More information: buffalomemory.jp/news/120508a.html (in Japanese) Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Hynix, Toshiba to develop new STT-MRAM memory device MRAM is said to resist high radiation and can operate in extreme temperature conditions, suited for military and space applications. MRAM stands for magnetoresistive random-access memory. This is a non-volatile random-access memory technology. Supporters say MRAM will eventually be a dominant memory technology because of impressive benefits. Once capacitors used in DRAM lose their charge over time, memory assemblies that use DRAM need to refresh all the cells in their chips approximately twenty times a second; MRAM never requires a refresh. MRAM retains its memory with the power turned off; there is no constant power draw. According to MRAM-Info.com, the MRAM chips that were showcased by Buffalo at the Japan show are probably made by MRAM maker, Everspin Technologies. Everspin has touted MRAM as a technology that enhances data center and networking fault recovery, reducing system downtime and simplifying system design, for an overall lower total cost of ownership. Meanwhile, other industry observers say that MRAM is a “niche” technology, as its relatively high costs prevent it from competing head-on with more popular memory technologies such as flash and DRAM. On the other hand, MRAM supporters call it the next-generation memory technology. They also say that it is now gaining wider acceptance, and that MRAM is a serious challenger to the status quo in semiconductor memory.“MRAM is the holy-grail of memory: it can provide high-density non-volatile memory that is extremely fast and can replace all kinds of memories used today in a single chip,” says MRAM-Info.com. According to reports, Dell and LSI are putting MRAM from Everspin Technologies into their storage systems.Another sign of MRAM interest is that, earlier this year, Spin Transfer Technologies raised $36 million in pursuit of OST-MRAM, which stands for orthogonal spin transfer magnetoresistive random access memory. Spin Transfer Technologies was established by Allied Minds and New York University to develop and commercialize its OST-MRAM technology. The company says implications of the technology for the development of spin transfer MRAM devices include faster switching times, lower power operation and scalability to smaller dimensions. Citation: Buffalo shows SSDs with MRAM at Japan show (2012, May 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-buffalo-ssds-mram-japan.html (Phys.org) — Japan-based storage experts, Buffalo, has introduced a new line of solid state drives (SSDs) that use MRAM cache (instead of standard SDRAM). The company’s new line of solid state drives went on show this month in the form of a 4-Gbyte SSD equipped with an 8-Mbyte MRAM cache memory at the Embedded Systems Expo in Japan, which ran from May 9 to May 11. The show is an important gathering of the latest technologies, systems integration platforms and development platforms serving embedded systems. Buffalo’s initial targeted end users for its MRAM line are to be corporate customers in industrial settings requiring high reliability. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The company is hoping that Exynos 5 Dual will lead the pack in the high-end mobile application processor market. A Samsung white paper that presents the details says that the “Exynos 5 Dual is designed for high-end tablets that require multi-window operations, full multitasking, and fast response while running applications. Exynos 5 Dual is the first chip in the market to integrate Cortex-A15 dual core. The computing capability of Cortex-A15 dual core is similar to the CPU of a personal computer.” Designed with the 32nm low-power process, Exynos 5 Dual provides performance features such as dual core CPU, highest memorybandwidth, WQXGA display, 1080p 60fps video hardware, 3D graphics hardware, Image Signal Processor, and high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.0 and SATA3.Some Samsung watchers will not be surprised to see a quad-core version of the dual-core Exynos 5 next year.The upcoming Exynos 5 is a dual core chip; it does promise faster speeds running at 1.7 gigahertz with ARM’s quad-core Mali T-604 graphics processor. “With Mali-T604, Exynos 5 Dual delivers two times better GPU performance than Exynos 4,” according to Samsung.AndroidAuthority comments on the implications. “What’s nice about Exynos 5 Dual is that it doesn’t come just with a next-gen CPU, but also a next-gen GPU. This is a fortunate match, as they are both designed by ARM itself, so they benefit from higher integration, and also because ARM changes its GPU architecture only once every five years.”Mali T604 is the first GPU design based on the Midgard architecture, with OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.1 full profile. With the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU, the Exynos 5 Dual supports resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 and stereoscopic 3-D.The chip will also support USB 3.0, which could lead to smartphones and tablets with USB 3.0 ports for fast data transfers. Samsung has also incorporated SATA III controllers into the Exynos 5 Dual.The chip supports Wi-Fi Display technology, where users can stream media from smartphone to supported TV.All signs are that enthusiasts are praising the Exynos 5 Dual as the chip to look for in future tablets and smartphones, because of its powerful CPU and GPU features. Samsung, though, has not yet announced any specific products that will use the Exynos 5 Dual. 