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. Caucasian travelers who were asked to fill out a questionnaire in an orderly train station generally sat closer to a Dutch-African person, compared to when they were asked in a messy train station. Image courtesy of Siegwart Lindenberg Where am I? How our brain works as a GPS device Citation: Study shows disorder may cause an increase stereotyping (2011, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-disorder-stereotyping.html (PhysOrg.com) — A study performed by Dutch social scientists Diederik Stapel and Siegwart Lindenberg, of Tilburg University in the Netherlands, suggests that people may resort to stereotyping to cope with the stress associated with disorder or chaos. In their paper, published in Science magazine, the two draw from a series of experiments they conducted, two in the real world and three in the lab, which they assert proves that human beings are more prone to stereotyping and even discrimination when exposed to a messy, chaotic, or even unkempt environment. In the first study, volunteers at a messy (due to a workers strike) train station were asked to sit in one of several available seats while they filled out a survey. Unbeknownst to them, tabs were kept on how far they sat from the only other person in the group of chairs, a black man. They then repeated the study after the strike was over and found that when the station was messy, the volunteers (all white) tended to sit farther away from the black man than they did when the station was neat. Furthermore, they also found that the volunteers answered the survey questions more strongly stereotypically when in the messy environment, then when in the clean one; such as when asked to rate people of different races by traits that might be ascribed to them.In a second field study, volunteers were again asked to fill out a survey (this time for a small amount of money as payment) but this time the environment was a sidewalk in a nice neighborhood. In the first go-round, an “abandoned” bike was placed nearby, some cobblestones pulled to look haphazard, and a car was parked up onto the curb; all to create a somewhat messy environment. After filling out the survey, the volunteers were asked if they would donate some of the money they had earned to helping restore blighted, mostly minority neighborhoods. In the messy environment, the volunteers offered on average, a dollar less than those on the clean street.Next, the researchers conducted three lab experiments where volunteers were shown an unkempt bookshelf, a series of flash cards with words of discord on them and sheets of paper with unordered shapes displayed, before being asked to fill out a survey; and then repeated the exercises with a neat bookshelf, flash cards with calm words and sheets of paper with ordered shapes on them. In all cases the volunteers showed an increased tendency to revert to stereotyping.The authors then conclude in their paper that this proves that messy, crumbling poor neighborhoods contribute to stereotyping, racism and discrimination; and if governments would only clean up such environments, a reduction in such attitudes would surely follow. Unfortunately, as many critics of the paper have pointed out, the study doesn’t have a way to measure if the effects of disorder are short or long term, or if people in the real world who grow up in such an environment don’t see their surroundings as normal and therefore would not respond as did the volunteers in the study. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Coping with Chaos: How Disordered Contexts Promote Stereotyping and Discrimination, Science 8 April 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6026 pp. 251-253. DOI: 10.1126/science.1201068
Repulsive gravityAt first, the idea of repulsive gravity between matter and antimatter seems to go against intuition, since we usually consider mass to be the only component determining an object’s gravitational behavior. But as Villata explains, there is more than just mass involved in gravity. In this case, time and parity are involved.The idea is based on the concept that all physical laws have CPT (charge, parity, and time) symmetry. CPT symmetry means that, in order to transform a physical system of matter into an equivalent antimatter system (or vice versa) described by the same physical laws, not only must particles be replaced with corresponding antiparticles (C operation), but an additional PT transformation is also needed. From this perspective, antimatter can be viewed as normal matter that has undergone a complete CPT transformation, in which its charge, parity and time are all reversed. Even though the charge component does not affect gravity, parity and time affect gravity by reversing its sign. So although antimatter has positive mass, it can be thought of as having negative gravitational mass, since the gravitational charge in the equation of motion of general relativity is not simply the mass, but includes a factor that is PT-sensitive and yields the change of sign.As Villata explains, CPT symmetry means that antimatter basically exists in an inverted spacetime (the P operation inverts space, and the T operation inverts time). He gives the following analogy: if an anti-apple falls onto the head of an anti-Newton sitting on an anti-Earth, it would fall in exactly the same way as if all of these objects were made of normal matter. But if an anti-apple falls on the (normal) Earth, or a (normal) apple falls on an anti-Earth, then the result is different. In both cases, a minus sign arises in the equation of motion, which reverses the gravitational interaction between the anti-apple and Earth, or apple and anti-Earth, making it repulsive.Observations and experimentsThe theoretical prediction of antigravity between matter and antimatter could have significant consequences, if it’s true. Whenever matter and antimatter meet, they annihilate and produce photons. But if matter and antimatter repel each other, then they would tend to isolate themselves apart from each other and not annihilate. The force of this matter-antimatter repulsion could explain why the Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate, eliminating the need for dark energy and possibly dark matter.Villata suspects that antimatter could exist in the Universe in large-scale voids that have been observed in the distribution of galaxy clusters and superclusters. Previous studies have found that these voids can originate from small negative fluctuations in the primordial density field, which repel surrounding matter – as if they have a negative gravitational mass. With diameters of tens of megaparsecs (about a hundred million light years), these voids are the largest structures in the Universe. The problem is that, so far, researchers have not observed antimatter in these locations. Villata plans to investigate this question in a future study on the invisibility of antimatter in voids.“The relevant ideas are there, but I’m looking for the best way to formalize them,” he said. “However, you can find anticipations on this and many other features of matter traveling backwards in time in the novel by Max Wells (which is my literary pseudonym, in honor of J. C. Maxwell and H. G. Wells), The Dark Arrow of Time, which is currently published only in Italian (La freccia oscura del tempo), but I hope to find an English publisher soon.”As for testing the possibility of antigravity between matter and antimatter, the upcoming AEGIS experiment at CERN could provide some answers. The experiment will compare how the Earth’s gravity affects hydrogen and antihydrogen atoms, and could give scientists a better understanding of antimatter’s gravitational properties.