SUGAR Volt Boeing puts vision to work in hybrid electric aircraft

first_img This is designed as a plane that will combine electric power with traditional fuel. Boeing sees it as an energy-efficient model for future commercial flying. The Volt concept is a hybrid propulsion system, using both jet fuel and batteries, a greater wingspan and open-rotor engines. It plugs in at the airport, charges its batteries up, and flies its mission. To enable portions of flight with low or zero emissions, electricity is used as a supplement or replacement. Dual-turbine engines would be powered by traditional jet fuel, and at cruising altitude, the system could turn over to electrical power. Adding energy-plus points, the SUGAR Volt’s longer wings allow for greater lift and the wings can fold when landed to accommodate airport gate space. Boeing noted that the fuel burn reduction and the ‘greening’ of the electrical power grid can produce large reductions in emissions of life cycle CO2 and nitrous oxide. Hybrid electric propulsion also has the potential to reduce noise. In the SUGAR study, the team reported that hybrid electric engine technology was a “game-changing technology” and a “clear winner” because it met NASA’s goals to reduce fuel burn, greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide emissions, noise and field length. Bradley recently said that Boeing is looking at a 2030 to 2050 time frame for the SUGAR Volt. 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. (—Boeing has been working on a project that signifies the future of commercial air transportation. As the story goes, about five years ago at a conference on advanced aircraft technologies, posing questions on what the future of aircraft would look like, somebody stood up and said, “What about an electric airplane?” Almost everyone laughed. Boeing personnel did not laugh. Can we make an airplane that has batteries that actually works? They took it as a challenge, in designing a commercial plane capable of low-emission flights. Marty Bradley, technical fellow with Boeing Research & Technology, and part of its SUGAR (Subsonic Ultra Green Aircraft Research) project, has been talking about the company’s hybrid electric design, the SUGAR Volt, ever since. © 2012 Earlier this year, Bradley said that “There is a lot of uncertainty as to how good batteries will be in 2030 to 2050. But we are quite encouraged to see battery companies starting to show real products with much higher performance.”On the larger scale, Boeing’s SUGAR team is working to identify future commercial transport concepts for NASA. The team is looking at various concepts and technology options for future years. These include hybrid battery-gas turbine propulsion, fuel cells, fuel cell–gas turbine hybrid propulsion systems, cryogenic fuels, cryogenically cooled engines and associated technologies, advanced batteries and open rotor/turboprop technologies.The SUGAR Volt, one of the concepts, shows potential to meet NASA’s environmental goals, as the SUGAR Volt will emit less carbon dioxide and less nitrogen oxide than aircraft in operation today.Hybrid is a concept making frequent news in aviation on other fronts. According to reports in November last year, Israel’s El Al Airlines planned to outfit 20 of their Boeing 737s with electric drive units that will provide power for the planes to taxi while on the ground. Several other companies were exploring similar ideas. Bloomberg this year reported that airlines continue studying new technologies and one study area, similarly, is taxiing. Equipment makers such as Honeywell are devising electric motors that can move jets, which would allow pilots to taxi without having to depend on main engines or diesel tractors. The first new aircraft with electric-taxi technology may be in production in as few as three years, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.center_img World’s first aircraft with serial hybrid electric drive Citation: SUGAR Volt: Boeing puts vision to work in hybrid electric aircraft (2012, December 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Research sheds light on how patterns form in bird feathers

