Month: August 2019

first_img Researcher Shinichiro Wada and his team were observing the diet of the bird population of Japanese white-eyes and brown-eared bulbuls that inhabit the Hahajima Island. Their studies revealed that the bird’s had a preference for the tiny snails, but they were surprised by the amount of snails that were able to survive a trip through the bird’s digestive system.The researchers then turned their studies to the T. boeningi and found genetic differences throughout the populations on the island. Their results revealed that snails were mating with populations found on other areas of the island. While scientists have seen this type of long distance dispersal pattern before, explanations of how different groups ended up with each other was always speculation and usually involved the theory of traveling on bird’s feet.This is the first study of its kind to show that the bird’s and their droppings are able to disperse living snails to other geographical locations. One snail managed to show the researchers that entire snail families could be transported by the birds. Not long after being ingested, one small gave birth to juveniles not long after passing through the gut of the bird.These tiny snails are an average 2.5mm and researchers believe it may be their size that helps them survive. Larger species of snails show severe damage to their shells when ingested by the birds while the T. boeningi remains intact.The researchers plan to conduct further studies into the tiny snail and discover if their survival is a matter of pure luck or if they have managed to adapt in a way that allows them to survive their digestive track travels. Explore further More information: Snails can survive passage through a bird’s digestive system, Journal of Biogeography, DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02559.xAbstractAim Predation is generally viewed as a factor that limits the distribution of animal prey species. However, in certain instances, such as seed dispersal, predation may enhance the dispersal capability of prey species. In a prior study, we found that land snails are preyed upon by the Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) and the brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis) in the Ogasawara Islands. In this paper we provide experimental and field evidence indicating that land snails could potentially be dispersed through bird predation.Location Hahajima Island of the Ogasawara Islands in the western Pacific.Methods Experimentation was first performed to test whether the land snail Tornatellides boeningi could remain alive after being swallowed and passed through the bird digestive system. Next, in order to investigate the potential role of internal bird transport and dispersal of this snail, we investigated the relationship between the distribution of population genetic diversity in the snail and the regional geographical abundance of predatory birds. The population genetic structure of T. boeningi and isolation by distance were inferred with Arlequin. The association between nucleotide diversity in T. boeningi populations and population density of predators was examined using a generalized linear mixed model. We conducted a likelihood ratio test for the full model and for another model that removed the fixed effect.Results Of the 119 snails fed to Japanese white-eyes and 55 snails fed to brown-eared bulbuls, 14.3% and 16.4% of the snails, respectively, passed through the gut alive. Additionally, one snail gave birth to juveniles after emerging from a bird’s gut. Significant heterogeneity among the populations of T. boeningi on Hahajima was indicated using AMOVA; however, there was no evidence of isolation by distance. A positive correlation was found between levels of mitochondrial DNA variation among and within T. boeningi populations and the density of Japanese white-eyes in the wild.Main conclusions Bird predation appears to be a method of dispersal for T. boeningi, and our results suggest that bird-mediated dispersal plays a role in land snail population structure. Invasive snail may damage diet of rare Everglades bird © 2010 Citation: Tiny snails survive in bird’s digestive system (2011, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In a recent study published in the Journal of Biogeography, researchers from the Tohoku University in Japan show how 15 percent of the Tornatellides boeningi, or tiny land snail, are able to survive a bird’s digestive system and emerge alive in the bird’s droppings. Tornatellides boeningi. Image credit: 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 Early warning system predicted shaking from Oct. 30 quake “Smartphones carry all sorts of sensors, and we can put these to use in unexpected ways,” said Qingkai Kong. “Right now, we can only detect earthquakes above about Magnitude 5.0, but with better accelerometers in future smartphones we would hope to detect smaller ones as well.”The key enabler in smartphones for this type of work is in their accelerometers, that can detect and record movement and may monitor tremors. An app is being developed that will record the shaking during major events and then report the data back to a central server over the cell network. But what good is short notice when an earthquake is on its deadly way? Advance notice even in seconds is actually of value, as the BBC report noted, in not only giving people time to take cover but for trains to slow or planes to abort landings or for surgeons to manage their procedures knowing the event is on its way.The theory is that a smartphone seismic network would feed