The envisioned reader of blood alcohol content (BAC) will be small, as part of the button that turns the car on. If the driver is inebriated, the car won’t budge, even after the driver hits this “start” button.TruTouch, is a company that defines its specialty as noninvasive biometric intoxication detection systems. Its product for this automotive application has an infrared light. The optical touch pad transmits light into the skin via direct contact and collects a portion of the light reflected back by the skin. This signal is analyzed to determine the alcohol concentration and verify the user’s identity. The device’s test is said to be as accurate as a blood test. Takata is aiming to get the cost down to approximately $200 each. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — TK Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Takata Corporation of Japan, manufacturers of safety belts and airbag modules, will partner with TruTouch Technologies to create an in-car detection device that can tell if the driver is too drunk to drive. The device will check out the driver’s blood alcohol level through the skin of the finger. The finger-scanning device is seen as a nonintrusive but reliable way to keep drunk drivers off the road. Explore further To move the product further into development, the two companies partnering for this device have received a $2.25 million grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) and the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS).As for accuracy, observers say it would be a step up from the breathalyzer test, which can yield false positives. The Takata-TruTouch device could be on the market in eight to ten years. According to the NHTSA, the technology could be voluntarily installed as a new-car option.Skeptics ask if a voluntary, not mandatory, solution of this type will bring any meaningful change in the numbers of road accidents caused by drunk drivers. Nonetheless, supporters say the device may signal a new era in safety against drunk drivers.In 2009, close to 11,000 Americans, or one every 48 minutes, were killed in drunken-driving accidents, or 32% of the country’s total motor vehicle traffic fatalities, according to NHTSA data.As part of further product development efforts, the goal is to reduce processing time and to function not just at room temperature but under hot and cold temperatures and with different humidity and vibration levels. In future, cars might decide if driver is drunk The TruTouch Guardian device. Citation: ‘Driving under influence’ test inside car will check driver’s finger (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-dui-car-drivers-finger.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LA (2012, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-single-inlet-electric-vehicle-showcase-la.html (Phys.org) — Big names in global car manufacturers have announced a common method for charging electric vehicles. The companies are in agreement with a common charging technology for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States. The new method will provide special convenience by enabling car owners to charge their EVs using AC or DC from a single inlet. The charging system will allow for both alternating current and faster direct current charging on the same port. Another feature of the new system is that the charge can be done in faster time; a battery charge will take only 15 to 20 minutes. Explore further Seven auto manufacturers collaborate on harmonized electric vehicle fast charging solution Audi, General Motors, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, and Volkswagen are the automakers who support the technology, which will be showcased next week at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS) in Los Angeles, from May 6 to May 9.The first vehicles to use the system are expected next year. Vehicles are already in development that will be capable of using the new system. The charging solution is titled “DC Fast Charging with a Combined Charging System” or Combined Charging System, for short. An EVS statement says this is a step forward in reducing complexity with its combined AC and DC charging. “One vehicle inlet, one control logic, one communication path, and one electric architecture.” The LA event will show vehicles and charge pumps for the Combined Charging System. According to reports, the system was developed for all international vehicle markets. Uniformity was key, with identical electrical systems, charge controllers, package dimensions and safety mechanisms.Numerous auto blogs point to the announcement as good news for an EV industry trying to achieve wider consumer adoption by coming up with practical solutions for battery charging. Car buyers understandably are skittish about not having available charging opportunities on longer drives or about charging waits. The new method takes15 to 20 minutes to power up a car using a similar standard.The charging system integrates one-phase AC-charging, fast three-phase AC-charging, DC-charging at home and ultra-fast DC-charging at public stations into one vehicle inlet. The International Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has chosen the Combined Charging System as a standard that incrementally extends existing Type 1-based AC charging The standard is to be officially published this summer. ACEA, the European association of vehicle manufacturers, has chosen the Combined Charging System as its AC/DC charging interface for new vehicle types in Europe as of 2017.According to a Chrysler release, the timeline is as follows: Commercially available combined charging units are projected for later this year. All committed OEMs have vehicles in development that will use the Combined Charging System. The first vehicles to use this system will reach the market in 2013. © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The researchers, led by Professor Joel K.W. Yang, at A*STAR (the Agency for Science, Technology and Research) in Singapore, the National University of Singapore, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, have published a paper on the new technique for realizing 3D full-color stereoscopic prints in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”We