YouTube expands support for HTML5

first_img Citation: YouTube expands support for HTML5 (2010, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-youtube-html5.html More information: — www.youtube.com/html5– www.youtube.com/testtube– Google blog: youtube-global.blogspot.com/20 … html5-supported.html– HTML5: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5 © 2010 PhysOrg.com According to YouTube, HTML5 is a new web standard rapidly gaining in popularity. It has many new features to provide a rich user experience, such as support for vector-based graphics and animation, geolocation, and drag-and-drop, but the feature of most interest to YouTube viewers is its support for audio and video playback without the need to download an Adobe flash player plug-in for the browser. With no need for a flash player, playback of video and audio are significantly faster.At present, few browsers currently support HTML5, but YouTube lists Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame installed, Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari (version 4+) as being compatible, but other major browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Opera are not yet compatible. There are other limitations, such as a lack of support in HTML5 for videos with user-created captions, annotations or adverts, and full screen viewing is not yet available, but YouTube says it will soon be expanding the capabilities of the HTML5-compatible player.If your browser is compatible, you can use the new video player at TestTube, but you will first need to opt-in to the HTML5 program. (If you are already signed on for other experiments at TestTube, you may not get the HTML5 video player.) Another option is to visit Feather Watch, which YouTube promises will give you a faster and even simpler video-viewing experience.HTML5 is an open standard, and YouTube says it is “very excited” to be getting behind the new web standard and helping to push it forward. YouTube makes videos ‘Feather’ lightcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — YouTube is the major video-viewing site on the Internet, and it is constantly working to maintain its edge over competitors such as Hulu, and to present the video-watching experience its users demand. YouTube recently demonstrated an HTML5-based video player, and users have asked it to do more with HTML5. In response, YouTube has now announced that a new experimental video player supporting HTML5 is going live. 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.last_img read more

Sumatra earthquake mysteries examined

first_img(Phys.org) — An earthquake in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on 11th April was unusually powerful, at magnitude 8.6, for a “strike-slip” type of quake, and a new analysis of the earthquake and its 8.2 magnitude after-shock has proposed that some of the assumptions made about earthquakes may need re-thinking. A strike-slip earthquake is one in which there is an almost vertical rupture, leading to two plates sliding horizontally past each other. The San Andreas Fault in California produces strike-slip earthquakes, and the most powerful earthquake along this fault was the San Francisco quake of 1906, which measured 7.8.Events as powerful as the Sumatra earthquake are usually caused by ruptures in subduction zones, in which the edge of one tectonic plate slips underneath the edge of the adjoining plate. An earthquake of this type on the sea bed can cause massive tsunamis because of vertical displacement of water above the point of slippage. A recent example was the magnitude 9 earthquake off Japan last year. The Sumatra earthquake’s magnitude surprised scientists because it was the most powerful strike-slip earthquake ever recorded. The quake was also unusual in that the rupture was in the middle of an oceanic plate rather than at the boundary between two plates. The slippage distance was surprisingly large; the 1906 San Francisco earthquake produced a slippage of 4.5 meters, while in Sumatra the distance was 21.3 meters.Seismologists Jeffrey McGuire of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Gregory Beroza of Stanford University’s Department of Geophysics discuss the Sumatran earthquake in the May 10th issue of Science. McGuire said that many large earthquakes have occurred away from the edges of oceanic plates in the last few years, but they generally do not cause damage or threaten lives because they are at sea and are unlikely to cause large tsunamis unless they result in submarine landslides.The lack of monitoring networks on the sea bed makes understanding these earthquakes difficult, but the researchers said the seismology readings from the Sumatra earthquake suggest the quake was unusually deep at 40-53 km (25-33 miles). At this depth the rock could reach up to 800 degrees Celsius and become viscous in places, and melting of fault zones is also possible, leading to the release of enormous amounts of energy.Professor Beroza said analyzing the Sumatran earthquake could shed some light on earthquakes occurring in the middle of continental plates as well as oceanic plates, and the findings suggest this type of earthquake could be of greater magnitude in continental plates than scientists had previously thought.Sumatra lies on the “Ring of Fire” around the Pacific Basin, a particularly active region for seismic and volcanic events. 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. Topographic map of Sumatra. Image: Wikipedia. ‘Odd duck’ Indonesia quake surprises scientists Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Sumatra earthquake mysteries examined (2012, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-sumatra-earthquake-mysteries.html More information: A Rogue Earthquake Off Sumatra, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1223983AbstractA magnitude 8.6 strike-slip earthquake within an oceanic plate raises fundamental questions about earthquake physics. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Honeybee secretion may find use as local anesthetic

