August 31

Dark Matter May be Easier to Detect than Previously Thought

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The Milky Way, like many other galaxies, is thought to be embedded in massive, lumpy amounts of dark matter that release gamma rays and other emissions. Although at first these emissions seem too faint to detect, recent observations have shown that they may be stronger than previously thought. In a new study, scientists have developed a model that predicts that gamma rays from hundreds of dark matter clumps should be detectable by the Fermi satellite that was launched in June 2008. In their study published in a recent issue of Science Express, Michael Kuhlen of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Piero Madau of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Joseph Silk of the University of Oxford have investigated how the luminosity from cold dark matter annihilations can be enhanced by orders of magnitude by the Sommerfeld effect. While previous calculations have shown that only a handful of the most massive dark matter halos should emit gamma rays detectable by satellites, accounting for the Sommerfeld effect suggests otherwise.“Annihilation is a quantum mechanical process that can occur whenever a particle and its antiparticle collide,” Kuhlen told PhysOrg.com. “It turns out that in many promising particle physics models the dark matter particle is its own antiparticle. In that case you only need to get to sufficiently high densities for dark matter particles to have a reasonable chance to collide with each other and hence to annihilate. It turns out that the predicted dark matter densities at the centers of subhalos are high enough that a large enough number of annihilation events might occur for Fermi to have a chance to detect the resulting radiation. Especially if the Sommerfeld effect is important.”As the researchers explain, the Sommerfeld effect is the result of a long-range attractive force between dark matter particles that effectively increases the dark matter annihilation rate. When analyzing the experimental results of other satellites, researchers discovered a surprisingly large amount of electron and antimatter emissions. The Sommerfeld effect, they suggest, might explain these puzzling signals.To explore this possibility, the researchers applied the Sommerfeld correction to simulations that use more than one billion particles to model the formation of a dark matter halo the size of the Milky Way. They found that, after they applied the corrections, smaller subhalos (and even smaller “subclumps”) are much more clearly visible than in previous predictions. When compared to expected backgrounds, the researchers predict that, even in conservative cases, ten or more subhalos should be discovered after five years of searching by the Fermi satellite. They also predict that Fermi should be able to detect some of these subhalos in its first year of observation, a prediction that will soon be tested.If the researchers are correct, dark matter detections could open up the door to interesting possibilities such as non-gravitational dark matter interactions and new particle physics. “That would be a spectacular confirmation of the particle nature of dark matter [if the Fermi satellite does detect dark matter annihilation],” Kuhlen said. “It would certainly result in a Nobel Prize for someone on the Fermi team. Don’t forget that we have no direct evidence of dark matter. Over the last 70-80 years astronomers have amassed numerous independent observational pieces of evidence for its existence, and particle physics theory provides many plausible particle candidates. As a result, dark matter is a firm part of the standard paradigm of cosmological structure formation. Nonetheless, it would be great to get some more direct confirmation of this hypothesis. Detecting the products of dark matter annihilation would provide such evidence. Furthermore it would shed light on the nature of the dark matter particle: its mass and its annihilation cross section, for example.”More information: Michael Kuhlen, Piero Madau, Joseph Silk. “Exploring Dark Matter with Milky Way Substructure.” Science Express. 10.1126/science.1174881.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Study shows clumps and streams of dark matter in inner regions of the Milky Way Explore further Simulated all-sky maps of the Sommerfeld-enhanced annihilation surface brightness: In (A), there is no Sommerfeld enhancement, while in (B) and (C), the enhancement increases. Image credit: Kuhlen, Madau, and Silk. Citation: Dark Matter May be Easier to Detect than Previously Thought (2009, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-dark-easier-previously-thought.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