have created possibly the smallest-ever stereoscopic images using pixels formed from plasmonic nanostructures,” Yang told Phys.org. “Such stereoscopic images do not require the viewer to don special glasses, but instead, the depth perception and 3D effect is created simply by viewing the print through an optical microscope coupled with polarizers.”The work is based on the concept of surface plasmon resonance: metal nanostructures can scatter different wavelengths (colors) of light due to the fact that the tiny nanostructures themselves resonate at different wavelengths. If a nanostructure is circular, its resonance is polarization-independent because the diameter of the circle is the same from all directions. However, if a nanostructure is biaxial (such as an ellipse or rectangle), its resonance will depend on the polarization of the incident light. By tailoring the exact dimensions of the biaxial nanopixels, researchers can generate different colors under different polarizations.Building on these ideas, the researchers in the current study have demonstrated that polarization-sensitive nanopixels that encode two sets of information can be used to produce 3D stereoscopic microprints. To do this, the researchers created nanopixels out of tiny pieces of aluminum a hundred or so nanometers across. The scientists experimented with nanopixels in two different shapes: elliptical and coupled nanosquare dimers (a pair of squares separated by a very small gap). 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. To demonstrate how these nanopixels could enable high-resolution 3D color microprints, the researchers designed a stereoscopic image containing stars on a 2D sheet by overlaying two slightly displaced views of the same image onto the same area. Then they added an x- and y-polarizer to the eyepieces of a microscope. Viewing the microprint through this stereomicroscope reveals a different image for each polarization, and the combined images appear as a 3D image.In addition to 3D prints, the polarization-sensitive nanopixels could have several other applications.”One can envision application of these prints to high-density optical information encoding or holography,” Yang said. “3D security elements that are difficult to replicate, and which offer different levels of authentication, could also be generated for anti-counterfeiting and anti-forgery technologies.”The researchers also note that it’s possible to make pixels that can encode not just two, but three or more images in a single pixel. For example, nanostructures that have circularly asymmetric shapes could have more than two polarization-dependent resonances due to the additional circularly polarized dimension. The researchers also plan to take steps toward commercialization.”Moving forward, there is much interest in developing techniques for creating such prints with significantly lower cost and higher throughput, both of which are imperative for this technology to be implementable at an industrial level,” Yang said. More information: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. “Three-dimensional plasmonic stereoscopic prints in full color.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms6361 Because these shapes are biaxial, they exhibit plasmonic resonances at different wavelengths for each axis, with the colors determined almost entirely by the dimension of the axis parallel to the polarization direction. For example, a 130-nm x 190-nm elliptical pixel appears green under y-polarized light and purple under x-polarized light. Comparing the two pixel shapes, the researchers found that the elliptical pixels have a broader range of polarization-dependent colors, while the nanosquare dimer pixels have lower levels of cross-talk, minimizing unwanted mixing of colors. Microprints of a square and cross printed onto the same area formed from (a) elliptical nanopixels and (b) coupled nanosquare pixels under x- and y-polarized light. (c) SEM image of the region indicated by the dotted box in (b). (d) Images decoupled by polarizers. (e) Overlay of images in (d) to form a stereoscopic image with depth perception. (f) SEM image of the region indicated by the dotted box in (e). Credit: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited Journal information: Nature Communications Citation: Researchers create 3-D stereoscopic color prints with nanopixels (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-d-stereoscopic-nanopixels.html Meta-hologram produces dual images and multiple colors (w/ Video) Explore further (Phys.org) —By designing nanopixels that encode two sets of information—or colors of light—within the same pixel, researchers have developed a new method for making 3D color prints. Each pixel can exhibit one of two colors depending on the polarization of the light used to illuminate it. So by viewing the pixels under light of both polarizations, two separate images can be seen. If the two images are chosen to be slightly displaced views of the same scene, viewing both simultaneously results in depth perception and the impression of a 3D stereoscopic image. © 2014 Phys.org (Left) Elliptical and coupled nanosquare pixels scatter different wavelengths of light depending on polarization. (Right) The stereomicroscope setup uses different polarizers on each eyepiece to image two superposed microprints which contain pixels that present two laterally displaced images to the left and right eyes of a viewer, resulting in depth perception. Credit: Xiao Ming Goh, et al. ©2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited
CRISPR-associated protein Cas9 (white) from Staphylococcus aureus based on Protein Database ID 5AXW. Credit: Thomas Splettstoesser (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0) Citation: CRISPR patent wars highlight problem of granting broad intellectual property rights for tech that offers public benefits (2017, November 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-crispr-patent-wars-highlight-problem.html CRISPR-Cas9 is a cutting-edge gene editing technique. It has been in the news as many researchers are using it to conduct gene editing research. But it has also been in the news because two parties are claiming they invented it. They are the University of California and the Broad Institute. It is believed that patent rights will generate a significant amount of revenue for the ultimate winner of the war due to licensing rights.As Rai and Cook-Degan note, the patent war (or another one like it) has been in the making for several decades due to passage of the Bayh-Dole Act back in 1980, which allowed entities to obtain patents on work done for federally funded research efforts. In the CRISPR war, both parties received funding from NIH and both applied for patents, but the timing is murky. But as the authors also note, something that should not be lost or overlooked in the legal wrangling is the rights of the public. If one party in the war wins, they are set to assume control over who can use the gene editing technique and in which sorts of ways. In granting such full ownership to a single entity, the courts could be hindering genetic research in possibly detrimental ways. What if a team of researchers is making progress on eliminating a genetic disease, for example, but is slowed because it cannot gain licensing to proceed? Innocent people might thus suffer due to a court decision. The authors suggest that the solution is for the courts to move away from granting broad patents in such cases and instead grant narrow patents that allow the holder some rights, but not all, creating a more open system of use for cutting-edge technology. (Phys.org)—Duke University Law professor Arti Rai and bio-technology professor Robert Cook-Deegan with Arizona State University have stepped into the gene editing patent war with an Intellectual Property Policy Forum paper they have had published in the journal Science. They suggest that courts should take more into account than who invented what first in some property rights disputes. With technology, such as CRISPR-Cas9, for example, they argue that some thought (and rights) should to be given to the public as beneficiaries of future research efforts related to that technology. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls More information: Racing for academic glory and patents: Lessons from CRISPR, Science 17 Nov 2017: Vol. 358, Issue 6365, pp. 874-876, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2468 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6365/874SummaryThe much-publicized dispute over patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology highlights tensions that have been percolating for almost four decades, since the U.S. Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 invoked patents as a mechanism for promoting commercialization of federally funded research. With the encouragement provided by Bayh-Dole, academic scientists and their research institutions now race in dual competitive domains: the quest for glory in academic research and in the patent sphere. Yet, a robust economic literature argues that races are often socially wasteful; the racing parties expend duplicative resources, in terms of both the research itself and the legal fees spent attempting to acquire patents, all in the pursuit of what may be a modest acceleration of invention. For CRISPR, and future races involving broadly useful technologies for which it may set a precedent, the relationship between these competitive domains needs to be parsed carefully. On the basis of legal maneuvers thus far, it appears that the litigants will try for broad rights; public benefit will depend on courts reining them in and, when broad patents slip through, on updating Bayh-Dole’s pro-commercialization safeguards with underused features of the Act. 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.
As the mercury continued to soar high, Dilli Haat had one ready solution to beat it all. The Sharbat Mela took over the Capital through the 30 May to 1 June weekend as Delhi Tourism opened up stalls at INA Dilli Haat to treat the citizens. The venue witnessed hundreds of visitors walking in to enjoy the drinks on offer and of course the food stalls, that make Dilli Haat a one-stop destination for the Capital’s foodies, had the perfect dishes to accompany the cooling offerings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The idea behind organising this mela is to provide Delhiites with a cool, natural escape from the heat. There were a variety of traditional drinks and flavors available at the mela such as thandai, sattu, kokam panna, lassi, jaljeera, chuski, faluda kulfi, lemon, kevda, rose, sandal, mint as well as modern drinks such as mango shake. There are more than 40 different kinds of drinks to treat the visitors and make them forget for a while that it was summer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year’s special attraction of Sharbat Mela is the organic squashes and juices from Navdanya and Yamu’s Panchayat. There were also drinks made of Ladakh Himalayan Berries, Sea Buckthorn and Rhododendron juice. These juices are refreshing as well as very healthy. Fruits and plant juices organically grown like Mango, Ginger, Litchi, Pudina Squash were also available at the Sharbat Mela. Apart from enjoying the variety of drinks on offer, various folk dances and cultural programmes were also being organised to keep the crowd entertained as they sipped their drinks and enjoyed the food. There were folk dance performances by Sahitya Kala Parishad every evening during the event. With the advent of Sharbat Mela, the visitors were able to taste some of the most exquisite drinks and soothe themselves. The heat wave took a breather as Delhiites cooled off at Dilli Haat. And now we cannot wait for next year!
Nicole Kidman says she loves playing the villain in movies because as a child, she was ‘happiest’ pretending to be a villain. ‘I was the kid who loved the wicked witch in ‘The Wizard of Oz’. So, of course, I grew up to be the girl who wants to play the villain in a movie,’ she said.
In an unprecedented development, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has bagged 34% seats in yet-to-be conducted Panchayat Polls. There will be no polling in 20,076 seats of the total 58,692 seats in the forthcoming three-tier Panchayat polls in West Bengal because the ruling Trinamool Congress has won at about one-third seats uncontested.
