New theory and old equations may explain causes of shipsinking freak waves

first_img Citation: New theory (and old equations) may explain causes of ship-sinking freak waves (2006, September 13) 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. “The freak wave a phenomenon is important to understand since it may be the cause of serious accidents involving oil platforms and ocean-going ships,” said Marklund. “If a greater understanding of the mechanisms behind these waves is obtained, one may, for example, in the future combine this with observational and statistical tools in order to construct warning systems.” Shukla, Marklund and their colleagues built their theory on a two-wave system, where two waves interact nonlinearly, which is described by the Schrodinger equations. These quantum mechanics equations, originally developed to describe the wave-like behavior of electrons in atoms, have since been used for a variety of wave systems. The scientists found that two-wave cases behave much differently than single waves, which exhibit standard instabilities and dissolve into a wide spectrum of waves.”We have presented a theoretical study of the modulational instabilities of a pair of nonlinearly interacting two-dimensional waves in deep water, and have shown that the full dynamics of these interacting waves gives rise to localized large-amplitude wave packets,” wrote the scientists in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. “[T]wo water waves can, when nonlinear interactions are taken into account, give rise to novel behavior such as the formation of large-amplitude coherent wave packets with amplitudes more than 3 times the ones of the initial waves.”Using the Schrodinger equations, the scientists studied the impact of different wave speeds and different angles at which two waves intersect. The team found that for a certain, relatively small angle, a new instability arises with a “maximum growth rate that is more than twice as large as the ones for the single wave cases,” they report. Two waves meeting at such an angle would escape normal stabilizing effects and exhibit constructive interference that would result in a freak wave. Strong currents can help further by “focusing” waves, continually building them up to giant sizes.”This particular piece of research describes a possible mechanism behind rogue wave formation,” said Marklund. “In order to statistically predict their location, one will need further observations and analysis of such data using various methods, in particular statistical analysis and computer simulations.”Citation: Shukla, P.K., Kourakis, I., Eliasson, B., Marklund, M. and Stenflo, L. “Instability and Evolution of Nonlinearly Interacting Water Waves.” Physical Review Letters. 97, 094501 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 On a stormy April day in 1995, the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 was sailing in the North Atlantic when the ocean liner dipped into a “hole in the sea.” Out of the darkness, a towering 95-foot wave threatened to crash down upon the vessel, which the 70,000-ton ship attempted to surf in order to avoid being pummeled to the bottom of the ocean. Explore furthercenter_img A freak wave approached this oil freighter, the Esso Languedoc, near Durban, South Africa in 1980. The masts are about 82 feet above sea level, but the wave, which broke over the deck, caused only minor damage. Photo credit: Philippe Lijour. Fortunately, the ship and passengers survived, but the instance occurred just months after the first scientific recording confirmed the validity of old sailors’ tales once considered skeptical: the existence–and prevalence–of freakishly giant waves, also known as rogue waves.Before the first laser measurement of a freak wave in January 1995, oceanographers and mathematicians predicted that such monster waves should only occur about once every 10,000 years. But as the occurrence inspired satellite measurements, scientists observed many more freak waves than theory predicted. In fact, observations imply that a handful of these waves is occurring at every moment somewhere on the ocean. Although it’s controversial just how many ships and lives have been lost in modern times due to these fairly common giant waves, most ships today are only built to withstand waves up to 50 feet tall–while freak waves have been calculated to reach heights of up to 198 feet. Technically, a freak wave is defined as a wave that is twice the “significant wave height,” which is the mean of the largest third of waves in an area.Intrigued and terrified by freak waves and their potential for swallowing giant ships whole (from oil rigs to cruise ships), scientists are trying to formulate a theory or theories to describe the evolution of these mythical realities. Recently, scientists from Sweden and Germany, Padma Shukla et al., have presented the first analysis and simulation of its kind for the instability of nonlinear waves interacting in deep water. In the past, nonlinear theories have seemed capable of explaining the greater prevalence of rogue waves than previous theories which were linear.”The basic reason for the occurrence of freak waves seems to be what is known as nonlinear wave interactions–by a certain mechanism there is an energy exchange between the waves resulting in a large growth in wave amplitude, much larger than what would be possible through ordinary linear superposition of waves,” coauthor Mattias Marklund told Nearly all waves originate as ripples on the water’s surface blown by the wind. (The exception is tsunamis, which are caused by seismic tremors on the ocean floor and only become dangerous when they reach the shore.) Most waves, however, die down due to viscosity in the water, unless heavy winds cause the swells to increase. Scientists believe that heavy winds–especially when blowing in the opposite direction of the water current–play a large role in forming freak waves. This idea may explain why locations with strong currents (e.g. the Agulhas off Africa and Gulf Stream off the U.S., including the Bermuda Triangle) have a history of reported freak waves. The ‘freak wave’ mythlast_img read more

