Can Nanotubes Help Your Garden Grow

first_imgAfter four weeks, the researchers noticed that the tomato plants that had been treated with carbon nanotubes had two times the biomass and two times the height of their non-treated counterparts. The current theory is that the nanotubes penetrate the seed coat of the tomato seeds, allowing water to more rapidly penetrate the seeds and boost their development. Interestingly, the root systems were similar in all of the plants, so the nanotubes did not change the way the roots established themselves. Another issue is that the nanotubes seem to be causing abnormally long internodes, and that might affect the ultimate outcome regarding the viability of mature plants. Additionally, carbon nanotubes as fertilizer might present hazards when used for food plants, since they were found to trigger some toxic effects in mice.In the end, though, it appears that carbon nanotubes may be more versatile than originally imagined.More information: The research has been published in ACS Nano: Carbon Nanotubes Are Able To Penetrate Plant Seed Coat and Dramatically Affect Seed Germination and Plant Growth, DOI: 10.1021/nn900887m© 2009 Image: ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn900887m Silicon nanotubes for hydrogen storage in fuel cell vehicles 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. According to New Scientist, Mariya Khodakovskaya, a plant biologist, and Alexandru Biris, a nanotechnologist, used carbon nanotubes to encourage germination of tomato plants. Tomato seeds were planted, some with a growth medium containing carbon nanotubes, and some without nanotubes in the growth medium. It took only three days for more than 30% of the nanotube tomato seeds to begin sprouting. In that time, none of the non-treated seeds had even germinated.In fact, it took 12 days for 32% of the tomato seeds without nanotube help to germinate. Citation: Can Nanotubes Help Your Garden Grow? (2009, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — When we think of nanotubes, we often think of solar panels and physical science. However, it appears that nanotubes can also provide valuable help to plants as a fertilizer. Just add carbon nanotubes, say researchers at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, and you can get plants that grow faster and bigger than their counterparts. Image credit: Jack Dykinga. These are tomatoes grown with the ACC synthase gene.last_img read more

Solarpowered process could decrease carbon dioxide to preindustrial levels in 10 years

first_img Explore further More information: Stuart Licht, Baohui Wang, Susanta Ghosh, Hina Ayub, Dianlu Jiang, and Jason Ganley.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010. 11 2363-2368. DOI:10.1021/jz100829s Copyright 2010 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Solar-powered process could decrease carbon dioxide to pre-industrial levels in 10 years (2010, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The new process, called Solar Thermal Electrochemical Photo (STEP) carbon capture, was recently suggested theoretically by a team of scientists from George Washington University and Howard University, both in Washington, DC. Now, in a paper just published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, the scientists have experimentally demonstrated the STEP process for the first time.“The significance of the study is twofold,” Stuart Licht, a chemistry professor at George Washington University, told “Carbon dioxide, a non-reactive and normally difficult-to-remove compound, can be easily captured with solar energy using our new low-energy, lithium carbonate electrolysis STEP process, and with scale-up, sufficient resources exist for STEP to decrease carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to pre-industrial levels within 10 years.”As the scientists explain, the process uses visible sunlight to power an electrolysis cell for splitting carbon dioxide, and also uses solar thermal energy to heat the cell in order to decrease the energy required for this conversion process. The electrolysis cell splits carbon dioxide into either solid carbon (when the reaction occurs at temperatures between 750°C and 850°C) or carbon monoxide (when the reaction occurs at temperatures above 950°C). These kinds of temperatures are much higher than those typically used for carbon-splitting electrolysis reactions (e.g., 25°C), but the advantage of reactions at higher temperatures is that they require less energy to power the reaction than at lower temperatures. The STEP process is the first and only method that incorporates both visible and thermal energy from the sun for carbon capture. Radiation from the full solar spectrum – including heat – is not usually considered an advantage in solar technologies due to heat’s damage to photovoltaics. Even in the best solar cells, a large part of sunlight is discarded as intrinsically insufficient to drive solar cells as it is sub-bandgap, and so it is lost as waste heat. By showing how to take advantage of both the sun’s heat and light for capturing and splitting carbon dioxide, the STEP process is fundamentally capable of converting more solar energy than either photovoltaic or solar thermal processes alone. The experiments in this study showed that the technique could capture carbon dioxide and convert it into carbon with a solar efficiency from 34% to 50%, depending on the thermal component. While carbon could be stored, the production of carbon monoxide could later be used to synthesize jet, kerosene, and diesel fuels, with the help of hydrogen generated by STEP water splitting.“We are exploring the STEP generation of synthetic jet fuel and synthetic diesel,” Licht said, “and in addition to carbon capture, we are developing STEP processes to generate the staples predicted in our original theory, such as a variety of metals and bleach.”• Learn about becoming sponsor and ads-free website Team to chemically transform carbon dioxide into carbon-neutral liquid fuels In the Solar Thermal Electrochemical Photo (STEP) carbon capture process, the sun’s visible light and heat are used to capture large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to solid carbon for storage or carbon monoxide for fuel generation. Image copyright: Stuart Licht, et al. ©2010 American Chemical Society. ( — By using the sun’s visible light and heat to power an electrolysis cell that captures and converts carbon dioxide from the air, a new technique could impressively clean the atmosphere and produce fuel feedstock at the same time. The key advantage of the new solar carbon capture process is that it simultaneously uses the solar visible and solar thermal components, whereas the latter is usually regarded as detrimental due to the degradation that heat causes to photovoltaic materials. However, the new method uses the sun’s heat to convert more solar energy into carbon than either photovoltaic or solar thermal processes alone. 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