first_img © 2013 ( —A new study by scientists in the U.S. and Taiwan has shown that birds have colorful and patterned feathers because of specific cellular interactions involving stem cells rather than through the direct involvement of encoding in DNA. Citation: Research sheds light on how patterns form in bird feathers (2013, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from They next transplanted melanocyte progenitor cells from adult quail feathers into chicken embryos and found that the chickens produced pigmented feathers.The team looked at white feathers from several types of white chicken to determine whether the whiteness was caused by the absence of melanocytes or suppressed melanocyte differentiation, and they examined feathers with different colors at each end, and striped feathers, to try to determine how these patterns were formed. They found that while melanocytes may be present in apigmented regions and there were still melanocyte progenitor cells, the melanocytes were not differentiated. The researchers also found that the patterning was affected by the topological shape of the melanocyte stem cell progenitor niche. The appearance of pigment was also affected by agouti, a peptide found in the pulp in the feather follicles. Agouti had a modifying effect on pigmentation, since it was found to inhibit melanocytes and produce unpigmented regions. More information: Topology of Feather Melanocyte Progenitor Niche Allows Complex Pigment Patterns to Emerge, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1230374ABSTRACTColor patterns of bird plumage affect animal behavior and speciation. Diverse patterns are present in different species and within the individual. Here, we study the cellular and molecular basis of feather pigment pattern formation. Melanocyte progenitors are distributed as a horizontal ring in the proximal follicle, sending melanocytes vertically up into the epithelial cylinder which gradually emerges as feathers grow. Different pigment patterns form by modulating the presence, arrangement, or differentiation of melanocytes. A layer of peripheral pulp further regulates pigmentation via patterned agouti expression. Lifetime feather cyclic regeneration resets pigment patterns for physiological needs. Thus, the evolution of stem cell niche topology allows complex pigment patterning via combinatorial co-option of simple regulatory mechanisms. Explore further Feathers exhibit complex pigment patterns and can be a great model to learn how morphogenesis patterns stem cells into organized tissues. Lin et al. identify feather follicle melanocyte progenitors and demonstrate how complex patterns can emerge from multi-dimensional modulations of simple regulatory mechanisms. Feathers shown are from Silver Laced Wyandotte, Barred Rock, and Guineafowl (from left to right). Credit: Ting Xin Jiang. Figure design: Randall B Widelitzcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Until now the patterning of pigmentation in bird feathers has been poorly understood, but the patterns and colors are known to be important for attracting mates, protecting from predators, and they also affect bird behavior and can exhibit seasonal variations. The new study found that the complex patterns formed by the pigments in the feather follicles were the result of several distinct mechanisms, including changes in melanocyte formation. The research team found that the first important process was the production of melanocytes, which are also found in hair, where they produce the pigment melanin. In hair, melanocyte stem cells (McSCs) are found in the follicle bulge at the base of the follicle. The new research found melanocyte progenitor stem cells in a ring in the proximal follicle, and showed that the melanocytes distribute upwards into the epithelial cylinder of the feather as it grows. The different patterns in each feather are determined by the arrangement and differentiation of pigmented and apigmented melanocytes. They found the melanocyte distribution could differ from the front to the back of the feather, and from the center to the outer edge. The patterns and colors could also change over time as the feather grew.The research team, led by Dr. C.M. Chuong of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and the National Taiwan University, looked at the processes involved in pigment formation in several species of birds, including chickens. They first mapped the progenitor cells in regenerating feather follicles, and found that during the growth phase the progenitors gave rise to both pigmented and apigmented melanocytes. During the resting phase the progenitor cells were quiescent. Exhibition chickens displaying distinct black and white pigment patterns created by spatial and temporal control of melanocyte distribution and differentiation. From top left, male Silver Spangled Hamburg; male Barred Wyandotte; female Silver Laced Wyandotte; male Silver laced Wyandotte. Credits: Male Silver Spangled Hamburg: Jim Legendre; Male Barred Wyandotte: Grant Brereton; Female Silver Laced Wyandotte and male Silver laced Wyandotte: Doug and Pete Akers New research provides clues on why hair turns graylast_img read more

Shiver me timbers Architects plan wood skyscraper for resident life

first_img Citation: Shiver me timbers. Architects plan wood skyscraper for resident life (2013, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Inspiration from Mother Nature leads to improved wood More information: Explore further ( —HSB Stockholm, a building society in Sweden, will be 100 years old in 2023 and to mark the date it is staging its architectural competition 2023. One entrant already gaining lots of attention is Berg | C.F. Møller, which has a proposed design of a 34-story solar powered skyscraper made of wood—well, not entirely of wood, but enough of wood to raise interest. Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on a skyscraper that would be seen for miles. The other two competing teams are Equator Stockholm with Mojang (Minecraft) and Utopia Architects with Rosenberg Architects. In general, the word “wood” makes some people nervous because of fears of fire. Architects who favor wood, however, argue that wood is safer than other types of building materials and can be more fire resistant than both steel and concrete. Earlier this year, an article in the Toronto Sun took note of what Geoff Triggs, building code consultants expert, had to say about the use of wood in high-rise construction. Rather than using small two-by-fours super-compressed mass timber is used to make very large panels. The compressed lumber is as strong as concrete but lighter. The compression process creates dense wood blocks that are difficult to burn. The wooden skyscraper is gaining attention as “green” news because of the wood factor proposed. A number of points in wood’s favor: C. F. Møller’s team noted how timber production releases less carbon dioxide than steel or concrete production, at a time where construction accounts for 30 to 40 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide generated from humans. Concrete and steel command a large part of the market, but wood-supporters note that wood is a lightweight, renewable material that can bear heavy loads in relation to its weight. Cost-wise, they say wood is cheaper to build and better for the environment than using steel-and-concrete for buildings. Wood costs less to transport due to its lightness, too. The C.F. Møller team is thinking in terms of a residential complex. While the building is made mostly of wood, it would have a concrete core. Wooden pillars, beams, walls, and ceilings in the plan are encased within a glass façade, with the walls, ceilings and window frames visible from the exterior through the large windows. Each apartment will have this glass-covered veranda, while the building itself will be powered by solar panels on the roof. © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Deceptive behavior may deceivingly promote cooperation

