Citation: Japanese company introduces irresistibly cute mind-controlled ‘cat ears’ (w/ video) (2011, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-japanese-company-irresistibly-cute-mind-controlled.html Explore further 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 company, called Neurowear, demonstrated its new product in the “Smile Bazar”at Omotesando Hills, which it captured on video and displays on its site; and while the participants are clearly amused by the cat ears moving around, and there is much smiling and some laughing, it’s difficult to tell just how much control over the ears the wearers have. A natural question arises also as to whether people can get better at manipulating their ears if they wear them over time.In spite of the gimmick quality of the necomimi, it’s obvious that the concept could have a more serious purpose, such as helping those with communication difficulties express themselves. Also, a not so obvious part of the necomimi experience is the reaction of the people around the person wearing the ears; in the video, it’s impossible to not notice the looks of mirth on the faces of the people around, and, it’s difficult to not smile yourself as you watch the people in the video try on the device; their reactions, and the way the ears react combined with the expressions on their face, is actually rather profound, though it’s hard to say why. Whether it’s the cuteness factor, or a feeling that something is being conveyed by the person, albeit artificial ears, that you don’t generally see in any other way, there is something unique and sweet about the whole human/machine interaction that very clearly evokes something in others.The necomimi is another in a long line of products that listen and respond to brain waves, and doubtless there will be many more, though what’ s not certain, is whether they will be nearly as cute. More information: via neurowear.net/ © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a bit of science mixed with whimsy, a Japanese company has created a set of electromechanical cat ears that can be worn on the human head and manipulated with nothing but the mind. Called the necomimi (a combination of the Japanese words for cat and ear) and looking very much like the ears that come with a cat costume, the ears respond to thoughts or mood by means of a sensor on a second small band pressed against the forehead; they can stand straight up when the wearer is concentrating, or wriggle and turn slightly when amused, or lay flat when tired or bored, demonstrating what the company calls, an ability to reveal emotion. Newborn ear deformities corrected without surgery
(Phys.org) —The University of Michigan conducted a poll back in 1992, asking 26,000 men and women over the age of 50 and living in the U.S. what they thought about their chances of living to age 75, was it 10 percent, 50, 100? It was all part of a Health and Retirement survey conducted to shed some light on what people were doing about saving for retirement in light of news that social security might not be the safety net many people have been hoping for. Now, 22 years later, researchers with the Brookings Institute have revisited the answers given by respondents and compared those numbers to how long those people actually did live—to see how well the people back then were able to guess how long they would live. As it turns out, most were wildly pessimistic. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: Peter Griffin/public domain Citation: Health and Retirement study indicates people wildly underestimate how long they will live (2014, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-health-people-wildly-underestimate.html More information: Better Financial Security in Retirement? Realizing the Promise of Longevity Annuities, www.brookings.edu/research/pap … ities-abraham-harrisAbstractThe shift in the U.S. retirement system away from company pensions and towards individual retirement accounts has placed greater responsibility on workers for ensuring the adequacy of their saving and managing those savings. Absent ready availability of or familiarity with suitable financial instruments, retirees increasingly are self-insuring against a variety of retirement risks, especially the risk of outliving their assets. One alternative to self-insuring against extended longevity is an insurance product known as a “longevity annuity.” The essence of a longevity annuity is a fixed stream of payments that begins with a substantial delay from the time the contract is purchased—a longevity annuity purchased at age 60 or 65, for example, might begin payments at age 75, 80 or 85. The current market for longevity annuities faces many barriers, ranging from consumer decision making that does not account adequately for longevity risk to the fiduciary concerns of employers to incomplete markets for the hedging of risk by insurance companies. In this paper, we highlight how recent trends have precipitated a need for products that offer protection against longevity risk, consider whether longevity annuities can improve retirement security, highlight barriers to more widespread take-up of longevity annuities, and offer a menu of potential reforms to bolster this fledgling market. Survey: Working longer—older Americans’ attitudes on work and retirement In looking at the data, the researchers found that the most pessimistic of them all, those who believed they had zero chance of living to 75, were wrong in almost half the cases. On the other end of the extreme, those who were absolutely certain they would live to 75, were good predictors, a little over 78 percent of them were right. The rest fell somewhere in-between.Such numbers are important because people are living longer and the population has shifted to the point where there is not enough young people paying into the social security pot to pay for all the retirees at the other end. Thus, people are having to save money on their own, and some, such as the folks at the Brookings Institute are afraid that if people are pessimistic about how long they’ll live, they won’t save enough should they outlive their expectations. But, they also offer a possible solution.Their idea is convince people to buy a longevity annuity—it’s a type of investment that pays a certain amount back over a certain number of years, which, as it turns out, is very similar to how social security works—only in this case, it’s all private and is based entirely on how much an investor puts in initially. They point out how quickly an investment can grow and how important it is that people take their retirement more seriously. Of course for that to happen, some means will have to be found for convincing people that their chances for living into their old age, is a lot higher than they think. 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.
