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Robots shed more light on evolution w Video

first_img Robots Reveal Insights into Evolution Explore further Researchers Laurent Keller, from the University of Lausanne, and Dario Floreano of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne studied Alice and Khepera robots controlled by input information from the robots’ sensors and neural networks. They loaded short basic instruction codes into the robots’ operating systems, with random variations that changed every generation, in “virtual mutations”. To simulate natural selection, only the code for the most successful robots was selected and passed to the next generation of robots.In one experiment they programmed robots with six sensors on one side and two on the other to navigate a maze. They then selected the robots most skilled at avoiding collisions. After fewer than 100 generations the robots could navigate through a complex maze without collisions, and had learned to keep the side with six sensors facing in the direction of travel. A) The predator robot (right) facing the prey robot (left). B) Six examples of pursuit and evasion strategies that evolved over the 100 generations of selection in one of the replicates (see main text for description). The position of the prey at the end of the trial is indicated by the empty disk and that of the predator by the black disk (the lines in the disks correspond to the frontal directions). Image credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000292.g004 Play Evolution of collision-free navigation. In the initial generations, robots can hardly avoid walls (one robot even approaches objects). After 50 generations, robots can navigate around the looping maze without hitting the walls. In another experiment they programmed groups of robots to push tokens along a wall to a marked area to win points. They selected the robots that gained the most points to pass their code on to the next generation. Over time altruistic behaviors were observed, in which robots sacrificed points if the entire group would benefit, and the robots cooperated to push larger tokens together to earn more points. As in nature, the robots followed the biological principle of kin selection, in which they only helped robots having the same code lineage. Play Evolved “Khepera” robot performing exploration and homing for battery recharge. The robot enters the recharging area approximately 2 seconds before full battery discharge. In other experiments some robots with good eyesight were programmed to pursue other robots, which were faster. At first the predators found the prey and headed towards it, while the prey were programmed to move away. After 125 generations, the predators had developed the strategy of lying in wait and attacking the prey robots’ blind spots, while the successful “prey” robots learned where the predators waited and ensured their sensors were always facing the predators. Play Coevolved predator and prey robots engaged in a tournament. After locating and moving towards the prey, the predator cannot reach it because the prey can perceive it with the rear distance sensors and moves faster. The code used in the experiments was extremely short, which proves that complex behaviors can emerge from a simple set of instructions. The paper is published in the Public Library of Science — Biology journal. ( — Swiss scientists have proposed that if robots could evolve through natural selection the result would be robots that would help each other, cooperate, and be capable of hunting. Their experiments follow on from earlier studies reported by PhysOrg, which used robots to shed light on evolutionary processes. Citation: Robots shed more light on evolution (w/ Video) (2010, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen A) Experimental setup with a Khepera robot moving in the direction of the nest (recharging station), located in front of the light tower. B) Trajectory of an evolved robot after 200 generations. The trajectory starts in the lower left corner and ends within the recharging nest in the top left corner. Each point corresponds to the recording of the robot’s position using an external tracking device. The arena and the recharging nest were plotted by manually positioning the robot along their contours. Image credit: doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000292.g003 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2010 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Floreano D, Keller L (2010) Evolution of Adaptive Behaviour in Robots by Means of Darwinian Selection. PLoS Biol 8(1): e1000292. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000292 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. 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Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals

first_img Group calls for ban on dolphin therapy © 2010 Credit: Wkipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers reveal the discovery of how the Guiana dolphin, Sotalia guianensis, is able to sense electric fields of prey in the water using structures found on the animals head.center_img Explore further While electroreception is often seen in fish and amphibians, it is not common in mammals. As a matter of fact, until this new research, the only mammal to show the ability to sense electric fields was the platypus.The researchers, led by Wolf Hanke from the University of Rostock in Germany studied some rare captive Guiana dolphins at a zoo in Muenster, Germany. When examining the rostrum of the dolphins, or the forward part of the head that contains the jaw, the researchers noticed small depressions. When one of the dolphins died, the researchers examined these depressions and found that they are crypts and hold whiskers when the dolphins are in the womb. These whiskers later drop off after the dolphin is born. It had been assumed these were just the depressions left after the whiskers were gone, but the researchers believed they were somehow still aiding the dolphin’s senses.Turning to the remaining dolphin in captivity, the researchers trained the dolphin to rest it’s head on a platform fitted with electrodes designed to deliver electrical signals into the water. When the researchers delivered a signal, the dolphin was rewarded if it swam away. If there was no signal, the dolphin was rewarded for staying in place.To prove that the signal was indeed being sensed through these crypts, the researchers then fitted the dolphins with a plastic shield that covered the crypts. With the shield in place, the dolphin did not move regardless of whether an electrical signal was present or not.The Guiana dolphin is similar to the more commonly known bottlenose dolphin but lives off the east coast of South America. Similar to other toothed cetaceans, the Guiana dolphin hunts and locates prey using echolocation, or sound waves.While echolocation is good for finding prey from a distance, it does not work well at close range. The Guiana dolphin routinely feeds at the bottom of the ocean where the water can be very murky. It is here that the researchers believe that electroreception comes in handy.The researcher’s next plan is to examine other dolphin species to see if they too have the same ability. Citation: Dolphins have ability to sense electrical signals (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Cashless treatment facility for accident victims on three highways

first_imgTo provide immediate medical care to road accident victims, the government has launched pilot projects on three highway stretches that provide the victim cashless treatment for up to Rs 30,000, governemnt said on Monday.“In order to give a boost to emergency care of accident victims, pilot projects has been launched by the Ministry on Gurgaon-Jaipur section of NH 8, Mumbai-Vadodara of NH 8 and Ranchi-Rargaon-Mahulia of NH 33 for providing cashless treatment to road accident victims for 48 hours at expenditure up to a limit of Rs 30,000,” Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways P Radhakrishnan told Rajya Sabha. The union minister said GPS enabled ambulances, connected with a central control room through a toll-free number 1033, are stationed at distance of 20 km to transport the injured to the hospitals. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, under the scheme ‘National Highways Accident Relief Service Scheme’ provides 10-tonne cranes and small medium cranes for hilly areas and ambulances to States/UTs for relief and rescue measures in the aftermath of accidents by way of evacuating road accident victim to nearest medical aid centre and for clearing the accident site.last_img read more

Grenade attack on 3 telecom facilities in Srinagar 4 injured

first_imgAfter nearly two months, militants again targeted telecom facilities on Friday, police said. They allegedly carried out three grenade attacks in Srinagar, in which four persons were injured.The attacks were carried out within four hours in 1-km, targeting facilities of Aircel, Vodafone and government-run BSNL.In the first attack, two unidentified men barged into the office of Aircel at Karan Nagar, located less than 300 metres from Zonal Police Headquarters, at 11.30 am and asked the staffers to vacate the premises, police said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The militants then hurled a grenade on the premises and fled,” a police official said.About 500 metres away from this spot, the second attack was carried in a similar fashion at a Vodafone showroom. Initially, no injuries were reported. However, later three persons showed up at SMHS hospital with injuries. Doctors said the trio had suffered minor injuries caused by splinters of glass panes.The two blasts – within 30 minutes – shook the area and prompted the police to issue an alert for the assailants.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindA few hours later, another attack was carried out in Shaheedgunj at 3pm. Militants allegedly hurled a grenade at a BSNL tower. A labourer was  injured in the incident. The BSNL is less than a kilometre away from the scene of the earlier two incidents. The labourer, Farid Mohammad Bhai, working in the neighbouring house, sustained splinter injuries in the blast, a police officer said. He was admitted to SMHS hospital.  Police have launched a manhunt to nab the militants.last_img read more