first_imgSpatial patterns can explain the counterintuitive results of the new study, such as that deceitful behavior may fare better if it is costly and that a higher success rate of identifying defectors does not necessarily favor cooperative behavior. These consecutive snapshots show the cyclic dominance that emerges during a simulation, including (top left) dominance by pure defectors (red), to (top right, bottom left)) dominance by conditional cooperators (blue), to (bottom right) dominance by deceitful defectors (green). Credit: Szolnoki and Perc © 2014 For researchers who study the evolution of cooperation, deceitful behavior seems to throw a wrench in mechanisms that promote cooperative behavior. Questions arise such as, under what conditions does deception evolve? How effective are strategies to identify deceitful behavior? And how can deceitful behavior coexist with cooperative behavior?In a recent paper published in The New Journal of Physics, Attila Szolnoki at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, and Matjaž Perc at the University of Maribor in Slovenia and King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, have addressed these questions using a variant of perhaps the most popular tool for studying cooperation—the prisoner’s dilemma game. The general idea behind the prisoner’s dilemma game is that players can choose to cooperate or defect. Although the choice to defect will always provide a higher individual payoff, mutual cooperation provides a higher collective payoff. To avoid being exploited, cooperators may deny cooperation toward defectors, if they are able to identify them. To avoid being identified, some defectors may therefore attempt to hide their real intentions from cooperators. Naturally, this trick is costly, and for its execution the deceitful defectors need to bear an additional cost. The main question is, under such conditions, which strategy is evolutionarily the most successful?After running simulations, some of the researchers’ results were intuitive. As expected, high costs of deceitful behavior work against deceitful defectors, while low detection probabilities help pure defectors who do not bother with hiding their intentions. However, looking at the results in greater detail yields some unexpected findings. “We show that the introduction of deceitful strategies, in our case defectors who try to hide their true intentions, may affect the competition between cooperator and defector in very unexpected ways,” Szolnoki told “Naively, one would expect that, the better the radar of cooperators at identifying deceitful defectors, the better the conditions for cooperation to evolve. But it is not necessarily so. If the cost of hiding is moderate, then the extra cost of detection opens the door for even more defection.” More information: Attila Szolnoki and Matjaž Perc. “Costly hide and seek pays: unexpected consequences of deceit in a social dilemma.” New Journal of Physics 16 (2014) 113003. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113003 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: New Journal of Physics As the researchers explained, although high costs of deceitful behavior eventually hurt deceitful defectors, in the short-term high costs actually benefit them because the pure defectors are harmed even more, and are the first of the three strategy groups to die out. Deceitful defectors may coexist and die only when the costs of deceit become very high, then leaving only the conditional cooperators. This finding leads to the counterintuitive conclusion that, up to a certain point, deceitful behavior fares better if it is costly.A second unexpected result involves the probability parameter. By definition, a higher detection probability means more pure defectors are caught, which sounds like it should hurt pure defectors and promote cooperative behavior. But the results showed that, although high detection probabilities do hurt pure defectors, competition between pure defectors and deceitful defectors means that deceitful defectors actually benefit. Oddly, lower detection probabilities that indicate an imperfect ability of cooperators to properly detect defectors may be a viable option for cooperators.The researchers explain that the counterintuitive results arise from self-organized spatial pattern formation. The interactions among the three competing strategies lead to the spontaneous emergence of cyclic dominance, with certain strategies dominating under different conditions and at different times in the simulation, separated by phase transitions.”Interestingly, we have detected extensive parameter regions where all three strategies can coexist because they effectively play the rock-paper-scissors game,” Perc explained. “This finding highlights the importance of cyclic dominance, which is probably much more widespread in real life than we usually assume.”Also very interesting is how the coexistence driven by cyclic dominance can terminate. Either, one strategy gradually goes extinct, or there are diverging fluctuations in the amplitude of oscillations. We had to invest exceptionally high computational efforts to explore the details of the latter phase transition.”As the researchers explain, the study of complex social systems can uncover new behavior not seen in traditional complex systems.”In general, the study of phase transitions has a long tradition in statistical physics, which was initially primarily concerned with solid-state materials,” Szolnoki said. “Our work is a beautiful example of the fact how the study of other complex systems, in particular those with a social or biological background, reveals fascinating new behavior that has never been observed before in the realm of traditional models of statistical physics. There is thus a mutually rewarding symbiosis between statistical physics and socio-biological complex systems.”By revealing this hidden complexity behind the evolution of deception, the results provide insight into social dilemmas and highlight the likelihood of unexpected consequences when more sophisticated strategies compete. “The key point is the possibility of cyclic dominance,” Perc said. “If the latter emerges, the behavior of the system can be completely counterintuitive. For example, directly supporting strategy A may actually promote strategy B who is the predator of A. Hence, a well-intended ‘intervention,’ for example by changing the payoffs of the game, can easily yield an undesired outcome. Our study highlights that such considerations are particularly important if the competing strategies are smarter than just plain cooperation or defection.”The researchers hope that the study will inspire future research on the role of deceitful strategies in evolutionary games as well as in human cooperation. Scientists develop new theoretical model on the evolution of cooperation ( —Tricking someone into trusting you in order to gain something from them is common behavior in both the animal and human worlds. From cuckoo birds that trick other bird species into raising their young, to cunning salespeople who pretend to sell you a product that will improve your life, deviant behavior takes many forms. But no matter the situation, the result is that a single individual gains something while the community at large loses. Citation: Deceptive behavior may (deceivingly) promote cooperation (2014, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Understanding tourists’ preferences for nature-based experiences may help with conservation © 2017 Research by Yale and the University of Grenoble documents where additional conservation efforts globally could most effectively support the safeguarding of species (some examples shown here) that are particularly distinct in their functions or their position in the family tree of life. Credit: Yale University/University of Grenoble Explore further Many countries throughout the world have set aside parcels of land to serve as havens for plants and animals—the hope is that by doing so, local wildlife can avoid extinction due to encroachment by human activities. Those that manage such areas tend to strive for rich biodiversity, which generally means providing for as many species as possible in a limited space. But the researchers with this new effort argue that conservation area managers might want to include species that represent evolutionary and functional diversity, as well. The first refers to species that are very unique, such as giant pandas, while the second refers to those that fill unique roles in their environment—beavers, for example, which build dams that create living spaces for many other species. But more importantly, they also suggest that setting aside just 5 percent more land area could result in large global gains in all three types of biodiversity.To reach these conclusions, the researchers looked at a catalog of approximately 15,000 protected areas around the globe and their native mammals and birds, breaking the regions down by the types of biodiversity they supported. They found that just 25 percent of species biodiversity could be accounted for—and it was less than that for the other types of biodiversity. Then they looked at the impact of increasing the size of protected areas, and found that an increase of just 5 percent could result in tripling all types of biodiversity globally. They suggest that additional studies conducted at a more localized level could reveal which types of species could benefit most from a small increase in land size. More information: Laura J. Pollock et al. Large conservation gains possible for global biodiversity facets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22368AbstractDifferent facets of biodiversity other than species numbers are increasingly appreciated as critical for maintaining the function of ecosystems and their services to humans1, 2. While new international policy and assessment processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recognize the importance of an increasingly global, quantitative and comprehensive approach to biodiversity protection, most insights are still focused on a single facet of biodiversity—species3. Here we broaden the focus and provide an evaluation of how much of the world’s species, functional and phylogenetic diversity of birds and mammals is currently protected and the scope for improvement. We show that the large existing gaps in the coverage for each facet of diversity could be remedied by a slight expansion of protected areas: an additional 5% of the land has the potential to more than triple the protected range of species or phylogenetic or functional units. Further, the same areas are often priorities for multiple diversity facets and for both taxa. However, we find that the choice of conservation strategy has a fundamental effect on outcomes. It is more difficult (that is, requires more land) to maximize basic representation of the global biodiversity pool than to maximize local diversity. Overall, species and phylogenetic priorities are more similar to each other than they are to functional priorities, and priorities for the different bird biodiversity facets are more similar than those of mammals. Our work shows that large gains in biodiversity protection are possible, while also highlighting the need to explicitly link desired conservation objectives and biodiversity metrics. We provide a framework and quantitative tools to advance these goals for multi-faceted biodiversity conservation.The researchers have created interactive web maps in the Map of Life project to accompany the study. They can be found at: press release Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—A trio of researchers, two with Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine in France and the other with Yale University has conducted an analysis of current parcels of land on our planet that offer protection for plants and animals and have found that just a few small increases in land allotment could produce a large positive influence on biodiversity on a global scale. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Laura Pollock, Wilfried Thuiller and Walter Jetz outline their study and why they believe that areas meant to protect biodiversity need to include more than just number of species. Citation: Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could reap large rewards (2017, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