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. (Phys.org) — Samsung has released details about its next-generation Exynos 5 Dual. This is a dual-core mobile CPU based on ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. That ARM Cortex A15 word string is no small differentiator for Samsung and therein lies the edge. With ARM technology, Samsung plans to answer the demands of mobile computing users—systems that can deliver significant power and speed but also energy efficiency. Samsung says the Exynos 5 was designed to meet all three of graphic-intensive, multi-task and power efficient requirements. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org More information: www.samsung.com/global/busines … s/products5dual.html Citation: Exynos 5 Dual chip is unrobed by Samsung (2012, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-exynos-dual-chip-unrobed-samsung.html Qualcomm announces a new family of mobile Snapdragon Chipsets
New simulations show that Mercury and other unusually metal-rich objects in the solar system may be relics left behind by hit-and-run collisions in the early solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech More information: Mercury and other iron-rich planetary bodies as relics of inefficient accretion, Nature Geoscience (2014) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2189AbstractEarth, Venus, Mars and asteroids such as Vesta and, perhaps, Lutetia have chondritic bulk compositions with massive silicate mantles surrounding iron cores. Anomalies include Mercury with its abundant metallic iron (about 70% by mass), the Moon with its small iron core, and metal-dominated asteroids. Although a giant impact with proto-Earth can explain the Moon’s small core, a giant impact origin for Mercury is problematic. Such a scenario requires that proto-Mercury was blasted apart with far greater specific energy than required for lunar formation, yet retained substantial volatile elements and did not reaccrete its ejected mantle. Here we present numerical hydrocode simulations showing that proto-Mercury could have been stripped of its mantle in one or more high-speed collisions with a larger target planet that survived intact. A projectile that escapes the planet-colliding orbit in this hit-and-run scenario7 ultimately finds a permanent sink for its stripped mantle silicates. We show that if Mars and Mercury are derived from two planetary embryos that randomly avoided being accreted into a larger body, out of 20 original embryos (the rest having accreted into Venus and Earth), then it is statistically probable that one of those had its mantle stripped in one or two hit-and-run collisions. The same reasoning applies to pairwise accretion of planetesimals in the early Solar System, in which the relic bodies, which avoided becoming accreted, would be expected to have a wide diversity of compositions as a consequence of hit-and-run processes.Press release 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: Simulations show Mercury may have been victim of hit-and-run collision (2014, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-simulations-mercury-victim-hit-and-run-collision.html Mercury passes in front of the Sun, as seen from Mars Mercury, as every school kid knows, is the planet in our solar system closest to the sun. It’s also an anomaly because its core makes up approximately 60 percent of its mass (as compared to just 30 percent for Mars, Venus and Earth). Scientists have proposed theories to explain such an oddity, usually suggesting a collision of some sort must have taken place. A normal impact would have resulted in a loss of lighter elements, however, thus it’s been difficult to make such theories work. To better understand what might have happened Asphaug and Reufer ran computer simulations that showed a proto-Mercury colliding with various sized planets at various speeds and angles. They found that if a planet about the size of modern Earth collided with proto-Mercury at just the right angle and speed, it would have been possible for proto-Mercury to lose a large portion of its mantle due to it being stripped away. Furthermore, they noted that such an impact would not result in the proto-Mercury being caught in the larger planet’s gravity, effectively turning it into a moon. Such a collision, they also note would have resulted in much of the material ejected into space falling back to the target body, resulting in it being more metal rich than before the impact.Simulations can’t prove what happened of course, especially when they are used to describe theoretical events that occurred so long ago, but because they are based on known factors such as the current state of the planets in our solar system and data from spacecraft such as MESSENGER that entered Mercury’s orbit back in 2012, they can offer scientists realistic options to consider when studying planetary evolution. Journal information: Nature Geoscience Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A pair of researchers with Arizona State University has created computer simulations that show that Mercury may have a relatively large metal core because it was the victim of a hit-and-run collision with another proto-planet—a collision that resulted in much of its non-metallic mantle being stripped away by the larger body. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Erik Asphaug and Andreas Reufer describe how they ran many computer simulations designed to better understand planet formation in our solar system, and found that under just the right circumstances, a glancing blow collision between proto-Mercury and another proto-planet could have resulted in the current makeup of Mercury.
