last_img read more

KMC deputes additional staff to combat dengue unknown fever

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has taken several measures, including deployment of additional staff, to combat the spread of dengue and unknown fever in some pockets in North 24-Parganas.The affected areas included Habra, Gaighata, Barasat, Barrackpore and Ashoknagar. More than 2,000 people have been afflicted with dengue and unknown fever. The state health department has sanctioned Rs 40.50 lakh to pay the remuneration of additional staff for vector control and conduct house to house survey. Already 450 additional staffs have been engaged in Habra I and II, Gaighata and Barrackjpore II blocks. Virologists and doctors from School of Tropical Medicine have been sent to Habra-Ashoknagar hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe patients with high fever are suffering from headache, nausea and body ache. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed all the municipalities and civic bodies to gear up anti-larvae drives in their areas. In a recent meeting with the state health department officials at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) headquarters, mayor Firhad Hakim said the KMC has become a model to combat Dengue for all the municipalities. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The KMC launched the anti-larvae drive from February. The drives kic started with rallies held in all the 144 wards. The KMC has identified 20 areas as vulnerable and special drives have been conducted in these areas. The civic body has asked all the laboratories carrying out pathological tests to conduct blood examination by ELISA method to detect dengue. Senior doctors said people suffering from Dengue during monsoon was not uncommon but Hemorrhagic Dengue Fever often poses serious life threat if the patient is not monitored properly. They advised people suffering from high fever to increase their fluid intake. They said people suffering from high fever should not panic and consult doctor for advice.last_img read more

VIDEO Putin answered questions about James Comey before playing in embarrassing staged

first_img“Шайбу забросил Владимир Путин”: Гол президента в гала-матче Ночной лиги pic.twitter.com/mRLHnPre5A— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) May 10, 2017 Advertisement The news cycle has been dominated with coverage of the firing of FBI Director James Comey since the story broke last evening. While chaos reigned back in the states, Vladimir Putin was busy playing dictator fantasy camp in one of his famous, embarrassingly staged celebrity hockey games.Vlad took questions about the Comey firing, translated by Boogie Nights mustache guy: Then it was game time, which means everyone on the ice swallowing their pride and pretending Vladimir Putin is good at hockey. The Washington Generals think these guys are embarrassing.Watch the laughable defense on this Putin shot. It beats getting gunned down outside the Kremlin. I’d tell you who won, but you already know.Путин вышел на лед: президент играет в хоккей в составе “Сборной легенд” в Гала-матче Ночной лиги pic.twitter.com/zlx4IlmpL0— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) May 10, 2017 Шайба Путина: Пока Лавров общается с Трампом, Путин играет в хоккей pic.twitter.com/47aEgiNUu7— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) May 10, 2017last_img read more

UFC fans that think the McGregorMayweather fight was close are delusional

first_imgUFC fans that think McGregor/Mayweather fight was close are delusionalFloyd Mayweather dispensed of Conor McGregor in 10 rounds by TKO, and even though the fight lasted longer than many expected, Colin can’t believe so many UFC fans coming out of the woodwork saying that the fight was competitive because it went longer than expected and because McGregor was the aggressor early.Colin thinks these fan boys are delusional, or just willfully ignorant to the fact that Mayweather’s strategy, all along, was to let McGregor punch himself out early, and then attack and finish him off late.McGregor was only the aggressor early because Mayweather let him, and by the time the 10th round came, McGregor was barely able to lift his arms, just as Mayweather planned all along. If UFC fans that think McGregor actually had a chance, the joke is on them. Guests:Tyron Woodley – MMA journalist joins the show to talk Mayweather/McGregor; the difference between game planning in a boxing match and a UFC match; and why he disagrees with Colin’s take that McGregor was dominated.Michael Rapaport –  Actor and comedian is in-studio to talk Mayweather/McGregor; why UFC fans are delusional to think McGregor had a chance; id McGregor should go back to UFC instead of potentially making more money in boxing.Tony Gonzalez – Fox Sports NFL Analyst and former All-Pro tight end joins the show to discuss what he has his eye on heading into the 2017 NFL season.“Sugar” Shane Mosley – Former boxing champ joins the show to talk Mayweather/McGregor and why Mcgregor never had a chance, and why it was stopped. Cavs have all the leverage over the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving tradeNews broke over the weekend that the condition of Isaiah Thomas’ hip is in worse condition than expected, thus jeopardizing the Kyrie Irving trade. Several reports say the Cavs are demanding additional compensation from the Celtics to complete the trade, but the Celtics are scoffing at the idea of adding rookie Jayson Tatum to the deal.In this situation, Colin thinks Boston is trapped because the word on Thomas is out, and the Cavs have the leverage to bolster the deal. Also, Celtic fans are already anticipating the arrival of their franchise point guard for the next 10 years.Colin thought Boston won the trade initially because they landed the star in the deal, but if they can add Taum, he thinks it’s reasonable to say the Cavs came out on top.“Cleveland is totally in the driver’s seat.”last_img read more

Bill Belichick breaking down the film from the Patriots Week 1 win

first_imgBill Belichick is notoriously tight lipped when it comes to talking to the media, and famously divulges next to zero insight about strategy and players while mumbling his way until the merciful end of a presser.That’s why the relatively little known Belichick Breakdown segment produced by the New England media team is absolute gold. In the segment, the greatest coach of all time painstakingly breaks down the film on the past week’s game, giving fans the ability to see the game through the greatest set of football eyes that god has ever bestowed upon a human.In the segment, Belichick looks at the tape of the Pats Week 1 win over the Texans, and runs through the X’s and O’s of how the Pats torched the Houston D, and the schemes he used to baffle Deshaun Watson in his return from injury.Even if you’re a New England hater, this is a free football education and will make you a smarter football fan. Watch the Genius do what he does. Love this. Before you send @’s about this being from Week 1, he hasn’t cut the segment from the Week 2 loss to the Jags. Maybe Bill will call in sick for the segment this week. Advertisementlast_img read more

As an internet startup how do I project advertising income

first_img min read August 25, 2009 Listen Now How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Forecasting revenues is tough at any time, and so much harder for startups. Rather than trying to find a precise number, it’s often easier to develop a range–bookends of high and low projections.Web advertising is typically paid for in one of two ways:* Impression (CPM ) based: Advertisers pay to have their ads shown to your visitors, and pay per impression. The CPM (cost-per-thousand impressions) varies dramatically depending on the value of your audience; it can range from pennies to hundreds of dollars or more for niche audience.* Performance (CPA) based: Advertisers pay only when a site visitor completes an action (fills in a form, purchases, etc.)A revenue model for impression-based advertising would look like:# ads per page * # pageviews * CPMA revenue model for performance-based advertising would look like:# ads per page * # pageviews * (% that take action) * CPAObviously you make more if you have more ads, but at the risk of driving away your visitors.The common element is that if you have a lot of good quality traffic then advertisers will be more interested. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more