The Delhi based artiste Seema Kohli stands poised to gave back to the city, that has given her so much, in her innovative Cutting Chai installation at The NDMC Palate Mini from March 13 -15 at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, Delhi’s plush park spread over 80 acres boasting of a dazzling collection of blossoming flowers.The Cutting Chai installation is made of metal servers traditionally called ‘Cheekka’ used to serve tea in rural areas. Chai being the common accomplice to any conversation in all strata holds a very recognisable space. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Says Seema Kohli, “While painting I can hold my conversation intact with my canvas and me. I have used teacups and the idea of tea as a means of introspection, leading to final liberation. It holds an important dialogue between me and my inner, my outer, my social and my spiritual world. Hence the need for this installation.”The Cheekka holds cutting tea glasses with tea lights in it. The size of the installation can be increased or decreased according to the space allotted. The materials used include metal wire, glass, acrylic colour and tea. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeema Kohli’s art practice involves various disciplines from drawing, painting, sculptures, installations and performance. The most significant one to emerge is ‘Performance Art’. Decay, hybridisation and transformation: Creating new identity; reshaping belongings; intimacy; a dialogue of matter and memory, all these constitute the language of her work.‘Time’ as a factor, is central to her practice, whether it’s a wrapped object or a performance. She uses time as medium, which is extended, assembled and captured. The aspects of continuity, repetition, vulnerability, duration, temporality, awareness, situation and public involvement are also inherent qualities that inform her art practice. The process before and after the performance is equally important and challenging.
Kolkata: Three persons were killed and one injured in two separate road accidents in the city on late Tuesday night.Two youth were killed while another sustained critical injuries when the scooter they were riding skidded near Park Clinic nursing home on AJC Bose on late Tuesday night.The deceased have been identified as Ubed Hasan and Afroz Khan. According to police, Hasan was riding the scooter with Khan as pillion. They scooter was at a top speed when Hasan lost control over the scooter near Park Clinic nursing home. According to the preliminary investigation, police said the accident happened when the scooter skidded. The victims, who were not wearing helmets, fell from the scooter and hit the divider. Police suspect that there was accumulated water which might have led to the accident. The biker could not control the scooter as it was at a high speed. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsLocals rushed the victims to a nearby hospital where the duo was declared brought dead. They had critical injuries in their head. While another youth, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, has been undergoing treatment in a hospital with serious injuries. Police said the victims were going to Camac Street area from Narkeldanga on late Tuesday night when the incident occurred.Another incident took place near Muchibazar area of Ultadanag when a youth was knocked down by a speeding vehicle. The victim was trying to cross the road at around 12 am on Tuesday night. The driver of the vehicle fled the spot along with the vehicle after the accident. Police are trying to ascertain the identity of the victim. The incident triggered tension in the area with locals staging a demonstration at the site of the accident.Locals alleged that the victim was lying on the road for quite sometime before he was taken to the hospital by the police. The youth aged between 30-35 was declared brought dead after being taken to a hospital. The incident caused traffic jam in the area for a few minutes. The situation was later brought under control by the senior police officers. Police are yet to identify the vehicle and examining the CCTV footages.
Kolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 13-year-old boy whose body was found at his residence in Uttarpara in a strangulated condition.The incident triggered tension among locals. The family members of the victim, however, alleged that he was murdered following some family rivalry. Police are probing into all possible angles behind the incident. The victim has been identified as Subhojit Jana. He was a class VIII student of Uttarpara Amarendra Vidyapith in Hooghly. The incident took place in Mondalpara area of Uttarpara on Saturday evening when his parents were not Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeat home. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victim might have been playing with a piece of cloth when the incident occurred. They are also investigating if or not the victim was trying to enact a scene that he might have watched on television. It was learnt from the police sources that when his parents reached home they found that he was lying on the floor with a piece of cloth tied around his neck. They immediately took the victim to Uttarpara State General Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The family members of the boy told the police that they suspect foul play behind the incident as there was a family rivalry going on for sometime. They demanded a high-level probe. The senior police officers in the district assured the family members that they are looking into all possible angles. Police have sent the body for an autopsy.
