WiFi hotspot option for 2011 Subaru Outback

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The 2011 Subaru Outback model will include the option of a secure Wi-Fi hotspot to provide Internet access for over 10 users either inside the car or within a range of 45 meters (150 feet) of the vehicle. Explore further Citation: Wi-Fi hotspot option for 2011 Subaru Outback (2010, July 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-wi-fi-hotspot-option-subaru-outback.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Verizon gives free Wi-Fi to Internet customers The Subaru Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot operates on 2.5 G and 3 G networks and is powered by Autonet Mobile. Download speeds range from 400 to 800 kbps, while uploads range from 128 to 300 kbps with 3G connection. The relative ranges for 2.5 G are 120-200 kbps and 50-100 kbps. The service is backed by user support via Subaru and Autonet Mobile customer service resources.The Wi-Fi hotspot will work with all Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as iPhones, iPod Touch, personal digital assistants (PDAs), play station portables (PSPs), laptops and Macintoshes. It cannot be installed if the Subaru Remote Engine Starter is installed.The Wi-Fi hotspot is simple to use and works just like any other Wi-Fi hotspot with no special software or set up required: just connect and launch the browser. The connection is secured with WEP encryption, WAN port restriction, or MAC address restriction. The system supports WPA/WPA2 encryption.The Wi-Fi hotspot option will be available for a minimum one-year contract and will cost $499 US, with a $35 activation fee and after the first free 90 days, will cost $29 per month for one gigabyte up to $59 per month for five gigabytes of data. If data is transferred over the limit, the connection is progressively slowed for every bit of data transfer beyond the plan’s limit, but the system can be set up to notify users they are approaching the bandwidth limit of their plan.Subaru say the system covers 97 percent of the United States. There are no plans for it to be made available in other countries. 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

Researchers observe drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi

first_imgPrinciple of the experiment. Credit: Nature, 491, 736–739 (29 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11613 Researchers have known about superfluidity – materials that have particles that are able to flow with minimal resistance – for approximately 75 years, but up till now have never been able to observe the drop in resistance in an atomic gas superfluid. In this new work, the researchers built an apparatus that allowed them to do just that using nothing but lasers, magnetism and lithium gas.The team first created a cloud of supercooled lithium gas, then manipulated its shape using laser beams. In so doing they created a dumbbell shaped cloud – two chambers with a channel running between them. Another laser was used to block the lithium atoms from moving across the channel between the chambers serving as a gate. By forcing one chamber to have more lithium atoms than the other, the researchers created an imbalance between the two which caused atoms to flow naturally from one chamber to the other when the laser gate was “lifted.” In this controlled manner, the researchers were able to measure the rate at which the atoms moved across the chamber. In a normal state, they found it to be approximately 5 millimeters per second.In the second stage of the experiment, the researchers added a magnetic field to the same dumbbell shaped lithium cloud to cause the gas to become a superfluid. This time they found when lifting the laser gate and measuring the rate at which the atoms moved across the channel, their speed had risen to 30 millimeters per second. The increased speed came about due to the absence of resistance.The creation of this simple apparatus marks the first time that scientists have been able to observe the changes that occur when a Fermi gas moves from an ordinary gas to one that is a superfluid. The researchers suggest that observing gases changing this way could lead to advances in supercomputing devices and might even be used to serve as models to help describe the history of the early universe. (Phys.org)—Physicists working at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in Switzerland have succeeded in building an apparatus that has allowed for the observation of the drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas. They describe their work in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Nature. More information: Observing the drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas, Nature, 491, 736–739 (29 November 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11613AbstractThe ability of particles to flow with very low resistance is characteristic of superfluid and superconducting states, leading to their discovery in the past century1, 2. Although measuring the particle flow in liquid helium or superconducting materials is essential to identify superfluidity or superconductivity, no analogous measurement has been performed for superfluids based on ultracold Fermi gases. Here we report direct measurements of the conduction properties of strongly interacting fermions, observing the well-known drop in resistance that is associated with the onset of superfluidity. By varying the depth of the trapping potential in a narrow channel connecting two atomic reservoirs, we observed variations of the atomic current over several orders of magnitude. We related the intrinsic conduction properties to the thermodynamic functions in a model-independent way, by making use of high-resolution in situ imaging in combination with current measurements. Our results show that, as in solid-state systems, current and resistance measurements in quantum gases provide a sensitive probe with which to explore many-body physics. Our method is closely analogous to the operation of a solid-state field-effect transistor and could be applied as a probe for optical lattices and disordered systems, paving the way for modelling complex superconducting devices. Explore further Journal information: Naturecenter_img Watching a gas turn superfluid © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Researchers observe drop of resistance in the flow of a superfluid Fermi gas (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-resistance-superfluid-fermi-gas.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.last_img read more