Wing part arrives in France as MH370 link investigated

first_imgA piece of Boeing 777 wreckage that washed up on an Indian Ocean island arrived for analysis in France early Saturday, after Malaysian authorities said the part was almost certainly recovered from missing flight MH370.Paris’ Orly airport website confirmed the Air France flight transporting the piece of wreckage landed at 6.17 am local time (0417 GMT) from the French island of La Reunion. A police escort will accompany the two-metre (6.5 foot) part on its journey by road to a defence ministry laboratory near the southwestern city of Toulouse. Also Read – Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen’s Aden, says MinisterExperts will begin their analysis on Wednesday, along with an examination of parts of a suitcase discovered nearby.If confirmed, the discovery would mark the first breakthrough in a case that has baffled aviation experts for 16 months. “I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP. Also Read – Afghan peace deal: Trump meets top advisers to discuss progressThe Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. There were 239 people on board.Boeing said in a statement yesterday that it would send a technical team to France to study the plane debris at the request of civil aviation authorities.“Our goal, along with the entire global aviation industry, continues to be not only to find the airplane, but also to determine what happened – and why,” the US aerospace giant added.last_img read more

JK Spices to focus on exports to tieup with US etailers

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata-based packaged spices major J K Spices is scouting for aggressive overseas opportunities including tie-up with US based e-tailers to expand its market, a top company official said today. “We are looking to grow both in the domestic and overseas markets. We have tied up with and later propose to extend the same with Ebay for the US market. The US Amazon will be be unveiled tomorrow,” JK Spices and Food director (sales & marketing) Vijay Jain said here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said along with it the company was also negotiating with a leading seller on Amazon India for the online space in India. The company was optimistic about the US market to tap the huge Indian diaspora. “We are even launching new products exclusively for the US markets,” Jain said. JK Spices has three manufacturing locations in India and all the three units are US FDA approved, he said. The company would also explore Middle East and African markets beside exporting in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. JK Spices claimed to enjoy about four per cent of the organised national spices market of about Rs 6,000 crore. JK Spices is leader in the West Bengal market with at least 35-40 per cent market share and had posted Rs 245 crore in FY18′.last_img read more

Ganga Sagar Mela to be declared Green Mela

first_imgGanga Sagar Mela next year would be declared ‘Green Mela’ where sanitary toilets would be provided for all pilgrims.South 24 Paraganas district magistrate P B Salim said 10,000 sanitary toilets would be set up for the mela, which attracts lakhs of pilgrims from across the country.He said the pilgrims would be made aware of the demerits of open defecation at various stages of their journey right from the city to Sagar Island, where they take the holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeReferring to the situation in the district vis-a-vis sanitation, he said the model set by Nadia, declared a total sanitation district, would be followed though South 24 Parganas had a much larger population.“Next year on Gandhi Jayanti we plan to declare South 24 Parganas a total sanitation district. For this we are involving people from all sections – students, Anganwadi and Asha workers, SHGs, NGOs besides religious heads,” he said adding at present there are no sanitary toilets in at least seven lakh households in the district.The government will provide Rs 10,000 for each toilet built and the beneficiary would pay Rs 900 or provide labour. In West Bengal 40 per cent of the people have no sanitary toilets at their homes compared to 58 per cent in the country.last_img read more

Fire minister reaches incident site at 3 am supervises firefighting operation

first_imgKolkata: State Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee, who has been closely monitoring the work to douse the flames at Bagree Market, stated that the devastating blaze could have been averted if proper steps in terms of firefighting arrangements had been taken on time.Chatterjee said: “The area is congested and hydraulic ladders could not be used due to overhead wires and cables. The building was packed with inflammable objects. An inspection was carried out at Bagree Market, Mehta Building and such other buildings in Kolkata very recently. The authorities of the buildings were cautioned and were also told to take the necessary steps to avert an incident of fire.” Chatterjee further added: “Would we witness such a catastrophe if proper measures had been taken?” It may be mentioned that Chatterjee went to the spot at around 3 am. He had been at the spot till last reports came in on Sunday night. The minister spoke to senior officers of his department to ensure that the firefighting operation is carried out properly.last_img read more

