first_img(PhysOrg.com) — “It’s pretty clear that the standard model of physics is not enough to explain all the phenomena in nature,” Tomasz Skwarnicki tells PhysOrg.com. “Through looking at a variety of phenomena – one of them being dark matter – we know that there is a whole set of interactions beyond our standard model.” Skwarnicki’s work doesn’t deal with dark matter, but the Syracuse University physicist has been working on models of physics that go beyond the standard. Like many other scientists, Skwarnicki is interested in the Higgs boson. This is an elementary particle that, according to theory, gives mass to other particles. The Higgs boson is the only particle in the standard model that has yet to be discovered in a physical and experimental sense. Skwarnicki has been associated with the CLEO Collaboration, a group of scientists from a variety of physics programs in the U.S., Britain and Canada. CLEO is based at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, and experiments are done at the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR).Data from CLEO experiments have been analyzed on an ongoing basis, and a recent article published by the collaboration in Physical Review Letters offers some insight regarding the probability of one of the super symmetric extensions to the standard model. The article is called “Search for Very Light CP-Odd Higgs Boson in Radiative Decays of Y(1S)”, and Skwarnicki points out that it offers new constraints on parameters of Next to Minimal Super Symmetric Model (NMSSM).“Our measures restricted the range of new physics models,” Skwarnicki explains. “We closed some gaps in measurements that had existed before.”Skwarnicki says that while the standard model of physics allows for only one Higgs boson, designated CP-even, the NMSSM suggest seven total Higgs bosons, including a CP-odd boson. “The presence of this CP-odd boson would change all knowledge of all Higgs decays,” he explains. “But to make it work, this CP-odd Higgs boson would need to be very light.” The data analysis done involved looking for evidence of production and decay of this very light Higgs boson. The CLEO team looked for a decay of what is called an Upsilon state, Y(1S), which would produce a CP-odd boson, which would in turn decay to a pair of heavy electron-like particles . “Unfortunately,” Skwarnicki points out, “we did not find this. So the search for experimental evidence of the Higgs boson continues.” He did say that the new bounds established by the experiment, setting a new upper limit, do have an effect on scientific theory. “Our data analysis shows that it would be very hard to speculate with a light Higgs in the Next to Minimal Super Symmetric model. We cannot rule out this model completely, but we ruled out a great deal. Chances are that another theory will have to be used. And the bounds can be used in future ideas of what new interactions beyond the standard model are possible.”Skwarnicki is fairly optimistic that evidence for the existence (or non-existence) of the Higgs boson will be found soon. “The whole point of the Large Hadron Collider, though other experiments will be performed, is basically to create the energy needed to find the Higgs boson,” he points out. “The LHC should be fully operational next year, and then we’ll have a better idea of whether we need to throw everything out the window.”Skwarnicki himself is lined up for an experiment at the LHC. “Non-standard models, which are needed to explain some phenomena, will also be affected by this. What we find out about the Higgs boson in Geneva will apply to non-standard models as well.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: In search of a light Higgs boson (2008, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-higgs-boson.html Explore furthercenter_img ATLAS Experiment adds more pieces to the Higgs boson puzzle This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Explore further The vehicle will collect garbage from 25 newly installed split bins and take it to the Energy from Waste power station and recycling center nearby. The power station burns the garbage to generate electricity, and the truck recharges at a charging post to be ready for the next day’s route. The garbage truck is a modified Smith Edison 3.5-ton Ford Transit with a 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The vehicle has a top speed of 50 mph, a 100-mile range, and takes about six to eight hours to charge. The only reported downside is that the quiet electric truck may present safety issues for unsuspecting pedestrians.Besides powering the garbage truck, the Energy from Waste station also pumps about 10 megawatts of electricity into the grid per day. All the power is generated from burning local garbage. ___________via: Register Hardware (PhysOrg.com) — A town in Britain has recently demonstrated its new “‘leccy vehicle” – an electric garbage truck that is fueled by the garbage it collects. The Kirklees Council presented the waste-powered Ford Transit garbage truck at Huddersfield town center last week. Citation: British Town Demonstrates World’s First Garbage Truck Powered by Garbage (2009, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-british-town-world-garbage-truck.html The electric garbage truck and charging post. The vehicle runs on electricity produced from the garbage it collects, after being recycled at the nearby Energy from Waste power station. Image: Register Hardware. Learning from a circular economy pioneer This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Male wolf spiders cannibalize females Citation: Study finds cannibalism helps some spiders produce more offspring (2012, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-cannibalism-spiders-offspring.html Photo of Agelenopsis pennsylvanica in funnel web. Image: University of Michigan. More information: Sexual cannibalism is associated with female behavioural type, hunger state and increased hatching success, Animal Behaviour, In Press, www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0003347212002916AbstractPrecopulatory sexual cannibalism may represent the most extreme form of sexual conflict because it