Solving the zeolite conundrum Researchers make unfeasible zeolites

first_img Journal information: Nature Chemistry Synthesis of ‘unfeasible’ zeolites. The ADOR process involves the selective disassembly of a germanosilicate with, in this particular case, the UTL structure to form a layered material (called IPC-1P) (i) followed by the use of the choline cation (shown as a blue circle with a positive charge) as the SDA to shift the layers with respect to each other (IPC-9P) (ii). The layers can then be reassembled in two ways, by calcination to form IPC-9 (iii) and by calcination after intercalation of diethoxydimethylsilane to form IPC-10 (iv). Blue, tetrahedrally coordinated silicon or germanium atoms; red, oxygen atoms. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2374 New research demonstrates that “unfeasible” zeolites architectures are synthetically possible by using a different strategy than traditional sol-gel hydrothermal methods. Michal Mazur, Paul S. Wheatley, Marta Navarro, Wieslaw J. Roth, Miroslav Položij, Alvaro Mayoral, Pavla Eliášová, Petr Nachtigall, Jiří Čejka, and Russell E. Morris from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the University of St. Andrews, the Charles University in Prague, and the University of Zaragoza have demonstrated the synthesis and characterization of two unfeasible silica-based zeolites, IPC-9 and IPC-10, using an assembly-disassembly-organization-reassembly synthetic mechanism. Their work appears in the recent issue of Nature Chemistry.”At a stroke, this discovery fundamentally changes the number of potentially accessible zeolite frameworks by an order of magnitude,” said Dr. Russell Morris, one of the authors of the study. “This means that new topologies with new properties are, for the first time, available for scientists to realistically target.”Because all known zeolites tend to be within a certain region in the energy density plot (range of feasible zeolites), the authors assumed that the limiting factor in making unfeasible zeolites was the traditional solvothermal method. This synthesis typically involves heating silica in a basic solution for several days. Because it is a reversible process, the zeolites outside the feasible zeolite range cannot be isolated. Mazur, et al. employed an assembly-disassembly-organization-reassembly mechanism that they had previously reported as an alternative method for making zeolites. This synthesis involved first constructing a known zeolite, breaking the zeolite along the structural layers, and then re-building it by inserting “connectors” between layers that were slightly off-set from their low energy conformation. This allows the formation zeolites with large pore sizes and more structural strain than previously isolated ones, giving zeolites with higher energies than would be expected for their density. To make this high-energy configuration, the authors used choline cations as their structure-directing agent. The cation intercalates between the zeolite layers, holding them in place until the calcination step in which the choline is removed and the layers reassemble. Layers with an oxygen bridge form IPC-9. If additional silicon is added, then layers with a silicon bridge form IPC-10.X-ray diffraction and TEM studies confirmed the computationally-directed structure of IPC-9 and IPC-10 and showed that both contained a 2D channel system. Importantly, when placed on an energy-density plot of all known zeolites, IPC-9 lies on the outer edge of the region of known (feasible) zeolites and IPC-10 is well outside of this region, with higher framework energy than any known zeolites of comparative framework density. The authors note that both IPC-9 and IPC-10 fail at least one of local interatomic distance criteria would have previously been viewed as “unfeasible” zeolites. This mechanism allows for predictable and controlled formation of high-energy “unfeasible” zeolites and sheds light on the zeolite conundrum. Because the traditional way to make zeolites involves a reversible reaction, only low-energy zeolites have been feasible synthetic targets. The procedure presented here allows for the construction of zeolites that were once thought unfeasible. According to Dr. Morris, the next step in this research is “to discover how their unique properties can be utilized in catalysis, gas separation and other applications.” Citation: Solving the zeolite conundrum: Researchers make ‘unfeasible’ zeolites (2015, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-zeolite-conundrum-unfeasible-zeolites.html 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.center_img Cut-and-paste zeolites: New, faster method for developing custom microporous materials © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Zeolites, silica-based compounds known for their high surface area, have many commercial applications as absorbents and in catalysis. Since the function of the zeolite is related to its architecture, new zeolites mean the possibility of new applications. Theoretical calculations predict millions of possible zeolites, yet only about two hundred zeolites have been isolated. This oddity has been dubbed the “zeolite conundrum,” and assumes that certain criteria must be met in order for a theoretical zeolite to be synthetically feasible. More information: Michal Mazur et al. Synthesis of ‘unfeasible’ zeolites, Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2374AbstractZeolites are porous aluminosilicate materials that have found applications in many different technologies. However, although simulations suggest that there are millions of possible zeolite topologies, only a little over 200 zeolite frameworks of all compositions are currently known, of which about 50 are pure silica materials. This is known as the zeolite conundrum—why have so few of all the possible structures been made? Several criteria have been formulated to explain why most zeolites are unfeasible synthesis targets. Here we demonstrate the synthesis of two such ‘unfeasible’ zeolites, IPC-9 and IPC-10, through the assembly–disassembly–organization–reassembly mechanism. These new high-silica zeolites have rare characteristics, such as windows that comprise odd-membered rings. Their synthesis opens up the possibility of preparing other zeolites that have not been accessible by traditional solvothermal synthetic methods. We envisage that these findings may lead to a step change in the number and types of zeolites available for future applications.last_img read more

