August 2019

Animals in the wild found to use running wheel if given the

first_img(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers in the Netherlands has found that if a running wheel is placed outdoors in a natural setting, wild animals will come and run on it. Neurophysiologists Johanna Meijer and Yuri Robbers describe in a paper they’ve had published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, how they set up running wheels in natural settings then filmed wild animals using the wheels. Scientists, researchers and animal rights advocates have argued over the years about the nature of mice running on wheels in their cages. Rights activists claim the running is a form or neurotic behavior brought about by living in the confines of a small cage. Some researchers, on the other hand, have suggested that the mice seemed to like, or enjoy running on the wheel, and even exhibited unhappy behavior if a wheel was removed. To learn more, Meijer and Robbers decided to carry out a very simple experiment—they set up a running wheel in their backyard, then used an infrared camera to capture on tape how animals in the wild would respond.To get things, rolling, so to speak, the researchers also laid down some food near the wheel to attract some animals. They also put the wheel inside an enclosure with a small entranceway to keep large animals from knocking the wheel on its side. Examination of the film showed that a lot of animals found the wheel, climbed on and began running on it. Granted, most of the animals were mice, but the camera also caught frogs, rats, shrews and even slugs. The frogs didn’t actually run, they simple hopped form one side to the other causing the wheel to roll back and forth, and the slugs appeared to arrive on the wheel by accident. Still, the results were so encouraging that the team set up another wheel and camera in a nearby dune area not accessible to the general public.In all the team recorded over 200,000 animals using one or the other of the wheels over a three year period. The main runners were mice, some of which jumped on, ran for a while, jumped off, then jumped back on and ran some more. One mouse ran for an incredible 18 minutes. Citation: Animals in the wild found to use running wheel if given the choice (w/ Video) (2014, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-animals-wild-wheel-choice-video.html Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A frog using a running wheel. The researchers claim the animals ran on the wheels because they enjoyed it, which could be a little bit of anthropomorphizing, as no one has been able to prove that animals other than humans experience emotions. Still, the experiments should put to rest the argument about whether mice in the lab are running on wheels because they live in cages—they’ll do it anywhere they find one. A slug using a running wheel Shark Wheel on a roll to reinvent skateboarder experiencecenter_img More information: Wheel running in the wild, Published 21 May 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0210AbstractThe importance of exercise for health and neurogenesis is becoming increasingly clear. Wheel running is often used in the laboratory for triggering enhanced activity levels, despite the common objection that this behaviour is an artefact of captivity and merely signifies neurosis or stereotypy. If wheel running is indeed caused by captive housing, wild mice are not expected to use a running wheel in nature. This however, to our knowledge, has never been tested. Here, we show that when running wheels are placed in nature, they are frequently used by wild mice, also when no extrinsic reward is provided. Bout lengths of running wheel behaviour in the wild match those for captive mice. This finding falsifies one criterion for stereotypic behaviour, and suggests that running wheel activity is an elective behaviour. In a time when lifestyle in general and lack of exercise in particular are a major cause of disease in the modern world, research into physical activity is of utmost importance. Our findings may help alleviate the main concern regarding the use of running wheels in research on exercise. A house mouse using a running wheel Explore further © 2014 Phys.org 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

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Best of Last Week Questioning Higgs finding possible alternative to antibiotics and

first_img String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics In other news, researchers working to solve the problem of growing resistance to antibacterial agents have found a possible alternative to antibiotics—artificial nanoparticles made of lipids that serve as decoys, attracting harmful bacteria and preventing them from attacking their actual target. Equally pressing is a better understanding of what is happening to our world as global warming continues unabated. Researchers at Berkeley identified a new driver behind Arctic warming—turns out the open ocean is far less efficient at emitting in the far-red spectrum than is ice, which means the Arctic Ocean traps more heat than has been thought.In news from space, a team of astronomers believe they have solved the mystery of the bizarre object at the center of our galaxy—they think it’s a pair of binary stars. Meanwhile NASA’s Curiosity rover found a mineral match—showing that measurements taken from a distance match those of real minerals found on Mars. There was big news in biology as well, as a drug being tested in a clinical trial was shown to completely reverse diabetes in human islets and mice. More research will have to be done, of course, but thus far, the researchers report that the drug looks promising.And finally, for those who have been wondering, researchers have found that those who adhere to the Mediterranean diet are likely to see lasting health benefits—they found that the diet led to improved blood flow to cells lining blood vessels, for up to a year after the diet was stopped—an indicator of overall general good health. 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. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week: Questioning Higgs finding, possible alternative to antibiotics and reversing diabetes in mice (2014, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-week-higgs-alternative-antibiotics-reversing.html (Phys.org) —It was an interesting week for physics—an international team of researchers openly questioned whether the particle discovered last year was truly the Higgs boson, since as they note, there is no conclusive evidence that it really was. Also, two physicists with USC suggested that maybe string field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics—providing a basis for all of physics and perhaps answering the question of where quantum mechanics actually comes from. And another team of physicists proposed the identification of a gravitational arrow of time—they’ve taken time out of mathematical equations used to describe the total energy of the universe allowing them to split equations that describe the evolution of the universe into two parts.last_img read more

