Citation: SIM-Drive Corp announces new ‘in-wheel’ electric car (2011, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-sim-drive-corp-in-wheel-electric-car.html While traditional cars have their motors under the hood, including most EVs, the SIM-LEI, uses small electric motors mounted in the individual wheel housings behind the tires. These motors than drive the wheels directly, rather than using a drive shaft, which makes them far more efficient than other cars. Until now, in-wheel motors have been thought to lack the power necessary to propel a car in a manner that most are used to. SIM-Drive appears to have overcome this problem however, with new technology (including using outer-rotors and inner stators, instead of the traditional inner rotors and outer stators) as the SIM-LEI is able to move from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds. And because the individual motors can be fitted with sensors, allowing nearly instantaneous reaction to conditions, responsiveness is expected to be better than most cars now on the road. According to the company, the SIM-LEI is capable of traveling 333 km (207 miles) on a single charge.SIM-Drive engineers also decided to put the batteries and inverters under the floorboards rather than in either trunk, likely because it brings them closer to the in-wheel motors; doing so has the added benefit of allowing far more leg room up front than most are used to with Japanese cars. SIM-Drive Corporation was formed in 2009 with the intent of pushing forward new technologies in the electric car market. The consortium is affiliated with Keio University and the SIM-LEI will likely be marketed through consortium members, Mitsubishi and Isuzu. No price has yet been set, though a target date of 2013 has been listed as the time frame for “commercialization” of the vehicle.Finally, SIM-Drive, in its communiqués, has made it clear to the Japanese public that the vehicle, if successful, shouldn’t add any new additional stress on electricity demands (currently an issue with the rolling blackouts due to the Fukushima power plant problems) as its batteries can be charged at night when demand is low. Explore further Named, the SIM-LEI, (Leading Efficiency In-Wheel motor), the electric vehicle (EV) is roughly the same length as a sedan but only as wide as a compact. It sports the same lithium-ion batteries (supplied by Toyota Corp) as most other EVs on the market and can travel over two hundred miles on a charge. What’s unique about the SIM-LEI though, of course are the in-line electric wheels. (PhysOrg.com) — SIM-Drive Corporation, a Japanese consortium based in Kawasaki-shi and comprised of 34 companies and municipalities, has announced that it has developed a functioning electric car based on in-wheel electric motor technology. Introducing the Brabus High Voltage Car © 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.
This flow chart shows the amount of energy (in quads) that is produced by different energy sources and consumed by different sectors. Image credit: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. Citation: US energy use chart shows we waste more than half of our energy (2011, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-energy_1.html (PhysOrg.com) — This flow chart of the estimated US energy use in 2009, assembled by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), paints a pretty sobering picture of our energy situation. To begin with, it shows that more than half (58%) of the total energy produced in the US is wasted due to inefficiencies, such as waste heat from power plants, vehicles, and light bulbs. In other words, the US has an energy efficiency of 42%. And, despite the numerous reports of progress in solar, wind, and geothermal energy, those three energy sources combined provide just 1.2% of our total energy production. The vast majority of our energy still comes from petroleum (37%), natural gas (25%), and coal (21%). That percentage of oil illustrates that by far our biggest problem – or area of improvement – is transportation. As the chart shows, the transportation sector is the single biggest consumer of energy, accounting for nearly 40% of the energy consumed by the four sectors (along with residential, commercial, and industrial). In comparison, just 16% is used for residential use. And while the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors waste about 20% of their energy, the transportation sector wastes a full 75%, making it just 25% energy-efficient. Part of this waste is due to the fact that cars are an inherently inefficient way to move people around, since much of the energy must go into moving the massive car and not simply the person.The chart emphasizes the importance of using alternative methods of transportation – walking, biking, public transportation, or anything else that moves more human and less steel. Unfortunately, due to developers building sprawling suburbs to satisfy Americans’ demands of large homes and yards, many people now find themselves miles from the nearest grocery store and have no choice but to drive everywhere. To illustrate how transportation consumption and waste dwarfs residential consumption, a blog post on Treehugger notes that “building suburbs of Energy Star houses with solar panels on top is a complete waste of time.”With that being said, comparing the 2009 chart to the 2008 chart shows that we’re making progress. The total amount of solar energy production increased from 0.09 to 0.11 quads, wind energy increased from 0.51 to 0.70 quads, and geothermal increased from 0.35 to 0.37 quads. (The amount of energy in one quad is equivalent to that produced by the burning of 36 million tonnes of coal.) Overall, the US consumed less total energy in 2009 (94.6 quads) than in 2008 (99.2 quads) as well as any year back to 1999 (97 quads), which is the first year for which LLNL has a chart on its website. There were even three years during the past decade when the country consumed more than 100 quads. In addition, the total waste in 2008 was 57.07 quads, compared to 54.64 quads in 2009 (though the percentage wasted was about the same).Although there is vast room for improvement, if the US can employ a combination of decreasing consumption, increasing efficiency, and increasing the role of renewable energy sources, hopefully we’ll continue heading in the right direction. Explore further More information: via: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Treehugger US energy use drops in 2008 © 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. read more