“Antigravity has always been controversial, and likely it will still be so until we can get an experimental (or observational) response,” Villata said. “However, I hope that my work, in the meantime, can at least dissipate some prejudices against antigravity.” Copyright 2010 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. 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. It’s possible that antimatter could exist in the voids between galaxy clusters and superclusters. Image credit: NASA and ESA. New technique for antihydrogen synthesis promises answers to mysteries of antimatter (PhysOrg.com) — In 1998, scientists discovered that the Universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. Currently, the most widely accepted explanation for this observation is the presence of an unidentified dark energy, although several other possibilities have been proposed. One of these alternatives is that some kind of repulsive gravity – or antigravity – is pushing the Universe apart. As a new study shows, general relativity predicts that the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter is mutually repulsive, and could potentially explain the observed expansion of the Universe without the need for dark energy. More information: M. Villata. “CPT symmetry and antimatter gravity in general relativity.” EPL (Europhysics Letters), 94 (2011) 20001. DOI:10.1209/0295-5075/94/20001 Ever since antimatter was discovered in 1932, scientists have been investigating whether its gravitational behavior is attractive – like normal matter – or repulsive. Although antimatter particles have the opposite electric charge as their associated matter particles, the masses of antimatter and matter particles are exactly equal. Most importantly, the masses are always positive. For this reason, most physicists think that the gravitational behavior of antimatter should always be attractive, as it is for matter. However, the question of whether the gravitational interaction between matter and antimatter is attractive or repulsive so far has no clear answer. In the new study, Massimo Villata of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Observatory of Turin) in Pino Torinese, Italy, has shown that an answer can be found in the theory of general relativity. As Villata explains, the current formulation of general relativity predicts that matter and antimatter are both self-attractive, yet matter and antimatter mutually repel each other. Unlike previous antigravity proposals – such as the idea that antimatter is gravitationally self-repulsive – Villata’s proposal does not require changes to well-established theories. The study is published in a recent issue of EPL (Europhysics Letters).“The significance of this study is actually twofold,” Villata told PhysOrg.com. “On one side, that of physics in general, it is to have shown that one of the most heretical concepts debated in the last several decades, i.e., that of antigravity, can be found as a prediction of the coupling of two of the best-established theories of the last century, providing the extension of general relativity to antimatter, considered as space-time-reversed matter, as requested by CPT symmetry. On the other side, the cosmological implications of this finding have shown antigravity as an alternative to (or explanation of) the wooly concept of dark energy for the accelerated expansion of the Universe.” Citation: Antimatter gravity could explain Universe’s expansion (2011, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-antimatter-gravity-universe-expansion.html Explore further
Credit: Nate Carroll 2012 Citation: Life, and death, of Triceratops: Fossilized tooth marks shed light on T.Rex’s gruesome hunting practices (2012, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-life-death-triceratops-fossilized-tooth.html Scientists have for years believed that T.Rex, killed and ate Triceratops. But until now, most research has focused on the body of the Triceratops. In this new study, Fowler et al. concentrated on bite marks found on the skulls of 18 fossil specimens found in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation.None of the bite marks showed any signs of healing, suggesting they occurred after the animals’ deaths. Initially, the researchers couldn’t explain why a predator such as a Tyrannosaurus would bother with a skull, as there wasn’t much to eat in that that area. But upon further review, the researchers discovered deep parallel grooves in the bone indicating that an animal had been pulling on it, with its teeth sliding along the bone’s surface.Triceratops had a large bony frill around the back of the skull to protect the sensitive neck and throat. The researchers believe that after killing its victim, Tyrannosaurus would pull on the frill until the head came off, allowing easy access to the large, meaty neck muscles.In addition to the parallel groves, the researchers also noted bite marks on the ball socket joints that allowed the Triceratops to move its head around—marks that could only come about if the head were removed.Fowler also said the team had found evidence of facial nibbling by Tyrannosaurus on the skulls of the Triceratops, indicating the dinosaur had a taste for the more delicate meat found there. That finding led the researchers to wonder if T.Rex ate in different ways as it grew older. Adults with thick teeth would have been able to tear the head off of a Triceratops, whereas younger T.Rex might have been satisfied with nibbling on softer, easier access points, thereby preserving their less-developed teeth. Fowler added that he and his colleagues plan to continue their investigation before submitting the present findings for publication. © 2012 Phys.org Explore further Triceratops controversy continues (Phys.org)—Paleontologist Denver Fowler has told a group of attendees at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting that he, along with colleagues from the Museum of the Rockies, has uncovered evidence that suggests Tyrannosaurus Rex pulled the head off Triceratops victims to allow access to nutritious neck meat. More information: www.denverfowler.com/publicati … owler_et_al_2012.htm 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.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from institutions in Germany and Saudi Arabia has found that pollution levels over several major cities in the Middle East are dropping and have concluded that it is due to economic and political unrest and war. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they compared satellite data with historical records to show that harsh conditions in some parts of the Middle East have led to less pollution being emitted into the air. Explore further Under normal circumstances, as countries advance, the amount of pollution they emit increases—this was seen in the Middle East, the authors note, in the years after satellite monitoring began in the mid 1990’s. Levels of nitrogen dioxide rose as the number of cars on the road increased, and as more electricity was produced by coal fired power plants. But, they note, things changed, starting around 2010—the period during what came to be known as the Arab Spring. Governments were overthrown and in some cases, chaos ensued. That chaos led to a lowering of economic standards in many Middle Eastern cities, which meant less fuel was being burned by cars or used in electricity production. Some cities have seen declines of 20 to 50 percent, though the researchers note that in some cases, the declines are due to legislation put in place to reduce pollution.Cities seeing the most change tended to be in areas of severe upheaval, the team notes, such as those in Iraq and Syria, where civil war and insurgencies have driven down economic output, and lessened the amount of driving in cars and use of electricity. Notably, the team saw that over the same period, pollution levels in Lebanon actually rose 20 to 30 percent, due they believe, to refugees pouring into the country from nearby Syria. Another example of migration impacting pollution levels, the team notes, is over parts of Bagdad, where the Islamic State has been active—pollution levels have been falling, but rising in nearby safer places. More stable but still experiencing problems was Tehran, suffering under the impact of economic sanctions meant to stop its nuclear ambitions—that city has also been seeing pollution levels falls. Drops in levels in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, were attributed to controls put in place to specifically reduce pollution. Journal information: Science Advances More information: “Abrupt recent trend changes in atmospheric nitrogen dioxide over the Middle East.” Science Advances 21 Aug 2015: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500498AbstractNitrogen oxides, released from fossil fuel use and other combustion processes, affect air quality and climate. From the mid-1990s onward, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) has been monitored from space, and since 2004 with relatively high spatial resolution by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument. Strong upward NO2 trends have been observed over South and East Asia and the Middle East, in particular over major cities. We show, however, that a combination of air quality control and political factors, including economical crisis and armed conflict, has drastically altered the emission landscape of nitrogen oxides in the Middle East. Large changes, including trend reversals, have occurred since about 2010 that could not have been predicted and therefore are at odds with emission scenarios used in projections of air pollution and climate change in the early 21st century.Press release China air pollution levels fall: Greenpeace © 2015 Phys.org 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. Citation: Air pollution decline in Middle East attributed to turmoil and unrest (2015, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-air-pollution-decline-middle-east.html While nitrogen oxide emissions increased in the Middle East from 2005 to 2010 (top map), they dropped in many regions from 2010 to 2015 (bottom map). The colors represent changes in the tropospheric concentration of nitrogen dioxide in 1015 molecules per square centimeter during the period observed. Credit: Science Advances 2015/MPI for Chemistry
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico has found an explanation for the variety of sounds people hear when witnessing a falling meteor—sounds that should not be heard until minutes later due to the long distances involved. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the team describes experiments they conducted with transducer materials and what they learned by doing so. Citation: Sandia researchers offer explanation for hissing and popping noises heard from meteors (2017, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sandia-explanation-hissing-noises-heard.html Journal information: Scientific Reports Explore further © 2017 Phys.org 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. Meteor seen from the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). Credit: ESO/C. Malin Over the years, witnesses of falling meteors have reported hearing a wide variety of noises that appear to come from the rapidly descending fireball. While it is not surprising that meteors would emit noise as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere, it is surprising that they would be heard during the meteor’s descent because of the distance. Meteors are generally first noticed as they begin burning many miles high in the atmosphere—and most land equally far away from witnesses. So, how could people hear emitted sounds as they are being made? That was what the team at Sandia Labs sought to answer.The team began with a theory that the noise was not actually generated by the meteor itself, but by nearby objects. They believed the bright light generated by the fireball comes in pulses and that those pulses cause a rapid rise in the temperature of the air through which they travel. The nearly instant air pressure change would result in pressure waves, which would be converted into acoustic waves when they crashed into what the team described as dielectric transducers—heat absorbing objects such as leaves, hair or even a shirt someone was wearing.To test their theory, the researchers studied photographs and video of meteors and plotted the intensity of the light generated. Then they calculated the likely acoustic waves that would result if they struck various objects. Next, they fired similar light pulses at materials to see if noises similar to those reported by meteor witnesses could be heard. They report that such sounds were, indeed, generated, suggesting that their theory was correct—the first to attempt to explain meteor noise due to light. They have called it a “photoacoustic hypothesis.” Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon More information: Richard Spalding et al. Photoacoustic Sounds from Meteors, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/srep41251AbstractConcurrent sound associated with very bright meteors manifests as popping, hissing, and faint rustling sounds occurring simultaneously with the arrival of light from meteors. Numerous instances have been documented with −11 to −13 brightness. These sounds cannot be attributed to direct acoustic propagation from the upper atmosphere for which travel time would be several minutes. Concurrent sounds must be associated with some form of electromagnetic energy generated by the meteor, propagated to the vicinity of the observer, and transduced into acoustic waves. Previously, energy propagated from meteors was assumed to be RF emissions. This has not been well validated experimentally. Herein we describe experimental results and numerical models in support of photoacoustic coupling as the mechanism. Recent photometric measurements of fireballs reveal strong millisecond flares and significant brightness oscillations at frequencies ≥40 Hz. Strongly modulated light at these frequencies with sufficient intensity can create concurrent sounds through radiative heating of common dielectric materials like hair, clothing, and leaves. This heating produces small pressure oscillations in the air contacting the absorbers. Calculations show that −12 brightness meteors can generate audible sound at ~25 dB SPL. The photoacoustic hypothesis provides an alternative explanation for this longstanding mystery about generation of concurrent sounds by fireballs.
