Space Sportilization Former Redskin Player Ken Harvey Offers A 21st Century Game

first_img Explore further The idea was presented to the Challenger Center, a foundation started by the offspring of NASA astronauts to encourage young people from all walks of life to “Think Big” and reach for the stars by providing hands-on experience in space science. Ken Harvey along with NASA engineers, Astronauts and friends of the Space program realize that an important ingredient in encouraging an interest in science requires you get the young person´s attention. Equally important is that science is presented in terms 21st century young people find palatable and are able to participate in at a level they are familiar, like creating “YouTube” videos. Ken Harvey, age 43 knows quite a bit about taking some hard knocks on his way to a professional playing field and afterward. He was a high school drop out, who got his act together by working his way through Junior College and excelling in football. His career in professional sports was cut short by injuries and with the help of some associates with similar minds embarked on the concept of Space Sportilization. One friend, Eric Anderson, President of Space Adventures in Vienna, Virginia offers five-minute sub-orbital flights for paying customers for $5,000. Additionally, Space Adventures has transported six paying customers to the International Space Station. New York Times reporter Michael Brick quotes Anderson as saying, ” Ken is a friend and someone who can make things happen.” “It just helps people get excited about space”. Ken Harvey is not the first to suggest, “America Think Big.” The first challenge came some 48-years ago by President Kennedy. An endeavor to reach for the Moon brought with it industries and every day conveniences for decades. Thinking big has a way of stretching mankind and creating opportunities on Earth. Ken Harvey formed JAKA Consulting Group which incorporate sports concepts into achieving business goals for business partners. The process is dubbed “Sportilization”. The Space Sportilization variation is aimed at encouraging students to visualize basic football moves and their application to space science. The science of movement in zero-gravity is explored and students are encouraged to participate by estimating the differences in game play on Earth and outer space. The Challenger Center for Space Science Education website has a live demonstration and interactive game developed by Challenger Center´s Richard Garriott and Ken Harvey. Click here to play, “Space Football” Via NY Times Mathematicians prove the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture Earth & Moon. Via: NASA Archives Citation: Space Sportilization: Former Redskin Player Ken Harvey Offers A 21st Century Game on the Moon (2008, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Ken Harvey, former linebacker for the Washington Redskins is trying to capture the imagination of young people by proposing a 21st century game of “Float Ball” to be played in zero-gravity. The Xtreme game of Float Ball combines elements of football and basketball with weightless players bouncing off walls, banging up against each other with the objective of moving varied colored floating balls to each end of the playing field. Extra points are given for stuffing a player carrying a designated color ball into a hoop. Initially, the game can be played in retrofitted grounded planes. The next step may include “Float Ball on the Moon” and perhaps someday a “Float Ball” stadium on Mars. Sounds extreme and perhaps lofty, but there´s science behind Harvey´s plan. 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

A multitouch coffee table display may be coming to an office near

first_img The Touchscape Multi-Touch Table, made by Touchscape, has a 47-inch display that can show pictures at 1080p high-definition. This technology could be used for high-definition collaboration for just about every application you can think of, from serious presentations to amazing gaming. Citation: A multi-touch coffee table display may be coming to an office near you (2011, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Virtual factory on the tabletop 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. ( — Multi-touch tables and displays are not really a new thing. They have been used in museum exhibitions for a few years now, and even in some medial applications. The idea of having a multi-touch table in your home or office however is a novel concept thats time has come. center_img Inside of the fairly standard-looking high-density acrylic coffee table is some serious hardware. The display has a 3.4GHz quad-core Phenon processor, which is able to draw support from 4GB of memory dedicated to the processor alone. The system also has 180GB of general storage and can connect wirelessly using any of the following standards: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet or 3G.The screen, a high viewing angle LCD display, features a vision system that includes 8-bit microprocessor-controlled Frustrated Total Internal Reflection technology to help it manage multiple simultaneous inputs. It also features an ambient light sensor that can adjust the displays brightness according to background lighting conditions as well as a self-monitoring system to keep the screen refreshing. Explore further Just in case someone treats this table like it is actually a coffee table, the screen has a scratch resistant, wipe clean top coating to keep spills from destroying the device.The Touchscape Table is available in some standard configurations, but custom versions are available. If you are interested in the pricing on these devices you will have to contact the company directly. More information: read more