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in South Korea has found a way to introduce an enzyme into a cell using the CRISPR technique without having to use a bacterial carrier—the result, the group claims, is a possible way to bypass laws meant to outlaw genetically modified organisms (GMOs) from being used in the human food chain. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team outlines their technique and explains why it works. New techniques improve specificity of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools Journal information: Nature Explore further Citation: CRISPR technique allows for gene splicing without introducing foreign DNA bits (2015, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-crispr-technique-gene-splicing-foreign.html CRISPR is, of course, a means of guiding a gene editing platform to a particular place within a genome using RNA—the idea is to remove parts of a genome that are undesirable or to replace them with parts that are, to produce a plant or animal with desirable characteristics. The traditional approach is to get a protein called Cas9 working in a plant cell and then to use a bacterial agent to carry the result to a desired genome part using RNA strands. The problem with this is that sometimes bits of the bacteria DNA can end up in the final product or the Cas9 itself winding up in the genome of the final plant. While technically speaking these problems do not prevent the resulting plant from behaving as desired, they do cause the plant to be classified as a GMO, which some people have taken exception to—so much so that laws have been passed preventing their use in consumer food products. In this new work, the team has developed a modified CRISPR technique that does not rely on bacterial agents and in fact do not require gene shuttling at all. Instead, they have found a way to assemble Cas9 with RNA outside of a plant and then use solvents to get them inside and to the genome they are meant to modify. The result is a plant that does not get any new DNA. And that, the team suggests, may be enough to keep foods that are grown using the technique from being banned under GMO laws.It is not clear at this time if this new technique or others like it that do not involve the transfer of DNA in developing new plants, will still have their result be deemed as GMOs or not—that will be up to public perception and legislators reacting to them. More information: Je Wook Woo et al. DNA-free genome editing in plants with preassembled CRISPR-Cas9 ribonucleoproteins, Nature Biotechnology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3389AbstractEditing plant genomes without introducing foreign DNA into cells may alleviate regulatory concerns related to genetically modified plants. We transfected preassembled complexes of purified Cas9 protein and guide RNA into plant protoplasts of Arabidopsis thaliana, tobacco, lettuce and rice and achieved targeted mutagenesis in regenerated plants at frequencies of up to 46%. The targeted sites contained germline-transmissible small insertions or deletions that are indistinguishable from naturally occurring genetic variation. © 2015 Phys.org A depiction of the double helical structure of DNA. Its four coding units (A, T, C, G) are color-coded in pink, orange, purple and yellow. Credit: NHGRI , Nature Biotechnology read more
© 2017 Phys.org ROM palaeontologists Victoria Arbour and David Evans study Zuul’s tail for the first time. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum Life restoration of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum Meet Zuul crurivastator, a new armoured dinosaur! Zuul’s skeleton is one of the most complete ever found for an ankylosaur, and has an amazingly preserved spiky tail and tail club. The researchers report that the dinosaur met its fate in a body of water of some sort and was quickly covered in sediment, which acted as a very good preservation material. In addition to bones, the team was also able to make out the remains of soft tissue which, included spike sheaths and scales. The sediment also helped keep the specimen together in its original configuration, offering an unprecedented representation of how the creature looked while still alive. The team also notes that they are hoping that further study of the remains will help fill in gaps in the ankylosaurs record. New species of troodontid with asymmetric feathers found in China The knob of bone forming the sledgehammer-like tip of the tail in Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum The researchers report that they were actually in the process of digging up another fossil that had been identified when they came across an ankylosaur tail. After excavation, the specimen was found to be approximately 20 feet long, and the team has estimated it would have weighed approximately 5,500 pounds, making it approximately the size of a modern white rhinoceros. It has been dated to approximately 75 million years ago, putting it in the Campanian Stage of the Late Cretaceous Period.As with others of its kind, the specimen had a long, spiked tail that was clearly designed for striking enemies, but not prey— ankylosaur was a vegetarian. It also had a spiky head, which looks, depending on your view, either like a dragon or Zuul, the supernatural demigod depicted in the movie Ghostbusters. Because of that, the specimen has been officially named Zuul crurivastator—the second part of its name in rough translation means “destroyer of shins,” a nod to its 6.7 foot, 13-vertebra-spiked tail, which also featured a knob or hammer-like end. Explore further Skull of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum Life restoration of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum ROM palaeontologists Victoria Arbour and David Evans study Zuul’s tail for the first time. Credit: Brian Boyle © Royal Ontario Museum 3D animation of Zuul crurivastator skull Citation: Nearly pristine ankylosaur fossil found in Montana (2017, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-pristine-ankylosaur-fossil-montana.html Life drawing of Zuul crurivastator. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum More information: A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with soft tissue preservation , Royal Society Open Science, rsos.royalsocietypublishing.or … /10.1098/rsos.161086 Journal information: Royal Society Open Science (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto, both in Canada, has unearthed what is being described as one of the most complete ankylosaur fossilized skeletal remains ever from the Judith River Formation in Montana. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the group describes the find and why they believe study will reveal more about the diversity of the creatures that roamed the Earth not long before the end of the dinosaurs. Zuul crurivastator size compared to an African elephant. Credit: Danielle Dufault © Royal Ontario Museum 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. read more
Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Stability and Change in Implicit BiasHeidi A. Vuletich and B. Keith Payne Humans are able to spot repetitions in streams of thousands of images presented at a fast pace, this research suggests. Participants saw streams of images that lasted 30 to 80 s and contained hundreds or thousands of images (e.g., plush toys, a soccer field) and were asked to detect when an image was repeated by pressing a button. Afterward, they were asked to pick out the repeated image from a set of four images. The repeated image could appear between 2 and 10 times, and there could be one or two distractor images between each repetition. Participants were better at detecting the repetition the more times the images were repeated and when there was only one distractor between repetitions. They also remembered the images better the more times they were repeated and the fewer distractors there were between repetitions. Participants’ detection and memory were also better when the streams were presented more slowly. This capacity to detect and remember repetitions in rapidly presented visual streams supports the idea that humans are able to form memories for anything that repeats in the environment, which allows for fast processing of commonly occurring items. Thunell and Thorpe suggest that repetition might be important for deciding what to learn or memorize. Can implicit bias be changed? This research suggests that it depends on whether we look at individual bias or environmental bias, the first of which is malleable and the second stable. In a 2016 study, Lai and colleagues analyzed implicit race bias on 18 university campuses before and after an intervention designed to reduce bias and found that it was lower immediately after the intervention but returned to the initial levels a few days later. Vuletich and Payne reanalyzed Lai et al.’s data and found that individual attitudes across time varied randomly and did not return to the preexisting levels. This reanalysis indicates that the stability of bias initially obtained may reflect stable environments rather than persistent individual biases. Vuletich and Payne also found that campuses’ characteristics that reflect historical and current inequalities, such as low faculty diversity, low social mobility (percentage of students whose parents had moved up from the poorest income quintile), and display of Confederate monuments predicted high bias. The researchers suggest that rather than being a property of individuals, implicit bias might be a property of social contexts, and that changing the social context (e.g., by increasing faculty diversity or removing Confederate monuments from campuses) may more effectively reduce bias than changing individual attitudes. Why Do We Hold Mixed Emotions About Racial Out-Groups? A Case for Affect MatchingFiona Kate Barlow, Matthew J. Hornsey, Lydia E. Hayward, Carla A. Houkamau, Jemima Kang, Petar Milojev, and Chris G. Sibley To investigate how positive and negative contact with racial out-groups predicts warmth and anger toward those groups, Barlow and colleagues analyzed data from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study, a national survey that includes measures of positive and negative contact with different groups (e.g., “How often do you have positive contact with Pacific Islanders?”) and ratings of feelings of warmth and anger toward each group. Respondents were assessed every year, and the researchers analyzed data from 2011 to 2014. Data indicated that negative contact was associated with high levels of anger but not necessarily low levels of warmth, and positive contact was associated with high levels of warmth but not necessarily lower levels of anger. These results support the affect-matching hypothesis, according to which negative contact predicts anger and positive contact predicts warmth. This hypothesis suggests that positive and negative feelings about out-groups are rooted in different contact experiences and is opposed to the ideas that negative experiences outweigh positive ones and that positive and negative experiences equally influence anger and warmth. Thus, these results speak to the importance of rejecting the idea that positive and negative experiences compete with each other to influence emotions toward out-groups, the authors suggest. Memory for Repeated Images in Rapid-Serial-Visual-Presentation Streams of Thousands of ImagesEvelina Thunell and Simon J. Thorpe read more
Praise, Don’t Tease, And Other Tips To Help Kids With… by NPR News Susie Neilson 8.25.19 7:30am Dale Knuth, now 58, says in childhood her weight was a source of anguish — largely because of how her family treated her. “I had a brother who tormented me constantly,” she says. “If I came home from school and was hungry and ate an apple I’d be called a cow, or a pig, or whatever.” Her parents, she says, did nothing to stop her brother, “except to say, ‘Yeah, you’re getting fat.’ ” She had no physical outlet for her frustration — she wanted to play softball but her mother wouldn’t allow it. Decades later, Knuth is much happier. She has an active life, that includes riding bikes and playing racquetball. Her husband tells her he loves her at any size and always will. But she still thinks about how her life could have turned out without so much shaming in childhood. “Had it not been pointed out at every meal, at every point, had I been given more support to play in sports,” she says, perhaps she could have formed healthier habits, and a more positive relationship with her body. According to Marlene Schwartz, a psychologist and the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, a child’s immediate family can be a common source of fat-shaming, or commenting negatively on their weight. “I think sometimes parents misguidedly think that if they tease the child, that it will motivate them to try harder to lose weight,” she says. “But there’s virtually no evidence that that works. And in fact, there’s