Scientists make first observation of Airy optical beams

first_imgSchematic of a 2D Airy packet. Image Credit: Georgios Siviloglou, et al. Scientists have made the first observation of an unusual class of optical waves called Airy beams. Unlike most types of light waves, Airy beams have the ability to resist diffraction over long distances, and can also freely accelerate during propagation. 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. Researchers discover a way to generate an electron Airy beam Citation: Scientists make first observation of Airy optical beams (2007, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The researchers, Georgios Siviloglou, John Broky, Aristide Dogariu, and Demetrios Christodoulides from CREOL-University of Central Florida (UCF), hope that these unusual features may enable Airy beams to be used in applications such as particle manipulation and in nonlinear media. The group’s study, published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, reports the observation of Airy beams in both one- and two-dimensional configurations.Airy beams take their name from the “airy integral,” introduced by Sir George Biddell Airy in the 1830s to explain optical caustics such as those appearing in a rainbow. Airy beams were initially predicted in 1979 by two scientists, Michael Berry and Nandor Balazs, within the context of quantum mechanics. The scientists theorized the existence of a free particle described by the Schrödinger equation that could exhibit an Airy wave packet that doesn’t spread out as it propagates—in other words, it is diffraction-free. Remarkably, an Airy wave packet has the unusual ability to freely accelerate even in the absence of an external stimulus.“We are not sure why this absolutely fascinating prediction went unnoticed for so long given the fame of Michael Berry,” Christodoulides told “We think that it is partly due to the fact that it was initially published in a relatively ‘obscured’ journal. The second issue has to do with experimental implementation. It is only very recently that we realized that exponentially truncated Airy beams have a Gaussian power spectrum and can thus be easily synthesized from standard Gaussian beams.”The UCF researchers noted that other two-dimensional diffraction-free light waves exist, such as the so-called Bessel beam, which is generated by a conical superposition of plane waves. Due to their non-diffracting nature, Bessel beams theoretically convey an infinite power. However, lack of space and power causes the beams to truncate and therefore diffract during propagation. In contrast to Bessel beams and other non-spreading waves, Airy beams do not result from conical superposition. Rather, the researchers generated Airy beams by using a computer-controlled spatial light modulator, which modulated the phase of a Gaussian beam, which was then imaged on a CCD camera. The scientists used different phase masks to generate either one- or two-dimensional Airy beams. The researchers observed that the local intensity features of the Airy beams tended to freely accelerate. This is because these beams are analogous to the probability wave function of a quantum mechanical particle when observed in a free-falling reference frame. Despite the beam’s center of mass remaining constant, the beam’s local intensity features follow a bent parabolic trajectory over distances up to 25-30 cm before experiencing diffraction. By contrast, a normal Gaussian beam of the same size would have expanded 24 times in this distance.“These beams have the ability to freely accelerate or self-bend during propagation while remaining invariant in shape,” Christodoulides explained. “Light is known to travel along straight paths. In contrast, in our case, the intensity features of Airy waves, follow parabolic or ballistic trajectories, very much like those of a projectile (fired from a canon) moving under the action of gravity.”The scientists explained that, due to the ability to separately adjust the x and y parameters of Airy beams, the acceleration of the non-diffracting beam can be controlled. The researchers also suggested that a slightly different technique for generating one-dimensional Airy wave packets may lead to the first observation of non-dispersing Airy pulses in optical fibers. Further, non-diffracting Airy beams may also be useful for particle manipulation or in nonlinear media.“These beams are highly asymmetric in their intensity,” said Christodoulides. “There are several applications in probing where this may be desirable. In addition, the fact that the main lobe of these beams (which conveys more than 50% of the beam’s energy) does not travel along straight paths can be used to ‘push’ particles sideways through radiation pressure.”More information: Siviloglou, G. A., Broky, J., Dogariu, A., and Christodoulides, D. N. “Observation of Accelerating Airy Beams.” Physical Review Letters 99, 213901 (2007). Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Software automatically transforms movie clips into comic strips

