Making Quantum Behavior Observable Using Optical Levitation

first_img Citation: Making Quantum Behavior Observable Using Optical Levitation (2010, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Physicists propose quantum entanglement for motion of microscopic objects In the new study, Chang and his coauthors have proposed a novel approach in which one isolates the system from the environment to such a degree that re-heating becomes a very inefficient process, even when the environment sits at room temperature. In this scheme, isolation is achieved by optically levitating an entire nano-mechanical system inside an optical cavity, which removes direct contact of the system with any other material. An optical cavity consists of an arrangement of mirrors that confines light inside of it by repeatedly reflecting the light waves off the mirrors. The force from the light is powerful enough to counteract the force of gravity, creating an optical trap that can suspend small, light-weight objects inside the cavity.The researchers calculated that an optically levitated silica nanosphere can be optically self-cooled to its ground state starting from room temperature. In this scenario, the nanosphere would interact with two optical modes of the cavity. One mode would provide an optical trap for the sphere, while a second, weaker mode would provide a radiation pressure cooling force. The scientists explain that this system is an extreme example of environmental isolation in which the nanosphere is mechanically isolated as well as thermally decoupled from its surroundings. In fact, the isolation is so good that quantum mechanical effects should be able to persist for times much longer than in conventional nano-mechanical systems, even those in cryogenic environments. While ground-state cooling should also be achievable in the near future with other systems, the scientists believe that the levitated system is an elegant example of how quantum effects can emerge and be robust even at room temperature. For example, the scientists predict that quantum entanglement initially shared between two light modes could be transferred onto the motion of two nanospheres trapped in separate cavities, which could then be observed. Other potential applications include exploring fundamental material limits, investigating nanoscale properties, and realizing novel quantum hybrid architectures.“There are a number of potential applications for quantum opto-mechanical systems,” Chang said. “One can imagine coupling such systems to other quantum systems to enable tasks such as quantum information transfer or quantum state manipulation. For example, work along these lines has been done by Dan Rugar at IBM, who has pioneered techniques to detect single electron spins in solid-state environments using opto-mechanics. It is also possible that opto-mechanical systems can be used as a novel platform for realizing nonlinear optical processes, by suitable manipulation of the interaction between light and mechanical motion.” Explore further The researchers, Darrick E. Chang, et al., from institutions in the US and Austria, are publishing their study in an upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A similar proposal has simultaneously been put forth by researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Garching, Germany.“Over the next several years, there will be a concerted effort by a number of groups worldwide to observe and manipulate quantum behavior in progressively larger and more complex mechanical systems,” Chang, from the California Institute of Technology, told “A major obstacle is the interaction between these systems and their environments, which tends to ‘leak away’ the quantum nature of these systems and return them to classical states. We’ve proposed a technique that can allow these interactions to be dramatically suppressed, by using optical forces to levitate such systems and remove them from any direct contact with material surroundings. We have shown in detail that this enables quantum behavior to emerge in the case of a levitated nanosphere, but we anticipate that these ideas can also be applied to a wide class of other systems and over a large range of system size scales.”As the scientists explain, in order to make a system’s quantum behavior observable, the system must be actively cooled to temperatures much colder than the surrounding environment. A key challenge to this cooling is overcoming the tendency of the environment to re-heat the system back to the ambient temperature. One possible solution is to work in cryogenic environments where the ambient temperature itself is reduced, an approach that is being taken by a number of groups worldwide. “Using cryogenic setups is certainly a viable approach to reduce the effects of the environment,” Chang said. “As one attempts to observe more exotic quantum effects and use larger systems, however, it is likely that moving to cryogenic environments alone will not be sufficient. This motivates the search for other techniques to suppress environmental interactions, which can be applied as an alternative or in conjunction with cryogenics.” 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.center_img Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of More information: D. E. Chang, et al. “Cavity opto-mechanics using an optically levitated nanosphere.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi:10.1073/pnas.0912969107 A dielectric sphere trapped in an optical cavity can enable quantum behavior to emerge. The large trapping beam intensity (red) provides an optical potential that traps the sphere near an antinode. A second, weaker cavity mode (green) cools the motion of the sphere. Image credit: D. E. Chang, et al. ( — Perhaps one of the biggest challenges of modern physics is figuring out how to realize and take advantage of strange quantum behaviors in progressively larger and more complex systems. Progress along this front is expected to shed insight into the nature of quantum mechanics and lead to many novel applications. With this goal in mind, scientists have recently proposed a unique approach that involves optically levitating a nano-mechanical system in order to cool it to its quantum ground state, where the amount of motion of the system reaches the fundamental minimum set by intrinsic quantum fluctuations.last_img read more