New archive collates 100yearold voices from India

first_imgMahatma Gandhi’s speech caught on gramophone during his 1931 visit to England now shares space with classical music legend M S Subhalakshmi’s song, recorded when she was just nine, in a new virtual archive.The Archive of Indian Music (AIM), formally launched on 30 July, is an online compilation of vintage gramaphonic records of speeches, songs, plays etc dating as far back as 1902.‘This is a private initiative, a non profit trust where we source oldest rarest gramophone records like old ghazals, speeches of leaders, theatre recordings, folk music etc and digitise it for free access by laymen,’ Vikram Sampath, founder AIM said. Sampath, an engineer, historian, author and musician from Bangalore has till date digitised 1000 clips from a collection of 12,000 gramaphone recordings and a total of 200 artists on the site, a pilot project that began in May this year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The archive includes digital version of first recording of Vande Matram clips, of Rabindranath Tagore reciting poetry as also recordings from early cinema, film songs by Mohammed Rafi and playback singers, folk music and devotional songs, ghazals, qawali as well as recordings of old plays etc.‘I first hit upon the idea while researching for a book he wrote on Gauhar Jaan, a singer from Kolkata, who was the first from India to record on gramophone in 1902,’ says Sampath.last_img read more

Turning pirouettes strengthening ties

first_img‘Over the years, the texture and content of Korea-India bilateral relations have undergone a sea change.  From the routine government-to-government engagement, the relations have expanded to more dynamic people-to-people interaction. In fact, people-to-people contact has now emerged as the centerpiece of bilateral cooperation, guiding the future contours of our bilateral relations. The visiting Korean troupes are sure to win the hearts of the Indian people by their superb performances, thus bringing our two peoples even closer,’ says Joon-gyu Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An original work based on a traditional Korean tale called Princess Nakrang and Prince Hodong, the Korean artistes will perform, Prince Ho-Dong (Adajio), Don Quixote (Grand Pas de Deux), La Bayader (Golden boy, Drum dance) and the Giselle Act. Prince Ho-Doung is the story of myth and legend, the work depicts the struggle between the people of Han represented by Nakrang and the Goguryeo represented by Ho-doung.La Bayadere is the story of love and betrayal setting place in an Indian Temple. La Bayadere meaning ‘an Indian Dancer’ in French has its setting in the Golden Empire of India. The highlight of La Bayadere is the dance Nikiya, the heroine. Don Quixote is a ballet based on Cervantes’ famous work. The ballet focuses on the love story between Basilio, a farmer and Kitri, the daughter of the tavern owner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGiselle Act is the story in the forest past midnight; an eerie air permeates the ground, a gravestone floating above a cross. Suddenly, a white shadow flickers and then disappears. These white shadows are the Wilis, souls of young women who were betrayed and abandoned by their men.‘Just as Indians raved about K-pop Singer, Psy’s Gangnam Style last year, so do many Koreans rave about Bollywood movies, an indication of the good relationship we share in our daily lives’, said Yoo Jinryong, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea.last_img read more

