Fighter jet training dome shows 360degree view

first_imgRP-360 dome: 360° immersive dome setup for flight training The company describes itself as specialists in “large-format projection technology.” Barco’s dome took several years of work. The dome’s development team started up in 2009.Barco’s dome is now carrying a clear message on launch that the simulator is not just another new version but the start of what Matthys calls “a new generation” of simulators.”We take care of the reflections in such a way that the system contrast is kept to a high level and this, in combination with high resolution and high brightness over 360 degrees, is a breakthrough in the industry.” The Barco R-360 flight simulation dome is introduced by the company as the first flight simulator to give trainee pilots a full unobstructed 360 degree view of the world. That view is via thirteen or fourteen 10 megapixel projectors. These projectors bathe the structure in light. Lasers are used to calibrate the projectors. The trainee pilot inside the dome experiences the virtual flight with the benefit of having a 360 degree, unobstructed view of surroundings. Pilots can look in any direction to find the resolution is so good that they can spot aircraft from 12 miles away. More information: ( — The word “simulation” can never be taken lightly in preparing fighter-jet pilots for combat. Training needs to provide simulated experiences that can bring the pilot closer to the scenarios to come. That requires state of the art systems including state of the art visuals. A new immersive 360-degree flight simulator from Barco has been introduced as an important step up in flight training. Explore further Citation: Fighter jet training dome shows 360-degree view (2011, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “If a pilot has a cockpit where he can see 360 degrees, he also needs to be trained in a system which supplies 360 degrees; all deviation from real life can be dangerous,” said Geert Matthys, Barco research and development manager.To simulate night flights as part of training, Barco’s projectors can display images in infrared. Wearing night vision goggles, pilots can see halo and blooming effects. The simulator is for use with several pilots working together to play out complex training missions, such as mid-air refueling, and can also be used to train pilots for solo sorties.Barco product details include 10-megapizel projectors with DynaColor (automatic color calibration across channels); brightness equalization across channels; edge blending for one seamless composite image; and warping (precise geometry correction for curved surfaces). The dome’s screens carry a special coating to raise the quality of the images. The sphere shape is intended to provide the pilot with constant eye relief. 3D, 360-degree fog display shown off (w/ video) © 2011 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

Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory

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. ( —Famed balloonist Per Lindstrand (he crossed the Pacific Ocean in one with Richard Branson back in 1991) has told The Engineer that he is proposing a 1km high inflatable solar updraft tower to power the ALMA Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Explore further More information: via The Engineer Entrepreneur receives funding for ‘tornado’ power generator © 2013 Solar tower. Credit: drroyspencer Citation: Famed balloonist proposing huge inflatable solar updraft tower for observatory (2013, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Solar towers aren’t new of course, the idea has been bandied about for over a century. The idea is to draw heat from the sun at the base up inside the tower where the air current becomes strong enough to turn turbines. A group in Spain built a prototype in the 1980’s but it was decommissioned after just 8 years due to wear and tear and rust.Lindstrand is claiming that the way to go is to forego metal or cement, and construct the tower out of inflatable material—something he knows a lot about of course due to his ballooning background. Building a tower is something on a different order though, it would need to last a lot longer than a balloon to make it cost effective. Lindstrand envisions a coating that would make the flexible skin impervious to weather and UV radiation. He believes such a tower would not only last longer, but would be far cheaper to construct. He says he and his colleagues back at University College in London have calculated that it would cost approximately $750 million to construct a 1km tall solar tower out of cement—but one made of inflatable materials could be constructed for as little as $20 million. A tower like that, he says, would be able to generate 281GWh power annually. It’d be big too, with a base approximately 7km wide.Lindstrand and his team are currently working on a small proof of concept prototype that will be just 3.5m tall. If that proves successful, they expect to construct one that will be closer to 10 meters tall. Even if the second prototype is successful, however, it’s still not clear if the people who would make such a decision for ALMA Observatory would be willing to take such a gamble. Lindstrand notes that the desert environment would be an ideal location for such a tower due to the fine sand in the area that causes problems for traditional solar cell maintenance.last_img read more