August 31

Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758

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. Located some 500 light years away from the Earth, MWC 758 (also known as HD 36112) is a young Herbig Ae star, known to have a circumstellar disc around it. The disc is about 3.5 million years old and has an accretion rate of approximately 100 millionth of a solar mass per year.What is so special about MWC 758’s disc is its complex morphology. It has a large cavity of a few tens of AU in radius, asymmetries in the dust continuum emission and two spiral arms seen in near-infrared scattered light that might be spiral density waves launched by planets of a few Jupiter masses.Now, a team of astronomers led by Yann Boehler of the Rice University in Houston, Texas, presents the results of ALMA observations conducted in order to obtain more detailed information about the morphology of MWC 758’s disc. The observations were carried out in September 2015 in an angular resolution of 0.1″ to 0.2″, what provided new insights into the disc morphology.”Our new observations image the MWC 758 system in both the dust continuum emission, at a wavelength of about 0.88 millimeter, and in the 13CO and C18O J = 3-2 emission lines. The observations achieve a resolution of 0.1″-0.2″, or 15-30 AU according to the distance of the system, which corresponds to a factor 4 of improvement with respect to previous millimeter-wave observations, and reveal unprecedented details of the disc morphology,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, the disc’s cavity, which might contain a mildly inner warped disc, has a radius of roughly 40 AU. The scientists detected dust emission at millimeter wavelengths what suggests the presence of the inner disc. They also found a twist in the velocity curves in the cavity, as well as indications of a shadow projected toward the west outer region, what indicates that this inner disc could be mildly warped.Beyond this cavity, the outer disc features two large dust clumps at 47 and 82 AU that form a double-ring structure. The clumps are associated with elongated structures which are tracing the double-ring structure.Furthermore, ALMA observations revealed the two spirals previously detected in near-infrared and two arc-like features, which were also found by previous near-infrared studies.The researchers concluded that the complex morphology of MWC 758’s disc could be explained by the existence of two massive planets orbiting the star.”Our observations are consistent with the existence of two massive planets. A planet in the inner region of the disc which carves the cavity, and another planet in the outer regions to produce the spirals and the dark ring between the two dust clumps,” the authors of the paper concluded. Citation: Researchers study complex morphology of the protoplanetary disc around star MWC 758 (2018, January 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-complex-morphology-protoplanetary-disc-star.html Explore further Study reveals insights into the nature of protoplanetary disc around HD 169142 ALMA images of MWC 758. Left: Map of the dust continuum emission obtained using super-uniform weighting. Right: Map of the disk cavity in logarithmic scale. Credit: Boehler et al., 2017. More information: The complex morphology of the young disk MWC 758: Spirals and dust clumps around a large cavity, arXiv:1712.08845 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1712.08845AbstractWe present Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observations at an angular resolution of 0.1-0.2″ of the disk surrounding the young Herbig Ae star MWC 758. The data consist of images of the dust continuum emission recorded at 0.88 millimeter, as well as images of the 13CO and C18O J = 3-2 emission lines. The dust continuum emission is characterized by a large cavity of roughly 40 au in radius which might contain a mildly inner warped disk. The outer disk features two bright emission clumps at radii of about 47 and 82 au that present azimuthal extensions and form a double-ring structure. The comparison with radiative transfer models indicates that these two maxima of emission correspond to local increases in the dust surface density of about a factor 2.5 and 6.5 for the south and north clump, respectively. The optically thick 13CO peak emission, which traces the temperature, and the dust continuum emission, which probes the disk midplane, additionally reveal two spirals previously detected in near-IR at the disk surface. The spirals seen in the dust continuum emission present, however, a slight shift of a few au towards larger radii and one of the spirals crosses the south dust clump. Finally, we present different scenarios in order to explain the complex structure of the disk. © 2018 Phys.org Using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, an international team of researchers has studied the disc surrounding the star MWC 758. The new observations reveal further insights into the complex morphology of this disc. The study was presented in a paper published December 23 on arXiv.org.last_img read more

August 31

Political Passion Inspires Trust—Even From Opponents

first_img“Individuals who care about contentious social issues signal to observers that they have integrity, and thus can be trusted,” Zlatev writes in the journal Psychological Science. Perhaps optimistically, he adds that this knowledge could inspire “interventions to help mitigate the growing ideological divide.” Read the whole story: Pacific Standard There’s a lot of evidence suggesting that Americans trust each other less and less. But new research suggests an unorthodox solution to our political divide: firmly expressing our political opinions, even when they might prove unpopular. “Across five studies using a variety of contentious social issues, I found evidence that people trust others who demonstrate strong feelings about social issues, even when they disagree with or dislike them,” reports Julian Zlatev of Harvard Business School. In contrast, he found “low rates of trust toward individuals who care little about these issues.”last_img read more