first_img Explore further (Phys.org)—Bees can bite. Biologists from universities in Greece and France have discovered that, besides a tail sting, the honeybee is capable of packing a paralyzing bite. The bee uses its bite weapon on targets too small to be stung, such as wax moth larva and varroa mites. The intruders can infiltrate beehives and eat wax and pollen. The bee delivers a bite that can paralyze them for up to nine minutes, enough time for them to be ejected from the hive. The honeybee uses its mandibles to bite its enemy and then secretes 2-heptanone into the wound. In their paper, the authors explain that this defense weapon is produced in the mandibular glands, released by the mandible pore of a reservoir and through the groove flows at the sharp edge of mandibles. Journal information: PLoS ONE Honeybees entomb to protect from pesticides Citation: Honeybee secretion may find use as local anesthetic (2012, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-honeybee-secretion-local-anesthetic.html “We believe, based on our morphological studies and the anatomical evidence provided by others, that the release of 2-H is not passive, but actively controlled by the contraction of mandibular muscles.”The “2-H” they refer to, 2-heptanone, is already known to biologists as a natural compound found in some foods, including beer and white bread, and is secreted by some insects. Biologists assumed, though, that the 2-H function is an alarm pheromone, chemically tagging areas for bees to revisit or calling on other bees to attack intruders.Alexandros Papachristoforou, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and others in the research team, discovered otherwise. He said he believed beekeepers will be surprised by the discovery, as it is “likely to cause a radical rethink of some long-held beliefs.” As important, he said that the discovery will probably send honeybee research off in new directions. A key suggestion from their study is that the 2-H from the honeybee may find use as a local anesthetic in both human and veterinary medicine. Certainly the findings are of interest to UK-based Vita (Europe), a honeybee supplier of honeybee health products, with offices in Italy, France and Russia. The research was funded by Vita, which invests a proportion of its turnover into research and development, and one of the authors works for the company.Vita earlier this month issued a story on its site noting that the discovery means that the anesthetic has great potential for use in human medicine as it could lead to the production of a natural, low toxicity, local anesthetic for humans and animals.Vita said that independent tests have verified the potential of 2-heptanone as a local anesthetic, and Vita has already patented the use of the compound for use as a local anesthetic. Other organizations that contributed to the research include the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Université Paris-Sud, Cyprus University of Technology, and the University of Athens.Actually, the discovery was by accident. According to Dr Papachristoforou, the principal focus of the research was not honeybees but rather wax moths and how they can be controlled. Wax moths are a serious honeybee pest. Their larvae consume wax and pollen, often destroying honeycomb. When exposed to 2-heptanone, the moths seemed to die. The researchers realized, though, that they did not die but were just anesthetized. The period ranged from one to nine minutes. That is when the scientists began to set up experiments to understand what was happening.While animal venoms are used to create a range of medicines, the researchers acknowledge that “the question here is whether 2-H can pass the preclinical and clinical tests required in order to be considered in clinical practice.” The research was published earlier this month in the peer-reviewed open access journal, PLOS ONE. © 2012 Phys.org More information: www.vita-europe.com/secrets-of … eybee-bite-revealed/www.plosone.org/article/info%3 … journal.pone.0047432 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

