Satellites discover lost Egyptian pyramids

first_img( — In a new documentary soon to air on BBC, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak from the University of Alabama in Birmingham shares her recent discovery in the relatively new field of space archaeology. With the use of satellites and infra-red imaging, Parcak and her team have discovered 17 lost pyramids, over 1,000 tombs and 3,000 ancient settlements in Egypt. More information: BBC 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. A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. Image: Ricardo Liberato/Wikipedia Egypt: New find shows slaves didn’t build pyramids (Update) Explore further © 2010 Citation: Satellites discover lost Egyptian pyramids (2011, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Using NASA satellites orbiting 435 miles above Earth that were equipped with cameras capable of pinpointing objects less than three feet in diameter on the Earth’s surface, Parcak and her team were able to identify materials that where just under the Earth’s surface.Because ancient Egyptians built their homes and structures, including pyramids, out of mud brick, it is much denser than the sand that has covered it over time. The infra-red camera was able to highlight these areas and locate the structures. In the area of Saqqara, Parcak had identified what she thought to be two potential pyramids. The documentary covers her journey to this area where local archaeologists began test excavations to test her findings. The pyramids were discovered and it is now believed to be one of the most important finds in Egypt.Parcak visited another location in Tanis where here imagery had located a 3,000-year-old house. Excavation revealed the house and the measurements almost perfectly matched what was shown in the images.The findings of actual sites gave validation to Parcak and her technology and she hopes to use it to locate many more sites in the future. Egyptian authorities hope to use the technology to aid in the protection of their national antiquities. With the recent revolution, looting has become a problem and the ability to compare images through time will allow them to alert Interpol to be on the watch for particular antiquities that could be out on the market for sale.last_img read more

Cheaper and cleaner electricity from wavepowered ships w video

first_img( — At the Clean Technology 2011 Conference and Expo in Boston, Andre Sharon presented a new concept of using ships equipped with a wave-power system to harvest energy and deliver it back to a power grid on shore. Citation: Cheaper and cleaner electricity from wave-powered ships (w/ video) (2011, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Traditional wave-power systems are permanently located out in the middle of the ocean and send power back to the energy grid via undersea cables which typically cost $500,000 per kilometer. This new concept would eliminate the need for these costly cables and greatly reduce the cost.The proposed ship would be 50 meters long and is designed to harvest the wave energy through a system of buoys hanging from pivoting arms on the side of the ship. The buoys would bob up and down with the movement of the waves and cause the pivoting arms to drive a generator and create one megawatt of electrical power an hour. The power will be stored in an on-board battery with a capacity of 20 megawatts. The ship will be required to be out at sea for at least 20 hours in order to provide a full charge. Unlike fixed wave-power devices that must be built to withstand high waves and severe storms, these ships would be able to return to shore if conditions at sea were to become extreme. Sharon says this system could be constructed on already existing ships to further reduce costs.Sharon, from Boston University and the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation, used 3D printing to create a prototype and demonstrated it in a wave tank. Current wave-power systems can generate electricity at a cost of between $0.30 and $0.65 per kWh, but Sharon calculates that the wave-power ships would be able to generate power for $0.15 per kWh which is comparable to offshore wind energy and cheaper than solar power. 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. 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 More information: Project page Play New work on leading wave power © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Peanut particles could be used to build microscale factories

first_img Citation: ‘Peanut’ particles could be used to build micro-scale factories (2013, November 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —One of the main components of a factory is the robots that transport and assemble objects of varying shapes and sizes. When scaling down to the micro level, the steel and wiring that these robots are made of must be replaced by something else—one new idea is peanut-shaped particles that are propelled with light and steered by magnetic fields. 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. (A) SEM image of the hematite peanut particles. Inset shows the direction of the permanent magnetic moment of the particle. (B) Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society Researchers find boomerang shaped colloid does not conform to Brownian motion Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further The researchers demonstrated that the cargo-carrying peanut colloids can be steered along a predetermined pathway in addition to being steered by a magnetic field. Channels can be made etching a line or creating a nanocrack in the substrate, providing a microscale version of ground rail transportation. Altogether, the capabilities of peanut colloids—which can be thought of as microrobots—to load, transport, and unload cargo in a controlled way open up many new opportunities for engineering at the microscale.”In the current paper we showed that we could direct the particle along a straight line, previously textured in the substrate,” Palacci told “It would quite interesting to be able to draw more complex patterns of nano-tracks on the substrate. Then playing with the light, one could pick up a colloid somewhere, bring it to a place with no light, drop off the cargo, go somewhere else… and then assemble something really complicated without external intervention by an operator. Fordism brought to the micro scale!” More information: Jérémie Palacci, et al. “Photoactivated Colloidal Dockers for Cargo Transportation.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja406090s Play Under illumination, a peanut particle docks with a cargo sphere and transports it, steered by a magnetic field. When the light is turned off, the peanut particle releases the cargo. Credit: Palacci, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society The researchers explain that the mechanism behind this self-propulsion involves the blue light causing the hydrogen peroxide in the solution to decompose into water and oxygen. This decomposition creates a chemical gradient near the peanut colloids, which causes unbalanced osmotic pressure that in turn induces a flow which propels the colloids. When immersed and illuminated in a solution with a pH of 8.5, the hematite peanut colloids attract colloids made of other materials, such as silica and polystyrene. These cargo particles have diameters of up to 20 μm, making them several times larger than the peanut colloids. When the light is turned off, the peanut colloids stop moving and release their cargo. The researchers explain that the attraction between the colloids is due to negative phoresis, and becomes repulsive at a lower pH. As demonstrated in a new study by researchers at New York University, these colloidal particles can act as “shepherds” that can carry flocks of cargo several times their own size. The work could not only open up new possibilities for designing complex micro-sized factories, but could also have applications in creating micro-sized biomimetic systems such as artificial muscles.The group of physicists, Jérémie Palacci, Stefano Sacanna, Adrian Vatchinsky, Paul M. Chaikin, and David J. Pine at New York University, have published a paper on the colloidal particles capable of transporting large cargos in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The colloidal particles are made from hematite, a magnetic iron oxide, and can be synthesized in various shapes such as cubes, ellipses, and peanuts. Here, the researchers focused on peanut-shaped colloids that are about 1.5 μm long. To make the colloids respond better to light, the researchers etched them to give them a rough surface.In their experiments, the researchers placed the peanut colloids in a solution with hydrogen peroxide, and then illuminated them through a microscope with blue light. Under light activation, the colloids self-propel toward the surface of the solution. By applying a weak magnetic field, the researchers could change the direction of the self-propulsion and effectively steer the colloids. 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 © 2013 All rights reserved.last_img read more