Group shows botnet threat in the future may come from the sky

first_imgSkyNET drone prototype. Diagrams showing the PAAE (pilot, attack, attack, enlist) procedure used by the SkyNET drone. Black dots represent targets. In b the targets are networks. In c the targets are both networks and hosts. More information: SkyNET: a 3G-enabled mobile attack drone and stealth botmaster, … final_files/Reed.pdfAbstractSkyNET is a stealth network that connects hosts to a botmaster through a mobile drone. The network is comprised of machines on home Wi-Fi networks in a proximal urban area, and one or more autonomous attackdrones. The SkyNET is used by a botmaster to commandtheir botnet(s) without using the Internet. The drones are programmed to scour an urban area and compromise wireless networks. Once compromised, the drone attacks the local hosts. When a host is compromised it joins both the Internet-facing botnet, and the sun-facing SkyNET. Subsequent drone flights are used to issue command and control without ever linking the botmaster to the botnet via the Internet. Reverse engineering the botnet, or enumerating the bots, does not reveal the identity of the botmaster. An analyst is forced to observe the autonomous attack drone to bridge the command and control gap. In this paper we present a working example, SkyNET complete with a prototype attack drone, discuss the reality of using such a command and control method, and provide insight on how to prevent against such attacks.via Technology Review ( — Sven Dietrich, an assistant professor in computer science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and two of his students have given a demonstration of an aerial drone, that they say could be used to spy on wireless networks, at last month’s USENIX Security Conference. In their presentation, and paper, they say that such drones could be used to move close enough to WiFi connections to eavesdrop or potentially serve as a control unit in a botnet. Dietrich says such a drone could also be fitted with a solar panel to keep the battery charged, which would allow it to park near a vulnerable site and do its dirty work almost indefinitely. To make things even easier for the shady characters who wish to quietly plug in to a weakly protected site, the drone can be directed to its target using a 3G smartphone.This is not the first time that someone has shown that wireless networks could be compromised by remotely controlled aircraft. A demonstration of a reconfigured Army drone following a cell phone signal was shown at the recent Black Hat security conference for example.The point in these demonstrations is not to scare people, though they most certainly might do just that, but to highlight the risks people and companies take when they don’t properly secure their WiFi networks, and to hopefully incite others to find ways to make future systems more secure so that users won’t be so vulnerable to such attacks. Citation: Group shows botnet threat in the future may come from the sky (2011, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Hacker drone launches airborne cyber attacks © 2011 The drone, essentially a toy quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors) purchased from a store and configured with a small computer, cameras, software and wireless technology cost the team just $600 to put together, which they say means that almost anyone could construct one and begin using it to listen in on private networks.While certainly the threat of such a drone eavesdropping on a private or corporate wireless network is rather unsettling, worse is the ease with which such a “toy” could be used to serve as the control unit of a botnet (large numbers of computers infected with code that allows them to be controlled by an outside source. ) Because they would be free from tethers on the ground, law enforcement would find it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible to track them down to stamp out the botnet. And that’s a very bad thing, because botnets exist primarily to steal valuable information (such as credit card and bank numbers) off of personal computers, though in some cases they are used more as a tool to bring down web portals via denial of service attacks. 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

Bubblepropelled microrockets could operate in the human stomach

first_img Play Magnetically guided movement of a microrocket at a speed of about 100 micrometers per second. Video credit: Wei Gao, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society The scientists predict that this capability could prove especially useful for a variety of biomedical applications as well as monitoring industrial processes such as semiconductor processing. In addition, because the microrocket’s speed is directly related to the solution’s pH, the devices could be used for sensitive pH sensing, such as detecting changes in stomach acidity. With its biggest advantage of being fueled by its acidic environment, without the need for additional fuel, the microrockets could further expand the scope of micromotor applications in many directions.“With further improvements and optimization, we hope to improve and expand the working environments to milder conditions and extend the lifetime of such microrockets to longer periods,” Wang said. “We are also exploring new materials to broaden the scope of our microengines towards new environments.” ( — Recently, researchers have been designing a wide variety of self-propelled micromotors, many of which operate using an oxygen-bubble propulsion mechanism that requires a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide fuel. Since hydrogen peroxide is hazardous at high concentrations, this requirement has hindered practical applications, especially biomedical uses. Now in a new study, scientists have designed and built a new type of micromotor that propels itself through acidic environments with hydrogen bubbles, and requires no additional fuels. At extremely low pH levels, the micromotors can travel at speeds of up to 100 body lengths per second, prompting the scientists to call them “microrockets.” The microrockets are in the shape of tiny tubes, measuring about 10 micrometers long with diameters varying from 2 to 5 micrometers. The researchers fabricated the tubes out of the common polymer polyaniline (PANI) in templates, and then electrodeposited a thin layer of zinc on the inner surface. When the microrockets are immersed in any highly acidic solution, the zinc loses electrons and – due to having a more negative redox potential than hydrogen – promotes the production of hydrogen bubbles. The researchers experimented with using other metals, such as iron and lead, but they did not produce as many bubbles as zinc.Tests showed that the microrockets’ speed increases as the pH of the solution decreases. The fastest speed of 1,050 micrometers per second (equivalent to about 100 body lengths per second) was achieved by a 5-micrometer-diameter microrocket at a pH of -0.2. The speed decreased to about 10 micrometers per second at a pH of 1.3. Although the microckets have a limited pH range, the researchers noted that they could be useful in the stomach, which has a pH range of 0.8-2.0, as well as in some types of human serum. Time-lapse images of a microrocket (a) approaching, (b) capturing, (c) transporting, and (d) releasing a target sphere. Image credit: Wei Gao, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society The microrockets’ speed depends on the pH of the solution. Red and black curves represent microrockets with diameters of 5 and 2 micrometers, respectively. Image credit: Wei Gao, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society More information: Wei Gao, et al. “Hydrogen-Bubble-Propelled Zinc-Based Microrockets in Strongly Acidic Media.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja210874s While the microrockets can move autonomously in this way, the researchers also showed that it’s possible to control their direction and even to make them pick up and release cargo. The scientists did this by depositing a magnetic layer on the microcket’s outer surface, and then magnetically guiding the device in the preferred direction. They showed that a microcket could magnetically capture a polystyrene cargo, transport it on a predetermined path, and then release it by rapidly changing the magnetic field direction. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Tiny battery is also a nanomotor PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen The researchers, Wei Gao, Aysegul Uygun, and Joseph Wang from the University of California, San Diego, have published their study on the hydrogen-bubble-propelled microrockets in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“This is the first reported example of chemically-powered microrockets that can be self-propelled without an external fuel (such as the common hydrogen peroxide),” Wang told “Such acid-powered microrockets could greatly expand the scope of applications of nano-/microscale motors toward new extreme environments (e.g., the human stomach or silicon wet-etching baths) and could thus lead to diverse new biomedical or industrial applications ranging from targeted drug delivery or nanoimaging to the monitoring of industrial processes.” Explore further Play Slow-motion video of a microrocket self-propelled at a speed of about 500 micrometers per second. Video credit: Wei Gao, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Tests also showed that the lifetime of the microrockets can vary from 10 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on the rate of zinc dissolution. The more zinc the rocket has, and the higher the pH of the solution, the longer the microrocket’s lifetime. Citation: Bubble-propelled microrockets could operate in the human stomach (2012, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Researchers develop SpeechJammer gun that can quash human utterances