Research team finds new explanation for Cambrian explosion

first_imgFossil of Marrella splendens (Marrellomorpha). Image: Wikipedia. ( — For hundreds of years, researchers from many branches of science have sought to explain the veritable explosion in diversity in animal organisms that started approximately 541 million years ago here on planet Earth. Known as the Cambrian period, it was the time, according to fossil evidence, when life evolved from simple one celled organisms, to creatures that had multiple cells with varied functions. Now, new evidence by a team of biologists, paleobiologists and ecologists suggests that the sudden explosion of new life forms may not have been so sudden after all. In their paper published in Science, the teams says that it appears likely that most of the new life forms that show up in fossil finds, were well on their way to development before the Cambrian period and that many of them, by their behaviors, may have helped pave the way for others. Fossils show earliest animal trails To better understand what was happening before and during the Cambrian period, the team took a two-pronged approach: one side studied, compiled and updated the fossil evidence, while the other focused on the molecular makeup of various organisms to uncover their gene history to create a more precise family tree. By combining the evidence from both sides, the team was able to put together a picture of what they believe went on.From their work it appears that the basic genetic components for the organisms that seemingly sprang into existence during the Cambrian period were in place long before the fossil records show. In fact, there appeared to be evidence of a slow march of development for 200 million years before the sudden diversity became evident, which indicates that many such organisms were slowly evolving and only showed when conditions became ripe.The team suggests that for many of those 200 million years, Earth went through some very cold periods where the entire planet was likely frozen, stagnating development. Then, there came a time of warming, partly brought about, they theorize, by the development of organisms that were capable of changing the environment by pulling carbon from seawater and releasing more oxygen when they died and also by those that burrowed into the seafloor aerating it, providing a new type of environment for new types of organisms.As more organisms developed, environmental conditions changed as a result, allowing for more diversity and so on and so forth through the Cambrian period, resulting in the explosion of all those new kinds of life forms that scientists have been puzzling over for years. Journal information: Science Citation: Research team finds new explanation for Cambrian explosion (2011, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 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 More information: The Cambrian Conundrum: Early Divergence and Later Ecological Success in the Early History of Animals, Science 25 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6059 pp. 1091-1097 DOI: 10.1126/science.1206375ABSTRACTDiverse bilaterian clades emerged apparently within a few million years during the early Cambrian, and various environmental, developmental, and ecological causes have been proposed to explain this abrupt appearance. A compilation of the patterns of fossil and molecular diversification, comparative developmental data, and information on ecological feeding strategies indicate that the major animal clades diverged many tens of millions of years before their first appearance in the fossil record, demonstrating a macroevolutionary lag between the establishment of their developmental toolkits during the Cryogenian [(850 to 635 million years ago (Ma)], and the later ecological success of metazoans during the Ediacaran (635 to 541 Ma) and Cambrian (541 to 488 Ma) periods. We argue that this diversification involved new forms of developmental regulation, as well as innovations in networks of ecological interaction within the context of permissive environmental circumstances.last_img read more

Spandex manufacturer makes elastic electrical cable w video

first_img Citation: Spandex manufacturer makes elastic electrical cable (w/ video) (2011, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Japanese company Asahi Kasei Fibers, which manufactures spandex and other textiles, has applied its knowledge of stretchable materials to make stretchable elastic power and USB cables. Researchers at Asahi Kasei originally designed the elastic cable material, called Roboden, for wiring the soft, flexible skin of humanoid robots. As the researchers explain, human skin can stretch by a factor of 1.5, the same as the new cable. As a result, the wiring can stretch with the robots’ movements, such as twisting and turning, without losing its ability to transfer power and data. New USB hub cuts a cord The Roboden elastic cable was originally designed for wiring robots’ skin. Image credit: DigInfo News Explore furthercenter_img More information: via: DigInfo News Shunji Tatsumi of Asahi Kasei Fibers talks about Roboden at the International Robot Exhibition 2011. Video credit: DigInfo News In the form of power and USB cords, the elastic cables could prove useful for minimizing cord clutter in homes and offices. The cable material is made of an outer elastic shell with spiraled internal wiring that unspirals when pulled.Another application of the elastic cables could be wearable electronics – possibly for health-monitoring materials, wearable solar panels, and futuristic electronic clothing fashions. © 2011 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