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Dish it out

first_imgIf you have had enough of the regular Dominos and the Pizza Hut pizzas – the ones  which you leave out the crust and are more than often unhappy with the toppings? The Capital has had the luck to have a handful of places that serve you a perfect pizza that you will find very little to complain about. The thin crust, some really yummy cheese and some toppings you could die for. Fat Lulu’s in Gurgaon has won its own set of pizza loyalists and also a few from other parts of NCR, who often brave the traffic to get a bite of the ‘ thin crust NY style gourmet pizza’. As they put it – this pizzeria is inspired by the American culture of famous gangs and mobsters that originated from Italy and brought unique thin-crust style pizza with them to the streets of New York. With interiors that remind of a casual, cosy eatery in some corner of the Big Apple, Fat Lulu’s at DLF Shopping Mall, Arjun Marg, DLF Phase I, surprised us.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While they give you the option to create your own pizza with a choice of vegetarian and non vegetarian toppings and also a pick from six other kinds of cheese besides the mozarella – their own selections are quite a hit. The Soho (pepperoni, parma ham, ground lamb and Italian sausage) and Bronx (sour cream, mozarella, chicken, capsicum, onion and bacon) get our thumbs up in the meat lovers’ section. If you are the type to be adventurous – they have a very interesting shrimp pizza they call Park Avenue. For the vegetarians Fat Lulu’s vegetarian pizza is what we would suggest – it has Italian ratatouille – zucchini, bell peppers, mushroom and olives. And the classic Margherita is spot on – with the perfect thin crust and the cheese.Pizzas top their orders but they also have an impressive list of pastas and salads on offer as well.  With a 16 inch non-veg pizza available for Rs 800 and a non-veg pasta for Rs 300 (both without taxes)  the prices are decently easy on the pocket as well. The restaurant is hoping for a liquor license soon and one can enjoy their pizza with some chilled beer. Definitely something we would come back for!last_img read more

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Study and play

first_imgCRY- Child Rights and You, is conducting a three day theatre workshop in the Capital. During three days play will be staged around three broad themes; children’s experiences in school, their expectations, trials and tribulations.50 Children from city, aged 6-14 will be performing. Spectators will have a chance to hear their stories, expressions and opinions about their right to education and good or bad experiences of school.  The plays will be followed by a panel discussions on the themes presented. The discussion panel will consist of  representatives from the government, academia, civil society and community for a consultation on implementation of Right To Education act. A report reflecting infrastructural gaps and violations of RTE Act across Delhi will also be released.last_img read more

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Happy in their own way

first_imgThe city is set to experience the village life depicted in the canvas. Shree Yash Art Gallery brings us The Village Arena, a group art show of four artists. The participating artists are RC Bhawsar, SD Shrotriya, Rohini Sethi and Bhavna Sethi. The show is curated by Savita Agrawal, Director, Shree Yash Art Gallery. She is also an artist who finds herself very close to nature and village life. Hence, she chose this subject as it intrigues her as to how life is confined in the village and how the villagers think it to be there only world which is full of their own thought processes and their own little world where they find happiness from the minutest thing that they do. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Their satisfaction in doing their household chores or by fetching water from the well or by celebrating small festivals brightens their day and keeps them happy. As the wrestler in his wrestling arena only targets his opponent and cannot think anything beyond it, so is a villager, his village is his life and cannot think beyond it. As also the scenic beauty fascinates the artists with the mountains touching the skies or the horizon where the sky meets the depth of the seas, the tall mountains, the greenery, the lakes, and the breath-taking nature spreading its fragrance with a touch of godliness makes the viewer enjoy the picturesque view. The depiction becomes real to life and inspires the on-looker.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBhawsar depicts his paintings with scenic beauty and portrays reality with a dash of spirituality and it is this art that helps him connect to the almighty and adds to his peace of mind and helps him become content. Shrotriya loves the himalayan ranges, the calmness of the atmosphere that has the strength to turn the greatest of wind tides according to its desires, taking into account the tumultus weather and moulding them in his style. Water color is his forte and the serenity in his painting is conveyed to the viewer.  Rohini, an upcoming artist loves to depict the village life in full swing with the villagers doing their morning chores and giving shape to their various jobs. She uses colors to show the moods of her characters. Bhavna, also an upcoming artist, depicts villagers with their festivities and moulds her style with different textures.Thus, a unique combination of village and beauty go hand in hand and the artists do their work with deep sincerity and dedication. As is rightly said , beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder , an artist has an eye to capture beauty in any form then to further enhance it to captivate the viewers.When: 13 – 16 MayWhere:  Main Foyer of India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

