Month: August 2019

StrapOn Helicopter Could Offer Solo Flying Experience

first_img Citation: Strap-On Helicopter Could Offer Solo Flying Experience (2008, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-05-strap-on-helicopter-solo.html Ever since the first human saw a bird soaring through the clouds, our species has harbored a great envy for the freedom that flying gives. Now a company from Mexico is trying to capitalize on this desire with their design for a strap-on helicopter, which is intended to be worn on the back of an individual and lift them into the air. The idea is not new, but the technology may have some novelty, although details are sparse.Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM), the company behind the Libelula strap-on helicopter, explains on its Web site how the device is powered by two hydrogen fuel canisters. Tiny rockets at the tips of the helicopter´s rotor blades take the place of a tail rotor, a component which couldn´t be safely attached to a human body. According to the company, the Libelula would be the lightest helicopter in the world, so light that it could be strapped to a person´s body with a carbon fiber corset.”The best [part] of this technology is that [these] kinds of helicopters don´t need a tail rotor because they don´t have any torque, so with a simple vane they can turn – being the simplest form of an helicopter and the easiest and safer to fly,” the company says on its Web site.At the moment, the idea is just an idea. However, the company has a successful history of developing and fabricating a variety of hydrogen peroxide rockets, jet packs, a flying rocket belt, rocket bicycles, and other similar machines. And on its Web site, the company claims to have most of the components for the Libelula helicopter – many of which are the same as those on the rocket belt – and suggests that it is only a matter of time before embarking on a test flight.More information: Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicanavia: DVICE Technologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM) has designed a strap-on helicopter. Tiny rockets on the tips of the propellers eliminate the need for a tail rotor, making it possible for the device to be worn on a human body. Credit: TAM. 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

Microsoft Hopes To Win Back Browser Market Share With Internet Explorer 8

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Review: Firefox 1.5 Explore further Citation: Microsoft Hopes To Win Back Browser Market Share With Internet Explorer 8 (2009, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-microsoft-browser-internet-explorer.htmlcenter_img Microsoft claims that IE8 offers some new features and hopes that they can win back some of the browser market share they lost. Here are seven new and enhanced browsing features that hopefully will win back some former Internet Explore users.Smart Address BarWith the Smart Address Bar, IE8’s address bar is transformed into a search field of sorts. By typing a word or phrase into the address bar, IE8 searches through your browsing history, favorites and feeds to find websites related to your word or phrase. The results are based on page titles and keywords within the web address.Tab GroupsWe all know that Firefox was the first browser to come out with Tab Browsing. Microsoft hopes that they can improve Tab Browsing by organizing the tabbed browsing concept with tab Groups.This is accomplished by organizing tabs, that were opened from the same site, next to one another and using the same tab color. These tabs can then be closed or moved as one single unit. Web SlicesWeb Slices will keep you up-to-date on information that changes often such as weather forecast, stock quotes, sports, etc. Unfortunately not all sites will be compatible with the Web Slice functionality. Whenever there are new updates the Web Slice section, which appears on your Favorites bar, is highlighted. By clicking on it you see a preview of the latest information and by clicking through to the link you are taken to the site where you can read all the details. Enhanced Search BoxThe enhanced search box on IE8 allows users to select what search engine they want and toggle between their choices. Each search engine will then display its search results in whatever format it chooses. For example, Live Search and Google search results is a drop-down list of text links, whereas eBay and Amazon searches are listed as thumbnails with descriptions.Compatibility View ButtonSites that are not IE8 compatible will have their text and images misplaced on the page. By selecting the Compatibility View Button, the IE8 browser would use the IE7 rendering engine. IE8 also lets users maintain a list of non-compatible IE8 sites so that they don’t have to click the Compatibility View Button every time they visit these sites. AcceleratorsAn Accelerator icon, in the form of a blue arrow, appears whenever a word or phrase on a page is highlighted. By clicking on the icon, a list of related services appears related to the word or phase typed in. Users can manage and add many accelerators for various web services. For instance, Windows Live, Google and Yahoo services, Wikipedia, YouTube, etc. The list goes on and covers most popular Web services.In-Private BrowsingWhen you are In-Private browsing, IE8 does not store data about your browsing session. This is accomplished by disabling your Temporary Internet Files, Web Address History, Cookies and Passwords. An In-Private” icon appears to the left of the url in the address bar whenever you are In-Private browsing and can be deactivated by simply closing the window.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has a lot at stake with the success of Internet Explore 8 since they lost 7 percent of their browser market to Firefox, Safari, and Chrome browsers. IE8 has been in release candidate since January of 2009 and will mostly likely be a target for criticism for similar features already existing in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome browsers.last_img read more