A reallife zombie story in the life of bugs

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. More information: The cost of a bodyguard, Biol. Lett. Published online before print June 22, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0415AbstractHost manipulation by parasites not only captures the imagination but has important epidemiological implications. The conventional view is that parasites face a trade-off between the benefits of host manipulation and their costs to fitness-related traits, such as longevity and fecundity. However, this trade-off hypothesis remains to be tested. Dinocampus coccinellae is a common parasitic wasp of the spotted lady beetle Coleomegilla maculata. Females deposit a single egg in the haemocoel of the host, and during larval development the parasitoid feeds on host tissues. At the prepupal stage, the parasitoid egresses from its host by forcing its way through the coccinellid’s abdominal segments and begins spinning a cocoon between the ladybird’s legs. Remarkably, D. coccinellae does not kill its host during its development, an atypical feature for parasitoids. We first showed under laboratory conditions that parasitoid cocoons that were attended by a living and manipulated ladybird suffered less predation than did cocoons alone or cocoons under dead ladybirds. We then demonstrated that the length of the manipulation period is negatively correlated with parasitoid fecundity but not with longevity. In addition to documenting an original case of bodyguard manipulation, our study provides the first evidence of a cost required for manipulating host behaviour. © 2010 Ladybugs taken hostage by wasps Dinocampus coccinellae wasp. Image credit: Misanthrope/Wild About Britain The study, led by Fanny Maure, a University of Montreal graduate student, looked at exactly what role the ladybug played in the birth and growth of the D. coccinellae. The female D. coccinellae stings the ladybug and lays her egg within the ladybug host. The larva then hatches and eats its way out of the ladybug and within three weeks has hatched out of the ladybugs abdomen. The ladybug, however, is not dead and still very much alive. The grub then spins its orange cocoon within the ladybug’s legs until it grows into an adult. It was believed that the ladybug served as protection to the cocoon as its colors and erratic twitching scares off predators. However Maure decided to test this theory and exposed the wasp cocoons to lacewings. What she discovered was that the unprotected cocoons were devoured but so were 85 percent of the ones protected by a dead ladybug. However, when the cocoon was protected by a still alive ladybug in its zombie state, only about one third of them were eaten.It is still unclear how the ladybug survives and still twitches after the larva has left, but Maure believes that the larva may leave behind some type of venom that enables the twitching within the ladybug. Maure also discovered that the longer the ladybug remains alive, the less beneficial it is for the fertility of the growing wasp.It is believed that this is because the tiny grub is limited to the amount it can eat. If it consumes the ladybug to the point of death, it eats but is less likely to reach maturity without protection. By eating less and allowing the adult ladybug to survive, the grub keeps its protection and reaches maturity, but its development is affected by the lack of food needed for proper development. Explore further Citation: A real-life zombie story in the life of bugs (2011, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In a recent study published in Biology Letters, a page of science fiction comes to life in a real-life zombie scenario between the ladybug and a parasitical wasp called Dinocampus coccinellae.last_img read more

Xray techniques help art historians verify Rembrandt sketch

first_img © 2011 The experts turned to the modern science of x-ray imaging for answers. The scientific work showed an unfinished self-portrait by Rembrandt under the paint surface.The ESRF and Brookhaven sites performed the scientific explorations. Ernst van de Wetering, emeritus professor of art history at the University of Amsterdam and head of the Rembrandt Research Project, said the evidence was clear that this is a Rembrandt. Copper distribution map from XRF analysis with the contours superimposed on the hidden portrait (centre) (reconstruction by E. Van de Wetering). Comparison of the outline to other self portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn: Rembrandt as a young man (left), (© Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, USA); Self portrait of Rembrandt (right), dated 1630, (© National museum, Stockholm). The scanning technology that was used at ESRF was a dual energy X-ray imaging technique. The Brookhaven National Lab used used Macro-scanning X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometry (MA-XRF). Central to Brookhaven’s contribution was its new fluorescence microprobe system that can scan surfaces with high definition. The XRF technique was used with this new “Maia” detector system.The detector can produce high definition maps of the spatial distribution of different chemical elements in a painting. The painting is placed on a motorized scanning stage that allows for element-specific mapping. A pencil beam of synchrotron radiation (SR) is swept over the painting. What do Facebook and Rembrandt have in common? Everything More information: … rs-of-a-Purported-Re … =1359& … / Explore furthercenter_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. KES imaging of the painting Old Man with a Beard at beamline ID17 allowed a quick visualisation of the distribution of heavy elements in the paintings. Based on these results, the presence of a complete second figure could be excluded. Image credit: Koen Janssens. ( — Advanced imaging technology from the Brookhaven Labs and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble has revealed an authentic Rembrandt self-portrait in an art authenticity effort involving leading art historians and scientists at the two labs. The hunt for authenticity all began when a private collector showed art historians in Amsterdam a small panel “Old Man with a Beard” from about 1630. The collector wanted to know if it was a Rembrandt. Citation: X-ray techniques help art historians verify Rembrandt sketch (2011, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Maia detector, according to the publication Lab Manager, which details the technology used in the Rembrandt probe, is based on a massively parallel detector array composed of 384 individual detectors, an “on-the-fly” scanning system, and advanced analysis software. The publication reported that the detector was able to image the entire painting in about eight hours, in a task that would normally take about 30 days.In general, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) is considered a key technology for those in the art world, as it highlights pigments concealed beneath the surface, and has previously been used to authenticate works by Van Gogh and Goya, among other famous artists. The tool is especially helpful as it can determine chemical composition in a nondestructive way; the work of art is left intact.Prof Ernst van de Wetering, an art historian at the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam, and head of the Rembrandt Research Project, had worked meanwhile with his team to examine the sketch for authenticity. The imaging results gave scientific support to authentication, which Prof. van de Wetering announced at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam on Friday.From 1 May to 1 July 2012 the Rembrandt House Museum is staging a special exhibition of research into ten paintings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries using XRF technology.last_img read more

