Nvidia Adds Five New GPUs to Their Mobile Line

first_imgNvidia adds five new GPU’s to their mobile GeForce lineup. These new chips have up to twice the performance and half the power consumption of previous chips. Citation: Nvidia Adds Five New GPU’s to Their Mobile Line (2009, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-nvidia-gpu-mobile-line.html nVidia’s Newest Mobile GPU Gems Explore furthercenter_img The G210M, GT 230M, GT 240M, GTS 250M and the GTS 260M will supplement the existing GTX280M, GTX260M, and GTS160M, which will provide a range of Windows 7 ready graphics options for notebooks and PC’s; all of which are DirectX 10.1 compatible.Nvidia stated that the chipsets contain between 512MB (G210M) to 1GB (all other chipsets) of on-board GDDR3 memory and are based on a new 40-nm manufacturing process. The GRS260M and GTS250M will provide 50 percent more power than the previous line of GPUs and will be most appealing to the serious gamer. Besides all being Windows 7 and DirectX 10.1 compatible, all cards, with the exception of the G210M supports hardware accelerated physics via Nvidia’s PhysX. Nvidia’s technology allows for processing physics calculations for games and other applications on the GPU. HybridPower is also supported which allowing the chips to go into a low-power mode when not required.All five chips also support Nvidia’s CUDA instruction set which runs computing applications on top of the graphics platform. CUDA is already being used in many multimedia applications ranging from DVD upscaling to H.264 video encoding. Nvidia’s new chipsets also support Nvidia’s PureVideo HD engine which hands off H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 processing onto the GPU. This frees up CPU processing which allows for smoother HD playback. 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

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3D holographic display seems to have ripped off patented technology w Video

first_img Explore further Innovision Labs’ HoloAD 3D Display As explained at CES, the HoloAD display works by projecting a set of three independent images onto the trapezoidal sides of the glass pyramid, providing 180 degrees of 3D viewing. Although the system doesn’t use true holographic coding, the image inside the box looks like an animated, full-color hologram. The display can also be integrated with real objects by placing objects in the display and creating a video that blends with the objects.There is no word on whether RealFiction plans to pursue legal action against Innovision, or even Innovision’s response to the claim of intellectual property theft. Now, a few websites are reporting that HoloAD’s technology seems to be remarkably similar to that developed by the Danish company RealFiction. RealFiction CEO Clas Durholm claims that Innovision blatantly ripped off the technology behind his company’s Dreamoc display, which is protected by several patents in Europe, as well patent applications in Japan and the US. (The patent numbers are 01066278-0001, 001041289-0001, 000852108-0001 and 000835806-0001 in Europe, Patent Application No. 2009-020417 in Japan, and Patent Application No. 29/332,917 in the US.) Comparing two videos below of RealFiction’s Dreamoc and Innovision’s HoloAD, the displays appear to be nearly identical. 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. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this past January, one of the more intriguing technologies was a 3D hologram-like display developed by Taiwan-based Innovision Labs. Called HoloAD, the glasses-free display can create 3D images in a glass pyramidal chamber that seems like a perfect tool for cutting-edge advertising. Citation: 3D ‘holographic’ display seems to have ripped off patented technology (w/ Video) (2010, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-3d-holographic-ripped-patented-technology.html Sony Unveils 360-Degree 3D Display (w/ Video) Innovision Labs’ HoloAD display (left) looks very similar to RealFiction’s Dreamoc display (right), whose technology is patented. Images are clips from videos (below). © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: RealFiction.com and innovision.com.twvia: Singularity Hub and VizWorld RealFiction’s Dreamoc 3D Display last_img read more

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Glovefriendly touchscreen goes on exhibit

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com It’s not the first time a technology company has thought up a novel way to operate a touchscreen, but the talking point on the new SMK design is that the company has figured out how to deliver a capacitive touchscreen to work regardless of whether your hand is free or covered with a glove. SMK improved detection sensitivity by employing a chip that supports high-sensitivity detection and a sensor panel structure that has a high resistance to noise to prevent malfunctions caused by noise. As a result, it became possible to detect a gloved hand. The 6.5-inch panel can be scaled up to 8-inches. While in-vehicle navigation systems rather than mobile smartphones are the target, observers do not rule out the possibility that the screen might be picked up for clean room environments that require its users to wear gloves.SMK is a global parts manufacturer of telecom and electronics components. Its product range includes camera modules, plugs, jacks, remote-control units as well as touch panels. The “Touch Panel” segment of the business features pressure-sensitive resistance touch panels, capacitance type touch panels and backlit touch panels. SMK will exhibit the new glove-friendly panel at FPD (Flat Panel Displays) International 2011, starting today through October 28 in Yokohama.While the product is new in SMK’s portfolio, the idea of making a touchscreen operable with gloved hands is not new to the technology trade. The challenge of touchscreens sensitive to gloved hands has been taken up before. Earlier this year, at the Mobile World Congress, there was a lot of interest in a show demo by Synaptics. The device could work well with stylus as well as with a gloved hand and was aimed at mobile phones, not cars. Last year, on show at the same FPD event, was Hitachi’s version of a glove-friendly touchscreen.It’s clear that SMK joins a growing list of innovative demos that focus on novel touch technologies for ever=popular mobile computing devices. Simply, technology has become tactile. Users, whether gloved or ungloved, expect functionality literally at their fingertips.As for SMK, the company is to start volume production at a rate of 100,000 units (in terms of 6.5-inch panel) per month. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A new screen has been designed that can work with gloved hands, and it comes from Japan-based SMK. The target application will be car-navigation systems which drivers can operate while wearing gloves. The new screen is described as having a sensor panel structure that is noise-resistant. The design allows for a signal clear enough to be detected at high sensitivities. Fujitsu demonstrates new dual-touch resistive touch panelcenter_img More information: SMK Corp.via TechOn Citation: Glove-friendly touchscreen goes on exhibit (2011, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-glove-friendly-touchscreen.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Graphene battery demonstrated to power an LED

