PWN2OWN Hacker Contest Targets Smartphones

first_img None of the smartphones that were slated for the attack were compromised. With mobile devices limited on memory and processing power, many researchers (hackers) main exploit techniques are not able to work.TippingPoint also identified unexpected complications with the possible combinations of handsets, operating systems and carriers introduced into the exploit equation. A spokes person at TippingPoint went on to say; “we didn’t realize how complicated it was.” In some cases TippingPoint wasn’t able to determine the exact phone or operating system’s version early enough to give researchers the lead time they needed to work up an exploit of a vulnerability they might have already uncovered. In next years Hackers Contest, TippingPoint plans to work out the details ahead of time so that it can publish the rules and specifications of the smartphones in plenty of time for researchers to prepare.An Apple iPhone could have been hacked if a researcher had wanted to part with the vulnerability. A TippingPoint spokes person commented, “there was an exploit at the show that could have broken the iPhone, but the researcher said that the $10,000 wasn’t enough to part with that level of vulnerability.”Some researchers just want to hold on to the bugs they have uncovered, even when offered $10,000 in cash. They have pride in their own little vulnerability they worked so hard on. But up© 2009 Citation: PWN2OWN Hacker Contest Targets Smartphones (2009, March 26) 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. QuickTime Exploit Details Disputedcenter_img Explore further ( — TippingPoint, a security response team at 3Com Inc, had offered $10,000 for each exploit of any smartphones, which included Apple Inc.’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry, as well as phones running the Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android operating systems.last_img read more

New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles w video

first_img More information: — Iain A. Anderson, Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin M. O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby, “A soft and dexterous motor,” Applied Physics Letters (2011). Available online:– … projects/biomimetics Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — “When you pick up a spoon with your fingers, you are able to move it from side to side and rotate it too by moving thumb and forefinger in opposition,” Iain Anderson tells Your hand is a soft machine. To be able to mimic the hand, we need soft technology.” Citation: New soft motor more closely resembles real muscles (w/ video) (2011, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Replacing batteries may become a thing of the past, thanks to ‘soft generators’ PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play The first motor is a single membrane orbiting gear motor. Electrical activation of the membrane causes the central gear to orbit and the orbital motion of the gear turns the shaft. The second motor has the flexible rubbery gear. Electrical activation of the membrane can make the flexible gear assume an elliptical shape and grip the shaft. We can then move the electrical activation around the membrane so that the major axis of the ellipse rotates. When this happens the shaft is turned. The flexible gear motor has no rigid bearings and so it is possible to tilt the shaft up and down and side to side. Video credit: Iain Anderson Taking the idea further, Anderson had the idea of making the gear flexible so it could grip the shaft, like a thumb and forefinger grips a spoon. “This breakthrough made the bearings redundant, opening the door to multi-degree-of-freedom motion.” These degrees of motion include the abilities to tilt and rotate, in addition to simply moving the shaft up and down or side to side.In order to make the motor, Anderson and his group take a special polymer material and stretch it so it becomes a really thin membrane. They create a rubbery gear from the same material and then place the gear at the center of the membrane. Then, sections of the membrane are painted with carbon grease. This grease, when conducting electricity, forces the membrane to change shape and this causes the gear to deform, moving the shaft. “We use selective actuation to turn the shaft.” Anderson is a scientist at the Biomimetics Laboratory at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand. Anderson’s lab works with dielectric elastomer artificial muscles, developing technology designed to more closely mimic the movements of muscles. “We’ve been researching artificial muscles for a few years now, and we wanted to see if we could create a machine without any hard bits – a machine that mimics the same degree of freedom you see when you move your hand.”With the creation of a bearing-free motor, Anderson worked with others from the Biomimetics Laboratory, including Tony Chun Hin Tse, Tokushu Inamura, Benjamin O’Brien, Thomas McKay, and Todd Gisby. Their work can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “A soft and dexterous motor.” Anderson says that the idea for an artificial muscle membrane motor came from his students a few years ago. They showed him an interesting motor. “They were working on this quietly amongst themselves. When they got it running they showed me. This had a rigid central orbiting bearing that was pushed side to side by one membrane and up and down by another,” Anderson explains. The motor consisted of two different membranes pushing on the same gear, with a shaft supported by rigid bearings. Anderson continues: “So we could get the gear to orbit by combining motion from both membranes and when the orbiting gear supported by the membranes came into contact with a gear on the shaft, the shaft rotated.” Artificial muscles are not new, Anderson points out. He says that SRI pioneered much of the technology used in artificial muscles today. SRI also produced an artificial muscle rotary motor. This first artificial muscle rotary motor, though, “had a lot of hard bits in it. But by using the membrane approach we have been able to make a rotary motor with fewer hard bits.”The ultimate goal is to create soft machines that are completely free of hard bits. There are advantages to soft motors, Anderson says. “They are lightweight and have the advantage of reduced mass. Their flexibility makes them less likely to break. Additionally, living things are mostly soft. If we want them to interface with living things, it makes sense to have them soft.”Anderson says that the next step is improve the control they have over the motor, as well as create a mechanism that allows the motor to automatically adjust to a heavier load – in much the way that your arm adjusts to keep your hand from lowering a glass of water as you fill it. “We’re into soft generators as well,” he continues. “We’re trying to make the world soft.” This document is subject to copyright. 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Researchers conduct first direct measurement of gravitys curvature