Fire alarm wallpaper detects resists and warns of house fires

first_img The researchers, led by Professor Ying-Jie Zhu at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have published a paper on the fire alarm wallpaper in a recent issue of ACS Nano.Most of today’s commercial wallpaper is made of highly flammable materials, such as plant cellulose fibers or synthetic polymers. Consequently, whenever a fire occurs, the wallpaper often causes the fire to spread. “Compared with flammable commercial wallpaper, the fire-resistant wallpaper is superior owing to its excellent nonflammability, high-temperature resistance, and automatic fire alarm function,” Zhu told Phys.org. “The fire-resistant wallpaper has a white color, mechanical robustness, and high flexibility, it can be processed into various shapes, dyed with different colors, and printed with a commercial printer. Therefore, the fire alarm fire-resistant wallpaper has promising applications in high-safety interior decoration to save human lives and reduce the loss of property in a fire disaster.”The new wallpaper is based on hydroxyapatite, which is the primary inorganic component of bone and teeth. Although hydroxyapatite is typically brittle and inflexible, in previous work the researchers found that forming ultralong nanowires made of hydroxyapatite gives the material a high flexibility suitable for making wallpaper.In order to make the nonflammable wallpaper a “smart material” capable of automatically sounding an alarm in response to a fire, the researchers incorporated an ink-based thermosensitive sensor onto the wallpaper. Journal information: ACS Nano The sensor is composed primarily of graphene oxide, which is electrically insulating at room temperature. However, when exposed to heat, the oxygen-containing groups are removed, making the material highly conductive. The sensor is connected to an alarm, so when a fire occurs and the sensor begins to conduct electricity, it causes the alarm to go off.Initially, one problem with the graphene oxide sensor was that it burned out very quickly, so that the alarm only lasted for about three seconds. To improve this, the researchers modified the graphene oxide with polydopamine—a material based on the hormone and neurotransmitter dopamine, found in living organisms. The polydopamine-modified graphene oxide has a much lower thermal responsive temperature than graphene oxide by itself, meaning that it not only responds to fire more quickly (in about two seconds), but also has a prolonged alarm time of more than five minutes.In the future, the researchers plan to scale up production of the wallpaper, as well as investigate other applications of the new fire-resistant material.”The mass production of ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires as the raw material for the smart fire alarm fire-resistant wallpaper is critical,” Zhu said. “To date, we have realized the scaled-up production of ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires in an autoclave with a volume of 100 liters in our laboratory. We are striving to explore the low-cost and environmentally friendly large-scale production technology for ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires. In addition, many companies are interested in the new kind of the fire-resistant paper, and we will collaborate with some companies to realize industrial-scale production in the future. “We have also been exploring various applications of the new kind of fire-resistant paper based on ultralong hydroxyapatite nanowires in many other fields, such as preserving important paper documents, energy, air purification, water treatment, environment protection, anti-counterfeiting, flexible electronics, and biomedical uses.” 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 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. © 2018 Phys.org Researchers have designed a “fire alarm wallpaper” made of environmentally friendly, nonflammable materials—including some of the materials found in bone, teeth, and hormones—that can detect a fire, prevent the fire from spreading, and give off an alarm when a fire occurs. When exposed to heat, the wallpaper is transformed from an electrically insulating state into an electrically conductive one, causing it to automatically trigger an alarm that generates loud sounds and warning lights. Controlling fire ants with natural compounds Fire-resistant wallpaper withstands flames, while a thermosensitive sensor triggers an alarm of sound and light. Credit: Chen et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Play Credit: Chen et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society The thermosensitive sensor is fabricated on the surface of the wallpaper by a simple drop-casting process using an ink containing graphene oxide. The tiny sensor is placed on the backside of the fire- resistant wallpaper so that it is out of sight and protected by the fireproof wallpaper. Explore further Citation: Fire alarm wallpaper detects, resists, and warns of house fires (2018, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-alarm-wallpaper-resists-house.html More information: Fei-Fei Chen et al. “Fire Alarm Wallpaper Based on Fire-Resistant Hydroxyapatite Nanowire Inorganic Paper and Graphene Oxide Thermosensitive Sensor.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b00047last_img read more

You Will Never Smell My World the Way I Do

first_imgOf course, genes are not the only determinant of scent. Rachel Herz, who studies the psychological science of smell at Brown University, calls this new study “great and important” but points out that there are many other factors at play, including attention, past associations and expectations. Read the whole story: The New York Times The scent of lily of the valley cannot be easily bottled. For decades companies that make soap, lotions and perfumes have relied on a chemical called bourgeonal to imbue their products with the sweet smell of the little white flowers. A tiny drop can be extraordinarily intense. Similarly, the earthy compound 2-ethylfenchol, present in beets, is so powerful for some people that a small chunk of the root vegetable smells like a heap of dirt. For others, that same compound is as undetectable as the scent of bottled water. If you can smell it at all, that is. For a small percentage of people, it fails to register as anything. —last_img read more