Study shows airborne black carbon soot much worse than thought in China

first_img( —A team made up of researchers from France and China has developed a new model for describing the amount of black carbon soot pollution in the air. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they used new data to allow for better describing more localized soot pollution levels and found that some parts of India and China have far more soot in the air (up to two or three times more in some areas) than other models have suggested. Explore further © 2014 Citation: Study shows airborne black carbon soot much worse than thought in China and India (2014, January 28) 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. Home cooking, traffic are sources of key air pollutants from Chinacenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Airborne black carbon soot is in essence, the charred remains of fossil fuels that didn’t fully burn due to insufficient oxygen—it’s little black particles floating in the air. In addition to being unsightly, it also poses a health hazard for those who breathe it in. Up till now, most reports on soot levels have been nationally based—levels of soot have been measured in the air in various parts of a country and then averaged together to give a single number for a particular country. The problem with this approach, of course, is that it fails to account for regional differences. Those living downwind from a coal plant, for example, are likely to have far higher levels of soot in their air than those living near a solar collection farm. Another less well known problem with soot models or reports regarding their levels, is the lack of accounting for the differing amounts of soot that result from different types of polluters, i.e. some coal plants produce much more soot then others. Also some soot results from other sources such as burning crops (rice fields, etc.) or from burning biofuels. All produce different amounts of soot.In this new effort, the researchers applied new fuel consumption data from various sources along with other new data that better describes how much soot different processes produce. The result is a model defined by regions, rather than countries, which the researchers claim has a bias reduction of −88 percent to −35 percent in Asia and indicates a whopping 130 percent higher worldwide concentration rate than that obtained from traditional country defined models.Because the team came up with such striking results, it’s likely other teams will join the effort to better estimate the true amount of soot people are breathing, which hopefully will lead to stronger efforts to reduce it. Black carbon Emissons, Gigagrams. Credit: (From T. Bond 2007) More information: Exposure to ambient black carbon derived from a unique inventory and high-resolution model, Rong Wang, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1318763111AbstractBlack carbon (BC) is increasingly recognized as a significant air pollutant with harmful effects on human health, either in its own right or as a carrier of other chemicals. The adverse impact is of particular concern in those developing regions with high emissions and a growing population density. The results of recent studies indicate that BC emissions could be underestimated by a factor of 2–3 and this is particularly true for the hot-spot Asian region. Here we present a unique inventory at 10-km resolution based on a recently published global fuel consumption data product and updated emission factor measurements. The unique inventory is coupled to an Asia-nested (∼50 km) atmospheric model and used to calculate the global population exposure to BC with fully quantified uncertainty. Evaluating the modeled surface BC concentrations against observations reveals great improvement. The bias is reduced from −88% to −35% in Asia when the unique inventory and higher-resolution model replace a previous inventory combined with a coarse-resolution model. The bias can be further reduced to −12% by downscaling to 10 km using emission as a proxy. Our estimated global population-weighted BC exposure concentration constrained by observations is 2.14 μg⋅m−3; 130% higher than that obtained using less detailed inventories and low-resolution models.last_img read more

Database of inbred mouse proteins responsible for strain discrepancies created

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain (—A trio of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Belgium has developed a bioinformatics tool that allows for comparing protein-coding genes of 36 inbred mouse strains to the C57BL/6J strain. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Steven Timmermans, Marc Van Montagu and Claude Libert describe the tool, the database they created using it and applications for other researchers. Citation: Database of inbred mouse proteins responsible for strain discrepancies created (2017, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Study identifies unexpected mutation in commonly used research micecenter_img More information: * Database:* Research paper: Complete overview of protein-inactivating sequence variations in 36 sequenced mouse inbred strains, Steven Timmermans, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1706168114AbstractMouse inbred strains remain essential in science. We have analyzed the publicly available genome sequences of 36 popular inbred strains and provide lists for each strain of protein-coding genes that acquired sequence variations that cause premature STOP codons, loss of STOP codons and single nucleotide polymorphisms, and short in-frame insertions and deletions. Our data give an overview of predicted defective proteins, including predicted impact scores, of all these strains compared with the reference mouse genome of C57BL/6J. These data can also be retrieved via a searchable website ( and allow a global, better interpretation of genetic background effects and a source of naturally defective alleles in these 36 sequenced classical and high-priority mouse inbred strains. Explore further © 2017 Scientists use mice to test out ideas, whether behavioral or physical, but as the researchers with this new effort note, not all strains of mice of a given species are the same. A gene mutation in one common strain, for example, can lead to colon polyps, while the same mutation in another strain does not. A failure to account for such characteristics can, quite obviously, lead to problems when researchers choose a strain of mice to conduct experiments. To overcome this problem, Timmermans, Van Montagu and Libert developed a tool to identify such differences between a standard strain and 36 others. Then, they used the tool to catalogue known differences in a database that could be accessed by other researchers.The researchers chose C57BL/6J as the comparative strain because it was the first to be sequenced. The other 36 strains that appear in the database have since also been sequenced. The tool they developed was essentially a technique for using available information about a sequenced strain, looking at the coding regions, computationally mutating them and then translating the DNA codons into their respective amino acid sequences—that allowed for predicting which mutations in which genes would impact which resultant protein. Those results were entered into the database along with other known information obtained through other studies.As the team notes, much of the information in the database has been publicly available for some time, but unfortunately for researchers, not in a single place—they had to do a quite a lot of work to ensure they were not choosing a strain inappropriate for their planned work. Now, all they have to do is search a single database, the results of which will only improve as more data is added when new discoveries are found. The hope is that the database will ease and therefore improve experimental design, resulting in better results.last_img read more