© 2017 Phys.org Explore further More information: Naturally occurring fluorescence in frogs, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1701053114AbstractFluorescence, the absorption of short-wavelength electromagnetic radiation reemitted at longer wavelengths, has been suggested to play several biological roles in metazoans. This phenomenon is uncommon in tetrapods, being restricted mostly to parrots and marine turtles. We report fluorescence in amphibians, in the tree frog Hypsiboas punctatus, showing that fluorescence in living frogs is produced by a combination of lymph and glandular emission, with pigmentary cell filtering in the skin. The chemical origin of fluorescence was traced to a class of fluorescent compounds derived from dihydroisoquinolinone, here named hyloins. We show that fluorescence contributes 18−29% of the total emerging light under twilight and nocturnal scenarios, largely enhancing brightness of the individuals and matching the sensitivity of night vision in amphibians. These results introduce an unprecedented source of pigmentation in amphibians and highlight the potential relevance of fluorescence in visual perception in terrestrial environments. Fluorescence in the tree frog H. punctatus. Adult male under UV-blue light (400 nm; Upper) and white light (Lower). Credit: PNAS, doi/10.1073/pnas.1701053114 The cave squeaker returns: Rare frog seen after decades Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of Brazilian researchers has found a naturally fluorescent tree frog living in the Amazon basin and it represents the only known fluorescent amphibian. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study of the frog, their surprise at finding it was fluorescent and their plans for further study to learn why it has such a remarkable feature. The most commonly known application of fluorescent material is the paint used on posters that glow brightly when exposed to a black light. In the natural world, fluorescence is observed in a variety of ocean creatures, including sharks, corals and sea turtles—and in a few land animals such as scorpions and parrots. Also, fluorescence is not the same as bioluminescence—fluorescent creatures do not generate the light via chemical reactions; instead, they have skin that is able to absorb short wavelength light and re-emit it as longer wavelength light.In studying the tiny frog (the South American polka dot tree frog— Hypsiboas punctatus), the researchers found a skin pigment they thought might result in fluorescence, so they pointed a black light at it and found the frog changed from a dull yellow color with red spots to a neon green frog with dark spots. Surprised by their finding, the researchers conducted a thorough investigation of the little amphibian’s skin. In so doing, they discovered three molecules, hyloin-L1, L2 and G1. Each has a ring and a hydrocarbon chain, which, the researchers note, is unlike known molecules that cause other creatures to be fluorescent. They also found that the molecules allowed for emitting a lot of light, approximately 18 percent as much as moonlight.The researchers do not know why the frogs are fluorescent, and they note the frogs have not been subjected to much prior study, which means there is a lot to learn. They plan to study photoreceptors in their eyes to find out if the frogs use their fluorescence to better see one another at night. They also plan to take a closer look at other tree frogs in the area to see if they, too, may have the same feature. Citation: Naturally fluorescent amphibian found in Amazon basin (2017, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-naturally-fluorescent-amphibian-amazon-basin.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Phase transition speed, as the researchers note, is typically constrained by the speed at which energy can enter a system. Ice turning to water, for example, is constrained by the speed at which heat can enter the ice. The process follows the rules of quantum mechanics, of course, though few theorists have believed it was possible for a transition to occur as fast as the rules allowed. In this new effort, the researchers have shown that such is the case by causing such a transition to occur.To test the limits of transition speed, the researchers cooled samples of indium on silicon to 30K and then measured the electron diffraction pattern of the surface and found it to be an insulator. They then fired a laser at the sample causing it to heat up very quickly—indium atoms assemble themselves automatically into three atom wide metallic wire when heated. Then they fired another laser pulse to measure how the diffraction pattern had changed. They repeated the process multiple times varying the time between laser firings to see how much time transpired before the insulator became a metal—as it turned out, for times longer than 350 fs. They also tried varying the amount of laser power and found that the more power they applied, the faster the transition—up to a point where it became a constant, which the team noted, was the quantum limit.Though describing the transition event as the fastest electronic switch ever observed, the team readily acknowledges that they are not suggesting that it could be used to somehow create optical switches for use in practical applications. Rather, they note, it was just some theorists doing some basic research. Citation: Optically excited structural transition fastest electronic switch ever observed (2017, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-optically-transition-fastest-electronic.html Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Electron diffraction patterns and surface structures. Credit: (c) Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21432 More information: T. Frigge et al. Optically excited structural transition in atomic wires on surfaces at the quantum limit, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21432AbstractTransient control over the atomic potential-energy landscapes of solids could lead to new states of matter and to quantum control of nuclear motion on the timescale of lattice vibrations. Recently developed ultrafast time-resolved diffraction techniques1 combine ultrafast temporal manipulation with atomic-scale spatial resolution and femtosecond temporal resolution. These advances have enabled investigations of photo-induced structural changes in bulk solids that often occur on timescales as short as a few hundred femtoseconds. In contrast, experiments at surfaces and on single atomic layers such as graphene report timescales of structural changes that are orders of magnitude longer. This raises the question of whether the structural response of low-dimensional materials to femtosecond laser excitation is, in general, limited. Here we show that a photo-induced transition from the low- to high-symmetry state of a charge density wave in atomic indium (In) wires supported by a silicon (Si) surface takes place within 350 femtoseconds. The optical excitation breaks and creates In–In bonds, leading to the non-thermal excitation of soft phonon modes, and drives the structural transition in the limit of critically damped nuclear motion through coupling of these soft phonon modes to a manifold of surface and interface phonons that arise from the symmetry breaking at the silicon surface. This finding demonstrates that carefully tuned electronic excitations can create non-equilibrium potential energy surfaces that drive structural dynamics at interfaces in the quantum limit (that is, in a regime in which the nuclear motion is directed and deterministic)8. This technique could potentially be used to tune the dynamic response of a solid to optical excitation, and has widespread potential application, for example in ultrafast detectors. Journal information: Nature Phase transition discovery opens the door to new electronics (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Germany has used laser pulses to change an atomic wire from an insulator to a metal and back again in what the group describes as the fastest electronic switch ever observed. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their experiments testing the boundaries of phase transition speeds, which have proven that it can occur much faster under certain conditions than was thought possible. 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.