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Shashi Tharoor likely to be questioned again next week

first_imgCongress MP Shashi Tharoor is likely to be questioned again next week in connection with his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s mysterious death as police looks to join the pieces in the case.Tharoor was questioned by police on January 19 for around four hours at the office of Anti Auto Theft Squad (AATS) in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar.Sources on Sunday said the Special Investigation Team is likely to question the former Union minister again next week as they got very “little time” with him on January 19. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThey also said that as he was the “closest relative” of the deceased at the spot when she was found dead, he may be questioned several times as the SIT would want to ask him about the things which would arise during examination of other witnesses and people concerned.Speaking to reporters on Friday, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi had also indicated Tharoor can be questioned in this connection again in “some days”.“Whatever we had spoken to him during the first questioning is being analysed and if we need further questioning, it will be done. Since it is a very involved case, there would be a need to talk to him again, so the SIT will call him again in some days,” he had said.52-year-old Sunanda was found dead in a room in the hotel on January 17 last year. Delhi Police filed a case of murder in the case on January 1 and an SIT was formed to probe the case. Since then, police has questioned a number of people in this connection including domestic aides of Tharoor, staff of the hotel where Sunanda was found dead, family friend Sanjay Dewan and the hotel doctor who pronounced her dead.last_img read more

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Journey of an artist

first_imgFour Points by Sheraton presented the show A Keralan Perspective for the first time since their 2008 exhibition Replacing works which focus on the Capital’s rich architecture. The paintings explore another area of India’s bounteous cultural history reflects the increasing cultural integration enabled uniquely by the world of art.Maity’s work already features prominently at Four Points by Sheraton in the form of sculpture.  Through The Orient is a series of twenty works inspired by the artistes 2005 visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The watercolours are a-typical of comparative shows currently on display which feature predominantly his large-scale oils. Rather, this exhibition shows his mid-career preference for watercolour. In this instance, the technique of the artist is still delicate and entirely based on his exploration of light and atmosphere. The colours – yellow, red, blue – depict less the actual colour spectrum of the scene, but rather the time of day and the feeling of light passing over the various landscapes.In this series Maity also adopts a minimalism appropriate to Sino-aesthetics, as well as elements of calligraphy and line-work for which the country’s artwork is also famous.last_img read more

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Police conduct raids after miscreants enter sealed farm

first_imgKolkata: Police conducted a raid at the chicken farm in Rajarhat on Monday after receiving information that some miscreants have managed to enter the farm that was sealed by the police earlier.It was on Monday morning when police received information that some people used the back gate of the farm to enter. Locals found some people entering the farm and it led to their suspicion as they knew it was sealed when police had raided it earlier.Police conducted a raid at the farm a few days ago after they came to know that there was a huge stock of meat from carcasses and at the same time, they had found huge size freezers in which the same was stored. The owner of the farm Kausar Dhali had managed to flee. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDhali had fled leaving several documents and computer systems containing all details of the business. The police suspect that an attempt was made to tamper the evidences and that is the reason why some people had entered the farm despite it being sealed by the police.On Monday, the police again went to the spot and took necessary steps in this connection. It may be recalled that earlier eight persons were arrested in this connection and police took two of them to the spot on Monday to probe into the incident. They are also taking necessary steps to get hold of others who are involved in connection with the Budge Budge incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that a Special Investigation Team has also been formed to expedite the probe.In the wake of this incident, the IRCTC have directed all its vendors to stop using frozen chicken and details including the place from where the chicken has been bought have to be given to the IRCTC authorities within 48 hours of the procurement.Meanwhile, the state government has also decided to set up electric furnaces at four crematoriums for animals in certain places. Dum Dum, Konnanagar, Pujali and Rajpur-Sonarpur are the places where the crematoriums for animals will come up.last_img read more

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Musically yours

first_imgTo give Delhites a flavour of pure music, India Habitat Centre, started the Morning Ragas series in 2014. Earlier maestros featured in Morning Ragas include names like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Wassifuddin Dagar, Vidhushi Girija Devi, Subha Mudgal to name a few. These maestros have mesmerised their audiences with their music during the morning at the Amphitheatre attracting a crowd of over 300 keen music aficionados per show.The son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, Nishat Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach. Nishat recently composed for his first Bollywood film with the acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra Yeh Saali Zindagi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ram Kumar Mishra is the grandson of Pandit Anokhelal Mishra from Banaras gharana and son of Pandit  Chhannulal Mishra. He has received his tutelage under another renowned tabla player, Pandit ChhoteLal Mishra. He has performed with all the major artists like Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, Pandit Ronu Mazumdar, Pandit Jasraj and is much acclaimed in India and abroad.When: February 15 Where: Open Air Amphitheatre of India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