First earlytype magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected

first_img © 2018 Astronomers report the discovery of the first known early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary system. The finding, detailed in a paper published April 27 on the arXiv pre-print server, could have important implications for our understanding of the evolutionary process of binary stars. Magnetic field topology of the primary component of HD 66051. Distribution of the radial magnetic field component (colour plot) and the field vector orientation (red and blue vectors) are shown at four rotation phases. The field strength is given in gauss. The star is shown at the inclination angle of 86 degrees. Credit: Kochukhov et al., 2018. Explore further Citation: First early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: HD66051: the first eclipsing binary hosting an early-type magnetic star, arXiv:1804.10537 [astro-ph.SR], magnetic stars are rarely found in close binary systems. No such objects were known in eclipsing binaries prior to this study. Here we investigated the eclipsing, spectroscopic double-lined binary HD66051, which exhibits out-of-eclipse photometric variations suggestive of surface brightness inhomogeneities typical of early-type magnetic stars. Using a new set of high-resolution spectropolarimetric observations, we discovered a weak magnetic field on the primary and found intrinsic, element-dependent variability in its spectral lines. The magnetic field structure of the primary is dominated by a nearly axisymmetric dipolar component with a polar field strength Bd≈600 G and an inclination with respect to the rotation axis of βd=13o. A weaker quadrupolar component is also likely to be present. We combined the radial velocity measurements derived from our spectra with archival optical photometry to determine fundamental masses (3.16 and 1.75 M⊙) and radii (2.78 and 1.39 R⊙) with a 1-3% precision. We also obtained a refined estimate of the effective temperatures (13000 and 9000 K) and studied chemical abundances for both components with the help of disentangled spectra. We demonstrate that the primary component of HD66051 is a typical late-B magnetic chemically peculiar star with a non-uniform surface chemical abundance distribution. It is not an HgMn-type star as suggested by recent studies. The secondary is a metallic-line star showing neither a strong, global magnetic field nor intrinsic spectral variability. Fundamental parameters provided by our work for this interesting system open unique possibilities for probing interior structure, studying atomic diffusion, and constraining binary star evolution. Early-type magnetic stars are almost absent in close binary systems, and no such star was found in an eclipsing binary by previous studies. Astronomers propose several theories that could explain this scarcity. For instance, some researchers assume that the presence of a strong global primordial magnetic field inhibits protostellar cloud fragmentation, what disfavors formation of multiple systems.A recent study conducted by a team of astronomers led by Oleg Kochukhov of the Uppsala University in Sweden, could be helpful in determining the most plausible hypothesis regarding the lack of binary systems containing early-type magnetic stars. As part of the research, they observed HD 66051, an eclipsing, spectroscopic double-lined binary, whose photometric variations suggested the presence of an early-type magnetic star. The observations were carried out in December 2016 and January 2017 using the ESPaDOnS spectropolarimeter at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii.”Using a new set of high-resolution spectropolarimetric observations, we discovered a weak magnetic field on the primary and found intrinsic, element-dependent variability in its spectral lines,” the researchers wrote in the paper.As noted in the study, Kochukov’s team found the presence of a global, predominantly dipolar magnetic field on the surface of the primary component of HD 66051. The observations show that HD 66051 A is a magnetic, chemically peculiar star of spectral type B with a non-uniform surface distribution of chemical abundances.The finding makes HD 66051 A the only early-type magnetic star in an eclipsing binary detected so far. Moreover, it is one 10 such stars in close double-lined binary systems.The researchers also found that the secondary component of HD 66051 is a metallic-line star exhibiting neither a strong, global magnetic field nor intrinsic spectral variability. They also calculated the size and mass of both objects in the system. According to the study, HD 66051 A is almost 2.8 times larger and nearly 3.2 times more massive than our sun, while HD 66051 B has a radius of about 1.39 solar radii and a mass of approximately 1.75 solar masses.The astronomers concluded that their findings regarding the HD 66051 system open unique possibilities for detailed stellar interior structure and evolution studies.”For example, one could exploit HD 66051 to test stellar structure models with radiatively driven chemical stratification and put firm limits on the radius modification due to interior non-force-free magnetic fields. One could also probe other poorly understood interior structure processes such as mixing in the radiative zone, convective core overshoot, etc.,” the authors concluded. Magnetic fields discovered in two hot evolved stars 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

slams RBI Guv rajans views on Make in India strategy

first_imgRejecting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s criticism of ‘Make in India’ programme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said it is about manufacturing of quality products at low costs and it was not relevant whether they are sold in India or abroad.“Whether Make in India is made for consumers within India or outside is not so relevant. The principle today says that consumers across the world likes to purchase products which are cheaper and are of good quality. They hire services which are cheaper and good quality,” Jaitley said here.Earlier this month, Rajan had sounded a word of caution about the new government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, saying it assumes an export-led growth path of China and it should rather be ‘Make for India’ with a focus on manufacturing products for the domestic market.last_img read more

HC extends stay on poll process by a day

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday further extended its stay on the Panchayat poll process by another day. A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the arguments by both the parties again in the first half on Wednesday.Justice Talukdar on Monday had extended the original stay on the election process till April 16 by one day till Tuesday, in view of an appeal filed before a division bench of the court against the stay.On Tuesday, Trinamool counsel Kalyan Banerjee, arguing about the maintainability of the petitions filed by BJP and CPI-M accusing the ruling party of pre-poll violence in the state, said that under Article 243(3) of the Indian Constitution, the court cannot interfere after the poll process has kicked off. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanerjee pleaded that the election process is getting delayed and urged Justice Talukdar to lift the stay. He also cited a judgment of 2000, between one Ashok Kumar and the Election Commission, in this regard.Justice Talukdar said that the court had to interfere after the state Election Commission (SEC) extended the date of filing nominations by a day, but revoked it in less than 24 hours.Banerjee also questioned the intention of BJP, citing that they have filed 38,185 nominations, but are still alleging that they had been prevented from doing so.Interestingly, during the hearing on Tuesday, Justice Talukdar said on a lighter note that it seems that the matter will not end at this bench. Taking the cue from his statement, Banerjee said that he had also thought on the same lines. According to legal experts, the discussion is a clear indication that the Panchayat poll matter will go to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Land allocation slowing down work of KMC night shelters