© 2017 Phys.org Citation: New insight into proving math’s million-dollar problem: the Riemann hypothesis (Update) (2017, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-insight-math-million-dollar-problem-riemann.html Over the past 150 years, mathematicians have found literally trillions of nontrivial zeros, and all of them have a real of component of ½, just as Riemann thought. It’s widely believed that the Riemann hypothesis is true, and much work has been done based on this assumption. But despite intensive efforts, the Riemann hypothesis—that all of the infinitely many zeros lie on this single line—has not yet been proved.Identical solutionsOne of the most helpful clues for proving the Riemann hypothesis has come from function theory, which reveals that the values of the imaginary part, t, at which the function vanishes are discrete numbers. This suggests that the nontrivial zeros form a set of real and discrete numbers, which is just like the eigenvalues of another function called a differential operator, which is widely used in physics.In the early 1900s, this similarity led some mathematicians to wonder whether there really exists a differential operator whose eigenvalues correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. Today this idea is called the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture, named after David Hilbert and George Pólya—despite the fact that neither of them published anything about it. “Since there is no publication by Hilbert or Pólya, the exact statement of the Hilbert-Pólya program is subject to some extent to interpretation, but it is probably not unreasonable to say that it consists of two steps: (a) find an operator whose eigenvalues correspond to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function; and (b) determine whether the eigenvalues are real,” Brody said. “The main focus of our work so far has been on step (a),” he said. “We have identified an operator whose eigenvalues correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. We are only beginning to think about step (b), and indeed how to tackle this challenge. Whether it will be difficult or easy to fill in the missing steps toward step (b), at this point we cannot speculate—further work is needed to get a better feeling as to the scale of difficulty involved.” The operatorOne of the interesting things about the newly discovered operator is that it has close ties with quantum physics.In 1999, when mathematical physicists Michael Berry and Jonathan Keating were investigating the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture, they made another important conjecture. If such an operator exists, they said, then it should correspond to a theoretical quantum system with particular properties. This is now called the Berry-Keating conjecture. But no one has ever found such a system before now, and this is a second important aspect of the new work.”We have identified a quantization condition for the Berry-Keating Hamiltonian, thus essentially verifying the validity of the Berry-Keating conjecture,” Brody said.Hamiltonians are often used to describe the energy of physical systems. The new operator, however, doesn’t appear to describe any physical system, but is rather a purely mathematical function.”It may be disappointing, but such a Hamiltonian does not seem to represent physical systems in any obvious way; or at least so far we found no indication that our Hamiltonian corresponds to any physical system,” Brody said.”But one might then ask ‘why publish in PRL?’ The answer is because many of the techniques used for some heuristic analysis in our paper that are suggestive are borrowed from techniques of pseudo-Hermitian PT-symmetric quantum theory developed over the past 15 years or so. The conventional understanding of the Hilbert-Pólya conjecture is that the operator (Hamiltonian) should be Hermitian, and one naturally links this to quantum theory whereby Hamiltonians are conventionally demanded to be Hermitian. We are proposing a pseudo-Hermitian form of the Hilbert-Pólya program, which to us seems worthwhile exploring further.” Real solutionsNow the biggest challenge that remains is to show that the operator’s eigenvalues are real numbers.In general, the researchers are optimistic that the eigenvalues are actually real, and in their paper they present a strong argument for this based on PT symmetry, a concept from quantum physics. Basically, PT symmetry says that you can change the signs of all four components of space-time (three space or “parity” dimensions and one time dimension), and, if the system is PT-symmetric, then the result will look the same as the original. Although nature in general is not PT-symmetric, the operator that the physicists constructed is. But now the researchers want to show that this symmetry gets broken. As they explain in their paper, if it can be shown that the PT symmetry is broken for the imaginary part of the operator, then it would follow that the eigenvalues are all real numbers, which would finally constitute the long-awaited proof of the Riemann hypothesis.It’s generally considered that a proof of the Riemann hypothesis will be very useful in computer science, especially cryptography. The researchers also want to determine what their results might actually mean for understanding more fundamental mathematical principles.”What we have explored so far contains little number-theoretic insights; whereas one might expect that, given its importance in number theory, surely any attempt that successfully makes progress on establishing the Riemann hypothesis would offer number-theoretic insights,” Brody said. “Of course this need not be the case at all, but nevertheless it would be of interest to explore whether any of the dynamical aspects of the hypothetical system described by our Hamiltonian might be linked to certain number-theoretic results. In this regard, semi-classical analysis on our Hamiltonian would be one of the next objectives.” In 1859, Riemann hypothesized that the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function lie on the vertical line (½ + it) on the complex plane, at which the real part is always ½. Credit: Jan Homann, Wikimedia Commons. Top: Riemann zeta function. Bottom: The new operator function. (Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered that the solutions to a famous mathematical function called the Riemann zeta function correspond to the solutions of another, different kind of function that may make it easier to solve one of the biggest problems in mathematics: the Riemann hypothesis. If the results can be rigorously verified, then it would finally prove the Riemann hypothesis, which is worth a $1,000,000 Millennium Prize from the Clay Mathematics Institute. While the Riemann hypothesis dates back to 1859, for the past 100 years or so mathematicians have been trying to find an operator function like the one discovered here, as it is considered a key step in the proof.”To our knowledge, this is the first time that an explicit—and perhaps surprisingly relatively simple—operator has been identified whose eigenvalues [‘solutions’ in matrix terminology] correspond exactly to the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function,” Dorje Brody, a mathematical physicist at Brunel University London and coauthor of the new study, told Phys.org.What still remains to be proven is the second key step: that all of the eigenvalues are real numbers rather than imaginary ones. If future work can prove this, then it would finally prove the Riemann hypothesis.Brody and his coauthors, mathematical physicists Carl Bender of Washington University in St. Louis and Markus Müller of the University of Western Ontario, have published their work in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Spacing of primesThe Riemann hypothesis holds such a strong allure because it is deeply connected to number theory and, in particular, the prime numbers. In his 1859 paper, German mathematician Bernhard Riemann investigated the distribution of the prime numbers—or more precisely, the problem “given an integer N, how many prime numbers are there that are smaller than N?”Riemann conjectured that the distribution of the prime numbers smaller than N is related to the nontrivial zeros of what’s now called the Riemann zeta function, ζ(s). (The zeros are the solutions, or the values of s that make the function equal to zero. Although it was easy for mathematicians to see that there are zeros whenever s is a negative even number, these zeros are considered trivial zeros and are not the interesting part of the function.)Riemann’s hypothesis was that all of the nontrivial zeros lie along a single vertical line (½ + it) in the complex plane—meaning their real component is always ½, while their imaginary component i varies as you go up and down the line. 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. Journal information: Physical Review Letters A zero sum game More information: Carl M. Bender, Dorje C. Brody, and Markus P. Müller. “Hamiltonian for the Zeros of the Riemann Zeta Function.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.130201