New computer model may explain moon Europas chaotic terrain

first_imgOf course, the model is based on theory, which suggests, Goodman notes, that it could be either right or wrong, and we aren’t likely to know which it is until we send a probe to Europa to study its surface first-hand. Journal information: Nature Geoscience This rendering shows the temperature field in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics, where hot plumes (red) rise from the seafloor and cool fluid (blue) sinks downward from the ice-ocean interface. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous, consistent with the distribution of chaos terrains on Europa. Credit: Model image created by K. M. Soderlund with the image of Europa taken from NASA/JPL/University of Arizona This rendering shows isosurfaces of warmer (red) and cooler (blue) temperatures in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous, consistent with the distribution of chaos terrains on Europa. Credit: Model image created by J. Wicht with the image of Europa taken from NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The NASA space probe Voyager flew past Jupiter and its moons in 1979, and in so doing, set off a debate about the nature of the surface of one such moon, Europa, that has continued to this day—why is the surface so smooth, and why are there odd rough patches covering nearly 40 percent of its surface? Scientists agree that the general smoothness is likely due to the existence of water beneath the icy surface—the lack of craters indicates a surface that is able to heal itself after impacts. Less of a consensus has been found regarding the rough patches, however, which scientists call “chaotic terrain.” In this new study, the researchers used data from hydro-systems here on Earth as well as data from both Voyager and the Galileo spacecraft (which detected a magnetic field) to create what they believe is a reasonable model of a convection process working beneath the icy shell of Europa’s surface.Some have suggested Europa’s surface gets its unique features due to the pull of gravity from Jupiter—others have suggested the sun plays a role. Such theories have not held much weight however, as there is little evidence to suggest that either could account for the chaotic terrain. Instead, the modelers suggest, it’s due to convection driven by heat from the interior of the moon itself. Their model shows, they write that currents beneath the ice tend to deliver heat primarily to the equatorial regions of the surface which in turn causes constant heating, melting and refreezing—resulting they say, in the chaotic terrain that we are able to observe. 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. ( —A team of researchers at the University of Texas with assistance from a computer modeler at the Max Planck Institute in Germany has put together a computer model that might just explain the peculiar surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team suggests the odd surface terrain patterns likely come about due to convection. Jason Goodman of Wheaton College offers a perspective on the researchers’ findings in a News & Views piece printed in the same journal.center_img Citation: New computer model may explain moon Europa’s chaotic terrain (2013, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 This rendering shows the temperature field in a simulation of Europa’s global ocean dynamics, where hot plumes (red) rise from the seafloor and cool fluid (blue) sinks downward from the ice-ocean interface. More heat is delivered to the ice shell near the equator where convection is more vigorous. Credit: K. M. Soderlund More information: Ocean-driven heating of Europa’s icy shell at low latitudes, Nature Geoscience (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2021AbstractThe ice shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa is marked by regions of disrupted ice known as chaos terrains that cover up to 40% of the satellite’s surface, most commonly occurring within 40° of the equator1. Concurrence with salt deposits2 implies a coupling between the geologically active ice shell and the underlying liquid water ocean at lower latitudes. Europa’s ocean dynamics have been assumed to adopt a two-dimensional pattern3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, which channels the moon’s internal heat to higher latitudes. Here we present a numerical model of thermal convection in a thin, rotating spherical shell where small-scale convection instead adopts a three-dimensional structure and is more vigorous at lower latitudes. Global-scale currents are organized into three zonal jets and two equatorial Hadley-like circulation cells. We find that these convective motions transmit Europa’s internal heat towards the surface most effectively in equatorial regions, where they can directly influence the thermo-compositional state and structure of the ice shell. We suggest that such heterogeneous heating promotes the formation of chaos features through increased melting of the ice shell and subsequent deposition of marine ice at low latitudes. We conclude that Europa’s ocean dynamics can modulate the exchange of heat and materials between the surface and interior and explain the observed distribution of chaos terrains.Press release If we landed on Europa, what would we want to know? Figure shows simulated zonal flows and temperature fields in planetary convection models in a Jovian (Jupiter-like) system (above) and a Europa-like setting (below). The Jovian simulation shows latitudinal bands of convection, visible as distinct stripes, reflecting the controlling influence of the planet’s rotation. The Europa-like simulation shows a more three-dimensional convection pattern associated with dynamic ocean heat circulation, with greater activity near the equator and less circulation near the poles. Credit: University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.last_img read more

Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions

first_img © 2014 (left) Levitation and manipulation of particles. (right) Scooping up and holding particles. Credit: arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] Laser tripod for better levitation Journal information: arXiv More information: Three-dimensional Mid-air Acoustic Manipulation by Ultrasonic Phased Arrays, arXiv:1312.4006 [physics.class-ph] essence of levitation technology is the countervailing of gravity. It is known that an ultrasound standing wave is capable of suspending small particles at its sound pressure nodes. The acoustic axis of the ultrasound beam in conventional studies was parallel to the gravitational force, and the levitated objects were manipulated along the fixed axis (i.e. one-dimensionally) by controlling the phases or frequencies of bolted Langevin-type transducers. In the present study, we considered extended acoustic manipulation whereby millimetre-sized particles were levitated and moved three-dimensionally by localised ultrasonic standing waves, which were generated by ultrasonic phased arrays. Our manipulation system has two original features. One is the direction of the ultrasound beam, which is arbitrary because the force acting toward its centre is also utilised. The other is the manipulation principle by which a localised standing wave is generated at an arbitrary position and moved three-dimensionally by opposed and ultrasonic phased arrays. We experimentally confirmed that expanded-polystyrene particles of 0.6 mm and 2 mm in diameter could be manipulated by our proposed method. ( —A trio of researchers with the University of Tokyo in Japan has expanded the science of sound wave levitation by adding more speakers and controlling the focal point of the waves that are created. In so doing, as they describe in their paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, they have created a means for levitating and moving objects in three dimensional space. Three-Dimensional Mid-Air Acoustic Manipulation The levitating device the team created is also very clean—it produces no noise that the human ear can hear and manipulating objects in three dimensional space is as easy as moving a joystick. It doesn’t of course herald in the age of hover-boards as seen in “Back to the Future,” but it definitely opens the door to new possibilities, limited only perhaps, by the amount of energy an application is willing to exert in order to levitate ever heavier objects. Scientists have come up with several ways to levitate objects—using compressed air, or magnetics, are just two examples—most such efforts have left a lot to be desired, however, when the goal has been clean (no noise, simple ways to move an object, etc.) levitation. That has led researches to investigate using ultrasonic waves. Up till now, researchers have been able to use the energy of sound waves to push an object from a surface up into the air, and then to hold it there. Because the object isn’t moved in any other direction, this type of levitation is considered two dimensional. In this new effort, the research team has taken the idea further by adding more speakers and a control mechanism that allows for moving the focal point of the sound waves generated. Objects are captured in the focal point and are then moved around by causing the focal point to be moved.In their experiments, the researchers first levitated and moved around very tiny Styrofoam balls. They demonstrated an ability to move the balls at will in virtually any direction—in tandem. Subsequent tests revealed that their apparatus was capable of levitating and moving tiny electric parts, a piece of wood and a metal nut. The nut was perhaps most impressive as it represented a much heavier object. The researchers explain that two of the speakers are used for levitation, while two more are used to move the focal point. Explore further Citation: Researchers use sound waves to levitate objects in three dimensions (2014, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before

first_img Explore further Hubble views a scattering of spiral and elliptical galaxies Prior research has shown that in dense parts of the galaxy, elliptical galaxies tend to outnumber spiral galaxies—likely due, some have suggested, to some unknown transformation process. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that the mysterious transformation process appears to come about as spiral galaxies encounter the enormous heat present in dense galaxy clusters.Dense galaxy clusters are thought to come about due to happenstance arrangement of galaxies—those that are close enough to others, draw ever closer to each other due to gravity—as the area of space grows more dense the gasses between the galaxies grows hotter. Anything that approaches the dense area is impacted by the heated gas.In studying images captured by Hubble, the researchers have witnessed what they believe to be the process by which galaxies evolve in such dense parts of space. They believe that when a spiral galaxy nears a dense galaxy cluster, its colder gases tend to get pulled in to the cluster, causing a stretching of the spiral, and resulting in what is known as a jellyfish galaxy—so named because of its resemblance to the sea creature. Stars from the outer edges of the spiral galaxy are pulled into the cluster, wrecking its signature shape. Over time, the entire spiral galaxy is pulled into the cluster where it melds with other galaxies to form an elliptical galaxy.The new theory explains both the presence of jellyfish galaxies and so-named orphan stars that don’t appear to exist as part of any galaxy—they’re actually in transit, the researchers believe, after being pulled from a spiral—eventually they’ll wind up as part of an elliptical galaxy. 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. HST images of extreme cases of ram-pressure stripping in galaxy clusters at z > 0:2. From left to right: galaxy C153 in A2125 at z = 0:20 (WFPC2, F606W+F814W, Owen et al. 2006); galaxy 234144–260358 in A2667 at z = 0:23 (ACS, F450W+F606W+F814W, Cortese et al. 2007); galaxy F0083 in A2744 at z = 0:31 (ACS, F435W+F606W+F814W, Owers et al. 2012). Credit: arXiv:1312.6135 [astro-ph.CO] , arXiv Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Letters More information: Jellyfish: Evidence of extreme ram-pressure stripping in massive galaxy clusters, H. Ebeling et al. 2014 ApJ 781 L40 DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/781/2/L40 . On Arxiv: stripping by the gaseous intracluster medium has been proposed as the dominant physical mechanism driving the rapid evolution of galaxies in dense environments. Detailed studies of this process have, however, largely been limited to relatively modest examples affecting only the outermost gas layers of galaxies in nearby and/or low-mass galaxy clusters. We here present results from our search for extreme cases of gas-galaxy interactions in much more massive, X-ray selected clusters at z > 0.3. Using Hubble Space Telescope snapshots in the F606W and F814W passbands, we have discovered dramatic evidence of ram-pressure stripping in which copious amounts of gas are first shock compressed and then removed from galaxies falling into the cluster. Vigorous starbursts triggered by this process across the galaxy-gas interface and in the debris trail cause these galaxies to temporarily become some of the brightest cluster members in the F606W passband, capable of outshining even the Brightest Cluster Galaxy. Based on the spatial distribution and orientation of systems viewed nearly edge-on in our survey, we speculate that infall at large impact parameter gives rise to particularly long-lasting stripping events. Our sample of six spectacular examples identified in clusters from the Massive Cluster Survey, all featuring M F606W < –21 mag, doubles the number of such systems presently known at z > 0.2 and facilitates detailed quantitative studies of the most violent galaxy evolution in clusters. © 2014 ( —A trio of researchers, two from the University of Hawaii, and one from the University of Dunham in the U.K. has found evidence from the Hubble Space Telescope that suggests jellyfish galaxies come about when spiral galaxies are ripped apart as they move towards dense galaxy clusters. In their paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team describes how six images of jellyfish captured by Hubble appear to show how spiral galaxies morph into elliptical galaxies. Citation: Hubble images spawn theory of how spiral galaxies turn into jellyfish before becoming elliptical (2014, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Electron crystallography found to work as well as Xray crystallography only on

