Prospecting for Scientific Gems with Google

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Prospecting for Scientific ‘Gems’ with Google (2006, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-05-prospecting-scientific-gems-google.html So how can one calculate the GPR of any site when you first need to know the GPR of all its neighbors? It’s not a problem to be solved by pencil and paper! The answer is found through a recursive calculation: every website in the network is initialized with the same GPR, so that a new GPR can be calculated for each website simultaneously. This calculation is repeated until all the values stabilize.Researchers Patrick Chen and Sidney Redner at Boston University, along with their colleagues Huafeng Xie and Sergei Maslov at Brookhaven National Lab, recently applied the PageRank algorithm to all 353,268 articles published by the Physical Review between 1893 and 2003. It comes as no surprise that on average, GPR correlates nicely with the citation index. More interesting are the outliers—those articles that somehow achieve a high ranking with relatively few incoming references.After applying PageRank, Chen et al. sorted the papers in this network by their GPR values. Their recent article provides a sampling of famous papers from the top hundred results. Number 85, with only three citations, is a startling poster child of this new approach! The paper in question is a classic example of delayed influence. While it was the first to present a model which today sees widespread use, its result was refined and popularized by other researchers in a separate article. The “child paper” has accumulated 680 citations but makes only ten references to other works itself. The original paper thus collects a large share of its child’s impressive impact.Nor is this the only example! Among the papers with over a hundred citations, most of the papers with an unusually high GPR are easily recognizable as seminal works. Such works compare favorably in overall influence with the very small population having over a thousand citations.While “influence” may be easy to measure crudely, it is hard to measure reliably. These results show that although the two methods are comparable, Google’s PageRank algorithm seems to identify important scientific papers more reliably than a simple citation index. If there is a lesson here, it is this: in giving due credit, one should not be short-cited! Reference: Patrick Chen, Huafeng Xie, Sergei Maslov, & Sidney Redner 2006, “Finding Scientific Gems with Google”, xxx.lanl.gov/physics/0604130By Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Science is all about quantitative measurement, so it should come as no surprise that scientists have a long tradition of measuring their influence on each other. Traditionally, the most important measure of scientific impact has been the number of citations an article receives — but this method’s chief virtue is its simplicity. The authors of any given paper are much more likely to reference recent works, so a result whose importance is not immediately recognized can end up with a much lower citation index than it deserves. A well-written and relevant paper is typically referenced by two or three dozen papers, mostly from researchers working on the same highly specialized problem. A particularly useful or innovative result will often receive a hundred or more citations. Seminal works can achieve over a thousand citations, although they usually take decades to reach that point. While the system works well overall, it has no way of distinguishing a highly relevant citation from the polite mention of a colleague’s work.Many articles, for example, include an introduction section describing the history and current status of their specialized subject. This section can easily generate up to half of a paper’s references, even though few of the results given mention are actually used.A database of scientific literature is very similar in structure to the World Wide Web. Just as individual web pages are connected to each other by one-way links, journal articles are connected to each other by one-way citations. The number of external sites linking to a given website, or “in-degree”, is equivalent to the citation index of a given article. When Google tackled the problem of ranking websites by their influence, it didn’t consider the in-degree to be an appropriate measure. This would make it too easy to inflate the importance of a site by creating a host of useless linking pages. Instead they crafted a customized statistic, the Google PageRank (GPR) algorithm.To illustrate this algorithm, consider the webpage PhysOrg.com. PageRank finds every other webpage with a link to PhysOrg.com, and divides each neighbor’s GPR by its total number of outgoing links. The GPR of Physorg.com is then calculated as the sum of all these factors. In other words, each site in the network can be thought of as evenly distributing its influence over all the sites that it links to. A page thus gains influence mainly by being associated with other influential pages. (The actual algorithm is a little more complicated, but this is its essential feature.) This method strikes a nice balance between content and connectivity, reducing the influence of high-traffic directories on the sites that they list. last_img read more

Samsungs new flash chips for mobile devices

first_img Samsung Shipping Samples of New High-capacity NAND Solution to Mobile Customers Explore further The removable SD flash card is only 1 mm thick and 0.7 mm high and will come into production in February. The card comprises a card controller and eight 30-micron thick stacked chips. Samsung says it is the highest capacity microSD ready for production. Users will be able to insert the 32-Gbyte micro SD card into their phone or other device via the built-in micro SD slot. The 64-Gbyte flash chip is 1.4 mm thick and consists of sixteen stacked chips and a storage controller. This moviNAND embedded memory module has been in commercial production since December last year and will be the first to reach the marketplace. It doubles the memory of current memory modules such as that in the latest Apple iPhone.Higher capacity devices such as Samsung’s new offerings will allow mobile devices such as smartphones and media players to have increased memory, and demand for more memory is expected to increase as the market for mobile devices and the applications they run continues to grow. Executive President of Memory Marketing for Samsung, Dong-Soo Jun, said the new memory solutions will bring the storage capacity of computers to mobile devices.The expected cost of the two new high-density storage devices has not been released. (PhysOrg.com) — Samsung Electronics has announced two new flash chip storage devices for mobiles: a removable 32-Gbyte micro SD (secure digital) card and a 64-Gbyte moviNAND flash memory module. Both are based on Samsung’s own 30 nanometer class 32-Gbyte NAND flash memory chips, which use lithography technology that allows much more storage in a smaller unit. © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Samsung 32GB microSD memory card Citation: Samsung’s new flash chips for mobile devices (2010, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-samsung-chips-mobile-devices.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Neanderthals died out earlier than originally believed