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. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — While some comics today are still drawn by hand, many modern cartoonists use a variety of digital tools to create comics. But even with the help of these tools, creating comics is a time-consuming task that requires many human hours of work. In a new study, a team of researchers has designed a program that can automatically transform movie scenes into comic strips, without the need for any human intervention. The researchers then conducted a user evaluation to see how well users understood and enjoyed the comics. They found that users had a slightly lower content comprehension of the comics compared with the original movie clips. Although some loss in comprehension is inevitable when converting to a different format, the script-face mapping errors also played a role. As for enjoyment, the user evaluations showed that enjoyment was highest when the comics included word balloons and effective layout and stylization. A comic page generated from a movie clip of “Titanic.” Image credit: Wang, et al. ©2012 IEEE Although the technique is capable of performing all steps automatically, the researchers noted that involving some human effort could lead to even better results. In such a scenario, the software would provide recommendations for each step of the transformation process, and humans could manually adjust the results much more quickly and efficiently than in pure manual methods. But the researchers also hope to improve the accuracy of the automated method.“We have two future plans,” Wang said. “One, improve the performance of each component, such as script-face mapping, and hope we can generate perfect clips without user interaction. Two, integrate speech recognition technology to generalize the software, such that we can generate comics without movie scripts (currently we need the script file of the movie clip, but by using speech recognition we can automatically transform speech to texts).” Explore furthercenter_img More information: Meng Wang, et al. “Movie2Comics: Towards a Lively Video Content Presentation.” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. DOI: 10.1109/TMM.2012.2187181 A comic page generated from a movie clip of “The Message.” Image credit: Wang, et al. ©2012 IEEE Meng Wang, a professor at the Hefei University of Technology, China, and coauthors have published their study on the new software, which they call “Movie2Comics,” in a recent issue of IEEE Transactions on Multimedia.“The software can be useful for both professionals and hobbyists,” Wang told “Professionals can directly use the software to generate comics (or integrate their interaction to achieve more impressive results); hobbyists may have interests to try it to see what will be generated from different movie clips.”As the researchers explain in their study, previous programs have been developed to assist cartoonists in converting movies into comics, but the new method is the first fully automated approach. Without the need for any manual intervention, the method has the potential to significantly cut the time and expense associated with creating comics.The new cartoonization process involves several steps, including an automatic script-face mapping algorithm that identifies the speaking character in scenes with multiple characters, automatic generation of comic panels of different sizes, positioning word balloons, and rendering movie frames in a cartoon style. The researchers used the new method to transform 15 movie clips into comic strips. The clips came from three movies – “Titanic,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and “The Message” – and varied in length from 2 to 7 minutes. Although the method performed the transformation well for the most part, it sometimes put word bubbles next to the faces of incorrect characters. The script-face mapping algorithm had an accuracy of 85%, which the researchers hope to improve. Citation: Software automatically transforms movie clips into comic strips (2012, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from PHD Comics hits the big screenlast_img read more

Pews fact tank studies American social networking

first_img More information: … ial-media-users.aspx Half of US adults using social networks: survey Credit: Pew Research Center Explore further (—The Pew Research Center, a “fact tank” on attitudes and trends that they identify, has issued a report from its Internet & American Life Project that slices and dices data on who uses social media. The portrait includes percentage shares according to ethnicity, age, and sex. “The Demographics of Social Media Users—2012” is a report that takes its data from a national survey conducted between November and December last year, in English and Spanish. Some of the findings are no surprise to those who generally follow social networking trends. Citation: Pew’s fact tank studies American social networking (2013, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from They reflect what has been observed outside Pew in ubiquitous everyday instances of Internet use. Young adults, for example, are more likely than older adults to use social media, said Pew, a statement that is unlikely to draw gasps from media analysts. Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social networking site of any kind, according to the report, and those ages 18 to 29 are the most likely of any demographic cohort to do so (83%).Men are less likely than women to be on the sites, and users in rural settings are less likely than urban-based users to use social networking. Another unastounding finding is that Facebook remains the most-used social networking platform. Two-thirds of online adults say they use Facebook—women more than men. As for Twitter, the percentage of Internet users on Twitter doubled since November 2010, now at 16%.The study does get interesting in looking at sites beyond Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest, described as an online pinboard, which launched as a closed beta in March 2010, attracted 15% of Internet users to its engaging virtual scrapbooking, in the survey. Pinterest is equally popular among users ages18 to 29 and 30 to 49. Women are about five times as likely to be on the site as men, the largest difference in gender of any site that was featured in this report.Survey findings for Instagram, a site that also launched in 2010, indicated that African-Americans and Latinos find Instagram especially appealing. Looking at Tumblr, the Pew survey found that it was significantly less popular among Internet users than the other social networking sites featured in the report. However, while just 6% of those online use the site, the Pew survey takers discovered that Tumblir is much more popular among the youngest cohort, with 13 percent of those ages 18 to 29 blogging on Tumblr.The sites, in terms of percent of users online, are as follows, as of December 2012: 15% of online adults said they use Pinterest; 13% of online adults said they use Instagram; 6% of online adults say they use Tumblr; 67% of online adults said they use Facebook; and 16% of online adults said they use Twitter. © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

A travelling film fiesta

first_imgGerman, French , Italian or anything from the world of european cinema is at your beck and call in the capital.‘It is easier to cross borders through art and music than economics or politics’, coming from a Europeon Union represenative, the statement symbolised the spirit of the 18th European Union Film Festival. Celebrating Women, the 11 city travelling film festival that was launched in Coimbatore on 8 March, is on its way to the capital on 8 May, trailing a voyage through Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Goa and Mumbai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the curtain raiser for the festival, Pavel Svitil, Minister Counsellor – Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to India Jean-Philippe Bottin, Director, Alliance Française de Delhi, Angela Trezza, Director,  Italian Cultural Centre, Tibor Kovacs, Director of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Jesús Clavero Rodríguez, Instituto Cervantes, came together to represent different EU member states. In an interaction, they dwelt upon the diveristy of Europe that will be portrayed through an assortment of 24 films produced in Europe over the last two years. In a deliberate effort, films of a certain nationality will be swapped and screened in a different cultural centre to embolden their message of cultural exchange and relationship. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThough the theme for the festival was decided long in advance, it happens to resonate with the current scenario in the capital. The screenings will share voices of women from across the European continent and offer an insight into their lives, their struggles and their persistance for being seen and heard.  The representatives assured that the films will have a cinematographic language that will hook the audience to the screen, however alien the languages be for  Indian audience. And ofcourse, you will get English subtitles to not lose the sense of meaning in between. Mark your dates for this one!DETAILWhen: 8- 19 May Where: Alliance Francaise, Instituto Cervantes, British Council, Hungarian Cultural Centre, Italian Cultural Centrelast_img read more

