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. Using data from nearly 2 million people and 8 million phone calls over the course of a year, physicist Cesar Hidalgo from the University of Notre Dame and sociologist Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile have investigated the persistence of relationships within the cell phone network. Somewhat intuitively, they found that the leading cause of persistent relationships is reciprocity – returning a friend´s call. Further, they could use these characteristics to predict the nature of relationships in the future.As the researchers explain in their study, the persistence of the connection between two individuals is a measurement of how often they call each other. The scientists analyzed 15-day intervals, and determined if the two callers made contact within each interval. The greater number of these chunks of time in which contact occurred, the higher the pair´s persistence value was.The scientists found that the majority (60%) of ties between two callers lasted for just one 15-day interval. The next 20% of ties disappeared slowly throughout the course of the year, and the remaining 20% persisted for the entire one-year period. The results showed that the strongest factor determining persistence values was when individuals returned calls to each other. When links were reciprocated, those links had a greater chance of persisting for longer time periods. Also, when an individual´s connections had connections among themselves (when a person´s friends knew each other), his or her own connections lasted longer. The results also revealed insight into “social butterflies” – individuals with a high number of links. “One result that I thought was somehow not so intuitive was the trade-off between the degree (number of links) of a person and the persistence of its ties,” Hidalgo told PhysOrg.com. “It has been known for a long time that some people are much more connected than others, yet it was not known whether these highly connected individuals also had a larger number of strong connections. While time constraints may force people with more ties to be less persistent on average, the data also showed that, in absolute terms, people with more ties also have a greater number of persistent ties than those less connected. Highly connected individuals are not trading quality for quantity; rather, they appear to be more socially expressed in both the numbers of links and the persistence or strength of them.” By knowing the characteristics of persistence, the researchers could look at the features of the network for the first 15 days, and predict what the network would look like in the future. Since social connections play a role in areas such as collective decision making and consumption, predicting these connections might help researchers predict some of society´s actions. For example, measuring the persistence of a person´s social ties might open a new dimension for marketing segmentation strategies.”One area which is interested in new ways of characterizing individuals is marketing,” Hidalgo said. “To more effectively market their products, companies have traditionally segmented the targeted population by age, gender, ethnicities and socioeconomic status. As data on the social structure becomes increasingly available, it becomes possible for companies to categorize people based on their local structure on the social network. “This opens a new layer of information that cannot be accessed otherwise. The social structure surrounding an individual is likely the result of its behavior and personality, hence is likely to carry more relevant information than its age and gender. The persistence of a person´s social relationships is a dynamical measure that can be used to tell us how strongly a person is connected to its peers. It could indicate a level of respect or authority that cannot be captured by purely structural measures, such as the number of links or the density of its social structure.”More information: Hidalgo, Cesar A. and Rodriguez-Sickert, C. “The dynamics of a mobile phone network.” Physica A 387 (2008) 3017-3024. Citation: Physicists investigate ‘best friends forever’ (2008, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-04-physicists-friends.html Explore further Some friendships are short and fleeting, while others may last years. Although a wide variety of factors go into determining the strength of our relationships, the long-lasting ones seem to share a number of the same characteristics, according to a recent study. Collegiate affirmative action bans tied to rise in smoking among minority high schoolers A network model created with data from the study: blue nodes are males, pink nodes are females, and gray nodes are unknown gender. The node size is proportional to the age of the phone user, and the color and width of the links grows with persistence. Image credit: Cesar Hidalgo and Carlos Rodriguez-Sickert.
Citation: Low-Budget Fusion Reactor Could Generate Energy within a Decade (2009, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-low-budget-fusion-reactor-energy-decade.html General Fusion’s reactor design consists of 220 pistons that simultaneously ram a metal sphere. This creates a shock wave inside the sphere, so that plasma rings in the center create a fusion reaction. Credit: General Fusion. ITER nuclear fusion reactor to be built in Southern France 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. General Fusion has recently raised enough financial support – $13.5 million – from public and private investors to start the project. Rather than using expensive superconducting magnets (tokamaks) like the $14-billion ITER project in France or powerful lasers like those used by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the US, General Fusion plans to try a relatively low-tech approach called magnetized target fusion.The reactor consists of a metal sphere with a diameter of three meters. Inside the sphere, a liquid mixture of lithium and lead spins to create a vortex with a vertical cavity in the center. Then, the researchers inject two donut-shaped plasma rings called spheromaks into the top and bottom of the vertical cavity – like “blowing smoke rings at each other,” explains Doug Richardson, chief executive of General Fusion.The last step is mainly well-timed brute mechanical force. 