Researchers use nanoparticles to speed up or slow down angiogenesis

first_img( —Researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. have devised a means for using nanoparticles to cause angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels) to speed up or slow down. In their paper published in ACS Nano, the researchers describe how they coated gold nanoparticles with peptides to allow for altering the speed at which new blood vessels develop in specific locations in the body. More information: Manipulation of in Vitro Angiogenesis Using Peptide-Coated Gold Nanoparticles, Dorota Bartczak, Otto L. Muskens, Tilman Sanchez-Elsner, Antonios G. Kanaras, and Timothy M. Millar, ACS Nano Article ASAP. demonstrate the deliberate activation or inhibition of invitro angiogenesis using functional peptide coated gold nanoparticles. The peptides, anchored to oligo-ethylene glycol capped gold nanospheres, were designed to selectively interact with cell receptors responsible for activation or inhibition of angiogenesis. The functional particles are shown to influence significantly the extent and morphology of vascular structures, without causing toxicity. Mechanistic studies show that the nanoparticles have the ability to alter the balance between naturally secreted pro- and anti-angiogenic factors, under various biological conditions. Nanoparticle-induced control over angiogenesis opens up new directions in targeted drug delivery and therapy.via Nanotechweb This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The development of new blood vessels is critical while wounds are healing. It’s also important in helping people recover from accidents or who have tissue damaged by disease. Speeding up angiogenesis can help to speed up recovery times. Sometimes however, angiogenesis can progress incorrectly resulting in the growth of tumors. In these instances, doctors would like to slow or stop the angiogenesis process. In this new effort, the research team has found a new way to accomplish both goals with one new treatment option.The new technique revolves around the use of nanoparticles—very small objects generally not found in nature. In this case, the particles created were made of gold. Because nanoparticles can so easily move around inside the body, the thinking was that nanoparticles could be used to deliver drugs to specific areas of the body where they are needed. In this case, the drugs were peptides that have been shown to speed up angiogenesis when appropriate and to slow the process when tumors have developed. The ability to deliver the drug only to areas where they are needed reduces side-effects.In order for angiogenesis to occur, endothelial cells must be activated by the presence of certain molecules engaging with receptor cells. Over time, researchers have developed various drugs to either stimulate or repress angiogenesis by activating the receptor cells or block them. Such drugs have only been useful for a short duration, however, and most often come with unwanted side effects. In this new effort, the team used nanoparticles to carry and deliver such drugs only to the parts of the body that needed them. They found they could target specific receptor cells that allow for focusing on different diseases. Specifically, they developed three types of peptides for delivery via nanoparticles: those that bind and promote cascade growth of blood vessels, those that block receptors cells from receiving signals, and those that serve as a control and do nothing. They report that they were successful in delivering all three types to target areas and that doing so caused the expected changes in angiogenesis rates. Cholesterol sets off chaotic blood vessel growth © 2013 Explore further Citation: Researchers use nanoparticles to speed up or slow down angiogenesis (2013, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: ACS Nanolast_img read more

Nearly forgotten dinosaur bone found to belong to ancient hippolike creature

first_imgLife reconstruction of Paleoparadoxia from Tsuchiyu Onsen Town. This artistic image was constructed based on a combination of photogrammetric 3D models of original skeletal fossils by using PhotoScan v. 1.4.0, including EESUT-PV-0001, and designed models of missing parts. This image gives more accurate proportion of Paleoparadoxia than ever reconstructed for the animal. Credit: Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172441 A team of researchers from several institutions in Japan and one in the U.S. has identified a fossilized bone, long believed to be from a dinosaur, as belonging to a Paleoparadoxia. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes the history of the bone and how it was finally correctly identified. Pregnant T. rex could aid in dino sex-typing 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. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Kumiko Matsui et al. A long-forgotten ‘dinosaur’ bone from a museum cabinet, uncovered to be a Japan’s iconic extinct mammal,Paleoparadoxia(Desmostylia, Mammalia), Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172441AbstractHere, we report a new ‘discovery’ of a desmostylian fossil in the geological collection at a national university in Japan. This fossil was unearthed over 60 years ago and donated to the university. Owing to the original hand-written note kept with the fossil in combination with interview investigation, we were able to reach two equally possible fossil sites in the town of Tsuchiyu Onsen, Fukushima. Through the interviews, we learned that the fossil was discovered during construction of a debris flow barrier and that it was recognized as a ‘dinosaur’ bone among the locals and displayed in the Village Hall before/until the town experienced a fire disaster in 1954. As scientific findings, the fossil was identified to be a right femur of Paleoparadoxia (Desmostylia), which shows well-preserved muscle scars on the surface. The age was estimated to be 15.9 Ma or younger in zircon-dating. This study shows an excellent case that historical and scientific significances could be extracted from long-forgotten uncatalogued specimens as long as the original information is retained with the specimens.center_img Explore further © 2018 The researchers report that the bone was found sometime during the 1950s when workers building a dam came across it. The bone was found near the town of Tsuchiyu Onsen in Fukushima. Archeologists called to recover the fossil described it in a note as a dinosaur femur, and later placed it on a shelf in a museum. It was there on that shelf that the researchers with this new effort found the bone. Testing showed the fossil was from approximately 15.9 million years ago (long past the age of the dinosaurs) and that it was actually the fossilized remains of a Paleoparadoxia femur.Paleoparadoxia resembled the modern hippopotamus—prior research has shown that they were plant eaters and grew to approximately two meters in length. They lived in what is now the Pacific Ocean from 20 to 10 million years ago, with a range running from Alaska to Japan and as far south as Mexico. They were also once thought to be amphibious, but more recent research has shown that they were true marine animals, spending most of their time crawling around on the ocean floor eating.The researchers report their work was made easier by the hand-written note left by the original investigators along with the fossil describing where it had been found. That allowed the researchers to return to the dig site to further investigate its history and to provide material for dating the fossil. Instead of testing the thigh bone directly, the team tested rock from the dig site, which contained datable crystal zircons. After measuring the fossil, the researchers used it to create a 3-D model of the creature when it was alive. They report that due to the condition of the fossil, the recreation was believed to be the most accurate to date. Citation: Nearly forgotten ‘dinosaur’ bone found to belong to ancient hippo-like creature (2018, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Colour burst on the ramp

A burst of colours erupted on the ramp as Nachiket Barve presented his Spring Summer 2013 collection. The Mumbai designer, known for streamlined silhouettes, created capes, camisoles, skirts, jumpsuits, shorts, gowns, saris, jackets, dresses and slim pants.  Peplum was one of the highpoints of the collection.  He used cutwork yokes, appliqué, crisscross grid textures, rhomboid detailing, panels, sequins and textures to jazz up the multihued collection.