Urdu Drama Festival to begin on 13 Oct

first_imgThe Urdu Academy will be inaugurating the six-day Urdu Drama Festival on 13 October at Sri Ram Centre in Mandi House. To depict the composite lingual culture of Delhi, Urdu Academy started organising six days Urdu Drama Festival in the year 1988. Urdu Academy,  Delhi is the only organisation which has consistently organised Urdu drama festivals since last 26 years. The academy stages Urdu Plays in Urdu Drama Festival every year. More and more prominent drama troupes are coming forward now to stage Urdu Plays on a variety of topics such as social inequality, historical characters, students problems, communal harmony, the old culture of Delhi among others. This years’ Urdu Drama Festival is being dedicated to eminent scholar and writer Begum Qudsia Zaidi and Khwaja Ahmed Abbas.last_img read more

Rainbow routines

first_imgFive day long Indradhanush Dilli 2014 – A festival of Art concluded  on 16 November with Seminar and Prize distribution ceremony at Delhi Karnataka Sangh RK Puram and Vishwa yuva Kendra, chanakyapuri in Delhi. 850 child artiste including differently-abled children from 16 states and 52 young classical dance artistes showcased their talent in Indradhanush Dilli 2014.Sunaina – society for the upliftment of national arts of India, is an NGO dedicated to the propagation of the art forms hosted for the seven consecutive year Indradhanush Dilli 2014 – A Festival of Arts from 12 to 16 November. The topic of the seminar was ‘Energising the mind and body with traditional arts of dance and music’. The seminar was attended by many prominent speakers like Founder director of Sunaina and Bharat Natyam Exponent Guru Kanak Sudhaker, Bharat Natyam Exponents Jyotsna Shourie and Rama Vaidyanathan, Director Inst. For Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities, Neeradha Chandra Mohan and Odissi and chau dancer Shagun Bhutani.    Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The five-day  dance festival was marked  by  wonderful performances by multi talented  850 child artiste and incredible performance of  52 artiste from all over India. The event hosted dance artiste from five year to 35 years age group. This event also saw great renowned names of Indian classical dances receive the award of Guru Samman.This year Sunaina felicitated Madhavi Mudgal, Jaylakshmi Eashwar and Evoor Rajendran Pillai. There were also performances of Odissi Dance by Debrabruta Barua Manipuri, Sudip Kumar Ghosh and troupe Kathak by Samantaa group Mohiniattam, Shruti K P and Kuchipuri by Avijit Das  on the inaugural day of Indradhanush Dilli 2014.  The  second day of the festival was marked by scintillating performance of  Vilasini Natyam by Vipanchi Rao, Bharatanatyam by Lakshita, Medha, Smrithi, Sathvikaa Kuchipudi Yakshagana by Pasumarthi Srinivasa Sarma and Troupe, and  Gaudiya Nritya by Ayan Mukherjee, Rachel Agnes, Parmita Banerjee, Ranjima Chatterjee and Sudeshna Majumdar. There were also  performances by  Bharatanatyam  dancer Aparajita Sarma. Also, differently-abled children from 16 states showcased their  talent in Indian dance, music and arts during the festival.last_img read more

Let the festivities begin

first_imgLe Meridian: is throwing a Christmas carnival is party for kids on Dec 25 noon onwards with surprise Santa’s all in white, Fun games, Christmas goodies for everyone one and many more.When : December 25, Where: Le MeridienShangri-La’s : Eros Hotel, Café Uno  New Delhi offers everything guests could wish for this festive season from tailor made room packages and a dazzling selection of dining offers, an enchanting atmosphere with cheerful rhythms and free flowing select beverages. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They can welcome the yuletide spirit with friends and family as the hotel unveils these special offerings this festive season.On Christmas Day, guests can savour a sumptuous and lavish brunch with family and friends for a memorable dining experience with a selection of traditional favourites including roasted lamb, traditional roasted turkey, yorkshire pudding and an indulgent array of desserts, such as Christmas puddings, plum cakes, fresh fruit tarts, carrot walnut slice with cream cheese amongst others at the hotel’s all day dining restaurant, Café Uno. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen: On till 25 December Prices: Rs. 3,500 plus taxes per personJaypee Hotels: As we approach the dawn of a? New Year,? prepare ?to ?surprise ?your? loved ones with a night full of ?spectacular celebration and entertainment at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort, Greater Noida. A perfect combination of? the? finest hospitality and world class facilities, Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort is all set to create the ultimate luxury experience with its special ?New Year? packages. Where: Jaypee Hotels When: December 31(3 pm to 5pm)Eros Hotel: New Year Eve Celebration at Royal Ball Room inclusive of World Cuisine Gala Dinner with unlimited soft and alcoholic beverages (select brands), DJ and entertainments.Celebrate the spirit of the season with  gala buffet spread with unlimited premium beverages, live gigs, exciting travel deals, all this and more at Eros Hotel.Royal Ballroom – Put on your dancing shoes , lavish gala dinner  and premium beverages  to lift your festive spirits . Blooms and Singh Sahib-Lavish international spread with unlimited premium beverages. Dance to the tunes of DJ Sahil  and listen to live ghazals at Singh Sahib.Empress of China-Exclusive candle light dinner with an elaborate Chinese spread. Lounge and Bar-Unlimited snacks and premium spirits with live band.Price: 3500-4000 per person, When: December 24, 25 and 31, where: Eros Hotel, Nehru PlaceThe Claridges: You can also join in the Christmas and New Year festivities at The Claridges, New Delhi with a variety of options to suit the needs of all. Sevilla at The Claridges, New Delhi is offering a special feast for the upcoming festivities. Inspired by the beautiful, chic city of Seville in Spain, the restaurant is an ode to the colours, style, local ambience and tastes of the uber chic holiday destination. Join in the festivity cheer, with mulled wine and a set menu offering unique dishes from Sevilla. In its new avatar Sevilla has been given not just a new logo, but also a more refined, classical look.When: December 24 Price: INR 4995 + taxes per person Where: The Claridgeslast_img read more

