Robot Trash Collectors Are Roaming the Streets of Italy w Video

first_img Explore further DustCart: Robot Trash Collector Citation: Robot Trash Collectors Are Roaming the Streets of Italy (w/ Video) (2009, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Two Robot Chefs Make Omelets The objective is to build a team of robots using Wi-Fi internet and 20 cameras located on buildings in a camps environment. This configuration would then be used in cities where the robots would be deployed. The challenge is to have the robots work cooperatively with the senses around them and also with people. Autonomous navigation is another key factor for the robots. It’s important that the robots know where they are going and what may seem easy for us is very complex for the robots. The robots are equipped with an engine that is powered by a lithium-battery which permits them to run silently. The robots are also equipped with special sensors that can monitor air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, benzene, sulfur oxides, CO2, CO and air temperature.DustCart is still in the prototype stage and does not have the kind of rapid response time that would make them effective on crowded streets. One day however these robots may become tourist guides or even help the elderly. Via: GlobalPost© 2009 ( — In the city of Peccioli in the Tuscany region of Italy a robot called DustCart has been zipping through the streets. This is part of a $3.9 million research program called DustBot that aims on collecting trash on demand. DustCart is designed to go from door-to-door collecting waste on demand. Waste is deposited into the robot by opening the trash draw using a touch screen display. The draw is then closed and the type of trash is selected using the touch screen. DustCart would then take the rubbish to a central collection point. 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

Research shows ocean bacteria glow to attract those that would eat them

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Violent passions — jealous cleaner shrimp murder their rivals For years scientists have speculated that some ocean bacteria may glow to encourage others to eat them, but till now, no one had actually tested the theory. Zarubin and her colleagues thought it was time.As a means of proof, the team put a bag of water with normal Photobacterium leiognathi bacteria in it into a tank of water that held shrimp and other microbes. At the other end of the tank they put in another bag of the same kind of bacteria that had been genetically altered to prevent their being able to glow. The team found that the shrimp and other organisms gathered around the glowing bag, but not around the dark one.After that, they allowed a group of shrimp to swim around in water with the glowing bacteria in it, and found that after just a few hours, the shrimp’s bellies soon glowed with bacteria as well. Play Apogon annularis detects and efficiently consumes glowing Artemia in the dark. These Artemia became glowing by contacting and ingesting bioluminescent bacteria. Infrared light was used to illuminate the flume for video recording. The lower part of the image (below the dark bar) shows the flume’s working section as viewed from the side. The upper part shows the working section as viewed from above, through a 45° inclined mirror. Video: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116683109 Then, lastly, the shrimp that had glowing bellies were put into a flume alongside shrimp that had not eaten the glowing bacteria and all were sent past a quantity of shrimp eating fish. There it was observed that the fish ate only the shrimp that had glowing bellies. Afterwards, the team tested the feces from the fish and found that the glowing bacteria had come though the digestive process unscathed. And because fish, being fish tended to swim around, the bacteria had been transported to a new locale.From these simple experiments it appears clear that the bioluminescent abilities of the ocean bacteria tested help it to move more easily around in the ocean – using other organisms as a transport vehicle. In so doing the bacteria not only get a free ride, but get a meal along the way as they feast on other material inside the bellies of those that have eaten them. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Research shows ocean bacteria glow to attract those that would eat them (2011, December 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Bacterial bioluminescence as a lure for marine zooplankton and fish, PNAS, Published online before print December 27, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1116683109AbstractThe benefits of bioluminescence for nonsymbiotic marine bacteria have not been elucidated fully. One of the most commonly cited explanations, proposed more than 30 y ago, is that bioluminescence augments the propagation and dispersal of bacteria by attracting fish to consume the luminous material. This hypothesis, based mostly on the prevalence of luminous bacteria in fish guts, has not been tested experimentally. Here we show that zooplankton that contacts and feeds on the luminescent bacterium Photobacterium leiognathi starts to glow, and demonstrate by video recordings that glowing individuals are highly vulnerable to predation by nocturnal fish. Glowing bacteria thereby are transferred to the nutritious guts of fish and zooplankton, where they survive digestion and gain effective means for growth and dispersal. Using bioluminescence as bait appears to be highly beneficial for marine bacteria, especially in food-deprived environments of the deep sea. Explore further © 2011 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. ( — In most situations in the wild, animals develop abilities to help them avoid being eaten. The chameleon, for example, can change its color to avoid being seen by predators. What’s less usual, are animals or organisms that develop abilities that do the opposite, i.e. develop traits that encourage predators to eat them. But that’s just what certain ocean bacteria appear to do. Margarita Zarubin, a marine science grad student in Israel, and her colleagues have shown, as they report in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that a certain type of bioluminescent bacteria glow to attract the attention of other organisms, so as to be eaten; and they do so as a means of assisted dispersal.last_img read more