first_img Innovative technique to analyse mesoscopic materials directly © 2018 Two teams working independently have shown that electron crystallography can work as well on smaller crystals as X-ray crystallography does on larger crystals. The first team was made up of members from several institutions in Switzerland and Germany—they have published a paper describing their work in Angewandte Chemie. The second team was made up of members from the University of California and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute—they have uploaded a paper describing their work to the ChemRxiv preprint server. Both teams used similar methods in their work, and both used it to show the structure of over-the-counter medicines. Explore further Until now, chemists have had two main tools to discern the structure of crystals. The first, and most often used, is X-ray crystallography. In this approach, X-rays are fired at a crystal and researchers note the diffraction patterns to determine the crystal’s chemical structure. The second tool, called nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, works indirectly by disturbing the magnetic behavior in the atoms that make up a crystal and noting their behavior. The one main drawback of both of these tools is that they cannot be used to determine the structure of very small crystals. In this new approach, both teams replaced X-rays in the first tool with an electron beam to determine the structure of very small crystals. After firing at a crystal target, its structure can be determined by studying the resulting diffraction patterns.Both of the teams used the new approach to study the crystal structure of over-the-counter medicines to demonstrate how it can be used. They also both used the technique to study larger crystals—the team working in Switzerland used it to find the structure of a methylene blue derivative. The team at UoC did the same with thiostrepton.Both teams note that the technique is very quick and very accurate—and it only works with crystals. Also, it can only be used to study relative, not absolute stereochemistry. Both teams also note that widespread use of the technique is likely to be limited due to the cost of the equipment. 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. Identification of compounds from heterogeneous mixtures. EM grid prepared as above with biotin, brucine, carbamazepine, and cinchonine powders mixed together. All four compounds identified by unit cell parameters using MicroED data from within the same grid square. All structures were solved to ~1Å resolution. Grid holes are 2μm in diameter. Credit: ChemRxiv , Angewandte Chemie International Edition More information: Tim Gruene et al. Rapid structure determination of microcrystalline molecular compounds using electron diffraction, Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2018). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201811318The CryoEM Method MicroED as a Powerful Tool for Small Molecule Structure Determination, ChemRxiv, … ermination/7215332/1 Journal information: Angewandte Chemie Citation: Electron crystallography found to work as well as X-ray crystallography only on smaller crystals (2018, October 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Woman dies after being electrocuted in S Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a woman died after being electrocuted at Tapan in South Dinajpur.The victim, Poli Mondal (22), was found lying on the road adjacent to her house on Sunday evening after she was electrocuted.It happened when she touched an electrical post.Locals rushed the victim to a hospital in Balurghat where the doctors pronounced her brought dead.According to police, the victim’s husband Antim Mondal is a farmer by profession.They applied for a new electrical connection around six months ago. It was alleged that they did not receive any connection. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice came to know after interrogating the locals that they took connection by illegally tapping power line.The woman might have tried to tap the power line on Sunday when she somehow got electrocuted.Police have started a probe in this regard. They are, however, to confirm the exact cause of her death.They are probing if she was electrocuted while tapping the power lines or there is any other reasonbehind her death.During interrogation, the victim’s husband confessed that they were involved in the corrupt practice of tapping power lines only because they were denied a new connection.He alleged that they applied for a new connection six months ago but they were yet to get a connection.Police are also verifying the statement of the deceased’s husband.last_img read more