There have been many theories regarding the reason for the changes in brightness, including multiple comets passing in front of it, a gas cloud, or an alien structure—but none have come close to being provable. Because of that, space scientists have been hoping and waiting for another dimming event to occur, an opportunity to examine the light changes in a variety of ways. Specifically, they would like to have multiple telescopes studying its spectra at the same time—if the light from the star is suddenly passing through a gas cloud, for example, researchers could tell by the way it impacts the light, even offering which types of chemicals might be in the gas. Examining the spectra over time would also allow scientists to discern if there is an object moving between us and the star.Making things difficult for the researchers was that dimming events are not periodic—they have instead proved to be quite unpredictable. That is why this new event has the space community excited, because it might be an opportunity to solve the mystery. To that end, word has gone out to telescope operators across the globe, even to amateurs, to suspend current activities and instead focus on Tabby’s star for as long as possible. Once the dimming event is over, it is hoped that massive amounts of data will have been collected which can be pored over by novices and experts alike, all searching for an answer for the strange dimming.ALERT:@tsboyajian’s star is dippingThis is not a drill.Astro tweeps on telescopes in the next 48 hours: spectra please!— Jason Wright (@Astro_Wright) May 19, 2017@ajebson @NASAKepler @LCO_Global @keckobservatory @AAVSO @nexssinfo @NASA @NASAHubble @Astro_Wright @BerkeleySETI @ESO its 2% in r’ band and looks like its the start pic.twitter.com/TjJdSY2ar9— Tabetha Boyajian (@tsboyajian) May 19, 2017 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. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Tabby’s star dims again, multiple telescopes to examine its spectra (2017, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-tabby-star-dims-multiple-telescopes.html Credit: @tsboyajian (Phys.org)—Telescope operators around the world have been notified that “Boyajian’s star” (officially known as KIC 8462852) has dimmed again, offering space researchers a unique opportunity to study the star, which has baffled scientists ever since its discovery by a team at Yale University in 2015 led by Tabetha Boyajian. Subsequently nicknamed Tabby’s star, it has been found to dim periodically to differing degrees, which cannot be attributed to a planet passing between it and us. At one point in time, it was found to have dimmed approximately 22 percent—by comparison, if a planet the size of Jupiter was to pass in front of our own star, an observer 1,300 light years away (the distance that Tabby’s star is from us), would see just a 3 percent reduction of light. Latest study of Tabby’s star offers more weirdness Explore further
Explore further It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers offered new confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity by using the Hubble Space Telescope to measure shifts in the apparent position of a star. Also, a team of researchers from several institutions in China demonstrated solving systems of linear equations with quantum mechanics—offering more evidence that if true quantum computers are ever made, they will likely be able to fulfill expectations. And a team of physicists reviewed three experiments that hinted at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. © 2017 Science X Credit: Wikimedia Commons Best of Last Week–How antimatter forms, world’s first super telescope and why fathers treat toddler daughters different In space news, a team with the Center of Planetary Science announced that the ‘Wow!’ mystery signal from space was finally explained. Recorded in 1977, the mysterious signal had some suggesting it was evidence of aliens. And Ben Hoscheit, an undergrad at UW-Madison presented the results of his study to the American Astronomical Society that supported the idea that the Milky Way exists within a cosmological void. Also, a team at the University of Zurich announced that they had built the largest virtual universe ever simulated—cataloguing 25 billion virtual galaxies from 2 trillion virtual particles.In other news, an international team of collaborators announced that they had developed a new form of carbon that’s hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber. A team at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London found that they were able to improve people’s creativity through electrical brain stimulation by suppressing a part of brain processing that is normally involved in reasoning. And another international team announced that they had discovered the oldest Homo sapiens fossils at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.And finally, if you’re under the impression that a glass of wine with dinner every night is healthy, you might want to think again, as a team from the University of Oxford and University College London conducted a study finding that even moderate drinking is linked to a decline in brain health. Long-term consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages, they claim, resulted in risk for hippocampal atrophy, a form of brain damage that impacts spatial navigation and memory. 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: Best of Last Week – Possible phenomenon beyond Standard Model, Wow! mystery signal solved and alcohol impact on brain (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-week-phenomenon-standard-wow-mystery.html
DD Urdu has infused fresh blood in its programming with a bouquet of new serials and shows that encapsulate the essence of our heritage and culture and feature relevant societal issues and now they are set to enchant the audience with their creative brilliance. The step has been taken in continuation of the revamp activity initiated earlier this month. The time band of 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm has been scheduled for 40 new commissioned programmes. The shows will cover different genres to appeal to the different brackets of audience. The channel will showcase serial based on the memorable works of Urdu literary stalwart Saadat Hasan Manto, produced by Mukta Arts. Some of the fictions to be aired are based on classic Urdu literature like, Bagh-o-Bahar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The popular genres like thriller, comedy and musical reality shows are also included in this bouquet. DD Urdu has roped in eminent TV personalities as director/producer of the programs, Parikshit Sahni is one them for example. A well known name of the music world, Ila Arun will direct one musical reality show titled Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka, Mujhe Sochta Koi Aur Hai, this one hour reality show is scheduled on every Sunday at 8:00 pm. Other music shows based on devotion, ghazal and patriotic lyrics are scheduled in morning and evening like Naghma-e-Marifat, Sada-e-Watan and Junoon-e-Ghazal will be telecasted. Four documentary series on science, painting and Urdu poets, two chat shows – one on marginality issues and other on women discourse, one health show, one cookery show, one travel show, one docu-drama titled Hindustan Ki Talash written by minister Salman Khursheed, one literary programme Aaftab-e-Sukhan, one programme for children titled Nasha Masiha are scheduled to give a fresh look to DD Urdu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOther serials like Akhir Kab Tak, Aangan, Firangee and Chiraagh are also to be aired. Adding more flavour to this feast of entertainment, 3 films are being telecast on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, repeat at 10:00 pm. Some in-house programmes are being aired, like, Guftagoo- Walk the Talk, Mubahisa, Yaadon Ke Dareeche Se, Aina-e- Maazi and Mushaira.Some in-house programmes on National, Middle East, South Asia, neighbouring countries and international current affairs are also scheduled at 9:30 pm. 10 Urdu news bulletins are also on air.If you are a couch potato, take your pick.