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. Schematic diagram showing the experimental setup of the device with Au-Ag electrodes. Image: arXiv:1203.0161v2 More information: Self-Charged Graphene Battery Harvests Electricity from Thermal Energy of the Environment, arXiv:1203.0161v2 [cond-mat.mes-hall] arxiv.org/abs/1203.0161AbstractThe energy of ionic thermal motion presents universally, which is as high as 4 kJbullet kg-1bullet K-1 in aqueous solution, where thermal velocity of ions is in the order of hundreds of meters per second at room temperature1,2. Moreover, the thermal velocity of ions can be maintained by the external environment, which means it is unlimited. However, little study has been reported on converting the ionic thermal energy into electricity. Here we present a graphene device with asymmetric electrodes configuration to capture such ionic thermal energy and convert it into electricity. An output voltage around 0.35 V was generated when the device was dipped into saturated CuCl2 solution, in which this value lasted over twenty days. A positive correlation between the open-circuit voltage and the temperature, as well as the cation concentration, was observed. Furthermore, we demonstrated that this finding is of practical value by lighting a commercial light-emitting diode up with six of such graphene devices connected in series. This finding provides a new way to understand the behavior of graphene at molecular scale and represents a huge breakthrough for the research of self-powered technology. Moreover, the finding will benefit quite a few applications, such as artificial organs, clean renewable energy and portable electronics. Researchers led by Zihan Xu of the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, attached silver and gold electrodes to a graphene sheet, typically 7 mm x 7 mm in area, mounted on a silicon substrate. The assembly was then immersed in a saturated solution of copper chloride (CuCl2), and was found to produce an electrical voltage of 0.35 V. They also found that six assemblies arranged in series produced enough electricity to power a light-emitting diode (LED). The device continued to produce around the same voltage for 25 days, but after a month it dropped to about 40 mV.Graphene is a material that consists of a layer of carbon only one atom thick, and it has been the subject of intense research in recent years because of its unusual properties. One of these properties is an exceptionally high electron mobility.Xu and colleagues write in their paper that they think the voltage arises from the kinetic energy of the copper ions in the copper chloride solution, which they say is enough to knock electrons out of the graphene, and that these electrons then flow through the sheet. They noted that the voltage increases when the copper chloride solution is heated, and varies with its concentration. The group also found the voltage increased when the assembly was exposed to pulses of ultrasound, and they say this lends weight to the idea that kinetic energy is the source of the voltage, since the ultrasound would increase the velocity of the copper ions. Small voltages were also produced with ionic solutions such as NaCl and CuSO4. The researchers also carried out control experiments to rule out the possibility that chemical reactions were responsible for the voltage generated.Dr. Wanlin Guo, the graduate supervisor of one of Xu’s team (Guoan Tai), expressed skepticism at the proposed mechanism, and added that he had so far been unable to reproduce the findings in his own experiments, in which he used graphene sheets of varying sizes, mounted on varying substrates, and with different kinds of electrodes. He was unable to achieve voltages greater than around 0.1 mV.In 2011, a research group led by Nikhil Koratkar of New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute also reported on experiments in which graphene was shown to generate a voltage when an ionic solution was made to flow over the sheets. Dr. Guo, of Nanjing University in China, also refuted these results and carried out experiments that showed the interaction of the ions in solution with the electrodes was responsible for the voltage, rather than any interaction with the graphene.If Xu’s “graphene battery” is harnessing the thermal energy of motion of the ions to generate electricity, this source of energy is essentially unlimited. The researchers say their experimental results provide a “huge breakthrough” in the research into self-powered technology. Experimental setup of six graphene devices connected with a commercial LED before (a) and after (b) it was lighted up. Image: arXiv:1203.0161v2 (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Hong Kong have reported, in ArXiv, their experiments to make a graphene battery that they say generates an electrical current by drawing on the ambient thermal energy in the solution in which it is immersed. Explore further New graphene discovery boosts oil exploration efforts, could enable self-powered microsensors Citation: Graphene battery demonstrated to power an LED (2012, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-graphene-battery-power.html © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Google announces Floor Plan app for venue owners

first_imgNews of the Google launch this week did not go down unanimously well with some at the NY Tech Meetup, where New York City’s tech companies meet monthly. In an e-mail thread among members of the group on Friday, one NY Tech Meetup member said, “Can’t wait for someone to upload a bank’s blue prints.” Google’s maps go indoors with new mobile feature Citation: Google announces Floor Plan app for venue owners (2012, April 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-google-floor-app-venue-owners.html Explore further More information: google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 … -dot-for-people.html This week’s launch carries a message to business venue participants in the U.S. that Google wants to finish the job by roping in information and getting more details so that it can improve the accuracy of its indoor maps.As part of the launch, Google is “crowdsourcing” by asking Android venue owners who already uploaded their floor plans to please help.“When we announced the availability of indoor maps for Android last November, we also introduced Google Maps Floor Plans as a tool for business owners to upload the floor plans for their venue and have them appear in Google Maps for Android. Today we’re releasing the Google Maps Floor Plan Marker app, which enables those who’ve uploaded floor plans to improve the indoor location accuracy their visitors experience when using indoor maps within their venue.“Google is handing them some homework. When they install the new Google Maps Floor Plan Marker app, they will be walked through the process of going round the site and collecting GPS, cell tower, and publicly broadcast WiFi information. Google says the information can help Google make the My Location feature’s blue dot icon accessible for Android users when indoors and looking for a specific place in the building. “The time it takes to complete this process depends on the size of the venue, but you can pause and resume a marking task at any time if you want to take breaks,” according to the announcement.Indoor positioning accuracy does not come easily. Close-quarter confines and thick walls are just a few of the obstacles that place technology limits on navigation accuracy. Google knows it can improve and fine-tune indoor positioning with the help of its new Google Maps Floor Plan Marker for Android.Not all business owners are finding the very idea of uploading detailed floor plans of their sites enticing. If New York City is any kind of harbinger, Google might find that some owners have security issues with that very idea. © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org) — This week the team from Google Maps launched its Floor Plan Marker for Android in a bid to improve the accuracy if its indoor maps. Inside and outside Google, developers have seen real opportunity in introducing indoor location apps; Google made its mark on indoor maps with a November 2011 launch of indoor maps for Android. In doing so, Google wanted the public to know that this step was only the beginning. The indoor maps for Android were being made available at malls, airports, and some super-sized retailers — but Google said the application could ideally expand to many more venues. “We’ll continually add new indoor maps to public buildings across the world,” said Google. The November launch was confined to venue partnerships in the U.S. and Japan. 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

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Headset EEG hacking gives new meaning to PINheads