Researchers point out ways to circumvent Googles Bouncer w Video

first_img Shoplifters hit up Chrome Store for Facebook data Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org ( — Back in February, Google announced that it had added a security program called Bouncer to its Android Market, a site similar to Apple’s iTunes, that would test applications that had been uploaded to the site, in an attempt to keep out those that contain malware. In the announcement, Google also said that Bouncer had been running for several months and that because of it, apps with malware uploaded to Android Market, which is now called Google Play, were down forty percent. Unfortunately, if that number is correct, it’s likely to change soon as two security analysts, Charlie Miller and Jon Oberheide have not only found some very serious security problems with Bouncer, but have created a video and posted it on YouTube showing exactly how to take advantage of the lapse. Miller and Oberheide explain that the way Bouncer works is by creating a virtual phone environment every time an app is uploaded to Google Play. It’s in that environment that Bouncer runs and tests the app in various ways to see if it can detect the presence of any malware. Unfortunately, as the two found, Bouncer only tests for five minutes. Any app that waits till after that time period has lapsed to carry out its nefarious functions will get a clean bill of health.The duo discovered this flaw in Bouncer by creating an app that automatically connects to a server under their control, which allowed them to run Linux commands on an Android phone. Then, they created a false Google Play developer account and uploaded the app. Once it ran in the simulator, they were able to execute commands to find out how Bouncer worked and then to use that information to find weaknesses.In so doing, they also found that Google had created just a single fake user account, email address, and two photo images to use for its testing purposes. If an app with malware tried to touch any of those, it was “bounced.” Unfortunately, using such a limited set of test information allows those working to subvert the system an easy means of identifying if they are running in a simulation or on a real phone. If it’s the simulation, then they can just do nothing so they won’t be detected.The two researchers say there are other security holes they’ve discovered as well and have been in contact with Google to let them know what they’ve found and will be outlining their findings at this week’s SummerCon conference in New York. Citation: Researchers point out ways to circumvent Google’s Bouncer (w/ Video) (2012, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

MITs Media Lab develops InfinityByNine immersive video projection system w Video

first_img( — Daniel Novy and V. Michael Bove of MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new way to create a more immersive viewing experience for movie watching or even game playing. Called “Infinity-By-Nine” the system consists of a computer, wall and ceiling panels and a ceiling projector. Together they enrich the viewing experience by adding an enhanced form of ambient lighting, using sampled content, to the viewer’s peripheral vision, causing the viewer to feel more drawn into whatever is happening onscreen. More information: The system takes advantage of the fact that peripheral vision in people is blurry; it’s only when the eyes move to focus to the sides that the things that exist there come into focus. Thus, any video displayed to the left or right of a television or computer screen need not be clear or sharp and in fact, as the two have shown, it doesn’t even have to contain any new information. What they have done is sample pixels hovering at the edges of the actual straight ahead video, and stretch it to the sides using a ceiling mounted projector, creating a wall of blurred images that mimic what the viewer interprets as more information going on at the edges of their vision. The sampling is done in real time, which means the blurred colored images on the left and right panes are constantly changing, always synchronized with whatever is going on with the real video on the screen the user is watching. The overall effect, the researchers report is a far more immersive experience than when watching the same content on just a simple screen. What’s more the entire system has been put together using consumer accessible hardware and open source software toolkits suggesting that others, if they so wish, could build a similar system on their own.So immersive is the experience, that some of those enlisted as volunteers to test the system have reported synesthetic effects, which is where other senses become involved in the viewing experience, e.g. feeling the heat from the fire after an explosion on screen.Unfortunately the researchers have no plans at this time to market their project, which means it will likely take someone else with more financial ambitions to replicate their efforts and turn it into something people at home can buy and enjoy. Explore further The Ultimate Home Cinematic 21:9 Viewing Experiencecenter_img Citation: MIT’s Media Lab develops ‘Infinity-By-Nine’ immersive video projection system (w/ Video) (2012, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 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.last_img read more

Researchers find young angelfish grow fake eyes to ward off predators

first_img © 2013 ( —Researchers Oona Lönnstedt and Mark McCormick of James Cook University in Australia, along with Douglas Chivers of the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, have found that young angelfish are able to grow false eyes on demand when exposed to predators. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes experiments they conducted with angelfish and their predators in their lab. Can angelfish do math? The relationship between standard length (SL) and body depth (BD) of P. amboinensis when in the presence and absence of predators (A). Fish had significantly deeper bodies when exposed to predator cues (B) compared to the shallow bodied controls (C). Credit: Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2259 doi:10.1038/srep02259 Journal information: Scientific Reports Biologists have known for some time that young angelfish develop what appears to be an eye on their dorsal fin, and that their real eyes are very small in comparison. The result is a small fish that appears to be traveling in the opposite direction of its actual path—a tactic clearly meant to fool predators. What was not known, however, was that the fish are able to create the effect on-demand.To find out what really goes on with the angelfish, the researchers collected several samples prior to their being exposed to predators and put them in several tanks in their lab. They also collected some samples of the natural predator dusky dottybacks as well as another fish called a goby that look much like dottybacks but are not meat eaters. Some of the angelfish were exposed to the predators (via plastic bag immersed in their tank or had the scent of a predator placed into their tank) on and off for six weeks, some to the goby and others to no other fish at all.In watching how the angelfish responded in the various scenarios, the researchers found that only the specimens that were exposed to the real predators developed false eyes on their dorsal fins along with small real eyes and overall deeper bodies (another tactic that wards off attack). In studying their behavior, the researchers also noted that the angelfish that had been exposed to predators behaved more cautiously than did the other two groups. This translated to differences in the real world as well. When all of the fish were released back into the wild, those fish that had been exposed to predators had a far higher survival rate—the unexposed fish had five times the mortality rate.center_img Explore further Citation: Researchers find young angelfish grow fake eyes to ward off predators (2013, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. More information: Predator-induced changes in the growth of eyes and false eyespots, Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 2259 doi:10.1038/srep02259AbstractThe animal world is full of brilliant colours and striking patterns that serve to hide individuals or attract the attention of others. False eyespots are pervasive across a variety of animal taxa and are among nature’s most conspicuous markings. Understanding the adaptive significance of eyespots has long fascinated evolutionary ecologists. Here we show for the first time that the size of eyespots is plastic and increases upon exposure to predators. Associated with the growth of eyespots there is a corresponding reduction in growth of eyes in juvenile Ambon damselfish, Pomacentrus amboinensis. These morphological changes likely direct attacks away from the head region. Exposure to predators also induced changes in prey behaviour and morphology. Such changes could prevent or deter attacks and increase burst speed, aiding in escape. Damselfish exposed to predators had drastically higher survival suffering only 10% mortality while controls suffered 60% mortality 72 h after release.last_img read more