August 31

Coral vibgyor on the ramp

Playing all the way with colours and shapes, KhusiZ’s collection was a brilliant celebration of life, under the ocean and up above it. While the flowy silhouettes matched the water flow, the prints were more about the vibrant colour of the corals. From sweeping gowns to short dresses, fitting pants and jodhpurs – the collection was a burst of colour from head to toe – matched up brilliantly by the footwear. It wasn’t pop art on the ramp mind you – make no mistake – no fuschias or popping oranges. More the fresh delectable colour of the breathing sea corals in aquas, purples, yellows and soft pinks. We also spotted some interesting collars that seemed to be the new age pop version of Elizabethan ones. read more

August 31

Charles Dickens goes Hinglish

first_imgEncapsulating the festive spirit, A Christmas Carol, is a play performed by puppets, richly enhancing the flavour of the Charles Dickens book. In a unique effort, Dramabaaz Co. will be presenting an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, an 80 minute play in Hinglish. This is a new version of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly old man, who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his selfish ways. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Talking about the concept of the play, Garima Arya from Dramabaaz Co. says: ‘This classic story has been adapted  and creatively transformed it into a ‘puppet-actor play’, which includes puppetry, human actors and dancers. Hence, it is a unique amalgamation of the following art forms — glove puppetry, acting, choreography and artistic designs and graphics.’ Explaining how she came up with the idea, she mentions: ‘We wanted to do something special this Christmas….and what better choice than the famous story Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA Christmas Carol , and that too when the whole world is celebrating Charles Dickens 200 this year!’ Asked about the present condition of puppetry in India, she says:, ‘I think puppetry needs to go to the next level where it involves all kinds of art forms. This  will help make it more attractive, entertaining, educational and creative at the same time. India is opening up to experiments and is appreciating out-of-the box ideas. These ideas need to be convincing. That’s all.’ The play focuses on the storyline in which during the night three spirits appear before Scrooge, showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future — finally revealing the possible results of his unloving, uncaring life. Upon waking up on Christmas morning he joyfully flings open his window, and cries out: ‘Oh, Jacob Marley and Christmas time be praised! I’m still here!(picks up some clothes, drops them, tries to sit, but can’t contain himself) I don’t know what to do! (laughs) I’m as light as a feather, I’m as happy as an angel, I’m as merry as a school boy! (shouting out the window to passersby) A Merry Christmas to everybody! (to the audience) A Happy New Year to all the world!’ He then proceeds to amaze one and all with his newly found Christmas spirit.DETAILTickets: Rs 350, at mycity4kids.com Schedule: 24 December, 7.30pm At: LTG Auditorium Mandi House; 25 December, 3.30 pm & 7.30pm At: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon; 26 December, 7 pm At: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Estate 27 December, 3.30 pm & 7.30pm At: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Estatelast_img read more

August 31

Get the party started

first_imgUsher in the New Year in all its grandeur in the heart of the Capital with some great dining options and room packages at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel.On New Year’s Eve, the all day dining restaurant, Café Uno offers a sumptuous dinner buffet spread and a choice of unlimited select beverages, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.Enjoy high energy commercial and house music by our guest DJ at Rs. 4,500 plus taxes per person. Dinner buffet with unlimited select alcoholic beverages comes at Rs.3, 000 plus taxes for kids below 12 years old. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Indulge in the finest New Year’s Eve Asian buffet spread meticulously crafted by a team of expatriate chef’s at the specialty Asian restaurant, 19 Oriental Avenue that promises an unforgettable dining experience with sophisticated music performances and a choice of unlimited select beverages with a live band to liven things up. Priced at Rs. 5,500 plus taxes per person, the Asian buffet spread with unlimited select alcoholic beveragescomes for Rs.2000 plus taxes for kids below 12 years old.Usher in the New Year with joy as you dance the night away on popular tunes belted out by a live band and guest DJ Harry. Relish a decadent variety of appetizers with a choice of free flowing select beverages.This New Year’s Eve, Island Bar is the perfect destination for party revellers at Rs. 3000 plus taxes per person inclusive of appetizers and unlimited select alcoholic beverages. Book in and have a great new year!last_img read more