Actor Hiten Tejwani is joining the cast of Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi, which stars his wife and actress Gauri Pradhan Tejwani. He is ‘excited’ to work with his real life partner in the show.Hiten and Gauri were the leading pair in ‘Kutumb’, which went on air in 2001, and after many years, they are sharing the screen space once again. ‘Any role for an actor is exciting, but acting with your (one’s) wife is even more exciting. We’ll be spending more time on the sets now. Earlier, we used to shoot on different locations, now we’ll get to spend more time together,’ Hiten told IANS by phone from Mumbai. When asked how the experience of Meri Aashiqui Tumse Hi will be different from ‘Kutumb’, the actor said: ‘Well, the characters are different. Also, when we were shooting Kutumb, we weren’t married. But now we’re married.’
Kolkata: State Education minister Partha Chatterjee made it clear on Tuesday that there should be no compromise in the matter of attendance, in the colleges under Calcutta University.Responding to a poser on the agitation at Joypuria College on Monday evening after around 204 students were not allowed to appear for examination due to low attendance, the minister said, “The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) has been introduced in all the colleges, where 10 marks has been reserved for attendance. There will be no compromise in this matter.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA section of students had sat on demonstration in front of the room of college principal Ashok Mukherjee, demanding that the 204 students who have been disallowed to sit for examination, should be allowed to do so. They also demanded slashing of fees, which they claimed have been hiked from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000. They further alleged irregular classes in the college.The agitation had continued till 1:20 am on Tuesday and was lifted only after intervention of the police. The principal and some senior teachers who remained stuck inside the college due to the agitation, also left late in the night. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWith regards to alleged failure on the part of the police to arrest those named in the FIR of the alleged ragging at St. Paul’s Cathedral College in Amherst Street, the minister said, “They have been instructed to execute the arrest by the administration and they will have to do it.”On being questioned about the college suspending the non-teaching staff named in the complaint but taking no action against the three students who are also accused, he said, “If the college drags its feet over the incident, then Calcutta University, to which it is affiliated, will take a tough stand against the college.”A student at St. Paul’s Cathedral College was allegedly made to parade naked and the video circulated in social media after he had enquired about college funds.
Can’t figure out why you lose every time while playing poker with friends? Blame it on poor single-brain connection.According to a study, people with a stronger connection between two specific brain regions have a more cautious financial outlook.The researchers studied the connections between two brain regions— known as the anterior insula and nucleus accumbens and how the two work together.“Activity in one brain region appears to indicate ‘uh oh, I might lose money’, but in another it seems to indicate ‘oh yay, I could win something’,” said Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology from Stanford University.“The balance between this ‘uh oh’ and ‘oh yay’ activity differs between people and can determine the gambling decisions we make,” he added. Using a novel MRI technique, Knutson found a tract that directly connects two brain regions.Participants were given $10 that they could gamble or not. Entering an MRI chamber, they could see a roulette wheel and the odds for winning or losing.In one bet, they had equal odds to win or lose $3. In another, they had higher odds of winning a smaller amount and small odds of losing a lot or vice versa. As the participants weighed the various gambles, the researchers tracked activity in the two brain regions.The findings revealed that even the cautious ones with a well-insulated connection would sometimes place risky bets. And when they did, the more cautious region stayed quieter while the enthusiastic region grew more active.“The study helps scientists and policymakers who want to better understand risky decision-making in the context of gambling and addiction and develop more effective interventions,” noted the authors in a paper that appeared in the journal Neuron.