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Back view of SpeechJammer prototype. Image: arXiv:1202.6106v1 The idea is based on the fact that to speak properly, we humans need to hear what we’re saying so that we can constantly adjust how we go about it, scientists call it delayed auditory feedback. It’s partly why singers are able to sing better when they wear headphones that allow them to hear their own voice as they sing with music, or use feedback monitors when onstage. Trouble comes though when there is a slight delay between the time the words are spoken and the time they are heard. If that happens, people tend to get discombobulated and stop speaking, and that’s the whole idea behind the SpeechJammer. It’s basically just a gun that causes someone speaking to hear their own words delayed by 0.2 seconds. Front view of SpeechJammer prototype. Image: arXiv:1202.6106v1 Citation: Researchers develop ‘SpeechJammer’ gun that can quash human utterances (2012, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 And after that, new laws will have to be written to govern their use, of course, because no matter how much people would like to force others to shut up, they’ll hate it just as much it when it’s pointed at them. Overview of SpeechJammer. Image: arXiv:1202.6106v1 [cs.HC] ( — Imagine sitting around a conference table with several of your colleagues as you hold an important meeting. Now imagine your boss pulling out what looks like a radar gun for catching speeding motorists and aiming at any of you that speak to long, very nearly instantly causing whoever is speaking to start stuttering then mumbling and then to stop speaking at all. That’s the idea behind the SpeechJammer, a gun that can be fired at people to force them to stop speaking. It’s the brainchild of Koji Tsukada and Kazutaka Kurihara, science and technology researchers in Japan. They’ve published a paper describing how it works on the preprint server arXiv. More information: SpeechJammer: A System Utilizing Artificial Speech Disturbance with Delayed Auditory Feedback, Kazutaka Kurihara, Koji Tsukada, arXiv:1202.6106v1 [cs.HC] this paper we report on a system, “SpeechJammer”, which can be used to disturb people’s speech. In general, human speech is jammed by giving back to the speakers their own utterances at a delay of a few hundred milliseconds. This effect can disturb people without any physical discomfort, and disappears immediately by stop speaking. Furthermore, this effect does not involve anyone but the speaker. We utilize this phenomenon and implemented two prototype versions by combining a direction-sensitive microphone and a direction-sensitive speaker, enabling the speech of a specific person to be disturbed. We discuss practical application scenarios of the system, such as facilitating and controlling discussions. Finally, we argue what system parameters should be examined in detail in future formal studies based on the lessons learned from our preliminary study. To make that happen, the two attached a directional microphone and speaker to a box that also holds a laser pointer and distance sensor and of course a computer board to compute the delay time based on distance from the speaker. To make it work, the person using it points the gun at the person talking, using the laser pointer as a guide, then pulls the trigger. It works for distances up to a hundred feet.The two say they have no plans to market the device, but because the technology is so simple, it’s doubtful they could patent it anyway. The idea though is likely to spread like wildfire. Surely it won’t be long before Oscar winners are jammed instead of herded offstage by increasing the music volume. Or hecklers in a crowd silenced at a moment’s notice. And just as surely human rights advocates will decry the use of such a device by politicians or government leaders, just as consumers will demand a much smaller version that will allow them to silence people that annoy them from afar, anonymously. Explore further Researchers devise a way to make a simple quantum computer using hologramslast_img read more

