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Month: August 2019

Your cell phone may be used against you in a court of

first_img ACLU: US Attorney OK’d GPS to track cell phones Explore further © 2010 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) — We tend to think of our cell phones as our own person technological domains. They are the places where we can store our digital life and keep an eye on the things that we need to, while we are on the go. But, what if your data is not you own, what if it is used against you in a court of law?center_img Those are the allegations made by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Michigan State Police. They claim that they have been using technology to clone your cell phone data and use it against drivers for issues as trivial as a traffic stop. That data could include your photos, videos, e-mails, and GPS locations.The Michigan State Police have been accused of taking cell phones from people at traffic stops and cloning those phones. The devices used, called the CelleBrite UFED, were initially designed for forensic use, and now they may be being used in the field by patrol officers. These devices are capable of cloning the data that is stored on more than 3000 different models of cell phones. Security protections, including pins are not stopped by this device. It is even capable of accessing data that have been deleted on the phone, data that is no longer available to the phones owner.Requests by the ACLU to see log data from the Michigan State Police was met for a demand for half a million dollars to pay for the costs of retrieving the information. The ACLU replied to that request with a public letter that made reference to the constitutional rights of citizens and the possibility of litigation Currently, no other steps have been taken. Citation: Your cell phone may be used against you in a court of law (2011, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-cell-court-law.html CelleBrite UFEDlast_img read more

Where no lab has gone before SingleMolecule Electrokinetic Traps

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Behavior of single protein observed in unprecedented detail by Stanford chemists “The key to making ABEL work,” says Cohen, “is to do the feedback as quickly and accurately as possible. However, as we try to trap ever-smaller particles, this task becomes challenging for two reasons. First, smaller particles diffuse faster – the amount of diffusion is inversely proportional to the radius of the particle, so a 1 nm particle diffuses 10 times faster than a 10 nm particle. Second, smaller particles tend to be dimmer – and in the limit of having just one fluorescent dye molecule, we don’t get very many photons from it. So in the end, we’re trying to follow the motion of this incredibly quickly moving, dim object, and we need to do this with sub-millisecond resolution in time and micron-scale resolution in space. That’s hard to do.”The primary innovation that allows the ABEL trap to trap single dye molecules is a statistically rigorous tracking algorithm that makes nearly optimal use of the information in every detected photon, which Fields designed and implemented in custom digital hardware (called a Field Programmable Gate Array, or FPGA). “The FPGA can run the algorithm tens of thousands of times per second,” explains Cohen, “so every time we detect a photon from a trapped molecule, the algorithm incorporates this information into its estimate of where the particle was, generates the appropriate feedback signals, and then waits until the next photon detection.” Play A series of Alexa 647 molecules are trapped until photobleaching or diffusional escape. The movie is shown in real time. Video (c) PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108 The result is an imaging and detection system that performs the fastest and most sensitive tracking to date by combining all photon information in a statistically optimal way that generates the most likely estimate of the location of a photon’s source. Moreover, implementing the algorithm on the FPGA runs the algorithm in 9 μs, which is significantly less than the typical interval between photon emissions. (By way of comparison, the CCD camera-based system took 4.5 ms to process emitted photon data, and the algorithm prior to that developed by Fields required 25 μs.) Cohen acknowledges that despite these advances, ABEL is not perfect. “One limitation to that ABEL can only trap for a few seconds because the oxygen-sensitive dye molecule is subject to laser-induced photobleaching. Optical excitation has a small probability of resulting in a photochemical change that disrupts the dye molecule.” However, he adds that photobleaching can be minimized by adding chemicals that consume oxygen, as well as other chemicals that decrease its impact, such as antioxidants and free- radical scavengers.Going forward, Cohen is interested in layering other kinds of spectroscopy on top of the trapping. “We want to shine different colors of light onto the trapped molecule, and so get more information out of the photons – their polarization, wavelength, and precise timing – that the molecule emits. This additional information will give us a more detailed picture of what the one molecule is doing inside the trap”Cohen also is investigating the addition of various fluidics to facilitate the inflow and outflow of different reagents. “It would be great if we could trap an enzyme, say, and then flow in substrate or ATP, and see how the dynamics of the enzyme change.”Regarding applications, Cohen is hoping in the near term to study the dynamics of short pieces of DNA and DNA-protein interactions. “DNA has been incredibly well studied, of course; but there are still really fundamental and important things we don’t know,” he points out. “For example, we don’t know what happens to DNA if you bend it very sharply, or how the mechanical properties of DNA depend on its underlying sequence. These questions are important to the function of DNA in a cell, because DNA in a cell is often highly bent around histones or by DNA-binding proteins. We also don’t fully understand how DNA-binding proteins find their specific binding sites on the molecule. It’s possible that the proteins are probing the local mechanical properties of the molecule as part of their search.”In the longer term, the team would like to study the internal dynamics of a wide range of proteins and molecular machines. “Now that we can trap nearly any molecule without tethering it to a surface, we can hope to look at the dynamics of many individual molecules that thus far have been impossible to study at the single-molecule level.” 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 Citation: Where no lab has gone before: Single-Molecule Electrokinetic Traps (2011, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-lab-single-molecule-electrokinetic.html • Electrokinetic trapping at the one nanometer limit, PNAS Published online before print May 11, 2011, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108• Cohen Lab at Harvard University Copyright 2011 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. More information: (PhysOrg.com) — To study the behavior of large protein complexes and long DNA chains in solution, researchers use so-called molecular traps. However, earlier traps have proven ineffective when working with small molecules due to the latter’s high diffusion. This limitation was first addressed through single-molecule immobilization techniques such as surface attachment and laser tweezers, but there were drawbacks: the former can disrupt biochemical structures, while the latter require molecules to be attached to large beads. A later trap developed at Stanford University used computer-based image capture and processing to track a single molecule’s Brownian motion, which it then cancels by applying variable voltage feedback. Now, however, Harvard University researchers have devised an Anti-Brownian ELectrokinetic (ABEL) trap that couples fluorescence microscopy to real-time electrokinetic feedback to trap any soluble fluorescence-capable molecule up to 800 times less massive than was previously possible. Developed at Harvard University by Prof. Adam E. Cohen in the Departments of Physics and of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and Alex Fields, his student in the Biophysics Program, the ABEL trap works by following the Brownian motion of a particle, and then applying feedback forces to the particle to suppress this Brownian motion. The system uses fluorescence (from a dye molecule attached to that particle) to track the Brownian motion of the particle with a high degree of precision without damaging it. Molecular traps face a basic challenge that has been historically difficult to overcome – namely, the differences in behavior between atoms in a low-temperature vacuum, which follow Newton’s laws of inertia and momentum, and those in solution. In the latter case, molecules collide every few picoseconds (as opposed to billions of times per second in a gas at atmospheric pressure, and only once every few seconds for typical atom trapping done at ultra-high vacuum), making it very difficult to track and analyze their positions and trajectories. This therefore requires a very different molecular trapping strategy.While fluorescence has been employed in single-molecule imaging since the 1990s, these early systems required molecules to be immobilized on the surface of a slide using a chemical tether. Unfortunately, the tether often perturbed or modified the particle being trapped, so that there was no guarantee that it was behaving as it would if free in solution. Other early traps required molecules to be attached to small bead-like structures in order to be immobilized, which also often perturbed the molecule under study.However, Cohen’s work with W. E. Moerner at Stanford University in 2005 led to traps that connected a CCD camera to a computer and determined the molecule’s position via real-time image fitting. The computer then applied a time-varying feedback voltage to the solution so that the electrophoretic and electroosmotic drifts combined to cancel the Brownian motion. Despite the significant progress made, the system’s speed was limited by software speed and the frame-rate of the camera. During his last year at Stanford, however, Cohen updated the trap with custom hardware that by having single-photon sensitivity allowed not only more precise measurement but the ability to determine where a photon had originated. Explore further Instrumentation. Two electrooptic deflectors (EODs) scan light from a 633 nm HeNe laser among a set of 27 discrete points with a dwell time of 3.1 μs per point. Fluorescence emitted by a fluorophore in the sample cell (Top Right) is separated from the illumination by a dichroic mirror (DM) and detected by an avalanche photodiode single-photon counting module (SPCM). A Kalman filter implemented on a field-programmable gate array incorporates the information from each photon detection into a running estimate of the fluorophore position, and generates appropriate feedback voltages that are amplified and applied to the sample cell via four platinum electrodes. The latency of the feedback loop (between photon detection and voltage response) is 9 μs. Image (c) PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1103554108last_img read more

