Wii 2 goes HD

first_img As a matter of fact, rumors are circulating that the Wii 2 is expected to be announced as soon as the next E3. The rumors, which are based on sources close to the company, according to those who are spreading them, would bring the Wii 2 to a level similar to that of an Xbox 360 or a PS3. Though, some bloggers have speculated that this would be a contradiction to the accessible to all image that the original Wii has created. That would leave the Wii 2 fighting with the Xbox 360 and PS3 for a share of hardcore gamers market.Specific rumors swirl around the idea of the console having a Blu-ray drive, because those disks can hold the amount of data that Nintendo would need to launch their HD titles on a larger scale.This comes only days after the rumor that Wii is ready to go in for a price drop, to $149.99, on May 15. If the Wii 2 is to be announcement by Nintendo during E3 this year, then the price drop would make a lot of sense. No real information about possible release dates or the cost of the device is available at this time, but If the rumors pan out the new Nintendo Wii would be launched in 2012. That type of lead time will give developers time to create games to come with the console. Nintendo recently released a new version of their hand held DSi console, called the 3DS that features 3D graphics. Nintendo’s ‘Revolution’ becomes ‘Wii’ Explore further Citation: Wii 2 goes HD? (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-wii-hd.html (PhysOrg.com) — Is Nintendo working on a high-definition console called the Wii 2? That is the big question flying around the world of gaming today.center_img Wii © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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

New carbon allotrope could have a variety of applications

first_img Citation: New carbon allotrope could have a variety of applications (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-carbon-allotrope-variety-applications.html (PhysOrg.com) — Carbon comes in many different forms, and now scientists have predicted another new form, or allotrope, of carbon. The new form of carbon, which they call T-carbon, has very intriguing physical properties that suggest that it could have a wide variety of applications. The scientists, Xian-Lei Sheng, Qing-Bo Yan, Fei Ye, Qing-Rong Zheng, and Gang Su, from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, have published their study on the first-principles calculations of T-carbon in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Allotropes are formed when the atoms in a substance that contains only one type of atom are arranged differently. Although many substances have multiple allotropes, carbon has the greatest number of known allotropes. The three best-known carbon allotropes are amorphous carbon (such as coal and soot), graphite, and diamond. Since the 1980s, scientists have been synthesizing newer allotropes, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and fullerenes, all of which have had a significant scientific and technological impact.With more recent advances in synthetic tools, scientists have been investigating a wide variety of new – and sometimes elusive – carbon allotropes. In light of these investigations, Sheng, et al., write in their study that it appears that we might be entering the era of carbon allotropes.Here, the scientists explained how to obtain a new carbon allotrope by substituting each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron (hence the name “T-carbon”). They were inspired by the substitution of each carbon atom in methane with a carbon tetrahedron, which forms tetrahedrane.“[Our study] adds a possible new allotrope of carbon with amazing properties,” Su told PhysOrg.com. “T-carbon has bond angles different from graphite and diamond, but the interesting structure is still quite stable and has the same group symmetry as diamond, thereby widening people’s vision and knowledge on carbon bonding.”Each unit cell of the T-carbon structure contains two tetrahedrons with eight carbon atoms. As the scientists’ calculations showed, T-carbon is thermodynamically stable at ambient pressure and is a semiconductor. T-carbon is one-third softer than diamond, which is the hardest known natural material. The new carbon allotrope also has a much lower density than diamond, making it “fluffy.” The structure of the new carbon allotrope, T-carbon, is shown from different directions. T-carbon is obtained by replacing each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron. Image credit: Sheng, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society. 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 furthercenter_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Structure of new form of super-hard carbon identified The scientists also calculated that T-carbon has large interspaces between atoms compared to other forms of carbon, which could make it potentially useful for hydrogen storage. In addition, the unique physical properties of this new carbon allotrope make it a promising material for photocatalysis, adsorption, and aerospace applications.“We believe that, if obtained, T-carbon is so fluffy that it can be used to store hydrogen, lithium, and other small molecules for energy purposes,” Su said. “It can be used as photocatalysis for water-splitting to generate hydrogen, or as an adsorption material for environmental protection. As it has very low density but a high modulus and hardness, it is quite suitable for aerospace materials, sports materials like a tennis racket, golf club, etc., and cruiser skin, and so forth.”The scientists also noted that T-carbon could have astronomical implications as a potential component of interstellar dust and carbon exoplanets.“There is a long-standing puzzle in astronomy known as the ‘carbon crisis’ in interstellar dust,” Su said. “Observations by the Hubble telescope revealed that the carbon budget in dust is deep in the red, and there is not sufficient carbon in dust to account for the light distortions.”In addition, the exoplanet WASP-12b has recently been found to have a large amount of carbon, making it the first carbon-rich exoplanet ever discovered. Since the structure of the carbon in WASP-12b is still unclear, T-carbon might also be one of possible candidates for this carbon planet.To investigate T-carbon further, the researchers would like to synthesize the new allotrope in the lab, although they say that this would likely be very difficult.“A synthesis of T-carbon in the lab poses a great challenge for materials scientists and chemists,” Su said. “We suggest the following ways: using the CVD technique under a negative pressure environment; detonation on diamond or graphite; crystallization of amorphous tetragonal carbon; or stretching cubic diamond under extremely large strength.” More information: Xian-Lei Sheng, et al. “T-Carbon: A Novel Carbon Allotrope.” Physical Review Letters 106, 155703 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.155703last_img read more