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. Explore further In a small-device world, bigger may still be better “Consumer-grade BCI devices are available for a few hundred dollars and are used in a variety of applications, such as video games, hands-free keyboards, or as an assistant in relaxation training,” according to the study. “There are application stores similar to the ones used for smart phones, where application developers have access to an API to collect data from the BCI devices,” they note. As the security risks involved in using consumer-grade BCI devices have not been studied, and the impact of malicious software with device access unexplored, the team had their work cut out for them.After having a look at the devices’ security implications, they have concluded that the technology can be turned against people to reveal information the victims assume is secret. Brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, have been used in medical settings, involving expensive equipment, but the researchers concerned themselves with cheaper, commercial devices. (For example, Emotiv offers an Emotiv EPOC described as a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset for $299 and NeuroSky offers inexpensive BCI “neuroscience headsets” with a company motto, “brain wave sensors for everybody.”)The researchers, who are from the universities of Oxford and Geneva and University of California, Berkeley, tested their mind-reading program using an Emotiv EEG device on 28 participants.The subjects did not know their brains were being used to extract private information; they were only told that they were going to participate in an experiment involving the privacy implications of using gaming EEG devices. After carrying out a number of experiments, they showed the feasibility of using a cheap consumer-level BCI gaming device to partially reveal private information of the users. By analyzing EEG signals in their experiments, they were able to detect which of presented stimuli were related to the user’s private information—credit cards, PIN numbers, persons known to the user, and user’s residence. The team said, “We show that the entropy of the private information is decreased on the average by approximately15% to 40% compared to random guessing attacks.”Their work was supported by National Science Foundation grants, Intel ISTC for Secure Computing, and the Carl-Zeiss Foundation. More information: www.usenix.org/conference/usen … -computer-interfacescenter_img (Phys.org) — Researchers at the Usenix Security conference earlier this month demonstrated a way to get into your brain and learn facts that you don’t want to reveal. Using a commercial off-the-shelf brain-computer interface, the researchers created a custom program designed to find out personal data such as address and PIN. The study, “On the Feasibility of Side-Channel Attacks with Brain-Computer Interfaces,” is by Ivan Martinovic, Doug Davies, Mario Frank, Daniele Perito, Tomas Ros, and Dawn Song. The authors point out that it is just such a commercial off the shelf brain computer interface—costing a few hundred dollars—that can run the brain-hacking show. (c) 2012 Phys.org Citation: Headset EEG hacking gives new meaning to PINheads (2012, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-headset-eeg-hacking-pinheads.htmllast_img read more

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Watersoluble silicon leads to dissolvable electronics

first_img(Phys.org)—Researchers working in a materials science lab are literally watching their work disappear before their eyes—but intentionally so. They’re developing water-soluble integrated circuits that dissolve in water or biofluids in months, weeks, or even a few days. This technology, called transient electronics, could have applications for biomedical implants, zero-waste sensors, and many other semiconductor devices. Explore further Citation: Water-soluble silicon leads to dissolvable electronics (2015, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-water-soluble-silicon-dissolvable-electronics.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. (a) Optical and SEM images of a transient CMOS circuit dissolving at various times over 42 days. (b) Optical images of an ultrathin CMOS circuit on a silk substrate dissolving over 16 hours. Both circuits are immersed in phosphate-buffered saline solution at 70 °C and pH 10. Credit: Yin, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing LLC © 2015 Phys.orgcenter_img The researchers, led by John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Fiorenzo Omenetto at Tufts University, have published a study in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters in which they analyzed the performance and dissolution times of various semiconductor materials. The work builds on previous research, by the authors and others, which demonstrated that silicon—the most commonly used semiconductor material in today’s electronic devices—can dissolve in water. Although it would take centuries to dissolve bulk silicon, thin layers of silicon can dissolve in more reasonable times at low but significant rates of 5-90 nm/day. The silicon dissolves due to hydrolysis, in which water and silicon react to form silicic acid. Silicic acid is environmentally and biologically benign. In the new study, the researchers analyzed the dissolution characteristics of silicon dioxide and tungsten, which they used to fabricate two electronics devices: field-effect transistors and ring oscillators. Under biocompatible conditions (37 °C, 7.4 pH), dissolution rates ranged from 1 week for the tungsten components, to between 3 months and 3 years for the silicon dioxide components. The dissolution rates can be controlled by several factors, such as the thickness of the materials, the concentration and type of ions in the solution, and the method used to deposit the silicon dioxide on the original substrate.As shown in the microscope images, the circuits do not dissolve in a uniform, layer-by-layer mode, but instead some places dissolve more rapidly than others. This is due to mechanical fractures in the fragile circuits, which cause the solution to penetrate through the layers more in some locations than in others. Although organic electronic materials are also often biodegradable, silicon-based electronics have the advantages of an overall higher performance and the use of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication processes that allow for mass-production.”The most significant finding is that there exist choices in materials, device designs and processing sequences that allow transient electronics to be produced in conventional silicon fabrication facilities,” Rogers told Phys.org. “The immediate consequence is a cost-effective, high-volume route to manufacturing.”Transient electronics could have a very wide range of novel applications, particular in the medical field. For example, they could be used to make catheters that dissolve; biodegradable sensors that monitor the kidney, heart, and lungs; and water-soluble electronics that monitor bacterial infections after surgery. As for environmental applications, transient electronics could be used as sensors that transmit data from remote locations, and then degrade into the soil to eliminate waste.The researchers plan to work toward these applications in the near future.”We are working on building more advanced circuits, and doing so with commercial foundries, and on back-end assembly techniques that will allow these circuits to be deployed on a range of biodegradable polymer substrates,” Rogers said. More information: Lan Yin, et al. “Materials and fabrication sequences for water soluble silicon integrated circuits at the 90 nm node.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4905321 ‘Transient electronics’: Biocompatible electronic devices dissolve in body, environment (w/ Video) Journal information: Applied Physics Letterslast_img read more