Means by which cells eat silicon nanowire revealed

first_img © 2016 Journal information: Science Advances 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. Citation: Means by which cells ‘eat’ silicon nanowire revealed (2016, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A team of researchers at the University of Chicago has developed new technology that allows for recording and viewing the process by which a silicon nanowire is consumed by an individual cell. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the technique they used and why they believe it could lead to new ways of merging biological systems and electronic devices. Play Cellular internalization of silicon nanowires. Credit: Video edited by John F. Zimmerman; Music by AlekSm – Clound Nine Soundcloud: officialaleksm The researchers observed that consuming a nanowire did not appear to cause any harm to the cell. This suggests that modified nanowires could one day serve as an electrical conduit for use in controlling some of the behaviors inside the cell, or to carry drugs into the cell that ordinarily are barred. Explore furthercenter_img Fabrication of silicon nanowires bridging thick silicon structures More information: J. F. Zimmerman et al. Cellular uptake and dynamics of unlabeled freestanding silicon nanowires, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601039AbstractThe ability to seamlessly merge electronic devices with biological systems at the cellular length scale is an exciting prospect for exploring new fundamental cell biology and in designing next-generation therapeutic devices. Semiconductor nanowires are well suited for achieving this goal because of their intrinsic size and wide range of possible configurations. However, current studies have focused primarily on delivering substrate-bound nanowire devices through mechanical abrasion or electroporation, with these bulkier substrates negating many of the inherent benefits of using nanoscale materials. To improve on this, an important next step is learning how to distribute these devices in a drug-like fashion, where cells can naturally uptake and incorporate these electronic components, allowing for truly noninvasive device integration. We show that silicon nanowires (SiNWs) can potentially be used as such a system, demonstrating that label-free SiNWs can be internalized in multiple cell lines (96% uptake rate), undergoing an active “burst-like” transport process. Our results show that, rather than through exogenous manipulation, SiNWs are internalized primarily through an endogenous phagocytosis pathway, allowing cellular integration of these materials. To study this behavior, we have developed a robust set of methodologies for quantitatively examining high–aspect ratio nanowire-cell interactions in a time-dependent manner on both single-cell and ensemble levels. This approach represents one of the first dynamic studies of semiconductor nanowire internalization and offers valuable insight into designing devices for biomolecule delivery, intracellular sensing, and photoresponsive therapies. 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 A schematic diagram of cellular internalization of silicon nanowires. Credit: John Zimmerman Prior research has shown that certain types of cells would consume silicon nanowires introduced to the same petri dish. In this new effort, the researchers have developed a way to study the process, revealing how it comes about—a necessary step before attempting to use the nanowires to control the behavior of a cell or as a means of tricking a cell into consuming a drug.Scientists are eager to find a way to gain control over cells in order to combat diseases at a cellular level. That was what led researchers to search for a material that could be consumed naturally by a cell, but which could also be used as a control mechanism.To better understand what happens when silicon nanowires encounter certain cells (such as those lining the inside of blood vessels) the researchers combined two types of technology, an electron microscope and an optical imaging tool they designed specifically for tracking the movement of the nanowire—they call it a scatter-enhanced phase contrast. This setup allowed the researchers to watch as part of the outer membrane of the cell reached out to the nanowire and wrapped itself around it and then pulled it closer, eventually forming a bubble encasing the nanowire. Once the nanowire was secured, it was pulled into the cell, where it was corralled by various bits of the inner cell to a location near the nucleus. The researchers report that the process appears to be identical to phagocytosis—the process immune cells use to consume bacteria.last_img read more

Toward a better understanding of structuremetabolism relationships in human aldehyde oxidase Update

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 To better understand the structure-metabolism relationship between functional groups and AOX as well as to establish general guidelines for non-cytochrome P450 drug metabolism, researchers from the University of Perguia in Italy conducted tests on 198 compounds with aza-aromatic scaffolds to see which ones were oxidized by AOX. Furthermore, they tested 75 amide scaffolds to determine which ones were hydrolyzed. They found that electronic factors as well as steric hindrance affected the molecule’s orientation in the MoCo active site, which determined whether the compound was metabolized by AOX. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.AOX is an enzyme located in the liver that tends to oxidize aza-aromatic compounds as a phase I metabolite. Studies have shown that AOX activates the unsubstituted carbon ortho to the nitrogen on the aza heterocycle. Because this is the most electropositive carbon of the aromatic ring, electron density likely plays a role in AOX activation. But these studies, as well as others that look at AOX metabolism, were based on a small number of molecules that does not allow for deducing a general pattern for structure-metabolism relationship. In the current study, Lepri et al. tested 198 aza-aromatic compounds to see if they were oxidized by AOX. Each of these had typical aza-aromatic scaffolds with variations on electron withdrawing and electron donating substituents. They either acquired or made this catalog of compounds and then conducted in vitro metabolism studies using human liver cytosol.DFT calculations were used to elucidate the effects of electron density for AOX activity. The site of metabolism on the aromatic compound tended to correspond to the most electro-positive unsubstituted carbon, as expected. Additionally, computations studies were used to conduct docking analysis of the compounds in the active site of AOX. The authors found some trends for the site of metabolism; however, these trends are complicated by several factors. The pyridine scaffold was the only one that, as a scaffold class, was not susceptible to AOX metabolism. The other groups strongly depended on the electron density on particular carbons or, as the authors found with compounds such as quinoxalines and certain bicyclic compounds, steric hindrance in the active site prevented AOX metabolism.Lepri et al. also tested 73 amide compounds to see if AOX hydrolyzed the amide bond. In general, if there was an electron withdrawing group in the ortho position on the analine, then AOX did not oxidize it. If there was an electron donating group, then it did. The meta and para versions of electron donating and electron withdrawing groups were not susceptible to AOX metabolism.Exposure effects were an important component to whether a compound was metabolized by AOX. This has to do with the molecule’s orientation toward the MoCo center in the AOX active site. Certain bulky groups resulted in no activity where one was expected based on computational studies. Additionally, hydrophobicity also affected how the compound interacted with the active site. When the reactive carbon is exposed to the MoCo center, then the compound is easily metabolized. But, when the unreactive portion of the compound is oriented toward the MoCo center, then the compound is less likely to be oxidized or hydrolyzed.The authors point out that from these experiments “it emerges that it is not at all simple to predict whether a compound is a substrate of AOX or not.” The difficulty lies in understanding the reactivity of the electrophilic carbon on the compound as well as how that particular compound will orient itself in the enzyme’s active site. However, this study provides a starting point for additional studies and more sophisticated modeling techniques. More information: Susan Lepri et al. Structure–metabolism relationships inAOX: Chemical insights from a large database of aza-aromatic and amide compounds, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1618881114AbstractAldehyde oxidase (AOX) is a metabolic enzyme catalyzing the oxidation of aldehyde and aza-aromatic compounds and the hydrolysis of amides, moieties frequently shared by the majority of drugs. Despite its key role in human metabolism, to date only fragmentary information about the chemical features responsible for AOX susceptibility are reported and only “very local” structure–metabolism relationships based on a small number of similar compounds have been developed. This study reports a more comprehensive coverage of the chemical space of structures with a high risk of AOX phase I metabolism in humans. More than 270 compounds were studied to identify the site of metabolism and the metabolite(s). Both electronic [supported by density functional theory (DFT) calculations] and exposure effects were considered when rationalizing the structure–metabolism relationship. Cytochrome P450 synthetic analogs are temperature-dependent valence tautomers Citation: Toward a better understanding of structure-metabolism relationships in human aldehyde oxidase (Update) (2017, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—Drug design involves guided trial-and-error. How the body metabolizes a particular drug is important for determining drug efficacy. There have been many studies to understand how xenobiotics interact with cytochrome P450s, an important class of enzymes in drug metabolism, but little research has been done to understand aldehyde oxidase (AOX) metabolism. AOX, located in the liver, plays an important role in drug metabolism; however, many potential drugs end up failing during late-stage trials because of their interaction with AOX. Explore further Examples of the studied aza-aromatic scaffolds: the number of tested compounds is reported in brackets. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1618881114last_img read more