© 2018 Medical Xpress Citation: Nanomotor guided inside a living cell using a magnetic field (2018, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-nanomotor-cell-magnetic-field.html Journal information: Advanced Materials Explore further Schematic of the nanorobot moving through a living cell. Credit: Advanced Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201800429 As medical scientists continue to look for new ways to study living beings, many are studying the possibility of putting miniature objects inside of a living organism that can carry drugs or perform actions such as blocking blood vessels that feed tumors. Some have taken the science even further by creating objects small enough to fit inside a single cell. Such objects could conceivably carry drugs directly to individual parts of a cell. But, as the researchers with this new effort report, prior efforts have resulted in disruption to the cell, preventing the use of such devices. They report that they have now developed a nanomotor that can be guided to desired locations inside of a cell without causing disruptions.The nanomotor was made mostly of silica, the team reports, but was covered with a very thin iron film to allow for control by magnetism. The nanomotor is shaped like a corkscrew, which means when it spins, it moves forward. A spinning external coil that generated a magnetic field induced the nanomotor to spin. Slight changes in the angle of the magnetic field caused the nanomotor to turn in desired directions.The researchers made several of the nanomotors in different sizes and tested them in different types of cells, some of which were from cancerous tumors. They report that the smallest (250-nanometer) nanomotors offered the most flexibility for movement inside of the cells. To prove just how well they could steer a nanomotor inside of a cell, the team directed one along a path that outlined the letters “M” and “N.” They acknowledge that their tiny motors are still in the early stages of development, but suggest their design is likely to lead to applications in drug delivery, or even nano-surgery. More information: Malay Pal et al. Maneuverability of Magnetic Nanomotors Inside Living Cells, Advanced Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201800429AbstractSpatiotemporally controlled active manipulation of external micro‐/nanoprobes inside living cells can lead to development of innovative biomedical technologies and inspire fundamental studies of various biophysical phenomena. Examples include gene silencing applications, real‐time mechanical mapping of the intracellular environment, studying cellular response to local stress, and many more. Here, for the first time, cellular internalization and subsequent intracellular manipulation of a system of helical nanomotors driven by small rotating magnetic fields with no adverse effect on the cellular viability are demonstrated. This remote method of fuelling and guidance limits the effect of mechanical transduction to cells containing external probes, in contrast to ultrasonically or chemically powered techniques that perturb the entire experimental volume. The investigation comprises three cell types, containing both cancerous and noncancerous types, and is aimed toward analyzing and engineering the motion of helical propellers through the crowded intracellular space. The studies provide evidence for the strong anisotropy, heterogeneity, and spatiotemporal variability of the cellular interior, and confirm the suitability of helical magnetic nanoprobes as a promising tool for future cellular investigations and applications. 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. Engineers build world’s smallest, fastest nanomotor A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore has developed a type of nanomotor that can be guided inside of a living cell using an external magnetic field. In their paper published in the journal Advanced Materials, the group describes their nanomotor, how it works, and possible uses for it.
iSEED – the Indian School for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, a unique educational institution offering India’s first full time 1-year post-graduate level program in Entrepreneurship was launched on Thursday. The announcement was made in the presence of K.H. Muniyappa, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Founded by a group of professionals from institutes of national repute, iSEED’s vision is to be a world-class educational hub offering a variety of long and short-term programs for budding entrepreneurs and startups at various stages of their journey. iSEED will commence its flagship 1-year Post Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship from June 2014. The Institute’s short-term courses will begin this year. The founders of iSEED include Harsh Mishra, a Strategy and Entrepreneurship Professor at MDI Gurgaon, Anil Misra, Finance Professor at MDI Gurgaon, and Sanjeeva Shivesh, former Strategy Consultant from Booz & Co, aentrepreneur and a visiting faculty at MDI Gurgaon.
The theme explains Sa Re Ga Ma as the Indian musical notes depicting different life forms, dancing to the rhythm of divergent tunes of the life song in India.The artiste experimented with photography on canvas that relates with theme of exploring metaphysical consciousness in life. Her canvases included portraits, landscape, flowers and monuments. All these moments were captured by Pandey while travelling to different parts of world. The artiste believes that there is a world beyond material things, that is of spirituality hence, her pictures reflect things like the third eye concept, the seven chakras, a meditating girl and more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A part of the exhibition was based on nature photography depicting its tangible and non-tangible element. Pandey’s canvas makes an individual think beyond the materialistic world. It symbolise true oneness and metaphysical state.Artiste’s work was also exhibited in the United States during Summer with the same theme that reflects the different musical nodes in life. Pandey is also an international photographer and writer. Her work are published in national and international magazines. She has worked with various international development agencies working for women and children. ‘Pandey’s works have given life to inanimate forms, making them come alive,’ said Prasad Kariyawasam, high commissioner of Sri Lanka while inaugurating the event at the Open Palm Court in IHC.