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Physicists measure complementary properties using quantum clones

first_img“In quantum mechanics, measurements disturb the state of the system being measured,” Thekkadath told Phys.org. “This is a hurdle physicists face when trying to characterize quantum systems such as single photons. In the past, physicists successfully used very gentle measurements (known as weak measurements) to circumvent this disturbance. “As such, our work is not the first to determine complementary properties of a quantum system. However, we’ve shown that a different strategy can be used. It is based on a rather naïve idea. Suppose we want to measure the position and momentum of a particle. Knowing that these measurements will disturb the particle’s state, can we first copy the particle, and measure position on one copy and momentum on the other? This was our initial motivation. But it turns out that copying alone is not enough. The measured copies must also be entangled for this strategy to work. “This is what we showed experimentally. Instead of determining the position and momentum of a particle, we determined complementary polarization properties of single photons. You would intuitively expect this strategy to fail due to the no-cloning theorem. However, we showed that is not the case, and this is the greatest significance of our result: measuring complementary properties of the twins directly reveals the quantum state of the copied system.”As the physicists explain, one of the most important aspects of the demonstration is working around the limitations of the no-cloning theorem.”In our daily lives, information is often copied, such as when we photocopy a document, or when DNA is replicated in our bodies,” Thekkadath explained. “However, at a quantum level, information cannot be copied without introducing some noise or imperfections. We know this because of a mathematical result known as the no-cloning theorem. This has not stopped physicists from trying. They developed strategies, known as optimal cloning, that minimize the amount of noise introduced by the copying process. In our work, we go one step further. We showed that it is possible to eliminate this noise from our measurements on the copies using a clever trick that was theoretically proposed by Holger Hofmann in 2012. Our results do not violate the no-cloning theorem since we never physically produce perfect copies: we only replicate the measurement results one would get with perfect copies.”In their experiments, the physicists demonstrated the new method using photonic twins, but they expect that the ability to make precise, simultaneous measurements of complementary properties on twins can also be implemented with quantum computers. This could lead to many practical applications, such as providing an efficient method to directly measure high-dimensional quantum states, which are used in quantum computing and quantum cryptography.”Determining the state of a system is an important task in physics,” Thekkadath said. “Once a state is determined, everything about that system is known. This knowledge can then be used to, for example, predict measurement outcomes and verify that an experiment is working as intended. This verification is especially important when complicated states are produced, such as the ones needed in quantum computers or quantum cryptography.”Typically, quantum states are determined tomographically, much like how the brain is imaged in a CAT scan. This approach has the limitation that the state is always globally reconstructed. In contrast, our method determines the value of quantum states at any desired point, providing a more efficient and direct method than conventional methods for state determination.”We experimentally demonstrated our method using single photons. But, our strategy is also applicable in a variety of other systems. For instance, it can be implemented in a quantum computer by using only a single quantum logic gate. We anticipate that our method could be used to efficiently characterize complicated quantum states inside a quantum computer.” The ability to determine the complementary properties of quantum states in this way not only has implications for understanding fundamental quantum physics, but also has potential applications for quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and other technologies.The physicists, Guillame S. Thekkadath and coauthors at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, have published a paper on determining complementary properties of quantum clones in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, in the classical world it’s possible to simultaneously measure a system’s complementary states with exact precision, and doing so reveals the system’s state. But as Heisenberg theoretically proposed in 1927 when he was beginning to develop his famous uncertainty principle, any measurement made on a quantum system induces a disturbance on that system. This disturbance is largest when measuring complementary properties. For instance, measuring the position of a particle will disturb its momentum, changing its quantum state. These joint measurements have intrigued physicists ever since the time of Heisenberg.As a way around the difficulty of performing joint measurements, physicists have recently investigated the possibility of making a copy of a quantum system, and then independently measuring one property on each copy of the system. Since the measurements are performed separately, they would not be expected to disturb each other, yet they would still reveal information about the original quantum system because the copies share the same properties as the original.This strategy immediately encounters another quantum restriction: due to the no-cloning theorem, it’s impossible to make a perfect copy of a quantum state. So instead, the physicists in the new study investigated the closest quantum analog to copying, which is optimal cloning. The parts of the clones’ states that share the exact same properties as those of the input state are called “twins.” Whereas theoretical perfect copies of a quantum state are uncorrelated, the twins are entangled. The physicists showed that, as a consequence of this entanglement, independently measuring the complementary properties on each twin is equivalent to simultaneously measuring the complementary properties of the input state. This leads to the main result of the new study: that simultaneously measuring the complementary properties of twins gives the state (technically, the wave function) of the original quantum system. Citation: Physicists measure complementary properties using quantum clones (2017, August 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-physicists-complementary-properties-quantum-clones.html Explore further Blind quantum computing for everyone Schematic of the experimental setup, in which complementary properties x and y are jointly measured. Credit: Thekkadath et al. ©2017 American Physical Society More information: G. S. Thekkadath, R. Y. Saaltink, L. Giner, and J. S. Lundeen. “Determining Complementary Properties with Quantum Clones.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.050405, Also at arXiv:1701.04095 [quant-ph] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—In quantum mechanics, it’s impossible to precisely and simultaneously measure the complementary properties (such as the position and momentum) of a quantum state. Now in a new study, physicists have cloned quantum states and demonstrated that, because the clones are entangled, it’s possible to precisely and simultaneously measure the complementary properties of the clones. These measurements, in turn, reveal the state of the input quantum system. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Can We Touch

first_imgField, a developmental psychologist by training, went on to found the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. She was a pioneer in highlighting the effects of “touch deprivation” among kids, famously those in orphanages. She explained to me that the effects are pervasive, influencing so many bodily systems that kids are diagnosed with “failure to thrive,” resulting in permanent physical and cognitive impairment, smaller stature, and social withdrawal later in life—which often includes aversion to physical contact. Physical touch doesn’t make adults larger, but its effects are still coming to light. Field has published similar findings about the benefits of touch in full-term infants, and then children and pregnant women, adults with chronic pain, and people in retirement homes. Studies that involved as little as 15 daily minutes found that touch alone, even devoid of the other supportive qualities it usually signifies, seems to have myriad benefits. Her efforts started with premature babies, when she found that basic human touch led them to quickly gain weight. An initial small study, published in the journal Pediatrics in 1986, showed that just 10 days of “body stroking and passive movements of the limbs” for less than an hour led babies to grow 47 percent faster. They averaged fewer days in the hospital and accrued $3,000 less in medical bills. The effect has been replicated multiple times. Tiffany Field has spent decades trying to get people to touch one another more. The hug, specifically, has been repeatedly linked to good health. In a more recent study that made headlines about hugs helping the immune system, researchers led by the psychologist Sheldon Cohen at Carnegie Mellon University isolated 400 people in a hotel and exposed them to a cold virus. People who had supportive social interactions had fewer and less severe symptoms. Physical touch (specifically hugging) seemed to account for about a third of that effect. (The researchers conclude: “These data suggest that hugging may act as an effective means of conveying support.”) Cohen and his colleagues continued to show other health benefits of physical contact, such as a 2018 reveal in the journal PLOS titled “Receiving a Hug Is Associated With the Attenuation of Negative Mood That Occurs on Days With Interpersonal Conflict.” Read the whole story: The Atlanticlast_img read more