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s attempts in setting up night shelters in the city has not picked up its desired pace due to non-cooperation from central agencies in allocating land for the purpose.”Central agencies like the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust have a lot of abandoned land scattered here and there in the city. But they are not cooperating with us in allocating land for the project. We had held three meetings in this regard in the last three months, but their officials had attended only the first meeting,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development) Swapan Samaddar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had prodded all the states in the country for setting up such shelters and has set a target of one such shelter per one lakh people.At present, Kolkata has around 40 night shelters, of which 35 have been set up by the state government and five by the KMC, all of which are single-storeyed.”We have already prepared the detailed plan for five night shelters and are awaiting allocation of funds from the state Municipal Affairs department. Construction work will start soon. These shelters will come up at wards 2, 5, 36, 133 and 57,” a senior KMC official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new night shelters will be either two or three-storeyed, for accommodating a large number of people. Finding land for construction of such night shelters is a problem and Samaddar is holding meetings every month with KMC officials of the borough level, state agencies like the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT), Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) and central agencies.The five existing KMC night shelters at Chetla, Bhowanipore, Galiff Street, Gauribari Lane and Raja Manindra Road can accommodate around 2,500 people on a daily basis.last_img read more

Bridge collapse Traffic snarls continue in city

first_imgKolkata: Closure of a part of arterial Diamond Harbour Road owing to collapse of a section of Majerhat bridge caused huge traffic snarls since morning on Thursday, leading to delays and frayed nerves of commuters. Police said apart from diversion of traffic owing to the collapse, a political programme at Esplanade in the heart of the city and another at Howrah bridge also affected traffic movement in the city during the day. Long queues of vehicles were seen in many roads in the southern and western parts of the city, as also in the Kolkata-bound stretch of Kona Expressway connecting national highways to Mumbai and Delhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life People going to work, schools and colleges were stuck in public and private vehicles, which took more than double the time taken usually to reach their destinations. Traffic were at a standstill or moving at a snail’s pace on roads through which these were diverted owing to the closure of DH Road at Majerhat area. Sahapur Road, Hide Road, Alipore Road and many other avenues connecting the south-western parts of the city and vast areas of South 24 Parganas district took most of the diverted traffic load, police said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The Kona Expressway connecting national highways 6 (Mumbai Road) and 2 (Delhi Road) with the city through Vidyasagar Setu over the river Hooghly was also crammed with heavy goods vehicles which were entering the city’s port and trading hubs through the night. With goods traffic entry to port and other places in the south having been restricted since Tuesday’s bridge collapse, a huge number of heavy vehicles were entering the city last night leading to the jam, police said. A political programme at Esplanade that was attended by hundreds of people coming from districts and a protest programme on high petrol and diesel prices by the Congress on Howrah bridge also affected traffic movement in the city, police said. “It takes an hour for me to reach the IT hub at Salt Lake Sector V where I work from my residence at Behala, but now it is taking nearly double the time,” said Subho Ganguly, a commuter. A student who used to reach his school at Kidderpore in just over 15 minutes from Behala, the worst affected area in south-west Kolkata owing to the bridge collapse, Thursday reached in nearly an hour, his father Kallol Nag said. “It is going to be a nightmare for people living in Behala with the Durga Puja approaching,” said Ratri Banerjee, a school teacher who resides at Sakherbazar area of Behala. Traffic restrictions are imposed to ensure smooth movement of vehicles during the Durga Puja when a large number of people came on the road for pandal hopping.last_img read more

Enchanted by Poetry

first_imgLiterary works, in which the expression of feelings and ideas are given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm, are collectively known as poems or as a genre of literature. ‘He felt a desire to investigate through poetry the subjects of pain and death she glanced at the papers and saw some lines of poetry he is chiefly famous for his love poetry’.Kolkata, the City of Joy, witnessed an evening of recitation on January 16, by Chhanda Roy at Rabindra Sadan. The audience remained glued to their seats till the end engrossed in the beautiful recitation of thirty poems. The evening started with the Saraswati Vandana and was followed by the poems by Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Satyendranath Dutta, Birendra Chattopadhyay, Shubho Dasgupta, Devesh Thakur, Mallika Sengupta and many others. She recited peoms like ‘Kishori’ by Bikash Das, Kazi Nazrul’s ‘Basanti’ in the presence of the Chief Guest Swami Suparnananda Maharaj. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the words of Lewis Carroll, “Children yet, the tale to hear, eager eye and willing ear, lovingly shall nestle near. In a wonderland they lie, dreaming as the days go by, dreaming as the summers die… Ever drifting down the stream…Lingering in the golden gleam…Life, what is it but a dream?Some poetry types are specific to particular cultures and genres and respond to characteristics of the language in which the poet writes. Readers accustomed to identifying poetry with Dante, Goethe, Mickiewicz and Rumi may think of it as written in lines based on rhyme and regular metre, there are, however, traditions, such as Biblical poetry, that use other means to create rhythm and euphony. Much modern poetry reflects a critique of poetic tradition, playing with and testing, among other things, the principle of euphony itself, sometimes altogether forgoing rhyme or set rhythm.In today’s increasingly globalised world, poets often adapt forms, styles and techniques from diverse cultures and languages.last_img read more