August 31

No tax hike no new ones Upadhyay

first_imgRejecting all tax ‘hike and new tax’ proposals by the three municipal commissioners in the city, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Thursday said that civic bodies cannot be made ‘earning units’ of the government.‘We are against any-type of tax hike or new taxes. The civic bodies should levy taxes but not burden them as they are already facing price rise in the city,’ said Upadhyay, rejecting the tax proposals and tax hikes by the three civic bodies in the city. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe commissioners of North MCD, South MCD, East MCD had proposed 45 to 50 percent hike in property taxes on the basis of consumer price index, doubling one time parking charge and levying new taxes like professional tax, and naming fee. ‘The obligatory functions of the civic bodies are to provide basic civic amenities to the citizens- like primary education, primary health and sanitation. The government should provide budget to the civic bodies as these services are not charged,’ he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested‘We are of the view that civic bodies should bring more tax payers under the tax net. The hike in tax rates or levying new taxes would be a burden on honest tax payers,’ said Subhash Arya, chairman of standing committee in South MCD. ‘We will direct the commissioners to bring maximum tax payable citizens under existing tax net and prevent leakage of revenue by strict implementation of tax collection,’ added Arya, the veteran councillor who is also considered to be the voice of BJP on civic matters. Presently, around one third properties in the city are paying property taxes to the civic bodies and two more sources of income — outdoor advertisement and parking; are also in the control of mafias. In addition, the corporations have several vacant plots which the commissioners have been promising to redevelop as commercial complexes since past three years but no vein.last_img read more

August 31

SAIL RINL modernising to expand hot metal capacities in a big way

first_img“SAIL and RINL are executing modernisation and expansion plan aimed at increasing their hot metal capacity to 23.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and 7.3 MTPA, respectively by 2016-17,” Mines and Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a reply to Lok Sabha.PSUs — Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) and NMDC — are in the process of implementing significant expansion in the crude/finished steel capacities in their respective brown field/greenfield locations, the minister said. NMDC, he said, is constructing a three MTPA greenfield integrated steel plant in Chhattisgarh and the project is in construction stage. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile, SAIL has eight steel plants in states like West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, RINL is operating one steel plant in Andhra Pradesh, he said. Moreover, Iron ore imports have increased sharply to 5.63 million tonnes in 2014-15 till November as against 0.37 million tonnes in previous financial year, the government said on Monday.“The import of iron ore has increased from 0.37 million tonnes (MT) in year 2013-14 to 5.63 MT in the year 2014-15 (April-November),” Minister of State for Steel and Mines Vishnu Deo Sai said in a reply to the Lok Sabha. The minister further said there is no acute shortage of raw material like iron ore. However, there are regional shortages of iron ore due to Supreme Court’s decisions regarding lease renewal in Goa and Odisha and cancellation of mining leases in Karnataka. “Coking coal which is used in steel making is largely imported into India due to its non-availability,” the minister said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsIron ore imports in 2012-13 were at 3.05 MT while in the previous 2011-12 year imports were 0.97 MT, the minister said. He further said that as per the report of the Working Group on Steel for the 12th Five Year Plan for 2016-17, the iron ore requirement is 206.2 MT for crude steel production capacity of 125.9 MT. At present 21 per cent of crude steel production is being done by public sector and 79 per cent of crude steel production is being done by private sector. Meanwhile, mining sector FDI jumped to $657.46 million in the April-December period of this fiscal as compared with just $12.73 million in the entire 2013-14 fiscal, Parliament was informed on Monday. Coal auctions skewed, iron & steel cos tell HCIron and steel companies on Monday argued before the Delhi High Court that the Centre’s decision to club all end-uses, except power, under unregulated sector has led to a “skewed” bidding process in which unequals are competing with each other for mines.The submission was made before a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva by Bhushan Steel and Power Ltd, Utkal Coal Ltd and Monet Ispat and Energy Ltd which have challenged the Coal Ministry’s decision to club all other sectors, except power, under one category.The bench listed the companies’ pleas for further hearing on March 4 and also issued a notice to the Coal Ministry and sought its response, on that date, on the plea of D B Power Ltd which has challenged merger of two blocks — Durgapur-II Taraimar and Durgapur-II Sariya — in Chhattisgarh.last_img read more