first_img , arXiv Journal information: Physical Review Letters Over many years, scientists have developed more sophisticated ways to measure gravity, one of the latest is to use atom interferometry—it enables distance measurement with very high precision and works by exploiting the quantum-mechanical wavelike nature of atoms. Up till now researchers have been able to measure the changes in gravity as altitude increases, for heights as little as a few feet, creating a gradient. In this new research the team has found a way to measure the change in gravity that is produced by a large mass. This change in the gradient is known as gravity’s curvature.To directly measure the change in a gradient, the team used measurements made at three different heights. Measuring gravity at two locations close to one another can give the gradient as the measured difference of the two divided by the distance between them. Measuring gravity at three locations allows for calculating the rate of change, or curvature—an idea for an experiment to carry out this measurement was first proposed back in 2002. The experiment conducted by the team in Italy is based on that proposal.To allow for measuring gravity at three locations all at the same time, the team created three plumes of ultracold atoms at three different heights inside of a one meter pipe. The top half of the piper was surrounded by tungsten alloy weights to cause an increase in variation of the gravitational field. The atoms were irradiated with pulses from a laser to cause them to separate the plumes into two parts, one that absorbed photons and a second that was left in a ground state. The additional momentum caused the atoms in the first group to fall a different distance over a measured time period, which led to a difference in quantum wave cycles that elapsed between the two. The team then added two more wave pulses to cause the two groups to recombine, which allowed them to interfere. Measuring the interference allowed for calculating the variations in gravitational acceleration and curvature, which turned out to be 1.4×10 −5 s −2 m −1, as predicted.The team believes their method should prove useful for geologic and mapping work as well as improving the measurement of G. Explore further Citation: Researchers conduct first direct measurement of gravity’s curvature (2015, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Measurement of the Gravity-Field Curvature by Atom Interferometry, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 013001 – Published 5 January 2015. . On Arxiv: present the first direct measurement of the gravity-field curvature based on three conjugated atom interferometers. Three atomic clouds launched in the vertical direction are simultaneously interrogated by the same atom interferometry sequence and used to probe the gravity field at three equally spaced positions. The vertical component of the gravity-field curvature generated by nearby source masses is measured from the difference between adjacent gravity gradient values. Curvature measurements are of interest in geodesy studies and for the validation of gravitational models of the surrounding environment. The possibility of using such a scheme for a new determination of the Newtonian constant of gravity is also discussed. (a) Scheme of the experiment. (b) Gravitational acceleration along the symmetry axis (az) produced by the source masses and the Earth’s gravity gradient. Credit: Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 013001 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. © 2015 Researchers propose method for measuring gravitational impact on antimatter (—A team of researchers working in Italy has successfully conducted an experiment to directly measure gravity’s curvature for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes their work and note that what they have accomplished could lead to an improvement in G, the Newtonian constant of gravity.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – First photo of light as particlewave the

first_img Citation: Best of Last Week – First photo of light as particle/wave, the dark side of cosmology and a hormone that mimics exercise (2015, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In space news, David Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton, offered a compelling look at the dark side of cosmology—and explained why scientists are so sure that dark matter and dark energy exist. Also, a team analyzing data from the Keck telescope discovered, all jokes aside, a giant methane storm on Uranus, a surprise, as the planet’s atmosphere was not known to be so energetic. And speaking of energy, researchers working at Northumbria University described a breakthrough in energy harvesting that could someday power life on Mars—it is a motor that runs on carbon dioxide and is based on the Leidenfrost effect.It was also a good week for technology development as a team of students launched a desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic—a development that could greatly reduce the cost of printing 3D objects. Another team investigating bucky-balls developed a buckybomb that shows the potential power of nanoscale explosives—the reaction showed a huge increase in temperature and pressure in just a fraction of a second. And a combined team of researchers from the U.S. and Japan announced a breakthrough in OLED technology—their devices, they claim, can produce brilliant low-power light sources. A team at Rutgers University reported that they have found a link between BPA exposure and autism spectrum disorder—a finding that could have widespread implications for the widely used plastic. And researchers at the Technical University of Ilmenau announced that their research indicates that Na-ion batteries are getting closer to replacing Li-ion batteries.And finally, if you happen to be one of the millions who find it difficult to diet and exercise, a team of researchers at USC announced a newly discovered hormone that mimics the effects of exercise—perhaps someday soon, instead of getting out and doing stuff, people can just take a pill when they eat to keep themselves in shape. 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. Explore further (—It was another interesting week for physics as a team working at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne found a way to take the first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave. Meanwhile, another team working at UC Santa Barbara announced that they had developed the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors—a necessary precursor in developing a full quantum computer. Students launch desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Uncovering the role of the iliosacral joint in frogs