Language analysis reveals word popularity oscillates over 14year period

first_img How many nouns are in that garlic? Philosophy meets computational linguistics (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found that word use popularity tends to oscillate over 14-year periods. In their paper published in the journal Palgrave Communications, Marcelo Montemurro, with The University of Manchester in the U.K. and Damián Zanette with the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research in Argentina describe how they analyzed data obtained from millions of books publicly available in a Google database and found a cyclical pattern of word popularity. Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2016 Phys.org Most people who live very long come to see that some words fall into popularity and then out again. While some that come into existence during certain periods of time, such as “rad” or “boogie” might disappear never to be heard from again, most common nouns, the researchers found, tend to have a cyclical popularity, and that for a reason they cannot explain, it happens in 14-year periods.To learn more about word use popularity, the researchers wrote scripts that were used to dig through almost 5 million books that have been digitized and stored in Google’s Ngram database. The scripts counted every noun encountered, which allowed the users to rank them by popularity year by year. They then tracked how the rankings changed over time and that was when they found a pattern. English nouns rose in popularity and then sank again in 14-year cycles—though they note that over the past couple of centuries, the cycles have been a year or two longer. They also found that some groups of nouns, such as those that referenced royalty, tended to rise and fall together in synced cycles. And other cycles, they found, tended to be connected with worldwide events such as wars or the Olympics. They noted, too, that the results were approximately the same when analyzing nouns in books written in other languages, which, they claim, suggests a universality to their findings.The researchers report that they are baffled regarding the cycle and its number of years—after conducting further searches, they acknowledge that they have no idea why the number 14 in particular is important, but suggest more research might be in order to find out.center_img Explore further Citation: Language analysis reveals word popularity oscillates over 14-year period (2016, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-language-analysis-reveals-word-popularity.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.last_img read more

Two stalagmites found in Chinese cave offer a way to improve accuracy

first_imgA team of researchers with members affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. and China has found two stalagmites that offer a way to improve the accuracy of the carbon-14 dating technique. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the stalagmites and their study of them. Humans settled, set fire to Madagascar’s forests 1,000 years ago © 2018 Science X Network Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Two stalagmites found in Chinese cave offer a way to improve accuracy of carbon-14 dating (2018, December 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-stalagmites-chinese-cave-accuracy-carbon-.html The carbon-14 dating technique has been the go-to dating technique for archaeologist since the 1950s—in recent years, it has become an important tool for use in measuring climate change, as well. But the technique has always suffered from one fatal flaw—its accuracy depends on a strong record of atmospheric carbon ratios (carbon-12 to carbon-14) for the time period involved. For recent years, this has not been a problem, of course. But the technique is less precise for dating older objects. Scientists have used tree rings (both preserved and fossilized) and coral reefs as a way to measure ratios in given time periods, but such techniques begin to suffer going back tens of thousands of years. In this new effort, the researchers report on the finding of two stalagmites in a Chinese cave that offer an accurate measure of such ratios going back approximately 54,000 years. The half-life of carbon-14 is 5,370 years.Stalagmites are columns formed by mineral-bearing water dripping on the floors of caves over thousands of years—as a drop evaporates, it leaves behind a residual minerals—over time, they grow, forming tall columns. The stalagmites in China were found in Hulu Cave and they offer a continuous record of atmospheric carbon ratios.To retrieve the carbon ratio data, the researchers used an isotopic dating technique called thorium-230 dating. They used it on hundreds of very thin layers in the stalagmites—each offered a ratio for a given time in history. The results represent what they describe as an unprecedented baseline, offering a means for improving the accuracy of a valuable dating tool. In the future, archaeologists will be able to provide more accurate estimates for organic objects that are newly excavated, as well as for those that have already been found.center_img More information: Hai Cheng et al. Atmospheric 14C/12C changes during the last glacial period from Hulu Cave, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0747 Journal information: Science 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.last_img read more