Each chapter brings out sensational revelations that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy.For the first time since the NSEL crisis engulfed the FTIL group, an investigation uncovers sensational revelations in the chronological narrative of ‘The Target’. This is the first time that explosive exposure regarding a powerful politician and an influential bureaucrat have come to the fore in the NSEL saga. Many a times in the past, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s name has been dragged with controversies surrounding market manipulations. This book has authenticated the degree of his interest in the business of stock exchanges. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShantanu has combined his investigation with flashbacks of Jignesh Shah’s stardom. He has produced documentary evidence that adds merit to his research which went on for nearly two years. Each chapter brings out an observation that if taken into consideration and scrutinised individually could be vital in understanding the larger conspiracy. Through a seamless flow, the book brings out the core – how Chidambaram’s most favourite bureaucrat, K P Krishnan, in the Finance Ministry took the rising competition against NSE due to FTIL’s phenomenal rise as a potential threat to their interest. NSEL crisis was a smokescreen to the ulterior motive which was to obliterate FTIL group and Jignesh Shah’s innovative spirit. The crux of the book is the strategic planning to execute the hatched plot against Jignesh Shah and his group. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing in glimpses of the past, Shantanu describes Jignesh Shah as an unstoppable force who changed the dynamics of the financial markets. And, it became a catalyst for his downfall.From then on the book spirals into exposing the conspiracy by the political-bureaucratic-rival network that colluded so that Jignesh Shah who had effortlessly torn down NSE’s cartel and established a democratic market for all could be stripped off his innovative spirit. Planned strategic measures that fell into place one by one to entangle Jignesh Shah and his FTIL group in a web of conspiracy has been narrated explicitly. One often wonders if not for this book, could anyone have imagined that the financial markets do run a parallel administration in the country. Without any doubt, the protagonist of the book is Jignesh Shah. Shantanu draws parallels in Shah’s life from that of John Galt from Ayn Rand’s legendary novel ‘Atlas Shrugged’. John Galt dared to challenge the status quo of the existing system by standing up against those who tried to bring him down. In the end, like John Galt, Shah too revolutionised the system. Shah comes across a man who has been misconstrued because he defied popular perception by playing the odds and winning every time!
Thanks to global warming; your morning cup of coffee could be a lot more pricey in the years to come. Researchers have estimated that climate change could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America – the world’s largest coffee-producing region – by as much as 88 per cent by 2050. The study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. “Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to be produce well,” said study co-author Taylor Ricketts, Professor at University of Vermont in the US.”This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming – in ways that will hit coffee producers hard,” Ricketts said. While other research has explored climate – coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale. The study was conducted with advanced modeling, spatial analysis and field data. It forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela. The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in Mexico, Colombia and, mainly in mountainous areas.
One of the oldest lane surrounding the north campus – ‘Hudson Lane’ – has stood the test of time, competing with fancy restaurants and cafes in the Capital. But what is so special about this place that people choose it over lavish restaurants?With a plethora of hangout options that are not only easily accessible but exceptionally budget-friendly, it is an ideal place for foodies. Lying close to the Kamla Nehru College, the place is highly popular among the students. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I went to this place on the first day of my college and haven’t been able to get enough of it,” said Harshit Jain, a student of Kamla Nehru College, adding, “This is one place where all my friends meet every single day. Besides offering myriad flavors from different cuisines, the aura of the place is amazing. It’s a stop where can just sit and chill for hours, without any sort of restriction.”Despite the sudden rise in cafes and changing food scene of the lane, this place stays true to its roots. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I have seen this place grow and change. When I was a student, I used to be excited all the time for Charan Singh’s food van or Surinder’s chole bhature. Eating shahi paneer and rajma chawal over a few laughs was one of those memories I still cherish. The best part was interacting with the cooks in the food joint while learning how to make our favourite dishes. People in this area have always been extremely friendly and cheerful. We feel at home when we come here,” said Tanmay Goel, student from Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Though Satya Niketan – the area surrounding south campus, is equally popular among the college goers, Hudson lane gets an upper hand when it comes to a society meeting or a casual lunch gathering. One of the major reason for people choosing Hudson over Satya Niketan is the open space it has. Hudson is designed over a big place and the cafes are widely spread. People don’t have to necessarily to go and sit in cafes. They can eat street food or sit in parks in this area. On the other hand, Satya Niketan is congested and has cafes next to each other, making it extremely crowded. Even though new restaurants are opened on a daily basis in this cute-little lane, people preferably sit and eat in their favorite old restaurants. “I personally love trying new cuisines and places. But even though there are quite a few nice cafes that have opened up in this area, Ricos, Hudson Cafe or BYD will always remain my favourite. It’s not that I don’t like the new cafes, but the old ones have a homely feel to it. We are accustomed to the ambiance and are really not over it yet,” said Anushi Arora, Miranda House.If you haven’t visited the area yet, go and check out. It has a number of options which will convince you to come back again.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board (WBJEEB) on Tuesday kicked off e-counselling for admission to four-year degree level engineering and technology, four-year degree level pharmacy, five-year degree level architecture and for all degree level courses in Jadavpur University. The total number of seats available for admission as per website of the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board is approximately more than 30,000. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA detailed notification regarding eligibility and other criteria for e-counseling and admission has already been put up in the website of the Board. The results of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination was declared on May 20 and 80,580 students are eligible to take part in the couselling. The total number of seats has been created by the state Higher Education department with feedback from all institutions both government and private. Last year, the total number of seats available for admission was around 34,000. The online choice filling of preferred subjects and institutions will continue till June 30. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe locking will be done at 12 pm on June 30 and the board will publish the first list of seat allotment on July 3. If a student is satisfied with his college and seat allotment he/ she can go to any of the 22 reporting centres across the state and can lock his/ her seat after furnishing documents, payment of admission fees and other formalities. If a candidate is dissatisfied with seat allotment he/ she will have to inform the reporting centre and opt for the second round counselling. The results of second round counseling will be notified on July 9. If a candidate is still not happy with the seat allotment he will be eligible for third which is the last round of counseling. The results of third round seat allotment will be published on July 13. “The dates for physical reporting and admission at finally allotted institutes will be held till July 4 to 20 and the admission process will close on July 20,” said registrar of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board Dibyendu Kar. Candidates have been advised to go through the notifications of the board before opting for counseling and other formalities for admission which has been clearly notified by the Board. Malayendu Saha, president of WBJEEB said that the board wants all institutions to commence classes by August 1. The majority of institutions available for admission on the basis of results of state Joint Entrance Examination in Bengal is affiliated to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology(MAKAUT). The total number of institutions under MAKAUT is 215 among which 90 offers pure engineering. It may be mentioned that the All India Council of Technical Education has recently denied affiliation to around 2,700 engineering colleges across the country as several seats in these colleges were lying vacant for the last few years.