Dash Robotics crowdfunding origami runner you can assemble at home

first_img More information: … 6-dash-the-diy-robot “With this campaign, we’re funding the beta development of Dash, and we need your help. We’re only producing one thousand robots, so get your Dash before we run out!” they announced on the crowdfunding site. “When you back us, you’ll be getting more than just an awesome robot. You’ll be participating in the beta development of our product,” they said. “With your help, we can bring Dash out of the lab and into everyone’s hands.”Nick Kohut, chief executive officer and co-founder of Dash Robotics, hopes their fast runners will make a difference in the price barriers that turn a lot of parents and hobbyists away from educational robots that could provide fun and learning experiences for youths. “Most educational robots today cost hundreds of dollars – that’s not realistic for most families,” said Kohut. The team, now as a company called Dash Robotics, announced Thursday that they will deliver their first robots through the crowdfunding Dragon Innovation. The latter is a crowdfunding platform, aimed at backing makers and their projects. The campaign will help the team move their robots from research prototype to the “beta” product phase, in anticipation of launching Dash commercially next year. Dash, as they hope, will carry the distinction of being the world’s fold-able, programmable, origami robot that more people can afford.The Dash kit comes with laser-cut body components, motor, transmission, and plug-and-play electronics. The assembly should take about an hour, and videos online will help show the assembly process. Once assembled, the plan is for a free app that can be used to control Dash from an iOS smartphone or tablet. The creators are developing a mobile app to control Dash robots over Bluetooth. (The team is building mobile apps so that the robot can be smartphone or tablet-controlled.) As for Android support, the team said they will work hard to support Android devices but at this point they said they could not make any guarantee. The team will support iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads that have Bluetooth 4.0. In alpha form, and unassembled, the robot runner kit is forty dollars and the robot only runs in a straight line. These will be the first to ship. In beta form, they are building steering into the device and it will be more extensible. The beta is sixty-five dollars. They aim for beta shipping in spring 2014. Fully assembled as a complete unit is one hundred dollars. For Dash Robotics, this fast runner is a first step. They are interested in enabling robots to talk to each other, which would extend the possibilities to fighting insect-like robots or cooperative insect-like robots on a mission, guided by the smartphone. At the time of this writing, they raised $21,950 out of a $64,000 goal with 26 days left to go. Citation: Dash Robotics crowdfunding ‘origami’ runner you can assemble at home (2013, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further ( —A team of Berkeley PhD engineers who worked in the school’s lab explored animal locomotion strategies and shared an interest in prototypes made quickly and cheaply, particularly fast robotic runners that could be affordable and easy to explore. People found them appealing and started asking if the robots were for sale. Idea. Think origami. The team worked out a novel way to manufacture new fast-running robot prototypes quickly and cheaply. The team, Nick Kohut, Paul Birkmeyer, Andrew Gillies and Kevin Peterson, dedicated to the spirit of a maker movement, have embarked on a mission to commercially offer robot kits for less than $70 and have made their goal a crowdfunding campaign. They plan on having the robots shipped in a flat pack as a kit and then folded out and assembled by the user at home, complete with tabs and slots to guide the way. Simple electronics for controlling the robots are included with the kit.center_img Printed inchworm robot makes self-assembly moves (w/ Video) © 2013 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

Astronomer creates music using star oscillations

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Astronomer Burak Ulaş, with the Izmir Turk College Planetarium in Turkey has taken his work into a musical dimension, using star oscillations as a source for a musical composition. He has uploaded a paper describing what he has done along with sheet music and an audio recording of his work to the preprint server arXiv—along with a shout-out to other pioneers in the field, from Kepler to Pythagoras to modern composer scientists Jenő Keuler and Zoltán Kolláth. Explore further More information: The Multiperiodic Pulsating Star Y Cam A as a Musical Instrument, arXiv:1507.07307 [physics.pop-ph] this study we generate musical chords from the oscillation frequencies of the primary component of oscillating eclipsing Algol system Y Cam. The parameters and the procedure of the musical chord generation process from the stellar oscillations are described in detail. A musical piece is also composed in appropriate scale for Y Cam A by using the generated chords from the results of the asteroseismic analysis of the stellar data. The music scores and the digital sound files are provided for both the generated chords and the musical composition. Our study shows that the further orchestral compositions can be made from the frequency analysis results of several pulsating stars by using the procedure stated in present study Citation: Astronomer creates music using star oscillations (2015, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Sheet music for the composition. Credit: arXiv:1507.07307 [physics.pop-ph]center_img Astronomers and other star-gazers have long associated celestial bodies with music, the twinkling of some stars offers a tempting back-beat and some stars in particular offer a variety of opportunities. One such star, Y Cam A, Ulaş noted, offered enough oscillation data for its use in creating chords. It is actually a binary, which accounts for its twinkling, but instead of a steady on-off blinking, the system actually oscillates at four different frequencies. He mapped the lowest tone to the note A using the free online music synthesizer Audacity, then used that as a base to map three of the stars oscillating frequencies to notes commonly used in a chord progression popular in much of modern music—G, C, D. Playing the notes in the manner in which they were “broadcast” by Y Cam A resulted in an interesting tune, to say the least. To jazz up with the piece, quite literally, he added music he had created before (played on a piano) based on Y Cam A’s whole tones that corresponded to a diminished whole tone scale, which is often used in jazz music. The result is a mixed bag of eerie pulsating sounds combined with a simple piano melody.But that is not the end of the story, the current composition is based on just one star— Ulaş envisions using the oscillations from a multitude of other various stars to drive music played on a variety of instruments—combined they could provide the basis for an entire cosmic orchestral piece, which could be used perhaps, in video games, as the soundtrack for space based movies, or simply as something interested people could listen to while pondering the vast night sky. Journal information: arXiv © 2015 Is that Mozart or a machine? Software can compose music in classical, pop or jazz styleslast_img read more