Summer plans

first_imgThis summer presents an opportunity for children to develop their skills and discover new talents through filmmaking with Cinedarbaar’s 5th Summer Film Camp, being held from 19 to 30 May 2014 (Monday – Friday) at S-280, Greater Kailash – 1. The theme of this year’s camp is Literary Adaptation, hence encouraging them to read too and convert the read stories into an audio visual medium.Vacations are the only time when children can look to activities that are not part of the school curriculum but interests them. The 5th Summer Film Camp by Cinedarbaar, will help children explore an art form which will not only help them develop new skills but also challenge their creativity and imagination. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two-week long journey will focus on skills such as acting, story writing, story-boarding, directing, editing, shooting and photography. The camp will assist children to develop leadership skills by allowing them to work in teams and enhance their creativity through performance and writing art.The students will also learn about the difference between writing for a book and for cinema. Each day the story and dialogues will be created by children to be implemented through a short film. This film will feature all the students of the camp where they will act in it, write it and shoot it.There will be 2 batches: Junior Batch and a Senior Batch. So get in touch with them for more details!last_img read more

China bodysearches 10000 pigeons before National Day

first_imgThe symbols of peace were released at sunrise in Beijing’s symbolic heart of Tiananmen Square in a ceremony for the 1 Oct. holiday to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Beijing domestic security police officer was quoted in the Jinghua Times as saying workers checked the wings, legs and anus of each pigeon ahead of time to ensure they were ‘not carrying suspicious material.’ The entire process was videotaped, and the birds were then loaded into sealed vehicles for the trip to Tiananmen Square, the newspaper said. A similar report appeared in the Beijing News, and the People’s Daily tweeted about it in English: ‘10,000 pigeons go through anal security check for suspicious objects on Tuesday, ready to be released on National Day on Wednesday.’The reports – which did not say what the suspicious materials might be – drew amused and derisive responses from some Chinese readers.last_img read more

Chekhov classics come alive

first_imgChekhov Republic is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s four classic stories which are deceptively simple but often end on an abrupt note. Directed by Devesh Nigam, the act was staged at Akshara Theatre on April 26. The play was an amalgation of four classic plays. The first was The Proposal is a one-act comical farce which shows the characters’ desperation for marriage. The dialogue-based action and situation based humor portrays how economic security takes precedence over romance and love. Surgery is a story of a man with a toothache and an inexperienced dental assistant who attempts his first tooth examination!  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Drowned Man is a black comedy. It’s a weird tale of a man who stages drowning act for meager sum for meeting ends . On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco is a hilarious monologue which is rarely seen on stage nowdays. A man has been commanded by his wife to give a lecture on ‘the harmful effects of tobacco,’ although he himself is a chain smoker!. He obeys but digress from the actual subject by complaining about his domineering wife. The cast of the play were  Atul, Zubair, Abhishek Mehta, Anisha, Amit Pandey, Shorya Sehgal, Satyendra Yadav, Ashish Mishra, Komal Gupta, Neelesh Bisht, Deep Singh, Rohit Shukla, Rohit Kumar. The play was a presentation of Cineaste’ group which is a Delhi based theatre group formed in 2011. The group is a bunch of passionate people, from working professionals, students to the aspirants.last_img read more