Visions revisions toast and tea

first_imgTwenty floors above the city, as the day closed in, Tom Alter’s rich voice floated amongst the immaculate crystals and some very fine brew. And Eliot. Reflections, a session of tea and poetry held at Le Meridien was an evening for the connoisseurs. A part of the New Perspective event series at the hotel, Reflections seemed to be the most perfect way to kick off, just like the first flush of tea which is believed to be the best. Bits of Mirza Ghalib and Maulana Azad’s poetry mingled with Eliot’s and were accompanied by some perfect cups of tea and savouries.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The poetry was interspersed with talks by tea taster and sommelier Anamika Singh. All the brews tasted through the evening have been blended by her. Putting together green and black tea with flowers and herbs from the Himalayas, Singh has managed to concoct some fragrant brews that is subtle, refreshing and rejuvenates like a dream. Singh believes that the Indian customer has not really woken up to the health benefits of tea and the right way to brew it. There is a need to graduate from a glass of chai to a cup of tea.  And to graduate, one needs to learn and the session was quite a start, it is all about what you infuse, says Singh making it clear that teabags just don’t work.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlter took on the session with an idea a Chinese poem puts forth. After the seventh cup of tea in the day, one can attain salvation. He broke the poetry session in to seven segments starting with the first cup of tea in bed and ending it with the last cup of tea before sleep. While the first cup of tea softly nudges one awake, the second cup of tea is believed to drive away the five causes of sorrow. By the third cup of tea life is set in motion and by the fourth – all the wrong of life passes away through the pores. Fifth cup means purification, the 4’o clock bliss, the sixth calls out from the realms of the immortal and by the seventh cup as the day comes to a close, the stirring of the tea makes the world go round.  ‘When you have the finest tea, it’s sheer poetry and in sheer poetry there is an unforgettable soothing essence of tea. Reflections is the romance of tea and some great food which helps to unwind and start conversations,’ said Alter. Tea became a refuge of sorts and poetry the perfect companion as songs floated in and out creating the perfect evening. Just as being a poet is a lifetime of work, the right cup of tea imbibes the same passion. And bringing both together could not have been more perfect. All of us has at some time or the other tried writing poetry, perhaps it is also time to try and brew a perfect cup of tea as well.last_img read more

CESC irons out power supply woes in city

first_imgKolkata: The devastating norwester on Tuesday evening disrupted power supply, especially in areas where the city is served by overhead wires. The impact could have been worse, as the city’s underground cables remained largely unaffected. There were, however, a number of cases where lamp posts belonging to other agencies like Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) were also affected. Amongst the affected areas were the Northern and Eastern parts of the city, including Patuli, Panchasayar, Survey Park, Lake Town, Bangur, Dum Dum, Kamarhati, Khardah, Sodepur, Howrah and Serampore. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs usual, the norwester affected electricity supply and there was a sharp surge in emergency telephone calls (1912) throughout the night. Fault report calls after the norwester rose to a record 36,000, against the average count of 4,000. CESC emergency repair services started restoration work immediately and more than 1,500 men worked throughout the night.According to a CESC spokesman, “Working on a day-and-night basis, more than 70 percent of the faults could be restored through the night and it is expected that normalcy will be restored in most cases by Wednesday afternoon.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Fortunately, there have been no major outages and all the Municipal drainage pumping stations worked smoothly at a trying time. We are keeping constant touch with the Municipalities and are ready to take every step to alleviate the suffering of citizens,” he said.Following the heavy rains, there was a noticeable fall in power demand on Wednesday, with the demand at 11.00 am being 1,428 MW, while the maximum demand met on Tuesday was 1,868 MW. More than 6,000 CESC representatives are on special alert and the CESC Disaster Management Cell will keep watch till normalcy returns.last_img read more

Kolkata Metro sees hike in number of passengers

first_imgKolkata: Metro Railway has carried more number of passengers in the first three and half months of this financial year, against the corresponding period of the previous year.A spokesperson of Kolkata Metro informed that during this period (i.e. from April 1 to mid July) 5.92 crore passengers have travelled by Metro, against 5.81 crore passengers last year. “The increase has been around 1.83 percent from last year,” the spokesperson added.The earnings were also raised to Rs 56.96 crore during the same period this year, compared to Rs. 55.17 crore last year, thereby registering an increase of 3.25 percent. At present, Metro Railway has 14 AC rakes and 13 non-AC rakes operating in the 27 km-long line from Noapara in the North to Kavi Subhash station in the South. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demonsFour state-of-the-art AC rakes from Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Perambur have already reached the city and the Metro authorities hope to introduce them before the Pujas. The Metro is gradually working towards replacing its old rakes, which have been a cause of worry for the authorities as they are often developing technical snags. Kolkata Metro has ordered 14 rakes from M/s Dalian Locomotives Ltd. of China, among which the first rake is expected in August.last_img read more