evidence that it causes harm.”For instance, studies have shown that children subjected to weight-based teasing gain more weight than other children. And even less overtly cruel tactics, like advising your child to lose weight or encouraging them to go on a diet, can often backfire, causing lasting physical and psychological harm. A 2016 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents and doctors against prescribing or discussing weight loss to kids and teens, because such behavior could increase their risk of weight gain and disordered eating. Still, parents can help kids with overweight or obesity eat more healthfully, stay active and maintain positive attitudes about their bodies. Here’s advice about the best ways to communicate with their children about weight and support their health.Don’t tease — and try to put a stop to others’ teasing.It’s worth reiterating: Never, ever make fun of your child for their weight.And parents can go further than that, Schwartz says, by watching what relatives say to their kids. “I think it’s perfectly appropriate if a parent feels like someone in the family is likely to say something upsetting, talk to them ahead of time — say, ‘Look, we know our child is overweight, we’re working on developing healthy habits. Please don’t say anything to him or her about their weight.’ “And if someone does say something, intervene, she suggests. Shift the focus; talk about your kid’s role in an upcoming play, for example, or ask the relative a question about themselves. “You want the child to feel safe around their own family,” she says.Promote positive self image, instead of focusing on weight. Even practical comments focused on your child’s weight can backfire, Schwartz says: “Even ‘gentle prodding’ about weight isn’t a good idea, in my opinion.” Research backs this up: In one 2017 study in the journal Eating and Weight Disorders, researchers found that women who remembered their parents commenting about their weight in childhood reported greater dissatisfaction with their bodies well into adulthood — regardless of their actual BMI.Instead, help your child feel comfortable in their body, no matter the size. For example: “If you’re going clothes shopping with your child, don’t make comments [like], ‘That makes you look slimmer, or that is too tight,’ ” she says. “Focus on finding clothes that the child feels comfortable with, and be generous with your praise when your child finds an outfit.” Don’t put your child on a diet.Is it OK to put your child on a diet? The recent introduction of Kurbo, a weight loss app for children as young as eight by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), has raised this question among parents and health care professionals.Denise Wilfley, Scott Rudolph University professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Healthy Weight and Wellness at Washington University in St. Louis, doesn’t recommend Kurbo, writing in an email that “it is not an evidence-based program.” In fact, she doesn’t recommend diets for kids at all; instead she suggests evidence-based programs that focus on “modifying the entire family environment to support the child.”Schwartz adds that the concept of a diet for kids tends to be counterproductive because it emphasizes a short-term period of deprivation. “The term ‘putting a kid on a diet’ is problematic, because it implies you are doing something different for a specific period of time, and when you are done the child will go back to his/her regular way of eating,” she said via email. “That is not the point.”Instead, choose, as a family, to eat healthfully year-round.The solution, Wilfley says, is to make your entire household a healthy environment, “where the child is exposed to high quality nutrition and prompts for physical activity.” “It’s OK to have sugar-sweetened beverages and snack foods in the home, but that should be a small proportion compared to fruits, vegetables, lean meats,” she says. But the whole family has to do it — don’t single one child out. She says she’s seen cases where parents will have one lean child whom they allow to have fried foods and sugary drinks, and one with obesity, who they put on a strict diet — “an all health-oriented plan, lots of fruits and vegetables and water, low-fat milk.””We recommend strongly against this approach,” she says. “You can’t have Dad coming in with a burger and fries and expect the child to not feel deprived,” she says. “It’s that deprivation that fuels binge eating.”Focus on behaviors, not body size.You may need to check your own biases, says Wilfley. “Most parents have internalized a culture’s view and negative attitudes about shape and weight; either they themselves have been ashamed of their bodies or they’re worried about [their kids] getting stigmatized,” she says. But reflecting back these negative attitudes will only harm your kid’s self image, and may even promote weight gain. Instead, she says, you need to help them understand that “having [a] wider range of body types is OK.””Shape and weight is largely under genetic control. There’s a lot of genetic variation,” Wilfley says. “So, some kids will [naturally] be leaner than other kids.” And, once you’ve shifted focus away from your child’s size, reward them for healthy behavior. Praise them for playing soccer, or for having a nutritious breakfast. Overall, “focus on creating the healthiest environment for the entire family,” Schwartz says. Many kids with overweight or obesity are interested in getting active and eating healthy. It’s up to you to help them.Model healthy behavior of your own. If you’re a parent, you know your kids often do what they see you do. Wilfley often works with entire families to develop healthy eating and exercise habits. “A parent might eat only one meal a day and model that for their child,” Wilfley says. “We know optimally kids eat three meals a day with one to two planned snacks.” Wilfley advocates parents establish their own regular eating, sleeping and exercise routines so their child can follow suit.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. read more
The Spice Route at The Imperial offered a Vegan special menu created by Chef Veena Arora that was on from 13 to 21 Sept. The menu featured signature specialties for a contemporary and a healthy fine dining experience. On offer were friendly green dining choices like Avial, Rujak, Tauhu Nerng Khing, Tauhu Tom Cherd, Vegan ice cream, Tom Yum Tauhu Nim. We are presenting some of the recipes from this special Vegan menu. Try it for yourself!
