first_img © 2010 OLED Displays on Flexible Metallic Substrates 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. ( — Flexible and translucent organic displays have been developed by TDK for use in “bendable” mobile phones and other gadgets, and the bendable display is expected to go into mass production by the end of 2011. Citation: Flexible and transparent OLEDs from TDK (w/ Video) (2010, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The displays, developed by TDK, use organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, which means very low power use because they are self illuminating. Having no back light enables the displays to be ultra thin (at 0.3 mm), but TDK’s flexible display is also super light because it is manufactured using a film substrate rather than metal or glass.The resolution of the flexible screen is currently 256 x 64, and it can be up to 10 cm tall and installed on curved surfaces of less than 25 mm radius. Being flexible would make the display more resistant to cracks or breakages. Image credit: Tech on. The translucent display is 320 x 240 resolution, 50 percent translucent, and up to 10 cm tall. The display uses one-way light emission, meaning the user of the device is able to see the text or images displayed, but people on the other side cannot because the light output is set to the direction of the text, although they can see through the display. The translucent display uses a glass substrate, but a film transparent display is planned for 2012.Several other companies have previously demonstrated flexible screens, such as Sony, but TDK’s flexible display is expected to be in mass production by the end of next year, making it the first to actually reach market. The translucent screen is already being mass produced.The OLEDs were unveiled at the Cutting-Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) 2010 in Tokyo, Japan yesterday.last_img read more

first_img © 2011 Image credit: Tech-On Sony calls the lenticular sheet the VGP-FL3D15A glasses-free 3-D panel. The 3mm-thick device can be attached to the front side of the notebook’s LCD panel. This no-glasses 3-D sheet from Sony is supported by face-tracking technology, so that the viewer can get an optimized 3-D image with pixels shifted around behind the lens. The Vaio viewing process with this sheet will use face detection to track the position of the viewer’s head via built-in web camera; images will be adjusted for clarity to make sure the viewer gets and maintains the 3-D experience.The Vaio S series will debut in Europe next month and the price is expected to be about $1,000. The price of the sheet accessory is said to be $183.The 3-D option via lenticular sheet is just one of several 3-D products that Sony announced. The Sony Vaio L Series all-in-one 3-D touchscreen multimedia PC, the 3-D-capable Sony SMP-N200 Network Media Player, and the Sony VPL-VW95ES 3-D projector were part of the company’s showcase.As a number of correspondents covering the show are saying, 3-D bells and whistles on viewer devices, on projectors, on televisions, and on computers, are all being promoted by consumer electronics kingpins as the way to get to consumers’ hearts in the hope that enhanced viewing experiences will help products move.Meanwhile, the news portal Tech-On! points out that a lenticular-system sheet to make visuals appear in 3-D made a June debut, with the announcement by Global Wave of its lenticular system sheet called Pic3D. This product from Global Wave is a lenticular lens film that one can add to a smartphone, tablet or laptop screen to turn it into a glasses-free 3-D display. Global Wave says that the product was announced last year but is now improved. Sony makes eco-friendly mini laptop Citation: Sony presents optional 3-D sheet as new laptop accessory (2011, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. ( — Sony has come out with a sheet for a notebook PC where the viewer can see 3-D images without having to wear special glasses. Sony displayed the sheet at IFA 2011 in Berlin, Europe’s showcase of consumer electronics, which runs from September 2 to September 7. The sheet is targeted for Sony’s Vaio S series, as an optional accessory for models that are equipped with a Blu-Ray drive. The screen attaches to the computer’s LCD screen. last_img read more

first_imgvia Guardian Up till now, most in the field have agreed that the most recent evidence of early man hunting animals for meat to eat was at a site in Germany that showed horses being brought down with long spears, likely thrown from trees, approximately 400,000 years ago. They’ve also agreed that early man was almost certainly eating meat before this time, but only from carcasses left over from other hunters such as lions.In this new study, Bunn said that in comparing the types of animals and their ages eaten by lions and other carnivores today with the types of meat that were being eaten by early man, it’s clear that our descendants were not eating leftovers, but were instead going out and getting their own meat.When leopards and lions hunt down and eat the larger species of antelope, for example, they tend to go for the young or old, as they are generally easier to bring down. Evidence at the Tanzania site however shows that early humans were eating such animals that were in their prime. On the other hand, when the big cats go after the smaller species of antelope, they tend to capture those in their prime, while early man seemed to prefer the young and the old. These findings, Bunn said, show very clearly that the animals that early man was eating were not brought down by other animals but were killed by hunting them themselves.The evidence brought forth by Bunn could mean the rewriting of some human evolution theories regarding how it was humans developed such complex brains, and why. Some have suggested it came about as a result of the evolution of social communities and the challenges it created, with early man eating a lot of vegetative material and the odd bit of meat that could be scavenged. If early man was hunting though, that would mean he was using his brain to development new ways to do it more efficiently, particularly if it was done in groups, which would seem the most likely scenario as it generally results in the most success. Citation: Anthropologist pushes back date of first humans hunting for meat to two million years