Irish teens idea of using bacteria to improve crop yields wins Google

first_img 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. ( —Three high-schoolers from Cork County Ireland have won the top prize at this year’s Google Science Fair for their project that demonstrates a way to germinate seeds faster using bacteria as a seed treatment. Sophie Healy-Thow, Émer Hickey, and Ciara Judge won the Grand Prize by developing a way to increase crop yields in food scarce countries. After discovering nodules growing on pea plants in a family garden, which turned out to be the result of a reaction by the plant to bacteria in the soil, the teens began an investigation. They learned that the presence of certain bacteria can instill a sort of fear in a plant, causing it to speed up germination, so as to avoid being overtaken. They wondered what would happen if seeds were treated with a bacteria laden liquid before planting. To find out, they planted a garden with several different types of plants, some with treated seeds, others without, then tended the garden to see what impact the treatment would have.The group found that all of the treated seeds sprouted on average 50 percent faster than those that were left untreated, which, the team reports led to an increase in harvest amounts of some of the oats by as much as 70 percent.Speeding up germination means bacteria and other pests, such as insects, have less time to wreak havoc on new plants, which in the end results in more food being produced.The next step for the team (they’ve already applied for a patent) is to refine their process—to grow the bacteria (in soil), to harvest it and then to bottle and sell it. They may find that path easier than they thought as officials with the European Commission (the executive body of the European Union) have expressed interest in helping them develop their idea. The trio isn’t stopping there either, they plan to conduct more research—they want to know what exactly is happening inside the seeds when exposed to the bacteria—looking to see if perhaps there is another, simpler, cheaper and easier way to set off the speed-up reaction. Citation: Irish teens’ idea of using bacteria to improve crop yields wins Google Science Fair prize (2014, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: —— … -big-announcing.html Coated seeds could encourage an early start for spring planting Hayley, Mihir, Kenneth, Ciara, Sophie and Émer © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels

first_img © 2014 ( —Quite a claim: a sculpture as the smallest creation of the human form in history. The sculptor, Jonty Hurwitz, said he loves the Internet. That is because, since the nanosculpture exhibit launch, so many people have viewed his nanosculpture work online and the work has been covered by numerous sites around the world. He created the nanosculptures using a 3D-printed photosensitive material. Softpedia’s Sebastian Pop delivered an account of the creation process and aftermath. A key word about the sculpture was “were,” he said, since the lifespan of the sculptures was accidentally cut short, by the man’s colleague who made an attempt to see them from a different angle. Hurwitz had spent ten months on seven sculptures; but the images remained. Sarah Anderson in referred to this as impressive art that we will never see, at least not with the naked eye, as the sculptures are so small. He did a series of seven sculptures. The largest, she said, is about the width of a human hair; the smallest is less than half that width. Hurwitz did not achieve this alone; he recognized this was an effort where art meets science. It was a case of creating art with the use of quantum physics. Hurwitz enlisted a team to work this out. Hurwitz said, “The only way to perceive these works is on the screen of powerful scanning electron microscope. So how can you ever know that this sculpture really exists? Your only way to engage with it is through a screen, and a mouse separating you and the art via a vacuum and a series of mathematically mind-blowing quantum processes that shower the art with particles to map its contours. Can you be sure of its existence if your basic senses are telling you that nothing is there? The line between myth and science is fine.”Multiphoton lithography was the technique used. “If you illuminate a light-sensitive polymer with Ultra Violet wavelengths, it solidifies wherever it was irradiated in a kind of crude lump. Some of you may have experienced a polymer like this first hand at the dentist when your filling is glued in with a UV light. If however you use longer wavelength intense light, and focus it tightly through a microscope, something wonderful happens: at the focus point, the polymer absorbs TWO PHOTONS and responds as if it had been illuminated by UV light, namely it will solidify. This two photon absorption occurs only at the tiny focal point – basically a tiny 3D pixel (called a Voxel). The sculpture is then moved along fractionally by a computer controlled process and the next pixel is created. Slowly, over hours and hours the entire sculpture is assembled pixel by pixel and layer by layer.”He credits the support he received from experts from the Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, for fabrication and imaging and advice from Weizmann Institute of Science. “Trust,” a piece depicting a female human model, is around 80 x 100 x 20 microns. Rodin’s hand sculptures diagnosed as part of exhibit Explore further Credit: Jonty Hurwitzcenter_img “He used around 250 cameras to gather all the photos he needed for the subjects of study, all arranged in a dome around the woman, sculpture, etc. Then he spent 10 months designing, sculpting and rendering virtual models, with the help of a high-powered program that reassembled the images into ‘digital clay,’ wrote Pop. “Finally, the models were ready to be 3D printed.” Had they survived, he remarked, “We’d have liked to see a mirror+microscope installation in a museum exhibit, where visitors would take a peek at the little marvels.” 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. Citation: When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels (2014, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Credit: Jonty Hurwitzlast_img read more