Crime writers on a roll

first_imgFrom violence against women in crime novels to decoding the world of prolific Pakistani crime writer Ibn-e-Safi, the inaugural edition of Crime Writers Festival touches upon an array of issues shaping contemporary crime writing in India.Promoted by Siyahi, a literature promotion group, the two-day festival that began on January 17 and will continue till 18 will be held at the India Habitat Centre.The event is bringing crime and thriller writers from across the world to discuss the art of crime writing to see how it influences society. Touching upon a number of themes the festival pays an ode to this writing genre that is slowly gaining popularity among the masses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival has been conceptualised by Namita Gokhale, co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, writer Kishwar Desai and the Crime Writer’s Forum of South Asia. Alka Pande, curator and historian, is donning the hat of creative director.Celebrated authors like Anita Raghavan, Mahmood Farooqui, Ashwin Sanghi, S.Hussain Zaidi and Jerry Pinto, among several others are discussing the world of crime fiction. In a session titled ‘Byomkesh Bakshi and the Bangla Bloodhound’, authors Zac O’ Yeah and Mukul Deva will be drawing distinctions between Indian and Western detective fiction. Along with these discussions, there will also be book-reading sessions and workshops at different venues.last_img read more

Vajpayees ashes immersed at the confluence of Ganga Bay of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The ashes of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were today immersed at the confluence of river Ganga and the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal. The ashes were immersed at the confluence of Ganga and the Bay of Bengal after a puja was held in the presence of West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, Mukul Roy and other senior party leaders at Gangasagar. Gangasagar is an island off the coast of West Bengal where the Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The ‘asthi kalash’ was brought to Kolkata by Ghosh on Wednesday evening. A part of the content from the main ‘kalash’ (urn) has been distributed in four other urns. The main urn will be immersed at Gangasagar and the four others will be taken to north Bengal, Farakka, Bankura and Nabadwip, Jaiprakash Majumdar, vice-president of West Bengal BJP unit told PTI. Yesterday the state BJP unit took out the ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ from Kolkata with the ashes of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Union minister Smriti Irani had also joined the rally in the morning. Irani said she was overwhelmed at the turnout of people, mostly women, along the roads, to pay respects to the former prime minister. The rally covered various parts of central and south Kolkata and then headed towards Gangasagar. That the people came out in large numbers for the ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ only goes on to show how much Vajpayee-ji was loved and revered, said Irani, who was part of the rally till Diamond Harbour. “Tributes were paid to the former PM just the way we pay our respects to elders in our family,” the Union textiles minister said. The BJP central leadership has decided to take out ‘Asthi Kalash Yatras’ in all districts and immerse the ashes in rivers across the country. Processions will start from the state capitals and pass through all blocks, party leaders said.last_img read more

KMC all set for Mayoral poll today

first_imgKolkata: The stage is all set for holding the poll for electing the new Mayor at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday. The voting will start at 1 pm sharp and will continue till 2.30 pm. The venue for holding the monthly meeting of the civic body will be the place where four booths have been set up for the polling.It may be mentioned that Firhad Hakim, who holds the post of state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, has been chosen as the Mayor designate by councillors of Trinamool Congress, following Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMina Debi Purohit from BJP will contest against Hakim for the Mayoral post, while Left Front and Congress have announced that they will boycott the voting. “We have as many as 122 elected councillors and we are hopeful that all of them will cast their votes in favour of Hakim. So, the wait for him sitting on the chair of the Mayor is just a matter of formality,” a senior KMC councillor said. Hakim is scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony, attired in dhoti- panjabi. Deputy Mayor designate Atin Ghosh will also take oath on Monday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedInterestingly, Hakim on Sunday called up former Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who is also the councillor of Ward 131 of Trinamool Congress and urged him to be present for the voting on Monday. It may be mentioned that the Calcutta High Court on Friday had refused to stay the election for the Mayoral post in KMC. CPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the high court, challenging Hakim’s election on the ground that he was not an elected councillor from any of the wards of the civic body. KMC chairperson Mala Roy held a meeting on Friday with the councillors and urged them all to be present for the voting.last_img read more