China announces Space Station plans

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Less than a decade after launching their first astronaut into space, the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced in a news conference this week their plans to build and develop a 60-ton space station with three capsules and a cargo spacecraft. Citation: China announces Space Station plans (2011, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-china-space-station.html Explore further Image: China Daily © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: via China Daily China tests space station module to launch in 2011 The space station, much smaller than the International Space Station which is 419 tons, will be comprised of three different modules. The core module will be 18.1 meters long, a diameter of 4.2 meters and will have a launch weight of between 20 and 22 tons. This module will be launched first, with the experiment modules launched to dock later. The experiment modules will be 14.4 meters long and will have the same launch weight and diameter as the core.The cargo spacecraft will have a maximum diameter of 3.35 and its launch weight will be less than 13 tons. This craft will be used to transport supplies and lab equipment to and from the space station.Their current five year plan has them launching an unmanned module and spacecraft later this year to work on their docking technology, with the hopes of manned missions sometime next year.Initial plans for the space station and its name were “Tiangog,” meaning heavenly palace. However, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office officials have announced they are turning to the public to submit names for the station and the cargo ship. Names for the cargo ship must be submitted by May20th and they plan to announce the final name sometime in June. Names for the space station can be submitted until July 25, with the name being chosen by the end of September.With the development of this space station, China is also hoping to increase their international exchanges in the world’s space programs. Everything within their station will be compatible with that of the International Space Station and they are welcoming all space science researchers to participate.According to reports, China is also hoping to make its first landing on the moon within the next two years and the hope is to have an astronaut on the moon by 2025.last_img read more

Nanoparticle boosted Tcells take on cancer

first_img Citation: Nanoparticle boosted T-cells take on cancer (2011, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-nanoparticle-boosted-t-cells-cancer.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Therapeutic cell engineering with surface-conjugated synthetic nanoparticles, Nature Medicine 16, 1035–1041 (2010) doi:10.1038/nm.2198AbstractA major limitation of cell therapies is the rapid decline in viability and function of the transplanted cells. Here we describe a strategy to enhance cell therapy via the conjugation of adjuvant drug–loaded nanoparticles to the surfaces of therapeutic cells. With this method of providing sustained pseudoautocrine stimulation to donor cells, we elicited marked enhancements in tumor elimination in a model of adoptive T cell therapy for cancer. We also increased the in vivo repopulation rate of hematopoietic stem cell grafts with very low doses of adjuvant drugs that were ineffective when given systemically. This approach is a simple and generalizable strategy to augment cytoreagents while minimizing the systemic side effects of adjuvant drugs. In addition, these results suggest therapeutic cells are promising vectors for actively targeted drug delivery.via Newscienctist Nanoparticle-decorated cells power novel approach to cancer therapy T-cells are a group of white blood cells that works with the body’s immune system. When cancerous cells are found within the body, T-cells swarm around to try and destroy the cancer. However, many tumors will emit a chemical which works to weaken the T-cells, allowing the cancer to continue to grow.Irvine’s team discovered that they were able to attach 100 nanoparticle capsules to a T-cell without affecting its function. The team then filled these capsules with interleukins. Interleukins are naturally made in the immune system and work as system regulators by keeping the T-cells fighting. By adding the additional interleukins, they increase the ability for the T-cells to push forward and attack the cancerous cells.The team then injected these boosted T-cells into mice who were infected with bone and lung cancer. The T-cells immediately swarmed the cancerous cells and were able to stay functional for much longer than the traditional T-cells. In addition, mice treated with regular T-cells died from tumors within a month, while those treated with the boosted cells were had improving health.Because these T-cells are being modified by the nanoparticles, there is no need for them to be genetically modified which is complex and costly. This process also has the potential to speed up clinical trials.center_img (PhysOrg.com) — According to a study in Nature, Darrell Irvine from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his team members have found a way to boost the natural immune system when it comes to fighting cancer by arming them with interleukin-filled nanoparticles. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look