New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables

first_img Luminous blue variables (LBVs), also known as S Doradus variables (after S Doradus, one of the brightest stars of the Large Magellanic Cloud), are rare and unstable massive evolved stars exhibiting strong photometric and spectroscopic variability related to transient eruptions. So far, only about 40 LBVs are known in our Milky Way galaxy and in the galaxies of the Local Group.However, the cause of eruptions in LBVs is not fully understood and is still debated. Astronomers suppose that such eruptions could be caused by high rotation, radiative pressure, turbulent pressure, internal dynamic mechanisms, binarity, or they could be triggered by a combination of some of these mechanisms. Spotting new eruptions could help determine the exact cause, which could improve our understanding of stellar evolution of massive stars.Now, a group of astronomers led by Julio Campagnolo of the National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has observed new eruptions in two LVBs, designated R 40 and R 110. R 40 (also known as RMC 40), located in the Small Magellanic Cloud. They are about 280 times larger than the sun, with a mass of approximately 16 solar masses. When it comes to R 110 (or RMC 110), residing in Large Magellanic Cloud, it has a radius of more than 300 solar radii and is ten times more massive than the sun.Campagnolo’s team conducted high-resolution spectroscopic observations of R 40 and R 110 using the Fiber-fed Extended Range Optical Spectrograph (FEROS) mounted at 2.2 m ESO-MPI telecope at La Silla Observatory (Chile) and photometric observations of these two LVBs by utilizing the 0.6 m telescope Boller & Chivens at the Pico dos Dias Observatory in Brazil.”In this paper, we present the detection of new eruptions for two LBVs in the Magellanic Clouds R 40 and R 110, based on new spectroscopic and photometric data,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the study, both LBVs experience ongoing eruptions. In R 40, the astronomers detected a strong eruption that reached a V magnitude of 9.2 in 2016, which is around 1.3 mag brighter than the minimum registered in 1985 and also much stronger than the previous eruption recorded in 1996. As a result of the new eruption, the effective temperature of R 40 dropped to about 6,100 K, what made it one of the coolest LBVs known to date.Contrary to R 40, R 110 is now passing through a weak eruption, with a maximum V magnitude of 9.9 mag in 2011. The new eruption is weaker than the previous one in 1994 and about 0.2 mag fainter than the first such event detected in this star in 1990. Due to the new eruption, the effective temperature of R 110 dropped to about 8,500 K.In concluding remarks the astronomers noted that still more observations are necessary in order to determine the periodicity of the eruptions in R 40 and R 110. They call for more comprehensive observational campaign that could uncover more insights into such events in these two LBVs.”As for each star just two eruptions have been recorded, it is not possible to derive a periodicity for these events. Thus, an observational campaign, associated with photometry, spectropolarimetry and high-resolution spectroscopy, covering not only the V band but also other bands is definitely necessary to follow up these eruptions and better derive their characteristics, and also identify new eruptions,” the authors concluded. 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. Explore further New stellar stream discovered by astronomers Citation: New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables (2017, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Spectral variation of R 40 seen in the spectra taken from 2002 (top) until 2016 (bottom). We can see the change from a late B/early A-type to a late F-type spectrum, implying a new eruption. The spectrum of HD 54605 (F8Ia) is also shown for comparison. Credit: Campagnolo et al., 2017. More information: Detection of new eruptions in the Magellanic Clouds LBVs R 40 and R 110, arXiv:1712.01972 [astro-ph.SR] J. C. N. Neves Campagnolo et al. The detection of new eruptions in the Magellanic Clouds luminous blue variables R40 and R110, Astronomy & Astrophysics (2017). DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731785AbstractWe performed a spectroscopic and photometric analysis to study new eruptions in two luminous blue variables (LBVs) in the Magellanic Clouds. We detected a strong new eruption in the LBV R40 that reached V∼9.2 in 2016, which is around 1.3 mag brighter than the minimum registered in 1985. During this new eruption, the star changed from an A-type to a late F-type spectrum. Based on photometric and spectroscopic empirical calibrations and synthetic spectral modeling, we determine that R,40 reached Teff=5800−6300~K during this new eruption. This object is thereby probably one of the coolest identified LBVs. We could also identify an enrichment of nitrogen and r- and s-process elements. We detected a weak eruption in the LBV R 110 with a maximum of V∼9.9 mag in 2011, that is, around 1.0 mag brighter than in the quiescent phase. On the other hand, this new eruption is about 0.2 mag fainter than the first eruption detected in 1990, but the temperature did not decrease below 8500 K. Spitzer spectra show indications of cool dust in the circumstellar environment of both stars, but no hot or warm dust was present, except by the probable presence of PAHs in R,110. We also discuss a possible post-red supergiant nature for both stars. (—Astronomers report the detection of new eruptions in two luminous blue variables, known as R 40 and R 110, located in the Magellanic Clouds. The finding, presented December 5 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print repository, could shed new light on the final phases of stellar evolution process. Journal information: Astronomy & Astrophysicslast_img read more