IAEA chief hails Indias nuclear safety record

first_imgChief of IAEA Yukiya Amano on Friday lauded India’s commitment to the highest levels of safety and security standards and its record as a responsible nuclear power as he met PM Narendra Modi here. The DG also appreciated India’s contribution to the IAEA work and assistance to neighbouring and other countries in the peaceful and developmental aspects of nuclear science.last_img

2 held over fake blood reports

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested two persons on charges of delivering a fake diagnostic report to a patient, where the test was not conducted in the first place. On the basis of the complaint lodged by one Azhar Alam Ansari, a resident of Rajabagan, police have arrested the accused from Nadial on Tuesday night. The arrested persons are Vijay Kumar Jha and Santosh Kumar Shaw. Police arrested Jha. During interrogation, Jha told police that he used to supply the blood samples and other details to Santosh Kumar Shaw. Santosh Kumar Shaw was then arrested last night. Blank slips of Medical Life Diagnostic Centre and City MED Diagnostic Centre were recovered. They used to give diagnostic test results without actually performing the tests. They have been remanded to 2-day police custody.last_img

Mango cultivation gains momentum in Paschimanchal areas

first_imgKolkata: Shantiram Mahato, state minister for Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs department, inaugurated the two-day Mango Mela in Purulia on Sunday.It may be mentioned that mango cultivation in Paschimanchal areas like Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, West Midnapore, Birbhum and East and West Burdwan districts is gaining popularity for producing Amrapali, Mallika, Himsagar and Alphonso varieties.Theses varieties of mango are the most suitable for this region and the quality of these varieties is far better than the conventional mango growing regions of west Bengal like Malda and Murshidabad. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThese mango orchards have been popularised through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), by the Horticulture & Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs department.More than 20 lakh mango saplings have been planted in this region, including Alphonso from Dr Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapith, an agriculture university situated in Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, known as the Alphonso hub in the country.Scientists of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Nadia, compared the quality of the mangoes grown in this region with the same varieties grown elsewhere and it was found that the quality of these mangoes in this region is better, along with the shelf life of the fruits. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe district administration has been organising the Mango Mela since 2014, to popularise mangoes of the region and provide a forum for export of these mangoes.SHG members attached with the orchards are getting the facility of selling their produce directly to the buyers.Mango export from this region is being done by the government to ensure more remuneration and profits to the farmers. 3 metric tonnes of Amrapali from Bankura has been exported this year to Dubai. Export to England and Australia is alsobeing tried.Mahato said: “This area was not known for mangoes, but now, the best mangoes are being produced in this region. The government is trying to set up more plantations with genuine quality mangoes and export them to ensure more profit for our farmers. If it is regularised, the economy of the area will be changed through mango cultivation.”last_img read more

Shopkeepers at KMC market in Kidderpore protest against police inaction

first_imgKolkata: Shopkeepers in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) market in Kidderpore closed their shops in protest against the failure of the police to arrest thieves.The shopkeepers alleged that their shops have been looted by criminals who enter the shops by breaking the asbestos shed at night when the shops remain closed. They have looted almost all the shops in the market. They alleged that they had reported the matter to the Ekbalpore and Watgunj police stations. The police came for investigation but failed to arrest them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe shopkeepers alleged that the criminals operate in connivance with a section of policemen and the miscreants have threatened locals who had gone to the police station to lodge complaints. The shopkeepers said on Thursday they had organised a token strike and if the miscreants are not arrested, then all the KMC markets in Kolkata will be closed. “We have no intention to harass our customers but because of the indifferent attitude of the police, we are forced to close our shops.” Complaints of thefts have been made by the shopkeepers of other KMC markets as well, particularly Manicktola and Beliaghata. The shopkeepers alleged that because of poor maintenance of the markets, the thieves and burglars sneak in at night and decamp with all the goods.last_img read more