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Big cat business

first_imgUnder I am the Tiger initiative, capital is going to witness some fine art work dedicated to the cause. The exhibition will showcase work of various artists from across the country and overseas like Ashok Hazare from Ajmer, Aparna Caur from Delhi and Anjolie Ela Menon, the Singh Twins from Liverpool along with others.The exhibition will take place at Azad Bhawan gallery the primary attraction will be The Singh Twins work  They have also mentored various art students from from four art schools in London, to work for the initiative. Shalini Wazir, the brain behind the cause have exhibited and staged the plays at places like Europe and UK. Inspired by her innovation, the Singh twins especially created art pieces for the cause. The exhibition will be followed by I am a Tiger play which will be staged at Azad Bhawan on friday.last_img read more

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The prologue

first_imgIf National Museum (NM) has emerged to become India’s premier repository of artefacts over its 65 years of growth, equally fascinating will be a broad glimpse at its initial struggles to acquire objects which now total over 2.06 lakh. An exhibition of archival photographs of that phase is now on at the very venue.Down Memory Lane, a month-long exhibition of 57 images, got off to a start in the famed rotunda of NM on its foundation day today. It features visuals from 1945, which was the year that saw the first move to establish the institution, to momentous occasions up till 1970. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NM Director-General Venu V said the exhibition has been mounted on the special occasion of the foundation day of the 1949-started institution. ‘It throws light on its many of its inception-related and growth stories – through archival and rare photographs’, he noted. ‘We gathered from government institutions and private donors’.The exhibition opened hours after writer-historian-curator William Dalrymple  addressed a gathering at the museum. In his hour-long talk on Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857 at the NM monthly lecture series on Sunday evening, the 49-year-old British Indologist explained with pictorial examples the paradox of art flourishing amid a weakening economy and polity that was typical of Northern India during the decline of the dynasty tracing its roots to Central Asia. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs for the Down Memory Lane exhibition, Venu noted it ‘portrays a very interesting history’ of National Museum, which typically unveils stories through its exquisite collection of paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and ethnographic objects spanning over 5,000 years of heritage.For instance, in 1946, the idea of building a national museum for India was proposed by a committee headed by Sir Mourice Gwyer, the First Chief Justice of the then Federal Court. NM was designed by the architect Ganesh Bikaji Deolalikar and the foundation stone was laid by Pandit Nehru on May 12, 1955. Once the building was ready, the new museum was inaugurated by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Vice-President of India, on 18 December, 1960. The ongoing exhibition has photos of all such historic occasions and more.Today, NM has ten important collections including pre-historic archaeology, archaeology, numismatics and epigraphy, miniature paintings, manuscripts, decorative arts and textiles, anthropology and so much more. WHERE: National MuseumWHEN: On till 12 Junelast_img read more

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Textiles play pivotal role in spinning India story

