New Triton submarine in race to reach ocean bottom

first_img Triton currently designs submersibles capable of going to a depth of 3,300 feet and are predominantly made for yacht owners and scientists. Their new design, according to CEO Bruce Jones and his team, is called with Triton 36,000 and will be able to reach that depth. Explore further Branson unveils ‘flying’ sub to plumb ocean depths Unlike the two-man Trieste, the new Triton 36,000 will be designed to hold 3 people. The glass submersible will be required to undergo extreme testing at a pressure rate of at least one and a quarter times that of the planned depth. Joining in the battle to reach the ocean floor is James Cameron’s submarine powered with an electric motor and made of composite materials. Richard Branson is also working on his flying underwater craft and is constructed with carbon fiber and titanium with a quartz viewing dome. Triton1000 Current submersibles use acrylic for the passenger compartments; however, this new design will be using a thick glass shaped in a sphere with a technique created by Rayotek Scientific, whose clients include 3M, Boeing, DuPont and NASA.According to Rayotek CEO Bill Raggio, the borosilicate glass (soda-lime glass) gets stronger under compression, so the underwater pressure found at the ocean’s bottom should not cause it to crack. Because of the fact that the expansion and contraction rates are different in metal and glass, areas where the two join can become an issue. Rayotek has created a new patent pending technique which turns the glass into a sphere and more details cannot currently be released.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Step back to 1960 when Trieste, the first and only manned vessel, reached the deepest known part of the ocean called Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near Guam. No other vessel has ever managed to reach this depth of near 36,000 feet. In an announcement this week, Triton Submarines hopes to be the next to reach this great depth in a newly designed submersible. More information: www.race2innerspace.com/ Citation: New Triton submarine in race to reach ocean bottom (2011, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-triton-submarine-ocean-bottom.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

Researchers uncover Yak genes responsible for their altitude tolerance

first_img More information: The yak genome and adaptation to life at high altitude, Nature Genetics (2012) doi:10.1038/ng.2343AbstractDomestic yaks (Bos grunniens) provide meat and other necessities for Tibetans living at high altitude on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and in adjacent regions. Comparison between yak and the closely related low-altitude cattle (Bos taurus) is informative in studying animal adaptation to high altitude. Here, we present the draft genome sequence… Citation: Researchers uncover Yak genes responsible for their altitude tolerance (2012, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-uncover-yak-genes-responsible-altitude.html The Yak (Bos grunniens for the domesticated variety) is a long haired bovine that lives in the Himalayan part of Asia and has been used by people in a variety of ways over the long history the two have shared, e.g. for transport, farming, food and shelter. Up until now however, the DNA of the animal had not been thoroughly studied.In this new research, the team has found that the Yak possesses several genes that make it particularly suited for high altitude living. Three of them help to regulate its response to low levels of oxygen in the air, which can result in hypoxia, a condition that causes distress in other animals, such as difficulty breathing, panic, nausea, dizziness and of course passing out altogether and edema, which is where fluid collects in the tissues. The team also found five unique genes that control the way energy is obtained from the food the Yak eat, optimizing for the scarce amount available, allowing them to survive on a diet that would not support other animals of its size.The genetic findings by the team are expected to lead to advances in research in other areas, such as ways to help people better tolerate the extreme conditions present at high altitudes and perhaps better ways to treat those that succumb to its effects. © 2012 Phys.Org Heart-healthy yak cheese (Phys.org) — For some four thousand years, people in Tibet have relied on Yaks to help them survive in the high altitudes in which they live. The Yaks have proven over time that they are far better at dealing with high mountain living than are cows, which are more prevalent in other societies around the world. Scientists have known for years that cows and Yaks are closely related, and that the two were once the same species, having diverged just shy of five million years ago, which is roughly the same time span that humans and chimps went their separate ways. Now, new research by an international team of biologists and geneticists has taken apart the Yak genome and found, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Genetics, the genes that are responsible for allowing the Yak to thrive at such high altitudes.center_img Venn diagram showing unique and shared gene families between the yak, cattle, dog and human genomes. Image (c) Nature Genetics (2012) doi:10.1038/ng.2343 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Geneticslast_img read more