Geologists pinpoint near exact source of some of Stonehenges stones

first_imgStonehenge. Image: Wikipedia. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Robert Ixer and Richard Bevins, British geologists, after nine months of tedious research, have pinpointed the place from which some of the stones that make up Stonehenge were quarried. The stones in question, the so-named bluestones, the smaller kind used in the inner circle at Stonehenge, came from a sixty five meter long outcropping called Craig Rhos-y-Felin, which is close to the town of Pont Saeson in the north part of Pembrokeshire, in Wales; a site some one hundred and sixty miles from Stonehenge. The question now is, did the early Neolithic people who built Stonehenge bring them to the site over 5000 years ago, or was it due to natural causes, such as glacial movement? Citation: Geologists pinpoint near exact source of some of Stonehenge’s stones (2011, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-geologists-exact-source-stonehenge-stones.html Prehistoric site found near UK’s Stonehengecenter_img 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. That question may soon be answered as further research is conducted at the quarry site. If evidence can be found of human quarrying, little doubt will remain that the huge, four tonne stones were either loaded onto barges and sent around St. David’s Head or carted directly across the mountainous terrain that sits between Stonehenge and the quarry site.The researchers found the quarry site by a collecting and analyzing rocks in Pembrokeshire, looking for a match with the rhyolite debitage rocks at Stonehenge. When close matches were found, they took a closer look using petrography, a means for comparing mineral content. They kept up their search till they found specimens that were 99% identical to those at Stonehenge, a sure sign that the two were from the same place. The two believe their findings mean they have pinpointed the place where the Stonehenge rocks came from to within seventy meters.News of the find has been greeted with excitement the world over – such is the connection people feel with the mystery that is Stonehenge, the circular monument believed to have been built from the period 3000 BC to 1600 BC by early people for an unknown reason. The outer bigger stones, called sarsens, are believed by most archeologists and historians to have been hauled to the site some two hundred years after the bluestones, and came from a much closer place; somewhere in Marlborough Downs, just twenty miles to the north.If it can be proven that the rocks were in fact quarried by people, likely many other scientists will join in the debate that will no doubt ensue in attempting to explain how such a primitive people could have achieved such a feat as transporting such big and heavy stones such a great distance, and why.last_img read more

Xray scattering and molecular dynamics simulations used to create realtime imaging of

first_img Citation: X-ray scattering and molecular dynamics simulations used to create real-time imaging of nanoparticle oxidation (2017, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-x-ray-molecular-dynamics-simulations-real-time.html © 2017 Phys.org This image illustrates that, as iron oxide undergoes oxidation, voids in the nanoparticles merge to form crescents. Credit: Alexandra Kirby / Y. Sun et al. / Science (2017) Watching rust transform into iron Humans have known for thousands of years, as Cadavid and Cabot note, that materials decompose, burn or rust, and have learned more recently that such changes occur at the atomic level. To learn more about such processes, scientists have studied them in depth, but have been partially limited by an inability to actually watch what happens at the atomic level. That may be changing, as the researchers with this new effort have developed a way to watch oxidation occurring at the atomic level in real time.The method involved combining a small-angling X-ray scattering technique with molecular modeling software to track in precise detail the oxidation process of iron oxide nanoparticles—all in real time.The technique allowed the researchers to see that empty spaces would form at the onset of the process, which fused together when they grew to a certain size, creating other larger crescent-shaped empty spaces. They also found that they could control the diffusion process with the empty spaces by altering the temperature and size of the nanoparticles. Journal information: Science Snapshots of the 3-D structure of iron nanoparticles in the course of the oxidation process, captured through large-scale reactive molecular dynamic simulations. These simulations enhance our understanding of processes like oxidation and corrosion, and build a foundation for developing integrated imaging techniques to control or manipulate these types of reactions. Credit: Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Badri Narayanan, Yugang Sun, Xiaobing Zuo, Sheng Peng and Ganesh Kamath. Argonne National Laboratory/Temple Universitycenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with Temple University and Argonne National Laboratory has developed a way to observe material restructuring at the atomic scale in real time. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique and what they observed as they followed the progression of oxidation at the atomic scale. Doris Cadavid and Andreu Cabot with Catalonia Institute for Energy Research offer a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and also outline the history and difficulties associated with observing atomic-level changes occurring in a material. They note also that the newly developed technique is likely to have a major impact on how metals and other compounds are engineered in the future. Explore further Cadavid and Cabot suggest that the technique may herald the dawn of a new era in chemistry—the ability to watch the process of solids being modified at the atomic scale in real time, or slowed down for fast reactions. It could lead, they suggest further, to better controlling such processes, including finding new ways to prevent metals from suffering damage due to rusting. More information: Yugang Sun et al. Quantitative 3D evolution of colloidal nanoparticle oxidation in solution, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6792AbstractReal-time tracking of the three-dimensional (3D) evolution of colloidal nanoparticles in solution is essential for understanding complex mechanisms involved in nanoparticle growth and transformation. We used time-resolved small-angle and wide-angle x-ray scattering simultaneously to monitor oxidation of highly uniform colloidal iron nanoparticles, enabling the reconstruction of intermediate 3D morphologies of the nanoparticles with a spatial resolution of ~5 angstroms. The in situ observations, combined with large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations, reveal the details of the transformation from solid metal nanoparticles to hollow metal oxide nanoshells via a nanoscale Kirkendall process—for example, coalescence of voids as they grow and reversal of mass diffusion direction depending on crystallinity. Our results highlight the complex interplay between defect chemistry and defect dynamics in determining nanoparticle transformation and formation.Press releaselast_img read more