first_img(Phys.org) — The new version of the augmented reality (AR) browser Junaio launched this week with more promise of easy immersive browsing with mobile devices. The idea is to merge via smartphone the vastness of the Internet into the real world, or to browse the world as one does the Internet. Metaio, the company behind Junaio, says the new release represents “the most advanced AR browser and open development platform.” The browser is designed to bring AR into the everyday world of experiences such as gaming, finding buildings, ordering off a restaurant menu, and walking in the right direction to the subway. Junaio was first released back in 2009 and has built up adoption among smartphone users and developers. Junaio uses have included scanning Quick Response (QR) codes, navigating environments, and discovering augmented content in print. The browser is an open platform for smaller AR apps coded by independent developers. As such, the relaunch is positioned as news for developers as well. The new release includes support for HTML5 and JavaScript, designed to give developers additional tools.The company says it has over 10,000 active content developers building on top of Junaio’s API.Analysts are generally enthused over the future of AR, which is a likely motivator for developers. Gartner finds augmented reality as one of the Top 10 strategic information technologies. Juniper forecasts that AR industry revenue will be driven by AR games, and will reach $1.5 billion by 2015. Metaio is no stranger to the AR marketplace. Founded in 2003, with offices in Munich and San Francisco, it calls itself the world leader in augmented reality solutions. Junaio’s success is attributed to the way it taps GPS, image recognition, visual search and other AR elements and merges them all. The company claims that over 10 million consumers use its AR-technology.“Mobile users should be able to browse life like the Web,” says Trak Lord, head of US Marketing & Media Relations for Metaio. “This latest version of Junaio is the first major step to making that a reality.” Citation: Augmented reality browser Junaio has new look (2012, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-augmented-reality-browser-junaio.html Explore further Argon, the augmented reality web browser, available now on iPhone More information: www.junaio.com/ © 2012 Phys.Org The Junaio release is said to be available for iOS and Android devices, but, in the case of Android, has some limitations. Junaio is disabled on the HTC Hero, Magic, Wildfire and Tatoo. The key user feature in the new update is an improved user interface, with a menu that is easy to navigate. A person can at startup start scanning targets, codes, and content. The initial menu has pared down functions to viewing content in the viewfinder; searching for channel-specific content; and scanning QR codes or signs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers identify virus that causes horse hepatitis

first_img Deadly Australian horse virus found in dog Overview of a Theiler’s disease outbreak. Credit: (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219217110 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. First identified in 1919, Theiler’s Disease is associated with the use of blood products. Many outbreaks have occurred in North America and Europe after horses received plasma or serum to protect them from contagious diseases, such as anthrax or encephalitis, or toxins, such as botulism or tetanus. Because of this, veterinary researchers have long believed that an infectious agent or toxin that contaminates the blood supply causes the disease. However, nobody had ever identified such a contaminant. Ganem and his colleagues studied horses that contracted Theiler’s Disease after receiving botulinum antitoxin. Out of 17 horses that received the same antitoxin after possible exposure to botulism, 8 developed Theiler’s Disease. To investigate the possibility that a virus in the antitoxin had caused the disease, the team extracted RNA from two of the horses that contracted it and from the antitoxin itself. They used next-generation sequencing to identify a previously unknown virus, which they designated “Theiler’s Disease-associated virus” (TDAV). The researchers found TDAV in all eight horses that developed hepatitis and in the horse, from another farm, that provided the antitoxin. TDAV is a member of the Flaviviridae family of viruses, which also includes the viruses that cause hepatitis C, yellow fever and dengue fever in humans. Amy Kistler, who participated in the research, believes that nobody identified TDAV before because it does not closely resemble any previously known viruses. It shares only 35.3% amino acid identity with its closest relative, a virus known as GB virus D.Horses on the same farm that received a different antitoxin or no antitoxin at all never contracted the disease, indicating that horse-to-horse contact is not a means of transmission.An epidemiological survey of horses on that farm and two other farms also revealed an association between exposure to TDAV-positive antitoxin and development of Theiler’s Disease. The team concedes that further research is required. They have not yet determined where TDAV originates. In addition, TDAV may not be the only cause of Theiler’s Disease; five different viruses cause human hepatitis. More information: Identification of a previously undescribed divergent virus from the Flaviviridae family in an outbreak of equine serum hepatitis, Published online before print March 18, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219217110 AbstractTheiler’s disease is an acute hepatitis in horses that is associated with the administration of equine blood products; its etiologic agent has remained unknown for nearly a century. Here, we used massively parallel sequencing to explore samples from a recent Theiler’s disease outbreak. Metatranscriptomic analysis of the short sequence reads identified a 10.5-kb sequence from a previously undescribed virus of the Flaviviridae family, which we designate “Theiler’s disease-associated virus” (TDAV). Phylogenetic analysis clusters TDAV with GB viruses of the recently proposed Pegivirus genus, although it shares only 35.3% amino acid identity with its closest relative, GB virus D. An epidemiological survey of additional horses from three separate locations supports an association between TDAV infection and acute serum hepatitis. Experimental inoculation of horses with TDAV-positive plasma provides evidence that several weeks of viremia preceded liver injury and that liver disease may not be directly related to the level of viremia. Like hepatitis C virus, the best characterized Flaviviridae species known to cause hepatitis, we find TDAV is capable of efficient parenteral transmission, engendering acute and chronic infections associated with a diversity of clinical presentations ranging from subclinical infection to clinical hepatitis. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Theiler’s Disease is one of the most common causes of equine hepatitis. Death rates in horses that develop symptoms range between 50 and 90 percent. Although veterinarians have known about Theiler’s Disease for almost 100 years, until now, scientists have been unable to determine its cause. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Donald Ganem and his colleagues at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine report they have identified the virus that probably causes the disease. Citation: Researchers identify virus that causes horse hepatitis (2013, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-virus-horse-hepatitis.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Researchers find 400 year old Ice Age plants in Arctic able to