Skipping meals Go for nutripacked substitutes

first_imgAiming to bring down health disorders among those skipping meals and opting for unhealthy snacks, the Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) launched a campaign to make people aware of how to acquire right nutrition even if they do not find enough time to have the day’s main meals. Through the campaign “Healthy Swap”, the health experts would reach out to people – especially college-going adolescent, youth and multinational company workers – and suggest the right substitutes to snacks, like various fast food items easily available in the market, to avoid health issues, an IDA official said.A recent survey by Nielsen on snacking among 30,000 urban consumers showed that 67 per cent of Indians are consuming snacks instead of breakfast and 56 per cent are replacing dinner and lunch with snacks. “In an era of fast-paced life, healthy snacking as part of regular diet regime plays a vital role. In fact, awareness on the nutrient content of snacks with a simple act of reading nutrition information helps in making wise choices.”The key to good health is well-balanced meals with nutri-packed snacks coupled with exercise,” said Geetha Santhosh, President of IDA Bengaluru chapter. “Currently, what people eat includes lots of fats which is a concern for their health,” said Santosh.According to IDA, although there are some healthy snacking alternatives such as yogurts, protein bars and roasted namkeens available in the market, a lot more innovation is needed in the healthy snacking category with options for nutrition on the go. There have been government studies as well which indicated that fast food is directly linked to diseases like obesity and increase of cholesterol, among others.”Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s a matter of making the right food choices. In my practice, I come across many individuals who choose unhealthy snacks in the evening only because they cannot find healthier options in their workplace. “Snacking on nuts, sprouts, fresh fruits and so on contributes to the overall nutritional requirement, which leads to better health,” said Sheela Krishnaswamy, Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Consultant.Bangalore based Nutritionist Dr Anju Sood says, “During tea time one can easily ditch the regular fried snacks for healthy and equally delicious alternatives. Make sure you choose snacks that are high on fiber, as that leads to slow liberation of sugar, which prevents abnormal sugar spikes. It also curbs our cravings, by keeping us satiated for long. Another thing to keep in mind is the protein quotient. As protein also digests very slowly, it helps keep satiety levels high. In my view, a bowl of sprouts , besan or Moong Dal ka Chila, roasted channa with puffed rice or home-made dhoklas make for some filling and nutritious snacks.””There are plenty of options to pick and choose from. For instance, pumpkin seeds, sprouts, peanuts, cashews, dates, prunes, almonds, carrot sticks, apple sticks, cheese slices or goat cheese are all healthy options. Healthy snacking during evening is only a play on correct food choices and combinations.”last_img read more

Searching samudra stories

first_imgThe Jehangir Art Gallery will be witness to an exhibition that recalls the magic and the eternal quality of beauty in the ‘Samudra Manthan stories’ at the hands of artist Arpitha Reddy – a brilliant artist who lives in Delhi and is a practitioner of the Guruvayoor Temple Arts. Arpitha is an artist who spends time researching the ‘Samudramanthan’, and works for unending hours on the details and narrative of the epic nature of divine and evil forces, which is a rare breed in this modern millennium. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfArpitha has the gods and goddesses on her fingertips; her meticulous strokes of painterly embellishments can conjure up even the finest of jeweled crowns and silk laden robes for the many forms of divinity that crowd and punctuate her canvasses. Her study of Kerala murals has taken her into deeper shores of the tales of divinity.Temples are known to be spiritual, political, cosmological, astronomical and geo-physical centers. They are, in other words, intended to represent microcosms of the universe and are organized as mandalas – all these microcosms come alive in her little dictats that come coded with colours and contours that have been created with perfection. While we see the many characters that dot the story, it is the smaller hybrid creations that catch our gaze. The ‘Kinnari’ or the ‘Kamadhenu’ are as charming as the ‘Nagaraja’ and the ‘Nagarani’.’Airava-ta’ the mythological white elephant is a divine creation of majesty. ‘Airava-ta’ who carries the Hindu god ‘Indra’, also called ‘Ardha-Matanga’, meaning “elephant of the clouds”; ‘Naga-malla’, meaning “the fighting elephant”; and ‘Arkasodara’, meaning “brother of the sun,” is a fascinating creature of symbolism with its four tusks and seven trunks and is spotless white. The treatment given to the contours is what is riveting. The embellishments, an amalgam of terracotta toned orange and gold with a hint of vermillion red thrown in.Equally fetching is ‘Kamadhenu Nandi’ and ‘Kinnari.’ Arpitha creates ‘Kamadhenu’ as a creature of beauty and bounty as she stands nestled midst the leaves of the kalpavriksha and adorned as an emblem of divine majesty. While she does not focus on her well endowed breasts we are given a pair of richly ornate feathers and a crown that addresses her position as the queen of the kingdom of milk giving cows.Kamadhenu’s motherhood and nourishing attributes are emphasized through her twin breasts. The Puranas declare “she is a goddess with marvellous powers and attainments who gives milk whenever needed by gods and sages,” and that “all the cattle in the world today are descended from ‘Kamadhenu’.Nandi According to the VayuPurana, ‘Nandi’ is the son of Kasyapa and Surabhi. In the SauraPurana ‘Nandi’, his role as Shiva’s gatekeeper is described as, ‘adorned with all ornaments, glowing like a thousand suns, holding a trident in his hand, three-eyed, adorned with a sliver of the moon, a thunderbolt in his hand, four-armed, like a second Sankara [Shiva]’.Besides being Shiva’s vehicle, ‘Nandi’ is also the chief of the god’s team of ganas or attendants, and consequently he often carries a golden staff of office. His other duties include being the guardian of all quadrupeds and the provider of music as Shiva dances the tandava – the cosmic dance of creation. Arpitha’s ‘Nandi’ is white and pristine; it gazes directly into our eyes as it stands as a model of perfection in devotion of its service to Lord Shiva.last_img read more