necessarily truncates the reproductive potential of the victim. Three of the most prominent mechanisms invoked to explain incidence of precopulatory sexual cannibalism are the ‘adaptive foraging’, ‘aggressive spillover’ and ‘mate choice’ hypotheses. These hypotheses argue that sexual cannibalism is either (1) the result of female choice, where females gauge the benefits of suitors as perspective mates versus prey, (2) a neutral (or deleterious) by-product of selection on aggressiveness in nonreproductive contexts, or (3) a mechanism by which females express their mating preferences, respectively. We tested the predictions of these hypotheses in the funnel-web spider Agelenopsis pennsylvanica using staged laboratory encounters. We then tracked numerous fitness proxies of cannibalistic versus noncannibalistic females to determine whether cannibalism was associated with increased female performance. We found that more aggressive females and those deprived of food were more likely to engage in precopulatory cannibalism. Cannibalism was not associated with male condition, male body size or female body size, nor with the mass of females’ egg cases, the number of eggs therein, or the mass of individual eggs. In contrast, there was a positive association between the mass of the egg case and the number of offspring that emerged in cannibalistic females, but not in noncannibalistic females. Thus, offspring of cannibalistic mothers appear to have increased hatching success in heavier egg cases. This may represent a novel advantage associated with sexual cannibalism.via BBC Explore further © 2012 Phys.org , Animal Behaviour 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. The researchers, led by Aric Berning, set out to learn more about why the common female funnel grass spider quite often eats male spiders that come near, prior to copulation, which would seem counterproductive, unless it’s seen as a sign of discrimination, i.e. they only eat the ones they don’t want to have as a mate. To learn more they captured a bunch of the spiders and brought them back to the lab. The females were allowed to build webs, and then males were subsequently dumped into them to see what would happen under different circumstances. They found that the females were likely to eat any male that arrived if they were hungry, or just feeling particularly aggressive. In other scenarios, they found the females a little more discerning, allowing some to mate with them, while eating others. In some extreme cases they found some females that refused to eat any males at all, and some that ate every male no matter what else was going on.But they found something else too. In instances where the females dined on a male or two before eventually copulating and producing young, the egg cases they produced tended to be a little more robust than usual and inside of them, were more young than were found in egg cases produced from females that had not eaten males prior to producing the cases and offspring. So it seems that eating a few suitors before giving birth appears to give the females some added vigor in producing and protecting offspring, something that has never been observed in any species before.The researchers don’t know why things work out this way, but speculate that eating males might offer the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals for assisting with case production, or perhaps it prompts a hormonal response. Either way, it appears that the relationship between male and female funnel web spiders is much more complex than it might appear at first glance. (Phys.org) — Researchers have known for years that many female spiders kill their mates, either before or after mating and some even eat them, and while many theories have arisen as to why this occurs, this newest instance appears to be the most bizarre yet. A team of biologists from the University of Pittsburgh have found, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, that females of one species of spider that eat males, tend to produce thicker egg cases out of which emerge more hatchlings, than those that don’t. Journal information: Animal Behaviorlast_img read more

first_imgIn the prokaryotic respiratory chain, the situation is more complicated. A complete pathway of electron flow has not yet been determined in the cell type due to its complexity. It is therefore necessary to understand the complete structure of a “supercomplex” involved during bacterial electron transfer to assist the goal. In the study, the researchers extracted and purified the complex from M. smegmatis to visualize the architecture using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at a resolution of 3.5 Å. The structure provided crucial insights into the mechanism of direct electron transfer within a respiratory supercomplex. The dimensions of the supercomplex were in the range of 200 x 70 x 120 Å, in a symmetrized linear architecture completely different from previously reported respiratory supercomplexes. By composition, the linear dimeric CIV1-CIII2-CIV1 was arranged such that individual CIVs flanked the central CIII dimer on either side. The information revealed a direct link between enzymes during electron transfer, representing a new mode of respiratory chain catalysis. The detailed structural findings have potential to assist with antimycobacterial drug discovery efforts. The architecture of the supercomplex in its entirety: The cartoon representation shows the menaquinone/menaquinol (MK) in bright green colored solid spheres and phospholipids as yellow sticks. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aat8923 The authors revealed the cryo-EM structure of a CIII-CIV respiratory supercomplex of the M. smegmatis bacteria. The intra-complex electron transfer pathway ranged from quinol oxidation in CIII to oxygen reduction in CIV. The results showed a new mechanism for bifurcating electron transfer to ensure completion of the Q cycle (the net movement of protons across a lipid bilayer) for energy transduction. The association of a superoxide dismutase in the architecture of the system can protect against oxidative damage by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The architecture of quinone binding sites also provided a framework for future studies in structure-based antimicrobial drug discovery. Study shows how bacteria guide electron flow for efficient energy generation In a recent study conducted by Hongri Gong and colleagues, a respiratory supercomplex was isolated from the bacterium Mycobacterium smegmatis, and its structure was visualized at a resolution of 3.5 Å using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). The bacterium is a close relative to M. tuberculosis and a popular model used to study many other bacterial species. The detailed structure revealed how electrons were transferred in the cell in a process hitherto unseen. Respiration in Actinomycetes and overall architecture of the Mycobacterial respiratory machine CIII2CIV2SOD2. A) The respiratory electron transfer chain in Actinomycetes (left) and the 5 major prokaryotic cytochrome c pathway variants with the organization schemes in representative organisms (right). The M. smegmas cytochrome c pathway has its cytochrome c fused with complex III to form a bcc-type complex III that interacts with the aa3-type complex IV to assemble into a CIII-CIV supercomplex. MK = menaquinone/menaquinol. B) The entire architecture of the bcc-aa3 type respiratory CIII-CIV Supercomplex from M. smegmatis. The cryo-EM map of the supercomplex shows a linear 2-fold dimerized form of CIV1-CIII2-CIV1 with dimensions 200 x 70 x 120 Å. CIII is seen in orange, CIV is magenta and the association factors PRSAF1 in green, LpqE in blue and SOD in grey. C) Cartoon representation of the side view of the supercomplex (top) and a cross-sectional view (bottom). The MK is presented as bright green solid spheres and phospholipid as yellow sticks. In the cross-sectional view at the bottom, the boundaries of CIII, CIV and association factor PRSAF1 are depicted in dashed lines in color (orange for CIII, magenta for CIV and green for PRSAF1). Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aat8923. More information: Hongri Gong et al. An electron transfer path connects subunits of a mycobacterial respiratory supercomplex, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8923Eric F. Pettersen et al. UCSF Chimera?A visualization system for exploratory research and analysis, Journal of Computational Chemistry (2004). DOI: 10.1002/jcc.20084 During cryo-EM analysis, the researchers used uranyl acetate (1 percent w/v) for negative staining, using 5 µl of the supercomplex sample at a concentration of 0.05 mg/ml, images were taken on a FEI Tecnai Spirit microscope operating at 120 kV for initial model building. The acquired images were processed using a low-resolution reconstruction of the supercomplex from 53 micrographs of the negative stained sample. For complete reconstruction of the supercomplex, the authors manually selected 7,600 micrographs from 8,200 original micrographs during cryo-EM image processing. All figures in the study were created using PyMOL or UCSF chimera. The composition and structure of CIV. Cartoon representation of the complex IV. The phospholipids are shown as yellow sticks. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aat8923 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. © 2018 Science X Network Typically, chemical energy to synthesize adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and power cellular reactions is extracted during cellular respiration by coupling the oxidation of an energy source (sugars, fatty acids and amino acids) and the reduction of an electron acceptor (oxygen, sulfur, nitrate and sulfate). In aerobic cellular respiration, energy is extracted from electron donors to the terminal acceptor, oxygen, via the electron transport chain (ETC) to create a transmembrane proton gradient known as a proton motive force (PMF) that drives ATP synthesis. The new results now published in Science reveal a direct link for electron transfer between enzymes to represent a new mode of respiratory chain catalysis. Quinones and cytochromes are two types of electron carriers in ETCs used to shuttle electrons to and from large macromolecular structures embedded in the membrane. Four membrane oxidoreductases are involved in the mitochondrial respiratory chain for electron transfer. These include complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase, CI), complex II (succinate:ubiquinone oxidoreductase, CII), complex III (bc1-type ubiquinol:cytochrome c oxidoreductase, bc1-type CIII) and complex IV (aa3-type cytochrome c oxidase, aa3-type CIV). By function, CIII can oxidize ubiquinol to ubiquinone and pass the electrons to soluble cytochrome c. Electrons are then shuttled to CIV, where oxygen is reduced to water. The transmembrane PMF is generated by proton pumping in CI, CIII and CIV. The composition and structure of CIII dimer. The menaquinone/menaquinol is presented as bright green solid spheres and the phospholipids are yellow sticks. Credit: Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aat8923 Journal information: Science During bacterial cell culture experiments, the authors used an M. tuberculosis-like hydrogen peroxide-resistant M. smegmatis mutant strain. The cells were cultured and the membrane isolated as previously described. After cell culture, harvesting and cell lysis, cell membrane pellets were harvested to extract respiratory supercomplexes. The supercomplexes were characterized using optical spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy and 3,3′-diaminobenzidine (DAB) staining. To identify heme groups, selected fractions were analyzed by recording spectra before and after reduction with dithionate as described previously. The purified samples were analyzed using native mass spectroscopy to investigate the architecture and the individual structural components were analyzed using previously established protocols. Citation: Ready for its close-up—a bacterium’s electron transport pathway (2018, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ready-close-upa-bacterium-electron-pathway.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_imgTwo-and-a-half years after he met with a crippling road accident that cut short his career, veteran Malayalam film actor Jagathy Sreekuamar was awarded Rs 5.90 crore by a private insurance company as compensation. The documents regarding the award of compensation was handed over to the wheelchair-bound actor at his residence here by top officials of the insurance company. The actor and his family members had earlier clinched an agreement with the insurance company at an Adalat conducted by the District Legal Services Authority. Jagathy met with a major road accident while travelling in a car at Thenhippalam near Kozhikode in March 2012, when he was on his way to a shooting location at Kodagu in Karnataka. This followed prolonged treatment in hospitals.last_img