Cong to support TMC in setting up Panchayat boards at Malda

first_imgKolkata: The Congress Committee in Malda has unanimously decided to support Trinamool Congress to set up Panchayat boards in the district.Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor said the party has decided to support Trinamool Congress to stop BJP’s progress in the district. There are 146 Gram Panchayats in Malda, where no party has gained majority to form the board. In such cases, Congress will give support to Trinamool to form the board. “We must stop the progress of BJP in Malda,” said Noor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWelcoming the decision, Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general, alleged that BJP is trying to incite people throughout the state to stall the development that is being carried out by the state government.”BJP’s attempt to create trouble in Bengal will not be successful. The people in Bengal are politically conscious and they know who is creating trouble and playing divisive politics,” he said.Chatterjee regretted that in some districts, Congress has joined hands with BJP and CPI-M to take control over the Panchayat boards. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury said no permission of WBPCC is required to take local decisions. He said: “Though WBPCC has not been consulted before taking any decision by the Malda unit, such permission is not required. Panchayat is a local issue and here local equations play very important roles,” he maintained.Malda is the only district where Trinamool Congress does not have any MLA. Though Trinamool got 211 seats in the 2016 Assembly elections, two ministers from the district – Krishnendu narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra, could not retain their seats.Trinamool does not have any MP from the district. Malda is considered to be a Congress stronghold from the time of ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury. But over the years, Trinamool Congress has created a dent in the Congress stronghold and bagged the Malda Zilla Parishad in the 2018 Panchayat election.last_img read more

Celebrating womanhood through dance

first_img‘She’ is not just a pronoun limited to the constrictions of English vocabulary but is much more than that as it possesses the ability to make a change, no matter how male-dominated the world might become.To support this thought and to celebrate womanhood- ‘Woman’, a cultural event by the Centre for Indian Classical Dances will showcase the perennial concern with the female power in India. The two-day event, which will see a special performance by Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh, will be held from March 8-9 in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dance maestro Sonal Mansingh has given new dimensions to known repertories practiced in India, latest being the Naatya-Katha. This is the ancient form of story-telling which Sonal Mansingh has embellished with her own singing, narrative skills and abhinaya (the art of expressive communication through hand-gestures, words and a face that reflects myriad emotions). Dr Mansingh, who is also the founder-President of the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, will present a new composition on the opening day of the event. She will be enacting Naatya Katha titled Stree which will see the perfect amalgamation of story-telling and abhinaya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA Bharatanatyam performance titled- ‘Maiteryi’ by Soundarya Srivathsa will be held on March 9. This performance will be dedicated to the Indic philosopher who symbolises the Indian intellectual woman. Her dance will say it all through her chiseled lines, impeccable footwork, consummate ‘abhinaya’ and absorbing stage presence.Along with this, a special Kathak dance recital titled ‘Mukt’ will be presented by two young exponents of Kathak- Kadam and Raina Parikh. Their performance will display the perfect combination of scintillating footwork and superb teamwork. The iconic cultural personality of India, Dr Sonal Mansingh is acknowledged as the master of cultural interpretations and an exemplary teacher who explains inter-linkages with philosophy, literature, sculpture and mythological parables through lectures and dance. She is a great scholar and seasoned art administrator who has performed, given lectures and conducted workshops in 90 countries around the world. Sonal has been unique among dancers as she has mastered multiple Indian classical dance forms from different parts of India like Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Chhau. Apart from encouraging new talents through her art, she has even addressed issues ranging from ecological imbalance, environmental protection, empowerment of women and social justice especially for weaker sections of society.WHEN: March 8-9WHERE: India Habitat Centre  TIMINGS: 7 pmlast_img read more

No encroachment beyond 50ft distance of crossings Hakim

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim passed a clear message to the hawkers on Tuesday saying they should not encroach beyond 50 feet distance of the crossings in the city and that using of plastic is discarded while running the business.Hakim held a meeting with the affected hawkers in the Gariahat fire and several hawkers’ organisations in the presence of senior officials of police and Fire department. In and around 58 crossings in the city encroachment has become a big problem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have been asked to remove the plastics used and the trolley-based stalls that they are due to get will have shed. We are planning to give them special type of umbrellas so that customers do not get drenched during monsoons. I have seen this type of umbrellas in Thailand that can be made here as well,” Hakim said. A model of the trolley-based stall which will be 5 to 6 feet long and 3 to 4 feet wide will be taken to Gariahat on Thursday so that the hawkers see and decide whether it is serving their purpose. “We are formulating hawkers’ policy to regulate them in the city. They have already agreed to only occupy one third space of the pavements. Police will demarcate the place and if they flout action will be taken as per law,” Hakim said. The Mayor said the one time compensation of Rs 20,000 to each of the affected hawkers will be directly transferred to the bank accounts through RTGS by the weekend. A list of the affected hawkers has been prepared by Gariahat police station.last_img read more

WB BJP chief Assam ministers convoy attacked in East Midnapore 4 detained

first_imgKolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.last_img read more