16yearold commits suicide

first_imgKolkata: Two persons committed suicide and two others tried to commit suicide in two separate incidents across the city.On Wednesday afternoon, three persons including a 15-year-old boy were found unconscious inside their home at Garfa. Later, it was declaed that one of the women died. In another incident on Wednesday afternoon, a 16-year-old girl of Class XI studying in a school located at Bidhan Sarani jumped off from the roof top of the school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, the residents of a housing complex on Purbachal Road at Garfa felt got a foul smell. When they tried to locate the source of the smell, they saw two women and a boy were lying unconscious inside a flat. Immediately, police was informed. The sleuths broke the door and recovered three of them and rushed to M R Bangur hospital where the woman (65) was declared brought dead. Another woman (42) and her son are undergoing treatment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHospital sources informed that they had consumed excessive numbers of sleeping pills to commit suicide. According to locals, the family was going through a financial crunch. Hence, they tried to commit suicide. In another incident, a 16-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a school building at Bidhan Sarani near Vidyasagar College. At around 3:15 pm on Wednesday, the security guards and other staff heard a loud noise. When they went to check they saw the girl lying in a pool of blood. She was immediately rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted in a critical condition. It is suspected that she might have had an altercation with her family members regarding some issues.last_img read more

Decomposed male body found in canal

first_imgKolkata: A decomposed male body was found in the Pragati Maidan police station area on Thursday morning.Locals saw the body in a canal and informed police accordingly. Later, the sleuths fished out the body from the canal and sent it to NRS Medical College Hospital for autopsy. According to locals, on Thursday morning, they got a foul smell coming from the canal side in the Khanaberia area. Primarily, people assumed that someone must have dumped animal carcass. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalHowever, after a few hours when some locals went there to check the source of the smell, they stumbled upon a human body floating in the water. Pragati Maidan police station was informed. Later, police fished out the body from the canal. According to sources, it is suspected that the person is about 35 years of age and had died at least 4-5 days ago. He was wearing a pair of jeans and a jacket. The sleuths also suspect that the body might have been reached the said area by means of floating as no missing complaint was lodged at Pragati Maidan police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNo one from the locality has identified the body. It is still not clear whether the person has been murdered as the body was recovered in a decomposed state. Thus, injury marks if any on the body have become hard to identify. The sleuths have found a bottle of alcohol from the pocket of the jeans. According to sources, the police suspect that person might have fallen in the canal in a drunken state. To ascertain the actual cause of death, the sleuths are waiting for the autopsy report.last_img read more

LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

Students gear up to participate in Indoor Rowing Championship

first_imgBengal Water Sports will be organizing the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship 2018 from September 4 – December 2. The event will be inaugurated on September 4 at 4 pm, at Calcutta Rowing Club, Rabindra Sarobar, amidst the respected members of rowing fraternity and students.The earlier edition of Concept2 Indoor Students Rowing Championship 2016 had been a grand success where 6000 students from different schools of Kolkata participated.Considering the phenomenal response from the audience, the organisers are going to take this championship to a new platform by inviting students not only from schools of different states of India but also from countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The plan is to create history and get featured in ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ and ‘Limca Book of Records’ as this kind of event has never been organised before. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis competition will have two different categories – ‘School Children’ and ‘Special Children (Paralympics)’. The students have already started registering online and it is expected that more than 75, 000 students from West Bengal itself and more than 1.5 lakh students from all over India will be taking part this year.The event aims to make young children aware of sports though Indoor Rowing – an injury free sport which takes very less time to learn, helps to promote teamwork and leadership amongst yound minds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere are three different categories for the students to participate: Sub Sub Junior (9 -12 yrs) (boys and girls), Sub Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls), Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls). From level 1 i.e. Intra School Competition, 18 students from each school (9 boys – 9 girls) are selected for the next phase (Inter State Championship). All the participants will be given e-certificate for participation and the 18 selected students will get medal and trophies along with the certificates. The winners of level 2 will compete with other finalists from 4 countries at the grand finale, students from different States and Countries fighting for glory to become ‘Champion of Champions’.last_img read more