Study finds pigeons use bodies to turn rather than wing force

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Intuitively, it might seem, at least to humans who have no natural wings of course, that to turn, especially when sharp angles are involved, that flailing the wing harder or faster that is opposite the turn would be the most natural way to proceed. After all, that’s the approach us humans would use in water for instance, in trying to turn quickly. But that’s not how birds operate, at least not pigeons. Ros and his team set up nine high-speed synchronized cameras in a hall that had a ninety degree turn in the middle of it. They then marked a pigeon in sixteen places to track just exactly how each body part moved as it flew. They then set the bird to flying the hallway, capturing every detail and noting precisely what goes on with its body, wings, and tail as it turns. Surprisingly, it turned out that the pigeon neither flapped faster or harder, opting instead to simply turn or roll its body to adjust for the turn and allowing its wings to flap as they would were the bird heading straight. Once through the turn, the bird then readjusted its body to enable straight ahead flight.While all this may not seem all that remarkable, after all, the pigeons have likely been turning in flight for more years than we have held interest in how they do so, the observations may provide important information for people wishing to improve on clunky old human flight, or more specifically, when trying to build drones that can fly better than what is available today.It’s not hard to imagine the difference. Sending a drone down a narrow hall where it must negotiate a ninety degree turn is quite frankly, impossible at this point, though a helicopter, which perhaps not coincidently turns in ways very similar to the pigeon, could do it with ease. This is because it can slow down without losing lift. But if the drone could be made to maneuver its body as it turns, perhaps then it could perform maneuvers that the common pigeon takes for granted. Pigeon Citation: Study finds pigeons use bodies to turn rather than wing force (2011, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-pigeons-bodies-wing.html More information: Pigeons steer like helicopters and generate down- and upstroke lift during low speed turns, PNAS, Published online before print November 28, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1107519108AbstractTurning is crucial for animals, particularly during predator–prey interactions and to avoid obstacles. For flying animals, turning consists of changes in (i) flight trajectory, or path of travel, and (ii) body orientation, or 3D angular position. Changes in flight trajectory can only be achieved by modulating aerodynamic forces relative to gravity. How birds coordinate aerodynamic force production relative to changes in body orientation during turns is key to understanding the control strategies used in avian maneuvering flight. We hypothesized that pigeons produce aerodynamic forces in a uniform direction relative to their bodies, requiring changes in body orientation to redirect those forces to turn. Using detailed 3D kinematics and body mass distributions, we examined net aerodynamic forces and body orientations in slowly flying pigeons (Columba livia) executing level 90° turns. The net aerodynamic force averaged over the downstroke was maintained in a fixed direction relative to the body throughout the turn, even though the body orientation of the birds varied substantially. Early in the turn, changes in body orientation primarily redirected the downstroke aerodynamic force, affecting the bird’s flight trajectory. Subsequently, the pigeon mainly reacquired the body orientation used in forward flight without affecting its flight trajectory. Surprisingly, the pigeon’s upstroke generated aerodynamic forces that were approximately 50% of those generated during the downstroke, nearly matching the relative upstroke forces produced by hummingbirds. Thus, pigeons achieve low speed turns much like helicopters, by using whole-body rotations to alter the direction of aerodynamic force production to change their flight trajectory.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PhysOrg.com) — In a rather surprising turn of events, it appears pigeons use their body to make sharp turns, rather than stronger wing strokes when flying. This bit of news comes from Ivo Ros of Harvard University and his colleagues who have been studying the bird’s flight skills with high speed cameras. They have published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Birds ‘flap run’ instead if flying over obstacles to save energy This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers discover vine that is able to mimic multiple hosts