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ER to facilitate mobile ticketing through camps

first_imgKolkata: Eastern Railway has taken initiative to popularise mobile ticketing among general passengers by holding mobile facilitation camps at different stations.The project has been implemented under the guidance of Divisional Railway Manager Prabhas Dansana, ER’s Sealdah Division.One such camp was organised recently at Sonarpur station where passengers were informed in detail on how to download the App — UTS on mobile, registration process, recharging and getting tickets. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePassengers were provided with leaflets and live demonstrations were made to help them understand the working of the app by which they can get daily, return and monthly tickets avoiding queues and rush at the booking counters saving theirprecious time.ER’s Sealdah division has been organising these camps on a regular basis over the last three months at Bidhannagar Road, Dum Dum Jn., Naihati, Kalyani, Barasat, Jadavpur and more such camps are planned in future.Sealdah division is predominantly a Suburban division catering to mostly unreserved passengers and provides passengers with alternate modes of ticketing likeUTS on mobile, ATVMs, CoTVMs, JTBS etc.last_img read more

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Largest practical science lesson in Delhi enters Guinness Book

first_imgThe Guinness Book of World Records has given its seal of approval to the “largest practical science lesson” conducted by 2,000 school students in Delhi as part of the recently-concluded India International Science Festival at IIT. The confirmation from the Guinness Book came days after the school students bettered the existing world record in the category, set by a group of 1,339 Irish students. “The largest practical science lesson is 2,000 participants, achieved by Vijnana Bharati (India), in Delhi on December 7, 2015. Participants worked in small teams to complete experiments as part of the lesson that focused on catalysts,” the Guinness Book mentioned on its website. An official announcement regarding the same was made at a press conference at IIT Delhi on Thursday. “The Guinness Record will have a cascading effect on the young scientific community. It will create huge curiosity and affinity among school children towards science,” IIT Delhi Director Khsitij Gupta said. The students had attempted the award-making experiment on December 7 as part of the festival at IIT Delhi.last_img read more

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Heart retrieved from braindead patient transplanted successfully

first_imgKolkata: For the first time in Kolkata’s history, a heart was retrieved from a brain-dead patient from the city and it has been successfully transplanted in a patient’s body at a private hospital here.So far, the city has witnessed as many as nine cases of organ donation this year, where organs were brought into the city after they had been retrieved from brain-dead patients in other cities. Apart from the heart, liver, two kidneys and corneas were also harvested from 22-year-old Amit Mukherjee, a resident of Parnashree who was declared brain dead at a private hospital on EM Bypass on Thursday, after he sustained severe head injuries during a road accident near Ultadanga on October 15. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne kidney was taken to SSKM Hospital within 14 minutes through a green corridor facilitated by the city police on the wee hours of Friday and later transplanted in 16-year-old Saikat Sandhuka. According to SSKM Hospital authorities, the kidney transplant was successfully done by the doctors and the patient has been kept under observation. Sandhuka, a resident of Jadavpur, had been suffering from kidney-related ailments for a long time, hospital sources said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe other kidney, the liver and the heart were transplanted in three other patients at the private hospital on early Friday morning. The heart has been transplanted in Anima Nashkar (44), a resident of Howrah who has been kept in ventilation. According to the hospital authorities, the patient would be kept under observation for the next 72 hours. The hospital claimed that the operation was successfully conducted on Nashkar but it would be difficult for them to say how the patient improves after receiving the organ. The city has seen a spurt in organ donation in recent times due to the state government’s drive for awareness about deceased donor organ transplants. The private hospital authorities had urged Mukherjee’s family members for organ donation on Thursday and they readily accepted the proposal. The Regional Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (ROTTO) allocated one organ to SSKM, while the other organs were allocated to the private hospital. The corneas were transplanted at a private eye hospital. Manoj Kumar Hela (46), a resident of Entally, received the liver while the other kidney was transplanted in Sant Lal Yadav (58) from Haldia. Mukherjee, the donor, was riding pillion with a friend when their bike hit a divider near Ultadanga on the night of October 15, after which he was taken to the private hospital.last_img read more