Would You Let the Police Search Your Phone

first_imgA key question in so-called “consent-search” cases is why people so readily agree to allow intrusions into their privacy. The answer, as we argue in a forthcoming article in The Yale Law Journal, is that psychologically, it’s much harder to refuse consent than it seems. The degree of pressure needed to get people to comply is shockingly minimal — and our ability to recognize this fact is limited. The legal standard for whether a consent search is voluntary — and thus whether any contraband police discover is admissible in court — is whether a reasonable person would have felt free to refuse the officers’ request. Courts tend to judge the voluntariness of consent by looking for clear markers of coercion. Did the officer phrase the request as a demand, instead of a question? Were weapons drawn? If not, the search is likely to be deemed voluntary. But this approach misunderstands the psychology of compliance. It takes much less pressure than it seems to secure people’s acquiescence. Police don’t need to use weapons to get people to accede to their requests; they just need to ask. Our research shows that a simple, polite face-to-face request is harder to refuse than we think. Read the whole story: The New York Timescenter_img Law enforcement officers on the doorstep threatening to “come back with a warrant” is a cliché of police procedural dramas. Things are much less dramatic in real life: The officers ask if they can take a look around, and the civilians say yes without putting up a fight.last_img read more

Late bogeys push Lahiri down

first_imgAnirban Lahiri started out on his long journey on the PGA Tour at the Shell Houston Open in a rather humbling manner, ending the day one at two-over 74. Starting with a birdie on the 10th, his first hole of the day, the World No. 33 Lahiri parred the next seven holes to stay under-par before encountering his first disappointment in the form of a double bogey on the 17th.Thereafter two other birdies back-to-back on fifth and sixth and three bogeys, two of them in last three holes saw him finish at two-over 74 for the first day. It put the winner of Malaysian and Hero Indian Open winner way behind at 117th place three shots behind the projected cut. The leader was Scott Piercy, who blazed the course with a nine-under 63 and opened a two-shot lead over German Alex Cejka and long-hitting JB Holmes. Piercy at one stage five birdies in a row. Phil Mickelson, Luke Guthrie, Charles Howell III and Houston’s Shawn Stefani each shot a 66 and trail Piercy by three strokes. Lahiri is due to play his first Masters next week and is looking forward to a series of starts over the next few months in the US.last_img read more

Govt to rope in FRDC to develop fireworks manufacture in state

first_imgKolkata: Taking a major step to develop manufacturing of fireworks as a major industry in Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government will rope in the Fireworks Research and Development Centre (FRDC) at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu, to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to set up a cluster of fireworks factories at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.According to a senior official of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Textiles department, the decision has been taken to write to the FRDC to prepare the DPR as it is an expert organisation in ensuring quality and safety standards for the entire industry. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe DPR will be prepared to set up the cluster with common facility centre at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas. Later, the same model as per the DPR will be replicated to set up such clusters in other parts of the state.It may be mentioned that Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu is known as the country’s firecrackers manufacturing hub. In Bengal, too, there are many villages, mainly in South 24-Parganas, where manufacturing firecrackers is the source of livelihood for many. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government has taken the major step in helping the families involved in manufacturing of firecrackers by creating infrastruc-ture that will ensure a “better, safe and hazard-free” environment. “It is the main reason behind roping in an expert organisation like FRDC to prepare the DPR,” the official said.It may be mentioned that a 50-acre land at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas has already been identified and all other processes are also in progress to set up the cluster. Since it is a matter of setting up a cluster of fireworks manufacturing factories, the official said that it will be set up adhering to all norms. Setting up of the same will ensure technological upgradation, which will ensure improvement in the quality of work. Moreover, workers can work without even apprehending any health hazards. There will also be a centre for testing of raw materials for quality control and at the same time, there will also be standardisation of work.Citing an example, the official said that there has to be two separate entry and exit points of each of the units that will be developed at the cluster and as per the norms, those have to be at proper positions. Moreover, the warehouses where the “highly inflammable” materials will be stored, will also have to be planned properly. “So, the planning before initiating the work has to be foolproof,” the official added. The officials of the department will be contacting the FRDC authorities soon.last_img read more