first_img Explore further Citation: Uncovering the role of the ilio-sacral joint in frogs (2018, October 10) 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. A trio of researchers, two with the Royal Veterinary College, the other the University of Portsmouth, has found evidence that suggests that the ilio-sacral joint in frogs evolved after they started jumping. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Christopher Richards, Enrico Eberhard and Amber Collings describe their study of the joint and what they found. More information: Christopher T. Richards et al. The dynamic role of the ilio-sacral joint in jumping frogs, Biology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0367 Jumping frogs have an ilio-sacral joint in their pelvis that works like a hinge when they engage in jumping. It allows them to sit comfortably bent over while in a crouched position and to straighten their backs completely when jumping. Despite previous studies of frog anatomy, it has not been clear just how much of an impact the ilio-sacral joint has on a frog’s ability to jump. In this new effort, the researchers in the U.K. designed experiments to clear up the mystery.To learn more about how the ilio-sacral joint works in frogs, the researchers filmed several specimens using a high-speed camera as they went through their jumping motions. The team then created a computer simulation that showed how the joint works while in action. Doing so allowed the team to tweak conditions to learn more about how the frog actually uses its joint under different circumstances.The simulations showed that the joint was not actually necessary for jumping—the frog’s powerful legs ensured strong leaping regardless of whether it had an ilio-sacral joint. But such a joint did give them much more directional control. The muscles and tendons near the joint allowed the frog to fine-tune its jumping direction as it shot into the air.The researchers suggest that because the joint is not actually necessary for jumping, it is likely that it developed after the frogs started jumping—not concurrently. They also note that prior work by others studying frog fossils suggests that the ilio-sacral joint in frogs evolved independently in thousands of species. They further suggest that their findings could have implications for engineers designing prosthetics, perhaps offering clues on how to design arms that have higher precision when reaching for objects, for example.center_img Frogs’ amazing leaps due to springy tendons © 2018 Lithobates sylvaticus found in southern Quebec. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Journal information: Biology Letterslast_img read more

Delhi swoons to Bullas tunes

first_imgThe stage was set, instruments tuned and the mike set at the right frequency. A while later in comes the Indian rockstar, Rabbi Shergill. As he crooned in his mesmerising voice, the crowd went berserk and was left craving for more.Shergill performed at Blue Frog in the capital after more than a year and cast his magic over a jam packed audience of more than 700 Rabbi- lovers.He dedicated the show to his homeland Delhi and like a true music lover emphasised on the message of bringing back peace and humanity through music, brotherhood and love. His brilliant renditions of popular numbers like Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dilli, Ganga, Tere Bin and the all time hit Bulla struck the right chords and enthralled evryone present there.Rabbi was supported by a collection of other talented musicians who created a symphony in sync with the ambience and the evening blended in beautifully with some great music and food. Names like Andrew Ferrao on keyboard, Steve Valte on drums, Mahesh Subramoni on bass guitar and Amit, the Percussionist formed the best ever band who entertained successfully.last_img read more

The pujo flavour

first_imgDelhi may not be the heart of the Durga Puja Festival but the celebrations are not far behind! Following the success in the inaugural year, the 2nd Edition of the ‘Pre-Puja Promotional Sale and Exhibition of Bengal Handloom and Handicrafts’ – bringing together the best of the creations of master craftsmen and weavers of rural areas of the State – was opened in the national capital today.Around 25 artisans from various districts of West Bengal, including Bankura, Bardhaman, Nadia, Kolkata, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas and Birbhum, will take part in the event, which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the weavers.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fair was inaugurated by Nitish Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises in the gracious presence of Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and Archana Datta, Director General, All India Radio, News Services Division, at Dilli Haat, INA.The exhibition, being organised by the Government of West Bengal with support from Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, follows a string of events held as part of the grand Chalo Chalen Bengal campaign, an initiative for promoting West Bengal as an attractive tourism destination, especially during the upcoming Durga Puja carnival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition offers a range of products, including diversified jute items, terracotta costume jewellery, Tangail and Jamdanee Sarees. Embossed leather goods from Shantiniktan, Nakshi Kantha, Dhaniakhali, Shantipuri and Baluchari Sarees, all of which have received Geographical Indication (GI) registration and being especially promoted by Government of West Bengal, will also be available. Special soirées are being organised with Chhau and Raibenshe folk forms and colourful performances bringing out the rhythm and tunes of Bengal. In keeping with the pre-Puja festive spirit, delectable Bengali street food will be available at the venue.WHERE: DILLI HAAT, INAWHEN: On till 6 Octoberlast_img read more