first_imgUrban reflections, is a collection of realistic and surreal images of Bombay (Mumbai, India), as seen by me, over the last seven years. These images capture the rapidly changing life in Mumbai, which has adopted the path of vertical growth during the last decade.The exhibition being held on March 13 to 23 at Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, Sri Fort Institutional Area, marks a significant departure in the professional career of well-known photojournalist Chandu Mhatre. After shooting all major news events unfolding in India in the past four decades, he has lately been focusing on what can be characterized as fine art photography.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Although the pictures that form Urban Reflections are primarily motivated by artistic considerations, they also tell the urban story of Mumbai’s soul. Urban Reflections is a result of Mhatre’s many journeys through Mumbai to chronicle how the city has changed under the impact of globalization and economic liberalization. The aim has been to capture the city far from its stereotypical images and give the city a touch of fine art photography.This ‘makeover’ in the name of ‘development’ is changing the city’s skyline rapidly; in their quest for materialism, people are uprooted from their cultural moorings thereby resulting in urban chaos. Sea links, highways and flyovers inundated with vehicles have added to the frantic pace of life. The resulting images are seen reflected, on mirrored walls, windows and doors. Contemporary life in Mumbai is a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours and images. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe continuous flow of migrants to Mumbai makes it a melting pot of cultures and traditions. People from all levels of society come with hope, intellectual inputs, traditional values, religious beliefs and cultural nuances. They provide manpower needed to keep the city running. This in turn has an impact on urban life, creating opportunities as well as tensions due to conflicts of interest, beliefs, values and their survival instinct.Based in New Delhi and Mumbai, India, Mhatre has worked for a wide variety of international media groups and global organizations.  Apart from all the leading publications, leading international and Indian magazines and newspapers as well as a variety of global organizations has published his works.  Chandu’s pictures have been extensively used by UNICEF, UNDP, United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters News Agency, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, Geo, The Times London, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Marg Publications, CBS 60 Minutes, Debonair, India Today, Bombay Magazine, The Illustrated Weekly of India, Onlooker, Mirror, Imprint, The Times of India and The Indian Express.Additionally, Chandu documented Portuguese history in Goa for the Institute of Cultural affairs in Macau, Government of Portugal. He photographed a book on The Warli for Lalit Kala Akadami. He has also researched and worked with CBS 60 Minutes for their program in India, 50 years of IIT, AIDS, Medical Tourism, Most beautiful woman in world, Aishwarya Rai and Bikram Yoga. He photo documented 1st Jazz Yatra, which was organized by The Bombay group in Mumbai in 1978.He also specializes in fine art photography and archive exhibition photo printing for which he has set up his own printing unit. At present he is working on photo features and projects in India on human, social and environmental issues.When: March 13 to 23Where: Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Arealast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Press Club Kolkata today condemned the brutal killing of renowned journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his office at Lal Chawk in Srinagar yesterday. Joining the media fraternity across the country in protesting against the killing of Bukhari, club President Snehasis Sur and Secretary Kingshuk Pramanik in a joint statement demanded immediate arrest of the killers. Bukhari was shot at while disembarking from his car near the ‘Rising Kashmir’ newspaper office yesterday. Bukhari, apart from being the editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, was a veteran journalist and contributed to various newspapers and magazines across the country. His independent views were highly visible in social media also. Bukhari was respected as a courageous journalist propagating his independent views from the disturbed areas of the valley.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Members of the Matua community staged demonstrations at different parts of the state, protesting against the exclusion of the names of 40 lakh Bengalis in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stated that with exclusion of their names, the people have turned refugees in their own country and it is the outcome of BJP’s “vote politics”.Stating that the “people are being isolated”, the Chief Minister had said: “BJP’s divide and rule policy to isolate people has led to the situation.