Fire breaks out in moving bus

first_imgKolkata: a fire broke out in a moving bus on Sunday morning at Kaikhali. After the driver of the bus noticed a spark and smoke coming out of the battery, he managed to stop and evacuate the bus. No injury reported in this incident.According to locals, around 9 am, a West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus of S-37A route was approaching Kaikhali bus stop, they noticed smoke coming out of the battery box. The driver also noticed that the temperature inside the bus was a bit high. Suddenly he noticed spark on the dashboard. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSensing danger, the driver stopped the bus just before the Kaikhali bus stoppage and instructed the passengers to get down immediately.As soon as the bus was evacuated, the fire broke out at the front portion of the bus.On duty traffic police personnel immediately segregated the burning bus with multiple guard rails. As the fire spread, vehicular movement was stopped from 45 bus stand towards Baguiati. All the Baguati-bound vehicles were diverted using a lane on the airport-bound flank from 45 bus stand.Upon being informed two fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames within a short period of time. However, the whole bus got badly damaged. The bus has been removed and normal traffic movement was restored around 9:45 am. According to the fire fighters, the electrical wiring or the battery of the bus might have caused short circuit.last_img read more

Amidst mudras and raagas

first_imgMusic and dance are dependent on each other and to showcase the smooth amalgamation of the two art forms and its nuances, Rhythm Society is going to present ‘Smriti 2016’ -an Indian classical music and dance festival in the national Capital and Dehradun.‘Smriti’ is  a four-day Indian classical music and dance festival. It is a gateway for propagating traditional music and performing arts, to widen up the horizon of the people by facilitating them with a platform.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Their main motive is to spread better understanding about diverse cultural heritage and to evolve the art form. The festival will be a blend of country’s eminent maestros, with the vibrancy of exceptional young talents, without alienating the intrinsic heritage and successfully meeting the challenge of enjoying unabated opportunity.Smriti 2016 will stage some iconic jugalbandis, collaborative infusions with folk, captivating tribal martial dance and a mesmerising classical Kathak recital, carrying forward the culture of bringing together the young talented mavens and maestros together. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe young Sitar-Sarod duo- Aayush Mohan Gupta and Lakshya Mohan Gupta will be opening the festival and will be accompanied by Tabla artist, Abhishek Mishra.The first day of the festival will have a genre of Indian tribal martial dance form Mayurbhanj Chhau presented by the royal ancestry of renowned Mayurbhanj Chhau performers and the grandsons of Sangeet Natak Academy awardee, Guru Anant Charan Saibabu. They will be accompanied by a group of talented dancers from Gurukul Chhau Dance Sangam. The second day of the festival will have ‘Desert Storm’, a unique concept that brings the best of multi genre, intermingling the rustic charms of the deserts with the classical Indian music performed by the maestros, Pandit Salil Bhatt (Satvik Veena), disciple of Grammy awardee Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Udai Mazudmar (Tabla) of Benaras gharana and the Manganiyars of Rajasthan – Kutla Khan (Khartaal), Roshan Khan (vocals/Harmonium) and Goram Khan (Dholak).The festival will come to an end with the enthralling and mesmerising Kathak dance recital by Namrta Rai, disciple of Late Dr Madhukar Anand and Pandit Udai Mazumdar.last_img read more

Hairstyling mistakes to avoid on wedding day

first_imgDon’t pick a hairstyle randomly, consult a stylist and don’t go overboard with hair accessories on your wedding day, says an expert. An expert points out hairstyling mistakes to avoid on your wedding day:* Knowing everything about your hair is the first thing you need to keep in mind while getting a right hair style for that big day. Do not choose the style randomly just because your favourite actress wore the same hair style on her wedding. Know the length and texture of your hair and avoid loud hair colours for the day.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* You should always speak to the stylist about the hairstyle that would complement your facial structure and can give it a try to see how it looks on you. He is a professional who knows everything about hair and can help you to achieve the desired hairstyle. * It is good to get a haircut before the marriage ceremony as it will allow your hair to settle by the wedding day. But be sure to do this at least a few weeks before. Getting a haircut right ahead of the day won’t give them enough time and it becomes very difficult for your stylist to fix tiny hair on hairline which would then get highlighted.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Being simple is the key for the perfect hairstyle for the wedding. Go with the accessories that complement your dress. In case you plan on using fresh flowers, then make sure they stay fresh.* The styling products are designed to enhance and hold your hairstyle. Overusing of such products would lead to sticky and crunchy hair. And no one likes to have such hair on the wedding day. * Using shampoo and hair conditioner on your wedding day is a big no. The shampoo and conditioner make hair soft and silky, making it difficult to style and stay in place.last_img read more