Scientists have been working steadily toward building quantum computers and networks, and have made strides in both areas in recent years. But one inhibiting factor is the construction of quantum memory devices. Such devices have been built, but until now, they have been too large to put on a chip, a requirement for practical applications. In this new effort, the researchers report developing a quantum memory device that is not only small enough to fit on a chip, but is also able to retrieve data on demand.The device is very small, approximately 10 by 0.7 micrometers and has an odd shape, like a Toblerone candy bar—long and thin with a notched triangular shape, with mirrors on either end. It is made of yttrium orthovanadate with small amounts of neodymium, which form a cavity. These cavities in turn hold a crystal cavity that traps single photons encoding data information (zero, one or both).To operate the device, the researchers fired laser pulses at it, causing photons to assemble in the comb, which forced them to be absorbed—the configuration also caused the photons to emerge from the comb after 75 nanoseconds. During the time period when the photons were absorbed, the researchers fired dual laser pulses at the comb to delay the reemergence of the photons for 10 nanoseconds, which allowed for on-demand retrieval of data. During the time period when the photons were held, they existed as dual pulses—early and late. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S. and Italy has built a quantum memory device that is approximately 1000 times smaller than similar devices—small enough to install on a chip. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes building the memory device and their plans for adding to its functionality. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Tian Zhong et al. Nanophotonic rare-earth quantum memory with optically controlled retrieval, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5959AbstractOptical quantum memories are essential elements in quantum networks for long distance distribution of quantum entanglement. Scalable development of quantum network nodes requires on-chip qubit storage functionality with control of its readout time. We demonstrate a high-fidelity nanophotonic quantum memory based on a mesoscopic neodymium ensemble coupled to a photonic crystal cavity. The nanocavity enables >95% spin polarization for efficient initialization of the atomic frequency comb memory, and time-bin-selective readout via enhanced optical Stark shift of the comb frequencies. Our solid-state memory is integrable with other chip-scale photon source and detector devices for multiplexed quantum and classical information processing at the network nodes.Press release Journal information: Science Play Video abstract where some of the authors describe the work. Credit: Dr. Tian Zhong, Dr. Andrei Faraon, Jonathan Kindem, Jake Rochman To show that the device was actually storing data information, the team compared the wavefunction of the photons both before and after storage and found them to be virtually unchanged, meaning they still held their zero, one or both state—it had not been destroyed, which meant the device was truly a quantum memory device. Explore further Citation: New quantum memory device small enough to fit on a chip (2017, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-quantum-memory-device-small-chip.html Physicists use quantum memory to demonstrate quantum secure direct communication PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Scanning electron microscope image showing the nano-scale optical quantum memory fabricated in yttrium orthovanadate (YVO). The schematic shows that this device is an optical cavity that contains Nd atoms. Credit: Dr. Tian Zhong 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.