220 pneumatically controlled pistons on the outer surface of the sphere are programmed to simultaneously ram the surface of the sphere one time per second. This force sends an acoustic wave through the spinning liquid that becomes a shock wave when it reaches the spheromaks in the center, triggering a fusion burst. Specifically, the plasma’s hydrogen isotopes – deuterium and tritium – fuse into helium, releasing neutrons that are trapped by the lithium and lead mixture. The neutrons cause the liquid to heat up, and the heat is extracted through a heat exchanger. Part of the resulting heat is used to make steam to spin a turbine for power generation, while the rest goes back to recharge the pistons. The biggest challenge with the design will likely be showing that the technique actually works; no one has ever demonstrated that spheromaks can be compressed enough – while maintaining their donut shape – to create fusion. The design also takes advantage of digital control technologies that have only recently been developed, which are required to ensure that all 220 pistons strike the sphere at once. General Fusion has just started developing simulations of the project, and hopes to build a test reactor and demonstrate net gain within five years. If everything goes according to plan, they will then build a 100-megawatt prototype reactor to be finished five years after that, which would cost an estimated $500 million.According to fusion experts interviewed in MIT Technology Review, the design will likely face many challenges, but the idea is scientifically sound. As Ken Fowler, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering and plasma physics at the University of California, Berkeley, explained, the culture of a private startup might enable the process to proceed more quickly, with less worry about potential risks.via: MIT Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Currently, most nuclear fusion power plants are large, expensive projects that will take decades to benefit from. But a startup company in Vancouver, Canada, called General Fusion is taking the fast track to fusion, with a plan to build a working prototype fusion power plant within the next decade at a cost of less than a billion dollars. Explore further
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers have been excavating at the Sakitari cave site since 2009 and have now found what they believe to be evidence of people finding a way to survive on the resource-limited island—fish hooks that would allow them catch live protein-laden prey. Prior research has suggested that humans have been visiting the island for approximately 50,000 years, but until now, there was little evidence of people staying on the island for long periods of time—at least until the modern era. But this new evidence suggests that people may have been living on the island continuously for the past 23,000 years—back to the time when the fish hooks (which were fashioned out of sea snail shells) were being used.In addition to the fish hooks, the researchers also found evidence of other food that had been eaten by the early humans such as frogs, birds, small mammals and even eels—much of it had been charred, suggesting humans had cooked them first. Prior to this latest report, researchers working in the cave had found human skeletal remains, beads crafted by the early people living there and what some believe might have been a grindstone. Interestingly, archaeologists have also found the remains of cooked lobster appearing to be of the size that would have been taken in the fall—the prime time for lobster fishing, as that is when they taste the best.The fish hooks represent an advancement in maritime technology, one that was necessary for the spread of people across the islands that dot the world’s oceans—they suggest that people were able to spread to a much wider geographical zone earlier than has been thought. The team also reports that they have found some other artifacts that might suggest people have been living on Okinawa going back as much as 35,000 years. (Phys.org)—A large team of Japanese researchers affiliated with multiple institutions working at a dig site on the south side of the island of Okinawa has found what are believed to be the oldest examples of fishing hooks ever unearthed. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the fish hooks, other artifacts they found and why they believe their findings are challenging conventional views of maritime adaptations. Gone fishing? We have for 42,000 years Citation: Ancient fish hooks found on Okinawa suggest earlier maritime migration than thought (2016, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-fish-okinawa-earlier-maritime.html Explore further © 2016 Phys.org Pieces of finished (Upper) and unfinished (Lower) fishhooks from Sakitari Cave. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113 More information: Masaki Fujita et al. Advanced maritime adaptation in the western Pacific coastal region extends back to 35,000–30,000 years before present, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113AbstractMaritime adaptation was one of the essential factors that enabled modern humans to disperse all over the world. However, geographic distribution of early maritime technology during the Late Pleistocene remains unclear. At this time, the Indonesian Archipelago and eastern New Guinea stand as the sole, well-recognized area for secure Pleistocene evidence of repeated ocean crossings and advanced fishing technology. The incomplete archeological records also make it difficult to know whether modern humans could sustain their life on a resource-poor, small oceanic island for extended periods with Paleolithic technology. We here report evidence from a limestone cave site on Okinawa Island, Japan, of successive occupation that extends back to 35,000−30,000 y ago. Well-stratified strata at the Sakitari Cave site yielded a rich assemblage of seashell artifacts, including formally shaped tools, beads, and the world’s oldest fishhooks. These are accompanied by seasonally exploited food residue. The persistent occupation on this relatively small, geographically isolated island, as well as the appearance of Paleolithic sites on nearby islands by 30,000 y ago, suggest wider distribution of successful maritime adaptations than previously recognized, spanning the lower to midlatitude areas in the western Pacific coastal region. 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.