Whos Running For President The 2020 Dem

first_imgWho’s Running For President? The 2020 Democrats Photo Illustration: Getty Images; Renee Klahr and Alyson Hurt by NPR News Renee Klahr, Alena Sadiq, Domenico Montanaro, Alyson Hurt 8.28.19 7:13pm The Democratic presidential field is big. It’s the most diverse field ever and the largest in at least 40 years — that is before at least three of the candidates on the list below were even born. All of these Democratic contenders are vying to be the one to try and defeat President Trump and stop him from winning a second term, which is no easy task. Despite his unpopularity, Trump’s approval rating has held steady, the economy is doing well, and his base is firmly behind him.All of it points to a long, drawn-out primary followed by an intense general election.Here are the Democrats who are running, who might be running, or taking a pass on 2020. Don’t see the graphic above? Click here.This story was originally published on Jan. 31, 2019.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Kolkatans land in soup as banks ATMs down shutters for 2 days

first_imgKolkata: Common people were heavily inconvenienced with banks remaining closed on Wednesday, following a call by bank unions for a two day strike.The bank unions have called for the strike on May 30 and 31, protesting against a salary hike of 2 percent.Nearly 9,800 branches of different banks remained closed in Bengal on Wednesday. The ATMs had almost turned dry with people withdrawing money from Tuesday night to ensure that they do not fall short of cash on Wednesday and Thursday. There are around 21,000 ATMs in the state, including 3,200 in Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut it had not become possible for all to withdraw money from ATM machines or bank branches on Tuesday and they landed in a difficult situation as they did not have money even for emergency purposes.There were many ATM counters where “no cash” boards were found displayed since morning and people were harassed as there was no other way to get money.However, people who set out from their home to spend the day in office and returned home in the evening, didn’t face much trouble as they had come out of the house properly prepared. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe situation was worst for the people who came to the city from villages for treatment of their near and dear ones in hospitals and nursing homes in the city.There are hundreds of people, whose close ones undergo treatment in hospitals in the city for months and they need to be present round the clock in the hospital premises itself, so that they can provide necessary medicines as and when required.In most such cases, their family members drop cash in their accounts in the banks in their villages and the person looking after the patient withdraws the same from ATMs in the city. They had a difficult time on Wednesday as they had to approach the medicine shop owners to get medicines, assuring that they would surely give the money on Friday or as soon as someone from their homes reaches the hospital with money.With the banks remaining closed on two days at the end of the month, a large section of people are also apprehensive whether they will get their salary in the beginning of the next month.Monoranjan Das, an employee of a private company, said that he had deposited some high value cheques on Tuesday. But it would take more time for clearance of the cheques, with the banks remaining closed for two days.last_img read more

Doordarshan to air Mukesh tribute on 21 July

first_imgThe musical tribute held on Sunday, at Siri Fort, was inaugurated by the popular playback singer Manhar Udhas along with Nitin and Namrata Mukesh, son and daughter of Mukesh. Union Minister for Law and Justice D V Sadananda Gowda, and Justice A P Shah, Chairman of the Law Commission of India were the special guests.  Dr Surya Prakash, Chairman, Prasar Bharati, Bimal Julka, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Satish Upadhyaya, Delhi BJP President were also present.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Former Test cricketer and legendary leg spinner, B S Chandrashekar, an ardent Mukesh fan was the Guest of Honour along with Dr Rajeev Shrivastav, biographer of Mukesh and DG Doordarshan, C Lalrosanga. Two of the Guests of Honour, B D Sharma, Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal and O P Singh, Director General, NDRF, added colour to the evening by singing Mukesh songs, while Special Commissioner, Delhi Traffic, Muktesh Chander, a renowned flautist, enthralled the audience with his flute. Selection of participants for the show was done by auditions after wide publicity on Doordarshan.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDroves of people from different parts of the country came to Doordarshan’s Delhi studio at Mandi House for the auditions and the shows had packed audiences. The aspirants included people from all walks of life, from painters to vegetable sellers as well as tea vendors to rickshaw pullers.  These types of programmes are being produced for the fulfilment of Doordarshan’s role as a Public Service Broadcaster and to improve its image as well as to encourage new talent and strengthen Doordarshan’s viewership base.  These efforts are part of the strategy to reach out to the people, provide them with a platform to showcase their talent and to make Doordarshan, one of the most sought after channels in the country.The idea for these shows emanated from DDK Bangalore’s highly popular and successful music show series Madura Madura Vee Manjula Gana and is the brain child of Doordarshan’s Additional Director General, Nadoja Dr Mahesh Joshi. All the programmes organised in Delhi have received wide response from people from different walks of life. Nadoja Dr Mahesh Joshi feels that in today’s changed scenario, where the public have more than 500 channels to choose from, special efforts are required from Doordarshan to remain in the hearts of the common masses. The show will be telecast on DD National at 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays. It is also scheduled to telecast on DD Bharati at 10:00 pm on the same days.last_img read more