Belarus might not have natural resources and might be marred by some crises in the past, but despite all that, the country has recorded substantial economic growth.The Belarusian government pursues the strategy of cautious reform with great concern for social welfare and stability, being a social-oriented market economy. The government helps in smooth transition from the command to market economy, providing social support to vulnerable population groups. Since the late 1990s, Belarus has attained progress in economic reform and stabilisation. The country avoided the shutdown of its major industrial enterprises and retained one of the highest standards of living in former Soviet Union. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The industrial potential of Belarus includes 20 thermoelectric power stations, 17 metallurgical works, 70 petrochemical plants (the concern ‘Belneftekhim’), 29 machine-tool construction enterprises, 36 automakers, 37 tractor and agricultural engineering plants, 11 construction, road and municipal engineering plants, 20 food and light industry engineering enterprises, three research and-production associations of electronic industry, 41 enterprises of electrical industry, 36 instrument-makers, 70 research-and-production associations, plants and institutes of radio industry, 1,416 producers of light and textile industries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe share of mechanical engineering and metalworking constitutes 25% of the country’s industrial output. According to recent researches, the number of small-scale enterprises exceeded 30 thousand. Six economic zones are established. 2,650 joint ventures and foreign enterprises with foreign investments are registered in Belarus. They are created with participation of 80 overseas countries.Among Belarus’ most powerful plants are Belarussian Autoworks BelAZ, Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), the Minsk Tractor Plant (MTZ), ‘Atlant’ (freezer and refrigerator plant), Belaruskaliy (the biggest producer of potassium fertilizers in the world) and oil refineries in Novopolotsk and Mozyr.
We have come a long way since Jane Austen first published Pride and Prejudice in 1813 and the British literati heaved sighs soaked in 19th century restraint-laced romance. Long walks in the countryside, manners and mannerisms, old fashioned pleasantries interspersed with superheated battle of wits had to make up for the inability of the author, or the reader, to indulge in sexually explicit scenes. But wasn’t there an air of overcharged eroticism engulfing all of Austen’s, or even the Bronte sisters’ novels that still make them such breathless reads? Why do we keep revisiting their relatively ‘tame’ narratives, if there wasn’t the aura of something throbbing and lurking under the soft domestic strokes of their disciplined literary flourishes? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The vintage British awkwardness, once a virtue, has now been supplanted by a risqué approach so brazen that publishing houses have come up with ‘sexed up’ versions of 19th century classics, particularly Pride and Prejudice, that has completed 200 years since its publication. All thanks to the phenomenon called Fifty Shades of Grey—a three-volume saga by the 50-year-old British author EL James (real name Erika Leonard) of a virginal Anastasia Steele who’s enlisted as a ‘sexual slave’ by the Seattle billionaire Christian Grey. Like a spruced up avatar of Charlotte Bronte’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJane Eyre, Mr Grey, much like his literary predecessor Mr Rochester, has a room dedicated to his excesses of sexuality, in this case, of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.Although separated by two centuries, Pride and Prejudice shares much with Fifty Shades, which include the classic female fiction tropes of fairy tale romances. The medieval stereotype – of the chaste and very young (but now willing, a merciful 20th century amendment) heroine, who is overpowered by an older man, impeccable in character, strength as well as social stature, but proud and condescending – remains intact. While Austen unravels her plot in the verdant fields and manor houses of Pemberley, James takes her narrative to fast-paced American cities such as Seattle and Washington. While Darcy is torn by his moral uprightness that clashes with his repressed sexuality, Grey is battered by his sexual overdrive and alterity, which are counterpoised to an inner kernel of societally approved definition of what is normal and what is right. In a way, Christian Grey is what Fitzwilliam Darcy has transformed into after 200 years of literary and cultural reimagination.Of course, literary prudes and cultural snobs can dismiss such an odious comparison as total hogwash, saying that the narrative merits of Austenprose outshine by a million times the hazy, neon-lit, pathetically consumerist sex scenes of James’ Fifty Shades. That the latter started off as a ‘fan fiction’ self-perpetuating on the sidelines of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga is another interesting twist to the story. That one of the best-selling books of our times has had such an unoriginal origin is a development that sheds more light on how we read and stumble upon works of fiction these days, more than the literary merit of the particular book itself.Like Pride and Prejudice, Fifty Shades too has reached a cult status, although one cannot be sure if it will stand the test of time and lure readers 200 years into the future that Jane Austen’s novels are guaranteed to do. Another thread linking the two polar extremes is the genre of the chick-lit, the books on life, romance and the urban woman exemplified by the series Sex and the City. Yet, unlike Carrie Bradshaw and her friends, who are women of supreme independence, the typical chick-lit protagonists tend to fall back on the tried and tested tropes of marriage and fulfilment of love. That is where Fifty Shades of Grey meets Pride and Prejudice, in its continuation of the ‘manhunt’ by the willing women of our times.