Gauri Kappal calls music her saviour. The young piano artiste finds music as the guiding light of sorts giving her the direction when she was at the most crucial juncture of life and everyday ever since. The artiste is all set to enthrall the audience with her solo show organised in the Capital on Friday (24 October). Kappal will be playing some of her’s favourite bollywood classic numbers that have over the years come to symbolise love and longing, romance and desire. Padmashree Shovana Narayan will grace the occasion with her presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kappal says, ‘I am fortunate to be able to weave my passion into my profession. Piano for me is empowering, liberating, and when I am playing, I feel truly accomplished.’‘This concert is going to be a milestone in my journey. My recitals will be an ode to love, which remains the purest expression of human existence, timeless and forever enchanting.’When: 24 October Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre read more
Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on Tuesday said it is suspending work at the Australia’s oldest coal mine, Russell Vale Colliery, due to “significant financial losses” and “operational difficulties”.JSPL-controlled Wollongong Coal Limited (WLC) owns and operates Russell Vale Colliery and Wongawilli Colliery in the Southern Coalfields region of New South Wales in Australia. “Mining operations at the Russell Vale Colliery will be suspended and placed into ‘Care and Maintenance’, which will result in a reduction of the workforce by approximately 80 employees,” WLC said in a regulatory disclosure. When contacted, a JSPL spokesperson said, “
Kolkata: The two-year-old child who had sustained severe burn injuries after she was allegedly pushed towards a rice cooking pot during a scuffle between the owner and the tenant of a house at Ultadanga on Monday evening, succumbed to her injuries at SSKM Hospital in the wee hours on Saturday.The doctors did their best to save the toddler who was undergoing treatment at Woodburn Block of SSKM Hospital with serious burn injuries in her head, face and chest. However, all their efforts proved futile. The family of the victim had lodged a complaint with Ultadanga police station on Monday night on the basis of which one Rajkumari Sau was arrested. She was granted bail at Sealdah Court on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life” After the death of the child, Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) has been incorporated in the case,” an investigating officer said.According to sources, one Rajkumari Sau, along with her family members lived on rent in a house on Gorachand Saha Lane. Owner of the house Susen Saha who happens to be the father of the deceased had purchased the house 10 years back.According to Saha, the Sau family has always been irregular in paying rent and whenever he asked for it, the latter behaved very rudely. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the fateful evening, when the owner of the house went to ask for the rent, a heated argument ensued. During the altercation, the two-year-old child of Saha was sitting on the boundary wall of the house, while the rice was being cooked in a pot by its side, situated straight below where the child was sitting.Suddenly, in a fit of rage, Rajkumari allegedly pushed the child and she fell near the cooking pot, spilling its contents on to her.Hearing the sound of the child’s cries, locals rushed to the spot and took the girl with serious burn injuries to a local hospital from where she was referred to SSKM. read more
Individuals who smoke may be nearly twice as likely to develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm – a deadly condition of the main artery of the body that often turns out to be a silent killer, researchers have warned.However, the risk of this potentially life-threatening condition can be lowered by quitting, the study said. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the large artery that supplies blood to the belly, pelvis and legs and can lead to severe internal bleeding, if the artery ruptures, which can prove to be very risky for the patient. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Our study quantified the lifetime risk of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and found that it was far from trivial for smokers,” said lead author Weihong Tang, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, in the US. “And we quantified the benefit of quitting smoking, which turns out to be substantial,” Tang added.For the study, the team looked at 15,792 people over the age of 45 and found that one in 17 had a lifetime risk of an abdominal aortic. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAmong those who had quit smoking for three to eight years (recent quitters) still had an approximately 2.6 to 3.5 fold increased risk for both clinical and asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysm in the next 15 years compared to never smokers. Their lifetime risk was 6.6 per cent higher than long-term quitters.In addition, being older or having high levels of bad cholesterol also increased the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm, the researchers noted.The study appears in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. read more
Kolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra on Thursday extended invitation to 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC) for attending the 5th edition of the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in February 2019.”There are a number of core competency areas that we have in common. Leather, textiles manufacturing, information technology (IT) etc. are the sectors where cooperation can be fruitful. There is potential for investment which will be beneficial for both sides. There can be partnership even in the state level between Bengal and the states of LAC region,” Mitra said at a conference on ‘India– LAC Business Cooperation: Special focus on West Bengal’, organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister said that one company in Bengal has recently invested in Chile for manufacturing of mining machinery. “Now it is time for the LAC countries to come and invest in Bengal. I am optimistic that many of these countries will come at BGBS and behold the advancement of Bengal in the recent past,” he said. According to Mitra, six countries have already agreed to partner Bengal in BGBS 2019, including Germany and Italy which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited in September this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMitra expressed his displeasure over the role of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, in developing trade and diplomatic relationship between India and the LAC countries. “In 2014, our honourable Prime Minister visited Brazil during the BRICS summit. But unfortunately, since then the Central government has hardly engaged in talks with these countries. This has hit the diplomatic relationship between the nations. Only five diplomatic leaders from the LAC region visited India during these four years. We need to know each other more for fruitful partnership and Bengal will push the Centre to engage in more dialogues with them. Our relationship should be sustainable and on a long-term basis,” he maintained, adding that trade between India and Latin American countries that had picked up to 48 billion dollars in 2013-14, has also dropped in recent years. He also called for more Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) with the LAC region. The minister also discussed the deep cultural and social linkages between West Bengal and LAC countries and said that Bengal is one of the leading states in India in terms of human capital generation and employment creation. The event was attended by honourable Ambassadors from eighteen Latin American nations- Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Suriname, Bolivia and Uruguay. Regional Groups in LAC like ALBA, Caricom, Mercosur, Pacific Alliance & SICA gave PowerPoint presentations at the session. read more
Kolkata: Aiming to popularise scientific thinking among the youth, a two-day science and technology meet began at a city college here on Tuesday. The primary objective of the 3rd Regional Science and Technology Congress is to provide a forum for dissemination of information on scientific research, especially among young scientists, a state minister told reporters. The meet was organised by West Bengal’s Department of Science and Technology, and Biotechnology, at the Bidhannagar College campus. Another basic objective of the science meet is to synergise new ideas with societal needs, Science, Technology and Biotechnology Minister Bratya Basu said. The number of abstracts received across 12 broad disciplines were 676 with 504 of them chosen for the technical session, the organisers said. read more
A gorgeous ambience with sunlight coming in through colourful windows; light yet tantalizing flavours in the air and a chef passionate about serving healthy and tasty food. What else does a person need to make their monotonous day simply magical? Food is what makes life bearable. We humans cannot survive without it and when it’s good, you yearn for it. This is what will happen if you visit AnnaMaya. Located in Andaz Hotel, Aerocity this place is a must have on the list of every foodie. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA European food hall inspired by the colours and flavours of India, AnnaMaya’s purpose is to encourage guests to ‘eat mindful – shop artisanal and raise awareness’. And once anyone visits the place, they will believe in their slogan. Even though it’s a European food hall, you will find a hint of Indianness in everything – from a brass glass to a salt sprinkler. As you enter AnnaMaya, the first thing you see is the dessert section – again Indianness – Indians believe that every good things begins with something sweet and this time this belief proves true. With myriad of delectable food, you will be left confused. It is a place where you get the best of both countries because almost each dish has some Indian kick to it. There is ‘buratta cheese, basil, tomato and naan’ which is light yet it leaves a cheesy taste in your mouth; another one of their delightful European dish was ‘turkey burger with grilled pineapple, melted cheese and fried egg’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd it’s not all European, the executive chef – Alex Moser has made sure that the guests feel at home when they are eating, so he has included some good old Indian recipes like a very spongy ‘grilled paneer’, ‘murgh makhani with creamy tomato gravy’, ‘kadai paneer with home-made cottage cheese,’ ‘spicy kebab in butter naan’, ‘doi mach-bengali fish curry’ and also ‘butter chicken’. The best part about this place is that they use their own herbs grown organically inside a temperature controlled cabinet and hence every salad you have is the juiciest you have ever tasted. It is not just the food that’s impressive but also the drinks they have. At a very nominal rate, one can have the most refreshing and flavourful drink of all time – one is a ‘peach, lime lavender lemonade’ with a pungent peachy flavor and the other is a beautiful looking ‘watermelon, pink peppercorn, lime drink’ – just a look at them and you will know they taste out of this world. As earlier mentioned, AnnaMaya does not forget its Indianness and has something in their Indian section too – and that is ‘Lassi’ – the flavours range from a ‘coconut dill rose lassi’ to a ‘matcha tea, cacao, chocolate and mint flavoured lassi’.Every visit at AnnaMaya is a surprise because you don’t know what you will get. You won’t get the same dish if you come after some time because their menu changes according to the season. So, go this time and find out which dish they have for you. read more