first_img Emergent population of Aulacomnium turgidum from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Farge. The research team ventured to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to see what changes were occurring in the Arctic due to global warming—the Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, they note, has retreated more than 650 feet over the past several hundred years. Just next to the glacier’s edge, the team found some green growth among clumps of exposed dead plant material that had been under the ice for centuries. Intrigued, they collected some samples and brought them back to their lab for study. Emergent population of Aulacomnium turgidum from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Farge. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org Explore further The team put 24 cultures in an ideal environment and found that 11 of them began to grow, representing four distinct taxa. The plants, known as bryophytes—moss, lichen, liverworts, etc—don’t have vascular tissue to pump fluids, a property that helps them survive in very cold climates. Carbon dating of the samples showed that the plants had been living approximately 400 to 615 years ago—a time just before the Little Ice Age (1550-1850). Byrophytes have another property, called totipotency that allows any cell of the plant to reproduce and grow into a whole new plant. The findings dispel the common belief that land exposed by melting glaciers becomes populated by new plant growth exclusively via seeds or spores carried by the wind. Instead, some plants lying frozen beneath the ice are apparently able to survive and begin growing again when the environment changes. This suggests that Earth scientists will have to take a new look at models meant to portray how ecosystems recover from glaciers after they retreat. In vitro culture of Aulacomnium turgidum regenerated from emergent Little Ice Age population beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Fargecenter_img More information: “Regeneration of Little Ice Age bryophytes emerging from a polar glacier with implications of totipotency in extreme environments,” by Catherine La Farge, Krista H. Williams, and John H. England. PNAS, 2013. To be available at www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1304199110AbstractAcross the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, widespread ice retreat during the 20th century has sharply accelerated since 2004. In Sverdrup Pass, central Ellesmere Island, rapid glacier retreat is exposing intact plant communities whose radiocarbon dates demonstrate entombment during the Little Ice Age (1550–1850 AD). The exhumed bryophyte assemblages have exceptional structural integrity (i.e., setae, stem structures, leaf hair points) and have remarkable species richness (60 of 144 extant taxa in Sverdrup Pass). Although the populations are often discolored (blackened), some have developed green stem apices or lateral branches suggesting in vivo regrowth. To test their biological viability, Little Ice Age populations emerging from the ice margin were collected for in vitro growth experiments. Our results include a unique successful regeneration of subglacial bryophytes following 400 y of ice entombment. This finding demonstrates the totipotent capacity of bryophytes, the ability of a cell to dedifferentiate into a meristematic state (analogous to stem cells) and develop a new plant. In polar ecosystems, regrowth of bryophyte tissue buried by ice for 400 y significantly expands our understanding of their role in recolonization of polar landscapes (past or present). Regeneration of subglacial bryophytes broadens the concept of Ice Age refugia, traditionally confined to survival of land plants to sites above and beyond glacier margins. Our results emphasize the unrecognized resilience of bryophytes, which are commonly overlooked vis-a-vis their contribution to the establishment, colonization, and maintenance of polar terrestrial ecosystems.Press release How the ice ages ended The researchers note that plants aren’t the only type of life being exposed by melting glaciers—cyanobacteria and green terrestrial algae have also been spotted, some of which haven’t ever been seen before. 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: Researchers find 400 year old Ice Age plants in Arctic able to grow anew as glaciers retreat (2013, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-year-arctic-anew-glaciers-retreat.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the University of Alberta led by, Catherine La Farge, has found that mosses and liverworts covered by ice over 400 years ago and now exposed due to glacial melting, are able to start growing again. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how carbon dating showed the plants to be from a time just prior to the Little Ice Age. Catherine La Farge gets an up-close look at bryophytes uncovered by the retreating Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.last_img read more

Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than

first_img © 2014 Phys.org PIs are typically listed as the lead on proposals and when they are male, the researchers report, the chances are greater that their project will be approved. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv (soon to be published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific) the researchers note that efforts have been made to get rid of gender bias, but there still appears to be room for improvement.It’s not easy getting time on Hubble, researchers must form teams and then come up with something relevant and interesting to study. After that, they have to write a proposal and submit it to STScI—after review the proposal is accepted or rejected—only a quarter of those submitted wind up getting telescope time. Unfortunately, it seems that the odds are diminished even further if the PI is female. Not by much, the researchers report, just by four or five projects each proposal cycle—but that’s enough to cause concern, especially in light of the fact that program officials have been trying to eliminate such perceived bias. They’ve tried giving talks to reviewers, to explain the problem in the hopes it will cause them to be less biased, they’ve tried moving team members name to the back page—and even using just an initial for the first name of the PI. None of its worked, and the researchers don’t know why. They acknowledge that it’s possible that female led proposals are simply not as interesting or as well thought out or written, in some cases, but also point out that very few if any proposals are written by only female teams—they’re all filled with both men and women. Gender appears to only play a role for the PI.The researchers have been studying the problem for two years, and are still mystified by the lack of change—they note that the problem is more pronounced when the PI is more senior—the difference is smaller for recent graduates, suggesting that the problem may solve itself given time. They also note that Hubble isn’t the only program with the problem—some small studies have suggested that female led proposals meet with less success on other observatories as well. Gender bias found in how scholars review scientific studies Explore further Citation: Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than those led by females (2014, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-hubble-team-male-teams-telescope.html More information: Full paper: arxiv.org/abs/1409.3528 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. Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) which runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, have found that there continues to be a gap between the number of projects given the go-ahead by male principle investigators (PIs) versus those headed by females. Journal information: arXivlast_img read more

Chicken lovers ahoy

first_imgIt is not often that you walk up to a restaurant in Delhi and bump into a queue. Unless of course, it is age-old favourites like Karim’s (the Jama Masjid outlet) or Khan Chacha. And of course there is Big Chill which continues to be a hot favourite. Of course, the Pizza Huts and McDonald’s of the world do not count. But from the queue we saw when we went to Nando’s for a review (other restaurants in the mall were pretty full too, to be fair. But none of them really had a bunch of 15-20 people waiting outside), we could safely say that the international chain, which has opened its outlet in a south Delhi mall, can be added to the list. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The place has a chirpy feel and is spread over a fairly large area. African art adorns the walls. The service is prompt and the staff is helpful. Their signature is their Peri Peri chicken which they serve in enormous quantities (a quarter plate will be more than enough for three people). You can have the juicy, tender chicken on its own or pair it with side dishes like rice to make it a complete meal.  What I liked about the place is that it gives you an option to choose your spice level. So even if you are not too fond of spicy stuff, you can still enjoy a flavourful meal (because all their chicken is marinated, as the menu clearly mentions) without getting too worked up by the hot sauces. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo some extent the place will remind you of KFC, only here you can find more options. Though it is essentially a chicken place (their international outlets are almost all about chicken), vegetarian dishes have been incorporated in the menu perhaps keeping India in mind.       DETAILAt: Nando’s, 315 & 316, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant KunjTimings: Noon to 11.30 pm Meal for two: Rs 1,000 approxlast_img read more

Style dose for Tihar

first_imgThe fashion show is a part of an initiative taken by National Woman Excellence Awardees of Yog Confederation of India in association with Tihar jail and Sri creations. The initiative is aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the female jail inmates to become self employed or employable.The Fashion show is to be organized on 9 March at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Designs and goods made at Tihar will also be exhibited as the cynosure. An one year certificate course in Fashion Designing program was launched by Vimla Mehra, IPS, DG, Tihar prisons on 7 December 2012 for the female inmates to enhance their chances of employment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Efforts also will be made to arrange regular buyers of the Tihar products and to arrange sewing machines for the relieved inmates who had completed the program,’ said Laxmi Thakur Singhal, the Chairperson of National Woman Excellence Awardees.‘Companies who can employ the trained inmates will also be coordinated to make this program a successful one,’ she added.National Women Excellence Award Programme, is a venture initiated by Yog Confederation of India in association with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region along with other national and international organisations.last_img read more