It was an inspiring moment for those present at Emily Eden & Hodges when cancer survivor Joita Soni’s inspiring words- ‘Be mentally sound, fight back with courage and have the strength to make the impossible, possible’, echoed at the venue. The journey of Joita Soni, who has fought cancer several times and is the member of Roko Cancer’s Le’ Flamingo club, was unfolded at The Imperial in the national Capital on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her story educated and reminded all the women present that how special they are in their own right, fighting back emotions and staying positive even in the hour of extreme distress.Joita Soni, who was also the chief guest for the lovely afternoon of International Women’s day, enlightened the women associates at The Imperial Ladies’ Club along with guests from media. She talked about the strength and power of a woman to fight back all odds, understanding the importance of their existence in the life of their loved ones. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile talking about her hard-to-believe survival journey and fighting back cancer again and again, she went down the memory lane sharing her most difficult decision-“I will not feel sorry for myself for what I am going though,” she said. She shared a strong message on the occasion- “Stop being a pleaser to others, negating your own self.” This leads to storing of emotions against the rhythm of your body, developing negative hormones which are eventually released in the form of diseases. Be spiritually awake and stay happy for your own self first!” Soni’s medical journey left everyone in tears and her courage and grit filled the women with utter inspiration. The event also featured a session on importance of healthy living for women by Sakshi Sharma–Senior Manager- Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust, initiating the relevance of being an alert and aware healthy woman. Dr Neha Garg, Manager Projects and Health Planning- Roko Cancer Charitable trust had organised a special 20-minute meditation session to culminate the evening with peace and relaxation for all.This special evening was organised by The Imperial in collaboration with Sudha Murgai-Director, India-Roko Cancer Charitable Trust. Roko Cancer is an organisation committed to identifying and eliminating Breast, Cervical and Oral cancer in an institutionalised and structured manner by creating awareness amongst women of the nuances of this dreadful disease and its early detection through screening processes and self examinations.The evening concluded with a healthy and delicious Hi-tea spread, put together by Chef Prem K Pogakula- Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, to celebrate the occasion.
Kolkata: In a minor reshuffle in the state cabinet, state Finance minister Amit Mitra has been given additional charge of the Information Technology and Electronics department as well.Bratya Basu, who was the state Information Technology and Electronics minister, has now become the Biotechnology minister.Mitra is the minister of three departments – Industry, Commerce and Enterprise, Finance and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles. With the reshuffle, he will also look after the Information Technology and Electronics department.Meanwhile, Asima Patra, who is the Minister of State (MoS) for the Planning, Statistics & Programme Monitoring department with independent charge as well as MoS for Backward Classes Welfare department, has also been made the MoS in the state Agriculture department. She has also become the MoS for the state Fisheries department.Asish Banerjee and Chandranath Sinha are ministers of the state Agriculture department and Fisheries department, respectively.
Wondering what to wear during the winter season? Use you summer clothes like a crop top paired with a cardigan or pair your beautiful maxi skirt with interesting pullovers and closed-neck cardigans for that whole androgynous look, says an expert.Wear a Scarf: Slinky summer tops can be revamped with some woollen mufflers or bright printed scarves. This will add the much needed fall vibe to your look and also keep you warm in turn. Invest in a stole: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe bigger version of scarves should also be kept handy during winter. We prescribe the trending belted up look where you can let the stole fall casually from your shoulders symbolising a cape but add a edgy twist with a belt that goes around your waist, over the stole. Summer Jackets Revisited: Summer cover-ups can be recycled for the winter months. We are often upset to put away those cute floral, summery dresses – but no more of that. Team your cute summer dresses with knitted cover-ups for that girl-next-door look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShirts are important: Denim or Flannel, we must keep our shirts at close proximity. They are perfect for casual layering and also keeps you relatively warm during the fall months. Crop top ready: No more biding adieu to your favourite crop tops as now it’s time to throw on a cardigan which can completely turn your look around. Opt for a print-on-print look for max effects. Maxi skirts: Flowy maxi skirts might be perfect for those lunch dates during the summer months, but who says you have to put them away during winter! Pair your maxi skirt with interesting pullovers and closed-neck cardigans for that whole androgynous look. Turtlenecks to your rescue: A great option for layering is the classic turtleneck. A major trend this season, you can wear it under those slinky slip dresses and noodle-strap tops for the winter.Storm of stockings: Stockings are your saviour for fall and winter! From basic black to pop hues, you can go all out! Pair them with your mini skirts and ripped denim shorts to instantly transform your summer ensemble!Whites and pastels: The variation in the colour palette for the two seasons can leave you confused. But this fall we pick whites and pastels to rule! Throw in an occasional pop summer-colour for that fresh day-out look!
Darjeeling: The Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority (SJDA) returned acquired lands to 158 persons in Kawakhali near Siliguri on Monday.”The Left Front Government had forcibly acquired lands from people in Kawakhali. With our Government coming to power in 2011, the lands were returned to 600 such persons. On Monday, we returned lands to 158 persons. The persons were chosen through lottery,” stated Sourav Chakroborty, Chairman, SJDA. Around 82.26-acre of land had been acquired in the Darjeeling district and about 208-acre in the Jalpaiguri district. The 758 persons received one-and-a-half kathas of land each. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Till now no Government has retuned lands after coming to power except for our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. This was the case with Kalinala, Singur, Kawakhali, Rajarhat and Nandigram,” added the Chairman. The SJDA Chairman stated that many infrastructure development projects have been earmarked for Siliguri. “The projects pegged at Rs 16.6 crore for the financial year 2019 -2020. However, this is only for the first phase,” added Chakroborty. The infrastructure development work includes drainage; mastic road; non-mastic road; beautification; road integrated drainage system; guard walls and other repairs and construction work at Bidhan Market and Hawkers’ Corner. Incidentally, there was a fire at Bidhan Market in Siliguri on Sunday. The fire left five shops gutted.