Fingertips found to respond differently to different surfaces

first_imgSmall junctions between the fingerprint ridges and a smooth surface that grow and interconnect with increasing contact time. Credit: Brygida Dzidek. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Why pens have rubbery grips Brygida Dzidek, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706233114 , http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/09/19/1706233114AbstractThe process by which human fingers gives rise to stable contacts with smooth, hard objects is surprisingly slow. Using high-resolution imaging, we found that, when pressed against glass, the actual contact made by finger pad ridges evolved over time following a first-order kinetics relationship. This evolution was the result of a two-stage coalescence process of microscopic junctions made between the keratin of the stratum corneum of the skin and the glass surface. This process was driven by the secretion of moisture from the sweat glands, since increased hydration in stratum corneum causes it to become softer. Saturation was typically reached within 20 s of loading the contact, regardless of the initial moisture state of the finger and of the normal force applied. Hence, the gross contact area, frequently used as a benchmark quantity in grip and perceptual studies, is a poor reflection of the actual contact mechanics that take place between human fingers and smooth, impermeable surfaces. In contrast, the formation of a steady-state contact area is almost instantaneous if the counter surface is soft relative to keratin in a dry state. It is for this reason that elastomers are commonly used to coat grip surfaces. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Fingertips found to respond differently to different surfaces (2017, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-fingertips-differently-surfaces.htmlcenter_img Using our hands or just our fingers comes mostly naturally to most people. We tend to focus more on what we are trying to achieve rather than how it comes about. This is because nature has provided us with equipment that has some degree of autonomy. Our fingertips, as the researchers found, react automatically when we touch something, which offers the most possible benefit.To learn more about how our fingertips work, the researchers asked two volunteers to touch and press different objects while the researchers filmed the action with a high-speed camera. They discovered that our fingertips secrete a very small amount of sweat when we touch something hard and smooth, like a pane of glass. The skin on the fingertips, they found, is rather hard in its natural state, but when we touch something, like a touch screen, the nerves in the fingers sense that hardness and sweat is produced. That sweat is then absorbed into the skin, softening it. This allows the hills of our fingerprints to yield to pressure, flattening a little, allowing more surface area contact. The whole process helps to handle hard surfaces in desirable ways—like holding onto a glass of water that would otherwise slip from our grasp. But, the team also found that it does not happen instantaneously—it took up to 20 seconds for the skin to soften, depending on factors such as the hardness of material and differences between people.In contrast, the researchers found that when a fingertip comes into contact with something like a rubber surface, the flexibility of that surface conformed to the fingertips, reaching down into the valleys of our prints, and thus no softening of the skin was needed. 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 the University of Birmingham, Sorbonne Universités and Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight, has found that human fingertips behave differently when touching something depending on the type of surface they touch. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they conducted with volunteers and high-speed cameras and what they found. New polymer can be used to map sweat droplets in fingertips for identification purposeslast_img read more

Bone cancer found in 240millionyearold stemturtle fossil

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: Yara Haridy et al. Triassic Cancer—Osteosarcoma in a 240-Million-Year-Old Stem-Turtle, JAMA Oncology (2019). DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.6766 Explore further A micro-computed tomography scan shows the undisturbed cortical bone and the extent of the periosteal mass (circled area). CB indicates cortical bone; OS, osteosarcoma; SP, spicular outgrowth. The black scale bar represents 1 cm. Credit: JAMA Oncology (2019). DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.6766 A team of researchers with Museum für Naturkunde and Charité—Universitätsmedizin, both in Germany, reports a case of a rare type of cancer in a 240-million-year-old stem-turtle fossil. In their paper published in JAMA Oncology, the group describes their study of the unique growth on the ancient fossil. Citation: Bone cancer found in 240-million-year-old stem-turtle fossil (2019, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-bone-cancer-million-year-old-stem-turtle-fossil.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fossil was from Pappochelys rosinae—a shell-less ancestor of modern turtles. The Triassic period creature was excavated back in 2015 along with 20 others of its kind from a limestone quarry near a town called Velberg, in Germany. The researchers suggest they likely looked more like iguanas than modern turtles. Since that time, all of the fossils have been stored at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart. But one of them was clearly different from the others—it had a large bone growth on a part of its thigh bone (femur). The researchers proposed various theories to explain the growth, but it took the current research effort to nail down what the growth actually was—a periosteal osteosarcoma—one that the team describes as looking “almost exactly like osteosarcoma in humans.”Evidence of cancer in fossils is rare, because cancerous tumors usually occur in soft tissue. And the kind of cancer found in the fossil was even more rare—just 800 to 900 human cases are reported each year in the U.S. That makes the fossil studied by the team in Germany a truly unique specimen.In order to make the diagnosis, the researchers first had to rule out other possible causes of the bone growth, such as an infection or another disease or injury. Eventually, they subjected it to a micro-CT scan to better examine what was inside and beneath it. That led them to the conclusion that it was a form of bone cancer.The researchers note that because evidence of cancer is so seldom observed in the fossil record, some in the field have questioned whether it was prevalent or even occurred in creatures from millions of years ago. Finds like the turtle offer more evidence that cancer has been around for a very long time. Nearly forgotten ‘dinosaur’ bone found to belong to ancient hippo-like creature Journal information: JAMA Oncologylast_img read more