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com A specialist in radiocarbon dating from Oxford University, Thomas F. G. Higham developed a new method of radiocarbon dating with ultrafiltration which is able to remove contaminants to better receive an accurate dating. Radiocarbon dating measures a radioactive isotope carbon (carbon 14) which decays at a predictable rate after death. In specimens older than 30,000 years, very little carbon remains.Higham, along with archaeologist Ron Pinhasi from University College Cork in Ireland examined the bones from a Neanderthal child found in the Mezmaiskaya Cave location in the northern Caucasus Mountains. Their new radiocarbon dating method put this fossil at 39,700 years old. A previously found fossil at this site had been dated at 29,000 and was being re-examined with the new method.Higham is re-dating Neanderthal sites throughout Europe and believes all remains will be changed with none begin younger than 39,000 years old. Because of this new find, he believes there is now no evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans were co-existing in Europe for very long at all, and that there is even the possibility that the Neanderthals demise was at the hands of the modern human.This is where the debate begins, as geneticists reported last year that 2.5 percent of the modern human genome is derived from the Neanderthal genome. There is evidence of Neanderthals co-existing in the Near East some 100,000 years ago, as well as in Europe 40,000 years ago. With the new carbon dating timeline, it is now believed that interbreeding between the two did not occur in Europe but rather during that first encounter. More information: Revised age of late Neanderthal occupation and the end of the Middle Paleolithic in the northern Caucasus, PNAS, Published online before print May 9, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018938108AbstractAdvances in direct radiocarbon dating of Neanderthal and anatomically modern human (AMH) fossils and the development of archaeostratigraphic chronologies now allow refined regional models for Neanderthal–AMH coexistence. In addition, they allow us to explore the issue of late Neanderthal survival in regions of Western Eurasia located within early routes of AMH expansion such as the Caucasus. Here we report the direct radiocarbon (14C) dating of a late Neanderthal specimen from a Late Middle Paleolithic (LMP) layer in Mezmaiskaya Cave, northern Caucasus. Additionally, we provide a more accurate chronology for the timing of Neanderthal extinction in the region through a robust series of 16 ultrafiltered bone collagen radiocarbon dates from LMP layers and using Bayesian modeling to produce a boundary probability distribution function corresponding to the end of the LMP at Mezmaiskaya. The direct date of the fossil (39,700 ± 1,100 14C BP) is in good agreement with the probability distribution function, indicating at a high level of probability that Neanderthals did not survive at Mezmaiskaya Cave after 39 ka cal BP (“calendrical” age in kiloannum before present, based on IntCal09 calibration curve). This challenges previous claims for late Neanderthal survival in the northern Caucasus. We see striking and largely synchronous chronometric similarities between the Bayesian age modeling for the end of the LMP at Mezmaiskaya and chronometric data from Ortvale Klde for the end of the LMP in the southern Caucasus. Our results confirm the lack of reliably dated Neanderthal fossils younger than ∼40 ka cal BP in any other region of Western Eurasia, including the Caucasus. (PhysOrg.com) — According to a newly released report in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a newly refined method of radiocarbon dating has found that Neanderthals died off much earlier than originally believed. Where previous testing had shown fossils as young as 29,000 years ago, this new method puts the date closer to 39,000 years ago, sparking the debate that Neanderthals and modern humans probably never interacted in Europe. Explore further Scientists redate Neanderthal fossils Citation: Neanderthals died out earlier than originally believed (2011, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-neanderthals-died-earlier-believed.html Homo neanderthalensis, adult male. Credit: John Gurche, artist / Chip Clark, photographerlast_img read more

Treat for theatre lovers

first_imgComedy of Terrors is all about ‘confusion within confusion’. It is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s one of the best plays. Directed by S P Singh and written by Ajay Shukla, the act was staged at Shri Ram Centre on May 31. The story of the play revolves around industralist Mr. Bidla, who due to some confusion meets an accident. Mr. Bidla had to undergo as plastic surgery as his face gets damaged in the accident. But again due to some confusion his face turns to look alike one of his employees ‘Shaligram’. His wife, Savitri, takes him home thinking him as her beloved husband.  Meanwhile, real Shaligram also returns home. It creates a utterly confusion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The play is one of the best works of Dario Fo and we always try to present something new along with our existing popular plays. We found this play unique with a new idea of changeover. This play was a big challenge for the director as well as the actors.” said one of the actor.“The play is written so beautifully that there is hardly any scope for even thinking of any change in it.  However, if I have to, than I would like to show some shades of the character of the ‘Industrialist Bidla’.  Perhaps it would have given a better picture of the conflict between the protagonist and Bidla,” said the director. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next play staged was Taj Mahal ka Tender. What would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender narrated how, if the Taj  Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.  The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill emperors wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical sarkari manner.  Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, fast forwarded in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter castles as the curtains came down of  Taj Mahal ka Tender.last_img read more