Being on Top of the World

first_imgRitam Bhatnagar founder of India Film Project (IFP) started the annual filmmaking competition in 2011 in which competitors are given a particular theme every year and 50 hours to produce a film. They can choose their own location and actors, but they must submit the complete film within 50 hours. The competition is successfully celebrating the sixth edition this year with the theme ‘Top of the World’ within the genres – experimental, humour, drama and adventure and a compulsory element – a comic book. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe eminent jury for IFP 2016 include National Award Winners like Madhur Bhandarkar, Nagesh Kukunoor, Sriram Raghavan and Tamil movie director Vetri Maaran who have handpicked the best films from the lot. The IFP challenge this year had over 23,600 filmmakers making 1200+ films. Film enthusiasts on Saturday would witness workshops by:*Culture Machine, Comedy Factory, Screenpatti on ‘How to go Viral’ *Kanan Gill on ‘Pretentious Short Film Reviews’*The Viral Fever, Y-Films and The Film Companion on ‘Anatomy of a Web-Series’  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive*East India Comedy in conversation with Raja Sen on ‘Importance of giving Offence’ *AIB team in conversation with Vasan Bala on ‘AIB vs the movies’*Terribly Tiny Tales and Adhiraj Bose on ‘Telling a Short Story’ *The Logical Indian team with Omung Kumar, Ananth Mahadevan and Anand Pandit on ‘How to make a sincere statement in a world of cynicism and sarcasm’ and *Bollywood Gandu and Anisha Rickshawali in conversation with Raja Sen on ‘Split Personality’. “IFP is a community of 5.5 lakh film enthusiasts from over 20 countries. In six years of this challenge of making a film in 50 hours, more than 40,000 filmmakers from 260+ cities across India and 19 other countries have participated and made 3300+ films,” says Ritam Bhatnagar. Versatile filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shoojit Sircar, Hansal Mehta, Nikhil Advani, Ketan Mehta, Vikramaditya Motwane, Raja Sen, Sanjay Gadhvi, Umesh Shukla, Omung Kumar, Onir, Bejoy Nambiar and many others have been part of jury in the previous five editions.When asked what he aims to achieve through this initiative, Ritam said, “Filmmaking in India is under-rated. We are still a ‘Photo-loving’ country. We are a country of story-tellers and what is better than telling your story through a film? People still think of filmmaking as a hobby rather than a career option. With IFP, we are trying to take filmmaking to all ages. We have people as young as 5 to as old as 75 who participate every year, and these are the people who thought that they would never make a film. With introduction of mobile filmmaking this year, we even had housewives to school kids to corporate professionals being part of this.”“Even though filmmaking is a celebrated thing in India, in a lot of other countries, people make films for themselves. They do not have access to proper film education as well. Even after opening the doors, a big pie of participation comes from India,” explained Ritam about the competition opening doors to foreign participation form 2014. The films are judged separately for each category. For mobile and amateur filmmaking category, emphasis is laid on story-telling while for professional filmmaking category, more importance is given to the production quality. And what opportunities would the winners get? “At IFP, we do not believe in giving away gadgets or cash prizes. Winners at IFP this year will get a chance to work with Nestle and create an ad film for them,” said Ritam Bhatnagar.last_img read more

Firhad Hakim elected Kolkata mayor

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal minister and TMC candidate Firhad Hakim on Monday secured 121 votes in the 144-member Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to win the mayoral election. The result of the mayoral election, conducted through a secret-ballot system, was announced by the civic body’s municipal secretary, Harihar Prasad Mondal. BJP candidate Meena Devi Purohit, who contested the polls against Hakim, bagged five votes. Twelve Left Front and two Congress councillors boycotted the election. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Last week, CPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the Calcutta High Court, challenging Hakim’s election on the ground that he was not a councillor from any ward of the civic body. The high court on Friday refused to stay the election. The ruling TMC has 122 seats in the KMC House, the Left Front 14, the BJP five, the Congress two, while one seat remains vacant. Sources said one TMC councillor gave Monday’s election a miss due to ill health. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Hakim, who is also the urban development and municipal affairs minister, was chosen as the mayor designate by Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillors, following Sovan Chatterjee’s resignation from the post. Chatterjee visited the KMC headquarters in New Market area of the city to cast his vote. Talking to media after the announcement of the results, Chatterjee extended his best wishes to Hakim. “I am sure the KMC will function well under the leadership of the new mayor.last_img read more