Kolkata: The sleuths have found several ambiguities in the version of prime accused Aditi Chakraborty in Khardah murder case.Pratul Chakraborty was allegedly murdered by his former wife Aditi. During interrogation it was revealed that Aditi was an accused in two cases of cheque bouncing. According to the sources, the sleuths suspect Aditi is still playing games with the investigators as several things are still unclear. Though police are sure about her cheque bounce cases, she is trying to divulge facts. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRecently, when the sleuths were checking with her bank accounts, the case of cheque bounce came to light. Now, police will try to know the details of the cheques from the concerned bank for the sake of investigation. However, Aditi is stating that Pratul used to pressurise her for money. To fulfill her former husband’s demands, she had to take loan from a jewelry shop against some gold ornaments of hers, which is still not confirmed by the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedinvestigating officers. As Aditi has kept changing her statements, the sleuths are not believing her before confirming the facts. Primarily, Aditi had claimed that the murder occurred in heat of the moment. But later, it came out that Pratul’s murder was pre-planned. After murdering Pratul, Aditi changed into the dress she brought with her. Later, she disposed of her garments in a canal but by mistake she left her handkerchief at Pratul’s place. In the interrogation, Aditi also admitted to have disposed of several documents of Pratul in the same canal to hide the chit fund connection and details of money. On Wednesday, Pratul’s elder sister Chandana Chakraborty showed up and claimed Pratul was forced to discontinue his relationship with them by Aditi. As a result, they were not aware of what Pratul was upto. He was deliberately murdered on December 20 inside his rented house at Khardah. A food delivery person, who used to deliver food to Pratul everyday, smelled a rat as his repeated knocks on his door yielded no response. However, upon entering, they saw Pratul lying on the bed with a torn garment wrapped around his neck. A detailed probe is on. read more
Kolkata: Travel and tourism industry representatives from 42 countries will attend ‘Destination East 2019’, a buyer-seller meet to be held on January 14 and 15, West Bengal Tourism Secretary Atri Bhattacharya has said. He said that with emphasis on USA and Europe, around 65 per cent of the 110 buyers to participate in the event, would be from there. An initiative to promote inbound tourism in West Bengal, the event is meant to help tour operators to expand their business by promoting new destinations to their customers, Bhattacharya told newspersons here Tuesday. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal He said that this year, there would be discussions to create new circuits beyond the border, involving the bordering and nearby countries where the state has direct connectivity. “The new circuits can be with Bhutan and Nepal, which have direct air and road connectivity with the state,” Bhattacharya said. “Based on interactions, we will know the outlines of such an initiative,” the tourism secretary said. The ninth edition of Destination East would emphasise on positioning Kolkata as the cultural capital of the country and also to promote Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, where the event will be held, as a MICE destination, said Vijay Dewan of business chamber CII, which is partnering the state in organising the meet. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “With 1,700 rooms to be added to the city’s star hotel capacity by 2022-23 at an investment of around Rs 2,500 crore, and large convention centres coming up, West Bengal can be an ideal destination for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences/Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism,” Dewan said. The tourism secretary said that amongst the top 10 states contributing to inbound tourism growth in India, West Bengal ranked sixth in 2017 with a contribution of 16 lakh foreign tourist arrivals (FTA), which is 5.9 per cent of total FTAs to India ahead of states like Kerala and Goa. read more
Brave the summer heat in style with added comfort by dressing up in breathable fabrics like linen and chambray, experts suggest. Here are few summer fabrics for men you can opt for: 4Linen: Linen is considered as one of the best fabrics for summer. It is made of flax plant fibers and is a good absorbent of moisture. The material is loosely woven and is extremely lightweight and breathable. Shirts and formal suits made of linen are well-liked during summer as it remains cool and absorbs sweat. Choose among soothing shades like greys, sky blues and you are all cool in the fiery heat. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Cotton: Made of a cotton plant, cotton has a soft touch. Even when blended with other fabrics, it is considered as a great option during hot weather. Our body breathes in cotton apparels and combat heat. One of the important features of this fabric is that it is easily washable and is durable.4Chambray: This soft, luminous and light weight cotton fabric is a great choice for that fresh yet elegant look, while still keeping it cool from the inside. Being look-wise similar to denim, you can pair it with chinos and suitable accessories for that smooth, versatile ensemble that works from desk to dinner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Twill: A popular weave, twill stands out for its distinctive diagonal ribbed texture. Twill fabrics are soft, more durable and drape easier as well. These shirts work well for situations that call for smart casuals which are perfect for summer getaways.4Denim: A sturdy and blunt fabric, often dyed with indigo, denim is in vogue this season. Denim shirts, however, are softer and lighter than jeans and work very well for a number of occasions. Don that classic denim shirt for a smart, cool and a timeless look. You cannot go wrong with this one.4Silk: An abstract of luxury, silk is one of the lightest fabrics one can go for this season. The delicacy and luxe inherent with it give the wearer a refined, elevated look at all times. read more
New York: Do people depend on gut feeling for taking tough decisions? Not really. They think through difficult moral problems and do not primarily rely on automatic “gut” reactions to make tough decisions, finds a study.The findings suggested that adolescents and adults reason deeply about complex moral issues, belying the popular notion that we rely on our ‘guts’ and don’t think through challenging questions on right and wrong.”When confronted with very, very hard questions about the value of life, decisions are grounded in multiple and sometimes competing considerations about harm, welfare, individual rights, fairness, and justice,” said lead author Audun Dahl, Associate Professor of psychology at the University of California in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Contrary to popular belief, people are quite able to articulate all of this when asked to justify how they arrived at their decision,” he added in the paper detailed in the journal, Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development.In the study, he analysed moral reasoning by sharing examples of hypothetical dilemma scenarios, with 432 adolescents, college students, and other adults.In the first scenario, a train hurtling down a track was about to hit and kill five people, but a bystander could throw a switch and divert the train to another track, saving five lives. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the second, five people were tied to a track. A bystander on a footbridge above the track could push one man to his death on the track, taking one life to save five others. In both situations, people recognised the value of life, they want to maximize the welfare of all.In addition to the number of lives that would be saved, “both adolescents and adults considered a number of factors: the fundamental value of life, the intrinsic rights of individuals, and their responsibilities in the scenarios, as well as guilt and social repercussions,” he noted.”Our findings rebut that adults can’t reason about moral issues,” Dahl said. read more
Kolkata: Police personnel, including two traffic sergeants, were heckled by a few people at the crossing of Park Circus connector and Gobinda Khatik Road during a drive against drunken drivers.Four persons have been arrested in this case. According to sources, on Sunday night, Park Circus traffic guard and East traffic guard were conducting a raid against drunken drivers. During checking of vehicles sergeant Snehasish Mukherjee of East guard stopped a car bearing registration number WB 02AE 6712 coming along the park Circus Connector and asked the driver to undergo a breath analyzer test. Almost at the same time another car bearing registration number WB 02M 1363 coming along the Gobinda Khatik Road was stopped by sergeant Sarkan Ahmed of Park Circus traffic guard and the driver of the car was also asked to undergo the same test. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, both the drivers refused to cooperate and used abusive language against the traffic sergeants. When the altercation heated up, one of the drivers pushed the police personnel. Traffic sergeants informed the Topsia police station and sought immediate assistance. A police team was sent to the spot along with a police inspector. When other passengers were asked to step out of the cars and told to leave immediately, they refused to do so and started attacking the traffic sergeants and police. They reportedly assaulted Snehasish, Sarkan and other on-duty police personnel and deterred them from performing their duty. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLater, four persons were detained along with their cars and taken to the police station. After Snehasish lodged a complaint against the accused persons, four persons identified as Amarlal Mehta, Bikash Bhalla, Debasish Dhar and Subhanjit Mukherjee were arrested under Sections 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 114 (abettor present when offence is committed) of the IPC. They have been produced before the concerned court and subsequently remanded to judicial custody by the magistrate. read more
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been fierce rivals for the better part of the last decade, but instead of facing off in the finals of a grand slam, the two teamed up in a doubles match to smash some overmatched opponents at the Laver Cup in Prague. The duo was appropriately coached by European team captain, and fellow tennis all-timer, Bjorn Borg.The two legends ended up drilling the far less legendary team of Sam Querrey and Jack Sock, 6-4 1-6 10-5 in their super team debut. Not bad for the first time out.We aren’t really into tennis, but we appreciate greatness. Here are the highlights from the historic dream team debut.