We dont learn from any one person in life

first_imgJogen Chowdhury is an eminent Indian painter and considered an important painter of 21st century India. He lives and works in Santiniketan and Kolkata. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and subsequently at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1967.Jogen Chowdhury developed his individual style after his return from Paris. His most famous paintings are in ink, water colour, and pastel. He has painted in oil as well. Lines and its tactile characteristics to enhance colours is an important material in Indian Art for ages. Chowdhury himself is a master of lines and he is a master in making curves depict the character of his figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Excerpts from an interview: When did you start painting? I got admitted to the Government College of Art and Craft near the Indian Museum in 1955. My father sketched at home, so that talent was there in me. My mother had a passion for design which I inherited. When did I decide to become a painter? Yes, I realized that I can do this well. So I chose this as my profession. When was your first exhibition? My first exhibition was in 1963. I passed out of the Government college of art and craft in 1960. The Academy started in this building in 60. Lady Ranu Mukherjee was heading it in 1963 when my exhibition happened. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Were you confident about your profession from the beginning itself? I was confident from the very beginning. Everybody was happy with my profession… Who were the teachers who inspired you? The one teacher who inspired me was Gopal Ghose. He used to teach us in the second year. He divided the classroom into a studio-like structure and used to paint there. Ghose mostly painted landscapes, flowers in pastel shades – these I really liked. but the thing is that we don’t learn from any one person, we learn throughout our lives, learn from everybody, from people we encounter including all kinds of artists. There was another artist from East Germany, Kathy Kolwaitz. She held an exhibition at the Indian Museum and I found her drawings to be really powerful. She painted poor people, mother and child and these influenced me a lot. Tell us about the recent Exhibition…. I have taken part in over 100 exhibitions and 25 one-man shows There have been smaller works also. I have exhibited my works at CIMA twice, Vadehra, Hyderabad, Bangalore and abroad. What is the message that you want to give out through your paintings? See, the source of our paintings is our life and surroundings. Our technique is our own and change keeps happening. I am not Rabindranath or Nandalal Bose. I am always on the search for new topics and a different style from all over the world. Topics of national importance must be influencing you..: Yes, they do. Riots, Garbeta, CPIM, and Trinamool conflict. There was one gruesome incident in Russia where kids of a school were shot. Then there were incidents in Iraq when US soldiers went berserk. Women have also been an important theme for my paintings and sketches. What is next? I am planning a big exhibition at the Emami Calcutta Creative centre in September 2019. I am also involved with the Santiniketan society for visual art as their Secretary. We have a young artist’s exhibition every year and I have to be present on these occasions. Personally. I have a collection of 200 paintings and I am in the process of creating a gallery plus I will be putting together at least five books on art. The Charukala Parshad is where I will be spending time and effort too.last_img read more

WBCHSE allows students to inspect answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has introduced a new system through which students who have already appeared for their higher secondary examination can apply for self inspection of their answer scripts. A notification in this regard undersigned by the President of WBCHSE Mahua Das was shared in the website of the council. An online interface will be made available at the council website from July 5 through which the students can apply for self inspection of his answer scripts of the examination by filling up a prescribed format. The student will be able to keep track of the latest status of the his/ her application submitted. The council will make the scripts available and the students will be notified to pay a visit on a particular date. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the notification the interface for application will be kept open for a period of six months from the date of publication of results of the HS examination of a particular year. This year, the council has announced the Higher Secondary results on May 27. The candidate can also apply for photocopy of the answer script after self inspection to the examination section of the council. ” If a candidate is allowed to see his/ her own answer scripts then their confidence over the examination system of the Council will grow. The guardians will also be convinced of the scores of their wards,” said Parimal Bhattacharjee, headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith. However, the maintenance of the facilities may be a tough ask for the council if there are many applications for self inspection. In the existing process, a candidate has to seek RTI query for self inspection of their scripts. In review or scrutiny the candidates cannot self inspect the scripts.last_img read more