First clear image made of accretion disk surrounding young star

first_img Collisions generate gas in debris disks PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (a) The accretion disk model with the disk surface temperature. (b) The model dust emission map derived from the disk model. This model map is roughly the same as the observed map of the disk. Credit: Lee et al. (—A team of researchers from the U.S. and Taiwan has captured the first clear image of a young star surrounded by an accretion disk. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how the image was captured and details of their find. An illustration of an accretion disk feeding a central young star, or protostar, and the gaseous jet ejected from the protostar. Credit: Yin-Chih Tsai/ASIAA (a) The accretion disk model with the disk surface temperature. (b) The model dust emission map derived from the disk model. This model map is roughly the same as the observed map of the disk. Credit: Lee et al. Jet and disk in the HH 212 protostellar system: (a) A composite image of the jet, produced by combining images from different telescopes. The orange image around the center shows the accretion disk at 200 AU resolution. (b) Close-up of the center of the dusty disk at 8 AU resolution. Asterisks mark the possible position of the central protostar. A dark lane is seen in the equator. Our solar system is shown in the lower right corner for size comparison. (c) An accretion disk model that can reproduce the observed dust emission in the disk. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Lee et al. Jet and disk in the HH 212 protostellar system: (a) A composite image of the jet, produced by combining images from different telescopes. The orange image around the center shows the accretion disk at 200 AU resolution. (b) Close-up of the center of the dusty disk at 8 AU resolution. Asterisks mark the possible position of the central protostar. A dark lane is seen in the equator. Our solar system is shown in the lower right corner for size comparison. (c) An accretion disk model that can reproduce the observed dust emission in the disk. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Lee et al. Explore furthercenter_img © 2017 Astrophysics have theorized that accretion disks form around young stars acting as food, helping the young star to grow bigger. Such an accretion disk would also make up the material that would over time accrete into planets. But until now, no clear image of an accretion disk had been made because the technology to do so did not exist. Now, thanks to hard work by the team and the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, that has changed.ALMA came online just four years ago—at a cost of $1.4 billion, it holds the record for the most expensive radio telescope ever built. But it also offers unprecedented resolution, capturing images in sharp detail that have appeared as fuzzy blobs in prior images. That resolution allowed the researchers to zoom in on a young star named IRAS 05413-0104 (part of the HH212 system and believed to be just 40,000 years old) that had around it a rotating accretion disk. Such disks are believed to be made of matter such as silicate, iron and other interstellar matter, and provide a steady source of food for the star. And because the disks are triple layered with brighter outer layers, the researchers describe it as looking like a hamburger. More information: Chin-Fei Lee et al. First detection of equatorial dark dust lane in a protostellar disk at submillimeter wavelength, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602935AbstractIn the earliest (so-called “Class 0”) phase of Sun-like (low-mass) star formation, circumstellar disks are expected to form, feeding the protostars. However, these disks are difficult to resolve spatially because of their small sizes. Moreover, there are theoretical difficulties in producing these disks in the earliest phase because of the retarding effects of magnetic fields on the rotating, collapsing material (so-called “magnetic braking”). With the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), it becomes possible to uncover these disks and study them in detail. HH 212 is a very young protostellar system. With ALMA, we not only detect but also spatially resolve its disk in dust emission at submillimeter wavelength. The disk is nearly edge-on and has a radius of ~60 astronomical unit. It shows a prominent equatorial dark lane sandwiched between two brighter features due to relatively low temperature and high optical depth near the disk midplane. For the first time, this dark lane is seen at submillimeter wavelength, producing a “hamburger”-shaped appearance that is reminiscent of the scattered-light image of an edge-on disk in optical and near infrared light. Our observations open up an exciting possibility of directly detecting and characterizing small disks around the youngest protostars through high-resolution imaging with ALMA, which provides strong constraints on theories of disk formation. Journal information: Science Advances Play Video explaining how a “dusty hamburger” (an accretion disk) feeds a central young star, or protostar, during the onset of an extra-solar system. Credit: Chin-Fei Lee/Lauren/ASIAA The captured image lays to rest one critique of the prediction of accretion disks around young stars, which was that the magnetic field from the core of the star would be so strong that it would prevent the accretion disk from spinning, thus preventing its ability to gather matter. That is clearly not the case, as the new image shows. Also seen in the image were gaseous jets ejected from the star, which appear to pierce the hamburger at its center.It is believed that more information about the formation of stars will contribute to understanding both the history of our sun and how planets form, perhaps offering a better way of filtering star systems while searching for signs of life beyond our own planet. Citation: First clear image made of accretion disk surrounding young star (2017, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. 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Slowestspinning radio pulsar detected by astronomers

first_img Extraterrestrial sources of radiation with a regular periodicity, known as pulsars, are usually detected in the form of short bursts of radio emission. Radio pulsars are generally described as highly-magnetised, rapidly rotating neutron stars with a lighthouse beam of radiation that produces the pulsed emission.However, finding new, long-period radio pulsars with a spin period of over 5.0 seconds is challenging for astronomers. Notably, only five of the 10 longest-period pulsars known have been found in periodicity searches, mainly due to their consistently larger aggregated flux over time.Recently, a group of researchers led by Chia Min Tan of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, UK, has found a new radio pulsar with a relative long spin period.The detection was made in July 2017, using the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) radio telescope network located mainly in the Netherlands, as part of the LOTAAS survey. LOTAAS is an all-Northern-sky survey for pulsars and fast transients at a central observing frequency of 135 MHz.Follow-up observations of the newly found pulsar were conducted using various ground-based observatories, including Green Bank Telescope, Lovell Telescope and Nancay Telescope.”We subsequently detected pulsations from the pulsar in the interferometric images of the LOFAR Two-meter Sky Survey, allowing for sub-arcsecond localization,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.Located some 5,200 light years away from the Earth, PSR J0250+5854 is a rotation-powered pulsar, what means the loss of rotational energy of the star provides the power for the radio emission. It has a spin period of approximately 23.5 seconds, which makes it the slowest-spinning radio pulsar known.Moreover, PSR J0250+5854 also has the slowest spin period when compared to any other known magnetars and X-ray dim isolated neutron stars (XDINSs). The authors of the paper noted that the similarity of the rotational parameters of the newly detected pulsar to the XDINSs and magnetars indicates a possible connection between them.The researchers also found that PSR J0250+5854 has surface magnetic field strength of 26 trillion G, age of 13.7 million years and spin-down luminosity of 82 octillion erg/s. According to the paper, these values suggest a dipolar magnetic field configuration in this pulsar.In concluding remarks, the scientists emphasized the importance of their discovery, noting that it has significantly expanded the known range of rotation-powered pulsar periods. They added that LOTAAS has the potential in discovering more slow-spinning pulsars similar to PSR J0250+5854 or even with slower spin periods. Explore further © 2018 More information: LOFAR discovery of a 23.5-second radio pulsar, arXiv:1809.00965 [astro-ph.HE] 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. An international team of astronomers has discovered a new radio pulsar as part of the LOFAR Tied-Array All-Sky Survey (LOTAAS). The newly detected object, designated PSR J0250+5854, turns out to be the slowest-spinning radio pulsar known to date. The finding is reported in a paper published September 4 on Discovery plot of PSR J0250+5854, folded at the fundamental period of 23.535 s, as inferred by the harmonically related candidates from the same observation. Note that, in the discovery observation, there was no candidate identified at the fundamental period itself. Credit: Tan et al., 2018. Citation: Slowest-spinning radio pulsar detected by astronomers (2018, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from New pulsar discovered during a search for a companion to a low-mass white dwarflast_img read more