Tender of the wonder

first_imgWhat would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender,  a play that was staged at Sri Ram Centre yesterday narrated how, if the Taj  Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill emperors wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical sarkari manner. Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, fast forwarded in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter castles as the curtains came down of  Taj Mahal ka Tender.last_img read more

Lalus trusted IAS officers placed in sons depts

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal  (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two of the most trusted senior IAS officers have been moved into departments held by the party patron’s sons in the Bihar cabinet.1982-batch IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, who was with Lalu Prasad during his tenure as Railway minister, has been made Principal Secretary Road Construction Department under charge of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, a government notification issued last night said. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damA 1987-batch IAS officer RK Mahajan has been moved from Education department and made Principal Secretary of Health held by Lalu Prasad’s another son Tej Pratap Yadav.Mahajan had served as Executive Director, Public Grievances, Minister of Railways when Lalu Prasad was in Rail Bhawan during UPA I.The Nitish Kumar government effected the changes in senior levels of the bureaucracy last night to further tone up administration.The new post of Sudhir Kumar, who is waiting for the posting, has been upgraded to the rank of Chief Secretary from the day of his joining, the notification said. He replaces Arun Kumar Singh in RCD, who has been moved to Water Resources department. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeMeanwhile, Vijay Prakash, Commissioner of Agriculture Production has been given additional charge of Vigilance department. DS Gangwar, Principal Secretary to CM has been transferred to Education department. He would continue to hold responsibility as Principal Secretary to the CM as well Resident Commissioner of Bihar at Delhi.Brajesh Mehrotra (89 batch IAS) has been transfered from Health department to Cabinet Coordination department.last_img read more

Archana could be having an extramarital affair Police

first_imgKolkata: Mystery intensifies in the Ultadanga housewife Archana Palangdar murder case, following the identification process on Friday, after which the sleuths have gathered some important clues. According to sources, it is suspected that Archana might have been involved in an extramarital affair that led to her murder.According to police sources, Archana had filed a domestic violence case against her husband Pintu Palangdar and other in-laws nearly three years back. But later she had withdrawn the case. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Pintu, Archana might have been brainwashed by someone and thus she had filed the case. She understood the matter later and withdrew the complaint. But Pintu did not make it clear as to who is that “someone”.Investigators came to know that recently Archana used to spend a lot of time with one of her male friends. However, her male friend could not be traced. Sleuths suspect that this unknown person might be the missing link in the case. On the other hand, police are also searching for clues from the deceased’s family side. A section of investigators suspect that the relationship between Archana and Pintu went bitter since the last few years due to the male friend. Thus, Pintu is also a suspect in this case. Though police are looking at the illicit relationship angle, locals are quite surprised about Archana having an extramarital affair with someone. Archana’s body was found inside a sack near the West Chowbhaga pumping station in Anandapur. One of the security guards spotted the body and informed the Anandapur police station.Primarily, no identification could be found. Later seeing the picture in the media, Pintu identified her. He also informed that his wife had left the house saying that she was going to repair her mobile phone. As she did not turn up till late night, a missing complaint was filed with the Ultadanga police station on Thursday.last_img read more

Class XI student hangs self over depression

first_imgKolkata: Arkaprabha Basu, a Class XI student of a well-known school inSouth Kolkata committed suicide at his residence on late Thursday evening. Police have confiscated his cell phone and laptop. Preliminary investigation revealed that he was in mental depression and searching suicide notes online. Arka was admitted to hospital last year after he severed his veins because of his involvement in the Blue Whale game. Police said Arka, a resident of Patuli, was a son of working parents. His father works at an oil company and his mother is an employee of a nationalized bank. Her elder sister is a lawyer. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFor quite some time, Arka lost interest in his studies and was repeating Class XI for the second year. This aggravated his depression. In 2017, he was admitted to hospital and was under treatment after he severed the veins following his Blue Whale involvement. On Thursday evening, his parents and sister had gone out and there was no one in the house except a maid. The maid heard a loud sound and asked the watchman of the apartment to break open door which was locked from inside. Arka committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling. Police was informed. Meanwhile, his parents and sister rushed back home. The body was sent for an autopsy and his laptop and cell phone were seized.last_img read more