The award aspires to create a benchmark that custodians of Indian cultural forms will value, carrying forward global legacies.Lakhia is a distinguished disciple of renowned traditional Kathak gurus like Shambhu Maharaj, Birju Maharaj, Pandit Sunder Prasad, Radha Lal Mishra and Ashiq Hussain.She is credited for moving away from the solo form of Kathak starting in the 60s’, by turning it into a group spectacle and also innovations taking away traditional stories, adding contemporary story lines to the repertoire.Some of her most famous choreographies include Dhabkar (Pulse), Yugal (The Duet), and Atah-kim. She was also a choreographer in the Hindi film, Umrao Jaan (1981) with Gopi Krishna. She will be presented the award by Lalit Mansingh, vice president of ICCR.WHEN: 17 November, 6:30 pmWHERE: Kamani Auditorium
National Museum is celebrating the International Museum Day from Sunday with a five-week series of youth-centric summer workshops for developing their skills and talent in various fields of all-round personality.The various sessions will include painting workshops, story-telling sessions, clay-modelling and print-making. The children will also learn an ancient script and decorative arts form the core activities for boys and girls spanning from the age of seven to 17 years group in different categories in Playtime at National Museum sessions which will start from 18 May and continue till 25 June. The stories and lecture sessions on 18 May Museum Day at the National Museum will be for the public at large, irrespective of age. It will start with a three-day Tanjore painting workshop for 30 students of the 13-17 age bracket. It features sessions of two hours each, starting from 11 am. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Sunday proceedings will also see sessions open for people of all ages. In the forenoon is a Story in the Gallery on Hanuman (being delivered by Sanjib Kumar Singh, while afternoon sessions are two: How to Look at Miniatures led by Dr Kanaklata Singh and on Ancient Games led by Anamika Pathak and Zhahid Ali. The highlight of the day would be trail and activity, where children would be served with booklets at the National Museum reception. They can then trace the images shown in the book and return with stickers as proof to have found the objects at National Museum galleries. There will be touch-and-learn sessions on decorative art and a story session (on The Missing Necklace of the Harappan Girl) and Play with Clay in May. The June activities will cover print-making, script learning, story sessions and ‘know your museum’ besides touch-and-learn on arms and armour.
Lado Sarai Village, the art hub of the Capital brought to light the iconic concept of Art Night Out yesterday. A platform that brings together aspiring artists, art enthusiasts, curators and art writers to waltz from gallery to gallery, celebrating the true essence of art and culture. A kilometre-long stretch of the ancient village of Lado Sarai, amidst the historic Qutab Minar archeological complex, bursts into rainbow colours when the galleries open their new exhibitions together in the venture titled Lado Sarai Art Night. This joint effort by the art galleries of Lado Sarai helps them to boost their interest towards art over a joyous mood every year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participating galleries at this edition of Art Night Out were – Art District XIII, Latitude 28 and Studio Art. Art District XIII hosted Ranjit Hoskotes (Curator) magnum opus Zameen, featuring artists Atul Dodiya, Arun Kumar HG, Ashim Purkayastha, Baiju Parthan, Gigi Scaria, Gargi Raina, Jagannath Panda, Praneet Soi, Ranbir Kaleka, Ram Rahman, Ravi Agarwal, Ryan Lobo, Veer Munshi, Vishwajyoti Gosh and Zarina Hashmi.‘Lado Sarai is fast becoming one of the Capital’s most fashionable art addresses with noted houses like us and others. This sort of collective initiative by all of us to draw viewers and buyers from the Capital ensuring decent boost to the art market of Delhi, by catering to the right set of audience,’ says curator, Hoskote. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLatitude 28 brought Lahore-based artist Mohammad Ali Talpurs first solo art show in India, titled Alif which is on till 10 November.While speaking about the initiative, Bhavna Kakar (Founder and Director, Latitude 28) said, ‘We are happy to host this show for Talpur at the gallery as a part of the Art Night in Lado Sarai. This is his first solo show in India, hence it holds a different significance for the artist, and us as well. We firmly believe that this joint effort by all the galleries will definitely add value to the identity of this historic urban village and its growing reputation as the Capital’s premier art hub. It should be the next art community hub on the street of Delhi. Studio Art hosted a group show by Japanese artists. It included works by Goroh Saitoh, Noriko Tamura, Minori Takahashi, Yoshifumi Nojima, Sayuri Azumi, Miwako Koyama, Shin Iguchi, Yuki Ideguchi and Tamako Kataoka.Ashna Singh, Director, Studio Art pointed out, ‘The concept of Art Night is a telling comment on the movement of the new art trends in the country. It’s becoming younger in years, more abstract and diverse in material, showing a marked shift in trends from the traditional approach of promoting art.