Physicist proposes simple experiment to detect foamlike structure of the universe

first_img Explore further More information: Is a tabletop search for Planck scale signals feasible, arXiv:1211.3816 [gr-qc] arxiv.org/abs/1211.3816AbstractQuantum gravity theory is untested experimentally. Could it be tested with tabletop experiments? While the common feeling is pessimistic, a detailed inquiry shows it possible to sidestep the onerous requirement of localization of a probe on Planck length scale. I suggest a tabletop experiment which, given state of the art ultrahigh vacuum and cryogenic technology, could already be sensitive enough to detect Planck scale signals. The experiment combines a single photon’s degree of freedom with one of a macroscopic probe to test Wheeler’s conception of “spacetime foam”, the assertion that on length scales of the order Planck’s, spacetime is no longer a smooth manifold. The scheme makes few assumptions beyond energy and momentum conservations, and is not based on a specific quantum gravity scheme. Set up of suspended blocks showing (dotted) the alternative paths for the photon. E is the single-photon emitter, D and D’ are the single-photon detectors. BS denotes the beamsplitter and M the mirror. DL is the fi ber optics delay line, and EB are the electronics that trigger D and D’ through cable C. The optical elements to widen the beam before and focus it after each block are left out for clarity. In the real experiment the blocks would hang side by side. Credit: arXiv:1211.3816 [gr-qc] Citation: Physicist proposes simple experiment to detect foam-like structure of the universe (2012, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-physicist-simple-foam-like-universe.html Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org)—Prominent physicist Jacob D. Bekenstein, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has proposed a simple experiment in a paper he’s uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, that he says could be used to measure quantum foam. Instead of looking to ever faster particle accelerators, he proposes using an ordinary block of glass, a laser and a detector.center_img Hi-fi single photons 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. © 2012 Phys.org Quantum foam is a term used to describe the non-smooth nature of the universe. It was coined by John Wheeler who in the 1960’s noted that according to quantum mechanics, certain properties of spacetime have some degree of uncertainty related to them. Later researchers have expanded on the idea, suggesting that on a quantum scale, the universe is made up of individual units which are thought to be rife with very small black holes that pop in and out of existence, resulting in foam-like images for those who try to imagine what it might look like.Until now, trying to measure, or prove that theories about quantum foam are true have failed due to the extraordinarily small scale of the particles involved, 1.6 × 10-35, known as the Planck length. In his paper, Bekenstein proposes an entirely new way to approach the problem. He says all that needs to be done is to fire a single photon through a block of glass and then measure how much the block moves.The idea is to use just the right size block and wavelength of a photon such that if the photon did move the block’s center of mass, it would be just one Planck length. If the universe is truly grainy, as theorized, the photon would encounter one of the tiny units which would inhibit its progress; if not, the photon would pass all the way through with no problem. Because theory suggests there are a very large number of undetectably small black holes in every part of the universe, it would seem reasonable to assume that the glass block’s center of mass could fall into one, which would of course impede the movement of the block. Thus to detect the presence of theoretical foam, all researchers would have to do is fire many individual photons through a block of glass and see how many make it through using a detector on the other side.last_img read more

All you want to know about India Art Fair

first_imgThis is the time for the arty farty and the collectors to descend at the NSIC grounds in Okhla where the fifth edition of India Art Fair started on Thursday. The fair features 103 exhibitors from 23 countries. It is laid out in three adjacent gallery space with separate sections devoted to multi-media art and a speakers’ forum which will host more than 40 speakers over three days. From masters to relative newbies — they are all there with their works. So you have works by Akbar Padamsee in a solo by Priyasri Art Gallery.  On display are his recent oils along with a 12 ft mirror image, oil on canvas along with his other important oils. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gallery Ragini is displaying works by six Indian contemporary artists in a show called The Unbearable Lightness of Becoming. Artists include Ravi Gosain, Vishakha Apte, Saptarshi Das, Dhanur Goyal, Rashmi Mala and Tanya Gill.Kolkata gallery Experimenter is showing works by Bani Abidi, Rathin Burman, Adip Dutta, Nadia Kaabilinke, Naeem Mohaiemen and Hajra Waheed. The focal point? All of them respond to the moment of fracture of cities under crisis, duress, revolution and the taut and fragile relationship of people who live in them.Kathakari by Sidharth at the Gallery Art Konsult booth is about India’s ancient art of storytelling where the artist reinvents the tradition, picking up the anecdotes and characters from his life and turning them into visuals.Then Absolut is showcasing the collections which include Absolut Seth, Absolut Kher and Absolut Subodh Gupta.Worth a watch!last_img read more

Gauhar Khan has a sweet tooth

first_imgEvents like weddings, house warming, inaugurations, receptions are just a few among  the many functions that we north Indians celebrate unmatched enthusiasm. We invite family, friends, relatives, acquaintance, everyone! And then there is an inflow of gifts! Lots of them! Among the variety, there is one that stands common, Sweets! From kuch meetha ho jaye to ‘try this lovely shondesh’, we love sweets! We were a part of one such wedding like inaugural ceremony of a sweet shop, Kesar. Wondering how can Dilli walas celebrate without some glamour? It was Gauhar Khan who added the tadka. At the launch of Kesar, she cut a fabulous cake and congratulated the whole team of the Kesar’s for creating an unprecedented concept in India. In her address to the audience, Gauhar said, ‘I used to feel nostalgic about Dubai; my hometown, just for my cravings toward Arabic sweets and Turkish delights. With the launch of Kesar’s these nostalgic feelings come to an end and I am more than cherished to find these zero calories sweets here in Delhi’.Kesar’s sweets baskets comprises 250 varieties of designer sweets, 120 types of Arabic sweets, more than 50 types of Turkish delights and around 70 types of imported Swiss and Italian chocolates. Located right next to the most loved Gulaab store in Pitampura, we still need to see how the store does!last_img read more