More information: High-precision measurement of the proton’s atomic mass, arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1706.06780AbstractWe report on the precise measurement of the atomic mass of a single proton with a purpose-built Penning-trap system. With a precision of 32 parts-per-trillion our result not only improves on the current CODATA literature value by a factor of three, but also disagrees with it at a level of about 3 standard deviations. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has developed a new way to measure the mass of a proton and found the particle to be approximately 30 billionths of a percent less than previously thought. The group has written a paper describing their process and results and have uploaded it to the prepress server arXiv. Explore further Improved measurements of antiproton’s magnetic moment deepen mystery of baryonic asymmetry Sketch of the trap setup. The trap tower includes two separate storage traps (ST-I, ST-II), the measurement trap (MT) and a reference trap (RT) for magnetic field monitoring, which is presently not used. Ions are created in-situ using a mini-EBIT. By shuttling the ions between the storage traps and the MT, the time between successive measurements is minimized. Individual superconducting detection circuits for the proton (blue) and for the carbon ion (red), allow measurements at the identical electrostatic field configurations and thus guarantee the identical position and magnetic field. Credit: arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Higher precision measurements show proton mass less than thought (2017, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-higher-precision-proton-mass-thought.html Journal information: arXiv © 2017 Phys.org For some time now, the atomic mass of a proton has been an accepted standard measurement used to calculate other physics properties. Now, it appears researchers may have to revisit some of those entities as the most accurate ever measurement of the mass of a proton shows less mass than has been believed.In this new effort, the researchers fired an electron beam at a selected target atom held in a chilled vacuum chamber, releasing a proton. The group was then able to isolate the proton in a Penning trap, which is a device that creates both an electronic and magnetic field. Inside the trap, the proton moved in circles—measuring its velocity allowed the researchers to calculate its mass, which was 1.007 276 466 583(15)(29) atomic mass units. The 15 in parentheses represented the statistical uncertainty and the 29 that followed represented the systematic uncertainty.The group reports that their technique was three times more precise than any other technique used to date.Others have noted that making more precise measurements of protons and other particles could explain some of the big mysteries in physics—such as why the radius of a proton has been found to be smaller than theory has suggested, or why there is more matter than antimatter. It could also help research efforts exploring apparent discrepancies between protons and antiprotons.The research group has made clear its plans to continue refining its measuring technique—their goal is to improve the measurement for a proton by a factor of six. Meanwhile, if others are able to reproduce the work by the team, the new measurement could be included in the newest CODATA, which is scheduled for publishing in just a few months. 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.
Celebrating the festive season, Uchaan group is taking a giant leap forward and showcasing great work of arts at Gurgaon’s ‘Gold Souk’ The Jewellery Mall. The exhibition, Divine Connection- Lets Connect to divinity, is going on till 5 November. This group exhibition of painting sculpture and photography presents artworks from renowned artist like Anil Rawat, Anil Kohli, Rohit Kaushik, Prince Chand, Geetika Sangwan, Shubra Jain, Poonam Saini, Shilpi Malik, Shikha Jamwal, Simran Kaur, Shubha Bansal and Monica Wadhwa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uchaan group is a collaboration of established and experienced artists and upcoming artists having a great potential ahead. It is curated by Jyoti Kalra. Uchaan is always in pursuance of social initiative and to fulfill the same is supporting endowed and promising artist Neelesh Ganesh who is Autistic with high functioning disorder known as Asperger Syndrome. He believes in expressing himself with power of artworks. ‘Art from the heart’ is philosophy of his life.
Kolkata: Taking a major move to help identifying vision related problems at the very primary stage, around 85,000 girls from different schools in Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) area will be undergoing eye-testing.Bhaskar Bhattacharjee, Member Mayor-in-Council (Health), said: “The eye-testing camp is going to start from May 19. The first programme will be held at Jogesh Chandra Girls’ School in the central part of the city and Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty will be inaugurating the programme.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe said this is the first time when such an initiative has been taken for up eye-checking of so many school-goers. It may be mentioned that the year-long programme will be carried by an organisation along with a healthcare centre specialised in treatment of eyes with necessary support from the HMC. Teams will be visiting from one school to another in a bid to the conduct the eye-checkup camps. There is a proper planning following which the teams comprising senior ophthalmologists and their assistants will be visiting the schools. Girl students will be undergoing necessary tests of eyes. The eye-checkup camps will be organised in such a way that the curriculum of the schools don’t get affected. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe students will also be provided with necessary treatments if any defect is found. The students, who are found with defected eyesight, will be provided with spectacles.According to experts, besides helping students to know if they are suffering from any sort of eye defect, the camps will also help to create awareness about the steps needed to care for the eyes and practice preventive measures as well. It may be mentioned that now-a-days students from very early age start using computers and even remain glued to smart phones. During the camps they would also know about the ill effects of watching excessive television or playing games. It may be mentioned that the civic body is also going to set up eye-checkup centre in one of its Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHC) at Belgachia. At present there is one at the UPHC near Shibpur Police Station where it remains operational on three days a week.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has set aside denial of compensation to a victim of human trafficking by West Bengal State Legal Services Authority (SLSA) and directed it to pay the same to her. Justice Rajasekhar Mantha said compensation is awarded under the Victim Rehabilitation Scheme of 2017 as the fundamental rights of the victim under Article 21 (Right to Life) have been in fact violated. Denial of compensation to such victim would continue such violation and perpetrate gross inhumanity on the victim in question, Justice Mantha said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Such rehabilitation is not dependent on the pace in which either the investigation is conducted or the trial is carried on, the court said. “The object and purpose of the scheme of 2017 is that a victim of a serious crime, especially a woman, needs urgent and immediate attention and both physical and mental rehabilitation,” Justice Mantha observed. Directing that the quantum to be disbursed either in one go or in intervals shall be decided by the SLSA, the court said that the victim shall be entitled to claim and justify the amount of compensation she requires at a given point of time “not exceeding the amount of compensation payable to her in entirety”. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP Justice Mantha, while passing the order recently, also directed the state CID, which is handling the case, to conduct the investigation expeditiously and apprehend the absconding persons. The court directed the SLSA that it would assess the compensation payable to the victim and make over the same to her within 10 days of communication of the order. The girl, a victim of human trafficking, was rescued from Maharashtra’s Pune and brought back to West Bengal. While two accused persons were arrested, two others are absconding. “The girl had filed an application under the West Bengal Victim Compensation Scheme 2017, but was denied the relief by a district legal services authority and an appeal before the SLSA was also rejected,” her counsel Kaushik Gupta said. She moved the high court challenging the rejection of her appeal by the SLSA. Passing the order, the high court observed that the object and purpose behind the scheme is compensation to the victim primarily for the purpose of rehabilitation. A victim can claim rehabilitation during the pendency of the trial, prior to its commencement or upon conclusion of a trial as per the existing laws, the court noted. The SLSA rejected her claim on the ground that both conditions, one being the accused not being traced or identified, as well as trial not having commenced, are required to be satisfied to entitle the petitioner for compensation. The court said that the rejection by the SLSA on such grounds cannot be sustained in law. Justice Mantha referred to a July 2017 judgement by a co-ordinate bench of this high court that said the Victim Compensation Scheme requires and enforces the directive principles enshrined in the Constitution of India under Article 38 which obligates the state to render social justice to its citizens. A citizen cannot be asked to forfeit the right to live with dignity just because such citizen has become a victim of an act of crime, the earlier judgement said, adding that “the state is obliged to protect the life and property of its citizen”.
If in the beginning was the ‘word’, theatre paved the way for the word to be used meaningfully. The most distinctive quality about theatre, one that distinguishes it from other art forms, is the interactive relationship between actor and audience, the engagement in a communal activity. What is of consequence is how we use this community creating quality of theatre in the contemporary world, how we shape the interactive and communal nature of the theatrical experience to make it a forceful political agency. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In a world when things have really fallen apart in the Yeatsian sense, it is important to empower ourselves as best as we can. In theatre, that can happen when the audience does not cling to its passive role as spectators who merely watch, but rather transform into a community of individuals who can look beyond their prescribed roles within not just the theatrical space but also in the world beyond theatre. Only then can the true role of theatre in the drama of life unfold itself. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn 2005, when Juliano
‘Once Upon a Time’ a play created by Miran Production finally gave an impactful route to the crowd. The play was held by a brilliant cast, none other than Tom Alter, Charu Shankar, Sunit Tandon.The play was a repertoire of five short stories based on human emotions and relationships. Such entertaining pieces from everyday life are magnificent in their simplicity. An amalgamation of human psyche and sentiments, there is a tale for every occasion set in reality whether depicting love, longing, anxiety or fear. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDirected by Sujata Soni Bali, it is a unique collection that will make the audience laugh, cry, feel and think, all in a roller-coaster journey of one hour! Carefully curated from different genres and varied in their narration and style, the stories are related in their richness and intensity. All five stories, got the audience – old and young alike – hooked on to the play with their interesting story line. The five stories were as follows:Sharifan – A poignant story set at the time of partition; where violence begets violence or could it be the turning point for peace? Original story by Saadat Hassan Manto. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Classroom – A depiction in lighter vein that describes what goes on in the mind of a teacher when she takes her first class. Original story by Sutapa Basu.Last Letter – A touching story about a father who writes his last letter to his daughter on her birthday. Original story by Dipanker Mukherjee. Twenty Questions – An amusing story that shows an interesting conversation between two people who meet in an arranged marriage set up. Original story by Twinkle Pandey.Ek Lamha – An ethereal depiction of a poet finding his muse as he passes by the tenth floor of a building. A true narration by Tom Alter.
Kolkata: A three-day Budget session in the Assembly started on Friday with the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi delivering his inaugural address.When Tripathi was giving a detailed account of various development schemes introduced or run by the Bengal government in past one year, the Opposition party MLAs created a ruckus at the Assembly. They shouted slogans demanding a four-day discussion on the Governor speech. However, the Governor continued with his speech unperturbed and gave a detailed account of the achievements of the state government. It may be mentioned here that a state government spokesperson on Thursday categorically mentioned that the discussion on the Governor speech would take place during the latter half of the current session in the Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDespite the government assurances, the Opposition party MLAs staged demonstration inside the Assembly. State Finance minister Amit Mitra would present the state budget on Monday and discussion on the budget would take place in detail on Tuesday. Terming Bengal government’s ‘Krishak Bandhu’ scheme as a landmark scheme, the Governor said under the scheme yearly financial assistance to the tune of Rs 5,000 would be given to the farmers per acre and also a death benefit package of Rs 2 lakh per to farmers belonging to the age group between 18-60 years. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMore than 72 lakh farmers will receive the benefit under the scheme. The total project cost has been estimated to be around Rs 7,000 crore. State Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee said the disbursement of cheques to the farmers would be completed in the current month. Around 38,000 cheques have already been distributed among the farmers since the project had been announced by the Chief Minister few months ago. Banerjee said that around 80,000 farmers have already registered themselves under this scheme.