first_img(Phys.org) —Ernesto Gianoli and Fernando Carrasco-Urra, researchers working in Chile and Argentina have discovered a truly unique plant—Boquila trifoliolata—a vine native to the area that the research pair has discovered, is able to mimic multiple hosts—a first for the plant world. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, the duo describes the vine and its unique attributes. © 2014 Phys.org Boquila trifoliata. Credit: Wikipedia Explore further More information: Leaf Mimicry in a Climbing Plant Protects against Herbivory, Current Biology, In Press Corrected Proof, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2014.03.010 Fossils of earliest stick insect to mimic plants discoveredcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Many examples of mimicking exist in the animal world, with some specimens able to mimic multiple hosts. Less common is mimicking in the plant world, especially when it’s on-demand. Many plants have evolved to look like other plants, but very few are able to change the way they look when the need arises, and until now, no plant has been known to be able to do so with more than one plant (mimetic polymorphism). B. trifoliolata is a true exception, it can change the shape, size and color of its leaves, and can even do so to mimic several other plant types, at the same time—it is a true chameleon.The researchers suggest the special abilities of the plant have evolved as a means of self preservation. They found that the same plant living on the forest floor had a 33 percent greater chance of being eaten by a passing herbivore, and those living on trees had it worse, there was a near 100 percent certainty that they would be eaten.In being able to change on they fly, so to speak, the plant exhibits near animal capabilities, able to grow its leaves to ten times their normal size. It can even change the vein patterns in its leaves to match those of the host, demonstrating an ability that was until now, believed impossible in plants. The vine has its roots in the ground and like other vines, climbs up and onto other structures, be they trees, bushes or even human made structures. As it does so, it takes on the characteristics of the tree it’s using as a host, masking itself from those that would eat it. Presumably, the vines are able to somehow “choose” their host, as climbing onto a plant that animals eat wouldn’t help much.The researchers have no idea how the vines do what they do, though they guess it might have to do with an ability to detect odors from the host, or even microbes that live in them, triggering gene-activating signals in the vines. Journal information: Current Biology Citation: Researchers discover vine that is able to mimic multiple hosts (2014, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-vine-mimic-multiple-hosts.htmllast_img read more

Probing the limits of wind power generation

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—Wind turbine farms now account for an estimated 3.3 percent of electricity generation in the United States, and 2.9 percent of electricity generated globally. The wind turbine industry is growing along all vectors, with increasingly sprawling farms of ever-larger and more densely sited turbines producing growing amounts of power. But the laws of physics are stubborn—wind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmospheric flow. So engineers and scientists have sought realistic estimates of the limits to large-scale wind generation. Such estimates could provide guidelines for the maximum size and density to which a wind turbine farm can increase before reaching a point of diminishing returns. Explore further An international group of researchers recently collaborated on a comparison of two different methods of estimating the limits of power generation for wind farms, which has been reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They approximated the dynamics by which wind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmosphere using the vertical kinetic energy (VKE) flux method and compared the results to those from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) regional atmospheric model. Their findings are complex, and while the two techniques produce results that diverge in many ways, together, they illuminate atmospheric variables that are not obviously revealed by the two methods in isolation.To evaluate the limits to wind power generation, they used reference climatology of Central Kansas for the time period of May 15 to September 30, 2001. The simulation uses a horizontal farm grid spacing of 12 km with 31 vertical levels. Wind turbine characteristics were modeled on the technical specifications of existing models.The WRF simulations include a realistic parameterization of wind turbines, and the results demonstrated that a greater installed capacity within a wind farm region increases the total rate of electricity generation. When the installed capacity of the wind farm is increased, the marginal return of electricity generation occurs during periods with higher wind speeds. The authors note that their results do not account for the effects of reduced wind speeds within wind farms, and that the numbers from WRF simulations are likely to be too high.The VKE flux method captures the magnitude of wind power generation along with temporal variations, but does not account for atmospheric effects. While the daily mean estimates for electricity generation produced by the two methods are closely correlated, WRF is much better at capturing accurate estimates at night—VKE underestimates nighttime generation magnitudes by almost 45 percent. “We attribute this underestimation of wind power generation by VKE at night to its use of the preturbine downward kinetic flux of the control. The atmospheric flow in [Central Kansas] typically decouples from the stable surface conditions at night in the summer, which leads to the formation of the low-level jet near the surface,” the authors write.Nevertheless, VKE captures the temporal dynamics and the reduction in wind speed quite well, and the authors consider the two methods to be energetically consistent with one another. The study concludes that comparatively simple methods can be applied to estimates of large-scale wind power generation. The authors write, “Although many current wind farms are still comparatively small and can therefore sustain greater generation rates, an energetically consistent approach becomes relevant when the installed capacity of the wind farm approaches the kinetic energy flux into the wind farm region.” More information: “Two methods for estimating limits to large-scale wind power generation.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print August 24, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408251112AbstractWind turbines remove kinetic energy from the atmospheric flow, which reduces wind speeds and limits generation rates of large wind farms. These interactions can be approximated using a vertical kinetic energy (VKE) flux method, which predicts that the maximum power generation potential is 26% of the instantaneous downward transport of kinetic energy using the preturbine climatology. We compare the energy flux method to the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) regional atmospheric model equipped with a wind turbine parameterization over a 105 km2 region in the central United States. The WRF simulations yield a maximum generation of 1.1 We⋅m−2, whereas the VKE method predicts the time series while underestimating the maximum generation rate by about 50%. Because VKE derives the generation limit from the preturbine climatology, potential changes in the vertical kinetic energy flux from the free atmosphere are not considered. Such changes are important at night when WRF estimates are about twice the VKE value because wind turbines interact with the decoupled nocturnal low-level jet in this region. Daytime estimates agree better to 20% because the wind turbines induce comparatively small changes to the downward kinetic energy flux. This combination of downward transport limits and wind speed reductions explains why large-scale wind power generation in windy regions is limited to about 1 We⋅m−2, with VKE capturing this combination in a comparatively simple way.center_img As wind-turbine farms expand, research shows they could offer diminishing returns © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Probing the limits of wind power generation (2015, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-probing-limits-power.html The Shepherds Flat Wind Farm is an 845 MW wind farm in the U.S. state of Oregon. Credit: Steve Wilson / Wikipedia.last_img read more