first_imgThe Indian economy is rated fourth in the world, on a purchasing power parity basis, after the United States, the European Union and China. For the fiscal year 2014-2015, the forecast for real GDP growth rate in India is estimated at 5.1 per cent to 5.5 per cent by the National Council of Applied Economic Research. According to the Technopak Report 2014, for almost two decades textile and apparel industry has been a major contributor to India’s GDP and provides employment to over 45 million people. India’s GDP in 2013 was estimated at $1.823 trillion and 5.2 per cent of this came from the textile and apparel industry. Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureThe industry has also been crucial as far as industrial production and earning of foreign exchange through exports is concerned. Availability of abundant raw material like cotton, silk, wool and jute blended with India’s competitiveness in skilled labour have provided unique advantages to its textile and apparel industry, whose domestic market has been bigger than the export market and had reached $59 billion in 2013, while export market is $ 36 billion. The Indian apparel retail sector is highly fragmented and only 19 per cent of sales in India is estimated to be from the organized sector. These numbers are in contrast with that of the United States and Europe where over 80 per cent of the apparel sales are from organized fashion retailers. Also Read – BLACK FIBREDeveloped countries like USA, countries of the European Union and Japan have emerged as consuming countries, while developing countries like India, China and Bangladesh are producing countries with cheap labour that is one of the most important factors driving their production advantage. According to the Technopak report 2014, the expected slower annual GDP growth (CAGR 2013 to 2018 is 2.4 per cent) in the advanced economies is directly impacting the consumption of textile and apparel, hence reducing its demand.  On the other hand, the expected higher annual GDP growth (CAGR 2013 to 2018 is 5.4 per cent) of the developing countries has led to an increase in purchasing power of consumers, favouring the growth in textile and apparel consumption in these countries. India is one of the largest exporters of textiles and apparel, and also has a vertically-integrated supply chain while being known for producing a wide range of textiles and apparel products. In India’s exports of textiles and apparel, 60 per cent contribution comes from apparel, and 40 per cent  from textiles. Based on the information on domestic market size, imports and exports numbers for apparel, it is estimated that the total apparel production in India for the year 2013 will be in the range of 17 billion to 20 billion pieces. According to the Technopak report 2014, India has been one of the key players in the textile and apparel industry.  In 2013, the estimated textile and apparel industry of India was worth $95 billion and this figure includes both exports as well as domestic consumption. India’s textile and apparel industry together is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9 per cent to reach a market size of $226 billion by the end of 2023. India’s apparel industry is also estimated to grow at a CAGR of 9 per cent to reach a market size of $101 billion by the end of 2023. The size of the Indian textile and apparel industry, including both domestic market and exports, was $70 billion in the year 2009 and has grown at a CAGR of 8 per cent in between 2009 and 2013. The export market is expected to grow from $36 billion in the year 2013 to $85 billion by the end of 2023. It is expected that the domestic market would also grow owing to increase in spending from middle class. Domestic textile (including home textiles and technical textiles) and apparel market would grow at CAGR of 9 per cent from $59 billion in 2013 to $141 billion by 2023.Though organized retail contributed only 17 per cent of the total apparel market in 2010 and is estimated to contribute 25 per cent of the total apparel market by 2015, its share is poised to grow sharply over the coming years and contribute to approximately 40 per cent share of the total apparel market by 2020. The Indian apparel market being highly unorganized has independent retail stores as major retailers. But it has been observed that organized retailing in India has been growing at a fast pace. An increasing number of international brands are establishing their presence in India with organized systems of working, extremely fast supply chain and product turnaround time. Hence, to be competitive, there is a need for the Indian brands and retailers to follow a value chain that is fast, organized and transparent with the ability to deliver right goods at the right time and place, in right quantity at the right operating cost. The need for today is an integrated supply chain with an established coordination with all its intermediaries, which can help the retailer by providing convenience in ordering and receiving of merchandise and conversion and reducing its inventory carrying cost by supplying merchandise just in time when needed. As the industry is highly fragmented, it offers opportunities for merger and acquisitions and inorganic growth going forward. This has caused the apparel manufacturers to focus on providing end-to-end solutions besides just manufacturing for the brands /retailers. Hence, manufacturers are moving towards integrated set-ups by entering into strategic partnership (like mergers, acquisition and joint ventures) with manufacturers of yarn and textiles, logistics providers, with an aim to provide responsive and efficient supply chain.Meanwhile, the textile fashion market appears to be right and bright for the Oswal Group, whose “Monte Carlo Fashions Limited” recently announced an initial public offering of 5.4 million shares from December 3 to 5 December, 2014 at face value of Rs 10 each for cash at a price band of Rs 630 to Rs 645 per Equity Share. Jawaharlal Oswal, Chairman of Oswal Group, said this offering is targeting the Indian Apparel market which is worth $41 billion of which the organized market is worth Rs 13 billion itself and market growth at nine per cent per annum.  With consumer annual disposable income growing at 12 per cent yearly since 2006-07, it is one of the key factors driving the Indian Apparel market. The group is seeking to seize the market opportunity by continuing to allocate significant resources towards the Monte Carlo brand.Unlike the developed markets of the west, menswear is the predominant segment in India (and is larger than the women’s wear segment) at an estimated $17,271 million in 2013 with expected CAGR growth of 9 per cent to reach $39,575 million in 2023. The market remains dominated by the popular product categories such as shirts and trousers. However, western wear categories such as denim, active-wear and t-shirts are the fastest-growing categories in this segment. Men’s denim market is expected to grow at 14 per cent per year.The womenswear market in India contributes 38 per cent to the Indian apparel market, largely dominated by unorganized players. However, with increasing preference for branded apparel, regional brands and international brands have expanded their geographical presence. The womenswear market is expected to grow from $15,493 million in 2013 at a CAGR of 10 per cent to reach $38,915 million in 2023. The growth in the market captures two essential preference shifts — from non-branded apparel to branded apparel, and increasing share of western wear to ethnic wear categories. Women’s denim market is also demonstrating an encouraging growth at a CAGR of 15 per cent. Women’s t-shirts and tops categories are also growing owing to increasing participation of women in the workforce and a generic inclination  towards western wear  categories. Similarly, women’s tops and shirts market is currently estimated at $282 million and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12 per cent to $76 million by 2023. The women’s t-shirts market of $107 million is  also witnessing growth in tandem with the growth of all other casualwear categories and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 155 to reach $436 million by 2023.The kids apparel market is also big contributor to fashion market,  contributing about 20 per cent to the total market and is the fastest-growing segment in the Indian market and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10.50 per cent to reach $22,369 million in 2023. Within this, boys segment contributes 52 per cent to the kids apparel market and the remaining by the girls segment. The $4,253 million boyswear market in 2013 is poised to grow at a CAGR of 10 per cent to reach $11,156 million by 2023. Denim is the fastest-growing category in boyswear segment with an expected CAGR of 15 per cent and this is expected to reach $355 million by 2023 from its current value of $91 million.Designer kids apparel is also emerging as a promising opportunity in the premium and luxury categories. The $3,969 million girlswear segment is poised to grow at a CAGR of 11 per cent to reach $11,213 million by 2023 and, like the boyswear segment, this segment is also dominated by school uniform with a market size of $1,198 million and a projected CAGR of 11 per cent, a growth rate higher than growth rate of boys school uniform. The higher expected growth rate of girls school uniform market is attributed to the increasing awareness of girls education in semi-urban and rural areas.Synthetic textiles need Govt pushSynthetic Fibre producers in India have urged the Union government to remove bias and anomalies against the man-made fibre (MMF) industry and bring down high excise duty on the industry as par with cotton fibre and yarn for growth of the Indian textile industry and for achieving a larger share of the global market. India is the second largest producer of man-made fibres in the world with presence of large plants having state-of-the art technology. MMF textiles constitute almost two-third of the domestic textile market. However, India’s share in global exports of value-added textiles of manmade fibres is miniscule at around 3 per cent. This has resulted in India’s textile exports not growing beyond $40 billion — out of which only 27 per cent comes from man-made fibres. In contrast, China has given a big push to synthetic textiles and this has helped it in becoming the largest textile exporter of the world. Almost 80 per cent of China’s textile exports consist of synthetics. A major anomaly in excise duty structure is affecting growth of the Indian textile industry and preventing it from achieving a larger share of the global market. It is this bias against man-made fibre and yarn that has left India far behind China in terms of investment, scale of manufacturing and exports. According to letters submitted to the finance, textiles and commerce & industry ministries by the Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry in the runup to the Union Budget of 2015, the high excise duty on man-made fibre and yarn (in contrast to cotton and cotton yarn that are free of excise duty) has become a roadblock for the growth of the textile industry. Industry veterans and experts are also of the same view that a peculiar excise duty structure is holding up the Indian textile industry from achieving its potential. In contrast, major textile exporters like China, Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh tax cotton and synthetic fibres as well as yarn uniformly.“The excise duty imposed on man-made fibre and yarn in India is 12 per cent, while cotton yarn and fibre are exempted from excise duty burden, leading to excessive bias against man-made fibres and yarn. This affects the textile industry in two ways. In the domestic market, poor consumers suffer as the least expensive polyester shirt or a saree made of synthetic fibre and bought at Rs.100 or Rs.150 suffers a huge excise duty burden of 12 per cent. In contract, no excise duty is paid on the cotton fibre and yarn used to produce expensive cotton shirts bought by rich consumers at prices ranging above Rs.1,000. Therefore, only the poor pay more tax on textiles in the domestic market, while the rich are favoured with no excise duty on the premium cotton worn by them!” said S. C. Kapoor, Director-General, Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry (ASFI). “From a cotton-centric export focus, India can shift to a synthetics-boosted push for rapid growth in textile industry once the excise duty anomaly is corrected. With this, the Indian textile industry can aim at growing to $650 billion and earning foreign exchange to the tune of $300 billion by 2025. For this purpose, textile fiber availability has to grow rapidly from current level of 10 billion per annum, comprising 6 billion kg of cotton and 4 billion kg of man-made fibres. At least 25 billion kg of fibre needs to be produced annually in the country to meet the 2025 goal and give a big thrust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative,” Kapoor said.“Cotton fibre and yarn production faces limitations due to availability of land, water and right climatic conditions for cultivation. Water-scarcity is also a well-known phenomenon across India. In order to make synthetic textiles cheaper for the masses who use it most, excise duty on man-made fibre and yarn like polyester and acrylic should be scrapped altogether or halved to 6 per cent as the first step. As we move towards goods & service tax (GST), we are now presented with a good opportunity to put synthetic fibre and yarn at par with cotton and correct the long-standing anomaly in duty structure. A uniform duty structure of bringing the entire textile chain under 6 per cent excise duty will yield additional revenue of Rs.10,000 crore to the exchequer.last_img read more