She is electric. On stage and otherwise. We caught up with her at the wake of the Storm Festival that just wrapped up. Here are excerpts from the interview…Tell us about your journey. I have risen here and fallen there into clouds and became the rain. What inspires you to create music, who are your idols?What is inspiring is musicians who play music just for itself, not in order to win some bogus popularity contest. I am not sure if it’s a good idea to idolize anyone. It just seems to lead to trouble in the history of humankind. I admire all great musicians, as they all reach out to you in ways that are so different and individual. Musicians with a memorable intensity and vision: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Fela Kuti, Bjork, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Lou Reed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your first break and how the journey has been since.I walked into an agent’s office in Sydney, stood on his desk and belted out a song. I was seventeen. I have been gigging ever since.Some memorable moments for you?My most memorable musical experience was playing onstage in London with a big group of Sufi Qawwals from Lahore along with musicians from Rajasthan and London and feeling the whole place lift off.What songs top your playlist? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI am listening to L.A. Woman by The Doors right now, but to be honest; I am enjoying my own freshly minted album Queen Between at the moment… playing it to my friends. It’s a happy and proud moment every musician who makes a record knows.What suggestions would you have for newbies who want to make it big?I think it’s fair to say that all musicians totally suck when they begin, so give yourself time to develop. Rest assured, in a year’s time you will be much better than you are now, so be patient but keep working and changing. What I always say is you will know you’re own breakthrough artistically when you have one song that really clicks. Meanwhile, anybody can record nowadays… try to test your music on people live. Distill the essence of what you have – one great song at a time but don’t overwork things; keep moving. It’s better to write one good song than a hundred mediocre ones. My real advice to them is to ask themselves what exactly are you trying make ‘big’? Music is a connection point so think about what it is you want to connect. Be original. Be brave. Be crazy. Be adventurous. If you sound like just anybody else keep it as a hobby. Think big and small! We need music that is not the same old thing. Try not to peddle fake sentiments in order to make it because if you do you will get there and it will be meaningless. Lastly, everyone needs a producer; it’s a role play thing.What is on the cards for the Storm Festival?We are going to play with Kutle Kahn form Jaislamer in Rasjathan, who is an amazing collaborator with a super energy. I think we will really have a great time playing together and it’s an interesting contrast.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das is banking on the all-round development work of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, as he hopes to win the Maheshtala by-election scheduled to be held on Monday.The Maheshtala Assembly seat in South 24-Parganas district fell vacant after the death of its two-time representative Kasturi Das of Trinamool in February this year. Das has been pitched against a Congress-Left Alliance and BJP that has emerged as a distant second in the recently concluded Panchayat elections. The CPI(M)-Congress alliance had fielded Pravash Chowdhury while BJP’s candidate is Sujit Ghosh. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Panchayat election results have shown clearly that people of the state are with the development of Mamata Banerjee. Maheshtala is also not an exception. In the last few years, a development wave has swept here. I have been campaigning, highlighting the development work that has taken place and will follow in the next few years,” Das said.According to Das, who is the sitting chairman of Maheshtala Municipality, 80 percent of the sprucing up of the roads has already been completed, along with complete overhaul of the water distribution system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has assured me to construct an intake jetty at Pujali for treatment of water, so that water from Pujali can also be used in Maheshtala,” Das maintained.Major real estate development like Eden City and Bata Riverside has changed the topography of the area. “The 19 km flyover from Jinjira Baazar to Bata will make the connectivity much better,” he added.The seat had been a CPI(M) bastion till 2011, when it lost to Trinamool Congress, which grabbed power in the state. Dulal’s wife late Kasturi Das defeated CPI(M)’s candidate by more than 26,000 votes. In 2016, she returned to defeat the party again by 12,452 votes. In contrast, the BJP received 3,689 votes in 2011 and 14,909 votes in 2016. The bypoll has been scheduled for May 28 and counting will be on May 31.The Maheshtala Assembly constituency has 35 wards of Maheshtala municipality. However, wards from 1 to 7, 9 and 10 have gone out of the municipality area because of delimitation.It may be mentioned that the 26 wards, starting from the border of Metiabruz-Garden Reach up to Shyampur, have a sharp divide not only population-wise, but also in terms of social status and economic sustainability. The area from Shyampur to Batanagar has a dominance of Hindu population, which thrives on service and business, while the 45 percent Muslim population living on the both sides of the railway track from Brace-Bridge to Akra, Memanpur and Dakghar is mainly dependent on the garment industry.
Kolkata: Officers of Kolkata Police arrested three Nigerians including a woman on Friday from Delhi, on charges of duping people after befriending them through a matrimonial site.The police also arrested a woman, who is a resident of Assam, along with the three Nigerians.A few days ago, a complaint was lodged with Anandapur police station, alleging that a woman was duped to the tune of Rs 18 lakh. Police initiated a probe and came to know about the Nigerians involved in the case, who were operating from Delhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that the arrested persons used to create profiles on matrimonial sites with different names. They used to claim themselves to be settled in various countries to impress potential victims. They also used to upload photographs of other people in their profiles.They used to introduce themselves according to the details provided in their profiles to the people who used to call them up after getting their mobile numbers from the matrimonial sites. The accused soon befriended them while talking over phone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStating that the arrested persons had opted for an old modus operandi to cheat people, a police officer said that they used to send some gift boxes to the person they had befriended.After a few days, they used to say to the person that the delivery of the gift parcel was getting delayed due to a payment needed for the same. They used to then request the person to make the payment.They used to provide details of bank accounts in which the victims were asked to deposit the money. The same thing had happened with the woman who had lodged the complaint with Anandapur police station. She had deposited Rs 18 lakh in phases in the bank accounts of the accused.She had lodged the complaint with the police after suspecting that she was getting cheated, as she had not received any gift pack and the demand for money was also going up almost everyday.The police initiated a probe and came to know that the person with whom the complainant used to talk over phone, was in Delhi. Following this, the police went to Delhi and arrested almost all the members of the gang.Police are bringing them to the city in transit remand. They will be questioning the gang members to assess how many people them have cheated and the total amount of money they have taken from them so far.