Life of an artist

first_imgHungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) in association with Oxford University Press presents the Book Launch of Amrita Sher-Gil- Art and Life, A Reader, edited by Yashodhara Dalmia. The book will be released by  Szilveszter Bus, The Ambassador-Designate of Hungary on 19 November at HICC’s audiotorium.The programme will ?include an illustrated lecture ‘Amrita Sher-Gil, Paris, and the Bloomsbury Group’ by an art historian, Giles Tillotson and a special screening of the film Amrita Sher-Gil: The Bridge Builder, directed by Ebrahim Alkazi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Unacknowledged during her life and considered an icon post her death, between these polarities lies the journey and the struggle for expression of one of the most enterprising and innovative artists of our times, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913-1941).In this collection, Karl Khandalavala, GHR Tillotson, KG Subramanyan, and N Iqbal Singh, among others, ponder on many aspects of Amrita’s short but impactful life dedicated to art. With Charles Fábri’s fictional account of the travails of a young artist in Lahore in the 1940s carrying an unmistakable resemblance with the influential and avant-garde artist, the volume also includes a piece by Amrita on her evolution as an artist. Accompanied by rare black and white and colour visuals, this book brings together modern and contemporary critiques as well as early writings by past masters.last_img read more

Woman murdered former husband suspected

first_imgA 25-year-old woman was found dead in her rented house in South Delhi’s Tughlakabad Extension on Friday. Police said the house was ransacked, but nothing valuable was missing.Rekha Bhardwaj lived in the two-bedroom house with her second husband Pradeep Kumar for the past one year. It was a second marriage for Pradeep as well, who works as a consultant with a private company in Haryana’s Faridabad district. Initial probe has pointed the needle of suspicion towards involvement of Rekha’s former husband.  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreTheir neighbours told police about an argument Rekha had with somebody at her house for almost an hour on Friday afternoon. “It was a few hours before Rekha’s body was found by Pradeep,” said a police officer. The FIR was registered on the complaint of Pradeep, who has been given a clean chit. In his statement, Pradeep claims to have left home for office at around 10.30 am on Friday. “Pradeep reached his office in Faridabad at around 11.15 am. During the lunch break, he called Rekha on her mobile number, but it went unanswered,” the officer added. Pradeep did not take it seriously as he thought that Rekha must be busy with household work. Later in the afternoon, Pradeep made four more calls, but Rekha did not respond.last_img read more

HC adjourns by 1 day PIL seeking withdrawal of Wednesdays BJP bandh

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court Tuesday adjourned by a day the hearing of a PIL seeking direction to the BJP to withdraw its West Bengal bandh call on Wednesday to protest the killing of two students in North Dinajpur district. A division bench presided over by Acting Chief Justice Debasish Kar Gupta adjourned the hearing as lawyers from the other side were not present in the court owing to the death of a senior lawyer. Trinamool Congress MP Idris Ali, a practising lawyer, pleaded for a direction on his prayers in connection with the BJP-called bandh on Wednesday from 6 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The bench, also comprising Justice Sampa Sarkar, directed Ali to serve fresh notices on the BJP, RSS, West Bengal government and Union of India for appearing before the court on Wednesday. The saffron party has called a 12-hour Bengal bandh to protest the death of two students in a high school premises during a demonstration over appointment of teachers in Islampur area in North Dinajpur district. Challenging the bandh call, Ali submitted for petitioner All India Minority Forum general secretary M A Ali, that citizens could not be forcibly prevented from doing their daily work. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Idris Ali said the Kerala High Court had held that bandhs were illegal and unconstitutional and the order was upheld by the Supreme Court. The trouble had brewed at Daribhit High School in Islampur over the recruitment of Urdu and Sanskrit teachers as the protesting students said they needed Science and English teachers instead. The students and the locals had stopped two newly-recruited teachers, one for Urdu and another for Sanskrit, from entering the school on September 20 resulting in a clash. The BJP alleged that ITI student Rajesh Sarkar and third-year college student Tapas Barman were killed in police firing, but the police denied the claim. District Superintendent of Police Sumit Kumar has maintained that police did not resort to firing during the incident.last_img read more