Sheena Bora murder Rahul Mukherjea quizzed again

first_imgMedia baron Peter Mukherjea’s son Rahul Mukerjea was on Thursday questioned by Mumbai Police for a second time within 12 hours to unravel the complex web of linkages in the Sheena Bora murder case as he was in a relationship with the deceased.Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria is personally involved in the investigation being conducted by Khar police in suburban Mumbai. He had earlier questioned accused Indrani Mukherjea, mother of Sheena. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe investigators are also planning to question officials of Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), where 24-year-old Sheena was working as an assistant manager since June 20, 2011.Rahul, Peter Mukherjea’s son from an earlier marriage, was quizzed late last night by the police.According to police officials, Rahul was on Thursday again grilled about his ‘relationship’ with Sheena and also over the reasons for not pursuing the missing complaint about her. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRahul was also taken to two flats in suburban Bandra and Khar where he had allegedly spent some time with Sheena when they were seeing each other, they said.Rahul and Sheena were said to have been dating for over a year, which Mukherjea’s wife and the main accused, Indrani, did not like.Joint Police Commissioner (Law and Order), Deven Bharti, said, “We will also seek details from Reliance Metro officials about Sheena’s profile, which would give vital information related to the case.”  Sheena had taken leave of absence on April 24, 2012, and, while she was on leave, sent in her written resignation, MMOPL had said on Wednesday in its statement.”When Sheena had taken leave of absence on April 24 and was murdered on the same day, then this is very much clear that her resignation letter or email was sent by someone else,” said a police officer requesting anonymity.”We would be inquiring with Reliance Metro officials over what reasons were cited in her resignation and did she resign through email or by sending hard copy letter. Did MMOPL officials try to verify the resignation letter and contact Sheena’s next of kin to know about her resignation? What did the HR team of Reliance Metro do to make full and final settlement of Sheena’s job and what is the current status? These are few queries that we would be putting forth to officials apart from why did Metro not inform it to the nearest police station about Sheena suddenly going missing from her job,” the officer added.Meanwhile, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna, who was arrested from Kolkata on Wednesday, will be produced in a court here on Thursday, police said. Khanna, a resident of Hastings Road area in Kolkata, was arrested from his friend’s flat in Alipore for his alleged involvement in the murder.Sheena was kidnapped from outside the National College in western suburbs of Mumbai. She came here from Assam in 1990s along with Indrani and completed BA Economics from St Xavier’s College.In June 2011, she got a job with Reliance Mumbai Metro but suddenly stopped coming to duty after some time, police said. In the same year, her Facebook account was deactivated.Police had unearthed remains of a decomposed body three years ago after villagers at Gagode in Pen tehsil complained of foul smell emanating from the area.According to Rakesh Maria, the victim was strangulated to death and her body set afire after pouring petrol. The murder took place on April 24, 2012, and the body was found by Raigad police on May 23, he said. Maria also said that Khanna is an accused in the case.Police also claimed that the former Star India CEO’s wife Indrani, 43, was present at the site in Raigad district where Sheena was killed. Now, they are also probing the honour killing angle.”Although the motive behind the murder still remains a mystery, we are probing all the angles as we strongly suspect honour killing in this case,” said a police inspector.As investigators dug deeper into the mystery of the death of the 24-year-old, a complex web of lies and relationships unravelled and it emerged that Sheena was Indrani’s daughter and not sister as maintained earlier.The victim is stated to be Indrani’s daughter from an earlier marriage with one Siddharth Das.Intriguing claims also came to light that Indrani had introduced her daughter and son to people as sister and brother. After the murder, she is also said to have claimed that Sheena had gone to the US for higher studies.last_img read more