Dastkar, in partnership with Delhi Tourism, presents The Winter Mela – a heart-warming celebration of winter textiles, crafts, food and more. The exhibition brings together the best of the rich regional textiles, beauty products, food and more from across India, with a special focus on the crafts of Kashmir, a special section showcasing the crafts and culture of Kashmir and Painted Fables: Panchatantra Chitra exhibition of paintings depicting stories created by craftspeople and artists under the guidance of the Crafts Council of India. The exhibition will be held at Nature Bazaaar Venue, near Chattarpur from December 11 to 22. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dastkar Winter Mela brings you an exquisite range of clothing to warm up your wardrobe with beautiful tussar silk weaves from Chattisgarh and Bihar, the rare and intricate dana-weaving or tangalia textiles from Gujarat. Lovely kullu and kinnauri wool shawls from Himachal Pradesh etc. All will be present alongside a wide and vivid selection of Kutch shawls and stoles by several expert weavers from the Vankar community. Hand-embroidered and patchwork quilts will be available, as well as knitted sweaters, capes, gloves and socks. The exhibition of paintings Painted Fables: Panchatantra Chitra depicts stories from the Panchatantra, narrated through different painting and craft styles – Madhubani of Bihar, Patachitra of West Bengal and Odisha, Sanjhi paper-cutting from Uttar Pradesh, Sikki grass, Santhal painting from Odisha, Phad painting of Rajasthan, Gond tribal painting of Madhya Pradesh and Kalamkari of Andhra Pradesh. Created under the aegis of Gulshan Nanda (former chairperson of Central Cottage Industries Emporium) and the Crafts Council of India, the painting exhibition will bring the Nature Bazaar Exhibition Gallery to life and introduce visitors to the rich artistic traditions of story-telling in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA special feature within the Dastkar Winter Mela, brings together some of the crafts and craftspeople most affected, highlighting the tragedy. The floods swept away not only karigars and their family members, but workplaces, equipment, raw material and stock. In no other state is such a high percentage of the population dependent on craft – for livelihoods, earnings and economic growth. The impact has been catastrophic.“The exhibition is a small start in helping Kashmir and its craftspeople make new roots and flower and flourish again. It also draws attention to how much needs to be done. I hope the people of Delhi come forward and support it.” says Laila Tyabji and founder trustee of Ctok.With cultural performances brightening up the bazaar, and hot regional snacks and beverages at the Winter Mela Food Court, enjoy a crisp and wintry 12 days with Dastkar celebrating arts, crafts, culture, nature, and regional cuisine!Where: Nature Bazaar Venue, Andheria Modh, Delhi (Near Chattarpur metro station) When: December 11-22
As the world prepares for cleaner sources of energy, India is ready to reduce its reliance on coal and other forms of non-renewable energy, on the condition that developed nations provide the necessary aid. The process to avoid fossil fuels that create harmful emissions has already begun. Government authorities also told media that developed nations have been approached for financial and technical support. They further added that there are a few deals already in place. However, they will have to wait for these deals to fructify to begin the process of adopting renewable clean energy. Authorities also made it clear that wind and solar energy were now on their priority list. The government has decided to not allot further funds towards the expansion of coal usage but rather redirect them on creating renewable energy. India’s key negotiator, Ajay Mathur, spoke at the United Nations Climate conference confirming the above points. He accorded that India would focus on wind and solar energy and that coal would only be a backup in case there is a requirement of more energy resources. Ajay Mathur later briefed the media on the possibility of getting more funds to develop the necessary technology. He spoke of global warming being an alarming issue. Meanwhile, a lot of developed nations are showing interest in helping developing nations achieve this target. However, the interest appears superficial, as there are no real commitments from any nation regarding the same. At the Paris conference, countries debated and discussed pressing issues such as global warming, the minimum limit set up for the same and a clear timeline to achieve those targets. India’s Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had earlier spoken to the media, saying that India posed no obstacles and would commit to doing its bit. Hence, it would be safe to say, India does not live under the illusion that climate change is a myth. India is one of the worst affected countries when it comes to climate change. In fact, India has taken greater initiatives than the US to reduce carbon emissions.Countries across the globe have committed to creating a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the Paris Conference. The attempt by the more affluent nations to embrace an agenda for climate change ignores the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibility (CDR) that was evolved at the 1992 Rio conference and 2005 Kyoto conference. This principle states that, it was recognised that stupendous rise in carbon emissions had been the result of 150 years of industrialisation by the West. The logic was that greater responsibility lay with the West to clean up the mess they created. However, the process to achieve this great goal still looks rather distant without any firm commitment from any developed nation.
Siliguri: Television actor Payal Chakrabory has been found hanging in a hotel room in Siliguri, north Bengal, under mysterious circumstances, police said. Chakraborty, a resident of South Kolkata, have appeared in multiple TV soaps and web series. “Payal was founding hanging from the ceiling of her hotel room Wednesday morning. She had checked into the hotel the evening before,” Siliguri police commissionerate DCP Gourab Lal said. The police have also found out that the 38-year-old actor, who recently separated from her husband, is survived by a two-year-old son, Lal said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Prime facie, it looks like a case of suicide, but the police are not ruling out other possibilities. The body has been sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem,” the DCP added. Arun Deb, an employee at the hotel, said the actor had told the staff members Tuesday night that she would be leaving for Gangtok the next day. “Chakraborty, after checking in, had categorically told the hotel officials that she did want to be disturbed in her room. She had locked the room from inside and did not order dinner,” he said. The following morning when there was no response from her despite repeated knocks on the door, the hotel contacted the police, Deb added. The actor’s family members, who arrived here Thursday afternoon, said they were not aware of the reasons behind her Siliguri visit. “Payal told us she would be going to Ranchi. I am not sure what was she doing in Siliguri,” her father Prabir Guha said.
