Month: August 2019

first_img Citation: US army to be powered by waste (2009, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-army-powered.html British Town Demonstrates World’s First Garbage Truck Powered by Garbage The PyTEC system includes a pyrolysis tube capable of continuously consuming up to 100 kg (220 lb) of garbage an hour. Mixed waste is heated to high temperature in the pyrolisis tube, a process that releases combustible gases, which are then stored and later burned to generate electricity. The system produces five times more energy than is used to power the system.The pyrolisis process differs from other systems that generate energy by heating waste in that the heating takes place in the absence of oxygen. Aerobic systems generally need waste to be of only one type, whereas the pyrolisis system works with untreated mixed wastes. The thermal systems also need waste to be diced before being fed to the incinerator, and have problems with some components of waste, such as tin and glass. The PyTEC system does not require finely diced waste, and can handle the difficult waste sources with ease.The end products of the PyTEC system are energy and a glassy waste product that is only 5% of the volume of the original garbage. The system has been in use for a year on a British ship, the HMS Ocean. According to Qinetiq spokesperson Pat McGlead, the system has been “containerized” for the US army to make it easier to deploy. Up to ten systems will eventually be deployed, many of them in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are expected to dramatically reduce the army’s use of fossil fuels, and take care of waste disposal at the same time. Until now the “forward operating bases” in Afghanistan and Iraq have had no formal arrangements for disposing of their waste.The PyTEC system may also find application outside the military, since many people in both commercial and private premises are seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint and produce energy from renewable sources. Turning waste into energy has many attractions for a wide range of people.A side benefit of the PyTEC waste disposal system in conflict areas may also be a saving of lives, since there will be less need for garbage trucks to be on the roads, where they risk land mines, and other forms of attack. The systems are expected to be delivered by mid 2010, and the period of testing and evaluation is expected to last until early 2012.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Defense company Qinetiq has been awarded a contract to supply the US army with a system that generates electricity from garbage. 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. Explore further Qinetiq’s PyTEC system undergoing trials.last_img read more

first_imgThe technology offers an “automatic path choice.” When the network detects multiple Internet connections, it will select the fastest one available and will switch to another connection if the original slows or goes off line. This is being promoted as a mobile mesh network that can route data “opportunistically” through the right assets at the right time. The advantage is that it can offload traffic from an overburdened access route to one less utilized. The Open Garden founders built and patented their own discovery mechanisms so devices that run the software can easily detect each other. When asked about the implications of this advancement on battery power, the answer was that most of the power consumption comes from the data transmission. Open Garden instead can help the user save some battery by offloading to WiFi, which uses less power than a 3G or 4G connection.As the app is freely downloadable, the team was asked how they intended to make any money. The Open Garden team’s answer was by the freemium business model, historically commonplace with Open Source ventures, where revenues come in from special enterprise-level services for business customers, or sponsorships, or advertising. The team said they aim for a freemium model with extra features like VPN access for business users. Explore further (Phys.org) — The Open Garden network app, which was launched in private beta in February, is now available free for download. The San Francisco based startup, founded in 2010, is set to break down the in walls of connectivity — in seeking out Internet access or making do with spotty connections — that have become the status quo. The Open Garden team voices a general complaint that Operators behave as if broken networks are a fact of life. “Mobile networks are like closed gardens, separated by walls. If you own a smartphone from Carrier A and find yourself unable to surf the mobile web, you cannot use spectrum owned by Carrier B, or a nearby fixed line broadband connection owned by Carrier C.” Citation: Open Garden plants app for open network (2012, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-garden-app-network.html More information: opengarden.com/ The Open Garden application interconnects devices, whether smartphones, laptops or tablets. to form a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network for access to the Internet. The team presented their case at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt conference. They answered questions from a conference panel about the capabilities, repercussions from industry, and business model for the startup.Cofounder and CEO Micha Benoliel told the audience that Open Garden is announcing the new app as “disruptive” because the application makes it so simple for a user to be connected.The mesh network allows Open Garden-enabled devices to automatically share Internet access and bandwidth. Essentially, you are riding on the Web access of other Open Garden app users, using peer-to-peer connections that form the network.center_img © 2012 Phys.Org Technology watchers reacting to the debut are supportive but tending to ask the same question: What will carriers do, if not openly revolt? The very idea of a crowdsourcing platform for mobile connectivity may not go down easily with carriers who may think this will hurt their business. The company says it may take time for carriers to accept the app as able to help their business. “The promise of hyperconnectivity will be fulfilled when the walls that separate the carriers’ closed garden finally open for the benefit of the industry and all users.” Benoliel has said that Open Garden already has an agreement with a “forward-looking” European carrier.Open Garden is available for Android, Windows, and Mac. The team plans for an iOS version in the future.On Monday, a reviewer said she was able to use Open Garden to surf the Internet on a smart phone using Firefox (Firefox is needed to browse with Open Garden if on an Android device, along with a browser add-on). Video streaming by way of another phone’s 4G connection, she said, looked a bit stilted but the quality was not bad. Ex-AOL exec calls Facebook new ‘walled garden’ 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