The Twisted Fate of Bobby Fischer – How Americas Chess Prodigy Became

first_imgBobby Fischer is considered by many to be the greatest chess player ever and certainly the greatest American to ever play the game. His story is an amazing one, coming from humble roots in a single parent household in Brooklyn to winning the World Championship in 1972. However, Fischer’s life and legacy are clouded by decades of odd behavior, public outbursts, life as a recluse, and more. He reportedly hated the film, Searching for Bobby Fischer claiming it used his name to generate profits but he was not compensated.Bobby Fischer in 1972. Photo by Verhoeff, Bert / Anefo CC BY-SA 3.0 nlMuch has been written about him since he passed away in Iceland in 2008 at the age of 64 including the 2015 film starring Tobey Maguire titled Pawn Sacrifice. Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about one of the most intelligent people of the 2nd half of the 20th century.AdChoices广告inRead invented by Teads Dominating at an Early AgeFischer in 1960. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0Fischer began playing chess at a very young age, competing against his sister and mother until they were neither available nor interested in playing him. He often played matches against himself at a young age until he was able to find a proper coach and guidance.In 1956, Fischer became the youngest United States Junior Chess Champion by defeating nationwide competitors many years his senior – he was only 13. A little over a year later, he would win the U.S. Championship becoming the youngest ever to hold the title.“You Don’t Learn Anything at School”William Lombardy and Fischer analyzing, with Jack Collins looking onAt the age of 12, based on his incredibly high IQ and his achievements playing chess, Fischer was given a scholarship to Brooklyn Community Woodward. He later went to Erasmus Hall High School until he dropped out at the age of 16 and only because he couldn’t do it sooner. He stated at the time, “You don’t learn anything in school.” Interestingly enough, Fischer attended Erasmus Hall at the very same time as iconic performers Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond.Dominating the Local CompetitionFischer in Amsterdam in 1972. Photo by Anefo – Dutch National Archives CC BY-SA 3.0 nlStarting in 1957, Fischer won eight U.S. Championships in chess over the next 10 years. His streak was only broken because he chose to skip the 1961 tournament while he was preparing for international competition and the 1964 tournament didn’t take place.Not only did he win all eight tournaments, he dominated them. Out of all his matches in those championship tourneys, Fischer only lost three games. He won 61 and drew 26.Talking the TalkBobby Fischer (middle) at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, with FIDE chairman Max Euwe (right) and director of the American chess federation Ed Edmonson (left)Clearly an American in nature, at the 1962 Chess Olympiad in Varna, Bulgaria, Fischer called his own shot in advance of playing Argentinian Grandmaster, Miguel Najdorf. Fischer predicted that he would beat his Grandmaster opponent in only 25 moves. He did it in 24 moves at the age of 19.Bringing Chess to the LimelightFischer aged 17 playing 23-year-old World Champion Mikhail Tal in Leipzig. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0335 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0From 1970 to 1972, Fischer was dominating his competition everywhere in both five-minute “blitz” and traditional matches. He was undaunted and eager for a shot at the World Championship.When Fischer agreed to play the World Chess Champion Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, it became an international event. Fischer had lost a game to Spassky the previous year in a tournament. Ironically, none of the major U.S. networks were interested in covering the match so PBS stepped in to broadcast the historic head to head competition between the Soviet and American.The match was full of controversy with Fischer arriving late, losing two games at the beginning, and getting encouragement from Henry Kissinger to complete and win the match. Fischer did return to the match and dominated afterwards, giving PBS its best ratings in history and making Fischer a household name. It wasn’t long before parents of all backgrounds were teaching their children the game.Odd Behavior and Bank Robbery?Fischer in Cuba, March 1956. Photo by RAYMOND BRAVO PRATS CC BY-SA 4.0After becoming such a celebrity, Fischer chose not to defend his World Championship title and it was then forfeited to the current Soviet champion, Anatoly Karpov, in 1975.This began a weird era for Fischer who renounced his Judaism, joined an upstart church named the Worldwide Church of God, donating huge sums of money to its leaders and also making fiercely derogatory remarks about his former faith.During this time, Fischer’s appearance was a bit unkempt and it resulted in him being mis-identified as a suspect in a robbery. He was summarily arrested and held for two days in Pasadena before being released.A Fugitive From the United StatesPhoto by Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-76052-0053 / Kohls, Ulrich / CC-BY-SA 3.0In 1992, a Yugoslavian businessman organized a rematch between Spassky and Fischer with a $5 million purse ($3 million to the winner). Both of the players agreed to the match. However, the U.S. State Department had other ideas since Yugoslavia was then under sanctions by the U.S. and they wanted no American participating in the event, which they found “harmful” to U.S. foreign policy.Fischer in AmsterdamFischer went to Yugoslavia anyway and won the match against a much older and less competitive Spassky. Fischer reportedly spat on a U.S. Treasury letter to him warning him of the implications of his participation.At this point, Fischer never returned to the U.S. and instead lived in Southeast Asia for the next decade or so. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the U.S. Department of Justice.Fischer Died a Citizen of IcelandGrave of Bobby Fischer in Laugardaelir Church Cemetery, Selfoss, IcelandFischer moved to Japan in 2000 and was living there after the 9/11 attacks that saw significant changes in the way the U.S. State Department handled visas and passports.Although his U.S. passport was current, he was detained at a Japanese airport when attempting to take a flight to the Philippines because the U.S. had revoked his passport and had asked Japanese officials to detain him on the outstanding warrant from the 1992 Yugoslavian affair.Related Video: The Modern Day Revival of the Knights TemplarFischer was held in a Japanese prison for several weeks awaiting extradition to the United States. Despite many appeals from the chess community and journalists, the U.S. would not budge.Fischer in Belgrade for the USSR vs. Rest of the World match in 1970. Photo by Stevan Kragujević CC BY-SA 3.0 rsFischer then applied for citizenship first in Germany, which was declined, and then to Iceland. Because of his significant influence in “putting Iceland on the map” in 1972 and due to his popularity, Iceland’s parliament approved his citizenship and granted him a passport.Read another story from us: Two Chess Pieces were Found Hidden in a Barn to Protect Against Evil SpiritsFischer renounced his U.S. citizenship, moved to Iceland, and lived there the remainder of his days. He passed away from renal failure surrounded by some close friends and was buried in a Christian cemetery 30 miles outside of Reykjavik.last_img read more