Indulge in mangoflavoured delicacies this summer

first_imgSummer heat is becoming unbearable with every year but the only sweet recollection we associate this season with, is mangoes. The pulpy, sweet and flavourful king of fruits keeps us happy irrespective of the killer heat waves. To relish certain innovative dishes and a selection of mango-inspired dishes, one can head to The Spice Route at The Imperial in the national Capital. The collection menu created by Chef Veena Arora is all set to raise the bar for Mango lovers this season. As summer is the time to drool over mangoes and the excitement becomes extraordinary when they rule South East Asian palate.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The various dishes made using this most sought-after fruit has been relished over two decades with Chef Veena’s Summer Collection Menu. This year’s menu features Chef’s selections and creations inspired from the regions of Kerala, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Under the umbrella cuisine of The Spice Route, the menu promises to steal hearts with traditional specialties put together with ripe or raw mangoes, complemented with Chef’s specials. For instance Amba Isso Temperadu is the Sri Lankan style Prawns stir fried with curry powder and slivers of raw mango. Alleppy Fish Curry is made with Sole fillet and raw mango in a Kerala style curry. Kaeng Phed Phol-La-Mai is made with ripe mangoes and assorted fruits, cooked in Thai Red Curry, is truly exclusive as it is made only with fruits and takes its inspiration from Thai Duck curry.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixChef Veena has delicately balanced spices with mango in all her offerings. The old favourites have been retained in the menu like Ga Xao Hot Dieu, which is a stir-fried Chicken with fresh Mangoes and Cashew nuts made in  Vietnamese style. Yum Mamuang is the Chef’s special as it is basically a signature salad of fresh grated green mango tossed in spicy and tangy Thai dressing.Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine, The Spice Route says, “Summer Collection menu has been close to my heart since the time The Spice Route opened doors, and invokes timelessness for me, each time I start planning it. Inspired by fashion fraternity, the menu is whipped up to dish out something unique for the patrons from the landmark kitchen of this world famous restaurant. The interesting raw and ripe mango based South-East Asian recipes are refreshing like the advent of summer ought to be and a celebration of the season, of course.  “Most of them are my own creations, wonderfully complemented by rice, chicken, prawns, sole fish, veggies and exotic spices. People in Thailand love their food with fruits and that’s why the complete menu revolves around mango, the favourite summer fruit. “Whether it is Sri Lankan prawns or the Thai Red curry with fruits, my creations this year will truly raise the satisfaction quotient for mango seekers. I have somehow tried to keep the fruit central to the palate, layering and balancing it with other flavours.”last_img read more

Ahare Bangla 2018 kicks off today

first_imgKolkata: ‘Ahare Bangla’ 2018 — the food festival will start from Tuesday at New Town Mela Ground in Rajarhat.The food festival will continue till November 25. This is the fourth year when the state government is organising the festival supported by various its departments such as Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing, Fisheries, Food Processing Industries and Horticulture, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles department and Animal Resources Development department. There will be 125 stalls in Ahare Bangla 2018, where 55 well known restaurants and caterers will be present. Celebrity chefs will also be taking part in the food festival. It may be mentioned that last year there were 108 stalls. With the overwhelming response from people, the number of stalls has been increased, said Anil Verma, Principal Secretary of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) Department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival will be inaugurated on Tuesday at 6 pm and remain open from 12 noon to 9 pm till November 25. There will be a cultural programme in the festival. In the festival, four government organisations and 30 sweet or dessert shops will be taking part. There will be 36 stalls at Ahare Biki Kini, which is an exhibition-cum-sale hanger. Various food ingredients and “ready-to-eat” food will be made available by the government or government promoted organisations at Ahare Biki Kini. ‘Dheki’ that was one of the main attractions last year will be there this time as well.last_img read more

State to reserve 30 seats in WBNUJS for domiciles

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government is going to reserve seats up to 30 percent for the students having domicile in the state and aspiring law students.Seats would also be reserved up to 5 percent for the poor meritorious students in the same field. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed in the Assembly on Tuesday. It would allow the state government to reserve the seats for the students from the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMoloy Ghatak, the minister of Judicial and Law Department, said in the Assembly on Tuesday that there are many law aspirants in the state who are unable to pursue law studies due to poverty. The minister said many students from the state will get the opportunity once the law is enforced. Ghatak also clarified that the students would secure admission in West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences on the basis of merit — a test is conducted at the National level. Despite having being featured on the merit list, many poor but meritorious students cannot afford to study law. This had prompted the state government to amend the existing law of the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The students whose names would feature on the merit list but face economic challenges would be given the opportunity to study law by reserving seats up to 5 percent following the amendment. Seats would be reserved up to 30 percent for the students who have domicile in the state, if they find place on the National merit list,” Ghatak said in the Assembly. The minister also maintained that his department had approached Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying there are many students from Bengal who have been able to pursue law studies as they are economically challenged. After listening to the proposal, the Chief Minister assured that steps would be taken in this regard. It may be mentioned that earlier there was no provision in the law which could have allowed the state government to reserve seats for the candidates having domicile in the state. Some other states give opportunity to the students having domicile in their respective states, the minister told the House on Tuesday. While the Bill was tabled in the Assembly, Snehasish Chakraborty, a Trinamool Congress MLA said this move by the state government would be extremely beneficial for the students domiciled in the state. He also alleged that the Left Front government never thought of amending the law, paving way for the poor students to study law.last_img read more