August 31

Drink up

first_imgBHANG INFUSED RABRI PANNA COTTAIngredients Quantity Fresh Cream 300 MlMilk 200 MlSugar 50 GramsGelatin 3 SheetsRabri 100 GramsBhang 35 GramsMethodSoak the bang in ½ cup of water over night.Make the Bhang paste to use in panna cotta. Soak the gelatin in iced water. Luke warm the cream and milk together with sugar add the gelatin in it now add the bhang paste mix it well until well combined let it infuse for couple of minutes than pour this mix in shot glasses refrigerate for 2 – 3 hours pour the thin layer of fresh Rabri equally over the panna cotta sprinkle few chopped almonds and pistachio on top before serve. Enjoy your Holi with this wonderful home made dessert.Mango Mint CoolerBlend mango juice (120 ML) with fresh mint leaves and crushed ice. Top up with lemonadeCoconut delight      Blend 60 ML Fresh coconut water with coconut puree and crushed ice. Garnish with red cherry and serve frozen.Vanilla symphonyMix 300 ml Vanilla flavor cold milk with Roohafza and top up with whipped cream and chocolate flakeslast_img read more

August 31

Poll fallout Families of those killed seek exemplary punishment

first_imgKolkata: The next of kin and relatives of the Trinamool Congress workers who were killed by goons allegedly enjoying patronage of BJP and CPI-M, have demanded exemplary punishment of the criminals.So far, 10 Trinamool leaders and workers have been killed – six on the day of the Panchayat election on May 14 and four during post poll violence.”It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is blaming Trinamool for the poll related violence in Bengal, should know that the violence here has been engineered by his party workers, along with CPI-M. He should be ashamed of the atrocities of his partymen,” said the family members and relatives of Ujjal Sur, a resident of Gopal Kaviraj Road in Habra in North 24-Parganas. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSur, a Trinamool Congress supporter, had raised his voice against the goons allegedly backed by CPI-M and BJP in the polling stations on May 14. When he was returning home, the criminals accosted him and beat him up with iron rods and sticks and then left him on the road in a pool of blood. He was declared brought dead when taken to hospital. Sur’s family members alleged that BJP and CPI-M had unleashed a reign of terror in the area before the polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be recalled that state Food minister Jyotipriyo Mullick had alleged that BJP had engaged criminals from Bangladesh, to create trouble in vast areas surrounding Habra.Thirty -eight-year-old Aditya Singh Mallah, another Trinamool Congress supporter, was attacked by BJP and CPI-M goons in Purulia and killed during post poll violence. “My brother was loved by all in the locality. He was a Trinamool activist and we never thought that he would be killed in broad daylight near our house,” said Aditya’s elder brother, adding “we want stringent action against the criminals.” “Arrest Kanti Ganguly and Sujan Chakraborty and punish them, for they have created trouble in the area,” said Arif Ali Gazi’s wife. Gazi, a resident of Kultuli in South 24-Parganas, was also murdered. Demands to arrest the BJP and CPI-M backed miscreants were also raised by the relatives of Krishnapada Sarkar, a resident of Tehatta in Nadia. The miscreants had attacked him with sharp weapons, killing him on the spot. They had also set a couple of motorcycles on fire, to scare the people of the area. The residents alleged that the goons had threatened Sarkar, not to raise his voice against them. Sarkar had refused and paid a price for it.Political experts said CPI-M has received a fresh gush of adrenalin because of BJP and the duo is trying to unleash a reign of terror in rural Bengal, thereby trying to defame the state government. “CPI-M has always tried to reap the benefit of confusion and they are trying this tactic once again,” a political expert said.last_img read more

August 31

Bajrangi Bhaijaan mints Rs 300 crore

first_imgThe cross-border drama, directed by Kabir Khan, reached the Rs 300 mark in just 20 days of its release on July 17. An elated Kabir posted on Twitter, ‘300+’.“BB crosses 300 crore In India. Wednesday collection Rs 2.45 crore (outside India),” a statement from Eros International reads. Bajrangi Bhaijaan centres around a man’s journey to help a Pakistani mute girl to reach her native country. Unlike Salman’s previous outings which focused on his action star persona,  Also Read – A fresh blend of famethe film brought out the emotional and innocent sides of the superstar.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#BajrangiBhaijaan crosses 300 cr in India… 2nd film to achieve the ENVIABLE status, after #PK… 2nd HIGHEST grosser ever. Hindi films (sic).” The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and marks the debut of child actress Harshaali Malhotra on the big screen.last_img read more