Parents say the darndest things

first_imgTermed as viciously hilarious, God of Carnage, an acclaimed play written by Yasmina Reza will be staged by QTP (Q Theatre Productions) in the national Capital on July 25 and 26. This is the third play which will be performed as a part of the Aadyam initiative in the city.Directed by Nadir Khan, the story is about an altercation between two children at a playground, which ends up with one of the two getting injured which results in their respective parents meeting in order to discuss the matter. As the evening progresses, the usual rules that apply to social engagement are slowly forgotten and the gloves come off! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The director said, “I consider myself lucky that I got a chance to watch the West End version of the play when it first came out.” He loved the text and thought it interesting enough to direct the play one day. He added, “I think it’s quite brilliantly written, has a vicious sense of humour that I love and is quite relevant to the world we live in today. It’s basically about two sets of parents meeting to discuss what should be done after their respective children have had a playground fight. What follows from that point on is, I think, a very interesting lens on the society we live in and how the accepted ‘rules’ of social interaction and engagement often subdue how we’d actually like to behave.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe director however assures that the experience will be unique without meandering too far from Reza’s intentions and that he is aware of the previous versions of the social satire. He says, “As it is with any production, your identity, where you come from and how you view the world will have a very strong effect on anything you do. What is happening around us right now is not far removed from what was happening when the play was written and performed. In fact, to me, now things are much worse. The wonderful thing is that this script still manages to be a very poignant examination of the here and now, even today.” The starcast includes Shernaz Patel, Anu Menon, Sohrab Ardeshir, Zafar Karachiwala.The Aadyam initiative has also staged Masque Theatres’ The Merchant of Venice, Rage’s The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, Arpana Theatre’s Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon, AKVarious’ The Hound of the Baskervilles and QTP’s The God of Carnage. QTP has also produced the critically acclaimed So Many Socks, the laugh riot The President is Coming, the long-running Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and the successful A Peasant of El Salvador. So go grab a seat and enjoy the show!When: July 26 and 27Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New DelhiTimings: 7:30pm on Saturday, 4:00pm and 7:30 on Sundaylast_img read more

MF asset base swells 7 to record 1316 trillion in second quarter

first_imgBuoyed by strong inflows in equities, the asset base of country’s mutual fund industry surged 7 per cent to an all-time high of Rs 13.16 lakh crore in the July-September quarter of the current fiscal. The country’s 44 fund houses together had an average assets under management (AUM) of over Rs 12.28 lakh crore in the September quarter of 2014-15, the latest data of the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI) showed. Industry experts said the quarterly rise in AUM is largely on account of inflows in equities. Besides, retail participation in equity schemes has risen significantly in recent months.  Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsHDFC Mutual Fund (MF) has retained its numero uno position with an average AUM of Rs 1.71 lakh crore, up 3.53 cent, while ICICI Prudential MF’s asset base grew 5.86 per cent to Rs 1.65 lakh crore. The top league features Reliance MF (Rs 1.53 lakh crore), Birla Sunlife (Rs 1.33 lakh crore) and UTI MF (Rs 1.04 lakh crore) in terms of average AUM in the second quarter of 2015-16. “Mutual funds’ assets base rose Rs 87,239 crore, or 7.1 per cent, during the quarter primarily due to huge net inflow in equities. In addition, corporates have maintained their strong presence,” an industry insider said. Fund managers have purchased shares worth a staggering Rs 21,000 crore in the quarter under review even though overseas investors pulled out money from the stock market.last_img read more