Mamata pulls up officials over delay in completion of Bhangar power grid

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while convening a district review meeting in Namkhana, expressed her dissatisfaction over non-completion of the power Grid project at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas.Banerjee sought explanations from the Power department officials on why the project has not been completed yet. She also pulled up Sunil Gupta, additional chief secretary of the Power department and demanded an explanation from him regarding the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Why has there been a delay when the state government has resolved the issues related to the construction of the power grid?” questioned an irate Chief Minister at the meeting. The Power department officials in the district told the Chief Minister that the project has been delayed due to some technical problems, which will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the local residents on Thursday morning staged a protest demonstration at the project site, stalling the construction of a tower within the compound. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome local residents gathered outside the power grid site, raising their voice to fulfill certain demands. Some of them alleged on Thursday that other development projects which were promised by the government earlier have been stalled as well and hence they would not allow the power project to continue. A high-level meeting would be conducted in the area in this regard. Senior police officers in the district rushed to the spot following the agitation. Some of the villagers, who are members of the Jami Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Rakshya Committee (JJBPRC), alleged that the local administration had assured them that dredging of river would take place and a hospital would be set up, but nothing has happened. After a logjam in the power grid project in Bhangar for some time, the matter was finally resolved following intervention of the Power department and administrative officials in the district. JJBPRC members claimed that the government had agreed to meet certain demands of them, including the introduction of vocational training for the unemployed youths in the area and also setting up a cold storage for fishermen and farmers. They alleged that their demands were not properly met. The villagers also alleged that some miscreants have been threatening to resort to violence once the project gets completed. They threatened to stall the project if their demands are not met. A member of the JJBPRC said that they have allowed doing some work inside the sub-station and final decision would be taken on Friday. After a long process of dialogue and deliberations, the government was finally able to resolve the issue and the project was finally flagged off in August this year. The state government has agreed to increase the amount of compensation to people who will lose their land due to the project.last_img read more

Empowering women and youth

first_imgIn an event that focused on empowering women and youth of today, BLUES, in association with India Afghan Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, state government organised an International cultural program in New Delhi. The programme which ran for 120 days, across 15 categories, held its grand finale ceremony on April 30 in which 100 participants from all across India participated. “A largely ignored yet a hugely important section of this society, BLUES intends to focus on how they can be empowered, so as to lead the lives of their choice. An empowered woman reduces the gender disparity and leads to equality of men and women in the society,” said a spokesperson in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India was present as the Chief Guest on the program along with other dignitaries: R.P. Swami Secretary-General, ICCI, Prof Dr P.S.N. Rao, chairman of Delhi Urban Art Commission, Dr P.V. Ravi Ph.D Chairman of Park College of Engineering and Technology, Dr Amarendra Khatua Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Director General of ICCR, Sanjana Jon, and International fashion designer and social activist, Varija Bajaj. Vani Madhav – Odissi Exponent, Sangita Chatterjee – Kathak exponent, Sangeeta Mazumdar – Kathak Exponent, Sr Rita Mehrotra Former Principal Kamla Nehru College, Paridhi Sharma – Fashion Designer, and Shruti Shukla were also present on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePayal Swami, President of BLUES Talent Hunt said, “BLUES focuses on women and youth empowerment as they are the pillars of today’s nation. BLUES has now completed 10 years of servicing society through cultural activities and giving chance to women, kids and youth with no age and gender bars to achieve new heights. BLUES is opening its wings and has launched Payal Foundation that will work nationally and Internationally to make the women and youth independent in today’s world”. Each category had winners from solo dance, group dance, duet dance, singing, Mr and Mrs Delhi 2018 and kids Modelling. While Mrs. Delhi title went to Manju Chaudhary, followed by Mrs Amrita and Mrs Anjana, Shivanjali Group won in the duet dance category. The programme had a unique amalgamation of Indo-Afghan dance like Attan and Qarsak Dance. Participants from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi-NCR Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana participated in the event.last_img read more

No exercise for 6 years can trigger heart failure risk

first_imgToo busy or lazy to exercise? Men and women take note. Living without physical activity for six years during their middle age could be at an increased risk of suffering heart failure, researchers have warned. The findings, described in the journal Circulation, suggest that consistently participating in the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each week, such as brisk walking or biking, in middle age can reduce the heart failure risk by 31 per cent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhile it is known that people who are more physically active have lower risks of heart failure than those who are less active, but little is known about the impact of changes in exercise levels over time on heart failure risk.”Going from no exercise to recommended activity levels over six years in middle age may reduce heart failure risk by 23 per cent,” said Chiadi Ndumele, Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the team included 11,351 participants, with an average age 60, monitored annually for an average of 19 years.According to the American Heart Association, the “recommended” amount is at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity or at least 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise. Heart failure risk decreased by about 12 per cent in the participants who increased their physical activity category from poor to intermediate or recommended, or from intermediate to recommended, compared with those with consistently poor or intermediate activity ratings. Conversely, heart failure risk increased by 18 per cent in the participants who reported decreased physical activity from visit one to visit three, compared with those with consistently recommended or intermediate activity levels.Unlike heart attack, in which heart muscle dies, heart failure is marked by a long-term, chronic inability of the heart to pump enough blood, or pump it hard enough, to bring needed oxygen to the body. The leading cause of hospitalisations in those over 65, the disorder’s risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and a family history.last_img read more