Transborder fusion

first_imgThe city witnessed an amalgamation of the ingenuity of two neighboring countries, as Khoobsurat, a music CD by Indian poet Sangeeta Gupta and Pakistani singer Adeel Burki was launched at the Azad Bhawan, ICCR.Burki had given tune to the latest poems of the Indian poet, from Sparsh ke Gulmohar. The prodigious Sangeeta Gupta had also read out one of her favourite poems from the book, following the CD launch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr Sabit, the Ambassador of Bosnia, Satish Mehta, the DG of ICCR, along with Meeta Pandit and Raja Reddy, the renowned Kuchipudi Dancers among other eminent personalities were present at the event. Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre along with ICCR, had also organised a musical rendition of Sangeeta Gupta’s poem by singer and composer Adeel Burki. “Dilon ke beech koi ‘Line of Control’ nahi hoti hai,” said the humble artist as he addressed the audience and related his delight of being a part of the event. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The cheerful Gupta exclaimed that Adeel Burki had done miracle to her poems. It is the first ever occasion in history where an Indian and a Pakistani artist have collaborated to create a beautiful musical release. Adeel Burki sang some melodious songs accompanied by his eloquentshayeries from the album to mesmerize the audience.last_img read more

Passfail system should return in classes VVIII feels committee

first_imgKolkata: The five member committee constituted by the state Education department for framing the modalities of bringing back detention system in state schools, has recommended that there should be pass-fail system in as many as four classes from class V to class VIII. The committee’s report was submitted to the School Education department at Bikash Bhavan, Salt Lake on Wednesday.It may be mentioned that the committee that was constituted for this purpose on Friday, was directed to submit a report in this regard within seven days. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeState Education minister Partha Chatterjee has made it clear that the government is in favour of bringing back the pass-fail system but has not yet finalised the classes in which it will be introduced.Sources in the Education department said that the report of 34 pages have recommended three examinations in a year and has also categorised the role that the teachers need to play in the examination process.”The report will be presented to the Chief Minister and a final decision in this regard will be taken by her,” an official in the state Education department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAs per the committee’s recommendations, the final examination should be held in November-December and if a candidate fails in it, he/she will have to wait for another year. If a student fails in three subjects he/she will be deemed as failed and will have to repeat in the same class for another year. The recommendation further states that the teachers will be held responsible if a student fails in three or more than three subjects and a reply will be sought from the teachers of the subjects in which the student fails. It has also suggested vigil on the part of the Education department to curb the tendency of private coaching among the teachers. The committee has also recommended reducing the burden of books and change in the question pattern during the examination.Union Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar had said that the states are free to decide whether they would bring back detention system or continue with no detention. Most of the states including Bengal are bringing back the system.last_img read more

Heavy to very heavy rain in Bengal predicts MeT

first_imgKolkata: The MeT department on Monday forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the state till Tuesday owing to a low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal.While the rainfall is likely to be very heavy in the districts of West and East Midnapore, Purulia and Jhargram, it may be heavy in the other districts of South Bengal as well, including Kolkata, the MeT forecast said.The weatherman said under the influence of the low pressure which is likely to become more marked, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rain is very likely over Bengal till Tuesday and Odisha and Jharkhand till Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe weather system is likely to move west northwest ward and may cause fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rain over Chhattisgarh during next the 2 days, Madhya Pradesh during August 7 to August 9 and over Rajasthan and Gujarat during August 8 toAugust 10.The western districts in the state have been receiving heavy rain since last evening and towns like Bankura and Asansol woke up to flooded roads and other low-lying areas, hampering normal life on the first day of the week.While Bankura recorded 353.7 mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am on Monday. Asansol recorded 76 mm, while Kolkata received 43.8 mm during the same period, the MeT department said. A report from Bankura district said one person drowned in a swollen rivulet, 52 houses were damaged and 2,500 people affected byheavy rain.last_img read more