Sapphire to celebrate Annual Gala

first_imgIts been an eventful year for Sapphire Creations, which has completed 26 years of their journey.But at the same time, Sapphire has initiated various work like INArtSynC (Inspiring Artistic Sensibilities in Your Campus) to integrate art and dance, particularly in the education system, giving a new perspective of art in India for the new generation. It has been identifying talents on one side and developing the skills, while on the other it is working to create awareness of myriad art forms and contemporary dance for the genext. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt has always been important that dance becomes ‘a vehicle of social consciousness’ and we use it for education and empowerment. So this Annual Gala, which will be held on March 31 at Minerva, 7 pm onward, Sapphire dancers chose to tell all of us one important story that has touched those who are part of this society. “The story of transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly is all important. I believe that each child has a butterfly within him/her who wants to unfold its colourful wings and fly in an open blue sky”, said Chakravarty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis 70 min production ‘Dreams with wings’ invokes the very spirit of freedom to allow the children to fly without fear and lead their life in their own terms…be what they really aspire for and live their own dreams in the realm of art in them and in their life. This story unfolds through music, songs, and dance with more than 50 performers from Sapphire. A special evening has taken shape in association with FACES and Imran Zaki who have chosen 20 schools that have made unconditional effort to bring art in the lives of their students and who through various initiatives recognises and nurtures such talent of these children, making them excel further and live their dreams.last_img read more

KIIT enters Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings

first_imgKalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) Deemed to be University, is among a handful of Indian institutions to enter World University Impact Rankings 2019 of the Times Higher Education (THE).The first edition of the Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings 2019 was released on April 3, 2019 and includes more than 450 universities from 76 countries. The rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKIIT Deemed to be University is the only self-financing university from eastern India and Odisha to enter this prestigious global university ranking that aims to measure an institution’s impact on society based on its success in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the ranking report, KIIT has been rated high on sustainable development parameters such as Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), Partnership for Goals (SDG 17) and Quality Education (SDG 4). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSustainable Development Goals, adopted by the UN in 2016, provide a framework for developing the world in a sustainable way. In terms of other parameters, KIIT has got 101-200 position with respect to Reduced Inequalities; 201+ in Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and 301+ in Quality Education. Overall it has got 301+ position globally in impact rankings. KIIT is just twenty-two years old as an institution for professional education (1997) and 15 years old as a University (2004). But, despite being a very young institution, it has got a place in the coveted World University Impact Rankings 2019, securing a position of 301+. IIT Bhubaneswar as well as few well-known deemed universities from south India have also found place in the report, while KIIT has got the same success. Staff, students and well wishers of both KIIT and KISS profoundly thanked and expressed gratitude to the Founder of KIIT and KISS for his vision to carry out the mission of SDG, reducing inequalities since the inception of KIIT. Under his leadership, from the beginning KIIT has been engaged in a lot of outreach work in Odisha and beyond. The present ranking is the result of that, they expressed to the Founder, KIIT & KISS.last_img read more

How Franklin Roosevelts Handicap Helped Rouse the Nation into Charity

first_imgPolio, also known as infantile paralysis, is a virus that attacks the central nervous system and affects the nerves that control muscle movement. In many cases people can be infected with the virus and not show any, or only mild, symptoms, but for others it can result in headache, muscle pain and fever, followed by localized muscle paralysis, which is permanent.For sufferers who show these symptoms, some may come away with just some localized weakness in arms or legs, but, depending on which nerves the virus attacks, it could be fatal.A TEM micrograph of poliovirus.According to PBS, although the virus has been around for centuries, severe cases, let alone outbreaks, were relatively unusual until the 20th century.Even when infants were exposed to it as they began eating solid food, they had antibodies against polio that they received from their mother’s milk.FDR receives a $1 million check, proceeds from the first President’s Birthday Ball (1934).It wasn’t until standards of hygiene and sanitation improved, meaning fewer people were exposed and developed antibodies to defend against the virus, that America began to see polio outbreaks.In the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, the virus tended to pop up every summer, quickly crippling otherwise healthy children and some adults along the way. One of those who was afflicted with polio was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who contracted it at the unusually late age of 39.Roosevelt got the virus 11 years before he made his bid for the presidency, according to Smithsonian, but it didn’t stop him from going down his personal path.Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933.Despite his disability, he was elected first as Governor of New York, and later as President of the United States, which put him in the position of being able to try to do something about combating the illness.Although there are some sources that say that Roosevelt hid his disability when he was in office, he really didn’t — he just didn’t make it obvious.Rare photograph of Roosevelt in a wheelchair, with Fala and Ruthie Bie, the daughter of caretakers at his Hyde Park estate. Photo taken by his cousin Margaret Suckley in February 1941.People knew he’d had polio, which is probably why the public was so responsive when he did fundraising for polio research and to aid families who were struggling with the disease. His first efforts in that direction were his annual birthday balls.Then, in 1937, he announced the new National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which was renamed the following year, becoming the March of Dimes.FDR’s personal secretary Missy LeHand with 30,000 letters containing ten-cent contributions to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that arrived at the White House the morning of January 28, 1938.The slogan for the fundraising campaign, and the eventual new name of the foundation, was a play on words from the title of a popular newsreel, The March of Time, and was suggested by popular comedian Eddie Cantor. Cantor also suggested that the donations could be sent directly to the White House, assuming presidential approval.Why dimes? The idea was that even though the country was on the brink of war, most people could spare a dime.United States dime, obverse.And spare them they did. With the fundraising effort getting support on the radio and from Hollywood, as well as a personal appeal from the president himself, money started pouring into the White House. People sent quarters, dollars, and, of course, dimes.On January 30th, FDR’s birthday, he wrote a speech that was published in the President’s Birthday Magazine, saying that envelopes were coming into the White House by the truckload with money from adults as well as from children who wanted to help afflicted children get well.The White House in Washington, D.C.The volume of the donations quickly grew too large for the White House to handle, which led to the formation of the foundation.Donations continued to pour in, and that money was used in several ways. The foundation’s first task was to create an organization that could provide a rapid response to polio outbreaks anywhere in the country.They also began funding virus research, and funded and administered the research being done by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin in their quest for a vaccine.Salk finally created a viable vaccine which was field tested in 1954 and licensed for use the following year; it essentially eradicated the virus in just a few years.Read another story from us: When People Thought Blood Transfusions Would Give Them Animal PowersThat vaccine caused incidences of polio to drop from tens of thousands of cases annually to just a handful, and it was all made possible by the hard work of many volunteers and FDR’s March of Dimes.last_img read more