Khadi to be themeline in LFW

first_imgFor the first time, the core principle of the signature fabric of India Khadi – sustainable development – will be at the centre-stage during the 14th edition of the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakme Fashion Week on August 23 in St Regis Hotel, Mumbai.Incidentally, it is also the first occasion that the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would be collaborating with Lakme Fashion Week, in which collections made by four designer labels with hand-spun and hand-woven Khadi fabric – hand-spun in sleepy cluster areas of Elgandal (Telangana), Kanjarpur (Madhya Pradesh), Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Malda, Burdwan and Murshidabad (West Bengal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena – who would also deliver a keynote address on ‘Khadi and Sustainable Development’ in the inaugural session, said that showcasing Khadi on this ramp would definitely change the common man’s perception about Khadi being a stereotype fabric made for a particular class.”Khadi is a perfect example of sustainable development as it comes from humble processes of hand cropping, hand spinning, and hand weaving, which are completely sustainable because they are based on individual level competencies and skills. Similarly, the market process generates employment and income for the rural masses as it is not machine intensive or technology intensive,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The products are completely recyclable and biodegradable. Khadi represents a new model of self-reliance, where the artisans depend completely on an indigenously produced resource, avoiding imports and generating sustainability of the individual as well as the society and nation as a whole,” he added.Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for catching Khadi’s latent potential, Saxena said, “With its diversified canvass, Khadi’s principles of sustainable development reverberate from all directions: from helping terrorism affected families to find life support to giving economic freedom to tiger attack victim families and from rehabilitating poaching affected communities to self-employing displaced people the Narmada valley.”The season’s most coveted designers would come under one roof and work their magic with styles and trends that make the fashion and beauty nothing less than a splendour.Many facets of Khadi will be showcased by renowned fashion designer at the LFW.last_img read more

Hoshino Enthralls JKK

first_imgAt the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.last_img read more

Early age drinking linked to alcohol dependence

first_imgEarly onset of drinking and intoxication may lead to heavy drinking and alcohol dependence among people, warn researchers from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in the US. Researchers concluded this in a study on the correlation between early age (less than 15 years) and contexts of first intoxication such as one’s own home, friends’ homes or outdoor settings, and the problems that arise in these contexts. For research, team studied 405 adolescent (aged 15-18 years) drinkers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the findings, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, about one-third of adolescent drinkers experienced their first intoxication by the age of 15, about one-third experienced it after 15, and about one-third had consumed alcohol but never to the stage of intoxication. In addition, drinkers reported drinking most frequently at homes, followed by outdoor settings, and then in restaurants, bars or nightclubs. The early age of first intoxication was found to be strongly linked to drinking in outdoor settings. The results of the study emphasise importance of contexts in early alcohol initiation and the resulting problems to inform development of preventive interventions specific to contexts, said Lipperman-Kreda, a researcher from the varsity. To prevent or delay early onset of drinking, more should be known about the modifiable circumstances that enable these behaviours, the study suggested.last_img read more

Honnia first visuallyimpaired IAS officer to be posted in state

first_imgKolkata: Kempo Honnia, a completely visually impaired IAS officer has joined as the Officer on Special Duty at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI).Honnia joined the West Bengal cadre and will be going for the foundation course at the Lalbahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie in August. This is for the first time when a completely visually impaired officer will function as the sub-divisional officer after completing his training soon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHonnia’s batchmate Pranjal Pati has joined the administration in Kerala. Krishnagopal Tewari, the first civil servant with complete visual imparity, had joined the Madhya Pradesh administration in 2006. Honnia hails from a village in Karnataka. The problem with his eyes was detected when he was studying in class III. His parents took him to several eye specialists in South India who told them that it would difficult to get back his vision. A student of literature, Honnia joined college. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHonnia’s life took a turn when one day he was assisted by a woman whom he came in contact with and eventually got married to. He repeatedly told Achantiya not to marry him because of my visual imparity. “But she refused to listen to me and spoke to my parents”. Achintya and Kempo have two sons. Asked how he is going to take up such a responsible job, Honnia replied: “Visually impaired people have a special sense and though I do not have outer vision, I have inner vision which will help me to work seriously in the district where I will be posted.” Honnia has special liking for literature and he is now trying hard to learn Bengali.last_img read more

Bill Belichick is putting Tom Brady in his place by banning his

first_imgIf he retired today, Aaron Rodgers’ career is comparable to Steve YoungToday, Colin discussed where Aaron Rodgers would rank historically, compared to other all-time great quarterbacks.While Colin wouldn’t include Rodgers in the top echelon with Brady, Manning and Joe Montana, he still thinks he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer whose career most closely mirrors Steve Young. He also thinks Favre has the slight edge on Rodgers, currently, but that could change depending on how much longer Aaron decides to play.Guests:Jason Whitlock – FS1 Analyst and co-host Speak for Yourself is in-studio talking Kobe’s jersey retirement; why he saw the Seahawks’ implosion coming; and why Michael Bennett is part of the problem.Albert Breer – NFL Writer for the MMQB joins the show to talk the latest NFL buzz, and the Belichick/Brady trainer drama in New England.Jim Mora – Former UCLA and NFL coach is in-studio talking recruiting; coaching Josh Rosen; if being outspoken might hurt him in the NFL;Ralph Sampson – All-time college basketball great is in-studio discussing how the college game has changed; his take on one and dones; and the time Red Auerbach showed up with a bag of cash to try to convince him to skip college for the NBA. Bill Belichick is putting Tom Brady in his place by banning his trainerThe Patriots are known for being a drama-free organization, but there have been surprising reports out of New England that Bill Belichick has banned Tom Brady’s personal trainer/life guru, Alex Guerrero from the team plane and is no longer permitted on the sidelines.Colin thinks the move is Belichick’s way of showing Brady who runs the show, even if Brady is the favorite son of owner Robert Kraft. Bill still calls the shots, and Colin approves of the move.last_img read more