directly into the early warning system, having detected faster moving but not as damaging P-waves ahead of S-waves in an event.The Berkeley initiative was made known at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting. As phones would be mobile and not sitting still on a flat surface, the researchers handled this by developing an algorithm to subtract “noise” in the data. The project is at an early stage. The topic of earthquakes hits very close to home at this lab; the Hayward Fault, which many scientists suspect is a potential trigger for a major earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs through the UC Berkeley campus. According to scientists and engineers in a 2008 report, it has a 31 percent probability of rupturing in a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake within the next 30 years. The team hopes to provide a test app next year to volunteers in the Bay Area.Actually, according to an observation from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) noted earlier this year, Internet-enabled devices, not just smartphones, but also laptops and game consoles now have accelerometers that can be used to detect and measure earthquakes. “Harnessing the data from these sensors could allow us to quickly detect large earthquakes, and accurately estimate where damage has occurred and where emergency responses are needed shortly after a quake.” Nonetheless, it added, smartphones have a powerful collection of sensors like GPS, accelerometers, and gyroscopes that make phones an ideal platform for collecting data about how a community experiences an earthquake. © 2012 Citation: Smartphones as seismometers intrigue Berkeley researchers (2012, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: 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. (—Researchers at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory want to table smartphones as pocket-sized seismometers. The phones used as warning systems could make a life or death difference in the seconds one might have before meeting up with the next event. “We are trying to set up a whole new network of smartphones so we can use the accelerometers in the smartphones to detect earthquakes,” a team spokesman told BBC News. With so many devices in circulation, detailed information could be known on who felt what, where. Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Stabilizing the no-boundary proposal sheds light on the universe’s quantum origins (2019, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from However, precisely describing how a physical system can transition from zero size to a finite size has been challenging. To describe the quantum effects involved, physicists use the path integral formulation, which involves rewriting a single classical trajectory as an integral over many possible trajectories, resulting in a quantum amplitude. Although the path integral formulation is successful at describing how something can emerge from nothing, one major problem is that it predicts unstable perturbations, implying that the universe is highly non-homogenous and non-isotropic. As the universe is known to be approximately both homogenous and isotropic (meaning that it looks the same in all locations and from all directions), as stated by the cosmological principle, the path integral formulation doesn’t accurately describe the observed universe. This has led some scientists to conclude that the no-boundary proposal cannot provide an accurate description of the universe’s origins.Now in a new paper, physicists Alice Di Tucci and Jean-Luc Lehners at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam, Germany, have shown that the path integral formulation can be used in a way that avoids instabilities, while still providing a consistent definition of the no-boundary proposal.”I think that the biggest significance is that our new definition does not describe the emergence of the universe from a complete absence of space and time,” Lehners told “Rather, the new mathematical conditions, that we had to impose to avoid instabilities, can be interpreted as saying that there existed already fluctuations of space and time. This is in fact what one might expect from quantum theory in any case, as the quantum uncertainty principle implies that there should always be fluctuations, presumably even of space and time.”The new proposal combines several ideas that have previously been suggested to overcome the problem with instabilities. Their work essentially changes the geometry of the space over which the path integral is defined. The path integral, which represents the state of the universe at a certain time, passes through certain critical points called saddle points, which correspond to possible Hawking-Hartle states. However, most of these saddle points are unstable. One of the most important changes the physicists made in the new paper was to modify the boundary conditions on the entire geometry (by using Robin boundary conditions) to remove the unstable saddle points from the path of the path integral. In the new geometry, the path integral passes through only one saddle point, which is stable, therefore avoiding the problem with instabilities. At this stable saddle point, there exists a Hawking-Hartle state that satisfies the no-boundary proposal.By demonstrating a stable method for formulating the no-boundary proposal, the results may lead to a rethinking of the idea as a description for the origins of the universe. Still, there are many questions that remain.”In the future we plan to see how robust our new definition is when incorporating aspects from string theory, which is the most advanced attempt at a full theory of quantum gravity,” Lehners said. “Also, we plan to explore whether other stable definitions of the no-boundary proposal might exist, or whether our new one is in some sense unique. And a big question that remains is whether we could deduce any testable/observable consequences.” More information: Alice Di Tucci and Jean-Luc Lehners. “No-Boundary Proposal as a Path Integral with Robin Boundary Conditions.