Swinging to Sufism

Remember the song Khwaja Mere Khwaja from the film Jodha Akbar? More than the lyrics what realy appealed was the choreography used in it. Grabbing eyeballs instantly, the dance reflected divine vibes.Popularly known as Whirling Dervishes, the dance was founded in year 1273 by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, known as the founder of Sufism. Since then, this Turkish dance form has created waves across the world for its spiritual significance and unique features. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Whirling Dervishes is a well-known form of Sufi dance that was established by Hüsamettin Çelebi, a follower of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi in 1273 in Konya. Dervish means initiation of the journey on the path of Sufism and Whirling denotes a part of a formal Sama ceremony [Sama is an Arabic word which means ‘listening’ in English]. The performers of Whirling Dervishes are called Semazens,’ explained Ozgur Ayturk, Counselor, Turkish Culture and Tourism. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The origin of this form of song and dance dates back when Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi was walking through the marketplace one day and heard the rhythmic hammering of the goldbeaters. It is believed that Rumi heard the dhikr, ‘la elaha ella’llah’ — which in English means ‘There is none worthy of worship but Allah’ — spoken by the apprentices. The rhythm sent him into trance and he started swirling with his arms stretched— sowing the seeds of a unique dance form called Whirling Dervishes,’ he added. While performing the dance the dervishes wear a white gown [symbolic of death], a wide black cloak [hirka] that is symbolic of the grave and a tall brown hat [kûlah or sikke] that is symbolic of the tombstone.The dervishes practice multiple rituals, primary among them is the ‘Dhikr’. It involves recitation of devotional Islamic prayer coupled with physical exertions of movement to reach a perfect state where one is on the same level as God.The second important ritual is the ‘Sama’ which is performed by spinning on the right foot, and represents the journey of a man whose soul gets connected with the almighty in pursuit of attaining the truth and being perfect. In this he follows the truth by sharing love and foregoing his ego to be ‘Perfect’. He then returns as a man who has reached maturity and greater perfection, able to love and to be of service to the whole of creation. Some of the ceremonies celebrated during Sama are Naat and Taksim, Devr-i Veled, The Four Salams and Concluding Prayer.Practising Whirling Dervishes since 1990, the Turkish dance troupe called The Konya Turkish Tasawwuf Music Ensemble will be performing in the Capital, centered around the theme Sema with Sufi music. Sema came out of the inspiration on the 13th century Muslim scholar, poet and mystic, Mevlanna Celaleddin Rumi. Sema represents the true spiritual journey to maturity. It is like an ascent to heaven and return to earth. Over the centuries, Sema has become a part of Turkish beliefs, traditions and history. Sema is made up of seven sections, each section having a distinct meaning.‘We know that both India and Turkey have been influenced by Sufism deeply and a strong tradition coming through centuries is still active in both the countries. Therefore we believe organising this kind of events will help both the nations understand the rich heritage of each other on sufism and make the peoples of two countries come closer,’ concluded Ayturk.DETAILWhen: 27 OctoberAt: Delhi International Art Festival,  Purana Qila When: 28 OctoberAt: Rashtrapati Bhavan read more

Delhi women it is time to get kicking

first_imgWith crimes against women increasing, the need has been felt for every woman being able to possess the basic knowledge about self-defence — and to meet this need, sports and fitness consultancy firm Endzone has announced free self-defence camps for women.The Capital has, of late, witnessed a number of crimes against women and the most recent was the gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus 16 December, which shook the entire nation.According to Divyu Gupta, vice president of Endzone, knowing the techniques of self-defence helps build confidence among women. ‘Today, when women’s safety is at stake, we believe that it is time that maximum awareness about self-defence is created. Although we’ve been conducting classes for quite some time now, we feel that we must do more in order to reach out to as many women as possible,’ Gupta said.‘As an initiative, we are announcing free self-defence workshops in Delhi and NCR for girls and women of all age groups,’ he added. The workshops will be conducted in January and one can get the details from the website endzone.co.in.last_img read more