Trinamool Mahila Congress kicks off dharna against BJPs demand

first_imgKolkata: Chandrima Bhattacharya, president of Trinamool Mahila Congress, said on Friday that by raising the demand to declare all the booths in the state as ‘super sensitive’, BJP has actually insulted the people of Bengal, particularly the womenfolk.She was addressing a gathering assembled at the dharna organised by the women’s wing of the party on Rani Rashmoni Avenue on Friday. She said BJP has been insulting Bengal on one pretext or the other. “A caretaker government is being run in Delhi. The Law minister who had raised the demand to declare all the booths in Bengal as super sensitive, does not know the implication of the demand,” Bhattacharya said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”There are 77,000 odd booths in Bengal and 50% of the voters are women. Then are we to believe that the women were engaged in fighting as well? It is an insult to the women in Bengal,” she added. She said BJP is circulating lies on social media to create confusion among the people. “Their leaders seldom speak the truth and they think that by creating confusion they can reap some benefit,” she said. Meanwhile, Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Welfare and Social Development, said over the past few years in Bengal election is being observed as a festival. “It is a festival of democracy. Before 2011 when there was Left Front rule, people could not cast their votes. But now the situation has changed and the voters come out and stand in long queues to exercise their rights. This is being reflected in the heavy turnout of voters,” said Panja. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe alleged that BJP was trying to “create unnecessary tension to scare the people,” adding: “In areas where there is no tension, BJP is circulating fake news to show that the law and order in a particular area has collapsed. BJP is trying to reap benefit by creating confusion among the people.” Panja said BJP has destroyed the sanctity of the institutions in the country set up by the Indian Constitution. “For 42 seats in Lok Sabha, there will be a seven phase election in Bengal. People will have to stand in queues braving the heat in April- May. The people have understood BJP’s gameplan and this will be reflected in the ballot,” she said.last_img read more

How to be a smart adventure sports lover

first_imgAdventure sports are unique in their adrenaline-inducing capabilities, owing to the thrill and ‘risk’ factor involved. However, a sports lover must venture into such extreme activities after being educated into the art of taking a ‘calculated risk, say experts. Research on your destination and associated safety measures: The success and failure of this industry comes down to one primary aspect and that is safety. One should do some primary research on the company providing their chosen activity before visiting, look up testimonials, ratings and should take appropriate measures. Ask questions about the safety practices followed, understand how disciplined is the organisation in the maintenance of the same. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe most important thing is to be mentally prepared and excited about the sport you are attempting. Ask yourself if you actually want to do it or is it just peer pressure. Go ahead only if you are confident.Pack wisely and smartly for the trip: While going on for an adventure trip, one must pack efficiently and smartly. They should carry all the necessary trip accessories like water bottle, flashlight or torch, portable charger, sunglasses, sleeping bag sheet, medicines and some toiletries in their backpacks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLoosen up: The whole point of adventure sports is to expand our horizon, shatter the glass ceiling we set for ourselves and step out of our comfort zones. Acknowledging this larger picture pushes one to truly embrace the experience and squeeze out every ounce of benefit and glory from that one exhilarating opportunity.The fitness challenge: Understanding your fitness levels is important to get the maximum out of your adventure. Do not put your health at risk by trying something that you are clearly not capable of. Ensure you have got your medical tests done and consulted your doctor before attempting something you have never done before. The tests may vary depending on the nature of the activity you are planning to indulge in. If you suffer from vertigo, acrophobia, asthma or any heart disease, refrain from attempting such sports. Make sure that you are in pink of health and in case of minor ailments, take your doctor’s advice.Get insured: Buy a travel insurance plan that will safeguard you and your loved ones in case of any unforeseen incidents during your adventure trip. Before buying a policy go through the details and consult an expert to see if the plans will cover the mishaps that could result from the sport you are going to attempt. There are many insurance options, however, choosing a suitable one is always a challenge.Don’t take pictures while doing the sport. It can be extremely dangerous. Focus on what you are there for and make the best out of it.Gear: Perhaps the most obvious safety measure is to wear protective gear and equipment. Helmets, goggles, gloves, and padding are all designed for specific reasons. Each form of protective accessory has a purpose that makes it essential in every extreme sport. The gear must be in solid, working condition, and equipment needs to be used properly. Before you try any extreme sport, learn as much as you can about it. Gradually build your skill level at a slow pace. Seek medical help immediately if you or someone you are with is injured.Understand Your Ability: If you watch extreme sports on television, keep in mind that the stunts are performed by professionals with years of practice. Although some things might appear easy, they should not be attempted by someone without the proper training and expert coaching. Children need to be aware that these stunts are dangerous and unsafe for them. One of the most common ways that people are hurt is by trying to perform something that is beyond their ability.last_img read more

Delhi boy tops VITEEE for admission to BTech

first_imgKalash Gupta, a student of Delhi has secured first rank in the VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE)-2018 which was held from April 4 to 16. The exam was conducted in 124 selected cities across India besides Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Qatar for admission to the various B.Tech programmes offered by VIT at its Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal and Amaravati(AP) branch. Releasing the results here recently, VIT also announced the newly set record where 2,12,000 candidates registered for the VITEEE-2018. The other rank holders among the top 10 are Sarikonda Ananda Ramarao,Telangana state (2nd rank), Anirudh Panigrahi, Odhisha state (3rd rank), Sai Anirudh M, Karnataka state(4th rank), Shubham Kar, Jharkhand state (5th rank), Shubham Agarwal, West Bengal state(6th rank), Pranav Goyal, Chandigarh state (7th rank), Sanchit Agrawal, Delhi state (8th rank), S Vishal, Tamil Nadu state (9th rank) and Anmol Gupta, Uttar Pradesh (10th rank). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPress note released by VIT said that VITEEE results have been declared through www.vit.ac.in and admissions would be only on merit, based on the marks obtained by the candidates in VITEEE.Counselling for candidates, who obtained ranks upto 8,000 would be held on May 9, whereas for ranks 8001 to 14,000, it will be conducted on May 10. Those who secured ranks from 14001 to 20000, can attend the counselling on May 11. The counselling would be held simultaneously in Vellore, Chennai, Bhopal and Amaravati (AP).Under the G V School Development Programme, Central and State board toppers would be given 100 percent fee waiver for all the four years. Candidates with ranks upto 50 would be given 75% tuition fee waiver, Rank 51 to 100 would be given 50% tuition fee waiver and rank 101 to 1000 would be given 25 % tuition fee waiver.last_img read more

Baghajatin flyover to remain partially closed owing to repairs

first_imgKolkata: A flank of the Baghajatin flyover on EM Bypass will remain closed from August 13 to 15, with the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) undertaking repair work of the bridge. A chunk of concrete underneath the bridge had caved in on Friday night.According to KMDA sources, the flank through which vehicles move towards the direction of Patuli will be closed, while the other part will see vehicular movement in both the directions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”There will be partial closure and we are putting all arrangements in place to facilitate movement of vehicles both ways along one flank,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Kolkata Police. Kolkata Police has also agreed to the proposal of KMDA to keep the Aurobindo Setu at Gouribari area closed from August 22 to 24 for carrying out load capacity test. This bridge connects Ultadanga with the Khanna junction. The police are working on the traffic diversion plan and a notification in connection with this will be brought out soon. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, KMDA has proposed to the Howrah City Police to keep Bankim Setu shut for vehicular movement from August 23 to 25, to undertake load capacity test of the bridge which is situated over the railway tracks near Howrah station. A meeting will be held with all stakeholders on Tuesday to decide whether it will be feasible to close the bridge as per KMDA’s proposal. The nod of the Railways is also required for carrying out test on Bankim Setu. The initial test conducted by KMDA has revealed that the bridge is not in the best of conditions.last_img read more

Yes They Are Real – Seaweed Homes

first_imgThe village island of Læsø, off the coast of Denmark, has preserved houses built of driftwood for hundreds of years. The roofs of these houses were uniquely made using seaweed. Læsø became well-known in the Middle Ages for its flourishing salt industry, possible thanks to the island’s extensive tidal saltmarsh and naturally occurring salt meadows. Numerous salt kilns requiring a constant supply of fuel were built on the island to refine salt.Practically the entire island of Læsø was turned over to salt production. Groundwater can contain more than 15 percent salt, which would be concentrated in natural salt pans during hot, dry summers.Typical seaweed house on Laesoe (DK, Laesoe). Seaweed houses are declared as one of North Jutland’s seven wonders.The fuel used to refine the salt was provided by the limited amount of woodland on the island which later became unavailable as the most trees had been cut down.Without the wood available for use as a source of fuel for the kilns, the Læsø salt industry collapsed. The deforested island was vulnerable to the wind, and the villages were buried under sandstorms. The air became salt-filled which had a direct effect on the growth of plants and grasses.With virtually no new timber to build their homes, the islanders constructed their homes from driftwood with the roofs made of eelgrass.Wall of a typical seaweed house on Læsø, Denmark. Seaweed houses are declared as one of North Jutland’s seven wonders.Since the seaweed and driftwood were saturated with saltwater, these homes were not prone to decay and have remained virtually the same since the 17th century.These eelgrasses that grow abundantly in the sea surrounding Læsø island have long, bright-green leaves in the form of ribbons. They are about a centimeter wide and approximately two meters in length. Farmers collect eelgrass that washes up on the seashore.Seaweed roof house called Hedvigs House, Laesoe, 2017The eelgrass is dried, then bundled and twisted into thick ropes that are weaved through the rafters of houses to form a roof. Once made, these seaweed roofs — which are a unique feature of Læsø island — hang over the walls and gives the impression that the house is wearing a huge cloak.A freshly-made seaweed roof is not waterproof, but water is not able to penetrate the building because of its thickness. Less than 12 months after it’s made, the roof becomes silvery grey, solidifies and becomes waterproof as plants grow on the thatch. The mass becomes solid with time as the roof ages.Long wooden ladder hanging on the wall of an old half-timbered farmhouse thatched with a seaweed roof on the Kattegat island of LaesoeDue to the high concentration of salt in the air, the eelgrass does not burn and has a very long life. According to Meeting the Other in Norse Myth and Legend by John McKinnall, a seaweed roof typically lasts 200 years; some have lasted as long as 400 years. At about 5,000 DKK per square meter ($90/sq. ft) the seaweed costs four times more than that of Denmark’s straw thatching, which lasts some 30-40 years.The eelgrasses were attacked by a disease in the 1930s which made it quite challenging to maintain the roofs. This marked the beginning of the end for this type of roofing on the island.View along the exterior wall of an old half-timbered farmhouse thatched with a seaweed roof on the Kattegat island of Laesoe in July 2015While there were over 250 homes and farms thatched with seaweed in the 18th century, that number has reduced drastically to just 19 homes. A heritage project was set up in 2009 to ensure that the seaweed homes of Læsø island do not go extinct. A part of the project involved teaching farmers in the south of Denmark to make and harvest eelgrass.Read another story from us: Ancient Roman Bathhouse still in use todayThe island has since been reforested, and the inhabitants can no longer view the sea from roofs of their homes as a lot of houses are surrounded by trees, which protects them from salt-laden winds.last_img read more

VIDEO Tom Brady refused to answer questions about his injured hand while

first_imgTom Brady finally held his first press conference since report leaked out that he suffered an injury to his right hand during a practice hit from a teammate. In order to keep the nature of the injury a secret, Brady showed up wearing gloves on both hands like he was headed to a snowball fight after the presser.Brady said he wouldn’t discuss the injury at the beginning of the Q & A, gave expert non-answers when pressed, and wouldn’t definitively say he would play in the AFC Championship Game against Jacksonville. He also didn’t comment on the specific nature of the mysterious injury that is moving the lines in Vegas.Fans will have to wait until game day to see if Brady’s injury will have any impact on his play, or if this has all been 9-dimensional chess to force Jacksonville to waste time preparing for Brian Hoyer.last_img read more