Alcoholism increases heart disease

first_imgAlcohol addiction can increase the risk of heart attack, atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure along with other risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure, a study has found.The findings showed that alcohol abuse was associated with a two-fold increased risk of atrial fibrillation – irregular, often rapid heart rate causing poor blood flow.There is also a 1.4-fold increased risk of heart attack and a 2.3-fold increased risk of congestive heart failure – a condition in which the heart does not pump blood well.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese increased risks were similar in magnitude to other well-recognised modifiable risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.“We found that even if you have no underlying risk factors, abuse of alcohol still increases the risk of these heart conditions,” said lead researcher Gregory M Marcus, Director at the University of California, San Francisco. Completely eradicating alcohol abuse would result in over 73,000 fewer atrial fibrillation cases, 34,000 fewer heart attacks, and 91,000 fewer patients with congestive heart failure in the US alone, the researchers noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the team analysed 14.7 million patients from California aged 21 and older who received ambulatory surgery, emergency or inpatient medical care. Among these 1.8 per cent, or approximately 268,000, were diagnosed with alcohol abuse. “We were somewhat surprised to find those diagnosed with some form of alcohol abuse were at significantly higher risk of a heart attack,” Marcus said. “We hope this study will temper the enthusiasm for drinking in excess and will avoid any justification for excessive drinking because people think it will be good for their heart. These data pretty clearly prove the opposite,” he stated.The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.last_img read more

Fish oil may help fight asthma

first_imgFish oil and other products with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms, a new study has claimed. Researchers form University of Rochester Medical Centre (URMC) in the US found that for patients with severe asthma who use high doses of oral steroids, the omega-3 fatty acids are less effective because the corticosteroids block the beneficial effects.Richard P Phipps from Rochester and his lab had previously shown that certain fatty acids contained in fish oil regulate the function of immune cells (B cells). They wanted to further investigate the effects on asthma. People with asthma have an imbalance between molecules that dampen inflammation and those that increase inflammation. Using steroids as treatment controls the inflammation and relieves symptoms, but does not cure the underlying disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers collected blood from 17 patients and isolated their B immune cells in the laboratory to explore the impact of pure omega-3-derived products on Immunoglobulin E (IgE) – the antibodies that cause allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people with milder cases of asthma – and other molecules that fuel the disease. They compared the results of the 17 patients to donors of healthy blood cells. Most of the patients who volunteered for the study were taking corticosteroids in either pill form or by inhaler, depending upon severity of their asthma. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study showed that all responded to the omega-3 fatty acids to some degree, as evidenced by a reduction in the levels of IgE antibodies. However, unexpectedly, Phipps said, the cells from a small subset of patients who were taking oral steroids were less sensitive to the omega-3 treatment.Steroids are usually a very effective treatment for asthma.However, although the science is in the early stages, it appears that when corticosteroids are used steadily, in some cases the steroids reduce some of the body’s natural ability to fight asthma-related inflammation, Phipps said.Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to have many health benefits.Once ingested, they convert to special pro-resolving mediators that halt inflammation without also suppressing the immune system. They can be found in foods such as flax seed oil, salmon, tuna, anchovies, and walnuts. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.last_img read more

Tagores Ekla Cholo Re remains my favourite tune

first_imgKolkata: Poet-lyricist Gulzar said on Thursday that Rabindranath Tagore’s Ekla Chalo Re remains his most favourite song, though he loves to listen all other songs of the Bard with whom he feels connected at every moment. Gulzar, who penned the script of the Hindi light and sound show Yeh Baat Yaad Rakhna on Tagore’s life and work, said after the inauguration of the show at Tagore’s birth place Jorasanko in north Kolkata, “I love to hear all the songs of Gurudev. But Ekla Chalo Re remains my most favourite.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said the light and sound show was aimed at motivating and inspiring the younger generation about Tagore’s life and works, his ideals and how he had stood for the unity of the country. “You saw the whole show, that shows my connect with Tagore. And when I was penning the script there was nothing but only Tagore in my mind,” Gulzar, who had also directed films such as Aandhi and Mausam, said. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, which was organising the show for the public, said: “Once Gulzar saab showed interest in penning the Hindi script we sent the Bengali script of the current light and sound show to him in last June and he took just two weeks to write a wonderful script in Hindi which bore his hall mark as a poet.” He said while the Bengali light and sound show was now being held every day at Jorasanko campus excepting Monday, the timing of the Hindi show will be finalised by this week. The show spanned the phase beginning from the birth of Tagore till his death and highlighting different phases of his life and his philosophy.last_img read more

With safety mechanism in place Sector V fire tamed within hour

first_imgKolkata: A fire, which broke out on Thursday afternoon at a building in Sector V, was controlled in no time as the fire safety and security management system worked fine.As the smoke detectors and sprinklers started working on its own the fire was almost controlled when the fire brigade arrived. On Thursday around 12:30 pm when employees of several offices were busy working, fire broke out on the third floor of the building. As soon as the fire broke out, the fire alarms installed went off. Hearing the alarm, employees on the other floors got alerted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe sprinklers on third floor started spraying water. The security personnel of the building immediately informed the fire brigade and asked the employees of the building to evacuate using the stairs. Soon, two fire tenders arrived and doused the fire within an hour. According to fire officials, the built in fire fighting mechanism had cut off the power supply, which is found to be very useful as it prevented the fire from spreading. But due to the glass panes of the building, fire fighters faced problem while dousing the fire. Later the glass panes had be broken to let out the smoke. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be recalled that Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority ( NDITA) had recently held a meeting with the representatives of various offices to discus about the fire fighting measures that need to be installed in Sector V, the IT hub of Bengal. NDITA authorities told the officials that mezzanine floors will not be allowed anymore. Also, fire drill will have to be carried out by the offices at regular intervals. In the vast areas of New Town, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) had carried out fire audit in offices and shopping malls. As thousands of people visit the offices and shopping malls in New Town, installation of fool proof fire fighting measures is mandatory. While the fire audit was being carried out, it was found that fire-fighting gadgets in some offices were not adequate and fire drills are not be conducted in most of them. Also, the sprinklers did not work in most of the offices.last_img read more