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister, who is in Delhi at present, criticised the government at the Centre over Assam’s NRC issue.The protest started at around 8 am and continued till noon. People from the community carried out agitation mainly in North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts. They also put up a symbolic railway blockade at Panihati Railway Station.With the protest, there was a disruption in train services since morning at different stations of Sealdah Division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were obstructions at various stations of the Sealdah-Ranaghat Main Line, Sealdah-Bangaon, Sealdah-Dankuni and Barasat Hansnabad sections.There were obstructions at Sandalia, New Barrackpore, Gobardanga, Dum Dum, Belghoria, Ichhapur, Kanchrapara, Chakdaha, Halisahar, Bira, Naihati, Titagarh, Palta, Baranagar, Sodepur, Dankuni, Machlandapur, Habra, Ashoknagar, Duttapukur, Bamangachi, Barrackpore, Badkulla,Bongaon, Ranaghat, Akaipur, and Thakurnagar. The train services resumed at around 12 noon. There was cancellation of 51 local trains of Sealdah Division.People from the Matua community also protested against the move by putting up a roadblock at Bagnan in Howrah on National Highway 6, demanding immediate steps so that people do not turn refugees in their own country.There were long queues of vehicles on the national highway. It took some time to normalise the traffic movement after the demonstration was withdrawn.Commuters were greatly inconvenienced as train services in the main section were badly hit. The demonstration was lifted and train services became normal from noon.last_img read more

first_imgIt was an opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to learn and gain hands-on experience from the masters of theatre when the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s “Master Class” witnessed the presence of legendary theatre personality Joy Michael on Friday in the national Capital. The session was moderated by Sumit Tandon.The famous director has been associated with theatre for decades and holds a big contribution in establishment of one of the oldest theatre group “Yatrik” in 1964.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The session also held the association of Yatrik’s very first members: Sushma Seth, Salima Raza and Kusum Haider. Struggling with the ailing health, Joy Michael spoke few, but very valuable words of wisdom to audience. “It is a great pleasure to be here. I love working with young people. It is always a pleasure to watch them succeed and come back to share with us.” Sharing their memories regarding the conception of their reparatory group, veteran actor Sushma Seth mentioned: “We were a group of passionate young people who just wanted to perform theatre. We did not have any resources but Joy always kept her home open for rehearsals.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“To make children learn something, theatre is the best medium. It is the most apt medium of understanding something,” she added. Providing a vote of thanks to the eminent guests and Joy Michael on behalf of National School of Drama, Director Prof Waman Kendre said: “It is impossible to thank Joy Michael for her work in theatre. I think that National School of Drama would prefer to be at her loan forever.”last_img read more

first_imgIf you think playfulness is associated only with childhood, you may be wrong.A new study suggests that playfulness in adults is a positive trait which may help them to see things from new perspectives, turn monotonous tasks into something interesting as well as help them when choosing partners and in romantic relationships.The study showed that playful people are able to reinterpret situations in their lives so that they experience them as entertaining or are able to reduce stress levels. People who describe themselves as playful are also viewed by others as such. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPlayfulness should not be equated with humour. Instead we need a new vocabulary to describe it, said Rene Proyer from Martin Luther University (MLU) in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.“Playfulness is an independent personality trait that shares certain aspects with five global dimensions – including extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness to experience and emotional stability that are frequently used to describe personality – but which cannot be interchanged,” Proyer explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, the researchers identified four basic types of playful adults.“There are people who like to fool around with friends and acquaintances. We describe this as other-directed playfulness. By contrast, light-heartedly playful people regard their whole life as a type of game,” Proyer said.Another category includes people who like to play with thoughts and ideas – this describes intellectual playfulness. These people are able to turn monotonous tasks into something interesting.The psychologist describes the final group as being whimsically playful. “These people tend to be interested in strange and unusual things and are amused by small day-to-day observations.”Conversely, playfulness in adults has also been associated with negative connotations. Playful people are sometimes not taken seriously or are seen as unreliable, as they may easily change perspectives.last_img read more

first_imgPeople who start their day with a heavy meal are more likely to weigh less, according to scientists who confirm the age-old adage that one should breakfast like a king and dine like a pauper. A study of 50,000 people found that those who made breakfast their largest meal of the day has a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than people who waited until supper, even when they ate a similar number of calories.Researchers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health in the US also found that extending the time between the final food of the day and breakfast was also associated with lower BMIs.”Eating a large breakfast reduces hunger cravings, especially for sweets and fats thus counteracting weight gain,” said Hana Kahleova, lead author of the study published in the Journal of Nutrition.”Regular breakfast consumption seems to increase satiety, reduce total energy intake, improve overall dietary quality, reduce blood lipid and improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance,” Kahleova said.”On the other hand, eating meals in the evening generally has the opposite effects, all of which adversely affect body weight,” she said.Scientists suggest maintain a healthy weight people should eat breakfast and lunch, skip supper, avoid snacks, make breakfast the largest meal of the day and fast for up to 18 hours a night.