State OBC candidates not on Central NEET list Bengal govt urges Centre

first_imgKolkata: As many as 12,000 medical aspirants from Bengal on the state OBC list may not be able to appear for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) next year as their groups did not feature on the Central OBC list.Bengal government had taken up the issue with the Centre urging for the inclusion of OBC candidates from the state otherwise they would be deprived from various examinations including NEET. But no steps have been taken in this regard yet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMany of these candidates might have breathed a sigh of relief when the union Human Resource Development Ministry had assigned the National Testing Agency (NTA) to carry out NEET from the next year. Until the previous year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) used to conduct the national level medical entrance examination. The responsibility of conducting the examination shifted after numerous errors were found in the vernacular question paper of NEET this year and there had been a protest by a large section of students from across the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBut NTA might be taking the same footsteps as its predecessor did as it mentioned in the prospectus that the NTA authorities would not take any responsibility for the mistake(s) in regional language question papers and students have to do respective correction(s) in the examination hall according to the English version question(s). Following the issuance of the NTA prospectus, the doctors, students and their guardians have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister JP Nadda seeking their intervention in this regard. Dr Amiya Kumar Maity, formerly attached to SSKM and Dr Priyanka Maity, an ex-medical officer of M R Bangur Hospital, who were among the doctors writing the letter to the PM, said NTA’s announcement admits that it does not have the mechanism to hold a multilingual exam like NEET. Dr Amiya Kumar Maity also said the OBC candidates from Bengal would have to appear for the examination as general category students as there is no specific column in the form for the OBC candidates. Many of these candidates who are above the age of 25 would not be allowed to sit in the exam. When Bengal government used to conduct medical entrance examination of the state, the OBC candidates up to the age of 30 were allowed to appear for the examination. The upward age limit for the general category student in the NEET has been fixed at 25. Apart from English and Hindi, NEET is conducted in 11 other vernacular languages including Bengali, Telegu, Assamese, Odiya etc. Around 75,000 candidates from Bengal are expected to take part in the NEET examination scheduled to take place on May 5 next year. On-line application has started from November 1 and would continue till November 30. “There is an obvious dichotomy as the State government certified OBC candidates, not on the Central list, have been given wrong information saying they are Unreserved or general category students. Instructions also say if they fill up the application form furnishing wrong information, criminal offences could be leveled against them and they would be barred from medical admission,” Dr Maity stated.last_img read more

Deputy chief municipal health officer of Borough 4 suspended

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities have suspended a deputy chief municipal health officer of Borough 4 for dereliction of duty. Smita Bakshi, chairperson of Borough 4 along with some councillors of the borough, had complained that the deputy chief municipal health officer was not conducting the outreach camps under the National Urban Health Mission properly. The KMC officials conducted an inquiry and suspended him. It may be mentioned that to improve work culture, the civic authorities have installed biometric attendance of the employees at the KMC headquarters at S N Banerjee Road. The biometric attendance will be installed in phases. Finally, it will be installed in the KMC offices in the boroughs as well. Mayor Firhad Hakim said the work culture of the civic authorities has improved over the past few years but it needs further improvement.last_img read more

Bengal receives investment proposals worth Rs 55000 cr on 1st day of

first_imgKolkata: The first day of Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre began with a high note with the state government receiving investment proposals worth Rs 55,000 crore.RIL managing director Mukesh Ambani said his group will invest another Rs 10,000 crore in Bengal. He said after he had joined the BGBS for the first time in 2016, his company had invested Rs 4,500 crore. “From then till date, RIL has invested Rs 28,000 crore in Bengal and proposes to invest another Rs 10,000 crore,” he maintained. He said all the rural markets in Bengal will be connected by JIO and assured that the Bengal-Reliance partnership will continue for the years to come. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSajjan Jindal, MD of JSW said the firm had originally planned to set up a steel plant with an investment of Rs 50,000 crore. But had to back out as raw materials could not be sourced and instead started a cement factory where the capacity has been doubled with an estimated investment of another Rs 11,000 crore. State Finance minister Amit Mitra said the group is considering a proposal to set up a pump storage project, where the estimated investment will be around Rs 6,000 crore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataY K Modi, director of Aavaran Limited, said his firm will invest Rs 15,000 crore in the seal gas sector in the next few years. He said the state under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reached new heights and the problems that often crop up are solved within 24 hours. “The administration is dynamic and transparent when the bureaucrats can be approached on any issue, which are looked into immediately,” he said. Sanjiv Puri, managing director of ITC said: “ITC’s committed investments, with an outlay of Rs 4,000 crore across agriculture, manufacturing and services, are a reality and on the ground. This includes 2 new state-of-the-art mega food processing facilities at Uluberia and Panchla, which are fully operational and running at high capacity within a short span of time. This will support inclusive, sustainable and competitive agri-value chains. ITC’s iconic super premium luxury hotel ITC Royal Bengal is nearing completion and in the next few months, we will dedicate it to the people of the City of Joy. The ITC Green Centre and Infotech Park are also in the advanced stages of construction.” “In addition, we propose to make new investments of Rs 1,700 crore in the near future, taking our recent total investments to Rs 5,700 crore, which includes a state-of-the-art FMCG Personal Care Products Manufacturing facility, investments in the décor paper manufacturing facility in Tribeni to substitute imports, expansion of the Dhulagarh facility and others as well as the milk productivity improvement and procurement programme across 300 villages in the state.” Niranjan Hiranandani, a leading industrialist, said his company has proposed to invest Rs 5,000 crore in Bengal. Currently, the firm is into the construction of LPG terminals and pipelines. Ranjan Bharati Mittal said the first mobile phone by Airtel was launched in Kolkata. His company has proposed investments worth Rs 5,000 crore. A representative of DP World said that the company is going to invest Rs 3,000 crore in Kulpi Port. The project has been discussed for the past five years. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has welcomed the proposal.last_img read more