Under the knife for Day 1

first_imgFirst impressions are first impressions and we all make a lot of efforts to get them right. Then why wouldn’t the fresh crop of university students do something about it? In a bid to look gorgeous and dashing on their first day of college, a lot of youngsters are making a beeline for the city’s aestheticians and cosmetic dermatologists to avail non-surgical treatments.  Be it the perfect nose or luscious lips ala Kareena Kapoor or smooth complexion the girls are doing it all. Just out of her school and visibly excited to join college, 17-yr-old Swati Nagar says, ‘I don’t see the harm in getting a treatment done for enhancing your looks. Today, everybody flaunts their best feature(s). In college, you often go for hangouts with your friends and you want to look cool and happening. I got my lips enhanced for I was too bothered about their thinness and I know if I am always fussing about their shape and size then I won’t be able to enjoy my college life.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr. Simal Soin, renowned dermatologist, ‘Procedures like nose jobs, lip augmentation, liposuction are fairly common these days. A lot of young girls come to us for getting lip enhancement. The dermal filler procedure is really simple and quick.  Modern day fillers such as Juvederm give instantaneous results. Since these are hyaluronic-acid based, which is a natural component of the skin; they don’t cause any side effects. The best part is the results are so natural-looking that one doesn’t come across as being artificially made up.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixToday’s teenagers are definitely much more conscious about their appearance and usually they don’t settle for anything less than the best. Skin conditions such as acne and pigmentation and presence of excessive hair on hands and legs bothers them a lot, especially the girls, for they like to wear stylish dresses and skirts to college. Clearly such beauty treatments are not new to these kids, what one must wait to see is what new techniques are taken up this year.last_img read more

19yearold student commits suicide after mothers death

first_imgKolkata: Uttara Chowdhury (19), a college student from the city, committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling fan of her house after failing to bear the shock of her mother being declared brain dead.The incident took place on Friday night after her mother, who was admitted to a private hospital in Central Kolkata with kidney-related ailments on Thursday, was declared brain dead on Friday night. The girl’s father died in 2014. As she came to know that her mother was declared brain dead by the doctors and there was no possibility for her to recover, the girl took this drastic step. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOn Friday night, she told her cousin sisters that she was going to her room and would join them in a few minutes. As the victim did not return, one of her cousin sisters went to her room and found that the door was locked from inside. As she did not open the door, despite repeated knocks, the relatives reported the matter to the police. Police reached the spot and broke open the door to find the victim hanging from the ceiling fan. She was immediately taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where the doctors pronounced her brought dead. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPA resident of Tiljala, the victim was a student of BCom first year at Heramba Chandra College. Her father also died of kidney-related problems in 2014. The girl’s mother donated one of her kidneys to her husband but efforts went in vain. Her mother Juli Chowdhury had been suffering since she donated her kidney. Following some kidney-related ailments, she was taken to a private nursing home in the city and announced brain dead on Friday evening. The victim girl could not bear the shock that she had gone through. She went into her room and committed suicide. According to a preliminary investigation, police have found this to be a case of suicide. No suicide note was, however, recovered from her room. Police suspect that she might have committed suicide out of fear of being alone after losing her mother.last_img read more

CM to attend event to celebrate 125 years of Swamijis Chicago speech

first_imgKolkata: Ramakrishna Math and Mission authorities have urged people to blow conch shell at 3.30 pm on Tuesday to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893, where Swamiji, a young man of only 30 years then, rose to address the gathering at 3.30 pm.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend a function to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Chicago address at Belur Math on Tuesday afternoon. Swami Suvirananda, general secretary of the Order and Swami Balabhadrananda, assistant general secretary, will address the gathering. There will be a three-day celebration at Belur Math, where students and delegates will take part. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll the state-run, sponsored and aided schools and colleges in the state will hold meetings to commemorate the occasion. The state government will observe Sampriti week from September 12 to 19. Trinamool Chatra Parishad (TMCP) will organise an extempore competition among its members on Swamiji’s Chicago lectures later this month.Swami Vivekananda had given six lectures at the World Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago as a part of the Columbian Exposition.The exposition was held to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the United States in 1493.Swamiji had addressed the gathering on September 11, 13, 15, 20, 26 and 27. He was undoubtedly the hero of the Parliament.last_img read more

Celebrating the years of selfless service

first_imgIt was a proud moment for the 63 Cavalry or ‘Tresath’, when it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee somewhere in the western sector.  In a unique ceremony titled ‘Heritage Review’, the present generation of Cavalry men paid tribute to their elders and Heritage equipment which was reviewed by Lt Gen KJ Singh, GOC-in-C Western Command.The parade was set alive by the vintage tanks and armoured cars paraded in running condition which had been consigned to junkyards and forgotten by many. The armoured vehicles included the World War-II vintage American Cadillac tank ‘Stuart –VI’, the British Humber armoured car and Daimler armoured car popularly known as ‘Dingo’. But the showstopper of the event was the American M-113 Bradley which caught every eye as this equipment steered across the parade ground, being first of its kind to do so on Indian soil. Surprisingly, the Regiment was also the first to use this equipment before the Americans, inducted it in their inventory.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Regiment, which was raised in the princely state of Alwar, Rajasthan, has participated in UN Peace keeping operations in Congo from 1961 to 1962, has earned two VrC, seven Sena medals and 10 Mention-in-Dispatches.The appearance of ‘Tresath tanks’ from four cardinal directions coupled with the shock and awe it unleashed, earned the unit an epithet of the “Ghost Regiment” from the enemy. Tresath tanks were the only armoured column that reached the capital, Dacca with its T-55 and PT-76 tanks. It was bestowed with the Battle Honour of Bogra and Theatre Honour of East Pakistan and earned eight gallantry awards. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Tresath’ has aided civil administration on a number of occasions, notably during 1992 floods in Punjab and Gujarat and Sikkim earthquake in 2001 and 2011.  The Regiment has also combated the menace of terrorism in Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir and the North Eastern States. On the completion of 25 years of meritorious service in 1982, the Regiment was presented Guidon by the President of India- Late Neelam Sanjiva Reddy for its yeoman service to the nation.  ‘Tresath’ has had the distinction of earning 121 honours and awards which include PVSMs, Veer Chakras and Sena medals. Apart from other functions, a special Sainik Sammelan was also held.last_img read more