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Health education infrastructure receives impetus

first_imgKolkata: The Health and Family Welfare Department of West Bengal, under the ministership of the Chief Minister herself, has brought about a lot of improvement in the state of health education in the state. Combined MBBS and BDS seats have increased from 2,205 to 3,750, according to a party statement here today.Postgraduate medical seats (MD course) have increased from 880 to 1,297.Eighty students are pursuing higher specialisation courses for Diplomate of National Board (DNB) degree. Postdoctoral seats have increased to 147 from 107 in 2011. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2017, 93 tutor-demonstrators were appointed by the department, bringing the total number of such appointments since 2012 to 2,095.As part of West Bengal Dental Education Service (WBDES), 72 clinical tutors have been recruited.The Bengal Government has set up partnerships with the UK Government with regard to nursing skilling and re-skilling. Two have been signed between WBIPH Knowledge Partnership between Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), Kolkata and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and between Health and Family Department and The Health Education England (HEE). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAnother one, where Bengal is a beneficiary and HEE is a partner, involves the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry and United Kingdom-India Education Research Institute (UKIERI).Rs 56.58 crore was allotted for financial year 2017-18 for the development of nursing education. During FY 2017-18, 52 students were admitted to M Sc (Nursing), 444 to B Sc (Nursing) and 2,175 to General Nursing and Midwifery (GNM) course. Five new GNM courses were started on September 22, 2017, with 60 seats in each, at the Jhargram and Basirhat District Hospitals, Ghatal and Jangipur Subdivisional Hospitals, and College of Medicine & Sagore Dutta Hospital. The total number of GNM seats has been increased from 1,215 to 2,175.Read more at http://www.uniindia.com/health-education-infrastructure-receives-impetus/states/news/1192025.html#k9WAxwY7efm9JIoE.99last_img read more

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Fake documents seized from districts

first_imgKolkata: Rabindra Mukta Vidyalay authorities are confused after they found that many admit cards, certificates and other documents having the name of the institution, were fake.Most of these fake documents have been seized from the bordering districts, including North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and Murshidabad. It was found that many of these fake documents seized from the districts were carrying the signature of the headmaster or headmistress of different schools. The incident has baffled the senior officials of the institution. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA probe has been initiated into the incident. It is suspected that a racket has been operating from the districts, whose job is to create these documents and later distribute them among the students.It is yet to be found if the students are getting the admit cards. Transfer certificates were issued to the students by the school authorities having the affiliation with Rabindra Mukta Vidyalay.The institution has already found that names of the schools mentioned on many of these certificates do not exist. Police suspect that some Bangladeshi people might have been involved in the racket that had been operating from the bordering districts of the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt is assumed that fake certificates issued to the students in the names of some fictitious schools might be used as documents to prove their nationality as Indians. Admit cards and certificates of Madhyamik are very crucial for preparing other documents.A senior official of the institution said that a detailed probe would be conducted in this regard, to identify the accused who have been involved in the racket. Stern action will be taken against them who will be found guilty.last_img read more

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Soldier dies of suspected Nipah virus infection in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A soldier has died here of suspected Nipah virus infection, a Defence spokesman said here on Wednesday.Seenu Prasad, who hails from Kerala and posted at the Eastern Command headquarters Fort William, was admitted to the Command Hospital here on May 20 and passed away on May 25, the spokesman said.Prasad had been on a month’s leave to Kerala before rejoining duty on May 13.His body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune which is the only agency in the country to certify whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not.”Till such time the report from the NIV in Pune is received it cannot be confirmed whether it was a case of Nipah virus or not,” the spokesman said.last_img

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Men in Jharkhand shout BJP slogans stop state workers from painting Massanjor

first_imgKolkata: In an unprecedented incident, the work to paint Massanjore Dam in blue and white has been stopped by some people from Jharkhand. Moreover, the Biswa Bangla logo has also been replaced with that of Jharkhand.This comes despite the fact that Bengal government carries out the maintenance of the dam, which is in Jharkhand, as per the agreement with the Centre. It may be mentioned that the hydropower generating Massanjore Dam over river Mayurakshi is located near Dumka in Jharkhand, which is around 38 km upstream from Suri at Birbhum in Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough the dam is in Jharkhand, the state Irrigation department had recently taken up some work for its maintenance as per the responsibility of the Bengal government. After completion of the maintenance work, the work to paint the dam had started and like all other state government establishments, the dam was also getting a coat of paint in blue and white. A logo of Biswa Bangla was also put up on the dam. State Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra said: “I came to know that all of a sudden, some people of Jharkhand came to the dam on Friday morning and stopped the ongoing work. At the same time, they put up a logo of Jharkhand in place of our Biswa Bangla logo.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Irrigation department has been carrying out the maintenance and beautification of the dam at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore. But the employees, who were carrying on their work in full swing, were asked by the people from Jharkhand to stop working. “The people came shouting slogans of BJP and stopped the work,” said Mahapatra, adding that it is an unfortunate incident. He has informed the matter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. At the same time, an FIR has been lodged in this connection and the district magistrate of Birbhum, Moumita Godara Basu, has also been directed to take up the matter with the concerned district magistrate in Jharkhand, which is under BJP rule. The state Irrigation minister said that there are several Central government offices in the state. “Are they not allowed to decorate their offices as per their wish?” questioned the minister, adding: “Then why will the dam in Jharkhand not be painted in blue and white when the Bengal government is in charge of its maintenance?” Anubrata Mondal, Trinamool Congress Birbhum district president, said: “They don’t even know that blue and white are the official colours of the state government and not the colours of any political party.”last_img read more