City foodie scales new highs

first_imgFor food enthusiasts in the Capital, February came with good news. For it’s the month when Delhi marked its foray into Mumbai’s food zone. Leading the way was city-based Lite Bite Foods — the group has over eight core brands under its umbrella — who have been awarded the food and beverage concessions at the new Terminal 2 at the Mumbai international Airport (CSIA) with Package 1. It is made up of 21 outlets that includes the International Security Hold Area (SHA) Food court and the domestic SHA departure non-food court outlets — and Package 3, comprising a total of nine outlets pre-security and at arrivals outlets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘We have business in Mumbai and Pune but this is a big achievement for us. It gives us a massive entry point to the West,’ says Rohit Aggarwal, Executive Director, LBF. ‘All of us at LBF are very excited on winning this concession. MIAL has created a world class Terminal with T2 and we intend to do our part to live up to their vision and expectation by offering the highest culinary standards and an enhanced customer experience,’ says Amit Burman, Chairman, LBF. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo what does it mean for the city-based F&B company? ‘It gives you a larger canvas…a quality canvas. GVK has been pretty picky and choosy. On paper we have scored well. Now to execute it will be a challenge,’ says a cautious Aggarwal. Lite Bite Foods also plans to take their signature restaurants from Delhi straight to Mumbai airport. So city travellers flying to Mumbai can soon expect to see some of their favourite outlets like Zambar, Fresco, Punjab Grill, Asia Seven, Pinos pizza and pasta and Street Foods of India at the Mumbai airport. The five-year old company has already tied up with some multinational chains, international brands and some of Mumbai’s popular joints but Aggarwal prefers to remain tight-lipped about the details. ‘We will sit with other outlets and put in our concepts,’ he says.last_img read more

2014 has been an amazing year

first_imgHollywood beauty Angelina Jolie has had an amazing 2014 after getting married and releasing her movie Unbroken.The 39-year-old actress-director is thrilled that her new movie Unbroken is getting Oscar buzz, reported Contactmusic.When asked if she’s had the best year of her life, she said, “Well, I hope that one is still to come. But it’s been an amazing year. I married my love, my son (Maddox) became a teenager and I got to bring this film to the world.” Also Read – A fresh blend of fameMeanwhile, the Oscar-winning actress wasn’t surprised she had to prove she should direct the World War II-set drama.“I fought hard for the opportunity. I’d directed only one other film, which was very small in comparison. I had to prove I could handle locations, the budget, balancing two plane crashes, the visual effects and the technical aspects.“I had not done anything like that before! I had to go to school quickly, then I pitched my little heart out,” she added She’s a gorgeous globetrotting movie star with an Oscar, six kids and new husband Brad Pitt to hold her purse.  But she still has moments of insecurity.last_img read more

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology launches placement eportal

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee launched the placement e-portal of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology (Makaut) – makautplacement.com.Vice-Chancellor of Makaut, Saikat Maitra said: “We are keen to showcase our talented students to the national and international job market thorough this portal. The resume of the students will be extensively visible to potential employers. Our academic curriculum has gone through an immense transformation and reformation lately. This is an effort on our part to appease the quest of various organisations and employers seeking suitable candidates.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe website contains information about a few thousands of skilled and qualified job seeking students from 196 affiliated colleges under Makaut.Maitra added that in the next phase the portal will have the database of various industries along with their requirements.”This will enable the students of our affiliated colleges to look for job vacancies and apply accordingly by browsing the web portal. The portal will enhance linkage of academia and industries effectively,’ a senior official of Makaut said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedState Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the formal launch said: “Makaut has pioneered a web portal which caters to procuring placement assistance to all the students of its affiliated colleges in engineering, technology, pharmacy, management, architecture and various other professional courses. I hope that the students of the state will be immensely benefitted from this placement portal.”The minister has urged all the affiliated colleges to upload the database of their students in quick time on the portal so that the students reapthe benefits.According to a Makaut official, this portal will be contain the details of all the students of its affiliated colleges with their academic and experience backgrounds who could be selected for internships and placements by the prospectiveemployers.The portal has been developed by the web team of iLead. Chairman of iLead Pradip Chopra was also present.last_img read more

Cine Central film fest screens movies from 17 countries

first_imgBangladeshi film “Mritika Maya” (Earthen Love), an emotional tale of an old potter, is part of an eclectic package of films being shown at a film festival here organised by Cine Central, the country’s oldest and largest film society.Directed by Gazi Rakayet, “Mritika Maya” is scheduled to be screened at the International Forum of New Cinema in the festival, which was inaugurated last Sunday.Apart from that, there will be representative films from countries like France, Turkey and Netherlands among 17 nations in the festival which will end on November 21, a Cine Central official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Cine Central is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, the official said.Besides bagging the silver crest at the SAARC Film Festival held in Sri Lanka in May, “Mritika Maya” bagged awards in 17 categories at the National Awards presentation in Bangladesh in 2013.The awards included the best director, best music director, best supporting actor, best actor in a negative role, best story, and best art categories.Other countries being represented in the festival are: Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Peru, Netherlands, Slovenia, Vietnam and India.The inaugural film on November 15 was “Quiet Bliss” (2014), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winsphere, that dealt with three generations of women whose lives are affected by recession and the relentless bureaucratic hurdles. The Cine Central started its journey with veteran film director Madhu Bose as the president and Satyajit Ray as the vice-president.last_img read more