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.201302center_img One idea for how the universe began is that the universe may have appeared out of nothing due to some quantum effect, such as quantum tunneling. In the 1980s, Stephen Hawking and James Hartle further elaborated on this idea by suggesting that time did not exist before the beginning of the universe, leading them to conclude that the universe has no initial boundary conditions on either time or space. The idea is called the “no-boundary proposal” or the “Hawking-Hartle state.” Explore further The orange dashed line shows that the path integral, which describes the state of the universe over time, passes through only one saddle point, which is stable. Credit: Di Tucci and Lehners. ©2019 American Physical Society No Universe without Big Banglast_img read more

first_imgHaji Aslam is one of the foremost representatives of the legendary musical heritage of qawwali and the torch bearer for esteemed Ustad Sufi Abdul Subham Sabri and Ustad Ghafoor Shakoor Sabri. He is internationally recognised as one of the greatest Qawal. Haji Asalm Sabri has thorough knowledge of Sufi Qawwali in many languages such as Persaian Urdu, Briji and Punjabi.  He is one of the top graded artists on All India Radio since 1990 lauded as a singer, compose and poet of Sufiana Kalam. Having emerged as child prodigy, Aslam Sabri gave his public performance at the age of seven. His International debut was at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London when he was 19. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’At 21 he made history by becoming the youngest soloist to perform at one of the most prestigious international music festival held in London, known as the Indian All Night Sufi Concert. Since then he has performed in over 40 nations across music festivals and conferences in India, Europe, America, Middle East. He produced a seven episode long serial based on classical music in which classical legends from both south and north India participated. The serial was one of the highest rated shows on Doordarshan till date.  Alam Sabri, 65-years-old and still raring to go is never tired. The zeal showed at Kamani Auditorium – Sham -E-Qawwali – where he performed with his 14-member group. Speaking to Millennium Post, he explained his life and musical philosophy with his favourite shayari –  Haat khali hain tere shehar se jaate huye, jaan hoti toh meri jaan lutaa ke jaata.last_img read more

first_imgI come from a middle class background. My in-laws are better off financially than my family and we live in a joint family. They always insult me for my family’s financial status. How can I stop this?Name withheld, RanchiIt’s difficult to change people. Rather, it is impossible sometimes. I suggest, do speak your mind out to your husband and seek his help. He can try to speak to the others and explain your feelings. If it doesn’t improve, try convincing your husband and demand to settle in a separate set up, away from your in-laws. Don’t let these external hazards cause any disturbance in your married life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Handle with care and I’m sure all will be fine.I live in a hostel. One of my seniors is homosexual and tries to make advances towards me. I’m very scared of him but don’t know how to fight this out. Can you help?Samrat, New DelhiYou have to be very careful. I suggest, you should approach  the ‘threat’ and be straight forward in explaining what you feel. Don’t be scared to face anything that appears to be a problem! If it still continues, share this with your peers in the hostel and a few of your seniors whom you can trust. Don’t threaten him but be firm in letting him know that you’re just not interested! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI had sex with my private tutor. He is married and is always telling me to continue having sex with him! I like him and don’t want to lose him either. But I feel guilty because he’s married! What do I do?Name withheldDon’t indulge in anything that you’re uncomfortable with. These relationships usually don’t have direction and end up painfully. Sex is a pleasure but only when infused with right, positive feelings. Try not to spend time alone with him anywhere. If need be, change the tutor – do not mix studies with physical pleasures as that is one thing that should be taken very seriously and teachers are meant to be idolised. However much you like him, his marital status will always be a problem. Don’t indulge in such guilty pleasures…it will end up hurting you a lot!I’m a working woman and have been married for four years. We are not planning to have children now. But our parents are really insisting! This is annoying us. How do we  handle this?Seema, LucknowStarting a family is a very important decision and a couple should mutually arrive at a decision before going ahead with it. This decision cannot be by dictated by anybody else! As a mother you would have the maximum responsibility towards the newborn. Please plan the baby only when you are physically, financially and emotionally prepared. Tell your family members that you’ll be planning a family soon. ‘Soon’ is an open ended term and let the chapter of parenthood happen naturally and peacefully! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will use paver blocks in road construction.The first ever road with a paver block top will be constructed in Borough X, said Tapan das Gupta, its chairman. Paver blocks will be used on a road in Tilak Nagar off Golf Green. Paver blocks are used instead of tar. Though the initial cost is more, the roads are more durable and smoother as well.Because of the agencies running utility services, maintenance of roads in the city has become a major problem. The roads that are constructed or upgraded by spending lakhs of rupees are damaged by the utility services within a few months. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said at an administrative review meeting that the agencies looking after utility services will have to inform the civic authorities before taking up their work. To get rid of this problem on the Golden Quadrilateral, the utility services like electricity lines, drinking water lines and sewer lines have been shifted to the service road. Thus, when any situation to cut the road arises, the main thoroughfare is not damaged.It may be mentioned that in Howrah, Dr Bholanath Chakraborty Sarani, which runs in front of Dumurjala Stadium, paver blocks have been used instead of tar and heavy vehicles use the road regularly. But the road has neither been damaged, nor is there any subsidence on any stretch, despite the plying of heavy vehicles. The roads surrounding the stadium are also being constructed with paver blocks.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi witnessed a cloudy Sunday with the maximum temperature remaining three notches below the season’s average at 18.3 degrees Celsius. On Monday, the 66th Republic Day is likely to have dense fog in the morning.The minimum temperature was recorded one notch above the season’s average at 8.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.“Monday morning is likely to see dense fog which might become moderate as the day progresses,” an official of the India Meteorological Department said.Monday’s maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 18 and 9 degrees Celsius, respectively, he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nearly 100 elderly women who are inmates of different old age homes visited Belur Math on Sunday morning in connection with the International Mother’s Day celebrations.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Greetings to all on the occasion of Mother’s Day. You will be happy to know that Mother and Child Hubs (MCH) have been set up in Bengal. There has been a significant decline in maternal mortality in the State. For providing options for safe delivery to those mothers who stay in areas too far for accessing hospitals, the State Government has constructed fully manned and properly equipped Waiting Huts.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe trip to Belur was hosted by the International Human Rights Organisation. The elderly went to the Math in the morning and were taken around the temples. They had prasad at the newly constructed dinning hall of the Math, that can accommodate 1,000 people at a time. In the evening, they were taken to Kalakunj to watch the Bengal feature film Posto directed by Shibaprasad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy. “This is for the first time when the inmates of different old age homes have been taken out on International Mother’s Day. They were all very happy and spent over two hours at Belur Math,” said a spokesman for the NGO.last_img read more

first_imgBalurghat: The South Dinajpur district administration has closed a private clinic that was being run without a licence.The centre, set up at Gangarampur, used to conduct several tests including Ultrasonography.Situated next to the Gangarampur super-specialty hospital, its owner received a letter from the district Health department asking him to renew the licence.On Monday, a team from the health department went to the site and closed its USG clinic until Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedfurther order.The owner of the diagnostic centre, Rejaul Karim has also acknowledged that its USG clinic runs even after the licencehad expired.”We had appealed for a renewal immediately after the expiration. We had also deposited hard cash according to the norms. We hope to get the recognition soon,” he said.Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur Sukumar Dey said: “We have closed the USG clinic as we received information that the clinic had not renewed the licence.Concerned health authorities department had earlier served prior intimation before expiration but it was ignored. Following the expiration of licence, we have closed the clinic.”last_img read more