Shun social media to kill loneliness

first_imgIf you think that no other age group is more vulnerable to loneliness than the elderly, go check your backyard. The mammoth rise of the internet and emergence of various social media platforms have left many young Indians – some as young as 14 — socially isolated, lonely and, eventually, in the grip of chronic depression that can take their lives. Not just leading to suicidal tendencies, the feeling of being lonely can make you sick, very sick if not addressed clinically and socially well in time. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr Samir Parikh, director, (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Fortis Healthcare in the capital, loneliness can be a trigger to self-suicidal ideation in young people. It can also affect their overall well-being. “Loneliness can affect you physically and psychologically – draining people and leaving a huge vacuum in their life, thus putting them at suicide risk,” said Parikh. Although in some cases, forming communities and groups on social media can be helpful but the social media can never be a substitute for the real human experience, he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Total social isolation in young people can lead to depression, increase the chances of Alzheimer’s later in life and chances of death by suicide or increased physical ailments,” Dr Madhuri Singh, a leading psychiatrist from Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, said.In the virtual world, such lonely souls will, in fact, drift further away from the real interaction which is a must for the healthy functioning of mind and body, she added. The rise in internet and smartphone addiction among children is fast becoming a worrying trend for Indian parents. “I recently came across 14-year-old Tanay who was admitted to the psychiatric ward at the hospital as he could not switch off his mobile and was addicted to the social media. He was treated for screen de-addiction or else he could have suffered a serious mental disorder,” Dr. Sandeep Govil, consultant (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, noted. According to a global research, loneliness leads to fight-or-flight stress that can ultimately affect the production of white blood cells. Essentially, lonely people have a less effective immune response and more inflammation than non-lonely people, a team from the University of Chicago and the University of California-Los Angeles found. “The ‘danger signals’ activated in the brain by loneliness ultimately affect the production of white blood cells. The resulting shift may both propagate loneliness and contribute to its associated health risks,” the researchers noted in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.According to Dr Sameer Malhotra, director (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Max Super Specialty Hospital, loneliness can add to distress, can be associated with self neglect and can trigger a host of psychosomatic problems.“Mind and body are closely intertwined through an array of neurochemicals, hormones and immune system. Stress associated with loneliness can lead to a host of physical problems. Unhealthy diet can also trigger physical problems,” said Malhotra. If not tackled, loneliness can kill. “Loneliness can damage your mental and physical health condition. Medical research has proven the fact of association between poor mental condition and the rate of suicides. A disturbed mental condition increases the risk of suicide in such patients,” Dr Govil stressed.Recently, a 20-year-old student, Nitin, came to Dr Malhotra. He was feeling lonely and homesick and had symptoms of depression and anxiety. Being on the social media did not help but actually aggravated his condition. “He was not eating properly and had lost five kg weight in a span of a month. Complaining of frequent crying spells, anxiety episodes, disturbed sleep and decreased concentration, he had started questioning the very purpose of life,” Dr Malhotra recalled. He was assessed in detail and the family was involved in the treatment process. Bonding with the family — alongside medication support — helped him get out of the state of loneliness within a month.According to Dr Malhotra, limit your time with smartphones and other gadgets as the vibes shared via direct personal communication have their own merit. Transitionally, being on Facebook may make a difference to your well-being.Loneliness takes a toll on your physical health as well where you tend to survive on unhealthy diets. Stress can culminate in the form of binge eating which is dangerous as you tend to eat unhealthy food. It can also lead to a condition of hypertension and lethargy.last_img read more

Forensic experts visit Nadia cracker factory

first_imgKolkata: A team of state forensic experts on Monday visited the fire crackers factory in Nadia and collected samples from there.The district police seized a huge amount of fire crackers from the factory, where an explosion took place on Sunday. Two persons, including a woman, were killed in the incident. The police and fire department have already found some serious lapses in the factory’s fire security. According to a senior police officer in the district, stern action will be taken against the owners of the factory, which had been operating without a fire clearance. Some local people staged a protest demonstration in front of the police officers on Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePreliminary investigation suggests that an electrical short circuit might have led to the incident. The extent of the damage has not been ascertained yet. The local residents alleged that the fire crackers factory had been operating illegally in a congested area of Gangnapur in Nadia for a long time, but the district administration did not take any step against the illegal crackers factory. Police and fire officials came to know during investigation that the fire crackers factory did not have adequate fire fighting mechanism in place. The forensic team will be sending the collected samples to the laboratory, to ascertain the actual cause of the fire. Two persons ~ Rinku Mondal and Ranjit Biswas, died in a nearby hospital after they sustained serious burn injuries in the mishap. As many as 10 others were injured when the explosion took place. Some of the injured persons were stated to be in serious condition.last_img read more

Students organise drama on road safety in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: The students of a Balurghat-based private English medium school organised a short span ‘street drama’ in association with the police at Balurghat public bus stand on Friday afternoon to campaign on ‘Safe Drive Save Life’.Around 20 students of Balurghat Atreyee DAV Public School took part in the programme that started at 4 pm and continued for 30 minutes. The students acted in the drama that was based on the theme of road safety awareness. They spread the message that everyone should follow the norms of safe journey while going outside for their daily activities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The principal objective of projecting the drama in public is to make them aware by the safety norms of a safe journey. I took part a crucial role in the drama. We have tried to spread a social message. The state government and police both have taken numerous steps for a safe and secure journey,” said a student of Class IX, Soumik Bhattacharjee. Notably, the ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ slogan started functioning in Kolkata in 2016. In South Dinajpur, the number of accidents has decreased after 2016. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarter), Dhiman Mitra, who was present at the event, said: “We have to make it a success in the district. Despite our drives to curb road accidents, some people are still into rash driving. We will conduct a meeting with the bus and truck drivers soon asking them to maintain speed limit particularly on the onset of winter as the visibility is low due to fog.” Officer-in-Charge (traffic) of Balurghat, Utpal Chatterjee along with other officials were present at the event.last_img read more