ago (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 New book further supports controversial theory of ‘Man the Hunted’ Explore further (—Henry Bunn, anthropologist from Wisconsin University, speaking at the annual European Society for the study of Human Evolution meeting in Bordeaux this year, has suggested that the date that humans began hunting down large prey for food needs to be pushed back over a million and a half years after studying evidence of carcasses of antelopes, gazelles and wildebeest left behind by Homo habilis at a site in Tanzania. He said evidence there indicates that early man was hunting in an organized fashion some two million years ago. More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img(—Toshiba has announced a low-power embedded SRAM memory chip which may make future mobile devices last longer. Presenting its SRAM developments at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference in San Francisco in February, Toshiba said that its low-power design technique could help cut active and standby power consumption by 27 percent and 85 percent, respectively. Toshiba accomplished this by using a bit-line power calculator, or BLPC, to predict the power consumption of the bit lines and to monitor consumption of SRAM rest circuits, and a digitally-controllable retention circuit, or DCRC. © 2013 Explore further New STT-MRAM memory element cuts power consumption of mobile processor by two-thirds More information: … pics_130222_e_1.htmlcenter_img The DCRC is used to decrease standby power by updating the size of the buffer in the retention driver.Toshiba noted its technology advancement is suited for smartphones and other mobile products. The technology reduces active and standby power in temperatures ranging from room temperature to high temperature through use of this BLPC and DCRC. Tokyo-based Toshiba further noted that “longer battery life requires lower power consumption in both high performance and low performance modes (MP3 decoding, background processing, etc.). As low performance applications require only tens of MHz operation, SRAM temperature remains around RT, where active and leakage power consumptions are comparable. Given this, the key issue is to reduce active and standby power from HT to RT.” 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: Toshiba’s low-power SRAM chip aims to cut device drain (2013, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Like Einstein, the philosopher Karl Popper was a realist who was deeply bothered by some of the odd implications of quantum mechanics. Both Popper and Einstein disliked the idea in Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, for instance, that precisely measuring one property of a particle means that the particle’s conjugate property is completely undetermined. This idea undermines the basic principle of common-sense realism: that every particle’s properties must have precise pre-existing values, which do not depend on being measured. Both Popper and Einstein proposed thought experiments critiquing the uncertainty principle. But while Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen’s EPR experiment is quite famous, Popper’s experiment is not as widely known.Popper first published his proposed experiment in 1934, and in 1999, physicists Yoon-Ho Kim and Yanhua Shih realized Popper’s experiment for the first time. In what came as a surprise to many, their results agreed with Popper’s predictions, yet are not generally considered to be a true violation of the uncertainty principle, as Popper believed. The findings ignited a great deal of critique, both of Popper’s original ideas and how they might be realized and interpreted.Now in a new study published in EPL, Shih and coauthors at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and Oakland Community College in Waterford, Michigan, have again realized Popper’s experiment using a different approach. Once again, their results agree with Popper’s predictions, yet still do not violate the uncertainty principle. However, the researchers explain that the results do reveal a concern about nonlocal interference, as the observations suggest that a pair of particles is instantaneously interfering with itself, even across large distances. Tale of two particlesThe uncertainty principle places a fundamental limit on the precision with which conjugate pairs of physical properties of a particle, such as position and momentum, can be determined simultaneously. Mathematically, this means ΔpyΔy ≥ h, where p and y are the momentum and position of a particle, and h (Planck’s constant) is the minimum amount of uncertainty required. In his thought experiment, Popper considered what the uncertainty principle might mean for a pair of particles that are entangled, meaning the particles have both position-position correlation and momentum-momentum correlation with one another. The EPR thought experiment, published in 1935, similarly considered the case of an entangled pair of particles.Theoretically, if the position or momentum of one entangled particle is measured, then this knowledge can be used to instantly determine the position or momentum of the second particle—and with exact certainty, since the particles’ properties are inherently correlated. Citation: Popper’s experiment realized again—but what does it mean? (2015, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “Perhaps, deep in his mind, Popper could never accept the idea that the measurement of the position of particle one can simultaneously affect the position of particle two,” Shih told Ghost imaging experimentsPopper’s experiment can be realized in a couple different ways. Kim and Shih’s 1999 experiment was performed using entangled photon pairs generated by a spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) source, which is commonly used to generate entangled particles.In that experiment, Kim and Shih first confirmed that the entangled photon pair can achieve a position-position correlation by means of a technique called ghost imaging. In ghost imaging, the two entangled particles can “image” a real slit from the path of photon one onto the path of photon two at a distance, creating a so-called “ghost slit” for photon two. While photon one is restricted within the real slit, photon two must also be instantly restricted within the ghost slit. Kim and Shih then compared their