Ladakh is more than just a tourist spot, it is a journey to cherish. Its beauty is definitely beyond the capacity of words but it is the trip to Ladakh that is more alluring. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when one is planning a trip to Ladakh – you must always be prepared for the freezing temperature, acute mountain sickness or being stuck due to road blocks. The challenging terrain and shortage of oxygen will test your limits, as it is situated in the crown of India in Jammu and Kashmir. The area comprises of breathtaking scenic beauty of the snow capped mountains, the beautiful waterfalls and the holy Buddhist Monasteries which fills one’s mind with peace through the holy chants. Bordered by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalayas and the Karakoram, it is a land which has no match. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIsaac Tsetan Gergan is an artist, photographer and designer from Leh, Ladakh who also describes himself as curious, adventurous and psychologist. The camera, to him, is one such tool, which allows him endless experimentation – like an artist with a paintbrush or a writer with a pen. Isaac says that it is a tool, which with constant use allows him to grow steadily and keeps surprising him upon his captures. When he started travelling through the mountains of Ladakh and its surrounding regions over the last eight years, photography was not a big focus for him; rather, it was a result of the journey. But over the last three years, photography has become his passion; from experimenting with countless point and shoot, early mobile phone cameras and manual film cameras, he has come to understand capturing his experiences is a consequence of a unified beauty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor Isaac Tsetan Gergan, photographing Ladakh has been one of the most rewarding experiences so far. It is a story of his travel through the mountains of Ladakh and its surrounding regions. Be it taking the cameras on a walk, a trek or on a drive, the ever-changing Himalayan light has been constantly communicable to the eye and memory. In such a landscape, he still struggles to know that one special image. Isaac says, “While on long journeys through mountains in cars, the world passes by very quickly. As our brains like to freeze movements and we see better in stills rather than in motion, one must be a wayfarer as every now and then there is something you see in a split moment that gets etched in memory.” “It is an easy job to take a good photograph in Ladakh if you are ready with your camera, and your mind and body are in sync to capture the scene ahead of you,” said the photographer. He believes that an investment made in travelling, listening, researching or learning about what we are photographing, gives photographs an extended life and weight. The artiste is on a constant journey to define a style and find new methods of photographing his experiences – mundane or extraordinary; and to look for the in-between moments, for that elusive light which marries what it touches in perfect harmony.The exhibition of portraits and landscapes of Ladakh by Isaac is on till July 11 and is open for public viewing 11 am to 7 pm daily at the Art Gallery, IIC Annexe.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has served a show-cause notice to Babul Supriyo, sitting BJP MP from Asansol, for releasing a theme song of his party without prior permission from the commission.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has confirmed that a notice has been sent to Supriyo and he has been asked to provide an explanation to the commission in this regard within 48 hours. According to a senior official of the CEO’s office, a theme song for his political party has been sung by Supriyo without the permission of the commission. According to the Model Code of Conduct, no advertorial can be released after the notification of election without proper consent of the commission. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSupriyo had taken no permission for singing the song. The commission has also instructed him to stop singing the theme song and also asked him to remove the song from the social media platforms and internet. “Supriyo has violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by releasing a song without prior permission by the election monitoring cell and a media certification. We have sought an explanation from him within 48 hours,” said Sanjay Basu, deputy CEO. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTrinamool Congress lodged a complaint with the commission in this regard on Tuesday and a CD of the song was also submitted. As per sources, the commission has received the complaint from TMC. It was alleged that the song sung by Supriyo bears some subtle charges against Trinamool Congress. It was also alleged that the lyrics of the song propagates a message that lotus, the symbol of BJP, will bloom in Bengal. He recorded a party’s campaign song which has allegedly lowered the reputation of the ruling party in Bengal. Earlier in the day, an FIR was filed against Supriyo at Asansol South police station by West Burdwan Students’ Library Coordination Committee, alleging that the song had been circulated on social media, maligning TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and her party. Supriyo has, however, claimed that he did not violate the Model Code of Conduct as he has not released the song for a campaign yet. He also said that the official report would be submitted to the commission in this regard.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation is facing an unusual problem after taking over the maintenance of Citizens’ Park, popularly known as Mohor Kunja, a few months back from the private company that was responsible for the upkeep of the park.Security guards in the park are facing a daunting task to prevent the entry of some 20-25 odd sex workers, who have been pressing the authorities to be allowed inside the park after 8 pm. “Security guards have complained of manhandling and intimidation from these sex workers, who live in nearby areas. These sex workers have been claiming that they were allowed to enter the park after the visiting hours, which ends at 8 pm. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlmost every evening, they reach the gates of the park and urge the security guards to allow them to enter the park. But, according to rules we cannot allow entry to the park after 8 pm. We have lodged a complaint with Maidan police station and have urged the officers to take necessary measures in this regard,” an official in the Parks and Gardens department of the civic body said. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation had taken over the maintenance of the park situated on Cathedral Road opposite to the Nandan complex, a few months back from a private company that took charge in 2015. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe company was supposed to maintain the park for five years under the condition that it cannot plan any commercial venture within the park. However in March, the company wrote to the Director General of Parks and Garden department of the civic body expressing its eagerness to move out of the contract. Following this KMC took over the upkeep of the park that was established in 2005. It was one of the most vaunted projects of the erstwhile Trinamool Congress board with Subrata Mukherjee as the Mayor. It was first named as Citizens Park but Mukherjee’s successor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, Mayor of the Left Board renamed the park as Mohor Kunja in 2007 to honour Rabindra Sangeet expert Kanika Bandopadhyay and handed over its maintenance to Bengal Shelter, a private construction company. However, neglect in maintenance particularly of the musical fountain in the park prompted the KMC board under former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take over its maintenance in the middle of 2010. The civic body continued till Reliance Industries proposed to take over its maintenance in 2015. The proposal was accepted by Chatterjee.