Sulking Cong goes into silent mode

first_imgCompletely rattled by the total rout suffered in Delhi Assembly polls, the Congress on Tuesday even refused to hold its daily briefing with media-persons. Instead a statement from party president Sonia Gandhi was issued which said that the party accepts “the will of the people with humility” and would “sincerely introspect the reasons behind its loss.”After being completely decimated in Delhi, Congress’ campaign in-charge Ajay Maken and Delhi’s in-charge PC Chacko resigned from their respective posts. Maken along with other 69 Congress candidates was defeated in the election. “I believe I should take responsibility and therefore resign. I was face of the Congress campaign and haven’t been able to win the seat which I contested in as well. This result has nothing to do with party leadership,” Maken told reporters. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISeveral party members (who didn’t want to be named) voiced their discontent with the way the polls were fought by the Congress under the leadership of Rahul. “It’s strange. If we win it is Rahul’s victory if we lose it is a collective loss,” said one of them. While speaking to them the growing disgruntlement amongst the Old Guard as well as Rahul’s core young team was collectively evident.Senior leader Anand Sharma said, “We need to introspect and look into what caused this debacle. There are no simplistic answers, it’s a setback but it must not discourage our cadres.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindHis colleague Manish Tewari said, “This election sends the messages that the people of India wanted to punish BJP and the prime minster for their arrogance and they thought in their wisdom the instrument of choice to that is the AAP and not the Congress.” Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is too early everyone has to sit back and take stock. This was clear mandate for Kejriwal and a strong anti-Modi sentiment where Congress was rendered irrelevant.”last_img read more

Yoga fever reaches Capitol Hill in US

first_imgAfter the White House and Pentagon and mushrooming of several studios across the nation, Yoga has conquered the last bastion in the US – the Congress.Ahead of the first International Yoga Day on June 21 – a move initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly -?a group of US lawmakers and hill staff have come together to form the first ever and one-of-its kind “Congressional Yogi Association”. The inaugural event at the historic Cannon House Office Building of the US Congress was attended by a number of top American lawmakers. Prominent among them were Tim Ryan, Charles Rangel and Barbara Lee. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenOrganised by the Congressional Yogi Association with support of the Indian Embassy here, the first-ever “Yoga on the Hill” on May 1 was attended by Brennan Mullaney (Team RWB- veterans’ welfare organisation) and Tom Voss (Iraq War veteran). Around 60 Congressional officials participated in the yoga and meditation session.Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio, who performed yoga and meditation along with others, said an important issue faced by Americans is extremely high levels of stress. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“I have found that mindfulness and the practice of yoga help to reduce stress, improve concentration, and increase feelings of well-being,” he said.“I am happy to support the first annual Yoga on the Hill event and the Congressional Yogi Association in raising awareness for the many benefits a yoga practice can bring to individuals across the country,” Ryan said. “As a Korean War Veteran, Yoga on the Hill’s mission to promote wellness among the veteran community is close to my heart,” said Congressman Charles B Rangel.last_img read more

Sayeed attends Martyrs Day function BJP stays away

first_imgThe official function at the Naqshband Sahib Martyrs’ graveyard was presided over by the Chief Minister but the BJP ministers did not show up, indicating strains in the BJP-PDP coalition government. A BJP spokesman said although the ministers were in Delhi for a meeting with party president Amit Shah, the function at Martyrs’ Graveyard had no relevance to their party.“The 1931 martyrs have no relevance for us as a party. If they do not respect our leaders like Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, why should we (reciprocate)!” BJP spokesman for Kashmir Khalid Jehangir said.  The function was to honour martyrs who laid down their lives fighting the Dogra rule in 1931.  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe said his party does not want to do “emotional politics” on such issues. “The lesser we rake up these issues, the better it will be for the state,” he said. This is for the first time in the history of the state that a ruling party, or a coalition partner, was not represented at the official function held on this day every year. Congress, which was in power for 12 years in coalition with PDP (2002-2008) and National Conference (2008-2014), WERE represented by its ministers at the official function every year.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindEven this year, JKPCC chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir and several other party leaders paid homage to the martyrs. Addressing the gathering at the graveyard, Sayeed asked people to use their vote if they want to defeat the attempts made at eroding the special position of the state within the Indian Constitution. “If you want to protect your (Jammu and Kashmir’s) unique identity and special position in the Indian Constitution, use your vote. Like they say ‘a diamond cuts a diamond’,” Sayeed said.   Welcoming the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Russia, Sayeed said peace in the region can only come through sustained and meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan.  He said both India and Pakistan have to resolve their differences by talking to each other for lasting peace in the region.  Sayeed, without naming BJP, hit out at attempts to erode the special status of the state.  “Jammu and Kashmir has a unique status and identity. I am saying it is a treasure for us. The power of our Assembly is supreme (in the state). If Parliament passes a law, it is our (Assembly’s) choice whether to implement it or not. We have a separate Constitution. We have a state flag alongside the national tricolour. We have state subject (law),” Sayeed said to applause from the audience. Highlighting the importance of democracy, the Chief Minister said the gun will not resolve any problem as it only brought destruction. “It is the ballot by which you can change your fate. You voted in 2002 and this time (2014) you decided that (the government) will be formed here.last_img read more

AAP slams Sharma over Gita lesson remarks

first_imgAAP on Monday attacked Union minister Mahesh Sharma over his “irresponsible” remarks that lessons from the ‘Mahabharata’ and the ‘Gita’ may soon be taught in schools and colleges, alleging it was being done at the behest of RSS.Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh said Sharma’s remarks did not come as a “surprise” after senior ministers of the Narendra Modi cabinet attended the “RSS school”, referring to the recent meeting between ministers and RSS functionaries to assess the performance of the central government. Attacking the BJP over the ongoing controversy over meat ban, AAP leader Singh said the party was resorting to such tactics as it wants to deviate attention from the core issues.last_img read more