Kashi Bose Lane Puja to bring back balconies of erstwhile Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: The theme for this year’s puja of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee, one of the oldest community pujas in Kolkata, is “balcony” – a small concrete structure which is associated with the life of Kolkatans for centuries.The committee will be celebrating the 81st anniversary of its community puja in 2018.Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja in North Kolkata is a crowd puller every year and the organisers feel that living up to the tradition, the footfall of people will be high this year as well. The unique concept of the importance of verandah or balcony in the lives of city residents will be implemented by the pandal artist Pradip Das. The idol of Goddess Durga will be made by Sanatan Dinda. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDinda, a well known visual artist, has graduated from the Government Art College. He is the first Indian artist whose portrait of Mother Teresa has been displayed at the Buckingham Palace.Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay is the chief patron of Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee, while Shashi Panja, Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, is its president. Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (Health), of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is the chairman, while Mohan Kumar Gupta, councillor of ward 17, is the chairman of its advisory committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWith demolition of the majority of old buildings in South and parts of North Kolkata from the 1980s, the balcony or verandah has almost become history now. Almost all the old buildings used to have a balcony and they provided relief to the residents of the house.Modern apartments do not have proper balconies and this has deprived the younger generation from looking at the sky, enjoying the rainbow after a shower or watching the stars at night.The balconies gave an opportunity to residents to come close to sky and it was an ideal place for kite flying. At night, they played the role of an observatory from where one could see the stars dotted on the clear sky and in many families, there were elders who used to teach the juniors the names of the stars.Seeing the full moon from the balcony was a real pleasure. For the women of two closely situated buildings, balconies were used as platforms from where they gossiped, particularly in the afternoon, with the men away at work and the children in school. When it rained heavily, children used to go to the balcony to enjoy it.The pandal of Kashi Bose Lane will give the visitors an opportunity to travel back in time.last_img read more

Five injured including 2 children as auto overturns

first_imgKolkata: Five including two children got minor injuries as an auto-rickshaw overturned after one of its rear wheels broke off near GD Island in Salt Lake.Locals immediately rushed the injured to a nearby hospital where all of them were treated and later discharged. Local sources informed that an auto of Karunamoyee-Phoolbagan route was headed towards GD Island around 12:30 pm on Thursday. A few meters before GD island, the auto over-turned all of a sudden and two persons fell off from the auto. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe two passengers who remained inside the auto also sustained injuries as they hit the iron rod structure of the auto while it overturned. On seeing the auto overturn, other vehicles stopped by and rushed to help the injured persons. Some of them informed the traffic police personnel posted at GD Island. The injured persons were immediately removed to a local hospital. Later, police took charge of the vehicle. According to the sources, the left part of the rear axle somehow broke off and as the wheel got displaced. It is assumed that due to lack of maintenance the vehicle was in a bad shape. The condition of the tyres were not good. Later, the vehicle was handed over to Bidhannagar South police station.last_img read more

When delegates met for a noble cause

first_imgA West Bengal based voluntary organization, “Tapsil Jati Adibasi Praktan Sainik Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra”, conducted a meeting of delegates from government agencies, companies, social enterprises, cultural organization and advisory organizations. It was inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the occasion Mamtaz Sanghamita, MP (Lok Sabha), Bardhhaman-Durgapur constituency. The delegates also included KK Mishra (Additional Director Rajya Sabha), Abhishek Gupta (Member of Hindi Salahkaar Samiti, PMO), Uma Kant Roy (PS to Ramnath Thakur), Ramanand (Programme Director), Rishikant Pandey (Project Director) and Ajay Kumar Mishra (Member of Advisor Committee). The event became more attractive and cheerful with film artist Bishwajit Chatterjee joining the same with his daughter Prima Chatterjee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main objective of the event was to share the progress towards the goal of the organization catering to serving the needs of the poor, neglected, downtrodden and disadvantaged groups for last 37 years with concerted efforts of 6500 volunteers. The event captured glimpses of some significant activities like rescue and relief during the recent flood in West Bengal, health check-up camps, blood donation camps, farmer’s training, orientation of fishermen, training programs for artisans and many others. It also displayed campaigns like ‘Safe Drive Save Life’, and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, led by the organization across 204 blocks in 18 districts of West Bengal.Valuable sharing from the Secretary, Soumen Koley motivated the staff members and guided them on plans, projects and activities in this year.last_img read more

Revealing Gods message

first_imgCentered around the theme of communication with God, a group painting, photography, and sculpture exhibition titled ‘The Revelation’ is going on until July 15 at the Gandhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.The show which talks about revelation, communication with God and communication with the physical world exhibits the works of 22 artists who have expertise in different sections of art.Anshu Chandra, Christina Dipamoni, Himansh Sang, KalpanaTambe, Kumud Grover, Kusum Jain, Maneerasht Kampipop, Maria Margarita, Nicoletta DiBucci, Paramita Sarkar are few names whose work is on display Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking of the selection criteria, Iqbal Krishna, the curator, and organiser of the exhibition states, “In this series, the idea is to focus on the intense human thoughts and therefore we selected artists who mastered this thought.””This series is part of my ‘Deep Thinkers’ series, in which various human thought, in the form of mathematical equations, quotes, definitions, musical scores, etc are presented on the canvas. These pieces approach the topic of abstract in art by depicting a zen-like transcendent bridge between conceptual thinking and consciousness. These two contrasts are united by a careful use of curious colour series of satisfying equations.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIqbal seeks inspiration from Geeta, Quran, and Bible, and coincidently got a vision to curate an exhibition that talks about the almighty’s message to his people. Therefore, to spread the message of god, he approached artists from across the globe.He believes in the idea of uniting the artists across the world who have similar thinking and similar attitude towards the present scenarios.For example, artist Sudha Jhunjhunwala’s work is centered around birds. Through her art, she wants to spread the message that women desire to be free like birds but are trapped in the hands of men.Whereas Swati’s painting talks about how mental peace is the most difficult thing to find in modern times. If one wishes to find it, he/she needs to find the true meaning of his/her existence.Iqbal believes,”With his imagination and creativity, an artist can draw his thoughts on the canvas or other mediums like sculpture or art installation or photography”.last_img read more