measured diffraction pattern from the ghost slit with the diffraction pattern of a real slit in place of the ghost slit. It was a surprise to everyone, including Kim and Shih, that their experiment agreed with Popper’s prediction: the diffraction pattern from the ghost slit was much narrower than that of the real slit. Just as Popper had predicted, particle two was not affected by a measurement made on particle one.In the new paper, Shih and his coauthors observed the same results, but instead of using entangled photon pairs, they used randomly paired photons in a thermal state. Using similar ghost imaging technology, the physicists confirmed that the randomly paired photons in the thermal state are able to produce a ghost slit at a distance. They then compared their measured diffraction pattern from the ghost slit with the diffraction pattern from a real slit in place of the ghost slit. It was a surprise again to find that the new experimental results agree with Popper’s prediction. The important difference with the second experiment is that the randomly paired photons do not have any pre-prepared entanglement, which means they are considered to be a classical system. This raises the question, how could a classical system produce the same result as a quantum system? Shih is confident that they will soon find an answer. Uncertainty preserved, nonlocality in questionAlthough it may seem like the above two experiments violate the uncertainty principle because the results show a smaller-than-required degree of uncertainty, Shih and his coauthors explain that no violation has occurred due to the fact that the experiments involve photon pairs rather than individual photons. The scientists argue that Popper’s original thought experiment was based on a misunderstanding of the proper context of the uncertainty principle: it governs the behavior of single particles only, not the “correlation” of two particles. In a sense, the entire thought experiment is flawed, at least in terms of what it means for the uncertainty principle. However, the researchers think that Popper’s (and EPR’s) concern about the nonlocal correlation of distant particles is still reasonable and fundamentally sound. As the researchers explain, the results of Popper’s experiment still reveal some important insight because the observations suggest that the photon pair is interfering with itself instantaneously in a phenomenon called nonlocal interference. In the new experiment, the randomly paired photons have two different yet indistinguishable probabilities to be simultaneously annihilated at two distant photodetectors. The observations are the result of the superposition of these two probability amplitudes. In this sense, the physicists explain that the same question that faced Popper and Einstein is still facing physicists today, which is, how long does it take for nonlocal interference to occur?”Assuming the two random photons are separated by one light-year, how long does it take to force particle two to appear at a certain position after observing the first particle?” Shih said. “In the view of quantum mechanics—specifically, the theory of two-photon interference—a precise measurement of the position of a particle would instantly determine the position of its entangled twin at a distance. As a believer of realism and relativity, Popper had to ask these questions, similar to Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen.”In addition to the analysis in this latest paper, there have been a wide variety of other criticisms of Popper’s experiment over the past few decades. Although Popper’s experiment may not have been the perfect way to test the uncertainty principle, it has nevertheless succeeded in opening new perspectives on a model of the world that may never be completely understood. More information: Tao Peng, et al. “Popper’s experiment with randomly paired photons in thermal state.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/109/14003Yoon-Ho Kim and Yanhua Shih. “Experimental Realization of Popper’s Experiment: Violation of the Uncertainty Principle?” Found. Phys., 29 (1999) 1849 Illustration of the new experimental set-up used to realize Popper’s experiment. One entangled photon travels through slit A, while the other travels a different path through slit B, which can be adjusted to be the same width as slit A or wide open. Credit: Tao Peng, et al. ©2015 EPLA Popper wondered what would happen if the position of one of the entangled particles were restricted within a narrow slit, Δy. Even if no slit were placed in the way of the second particle, the position of the second particle would also be restricted within the narrow range of Δy, due to the position-position correlation between the two particles. In this case, would the second particle be “diffracted” by a nonexistent “slit” in order to preserve ΔpyΔy ≥ h? Popper believed no, that the diffraction of the second particle would happen only in the case of a real slit, and not by a nonexistent “slit.” He predicted that, without the use of a real slit, the second particle should not be diffracted at all. However, this prediction means that the second particle’s position has a precise value, so that ΔpyΔy < h. Popper considered this result a violation of the uncertainty principle, as it seems to show that the uncertainty is less than the minimum requirement. Duality principle is 'safe and sound': Researchers clear up apparent violation of wave-particle duality © 2015 Illustration of Popper’s experiment realized with randomly paired photons in a thermal state. In the second set-up, there is no “slit B” for the photon on the right. The new results show that this photon is not affected by a measurement on the left photon (which does travel through a slit), in agreement with Popper’s prediction. Credit: Tao Peng, et al. ©2015 EPLA Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img Cranial modification is the process of altering the physical characteristics of the skull—throughout history, it has been done by binding the heads of babies when their skulls are still soft. In most instances, the goal was to elongate the skull—it is actually still practiced today in some parts of the world. Bindings have typically been in the form of cloth or wood boards. It is not known why many early cultures engaged in the practice, but some in the field have suggested it is likely a way