Quantum meets classical Qubit fabricated with integrated micromagnet increases speed of quantum

first_img Prof. Susan Coppersmith and Prof. Mark Eriksson discuss the paper they and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with, noting that overall goal of the research program is to develop quantum bits for a quantum computer using technology that is similar to that used for current classical computers. “The advantages of this strategy arise for two main reasons.” Coppersmith tells “First, enormous investments have been made to develop large-scale classical electronics, and one hopes that this investment can be leveraged to facilitate scale-up of quantum electronics. Second, the similarity in technology facilitates integration of quantum and classical processors.” Integration is important, Eriksson adds, because a large-scale classical computer will almost certainly be necessary to control the operation of a quantum computer.An early step towards this goal is to fabricate high-fidelity individual qubits. This paper focuses on the so-called singlet-triplet qubit, which was first fabricated in gallium arsenide (GaAs) devices. “The operation of a singlet-triplet qubit in GaAs is complicated by strong coupling between the electron spins and nuclear spins, Eriksson explains. “Silicon has much weaker coupling between the electron spins and nuclear spins, and most of the nuclei in silicon have spin zero, so the electron spins in silicon can stay coherent much longer than in GaAs.” In fact, measurements of a singlet-triplet qubit in natural silicon indeed yield much longer coherence times than in GaAs, but because the qubit operations themselves rely on having a magnetic field difference between the dots – a difference that also arises from the nuclei themselves – the qubit operations in that work were much slower than in GaAs. “Our work shows that using an integrated micromagnet enables faster gate operations by imposing a larger magnetic field difference between the quantum dots,” Coppersmith points out, “and it does so without introducing measurable additional decoherence, which improves the overall performance of the qubit.” Explore further Electrical control of nuclear spin qubits Citation: Quantum meets classical: Qubit fabricated with integrated micromagnet increases speed of quantum manipulation in silicon (2014, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Specifically, the paper states that the integrated micromagnet provides a promising path toward fast manipulation in materials with small concentrations of nuclear spins, including both natural silicon (Si) and isotopically enriched 28Si. “Nuclear spins in GaAs and other materials, such as InSb (Indium Antimonide), reduce qubit coherence – but this strong coupling also enables fast manipulation,” Eriksson tells “However, if the decoherence effects are reduced by using a material with weaker coupling to nuclear spins, it’s necessary to find another way to create a large magnetic field difference between the quantum dots – and the integrated micromagnet enables this.” ( —The ubiquitous classical digital computer encodes data in bits (a portmanteau of binary and digits) in either a 0 or 1 state. On the other hand, while a quantum computer also uses 0/1 data representation, these qubits (from quantum and bits), qubit states 0 and 1 can be simultaneously in what is known as a superposition – and a quantum computer can also make use of entanglement. For these reasons, quantum computers can potentially solve problems whose complexity is too resource-intensive for classical computation. That being said, quantum computers are very difficult to construct. Recently, however, scientists at University of Wisconsin, Madison have fabricated a qubit in a silicon double-quantum dot in which the qubit basis states are the singlet state and the spin-zero triplet state of two electrons. (A double quantum dot links two quantum dots – semiconductor nanostructures that confine the motion of conduction band electrons, valence band holes, or excitons in all three spatial directions.) Moreover, the researchers have for the first time integrated a proximal micromagnet, allowing them to create a large local magnetic field difference between the two sides of the quantum dot – thereby greatly increasing their ability to manipulate the qubit without injecting noise that would induce superposition decoherence. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “One big challenge was fabricating a suitable device, that being a double quantum dot in which a micromagnet is incorporated,” Coppersmith continues. Devices with incorporated micromagnets had previously been investigated in GaAs in a slightly different context, but the fabrication procedure in the University of Wisconsin devices differs from that used in the GaAs devices, requiring novel processes to be developed. “A further challenge arose because the micromagnetic field was somewhat different than what was expected based on measurements of cobalt films and our numerical calculations,” notes Eriksson. “Therefore, to perform the experiments we had to use the properties of the qubit itself to figure out what the actual fields on the quantum dots were.” By so doing, the researchers found that the field from the micromagnet depended on the applied uniform field, which enabled them to investigate the qubit properties for two magnitudes of the micromagnet field.Interestingly, the paper states that the scientists’ fabrication techniques being similar for both quantum dot-based qubits and donor-based qubits in semiconductors suggests that micromagnets should also be applicable to donor-based spin qubits. “The micromagnet in the device that we measured is created by depositing the metal cobalt by Electron Beam Physical Vapor Deposition (EBPVD), onto the top of the sample,” Coppersmith says. “Therefore, applying the technique to other semiconducting qubit architectures in which the qubits are defined by evaporated metal top gates is rather straightforward.” (EBPVD uses an electron beam to bombard a target and convert some of its atoms into a gas, which then precipitate and coat all surfaces