Tips for hair and skincare this holi

first_imgProtect your skin from the sun as well as chemical colours by applying a sunscreen with SPF higher than 20, half an hour before stepping out of your house, suggests Shikhee Agrawal, Head-Training, The Body Shop India. She further suggests some basic routine to follow before and after the celebration to avoid getting blemishes.Before:Don’t ignore fingernails: Fingernails are as important as your face especially on the day of Holi where the sensitivity of your cuticles and nails are quite evident. So it is best to pay attention to areas like your fingernails and apply transparent nail varnish, polish or a petroleum jelly as a protective coating. This helps to protect the nails from absorbing Holi colours and keep stains off. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOiling to the rescue: Holi colours can presumably damage your hair to a great extent. Applying coconut or even a normal hair oil, half an hour before stomping out can cut back the damage scope to a nominal level. The oil with its natural ingredients will make a shield on your hair to reduce the ill effect of harmful colours and will make it easy for you to get rid of it later.Lip balm: As there’s always a risk of colour entering into your mouth through lips, it would be nice to apply a thick layer of lip balm jelly generously over them so that the Holi colour does not stick to them. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter:Cleansing the right way: Once all the celebration gets over, comes the real problem of removing the colours from your face. First, rinse the face with plain water and then apply a cleansing cream or face lotion over it so that it gets clean from deep within. It’s suitable to use a cleanser containing less of chemicals and more of natural ingredients to get rid of all the toxic substances. Shampoo and conditioner: Wash off the impurities and colours with a good hair shampoo. Also, once you are done with the washing part, don’t forget to apply conditioner as your hair needs to have the nourishment, shine and strength that a good conditioner offers to give.Eye Cream: It is important to apply a good and efficient eye cream full of vitamin E before dozing off to sleep. This will make you feel fresh the next morning and will clear your dark circles and patches overnight.last_img read more

KMC starts conducting expensive blood tests free of cost

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started conducting costly blood tests free of cost for the treatment of kidney ailments, diabetes and heart and thyroid related problems.A senior civic official said costly tests like the liver function test, kidney test, thyroid test, lipid profile and fasting and PP sugar tests are done at KMC laboratories situated in the boroughs, free of cost. KMC has set up urban primary health centres in every ward, where treatment is done by specialised doctors. There are full-time and part-time doctors at the centres. A senior KMC doctor said the number of people suffering from diabetes and heart ailments has gone up sharply over the past few years. To combat the situation, special diabetic clinics have been opened in every borough where endocrinologists offer treatment to the patients. The clinics are being run once a week. The doctors treating diabetics in the wards refer critical patients to the special clinics. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe said what is most alarming is that children are often found to be suffering from diabetes because of sedentary lifestyle and wrong food habits. He said in many cases, the parents bring the children to the clinics but suddenly stop medicines when the sugar level comes under control. However, many of these children are found to be suffering from total renal failure when they grow up. He said if the children are found to be suffering from diabetes, the parents should sit with the doctors separately and know about the disease as well as the treatment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe said heart diseases are going up among people coming from economically weaker sections. Heart treatment is very costly and state-run hospitals are overcrowded. In KMC clinics, the patients are examined by expert doctors, who treat them. In addition to this, patients suffering from respiratory distress are also treated there. It may be mentioned that KMC has set up 16 dengue clinics in Kolkata, where the patients are given medicines free of cost. The civic official regretted that as the tests are conducted free of cost, people prefer private laboratories to KMC labs. He said KMC will soon launch a campaign, urging pople to come to the KMC clinics and urban primary health centres.last_img read more