Learning to read in adulthoood transforms brain

first_imgA study of women in India who learned to read in their 30s shows the human brain’s incredible capacity to reorganise and transform itself, researchers said today. Researchers recruited women in India, a country with an illiteracy rate of around 39 percent, to see what they could learn about the areas of the brain devoted to reading.At the start of the study, most of the women could not read a word of their mother tongue, Hindi. But after six months of training, the women reached a level comparable to first grade proficiency. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This growth of knowledge is remarkable”, said Falk Huettig from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, lead author of the study in the journal Science Advances. “While it is quite difficult for us to learn a new language, it appears to be much easier for us to learn to read. The adult brain proves to be astonishingly flexible.” Specifically, researchers found that the exterior of the brain – known as the cortex, which is able to adapt quickly to new challenges – was not the main area where transformation occurred. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveInstead, researchers found that reorganisation took place deep inside the brain, particularly in the brainstem and thalamus, a walnut-sized structure that relays sensory and motor information.”We observed that the so-called colliculi superiores, a part of the brainstem, and the pulvinar, located in the thalamus, adapt the timing of their activity patterns to those of the visual cortex,” said co-author Michael Skeide, scientific researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. “These deep structures in the thalamus and brainstem help our visual cortex to filter important information from the flood of visual input even before we consciously perceive it.” Researchers found that the more signals aligned in the affected brain regions, the better the women’s reading skills became.”These brain systems increasingly fine-tune their communication as learners become more and more proficient in reading,” Skeide added. “This could explain why experienced readers navigate more efficiently through a text.” The finding could also have implications for the treatment of dyslexia, which some researchers have blamed on a malfunctioning thalamus.”Since we found out that only a few months of reading training can modify the thalamus fundamentally, we have to scrutinise this hypothesis,” Skeide said. Co-authors on the study came from India’s Centre of Bio- Medical Research (CBMR) Lucknow and the University of Hyderabad.last_img read more

TMC leaders irked over Modi pictures on Railway tickets

first_imgKolkata: Some TMC leaders registered a complaint with Election Commission on Tuesday over publishing Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on railway tickets. They said the move violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).Election Commission officials held a meeting with Railway personnel on Wednesday to discuss the issue and also gave out some instructions. It was also learnt from sources that the EC officials have spoken to some Central force officials after they received complaints from the ruling party in the state accusing them of intimidating the voters in some parts of the city. There was, however, no official confirmation on the outcome of the meeting by any election officials in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned here that the Commission will distribute leaflets both in Bengali and English among the presiding officers on what steps they would have to follow regarding the poll process. The leaflets will provide a detailed outlines what the presiding officials are supposed to do if any EVMs or VVPATs malfunctions. The Election Commission has already received 1,151 complaints through National Grievance Service, out of which 456 had been resolved and 1,511 complaints from the citizens out of which 556 have been resolved. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Commission has also received 1,268 complaints through the C-Vigil app and action steps have been taken on 789 complaints already, a senior official at the CEO office said on Wednesday. The official said they have received the nomination from an independent candidate in Cooch Behar and another nomination from the Trinamool Congress candidate in Alipurduar, which would go to polls in the first phase. A BSP candidate filed nomination at Jalpaiguri that would go to polls in the second phase.last_img read more

Pankha exhibition cum sale to provide livelihood to artisans

first_imgHand fans are an integral part of Indian heritage. In the present day contemporary world, artistic creativity of individual artisans has converted a simple utilitarian item into handcrafted masterpieces.An exhibition featuring these Pankhas, traditional Indian fans and other related objects selected from the vast collection of eminent artist Jatin Das is going on at IGNCA. Curated by J D Centre for Arts and Tribes India, the artwork will be on display until June 24. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Minister of Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram launched ‘The Pankha’ (Hand-fans) on May 29 at the Tribes India showroom in a glittering ceremony. The fans have been created by Tribes India through its artisans from all over the country. TRIFED would be showcasing and marketing these through its 97 retail outlets and e-portals. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister congratulated TRIFED for collaborating with JDCA for taking this initiative forward and providing marketing support to the tribal artisans – who are associated with this craft. This collaboration is expected to help revive this craft and provide livelihood opportunities for tribal artisans. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe advised TRIFED to market this craft through various tribes India outlets located across the country and also e-commerce portals like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, GeM, etc. where TRIFED is already marketing other tribal handloom and handicraft products. He also commended the efforts of team TRIFED for this initiative and encouraged them to expand its marketing development activities and wished all success for achieving targets. The Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs said that she was delighted to be a part of the celebrations which represents our heritage in its finest form. The handmade Pankhas were a must in all households some years ago. The revival of this by TRIBES India and TRIFED is a commendable activity and she hopes that it will touch the hearts of the people of the country. Jaya Jaitley welcomed the initiative and stated that these handmade fans could also be supplied through TRIFED at various national and state functions where guests could use it to beat the heat. The noted painter, Jatin Das graced the function and went around the exhibition and patted the artisans, who had come from various States. He was delighted that TRIFED has taken up this job of promoting Pankhas and hoped that the collaboration with two organisations would promote the cultural heritage of the country both within and outside the country.The event also marked the launch of Tribes India Interior Design Studio.last_img read more