Six women aged 24 to 74 years are all set to embark on a unique expedition to South Pole, scripting a number of records as they do so.The surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and untouched mountain ranges make Antarctica the coldest and driest place on the globe and also one of the most isolated locations in the world.Janice Meek, a Guinness World Record holding polar adventurer will be leading a team of five women, including two talented Indians — 24-year-old Tanvi Buch from Mumbai who is a student at the University of British Columbia and Madhabilata Mitra from Kolkata. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBuch would be the youngest Indian to ski to the South Pole if she successfully completes it.Mitra is a trained mountaineer and a super-model and will be the first Bengali to visit the South Pole.She is an instructor at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and also works as a high-altitude trek guide.The team will also have Denise Martin, Canadian guide and trainer, Caroline Geraerts, a breast cancer survivor and an avid adventurer who is aiming to become the oldest woman to reach both North and South Poles within 12 calendar months, and Aileen Crean, grand-daughter of Ireland’s most celebrated explorer Tom Crean who is planning to achieve the unfulfilled dream of the latter. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeek, the oldest of the lot, is out there to prove that “age is no barrier” and believes that one should always harp on the “why not” rather than the “why”.Regarding the training, Meek adds: “If one can be on their feet for long and have a strong core, they can do it. Just eat well, exercise well and be determined.”The team will train in Scotland from September 1 to 9. After that, they will go to London and return to India.”In December, we will fly from South America and after reaching Antarctica we will be taken to a special camp called Union Glacier from where we will head for the magnetic pole.” Buch thanks her parents for their encouragement and says: “This was totally unexpected. There is a lot of positive energy that has been generated within the team and I’m enjoying every bit of it. I’m trying to keep myself fit and my main focus now is this expedition. It’ll definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Mitra says she is super-excited and overwhelmed with this opportunity. Regarding the challenges, she says: “I am a trained mountaineer and recently underwent rescue training to avoid any difficult situation during rock climbing and mountaineering.”The expedition, aptly titled the “Polar Maidens,” will highlight how ordinary women can achieve the extraordinary, expand their horizons and inspire others to explore their strengths.
Keeping in mind the necessity to bring common masses closer to the Indian traditions and culture, a national festival of dance and music – ‘Parampara series’ is organised every year. This year, the three day event will be held from August 10 – 12, 7 pm – 10 pm, at Kamani Auditorium.Organised under the aegis of Natya Tarangini, Dr Raja Radha Reddy and Dr Kaushalya Reddy, the event has been successfully bringing art from across country to mesmerize the audience. Under this series, Natya Tarangini has presented various stalwarts but the endeavour is not restricted to bridging the gap between legendary artists and audience but also to give platform to the young talents who are trying to make their foothold in the world of art and culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor over two decades thousands of people have witnessed magnificent art of nearly a hundred legendary artists including Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr Balamuralikrishna, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Birju Maharaj, Kelucharan Mahopatra, Vyjayanthimala Bali, Kishori Amonkar, Mrinalini Sarabai, Astad Deboo, Shubha Mudgal and others.This year, the 22nd edition of the festival will represent some of the most successful dance productions of recent times, in addition to the musical concerts by legendary artists. As has been the tradition, the audience of Parampara Series will witness two concerts every evening. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLiving up to the reputation of the institute, Natya Tarangini commenced yet another series of their annual festival – ‘Maha Shivaratri’ since past two years, with an objective to bring all the artists under one roof to worship Lord Shiva through music and dance. This festival promotes and gives a platform to the young and upcoming exponents of music and dance and has featured artists like Ashwini Bhide, Dr. K. Vageesh, Malini Awasthi, O.S. Arun, Rajendra Gangani, Gundecha Brothers, Bhavana Reddy to name a few.Natya Tarangini also promotes other art forms through its art gallery ‘Nandjeet Khemka Art Gallery’ wherein the paintings/sculpture of various artists are displayed. Apart from this, Natya Tarangini is actively involved in conducting education workshops and seminars.