Conduct of the mind

first_imgShowcasing the conflict between the sub conscious mind and the outward behaviour, the Cineaste group will be performing their critically acclaimed play Kirdaar. The play tries to establish the behavioral patterns of human nature, which keeps on absorbing feelings of grief, happiness, and anger subconsciously and this absorption is reflected in actions which create contradictions with one’s own natureThe story unfolds after two characters come out of a book and confront it’s writer with their tragedies and misrepresentations. The play written in a mixture of english and hindi,  takes an interesting turn when these characters do not agree with the way they have been written. Starring Deep Singh, Rishi Sharma, Komal Gupta, Radha Bhatt, Shiv Dutt and Shubham the play is written and directed by Devesh Nigam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Cineaste group has come up with 15 stage productions along with three critically acclaimed short films. The group has created a niche for itself in a short span of time and they are  known for their experimental and innovative approach in theatre.Director Devesh Nigam has so far written nine plays and directed 15 productions. He has received critical acclaims for his work which includes Kafan, Moteram ka Satyagrah, Hawalaat, Bahut Bada Sawal, 5 Kahaniyan, among others. He believes that playwrights should respond to their urban realities while willing to experiment with style and narrative.Where : Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharag Singh MargWhen :  1 Novemberlast_img read more

DMC mulls alternative water supply system

first_imgKolkata: The Durgapur Municipal Corporation (DMC) is developing infrastructure for an alternative water distribution system for both domestic and industrial use. The DMC is installing as many as 36 deep tubewells at places where there are overhead reservoirs which will draw water from the ground and store it in the reservoir.”Till date, Damodar river has been the only source of water for the residents of Durgapur. Water from the Damodar river was treated and then supplied through pipeline for both domestic and industrial use. The idea is to be prepared for an alternative if there is any calamity that may disrupt the sully system in the township,” Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor of DMC said. The project will entail a cost of Rs 12 crore and the DMC hopes to complete it before the onset of the monsoon season. “The tender process has already been completed and work will start soon,” Agasty said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe DMC is also taking up a major project ‘Storm Water Drainage Project’ to prevent waterlogging. It may be mentioned that during last monsoon the underground sewerage system had collapsed completely during the monsoon. In the month of October 2017, there was heavy rain that inundated several areas under the DMC including Tamla, Main Gate, Waria, Mana and Khatpukur. About 2,500 households were affected. The DMC does not want similar situations. “We have done a survey with the assistance of engineers from Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA). Our plan is to channelise the rain water through high drain to the small rivers like Tamla and Kumur that flows through the township area. The depth of the high drains also needs to be enhanced for which massive desiltation work needs to be undertaken,” the Mayor said.The work for preparing the DPR has already been initiated. Agasty met state Urban Development & Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim in his chamber at Writers’ Building recently and the latter had assured that funds will not be a problem for projects that are meant to benefit people.last_img read more

Darjeeling residents fall victim to postal parcel scam

first_imgDARJEELING: A racket has spread its tentacles in Darjeeling whereby people are being sent parcels with stones inside which they are being duped into buying (cash on delivery). Many have already fallen victim to the fraud while some unclaimed packages are still there at the Darjeeling General Post Office.Usually a person first receives a phone call where the caller says that the person has won a high-end cell phone in a lucky draw, which can be had against paying a nominal amount through cash on delivery system. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”Around 10 days ago, I had received a call from a lady introducing herself as Kavya. She stated that I had won a high-end cell phone costing around Rs. 40,000. Then I was asked for my address. I was reluctant and told her that I would spend any money on it. She maintained that I would have to pay a nominal amount after having received the cell-phone. I then proceeded to give her my address,” stated Bishal Rai, a resident. On Thursday, Rai received a call from the General Post Office, Darjeeling stating that a parcel has arrived in his name and that he would have to pay Rs. 3500 in order to take the delivery home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFollowing the call from the post office, Rai went and asked them to show the parcel. He was informed that if he opened it, he would have to pay the amount mentioned. However, the post office authorities warned him against it as in the recent past, many have been duped. People had found stones inside the parcels. On contacting Raju Singh, the Post Master of the Darjeeling General Post Office, he stated that the Post Office merely delivers whatever parcels arrive and are not aware or responsible for the contents. “However, people should be aware of fake companies and advertisements. Many such packages had come to the post office and remained undelivered, while many others had chosen to take it back home after paying under the Cash on Delivery scheme,” added the post master.He added that the parcels had different senders’ name. Some of them also had fake company names and addresses. Rai’s parcel was from Delhi. He tried to call back on the number but the number was not available. A person who had received a similar phone call and had landed up paying Rs 6000.last_img read more