Meeting ends on positive note at Bhangar final minutes likely on Aug

first_imgKolkata: With the meeting over the Bhangar power grid sub-station issue being concluded on a positive note on Tuesday, the work for completion of the project would resume soon after the signing of ‘final minutes’ which is expected to take place on August 11.The meeting between the district administration and the Jomi, Jibika, Poribesh OBastutantra Rakshya Committee continued for around five and a half hours till 6 pm on Tuesday.There were around 50 representatives of the committee, who had a discussion over the issue with the District Magistrate of South 24-Parganas Y Ratnakara Rao. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTop brass of the state police in the district, along with other administrative officials and concerned officers of the state Power department were present in the meeting.Stating that the meeting ended on a positive note with a high expectation of signing the ‘final minutes’, a senior official said they have discussed the issues that came to them when they had spoken to villagers, making them understand about the benefits of setting up the power grid sub-station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere was also a preliminary discussion on certain compensation packagesand the final decision in this regard will come after the meeting on August 11, when the ‘final minutes’ is highly expected to get signed. The administration hasinitiated work to finalise the same.Sources said that they had certain misconceptions about the power grid sub-station. The administration has made them understand the real facts.As a result, the representatives of the committee have assured “total cooperation” for completing the remaining work of the power grid sub-station.It has been learnt that the representatives of the committee on Tuesday placed a demand for a Local Development Plan for Khamarait. Sources said that the district administration has agreed to go for a special plan, which would be taken up for further development of the area.There was also discussion about the scope of further development in thearea, mainly by creating different infrastructure for better irrigation facilities and roadways. It may be mentioned that the state government has already sanctioned a project to construct a road from Polerhaat to Swarupnagar. The project will cost Rs 21 crore and the work for construction of the same has also started.A senior officer said that the continuous development work carried out by the state government has made it possible to get support of the people to complete the project. The work of the power grid sub-station will commence soon after the signing of the ‘final minutes’.last_img read more

Delhi Day celebrated on Thursday

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated the ‘Delhi Day’ by lighting the lamp at Hamsadhwani Theatre in India International Trade Fair. A grand cultural programme was organised to mark the occasion.Renowned singer Kailash Kher gave live performance and won the hearts of thousands of people and visitors of the fair in the event.Kejriwal also recited his favourite song “Insan ka insan se ho bhai chara, yahi hai paigham hamara,” with the audience also joining in.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, Principal Secretary and Commissioner Industries Chetan B Sanghi and MD, DSIIDC Sanjeev Ahuja were also present for the occasion.last_img

District administration will go all out to ensure peaceful polls S Dinajpur

first_imgBALURGHAT: With the dates being announced for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Sunday by the Election Commission of India, District Magistrate (South Dinajpur) Deepap Priya P organised a press meet on late Sunday evening at Balurghat Circuit House and said the district administrative officials would leave no stones unturned to ensure peaceful elections in the district, which is slated for April 23.According to her, sufficient Central Reserve Police Force personnel will be deployed in polling stations across the district covering seven Assembly segments, namely Itahar, Kushmandi, Kumarganj, Balurghat, Tapan, Gangarampur and Harirampur. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseShe said in the press conference that there are a total of 1,305 polling stations under the Balurghat seat. “Anyone can lodge specific complaints by dialing the toll free number 1950,” she said. Since South Dinajpur has three-sided border areas, according to an administrative official the department has recently conducted meeting with police personnel and BSF where they agreed to deploy sufficient police force in tense areas and urged BSF officials for sharp lookout as a part of vigil in the unfenced border areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources said that the district administration would also arrange for every possible communication facilities like mobile phones and internet in every polling booth. Notably, the concerned administrative officials have already talked to service providers on how communication could be facilitated in the remote areas where electricity, mobile phones and internet are yet to reach. Polling is scheduled to take place in the district on April 23, while the counting will be done on May 23. A total number of 14,27,567 voters would be participating in the polls this year. Additional District Magistrate Pranab Kumar Ghosh, along with District Information and Cultural Officer Santanu Chakraborty, took part in the press meet.last_img read more

Celebrate Swiss National Day and friendship day

first_imgCelebrate the bounty of Swiss flavours with your family and friends, as The Imperial commemorate ‘Swiss National Day’. Revel in a hand-crafted lunch buffet curated by the chefs at 1911 Restaurant for a splendid afternoon or enjoy an exquisite dinner at Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie. The menu features a generous assortment of salads, soups, signature mains, live carving and desserts with the dishes like ‘Rotkraustsalt – Red cabbage salad’; ‘Nusslisalat- Swiss green salad with creamy dressing’, ‘Swiss apple tart’, ‘Swiss meringues with dark chocolate mousse’, along with many more indulgent offerings. WHERE: 1911 Restaurant (Lunch); Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie (Dinner) When: August 1 Timings:12:30pm – 2:45pm (Lunch buffet) 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Price: INR 3000 per person + taxes Apart from that, the hotel also invites you to celebrate ‘Friendship Day’, at 1911 Restaurant on August 4, 2019. Timings: 12:30pm – 2:45pm Price: INR 3700 per person + taxeslast_img read more