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All the worlds a stage

first_imgThe stage is set for the 9th Asia Pacific Bureau (APB) meet of drama school at national Capital’s National School Of Drama. Fourteen schools from India, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, will gather at NSD premise for the annual meet, which is scheduled for October 19-25. Overall the festival will see the representation from twenty countries in form of observers, faculty and students  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama, says, “This is yet another occasion where all Asia Pacific Bureau school will show their strength and exchange it to each other. This is also a platform for NSD to show rich Indian performance heritage and showcase contemporary and traditional theatre variety to the world”  The participating schools explore the nuances of different cultures in theatre performances and the technical aspects of it through the annual meet. This edition of the festival has an elaborate learning program for the participating schools. It will consist of festival performances, directors’ meet, interactions and workshops. Each school will conduct a workshop for all other participants providing a glimpse into the school’s training methodologies through a series of exercises for the participants. There will also be a practical session, where a studio space will be provided to each school to perform. Participating schools will perform a 45-minute student presentation, which will be held in the Flexible Performance Space at NSD.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe theme of this edition of APB meet is ‘The strength of Asia in Contemporary Performance Culture.’ The confluence will examine contemporary performance culture in Asia, the elements of traditionalism, modernization and other factors that have contributed to it in terms of content, form and style. Tripurari Sharma, Professor, NSD, who is heading this edition of the APB meet, says, “Cross culture mixing and matching themes, stories and performative concepts are enriching for the art of theatre. “ The event will also delve deeper into the artistic capabilities of different Asian countries and how a cultural exchange between them and with the rest of the world could be facilitated.  “Has Asia got anything unique to offer the world in terms of arts and culture? This is something that we will try to find answers to. We want our students to be able to make a mark in international theatre. They should also get to realise that they have an identity outside India as well,” Sharma said. To ensure that language does not become an impediment during interactions, the school has arranged for interpreters in Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages. NSD’s performances during the meet will include traditional art forms like ‘nautanki’, ‘chau’, ‘mallakhamba’ and sufi music among others.About Asia-Pacific Bureau (APB) of Theatre School: The Asia-Pacific Bureau (APB) of Theatre School was established in 2008 under UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute. The aim of the Bureau is to promote interaction and exchange among Asia Pacific theatre schools. APB members meet annually for sharing, showcasing and experimenting with diverse performance practices and pedagogies of different countries and cultures in the region. Each year, APB meet is rotated amongst different member schools from countries across the Asia Pacific region.last_img read more

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JU eyes Central grant of Rs 125 cr for highend research centre

first_imgKolkata: The Jadavpur University is one of the eight educational institutes short-listed by Union Human Resource Development Ministry for a grant of Rs 125 crore, which will be provided to only four institutions, for setting up a centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities (SAIF).The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a premier engineering institution in the state, is also in the race. “We had already made a presentation in the end of April in Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDelhi showcasing we have the necessary infrastructure for the centre for Sophisticated Analytical Instrument Facilities. The centre will have high and sophisticated instruments facilitating high-end research. The centre will function in 365 days in a year and if we figure among the beneficiaries it will surely be a big boom for research in the Jadavpur University,” said Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, dean of engineering at the Jadavpur University. Pravas Chandra Chakrabarti, professor of metallurgical and material engineering has been chosen as the SAIF coordinator. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe recurring cost and maintenance of the centre will depend on earnings from the service fees that will be charged for using the facilities of the centre. If Jadavpur University gets the grant approval, the tests carried out by the researchers in the university will be chargeable. If other educational institutions avail the JU SAIF facilities, they will have to pay twice the amount paid by Jadavpur University researchers or professors and if industries use the SAIF facilities at JU, they will be charged ten times. Sources in JU said a number of leading industries in Bengal such as Haldia Petochemicals and Tata Steel have shown interest in availing the facilities of SAIF. The names of the four institutions, which will get the Central funds, are expected to be announced by the end of this month after the elections are over. A senior professor in the varsity said a space in the Technology Bhavan on the main campus of the varsity has been earmarked for setting up the Centre. A three-member team from the HRD ministry had visited the JU campus in April to assess whether the university has the infrastructure for setting up the centre. The team had also visited the site that has been selected by the varsity for SAIF.last_img read more

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Honey Mission reaches Qutubgarh