Belichick Breaks Down the Film of the Patriots GameWinning AFC Championship Overtime

first_imgThe Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl thanks to flawless execution on their first overtime drive that ended in Rex Burkhead’s game-winning touchdown run. As he’s done so many times before, Tom Brady surgically carved up the helpless Chiefs defense, and today Bill Belichick took a look at the game film to break down the x’s and o’s behind the drive.In his weekly segment, coach took the audience inside the film room to show why his team was so effective marching down for the game winner. Based on The Genius’ analysis it was like taking candy from a baby thanks to a lack of pressure on Brady and several breakdowns in Kansas City’s coverage.There’s nothing better than getting an education on “why” things work from the greatest football mind ever. Sit back and enjoy the show, unless you’re a Chiefs’ fan.last_img read more

7 Uses of Internal Company Videos That Can Boost Productivity and Collaboration

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By now, most organizations have a firm grasp on how to use video to market their brand, promote their products and connect with customers. But how can businesses leverage the power of video internally?A report from Forrester Research shows that 27 percent of firms planned to launch internally-focused enterprise video in 2013, up from 21 percent in 2010. What’s more, 75 percent of respondents of a video enterprise survey conducted by my company Kaltura said they felt that the integration of video into a company’s tools (email, social business, instant messaging, etc.) would play an important role in the near future.Related: Why Businesses Are Accelerating Investment in Video CommunicationsHere are seven ways to begin using video internally to improve productivity, collaboration and communication:1. Employee onboarding and trainingAbout 64 percent of respondents of the Kaltura survey are currently using video for training and onboarding, and for good reason. Using videos during the onboarding process and to train employees on new tasks can help improve knowledge and engagement while reducing costs.About 80 percent of respondents said that using video could make the onboarding process for new employees simpler, while 87 percent stated that using video helps train employees faster and cheaper.2. Recruiting new talentUsing video to recruit new talent can make the process easier and faster for the company and job-seekers alike. Video interviews help avoid the back and forth of scheduling, as well as travel costs.Video integration can also be used as an attractive selling point for new talent. According to a survey conducted by Cisco, 87 percent of young professionals tracked to become executives said that a company’s investment in video would influence their decision when considering otherwise equal job offers.           3. Internal communicationsA majority of respondents of the Kaltura survey said that video could have a positive impact on internal communications. Using video to make announcements, promote company initiatives and other regular interactions improves relationships between employees and executives and adds personality to stiff organizations, according to 80 percent of the survey participants.As the boundaries of business shift and industries become more global, video can serve as a tool to break down communication barriers with international team members. Among aspiring executives surveyed by Cisco, 94 percent said video can help overcome language barriers.Related: Though Few Have, Now Is the Right Time to Embrace Video Earnings Calls4. Video conferencingVideo conferencing and online meetings can connect team members working from different locations more effectively than the traditional audio conference call.  This is very valuable in today’s workplace where 92 percent of millennials want to work remotely and 87 percent want to work on their own clock, per a study by oDesk.According to 82 percent of respondents from the Kaltura survey, video improves collaboration and productivity among colleagues separated by location. To that end, 76 percent of respondents agreed that video provides a close second to in-person communication, much more so than written communications.The vast majority of respondents also emphasized the value of recording live videos for subsequent viewing on demand, so that, for example, team members won’t miss important information while traveling.5. Knowledge sharingParticipants of the survey said they felt that videos were most valuable for improving knowledge sharing (95 percent of respondents!). Through video, employees can effectively share best practices and how-to tutorials. Sharing employee-generated content not only improves learning, but also boosts creativity, empowers and engages employees, and fosters stronger relationships among team members.6. Event coverageUse live video streaming of events to bring together teams working from different locations, and to build an integrated company culture. Creating an internal video news portal will also help to keep everyone in the loop and to feel connected with executives and the organization as a whole.7. Video social networkAll of the aforementioned video experiences could and should be offered within existing online environments such as corporate portals, blogs, wikis, content-management systems, learning-management systems and social-business platforms. However, 70 percent of the participants of the Kaltura survey also saw value in having a standalone video portal, which would be home for all of the live and on-demand video content that would trickle there from all other environments.Such a portal for contributing, sharing of and consuming video encourages social interaction and networking, and is not surprisingly often referred to as a “CorporateTube.”Related: 7 Mistakes That Could Turn Your Corporate Video Into a Corporate Disaster Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 9, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