Get picture perfect hair make up in easy ways

first_imgIn the age of selfies, it’s important to get your hair and make up in place to get the best frame. So make sure you are opting for the perfect trend to keep the like button buzzing on social media.Experts list down ways for seemingly perfect and classy hair and make up everyday. Select hairstyles that are flattering to you: The hairstyle you opt for, should complement your face cut and the outfit that you are wearing. Avoid extreme hairstyles; you don’t want a hairdo bigger than your head. Try not to completely pull your hair back from your face, as this could make you look older. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEliminate flyaways: Ladies obsessed with picture perfect hair understand the necessity of moisturizing the hair to avoid flyaways. When our hair lacks moisture, it tends to look and feel dry, brittle and unhealthy. Spending time outside in the sun can majorly influence the moisture (or lack of) in your hair. Thus, use of hair serums, masks and sun protection is a must to maintain your hair’s health and protect it from damage.Go a little messy: Messy hair never goes out of style. So, just when you think you’ve styled your hair, toss your coif around to loosen things up in a right amount and you are all set to rock the camera. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSelect hair colour that enhances your hair: If you are planning to get those natural hair coloured, try the latest colours which go well with the Indian skin tone like honey brown, wine, caramel, chocolate brown in a balayage with highlights instead of going for global or simple highlighting. You must choose a hair colour that matches with your skin tone and don’t just go for any random hair colour.Don’t shy away from volumizing products: A regular and a great haircut is the foundation of any great hairstyle for fine hair-one that provides with volume in appearance. Other than this, a bit of strategic teasing along with volumizing products will work wonderfully on the camera. For the perfect make upSunscreen is a must: No matter what, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Apply sunscreen before you apply foundation or primer. Titanium based or Zinc oxide based sunscreens are considered to be best for the sensitive skin type. Summer make up kit must have a spray sunscreen or a gel-based sunscreen with minimum SPF 30.Kind of make up products: Use only long-wearing, smudge-proof, waterproof cosmetic that stays for long and gives a perfect finish to your makeup. Use face powder to set makeup and reduce the excess shine on your face. Foundation with a matte finish works as a miracle.Avoid the catchy look: Everyone loves a nice glow that shimmer gives us, but there is a big difference between a healthy radiance and an over-the-top shine. Do not use any cosmetics with a shimmery, shiny or glowing finish it can make you look bad in the photographs. A concealer and a nude lip colour is all you need this summer.Maximise the impact of those eyes: Curled lashes and mascara are musts as both open up your eyes, and the eyes are the focal point of a picture. Use clear light to medium colour eye shadow for highlighting. The more open they are, the more the light hits them and that’s what makes them twinkle.last_img read more

Bhavna Jain makes India proud with another title

first_imgTeen India Earth 2018 Bhavna Jain once again made the country proud by winning ‘Miss Teen Earth Fire 2018’ – an international beauty contest which was held in Ecuador, South America.The four-day contest took the participants through activities like beach cleaning, cancer welfare charities, photo shoots and tourism promotion.The event concluded with Aruba taking home the ‘Miss Teen Earth’ title, while India, Brazil and Puerto Rico settled with the titles Miss Teen Earth – Fire, Air and Water, respectively. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia also brought home the award for Miss Teen Earth Charity, for showing care and concern towards the staff of the cancer care and welfare community.Beside this, she also bagged the 1st runner-up title for best national costume and most photogenic face. She was crowned by ‘Teen India Productions’ under the National directorship of Jasmeet Kaur at the ‘Cotton is Cool’ event by Ratan Kaul in India.Bhavna will now serve as the ‘Teenage Ambassador’ to spread awareness on global warming, solar energy, effective use of electric resources and effects of heat radiating gadgets.Daughter of Manoj Jain and Manisha Nahar Jain, who resides in Yamuna Nagar, Bhavna began her journey in beauty contests by winning ‘Miss Bihar’, earlier this year.Her international mentor for the contest was Melvyn Noronha.last_img read more

Creating healthy and creative workspace

first_imgA healthy work environment through a blend of active urban setting as well as a stress-free ecosystem with sustainable measures can go a long way in improving employees’ productivity, say experts. Experts share a list of tips: Creativity enhanced by technology: We’ve reached an era of peak screen time. Right now, screen time limits our impact with the physical environment, but that’s changing. Help is coming from our workplace and technology. Our spaces will become less about passively consuming what’s on our screens and more about how we interact with technology and tools. Incorporate technology to design and create an environment which will enable colleagues to work freely in-turn enhancing productivity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDesign by data: Data has entered the work environment, adding significant value to the conversation between designers and customers. Does everyone need their own workstation or private office? Or would more private enclaves and collaboration spaces better serve the team? Sensors in the workplace can help organisations learn how often people are at their desks and what kinds of spaces will best support their people. The digital effect: Combining aesthetics with algorithms, multiple traditional offices and co-working spaces are infusing technology and digital tools to facilitate a conducive environment, ease in day-to-day functioning for businesses and employees as well. From smart access, smart spaces to smart meeting rooms, making use of a dedicated one app solution for a range of tasks such as QR-based visitor management, booking a conference room etc. to enabling parking allotments based on an organised number plate system through smart cameras, further aid in streamlining experiences in office spaces. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCelebrate communities: Designers are explorers searching for inspiration in buildings being renovated into more creative workplaces. By connecting new work culture in a meaningful way to the collective identity of the location, community and brand, designers are creating authenticity in the workplace in the world. Additionally, to foster innovation and community building, office spaces are enabling collaboration through multi-use grand lobbies with activity-based settings to encourage networking, informal meeting zones etc. Such amenities also culminate in creating authenticity in the workplace and boost productivity as well. Biophilia 2.0: The innate desire to connect and bond with nature is experiencing a resurgence because of the balance we need from our digital world and the benefit nature’s restorative qualities provide our wellbeing. Synergising elements like embedded greens, infusing revitalising exterior elements, complying with sustainable standards and ensuring use of material and colours that offer calm and comfort, are majorly attracting the millennial workforce.last_img read more