first_imgThe brain devotes more processing resources to social situations that signal threat than those that are benign and anxious people process those threats using regions of the brain responsible for action, says a study.The study that may help explain the apparent “sixth sense” we have for danger found that “low anxious” people process the threats in sensory circuits, responsible for face recognition. It was previously thought that anxiety could lead to over sensitivity to threat signals. However, the new study showed that the difference has a useful purpose. Non-clinical anxiety shifts the neural ‘coding’ of threat to motor circuits, which produce action, from sensory circuits, which help us to recognise faces, the researchers explained.Facial displays of emotion can be ambiguous but the researchers managed to identify what it is that makes a person particularly threatening. They found that the direction a person is looking in is key to enhancing our sensitivity to their emotions. Anger paired with a direct gaze produces a response in the brain in only 200 milliseconds, faster than if the angry person is looking elsewhere.“In a crowd, you will be most sensitive to an angry face looking towards you, and will be less alert to an angry person looking somewhere else,” said lead author Marwa El Zein from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM). Similarly, if a person displays fear and looks in a particular direction you will detect this more rapidly than positive emotions. Such quick reactions could have served an adaptive purpose for survival. For the study, electrical signals measured in the brains of 24 volunteers were analysed while they were asked to decide whether digitally altered faces expressed anger or fear.  “In contrast to previous work, our findings demonstrate that the brain devotes more processing resources to negative emotions that signal threat, rather than to any display of negative emotion,” El Zein noted. The study appeared in the journal eLife.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The police have filed a new case under non-bailable section against Shankar Chakraborty, president of BJP’s North Dinajpur unit, who is in judicial custody now.Chakraborty was arrested from Domohona area for intervention in police work. Following the death of two former students in Islampur firing on September 23, Chakraborty held a rally and threatened police. He said the policemen should be tied to the trees and beaten up. No water should be given to them and urged people not to cooperate with police. He was arrested and produced before Raigunj SDJM Court. The Court remanded him to 14-day judicial custody.Meanwhile, the police have filed another case under non-bailable section for organising rallies without police permission. Chakraborty had organised rallies on August 29 when state BJP president Dilip Ghosh had visited the area.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon take up emphatic awareness campaign throughout the city to ensure that the food vendors and the consumers do not compromise with the food safety standards.”We will be putting up banners and posters with messages regarding food safety and security at strategic locations in the city. We will also distribute leaflets with do’s and don’t’s among common people, food vendors and also street food vendors. The regular inspection by our food inspectors which is going on in full swing on a regular basis will continue,” said a senior KMC official of the Food Safety wing. This wing comes under the aegis of the Health department of the civic body. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have certain guidelines for those associated with food business so that the food that they serve to customers conform to standards. “We will be examining whether the vendors have valid FSSAI licence, whether they are using artificial colours and other requisites in maintaining food hygiene. The use of ice in drinks will also be under strong supervision. We have been conducting raids for the last two years to stop the use of industrial ice in drinks,” the official added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe KMC’s food drive has received a major boost with the recruitment of 80 contractual staffs. A team of six officials has been formed for all the 16 boroughs under the civic body for taking up food drive. Each team will be led by a food inspector . The necessary training has already been provided to these new recruitees. The mobile food testing laboratory introduced by KMC in October last year is used in drive during weekends. It checks food quality right at the spot after picking up random samples from eateries.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress delegation that met Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain on Monday, complained that the Central Forces have joined hands with BJP supporters and are deliberately creating disturbance and confusion in the polling booths. They also alleged that instances of the same have occurred at Asansol and Ghatal.”We have complained to the Deputy Election Commissioner that the Central Forces in the state are acting at the behest of the BJP. The force personnel along with BJP supporters are trying to create disturbance inside polling booths. Our party supporters and the state police have restrained themselves during the sixth phase of elections that ensured peaceful voting process,” Trinamool MP Derek O’ Brien said after meeting Jain at Bengal Chamber. O’ Brien was accompanied by senior Trinamool leaders Subrata Bakshi and Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSpeaking about the 100 percent deployment of Central Forces for Bengal elections, O’ Brien said: “It is for the people to see the percentage of Central Forces deployed for elections in other parts of the country. We have no objection to Central Forces being deployed and will extend full cooperation. But the BJP cadres are trying to influence the voters by using the Central Forces.” He further alleged that Trinamool Congress has respect for all agencies, but not the Central government. “The decision of note ban was taken by Expiry Babu (Narendra Modi) without consulting the Reserve Bank of India,” the MP said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateVeteran Trinamool leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told