Elderly man from Andhra Pradesh reunites with family

first_imgKolkata: An elderly person from Srikulam in Andhra Pradesh was united with his family, all thanks West Port police station.The person was rescued by police after he was found wandering aimlessly at Humayun Avenue in Garden Reach a few days ago in a sickly state. Sometime around the first week of November a person called up the police station in the evening and informed that a man with a strange look was roaming about aimlessly. When police reached the spot as mentioned by the caller the man was sick with beard covering his entire face. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We understood clearly that he was hungry and was in need of medical attention,” an officer of West Port police station said. However, police found it difficult to converse with the man as he was unable to understand English, Bengali or Hindi. He was uttering something in the South Indian language which the police failed to comprehend. He was admitted to a hospital run by an NGO working in association with Kolkata Police. “After his health condition improved we took help of people who spoke and could understand his language. He identified himself as Bani Shankara Rao and said he hailed from Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh. He also provided the contact number of one of his family members,” a police officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHis family was contacted and police learnt that he was missing since September 29 after he suddenly left the house on his own following a dispute in the family. His family had also claimed to have lodged a missing diary at the local police station. According to police officer Shankara Rao, he had reached the city by a train and soon landed himself in trouble after the money that he carried with him got exhausted. He wandered aimlessly as he knew nobody in the city and people were unable to understand his language. The elderly however was not reluctant when his two sons and daughter came to Kolkata a few days back and took him home.last_img read more

Get your herbal drinks handy for monsoon

first_imgMonsoon not only calls for extra care of hair and skin but caution in what you eat and drink. Munmun Ganeriwal, nutritionist and fitness consultant, and Tapasya Mundra, nutritionist and health coach, listed down a few herbal drinks, their benefits and how to make them easily at home. Golden milk: Monsoon brings along dengue, malaria, and fever. This therapeutic drink is rich in antioxidants that will build up immunity, bring down inflammation and reduce protein and fluid loss from the body. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow to make it: Boil milk and water in 1:1 ratio. Add a pinch of turmeric, nutmeg, black pepper powder and 2-3 strands of saffron. Let it simmer till it reduces to half its quantity. Add jaggery to taste and sip on it hot or warm.Kashaya: Kashaya is an ayurvedic drink that works as a decongestant and helps to clear the sinuses. It also has anti-bacterial properties that boosts immunity.How to make it: To make the Kashaya powder, dry roast coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in 4:2:1 ratio along with one tablespoon black peppercorn seeds. Grind these dry spices to a fine powder and store in an airtight jar. To make your brew, boil a glass of water and add one teaspoon Kashaya powder and jaggery to it. Strain and drink it hot. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFennel and Carom potion: According to Ayurveda, fennel seeds possess ‘Agnikrut’ qualities – that which improves digestive strength. Carom seeds are rich in essential oils, phytochemicals, minerals like copper that help treat dysentery or diarrhoea, stomach infections, nausea that are typical of rainy season.How to make it: Add one teaspoon each of fennel and carom seeds to boiling water and let it simmer for some time. Remove from flame, add honey to it and drink this hot after your meal. Peppermint tea: It is a refreshing way to boost your health. It has the ability to improve digestion, eliminate inflammation, relax the body and mind, cure bad breath, aid in weight loss, and boost the immunity system. How to make it: Boil two cups of water, let it sit for 3-4 minutes and heat two-three cups of water separately and add crushed mint leaves. Combine the two waters and drink.Rose and Honey tea: It makes the immune system stronger as it is a good source of Vitamin C which in turn safeguards you from various health conditions and combats the infections. How to make it: Boil the water, put rose petals in it for 5-6 seconds. Turn off the gas, let it infuse till the colour of the water becomes dark. Strain, add honey and drink.last_img read more

The eye of the universe

first_imgAn Exhibition of a new born artist, Christina – “The Resurrection of the Soul” is dedicated to god and the angels of god to the resurrection of Gods power to resurrect the souls of human beings. Ever since she was a child, whenever she looked at the night sky, she was very curious to know the inside of the universe, stars, planets, black holes and existence of God. She started painting as early as six, but at the edge of a certain age she started delivering her thoughts and her concept about the universe, black holes, stars, planets. In her paintings, when she compares the cornea of eye grasp the entire world, you can see through your eyes a similar activity to that of a black hole. So she started painting the cornea and the thought of rays coming and going back as the activity of the black hole. Her philosophy of god reflects as similar as black holes, stars and the universe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her assumption, her vision is unique as she compares cornea of eyes of human being with the eye of the universe. Her technique of layering the canvas through a new media, threads and fibres are coming out from “Nothingness.” “Something is coming out from Nothingness. The resurrection is the process of god and it finds its place on earth only in Moss.”All her new artworks are based on resurrection. An artist like Christina explores their physical properties, especially their ability to stain and be poured directly on raw canvas. Medium and support could merge and become equal. Such approach can advance one of the fundamental ideas of modern painting: acknowledging flatness and high relief and low relief effects of a 3D effect on canvas as part of a painting’s status as object and picture. This exhibition at Gandhi art gallery, which will go on till August 5, explores how new synthetic products not only allow for a new look but also aligned with subject matter to change the direction of modern contemporary art.last_img read more