to mark someone as belonging to an elite or special part of society. In this new effort, the researchers were studying skeletal remains removed from a site called Houtaomuga. The site is believed to have been an ancient Chinese tomb—archaeologists worked at the site from 2011 to 2015. The skeletons were all in a vertically shaped tomb, and there were no obvious gender biases for cranial modification. Twenty-five skeletons were found in all, 11 of which had evidence of intentional cranial modification. Four of the skulls were from adult males, one was from an adult female, and the rest were from children. The bones were not placed in the tomb at the same time, however, they were interred over the course of 7,000 years, from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago.The researchers report that there was very little evidence that might provide an explanation for the binding of babies’ heads, but suggest it likely was an indicator of wealth or high status. Some of the skeletons were buried with artifacts that suggested as much, such as pottery. They report also that they plan to continue digging in the general vicinity of Houtaomuga to find out if there are other tombs in the area, and if so, whether they have more examples of ancient cranial modification. Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes 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. A team with members from China, Singapore and the U.S. has found some of the oldest examples of cranial modification in a northeastern part of China. In their paper published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the group describes the skeletons they studied and what they found. “Postcoronal depression” displayed by M45. A depression locates slightly posterior to the coronal suture on both parietal bones. The increase of the thickness of the diploë in the frontal and parietal bone is visible. Credit: American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2019). DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23888 More information: Qun Zhang et al. Intentional cranial modification from the Houtaomuga Site in Jilin, China: Earliest evidence and longest in situ practice during the Neolithic Age, American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2019). DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.23888center_img © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Citation: Researchers in China find some of the oldest examples of cranial modification (2019, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: American Journal of Physical Anthropologylast_img read more

first_imgA girl in class 10 writes ‘it feels really sad to know you all feel that women are inferior and not capable of doing anything’. Another girl writes ‘… but this world seems to suppress girls and dominate us, which is stupid’. Letters like these are part of an exhibition that aims to introduce visitors to what concerns these young girls.The title of the exhibition comes from American author and poet Maya Angelou’s collection of poems And Still I Rise as it goes with its central theme: raising awareness of gender discrimination and its impact on limiting opportunities for women worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What makes the exhibition different is that it also features artworks inspired by the writings of girls aged 14-18 from countries like India, China, Britain and Mexico in which they openly address the many fears, insecurities and stereotypes that societies around the world are building.The letters grew out of a workshop conducted by a Delhi-based charity, Creative Services Support Group (CSSG), which invited around 200 schoolgirls in the city to pen down their thoughts on how girls are perceived in society and their role in it. The replies opened a pandora box of issues confronting these young girls and provided a gateway to their minds. The exhibition is on till April 12 at Instituto Cervantes de Nueva, Hanuman Road.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal would shortly issue a notification to regulate the companies involved in direct selling of products in the state, as directed by the Central government, state Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said on Tuesday. The minister said the department would add certain clauses to the organisations involved in direct selling after thoroughly studying their product base and the line of business.”The Federation of Direct Selling Association (FDSA) had given a requisition to the government of India. The Centre has asked the state governments to accept this by adding certain clauses that suit their economic policies,” Pande said on the sidelines of a conference organised by FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”There are several companies who are interested in direct selling their products without spending on advertisements and publicity which would enable them to sell the product to the masses at an affordable cost. We have thoroughly studied the list of products provided by the companies and would issue a notification shortly,” he said. The minister announced that certain definitive clauses would be added so that the consumers do not face any difficulty in buying these products. “Earlier, direct selling was there but we did not have any regulations for the companies involved. Now that issue would be taken care of,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A college student was arrested on Thursday on charges of demanding money from another who sought admission to Haripal Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya in Hooghly. The accused, a resident of Ghanashyampur in Singur, had demanded Rs 10,000 from a girl assuring her of admission at the institution. The complainant is a resident of Dewanbari village in Singur.The student, Apurba Das, has been arrested and it is learnt that he had visited the student’s residence on more than one occasion with a demand for money. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the complaint was lodged, the police set up a trap and told the girl to call up Das at her residence. Following their instructions, she asked him to come to her house and when he reached there on Thursday morning, he was caught red-handed. A few days back, the cops had arrested two students of Peary Mohan College in Uttarpara on similar charges. Recently, amid allegations of extortion of money from students in the name of admissions in colleges, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a surprise visit to Asutosh College and warned of “strong action” against anyone indulging in irregularities during the admission process. The Student Federation of India (SFI) and the student wing of the BJP took out separate rallies in the city to protest against alleged extortion in colleges.last_img read more