first_img More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/b … hnology-for-everyonebublcam.com/ © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Canada-based startup called Bubl Technology, founded in 2011, wants you to imagine being able to capture life in its bublcam, making, as it says, 360 degrees of your world available any time. The company has come up with prototypes of a little baseball-like gadget that is really four cameras arranged in a tetrahedral design, allowing a user to take photos and video. Sean Ramsey, founder and CEO, said the idea for the product was seeded some years ago, while he was working with a company in turn working with Google on a Street View project. Why not create a camera, he thought, to be capable of spherical footage for uses other than mapping? Why not use it for other things, such as panoramic photos? Explore further At the time of this writing, they have garnered $83,391 out of their $100,000 goal with 38 days to go. The target shipping date for the device, priced at over $400, is May next year. Citation: Little bublcam places life in spherical perspective (2013, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-bublcam-life-spherical-perspective.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. He and other team members started thinking in terms of technology that could support a device that was small, portable,and affordable. For the last two years, the company’s focus has been on the end goal of a market ready spherical camera that captures 100 percent of the spherical range through panoramic photos and videos. The company’s hardware CTO, Dan Mills, explained: “We designed the camera in a tetrahedral [patent pending] orientation…there are no blind spots because each camera overlaps the adjoining camera.” The camera’s form factor is distinctive, as a baseball size device that is light and easy to carry around. Applications potentially, are many, including the use of the bublcam in-real estate, gaming and sports, as well as security and surveillance. The bublcam is capable of recording video at 30fps at 720p or 15fps at 1080p and exports MP4 format.For the casing, the team is using four solid aluminum die-cast structural rings. According to the company, however, the “true innovation of the bublcam is its software that allows a single, 4 quadrant multiplexed image to be stitched into a sphere. We utilize a heat mapped blending process in order to blend the final photos and videos. These are what we like to call digital bubls.”The team continues to work on the device to bring it to market and, at this stage, has fully functional working prototypes. The company has turned to Kickstarter to bring the device to market. “We have been working on bubl for the past two years and we’ve come a long way. But now we need your help,” said the campaign message. “Your support will allow us to initiate tooling, manufacturing and software development so we can make bublcam and our software available to you and the millions of people who have never before had a 360º camera option.” Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video)last_img read more

first_img More information: Frédérique Valentin et al. Early Lapita skeletons from Vanuatu show Polynesian craniofacial shape: Implications for Remote Oceanic settlement and Lapita origins, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1516186113AbstractWith a cultural and linguistic origin in Island Southeast Asia the Lapita expansion is thought to have led ultimately to the Polynesian settlement of the east Polynesian region after a time of mixing/integration in north Melanesia and a nearly 2,000-y pause in West Polynesia. One of the major achievements of recent Lapita research in Vanuatu has been the discovery of the oldest cemetery found so far in the Pacific at Teouma on the south coast of Efate Island, opening up new prospects for the biological definition of the early settlers of the archipelago and of Remote Oceania in general. Using craniometric evidence from the skeletons in conjunction with archaeological data, we discuss here four debated issues: the Lapita–Asian connection, the degree of admixture, the Lapita–Polynesian connection, and the question of secondary population movement into Remote Oceania. Citation: Skulls in ancient cemetery on Vanuatu suggest Polynesians as first settlers (2015, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-skulls-ancient-cemetery-vanuatu-polynesians.html Explore further The researchers focused on skulls dug from the bottom of a cemetery on Efate Island, which has been dated back to approximately 3,000 years ago, making it the oldest in the South Pacific. The skulls, the team reports, belong to a people known as the Lapita, who are believed to have been the earliest settlers of the islands. The team compared the skulls with those of people currently living on the island and also other parts of Polynesia and Melanesia and concluded that the ancient skulls were closest in structure to modern Asians and Polynesians. This news came as a bit of a surprise because the current natives most resemble Melanesians. The researchers believe that the evidence suggests that Melanesia people arrived sometime after the Lapita had already populated the islands in the area and interbred with the people already living there.The researchers note that other evidence of the ancient Lapita people still exists as well—those living on the island share many cultural and linguistic similarities with early Polynesians, for example. But, they also add, it still doesn’t adequately address the issue of how it was that people living 3,000 years ago managed to navigate and populate an island group so far from their home—a path that would have taken them from South-East Asia through Melanesia and then into Polynesia, while somehow not leaving any evidence that they had mixed with the Melanesians. Their findings do suggest though, that the islands of Vanuatu may have served as a springboard of sorts, offering the early settlers a place to jump to other parts of the vast Pacific Ocean. Teouma Lapita skulls. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1516186113 (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from France and Australia has found evidence in a very old cemetery (first discovered back in 2004) on one of the islands of Vanuatu that suggests that early Asians and Polynesians were the first human settlers, not Melanesians as many have suggested. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how the question of the origin of the people of the Pacific Islands has confounded visitors from the west since perhaps the 16th century and why they believe their study finally provides the answers.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. South Pacific Island’s earliest inhabitants relied primarily on foraging, not horticulture © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_img Modern Flores Island pygmies show no genetic link to extinct ‘hobbits’ © 2018 Science X Network Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Scientists have long been stumped by the short stature of pygmy people. Most pygmy people have developed shorter stature while living in a tropical region, such as in Malaysia or the Amazon jungle. But what about living in the jungle causes nature to select for shorter stature? Some have suggested a smaller body dissipates heat better, or can better deal with high humidity levels. But the truth is that no one knows the real reason. In this new effort, the researchers set out to find the answer. They first came up with a hypothesis, and then carried out some experiments to test their ideas.The hypothesis was that it is easier for shorter people to walk around in the dense jungle—taller people with longer strides find it more difficult to get around in dense jungle forests. To test this idea, the researchers built models meant to mimic the behavior of people of different sizes making their way through a jungle. They then compared what they found with real human beings—watching and recording as both taller people and pygmy people made their way through the jungles of the Batek of Peninsular Malaysia and the Tsimane in Bolivia.The researchers report that both their models and their observations of people walking in jungle environments agreed with their hypothesis—the shorter pygmy people were far better at making their way through the jungle, and it appeared that shorter step length was the reason. The shorter steps allowed the Pygmy people to move much more quickly through the dense underbrush, making foraging much more efficient. The researchers suggest their results offer the first evidence of the shorter stature of the Pygmy people being a phenotype with adaptive benefits. A team of researchers from the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, Harvard University, the University of Exeter and the University of California has come up with a new theory to explain the short stature of pygmies living in the jungle. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group suggests that shorter steps taken by shorter people are an evolutionary advantage in the jungle.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Vivek V. Venkataraman et al. Locomotor constraints favour the evolution of the human pygmy phenotype in tropical rainforests, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1492 Citation: A possible explanation for why pygmy people in the jungle are so short (2018, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-explanation-pygmy-people-jungle-short.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Play Deer recruit cancer genes in rapid antler regeneration and at the same time their tumor suppressor genes changed a lot. Credit: Dr. Wen Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Mr. Zhe Si Citation: The Ruminant Genome Project reveals the secret lives of deer (2019, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-ruminant-genome-reveals-secret-deer.html Three teams of researchers working independently have conducted three specific studies of ruminants—a class of mammals that obtains nutrients from plants by fermenting it in chambered stomachs. The work was part of an overall project called, quite naturally, the Ruminant Genome Project. All three teams were made up of members from several institutions in China and a few other countries. All three groups have published their findings in the journal Science. Also, Dai Fei Elmer Ker and Yunzhi Peter Yang with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Stanford University, respectively, have published a Perspective piece outlining the work by the three teams in the same journal issue. 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 Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further More information: Lei Chen et al. Large-scale ruminant genome sequencing provides insights into their evolution and distinct traits, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aav6202 Yu Wang et al. Genetic basis of ruminant headgear and rapid antler regeneration, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aav6335 Zeshan Lin et al. Biological adaptations in the Arctic cervid, the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aav6312 Glowing antlers failed, so Finns try app to save reindeercenter_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. Domesticated ruminants such as sheep and cows are important to humans. Others are important because of their unique physical characteristics. Deer antlers, for example, grow exceptionally quickly, and reindeer live in the Arctic without freezing or suffering depression due to long winter nights. In this new effort, all three teams sought to learn more about particular aspects of these unique mammals.In the first study, the researchers assembled the genomes of 44 ruminants covering all six members of the Ruminantia families. They created a phylogenetic tree for the group, which helped to clear up some of the mysteries in the family history. It also showed that the group as a whole suffered severe declines in population coinciding with humans migrating out of Africa.The work by the second team involved studying ruminant headgear—horns, antlers, pronghorns and ossicones. They found that despite their physical differences, the bony headgear shared many similarities. They also found that the reason deer antlers regenerate so quickly is because they exploit cancer-associated signaling paths. The deer also have tumor-suppressing genes that prevent tumors from growing in their antlers—information that could be useful in cancer research. Journal information: Science 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 Play Particular adaptations of reindeer to the polar area. Credit: Dr. Wen Wang, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Mr. Zhe Si The third team focused most specifically on reindeer—they wanted to know how the deer manage to survive in such a cold, harsh environment, and why they do not succumb to depression during long, dark winters. To find out, they studied the reindeer genome and discovered that reindeer have unique genes related to metabolizing vitamin D and circadian arrhythmicity, and also for female antler growth. And their unique digestive system helps them survive on limited plant growth. © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