in the vacuum chamber.) In practice, however, some of the gates on these devices will be made of non-magnetic materials – typically aluminum or gold –resulting in a small number of cobalt gates.The researchers also describe the unique characteristics of a large-scale quantum computer based on their approach: Once high-quality single qubits and two-qubit gates are achieved, then because the technology is close to that already used in classical electronics and the qubit size (< 1µ) is small, scaling up to devices with large numbers of qubits could be feasible. This plausible path to large numbers of qubits has sparked significant interest in electrically-gated qubits in semiconductors."The next steps in our research are to increase both the magnitude of the field difference between the quantum dots, and the number of qubits by increasing the number of quantum dots," Coppersmith tells "Both steps are being implemented in new devices that have been designed and are currently being fabricated. We're also working on other qubit implementations in silicon quantum dots1,2, all of which use electrical initialization, manipulation and readout, and therefore have the potential advantages of integrability and scalability." Moreover, Eriksson points out that being able to control local magnetic fields in a nanoelectronic device could be very useful for spintronics. (A) Scanning electron micrograph of a device identical to the one used in the experiment before deposition of the gate dielectric and accumulation gates. An optical image of a complete device showing the micromagnet is included in SI Appendix. Gates labeled left side (LS) and right side (RS) are used for fast pulsing. The curved arrow shows the current path through the QPC used as a charge sensor. (B) IQPC measured as a function of VLP and VRP yields the double-dot charge stability diagram. Electron numbers in the left and right dot are indicated on the diagram. The red arrow denotes the direction in gate voltage space Vε = √(ΔV2LP +ΔV2RP) that changes the detuning ε between the quantum dots. (C) Schematic energy diagram near the (0, 2) to (1, 1) charge transition, showing energies of singlet S and triplet T states as functions of ε. The exchange energy splitting J between S and T0, the Zeeman splitting EZ between T− and T0, and the tunnel coupling tc are also shown. At large ε, in the presence of a field difference between the two dots, S and T0 mix, and the corresponding energy eigenstates are |↑↓〉 and |↓↑〉. At small ε, the small transverse field from the micromagnet and the nuclear fields turns the S-T− crossing into an anticrossing (zoom in). Pulsing through this anticrossing with intermediate velocity transforms S into a superposition of S and T−, leading to Landau–Stückelberg–Zener oscillations at the frequency corresponding to the S-T− energy difference (22). The pulse used to observe the spin funnel and S-T− oscillations shown in E is also shown, where the pulse voltage VP is applied along the detuning axis. (D) Bloch sphere representation of π rotation of S and T− states with 50% initialization into each state. (E) Spin funnel (2) measurement of the location of the S-T− anticrossing as a function of external magnetic field Bext and Vε. The data were acquired by sweeping along the detuning direction with the pulse on, with the vertical axis reporting the value of the detuning at the base of the pulse. The spin funnel occurs when S-T− mixing is fast, which locates the relevant anticrossing. (F and G) S-T− oscillations acquired at different external B fields. The oscillation frequency increases with increasing Bext. The slower oscillations in G with period ∼80 ns and labeled with the curly brackets are S-T0 oscillations, which are investigated in more detail in Figs. 2 and 3. The S-T− oscillations in G are labeled with arrows. (H) Singlet probability as a function of pulse duration τs at external magnetic field B = −4 mT and base detuning Vε ≃ −2.8 mV. Credit: Copyright PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1412230111 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. More information: Two-axis control of a singlet–triplet qubit with an integrated micromagnet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print August 4, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1412230111Related:1Quantum control and process tomography of a semiconductor quantum dot hybrid qubit, Nature 511, 70–74 (03 July 2014), doi:10.1038/nature134072Electrical control of a long-lived spin qubit in a Si/SiGe quantum dot, Nature Nanotechnology (2014), doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.153 , Nature Optical micrograph of the device, with the location of the micromagnet marked on the figure. Credit: Copyright PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1412230111 , Nature Nanotechnology © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

Treasures of Bengal

first_imgWith an objective to promote and publicise the legendary crafts and handloom heritage of Bengal in the national capital, the West Bengal Government Emporium Manjusha  has been renovated and refurbished to create a synergy of modern interiors, enhanced facilities for visitors and improved service delivery.The state-of-the-art emporium at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, was reopened today by Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division and Alka Arora, Managing Director, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd. in the gracious presence of senior officials of the West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal and other top dignitaries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The unit is expected to play a major part in sale and promotion in Delhi of the unique handloom and handicrafts creations of the master artisans of the State that blends rare imagery, imagination, colour and motifs of rural Bengal. It will also help in projection of the State as an attractive tourism destination and provide the connoisseurs of the national capital an opportunity to savour the delicious sweetmeats of Bengal and taste the world-famous Darjeeling Tea.last_img read more