While he spent much of his time disguised by a giant fiberglass head, musician and comedian Chris Sievey was far from unsociable. As unpredictable alter ego Frank Sidebottom he appeared to enjoy nothing more than chatting with fans, sometimes in the comfort of their own homes. He was a much-loved icon of British character comedy, both accessible and remote. When he passed away from cancer in 2010, his hand-crafted album sleeves, newsletters, and sports programs provided a wealth of cryptic information. In fact, the codes he left behind were so obscure, GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) were brought in to crack them.Director Steve Sullivan, who made the documentary Being Frank (2018), decided to consult the UK’s elite puzzle solvers. They pored over strange symbols left in the borders of Sidebottom’s artistic output. Sullivan confided in BBC News that “it was entirely plausible that there wasn’t code there and that he was just winding people up.”Photo by BeingFrankMovie CC BY SA 2.0However, the gambit paid off, though it happened on Sidebottom’s terms. At first GCHQ didn’t get anywhere interpreting what the codes might mean. It took the discovery of a further nugget of information from the late comedian to set them on the right path.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTurned out he deliberately confused potential crackers by mixing his messages in with symbols created by his children. By putting these in an outer row, while drawing his own along an inner row, he managed to pull off a mind bender worthy of any spy agency.Once Sullivan had been informed about this crucial detail by Chris Sievey’s son Stirling, he updated the team with the news that “the outer ring is a red herring”. He then received “an email one day saying, ‘Right, we’ve cracked it during a light-hearted training exercise.’”The headquarters of GCHQ in 2017As befitting Sievey and Sidebottom’s roots in North West England, “the first word cracked by GCHQ boffins was Sidebottom’s favorite word, ‘bobbins’.” The website Everything2.com states, “Bobbins are… those devices used for storing large volumes of cotton,” going on to mention that Frank described it as rhyming slang for “‘Bobbins of Cotton’ meaning Rotten… bobbins is quite a good euphemism to use when decrying something without causing offense.”The other words and messages revealed were pleasingly surreal, with the most understandable being “Why does my nose hurt after concerts?” Because Sievey put a peg on his nose when performing as Sidebottom there isn’t much of a mystery behind that one.Photo by Being Frank Movie CC BY SA 2.0People would make the mistake of thinking Frank Sidebottom was just a comic creation. He went way beyond that. In 2010 the Manchester Evening News interviewed Sidebottom, reporting, “Like thousands before me… I never got to see the man behind the papier-mache mask. His last text message to me, which I received minutes after leaving the pub, read: ‘And this time no mention of that Chris Sievey character.’”Sievey was a prolific musician and artist who came up with Sidebottom as an offshoot of his band The Freshies in 1984. When people took to the nasal-voiced creation he became more of a full-time role.He made frequent appearances on TV and radio, where he cultivated an atmosphere of genuine anarchy. His trademark head, with its cartoon-like features, went from papier-mache to a more substantial version as time went on. His musical releases included I’m The Urban Spaceman, Christmas Is Really Fantastic and the World Cup charity single Three Shirts On My Line.Frank sidebottom. Photo by Jonathan Beeston CC By 2.5As written by The Skinny in 2014, “The beauty of Sidebottom performances was that no two would ever be the same; they were completely unpredictable and utterly brilliant live revues in which anything could happen.”In the same feature, Sullivan describes filming with the man himself. Lifting the head to put in a microphone, he noticed that “Chris’s eyes were completely glazed over. There was no recognition. He was Frank.”He wasn’t in it for the money either. The performer “gave most things away for free or destroyed them… Even at the height of his popularity during the late 80s, Frank would hire out his services to come to your house to entertain.” When Sievey died, his funeral had to be crowdfunded. A statue of Sidebottom was erected in his home town of Timperley, Greater Manchester (Sievey was born in nearby Ashton-on-Mersey).Frank Sidebottom statue Timperley Manchester. Photo by Duncan.Hull CC BY SA 3.0The character made it to the big screen in a sense when the movie Frank was released in 2014. Starring Michael Fassbender behind the giant head, the script was a loose adaptation of Sidebottom’s life based on a book by journalist and friend Jon Ronson.Read another story from us: The Scream of Sam Kinison – Religious Preacher Turned Rock Star ComedianAs it transpired, Sidebottom’s mystery wasn’t such a conundrum after all. Ironically the code grid he used — which would have supplied answers without the need to call on the government — was stumbled upon in the back of an old address book. This happened just 24 hours after GCHQ delivered their findings.