Music for a cause

first_imgSoma Das, a singer with a mellifluous voice who resides in London but with a Kolkata connection launched her debut album Amar Praner Manush based on Tagore songs on Monday evening. The album is designed by noted musician, arranger, composer Debojyoti Mishra and comprises eight songs from Tagore like, Amar Praner Manush, Emon Dine Tare Bola Jay, Sei Bhalo Sei Bhalo, Biraho Madhur Holo Aji, Amar Hiyar Majhe, Shrabaner Dharar Moto, Jakhan Esechhile and so on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSoma took her diploma in Tagore songs from Dakshinee – a renowned institution from Bengal – and took music lessons from Haimanti Shukla, Suprakash Chaki and by profession, is a teacher. The most interesting part of the release was a tribute to a traditional band from Bengal, the Mehboob Band. Soma wanted to mark the release ceremony of her album a bit differently from the others. An album with a cause, she also wanted to contribute a part of the ticket sales to the band as she feels every artiste owes something to society. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Mehboob Band, a noted band group known as band party, performs at marriage receptions, puja immersions and so on. This band started its journey during pre-independence era in Kolkata at M G Road. Long back, there were more than 100 musicians who bagged so many awards. Soma said, “I have planned my release also in London where I am going to involve street musicians to release my album”. Debojyoti Mishra said, “To judge a song hit, bands play an important role. They are performing a song means it’s a hot one. It’s a tribute to such musicians who have been entertaining us over so many decades.” In another event, eminent santoor player Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya will be showcasing a new raga named Ganga after India’s holy river, the mighty Ganges. GIMA award winner tabla maestro and new age percussion star Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee has designed the sound of this album. He has also accompanied with his melodious tabla. The album will release in Kolkata on September 6. The concern for the river has reached the domain of Indian classical music. Ganga is our life line and epicentre of our civilisation but we keep polluting it and in some places sewage water pours into the Ganga, our sacred river.After playing at all most top notch venues in the world like Royal Albert Hall, Theatre De La Vill (France), Kremlin (Moscow), Pt Bhattacharya has extended his hands towards social service. Recipient of many awards, his previous social activities were related to patients suffering from thalassaemia, polio, street children and so on. Starting from Kolkata to Varanasi this album will be released all over India where Ganga floats even in different names. To spread the message, this album will be released from a reputed music company of USA as well. The audio CD will be released by Padmabibhushan Girija Devi at Sangeet Research Academy, on Kristi Creation.last_img read more

Passengers in dire straits as Metro suspends service twice

first_imgKolkata: Passengers of Kolkata Metro had to face tremendous harassment twice on Thursday morning and afternoon. In the morning, Metro services were disrupted after a technical glitch caused sparks in the third rail. Later in the afternoon, Metro services were suspended due to maintenance work.According to sources, on Thursday morning at around 8:30 am, a Metro rake started moving from Noapara towards Kavi Subhas. Just before entering the Dum Dum station, a spark occurred on the third rail. Immediately after the spark, smoke was seen coming out. Passengers travelling from Noapara got panic stricken, with similar recent incidents still fresh on their minds. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWasting no time, Metro authorities disconnected power supply to the third rail and evacuated the passengers through the driver’s cabin. The engineers were called in urgently. Meanwhile, office-goers came to Dum Dum and other Metro stations to find the services being unavailable. After almost an hour and a half of work, Metro services were resumed. During the disruption, truncated services were on between Kavi Subhas and Girish Park. However, it was not the end of harassment for the passengers as Metro authorities decided to again suspend service between Dum Dum and Girish Park for maintenance work from 1:16 pm. As there was no prior information, commuters faced immense trouble. Normal services were resumed from 2:16 pm.last_img read more

Visva Bharati to dissociate from Poush Mela Partha offers help

first_imgKolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday assured assistance from the state government to Visva Bharati authorities for hosting “Poush Mela” in Santiniketan. Visva Bharati has decided to dissociate themselves from holding the Mela putting a doubt over the mega fair that draws people not only from the state and the country but from abroad as well. Chatterjee will also take up the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.”In the last few days, I have received several calls from students and people from the state who want that the annual event should continue. I have spoken to Vice-Chancellor of the university Bidyut Chakraborty and have asked him to inform the state government about the measures that need to be taken for continuation of the event. I have urged him to talk to the locals, educationists, students, alumni and the local administration and take their feedback on the matter,” Chatterjee said. According to him, Bengal’s sentiments are associated with this historical event and everybody wants that the Mela should be held. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Visva Bharati authorities have pointed out that catering to the pollution norms and taking up the entire responsibility of organising the fair has become difficult on their part. “There are now several modern machines for addressing the issue of pollution which can be utilised. But if the “Poush Mela” stops, it will be distressing,” the minister added. He further added that a new statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar will be unveiled at the playground of Hare School on June 11. A walk will be held from the campus to Vidyasagar College and the entire programme will be presided over by the Chief Minister. A half bust of Vidyasagar will be installed at Vidyasagar College and another statue will also be unveiled in the college campus. A bust of Vidyasagar was vandalised allegedly by BJP supporters during an election rally in the city that was led by Amit Shah last month. Leading educationists have been invited to be present at the programme.last_img read more