The Founder Of LOréal Was A Nazi Supporter

first_imgIn September 2017, Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt passed away. As reported by Forbes, at the time of her death she was the richest woman on the planet, with an estimated wealth of around $44 billion, and was also one of the major shareholders of L’Oréal. A major figure in the fashion industry, Bettencourt was often talked about by the media, but the most sensational and controversial stories regarding L’Oréal actually concerned her father, as shocking reports revealed that he was an anti-Semite, an anti-Republican, and a Nazi sympathizer.Liliane’s father, Eugène Schueller, was the founder of L’Oréal. He was also a writer and political activist, once making the following astonishing statement in his book, Le révolution de l’économie: “We must rip from men’s hearts the childish concepts of liberty, equality, and even fraternity.”Drawing representing Liliane Bettencourt on a replica bank note. Photo by Filip Markiewicz CC BY-SA 3.0Born in March 1881, in the French capital city of Paris, Schueller studied at the Institut de Chimie Appliquée de Paris. An adept chemist, he went on to work in a laboratory as an assistant, but later took an interest in the beauty and cosmetics industry after being tasked with developing a non-toxic hair dye.Schueller used his own expertise and academic background to develop a suitable hair dye and then decided to form his own company to market and sell his creation.He called the company ‘Société française de teintures inoffensives pour cheveux’ (the French Company of Inoffensive Hair Dyes), but later renamed it as L’Oréal.The French beauty and personal care brand is known all over the worldOutside of his scientific interests, Schueller was a keen follower of current affairs and politics. He took a keen interest in socialism and even joined the Freemasons.Eager to influence the world around him, he made appearances on radio shows and wrote books and articles with the aim of persuading people to adhere to his own ideology.One of Schueller’s suggestions was the concept of eliminating standard salaries and starting to pay workers based on how productive they actually were. He was a real believer in the idea of intelligent, skillful, hard-working people being rewarded for their efforts and treated with greater respect than the rest.L’Oreal store in the prestigious Baixa district of Lisbon, Portugal on November 23, 2013As time went by, his political opinions began to evolve, eventually reaching a point where he was in favor of dictatorships.So, when a Jewish socialist named Léon Blum became French Prime Minister in the 1930s and started talking about five-day work weeks and wage rises for all, as well as paid vacations, Schueller was outraged.As revealed in the New Yorker, Schueller decided to join forces with ‘La Cagoule’, a very violent, fascist, anti-semitic, and anti-communist group.With the money raised by his ever-evolving cosmetics empire, Schueller offered to support the group for terrorist attacks like assassinations and bombings, as well as giving them places to meet in his own company offices.Anti-Wrinkle Day, Night and Eyes Cream studio shoot. The L’Oréal Group is the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty company. L’Oréal Group has its head office in the Centre Eugène Schueller in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, near Paris.Then, when World War II broke out and the Germans occupied France, Schueller was revealed to actually be quite supportive of men like Hitler and Mussolini.Again, his own political views began to become even more extreme and supportive of the Nazis, with the L’Oréal boss actually becoming friends with Nazi officers and investing in various German companies.When the war ended, like a lot of people who had sympathized with the Nazis, Schueller paid the price for his actions. In November 1946, he was called into court and charged with collaboration.However, when the evidence was closely examined, no real records could be found of Schueller helping the Nazis. Instead, witnesses claimed that he had supported the French Resistance and helped to keep Jewish people safe.The case against Schueller was ultimately dismissed, but many people believed that he had used his own influence and money to feign innocence. Interestingly, in the years following the case, various former members of La Cagoule were given well-paying jobs in Schueller’s company, suggesting that his fascist beliefs were still just as strong as ever.Read another story from us: Hunter for Nazi Gold Train Finds Renaissance Wall Portraits InsteadSchueller passed away in 1957, leaving his business and his fortune to Liliane, who was his only child. Liliane served as director of the company but never really took an active role with L’Oréal.She was known for her generosity, donating huge sums of money to the arts, education, and medical causes. Interestingly, however, she married André Betencourt, a politician who was also a member of La Cagoule.last_img read more

Nick Saban is terrified of Harbaugh and he should be

first_imgToday’s Guests include:Dell Curry – 16 year NBA veteran and father of NBA MVP Steph Curry talks about watching his son play in big games, his son’s success, and how the MVP stays grounded off the court.Berry Tramel – columnist for the Oklahoman discusses Kevin Durant’s pending free agency, and the fallout from the Thunder’s loss in the Western Conference Finals.Brendan Schaub – Former UFC star & Comedian Bryan Callen – the stars of “The Fighter and the Kid” podcast talk about the booming success of their podcast, their new TV show, and their unique relationship. In The Herd today:Colin’s Takes:LeBron’s legacy shouldn’t be affected if he loses in the Finals.If you don’t have kids, back off the parenting advice.Nick Saban is terrified of Harbaugh, and he should be.The NCAA death penalty was created for situations like Baylor.last_img read more