first_imgQutubgarh Village: It was celebration time for the villagers here – elderly and young – when they got the maiden production of honey from the bee-boxes by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) recently, under its ‘Honey Mission’ Programme.Dinesh Singh, one of the 10 farmers, who received 100 bee-boxes altogether from the KVIC in the village, said that in less than two months’ time, they extracted 485 kilograms of honey valuing around Rs 97,000. “We want to create a record in honey production that the people should know our village as ‘Honey-Garh’ from now onwards,” he said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCorroborating similar views, Harish Rana informed that the whole process of honey-extraction was celebrated like a festival as people from all age groups not only watched the live extraction, rather even tasted the freshly extracted honey. “Our village, which has fertile agricultural land and won accolades on a number of occasions for its high yield of crops, is now emerging as one of the most honey-producing zones in proximity to the national capital. The sale of this honey has already begun in the village itself,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVinai Kumar Saxena, KVIC Chairman was also present at the occasion, when the bee-boxes were distributed by New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, by whom the village is adopted.Enthused by the villagers’ massive response for KVIC’s ‘Honey Mission’, Saxena said: “We have got massive success in it across the nation. What we have started now as an add-on to supplement the ‘Honey Mission’, is the plantation of Moringa (Drumstick) saplings. While bee-keeping will increase the yield of the crops in and around the areas of bee-boxes, Moringa will yield best medicinal honey and good nutritional foods to the farmers,” he said. He also informed since ‘Moringa’ is also known as Green-gold; this cash-crop can generate more income to the bee-keeping farmers.Making a mark in the history of India, KVIC has distributed around 55,000 bee-boxes, across the country so far.The commission not only distributed bee-boxes, but it also created more than 7,000 new employment under ‘Honey Mission’, besides creating around 6,000 additional man-days through the fabrication of bee boxes and honey extractors.Apart from that, KVIC also provides the bee-keepers the free practical training about examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons – before distribution of bee-boxes.last_img read more

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Taking Mohiniyattam beyond its existing frontiers

first_imgCentre for Mohiniyattam is all set to present ‘Samvaad’ – a dialogue between Mohiniyattam and other like-minded classical dance forms namely Odissi, Sattriya, Manipuri and Chhau. The dance form expresses how the styles, in spite of their well-delineated vocabulary, compliment each other beautifully and can come together to weave a poetic tapestry of grace and rasa.The event will be held on March 1, 7 pm, at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the highly-awaited cultural extravaganza and this celebrated form of dance, Guru Bharati Shivaji said, “My effort has always been to continually enrich and expand Mohiniyattam beyond its existing frontiers, even in terms of exploring possibilities of its growth in conjunction with other styles that can compliment its mood and aesthetics well. Samvaad – the collective, is another attempt towards this goal, to synchronously explore Mohiniyattam’s adaptability with like-minded dance traditions.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe performances will be given by the Senior Disciples of Guru Bharati Shivaji including Vinaya Narayanan (Mohiniyattam), Anwesa Mahanta (Sattriya), Kavita Dwibedi (Odissi), Manjula Murthy (Mohiniyattam), Bimbavati Devi (Manipuri), Momm Ganguly (Mohiniyattam), Vani Bhalla Pahwa (Mohiniyattam), Rakesh Sai Babu (Chhau). One of the artists Vani Bhalla Pahwa is the senior-most disciple, and was amongst the first students who began training under her since the inception of her dancing years. Another artist Rakesh Sai Babu is a Mayurbhanj Chhau dancer based in New Delhi. Born to a royal ancestry of renowned Mayurbhanj Chhau performers, he got the privilege to learn the art from his father, a renowned Sangeet Natak awardee, Guru Janmejoy Sai Babu.CFM stands as a glorious symbol of India’s timeless cultural heritage. Since its inception, CFM has made relentless efforts towards research, training, and propagation of this enchanting dance form of Kerala.last_img read more

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Ancient Romans Used the Word Abracadabra to Cure Malaria