TMC leader shot dead in Purulia accused absconding

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants in Purulia. Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection.The incident has triggered tension in the Daspara area near Adra in Purulia after the victim, Hamid Ansari (55), a Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead. The victim suffered multiple bullet injuries. The victim was going to Adra from Raghunathpur riding his motorcycle at around 11 am on Friday when some miscreants stopped him on his way. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey fired around 9 rounds of bullets at the victim. Some of the locals heard the gun shots and rushed to his rescue. After receiving bullets, the victim fell on the road. Locals rushed the victim to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body was later sent for an autopsy. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe. The motorcycle which the victim rode was found lying on the road side and seized by the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCops have collected some samples from the spot and started a detailed probe in this regard. They are yet to ascertain if the victim was murdered following any personal rivalry or there was any political angle into the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders said the victim had been instrumental in strengthening the party’s organisation in the area and this could be a deliberate attempt to weaken the organisation. They have also demanded a high-level probe into the incident. Police are interrogating locals and the family members of the victim.last_img read more

Canines can adopt humans perspective to find food

first_imgDogs – known as the man’s best friend – are also capable of adopting human perspective to correctly interpret cues and find food that they cannot see themselves, research has revealed. The findings showed that by adopting the position of a human or seeing things from their owner’s point of view and following their gaze, dogs can identify whether a human has an eye on a food source and, therefore, know where the food has been hidden.”The ability to interpret our behaviour and anticipate our intentions, which has obviously developed through a combination of domestication and individual experience, seems to have supported the ability to adopt our perspective,” said led investigator Ludwig Huber from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Within the first four or five years of life human beings develop the ability to understand and interpret mental states such as emotions, needs and intentions of their fellow-being and react accordingly, while it is usually denied in animals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers developed a new ‘Guesser looking away’ test, which gave clear evidence of dogs being able to adopt human perspective and take advantage of it.In the experiment, a person in the middle hides the food and the potential informants were kneeing left and right of this hider.”To get the food, the dogs have to understand who knows the hiding place (Knower) and who does not and can, therefore, only guess (Guesser). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”They must identify the informant they can rely on if they have to decide for one food container,” Huber noted. In nearly 70 per cent of the cases the dogs chose the container indicated by the Knower. Being able to adopt the perspective of a human does, however, not require the ability to understand intentions or wishes. “But the study showed that dogs can find out what humans or conspecifics can or cannot see. “By adopting the positions of humans and following their gazes geometrically, they find out what humans see and, therefore, know – and consequently whom they can trust or not,” Huber said.last_img read more

Separate directorate to come up for revenue intel enforcement

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet on Friday decided to come up with a separate directorate of revenue, intelligence and enforcement, which will be functioning under the aegis of the state Finance department.The proposed directorate will be headed by an IAS officer and will perform more or less similar functions as the Enforcement Directorate (ED). A source in the state government said that the proposed directorate will have a designated court under it and will deal with cases of evasion of tax or financial fraud. The directorate will be empowered to take action against those evading taxes or resorting to swindling of money. It may be mentioned that time and again, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the BJP government at the Centre, alleging that they have been controlling agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), ED and the Income Tax department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA few days ago on January 25, Banerjee had described the CBI as one of the “allies” of the BJP-led Central government and said that the “headless agency” has been converted into an organ of BJP. She claimed that the saffron party was harassing leaders of the Opposition through various Central agencies out of sheer political vendetta. In October last year, when two top officers of CBI were sent on leave amid an ongoing tussle in the Central investigating agency, Banerjee had alleged that CBI has become BJP’s policing agency and tweeted ‘CBI has become BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation)’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a recent public rally at Birbhum, Banerjee had reminded BJP that the state also has control over investigating agencies like Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but it does not impose anything on its functioning, which is in sharp contrast with BJP hounding agencies like CBI against the Opposition. The Cabinet meeting that was held at the state Assembly on Friday, also approved a 3.75 acre land for a private company, to set up a lubricant unit. The land is under the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). The Cabinet further approved granting a 10 acre land to the Council of Research for Yoga and Naturopathy under the AYUSH department of the Centre for setting up its unit. The land belongs to the TB hospital in Kalyani and has been lying vacant. It is being offered for free to the AYUSH ministry.last_img read more