August 31

Banish dark eye circles with DIY tips

first_imgMore than grey hair strands or wrinkles on the face, it’s dark shadows below the eyes that tend to age your appearance. Using chilled tea bags or applying buttermilk paste can help, says an expert.Navin Taneja, director of capital-based National Skin Centre, has shared tips on how to get rid of dark circles and shadows beneath your eyes: * Tea bags: Chill two used green or black tea bags in the refrigerator for half an hour. Place one tea bag over each eye and leave it on 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and wash your face. Repeat once or twice daily for a few weeks. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Cold compress: Soak a washcloth in cold water or milk. Put it over your closed eyelids for several minutes. Wrap a few ice cubes in soft napkin and place it under your eyes for a few minutes. Alternatively, use a bag of frozen peas or a cold spoon.* Buttermilk paste: Mix one-fourth table spoon of turmeric and two tablespoon of buttermilk. Apply this paste to your dark circles. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.* Mint: Grind handful of mint leaves. Add lemon juice to this mint paste. Apply and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it off and repeat twice a day.last_img read more

August 31

Auto driver roughs up exAir Force personnel at Jadavpur flees with gold

first_imgKolkata: The menace of auto drivers still continues in the city. On Tuesday, auto drivers had resorted to hooliganism at Ultadanga. On Wednesday, a similar incident occurred at Jadavpur.Sajal Talukdar, a former Air Force personnel was slapped and scratched by an auto driver, after his car was hit by the auto.According to Talukdar, he was driving his car to Camac Street from Garia on Wednesday morning at around 11:30 am. When he approached the Sulekha crossing, his car got stuck due to traffic congestion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHis car was on the right side of the lane. He alleged that an auto overtook him by driving over the traffic spring posts and hit the car in the front. When Talukdar protested in a loud voice, the accused, identified as Rakhal Das, allegedly pushed him. He also scratched Talukdar in the neck.Following the altercation, Talukdar came back to his car and sat inside. Das followed him and pulled Talukdar out of the vehicle and slapped him immediately after he tried to get back inside. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile the accused auto driver was continuing with his hooliganism, some local residents gathered there. Sensing local resistance Rakhal tried to flee with his auto, when a passenger informed Talukdar that blood was coming out of his throat.When Talukdar put his hand on his throat to check, he found that his two gold chains were missing. Following this, he promptly chased the auto driver. In a hurry, Das gave one gold chain to Talukdar and fled from the spot.”Later, I informed a traffic sergeant nearby and sought help,” said Talukdar. Following first-aid treatment on his throat, Talukdar filed a complaint with the Jadavpur police station.Immediately, police lodged an FIR and arrested Das within a few hours. However, the other gold chain is yet to be recovered.The police are already taking necessary action to curb the auto menace in the city.last_img read more

August 31

Tale of realism and dreams

first_imgGet ready to walk on a journey of transition between her actual life and her dreams which show a plethora of emotions on her beautiful but expectant face, in the solo art show by Rangoli Garg at Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre in the national Capital from July 1 – 5, 10:00 am onwards. Rangoli Garg, who hails from the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, is fascinated by the Indian marvel Taj Mahal. Her inspiration from the Taj Mahal can be perceived in her paintings that have arches, pillars, doors and motifs constituting Laadli’s home. “She lurks behind the pillars and doors while her shyness ornaments her entire existence. In her dreams, she contemplates a land of completeness for herself,” shares artist, Rangoli Garg.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition is a series of artworks done by Rangoli on an Indian girl, who plays and hides in her beautiful home as her potentials wait to be fully sought. It depicts the various moods, feelings, emotions and aspirations of the life of a young Indian lady, ‘Laadli’. Laadli is a shy, attractive, doe-eyed Indian girl who dreams of an era of completeness for herself.The portrayal is poetic and dialogues with the intensity of narration of an Indian tale are in sync. The message is to accept and encourage Indian girls towards their dreams where they would be working towards increasing their inner courage, self respect and confidence.last_img read more