first_imgAlong with exclamations like “hocus pocus,” “shazam,” and “presto,” the word “abracadabra” is one of the most common expressions associated with magic and illusionism. The term, which nowadays usually marks the finale of a magicians trick and implies that a mysterious magical power has been summoned to perform some kind of a transformation, has found its way deep into popular culture and has been used as a magical incantation in countless books, films, and TV shows. For example, the term “avada kedavra,” the unforgivable killing curse from J. K. Rowling’s globally famous Harry Potter franchise, is not meaningless in the real world; it is actually an Aramaic version of “abracadabra” and means “let the thing be destroyed.”Most popular terms associated with magic tricks have been introduced fairly recently: “hocus pocus” has been used since the early 17th century as a supposed supernatural charm, “hey presto” was devised by the British illusionists of the mid-18th century, and “shazam” was invented in the 1940s by stage magicians of the time. However, “abracadabra” has been around since ancient times.Serenus Sammonicus advocated the use of abracadabra as a literary amulet against fever. Photo by Il Dottore CC BY-SA 3.0Its exact origin remains unknown, but its first use in written form occurred in the early third century AD when Serenus Sammonicus, the personal physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla, mentioned it in his book Liber Medicinalis (“The Book on Medicine”).In chapter 51, Sammonicus suggested that those who suffered from malaria, one of the oldest known diseases, first described by the ancient Chinese Canon of Medicine around the year 2700 BC, should wear amulets inscribed with the word “abracadabra” written in the shape of a triangle.Parents Trick Toddler Girl Into Thinking She Has Magical PowersMalaria was one of the leading causes of death in many regions of the Roman Empire, and since magic and mysticism were seen as vital parts of medicine, abracadabra amulets were immediately accepted as an effective cure for the deadly disease, even though they were essentially nothing more than ornamented jewelry.In fact, Emperor Caracalla himself was the first person to wear such an amulet, although he never suffered from malaria. He simply believed that the word possessed strong remedial properties and that it could protect the wearer of the amulet from various diseases, curses, and injuries.Portrait of the emperor Caracalla from a statue reworked as a bust. Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen CC BY 2.5This belief quickly spread across entire Roman Empire, and people of all classes eagerly spent their earnings on abracadabra amulets and talismans, hoping that these trinkets would keep them safe from harm. Caracalla’s successors, emperors Geta and Severus Alexander, also followed the medical teachings of Sammonicus and continued the superstitious tradition of their predecessor.Abracadabra became synonymous with health and protection, and its popularity soon reached beyond the borders of the Roman Empire. Over time, the incantation implemented itself into the folklore of many European nations and was used for a variety of purposes.“Bring Out Your Dead.” A street during the Great Plague in London, 1665, with a death cart and mourners. Photo by Wellcome Images CC-BY 4.0For example, during the Great Plague of London, which lasted for 18 months in 1665 and 1666 and killed as many as 100,000 people, many people believed that they could prevent the plague from entering their homes by writing the magical word “abracadabra” on their doors.This, of course, didn’t work: the only thing that the supposedly protective word gave to the thousands of desperate Londoners was a tiny speck of hope during a time of nationwide hopelessness.Lid with an Aramaic magical script.The word abracadabra is usually associated with tricks, illusions, and stage magic. Most people are unaware of the fact that the term has survived a long and turbulent history and was once associated with healing powers, esotericism, and the supernatural.Read another story from us: Untouched Roman tomb uncovered by a bulldozerUnfortunately for all the people who ever used it to try and cure their ailments, it was as unsuccessful as any other magical word or incantation. Nowadays, both malaria and the plague are treatable through various kinds of medicines, and, sadly, none of these medicines involve magic.last_img read more

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Symbolic to the Max – The Eerie Story of the Veiled Virgin

first_imgThe Veiled Virgin, a 19th century sculpture by Giovanni Strazza is one of those pieces of art that continue to raise questions among art historians and lovers. The bust of the Virgin Mary draped in a thin veil is remarkable for various reasons. The craftsmanship Strazza demonstrated in achieving the veiled look, together with the mysterious symbolism of the sculpture all contribute to the uniqueness of The Veiled Virgin.Photo by John E. FitzGerald CC BY SA 3.0The historians believe Strazza, originally from Milan, crafted this masterpiece around 1850 while in Rome. The sculpture itself has resided in Canada for over 150 years.According to My Modern Met, “In 1856, it was transported to St. John’s in Newfoundland, where it was received by Bishop John Thomas Mullock and placed in the Episcopal Palace next to St. John’s Basilica.”Mullock was pleased to receive it and described it as “a perfect gem of art.” In 1862 the sculpture was gifted to the Presentation Convent and remained under the care of the convent’s sisters ever since. While Mary is not publicly displayed, one can see the sculpture via appointment.The Veiled Virgin. Photo by Shhewitt CC BY-SA 4.0.According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage’s website “There are similar marble busts depicting veiled women in Canada, the United States, Ireland and England. None, however, are as meticulously crafted as the Newfoundland Veiled Virgin by Strazza.”The Veiled Virgin represents the bust of Mary in her characteristic pose, eyes shut, head bowed peacefully praying or grieving. Her face with remarkably realistic features, including the intricate braids in her hair, is draped in a thin veil.The sculpture is made of Carrara marble obtained from Tuscany, a material widely used among Italian Renaissance artists. From ancient Greece to the present day marble has remained beloved among sculptors due to its metamorphic properties.The Veiled Nun from Original in MarbleThe softness and translucence of the stone allowed for crafting intricate details and flowing drapery. The material offered the opportunity for skilled sculptors to create veils, which were popular among Italian Unification or Risorgimento artists to whom Strazza belonged.The Veiled Virgin is not a solitary example featuring the veil. Some of the most prominent ones are The Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sammartino and the Veiled Lady by Pietro Rossi.The Veiled Nun (ca 1860), by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Croff, is housed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It was previously housed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art.There are a couple of significant reasons why Strazza chose to include his veil while portraying the Virgin Mary. The first is connected to the general trend in art from antiquity onward. Namely, crafting a veil out of stone, however soft, is proof of incredible mastery of the craft of sculpting. From the ancient Hellenic period, over the Italian Renaissance, artists competed to create the most realistic and intricate drapery.Claire Barbillon, the director of École du Louvre said for My Modern Met, “From an archaeological point of view, [the Veiled Virgin’s veil] stems from the tradition of ‘wet drapery’ that already existed in Greco-Hellenistic sculpture. Sculptors have always taken on this challenge.”Veiled Christ, 1753, Giuseppe Sanmartino. Photo by Liberonapoli CC BY SA 3.0Besides the aesthetic reasons behind his choice, there is a political one — the veil motif represents an artistic response to the Italian Unification.The artists of the Risorgimento school, like Strazza, Rossi, and Monti produced art that would embody Italy.With nationalistic sentiments on the rise, the veiled woman became a symbol of their newly united country. The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage shares, “Often, the image of the veiled woman was intended to embody Italia, in the same manner in which Britannia symbolized England, Hibernia symbolized Ireland, and Lady Liberty symbolized the United States.”One mystery remains: why would Strazza choose to combine nationalistic and religious symbolism? Even though the religious beliefs of the artist are unknown, many believe he chose Mary to express his devotion.Read another story from us: An Incredible Palace Made Entirely out of PebblesHowever, others think the reason is of a strictly aesthetic nature. He was possibly inspired by his Renaissance and Baroque predecessors who often worked with religious iconography. Be that as it may, The Veiled Virgin does not cease to impress and captivate the attention of many art lovers.last_img read more