reporters that the BJP candidates are entering polling booths along with Central Forces and the people of Bengal have been vocal against this in a number of places during the ongoing elections. “We have informed the Commission that RSS cadres clad in police uniform are trying to influence voters in an attempt to mar the peaceful voting atmosphere in the state,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Despite several BJP supporters and workers were allegedly seen vandalising the Vidyasagar College in video clips, BJP candidate in Jadavpur constituency Anupam Hazra without bothering about the party’s humiliation started campaigning with a man dressed up as Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. On Thursday, during Hazra’s campaigning, which started from Jadavpur 8B bus terminus, a person dressed up as Vidyasagar was seen with him. Hazra said it was his style of protest against how Vidyasagar has been politicised by the TMC. Though in the video clips, BJP supporters and workers were seen vandalising Vidyasagar College, Hazra refused to believe that. Leaders from various political parties said what BJP workers and supporters did on Tuesday, after that Hazra was just maligning Vidyasagar by using him during campaigning. But Hazra claimed the TMC was maligning Vidyasagar. He claimed the BJP had nothing to do with the vandalism though several workers of the saffron party have been arrested after being identified from the video clips.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered repolling in one polling booth in West Bengal’s Bankura parliamentary constituency on May 19, an official said. The constituency had voted in the sixth phase of polls on May 12. As per the notice on Friday, the EC has ordered the repoll in Chhatarkanali Prathamik Vidyalaya that falls under the Saltora assembly segment. The booth will go for the polls from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. along with the seventh phase elections for nine seats. There are 1,936 polling stations in Bankura parliamentary constituencylast_img read more

first_imgWindows, lights, photography prints and carpets can lend a cozy look to your living room, suggest experts. Interior decorators suggest some tips: Large unappealing windows and flat reflective walls are always considered to be cold, bland and agoraphobic to some extent. The thought of dressing up windows and walls to make a space look smaller and more private, give people a sense of security that they are not watched by the outside world. Warm and accenting lights were thought to be dramatic and created a mystery which invoked curiosity in the minds of visitors and tenants, by highlighting only certain areas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfConsider a balcony which is part of an exterior space. Having tall plants will create a sense of cosiness in the subconscious. Throw blankets, throw pillows, plush furnishings and carpets are all comforting to the body both physically and psychologically. The same thing goes to having a burning fireplace which emits heat and light and controls the climate for comfort. Vintage botanical drawings and giant photography prints can personalise your space to a great extent. It’s gorgeous, a beautiful way to boost your own home style. They provide a great way to upgrade a floor rug to the wall as a piece of art. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith a conscious drive towards embracing a peaceful retreat from the crazy fast-paced modern lifestyle, sustainable and natural fabrics is emerging as a potential micro trend. You could even opt create a broader conversations by putting together your space with a jute carpet. The vintage brass/gold metallic frames on the earthy walls with old black/white photography bring in warmth, memories along with glamour and opulence. It continues to bring in a greener footprint inside the living spaces. Plants are an inexpensive way to add instant colour and glamour to home interiors. Mint strikes a balance between our desire for wellness but also for new and exciting technology. The recently acquired ethnic motif during your last travel to your favourite destination could turn your home bolster into a stunning piece of conversation.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A woman from Murshidabad suffered critical burn injuries on Thursday after she was set ablaze by her husband because she had brought a chocolate for their son.The little boy asked his mother to buy him a chocolate when the family visited the market. Sukumar Karmakar told his wife not to buy him chocolate but since the kid insisted the mother bought him one. This had infuriated Karmakar and a heated conversation ensued between the couple. The argument turned ugly when the man started attacking his wife. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt was alleged that husband later set the wife on fire. The woman was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital. Her condition is critical as she suffered serious burn injuries. Following the incident, the district police arrested the husband. They are interrogating him why he set his wife on fire. The police are also investigating if the accused was under some kind of stress. The family members of the couple are also being interrogated in this connection.last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Brought to you by PCWorld What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Apple is already facing a lawsuit for dropping the price of the iPhone and another one filed on the behalf of someone who iBricked his iPhone and is mad.This time around Apple is being sued by a Florida resident Frederick Black who filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company is attempting to establish a monopoly over the digital media market by “illegally” tying iPods to the iTunes Store.According to Apple Insider, Black asserts, among many things, that Apple acts unlawfully in not letting its consumers transfer iTunes-purchased content to a non-iPod device or transfer other online vendors’ content to their iPods. Also, if consumers happen to lose or break their iPod, the lawsuit asserts users are unable to transfer songs purchased through iTunes to a non-Apple device and have to repurchase an iPod as a result.There are so many things troubling about this case I don’t know where to start. First did someone forget to tell Black about how to add DRM-free files to iTunes that are purchased from online music stores like Amazon music download service or eMusic? ITunes also allows anyone to buy iTunes Plus tracks with no DRM that can be played on any device.Also, if you feel your Apple iTunes’ library is imprisoned by iTunes software there are ways to convert Apple AAC files. There are several programs such as AppleMacSoftware DRM Converter for Mac, Magic AAC to MP3 Converter, and MP3&WAV Converter that will get the job done.A few years back PC World wrote about how to beat the music download blues which gives some great tips on how frustrated folks can solve their music download problems without getting their attorney involved.The case, which was filed in Florida district court in August, has made it to the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Black is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, even up to $45,000 for attorneys’ fees, damages and any further relief. 2 min read November 8, 2007 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 16, 2013 For those who’ve been anxiously wondering how much storage or what type of camera will come with the much-anticipated release of Google Glass, the tech giant has announced the specifications for the computer-enabled “smart” glasses.The prototype models of Glass — which are already starting to ship to winners of Google’s “Glass Explorer” contest — will come with a total of 16 GB storage, meaning after pre-loaded software they will have 12 GB of usable memory. The lenses themselves will feature high resolution displays, which Google says will be the equivalent of looking at a 25-inch high definition screen from eight feet away.Glass will also come with a 5-megapixel camera and be able to capture video at 720p resolution, Google says. Additionally, a fully charged battery should last one full day under typical use. Some features, of course, such as Google Hangouts and video recording, will be more battery intensive.Related: VC Heavyweights to Fund Tech Startups Creating Google Glass AppsOther Glass specs, via Google:Fit Adjustable nosepads and durable frame to fit any face. Extra nosepads in two sizesAudio Bone Conduction TransducerConnectivity Wifi – 802.11b/g BluetoothCharger Included Micro USB cable and chargerCompatibility Any Bluetooth-capable phone The MyGlass companion app requires Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, and MyGlass enables GPS and SMS messagingRelated: A Look at ‘Google Glass’ and What the Computerized Glasses Can Do Google also released a Glass-related FAQ, and guidelines for the user interface and API (application-programming interface) for app developers.What would you do if you had Google Glass? Let us know in the comments below. 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

first_img A full 85% of Americans use the Internet.That sounds pretty impressive, but when you think about the converse — the fact that 15% of American adults don’t  use the Internet — who exactly are the ~38 million Americans who look at the Internet and think “Nope, not for me”?Well, the Pew Center for the Internet tried to find that out in a report released yesterday titled “Who’s Not Online And Why.”Here’s the breakdown of the people who are out:Image credit: PEWSo of the people who don’t use the Internet, a third just don’t think that an electronic connection to a billion other humans is relevant to them. Another third think that it’s too difficult to use, or fear viruses. Another third either can’t afford or don’t have access to the Internet. This chart gives a demographic breakdown of the folks who don’t use the Internet:Image credit: PEWIt’s pretty remarkable who isn’t using the Internet. One in five rural residents don’t go online. A whopping 44% of seniors don’t either. A fourth of Hispanics don’t. Finally, this chart shows how this has changed over time:Image credit: PEW Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img September 27, 2013 This contains some good news and some bad news.The good news is that the number of people who don’t use the Internet  because they don’t have access to it is decreasing over time. Moreover, while the number of people forced away from the Internet due to price concerns is still up since 2007, it’s decreasing since 2010. The thing that should be most concerning is that the number of people who don’t use the Internet because they personally can’t use the internet — people who don’t know how, think it’s too complicated or that they’re too old — has dramatically risen. As for those who think it’s not relevant, well, there’s not much that can be done for them.So anyone trying to increase access to the Internet is best off looking at the people stuck thinking they can’t  use the Internet.  Register Now »last_img read more