CM to inaugurate Baruipur Central Correctional Home on Wednesday

first_imgKolkata: The Baruipur Central Correctional Home will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by remote control from Nabanna on Wednesday, November 14. The state government will initially shift 700 inmates from Alipore Central Correctional Home (ACCH) to Baruipur and will gradually shift all those lodged in ACCH phase-wise.A senior official of the state Correctional Administration department said that the Baruipur Central Correctional Home (BCCH) has the capacity to house as many as 4,000 inmates. State Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas, Speaker of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Biman Banerjee and senior officials of the Correctional Administration (CA) department will be present at the inaugural programme at Dhopagachi in Baruipur, where the facility has come up. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have given special emphasis on security at BCCH and have taken all possible measures for foolproof security mechanism,” said Ujjal Biswas, minister of state, CA department. Among the 700 inmates who will be shifted in the first phase, 200 are convicts and 500 are under-trials. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has completed the entire work for the infrastructure of BCCH that includes drinking water, drainage, lighting and most importantly, the approach road leading to the correctional home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Truckloads of construction material was brought for construction work of the prison through the approach road, which resulted in extremely poor condition of the roads. Sprucing up the road was a tough ask and our engineers worked on a war footing to repair the road,” said a senior official of KMDA. The present accommodation capacity of the 112-year-old ACCH is 1,900. But there are above 2,200 inmates at present. In the correctional home, there are many cells which are of immense historical importance and according to an official of the correctional home, those are now heritage sites. There are around 30 heritage cells. There is a single-storeyed building in which Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British for three to four months in 1934. There is another two-storeyed heritage building with ten lockups in each floor, where freedom fighters, including Chittaranjan Das, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Bidhan Chandra Roy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were imprisoned in the 1930s.last_img read more

A versatile touch to conceptual jewellery

first_imgAs times change, people’s preferences accordingly grow and evolve. Individuality remains a strong priority with people now valuing versatility and diversity in all the aspects of their lives including conceptual jewellery. So make sure you are following the right trend.Some of the everyday concept jewellery pieces that are trending:-Shoulder drop earrings-Statement geometric brooch-Concept bobby pin-Hair buns-Big Hoops-Long/ shirt chains-Minimalistic tennis bracelets Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Stackable bracelets-Earring studs-Midi rings Experts list some options to add style these pieces:-The elegant shoulder duster earrings in the materials ranging from chains, tassels and crystals are perfect to elevate any look-Brooches have always been a versatile accessory; brooches are a must have in one’s jewellery box. Brooches are a unisex accessory; thus making it an advantage for the buyer. It depends on how one styles this accessory. It can work as a statement piece on simple white shirt or work as an accessory for your saree, which holds the pallu. The brooches can be used with even bags too. The multi-functionality of just one piece adds so much importance to the accessory Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Concept bobby pins are a fairly new concept that add that extra glam when worn with a basic white shirt and jeans-One would imagine buns only being a traditional ornament, but in modern times the utility has increased and is also extended to daily wearing. The buns come with a bun stick which can be worn separately too. Hair buns are a perfect solution to a bad hair day and they look fabulous with an Indian attire or when worn with a basic shift dress-Big hoops are for the bold dressers, they’re great for day or evening look; they can be worn to the office, college, a party – one can really dress up and dress down a pair of big hoops. It can very easily be made part of one’s daily look and it definitely adds character to any attire-Long shirt chains add that much needed oomph to a 9-5 office look. They’re minimalistic and simplistic enough to carry one’s look from day to night -Minimalistic tennis bracelets do well for the ones looking for a classy addition to their wrist. Best worn with a watch and a simple shift dress, formal toursers and shirt with a blazer-Stackable bracelets are very in vogue. They’re the prefect accessory to accompany your dressed down jeans and t-shirt look. Its elevates one’s entire ensemble, giving it a fun and interesting twist-No one can possibly go wrong with a pair of studs earrings. They’re evergreen! Choose one in an unusual shape to add the much needed element of quick.last_img read more

46th IHGFDelhi fair comes to end

first_imgThe 46th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn 2018 concluded with a bang on October 18 at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida with business enquiries worth Rs 3465 crores.The closing day witnessed the valedictory session, wherein, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Public Works Department, launched the product catalogue of Home Décor and Home Textiles along with Ritesh Kumar Gupta, MLA Moradabad Nagar. Rakesh Kumar, ED –EPCH welcomed the chief guests and apprised them about IHGF-Delhi Fair. He said, ” It started in 1994 with 313 and today over 3200 exhibitors are displaying home, lifestyles, textiles and fashion products.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the event, Bhupendra Singh Choudhary, MOS for Panchayati Raj said that a large number of exporters from Moradabad are participating in this show and he also wished them good business. “Export is backbone of the country as it earns foreign exchange. Therefore, this fair will become a vital platform for increasing export.” Even though the overseas buyers from 110 countries visited the show but maximum buyers from USA, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, UAE, China, Brazil, Canada, South Africa and Saudi Arabia came to source their requirement from over 3200 Indian handicrafts exhibitors who showcased 2000+ designs and styles. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the event and this year’s business at the fair, Rakesh Kumar said, “The IHGF-Delhi fair has played a vital role in increasing exports of handicrafts from the country. The handicrafts exports was to the tune of Rs 751.67 crores in 1993-94 when the fair was initiated. The Handicrafts exports during the year 2017-18 was Rs 23,029.36 crores. However, the exports of handicrafts during first six months of the current financial year 2018-19 is Rs 12953.25 crores [prov] with overall increase of 6.58% in rupee terms over the previous year.” “Buyers from new countries like Benin, Fiji, Latvia, Rwanda and Dominican Republic have been added in the list of 46th edition of IHGF-Delhi fair,” he informed. Representatives from departmental and chain stores who were regularly visiting every year including Herold, Deetjen and Meyer, Lambert GMBH, Germany, Kapimex BV, Only Natural, Riviera Maison, Lifestyle Home Collection, Zara Home, Spain among others were also present at the show. Many dignitaries from centre and state government also came to encourage the participants including Ajay Tamta, Union Minister of State for Textiles, Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State for MSME, aong others. Also, Ambassadors of various embassies were also seen becoming the part of the mega event held in the Capital. Theme pavilions of NER, Jodhpur/ Barmer were the main highlights of the fair as exquisite crafts of these states attracted many buyers to visit these theme pavilions. A record number of domestic volume retail buyers sourced the home, lifestyle, furniture products from the show witnessing the growing demand in the domestic market. The 47th edition of IHGF-Delhi Spring 2019 will be held from 18 – 22 February, at India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida and EPCH has already initiated publicity world wide.last_img read more