Empower women to speak for themselves

first_imgPrivileged women must empower and enable others to speak for themselves and not speak on their behalf, a panel of women professionals and writers said here on February 8, 2019. “Terms like #MeToo might be urban but the reality is same everywhere. Women face discrimination based on their looks even in villages. Body shaming and sexual harassment happen everywhere,” popular writer Shuchi Singh Kalra said at the ongoing sixth Kolkata Literature Festival of 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShe said it is the responsibility of the women who have a platform and are in the position to speak and be heard, to pull others up. “I think it is a situation of a complete lack of power for the woman of rural and minority communities. They are very aware but as they are not privileged. It is harder for them to make their voices heard,” publishing professional Arpita Das said. Pointing out the importance of individual voices being heard, Das said: “I agree that responsibility does lie with urbane privileged women to speak for ourselves and also empower, enable other women to speak for themselves, not speak for them”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”That is the big mistake feminist movement has done earlier,” she said. “I think we need to move away from the toxic narrative that is building up. It is not about male bashing. Both men and women are equally victimised by the patriarchal mindset, so a more balanced and inclusive perspective is needed,” Kalra said. According to the panel, MeToo movement has enabled more conversation at workplaces. Talking about the change that the movement has brought along, inter-cultural corporate coach Arti Kelshikar said: “There is more of weariness if not fear. People are worried and more careful in a corporate setup”. She said a man who works with foreign banks had disclosed that he makes sure not to talk one on one with interns and new employees. Addressing the issue of body shaming, Kalra, the author of ‘I am Big-So what!?’ remarked: “If everybody is tall, fair, thin we would be clones of each other. Why can’t we accept people of different shapes, sizes and colours”. She said now there is some representation of the plus size in cinemas and clothes are also available, but there is a long way to go. A Kelshikar who has 15 years of experience in corporate fields, said shockingly a woman’s dress, her marital status and even her identity everything is a point of discussion’ at workplaces.last_img read more

VIDEO Malcolm Jenkins called Steph Curry a front runner after spotting him

first_imgSteph Curry is a well known Panthers fan, but when it came time to choosing sides while attending the Super Bowl, he opted to wear Patriots colors and stand as a guest on the New England sideline.Curry’s decision didn’t go unnoticed by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who spotted the 2-time NBA champ from across the field during pregame warmups and called him a ‘front runner.’Jenkins didn’t have any room for non-believers on this day. Curry was standing in the way of destiny..@MalcolmJenkins didn’t approve of @StephenCurry30‘s attire during #SBLII. @Eagles #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/fCA9glo47j— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) February 8, 2018 Advertisementlast_img

FCC Updates SmallBusiness Tool for Fighting Cyber Threats

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. min read How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Related: How to Determine If Cyber Insurance Coverage Is Right for You”The tool is designed for businesses that lack the resources to hire dedicated staff to protect their business, information and customers from cyber threats,” the FCC wrote in a blog post.While some small businesses on bootstrapped budgets might think of cyber security as an unnecessary cost — that cyber criminals are more interested in bigger fish — the FCC says smaller companies are increasingly in criminals’ crosshairs. Like their offline counterparts, cyber criminals tend to target low-hanging fruit and, as larger companies take steps to secure their systems, less secure small businesses are easier targets for cyber criminals, according to the FCC website.In the first six months of 2012 more than 36 percent of all targeted attacks were aimed at companies with fewer than 500 employees, according to Mountain View, Calif.–based security firm Symantec’s June Intelligence report. That number is on the rise, up from 18 percent at the end of 2011.Related: 5 Smartphone Tips to Protect Against New Malware AttacksCyber criminals are shifting their attention to smaller businesses as the weakest point of entry into a larger supply chain. Symantec research suggests that while small businesses may not always be the primary target of an attack, cyber criminals increasingly use them as a stepping-stone for access to their customers, or to their larger business partners.As part of the update, the FCC also released an updated cyber security tip sheet, which includes advice for a mobile device action plan, and credit card security.What tools do you use to stave off cyber threats? Let us know in the comments below.center_img Listen Now October 19, 2012 October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and the FCC has issued an update to its “Small Biz Cyber Planner.” The planner was created last year as a free online resource for small-business owners who want to beef up their security against cyber attacks.Using the tool, business owners can create and download cyber-security plans tailored to their company. They answer 12 simple questions, such as “Does your business use credit cards?” and “Does your business have a public website?”Then, based on the responses to those questions, the cyber planner generates a custom guide which now includes — among other things — best practices for avoiding spyware and immediate steps to take in case of infection. It also provides information about buying cyber insurance, which can help cover damages related to an attack.last_img read more