Sobhandeb unveils solar trees at WBPDCL office

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay inaugurated two solar trees with the capacity of producing 6.5 MW power at the office of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd (WBPDCL).”Land is gradually becoming scarce in our state. 4 acres of land is required for producing 1 MW of power through conventional methods. However, solar trees require much less amount of land. So, we are setting up such solar trees as an alternative. If we find that these solar trees work out well for us, we will be setting up more such trees in the state to harness solar power,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe solar trees have been named Sourashree by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The total cost of setting up the infrastructure has been Rs 8.5 lakhs. Chattopadhyay maintained that the solar tree is strong enough to withstand a storm and needs minimum maintenance.”The panel should be washed with water from time-to-time for maintenance,” the minister said. A similar type of solar tree of 10 MW capacity has already been set up at Keoratala crematorium in South Kolkata a few days ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedScientists at Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) in Durgapur, have developed this ‘solar tree’, made out of photovoltaic panels. The ‘tree’ that requires less than 4 sqft of space, can power about five households.The state government under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Aloshree project is gradually lighting up all state government offices, municipalities, corporations, panchayats, schools, state-run public sector undertakings and all other autonomous bodies of the state government and offices, by installing solar panels on the roof of these buildings. The PDCL office, as well as the office of Paribesh Bhavan, have solar panels on their roofs.”Such solar panels contribute to slashing of crippling power bills and promote green energy,” a senior official of the state Power department said. According to the official, the solar panels to be set up on the roof of the buildings will range from 20 KV to 60 KV. Installation cost varies from Rs 10,00,000 to Rs 60,00,000 for each panel.last_img read more

Play one at a time

first_imgGet ready for a theatrical treat as Pierrot’s Troupe is back with some of its popular plays. Starting from June 26, five plays – Ghalib in New Delhi, Big B, KL Saigal, Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera and Cut…Cut…Cut – will be staged in the national Capital. Ghalib In New Delhi talks about Mirza Ghalib’s re-birth in 21st century Delhi, highlighting his trials, travails and tribulations. This rip-roaring comedy has the great erstwhile Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, revisiting his beloved ‘Dehli’, now ‘Delhi’, in 2015 to witness and enjoy his posthumous fame. The Hindi-Urdu comedy written and directed by M Sayeed Alam will be staged at  Lok Kala Manch on June 28. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play titled Big B will be staged on July 5 at the same venue. Big B is a dramatic version of Premchand’s short story Bade Bhai Saheb. It is based on two brothers – the ‘studious’ Kamta Prasad and the ‘sporty’ Samta Prasad. The play revolves around the desi gilli danda, hockey, cricket, history, chemistry, and geography. M Sayeed Alam has penned the script, while Niti Phool has directed the play.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next act by the troupe will be KL Saigal. It is the only play based on the life, times, works and worth of the legendary singer, actor and the first superstar of Indian Cinema – KL Saigal. It is a virtual re-creation of good old years of Indian music and cinema. The play is dotted with the live recital of Saigal’s ghazals, dadras, thumris and film songs. Featuring Tom Alter and Yashraj Malik, the play will be staged on July 11 at Sri Ram Centre.  KL Saigal will be followed by Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera, which will be staged on July 12 at Lok Kala Manch. Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera recreates the last mushaera that took place at the historic Lal Qila (Red Fort), before the revolt of 1857. It brings together some of the greatest figures of Urdu poetry on one stage ­ such as — Ghalib, Zauq, Momin, Dagh, Tishnah, Sheftah and Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.  The last play to be staged by the group will be Cut…Cut…Cut directed by M Sayeed Alam. The play with its funny characters, hilarious situations, comic relationships and bizarre events promises a laughter riot. It depicts problems faced by a theatre group  in an amusing way. Cut…Cut…Cut will be staged at Lok Kala Manch on July 26.last_img read more

Tapping at same beat to bond globally

first_imgA team from the University of Exeter in Britain and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a strong rhythm.“The results help explain why humans make music, most common features seen in music around the world relate to things that allow people to coordinate their actions,” said Dr Thomas Currie from the University of Exeter. The study appeared in the journal PNAS. It suggests that the main function of music is to bring people together and bond social groups.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It can be a kind of social glue,” he said. The team analysed 304 recordings of stylistically diverse music from across the world to reveal the common features. Although they found no absolute universals, they found dozens of statistical universals (features that were consistently present in a majority of songs across different world regions).These included features related to pitch and rhythm as well as social context and inter-relationships between musical features. The results showed that rhythms based on two or three beats were present in music from all regions sampled ­— North America, Central/South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The researchers combined a new way of classifying music with statistical analysis to reveal the features that are common to music from across the world.In the old days, western people believed that their scales were universal. Researchers have shown that despite its great surface diversity, most of the music throughout the world is actually constructed from very similar basic building blocks and performs very similar functions.last_img read more