KMCs expert committee to soon come up with comprehensive urban forestry plan

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has formed an expert committee, which will soon come up with a comprehensive plan on how to move forward with urban forestry in the city.Soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has formed a separate department titled Urban Forestry and has said that this will be his priority area. The committee, with Member, Mayor-in-Council (Urban Forestry) Debasish Kumar as its chairman, comprises one environment expert each from Calcutta University and Jadavpur University, environment activist Bonani Kakkar, environment columnist Jayanta Basu and seven botanists of the civic body. The committee has already held its introductory meeting and the next meeting is scheduled on March 15. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The rainy season is the time when we go for plantation. But space constraint in the city is a major challenge that we have to overcome when it comes to urban forestry. Our experts have opined that the planting of trees in North and South Kolkata should not be the same,” a senior official of the Parks and Gardens department said. It has been decided that to begin with, the expert committee will prepare a comprehensive map of the available space in the city and then decide on the plantation pattern. It may be mentioned that the storm in the city on Tuesday saw the toppling of more than 16 trees. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataNoted ecologist Nandadulal Parui said that trees which usually follow a lateral growth pattern can withstand greater wind velocity than those that have a vertical growth pattern. Trees like Bakul, Jarul, Gulmohar and Shirish have a lateral growth pattern. They grow to a medium height and have the capacity to withstand high wind velocity, which trees with vertical growth pattern cannot. In urban areas, taking care of the trees before plantation is of utmost importance. It may be mentioned that in well-planned cities, especially in Europe, a minimum of 50 cubic feet of soil is provided for a tree’s root system to expand. However, in Kolkata, hardly 10 cubic feet of soil is available on an average for the same and therefore, toppling of trees during squalls and thunderstorms is becoming a common phenomenon every year, according to the environmental experts. Work for underground sewerage, underground telephone cables and underground electric wires are taking place on a regular basis, which is often destroying the roots of the trees, making them vulnerable to storms and squalls.last_img read more

Union Minister felicitates InnoTex 2018 winners

first_imgConfederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) in association with Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) as a Knowledge Partner, organised an innovation contest ‘InnoTex 2018’. Innovation applications were sought in the field of design, method, process, product and cost in ginning, spinning, weaving, knitting, processing, garmenting and technical textiles from all over India and abroad.CITI received an overwhelming response from the innovators as well as from the industry. A total of 10 innovations were shortlisted after two rounds of jury evaluation. The final round of the Innovation Contest was organised along with CITI Diamond Jubilee Celebrations – Global Textiles Conclave 2018 on November 28, at 10:00 am at hall no. 4, Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInnovators made their final presentations before the eminent jury members comprising Shekhar Agarwal, Vice Chairman, RSWM Limited, Bharat Bhushan Modi, Vice President (Weaving), D’Décor Home Fabrics Pvt. Ltd., Neelabh Dalmia, Director, GHCL and Professor R S Rengasamy, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi, the stalwarts of textile and apparel industry and top academia. Towards the end, three winners were selected. Sanjay K Jain, Chairman CITI delivered the keynote address and shared his thoughts on how the idea of organising an Innovation Contest came and in fact, it was the first time in the history of Indian textile and clothing Industry that such a contest was organised for innovations in the textile sector. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Arindam Basu, Director General, NITRA briefed the audience about the InnoTex 2018 contest and its journey of four months. Prashant Mohota, Chairman, CITI-YEG thanked the innovators for their excellent innovations and presentations. He also expressed his gratitude to the eminent jury members who really had a herculean task of judging and evaluating the innovators particularly when competition became very close and tough. He also acknowledged the support and help extended by Dr J V Rao, CEO, TSC, and his team. He showed heartfelt indebtedness to the sponsors D’Decor (Presenting Partner), Lenzing AG and Murata Machinery Limited (Supporting Partners) without whose support this contest would not have been possible. After the second round, all 10 shortlisted candidates were mentored by the industry experts. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation presented trophies to the finalists of InnoTex 2018 at the Valedictory Session of CITI diamond jubilee celebrations. R Pothiraj received the first prize for his innovation on ‘32% Reduction in Energy Consumption in Running Airjet Looms’. Dhivagar got the second prize and Raj Kumar got the third prize for their innovations in ‘Zero Defect of Spandex Miss Plating in Knitted Fabric’ and ‘Computerised Vertical Embroidery Machine’, respectively. The Union Minister Suresh Prabhu also congratulated NITRA for its excellent work in InnoTex 2018 Contest as Knowledge Partner.last_img read more

State to give Rs 50000 compensation to youths heckled by Hindu Sanhati

first_imgKolkata: The state government will pay Rs 50,000 compensation to the youths who had been pushed off a local train by the members of Hindu Sanhati on Sunday, after they refused to say ‘Jai Sri Ram’.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called up Shahruk Halder, the Madrasa teacher who had been beaten up and then pushed off a train at Park Circus railway station on Saturday. Halder was returning to his place of work in Hooghly. He took a train from Canning and when the train reached Dhakuria railway station, some youths who were supporters of the militant group Hindu Sanhati, got into the train. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen the train was approaching Ballygunge railway station, they came to Shahruk and asked him why he was wearing a cap and had grown a beard. When Sharuk refused to answer them, they beat him up and asked him to say ‘Jai Sri Ram’. They also told him that he would have to go to Bangladesh if he wanted to grow a beard. Finally, when the train reached Park Circus railway station, they threw him out of the compartment. The victim later lodged an FIR with the Topsia railway station. He was subsequently taken to a local dispensary where he was treated. The family members of Shahruk said they felt threatened owing to the incident. Condemning the incident, intellectuals of the city said such things had never happened in the state earlier. “The political leaders should come forward and play a positive role in cementing communal peace and harmony, particularly at a time when the members of the minority communities are feeling threatened,” they added.last_img read more