Canada through the lens

The Canadian High Commission, in collaboration with Seher, is organizing Autumn Sonata, an exhibition of photographs by Tarun Mathur, capturing the beauty of autumn in Canada, at Alliance Francaise in Lodhi Road from 26 to 31 October. ‘I wanted to do some work based on the theme Autumn for which I did lots of research on Internet. Canada, especially its east coast, is extremely beautiful during the onset of Autumn. So I decided to go and work there,’ said Mathur. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Giving details of the project, the photographer said, ‘There are vast areas dedicated to nature and wildlife in Canada called Provincial Parks which are located near the big cities. In October last year, I travelled from Toronto to Algonquin Park, Mont Tremblant National Park and then to Vancouver to capture the beautiful landscape. This year I wanted to shoot in the Rocky Mountains so I started from Calgary and went to Banff, Jasper and Edmonton and from there to a few parks in Saskatchewan like Prince Albert Park and Cypress Hills park.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMathur also rued that there aren’t much to see in India during autumn. ‘In India, we don’t see much of autumn so maple leaves are totally unknown to us. I want to highlight the manner in which Canada protects and preserves its natural environment and wildlife. We should do the same in our country,’ Mathur said.Mathur’s tryst with the lens started with print media. After working with some newspapers, he decided to turn his hobby into a full time profession. He learnt the tricks of the trade under the guidance of veteran photographer Kasinath. ‘I began as a photo journalist while in college but later drifted away due to several reasons. I am now making a comeback after 25 years with this project,’ said Mathur.According to Mathur, some of the best places to see the beauty of autumn are in Canada, New Zealand, Finland and Norway where population is comparatively less. ‘In India, the ideal location would be Kashmir but I haven’t seen the valley yet,’ he said. The exhibition comprises several photographs priced between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15000.DETAILAt: Alliance Francaise,72, Lodhi Estate, Lodi RoadWhen: 26 October to 31 October Timings:11am to 7 pmPhone: 4350 0200 read more

Her story

first_imgAmerican Center in collaboration with Cinedarbaar aims to celebrate creative works of women through leading actresses and directors that have contributed to the American Cinema successfully and have charmed the audience world over with their exceptional talents. The 3 day festival from 27 – 29 March will showcase 5 movies at the American Center Auditorium (basement level) 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg.‘Women’s History Month Film Festival’ will open with A Woman under the Influence byJohn Cassavetes. Each day the film showcase will be followed by an interactive session and an interesting quiz with exciting prizes. Do not miss out for an interesting session on the first day, about the relationship between the husband and wife duo of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes and their collaboration over 10 films. As a takeaway, the visitors will get informative handouts acknowledging the exceptional works of the women directors and actresses. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will focus on auteur and actresses by showcasing their films which have been critically acclaimed & won several awards. The powerful performance by Gena Rowlands in A Woman under the Influence is often acclaimed as the finest performance by any actress ever committed to the big screen. Similarly Faye Dunaway in 1977 won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie Network.  She turned this incredibly difficult character into gold. Other contemporary actresses like Scarlett Johansson have worked with some of the finest directors and their performances have been critically acclaimed like in the Ghost World. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHollywood has seen some of the big box office hits by the women directors whose movies will be a part of the film festival. Martha Coolidge has proved to be one of Hollywood’s most successful commercial director. With Real Genius an incredibly humorous and wonderful film, she has proved her talent yet again. Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award in 2010. However, her earlier work features some stunning films that showcase a brilliant visionary style, and no other movie reflects that better than Strange Days. It was nominated for several Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film with Bigelow winning for Best Director.The entry to the festival is free and is on first come first serve basis. Entry is open for general public but by invitation only. E-mail to or collect passes from the American Center. And yes, carry a valid photo ID to enter and an e-invite (poster’s print copy).WHEN: 27 to 29 MarchWHERE: American Center Auditorium (basement level)last_img read more

Power traffic block for road overbridge work

first_imgKolkata: In connection with launching of Road Overbridge (ROB) girder, 6 (six) hours Power & Traffic block from 11.20 hrs to 17.20 hrs between Kumardubi & Mugma stations on Grand Chord line will be imposed on April 29 and May 5 (Sunday). As a result, following cancellations in train running have been made: 63545 Up Asansol-Dhanbad Passenger and 03302 Down Dhanbad-Asansol MEMU. 13151 Up Kolkata-Jammu Tawi Express will leave Kolkata at 13.20 hrs instead of 11.45 hrs on the dates mentioned. 11448 Up Howrah-Jabalpur Shaktipunj Express will leave Howrah station at 14.00 hrs instead of 13.10 hrs. 22388 Down Dhanbad-Howrah Black Diamond Express will leave Dhanbad at 16.55 hrs instead of 16.25 hrs.last_img read more

Fridays become New Music day globally

first_imgMusic, which has been releasing on different days of the week in various countries — from Mondays in markets such as France and Tuesdays in the US, will now be unveiled on Fridays universally by most record labels, starting July 10. The initiative will be beneficial to consumers the most, say experts.New Music Fridays is an initiative to unify all new music release days worldwide so that fans can access new music on the same day everywhere. Now, new music will be released on Fridays at 00:01 local time around the world. “Going forward, we have an exciting line up of international and domestic releases all lined up for New Music Fridays, Sunil D’Sa, vice president—marketing, Universal Music India, told a media person. He also shared that a simultaneous worldwide release day helps as music consumers in India will now have access to new music at the same time as the rest of the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He added that a unified global date for release “vastly reduces piracy as the music is available to everyone at the same time.”Sony Music has also welcomed the change with open arms. “It is an important initiative. If you see movies here, they all release on Fridays. Fans, therefore know there will be a new movie on Fridays. They plan accordingly. Even theatres and producers know. That wasn’t the case with music. Sony Music is doing it for international and domestic releases too. “There will be exceptions because of Bollywood,” Subramaniam pointed out, adding that they do plan to stick to the Friday release as far as possible.last_img read more