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Cleveland is ruining Chicagos Wrigley weekend lead Series 31

first_imgThis historic weekend at Wrigley Field has not gone as advertised for the Cubs and their fans. What was billed as a celebration, has quickly turned into another funeral. In case you didn’t hear, this weekend’s World Series games at Wrigley are the first since 1945. Crazy, right?Before the series began, the most optimistic of the lot allowed themselves to go to a place where this magical weekend would be THE weekend the Cubbies would clinch their first World Series title since 1908. The night of the century in Chicago history.After the Cubs stole Game 2 in Cleveland, the conventional wisdom was that a 108-year, positive karma tsunami awaited them upon their return for three straight between the ivy.One team will have the chance to celebrate a World Series title this weekend, but it’s not the Cubs. The most depressing moment of the night came when Chicago native Vince Vaughn took the mic to rally the crowd for the 7th inning stretch immediately after Kipnis’ 3-run gut-punch left the home team down 7-1. Tough spot for Vaughn, and an admirable job, considering the entire crowd just emotionally flatlined moments before. Earmuffs. Last night, the Indians waxed Chicago 7-2, to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series, this coming one night after holding on to win a 1-0 nail-biter.The Cubs authored a promising start, scoring a run in the 1st off Indians’ ace Corey Kluber, who was pitching on short rest. The good vibes were short lived. The Tribe scored 2 runs in the 2nd, including Carlos Santana’s solo shot off John Lackey to tie the game.Flex on ‘em. pic.twitter.com/XZzdxI6Xog— MLB (@MLB) October 30, 2016 After allowing a run in the 1st, Kluber, on short rest, threw another gem. He didn’t allow another run, struck out 6 over 6, and had Cubs’ hitters off balance all evening. His postseason ERA is 0.89.The Indians will try to clinch the their first World Series since 1948 tonight. Wrigley may be covered in championship champagne, but unfortunately for Cubs fans, if it is, it’ll be from the visiting locker room celebration.It would be a terrible end to an awful weekend.center_img Advertisement The Indians slowly applied more pressure with situational hitting, manufacturing a run in the 3rd, and another in the 6th to build a 4-1 lead.Second baseman, and Chicago native, Jason Kipnis personally delivered the dagger to his hometown fans with a 3-run laser into the Wrigley right field bleachers, extending the Cleveland lead to 7-1.Everyone deserves to hear Hammy’s call of Jason Kipnis 3-run homer last night: pic.twitter.com/NuOcY0w5pl— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) October 30, 2016last_img read more

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VIDEO Mitt Romney heckling Russell Westbrook was one of many Game 4

first_img Advertisement Game 4 of the Russell Westbrook and the Thunder’s first round playoff series against the Jazz was an unmitigated disaster. OKC was dismantled in every conceivable fashion in front of the responsibly sauced crowd in Salt Lake. Westbrook scored 23, but was outplayed by rookie Donovan Mitchell, and by the end of the game was in full meltdown mode.Things went from bad to worse when Republican presidential candidate – and current U.S. Senate candidate – Mitt Romney started heckling Westbrook picked up his fourth foul late in the second quarter. Romney, who enjoys sport, unleashed the trash talk while wearing a Jazz jersey with his own name on the back over his button down. He reportedly thought the game was the bees knees, and seemed to enjoy mixing with the commoners.Any way you slice it, when Mitt freakin’ Romney is letting you have it, you’re losing. What a night in Utah. The Jazz now lead the series 3-1.Mitt Romney letting Russell Westbrook know he’s got 4 fouls… 😂 (via House of Highlights) pic.twitter.com/GJxIwpc4CB— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) April 24, 2018last_img read more

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