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Experimenting with folk reggae Papon

first_imgTravelling across three time zones in the US during a Durga Puja tour, coming back to Shillong with a jetlag and perform at NH-7 Weekender, followed by a gig in Delhi and back again to Weekender in Kolkata, the last two months have been a crazy ride for singer Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta resulting in some exciting new projects from his kitty.“I had a new set of songs for the festivals, unfamiliar sounds for the people, for that the sounds should be good and everything has to fall in place. I think it has worked and we made notes of where we have to improve more based on the feedback,” said Papon in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The whole spectrum of playing Bengali songs in US to the NH-7 for the young crowd was exciting. Its good for me to develop things from the experiences, for Kolkata we did a song from poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and performed it live with a different version and the Kolkata crowd,” he said.With so much happening, coming months are not looking good in terms of mad travel, says Papon with his future plans including working on new singles with the band and an album which is still in process. The singer is now experimenting with folk, reggae and also electronica and fusing them with contemporary Indie music for his upcoming projects in order to make songs that are unlike what he has done before. “All of that I have played live and now the plan is to record them, produce them, make videos and release singles.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Individually I have started working on my other album which will take some time because I am yet to achieve the kind of sound so I need to work on that,” he said. Spending his childhood days travelling with his father, Khagen Mahanta, a legendary Assamese folk artist, amidst the verdant hills of Assam, Papon describes that the connection with nature, often reflected in his songs is something he cannot explain.“I was born a nature person in general. I have done a lot exploring like, trekking, mountain biking. So for me it started out in the hills, that is a magic, it cannot be explained. It’s like a drug and it happened to me. I found lots of answers and solace in nature.”  He has been creating fans worldwide and collaborating with varied artists creating wonders with fused genres everytime he is featured on Coke Studio and this it’s no different. Papon is working on something completely new for the fourth Season of the show. . The project is in the making now, one phase is done. But I did start working on something, it’ll be a new sound for sure, not something that I’ve done before. I need to figure it out, the moment I need to sit on it and I will sit on it, I’ll get to know,” he said.Papon’s last track, Tauba with Benny Dayal on Coke Studio’s season 3 was a fusion of indie music with the traditional Bihu music, it beacame a sensation that currently stands with more than 1.8 million views on Youtube. “Tauba is not exactly Bihu but it has glimpses and the smell of bihu. I kind of deconstructed the whole Bihu thing and reconstructed it into a new track,” the Assam born singer said.Born to legends of Assamese folk music, Khagen and Archana Mahanta, music was not the first thing he thought of pursuing and interestingly ran away from it and later only in life he realised that music is something he can take up as serious business.“I needed to find myself, recognize my calling. Hanging out in Delhi doing other things, then rediscovering myself and people appreciated my work without knowing my background, that’s when I decided that if I am doing and if people like what I’m capable of then I should definitely follow this. After college I realized I want to do music and I’m doing it because I’m good at it,” he added.The Assamese artist is also set to make his Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Music Men. The movie features real life music artists such as, Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan. “I had sung for Nagesh in a movie. He is a musician himself too. One time we came out from a gig and he talked about that this kind of music has to go out to people and that’s when he casted real musicians to make a movie only about music,” he said.last_img read more

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Why women are better at reading mind

first_imgEver wondered how your wife or partner is able to read your thoughts and emotions just by looking at your eyes? Her ability to interpret may be the result of a gene influence, say researchers, one of Indian-origin.The findings showed that the genetic variants on chromosome 3 in women are associated with their ability to read the mind in the eyes – known as cognitive empathy.The closest genes in this tiny stretch of chromosome 3 include LRRN1 (Leucine Rich Neuronal 1) which is highly active in a part of the human brain called the striatum – which has been shown using brain scanning to play a role in cognitive empathy, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is an important step forward for the field of social neuroscience and adds one more piece to the puzzle of what may cause variation in cognitive empathy,” said Varun Warrier, doctoral student at the University of Cambridge.Scientists have built upon a study first performed 20 years ago, called the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” test.For the new study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, the team analysed cognitive empathy in 89,000 people on this test. The results confirmed that women on average do score better on this test because of gene’s influence. In addition, the researchers found that genetic variants that contribute to higher scores in the test also increase the risk of anorexia, but not autism, the researchers noted.”We are excited by this new discovery, and are now testing if the results replicate, and exploring precisely what these genetic variants do in the brain, to give rise to individual differences in cognitive empathy.”last_img read more

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Everything traditional is the new contemporary

first_imgMost modern brides these days are opting for a traditional look for their wedding day rather than a contemporary one but if you want to give a modern makeover to your traditional designs, try out some evergreen pieces. Experts list down some trends:Golden Heritage: The traditional south Indian ‘Kundalavellai’ style of jewellery is being revisited by brides. Beautifully crafted in closed set 22 carat gold, these pieces showcase the beauty of rubies with accents of emeralds. Few Jewellery houses take pride in continuing this tradition which is becoming very rare. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Brides are looking to wear traditional pieces which could be family heirlooms or new pieces crafted keeping the integrity of the design and the craft. Unusual pieces like the Talai saman (set of head ornaments), The Vanki (arm band) and the Odiyanam (waist belt) are coveted. Wearing a legacy: Going back to the roots, this style of south Indian closed set diamond jewellery is seeing a growing popularity among young brides, especially for the wedding ceremony. A new take on this would be inspiration-based collections which is a break-away from the limited designs. Whether it’s the Indian bridal Nath or the Maangtikka, no Indian wedding can be complete without these traditional elements.last_img read more

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Kakdwip youth held for impersonating Navy officer

first_imgKolkata: The Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police has arrested a youth from Kakdwip for allegedly impersonating an Indian Navy officer and transferring money to one of his virtual wallets from a woman.According to police, the youth identified as Rajan Sharma had created profiles on different social networking sites and used to introduce himself to several women as an Indian Navy officer. He also used a picture of him wearing uniform of the Indian Navy to convince the women. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSources informed that recently Sharma got in touch with one Tanni Das, who was convinced seeing him in uniform. Later, she met with Sharma and they were about to get involved in a relationship. Meanwhile, Das came to know that around Rs 4 lakh had been transferred to a money wallet and some other bank accounts from her account. Immediately, she contacted the police and narrated the incident. While probing the matter, sleuths found out that Sharma had somehow managed to get hold of her smartphone, using which he transferred the money. He had also prepared some forged and fabricated documents and used the same for the purpose of cheating. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the probe, sleuths got hold of Sharma’s whereabouts and nabbed him from his house at Kakdwip in South 24-Parganas. During a search at his home, sleuths found three expensive mobile phones, one WiFi device, three sets of cufflink having the logos of Indian Air Force and Indian Army, three pieces of tiepins having the logos of Indian Air Force and Indian Army, a necktie having the logo of Indian Air Force, one board and a photograph, which were all seized.last_img read more

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