Wave Estate forays into affordable housing

first_imgPosed picturesquely at the foothills of the Shivalik Range, Wave Estate is a distinguished address located advantageously at the heart of Mohali in Sector 85 and 99. Understanding the rising demand and the immense success of Dream Homes, with 100% sell out, at Wave City (Ghaziabad), Wave Estate plans to bring the same economical housing, with best of amenities, for the real estate market of Punjab.The project will be spread across an area of approximately seven acres with a total of 1000 units, with 300 units in phase 1, of its development. With this venture, customers of Wave Estate would enjoy living in a world class city with exclusive features, social infrastructure, and connectivity, at an unbeatable location. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReal estate sector has been through a roller coaster ride for past few years. But, with all the volatilities of the sector, construction at Wave Estate has been at a fast pace. With construction at a brisk pace, the estate company recently acquired completion certificate for its partial development of 171 acres, out of its 255-acre project as well as completion and occupancy certificate for the built-up area of approximately 300 units for G+2 floors. Possession has already been offered to customers and over 70 families are already residing in Wave Estate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on this occasion, HS Kandhari, Director, Wave Estate, said, “At Wave Estate, we stand by our commitment to deliver our customers a lifestyle that is larger than life. For us, customer satisfaction comes first, and with our investment of Rs 200 Crore in the affordable housing segment, we aim to cater to the popular demand of our customers in this segment.””With the construction on full swing, Wave Estate stands by its commitment to deliver a world-class living environment to its customers,” he added. Further, keeping in mind the everyday needs of the residents, Wave Estate inaugurated a super-mart, named ‘Freshly Yours’ within its premises. Spread over approximately 140 square yards area, at ‘Freshly Yours’, the residents can buy from a wide variety of product categories. Speaking on the vision of Wave Infratech, Rajiv Gupta, CEO, Wave Infratech, said, “We at Wave Infratech continuously and constantly strive to innovate and develop exceptional products and services for our key stakeholders, our customers. Adapting to market needs and demands, all of our projects offer a varied range of products for buyers and investors alike. Our projects adhere to RERA compliance and would deliver as per its timelines.”Wave Estate houses the ultra-fine collection of contemporary villas, plots, charming floors, and plush housing condominiums in a safe and secure environment, with boundary walls in each sector and an operational clubhouse.last_img read more

Two slum children from Kolkata seek glory in World Dragonboat Cships

first_imgKolkata: Two young aspiring rowers from a slum area here, Afridi Ali and Rejayan Karim have been named in the junior India team for the upcoming 14th World Dragonboat Championships in Pattaya from August 20-25. Hailing from the slums of Rajarhat-Newton area in the eastern suburbs of the city, the duo were among the 10-odd boys who were handpicked by the Bengal Watersports Federation during the state kayaking championship four years ago. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTill then, they were doing some small jobs like helping out visitors for kayaking or guarding the gate at the New Town Eco Park, a major tourist destination of the city. “They all looked strong, both physically and mentally. But they were poverty-stricken and were ready to do anything for a full square meal,” founder of Bengal Watersports Federation Shakil Ahmed told PTI. They started winning against many established rowers from the senior category as Ahmed, who is also a Bengal rowing coach, decided to take them under his wings at the Lake Club. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Initially, they were little hesitant to take up rowing on a full time basis as it would render them jobless which their families could ill-afford. “I spoke to their families individually and told them that I would take after their daily needs. Of all of them, Afridi’s condition was worse so I decided to keep him at my house and since then he’s with me like a family member,” Shakil, a gold medallist in the Asia Cup 2 Rowing Championships in Singapore 2016, said. The duo began a success story not only for themselves but for their little known Jatragachi Pranabananda High School which has won the junior titles three years on the trot in the All-India School Regatta, ending the dominance of the elite schools. “They (the rowers) have been an inspiration for the entire school. Now many from the school wants to become a rower. We have recently feliciated them,” principal of Jatragachi Pranabananda High School Ashish Chatterjee said. Close to 20 rowers from the school has followed the footsteps of Ali and Karim. Their day starts as early as 4.30am as all of them catch a bus from New Town to Ravindra Sarovar lake — a ride that takes more than an hour. “We reach the lake by 6.630am, do our training, have breakfast and go to school by 12 noon. Our school has been cooperating with us since we have started winning,” Karim said, excited to represent India for the first time. “There were rowers from La Martiniere For Boys, South Point, St Thomas and many other top schools. They all speak in English and come in swanky cars. They did not like us initially as we had started beating them but after a year or so we become good friends. We talk and chat with them regularly,” Karim said. The 38-member India team also has three rowers from the La Martiniere For Boys, and one each from South Point and St Thomas. The team, in three categories of Under-18, Under-24 and Open, will have a camp at the Lake Club before flying off to Thailand. Dragonboat is part of the canoe sport which featured in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang.last_img read more