Art for all

first_imgWhat was really heart warming to see was that this year the lesser privileged and specially-abled children were given special attention by Theatre in Education Co and NSD.As a special initiative by the T.I.E Co, NSD reached out to these specially-abled and under privileged children. Participating school’s were Blind School Amar colony, Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Anchal Special School NDMC and Gyanshakti Vidyalaya. With this initiative NSD intends to inspire and include the specially-abled children and create a mass movement by encouraging their participation for the next year’s event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Focusing education of children, Sanskaar Rang Toli held special performances in the morning session with various schools who has tied up with NSD. The students also had discussions with art experts present and attend various workshops organised during the day.’This year by including the specially-abled children we are looking forward to their participation in the next year’s festival. We want to educate, entertain and initiate,’ said Waman Kendre, NSD, Director.last_img read more

When cartoons do the talk

first_imgA two-day comic workshop is being organised today by National Museum in collaboration with World Comics India giving all the keen people an oppurtunity to learn and enhance the skills. The workshop is a part of an exhibition titled The Body in Indian Art curated by Naman Ahuja. The event will provide a platform for drawing a comic around the body. Artists, comics artistes, illustrators, cartoonists and anyone with an interest in storytelling or drawing can participate in the limited-entry workshop. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the workshop includes exploring the exhibition, discussion on the subject, individual stories and live sketching. The following day will  further have discussions on the stories, developing visual scripts, final touches to the stories, and submission of the final work which will be published in a booklet format and exhibited at the museum.When: 12-13 April. Where: National Museum Timing: 10am-4pmlast_img read more

Sounding with some style

first_imgAs the monsoons arrive in the Capital, here’s something to add to its romance. The Big Fat Lulu’s bring you the guitarists Adil Manuel and Dhruv Visvanath to enthrall you with their foot tapping music. We got talking with the musicians. What was the first big break for you?Adil: Way back in school. 8th grade. Getting to play King’s X tunes with my old friend and mentor Chris Hale. I am self taught so I owe a lot to people like Chris.Dhruv: Definitely getting to open for Swarathma in the month of March, 2011. It was also my first set at Hard Rock Cafe and I was well nervous. I was initially supposed to accompany them on a track of theirs, but they asked for me to open the night. They really motivate me to be the best musician I can be. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How would you define your musical philosophy?Adil: I do not like definition and putting music in boxes. I have always been open minded about music thanks to the way I grew up with so much music all around me. Dhruv: My philosophy when making music is simple, I always try to represent emotions. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?Adil: It depends on the kind of mark you’d like to leave behind. It’s not like how it was. Anybody with a webcam can be the next big thing. Quality control and content is at it’s lowest. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDhruv: It has it’s own difficulties but there are some bright spots. The scene does need a little bit of order, but the beauty of the scene here is that there is a sense of camaraderie among artistes. Indian independent artistes do have a vibrant character but it’s often hindered by the fact we can’t project their sound efficiently. I’d just be happy to see venues have some good sound!Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you ? Adil: The focus these days is straight ahead jazz/bop as I haven’t done it for a long while and felt the need to play it again and learn more! This is very different from the sound last year which was jazz fusion, blues and funk. Something that I love a lot!Dhruv: I love making acoustic music. I compose a lot of instrumental music and always try to express emotions in a way words can’t. I really like being expressive with my instrument and bring out many band like elements. I love using the entire guitar body to replicate the drums, the bass, and the guitar of course!What/Who inspires you? Adil: I have been inspired by people whom I’ve played with and in turn, learnt from. Some started out as unknown and later into good friends and fellow musicians. Like others I too have my guitar heroes from my early ones. I am most interested in improvisation and try to keep the music fresh.Dhruv: I’m really inspired by what people feel and emotions, also my family. My mum is also a massive inspiration to me. My brother too, he has his moments! I really love guitarists like Antoine Dufour and Erik Mongrain who make a name for themselves in a genre that seems rather tightly knit! Tell us about your best tracks?Adil: No favorites, they each have a specific thing happening. It will be challenging playing trio and I am going to have a blast with the other two!Dhruv: I don’t quite know which ones are the best! But every time I write a new track I always think its better than my last work! Although I do have songs like Can’t, After the Rain, Dover, Chaos which I love playing live, and I hope to cheer up many an audience with these tunes for a long time!What lies next in the pipeline?Adil: Will spill the beans when the time is right….hint…new collaborations! Dhruv: At the moment I’ve been working on collaborative pieces with many artistes, and the list is growing. Im working on my 5th collaborative piece with some more artistes, but all to come very soon! What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Adil: Get down and practice! Make it count and find your voice. Stop looking for shortcuts. Be honest to yourself. Dhruv: The one suggestion is that we are all newbies is constant learning. One must always learn and explore with their instrument.last_img read more