What Facebooks Just Announced Tools Mean for Entrepreneurs

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 13, 2016 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img While some companies are already taking advantage of the latest features rolled out this week at Facebook’s annual developer conference F8, they won’t necessarily be game changing for most entrepreneurs.One new tool, Bots for Messenger, promises to provide users automated subscription content, everything from weather updates to parcel tracking. Ecommerce platform Shopify announced this week that it will already be incorporating the new feature, working with Facebook to offer live customer service, automatic order confirmations and shipping updates all within Messenger.Related: Facebook’s Latest Path to World Domination: ChatbotsShopify’s senior product manager Brandon Chu said of the move in a statement: “Our decision to integrate with Messenger and build commerce bots is designed to help merchants develop deeper relationships with their customers and give them an opportunity to reinforce their brand’s personality.”While there is something to be said for wanting to utilize these features to develop closer ties with customers, author and investor Carol Roth says that there might be some bugs to work out before they can truly be effective.  Related: Facebook Unveils ‘Surround 360’ Video Capture System”While it has a lot of interesting potential, I do think one of the big assets and differentiating factors for small business is their ability to personalize their interactions with customers, so I would suggest using this new feature with caution,” she told Entrepreneur. “I also imagine that these bots will have issues in the beginning, so perhaps waiting before jumping on this new feature might be warranted.”Another new feature that Facebook is touting is the Facebook Live API that will allow content publishers and developers to build out their own live broadcasting experiences. Recently, Facebook Live made headlines with a Buzzfeed livestream that garnered more than 3.1 million viewers for a fairly simple conceit: tying rubber bands around a watermelon until it exploded.Related: Facebook, Challenging TV and Web Rivals, Expands Live VideoRoth says that live video could be an intriguing way for small businesses to add another dimension of interaction with their customers, but it won’t necessarily be an appropriate addition in every industry.”Apparel and other consumer brands that can show off live fashion shows or create content around the types of conversations already organically happening on Facebook will be the best fit,” she says. “There are certain businesses whose customers don’t want to engage with them on that platform because it doesn’t fit into the conversations they are having there. These new features won’t change that foundational principle.”Related: Facebook Now Automatically Detects Imposter AccountsAnother recently announced tool also aims to help with organization and better understanding of customer demographics. The new Save Button will allow users to save links, articles, products and images to a dedicated list. For example, if a user saved an article about pre-ordering the new iPhone or the deadline of a crowdfunding campaign, Facebook would send a notification when that date arrived.Facebook Analytics for Apps was released at 2015’s F8, and this year, the service, which the company says is used with 450,000 apps, got several updates. Users can now take a look at aggregated and anonymous info about the people using apps without having to log into the site. Additionally, the service allows you to see the most popular links shared from your website on Facebook and you can delve into data about your users, such as age and gender, which devices they are using, country and even what version of the app. 3 min readlast_img read more

iPad Pro Gets a Bigger Screen But Comes at a High Price

first_imgThis story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Apple’s smallest iPad Pro is getting bigger.Speaking at WWDC on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook called the new 10.5-inch version the “perfect size” for the company’s flagship tablet. It replaces the 9.7-inch version, although Apple is keeping the 12.9-inch model, which it also refreshed at WWDC. Despite the larger screen, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t get any heavier than its predecessor — it still weighs about one pound. Inside, it’s powered by an A10X Fusion chip and includes the same cameras as the iPhone 7, which means a 12-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization, along with a 7-megapixel front shooter. And since one of the iPad Pro’s chief advantages over the regular iPad is compatibility with the Apple Pencil, there’s also a redesigned Retina display that achieves smoother scrolling and drawing with the pencil thanks to 20-millisecond latency.If you’re editing video footage with your iPad Pro, the expanded screen real estate, better Pencil reaction times and A10X chip will likely make for a smoother experience. And if you’re editing video outside or in other challenging light conditions, you’ll appreciate that the display can automatically adjust its white balance to compensate. While that feature is also available in the previous generation, it’s another reason to chose the iPad Pro over the iPad.The main reason not to spring for the iPad Pro is, of course, its astronomical price, and that’s no less true with Monday’s update. If you’re a current 9.7-inch iPad Pro owner, you’ll need to replace your keyboard if you upgrade to the 10.5-inch model. Apple is offering a new $159 full-size Smart Keyboard that also doubles as a cover to fit the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.Add the keyboard and pencil ($99) to the $649 asking price for the 64GB Wi-Fi-only 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and you start to enter ultrabook territory, which means that even with a larger size, the base-model iPad Pro will have limited appeal among cost-conscious professionals. The refreshed 12.9-inch model, which gets the same internal improvements as its little cousin, starts at $799 for a 64GB Wi-Fi-only version. Both models can be ordered starting Monday with a cellular antenna for an additional $130. iOS 11 will bring additional capabilities to the iPad Pro when it rolls out this fall, including new multi-tasking features like drag and drop and an easier-to-use app picker menu.last_img read more