Gurung urges political outfits to unite for Gorkhaland

first_imgDarjeeling: On the heels of talks on Bodoland in Delhi, Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung who is in hiding, made an appeal to all hill political outfits to unite and hold similar parleys with the Centre for the formation of Gorkhaland.On Thursday, a tripartite talk was held between the Centre, Assam Government and pro-Bodoland forces in Delhi, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The pro-Bodoland forces had dubbed the meeting fruitful. A day after the meeting, Gurung dispatched audio clips from an undisclosed location appealing to all hill political outfits to unite for the formation of Gorkhaland.last_img read more

Basketball needs money to thrive in India

first_img19-year-old Satnam, who was picked by Dallas Mavericks in the draft and later played in five pre-season games, wants the Indian government to help the game grow in the country.“They (budding players) need help from all quarters. They need good coaches to train them, good food for nutrition. They need help from the government. In America, there are so many good players who get money and they succeed. If the players do not get money, it will be difficult for them to achieve success,” Satnam told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“Everything, from infrastructure to lack of facilities and good coaches. We have talent, but it goes waste without all these things. If talent is honed properly then India can also boast of good players,” he added.The 7 feet 2 inches tall player also said that Indian hoopsters should not be conscious of their height in comparison to the players in the United States.“Height, built, weight all this does not matter. I have seen short players in America playing good basketball and making an impact. It’s just about, talent, hard-work and focus,” he said. Satnam said there was no reason why basketball cannot become as popular a sport as cricket in India. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“If one Satnam Singh can go and play NBA there, why can’t more players can go and play there. They can talk to the coaches there and I am sure if they see talent they will be willing to help them out. And slowly and slowly basketball will gain ground in India and give cricket competition,” he said. Asked if he has any plans to open an academy later on, Satnam said he was just focusing on improving his game and making it to the top of NBA. “At the moment there are no plans to open an academy here, I am just focused on my game at the time. My prime focus at the moment is to develop my game and get a firm footing in NBA. I see myself as a successful player two three years down the line. Playing well in the NBA and getting to the top of my game,” he said.Hailing from a small village named ‘Ballo Ke’ in Barnala district of Punjab, Satnam went to US in 2010 on an IMG-Reliance scholarship programme. The youngster thanked all his coaches who made his dream come true.“I thank all my coaches and teachers from the time I started playing the game in Punjab. First of all to Harish Sharma who gave me the biggest opportunity to come to US to begin the journey.  Then to IMG Reliance for the scholarship which allowed me to attend the IMG Academy. To late Dr Subramaniam who saw something in me and started coaching me when I was 8 years old. To Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal and Mr RS Gill for always helping me, coaching me and taking care of me,” he said.last_img read more

President to inaugurate IITF

first_imgIt is that time of the year when people, from all over the country as well as from abroad, gather in large numbers to explore the opportunities the national Capital has to offer.In that context, the 35th edition of India International Trade, the annual flagship event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), will be inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India on November 14 at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan.Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of State (I/C) Commerce & Industry will preside over the inaugural function. The theme of the fair for this year will be ‘Make in India’. Regarding the same, LC Goyal, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, said, “This year, IITF and its ‘Make in India’ theme will project its deep commitment to fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister of India. Extending India’s global appeal for investment in diverse sectors, ‘Smart Cities’, Digital India, Model Villages, Clean Ganga Mission and ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ will be depicted in the Central and State pavilions, which have also been encouraged to dedicate themselves to ‘Swachh Bharat’.”  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’IITF is the ultimate manifestation of India’s size, progress, diverse culture and achievements attained in core and sunrise sectors. It is a unique point for coming together of modern technology and traditional skills. It has tremendous significance for the business community as they have to play a critical role in sustainable, inclusive and job-led growth and development. The fair provides a reliable and tested platform to SME exporters, entrepreneurs and investors.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year, the partner country is Afghanistan with the focus country being Bangladesh. The partner states are Goa and Jharkhand and the focus state is Madhya Pradesh.The fair will provide various facilities including discount to new start-ups and young entrepreneurs. Over 7000 firms from India and overseas are participating in the fair with overseas participation from countries namely Afghanistan, Arab Republic of Egypt, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Cuba, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, UAE, Uganda and Vietnam.  Tickets can be purchased online for five days. Also, the entry of school children will be free during the business days as applicable. ITPO will also introduce circular bus services inside Pragati Maidan with the colour code green, red and violet, for the convenience of the visitors. This will ensure easy accessibility to visit pavilions from one corner to the other within a frequency of ten minutes. The Bus service which is free of cost is primarily for senior citizens and differently abled persons.The theme in IITF is ‘Make in India’ which aims to publicize the infrastructure of every state. ITPO is installing 50 KVA solar energy panel plant on the roof of the Administrative Block. IITF 2015 will be supplemented with several conferences, seminars, workshops, State Day celebrations and cultural programmes. The diversity of Indian ethnic cuisines will also be available at specified outlets. Besides, a large number of groups and individual craftsperson from all corners of the country are participating in the ‘Saras’ projection.last_img read more