first_imgDue to popular demand, Palate Fest returns with a special treat to tide you over until the next autumn fest. Palate ‘Mini’- cozier and more compact, gives you a chance to experience a taste of Palate Fest in a more intimate way.Aditi Kapoor and Ruchi Sibal, in association with NDMC, kick start this spring with Palate Mini 2015 – Delhi’s most delicious weekend.The festival will feature some of Delhi’s most upcoming and popular eateries whipping up some lip-smacking preparations, along with a food market for gourmet products.Highlights of the festival will be over 15 leading cafes participating in the fest. Market Square with 30 ‘Shoplets’ for Indian and International gourmet products and ingredients and live entertainment all three days will keep the visitors spellbound.Come and witness the Delhi’s Most Delicious Spring weekend!Where: Nehru Park, When: March 13 – 15 Timing: 1 PM till 11 PMlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today remembered mountaineer Chhanda Gayen, the first civilian woman from the state to summit Mt Everest, on her birth anniversary. Describing the mountaineer as “brave”, the chief minister said that her courage may become an inspiration for everybody. “Fondly remembering the brave mountaineer Chhanda Gayen on her birth anniversary. In her memory, the Bengal Government has instituted the Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award for successful mountaineers. May her courage inspire us all,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this morning. Chhanda Gayen, who had scaled Mt Everest in 2013, went missing along with two sherpas in an avalanche while descending the western side of Mt Kanchenjunga, also known as Mt Yulan Kang, in Nepal in 2014. She was declared missing/dead after rescuers failed to spot her and the three accompanying sherpas. On her honour, the Mamata Banerjee government introduced the ‘Chhanda Gayen Bravery Award’ for women for their outstanding achievement in the field of adventure.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Consul General of France in Kolkata, Virginie Corteval, made a day-long visit to Chandannagar, a former French colony, as part of an effort to shape the people-to-people contact between France and Bengal. As a tourist, she had visited the town about 20 years ago. In a statement issued on Sunday, Corteval said she took great pride in announcing that “we are formalising our relationship and institutionalising our partnership, working as collaborators between the government, private sector and civil society.” During her visit, the diplomat also dropped in at some Jagaddhatri Puja pandals and learnt about their themes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Jagaddhatri Puja is a major festival of the heritage town that attracts crowds from all over West Bengal. She thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her commitment to develop “river tourism along the river Hooghly.” The diplomat referred to the ‘Bonjour India’ initiative of France and said the restoration and reuse of the Registry Office building in Chandannagar has given impetus to a proposal to revitalise and redevelop the entire Strand area of the town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChandannagar, formerly spelt as Chandernagore, situated on the banks of the Hooghly, became a French colony in 1673 when France wanted to set up a trading post. The French lost the town to the British in 1757 and regained control of it in 1816. It remained a French territory in India till 1950. “We are very grateful to the Government of West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Minister of Tourism Goutam Deb, Minister of State for information and Culture Indranil Sen…” for their endeavour to widen this initiative to not just restoring buildings but creating livelihood opportunities and economic development for the people of this town,” the consul general said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A joint team of state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Nadia district police arrested Abhijit Pundari, the prime accused in murder case of Krishnagunj MLA Satyajit Biswas, on Monday. Pundari has been arrested from Radhamohanpur in West Midnapore.According to a source, on February 9, Pundari was absconding since Biswas was shot dead while attending a Saraswati Puja inauguration at Majdia in Nadia district. Following the murder, the police detained two persons on the same night identified as Sujit Mondal and Kartik Mondal, who were later arrested. Police had also recovered a firearm from near the murder spot. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe state CID started a probe along with the Nadia district police. While, the sleuths were probing to get hold of the accused persons, an FIR was lodged naming BJP leader Mukul Roy and other accused persons. Later, Roy moved to Calcutta High Court seeking anticipatory bail, which was granted on the condition that he could not visit Nadia district without court’s permission. Immediate after the murder, local residents saw Pundari escaping from the spot Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataand eventually informed police. Since then sleuths were looking for him. Four days ago, sleuths nabbed two more persons identified as Kalipada Mondal and Nirmal Ghosh. After interrogating the four arrested persons, sleuths came to know that Pundari had attacked Biswas before during the Kali Puja over some disputes. He was eventually resisted by local residents at that time. During investigation, it was suspected that he might try to flee to Bangladesh as the Indo-Bangla border is close to the area. Thus, police sought help from the Border Security Force to step up vigil on the border. Pundari’s picture was also provided to them. On Sunday night, sleuths got a tip-off that Pundari was hiding somewhere in West Midnapore. As Pundari was aware that he could be traced by his mobile’s location, he left it at his home in Nadia. During search operations at several places, sleuths were informed on Sunday that Pundari was hiding at Radhamohanpur in West Midnapore. The officers of the joint team of the state CID and Nadia District Police raided a house from where Pundari was nabbed on Monday morning. The house belonged to Pundari’s relative. Sleuths have seized a firearm from his procession.last_img read more