Korean Cultural Centre India in association with ASSITEJ India organized an award ceremony for playwriting contest. The contest was based on a story of Princess Hur from ancient Ayodhya who is believed to have initiated the biggest family clan in Korea. The Playwriting Competition was initiated in August 2016 to develop princess Hur’s tale as a theatrical art. The marriage of Ayodhaya princess with King Suro of Gaya Kingdom that existed in south eastern region of Korean peninsula in AC 42 was considered as representative connection between India and Korea. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEntries were made through a scene selection for which more than 100 entries were received; only 10 scripts among the entries were selected to be fully written after the preliminary round. The Best script winner was Rajesh Nirmal, translated by Gandharv Dewan for the story with the title ‘Tale of many kings and the queen’ and was awarded with the cash prize of Rs one lakh. Manjima Chatterjee for her story – ‘The Legend of Queen Heo’ and Ruma Ghosh for her story ‘Legend of Queen Huh’ were awarded with Samsung galaxy phones. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJudge Vibhawari Deshpande who is associated with children’s theatre from last 20 years shared her experience of judging the scripts said, “Each script had its own uniqueness. The tale is very beautiful, complicated and is full of larger than life events. It must be very challenging for writers to dramatise but stick to the story. As this story was made for children, we kept our focus on the use language, engagement, the use of theatrical devises, what the writers have done to contemporise it.” Kim Kyung Han, Minister Counselor (political), Embassy of the Republic of Korea awarded the top 3 winners and said that India and Korea doesn’t only have a technical and economical relation but have very historical deep roots. Both the countries share their Independence Day. India had supported Korean in times of war during the freedom fights. Now the time has come when Korea, the brother country will support India in all possible aspects.”
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) started its door-to-door dengue drive in the city on Thursday.The officials visited particularly those households where dengue cases were reported last year. The drive took place on Muraripukur Road in North Kolkata and officials covered 30 houses in the area led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh who also heads the Health department of the civic body. “We will slap a notice under 496A of the KMC ACT on a person who lives on 35 D Muraripukur Road for being negligent in cleaning of garbage on the premises of his house,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe team involved in the drive comprised of officers from Health, Solid Waste Management, Drainage and Building department of the civic body. Local borough chairman Anindya Raut was also present during the drive. The team spoke to the residents and advised them on how to keep their own respective compounds free from garbage and warned them against accumulation of stagnant water. Ghosh also told them about the precautionary measures which they should take to prevent the disease. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our continued awareness drives have resulted in better civic awareness pertaining to cleanliness. But they should be more alert and vigilant,” Ghosh said. The team stumbled upon a vacant land during their drive where heaps of garbage was found. “We will soon send notice to the owner of the land. The drive will continue till June and during this period we will cover every house in the city from where dengue cases were reported last year,” a senior KMC official said. Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh will be present in the anti-dengue drives twice in a week. The KMC has already prepared a map of the residences in all the 144 wards in the city where people were affected last year.
Vikram Bachawat has been doing exciting affordable art exhibitions for the past many years. As a collector and gallery persona, he does not need an introduction. Earlier, he ran one of the finest places in Delhi, however now – he can be seen working in a sophisticated space in Kolkata – the Aakriti gallery – which is hosting the 6th edition of ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in the city.The mela runs until September 29.”After completing five successful editions of the fair at the gallery, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons,” says Bachawat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We at Aakriti Art Gallery, constantly strive to make art more accessible to all. ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it,” he added.The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand artworks within the range of 1000 to 1,00,000 INR. This is a one-of-a-kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile the best names are there in the circuit, there are line drawings by Jogen Chowdhury – a rare Ram Kumar and a couple of other amazing works that come for a song. Of particular delight is Sudip Roy’s impressionist rendition of the rickshaw. Colours and strokes of surreal scattering are his leitmotifs and this composition celebrates the finest of watercolour studies.On one side, the generally somber palette of Roy is read symbolically through the lens of street scene traditions, often underscoring life’s transience. Alternatively, we can assess the artist’s skill in employing an array of visual effects in this scene. Among sculptures in the small format is a delightful set of goats in bronze by Asim Basu. Filled with the richness of the narrative, certain deeper meanings come into focus once you look beyond the metaphors and artistic insights of sculptors and painters. Equally enticing is Lalu Prasad Shaw’s portrait on the paper.The affordable art show has something for everyone. It also offers an uncanny perspective on our own times, in which globalism and consumer culture seem to be reaching a peak, once again in tandem with one another. What are the true social costs of today’s most sought-after items, and why do people love to show them off? These works tell us that collectors can begin young and at humble prices.