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Azad College authorities have decided to postpone the Annual Inter-College Students’ Fest in the wake of unrest between two groups of students. Trouble brewed during organising the event.A clash had broken out in the college on March 7 and four students were injured. The annual event of the college was scheduled to be held on March 22 and 23. The college principal’s office issued a notification in this regard on Saturday night. “The situation in the college has been tense since Thursday and there have been sporadic instances of clashes. This has prompted us to postpone the event,” a senior college official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA source in the college said the clash broke out between two student groups with each one intending to have control of the funds for the two-day event. The situation turned so violent that forces from two police stations —Taltala and New Market — had to intervene to bring situation under control. The practical examination of third-year students was going on at the college at the time of the clash and tension on the college premises created panic among the examinees. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that local MP Sudip Bandopadhyay had attended a programme in the college in the morning and had announced some funds from his MPLAD for construction of the ladies hostel at the college. Soon after Bandyopadhay left, the two groups of students picked up a fight with each other. The Trinamool Chatra Parishad unit in the college however attributed the violence to outsiders who were against organising the annual college event. The event was scheduled to be held after a gap of five years.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to repair Durgapur Barrage for the first time since its construction almost six decades ago.The foundation stone of the barrage on river Damodar in Bankura was laid by the then Chief Minister Dr BC Roy. The construction began in 1955 and it ended in 1960. As the barrage was not repaired since ages its condition deteriorated from bad to worse. The state Irrigation and Waterways department has chalked out an elaborate scheme to immediately repair it. Once the repair work is completed the barrage will prevent inundation on vast areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBridge and Roof has been assigned to do the job at an estimated cost of Rs 98 crore. The scheme has been named “Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Damaged Divide Wall and Downstream Floor of Durgapur Barrage”. There are 34 gates at the barrage that are operational. Due to lack of maintenance massive perforations have developed on the gates which cause huge leakage of water. In the upstream, divers have been deployed to carry out the necessary repair and plug the perforations. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNecessary steps will be taken to revive the health of the dividing wall. Due to monsoon work cannot be carried out from June-July to October-November. In the downstream massive erosion has taken place on the bed of river Damodar. Necessary steps will be taken to check the erosion process. This apart, the state Irrigation and Waterways department has come up with an important scheme to repair the bridges on the canals of river Damodar. Under the scheme 31 bridges in Bankura, Birbhum and Bishnupur will be repaired by Bridge and Roof. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 50 crore. Most of the bridges need immediate repair. Work is being carried out in this regard and it is likely to be completed by monsoon.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: Arpita Ghosh, sitting MP of the Balurghat Lok Sabha seat, filed her nomination papers for the same seat as Trinamool Congress candidate to the District Magistrate and District Election Officer Deepap Priya P at the Balurghat collectorate building on Thursday. She was accompanied by state ministers Rajib Banerjee, Goutam Deb, Purnendu Basu and Bachchu Hansda. Apart from them, district Trinamool president Biplab Mitra and former PWD minister Shankar Chakraborty along with many other party leaders were also present. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe nomination filing will be continued till April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, in the third phase of the seven phase LS polls. Before filing the nomination, Ghosh went to the ancient Balurghat Buri Kali temple to take her blessings, accompanied by around 5,000 party supporters raising slogans for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After filing her nomination, Ghosh said she belongs to that political party which is committed to the welfare of common public. “I have already made a commitment that I would work hard for the common people if elected from this constituency again. Most of the people in the region will bless me in the elections, I am sure,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAnswering a question about the challenge of BJP for the Balurghat seat, Ghosh said: “BJP will not be a factor here. We have targeted 42 seats in Bengal. We are the soldiers of Mamata Banerjee who has been working relent- lessly for the common people since 2011. BJP only believes in division between people while for us, people are our strength. Our party will be the decisive faction while forming the new government at the Centre.”last_img read more