A relic revived Burlington Hospital gets fresh lease of life

first_imgKolkata: Burlington, the oldest Railway hospital of East Indian Railway, has been given a new lease of life with the entire building complex being renovated thoroughly.The damaged roof has been repaired and has been made thoroughly waterproof. The broken tiles have been mended and weather coat paint has been put on the entire building. The interior and exterior of the building have also been repaired. New electrical wirings have been installed and diffused lighting has been provided to accentuate its aesthetics and architectural elegance. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBurlington Hospital, which was constructed in 1869 at Asansol, was a solitary hospital of the region and served the medical needs of divisional staff and their family members. It was a referral hospital and also served Royal forces during the Second World War. The sprawling building has been constructed in Gothic style with arches and a slanted tiled roof spanning 748 square metres. It comprises twelve big rooms, a large central hall and one operation theatre. The hospital was subsequently shifted to a new building in 1966 and Burlington was converted into residential quarters for the medical staff. In recent times the building, which once was an important landmark and pride of the city, had become an old shadow of its glorious past with its dilapidated look and crumbling structure.last_img read more

Botticelli Fake Madonna Turns Out to Be Authentic

first_imgA painting by a Great Master that turns out to be a fake is an all too common story of the art world. But how about a “fake” that is revealed to be authentic? Experts discovered that a Sandro Botticelli painting believed to be an imitation is, in fact, a rare original produced by the artist’s own workshop.The work had been thought to be a copy of The Madonna of the Pomegranate, painted by Botticelli in 1487. But English Heritage conservators changed their minds after scraping thick yellow varnish off the painting.Madonna of the Pomegranate (Madonna della Melagrana), c. 1487Extensive tests showed it did in fact originate from Botticelli’s 15th-century workshop in Florence, according to the BBC. English Heritage said it consulted experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery to confirm the origins.Madonna of the Pomegranate shows the Madonna and the Christ Child holding a pomegranate — which symbolizes Christ’s future suffering — with four angels around them.The original is on display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and experts thought that the painting held by English Heritage was an imitation because of variations in certain details and the yellow varnish that covered it. It was thought to be “over painted.” But X-ray testing, infrared studies and pigment analysis revealed that the painting, which boasts vivid reds, blues and golds, was created at Botticelli’s workshop during the 15th century.The original stone sign of the Galleria degli Uffizi in the famous exterior corridor of Florence (Tuscany, Italy).“English Heritage’s senior collections conservator Rachel Turnbull said that after consulting with experts at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery, they were ‘finally able to confirm’ that the Madonna of the Pomegranate painting was by Botticelli,” according to The Independent.“Being able to closely examine and conserve this painting for the first time in over 100 years has really given us the chance to get up-close and personal with the paintwork,” Turnbull said. “I noticed instantly that the painting bore a striking resemblance to the workshop of Botticelli himself.”Ranger’s House, seen from Shooters Hill Road Photo by Katie Chan CC BY-SA 3.0“Stylistically it was too similar to be an imitation, it was of the right period, it was technically correct and it was painted on poplar, a material commonly used at the time.”The picture at English Heritage’s Ranger’s House in Greenwich is now thought to be the closest version of Botticelli’s 1487 masterpiece.It was bought by diamond magnate Julius Wernher in 1897 and kept with his art collection at the Georgian villa in Greenwich.Julius WernherWhile the painting might originate from Botticelli’s workshop, that is not to say it was painted entirely by the master himself. Botticelli employed various assistants to help him keep up with demand for his work, and they would paint smaller versions of popular works for customers on a smaller budget, according to CNN.The son of a tanner, the artist was born Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, but he was given the nickname “Botticelli” (derived from the word “botticello” meaning “small wine cask”). He was known for his wit and talent as a child and apprenticed when young.Madonna of the Pomegranate shows the Christ Child holding a pomegranate, which symbolizes His future sufferingHe began his career painting frescoes for Florentine churches and cathedrals, and worked with the painter and engraver Antonio del Pollaiuolo. He had his own workshop by the early 1470s.His reputation was so illustrious that, in 1481, he was summoned by the Pope to Rome to help decorate the walls of the recently completed Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. He painted frescoes depicting scenes from the Life of Moses and the Temptations of Christ. It was the only occasion he is known to have worked outside Florence.Madone à la grenade by Sandro BotticelliThe period from 1478 to 1490 saw Botticelli at his most creative. This was the period during which he produced his famous mythological works, such as The Birth of Venus.Read another story from us: This Painting within a Painting has solved a historic Art PuzzleBotticelli died in 1510 and his name all but disappeared until the late 19th century, when a developing appreciation for Florentine arts and culture generated interest in his work.last_img read more