first_imgVeteran fashion designer Ritu Kumar says it is important to lower the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on handlooms to sustain the sector and improve the livelihood of craftspeople. India today has 16 million craftspeople who are working on textiles as an everyday profession, she noted. “This is… the size of most small countries; the population. It is very important to both sustain the craft and the art behind (handloom) as well as the livelihood of so many people,” she told in an interview, adding that the sector had the potential to be a huge generator of income. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Today you see a lot of craftspeople’s children moving to the city and not taking up traditional crafts. It is important to provide incentives for them to come back and work. If we can lower the GST, or eliminate it, from the handicraft or handloom areas, it will give an incentive to the younger craftspeople to come back to this livelihood,” she added. Handloom fabrics and handloom apparel have been made taxable with GST rates of 5 per cent and 12 per cent, respectively. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKumar started her career in 1969 and has great understanding of traditional design and the innovative use of traditional crafts. She started with just four hand-block printers and two tables in a small village near Kolkata and pioneered the term “fashion” in the Indian context.With an over four-decade-long journey in the industry, Kumar, whose list of clients include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and international celebrities such as the late Princess Diana and Mischa Barton, has seen the evolution in the fashion world. “Textiles, in India in particular, have involved in a fairly spectacular manner. From almost being non-existent after the colonial ban on most handlooms and handicrafts, it has today evolved into the best of each discipline… whether it is weaving, printing or embroidery,” said Kumar.”This has not happened in any other country where most textiles and crafts were systematically decimated and were found in museums rather than in everyday use. This is the miracle that I’m seeing in India,” she added.The designer, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for her exceptional service in the field of fashion, textiles and craftsmanship, feels the history of Indian textiles was ignored in the 150 years of modernisation.”And we, from being one of the countries with the largest exports of textiles, became one of the largest importers of Lancashire and Manchester produced goods. So what we completely ignored was the historical significance of India as a creator of textiles and an influencer of fashion for centuries, a place where I think its slowly going to get back,” said the designer.Kumar is currently showcasing at the fifth edition of the Nayaab exhibition that celebrates the magnificence of Indian weaves. It is curated by Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao.”This is our first time being a part of Nayaab. It’s an effort to celebrate Indian textiles, which falls in line with our brand DNA. Nayaab strives for excellence and believes in celebrating the finest of Indian weaves by curating and showcasing the wonders of Indian textiles. This edition aspires to embody the traditions of Indian textile heritage and epitomises the stories of the countless hands that have worked to create these masterpieces.”last_img read more

first_imgWhile age is known as the strongest risk factor for cognitive decline, eating a handful of nuts every day can improve mental health and memory skills by up to 60 per cent, finds a study. The findings showed that consuming nuts for a long period of time could be the key to better cognitive health, including improved thinking, reasoning and memory in older people. “By eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent – compared to those not eating nuts – effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline,” said lead researcher Ming Li from the University of South Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe reason could be because peanuts have specific anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that help reduce cognitive decline including dementia. Nuts are also known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fibre with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol. The study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, included 4,822 Chinese adults aged 55 and above. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people living with dementia globally is at 47 million. By 2030, this is projected to rise to 75 million and by 2050, global dementia cases are estimated to almost triple. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Population ageing is one of the most substantial challenges of the twenty first century,” Li said. “Not only are people living longer…they naturally experience changes to conceptual reasoning, memory, and processing speed.While there is no cure for age-related cognition decline and neurogenerative disease, variations in what people eat are delivering improvements for older people.” “If we can find ways to help older people retain their cognitive health and independence for longer then this is absolutely worth the effort,” Li suggested.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bahrain is all set to promote tourism in a big way in the city.It participated in the recently concluded Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) at Kolkata and plans to hold a roadshow to attract tourists in Kolkata in next two months. “Dubai is already a popular destination for the tourists from the eastern part of the state including Kolkata. Bahrain which is 55 minutes flight from Dubai has a lot to offer for the tourists. It will also not create a big hole in your pocket as a package of two nights and three days will hover around Rs 25000 per head (excluding airfare),” said a spokesperson from the Tourism department who was in the city for the three-day Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTTF. Bahrain is being promoted in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru for the last few years and has already emerged as a popular wedding destination. “A dozen weddings from India was held in Bahrain in 2018 and we have had bookings for another dozen this year starting from the September onwards. We get a group of persons that vary from 150 to 700 in the weddings,” the spokesperson said. He added that the country is now all set to promote tourism in eastern India and the venture starts from Kolkata as it is the gateway to the North eastern states too. November to April is the best season for Bahrain. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “We were present at the three day TTF that concluded on Sunday and we will be holding a roadshow in the city in two months,” he maintained. Bahrain, which is an island country in the Persian Gulf was home to Dilmun, an important Bronze Age trade centre linking Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. Bahrain was later ruled by the Assyrians and Babylonians. The major tourist attractions of Bahrain is the Formula One race event held once in a year. The Jarda Islands, the Old Houses of Muharraq, the Bahrain Fort which is an Unesco Heritage site, the Bahrain Museum one of the first museum in the Gulf are also popular tourist destinations.