Health officials meet medical superintendents to tide over blood crisis

first_imgKolkata: Senior health department officials on Wednesday held a high-level meeting with the medical superintendents of various medical colleges and hospitals in the city to overcome the crisis of blood which has been prevailing in the state.The health officials also conducted a video conference with hospital superintendents of various hospitals in the districts and the chief medical officers of health giving a detailed guidelines stressing on the collection of bloods. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey have been urged to bring the medical students and other health workers into the process to tide over the crisis. They districts health officials have been asked to organise blood camps so that adequate blood is collected in the districts. A story was published in Millennium Post on April 23 saying that how a prolonged process of Lok Sabha Elections affected the blood donation camps across the state leading to an acute crisis of blood in various blood banks. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe involvement of youths and various local clubs in political activities has reduced the number of blood donation camps in the state since the notification of Lok Sabha elections. The entire state is facing a severe blood crisis putting thousands of lives in jeopardy. It was alleged that the relatives of the patients have been denied blood even by the central blood bank in Manicktala. The relatives of the patients are being asked to arrange donors unless it would be difficult for the blood bank authorities to provide a steady supply of blood. The other state government run blood banks in the city are no exception as they are going dry as there is no adequate supply of blood. According a senior official of the health department there is a crisis of blood during summer. The situation is further complicated because of the prolonged process of elections due to which camps could not be conducted. Necessary instructions have been issued to all the senior health officials in the district to combat the situation.last_img read more

NTPCs Super 30 Girls shine at IITJEE Mains

first_imgThe young girls enrolled under NTPC’s ‘Super 30 girls’ Program, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative introduced by India’s largest power generating company, have cracked the IIT JEE Mains. Five girls among the group of 18, who had earlier qualified for the IIT JEE mains have successfully come out triumphant in the final qualifying hurdle.The year-long residential program, implemented with an objective to coach students for IIT- JEE, belonging to economically weaker families, brought these young aspirants a step closer to realising their dream of studying in some of India’s premier engineering institutes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs part of this noble initiative, rolled out in association with the Centre for Social Responsibility and Leadership (CSRL), NTPC bears the entire cost of boarding, lodging, and coaching for the girl students belonging to underprivileged families. After the MoU signed between NTPC Northern Region Head Quarter in Lucknow and CSRL, New Delhi, NTPC & CSRL jointly initiated the Rs 77.03 lakh-program for 30 girls selected from families living in the vicinity of NTPC plants in the northern region. During the tenure of the project, the students were provided with free stay and food, and were imparted coaching and training to sit for entrance examinations (IIT/JEE/NIT) that would help them gain admission to eminent institutes in the country. Started on July 1, 2018, the program finally had 25 girls studying at the ‘NTPC Super 30 Girl’ centre in Varanasi.last_img read more

VIDEO Toddler springs little brother from crib with Shawshank level prison break

first_imgA toddler wanted to play with his crib confined little brother so bad he channeled Andy Dufresne and engineered a genius prison break so the two could get in some extra play time.A nanny cam captured the great escape and it’s pretty incredible. The older brother not only sets a chair inside the crib and shows his brother how to boost himself out, he also catches him as he falls out. If it was my little brother I probably would have dropped him on purpose.You’ve got to hand it to these little El Chapos. Some birds aren‘t meant to be caged, their feathers are too bright.last_img read more

LeVeon Bell picked the wrong position to holdout for a fat payday

first_imgAaron Rodgers allows the Packers to overpay for a Khalil MackThe Packers had the chance to be aggressive and make a move for Khalil Mack, but they passed and Colin thinks it’s a big mistake. He thinks having an elite QB like a Rodgers or Brady allows teams to underpay for offensive talent because elite QB’s can elevate marginal players. By saving on offense, they could have overpaid for a defensive superstar like Mack. Instead the Packers chose to pinch pennies and now Rodgers will instead be getting harassed by Mack for the next 5 to 10 years. Le’Veon Bell picked the wrong position to holdout for a fat paydaySome of Le’Veon Bell’s teammates made headlines yesterday when they publicly ripped him for his contract holdout. Colin thinks Bell is severely overestimating his value because running backs are among the most replaceable positions in the NFL. If Bell wanted to get paid, he picked the wrong position. Also:– Colin’s Super Bowl prediction– Colin’s Week 1 Herd HierarchyGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First joins the show to defend Le’Veon Bell against teammate criticism;Peter King – NBC Sports Senior NFL Writer joins the show to explain why he’s so high on the Rams, and why Gruden and the Raiders made a mistake by trading Khalil Mack.Greg Cosell – NFL films Senior Producer joins the show to look at the film on Atlanta before tonight’s opener; and how Khlail Mack will impact this week’s game against Green Bay.T.J . Houshmandzadeh – Former Bengals Pro Bowl Wide Receiver is in-studio on why Le’Veon Bell’s teammates are out of line for publicly commenting on his contract situation.last_img read more