Not just making you calm and creating a feeling of kindness, a mere seven-minute of meditation daily can help reduce racial bias too, a new study shows.The researchers found that just seven minutes of a meditation technique called Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. The Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony,” said lead researcher Alexander Stell, doctoral student in psychology from University of Sussex.LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as may you be happy and healthy while visualising a particular person.Some previous studies have shown that inducing happiness in people, for example by exposing them to upbeat music, can actually make them more likely to have prejudiced thoughts compared to those hearing sad music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the new study, 71 white, non-meditating adults were each given a photo of a gender-matched black person and either received taped LKM instructions or instructions to look at the photos and notice certain features of the face. Both conditions lasted just seven minutes.The researchers then scored the reaction times of the participants who were asked to match up positive and negative words (for example happiness or wrong) with faces that belonged to either their own or another ethnic group.The team found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. Additionally, the researchers measured levels of positive emotions and found that people doing LKM showed a significant enhancement in generating positive emotions. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.
To tea lovers the fragrance adds a finishing touch to the drink they cherish so much. However, the world has too many varieties of tea that can be tasted. Travelling the world may not be everyone’s cup of tea hence, Shangri- La- Eros Hotel has come up with Mister Chai-a new Tea restaurant. It is a first of its kind tea restaurant which serves exquisite variety of tea and coffee. It a unique concept that has been curated to give patrons a local ‘tea shop feel’ focusing on regional Indian street food and beverages with a strong focus on tea. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Conceptualised by the renowned Dubai based interior design company. Stickman Designs, Mister Chai is an intimate and relaxed space, with a seating capacity of up to 50 guests, enclosed by a beautifully detailed brass balustrade, with each bookend creating a unique design detail. This quaint and exquisite element ensures that guests enjoy privacy from the main lobby. Unlike a conventional tea lounge, Mister Chai is a dining destination in its own right. Popular Indian street food has been re-invented and presented in exceptional style. Experienced and talented chefs under the guidance of executive hef Neeraj Tyagi, have collaborated to design a menu that is as creative as it is well thought out. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Chai Ki Tapri, which consists of the traditional Cutting Chai, Meri Apni Cutting and Kadak Masala Chai provide the quintessential Indian Chai experience. The beverage menu further offers a variety of Black Teas, Green Teas, Oolong Teas and Herbal Teas, Regional Teas, as well as Chai Thandi a variety of Iced Cold Teas. The menu also contains a section called the Mister Chai’s Microbrewery, which offers a selection of freshly brewed lavazza coffee. The Single Origin Coffee selection is inspired from specific coffee native regions such as Blue Mountain (Jamaican, Full Bodied and powerful), Rain Forest (Costa Rican, Aromatic and Refined) and more. Mister Chai also offers non-tea specialties from the streets of India under the Indian Chaska selection such as Masala Cola, Nimbu Lemon, Orange Ginger Punch, among other similar exciting beverage options. The collection of mouth-watering snacks that have been created is a kaleidoscope of regional dishes with a modern twist. The ‘Namkeen ka Dabba ‘, which is also considered to be the famous Indian savoury teatime snack, comprises of Ajwani Matthi, Curry Patta Peanuts, Cheese Fan giving your palate the perfect flavourful punch. The Wow Pao is a modern take on the native Maharashtran snack consisting of aperitifs such as the Goan Chorizo Pao, Shikampuri Pao or even the classic Vada Pao. Continuing with the Maharashtran inspired relishes, the menu also contains a ‘Taste of Mumbai’ section comprising of classics such as Colaba Fish Fry Sandwich, Bun Maska and much more which encapsulate the authentic flavours of Maharashtra. The Chaat Pe Charcha selection comprises of Corn Bhel, Kale Pakora Chaat, and Shakarkandi Chaat encapsulating flavours in sync with the most popular street food in the Capital.
BALURGHAT: In a major breakthrough, police seized a huge quantity of gold and diamond worth Rs 6 crore looted from a jewellery shop in Gurgaon recently, South Dinajpur police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said at a press conference on Sunday night.Police also arrested three persons identified as Safiqul Islam (27), Jafor Hussein (28) and Sultan Mian (25) from Malda rail station area and Hili for their alleged involvement in committing the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey hail from Hili and Banshihari’s Aligara and Haldi. A case of burglary from a jewellery shop in Haryana’s Gurgaon was reported on December 9. While investigating the case and through sketches of prime accused as detected from the CCTV footages, police on December 12 became sure that three employees of the shop from Bengal’s South Dinajpur were behind the crime. Apart from the CCTV footages, mobile tracking system also helped police to solve the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaryana police on Saturday arrested two persons on Saturday night from Malda while the other from Hili. Interrogating the trio, police later seized gold around 16 kg and some diamonds worth approximately Rs 6 crore from Banshihari’s Haripur. Police said Safiqul concealed the valuables at his father-in-laws’ house in Haripur. Investigation revealed that Sultan Mian had been working as a security guard at the shop. They left the place thinking police would never be able to trace them. While producing them before Gangarampur sub-divisional court on Sunday, the judge directed to hand them over to Haryana police on transit-remand.
Kolkata: Revellers in the city may be looking at an acute shortage of Ola and Uber cabs in the next two days, as over 5,000 vehicles are slated to be taken off the road. In a statement on Monday, the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild claimed that their delegation had visited the office of Uber in Salt Lake, to address multiple issues. The cab drivers are not getting the same rate of fare as regular AC cabs and are also getting their driver IDs blocked over small issues. When they tried to put their agenda forth, they were allegedly heckled out of Uber’s office, which offended the drivers. As a result, they decided to boycott duty until Wednesday. However, Madan Mitra, president of the guild, has urged them to consider the problems people would face in the festive rush.