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Expressing her sincerest condolences to the family members of Cafe Coffee Day Enterprises’ founding Chairman V G Siddhartha whose body was recovered on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held harassment by the Central agencies responsible for his depression which ultimately led to his death.She appealed to the Centre to work peacefully so that political vendetta and agencies do not destroy the future of this country. In her Facebook post, she wrote: “I am deeply shocked by the incident relating to V G Siddhartha, Cafe Coffee Day founder. It is indeed very sad and very unfortunate. From what he has expressed, it appears that he was greatly depressed due to harassment and pressure from different agencies for which he could not run his business in a peaceful manner. This he could not resist. I hear from different sources that captains of industry in the country are under pressure; some of them have left the country and some are contemplating to move out. All the opposition political parties are afraid of horse-trading and harassment with political vendetta.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe further wrote: “On one hand, the economic growth of the country has nosedived to as low as 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018/19, the lowest in the last 5 years, and unemployment has increased to the highest level in the last 45 years. “On the other hand, Central government is actively pursuing disinvestment of government assets, from Ordnance Factory Board to BSNL, from Air India to Railways, from Chittaranjan Locomotive Works to Alloy Steel Plant, Durgapur and about 45 more public sector undertakings. The overall economy is in bad shape with the common people suffering the most. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Industry and agriculture and creation of employment is the future of our country. If industry is demoralised, then there will be no economic and employment growth. As a result, more and more people will become jobless. “My appeal to the government is that when you have been elected, you have to work in a peaceful manner so that people are confident and that political vendetta and agencies do not destroy the future of the country. “I express my deep condolence to the family members of Siddhartha. I feel really sad to hear the news.” The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder, who went missing, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. The body had washed ashore near Ullal and was fished out by local fishermen.last_img read more

first_imgTonight, the Cavs put down the Raptors 108 -89 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This series looks over.LeBron logged a triple double (23 points 11 assists and 11 rebounds) in the rout. In the second quarter, he leaked out on a breakaway and attacked the rim like it personally insulted a close family member.LeBron is well rested and playing like he’s 22. Be afraid. Be very afraid.last_img

first_img Advertisement A Saint Louis Cardinals fan narrowly avoided serious injury when she was grazed by a bullet while sitting in the stands at Busch Stadium during the eighth inning of the Cardinals/Brewers game last night.According to the Saint Louis Post Dispatch, citing a Saint Louis Police Department report, the woman felt a sharp pain in her arm, and noticed a hole in her jacket. After removing the jacket, she noticed her arm was bleeding. She was seated near the Cardinals’ dugout.54-year-old Todd Porter and his son were seated nearby and witnessed the accidental shooting. Porter said the woman shouted, “Wow! I Think I’ve been shot,” when she was hit. She eventually found the slug underneath her seat and left to get medical attention.Police reportedly responded to a shots-fired call around the time of the shooting in an area close to the stadium. The origin of the bullet is still unknown at this time. If you go watch the Cardinals, bring your baseball glove and a kevlar vest. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream Type LIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedAudio TrackCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Frankly Video Player – v7.24.0Closelast_img read more

first_img 2 min read Register Now » November 1, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Howard Schultz has stepped down from the board of Square, to be replaced by former Goldman Sachs exec David Viniar. Schultz’s exit from the mobile-payment company comes as no shock, as the Starbucks CEO took the position planning to stay for a year. Schultz joined Square’s board last August, investing $25 million to use its technology to process credit card payments in Starbucks stores. “Jack (Dorsey) has assembled a strong and forward-thinking leadership team at Square,” said Schultz in a statement. “I am proud of what our companies have accomplished together this past year and I’m excited about the opportunities for Starbucks and Square to continue to innovate.” Related: 3 Ways Starbucks Is Innovating and Why You Should CareRecent Starbucks innovations include Tweet-a-coffee, increasing its number of cloud-based Clover coffee-brewing machines and opening a tea bar. Innovating has paid off: On Wednesday, the coffee chain reported that total net revenues increased 13 percent in the fourth quarter, with earnings per share rising 37 percent. Schultz’s replacement, David Viniar, was most recently chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs. He worked for the company for more than 30 years. “David’s extraordinary financial insight and expertise will add another valuable perspective to our world-class board,” Dorsey, CEO of Square and co-founder of Twitter, said in a statement. Square’s Board of Directors also includes co-founder Jim McKelvey, Larry Summers, Roelof Botha, Vinod Khosla and Mary Meeker.Related: Square Makes Money Transfers as Easy as Sending an Email  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Free June 10, 2015 Mosquitoes are the worst — but they could also be the key to giving us a heads up about emerging diseases before they become full-blown outbreaks.That’s the focus of Microsoft Research’s “Project Premonition,” which aims to trap mosquitos and analyze their genomes to see the diseases they’re carrying. And while that concept isn’t exactly new, the method of doing so certainly is: Microsoft is using drones to autonomously identify ideal