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. ‘We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. By not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more

5 podcasts for cricket fangirls

first_imgHow exactly does watching a sport like cricket reflect one’s masculinity or feminity? While we are in 2019 with men and women all alike, there are people in India who still have trouble believing that women can also watch cricket for non-platonic reasons.They would make all kinds of stereotypical expressions when you are able to differentiate between ‘a cover drive from a straight drive’, ‘a no ball and a dead one’. Enough of those raised eyebrows. All you fan girls out there, instead of bothering about men doubting your sincerity for cricket, plug your ears to these podcasts and get ready to crush the male ego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIts Cricket Show – World Cup Special This is the world’s first ‘Hinglish language’ cricket podcast, which connects the biggest cricket-loving Hindi-speaking population with a global English-speaking audience. Hosted by Hamid Shaikh, this World Cup special version is for those who love cricket and want to catch-up everything that is going on around the cricketing world, this is the ultimate destination for keeping up to date. AakashVani This 92 episode podcast talks about Indian Cricket.  Hosted by Aakash Chopra, a former International Cricket player, and a well-known cricket analyst, this is the absolute go-to podcast for all you cricket fans to acquire all the latest cricket updates. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEdges and Sledges A weekly cricket podcast, Edges and Sledges centres on Indian cricket and the IPL. Conceived by the 1 Tip 1 Hand blog team, there are three podcast hosts who are the average Indian cricket fans based out of Singapore, London and Cincinnati. They collaborate on the platform to talk about the week’s biggest cricketing stories. On Cricket, Off Topic Three hosts; Rahul Bhaskar, Ujjwal Grover, and Abhishek Deshpande take you down the memory lane, talking about their growing up days with cricket during the 1990s and 2000s. Each episode explores. Howzzat! An original series by India’s leading audio streaming app Hubhopper, Howzzat keeps you up to date with the latest news and analysis from the world of cricket. There’s a lot to look forward to with international tours and series, to the IPL and, of course, the World Cup.last_img read more