Fidel Castros Crocodile Wreaks Havoc at Swedish Aquarium Party

first_imgJust when you thought the Cold War was over, Fidel Castro’s crocodile shows up. Communist countries and democratic Western nations have had a historically bumpy relationship. Usually, however, they can agree on one thing: animals rarely attack people unless provoked or sorely tempted by behaving stupidly and almost acting as bait. Dangling one’s arm in front of a crocodile’s snout no doubt qualifies as the latter. A man who was attending a party at the Skansen Aquarium in Stockholm, Sweden, recently found out the hard way that the animals are not just famously territorial, they’re carnivorous, too. And an arm hanging over the edge of their tank must have appeared like nothing more than a tempting evening snack to one crocodile on display at the aquarium.CrocodileOne wonders what on earth the gentleman was thinking, or even if he was thinking at all. Either way, he found out the painful way that when these biters with razor-like teeth see food, or anything that even remotely resembles food, they bite. The unfortunate individual was in attendance to give a speech and probably arrived in a limo, but left the party by ambulance after his painful bout with the croc. Party goers were aghast at what had transpired and numerous cocktail napkins were quickly used to clean up the mess left by the encounter.How does this odd incident relate to communists and democracies? As it happens, the ‘Cold War Era’ croc, as it’s been dubbed by the media, was once owned by Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He gave two of them to Russian cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov in 1978 as a one-of-a-kind but rather weird present to demonstrate affection between the two Communist countries.Cuban Prime Minister, Fidel Castro, arriving at MATS Terminal, Washington D.C. (1959)However, Castro’s crocodile soon became too big, unwieldy and – no doubt – not litter trained, and the space jockey had to find other, more suitable accommodations for them. Called Castro and Hillary, the husband and wife pair were soon housed at the aquarium in Stockholm, where they happily produced many offspring together, according to Jonas Wahlstrom, head zoologist.Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov. First recipient of Castro’s crocodiles.“Nothing like this has ever happened with these crocodiles before,” he was quick to assure the press and police, “and we’ve had them for more than 40 years.”Castro’s crocodile has, indeed, lived a comfortable and nurturing existence in Sweden all these decades. So much so, in fact, that Castro and Hillary’s romance produced 10 babies that Wahlstrom personally took back to Cuba, in 2015, to help restore that country’s dwindling population.Jonas Wahlström with snake. Photo by Daniel Åhs Karlsson CC by 3.0Like many other nations, hunting crocodiles for sport and industry, particularly the fashion industry, was commonplace in Cuba for years. Consequently, the swamp where Castro and Hillary’s offspring were released, Zapata Swamp, is one of only two locations in Cuba where crocs exist. (The other location is the Isle of Youth).  Although protected by law now, that population was severely inbred, and suffering from disease and habitat loss. Wahlstrom’s hope, and the Cuban government’s hope, was that the new arrivals could introduce “fresh” genes and regenerate the population.When Wahlstrom took the offspring to Cuba for relocation, he explained to an eager press just how Castro and Hillary came to live at his aquarium.Related Video:The cosmonaut, Shatalov, initially tried to keep the water-loving beasts as pets, much to his wife’s dismay. “He (Shatalov) brought them back to Moscow and he had them in his flat, until his wife said, ‘no more!’” He then tried to give them to the Moscow Zoo, but there was no room at that inn, either. That’s when the Skansen Aquarium stepped up and offered them a home.Once Castro and Hillary felt comfortable, they got down to the business of building a family, and by 1984, were breeding contentedly. When Wahlstrom took the 10 little ones to Cuba, it was hoped that the breeding program would prove successful enough to restore the Cuban Crocodile, an endangered species. It was the first time that members of that rare breed had been raised in the West and then taken home to their country of origin, but Wahlstrom had little doubt they would flourish.He told the guardian back then, “A crocodile is always ready for the wild,” he assured reporters. “They are always aggressive.”Related Article: An alligator, a cursing parrot, a pair of white mice, a badger, and opossums–the weirdest pets of U.S. presidentsIf only someone had reminded his party guests of that this month, perhaps the bitten man would have had only a hangover instead of stitches. It does seem, however, like something no one should really need reminding of, but whenever man and animal are in close proximity, the possibility of injury – and stupidity – is high.last_img read more

VIDEO Incredible skate session with blind skateboarder Dan Mancina will blow your

first_img Advertisement Here’s the video. Dan Mancina in the building: Dan Mancina is a professional skateboarder. He’s also blind.Even without his sight, he can still pull pretty much any trick that an able bodied skater can.He uses a sound locating device and a walking stick to identify objects he wants to use in his sessions. He’s not doing wack-ass tricks either, it’s legit. Besides, you couldn’t ollie a matchbox car, so save the technical critiques.For the skeptics that think this must be a hoax, here’s a write-up from Jenkemm, profiling Mancina.last_img read more

Colins Top 4 College Bowl Picks

first_img Advertisement The college bowl season is getting ready to kick off and today in The Herd, Colin picked his 4 favorite games against the spread so you can make some extra holiday cash.He’s been on fire picking NFL games with the Blazin’ 5, but bowl season is another animal because of odd match ups, missing players, and varying degrees of motivation to play in the games.Here are Colin’s bowl plays against the number:Penn State (-2) vs. Washington – Fiesta BowlWisconsin (-6.5) vs. Miami – Orange BowlMichigan vs. South Carolina (+7.5) – Outback BowlAuburn (-9.5) vs. Central Florida – Peach Bowl Watch Colin explain why:Four college football bowl game predictions courtesy of @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/f8yhMwQaA1— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 13, 2017last_img read more