Women dont make first move when it comes to online dating

first_imgAll men please take note! In the online dating world, women do not like to send personal messages to initiate contact and later mating and would rather send “weak signals” than making the first move, a team of Indian-origin researchers has revealed.According to Jui Ramaprasad, assistant professor of information systems at McGill University, they still see that women don’t make the “first move” online.“Weak signalling is the ability to visit or ‘check out’ a potential mate’s profile so the potential mate knows the focal-user visited,” she noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The offline ‘flirting’ equivalents, at best, would be a suggestive look or a preening bodily gesture such as a hair toss to one side or an over-the-shoulder glance — each subject to myriad interpretations and possible misinterpretations.Much less ambiguity exists in the online environment if the focal-user views another user’s profile and leaves a visible train in his ‘Recent Visitors’ list. The researchers also found that users with anonymous browsing viewed more profiles. They were also more likely to check out potential same-sex and interracial matches. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSurprisingly, however, users who browsed anonymously also wound up with fewer matches than their non-anonymous counterparts. This was especially true for female users: those with anonymous browsing wound up with an average of 14 per cent fewer matches.Men often take the cue. “Men send four times the number of messages that women do,” said co-author Akhmed Umyarov, assistant professor at University of Minnesota, adding that the anonymity feature doesn’t change things so much for men. The team examined the impact of anonymous browsing via a premium online browsing service where 50,000 users were given free access to the feature for a month, enabling them to view profiles of other users without leaving telltale digital traces.“Even though people are willing to pay to become anonymous in online dating sites, we find that the feature is detrimental to the average users,” noted professor Ravi Bapna, co-author and the Carlson Chair in business analytics and information systems at Minnesota. The study, published in the journal Management Science, could lay the groundwork for further academic analysis of online dating sites. Experiments of this sort could be used in a range of online-matching platforms to help understand how to improve the consumer experience — though it’s important that the experiments are done ethically, the researchers added.last_img read more

KMC to enhance spaces for paid night parking in city

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be soon enhancing paid night car parking spaces in the city, to facilitate car owners. The move of the parking wing of the civic body comes in the wake of their good response to the drive against night car parking that had started last year.”The people are going for legal parking during night after our drive and the parking areas allocated for night parking are full. In most of the lots we have found more vehicles than we had proposed. So we have decided to enhance space and the proposed enhancement list has been circulated among all the 25 agencies that manage night parking,” a senior official of the Parking department Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifesaid. The agencies have been asked to file their objections if they find that the parking spaces are not in order, to the Chief Manager (Parking) by October 27. “If we find that their objection is reasonable we will go for reduction of space. Otherwise, we will terminate the concerned agency and go for a fresh one,” the official added. The car parking spaces as proposed by the civic body, will take the number of cars to 2,555 up from the existing 2,181 at present. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere are as many as 193 night parking lots in the city. A visit to these parking lots by the officials of the KMC from September 4 to 14 has revealed that there are around 4,048 vehicles parked in the lots, a number which is much higher than the expectation of KMC. “We have found that though the lots have space for 10, 15 or 30 vehicles, as many as 40 to 45 cars have been parked at extremely close proximity in these lots,” the official maintained. It may be mentioned that the KMC had earlier decided to enhance parking space during the day, after it had found that they are not getting proper fees collected from all the vehicles parked in their designated lots.last_img read more

Essential travel tips for vacation in summer

first_imgFrom packing summer friendly fabrics, to stocking up light snacks, there are many important things to keep in mind while planning a trip in summer, say experts.Go easy with clothing: If you are planning a vacation during the hot months, go easy with what you wear. Pack more of cottons such as comfy pants, loose tops and a light pair of shoes to combat the heat outside. Don’t forget your sunglasses for eyes protection, always wear hat when stepping out in the morning and sun block your skin at any cost. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSkip street food: Street food is always amazing but in summer, please skip the oily and fried items as it will lead to dehydration and gastroenteritis. Instead, try to munch on cool, watery foods like cucumber and watermelon through the day. These will help you stay hydrated too.Medicines are important too: Do not forget to carry some emergency medications like anti-emetics, anti-motility drugs and a few packets of oral rehydration powder. Also you can pack some acidity relief tablets for emergency.Cary your favourite pillow along with you to support your back if you are travelling by car, aircraft or bus.Take a break often. Do stop for rest room breaks, do light stretching in between so that you do not feel tired.last_img read more