locations for mosquito traps, as well as placing and retrieving them. After that, the mosquitos will be sequenced and their massive amounts of metagenomic data will be sorted with cloud computing.The hope? To find new strains of pathogens before they begin wreaking havoc, which will help us to prepare for potential outbreaks and maybe even develop cures.”We envision a worldwide system for collection and genomic analysis of mosquitoes, capable of detecting potential pathogens and their geographic spread, before they cause disease in the human population,” Microsoft Research’s Ethan Jackson wrote in a blog post.So far, the Project Premonition team has tested its concept in the Caribbean island of Grenada, but it’ll be interesting to see what sorts of insights they’ll find once it’s deployed further.last_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Smartphones don’t play well with hot cars. If you’ve ever received the dreaded temperature warning on your phone’s home screen after leaving it in a sizzling vehicle for too long, you know exactly what we’re talking about. And so does General Motors.The struggling American automaker knows your phone needs to cool out in the dog days of summer, too, just like you. If it doesn’t, if the temperature around your iPhone, Android or, fine, your BlackBerry, exceeds about 95 degrees, the high heat can shorten its battery life and potentially slow down its processor. Double bummer. Worse, permanent damage could occur and, in rare cases, the gadget you can’t live without could completely go kaput.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Terrifying, right? Well, GM, in a bid to “find new roads” and connect with tech-savvy younger drivers, doesn’t want any of the above to happen to your precious phone either. That’s why the 107-year-old company is adding a fancy new smartphone air-conditioning feature to some of its 2016 Chevy models, a modern move its hailing an “industry first.”Finally, your phone can chill out in its own, personal “Active Phone Cooling” cubby, basically a nook outfitted with a plastic a/c vent nozzle. That is if you get behind the wheel of a wireless-charging equipped 2016 Chevy Cruze, Impala, Malibu or Volt.GM says its engineers stumbled upon the idea while testing a smartphone wireless charging feature. “They noticed some smartphones would suspend charging or shut off all together after only a few minutes in high temperatures inside a car’s cabin,” a statement from the Detroit-based company reads. To combat the problem, they simply directed an air vent connected to the car’s a/c and ventilation system at the “charging bin where the phone rests.” And — easy, breezy — cooled air helps keep your phone from frying like an egg. Crisis averted…or so they say.Related: Texting and Driving? Not So Fast — General Motors is Watching You“Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” Impala engineer Dan Lascu says. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.”Simple — or just plain silly — we see this thing catching on, given ‘Murica’s incurable addiction to smartphones. Someday, probably sooner than later, maybe smartphone a/c will come standard in all vehicles, even the ones we won’t drive. Either way, here’s to hoping better backseat a/c routing rolls out first to keep other precious cargo — like living things, pets and kids — cool.Related: GM Open to Working With Google on Developing Self-Driving Cars      For more on how the chill new feature works, check out this video:What do you think? Do you want smartphone a/c in your ride? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: This Handy Gadget Is Like Google Glass For Your Car 3 min read July 6, 2015center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

first_img The wave of chatbots darkening the horizon has been frightening for those who are in customer service and support jobs. Many news articles have been written saying that chatbots will be the end of live customer service, and agents should start looking for new jobs now. But that’s not the whole truth; not at all.Enterprise cloud contact center Aspect Software wanted to get to the bottom of whether customer service was really on the outs, so they put together some comprehensive surveys, and the results may surprise you.I spoke to Joe Gagnon, SVP, GM, and Chief Customer Officer of Aspect Software’s Cloud Solutions. For over 20 years, Joe has had his eyes and ears on the company-consumer relationships, and I was lucky enough to get his take on Aspect’s recent consumer and agent experience surveys, which brought some striking results to light.Give me a sense of what you do and what has brought you to this industry.I fancy myself a “Consumerist.” I’ve spent most of my career looking at the evolving relationships between companies and consumers, and how content and customer engagement affects that relationship. On a daily basis, the agents that we support with our software touch over 100 million consumers globally, so it seemed a likely place to work at scale to improve the overall relationship between consumers and companies.In my role as Chief Customer Officer I get the opportunity to work globally with our customers to move beyond just fixing their customer service problems. I help them engage more deeply with the consumers that they serve and set the foundation for a durable and long standing relationship with them.Core to the work right now is how to evolve the way that the consumer interacts with a company, from using the phone primarily to make calls to using text or messaging as the primary way that they interact with a company. In partnership with our customers, we design strategies and approaches that help them better embrace consumers, enable them to serve their needs, and set them up with new capabilities that allow them to operate in a contemporary and captivating way.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessWhat is the main problem today that keeps you up at night?I have a simple mantra that I believe in deeply: human potential is infinite. In both my personal and professional life, I think about this every day, write about it, and use it as a call to action for me and everyone, everywhere. It is founded on the principle that we can all do more than we think we can, and I have made it my life’s mission to find out how true this is. In addition to my work roles I have focused on becoming an ultra-endurance athlete, and I started down this path to give myself an opportunity to continue to push myself to the physical and mental max and to see what happens when I do this.I’d say the big problem that keeps me up at night is the fact that all too often, we stop short of creating a truly compelling experience for the consumer. There is just a tremendous amount of untapped potential that is there for the taking. Knowing that we can do more keeps me pushing our customers to think differently.I have a unique opportunity as the CCO to collaborate with our customers to deliver a “wow” experience and to systematize a mindset that an enabled consumer is one that lives the spirit of “surprise and delight.” There are many, studies that show the positive ROI on customer service investment: improved loyalty, a greater share of wallet, and more. Chatbots are a perfect example of this. They operate at a significantly lower expense than a live person, provide a 24/7 solution for the consumer with conversational support, they don’t have any of the constraints that humans have like calling in sick or time constraints, and they can provide such a consistently high level of service that many consumers prefer to use them.Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkAspect has been in the customer service space for some time. What do you see as the biggest problem facing customer service today?I think at a macro level, the biggest challenge is the alarmingly slow reaction time brands show to the changing shifts in consumer preferences. More than half of consumers have stopped doing business with a company because of a poor customer service experience. Are those experiences really poor? Or are they really just the same experiences that those companies have been providing for the last 10 years, and they’re not adequately meeting today’s consumer expectations? Consumers were probably okay with them back in 2007, but because consumer expectations have risen so rapidly over the past several years, they are not okay with that same experience today.Many of the companies I talk to know that they are not fully meeting the needs of their customers, and fail to act anyway. We did a consumer survey late last year which found that two-thirds of consumers feel good when they can handle a customer service issue without having to talk to an actual person — and yet, few companies are doing this well. This could be in the form of a text or a chatbot, or even through an intelligent IVR. Companies do become satisfied in the “good enough” out of fear, and can’t rationalize or embrace the change.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessHow did Aspect end up getting into AI?In 2013, we purchased Voxeo, a leading self-service IVR company based in Orlando. Then in 2015 we purchased the technology assets of LinguaSys, a provider of Interactive Text Response (ITR) and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) solutions. We’ve combined Voxeo’s self-service CXP platform and the capabilities of LinguaSys, creating the ability to transform one-way notifications such as outbound text into automated, conversational self-service dialogues, which is really the essence of a chatbot — actual chat, not just providing yes-or-no response options.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingIn your opinion, do you think consumers are ready and willing to have the majority of their brand interactions with a chatbot?Oh, very much so. In our consumer survey, we asked that exact question. Fortyfour percent of consumers said that they’d prefer to interact with a chatbot for customer service versus talking to a live person. The key, though, is that they don’t want the experience to be in isolation. Too many bad experiences with poorly-designed bots have left many consumers wary of an automated interaction that they find frustrating and unproductive. This is why 86 percent of those consumers said that they should always have an option to transfer to a live person (agent).  What we believe is that chatbots will become the new entry point to the entire customer service experience, much like how we use Google first before we buy, make dinner reservations, or take action on a medical issue. We like the idea of interacting first with bots, or “digital employees” as I like to call them, before we dive into deeper engagement where advice, experience, or judgment are required.We’ll be asking that same question in our Fall consumer survey and I’m fairly confident that that number is going to be at least 50 percent or higher.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots WorkYou just completed a customer service agent survey that revealed some pretty interesting findings, one of which is that the proliferation of chatbots will actually make customer service agents happier. Why?Well, imagine if you had to answer the same 20 questions every day, with an occasional curveball or challenging question. How engaged or happy would you be in your work? Probably not much. Chatbots are designed to take on the easy, often-asked questions and leave the more complex and less frequently asked question for the agents.In the survey, nearly 80 percent of the agents we talked to felt that handling more complex customer issues would improve their skills. And 72 percent said doing so makes them feel that they are having a bigger impact in the company. By creating a more challenging environment for the human employee, made possible by the digital employee, you create a happier, more engaged workforce, which has a direct impact on the customer experience.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceWho do you think is going to be more impacted, the agent or the consumer?In the long run, the agent will be more impacted. The better and smarter chatbots become, the less consumers will care who they are talking to, as long as they can get their question answered or their app working again. By taking on the complex issues, the agent now becomes a greater asset to the organization. They’ll know more about your product or service, they will have developed more defined problem-solving skills, and happier agents will have a more positive impact on the work environment.So what is next? What do you see as the next emerging trend or technology?I definitely think conversational user interfaces are going to explode. Just this week, Amazon announced that it is opening access for developers to add Alexa to commercial products. This could provide a profound acceleration of machine learning adoption. The printed manual will become a nostalgic novelty as we will be able to ask the flat screen directly why it’s acting off. We won’t be far from evolving from chatbots to chatovens or chattoasters. The device becomes the new channel, eliminating even the need for a smartphone. I don’t have to call or have an AI chat with Acme Products to find out why the refrigerator is making funky sounds, I’ll just ask the refrigerator. Just start with the question and everything else flows from there!  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 9 min read August 28, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more