Make your house warming parties more stylish from Momentz

first_imgNew Delhi: A house-warming party is a party traditionally held soon after moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, post-moving, and for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home. House-warming parties are generally informal. Usually there are no planned activities besides a possible tour. When it comes to choosing a gift for friend or family member’s housewarming, cast a wide net, from practical to just plain fun. Whether they’ve moved into their first home or simply switched to a new and improved apartment, they’ll appreciate receiving something that will help them settle in and get organized just as much as they’ll take to an indulgent treat. Find kitchen tools, outdoor garden décor, and much more in our housewarming gifts collection. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Rather than scrolling here and there to find the perfect gift to fit their space, check out Momentz latest house warming collection. The collection consist of candle stand, photo frame, serving tray, tissue holder, glasses, fruit basket, show pieces, book stand, flower vase to name a few. Each product has an external style and gives that extra edge to your house. Every artefact from Momentz has its own look and feel.last_img read more

Iranian Islamic art exhibition ends in Delhi

first_imgTo mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Iran, an exhibition brought Iranian handicrafts, calligraphy, pottery, metal works and photographs to Delhi. The three-day exhibition organised by Iran Cultural House was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. It showcased specimens of key Iranian Islamic art oeuvre. The extensive show aimed to introduce traditional crafts of the country, and find common denominators with India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn view were works of Minakari or enamelling, which is the decoration of metal or tile with brilliantly-coloured glaze. The technique was invented by ancient Iranian craftspeople, and it then spread to other countries, including India.Many of the works had a intricately-designed blue glaze.’Sofalgari’ or unglazed baked earthenware – also called ‘biscuit pottery’ – was also on display at the exhibition. Examples of coppersmithery, called ‘megsari’, found space in the exhibition as well. ‘Samavars’, or metal utensils to boil tea in most PersianAhomes, could also be seen. Islamic art enthusiasts could also see ‘khatam kari’ work, which is a technique of incrustation, and ‘moaragh’ or wood inlaying. The exhibition closed on July 5, 2019.last_img read more

Ancient Graffiti Reveals Life Inside Roman Brothels

first_imgPompeii is one of the most important sites for archaeologists and historians to research the Roman empire and its culture. Pompeii was a medium-sized town, with around 11,000 inhabitants. However, it is characterized by its multicultural demographics, thriving community and sophisticated infrastructure. The nearby port of Pozzuoli enabled the development of a strong economy, particularly centered around trade.Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii seen from above. Photo by ElfQrin CC BY-SA 4.0The economic stability and the presence of merchants from all parts of the empire ensured for a strong presence of sex trade. Sex historians have thoroughly researched the walls of estates that served as brothels such as inns, taverns and lunch counters.What also plays a major role in their research is the graffiti that sometimes graphically listed details connected to sex-work, therefore serving as one of the most important historical sources.Roman painting from Pompeii, early 1st century AD, most likely depicting Cleopatra VII, wearing her royal diadem, consuming poison in an act of suicide, while Caesarion, also wearing a royal diadem, stands behind her.The pictures on the walls usually present fair skinned women with intricate hairstyles, accompanied by tanned and athletic men. There are three potential reasons for these images.They could have served as a visual cue for stronger arousal. It could also be that the scenes were a pictorial menu of different services one could get in a brothel. Lastly, they might have been guides for inexperienced customers who would frequent the premises.Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as other cities affected by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The black shading represents the general distribution of ash, pumice and cinders. Photo by MapMaster CC BY-SA 3.0Much of the graffiti found on the walls is very graphic. It details specific employees and their skills, sexual advice, and prices for specific acts one could seek out.Related Video: Mummified Cats and Beetles Discovered in Ancient TombStudies of this graffiti have revealed that the sex workers had names of exclusively Greek origin. Their names were sometimes descriptive and told the story about either physical characteristics or the function of a sex-worker. The names of male sex workers are also featured.Purpose-built brothels featured cubicles with a permanent foundation for the bed, as in this example from the Lupanar at Pompeii.As freeborn women were not allowed to have sex outside of marriage, it is almost certain that their only customers were men. The practice of homosexual intercourse was indeed nothing strange for the ancient Rome.The only rule was that the citizens who were higher up in rank could not take on a submissive role during intercourse. In general, the sex trade was not frowned upon and it was central in maintaining the institution of marriage. It was believed that the wife’s role was solely to provide a male heir.Roman fresco with banquet scene (detail) from the Casa dei Casti Amanti (IX 12, 6-8) in Pompeii.Seeking pleasures from a wife was thought to be immodest and not respectful to the woman. Therefore, the husbands would fulfill their fantasies in one of the many brothels around. Sex work was not illegal, but adultery was, so it was a normal practice to pay in exchange for physical love.However, sex-workers had it far from easy. They worked in stone cells, usually without any windows and with a curtain instead of a door.Fresco of couple in bed.Most sex workers were slaves, so they did not have any choice but to obey their masters. The attitude towards slaves in ancient Italy was not favorable — it ranged between indifference at best to open violence.They were cut off from the rest of the world and usually moved only around the estate they worked in. They were usually under the control of procurers who owned the rights to them and their bodies, and who may have provided only the most basic necessities for their slaves.Read another story from us: Clever Marketing: Ancient Greek prostitutes wore sandals that printed a message in the ground reading, “Follow me”At bigger towns and cities there were some women that worked the streets on their own. The percentage of solo prostitutes is rather small, and it consisted either of freed slaves or very poor freeborn women.last_img read more