Govt to install electronic weighing machines at all markets under KMC

first_imgKolkata: The state Consumer Affairs department has decided to install electronic weighing machines at all the markets in the city that are maintained by Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). This will enable customers to weigh things purchased by them and feel convinced that they have not been cheated by the shopkeeper.”As per law, there is punishment for the shopkeepers who cheat people by giving them things lesser than the original weight. However, a section of shopkeepers would continue to cheat customers. Often, the common people complain that some shopkeepers manipulate their weighing machines to fleece customers. We want to ensure that customers are not cheated by any means,” state Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the KMC had held a meeting with the Consumer Affairs department and had urged the minister to install modern technology based electronic weighing machines at all the 46 municipal markets in the city owned by KMC. The minister has already spoken with Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and the concerned Member, Mayor-in-Council (Market) Amiruddin Bobby. “I have asked the civic body to allocate space in the municipal markets so that we can set up kiosks for placing these machines. The Mayor has already directed his concerned officials to take steps in this regard,” Pande said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources in the Consumer Affairs department, the price of each machine that will be installed will be in the range of Rs 30,000. “If customers, after buying fish, meat, vegetables etc. from the markets feel that shopkeepers have cheated them by giving things of less weight than what they had asked for, they can check it on their own,” a senior official of the department said. The department has plans to gradually introduce such weighing machines at all the markets in the city. “It was a long-standing demand of people in the city. We are hopeful that people will be immensely benefitted by this move and at the same time, unlawful practice on the part of a section of shopkeepers can be prevented,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Market) Amiruddin Bobby said.last_img read more

World record Himalayan mountaineering team traverses between Mt Kang Yatse peaks

first_imgDarjeeling: The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling has created a world record. While on an expedition to Mt Kang Yatse 1 and 2 in Ladakh, a three-member team traversed between the two peaks.”In the past, there have been attempts by the German, Italian and Russian teams to traverse between the two peaks but the attempts were not successful,” stated Wing Commander Devidutta Panda, vice-principal, HMI. Panda, who is the team leader, is an Everester. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn August 17, team 1 and team 2 comprising 9 members each had summited Kang Yatse 1 (6401m) and Kang Yatse 2 (6250m) respectively. “The initial plan was that both the teams would start traversing after the summit and crisscross each other on the knife ridge that connects the two peaks. However, after reaching Kang Yatse 1, the weather condition turned very bad with snow, high wind and zero visibility. While Team 1 decided to forgo traversing from peak 1 to 2, Team 2 decided to attempt traversing from Peak 2 to 1. They succeeded and created history,” added the Wing Commander. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe three-member team completed the 1.7 km traversing in 6 hours amidst extreme difficulties and low visibility.The three-member team consisted of Pawel Sharma, Passang Tenzing and Girish Singh. “It was extremely difficult as the ridge was jagged and difficult for a single person to stand upright. It consisted of loose rocks, ice and snow,” stated Sharma, an HMI instructor. Sharma summited Mount Everest in 2012 and Mount Makalu in 2009.”We did not use any fixed rope and carried out sequential climb in the Alpine-styled of climbing which is very effective,” added Sharma. It must be learnt that this expedition was the first alpine-styled expedition of HMI. “We did not use fixed ropes to traverse,” stated Sharma. In sequential climbing, one member climbs as the second gives belay. Once the first member reaches the top of the pitch, the first member gives belay to the other members. “We not only broke the record but also indulged in sensible climbing. None was hurt or injured. The expedition was successful. We left no garbage and instead collected garbage left behind by others and brought it back to Leh,” added the team leader. The planned expedition budget was around Rs 13 lakh whereas the incurred expenditure was around Rs. 12.4 lakh. Along with this, the expedition procured assets for the institute including solar panel and controller; parachute material for kitchen and training shed; duffel bags, drums and packing material.The HMI had tied up with the IMD for daily weather reports and the Indian Air Force for speedy evacuation in case of emergencies.The expedition had left Darjeeling on August 1 and returned on September 1. It was flagged off by SA Babam, principal secretary, department of Youth Services and Sports, West Bengal on Friday.The successful ascent of Mount Everest on May 29, 1953, by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, was a major boost to mountaineering in India. One year after this, historical event the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was established on November 4, 1954 — a result of personal initiative of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BC Roy to promote mountaineering in India.The HMI in its sixty-four years of existence has trained approximately 40,000 personnel, including 2,000 overseas trainees. Since 1954, the Institute has organized 13 mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayan regions and overseas, including the Alps.last_img read more

Promoting fashion to indulge in crosscultural experience

first_imgThe show, at Hyatt Regency, will be based on the theme “Future World Connection”. The extravaganza will showcase ensembles soaked in indigenous, sustainable fabrics by 12 Indian-New Zealand students. Three students each from Indian fashion institutes – the Pearl Academy (Noida, Jaipur and New Delhi), the National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi), as well as fashion institutes from New Zealand- Massey University and AUT University, together will work in pairs to design for this prestigious event. Each of the six teams will consist of one Indian student and one New Zealander who will present two garments each and compete with each other to win. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The Indian students of the two winning teams will be awarded a two-week internship at the participating New Zealand universities. The esteemed panel of judges will consist of Amit Agarwal, Rina Dhaka and Rohit Bal, who will select two winning teams, one each for the AUT University internship and the Massey University internship. The evening will witness the presence of the High Commissioner of New Zealand, Mr. Grahame Morton, FDCI designers, and faculty members from the NIFT and Pearl Academy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNew Zealand High Commissioner Grahame Morton said, “We are really excited to have Education New Zealand work with FDCI to host this first joint competition for teams of young kiwi and Indian student designers to develop garments that strongly reference the fabrics, cultural heritage and flair of both countries.”“Sustainability is the future of fashion and the FDCI has always supported style with a soul and it has been a recurring leitmotif in our repertoire. This interesting exchange between students from New Zealand and India will make it a spectacular rendition of cross cultural references, creating a surreal experience,” said Sunil Sethi, president, FDCI.last_img read more