This Steampunk Victorian Home on Wheels is Filled with Remarkable Oddities

first_imgThe sci-fi worlds of Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback, and H.G. Wells were initially inspired by the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century, while their books sparked the imagination of future generations. Fans of these authors are usually prone to develop peculiar interests in science, technology, and invention.For example, in 2006, a team of steampunk enthusiasts created a self-propelled Victorian house. The design was inspired by Verne, Wells, and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, published in 1992, which briefly mentions a mobile Victorian home on tank treads.Neverwas Haul. Photo by nicolas will CC BY2.0This colorful house, “The Neverwas Haul” is a three-story home construed of 75 percent recycled materials and it is filled with a considerable assortment of curiosities collected on the numerous trips made around the world. One such item is a camera obscura from the 19th century.The engine is built on top of a fifth wheel travel trailer which brings its size — 24 foot long and 12 foot wide — to fit the legal highway height and width.Major Catastrophe (AKA Shannon O’Hare ) at the helm of Neverwas Haul. Photo by nicolas will CC BY-SA 2.0The initial idea was for it to function on steam and a boiler was installed, but unfortunately it didn’t work well. Instead it now has a single cylinder diesel engine which drives a hydraulic pump, and it is maneuvered using a wooden ship’s wheel.Originally, The Neverwas Haul was created by the Academy of Unnatural Sciences of Berkley, California, for the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert where it perfectly fits among the hundreds of peculiar oddities exhibited each year.Neverwas Haul. Photo by Peter Kaminski CC BY 2.0The vehicle has three main sections: the engine room, the parlour, and the command deck with the controls for operating. Additional cargo is placed in the engine room where there is enough space for six people. This Victorian house has also a bar and a library.It is kept alive by frequent travels and reconstructions. The original design never changed, but worn-out pieces are regularly replaced.The Neverwas Haul. Photo by DBerry2006 CC BY 2.0The captain who commands the wooden wheel is Shannon O’Hare, along with Kathy O’Hare on board. Shannon wears a 1927 U.S. Navy officer coat and is also known as Major Catastrophe. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing theme-park constructions all around the U.S.The Neverwas Haul. Photo by DBerry2006 CC BY 2.0For the Neverwas Haul, Major Catastrophe was assisted by a team of twelve other people in the construction that lasted for six months.The creators imagined the concept for the Haul as the home of Irish Gypsy women who move around with their families while their husbands roam the lands exploring, fighting battles, or even selling their horses to buy alcohol.Neverwas chandelier. Photo by Caitlin Childs CC BY-SA 2.0Instead, it travels around with the will of Major Catastrophe — maybe to very unusual places where modern engines can’t go — where he collects all the strange objects with which his Victorian home is filled. When the Haul is not stationed and exhibited for amusement, it travels towed, with the two top stories paced down so that the engine can be transported safely. It usually moves at a speed of about five miles per hour.Neverwas Haul. Photo by Peter Kaminski CC BY 2.0Interestingly, the Haul had a predecessor – a wooden Victorian clock tower built a year earlier. It all started when a group of people gathered together to build various steampunk engines.Read another story from us: How the Sleek Nazi “Car of the Future” Backfired on Them…LiterallyBefore this, the Burning Man Festival didn’t have a steampunk section. Because of the popularity of The Neverwas Haul, O’Hare and his team have created several similar structures, including a steam-powered carriage, named The Parlour Car – a replica of the famous San Francisco cable car.last_img read more

Owners of Huge Noahs Ark Replica File Lawsuit Over Rain Damage

first_imgThe biblical Noah may have survived the flooding of the planet with the construction of his ark, but for the owners of the 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark replica in Northern Kentucky, stretches of heavy rain presented such a crisis that they are suing their insurers over water damage. The Noah’s ark replica itself made it through the rain intact, a representative for Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, informed CNN. But the rainfall in 2017 and 2018 caused a “significant landslide” on the property, which undermined an access road that leads to the wooden vessel. The harsh terrain made it dangerous to use the ship, according to the lawsuit.Noah’s Ark – a life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Williamstown, KY. Photo by Jameywiki CC BY-SA 4.0Melany Ethridge of Ark Encounter said that the waters failed to reach biblical proportions. “Contrary to some reporting, the damage to certain areas of the Ark Encounter themed attraction was not caused by a ‘flood,’ ” she said in an email to CNN. “The ark was built on bedrock and was never in jeopardy.”The repairs cost around $1 million, according to court documents that say insurers told the owners of the ark that opened in 2016 to go ahead with the repairs. But since then, the insurers have reportedly only paid “a very small portion” of the cost. The 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court asks for compensatory and punitive damages.Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky.“You got to get to the boat to be on the boat,” Ethridge told the Courier-Journal.A spokesperson for the law firm filing the suit said, “The lawsuit speaks for itself. We don’t have anything to add at this time, other than to say that we are highly confident of the merits of our case as we seek a fair resolution to the matter.” The statement also said Ark Encounter guests have been unaffected by the work being done at the access road. “Hours of operation were never affected.”Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Photo by Chris Light CC BY-SA 4.0On its website, Ark Encounter said, “Prepare to be blown away as you explore the life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark. Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, Ark Encounter is a jaw-dropping structure you’ll want to bring your whole family to see.”Related Video:The park website asks: “How big was Noah’s Ark? How did Noah fit all the animals? How did Noah feed and care for all the animals? How did Noah build the Ark? We built the full-size Noah’s Ark to answer these questions—and more! As you enter Noah’s world aboard the massive Ark, you’ll tour three decks filled with scores of world-class exhibit bays. These stunning exhibits allow you to experience what Noah’s life may have been like.”Ark replica in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Photo by Ceinturion CC BY-SA 3.0A one-day ticket to the Noah’s ark replica costs between $15 and $48.  Ark Encounter has claimed attendance of at least 1 million visitors a year, though that number has been disputed.Ark Encounter opened on July 7, 2016, a date (7/7) that was selected to link to the 7:7 passage in Genesis: “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Answers in Genesis, a creationist religious organization that believes God created the Earth in six days and that the world is 6,000 years old, is the force behind the building of the modern-day re-creation.Noahs ark replica in the port of Schagen, Netherlands. Photo by Ceinturion CC BY-SA 3.0While Noah is said to have taken from 55 to 75 years to build his ark, the new ark was raised in Kentucky in two years. Once it was constructed, Noah herded the world’s animals, two by two, into his vessel. There are no live animals in the ark in Kentucky, but lots of models for visitors to see.Related Article: Titanic II to Set Sail in 2022 Retracing the Original RouteThe ark, which cost a rumored $100 million to build, has been the subject of controversy all along. Answers in Genesis was awarded a tax break by the state, which led to cries of separation of church and state and ensuing legal fuss.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin Infographic