Snack hack of baked snacks

first_imgSnacking has historically been associated with poor nutritional habits but many nutritionists have spent considerable time emphasising its contribution to weight loss and overall health. Today, quality snacking is seen as a champion of health, and is a compulsory part of many diet programmes in the present time. Baked versions of your favourite snacks are a far better way of satiating that particular craving without compromising on the one thing you look forward to most: the taste.There are few things about snacks (fried snacks specifically) that many don’t know. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFried foods are high in Trans fat Trans Fat is a fat formed when unsaturated fats go through the process of something called hydrogenation. Many fried snacks are pumped with trans fats to increase their shelf life. But while many companies make trans fats in their laboratories, hydrogenation can also take place when foods are fried. Trans fats are one of the worst fats in existence because their structure makes it hard for your body to break them down. These kinds of fats are associated with cancer. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFried foods can contain harmful Acrylamide Acrylamide is a highly toxic substance that can form in foods that are fried, and this is especially present in fried potato snacks like wafers. Acrylamide is formed as a result of a chemical reaction between sugars (naturally present in food) and an amino acid that goes by the name of asparagine. The presence of this substance has been linked to increasing risk including certain types of cancer. Fried foods lead to a host of diseases Fried food can increase your body’s propensity to stored fat. Not only does this change your body’s composition, but also alters your body’s insulin response (hello, diabetes) and blood pressure. Fried foods not only increase your chances of having heart disease, but also strokes. (Inputs by Pooja Makhija, Clinical Nutritionist)last_img read more

Jack Nicholson Broke Angelica Hustons Heart – She Paid him Back with

first_imgWhen she was only 21, Anjelica Huston left New York and moved to Los Angeles to revamp her modeling career and become an actress. She also ended up in a relationship that would define almost two decades of her life.The Addams family actress fell for “bad boy” Jack Nicholson, and despite witnessing deep caring and affection from his side, she also went through years of heartbreaking torment.Anjelica Huston pictured in 2014. Photo by Mingle Media TV CC BY SA 2.0Huston revealed more about her agony-tainted relationship with Nicholson in her memoir Watch me, published in 2014.It was her second biographical book and unlike her first, which revolved around her childhood and early modeling days, this one discussed more intimate details of her private life.Anjelica Huston with her father, John Huston.Angelica was the daughter of iconic film director John Huston, and also starred in her father’s very last movie, a 1987 adaptation on one of James Joyce’s Dubliners short stories — The Dead. She first met Jack Nicholson at his birthday party which he hosted at his Mulholland Drive estate in L.A.Jack Nicholson in 1963.The actress revealed she’d had a thing for Nicholson ever since seeing him star in Easy Rider in 1969.She first went to see the movie with friends in London, where she lived at the time, only to go back a couple of days later, buying the ticket for the same movie, now alone.Much like other women in those days, she had been captivated by how Nicholson appeared on the silver screen. She was again captivated a few years later as she dropped in with a friend to his birthday. Nicholson greeted them at the door with a deep seducing voice: “I am Jack, and I am glad you could make it.”Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson at the 62nd Academy Awards, March 26, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0That birthday party night was the beginning of everything — the good and the bad times for young Huston. Nicholson was 14 years her senior.They danced the night away and called her a taxi home in the morning. A couple of days later he called her to plan their first date.Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImageBut a few hours later Nicholson called back to cancel their plans, saying he had already had something else on the agenda — meeting his ex, Michelle Phillips. Huston would quickly befriend her.But calling off the first date because of someone else pretty much gave a clear signal how the entire Nicholson-Huston relationship would unfold. Strange situations like this only piled up.Despite the ordeals, Huston kept seeing Nicholson. She moved in with him during the time he worked on Chinatown.Jack Nicholson kissing Anjelica Huston at a formal dinner, c. 1970, New York. Photo by Art Zelin/Getty ImagesIn one of them, she was with Nicholson at a restaurant when a young model from Germany started flirting with her boyfriend. She made to get up and leave the table, but Nicholson clenched his hands onto her wrist and didn’t allow her to go.“Don’t ever stand up like that to leave,” he told Huston. The actress comments on how she enjoyed “his brief flash of possessiveness.”In 1973, Huston attended a Carole King gig with Nicholson and had to cope with a situation involving Canadian singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, who was sitting “between Jack’s legs throughout the show.”Anjelica Huston with her half-brother Danny Huston on the red carpet at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, March 26, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0This hurt Huston’s feelings and Nicholson wouldn’t comfort her when she complained to him.A year later, while in Cannes for the Film Festival, he left her standing on the sidewalk because “pretty French girls would come up on motorbikes and say, ‘Oh, Jack, you want to ride on my bike with me?’”Jack Nicholson. Photo by Georges Biard Permission CC BY-SA 3.0As if following a role to never say no to a beautiful girl, Nicholson did join the girls and Huston was left to retreat to their hotel room, weeping.In other instances, Huston writes how caring was Nicholson towards her. She would describe The One Flew Over Cuckoo Nest and Shining actor as deeply emotional and caring. He would bring her unique gifts or devise an array of nicknames: “Fab” from “the Big Fabulous,” “Ze Bik Fabuliss,” “Toot” (because it rhymes with foot), and “Tootie” which evolved into “Tootman Fubiliss,” according to Vanity Fair.Jack NicholsonBut Huston also reminisces on an earth-shattering moment which came as the two of them were watching The Newlywed Game show on TV, and Nicholson started to ridicule the idea of marriage. “Oh, little marriage,” he would go on saying several times over.“I replied, ‘If you had any balls, you’d marry me,’” Huston told him, as reported by New York Post. “And he said, ‘Marry you? Are you kidding?’”, which brought tears to Huston’s eyes. The woman would sob for the next three days.Anjelica Huston in 2005.What nailed down the coffin was when Nicholson blatantly announced over the dinner table that he was going to be a father – with another woman. It was 1989.“The words came smoothly, deliberately,” writes Huston on this one. That other woman turned out to be actress and model Rebecca Broussard, who in the end had two children with Nicholson. Back at the conversation over the dinner table was where Huston drew the line.Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImageFinally, before carrying on with her life, Huston dropped by Nicholson’s place and “beat the living hell out of him,” leaving her womanizer love with bruises all over his body.“Goddamn, Toots, you sure landed some blows on me,” he told her later over the phone.“You’re welcome, Jack – you deserved it,” replied Huston and they both laughed out loud.For Christmas that year, Huston received a pearl and diamond bracelet which had once been a gift from Frank Sinatra to Ava Gardner. It was Jack’s way to conclude their extravagant relationship.Read another story from us: The Terror of a Movie Jack Nicholson and Boris Karloff Wish They Could ForgetIn 1992, Huston married Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham. The two of them remained together until Graham’s death in 2008. The couple did not have any children. Nicholson continued his relationship with Broussard until 1994. Jack would later go on to say that of all the women in his life, Huston was has main love.last_img read more