Data Backup and Storage Should You Stay Local or Go Online

first_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the January 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Can’t Live Without ItShareef Defrawi, owner, Zizinya Web Solutions, a website and search engine optimization firm, HoustonShareef Defrawi is understandably cautious about protecting his company’s work, because 99 percent of it is computer-based.”We’ve got everything from entire websites and historical marketing data to more sensitive information like client log-ins and credit card information stored on our PCs,” he says.In 2009, Defrawi thought that his business had plenty of backup protection to keep the files he needed ready to restore in case of a hard-drive meltdown. For years before that, he’d made sure that the company backed up locally to external hard drives every day. But when a computer virus hit his business, it not only knocked out his computers’ data, it also struck those external drives.”Although we eventually recovered 90 percent of our data, we were down for over a week,” he says. “It was pretty nerve-wracking.”Defrawi decided to send those files to an online storage provider. Actually, two, to be exact. He sends his files out to Carbonite and Mozy–both providers of subscription-based online storage solutions.”I think it’s comical that I went with two, but that’s just how safe I wanted it to be,” he says. “They’re both really just point and click. I don’t even have to think about it and it goes off without a hitch every single time it backs up. I don’t need to reconfigure when I’m traveling or anything.” Can’t Live With ItEric Barton, owner, FastEasySuccess marketing, an Internet marketing business, MilwaukeeEric Barton is often one of the first to know about his clients’ hottest business plans, marketing secrets and product launches. And he wants to keep it that way.That’s why the specialist in online marketing strategies decided to keep data backup on the premises of his company, FastEasySuccess Marketing.”I deal with a lot of confidentiality agreements, nondisclosures and sensitive documents,” Barton says. “That’s one reason I chose not to use an outside storage source–because, unfortunately, with a lot of them, you really don’t know what’s going to happen with your data.”In his research, Barton says he found some companies that seemed to care for clients’ data, though the assurances weren’t solid enough to sell him on them. Then there were the others.”There are a lot of storage places that I just don’t see why anybody would risk putting anything sensitive on there,” he says.But Barton’s refusal to send his backups to the cloud doesn’t mean he’s unprotected. He learned his lesson about data storage the hard way several years ago. “I had a computer with a lot of business information on it and it completely crashed,” he says. “I had to start from scratch trying to remember what I was doing for clients and trying to get back on track. That was a nightmare.”Now Barton regularly backs up his data to an external drive.”It really depends on what I’m dealing with for the week or the month,” he says. “I will make sure that information is secure, but at a minimum I do it at least once a month.”center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read December 21, 2010last_img read more

Elance and oDesk Announce Merger That Would Create Freelancing Giant

first_img 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global In a move that will consolidate much of the freelance economy in a single corporate entity, online freelance work platforms Elance and oDesk announced their intent to merge, forming a new company with a yet-to-be-determined name.The resulting company will lay claim to more than 8 million freelancers and 2 million businesses in more than 180 countries, according to a release issued by Elance. Elance and oDesk will continue to exist as separate platforms even after the merger, though no longer as rivals.Related: The Freelance Economy Is Booming. But Is It Good Business?The companies anticipate that joining forces will allow them to improve technical issues, such as matching professionals with relevant jobs, while streamlining internal processes and scaling their business.”Just as Amazon reinvented retail, and Apple iTunes transformed the music industry, we will greatly improve how businesses hire and people work online,” Elance chief executive Fabio Rosati said in the release. “This merger will create unprecedented access and flexibility for people to find job opportunities regardless of their location, and will allow businesses of all sizes to more easily access the best available talent.”In an email to freelancers today, Rosati echoed those sentiments, saying the merger would improve the “online freelancing experience” for the millions of users who depend on it for paying work. To do this, he said, he plans to make “significant investments in technology, including tools for a more effective job search, seamless online collaboration and improved mobile accessibility.” Following the merger, Rosati will serve as CEO of the new company. Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, will be a strategic advisor.Related: 10 Things to Outsource to a Virtual AssistantThe merger is not yet a done deal, with regulatory approval expected sometime in the next four months. Although Elance’s release makes no mention of potential antitrust issues, it’s possible that federal regulators may look askance at a deal that would combine two of the largest online platforms for what Rosati calls “fractional jobs.” The term describes individual tasks performed a la carte by freelancers as opposed to full-time positions with broader job descriptions.While Rosati and others claim that the global turn toward fractional jobs is a net positive for workers and businesses alike, some professionals say platforms such as Elance and oDesk turn knowledge labor into a commodity, with price the main determining factor in who gets hired and who gets left out in the cold. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 19, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Google Is Giving Away 2GB of Permanent Storage to Users Who Perform

first_img As hack attacks abound, including Chipotle’s F-bomb-laden Twitter hijacking and Newsweek’s infiltration by the Cyber Caliphate, Google is now rewarding users who commit to a fortified Web.In honor of Safer Internet Day yesterday, the search giant is offering Google Drive users an additional 2 gigabytes of storage permanently if they perform a 2-minute security check before February 17.The checkup, available here, runs through five steps to verify account recovery info, recent activity and approved devices.Once completed, users will see a series of three green checkboxes, Google says, and the additional storage will be granted by Feb. 28.Related: Google Is Adding Fact-Checked Medical Info to Search Results Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read February 11, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