first_imgMarch 5, 2014 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Image credit: Who Is Hosting This Register Now » Bitcoin is a fickle thing. As one U.S. Senator recently admitted, it confuses “the heck out of us.” If you still don’t quite fully “get it,” you’re far from alone.Ok, so by now most people — fine, maybe only a few — understand that Bitcoin is virtual cash that’s generated (“mined”) by computers, lives on the internet and is used to purchase real and digital stuff online and in person.But where exactly did it come from and why is it suddenly in the news so often? Is Bitcoin really the future of money? If so, what can you buy with it right now?Related: Bitcoin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Bitcoin users can purchase thousands of legal items on the straight and narrow with the controversial cryptocurrency, like tickets to a Sacramento Kings Game, fresh beef in Australia or even tuition for the University of Nicosia. And before the takedown of Silk Road, people reportedly swapped bitcoins for countless shady illegal goods, including dime bags of weed, stolen guns, forged documents and possibly even hitman services. Creepy, right?The more we know about the curious currency, the weirder it gets.For an entertaining yet educational eyeful of just how bizarre the Bitcoin story is, from its mysterious beginnings to its rise as a kind of, almost, on the brink of mainstream currency around the globe today, take a look at the revealing infographic below from to Enlarge+ Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Google Creates a Free Music Streaming Service

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo With the launch of Apple Music looming, Google is calling attention to its own (excellent) streaming service. The search giant on Tuesday said it’s adding a free component to Google Play Music—something that’s very important when trying to improve adoption numbers. Giving potential subscribers a taste is a smart move on Google’s part, especially with Apple Music on the horizon.Google’s ad-supported formula is a little different than something like, say, Spotify. Rather than giving users access to an ad-supported on-demand service, Google Play Music will offer curated playlists, a component Google introduced late last year. Not only will this option give music lovers a way to enjoy what Google Play Music has to offer, but it’ll showcase one of the best parts of the service.The curated playlists aspect offers up selections based on a certain mood, time of day or genre. And it’s impressive how well Google’s curation works, though some might find it limiting; users don’t quite have full control when there’s no on-demand component. That’s why it wants people to subscribe. Google says these ad-supported playlists offer more of a “lean back” experience, which is apparently what most listeners are after.In addition to being restricted to just playlists, the ad-supported side of Google Play Music only offers six skips per hour, and there’s no rewind or scrubbing through songs. You can’t even see what’s coming up next, which is a bit perplexing. If you’re a subscriber, you have full control over the experience, and can even edit, rename and save playlists for offline playback.When Apple Music launches on June 30, the Cupertino company’s service will offer three free months, which will no doubt be huge in Apple’s pursuit to be the dominant streaming provider. June 24, 2015 2 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more