A lot of water in Banas River might have flown from the time immemorial, but it seems another river is in making in this lush green area – having abundant flora and fauna, pomegranate and mustard – in the last two years. It may sound incredible though, a very few people must have anticipated that after December 10, 2016 – when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that ‘After Shwet Kranti, there is a need for Sweet Kranti’ while introducing Banas Honey project at Deesa in Banaskantha district of Gujarat, a virtual river of sweet nectar would also flow through this area. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith a week ahead of the second anniversary of Prime Minister’s clarion call of ‘Sweet Kranti’, its resultant ‘Honey Mission’ of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) seems taking that call to a new high – particularly at its birthplace, with distribution of 2,450 bee-boxes and extracting 19,500 kilograms of finest honey. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, who distributed another 650 bee-boxes on December 3 in a remote village Madal of Banaskantha district, said that following the Prime Minister’s call of ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC immediately made an action plan on this line named ‘Honey Mission’ and started it from Gujarat. “We have decided to distribute 7,350 bee-boxes among the farmers in Gujarat in fiscal 2018-19, in which 5,770 bee-boxes have already been distributed among the farmers of Banaskantha, Arawali, Kutch and Dahod districts. Most of the beneficiaries hail from SC/ST and Tribal categories,” he said, adding, “We have already identified the beneficiaries for the training and distribution of remaining 2,240 bee-boxes among SC/ST villagers of Valsad, Navsari, Tapi, Dahod, and Narmada district, besides general category villagers in Banaskantha, Patan and Bhuj/Kutch districts, under our ‘Honey Mission’ project in Gujarat.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe KVIC Chairman also distributed 500 saplings of Moringa trees to the farmers of Banaskatha district and also informed about the importance of the tree. It may be mentioned here that so far KVIC has distributed 51,000 bee-boxes, across the country, which had happened for the very first time in India. The KVIC had not only distributed bee-boxes, rather it had also created more than 7,000 new employment under ‘Honey Mission’, besides creating around 6,000 additional man-days through the fabrication of Bee boxes and Honey Extractors. The KVIC has also provided the bee-keepers practical training about the examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipment, identification, and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons. Vice Chairman Banas Dairy Mavjibhai Desai and Chairman and Gujarat Khadi Board K Padheria were also present in the function. The KVIC Chairman also felicitated two farmers who extracted a huge amount of honey in one year from the bee boxes distributed earlier by KVIC. KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, who himself monitors the progress of ‘Honey Mission’ round-the-clock, further said that besides the production of healthy honey and wax, bee-keeping would open many job avenues for the unemployed youths and aspiring young entrepreneurs. “Being the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the KVIC would provide loans for setting up units of processing, packaging and labeling units for the honey,” he added.
Kolkata: Senior cabinet ministers in the state on Thursday sharply reacted to the Centre’s privatisation move in which various public sector units are being handed over to private companies.The ruling party in the state moved a motion in the Assembly, protesting against the decision taken by the Centre. The leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan and CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty also supported the move and echoed the voice of the government on the Centre’s stand. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataState Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that as many as 26 PSUs have been liquidated by the Narendra Modi government in the last five years. Many others will either be liquidated or shut down by the Centre in the course of time. “What Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on privatisation is a dangerous trend. He said the government’s job is to run the government and it will not do business. Selling out PSU units is an attempt by the Centre to hide their failure. There have been attempts to sell out Navratna and Miniratna companies as well,” Chattopadhyay said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also criticised the decision taken by the Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog on the issue of privatisation. Foreign investments are being encouraged at the cost of state public sector units. He also criticised the Centre for changing the labour law, thereby infringing upon the rights of the workers. The workers have been denied bonus and gratuity. Even the right to strike for the workers has been withdrawn. Speaking on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said in the Assembly that various Centre owned units are being sold at a lower price and unemployment is gradually going up in the country. He also said that the matter would be discussed with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “The Centre had promised to bring back black money from foreign banks. But in reality the Centre is selling out its profitable units. There have even been attempts to hurt the sentiments of people in Bengal. The rail budget for Bengal has been slashed down drastically. They are also trying to financially bankrupt the state,” Partha Chatterjee said. The state government would urge the Centre to dissuade from selling out the profitable units after the motion taken up by both the ruling party and the oppositions gets passed in the Assembly.
Kids exposed to violent video games are more likely to pull the trigger in reallife situations, as compared to those who do not indulge in such gaming habits, researchers have warned. A study examined the effects of video games with weapons on children’s behaviour when they found gun in reallife. The study was conducted on children aged between 8-12 years who were assigned to play three different versions of the game Minecraft. The first version was violent and required players to kill monsters with guns while the second required players to kill monsters with swords. The third version was non-violent, with no weapons or monsters. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter 20 minutes of game-play, the kids played with other toys in another room that included a cabinet with two disabled handguns, said the researchers. For the findings, the team of researcers, included 220 children who found a gun while playing. Nearly 62 per cent of the 76 children who played the video game with gun touched a handgun. About 57 per cent of the 74 children who played the game with sword violence touched a gun, and 44 per cent of the 70 kids who played the non-violent version touched a gun.