Kolkata: Poet Nirendranath Chakraborty died at a private nursing home in South Kolkata on Tuesday morning. He was 94-years-old and is survived by his son and two daughters. Chakraborty was admitted to the nursing home with age related ailments in early December.Condoling his death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing of poet Nirendranath Chakraborty. It’s a great loss to us all. His contribution to Bengali literature was immense and he will always be remembered through his works. We had felicitated him with ‘Banga Bibhushan’ award in 2017. Condolences to his family.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe mortal remains of Chakraborty were kept at Rabindra Sadan, where people from all walks of life assembled to pay their last respects to the departed soul. Banerjee went to Rabindra Sadan and placed floral wreath on the mortal remains of the poet. He was cremated at Nimtala crematorium with state honours. Mayor Firhad Hakim, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee and minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen went to the private hospital once the news of his death spread. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChakraborty got Sahitya Akademy Award in 1974 for the book Ulanga Raja. In 2007, Calcutta University conferred on him the Doctorate of Science degree. Some of his poetry anthologies include Nil Nirjan, Prothom Nayak and Ghumiye Porar Age. Some of his famous poems are Amalkanti Roddur Hote Cheyechilo, Kolkatar Jishu and Ulanga Raja. He has also translated Tintin comics in Bengali. His notable works for adolescents are Saada Bagh, Baro Masher Chora, Pitri Purush, etc.
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have successfully managed the traffic during the Brigade rally and kept the city almost congestion free on Saturday despite unprecedented congregation of people at the United India meet.In some areas, some congestion took place while the rallies were moving towards the Brigade Parade Ground but the situation turned normal within a few hours. According to police sources, it was decided that no bus would be allowed to enter the Esplanade and the area around the Brigade Parade Ground. Since morning, traffic officials had kept a strict vigil on the buses coming with the Trinamool supporters and were strictly told to park at the designated parking areas. Only VIP and VVIP cars were allowed to enter the Brigade Parade Ground area. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalBuses coming from North Kolkata were stopped near the Central Metro Station on Chittaranjan Avenue. From there, the Trinamool supporters walked to the Brigade Parade Ground. Buses coming from Howrah were parked at Kidderpore Goat Market area and Gangasagar Mela Camp ground. Some were allowed to park at the Maidan area around the Rangers Club. Apart from the buses, huge number of people held processions from seven points across the city to reach the Brigade Parade Ground. From Shyambazar, the rally went through Chittaranjan Avenue. Another came from Sealdah using S N Banerjee Road and Esplanade. Another rally from Milan Mela availed Park Circus and Rabindra Sadan to reach the venue. A rally also originated from Hazra and it availed Ashutosh Mukherjee Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road and the one from Park Circus moved through Park Street and Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Apart from rallies originating in Kolkata, the one from Howrah availed Brabourne Road and Esplanade to reach Brigade. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedVehicular movement was slow on some roads such as Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Dorina Crossing, S N Banerjee Road Strand Road. But necessary diversions were made as per the plan to reduce congestion. “An elaborate plan was made after a hectic workout. We had studied the traffic system and vehicular pressure which helped us to chalk out the plan. We succeeded due to the workout by the Kolkata Police team,” said a senior Kolkata Police official from Lalbazar.
Kolkata: SSKM Hospital has received the Health department’s nod to conduct heart transplants and is awaiting the same for lung transplants.According to sources in the Health department, the hospital is expected to get the lung transplant licence as well within the next couple of weeks and will be the first government-run hospital in the state to get clearance for lung transplants. A senior official of SSKM said: “We have witnessed heart transplants in a government hospital but the idea of lung transplants is not only new in the city but also in the entire Eastern region.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is the first state-run hospital in the state to obtain clearance to perform heart transplants. SSKM comes second in this case. But in case of lung transplants, SSKM will be the first. CMCH has already conducted two heart transplants. But no government hospital has the permission for lung transplants. “Infrastructure has been built up at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) department in SSKM. All the pre-requisite parameters have been fulfilled. A separate post operative room has been set up as well. The idea of lung transplants is at a very early stage in the country. Some acute COPD patients often need to undergo lung transplants. Children with Cystic fibrosis also require lung transplants,” a senior official of the SSKM Hospital on Monday said. It was learnt that SSKM had applied for both heart and lung transplant licences in August 2018 and submitted a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan. A survey was carried out in this regard considering various aspects. Senior officials of the state Health department visited the hospital for assessing the infrastructure of the hospital.
No other epic in the Hindu mythology continues to capture public imagination as much as the Mahabharata, and especially the role of Lord Krishna, as both the creator and the destroyer of the universe. Focusing on some of the lesser known aspects of Krishna’s life, both as a child and during the great war of Mahabharata, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK) is presenting its annual dance-drama ‘Krishna’ on the occasion of Janmashtami at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi from August 11 till 15 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are priced between Rs 300 to Rs 2500 and are available at the SBKK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShobha Deepak Singh, Director of the ballet and Vice Chairperson, SBKK, said, “The first Krishna ballet was presented in 1977 to a full house and we have seen the same interest in Krishna’s life year after year. This is the 41st edition of the ballet and the passionate zeal to present Krishna every year arises out of the paradox of his dual personality. His leela consisting of his dallying with the gopis, butter stealing his romance with Radha – all have risen from the Bhakti movement. In today’s times, where wars are still fought over land, property and materialism all the time, it is Krishna’s message that continues to evoke righteousness in all of us.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFour decades ago, the ballet commenced mainly with Raasleela, devoting much time to Krishna’s childhood and youth. Since then, the ballet has travelled to a thoroughly researched and artistically gratifying experience for the viewer. Each year, with a view to broaden the spectrum of the production, larger time is devoted to the lesser known aspects of Krishna’s life. For instance, in this production, a new dimension has been added to the status of women.