Colins Thanksgiving Blazin 5 Prediction Podcast

first_imgIt’s time for a special Thanksgiving edition of Colin’s Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast, and his weekly sit down with RJ Bell from to see where there’s agreement and disagreement from the Vegas wiseguys on his NFL Thanksgiving  Blazin’ 5 picks.He’s coming off back-to-back winning weeks after going 3-2 last week, and sitting at 31-23-1 on the year. Uncle Colin knows nothing goes better with turkey than a fat pile of cabbage.For Thanksgiving and Week 12, he likes Dallas giving 7 against a Washington team coming off a short week. The Panthers and Chiefs getting points on the road. The Chargers giving a point on the road against the Texans. And, the Falcons as 4 point home favorites over the Cardinals.Here are Colin’s Thanksgiving Blazin’ 5 plays:Redskins at Cowboys (-7) Panthers (+3.5) at RaidersChargers (-1) at TexansCardinals at Falcons (-4)Chiefs (+3.5) at BroncosThe Blazin’ 5 Prediction Podcast is available every Saturday through the end of the football season.  Download and subscribe to it exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Don’t be a mark!last_img read more

VIDEO Boxer Jessie Vargas claims Conor McGregor was knocked out cold in

first_imgIn a recent interview, former WBO and IBO Lightweight champion Jessie Vargas claims Conor McGregor was knocked out cold by his partner in a pre-fight training session ahead of his August 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather.Vargas didn’t witness the alleged KO, but explained in detail what occurred. He says word travels fast in boxing circles.The biggest question surrounding the actual fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is whether McGregor can successfully pick up an entirely new sport and not embarrass himself against one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers of all-time.If what Vargas is saying is accurate, McGregor could be in for a rough night. Listen to Vargas give the dirt on the reported KO.last_img read more

Colin Ben Simmons is a young Magic Johnson Video

first_imgBen Simmons led the Sixers to an opening round blowout win over the Heat, and Colin thinks it’s already clear that he’s an all-time transcendent talent in the mold of Magic Johnson.Even though fellow rookies Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum will likely average more points in their career, Colin thinks Simmons can change the game. Like Magic, Simmons is an elite passer who controls the game as a physically imposing 6’10” point guard. He’s also already an elite defender. Scorers come and go, Simmons type talents don’t come around everyday.Watch Colin explain why we are watching a young Magic:“You are watching Magic [Johnson].”@ColinCowherd on the NBA’s next game-changer: Ben Simmons.— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 16, 2018 Advertisement .last_img read more

The Pacers will beat LeBron and the Cavs in the first round

first_imgThe Pacers will beat LeBron and the Cavs in the first roundThe Cavs evened their series against the Pacers last night, but Colin still thinks Cleveland is in trouble. Cleveland got 40 from LeBron, were at home, and Indiana still had a wide open look to tie the game and send it to overtime. Indiana didn’t even shoot the three well, but still had a chance.After 2 games, Colin thinks it’s clear the Pacers have the better overall roster of the two teams and Cleveland doesn’t have a second scorer or any answers defensively. He predicts they’ll take control of the series with the next two games in Indiana and eventually hand Cleveland and LeBron an unceremonious first round playoff exit. Westbrook heading for another playoff disappointmentThe OKC Big 3 stunk it up in the fourth quarter in Game 2 against the Jazz, and regardless of how the series plays out, aren’t serious contenders in the Western Conference.This will just be the next chapter in what has become a series of playoff disappointments for Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t win a title with KD, and hasn’t been able to make it work with his new superstar teammates. Westbrook has won an MVP and averaged a triple double for 2 seasons, but in the end he’ll be remembered for coming up short in the postseason.Also:– More Baker Mayfield red flagsGuests:Ian Thomsen – Author of The Soul of Basketball joins the show to explain why the NBA doesn’t need one star to carry the league anymore; and the story behind LeBron’s return to Cleveland.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst Is in-studio to point out that Josh Allen was never the dominant player in any Wyoming games; and why he would take Lamar Jackson over Allen.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking Cavs/Pacers, and if LeBron and Ben Simmons could co-exist.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio explaining why Paul George to Philly would make more sense than LeBron to Philly.last_img read more

LeBron over Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals

first_imgLeBron over Boston in the Eastern Conference FinalsThe undermanned Celtics eliminated ‘The Process’ in their second round series and are set to face LeBron in the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals. Colin thinks Brad Stevens is the best coach in basketball, but ultimately thinks LeBron’s playoff experience will be too much for the Celtics young core to handle.He’ll take the Cavs in 6. He also predicts they’ll get boatraced in the Finals by the Warriors. Also:– Colin’s 10 most valuable people left in the NBA PlayoffsGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio discussing why Ben Simmons and the Sixers are ahead of schedule; why he likes Cleveland over Boston; and why he thinks the Warriors will take care of the Rockets.Kenyon Martin – 15-year NBA Veteran is in-studio explaining why teammates have had problems with Chris Paul.Bucky Brooks – NFL Network Analyst is in-studio to explaining why he thinks Baker Mayfield was drafted too high but won’t be a bust; and when the Cowboys will pay Dak. Brad Stevens getting shutout for Coach of the Year is outrageousCeltics head coach Brad Stevens has remarkably led Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals without his two best players, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, but didn’t receive a single vote from fellow NBA coaches for Coach of the Year.Colin has repeatedly said that Stevens is the best coach in the NBA, and thinks that he was shutout is outrageous. He theorizes that coaches avoided voting for Stevens because they feel threatened by him and fear that if he won the award more organizations would look for ‘the next Brad Stevens’ to replace them.last_img read more