Tablet Wars Nokia Lumia 2520 vs Microsoft Surface 2

first_imgOctober 22, 2013 The tablet wars are getting even more interesting, as Nokia unveiled a new device today and Microsoft’s latest tablet hit store shelves. The Nokia Lumia 2520 and Microsoft Surface 2 (as well as the significantly more pricey Surface Pro 2) aim to carve out their own chunk of the tablet market, running the Windows RT operating system and taking direct aim at Apple’s iPad (for which, coincidentally, Apple also announced upgrades today).Here’s how they stack up.Nokia Lumia 2520The Lumia 2520 offers a somewhat more cheerful-looking tablet, with black, white, red, and blue color options available, in two different finishes. It features a bright 10.1 inch screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and Nokia demonstrated its impressive viewing capabilities in a video showing how easily one can read text on the screen even outdoors in sunny Abu Dhabi.A 2MP front-facing camera and an impressive 6.7MP f/1.9 camera on the back of the Lumia 2520 offer very good photographic capabilities, particularly from the back camera. The front-facing camera is perfectly adequate for video chat applications, but you’ll want to use the rear camera for any serious picture-taking.Related: Wearable Tech: 5 Obstacles to Going Mass MarketThe Nokia Power Keyboard attachment offers two extra USB ports, comfortable-to-use raised keys, a trackpad, additional battery power, and foldable segments which let it double as a stand. In a nice touch, it also wraps completely around the tablet, eliminating the need for a separate protective case.One of the biggest advantages of the Lumia 2520 over the Surface 2 is that the Lumia offers LTE connectivity, whereas the Surface 2 only allows you to connect over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Microsoft says it plans to offer LTE versions sometime in 2014, but for now, the limitation is a serious one.Microsoft Surface 2The Surface 2 is a complete redesign of the Surface tablet that proved to be quite a flop for Microsoft. The new Surface 2 features a sharper 10.81-inch screen, faster processor, lighter and thinner body, an improved webcam, and a sleek silver finish. (The Surface Pro 2 is still available in the original black finish, if you have an aversion to silver.)The Surface 2 features a two-stage kickstand that gives more viewing angle options, making it more comfortable to use in various situations. A 3.5-megapixel camera on the front and a 5MP camera on the back both have improved low-light optics, and function very well.Related: Delta to Replace Flight Bags With Surface 2 TabletsMicrosoft offers two different keyboard options for the Surface tablets: the Touch Cover 2 and the Type Cover 2. The Touch Cover 2 has flat backlit keys and retails for $120, and has some pretty cool features including the ability to perform some touch gestures on certain keys. If you make a typo, for example, you can swipe the spacebar to choose from spelling suggestions. The Type Cover 2 is a more traditional keyboard, complete with the satisfying clicky key sound, and retails for $130. The new version has a more rigid base and quieter keys than the original Type Cover, and both the Type Cover and the Touch cover feature a small trackpad that’s helpful for navigation.The verdictAll in all, the Lumia 2520 and the Surface 2 are pretty similar. The Lumia’s backside camera is a bit better, but the Surface 2’s front camera is a bit better. Both offer impressive screen resolution and visibility, making them easy to view from almost any angle.Both tablets also boast a battery life that provides 10 or more hours of video playback, though the Lumia 2520’s Nokia Power Keyboard contains an extra battery that gives you an extra 5 hours of use.The biggest difference is the availability of LTE connectivity (which exists on the Lumia but not the Surface), and the option of a 64GB version of the Surface (where the Lumia is only available in 32GB).It’s uncertain what will happen to these tablets when Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s device business occurs sometime in early 2014. The company has so far been mum on the question of how or whether the product lines will be combined.For now, though, the Nokia Lumia 2520 will be available sometime in the fourth quarter of 2013 for $499, plus $149 for the Nokia Power Keyboard accessory. The Surface 2 is available now; the 32GB Surface 2 costs $449, and the 64GB version sells for $549.Related: ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ Is Nothing Compared to These 3 Microsoft Disasters 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Check This Out GPS Top Hat Gives Directions With Audio Cues

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Engadget January 4, 2016 1 min read Never mind pulling out your phone to get directions to the pub … how about some fine headwear?A team of Cornell University students has developed a GPS-enabled top hat that relies solely on directional sound for navigation. It uses a mix of amplitude and phase shifting to make it seem like audio cues are coming from the direction you’re supposed to be going. The prototype may look ludicrous, but it’s both hands-free and language-free — you don’t need to wait for instructions before turning down a side street.You’re unlikely to ever buy a GPS-capable hat, but the technology involved isn’t just for show. Some variant of this could easily be useful in navigation apps, where it would save you from looking at a screen to check your progress. That’d be handy if you’re in a hurry, of course, but it’d be particularly vital for blind and poor-sighted people who need non-visual cues for GPS to work at all. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Ford Wants to Get in on Drone Deliveries Too