Gottlieb The Raptors dont deserve any respect

first_imgDoug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) in for ColinThe Raptors haven’t earned any respect The Raptors added some pieces after losing to the Cavs in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, and think they’ve been overlooked and disrespected because more people aren’t taking them seriously.After watching the Cavs expose Toronto in the first two games of their second round series with Cleveland this year, Doug doesn’t think the Raptors deserve any respect. Sure, they’ve won a bunch of regular season games, but that’s it. They’re headed for the exits this year, and aren’t any real threat to win the East. If they want respect, they have to earn it. They haven’t done that yet. There’s a reason Drake isn’t showing up at any of these games.“The NBA is all about respect, and the Raptors haven’t earned any.” Michael Jordan is still ahead of LeBron as the greatest NBA player everAs LeBron James continues to eclipse playoff records and steamrolls to his 7th Finals appearance in a row, many believe he has a chance to pass Michael Jordan as the greatest NBA player of all-time.While Doug thinks that LeBron has done enough to enter the conversation, MJ is still the better player because of his defense. Even though LeBron has shown the ability to defend the opposing team’s best player, he hasn’t done it consistently like Jordan. It’s splitting hairs because both are so incredibly great, but right now, it’s the difference.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to talk Tony Parker’s injury; the future of the Spurs; and if Mj’s best is better than LeBron’s.James Jones – NFL veteran wide receiver is in-studio to tell the story behind the hhody; catching passes from numerous NFL greats; and if he knew that Derek Carr would be special when he was a rookie.Cedric Ceballos – 11-year NBA veteran is in-studio to discuss the evolution of the NBA since his playing days; why he thinks MJ is still the best ever; how he would fix the Clippers; why they need to choose between Blake Griffin and CP3; and his claim that Dee Brown stole his dunks.last_img read more

VIDEO Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard killed a man…in cameo on last nights

first_imgMets pitcher Noah Syndergaard killed a man… in a brief cameo on last night’s episode of the insanely popular HBO series Game of Thrones.The fireballer already looks like a descendant of Thor, so appearing on GOT wasn’t too much of a stretch. He made a brief cameo as a soldier in the Lannister army as it was furiously charged by Daenerys Targaryen and her army of Dothraki warriors and dragons.His appearance only lasted a couple of seconds, but he still managed to rack up a kill by hitting a Dothraki soldier with a spear to the chest plate. The old number one still works in the Seven Kingdoms..@Noahsyndergaard with the sweet spear toss on GoT— Mets Citi (@metsciti) August 7, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

Colins NFL Week 15 Blazin 5 Podcast

first_imgIt’s time for 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 wiseguys on his NFL Week 15 Blazin’ 5 picks.Colin is coming off another 3-2 winner in Week 14, and sits at an impressive 39-25-1 on the year. This week he likes the Packers and Bears getting points on the road; the Bills and Niners as home favorites; and the Raiders as a home dog against Dallas.Here are Colin’s Week 15 Blazin’ 5 plays. So, what do the wiseguys say?Packers (+3) at Panthers Bears (+5.5) at LionsTitans at 49ers (-2)Dolphins at Bills (-3.5)Cowboys at Raiders (+3)The 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

Ive been thinking about adding a Bubble Guru wwwbubblegurucom to my business

first_imgAugust 8, 2007 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When helping clients to determine if they need a new piece of technology, we always look at the following:1) Why they think they need it and if the answer to that question is truly a need or a want.2) Will it be easy for them/potential clients to use?3) What is the total cost of ownership? In other words, will they have to hire someone to manage that new technology and, if so, how much work that really is.4) Will this provide any measurable differentiation from other companies in the same industry?5) Could another, more simple solution work just as well if not better?Good luck!last_img read more