Regulating gut microbes may reduce anxiety

first_imgRegulating gut microorganisms by using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements may help people alleviate their anxiety levels, a review of studies suggests. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially those related to stress, according to the study published in the journal General Psychiatry. Previous studies have shown that as many as a third of people will be affected by anxiety symptoms during their lifetime. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearch has indicated that gut microbiota – the trillions of microorganisms in the gut which perform important functions in the immune system and metabolism by providing essential inflammatory mediators, nutrients and vitamins – can help regulate brain function through something called the “gut-brain axis.” Recent research also suggests that mental disorders could be treated by regulating the intestinal microbiota, but there is no specific evidence to support this. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in China set out to investigate if there was evidence to support improvement of anxiety symptoms by regulating intestinal microbiota. They reviewed 21 studies that had looked at 1,503 people collectively. Of the 21 studies, 14 had chosen probiotics as interventions to regulate intestinal microbiota (IRIFs), and seven chose non-probiotic ways, such as adjusting daily diets. Probiotics are living organisms found naturally in some foods that are also known as “good” or “friendly” bacteria because they fight against harmful bacteria and prevent them from settling in the gut. Overall, 11 of the 21 studies showed a positive effect on anxiety symptoms by regulating intestinal microbiota,researchers said. More than half (52 per cent) of the studies showed this approach to be effective, although some studies that had used this approach did not find it worked, they said. Of the 14 studies that had used probiotics as the intervention, more than a third (36 per cent) found them to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, while six of the remaining seven studies that had used non-probiotics as interventions found those to be effective – a 86 per cent rate of effectiveness. Some studies had used both the IRIF (interventions to regulate intestinal microbiota) approach and treatment as usual. In the five studies that used treatment as usual and IRIF as interventions, only studies that had conducted non-probiotic ways got positive results, that showed a reduction in anxiety symptoms. Non-probiotic interventions were also more effective in the studies that used IRIF alone. In those studies only using IRIF, 80 per cent were effective when using non-probiotic interventions, while only 45 per cent were found to be effective when using probiotic ways. The researchers said one reason that non-probiotic interventions were significantly more effective than probiotic interventions was possible due to the fact that changing diet (a diverse energy source) could have more of an impact on gut bacteria growth than introducing specific types of bacteria in a probiotic supplement. Since some studies had involved introducing different types of probiotics, these could have fought against each other to work effectively, and many of the intervention times used might have been too short to significantly increase the abundance of the imported bacteria. Most of the studies did not report serious adverse events, and only four studies reported mild adverse effects such as dry mouth and diarrhoea. “We find that more than half of the studies included showed it was positive to treat anxiety symptoms by regulation of intestinal microbiota,” researchers said.last_img read more

Aston Martin to Produce Limited Edition Dream Cars

first_imgSome partnerships are magical. So it was with Aston Martin’s partnership with Zagato. And what could a classic British automaker and an Italian coachbuilder do for each other over 60 years? Produce automobiles that the industry has considered nothing less than “spectacular.”In 2019, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Zagato, Aston Martin announced it will build limited-edition cars for the DBZ Centenary Collection. The cars consist of the track-only DB4 GT Zagato and the street-legal DBS GT Zagato.1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Photo by Rex Gray CC by 2.0“The partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato is one of the most fruitful and enduring in the automotive world,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in a statement. “With Zagato celebrating its centenary next year, what better way to celebrate this landmark — and the long-standing bond between our two great companies — than creating these 19 pairs of cars. As an engineer, I would always say my favorite Aston Martin is the next one, but I have to say I’m struggling to think of a finer two-car garage than this!”Aston will build the 2019 DB4 GT Zagato Continuation, a track-only car, at the DB4’s original home: Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell. “The automaker will use old-world craftsmanship combined with a stringent use of modern engineering advancements,” reported Yahoo. “It will feature the same thin-gauge aluminum body panels and lightweight tubular frame.”1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Photo by Rex Gray CC by 2.0Another iconic car, one famous in the 1960s, will be re-created by Aston Martin as well. James Bond’s Goldfinger car, complete with workable gadgets, including the revolving license plate seen in the film, will be available for those who can pay.Each of the 25 continuation cars will cost $3.5 million (£2.75 million), with the first delivered in 2020. The vehicles will not be road legal.1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Photo by Rex Gray CC BY 2.0.Oscar winner Chris Corbould, who has worked in the special effects department on 14 different Bond films, will help in the development of the gadgets.As for the 100-year Zagato/Aston Martin automobiles, reportedly Aston will build 19 examples of each vehicle, and they’ll be sold in pairs. No one will be able to buy the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation or DBS GT Zagato separately. The price is expected to be $7.8 million (£6 million) plus taxes.1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – rv.The DB4 GT Zagato draws its inspiration from racing models of the 1960s. “The DBS GT Zagato will be a new car built at Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon,” reported CNET. “Only a sketch of the car’s nose has been shared so far, though Aston Martin says the car will have the double-bubble roof that is a signature of Zagato designs.”Zagato, formed in 1919 by plane and car laborer Ugo Zagato, is the only Italian coachbuilder from the golden age of cars that is still family owned. Ugo’s knowledge of aircraft led him to make use of lightweight materials and aerodynamic designs.Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Photo by Brian Snelson CC BY 2.0Racing success put Zagato at the forefront. From 1928 to 1930, Alfa Romeo 1750 Zagatos “claimed first place in the Mille Miglia, the legendary thousand mile road race running from Brescia to Rome and back,” wrote Maxim. Other work was then done for Lancia, Fiat, and Ferrari.In the 1960s, Zagato made race cars with Aston Martin. A British sports car/endurance racer called the Aston Martin V12 Zagato was made to celebrate its 50-year partnership. It was introduced in Lake Como, Italy in 2011, and awarded with the competition’s “Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes.”After all, Aston Martin has racing in its lineage as well. Founded in 1914 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, the full name of the company comes from Martin’s last name and a stretch of road in Herfordshire used for racing called the Aston Hillclimb. These cars focused on speed.Read another story from us: James Bond’s missing Aston Martin allegedly holed up in the Middle EastIn 1947,  David Brown purchased the company and models took on his initials, DB. It was the DB5 that gained world fame when it appeared in Goldfinger.last_img read more