Beheaded body of woman found in house husband absconding

first_imgKolkata: The beheaded body of a 42-year-old woman was recovered from her house in Narendrapur area of South 24 Parganas district on Saturday. The husband of the victim, Krishna Baidya, has gone missing since the murder.According to police, her husband, Bapi Baidya who is a driver, suspected her of having an extramarital affair and tortured her for money. He has been married thrice. Krishna’s daughter from a previous marriage was the first person to find the body. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Her daughter revealed that she was supposed to visit her house. When she couldn’t contact her on phone, she rushed to her house. She found her mother’s body in the house and called police,” said a police officer. Her beheaded body was found below the bed. It was taken to a nearby hospital for post mortem. “When and how she was killed will be ascertained after the post mortem report,” said the officer. “The husband is the prime accused,” said another officer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Locals told police that for the last 20 to 25 days, Bapi had stayed home to get his car repaired. “Local residents told us that he would fight with Krishna in this period, but both looked normal the next day. However, none of the locals noticed him when he left home. It is possible that he made her consume something poisonous and than killed her,” the second officer said.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Ghosts In Haunted Houses Might Be Caused By Carbon Monoxide Leaks

first_imgWe all have our views and opinions on the supernatural. Many people are highly skeptical regarding the existence of ghosts, ghouls, phantoms, and other supernatural entities, while believers will adamantly argue that the paranormal is very real, backing up their claims with countless stories and alleged sightings of the past. There are also plenty of people who find themselves somewhere in the middle, not quite sure what to believe. No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum of skeptic to believer, the subject of spooky sightings and haunted houses is always an interesting one.Leap castle in Coolderry, Ireland is reputedly one of the most haunted castles in the worldA Gallup poll from 2005 revealed that around 37 percent of Americans believed in haunted houses, and many people love to hear stories about these kinds of spooky old homes and eerie abandoned mansions. But it turns out that science might have a very rational explanation for these kinds of tales.For years, people have attempted to debunk ghost stories and find logical explanations for so-called haunted houses. In many cases, creaky floorboards and strange bumps in the night really do have perfectly logical explanations and causes. Anything from faulty wiring to drafts and old pipes could cause the likes of cold spots and strange sounds, but what about ghostly apparitions and sightings of spooky figures?A haunted house in the middle of a creepy dark forestWell, there might be a reasonable explanation for these instances as well. A Halloween-themed episode of the This American Life podcast began with the retelling of a story that had been documented in the American Journal of Ophthalmology back in the 1920s. On November 15, 1921, to be precise, a woman claimed that she and her family had experienced some very odd events in their home.She revealed that she’d heard footsteps passing overhead when nobody was there. Her nights would be disturbed by loud noises like furniture being moved around, she experienced an eerie feeling like someone was following her as she walked along the halls of the house, her bed sheets would be torn away in the middle of the night, and, most distressingly of all, she once saw a man and a woman sitting right at the foot of her bed.Would you dare to trick-or-treat at this house on Halloween?It all sounds like the perfect plot for a horror movie, but it was a very real and terrifying experience for the woman and her family. She spoke to medical professionals, friends and family members about her ghostly encounters and couldn’t seem to get any real answers or help — until one day, her brother-in-law suggested that the family was being poisoned and suffering from hallucinations as a result.It turned out that the brother-in-law’s informed opinion was right on the money. The woman called in some experts to take a look around the home and it was quickly discovered that a faulty furnace was leaking carbon monoxide around the house, rather than expelling it up the chimney as it should have done. The family were being slowly poisoned every single second they lived in the house.Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can cause all kinds of medical symptoms from headaches and dizziness to vomiting, chest pains, and even death in large enough doses.E. C. White demonstrating the use of an apparatus for the automatic analysis and indication of the carbon monoxide content of a gas streamIt attacks the body by latching onto red blood cells, preventing oxygen from being carried around to the organs, muscles, and brain. Essentially, this is what caused the family’s hallucinations, as a lack of oxygen to the brain, combined with dizziness, drowsiness, and other symptoms, could make it very easy for someone to think they were hearing sounds or seeing shadowy figures.NBC reports that a very similar case occurred in 2005. A terrified woman was found after allegedly seeing a ghost in her shower. It turned out that a new water heater that had been recently fitted was faulty, leading to a carbon monoxide leak.A Gallup poll from 2005 revealed that around 37 percent of Americans believed in haunted housesThis shows just how dangerous and scary carbon monoxide poisoning can be, proving yet again how important it is to get boilers and water heaters checked regularly and to have carbon monoxide detectors fitted around the home.Read another story from us: Secrets of Japan’s Most Beautiful and Haunted CastleOf course, not all haunted house stories can be traced back to carbon monoxide poisoning, but these true stories show that there are some cases where ghosts and ghouls really aren’t all they seemed to be. There are still a lot of believers in haunted houses out there, and plenty of strange stories and grisly mysteries left unexplained and unsolved.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh went to the World Series last night and brought his