Gear Up for the Holidaysand Beyond

first_imgNovember 20, 2009 5 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer You can’t claim to have lived in New England until you’ve gotten through a winter. The same could be said for e-commerce sites. Whatever track record you’ve had the rest of the year, the real proof that your online business is viable comes some time after the holiday crunch. Did you handle the high volumes without sacrificing customer care? Did you not only deliver the goods for current customers but also attract new ones? Did you, your staff and website emerge intact? Is your accountant smiling?If the answer to these questions is generally “yes,” then you should be smiling, too. But here’s my advice: Think of the holidays as a stress test for your organization. You won’t always be dealing with these kinds of volumes, but the best practices you embrace now will pay dividends the rest of the year.In that spirit, here are some tips for the holiday season–and beyond:Use incentives to keep a steady flowOne of the most important safeguards against getting overwhelmed is to level out the volume spikes that can catch your organization off guard. The steadier the flow of traffic to your site, the better. Conversely, if 90 percent of your customers place their orders on Dec. 22, you’re going to look unprepared no matter how much preparation you’ve made.Begin by working out a set of incentives that will get your customers buying early. Possibilities include free gift wrapping, free shipping, two-for-one offers, coupon codes for later purchases, and, especially popular in today’s economy, merchandise discounts and promotions. Then make sure your customers are aware of the offers by highlighting them on your home page. You can also e-mail your most valued customers, as long as you don’t wear out your welcome. Finally, monitor the results to see what your customers are responding to. That knowledge will help you rev up sales during slow periods throughout the year.Clearly communicate the true costThe trend in e-commerce sites is to eliminate as many hidden costs as possible. Transparency is especially important during the holiday season, when customers have even less patience for unhappy surprises. Customers report that hidden shipping costs are the most frequent irritant–especially when those costs are unexpectedly high and only appear at the final stages of checkout. That ploy can lead to shopping cart abandonment–the merchandise is at the “register,” but the customer has departed.Instead, let customers know as soon as possible in the process what shipping will cost. Most of us know what it costs to mail a package, so keep those costs in line with customer expectations–or go one better and offer free shipping as an option. Some customers will always want more expedited shipping, but all will appreciate the opportunity to get standard shipping for free. And again, that’s true not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.Take customer support seriously–but let’s chatThe time has long passed since the days when an e-commerce site could hide from its customers by not responding to queries. Phone calls are usually best, but not every online company has the resources to handle them, especially during the holiday crunch.What to do? Resist the urge to bring in people who can answer the phone, but lack the expertise to truly represent your store. A badly handled call is worse than an unanswered one. Instead, consider online chat. The medium isn’t as personal as the phone, but skilled representatives can conduct five or 10 chats at once–and customers will quickly recognize whether the people at the other end know what they’re doing. Of course, e-mail can also be effective as long as you’re diligent about responding quickly–an e-mail black hole is worse than no e-mail at all. And what if you’re truly underwater from customer queries? Apologize, get a number and a good time to call–and call back.Use “heat map” technology to track what clicksHere’s another place the holiday stress test can serve you well in the coming year: tracking what people actually do on your site. Companies like CrazyEgg, and Clickdensity offer services that can show you how people are navigating your website, with the ability to experiment with new designs that are more effective. While the holiday season is no time for a major redesign, you can make quick fixes, and then use this invaluable data to make bigger changes later on.Improve checkoutOne reason people have flocked online for their holiday shopping is that when they’re ready to check out, they’re always first in line. So make sure you’ve exceeded customer expectations during those final, crucial mouse clicks. The key is to reduce the number of hoops customers must jump through, while giving them different options to pay. For example, the checkout process should securely retain customer data so that people don’t have to re-enter their information with each purchase. You should also offer a variety of payment options so that shoppers can use their preferred payment method, including a buy now, pay later plan, which is especially important in these cash-strapped times.When your customers check out, they should also feel safe. Over the past few years, many people became online shoppers only after they overcame their fear of making online transactions. Once they had a good experience, they returned online for more. In that sense, every successful online transaction is a win for our industry as a whole. So do your part: Make sure your customers are feeling safe by giving them a truly secure method of paying. Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

Pair of Apple Patents Aims to Answer Whered I Park My Car

first_img Register Now » August 21, 2014 2 min read Does there really have to be an app for everything?A pair of patents initially filed in February 2013 by Apple suggests that the storied tech company is seeking to answer a question asked by absentminded drivers through the ages: Where’d I park my car?The patents, first noted by AppleInsider, could theoretically determine when and where a car has been parked, and then navigate users back to their vehicles without requiring a data connection.For instance, an iPhone might establish a Bluetooth connection with a car in order to watch for certain triggers — such as open doors or shuttered ignitions — to determine that it has been parked.Related: Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You’re Going? Apple Has a Patent for That.Then, using GPS when a signal is available and the iPhone’s own onboard sensors and accelerometer data when it’s not, the technology could purportedly tracks a driver’s whereabouts by dropping digital breadcrumbs in relation to that parking spot.To activate directions, Apple imagines that users might initiate a vocal command to Siri — upon which an audio and/or visual navigation would appear.The patents would seem to bolster Apple’s marked play for car integration — including its CarPlay system, which syncs users’ iPhones with a built-in dashboard display and whose launch was recently pushed into next year.Related: Apple’s Latest Patent Tracks Temperature, Perspiration and Heart Rate — in Your Headphonescenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