Mind your own business

first_imgWith Women Entrepreneur as its theme,  the 34th India International Trade Fair 2014  (IITF) will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in the Capital on 14 November.  The India  Trade  Promotion  Organisation (ITPO) is all set to hold the B2B and B2C event from November 14 to 27. With over 6000 exhibitors from India and abroad taking part in this event, all the Centre/States pavilions are being renovated and their facades are being given a new look. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various agencies have geared up to facilitate the different activities related to convenience and security for the participants and visitors. South Africa has been accorded the Partner Country Status while Thailand is the Focus Country.  Delhi will be the Focus State.The fair has tremendous significance for the business community. The fair provides a great platform to all sorts of exporters, entrepreneurs and investors. Apart from showcasing a wide range of merchandise and services, the fair will be committed to the new mantra Make in India.The  fair also aims to focus  on  the  cleanliness drive  launched   by  the Prime  Minister  under  Bharat  Swachchta  Mission.The first five days of the fair from 14-18 November are earmarked for business visitors only. Where: Pragati Maidan When: 14-27 November (9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m)last_img read more

Fabricating Shelley

first_imgMathur set up the Textile Division at NIFT, New Delhi in 1993 and has been teaching there ever since. Having been a Design Educationist for so many years and having  in-depth knowledge of various textiles, she has put together. The collection of art works has a multi-pronged approach to art and design, where traditional crafts of tie-dye, felt making, embroidery,  appliqué and patch-work, tufted carpet weaving, Persian soumak weaving have been used in an innovative ways. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shelley wrote this poem in Florence, Italy, in 1890, on a day when there were dark clouds and lightening in the sky, and a terrible storm burst upon the earth in the evening. Nature seemed to be symbolic of the troubled times that man was going through, in this atmosphere of suffering, gloom, darkness, despair and utter hopelessness, came the poem Ode to the West Wind opening a door to a new world, kindling a ray of hope, assuring men that all was not lost, Spring will follow Winter, light will follow darkness. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs the mighty, uncontrollable, tameless and swift and proud, West Wind sweeps across land, ocean and sky, there is a flood of superb images, intricately woven into each other.For a visual artist and for a designer, such an abundance of beautiful, colourful, picturesque paradoxical images are a driving inspiration to further create new art works, to re-create new designs.  The last line of the poem, “If winter comes can Spring be far behind?” opens a new vista to a world of peace and calm, cheer and joy, colour and light, freedom and hope.“The words,  thoughts and images  that stirred my emotions and my imagination which led to the creation of my art works were the wind being a fierce spirit, swift, magical and uncontrollable by scenes where the sky is filled with clouds shed from the tangled boughs of heaven, a bare forest in autumn, morning dawn, dead leaves being driven to a wintery bed; colours of spring; the natural carpet of autumn leaves on the ground; leaves being blown off and torn with the powerful wind; leaves and flowers being tossed with the wind; butterflies and birds flying happily in spring; words like re-birth, rejuvenation, joy, growth, death and life, withered leaves and flowers, destruction, decay, hopelessness  and hope,” says Mathur.last_img read more

Office nap boosts productivity kills frustration

first_imgEmployees must be allowed to take short naps during office hours as this will boost productivity and generate more revenue for the company, a study says.Short naps are an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behaviour and boost tolerance for frustration at work, researchers from the University of Michigan found.”Napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who are required to stay awake for long period of time by enhancing the ability to persevere through difficult or frustrating tasks,” said researcher Jennifer Goldschmied, doctoral student in the department of psychology. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Employers may find their employees more productive when the workplace has nap pods or extended break times are offered.The researchers examined how a brief nap affected adults’ emotional control.The 40 participants, ages 18-50, maintained a consistent sleep schedule for three nights prior to the test.They completed tasks on computers and answered questions about sleepiness, mood and impulsivity.They were randomly assigned to a 60-minute nap opportunity or no-nap period that involved watching a nature video.Those who napped spent more time trying to solve a task and reported less impulsivity than the non-nappers who were less willing to endure frustration in order to complete it.The results appeared online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.last_img read more

Alls well with theatre

first_imgThe plays, Taj Mahal Ka Tender and All Idiots, directed by SP Singh Sengur are both Hindi comedies designed to tickle the funny bone. Straight off the bat, the tone of the plays was set with a statutory warning being issued requesting the audience to put their mobiles and kids on silent. That would be the exact route that the plays would follow. Unapologetic from the word go, the actors would poke fun at each and everything under the sun, starting from newsworthy events to various pop culture references with politicians, actors and even media persons being made the butt of all jokes. The first play All Idiots based on the play Bure Phase by Pandit Bhushan deals with the trials and tribulations of a fictional CID outfit who are on a mission to bust a smuggling racket with two investigators going undercover as servants in the smuggling racket kingpin’s house with hilarious consequences. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The next play, Taj Mahal Ka Tender explored the idea of the troubles that Shah Jahan would face, had he tried to build the legendary Taj Mahal in the modern age. With corrupt officials just waiting to pounce at any given opportunity, the play presented a very real picture of the world we live in. Essentially social satire, the audience could relate to each and every situation which made them react spontaneously after every act. As some situations on stage began to mirror the ways of how the society works, the immortal words of William Shakespeare would ring true,where he stated: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and And all the men and women are merely players”.last_img read more