first_img Advertisement It’s been established that Jim Harbaugh marches to the beat of his own marching band. The University of Michigan Head Coach has always walked the fine line between brilliant and insane, and last night he provided further insight into the mind of a mad genius.Every kid loves bringing their glove to a baseball game, it’s an American tradition. It could be that special night where a foul or home run ball comes your way, so you might as well be ready to make a play and grab a souvenir. Keep your head on a swivel, Junior.One non-child that loves bringing the leather to the old ball game is Jim Harbaugh. He was spotted during Game 5 of the World Series last night, sitting next to his wife and Dad, with his trusty ball glove in tow.Harbaugh is a strange bird, but who’s going to tell him he can’t bring a glove to a game at 52 years old? No one. He may Temple of Doom your beating heart directly out of your chest. When asked why he brought the glove to the game, Harbaugh matter-of-factly responded, “Gotta bring the leather to the game. Have to.”Intense. Competitor. Excuse him for wanting to create lasting memories through preparation and excellence.Jim Harbaugh: “Gotta bring the leather.” Good stuff from @Cut4 at the World Series.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 31, 2016last_img read more

Steelers made the right decision to franchise LeVeon Bell

first_imgSteelers made the right decision to franchise Le’Veon BellThe Steelers announced they are going to franchise Le’Veon for the second consecutive year. Colin thinks it’s the right decision over a long-term contract, given the short shelf life of NFL running backs and Bell’s past drug suspensions, which have forced him to miss time in multiple years.With Bell in-line to make $14-million under the franchise tag, he shouldn’t be too upset. Pittsburgh made the right decision to tag him instead of making a long-term commitment. Also:-Colin’s 2018 Mock Draft 2.0Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking IT struggling to fit in, and if the Cavs are vulnerable in the East.Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jags tight end is in-studio discussing his NFL combine experience and the culture change in Jacksonville with Tom Coughlin.Stu Holden – FS1 Soccer Analyst is in-studio talking World Cup; and how U.S. Soccer can rebound after missing out.Caron Butler – -14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio talking about why life in Oklahoma City was better than people think; and how Kobe mentored him when he was traded to L.A. Isaiah Thomas is a chemistry killerLakers guard Isaiah Thomas tried to be the hero against Portland on Monday night, but instead ended up missing a key free throw and committing a game-deciding turnover that sealed the win for Portland.After getting shipped out of Cleveland for poisoning team chemistry, Thomas is having a tough time fitting in with L.A., too. In each situation, Colin thinks the evidence shows that Thomas is the problem because he wants franchise player respect, but doesn’t have franchise player game.last_img read more

Mobile Roadies CoFounder on What You Need to Know Now About the

first_imgMay 7, 2012 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Why jump into the self-service game? How will it work with pricing and options?Schneider: We’ve always been in the self-service game — from day one. As of May 1, we now offer mobile websites — making any website mobile friendly — at $9 per month or $99 per year. There is also a free option. We also have added iPad on the high end and redesigned our system to take advantage of the iPad’s large screen. Stats show that consumers spend more time and more money in iPad apps. So we’re now empowering our customers to take advantage of that trend.Related: How Mobile Roadie Became a Leader in Do-It-Yourself AppsHow can companies monetize their apps?Schneider: There’s a huge value in data collected in an app, including the ability to reach users where they are, in real time, down to a one-mile radius. Additionally, our customers can sell physical and digital merchandise inside their app, place ads, and sell their apps to brands.Any advice to entrepreneurs on getting buzz and customers for their startups?Schneider: Nothing speaks louder than an amazing product. Focus on that, and “buzz” usually takes care of itself. Also try and get one marquee client on board per vertical that you’re going after. For example, after Madonna came on board in 2009, we had a much easier time selling in the music business. This was the same for sports after we began working with the Miami Dolphins.Why is it important for a brand to have their own app?Schneider: Right now, about 25% of traffic to any given website is from a smartphone. And yet brands still starts their marketing plan with a website first, and — maybe — optimizes it for mobile. Mobile is an afterthought right now. When you look at trends, it’s clear that by the end of next year, more than 50% of traffic to any given website will be from a smartphone, meaning mobile, first, will be the most important part of a brand’s outreach strategy. Native apps also provide distinct advantages compared to mobile websites in terms of ability to reach users — push notifications — as well as access to things like the phone’s camera and calendar for additional functionality.In short, the first screen is now the mobile phone, and brands everywhere have a huge opportunity to reach consumers in real-time, in context, where they are, in ways that were never possible before.Related: How to Build a Mobile App for Your Business Since launching in 2008, Mobile Roadie has created over 3,000 iPhone and Android apps for celebs and large organizations including Madonna, Taylor Swift, the Dallas Mavericks, Wynn Las Vegas, Harvard University and the World Economic Forum. With over 20 million downloads, Mobile Roadie recently launched a self-service mobile website and iPad option for businesses and brands to build their own custom apps. I spoke with co-founder Michael Schneider about the future of mobile apps and where Mobile Roadie is headed:What makes Mobile Roadie apps stand out?Schneider: A few things. Design, for one. Our apps look and feel custom, even though they are built using a common platform. Additionally, everything is social. And the social “buzz” that app users generate promotes the brand to Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a focus on monetization. We allow our customers to sell digital and physical goods, as well as advertise to their audience. Lastly, there’s a sophisticated dashboard and analytics platform on the back-end that brands can use to understand what their users are doing, where they are located, and reach them in real time where they are. min readlast_img read more