The New Order

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read Most restaurants are so focused on serving food that their digital marketing efforts end up half-baked. Even an eclectic eatery like Asqew Grill–a five-location chain in the San Francisco Bay Area–can struggle to get the word out via online and mobile marketing.So Asqew is among a growing number of businesses turning to Snapfinger, a combined desktop and mobile solution that helps consumers identify nearby restaurants and order takeout meals via each location’s interactive menu.”Snapfinger to us is the ultimate marketing platform,” says Ari Feingold, marketing consultant for Asqew Grill. “It takes everything we’re doing in the restaurant and puts it all online.”Snapfinger is the brainchild of Kudzu Interactive, based in Alpharetta, Ga. The Snapfinger website and the mobile app let customers find restaurants, peruse menus, place takeout orders and integrate directly with a restaurant’s point-of-sale system. The location-enabled mobile app, which is optimized for iPhone, Android and Palm webOS smartphones, even lets customers pay the bill via a wireless device. Approximately 73 percent of Snapfinger orders originate from the web, and 27 percent are placed through mobile devices, says Kudzu Interactive founder and CEO Jim Garrett.As of mid-2010, more than 28,000 restaurants in 1,600 cities–including nationwide chains like Subway, Outback Steakhouse and California Pizza Kitchen–had adopted the Snapfinger solution. Kudzu is now targeting the independent restaurant segment, a demographic that represents roughly 450,000 locations across the country, Garrett says.”People in the restaurant business are about as backwards in terms of marketing as anyone on their planet,” he says. “They’re damn good at operations, but they’re not as good at figuring out how to get customers to come back more often or how to persuade them to spend more money. Snapfinger extends their presence onto mobile phones and pushes their brand beyond the normal boundaries.”Consumers can download the Snapfinger mobile app for free.Kudzu makes money when the restaurant makes a sale, claiming roughly 7 percent of each order’s pre-tax total. Thanks to Snapfinger’s upselling and recommendation features, Garrett says, consumers spend about 25 percent more on meals ordered via Snapfinger than on the average phone order.”Because our application is location-specific, it plays no favorites between the national chain restaurants and the local mom-and-pop,” he says. “Our directory shows the local little guy alongside Outback Steakhouse and puts everyone on a level playing field.”Feingold confirms that Asqew Grill’s Snapfinger orders tend to be higher than its average takeout order, but he also says the benefits aren’t just monetary. Customer service is improving, too. “As our online ordering increases, the number of phone calls we receive decreases, which means we can focus more of our attention on the guests dining in our restaurant,” he says.Between 200 and 300 independent restaurants are signing up for Snapfinger each month, Garrett says, and in September, Kudzu acquired Snapfinger rival Live on the Go, scooping up 800 more restaurant clients. “Our goal is to get Snapfinger into every independent restaurant in this country with any meaningful takeout business,” Garrett states.Months into its relationship with Kudzu, Asqew Grill gives Snapfinger an unconditional thumbs up. “Revenues are growing every day,” Feingold says. “It’s such a powerful tool.”  October 20, 2010 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the November 2010 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now »last_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week Oct 4

first_imgOctober 4, 2013 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Here is Entrepreneur’s roundup of this week’s top 10 entrepreneurship-focused news stories from around the web:1. Big companies pitching startups? In a rare change in roles, big media companies gathered to pitch startups at an event called SwitchPitch. Corporations hoped to find unique solutions to specific strategic needs through partnerships with entrepreneurs. Applications are still being taken, but close on Oct. 31. (Daily News)2. Open-source goes galactic: 13-year-old self-proclaimed “maker” uses open-source technology to create science experiments for the International Space Station, subsequently one upping his 17-year-old brother. (Wired)3. The Shark Tank hall of fame: Check out the ten best Shark Tank pitches, and — thanks to a little capital and professional guidance — get the follow up story of the resulting success. (Business Insider)4. Health-care reform lifts startups: Just like the HITECH Act of 2009, the Affordable Care Act is creating new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs who have been following the bills maturation. Here are just a few of the burgeoning industries growing in the wake of Obamacare. (VentureBeat)5. The “stealth” trends that rule the world: Stay a step ahead of the competition by taking a look at these ten under-the-radar economic trends that aren’t making headlines yet. They’re still quietly reshaping the global financial order. (The Atlantic)6. Small businesses shoot down the shutdown: Small business owners who rely on tourist traffic are being hit hard by end-of-season lulls caused by the National Parks closures during the government shutdown. Putting a face to the crisis is Jeff Smith, owner of an inn just outside the Great Smokey Mountains. (CNNmoney)7. Loans flow, despite shutdown: When the government shuttered its doors on Monday small-business financing took a hit, but there’s still money to be had. Here is a breakdown of the SBA loans you can and can’t get while the government is shutdown. (Businessweek)8. 500 Startups closes its second fund: Since 2010, 500 Startups has invested in close to 600 startups, and says there’s no plan to slow down. The accelerator closed on its second fund in July, and is on track to invest in 200 startups in 2013. (TechCrunch)9. Maker revolutionizes longboarding: Two young inventors turned entrepreneurs, tell the startup story of their product called Kickr, a compact, detachable electric motor for longboard skateboards. In an impressive entry to the market, the two met their first month sales goal in one week. (NWI.com)10. Sizing up the competition: Take a look at these three steps to assessing the market opportunity of your startup. Also, learn to identify your consumer base and size up the competition. (Forbes)  This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more