Egg freezing attracting young Indians but no social approval

first_imgFormer Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, gave new hope to women who are in no rush to becoming mothers when she gave birth to her first child born out of her egg that she froze eight years ago.  But while young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilisation process, say medical experts. Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India,” said Gupta.  Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF expert at Shantah IVF Centre, said that “egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don’t need any family member’s approval, you can definitely go for this”.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe procedure, however, has caught people’s attention here in the past two to three years.  Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees.  “They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers,” said Singh.  Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example. Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners?  “Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people,” Gupta said.   The costs of preserving eggs is very high. In India, freezing embryos costs Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process – and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman’s womb.  Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added.  “Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing),” she said. But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn’t a sureshot guarantee of pregnancy.last_img read more

Will do everything to ensure development in Hills Mamata

first_imgDarjeeling: With the new-found success in rallying the anti-BJP forces at the historic Brigade Parade Ground, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will now focus on Darjeeling constituency. During her ongoing visit, she will interact with the Hill outfits to check the advances of the saffron camp in the constituencies, feel political observers.Interestingly, the BJP’s political journey in Bengal had started from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency. Riding piggyback on the Gorkhaland demand, the BJP heavyweight candidates managed to emerge victorious from Darjeeling backed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in 2009 and again in 2014, thereby, gaining a foothold in Bengal politics. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHowever, the drastic change in the Hill’s political equations following the agitation and the 105-day-long bandh in 2017 has resulted in the BJP taking a back seat. There is widespread resentment over the BJP’s calculated silence during the unrest, despite having a heavyweight MP from the constituency. With the change of guards in the GJM and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) emerging as an important power centre, the Chief Minister will now take both these forces into confidence and majorly succeed in the Hills, feel observers. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring the five-day-long visit to Darjeeling, she will be meeting leaders of both the GJM and GNLF. Binay Tamang, president, GJM, was present at the Brigade Parade Ground and has already pledged support to the anti-BJP coalition. Sources state that a six-member GNLF delegation led by president Mann Ghising will be meeting Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling on January 22. Talking to newsmen in Kolkata before boarding the flight to Bagdogra, Banerjee mentioned that Mann Ghising would be meeting her in Darjeeling. A GNLF source stated that the party will be submitting a memorandum to her at the Richmond Hill on January 22. “The memorandum will stress on the 6th Scheduled status to the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills. There has to be an administrative setup with a constitutional guarantee. If the Chief Minister’s response is positive, then we will have the political space to approach our supporters and decide on a collective move for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” stated the source. The Chief Minister in her address at the Uttarbanga Utsav in Siliguri on Monday stated that there are constant attempts of creating unrest in the Darjeeling Hills. “However, we are with the Hills. We will do everything within our capacity to ensure development in the Hills. Development, inclusiveness and humanity are pillars of our brand of politics. I want a peaceful and beautiful Darjeeling. We will give you everything. You don’t have to ask the Centre,” she assured. Along with holding political parlays, the Chief Minister will also be attending the state government-organised birth anniversary celebrations at the Darjeeling Chowrasta on January 23. It is scheduled to start at 2 pm and will include inauguration and laying of foundation stone of various projects. Distribution of government benefit schemes to beneficiaries will also take place.last_img read more

TMC supporters protest attack on councillor accused still at large

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supporters put up road blockades and agitated on Tuesday, protesting the attack on councillor Mithun Tikadar. He was shot inside his party office at Chitligunj in Budge Budge by two miscreants, identified as Md Kayesh and Kamal Khan, on Monday night.Tikadar had identified the duo and informed the police about them. He went through a major abdominal surgery on Monday night at a private hospital in Ekbalpore. Later, he was shifted to the Advanced Intensive Care Unit (AICU). According to the spokesperson from the hospital, Tikadar is recovering but his condition is still critical. He has been kept under observation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, police claimed that Tikadar was injured by splinters from the bombs which were hurled by the accused duo. Locals informed that Tikadar had reached his party office a few moments after from the foundation stone laying ceremony of Charial Bridge by Abhishek Banerjee. After that he went inside the party office and was talking to the party workers when Kayesh and Khan shot him from outside through an open window. Later they hurled two bombs to create panic among the locals, making a safe passage to flee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSleuths suspect that the duo had attacked Tikadar in a planned manner and had kept a strong vigil on his movements. Local Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP is behind the attack on Tikadar, as he had worked well to develop ward 20 from where he was elected as a councillor for the first time. Sleuths had conducted multiple raids on Monday night to nab the duo but were not able to trace either of them. Police have circulated their pictures with other police units across the state.last_img read more