A perfect weekend getaway

first_imgThe land which echoes enchantment and romance that can put you in trance, a place where every bit of nature’s wonders are at its zenith, a site which could bring solace to your soul – it is the one and only Henry’s Island. As history outlines, this place is named after a British explorer who surveyed the beach and the adjoining areas back in the 19th century. For those who want to take a break from their mundane lifestyles and breathe in ‘fresh air’, Henry’s Island could be a peerless weekend gateway with your friends and family. Apart from its lush greenery, the uniqueness of Henry’s Island lies on the fact that it is an abode of serenity and tranquility. The gift of its nature is hidden in the pleasure of taking joy in silence, which speaks volumes unlike any other noisy, overcrowded urban set ups. Forget about gadgets and, of course, your mobiles and embrace the peace of mind you had the thirst for. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLocated approximately 140 kilometers away from Kolkata, Henry’s Island near Bakkhali in West Bengal is a must-visit destination because of its major attractions, including a watch-tower where one can climb and get a panoramic view of the entire beach, woods of the mangrove and the Bheri. If you are interested in fisheries, then Bheris – large shallow lakes dedicated to pisciculture – could offer you to have a look at varied types of fishes (if you are lucky enough). Nearly thirty of these Bheris are scattered across the beach. Fishes are also up for purchase at a government price. Some birds like Lesser Whistling Ducks, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Snipe, Black-Rumped Flameback, Kingfisher, Gadwall, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, and Streak-throated Woodpecker, among others also add charm to its beauty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYour excursion to this silent island could be paradisiacal as soon as you step a foot on it. Amidst complete calmness of its own kind, one can truly live up the moments of love with your loved ones. The cool breeze of fresh air, slight movement of leaves of the Casuarina trees, sun-kissed horizon at the onset of dawn, star-lit sky at the time of the on-fall of dusk clubbed with the pacifying sounds of the natural flow of Bay of Bengal, a trip to Henry’s Island is a magnanimous experience for all the nature lovers to unearth true meaning of life. Reaching the destination by rail or road is not a tough job at all. There is an easy access of WBSTC bus service from Karunamoyee or Esplanade. Also, you can hire private cars as an alternative, which would take approximately 3 to 4 hours to reach the island. You can also take delight in the journey by train. The nearest railway station to Henry Island is Namkhana. There are trains at regular intervals from Sealdah via Lakhsmi kantapur and Kakdwip to Namkhana. If you prefer to start early, then catch the first train which starts at around 4 am. Sabyasachi Nath, who is the resident of Kolkata and a travel enthusiast, says, “To add frolic to your journey, it is advisable to take a break at Diamond Harbour and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the river if you start your expedition late. After travelling a certain distance ahead, stop at the ferry ghat of river Hatania Doania creek on your way to the white-sand beach as you and your car require crossing the river by launch. Also, this particular area is swarming with fishermen and comprises a small market for locals to buy their daily products.”Arya Bandyopadhyay, who is a photographer by profession and an avid traveller also highlights, “If you want to enjoy peace, Henry’s Island is the ideal destination. West Bengal Fisheries Department maintains their own guest houses near the island at a decent price.” Henry’s Island doesn’t have much to offer in terms of food. However, it will not disappoint you. Food is available only at the resorts you check in. Luchi-Alubhaja, rice, dal, desi-murgir jhol and the likes are served hot and fresh. Do not expect to be ‘digital’ in any way – there are no ATM’s in and around the private beach. So, carry cash. Neelkantha Barman, manager of Hotel Amarabati at Bakkhali opines that “Henry’s Island is blessed with its magnificent beauty. The best time to visit here is from December to January. However, areas in and around the island needs to be further maintained by the government as far as cleanliness is concerned. To reach there, vessel service should have a quicker access to tourists. I personally think that a little attention to the development of this region would certainly improve the beauty of the adjoining areas and help in promoting West Bengal Tourism.” Apart from all the other spots, Benfish harbor and Fraserganj beach are the two interesting spots on your way to the island. Moreover, Crocodile Park or the Crocodile Breeding Center at Bakkhali near Henry’s Island could also be a great option to switch to. This park is less-known and has a huge collection of crocodiles – ranging from babies to old crocodiles. The coastal area has something beautiful in its store to offer every time you visit there. Discover the surprises which describe the island as being possessed with its arresting glamour.last_img read more