Colins AFC and NFC Championship Game Blazin 5 Picks

first_imgAs you may have heard if you’ve listened to the show at any time during the past week, Colin is 8-0 straight up and 6-1-1 ATS picking playoff games, and he’s looking to finish his scorching hot postseason tear with a clean sweep on Championship Weekend. Uncle Colin is en fuego. Stand back and enjoy the show.Here are his AFC and NFC Championship game picks:Rams (+3.5) at Saints – The Rams are 6-2 on the road this year (13-3 overall under Sean McVay), and Colin likes them getting 3.5 on in New Orleans in what should be a nail biter. L.A. is healthier than any team left in the playoffs and averaging 36.3 PPG in last 3 games, with a league-high 232.3 rush YPG since Week 16.The Rams defense has had its problems throughout the year, but is remarkably better with Aqib Talib in the lineup –  he missed the Week 9 matchup between the two teams that the Saints won, 45-35. With Talib, L.A. is only allowing 17.8 PPG (30.8 without), 206.3 Pass YPG (272.6 without), and an opposing QB Passer Rating of 77.2 (111.6 without). Drew Brees has been inconsistent in the playoffs and an off quarter in this one could decide it. Rams cover with the 3 and win outright, 27-26. Advertisement 2. Patriots at Chiefs (-3) – Colin is taking the Chiefs laying 3 at home in one of his favorite NFL picks of the year. The Chiefs have the better overall roster, more weapons, and are 8-1 at Arrowhead this season (32.3 PPG, 17.4 PPG Allowed, +11 turnover differential).The Pats have been uncharacteristically bad on the road this year, going 3-5 (9-0 home), are only averaging 21.6 PPG (33.8 home), while allowing 24.0 PPG (17.9 home). Brady is a playoff legend, but is surprisingly only 3-4 in road playoff games in his career (20-3 home). New England’s dynasty isn’t dead, but their season is. K.C. covers the 3, 28-23.Watch him explain why he likes these picks to cash:🚨 @ColinCowherd is on 🔥🔥 during the playoffs: 8-0 SU and 6-1-1 ATS 🚨Colin makes his Championship Game picks ⬇️ ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/AVBTlXPRSA— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 18, 2019last_img read more

10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week Nov 8

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals November 8, 2013 Register Now » Why Twitter has staying power, a progressive pitch in NYC, play with your pet remotely via Petcube, putting the iPad Air through the ringer, why small businesses should love Bitcoin, tips from the kings of content marketing… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs:1. Why Twitter has staying power: If you’ve ever wanted to dissect a tweet, don’t. Paul Ford, a programmer and the creator of SavePublishing.com, does the work for you. (Bloomberg Businessweek)Related: Twitter IPO Deserves the Hype, If Not the Investment2. New York City, a new liberal utopia? NYC’s mayoral election yielded a political pole shift, replacing billionaire conservative Michael Bloomberg with a Brooklynite-Democrat Bill de Blasio. Here is what you can expect from the new guy. (Vice)Related: Twitter IPO Deserves the Hype, If Not the Investment3. Pet product blows up Kickstarter: Petcube, the San Francisco-based pet-tech startup that lets owners play with their pets while they’re away, just secured $251,000 in a 42-day-long crowdfunding campaign that surpassed its goal by $151,000. (Forbes)Related: Top 100 Crowdfunded Companies4. Weighing in on the iPad Air: Wired has its hands on the iPad Air, but with a top-end price tag of $929 there’s a lot to learn about this new device. (Wired)5. The CEO’s guide to influencing people: Ever wondered how successful people influence others? This study, which polled “thousands of members of the corporate elite” provides the following seven tactics. (LinkedIn Today)6. Hipster habitats: In a move spurred by both altruism and opportunism, microdevelopers are snapping up unloved properties across the country. Some choose to rent out the refurbished homes while others flip them. (New York Times)7. Blockbuster finally calls it quits: For a lot of Americans browsing the aisles of Blockbuster was a favorite childhood past time, but the business model was dated. Here are a couple of reasons to care. (The Atlantic)8. Government shutdown didn’t stifle small biz hiring: Despite the government shutdown, small-business owners added more workers per firm in October, erasing the declines of September, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. (Reuters)Related: People Are Leaving the Workforce in Droves: What it Means for Businesses9. The kings of content marketing: Ditch the pop-up ad for responsive websites and keep your marketing strategy at the cutting edge. Here are five tips about content marketing from the companies who do it best. (Mashable)10. Bitcoin, the currency of small business? Small businesses have the most to gain by accepting Bitcoins for goods, suggests some. Although still a confusing concept, the digital currency is quickly becoming more legitimate, more convenient and cheaper than credit cards. (Read Write) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