Colin makes no secret that he’s a huge admirer of Tom Brady and New England’s dynasty, but he always roots for good stories over teams because good content is good for his business.Despite his admiration for Brady and Belichick, the best potential storyline for this weekend would be if the Patriots lost at home to the Chargers, effectively signaling the end of their dynasty. Colin can already taste the massive ratings for his Monday show if New England goes down, but it’s not gonna happen.He has repeatedly said that this New England team isn’t on the level of past Super Bowl teams talent-wise, but Tom Brady is 97-8 at home when scoring first, and it’s hard not to see him getting on the scoreboard first against a Chargers team playing their second straight East Coast road game. After jumping L.A. early, the Patriots will grind out another clinical close win like so many times before at Foxboro.The Chargers unquestionably have the better overall roster, but Brady has beaten more talented teams his entire career, especially at home, The Pats dynasty will end at some point, but it’s not happening this weekend. Not in Foxboro. Advertisement
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1. iCloud is personal, not professional. It is overwhelmingly geared toward individual users with more than one Apple device. The problem is that the same service used to sync music and television shows is also used to share calendars and documents between devices. Differentiating professional data, contacts, calendars and documents from personal ones, while possible, can require more time and effort than some entrepreneurs are willing to put in. Related: Steve Jobs: Victim of His Own Dogged Determination? 2. Collaboration is limited or doesn’t work.Apple’s iCloud is device-dependent. Group-sharing options — for instance, syncing calendars among co-workers — are limited, and when they are present they’re restricted to other iCloud users. Not only does this require your colleagues to own an Apple device, they also must be using a compatible operating system and have an iCloud account set up.The iCloud also lacks document sharing capability. For limited document storage — say you need to access a document on the road from your iPhone — it can work, but the document has to be stored in your personal iCloud. Again, the iCloud is a solo experience.Related: How Apple’s Siri Could Destroy Local SEO 3. Other business sharing solutions do it better.To some, it might seem as though Apple is trying to reinvent the wheel when it comes to business file sharing. Other team-based document sharing solutions such as San Mateo, Calif.-based Sugar Sync or Google Apps can usually be easier to set up and more flexible.The mobile version of Google Apps — which can be accessed on an iPhone, iPad or even an iPod Touch — is fast, stable, device-agnostic and allows for first-rate team access. All it takes is to bookmark your Google Apps account homepage in your iPhone or click on the Apps button in the Google iPhone app to create a superior solution to the iCloud.Given its limited scope and that there are so many other ways to access files from the Web, why bother with iCloud? Our bet is that most businesses won’t.Related: Why Entrepreneurs Love Steve Jobs Have you tried or do you use Apple’s iCloud? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below. While Apple may be a gem in the eyes of its customers, one of its newest features — the iCloud — is sorely lacking when it comes to applications for small-business users.Apple markets iCloud, its cloud-computing and file-syncing service, as a powerful content storage solution. But businesses can struggle to get serious productivity out of iCloud. And as an enticement for businesses looking to switch over to Apple products, iCloud doesn’t begin to make the sale.Here are three reasons you might want to skip the Apple iCloud for your business: min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 6, 2012
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There are a lot of breathless predictions about the future of the Internet of Things, or IoT.According to the pundits, in the not-too-distant future we will live in smart homes and navigate our smart city streets to work in smart offices. All along the way, big-data-driven algorithms will synthesize information across disparate inputs to make our lives easier by automatically controlling all sorts of widgets.According to industry-watchers, the IoT market has the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025. Sixty-one percent of executives agree companies that are slow to integrate the IoT will fall behind the competition, and 96 percent of executives expect their business to be using the IoT in some respect by 2016.By 2022, a typical family home in a mature, affluent market could contain several hundred smart objects. That is, smart in the sense of gaining some level of sensing and intelligence combined with the ability to communicate wirelessly.Related: What the ‘Internet of Things’ Means for Enterprising EntrepreneursIn many cases, this cloud-based information will itself be informed by telemetry from other low-power and inexpensive devices, creating a cross-vendor virtuous cycle. Think of the sprinkler system that doesn’t come on in the morning because it knows it’s going to rain in two hours, and you start to get an idea of the potential impact the IoT can have.However, most of the “smart” devices of today are not much more than party tricks. They certainly won’t be the drivers of a billion-dollar revolution. If it’s going to live up to its promise, the IoT must be more than adding a smartphone-based remote control to an existing device.One of my favorite examples of a silly feature is a dishwasher that can be remotely started via a