Was Richard Shermans hit on Dan Carpenter a dirty play

first_imgFollowing the game, Sherman said he was going for the ball and not the kicker, and he only continued because Carpenter followed through with the kick after the whistle.NFL Senior Vice President of officiating Dean Blandino tweeted out that the hit should have drawn a flag for roughing the kicker, but not an ejection. Oops.At the end of the half in #BUFvsSEA its unnecessary roughness for hitting the kicker. Foul means he can stay in the game.— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) November 8, 2016 Richard Sherman. All-Pro lightning rod. No player puts their fingerprints on more controversial plays or confrontations than Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.Last night in Buffalo, he was involved in another controversial play in Seattle’s 31-25 win that many are calling a dirty hit.With seconds remaining in the first half, Sherman prematurely timed the snap count on Dan Carpenter’s 53-yard field goal attempt, drawing a flag for offsides. Despite the call, he launched his body into Carpenter’s legs, forcing him to briefly leave the game. The play caused an uproar on the Buffalo sidelines that Sherman wasn’t flagged for roughing the kicker and ejected from the game.Whether you think it’s a cheap shot, or not, probably depends on whether you like or loathe the polarizing Sherman.Here is the Sherman field goal block attempt. Whistle doesn’t sound until *after* Sherman makes contact. Play to the whistle.— Ben B (@guga31bb) November 8, 2016center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

LaVar Ball is going to have the last laugh

first_imgLaugh at LaVar Ball now, but he’ll have the last laughIt’s become fashionable to crush LaVar Ball over his outrageous comments about his kids. Most recently, Ball said the price tag to sign his son Lonzo to an endorment deal would be $1 billion. Colin says that people may not be laughing for long if Lonzo gets drafted by the Lakers and can turnaround the franchise.Colin thinks it’s easy to crush LaVar Ball in our pile on culture, but he respects that Ball has lofty dreams and ambition. Except for Ball’s comments that he could beat Michael Jordan in one-on-one. That’s just dumb.“Don’t let people crush your dreams.”Ezekiel Elliott should be fined or suspended for pulling down a woman’s shirtCowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is in more hot water off the field after pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing  her breasts while carousing at a St. Patrick’s Day Party.It’s not the first incident of bad judgement and decision making by Elliott, and Colin thinks Elliott has a lack of self awareness and should be fined or supended, or both. He also feels the message from owner Jerry Jones from his antics is that it’s okay to play and party hard.“Ezekiel Elliott made a really poor decision. He should be suspended, or fined, or both.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss if Durant will be close to 100% if he returns in the playoffs; what’s wrong with Steph Curry; and why LeBron isn’t getting serious MVP consideration.RJ Bell – oddsmaker joins the show to talk NCAA tourney wagering; tips for picking games; who Vegas likes; picking upsets; which teams got left out; who’s underseeded and overseeded; and the odds of hitting a perfect bracket.Greg Jennings – Former NFL wide receiver is in-studio to discuss why Eddie Lacy never worked in Green Bay; why Brandin Cooks is going to have a caareeer year in New England; why he respects Jordan Cameron’s comments that most players don’t love football.last_img read more

VIDEO Michael Jordan lit up an NBA AllStar team in a pre1984

first_imgHere’s the final Box Score: Advertisement Watch Jordan give the NBA team a sneak preview of what was coming once he entered the league. Before the 1992 Dream Team, Michael Jordan led Team USA to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Even as an amateur, Jordan was an NBA-ready stud, and showed he belonged with the the pros during a pre-Olympic exhibition win over a collection of NBA stars in Phoenix.The NBA team wasn’t some collection of borderline stiffs. Their starting five included Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Walter Davis, Alex English and Larry Nance. Jordan did have future Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin on his squad, but pouring in 27 – with a some signature dunks – against a group of legit pros as a college kid was still an eye-opening performance.He also did it in Converse.The 1984 gold medal would be the USA’s last until the ’92 Dream Team. The under the radar gem of this clip is Billy Packer getting on MJ for wagging his tongue. Classic cranky Packer. Jordan also beat up an NBA squad with Larry Bird during the exhibition. you can watch that here:last_img read more