Back in the day, dog poop was actually a valuable resource to leather makers. So the coats people wore, the handbags, briefcases, and all the leather goods they used were thanks, at least in part, to dog dung. Not surprisingly, entrepreneurial folks also found a way to benefit from this need for poop by keeping their streets and alleyways free of the brown mess, because it held currency for them at local tanneries.Tanning, c. 1880.Long before the days of modern manufacturing with chemicals and clean environs, tanneries had such a powerful smell that they were located outside of the town.But in London, for example, people knew that poop was an important part of the tanning process — so off it went, effectively helping keep the streets poop free. Dog feces contain enzymes that break down collagen in hides, part of the tanning process called “bating.”Leather Tanners in Morocco. Photo by Peter van der Sluijs – Own work CC BY-SA 3.0It’s no wonder the New Research Encyclopedia refers to tanning as “noxious,” and “an odoriferous trade.”Skins arrived at a tannery bloody and wet with whatever animal remains still clung to them. First, they were soaked in water to clean them. Then came urine to help make them pliable enough that the hair could be removed with knives.And that’s where the poop came in. It may sound wholly unappetizing now, but at a time when there were no ready-to-use chemicals, the lovely sheen of fine leather goods was achieved by soaking the hides in a mixture of water and dog poop. Or pigeons – their poop was used too.Tanner, Nuremberg, 1609.British writer, artist, and librarian Julian Walker discussed the subject in his article, “More Poo, And Some Words on Tanning.” Walker confirmed that, “dog excrement was not an ingredient in tanning until the second half of the 18th century,” but until chemicals were introduced into tanning in the mid-20th century, it was a key step in the grueling process.Which begs the question: could we solve the modern problem of dog poop on our streets by turning to a very old method? Not in tanning, of course; best to leave that to the professionals and the chemicals. But what about other uses for it?Woman tells her Dog She Ate All His Halloween Candy.Some individuals have taken note of the forward-thinking ways being used to motivate dog owners to pick up after their pets. And in some rather unexpected places, too.Terra, a telecommunications company in Mexico City, installed bins across the city’s parks into which people could put put poop in exchange for free Internet service.Pet waste sign at the park in Miami.Jonathan Fincher, in the May 3, 2012 edition of the New Atlas, described the innovation as a win-win for everyone: the firm gets free P.R., the city gets tidier parks, and dog owners get free Wi-Fi in exchange for picking up after their pets.In his article, “Mexican Internet Company Exchanges Public Wi-Fi For Dog Poop,” Fincher wrote, “It may sound like a bizarre concept, but if it motivates people to keep their public spaces cleaner, it could prove to be a good method, in the long run.”Sign ordering owners to clean up after pets, Houston, Texas, 2011.No doubt, the limitations of poop’s uses are set only by our imaginations and the “yuck” factor. But if we can offer rewards for diligent dog owners, maybe one-day dog poop in the streets will be much more than a societal nuisance.Read another story from us: Monks, Monkeys, and Cappuccino – They Have More in Common than You KnowMaybe that feeling of “gross!” we get when we step in it can be replaced by a feeling of, “look what I found!” Is that such a stretch? Perhaps, but that’s probably what they said to the guy who invented the elastic band.
Not many people on the planet are getting more camera time right now than The Notorious MMA, Conor McGregor. Even though Conor is one of the most recognizable athletes in sports, one weightlifter bro went around L.A. fully decked out in a McGregor starter kit and tricked crowds of people into thinking they were meeting the one and only UFC Champ.It’s funny how no one even questions the guy. He ends up taking a selfie with a mob of 100 people and gets all kind of love at the beach. It’s good to be Conor McGregor right now, or even his impersonator.(Some NSFW language)
Advertisement 8. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs defense has been a problem, which is why they’ve dropped to 8 after holding the top spot for several weeks earlier in the year. They’re 30th in the NFL in yards per play allowed, and have given up 29 or more points in 4 of the last 5 weeks.Offensively, K.C. leads the NFL in yards per play (6.26), and Alex Smith has 16 touchdowns and 0 INT’s through 8 weeks, but they’ve been held under 100 yards rushing in their last 3 games after rushing for more than 100 in their first 5. They need to get their defense figured out and the biggest question is if they can get it done in the playoffs. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Colin still has the Cowboys at 4, despite the apparent loss of Ezekiel Elliott for 6 weeks because he loves their offensive and defensive line play. Dallas ranks 2nd in rushing offense (150.6 YPG), 5th in scoring (28.3 PPG), but will need a running back by committee to replace Elliott, who is tied for 1st in rushing touchdowns (6), and 3rd in total scrimmage yards per game (128.6). Colin thinks they can still get production from Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris behind their mashing o-line until Zeke returns.Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, and as a team Dallas ranks 5th in the NFL with 25 sacks. The Dallas D has been one of the most surprising units in the NFL. Dak will need to step up with the absence of Elliott. 2. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles picked up Jay Ajayi, which gives them a scary downhill running back combo, along with LeGarrette Blount. Carson Wentz is tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, and as a team they rank 1st in the NFL in time of possession (33:57), scoring differential (+76), and are scoring touchdowns on 68% of their red zone trips.They lead the NFL in rushing defense, allowing just 70.4 yards per game, and are only allowing opponents to convert 31% on third downs. Philly is a contender. 9. L.A. Rams – The Rams are still good enough to make the Top 10, but they can’t seriously contend because Jared Goff isn’t there quite yet. In his last four games, Goff is completing just 53.9% of his passes, with 4 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a passer rating of just 74.2.Colin loves their pass rush, run game and they may have the best special teams in the NFL, but they aren’t ready to make a deep playoff run this year. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are coming off an impressive win over a tough Houston team, and just bolstered their below average o-line by picking up All-Pro tackle Duane Brown from them in a trade.Since Week 3, Seattle ranks 1st in passing offense (318.6 YPG), 2nd in total offense (411.0 YPG), and 3rd in scoring (30.8 PPG). Russell Wilson is 2nd in the NFL with 286.9 passing yards per game. Seattle has the pieces to get it done and win it all. Colin moves them up to 1 this week.The Seahawks are the best team in the NFLRT if you agree with @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/JO7axtBpFL— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 31, 2017 5. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have turned it around after a slow start because they’re pounding Le’Veon Bell. During their 3-game win streak, Bell is averaging 30.7 rushes per game and 129.7 yards per game, and in his career, Pittsburgh is 19-0 when he gets 23 or more carries in a game.Defensively, Pittsburgh is 1 of 2 teams to have multiple sacks in all 8 games, and has the 3rd best scoring defense in the league (16.4 PPG). 3. New England Patriots – This New England offense may be the deepest, personnel wise, they’ve had in the Belichick era. They’re 1st in total offense (411.1 YPG), 1st in passing offense (302.1 YPG), and Tom Brady leads the NFL in passing yards per game (317.6), and is 2nd in passer rating (106.5).They’re still terrible defensively, ranking 32nd in yards per play allowed (6.59), total defense (417 YPG), and passing defense (295.5 YPG Allowed). Colin still thinks Brady and Belichick can get it done in the playoffs if they can just get the defense to average. 7. New Orleans Saints – New Orleans is the one of the surprise teams in the NFL because they’re playing real defense and running the ball.The Saints have 11 takeaways during their current 5-game win streak with at least 1 turnover in each of those games, and are only allowing 4.67 yards per play over that span. They’re also averaging 138 rush yards per game during the streak, with 7 TD’s on the ground. Drew Brees and Sean Payton have turned it around thanks to their new found balance. Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and there’s movement after Week 8. This week, the Rams drop, the Vikings are back in, and there’s a new #1.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 8:10. Minnesota Vikings – Colin likes the Vikings, even with backup Case Keenum under center, and it’s mostly because they have one of the best defenses in the league. The Minnesota D is ranked 3rd in total defense (282.1 net YPG), 4th in rushing defense (81.4 YPG), scoring defense (16.9 PPG), and elite pass-rusher Everon Griffen is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 10 sacks.The Vikings offense may not be spectacular, but because they rank 5th in the league in time of possession (31:27), it gives them a chance to win. They’d be higher if they had an above average quarterback. 6. Houston Texans – Houston and Deshaun Watson have been impressive, but the loss of All-Pro tackle Duane Brown in a trade with Seattle hurts. They’ve allowed a QB pressure on 43.2% of dropbacks, which is the worst in the NFL. Brown would have helped shore up the protection, but now he’s gone.Since Will Fuller returned in Week 4, Watson is averaging 9.44 yards per pass, with 16 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a passer rating of 116.0. Colin likes the roster, weapons and Watson has exceeded all reasonable expectations.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Brought to you by PCWorld 4 min read ProsExcellent performerConsRough interfacePricing :Amazon.com $69.99BitDefender Internet Security 2008 BitDefender was an excellent performer among security suites, but it’s best for experts who don’t need guidance regarding security extras and pop-up alerts and who don’t mind therough interface.BitDefender Internet Security 2008 ($40 for one PC, $50 for three PCs) pairs shining success with disappointing failure. It outperformed every other suite in crucial malware detection tests, unmasked every rootkit sample, and finished second among the eight suites evaluated for our “All-in-One Security Suites: Tried and Tested” roundup on a separate spyware and adware detection test.But this stellar performance behind the scenes was seriously marred by an unpleasant user experience. From aggravations with the initial installation to difficulties with warning pop-ups, BitDefender’s flaws are hard to brush off.BitDefender did extremely well when subjected to AV-Test.org’s 674,589 inactive malware samples, detecting 98 percent of them. It also did the best job of detecting new, unknown malware in heuristics tests, with a 29 percent catch rate using one-month-old signatures. And it also tied for first with Kaspersky Internet Security 7.0 for the fastest response (0 to 2 hours) to malware outbreaks.The suite detected all six inactive rootkit samples, though its efforts to disinfect one of them (Vanquish) crashed our test computer. BitDefender caught 97 percent of inactive spyware and adware samples, too, but it was our test group’s second-worst offender at flagging false positives–though its 0.06 percent rate for false positives lies within an acceptable range.As an infection remover, BitDefender didn’t hold up as well. It successfully sanitized the files related to four out of five infections, but it completely failed to remove changes to the Windows Registry. Though they pose less danger of serious harm to your system than malware files, altered Registry entries can interfere with the smooth running of your PC.BitDefender’s firewall successfully masked a protected PC against outside scans, but it displayed needless warnings when the Firefox Web browser tried to access the Internet. That program should be on any firewall’s list of known (and approved) applications.The suite offers a good array of secondary features, including antiphishing, parental controls, antispam, and data privacy. But these extras need polish. The browser-based antiphishing tool didn’t block any sites until I enabled the feature’s heuristic detection, which is off by default. When I enabled parental control for other users, I wasn’t prompted to set a program password–but if you fail to do so and you set up your kids’ accounts with administrator rights, they’ll be able to turn off the parental controls.The antispam features currently tie into Outlook and Outlook Express only; a few other suites tie into Windows Mail and Thunderbird as well. The suite’s Identity Control data privacy features requires that you manually enter any data (such as credit card numbers) that you want to prevent from being sent out on the Internet. Though that practice is fairly standard among