August 31

BJP leader arrested for storing bombs at home

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas police have arrested a BJP leader for keeping bombs at his home in Bagda. The incident triggered tension among the local residents.Police said that the accused BJP leader, identified as Bishnupada Roy, stocked 6 live bombs inside his house at Jagadishpur village of Bangda. The police came to know that the accused had kept bombs in his house. A police team on Wednesday night raided his house and seized six bombs from the kitchen of his house. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district BJP leaders, however, alleged that Roy has been framed and local Trinamool Congress leaders have conspired to dent BJP’s image in the area. The BJP leaders also claimed that Roy had been instrumental in strengthening the party organisation in Bagda area. The district Trinamool Congress leaders denied the allegations and said that the BJP leaders in the area are trying to unleash a reign of terror ahead of elections. Some of the local residents in the area alleged that bombs were being stored to create trouble during the elections. The police officers are verifying the allegation of local residents. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe police have started a detailed probe in this regard. Police are trying to know why the accused stocked the bombs in his house. They are investigating if there were any plans of to use the bombs during the elections. Earlier, the district police seized arms from various places of Bagda and other areas of Bongaon sub-divisions. Following the notification of the Lok Sabha elections, there have been raids in various parts of the districts to confiscate illegal arms and ammunition. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that some other persons might have been involved in the incident. They are trying to identify the other accused.last_img read more

August 31

Sweatproof your makeup this season

first_imgSummer is full of wonderful things – but melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky lipstick are not among them. Here one need to adopt best tips for keeping makeup looking fresh and pretty, even when the weather is working against you. So here is the checklist of skin care habit to adopt in this summer to prevent melting makeup. Slather the sunscreen Skipping the sunscreen is a cardinal sin on any given day. But the effects of it are even harsher on days when the sun is at its brightest. Look for sunscreen with SPF 30 at least and make it a part of your daily skincare routine before you step out of the house. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHack to ensure you apply sunscreen everyday is to find a moisturiser that has a generous amount of SPF in it. Apply It generously not just on the face but also neck, arms, and chest or any part of the body that may be exposed to the sun. Scrub with care It’s during warmer months that your skin need exfoliation the most. Gentle exfoliation during the warmer months saves you from clogged pores and removes blackheads and whiteheads, which in turn gives your skin a chance to breathe. As with any skincare product, it’s best to scan the label beforehand for red flags such as fragrances and alcohol. For sensitive skin, explicators with micro-beads work best. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Lighten the lotion Moisturisers don’t have to be banished to the back ends of your beauty drawer with the dawn of spring. In fact, using light, water-based moisturisers will keep your skin soft and nourished during these months. This holds especially true for these with sensitive skin as water-based moisturisers get absorbed easily and don’t leave a tacky layer behind the same theory applies to body lotions. Using oil- or glycerin-based body lotions can cause acne on your back and upper arms bringing your noodle strap top dreams to a resounding halt. Chuck out your old make-up We all have a soft corner for that limited edition blush or that perfect shade of lipstick we bought a few years ago even though our minds tell us to bin it. But you need to start listening to your logic and follow the expiry dates.This includes filtering the stash and getting rid of lipsticks that smell wired, foundations that have separated and blushes that have damaged bristles. (inputs by Yashu Jain, MD, Mattlook cosmetics)last_img read more

August 30

Man ruins nonromantic baseball marriage proposal by losing the ring

first_imgThere’s no marriage proposal that “gets it” less than the in-game public proposal at a sporting event. What a lucky lady. It’s every little girl’s dream to have one of the biggest moments of her life play out as she’s pressured into marriage on a jumbotron in front of 50,000 fans. How romantic. Where are you taking her if she says yes? For some ice cream in a batting helmet. Nice one, Romeo.The sporting event proposal is cringe worthy if it’s executed perfectly. Yesterday, some guy at the Yankees/Red Sox game went for it and completely butchered it.Watch the video of the special moment. The groom-to-be wore his finest Mariano Rivera jersey to pop the question. Unfortunately, Casanova drops the ring. A panic ensues as he and the fans around him frantically try to find it.The ring was eventually found, and amazingly she said yes.  Maybe she’ll surprise him by serving him with divorce papers during the seventh inning stretch against the Orioles a couple of years from now.Because every proposal story includes searching for the ring: https://t.co/KvxY6WwLEU pic.twitter.com/MLGo5XiATv— MLB (@MLB) September 28, 2016last_img read more