Nick Wright Why not start Kaepernick

first_img Advertisement Colin Kaepernick has become the most controversial figure in sports without setting foot on the field. That might soon change. According to a recent Bleacher Report story, momentum is gaining in the San Francisco locker room to play Kaepernick and see if he still has any bicep-kissing magic left in the tank from the Jim Harbaugh days.The Niners sit at 1 -3 and tied for last in the NFC West. Starter Blaine Gabbert has looked like Blaine Gabbert. Which is a bad thing. He’s tossed 4 touchdowns and only cracked the 200-yard mark once this season. Last week, he played San Francisco out of a home win against Dallas with an uncanny ability to not make any big plays.With San Francisco’s offense driving with the parking brake on, and the season headed for an imminent death spiral, Herd guest host Nick Wright thinks it’s time for the Niners to kick the tires on Kaepernick and give him some run.“The Niners are going to be out of it sooner than later, and Blaine Gabbert is not good. So don’t you owe it to your team to figure out, in Chip Kelly’s system, can Colin Kaepernick do some things?” A couple more lackluster duds from Gabbert could make the change happen sooner than later.“I bet they do in the next month. By the midpoint of the season, he’s the starting quarterback. We’ll see if he can play.”Get the heart meds ready Kaep haters. It’s about to get real.Kaepernick always shredded the Packers defense for some reason on the ground and with his arm… pic.twitter.com/ZGAjBjlCDW— Scott Stanwood™ (@scott_stanwood) April 10, 2016last_img read more

VIDEO Jazz fan under anesthesia starts crying after learning Utah traded for

first_img Advertisement The Jazz were active at the trade deadline, acquiring Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from the Cavs. Not all Jazz fans were thrilled with the moves, including die-hard Utah fan Darren Muir, who had a hilarious reaction after getting the news while under anesthesia from a medical procedure.When told the Jazz picked up the washed Rose, Muir started sobbing uncontrollably and kept repeating, “Derrick Rose sucks.” He wasn’t thrilled with the Jae Crowder acquisition either.We really need more trade analysis from people under anesthesia. Don’t worry Darren, Rose won’t be there long.Note to self: Never going under anesthesia during the NBA trade deadline 😂😂😂 #expertanalysis #derrickrosesucks #nbatradedeadline @utahjazz @JazzNationNews @redrock_bball @KSLcom @desnewssports @DJJazzyJody pic.twitter.com/OEi2YMy1VG— Darren Muir (@dmacalaca) February 9, 2018last_img read more

Sean McVay Also Remembers Every Play Ever From His High School QB

first_imgSean McVay has made a name for himself as the most talented young coach in a generation, but also for his photographic memory when it comes to recalling specific plays and sequences from random games he coached in years ago.During  media night at the Super Bowl, and McVay was put to the test again, but reached further into his Rain Man memory when asked reel off specific plays from his high school days when he was an all-state QB for Marist High School in Georgia.As you probably guessed, he nailed it and even recalled how he got lit up after one of the plays. Then a reporter dropped a box of toothpicks and McVay knew exactly how many were on the ground. That actually didn’t happen.Sean McVay is fun at parties.Here was a Sean McVay recall test. pic.twitter.com/is6XchJnEo— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) January 29, 2019 Here’s some video of McVay running the plays he’ll never forget, ever.last_img read more

The Seahawks are Officially Russell Wilsons Franchise Now

first_imgThe Seahawks are officially Russell Wilson’s franchise nowIn somewhat surprising news, Russell Wilson has given the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to get contract extension done that would pay him in line with the other top NFL QB’s. The power move not only signals a departure from Wilson’s ‘aw shucks’ persona, and also demonstrates that the franchise is his now, not Pete Carroll’s.Wilson has all the leverage in the situation, because clearly Seattle doesn’t want to let him walk. He was initially a key piece to Pete Carroll’s franchise rebuilding puzzle, but this move makes it clear that it’s not just his team anymore, it’s his franchise. Also:– Zion needs to go to the Knicks– Mike McCarthy’s Aaron Rodgers comments speak volumes– Stop asking if the Warriors can ‘flip the switch’– LeBron has turned the Lakers into Cavs-West– Buy, Sell or Hold Guests:Nick Wright, Marques Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Ric Bucherlast_img read more