OneTime Bitcoin Exchange Giant Mt Gox Collapses Amid Insolvency Trading Allegedly Suspended

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Mt. Gox has flatlined, just as we predicted. The apparently now-extinct Bitcoin exchange, which grew from a humble trading post for Magic: The Gathering cards into what was for a time the world’s mightiest cryptocurrency powerhouse, has gone offline. Its website is now nothing more than a blank white slate beneath a URL, showing zero content, its Twitter feed stripped eerily bare.Worse, it appears that trading on the enfeebled exchange has come to a screeching halt as well, as revealed by an incriminating screenshot reportedly shared by a Reddit user. Some 744,408 BTC — which add up to about $375 million at today’s exchange rate — were likely lost in the aftermath of Mt. Gox’s implosion, according to a copy of the Tokyo-based company’s alleged Crisis Strategy Draft, leaked Monday night by Ryan Galt, a venture capitalist and Bitcoin blogger also known as “The Two-Bit Idiot.” The allegedly vanished Bitcoins are reportedly equal to approximately 6 percent of the 12.4 million Bitcoins in circulation.Galt claims that the purported crisis strategy document is from “an otherwise reliable source” and “appears to be authentic,” stating that multiple sources “close to Mt. Gox” have confirmed the staggering admissions and numbers within it.Related: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Apologizes About Crippling Hack, Says Withdrawals to Resume SoonThe unverified alleged crisis plan reads:“For several weeks MtGox customers have been affected by bitcoin withdrawal issues that compounded on themselves. Publicly, MtGox declared that “transaction malleability” caused the system to be subject to theft, and that something needed to be done by the core devs to fix it. Gox’s own workaround solution was criticized, and eventually a fix was provided by Blockchain.info.The truth, it turns out, is that the damage had already been done.At this point 744,408 BTC are missing due to malleability-related theft which went unnoticed for several years. The cold storage has been wiped out due to a leak in the hot wallet.The reality is that MtGox can go bankrupt at any moment, and certainly deserves to as a company. However, with Bitcoin/crypto just recently gaining acceptance in the public eye, the likely damage in public perception to this class of technology could put it back 5~10 years, and cause governments to react swiftly and harshly. At the risk of appearing hyperbolic, this could be the end of Bitcoin, at least for most of the public.We believe in the value of Bitcoin, its potential to change the world, and its principles of transparency. Most importantly we care about the customers of MtGox and other bitcoin-based businesses who will be affected.The likely consequences will be larger than this localized financial damage, and we believe that the benefits of keeping MtGox stable and running outweigh the risks. This isn’t about saving MtGox anymore.”Related: Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Blocks WithdrawalsReacting to the news of Bitcoin’s apparent collapse, top officials from six major Bitcoin companies together issued a joint statement on Coinbase:”This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt.Gox was the result of one company’s actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of bitcoin and the digital currency industry,” reads the statement, which was officially endorsed by the co-founders of Coinbase and the chief executives of Kraken, Bitstamp.net, BTC China, Blockchain.info and Circle.Mark Karpelès, CEO of the now apparently defunct Mt. Gox trading post, recently stepped down from the Bitcoin Foundation’s board of directors. The Tokyo-headquartered trade organization, which “standardizes, protects and promotes” the use of the digital currency, announced Karpelès’ resignation on its blog in a short, unceremonious statement last Sunday, some two weeks after Mt. Gox halted customer withdrawals on February 7.Mt. Gox issued an official apology for the freeze of external Bitcoin transfers due to what it called a “massive and concerted” denial-of-service attack. The apology pledged that withdrawals would resume again soon, though with certain limits. Yeah, make that never.Karpelès’ withdrawal of his board seat comes on the heels of Mt. Gox’s recent falling out with the foundation over how Bitcoin wallet transactions are handled. The exchange claimed its recent transaction malleability woes were due to a “fundamental flaw” in the Bitcoin protocol that it reportedly put pressure on the foundation to confront. The foundation fired back, saying that Mt. Gox’s issues stemmed from its own “wallet, lack of flexibility and customer support,” according to ZDNet.Bitcoin Foundation members again issued a statement regarding Mt. Gox Monday night after learning of the exchange’s alleged imminent bankruptcy, this time attempting to bolster public confidence in the volatile digital currency.”We are shocked to learn about Mt. Gox’s alleged insolvency,” the foundation said in a statement emailed to Business Insider. “While we are unable to comment on whether or not Mt. Gox’s business operations employed operational best practices and reasonable accounting procedures, we can assure the public that the Bitcoin protocol is functioning properly.”Meanwhile, as of 2:41 a.m. ET, Bitcoin prices fell below $437.67, the lowest level since the middle of last November. Related: Winklevoss Twins Launch Winkdex Bitcoin Index Register Now » 5 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 25, 2014last_img read more