August 30

Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention Secrets

first_img An Apple engineer who piloted software development for the very first iPhone is peeling back the curtain on Steve Jobs’ demanding creative process — as well as his swelling exuberance behind the scenes as the game-changing device gradually came into being.Though Greg Christie, who still heads Apple’s user-interface team, has never spoken out before, the company has listed him as an inventor in its latest patent suit again Samsung, which charges five additional copyright violations.That trial is slated to begin on Monday.Christie is now speaking to the press in order to convey the pioneering nature — and frequently-copied features, Apple charges — of the product he helped to conceive.Related: In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court DateAmong Christie’s array of accomplishments throughout “Project Purple,” as development of the iPhone was codenamed, were: swiping to unlock, making calls from the address book, touch-based music navigation, the speed and bounce-back of list-scrolling, itemizing text messages chronologically, voicemail and calendar display, and album artwork “cover-flow.”Furthermore, Christie told The Wall Street Journal that Jobs delivered ultimatums to his “shockingly small” team for “bigger ideas” — or else. The majority of work took place, he described, in a windowless room bedecked in fluorescent lights, water-damaged walls and a poster of a running, headless chicken. Even cleaning crews weren’t allowed inside.Since Apple began litigation against Samsung in 2011, it has been awarded $930 million — a ruling that Samsung is currently appealing. However, the latest suit could be even more lucrative, reports The Journal, given that it pertains to more recent developments for phones that have sold in far greater multitudes.Related: The Two Words Steve Jobs Hated Most March 27, 2014 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readlast_img read more

August 30

This New iPad App May Help People With Schizophrenia

first_imgAugust 3, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free This story originally appeared on Reuters A “brain training” iPad game developed in Britain may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at home and at work, researchers said on Monday.Scientists at Cambridge University said tests on a small number of patients who played the game over four weeks found they had improvements in memory and learning.The game, “Wizard”, is designed to help so-called episodic memory — the type of memory needed to remember where you left your keys several hours ago, or to remember a few hours later where you parked your car in a multi-storey car park.Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition that causes a range of psychological symptoms, ranging from changes in behavior through to hallucinations and delusions.While some psychotic symptoms can be reasonably well treated with medication, patients often still have debilitating problems with memory and cognitive function, meaning they struggle to get back to work or stay in education.There is increasing evidence that computer-assisted training can help people with schizophrenia overcome some of their symptoms, with better outcomes in their daily lives.This study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, found that 22 patients who played the memory game made significantly fewer errors and needed significantly fewer attempts to remember the location of different patterns specific tests.They also improved their scores on the Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale, which doctors use to rate the social, occupational and psychological functioning of adults.Importantly, the patients also said they enjoyed the game and were motivated to play it across the eight hours of cognitive training. The researchers said this was important, since lack of motivation is a common feature of schizophrenia.”We need a way of treating the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia, such as problems with episodic memory, but slow progress is being made toward developing a drug treatment,” said Barbara Sahakian from the department of psychiatry at Cambridge University.”This proof-of-concept study…demonstrates that the memory game can help where drugs have so far failed. (And) because the game is interesting, even those patients with a general lack of motivation are spurred on to continue the training.”(Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Angus MacSwan) Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min readlast_img read more

August 30

Sony PlayStation VR to Launch Globally in October Priced at 399

first_img Sony Corp. announced on Tuesday that its virtual reality headset for PlayStation will launch globally in October for $399, a move that undercuts its biggest competitor by hundreds of dollars.Andrew House, head of Sony’s gaming division, made the announcement during a press event at the Video Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where virtual reality gaming counterpart Oculus Rift announced its headset a day earlier.The headset, a visor-style frame with a 5.7 inch (14.5 centimeters) screen, includes 360 degree head tracking, a 100 degree field of vision and latency of 18 milliseconds between the time a user’s head moves and the time they see the correct image.House said the company wanted the highly anticipated headset released at a price point that would encourage quick and widespread adoption.”We firmly believe getting the price right is crucial to driving consumer adoption of any new technology,” House said.At $399, the package is notably less than the $599 price announced Monday by Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus Rift. Oculus will also sell bundles that include an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift for preorder in February starting at $1,499.Price is one factor but the amount of gaming content available will be “a strong factor in engaging fans,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of sales and marketing at game developer Ubisoft.Ubisoft’s “Eagle Flight” and “Werewolves Within” titles are both set to launch for PlayStation VR this fall.”Ultimately the customers will decide on what price point works for them as their entry point into VR,” he said.The company said more than 230 developers are building content for the PlayStation VR device and 50 games are expected to be ready by the launch date. Users can download the Playroom VR at the PlayStation store and play six free games.The company has also teamed up with development company EA Sports and Lucasfilm for a Star Wars Battlefront game that will be released as a PlayStation VR exclusive.(Reporting by Deborah M. Todd and Mari Saito; Editing by Dan Grebler and Chris Reese) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 16, 2016 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more