16 dead puppies found in plastic bag on NRS campus

first_imgKolkata: A chaos broke out at NRS Medical College and Hospital on Sunday afternoon after some of the staff found 16 dead puppies wrapped inside a plastic packet.The plastic bag was spotted on the ground at the parking area near the administrative building of the hospital at around 3 pm. Eyewitnesses told police that two women were carrying the plastic bag and had dumped it at the parking area at around 2 pm. Nobody had a clue that the bag would contain 16 dead puppies. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAfter being informed police and some animal activists rushed to the spot. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the puppies might have been poisoned to death as certain food items were also found inside the packet. The animal activists, who were at the spot, demanded a forensic test in order to confirm if the puppies were poisoned. Police are investigating if any hospital employee is involved in the incident and are not ruling out such a possibility A senior official of NRS said there are some CCTVs installed inside the hospital premises that are going to help police identify the culprits. Cops are investigating if the puppies were there inside the hospital premises from before or brought from outside after being poisoned. They have recovered the carcasses from the spot. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.last_img read more

Two found dead in Beliaghata flat

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were found dead on the ground floor of a four-storied building in Beliaghata on Sunday morning.Local residents saw smoke coming out of their house and rushed in. According to locals, Shyam Sundar Ghosh (82) and Golok Bihari Ghosh (78) were brothers and used to reside at a building on Raja R. L. Mitra Road in Beliaghata. Around 6:30 am on Sunday a cleaning staff of the building sensed a foul smell emanating from duo’s flat. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseHe immediately informed other residents who knocked their doors repeatedly but no one replied. Police broke open the door and found the flat was filled with smoke. Police and other residents waited till the smoke cleared and found that Shyam and Golok were lying unconscious. No trace of fire was found then.The duo was immediately rushed to NRS Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared them brought dead. Later some of the residents informed police that they had felt some burning smell at night. It is suspected that late on Saturday night a fire somehow broke out inside the flat.Though the source of the fire was not found, Shyam and Golok died while they are sleeping due to the poisonous carbon monoxide. The exact cause of death could be determined only after the autopsy examination.last_img read more

Elephant Parade comes to India

first_imgThe Elephant parade comes to India. Thank God they decided to have artists and fashion designers and a few corporate houses like Good Earth because the choice of India’s artists shows that they have no idea of what do to when it comes to painting a pachyderm. Going by the success of the Elephant Parade in London it is the fashion designers who will set the bells ringing when it is finally auctioned in Mumbai. On the occasion of World Elephant Day 2017, Elephant Parade will take place in India from November 2017 to March 2018. As part of the 2017 UK India Year of Culture, Elephant Parade India aims to generate vital funds to secure 101 elephant corridors across India, for the endangered Asian elephants who face the risk of displacement through fragmentation of habitat and human disturbances. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFollowing 21 successful Elephant Parades worldwide, Elephant Parade India has engaged leading Indian artists, fashion designers, design institutes, tribal painters, and celebrities to turn 101 elephant sculptures into unique masterpieces, creating a striking spectacle of color to celebrate one of India’s most beloved and endangered animals. The painted elephants will be displayed in herds at prominent cities in India to be photographed, hugged and kissed by admiring audiences as part of what has become recognized as the world’s biggest public art event. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter the public displays across the cities, the elephants will then be sold at two high profile auctions in Mumbai and London to raise funds for their endangered wild cousins and their forest homes.A closer look shows that it is Anita Dongre, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Arora , Seema Kohli, Bajju Shyam Prabhakar Pachpute Rupali Patil and the Good Earth team, that have indeed created elephants that have the richness of intent and the aesthetics of design in being a testimony to the power of bringing life to a venture that will create design statements in colours and tones and graphic splendor. I use the term graphic splendor because sadly speaking, a number of artists chosen did not do justice to the act of painting. A lot of them painted the poor creature like a kitsch ridden inanimate object, not even worthy to be crooned over. The design dictates failed to emulate any grade of interest or intrigue. Perhaps, the best in the juxtaposition of the wildlife intent with an insignia of the culture of caring for the animal that is on an endangered list in Africa after 100,000 perishing for ivory tusks, is the design by Anita Dongre called Dappu Juju. While Good Earth’s Van Vaibhav is a masterpiece of deep interest in Bajju Shyam’s tribal notations and textures as well as the brilliant tree of life web of networks and characters of Seema Kohli’s vedic compositional patterns.last_img read more

Depressed couple jumps into Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: An elderly couple suffering from mental depression jumped into the river Hooghly near Ahritola Ghat from a vessel on Friday afternoon. The body of Tapas Kumar Dutta was fished out by the disaster management group, he was declared brought dead at the Howrah State General Hospital while his wife Shukla is undergoing treatment.According to police sources, the duo were residents of Hathkhola in Duttapukur, North 24-Parganas, had boarded a vessel from Bagbazar Ghat and was heading towards Howrah. Suddenly half way in their journey while the vessel was about to stop at Ahritola Ghat they jumped into the river. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe co-passengers were taken aback at the sudden incident but some of them who were good swimmers immediately jumped into the river to rescue them. The disaster management team at Ahritola Ghat also joined the rescue operation. They were rescued rushed to Howrah State General Hospital. It is alleged when the duo were taken to the hospital Shukla had claimed that they were unhappy because her son did not offer them adequate food. She claimed that they took the extreme step as they were ashamed how badly their son treated them. However, later in the day after she learnt that doctors had declared her husband dead she changed her statement. She informed the police that they were suffering from mental depression as her husband was suffering from diseases and the expenditure for the treatment was huge. Hospital sources said Shukla’s condition is stable and her son after being informed about the incident visited the hospital.last_img read more