suites, BitDefender pushes you to create the definitions on first use, and it’s not easy to figure out how to bypass this step.BitDefender’s warning pop-ups did a poor job of guiding us through the steps of removing a detected e-mail worm (Warezov). The pop-up alert had options for ignoring, quarantining, or deleting the file. But perhaps because ther malware was lurking inside a .zip file, the security suite’s default option was to ignore the infection. Choosing to quarantine the archive failed, but rather than alerting me to the failure. the program just popped up the same window without the quarantine option. Choosing delete finally worked.Unlike every other suite we tested, BitDefender doesn’t provide contextual help links that take you straight to the parental control help section if you click ‘Help’ while changing those settings, for example. Also, BitDefender asked again for the program registration code and registration information when we logged on as another user on the same PC. The company acknowledged that this is a program bug it intends to fix.If BitDefender’s interface and warnings were anywhere near as good as its virus detection engine, the suite would be easy to recommend. But its confusing pop-ups, program bugs, and high false positive rate make it best suited to a user who has strong technical skills and can at times make the right security choices without guidance from the software.– Erik Larkin November 29, 2007 Enroll Now for Free
Phillip Tracy, Author Bio Phillip Tracy, A new play/pause drop-down feature in Google Chrome’s toolbar will let you control audio and video without having to switch between tabs. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-chrome-play-pause-button?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The feature, when enabled, displays a small play icon in the top-right corner of your browser that shows audio and video sources next to play, pause, next and previous controls. Google calls the tool Global Media Controls and it is currently available in Chrome Canary, a web browser for experimental features, some of which will make their way to Chrome proper. Google Chrome Canary crashed multiple times before I finally got to test the feature by playing a YouTube video and switching to a new tab. From the Laptop Mag home page, I was able to pause Lewis Capaldi’s single “Hold My While You Wait” without having to reopen the YouTube tab or use keyboard shortcuts.MORE: How to Use Chrome Browser: Tips, Tutorials and HacksChrome already lets you right-click on a tab to mute a website, but that requires you to find which tab is playing audio, a frustrating task when you have dozens of websites open. With Global Media Controls, all of your audio-playing tabs are neatly packaged so you can quickly control what comes out of your speakers. The play/pause icon will reportedly be added to Chrome’s desktop version on Windows, Mac and Linux, according to ZDNet. There’s no word yet on when it will arrive or whether it’ll make an appearance on Chrome OS, but we expect to see it on Google’s desktop OS once the bugs are all worked out.How to use Google Chrome’s play/pause controlsIf you want to try it yourself, just download Google Chrome Canary and enter the experimental feature page at chrome://flags/. From there, search for “Global Media Controls” and choose “Enable.” You’ll have to restart the browser. Once it reloads, you’ll see a play icon on the right side of your toolbar. When audio is playing — whether a movie, TV show or song — the source will appear in a drop-down box with the option to pause, skip or go back. As I mentioned, Google Chrome Canary crashed nearly every time I tried testing it. Despite those problems, I remain hopeful that it makes it to the official browser so I can quickly turn off auto-play ads and listen to my music without any disruptions. 40 Best Google Chrome Extensions by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer.
Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords database by Martin Brinkmann on February 22, 2018 in Security – 21 commentsIs a password that you use actively to protect an account secure? The question is difficult to answer as it depends on your definition of secure.Secure can mean, among other things, that it cannot be cracked in reasonable time, or that it is not already on a publicly accessible password list.Pwned PasswordsThe Pwned Passwords database of Have I Been Pwned has been updated recently with new password data sets.The service accepts a password and reveals whether it was found on any of the lists that powers the service’s database.All you have to do is type a password to find out whether it is available in the clear-text format on a public password dump list.Some users may have reservations when it comes to typing passwords that they use on a site on the Internet. That site, in theory, could use the information for malicious activity. While it requires a username, usually that goes along with it, adding the password to a list to run dictionary attacks against services could have negative consequences for the user who entered it on the site.That’s one reason why you may download the entire database to your local system. It is available as a zipped torrent file; the torrent file has a size of 8.8 Gigabytes and contains a list of 501 million password hashes and password use counts. The archive extracts to a single 30 Gigabytes large text file that many text editors won’t open.Use a free program like Large Text File Viewer to open the text document on your system.You need to compute the SHA-1 hash of your passwords and may use a free program like HashCalc for that which supports the computation of hashes from text strings among other things.You’d then search the downloaded database file for that Sha-1 hash to find out if the password leaked before.Attackers may use public password lists in attacks, especially if passwords are popular.If a password is found in the database, it is advised to change it and use a password that is not found. Generally speaking, it is best to assume that any password that is listed in the database is known to attackers and should not be used anymore.Now You: How do you make sure to select secure passwords for accounts?Related articlesDashlane wants to automate passwords in 2018Encryption and Strong PasswordsKeePass 2.36: detect duplicate or similar passwordsPassword Use Study: massive reuse of passwordsYou should not be using these passwordsSummaryArticle NameCheck your passwords against the Pwned Passwords databaseDescriptionYou may use the updated Pwned Passwords database to find out whether the passwords that you use actively are on public password database lists on the Internet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement