Snot Serious: Artificial Nose Works Better with Mucus

first_imgWhat will they think of next?  Designers of electronic noses cannot yet come close to the natural nose in sensitivity.  But in trying to improve their devices, they tried another trick from nature: artificial boogers.  Yes, believe it or snot, adding a layer of synthetic mucus “improved the performance of their electronic nose allowing it to tell apart smells such as milk and banana which had previously been challenging smells for the device.”  So reported University of Warwick in all seriousness.  Science Daily also had a nose for the news.    Why did this work?  In the natural nose, a mucus layer entraps incoming particles.  This “dissolves scents and separates out different odour molecules in a way they arrive at the noses receptors at different speeds/times,” the press release says.  “Humans are then able to use this information on the differences in time taken to reach different nose receptors to pick apart a diverse range of smells.”  The electronic nose has only 50 receptors, compared to a human’s “100 million specialised receptors or sensors which act together in complex ways to identify and tell apart the molecules they encounter.”  That’s not something to sneeze at.You probably had no idea that mucus had that function.  You knew that it conveys dust and particles out of the nasal passage and helps keep those sensitive linings moist, but did you realize it actually enhances your sense of smell?  Amazing.  Think of all the information you toss out with each tissue.  Now they need to figure out how to blow an electronic nose.  (Do NOT use the electronic finger.)(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_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

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