smart phone app. That’s great, but given the amount of physical interaction required to get a dishwasher ready for that step — loading the dishes, putting in the soap, closing the door, etc. — what benefit do consumers really get from walking away and starting the cycle from another device?For most devices, Internet connectivity just isn’t that compelling. Really: How much do I care about my hot water heater? I certainly don’t need regular communications with it. I just want to know that it’s working.Your users are already drowning in smartphone apps. With some limited exceptions in the area of lifestyle brands, they don’t want more. To fully exploit the promise of the IoT, companies of all types need to think about how to leverage a more subtle use of connectivity into compelling products and services. Resetting the lowly thermostat from my phone is fine, but what if I could receive a text alert when the house is too cold or too hot, when the furnace is running inefficiently or when the furnace filter needs to be changed?How about linking my thermostat into geofencing to set back the heat when everyone leaves based on smartphone location? It would be helpful if my thermostat could tie into demand response and offer me a discount if I allow my utility to shed electrical load at peak times.Related: 3 Industries Entrepreneurs Can Disrupt With the ‘Internet of Things’As for the the dishwasher, what if it automatically operated when electric rates are the lowest, alerted me when a drain is blocked or proactively scheduled recommended maintenance? Let’s not stop there. The manufacturer could periodically upgrade the software on my device to give me new features and the dishwasher could automatically order detergent from Amazon when it knows I’m running low, based on the number of cycles since the last purchase.For the strong projected growth to occur IoT technology must evolve the dynamic between people and their things in smart and interactive environments. Product designers and manufacturers have the opportunity to begin creating products that will enhance lives by allowing smart devices to not only interact with the user, but learn, respond, predict and communicate with other devices to understand what is needed before the user even knows.The IoT is quickly reaching the point at which the future visions promised in a Jetson-esque worldview are becoming realities. Companies that develop smart devices with autonomous operation that create additional value for the end user will be the most successful in the long run.Related: Want a Piece of the $33B-and-Growing ‘Internet-of-Things’ Market? Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 22, 2015
The Apple Watch lacks a key feature other devices from the company have that help deter theft, one tech website found.Apple’s iOS devices have a feature called Activation Lock that basically prevents a person from completely wiping the device without the Apple ID and password of the original owner. This function is aimed at helping dissuade thieves from stealing a device in the first place because they can’t completely reset it.However, the Apple Watch OS 1.0 does not currently have this feature. So if someone gets their hands on your Apple Watch they are capable of completely resetting the device so that it can be paired with a new iPhone.As first mentioned in idownloadblog.com, this isn’t necessarily a problem from a data standpoint, but rather it’s a security problem because it makes the already highly desired smartwatch even more of a target for thieves since it can be easily wiped and resold clean.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.Read the full report on idownloadblog.com. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 15, 2015 This story originally appeared on CNBC 1 min read
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read June 1, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Google increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website on Monday that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.Users have been able to control certain privacy settings for months or years, such as whether to save web browser and location history, which is also used in targeted advertising.But managing the controls is confusing and time consuming because the settings are in various places across the web that are not always easy to find.Now users will be able to use My Account, which provides a privacy checkup and security checkup, or lists where people can check off which data they want to be public and private.Google’s new website answers frequently asked questions, such as whether the company sells personal data and what information is given to advertisers.”We knew that users find privacy and security really mysterious so we wanted to make it very approachable,” said Guemmy Kim, product manager for account controls and settings.Data control has become increasingly important to users in recent years as more day-to-day activity has moved to the Internet.In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked classified documents that showed the U.S. National Security Agency was engaging in mass collection of phone records, placing companies that have enormous amounts of data, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, under increasing scrutiny.Only 9 percent of people in a recent Pew survey felt they had a “lot” of control over their data.Monday’s rollout comes on the heels of newly increased app permissions for Android, which Google announced at its annual developer’s conference last week. The new system mirrors the app permissions on Apple’s iPhones, which do not allow apps to automatically access numerous types of data, such as location or phone contacts.(Reporting By Yasmeen Abutaleb; Editing by Michael Perry)