first_imgIf you get cravings for chips, sweets and fast-food whenever you are bored, do not blame the situation alone. According to British researchers, people eat more to boost low levels of brain chemical dopamine as they cannot alleviate the boredom in any other way.The results showed that people were more likely to express a preference for unhealthy foods like crisps, sweets and fast food after completing the boring task.“This strengthens the theory that boredom is related to low levels of the stimulating brain chemical dopamine and people try to boost this by eating fat and sugar if they cannot alleviate their boredom in some other way,” said Dr Sandi Mann from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mann and colleagues Faye Ibbitson and Ben Edwards conducted two studies of boredom and food choices.In the first study, the team asked 52 participants to complete a questionnaire on their food preferences before and after completing the boredom-inducing task of repeatedly copying the same group of letters.In the second study, they asked 45 participants to watch either a boring or a funny video, during which a range of healthy and unhealthy snacks were available.They found that the participants,  who had watched the boring video,  ate significantly more unhealthy food.“Health education campaigns can encourage us to make healthier food choices need to take boredom, including boredom in the workplace, into account. Bored people do not eat nuts,” Mann stated.The study was scheduled to be presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society this week.last_img read more

first_imgDrinking water may be better for young athletes than consuming sports drinks, according to scientists who warn that energy beverages can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems in children and teenagers.Many people associate playing sports with having sports drinks as it is what they see professionals do.However, most recreational athletes do not play at an intensity or for a duration that would require their hydration to come with extra sugar and salt. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that,” said Matthew Silvis, from Pennsylvania State University in the US.”Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it,” said Silvis.With increasing rates of childhood obesity, having kids chug sports drinks loaded with extra sugar as they exercise is not recommended, researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration,” said Katie Gloyer from Penn State.Young people who sip on sports drinks as a regular drink without physical activity also run the risk of weight gain and tooth decay from the added sugar.Then there are energy drinks, which some professional athletes use to boost performance and gain a competitive edge by providing them with caffeine and other stimulants to increase focus and prolong their attention span. However, Gloyer does not even recommend those to the adult, professional athletes. For children and adolescents, energy drinks can be downright dangerous.The beverages, which are not regulated, can contain several servings of harmful products in one container and easily exceed the amount of caffeine and other stimulants that are considered to be safe.That can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems such as palpitations and arrhythmias, not to mention giving the user headaches, an upset stomach, and a general jittery or nervous feeling.Silvis said the focus really should be on water and making sure kids are properly hydrated during exercise.”If they are playing 30- or 45-minute halves, they should have a water break and maybe add fresh orange slices or a granola bar to add a bit of sugar and/or protein at an appropriate level,” he suggested.For post-workout recovery, plain old chocolate milk works just as well – if not better – than the fancy recovery drinks now on the market.”Chocolate milk has the perfect combination of fat, proteins and carbohydrates that you want to get back into your system,” Silvis said. Of course, if the goal of exercise is weight loss, water still reigns king, he said. “Otherwise you can end up drinking more calories than you burned while exercising,” Silvis said.last_img read more

first_imgChildren globally now communicate, play and access adult content via internet less than they did a year ago and search for websites with information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco more, a new report said on Monday.According to Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, children opened communication websites such as social media, messengers or emails in 61 per cent of cases, compared to 67 per cent in the previous 12 months (May 2015 to April 2016). Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Games have fallen to nine per cent from 11 per cent and adult websites now account for 1.2 per cent instead of 1.5 per cent,” the report found.Meanwhile, visits to pages containing information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco now account for 14 per cent of detections, though the figure was only nine per cent during the previous reporting period.Children now only use computers to visit websites that have no mobile app equivalent or that are easier to view on larger screens.”This may explain why the share of communication websites opened on computers is falling while the proportion of pages with ‘Alcohol, tobacco, narcotics’ content is growing,” said Anna Larkina, Web-content Analysis Expert at Kaspersky Lab.last_img read more