first_imgMarch 1, 2017 Register Now » UPS is already using drones on top of vans to assist deliveries in rural areas, and now Ford wants to do the same thing in busy cities.The automaker at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week showed off an “Autolivery” concept that relies on electric self-driving vans and drones to peddle packages from point A to B. The idea, devised by a team of Ford employees in Shanghai, is that the vans transport goods part of the way, and the drones take over for the last leg of the journey.The system could be used to transport everything from groceries to medical supplies, and allow for deliveries to places “inaccessible by car, such as high up in a tower block — or where parking would be difficult, impractical or unsafe,” Ford said. Say you’re getting ready for a dinner party, for instance, and you realize you forgot to pick up the lemons. In the future, you may be able to order a bag of lemons and have them autolivered in just the nick of time.Ford says the concept could not only improve people’s lives, but “pave the way to a more sustainable future.” In its news release, the automaker backed up those points with new data from traffic and navigation app Inrix indicating that drivers in Europe’s cities spent up to 91 hours sitting in traffic during 2016.”It’s all about making life in the city easier,” Ford designer Euishik Bang, who developed the concept alongside colleagues James Kuo and Chelsia Lau, said in a statement. “The possibility of harnessing autonomous and electric vehicle technology with drones to quickly and easily send and deliver parcels could help to make life better for everyone.”Ford said it plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle ready for commercial ride sharing, ride hailing and package delivery fleets in 2021. Looking forward, the company also expects electric vehicles to outnumber their gas-guzzling counterparts in the next 15 years, and for shared transportation to continue gaining popularity. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Scale Your Startup With These 4 Technologies

first_img 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. December 4, 2018 It’s normal for bootstrapped startups to use “solutions” that have been cobbled together as cheaply as possible. These efforts can get companies through the earliest stages of growth, but they’re not designed to scale. Scaling is about efficiency and sustainability — both of which increasingly will hinge on certain crucial technologies.Companies that employ tech tools get even more work done in less time. Used properly, these tools yield better profit margins, highly effective employees and more-satisfied customers.Modern business owners can choose from a huge array of technologies. Deciding which to implement depends largely on the company. The right tools can revolutionize outdated processes in a number of different ways. If you’re in doubt, these areas provide a few excellent places to start.Related: How to Get Your Company to Adapt to New Technologies1. Automate processes and day-to-day tasks with machine learning.Construction and engineering company Black & Veatch (B&V) already was using a robust process framework for each new project it undertook — but all projects began as a blank slate. B&V collaborated with Pariveda to implement a machine-learning solution. The Amazon SageMaker platform trains on historical performance data, automating key design decisions based on project parameters. It enabled the 100-year-old construction giant to significantly cut project-design costs by eliminating repeated work.Machine learning also can help organizations reduce the need for employees to perform repetitive tasks such as manufacturing assembly or purchasing and billing functions. Software now can handle many of these duties. Automation can accomplish this work more quickly and accurately, freeing up employees to do jobs that demand creativity and critical thinking.Related: How Technology Is Rapidly Changing the Way Things Get Done Across Industries2. Let technology streamline onboarding.If your company is growing quickly, your human-resources team will embrace tech solutions that create a smoother onboarding process. Apps allow new team members to complete paperwork and make introductions even before they arrive for their first day of work.Onboarding apps also can give new hires a more detailed dive into the company’s culture, serve up their first-day agenda and even help them set goals for their first 90 days. What’s more, many apps are capable of interacting with other HR and communications software.One such app from Rippling automatically adds employees to Gmail lists, Slack channels and numerous other apps while integrating with HR systems. It’s all geared around getting an employee ready for his or her first day.Related: Sustaining Company Culture is Crucial for the Long-Term Success of Your Business3. Foster strong client relationships through tech touches.Scaling does no good if satisfaction plummets because you’re growing too quickly to take care of customers. A client-relationship management (CRM) tool can help you avoid taking on a slew of one-and-done jobs. CRM platforms keep a record of conversations and business-development activities to make sure you and your clients stay on the same page.Close, consistent communication helps prevent confusion. It also aligns goals and expectations between parties, nurturing real relationships. A CRM can improve internal communication, strengthening connections and accountability among team team members. HubSpot offers a free CRM to help manage client communications in one place. Team members can see all interactions with a client, regardless of the point of contact within the organization.Related: 4 CRM Hacks Every Entrepreneur Should Be Using4. Use chatbots to improve customer-service response time.If 50 customer-service agents can handle a customer base of 10,000, what happens when a business explodes overnight and reaches 1 million customers? It doesn’t take a business genius to know that rapidly hiring 4,950 additional customer-service reps isn’t the right call. Even if it weren’t unsustainably expensive, that move requires time to adequately train all those new employees.Fortunately, chatbots efficiently can answer a large percentage of your customer inquiries. The tools perform a bit of triage, too, directing to customer-service reps only the queries that require human intervention. Chatbots also can help engage customers. Sephora’s bot prompts users to view or write product reviews and encourages them to view makeup tutorials.Related: Why ‘Cognitive Computing’ Is the Next Big Thing for Business GrowthThe same business practices that get a company from zero to 100 customers can’t carry it from 100 to 1,000. Growth alone isn’t the answer. Doubling the output requires doubling the input, and today’s tech tools are key to efficiently source that input.  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more