Sikkim Police constable on poll duty feared drowned in Ganga

first_imgKolkata: A constable of Sikkim Police, who had come to Bengal on poll duty, reported went missing while he was bathing in river Ganga at Jangipur in Murshidabad.Despite extensive search operations the police constable was not found till Sunday. According to sources, a few sections of Sikkim Police have been deployed in Bengal as Central Forces for the Lok Sabha elections. They have been sent to Jangipur for the third phase of elections, which is scheduled on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBefore the poll duty, some of the police personnel decided to spend some time to explore the area. On Saturday afternoon, five constables of Sikkim Police, including the missing one identified as Ningur Chiring Lepcha, went to the bank of Ganga. All of them were taking a bath in the river when suddenly one of them noticed that Lepcha was missing. After waiting for him for almost one hour other constable informed their unit and superiors about the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateImmediately, police personnel from Raghunathgunj Police station went to the spot along with divers and started a search operation. Some local residents also went to the river to search for the missing police constable. However, till night Lepcha could not be traced. Again from Sunday morning search operation was conducted but till evening there was no trace of Lepcha. Sources informed that the search operation will continue on Monday as well. Lepcha’s family members have been informed in Sikkim. Other police stations adjacent to the Raghunathgunj police station area have been asked to keep a vigil on the banks of the Ganga. They have provided with the details about Lepcha’s physical description.last_img read more

Hotels in Faniravaged Puri wait for booking calls

first_imgKolkata: Tour operators in Puri are keeping their fingers crossed as uncertainty looms large over hotel booking during Durga Puja. Tourists usually start making inquiring about hotels much before the Pujas but, this year, such inquires have not come yet. The all-time favourite beach destination of Bengalis was badly affected by the cyclonic storm Fani that hit the Puri coastline on May 3.”There was virtually zero booking in May. The hotels located close to the beach has been the worst affected. There was neither water supply nor electricity services in the entire month of May. Water and electricity supply were restored in the beginning of June but the ordeal of power cut is still on. It will take at least two to three months to overcome the extent of damage caused by Fani,” said Sanjoy Bose, proprietor of Hallmark Travel Wing, who is associated with booking of nearly a dozen hotels in Puri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe air conditioning facilities in almost all the hotels have been damaged and it would take at least another two months for things to fall in place. “Even during May-June, 80 percent of the hotel rooms are occupied but people look for air conditioning facilities as the temperature here is very high during these months. We are unable to provide AC rooms. So, booking in June has been very feeble,” said a senior official of Das Travels who is associated with nearly a dozen hotels in Puri. The glass windows, the furniture, interior and exterior decoration have also bore the brunt of the cyclonic storm and majority of hotels have undertaken massive restoration work. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Rathyatra festival in July draws the maximum number of tourists to Puri but the tour operators have received queries far below expectations till now. “People are still sceptical about the situation in Puri. Rathyatra queries are coming but bookings are a few till date. We are hopeful that bookings for Puja will pick up after Rathyatra,” said Shekhar Nath of Tara Tirtha Special, who is associated with 10 hotels in Puri. Nath said visitors from the city are not bookings hotels in Puri. “We are suggesting the visitors to find out the situation there and then book hotels,” he said. There are nearly 2,000 hotels in Puri and 497 of them are listed online. “In May and June, the business has been nil and the destruction by cyclone Fani has hit hotel business here because such establishments are bearing huge expenses on the restoration. We will take some time to recover. But we hope that the ball will start rolling from the Puja,” said Kamal Kumar Rout, GM of Golden Tree Boutique Hotel. The hotel that has stepped into its third year had 70 percent occupancy even in summer. “We have 30 rooms and 18 have been restored,” Rout said.last_img read more

Make your gym wardrobe trendy

first_imgAs, in today’s time, everything about making a style statement – to make workout sessions interesting and fashionable, experts suggest an upgrade of gym wardrobe with certain essentials. Different fashion experts have given a few suggestions for you. Colour-blocked sweatpants: Experiment with your gym leggings by playing with colours, and pair them with bold and solid shades to stand out and create a statement. Enhance your personal style and individuality with the never-ending variety of designs of gym leggings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeon sneakers: True beauty of athleisure wear is that it’s practical and stylish. Neon season is here to stay. Step out of your neutral comfort zone and embrace the bright colours, because being basic is boring. Combine function and fashion, and treat yourself with some funky and bold stylish sneakers to grab the eyeballs. Mesh panel tank tops & crop tops: Your basic black leggings can become edgy with a streak of mesh down the side. Layer your mesh tank top/crop top or jacket over a sports bra to rock your gym look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCamouflaged joggers: You can give a new look to yourself by pairing camo joggers with a plain basic T-shirt. Denim joggers: Designed as a loungewear option, jean joggers have now become a gym essential, owing to the comfort they offer. As they come in a stretchable jean fabric that gives an easy flow of movement they can be worn throughout the day, especially when you have plans with your friends right after hitting the gym. Head bands: Only a gym goer would know how irritating hair becomes when they keep falling on your forehead, while you are doing cardio. That’s why headbands are a must-have in the gym wardrobe. It not only keeps your hair in place, but also absorbs sweat. This functional gear comes in varied patterns and colours that look chic and trendy at the same time.last_img read more