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts raised the curtain for ARTH – Art for the earth on July 5 at the IGNCA, CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi.The chief guest for the inauguration ceremony was the State Minister of culture, environment, forest and climate change, Dr Mahesh Sharma.The exhibition which is up for display until October 22 – is the first its kind public art project on the environment by one of India’s leading contemporary artists – Manav Gupta. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfComprising of “Excavations in Hymns of Clay”– a suite of environmental art installations by the artist, weaving all of them with a story-line and poetry. ‘Arth’ is an evolving, site-specific and dynamic engagement.As a public art project, the artist has tried to deploy the quintessentially Indian potter’s produce of clay objects such as the earthen lamps (diyas), local cigar (chilam), earthen cups (kullar), with the idea to transform their individual identity into metaphors and idioms of sustainability, context, perception and treatment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe clay objects and other items displayed in the exhibition will stun the viewer with the artist’s originality of thought as he produces a cutting-edge contemporary language whose global vocabulary is derived from the “local”.Emotive content like that of an epic story, Manav’s statement is dipped gently into the essence of the Indian Vedic practices to subtly bring to light the repository of solutions that the ancient way of life could offer in today’s context of sustainable development and current issues around rivers like the Ganga. Whether it be the latest ‘Rain’ or the ‘River waterfront’ ‘Time Machine’, ‘Bee-hive Garden ‘, ‘River Bed of Love’, or the ‘Noah’s Ark’, the fragility of clay juxtaposed with the limitlessness of the “cup of life” question the paradigm of time and human engagement with it in today’s rapidly mechanized and constructed consumerist engagement with earth’s resources.The works, conceptualised, created and constructed by the artist while taking into consideration the venue – is a sensitive natural interface with the ambience, seeking to engage fresh and locally relevant dialogues and questions that audiences can have with the art and within themselves.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to register two separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo. The Commission issued instructions after Supriyo had allegedly snatched a video camera from an official deputed by the Commission who was capturing videos as part of the surveillance that is being carried out by the Election Commission.The district official has been directed to file an FIR for the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAnother FIR would be registered against him as he failed to submit any convincing reply as to why he released and played the controversial theme song of his party after being banned by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a report from the district administrative officials in West Burdwan on the incident in which BJP activists led by Asansol sitting MP Babul Supriyo stormed into the room of an Officer-in-Charge at the local police station and threatened him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA complaint was lodged with the Election Commission following which the DEO has been asked to submit a report on the entire incident that unfolded in Asansol. Supriyo had triggered controversy on a number of occasions since the notification of the Lok Sabha elections. He was earlier show-caused by the Election Commission after he released a theme song for his party. In the most recent incident, Supriyo has been accused of threatening an on-duty police officer at Kulti police station. The BJP leaders in the district claimed that some cops from the local police station ransacked the house of a BJP leader on Saturday evening. Women members of his family were also heckled by the policemen, alleged BJP. Many BJP leaders including women members of the party gheraoed the police post on Saturday night. The police officer told Supriyo that he respects him and urged him to talk properly. But Supriyo allegedly threatened him and said he would not seek any respect from the officer.last_img read more

first_imgUsing radar, the archaeologists could tell there was something big buried beneath the ground in a cemetery in Norway. To their astonishment, what they detected was a 66-foot-long ship–one of the largest Viking ship graves ever found. The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) said that archaeologists discovered the anomaly in Østfold County. The ship was buried about 1.6 feet beneath the ground, they said in a statement. Outlines of the keel and the first few strakes, or lines of planking, were visible in the radar scans.The leading theory is that the ship was buried more than 1,000 years ago to serve as the final resting place of a prominent Viking king or queen.The outlines of a Viking ship within a burial mound. Photo by NIKUExperts say intact Viking ship graves of this size are rare. “I think we could talk about a hundred-year find,” said archaeologist Jan Bill, curator of Viking ships at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, in an interview with National Geographic. “It’s quite spectacular from an archaeology point of view.”The ship is part of a cemetery that also contains at least seven burial mounds, which are dome-shaped hills of dirt and stones piled on top of a grave.The remains of five longhouses were also detected near the cemetery.Østfold County, Norway. Photo by Vidariv CC BY-SA 3.0A ship was a Viking’s most cherished possession, and if an elite Viking did not die at sea, he would be buried in a ship on land. The vessels used were real ships, and corpses were often surrounded by a mixture of weapons, pottery, and drinking horns. Another little-known facet about the Vikings is the amount of Viking words still used in the English language:Ship burials held great meaning for the Norse people, and those buried in ships or boats were almost exclusively elite warriors and chiefs.Viking Ship Museum – Oseberg ship. Photo by Vassia Atanassova – Spiritia CC BY SA 3.0In interviews, the archaeologists re-created the discovery.“In the middle of the mound, we discovered what is called an anomaly, something that is different,” said study author Dr Knut Paasche. The mysterious shape “clearly has the shapes and dimensions of a Viking ship.”