The brainchild of Minu Budhia (Founder-Director) and her daughter Priyam Budhia, Café ICanFlyy is a one-of-a-kind cafe which is run by special needs individuals with the objective of empowering them, giving them dignity and restoring to them their rightful place in society. Being serviced by trained young adults with special needs, Café ICanFlyy is continuously breaking barriers and myths surrounding the capabilities of special needs individuals. “Don’t imagine it. Do it. Keeping this in mind, I have created a sheltered workplace where special individuals work with dignity and confidence. It is time we gave them the place they deserve in society,” says Minu Budhia. The café ensures that these youngsters not only lead a life that brings them joy but also develop skills that help them become gainful employees and budding entrepreneurs. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBudhia added, “When my younger daughter Prachi, who is a special child, was growing up, it was my nightmare that what will she do when she grows up?” Adds co-founder Preeyam Budhia, “It is our dream to make their impossibles possible and their unachievables achievable”. She informed that the ICanFlyy Food Factory has been around since the time ICanFlyy started – for producing packaged products. “We also took part in every prominent exhibition. The products would sell out. That was a good starting point. We are also doing small catering orders and home delivery for customized cakes. The kids had really picked it up. That gave us the confidence that we could open a café. This café would really build their social skills. They will take the orders and interact with you. You have to go and pay at the counter and once you are back, they will serve you. Ever since I moved back to India, I have been dying to do something in F&B. A café with a cause is great”, Preeyam explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe main objective of Café ICanFlyy is to give these children the freedom to express themselves, to restore their dignity and send a message to society that special need individuals need to be respected for who they are and what they can do.”The children have been training for the last three to four months. We have six kids working in the café. They are all part of ICanFlyy. We made a list of FAQs. Me, along with the special educators, trained them. It was difficult, but this has been so fulfilling. For the past month, we have had a lot of in-house tasting going on. They were really helpful because, in the first two tastings, it was like ‘is this place going to run?’ We got a lot of critical feedback. Finally, we are more than ready. No one can feel the difference when they come here. There are supervisors to help the six kids. I have employed two of them and started a stipend. I told one of their mothers; see your daughter has started earning. She will have a bank account to handle now” smiles Minu. The students at Café ICanFlyy with an interest in F&B receive training in food preparation, bakery and café service. Working or training at the cafe is not only fun and exciting for the students, but also has multiple benefits ranging from raising confidence and self-esteem to teaching them life and social skills.The café is a cosy, quirky, colourful space with indoor and outdoor seating and free WiFi so that one can catch up with friends, have a quick business lunch, high tea, or unwind after work. The food will tantalise your taste buds while the rich, aromatic coffee serves up the right dose of caffeine. You can also pick up healthy, pocket-friendly snacks from the ICanFlyy Food Factory. Resonating the theme of the café – ‘Freedom of being who you are’, this is a platform for unrecognized talent wherein emerging singers can take part in surprise karaoke evenings, open mics, live music, board games and a clutch of other activities like brand launches. In October for example, events have been planned around Halloween, tea tasting sessions and karaoke evenings. Café food is delivered by Swiggy, Zomato and comes along with snazzy gift vouchers. Says Gowri Mishra, a student at St Xavier’s and a regular, “There’s nothing new in other cafés. I love coming here for the karaoke and other events”.The café is a vital part of ICanFlyy, a vocational and skill building institute for special needs individuals. Children between the ages of six and nine can join the Twinkling Stars programme, children between the ages of 10 and 14 can join the Rising Stars programme and teenagers who are 15 plus can join the Superstar Programme. Currently, our oldest students are in their early mid-thirties.Students at ICanFlyy have some special needs. They receive vocational training and build their skills, but also become a part of a community that is open, non-judgemental, and embraces the idea that being different does not make one less of an individual. The institute began its journey as a unit of Caring Minds on Sarat Bose Road. ICanFlyy is now located on 4B Valmikee Street, Kolkata 700026. Classes are held from Mondays through Fridays. At ICanFlyy, the focus is on four key objectives, developing respect, providing vocational training, creating jobs and most importantly, changing lives. Special educators and experienced industry professionals provide training tailored to the unique needs of each student. On-site job training equips students to work independently in a home set-up or under minimal supervision at various workplaces. Training modules include Café customer service, Bakery prep and Packaging, Data entry and art and craft. The café ICanFlyy, the ICanFlyy Food Factory, the Digital Studio and the Art Studio equip the students to navigate uncharted territory, thereby building their self-confidence and self-worth. ICanFlyy products are stocked at Satyanarayan Bhandar and Krishna in Alipore. Earlier, the crafts were exhibited at CII. At ICanFlyy Digital Studio, the special needs young adults are proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel and can deliver error-free and speedy project completion. These children have done database work of Jalan Distributors, J D Birla, BRM Insurance and so on. At The Food Factory, the young adults get an opportunity to bring out the chef inside them. On offer is a wide variety of sweet and savoury products that are not only delectable but also healthy and FSSAI approved. Customised gift hampers, catering events and doorstep delivery are the services that are provided by those training at the food unit.