LinkedIn Profile With AIGenerated Pic Tried to Schmooze With DC Insiders

first_img Spies may be using AI-generated photos to create harder-to-detect fake profiles on LinkedIn.Bogus accounts on social networking services are nothing new. But on Thursday, the Associated Press reported on the curious case of “Katie Jones,” a redheaded woman on LinkedIn who claimed to work at a top think tank in Washington D.C.According to the AP, the profile is not just a fake. The headshot of the woman may have been created by an AI-powered program. The evidence can be found in small, but noticeable inconsistences in the image.Last month I my attention was drawn to something suspicious: A fake LinkedIn profile connecting to Washington think tank types and senior US officials.Even weirder: Her face itself appeared to be fake.— Raphael Satter @ RightsCon (@razhael) June 13, 2019Several tech experts told the AP they were convinced the profile photo was created by AI based on the flaws, which are common among photos fabricated by generated adversarial networks, or GANs. Researchers have been using the technology to show how it can pump out realistic, but ultimately fake photos of people who don’t exist.To create the photos, the GANs will model the fake faces from existing pictures of real people. Essentially, the AI algorithms will pluck different traits, such as hair styles, eye shapes and mouths, from various photos and merge them together to create an entirely new person.But the process isn’t perfect. The AI processes can sometimes have trouble rendering artifacts around the synthetic face. In the case of the Katie Jones profile, the photo shows a woman with a strange left earring that appears to be “blurry or “melted,” the AP noted.Still, the photo itself looks pretty real. The AP confirmed the Katie Jones account was a sham based not on the headshot, but on the credentials the LinkedIn profile had listed, all of which turned out to be phony.The account is now gone, and it isn’t clear if actual government spies created the Katie Jones profile or if it was just fraudsters. But the LinkedIn profile was attempting to network with former U.S. government officials and policy experts. Using an AI-generated photo would’ve made the profile resistant to reverse-image searches, which can often reveal whether a fake account lifted a picture from a real person’s account. June 14, 2019 This story originally appeared on PCMag Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readlast_img read more

Key Management Market Key Player Analysis By Ciphercloud Gemalto Google Ibm has added the addition of the ‘Global Key Management Market’ The report focuses on global major leading players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification.Global Key Management Market to reach USD 3989 Million by 2025. Global Key Management Market valued approximately USD 930 Million in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 20.2 % over the forecast period 2018-2025. The market growth is primarily driven by increasing concerns related to data security and increasing need to improve operational efficiency and security. However, Lack of skilled professionals and awareness hampers the market growth. Generally, key refers to the production, the life is applied to all kinds of encryption technology, to personal information to provide effective supervision, business secrets, key management is referring to the behavior of the key management, such as encryption, decryption, crack, etc. Database encryption application is expected to have the largest market size during the forecast period.Request a sample of this report at: regional analysis of Global Key Management Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America has the highest adoption of the key management service due to presence of highly digitalized banking sector in the region. Asia Pacific region is expected to have a high demand for key management service attributed to rapid growth of cashless payment system in the region.The objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:Competitive Outlook and Trend AnalysisRequest a discount of this report at: industry is seeming to be fairly competitive. Some of the leading market players include Ciphercloud, Gemalto, Google, Ibm, Thales E-Security, Box, Egnyte, Keynexus, Sepior and so on. Acquisitions and effective mergers are some of the strategies adopted by the key manufacturers. New product launches and continuous technological innovations are the key strategies adopted by the major players.By Type:Special ServiceManagement ServicesBy Application:MedicalGovernmentAerospaceRetailEnergyManufacturingOthersRegions: North America: U.S., Canada, Europe, UK, Germany.Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan. Latin America: Brazil, MexicoRest of the WorldTarget Audience of the Key Management Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsEnquire about this report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us: 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail Global Key Management Marketlast_img read more

Demand for Stainless Steel Cookware Market is growing worldwide Analysis

first_imgStainless Steel Cookware Market research added by Big Market Research, It offers a feasibility analysis for investment and returns supported with data on development trend analysis across important regions of the world.SummaryICRWorld’s Stainless Steel Cookware Market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Global Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Product Segment AnalysisPots & PansGrill Pans & GriddlesGlobal Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Application Segment AnalysisHome UsageRestaurant UsageGlobal Stainless Steel Cookware Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaThe Players mentioned in our reportVollrathAll-CladCalphalonCirculonCuisinartFarberwareAaaBon ChefDemeyereAnolonSUPORAishidaFisslerZWILLINGKBHMideaWOLLTHERMOSCOOKER KINGGet discount to purchase this report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more