“What we cannot say for sure is the condition of the conservation. Yes there was a boat there, but it’s hard to say how much wood is left,” Dr Paasche told the Daily Mail.Gokstad Viking ship excavation. Gokstad Mound, 1880.Scientists hope that this discovery will yield insights on the Vikings’ expeditions in the Middle Ages.“This find is incredibly exciting as we only know [of] three well-preserved Viking ship finds in Norway [that were] excavated [a] long time ago. This new ship will certainly be of great historical significance as it can be investigated with all modern means of archaeology,” said Paasche.How the ship got there is intriguing.The Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. Photo By Karamell CC BY-SA 2.5Archaeologists believe it would have been dragged onshore from the Oslo fjord nearby. “Ships like this functioned as a coffin,” says Paasche. “There was one king or queen or local chieftain on board.”Paasche plans to return in the spring of 2019 to conduct more scans, including using a magnetometer to get more intense information on the site. It’s possible they will dig test trenches to see what the ship’s condition is. If they do find wood from the ship’s hull preserved beneath the ground, it will be very helpful to date the find.The chances of finding a king’s treasure are slim, according to National Geographic. Because they were so prominent in the landscape, many Viking Age burials were robbed centuries ago.Read another story from us: 8-yr-old Girl Finds Ancient Pre-Viking Sword in Swedish LakeThe first Viking ship to be scientifically excavated in the UK was discovered in the most western part of Scotland. It held a man who was buried with his shield, sword, and spear and grave goods that included an Irish brooch and a drinking horn.last_img read more

first_img That didn’t stop her from taking on the Westminster obstacle course, sort of. It’s better described as a casual stroll through the dog park.Mia didn’t follow the “course” either. Aside from not hitting the marks, she also stopped several times to look around at the crowd and even lick herself. Aw. She’s also not very fast. Who cares?Here’s Mia’s incredible run. She’s the real MVP:Mia the beagle does whatever Mia the beagle wants.We love Mia. #WKCDogShow https://t.co/6eNPoAA4gY— FS1 (@FS1) February 13, 2017 Advertisement The Westminster Dog Show is full of people who take themselves, and their dogs, way too seriously. It’s the Super Bowl for people that don’t watch the Super Bowl.While the Best In Show category is the beauty pageant of the event, the obstacle course is the equivalent of the dog Olympics. It features the most finely tuned canine athletes from around the globe as they demonstrate their world-class speed and agility.Except for Mia the Beagle.Mia isn’t blessed with great speed, agility, and she isn’t really into listening to directions. She also looks kind of old.last_img read more

first_imgThis is the end for Big BenThe Steelers got smoked by the Jags, at home, on Sunday, and Ben Roethlisberger threw 5 interceptions in the loss. After the game Big Ben questioned whether he still had what it takes to get it done. Roethlisberger has openly questioned the organization in the media for the past several years, and was talking retirement this past offseason.Colin thinks it’s obvious that Big Ben is already mentally done with the NFL because once a player is talking retirement, there’s no turning back. The Steelers will win games this year, but this looks and sounds like Roethlisberger’s final season in the league.Lay off the “Jim Harbaugh can’t coach” talkMichigan just dropped another game to in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday, and immediately some were pointing out that his record in rivalry games was almost identical to his predecessor Brady Hoke, who was run out of town as a failure.Colin thinks this is ridiculous because it doesn’t take into account that Hoke entered a down Big Ten, and got a win against Ohio State before Urban Meyer had arrived, and beat up on a Penn State team fresh off the Jerry Sandusky scandal.Harbaugh, on the other hand, came into the conference during its ascendency. Ohio State under Meyer is a perennial Top 5 program, James Franklin has rebuilt Penn State into a contender, and Paul Chryst at Wisconsin is maybe the most underrated in the country.Even though they may have comparable stats at this point in their Michigan coaching careers, Harbaugh is an elite coach, Hoke wasn’t even close. Anyone saying otherwise is a dope. Guests:Michael Vick – FS1 NFL Analyst and former Pro Bowl quarterback is in-studio to discuss if this is the end for Big Ben; why the Chiefs are dominating; and what Cam and Carolina lit up the Lions.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the dhow to discuss the crop of young NFL QB talent; and if the Giants should cut ties with Eli if they get a top draft pick.Rob Ryan  – FS1 NFL Analyst and longtime NFL defensive coordinator is in-studio to discuss problems in Pittsburgh; why he believes Deshaun Watson long term; and what mistakes the Cowboys defense made during Green Bay’s game winning drive.last_img read more

first_img Advertisement For a nothing bowl game, the Texas Bowl between Missouri and Texas had more than it’s share of trash talking. During pregame warm ups, Missouri players kicked off the chirping by walking on the field and flashing the “horns down sign,” which Texas took as a sign of disrespect. Then, after firing a 79-yard, 3rd quarter TD strike, Missouri QB Drew Lock did a celebration like he was putting on a back pack, for some reason.WHAT. A. THROW.@MizzouFootball‘s Drew Lock with an absolute DIME for the 79-yard TD! https://t.co/p1hYRqnKI3 pic.twitter.com/y7LfzI8dFL— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 28, 2017 Apparently, Herman didn’t appreciate the gesture, because, with the game wrapped up in the 4th, he got in on the action by mocking Lock’s celebration on the Texas sideline.Texas haters will say Herman should be above the smack talking because he’s the head coach and should be a better example. Texas fans will say Missouri had it coming. You be the judge.At least this game was interesting, which is more than most  ‘insert sponsor’s name’ bowls.last_img read more