NASA and IBM Are Hosting an Epic Global Hackathon This Weekend

first_img If we are ever going to live on Mars, we first have to figure out how to create oxygen on the red planet’s surface. This weekend, entrepreneurs, designers, coders, inventors, storytellers and creatives from all over the world will come together in a 48-hour hackathon to offer solutions to this and other big-picture problems.NASA and IBM are collaborating to host the International Space Apps Challenge. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in more than 130 locations across the globe.The hackathon starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, wherever you are in the world and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, local time. Teams work together on open-source problems.Related: Elon Musk Wants to Colonize Mars in Order to Fend Off Human ExtinctionThe challenge topics fall into one of four main categories: earth, outer space, humans and robotics. The problems being tackled this weekend are quite intentionally orders of magnitude more grandiose than the sorts of daily annoyances that most of us mere mortals spend our time sorting through.For example, one challenge NASA is asking hackers to think about is wearable fashion technology for astronauts to wear in space. One challenge wants a team to find the most exciting pictures of the universe. And another involves making a 3-D printer for food in space.Related: NASA Takes a Step Toward Mars With Test LaunchCliche as it may sound, the idea for the International Space Apps Challenge was born on a hotel napkin in San Francisco, and is a product of the belief that “innovation is often bottom-up, decentralized and unpredictable,” according to the Challenge’s website. It’s the sort of naively utopian, kind of crazy, and totally fascinating daydreaming that just really might change the world we live in.Listen to NASA astronaut Catherine “Cody” Coleman talk about the challenge in the video embedded below. Related: Exploring the Deep Ocean With Underwater Robots  April 8, 2015 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freecenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readlast_img read more

4 Amazing Products From CES I Cant Wait to Use

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read January 6, 2017 Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. My first day at CES was insane. I saw so much technology at CES, it was mind-numbing. This show is an overload — in the very best way. It’s a mob! I don’t know what took me so long. If you’re not at CES, you’re out of it.The booths that were packed and loud were very interactive. They had to be to stand out in this tech-obsessed crowd. The products upstairs — like 3D printers and smart watches — weren’t exactly revolutionary. These were more or less proven moneymakers. It was corporate.But the atmosphere downstairs was different. It was intense. The startups there are battling it out to eventually make it big and move upstairs, which I can’t help but love. They’re out there in the aisles, hustling. Fighting tool and nail to get noticed. These are my people. When something was hot, it was obvious, because the cameras were out. Some booths were three or four persons deep the entire day.Related: 9 Must-See Products at CESThese were the products that caught my eye the most:1. Holographic technology from Kino-mo Image Credit: Stephen KeyHolograms are here! And they are amazingly cool, especially Kino-mo. The company creates holographic technology to be used in advertising. This London-based company’s one-sentence benefit statement: Take your logo to the moon. And they definitely did that at CES.The booth I checked was for Hypervision, Kino-mo’s “holo-displays.” You can think of them like holograms, because that’s what they look like but less costly. That said, so far the holo-displays have been used by brands like Aston Martin, Intel, and Samsung for advertising.Someone on the team had been smart enough to mount the holograms high enough, so that they could easily be seen from a distance, which meant their booth was packed all day long. I must have walked by six times.The visuals themselves were vividly bright and looked as if they were floating. You had to pull your phone out.2. Sam’s Curious Cars from SAM Labs Image Credit: Stephen KeyI really dug SAM, an innovative new toy from UK-based startup SAM Labs that “allows kids to start building and creating in a really fun and intuitive way,” Morten B. Hagen, head of sales and marketing, told me. Using SAM’s small wireless building blocks and app, children can build and program their own inventions.When Hagen said, “You can think of it like Lego from the future,” within less than 15 seconds, I was sold. That’s a great benefit statement!Related: Artificial Intelligence Now Has a Voice, But Security Challenges Loom3. Magic Instruments high-tech guitarImage Credit: Stephen KeyDeveloped by a Julliard-trained musician, I was told anyone can play it. Officially, on their marketing materials, it’s “quick to play and fun to learn.” Interesting! The company graduated from Y Combinator in winter 2016 and raised $415,000 in pre-orders on Indiegogo.4. 3Dvarius high-end electric violinImage Credit: 3D VariusThis product was wild. Taking several hundred hours to hand-make in France, it marketed itself as a “combination of the latest technologies with ancient violin-making skills.” Customized and adopted to the user’s body, it was eye-catching and even more fun to watch the gentleman doing the demo wail on it. Related: No More Bad Hair Days With This Smart HairbrushI’ve been to a lot of trade shows but none that have been so interactive. Much of what I saw downstairs was pre-production and had gone or planned on going the crowdfunding route with Indiegogo and Amazon Launchpad’s presence felt.     Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

How to Fix the iOS 111 Glitch That Wont Let You Type

first_img 2 min read November 7, 2017 Register Now » Are you having problems with your iOS keyboard after downloading iOS 11.1? You’re not alone.A strange bug affecting some devices running iOS 11.1 prevents people from typing the letter “i.” Reddit user TheCravin reported the problem over the weekend, noting that when some people try to type the letter “i” on a device running the public version of iOS 11.1, the keyboard suggests a different character like the “A,” “#” or “!,” followed by the “the Unicode character for ‘Hey I can’t read this'” — a box with a question mark.”I thought that was weird, but then I saw a tweet where someone clearly tried to type ‘I,’ and it instead showed the ‘A’ operator and then the question mark character,” TheCravin wrote. “When I tried to copy and paste the content of the tweet, my paste fixed it and just showed the letter ‘I.'”Several users chimed in on that thread and on Twitter saying they, too, were experiencing the issue.Anyone else finding this glitch on iOS??? What is going on? #is6621— Whitney McDonald (@WhitMcDonald2) November 3, 2017WTF IS THIS???— It’s Lizard ? (@_elizabeth_hull) November 6, 2017In a support note, Apple confirmed that some iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices running the latest version of its mobile operating system are autocorrecting the letter “i” to the letter “A” with a symbol. It offered a workaround until it’s able to provide a fix in a future software update.Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text ReplacementTap .For Phrase, type an upper-case “I.” For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i.”Apple’s iOS 11.1, released on Tuesday, also includes more than 70 new emoji, including fairies, mermaids, a t-rex, a person meditating, a zebra, giraffe, hedgehog, cricket and more. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more