The hybrid reality of our society, man’s likeliness for violence, and his tendency to control every living thing came to the forefront with the opening of the solo exhibition of Indian Contemporary artist Reji Arackal’s life-sized artworks at Alliance Française de Delhi on March 14.Organised in collaboration with The Raza Foundation, the exhibition is the second in the ‘Back from France’ series which holds two solo exhibitions of two different artists every year in order to provide a platform to deserving young Indian artists who have returned from France after a stay of more than six months and now continue their practice in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Well-known for his non-conformity and diverse interests, Reji Arackal’s colossal, god-like superhuman figures are a result of a study of form. The ‘out of line’ superhuman become a platform for dangerous speech, human desire, appetite and unruliness and a symbol of moral and ethical decay in his compositions. As a catalyst for social change, Arackal draws from a variety of sources to expose the heresies of disenchantment, exploitation and persecution,” Shruthi Issac, Curator of the exhibition titled ‘Living Outlines’ said as she explained the idea behind the artist’s works. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about his work displayed at the exhibition, the artist said: “Humans always consider themselves as sophisticated and advanced. But my understanding is that we are like bugs trying to control every living thing on earth. We convert living, thriving habitats into artificial, dead spaces. We are no longer able to differentiate between what is precious and living and what is artificial. Humans, the most dominating being on earth act like Gods. We behave as if we are superhuman. But we have already lost our basic skills of survival. We have lost balance.” One of his works from 2009, titled ‘Hybrid Reality’, explores the metaphor of an alternate actuality wherein the human society is a production factory. In another one of his works, titled ‘The hunter or Mirror image’, Arackal comments on man’s penchant for violence. The exhibition, featuring seven seminal works of Arackal will be on display at Alliance Française de Delhi’s Gallerie Romain Rolland until March 28, 2019.
While it is known that excess drinking is harmful for health, a new study suggests that even consuming one or two alcoholic drinks a day can raise stroke risks, challenging previous claims. The study, published in The Lancet journal, showed that alcohol directly increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke. It dismissed the previous claims that consuming one or two alcoholic drinks daily might protect one against stroke, adding that every four additional alcoholic drinks per day will increase the risk of having a stroke by nearly about 35 per cent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Stroke is a major cause of death and disability. This study has shown that stroke rates are increased by alcohol. This should help inform personal choices and public health strategies,” said Liming Li, Professor at the Peking University in China. “There are no protective effects of moderate alcohol intake against stroke. Even moderate alcohol consumption increases the chances of having a stroke,” said Zhengming Chen, Professor at the University of Oxford in the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the World Health Organization, stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability globally and claims 6.2 million lives each year. The researchers stressed that stronger policies are required adding that the alcohol industry, which is thriving, should be regulated in a similar way to the tobacco industry. For the recently conducted reearch, the researchers involved 500,000 Chinese men and women for a period of 10 years.
If you are not a pro in taking selfies, doing simple things like positioning your face slightly to one side can make your photo look much better, suggest experts. So if you want to impress your social media followers with a cool solo snap, do not forget to tilt your face a bit. Photography experts also suggest that whenever possible, click it under natural light. “Taking photos in the dark is hard, and it may be tempting to use your phone’s flash. But flash photography often makes a selfie look washed out, and you can lose your background, or add glare to your face,” Google’s Mallory Richards wrote in a blog post after taking inputs from Pixel camera experts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Using photography’s ‘Rule of Thirds’ can help you snap a great picture, by bringing the focus of your photo to the area in an image where your eye naturally falls,” she wrote. The idea behind the ‘Rule of Thirds’ is that the subject of the photograph should not be placed in the middle. This can help one creatively use the negative space. It is also important to know when to use the portrait mode. According to the experts, this mode works best when the subject can stand out against a busy background. “The subtle blur on Portrait Mode can help you pop against the background of your selfie. With Pixel 3 and 3a, you can adjust the blur to your liking,” Richards further added.. The experts cautioned against overdoing the editing part. “While editing apps are great, make sure you look like yourself after you snap your selfie,” Richards wrote.