first_imgShopping online is fun and gives you access to brands from all over the world. However, while making payments on the international platform, check for multiple payment options, read few reviews before you make the payment, suggest experts. Don’t forget to take a look at the below mentioned points before you spend a single penny:Check for multiple payment options is one of the most common advice you will come across when you are doing international payment. This is because chances of fraud are high on websites which are looking for only card details and do not accept cash on delivery or money from mobile wallets. Having multiple options like payment with card, cash on delivery or online wallets present, suggest that the e-commerce firm is genuine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrency converter tool which converts the prices in the country’s local currency where the user is browsing the site from be it anywhere in the world, will inspire trust from you as you will know instantly that if a company is catering to a lot of countries of the world it will have a strong solid foundation. Make sure you look for it or see if the prices are in your own currency so that your bank can track the transaction easily.While doing international payment always check for reviews to know how good the product is and whether you should buy it or not. You can read reviews about order tracking function that dismisses all doubts whether the company is fraud or not. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDon’t be a hoarder. A lot of times, businesses can be tempted to hold on to currencies, in the pursuit of better exchange rates. However, businesses can also suffer due to the same impetus. If hoarding money is having a bad impact on the cash-flows, opt for liquidity every time – attempting to correctly time foreign exchange market movements has no guarantee of working in your favour.Make bigger payments. The fee for international transfers reduces proportionately as the amount increases. Hence, instead of making frequent, smaller payments, judiciously utilise your money in making bigger transfers. This would not only be convenient but will also help you save a lot of money in international transfers. A pro forma invoice is an invoice which states that the seller will fulfil his commitment to supply goods to the buyer on the agreed price. This information can be given on e-commerce websites with a link that says for bulk order contact here or a page which contains all the information on pro forma invoices and bulk orders. Learning about the legitimacy of bulk orders will help you know that the company is legitimate.Pay attention to the same product on different websites and check for both type of prices before selecting the best. The tax rate of every country is different so e-commerce sellers must do their homework when they are calculating prices of products so that the taxes levied on the products are not miscalculated.last_img read more

first_imgIn what comes as a unique global market initiative for India’s signature fabric Khadi at the global level, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) would join the National Day event of Montenegro in India on July 13, 2018 at New Delhi, known as ‘Trendy Montenegro with Indian Khadi’.Giving this information, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that the event would globalize the concept of hand-spun, hand-woven and natural fabric – the core properties of Khadi. “The event will also promote the use of Khadi internationally with the Montenegrin and European trends and designers, subsequently creating a global market for Khadi. KVIC will work together with Montenegro in creating promotional commercial sales of its products, which is all set to catch the positive publicity worldwide,” he said, adding, “It is really a matter of pride for the nation that many diplomats attending this event are likely to don Khadi on this occasion.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the other hand, expressing her happiness for KVIC collaborating with Montenegro, Dr Janice Darbari, the Consul General of Montenegro in India, said that goodwill and friendship in the diplomatic core would be used to promote Khadi. “It is a matter of pride that a milestone in international co-operation between Montenegro and India will be set on July 13 as Khadi is a zero-carbon footprint industry that patronizes Indian artisans – hand-spinning and hand-weaving natural fibre clothes. Top diplomats of many embassies will participate in this event and they will be acquainted with the signature fabric of India and its avenues globally,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The transfer of a non-teaching staff at Calcutta University triggered protests from the BJP-backed West Bengal University Employees Association on Monday with the latter alleging that the person was removed as he had chanted Jai Sri Ram while pressing for some of their demands on Friday.Pranay Dutta was given transfer order on Saturday and was asked to join duties on the Haringhata campus of the varsity in Nadia district. “This was a routine transfer. If an employee has any objection to transfer he/ she is free to report the matter to the varsity. The university always tries to ensure that our employees are not inconvenienced by any means,” said CU Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Vice-Chancellor further said if a place of posting of any employee was far away from his residence then if the concerned person applies pointing out his difficulty the university reconsiders its decision. “Jai Sri Ram slogan has nothing to do with this transfer. He (Pranay Dutta) works in my office but hardly come to my room. I always believe that every single staff- teaching or non-teaching should work together for the good of the university,” Banerjee asserted. The transferred employee alleged that he has been transferred for chanting slogans. “I have been working in the Vice-Chancellor’s department for the past six years. The place where I have been transferred is far away from my residence,” he said. It was learnt from sources that the varsity is is likely to revoke the previous order and transfer him to the Rajabazar Science College campus of the university.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS) has issued a notification saying that medical aspirants applying for undergraduate (UG) medical seats in the state under management quota can secure a seat from the 85 state quota seats if the candidates prove that they have their residence in Bengal.Management quota seats are available in four private medical colleges in the state. Some of the guardians of the medical aspirants have alleged that outside candidates enjoying Domicile B who were denied taking part in the medical counseling under 85 state quota seats will be given preference to occupy the state quota seats following the latest notification issued by the WBUHS on June 29. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe notifications says: “The candidates who are registered for management quota seats may be considered for the state quota seats, if they fulfill the domicile criteria and get successfully verified by providing all necessary original documents as mentioned in the pre-counselling notice on June 21.” The notice further says: “Such candidates must also provide an affidavit in non-judicial stamp paper that they will not participate in any other state quota counseling in the country for 2019-20 academic session.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAshoke Adhikari, a guardian, said that the WBUHS in its earlier notification restricted the entry of outside candidates in the medical counseling in the 85 percent state quota seats. However, the latest notification will again help the outside candidates secure admission in state quota seats. In the previous notification the university categorically mentioned that candidates living in other states and enjoining Domicile B would not be allowed to take part in the counseling, Adhikari said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier announced that no outside candidates would be allowed admission in the state quota seats. Those who are the permanent residents will only be given preference under the state quota. The permanent residents enjoy Domicile A while those staying outside for the past 10 years despite their parents staying here enjoy Domicile B. Dr A K Maity, an expert in the field of medical education said that latest notification will help the outside candidates in securing admission under the state quota. WBUHS must reconsider its decision and introspect on it. Unless, candidates who are the permanent residents of the state would be deprived, he said.last_img read more

first_imgShyam Sundar Co Jewellers announced Ushoshi Sengupta as the face of ‘Adi-kriti’ – their brand of high-fashion gold jewellery, at an event in a premier city hotel, recently.Inspired by the tribal culture of India – ‘Adi-kriti’, an exclusive collection of designer handcrafted gold jewellery was launched by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in December 2008. The brand came into force with the support of ‘World Gold Council’, which recognised the project as a ‘Unique in the world’ project. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the following year itself, the brand went on to win the attention of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), and also got a national award for its concept and design. The brand position of ‘Adi-Kriti’ is ‘tell-tale tribal jewellery, retold in gold’ and the product proposition a jewellery collection that is ‘simply beyond the wildest imagination’ Talking about the decision of the brand, Arpita Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “All these years, ‘Adi-kriti’ was present in the market without a human face because we didn’t find one that would do justice to the brand. And now, with Ushoshi Sengupta, we have found a personality that really goes with the brand.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers informed that Ushoshi had also walked the ramp for ‘Adi-kriti’ during the launch of the brand in 2008.So, it is really a homecoming for both the brand and Sengupta. Incidentally, Ushoshi Sengupta won the ‘Miss Universe India’ title in 2010 – when ‘Adi-Kriti’, was beginning to expand in the gems and jewellery trade and industry in India, after winning a national award in Mumbai. And now, the brand and Sengupta, both are ready to rule the fashion world together.last_img read more

first_imgIn 1963, the official “Beatlemania” took hold and all of a sudden, four unknown guys from Liverpool became international pop stars, filling up stadiums and rocking the media with their liberal opinions on long hair, while opening a new surge of British bands into the vast American market. Even though the band’s success was growing with each new release, in 1965 their audience experienced a significant change in both their sound and their appearance.The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport.In December 1965, the Beatles released an album titled Rubber Soul, which was referred by Lennon as the band’s “pot album,” due to its more introspective lyrics and mesmerizing guitars, as well as reflecting the band’s use of cannabis.Having been introduced to the drug by Bob Dylan, the Beatles were becoming a true voice of the generation regarding issues such as the emerging hippie counterculture and the Vietnam War.Dylan performing in the Feyenoord Football Club Stadium, Rotterdam, June 23, 1978. Photo by Chris Hakkens CC BY-SA 2.0Even though Rubber Soul represented a significant step in the band’s development, it was not until one fateful night that their careers would take an unexpected turn.It was at a friendly dinner to which John Lennon and George Harrison were invited together with their then-spouses. The event was hosted by a respectable London dentist John Riley and his girlfriend, Cyndy Bury.John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right) in 1964.After their meal, Riley insisted that the guests stay for a cup of coffee. Little did they know that the coffee was actually spiked with LSD ― a powerful hallucinogen which was becoming more and more popular among hippie youth, sworn to experiment with any mind-altering substance they could get their hands on.When Riley announced that they had ingested LSD, George, John and their wives, Patty and Cynthia, protested against his decision to slip them the drug without prior notice. What followed was an episode of LSD-induced paranoia, which would change the two Beatles forever.George Harrison in 1964. Photo by Nationaal Archief CC BY-SA 3.0Lennon later recalled the incident, describing a scene at Harrison’s Esher residence, just outside London:“God, it was just terrifying, but it was fantastic. George’s house seemed to be just like a big submarine… It seemed to float above his wall, which was 18 foot, and I was driving it. I did some drawings at the time, of four faces saying, ‘We all agree with you.’ I was pretty stoned for a month or two.”According to later interviews, George wasn’t far off from John’s point of view. The two agreed that they had to repeat the experience with the rest of the band, despite both having mixed feelings about the effects that the drug had on them.Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon with George Martin at EMI Studios in the mid-1960s.Now it was time to take their music one step further, and during the 1960s it apparently meant consuming a more powerful drug. What would result from this experiment was something that changed music history forever ― the Beatles’ seventh studio album, titled Revolver.However, the band wasn’t exactly unanimous in this decision. Ringo Starr agreed to partake, but Paul McCartney considered LSD too much of an influence:“It alters your life and you never think the same again. John was rather excited by that prospect. I was rather frightened by that prospect. . . never get back home again. I was seen to sort of stall. . . because there was a lot of peer pressure.”Swinging London, Carnaby Street, c. 1966. The album’s creation coincided with international recognition of London’s role as a cultural capital. According to Philip Norman, Revolver captured the confidence of summer 1966: “It was hot pavements, open windows, King’s Road bistros and England soccer stripes. It was the British accent, once again all-conquering.”Without McCartney aboard the Yellow Submarine, the band felt incomplete. It wasn’t until later on that the Beatles bass player and vocalist would try LSD, but even without experiencing it first hand, he quickly came to realize that transferring the effects of acid into music was an experiment worth making.McCartney was at the time the only Beatle who wasn’t married and living in the suburbs. He was an important part of London nightlife and the underground art scene, with his ear constantly on the ground, listening for what might be the next big thing.McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs, and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, October 30, 1963.Therefore, the band’s fusion of newly-induced ideas such as Indian and Tibetan religious philosophies with McCartney’s influence by experimental composers of the likes of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, and Edgard Varèse was bound to bring up surprising results and new techniques of recording once the group hit the studio at Abbey Road.George Martin, who was the band’s regular collaborator and the legendary producer behind Revolver was this time tasked with a slightly different approach. At one point, Lennon told Martin that he needed a sound of “thousands of monks chanting” for the album’s final track, “Tomorrow Never Knows”.Abbey Road Studios (formerly known as EMI Studios) is a recording studio located at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London, England.Of course, even for the almighty Beatles, the summoning of one thousand monks was out of the question, but the producer together with McCartney came up with a compromise that sounded even better. The track features Lennon’s vocals which were amplified through a rotating speaker, achieving a never-before-heard chilling effect.A number of other musical experiments were conducted on the record, and a number of them were refused as everyone agreed that they were just too crazy. For example, Lennon proposed at one point that he should sing while hanging from the ceiling of the studio.The group with disc jockey Jim Stagg during their U.S. tour in August 1966.Needless to say, not all of Lennon’s ideas made it into the final cut, but still, this was one of the most radical albums in terms of recording of its time.Harrison, on the other hand, added the mystical Indian vibe, by introducing traditional Indian instruments such as the tamboura and sitar into the recordings, creating an other-worldly experience they had strived for.McCartney, who was more interested in the technical aspect of the process, was inspired by Stockhausen’s experiments with early electronic music. One day he brought along a number of tape loops which he had prepared the night before. The loops included sounds of guitar tuning and various shrieks and unnerving sounds of unknown origin.The loops were then played forward and backward, eventually resulting in the rather unique soundscape that is the Revolver.Read another story from us: Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s Feud Over Beatles Song RightsA new chapter in music was opened, making way to bands such as The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, the Doors, and Pink Floyd ― all of whom owe so much to the Beatles, who set the bar for making what was by then called Psychedelic music. Strangely enough, like many stories regarding historical moments, it all started around a dinner table.last_img read more

first_imgPittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Nashville’s P.K. Subban have already developed a healthy hatred for each other in these NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Earlier in the series Subban divulged that Crosby had even accused him of having bad breath.Last night, in Pittsburgh’s 6-0 Game 5 win, the two got into it again after going down to the ice behind the Pittsburgh net. Crosby offered Subban a hand by mashing his face into the ice like he was trying to open a coconut. Subban eventually made it to his feet and got Crosby in a headlock. Both were given minor penalties.The hate is strong with these two. Crosby is the best player in the world, but he also has a deserved rep as a cheap shot artist.last_img

first_imgAlso:-‘Noise’ is good for Odell’s brand-Raptors should take Game 3 over the Warriors’ M.A.S.H. unit-Anthony Davis finally breaks up with the Pelicans Guests:Doug Gottlieb, LaVar Bar, Chris Haynes, Matt Barnes, and Corey Brewer <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>LeBron won’t stick around to watch the Lakers burnAs the Lakers chaotic offseason approaches free agency, a new report states that LeBron James may start looking for the exits if the franchise can’t land a big free agent or swing deals to give him another star to give him a chance to contend.LeBron hasn’t publicly indicated he wants out of L.A., but Colin thinks things are lining up for a LeBrexit if things don’t get better in a hurry, because it’s bad for his brand. At this point, it’s not just possible, it’s probable. Look at his track record.last_img read more