How to naturally purify home office air

first_imgEarlier, houseplants were only considered as the province of an older generation, that too for the one who had time, knowledge and space to tend them. However, they are now also popular with a younger and cooler crowd. If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes. Experts tell about the plants that purify the air around you, plants that act as green and long lasting gifts, as well as which specific pollutant each one targets and removes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Palms: Our spirit boosters The hardy houseplants are easy to grow and are perfect boosters for lifting people’s spirits. They are the ultimate natural air purifiers and remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the surroundings. The freshness spread by them is distracting from otherwise drab surroundings. -Peace lilies: Natural toxin removers Peace lilies spread freshness for a longer period of time. They thrive in the shade in temperatures below 12 degrees Celsius and remove harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Ferns: Natural history Ferns are not as fascinating but have survived since pre-historic times. Their soft feathery leaves contribute to increasing their preference. Also, by freeing the air from toluene and xylene, they help us get rid of air pollution. -Schefflera: Great investment plants Schefflera is the ones with glossy, sturdy-looking oval leaves that almost look unreal because of their waxy shine. Adding to this, they also soak up nasty toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and toluene so, like palms, they are good for households where there is a smoker. -Anthuriums: Thoughtful present for a workplace Anthuriums are not just pretty, they also make lovely and long lasting gifts because of their exotic looking blooms. They are a thoughtful present for a work place with their large and dark leaves that suck up ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene.last_img read more

LeBron James is past his prime because hes not a superhero hes

first_imgLeBron is past his prime.  He’s the oldest 31 year-old in NBA history. He’s played in 1,200 games and three Olympics. He’s run through the brutal playoff gauntlet and reached the last 6 NBA Finals. LeBron is like a sports car that’s been owned by a traveling salesman.  He’s logged more miles than any other player his age in NBA history.Today in The Herd, Colin said it’s not a knock on LeBron that he’s past his prime, it’s just the natural progression of the NBA life cycle that all great players go through.“LeBron’s not a superhero, he’s a human being.”Michael Jordan only played 1,250 games. Larry Bird played in less than 1,100 games, and was out of the league by 31. Magic Johnson only played in 1,100 games. The old saying is “father time is undefeated”, and LeBron is living seven time zones ahead of every other NBA player ever. Not only has LeBron played in more games than anyone at his age in NBA history, he’s had to singlehandedly carry three franchises squarely on his back. This added responsibility has further accelerated his physical decline.“Remember, LeBron has had three needy teams. You ever meet a dad, and he’s 45, but he’s got like 4 boys, and they’re wearing his arse out. And he’s a 45 year-old dad, but he looks 55. Because his boys are needy. And then you meet a dad who’s just got a daughter. And girls mature faster than boys. He’s 45, he looks like he’s 42. LeBron’s had 4 or 5 needy boys if he’s a dad.”Just because he’s past his physical prime, doesn’t mean a less physically talented LeBron can’t still be an elite NBA superstar. He’ll just have to do it with more help and less reliance on his physical dominance. He possesses the intangible skills and a genius basketball IQ that will allow him to do it. He’ll just need more help.Muhammad Ali morphed from the dominant physical specimen who’s blinding speed and power defeated Sonny Liston, to the less physically gifted, but more savvy Ali that defeated George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle”.Colin added that one legitimate criticism of LeBron is that his insistence on being Cleveland’s de facto GM has been an obstacle to his success, not an asset.“LeBron James said ‘OK, Dan Gilbert, I’ll go back to Cleveland, but here’s what I want. Kyrie Irving, and another veteran star. And he chose Kevin Love. In the process, to get Kevin Love, they gave Minnesota the number one pick, and that would have been Andrew Wiggins.LeBron didn’t stay in his lane, and LeBron the General Manger is not nearly as good as LeBron the player.” Advertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO Peyton Manning drove the Daytona 500 pace car like a drivers

first_img Advertisement Peyton Manning was given the honor of driving the pace car at the Daytona 500, and decided to play it safe by going with the fundamentals and a by the book 10 and 2 grip on the wheel.Alex Bowman in the 88 Nationwide car got briefly fed up with Manning driving like a grandpa and pulled up alongside the pace car to rev his engines to rattle his cage. Not on the Sheriff’s watch.Watch Peyton’s first time on the track with the professional left turn takers. A responsible driver is a good driver.Peyton Manning is leading us to green! #DAYTONA500 https://t.co/It40QMxBYh— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2018last_img