Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robots Latest AI Abilities w Video

first_img Explore further A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko Aiko has the ability to identify objects, learn what new objects are, understand more than 13,000 sentences, and more. Image credit: Le Trung. Le Trung, whose background is in microbiology and chemistry, was originally inspired to build Aiko after watching “Chobits,” a Japanese manga that explores the relationships between humans and personal computers. While he hopes to continue to improve Aiko’s software, he currently faces a hardware limitation, as the CPU is currently at 99% capacity. Le Trung hopes to raise funds to upgrade the CPU. In the future, Le Trung hopes to enable Aiko to achieve further skills, such as making tea, coffee, and a breakfast of eggs and bacon; cleaning a human’s ears with a Q-tip; giving a neck massage; writing; and cleaning windows, shelves, and bathrooms. He also hopes that, one day, he will be able to mass produce sister copies of Aiko for an estimated cost of about $17,000 – $20,000. “Future improvements include making the voice with more emotions and feelings when speaking, improving the silicone material on her face so that she can do facial expressions like humans, and redesigning the body and arm system to move more naturally and carry heavier things,” Le Trung said.More information: • www.projectaiko.com• A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko© 2009 PhysOrg.com In the video below, Le Trung demonstrates Aiko’s internal operating system, which gives the robot many abilities, including the ability to speak two languages (English and Japanese), solve high school math problems, communicate the weather forecast, understand more than 13,000 sentences, sing songs, identify objects, focus on objects or people of importance, read newspapers and other materials, and mimic human physical touch. Citation: Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot’s Latest AI Abilities (w/ Video) (2009, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-inventor-humanoid-robot-latest-ai.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — In August 2007, Le Trung invented Aiko, a Yumecom, or “Dream Computer Robot.” Although it took only a month and a half to build Aiko’s exterior, the artificial intelligence software has been a work in progress ever since. Recently, Le Trung has demonstrated his most recent improvements to the software, called BRAINS (Bio Robot Artificial Intelligence Neural System). As Le Trung explains, in some ways the BRAINS software is even more powerful than a human brain because it can link to infinite sources of data. Similar to a human brain, the software is designed to interact with the surrounding environment, process it, and record the information in its internal memory. Once the internal memory is at full capacity, the information can be transferred into a server database. The information can then be shared with current and future robots.With the BRAINS software, Aiko (whose name means “beloved one”) has the potential for many applications. For example, in the home, Aiko could help elderly people by reminding them when to take their medicine and helping them read the newspaper. It could also help kids with their math homework. In work and public environments, the robot could be used at information desks, where it could give directions and inform people when and where events take place. Le Trung also suggests that, with Aiko’s ability to detect 250 faces per second, it could be useful in airports to quickly scan and filter faces, as well as answer questions regarding flight times and gate locations. In addition, Aiko’s sensitivity sensors and humanlike appearance offer the potential for its use as a companion robot.”The most recent improvement with Aiko is the BRAINS software,” Le Trung said. “I have just finished re-architecting the BRAINS software to have triple threads, which will make the software run a bit smoother and process about 15% faster for 3D recognition. As a result, Aiko can distinguish the difference between a $20 Canadian bill and $20 American bill. Aiko also has new improved facial expressions with 21 recognition points. Aiko will know when you are angry, happy, etc. Finally, the BRAINS can now process newspaper reading much faster and more accurate.”last_img read more

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Researchers discover a way to avoid decoherence in a quantum system

first_img(Phys.org) —A team of physicists in Israel has used the scattering of a photon when it strikes an atom to better understand the process of decoherence. In a paper the team has published in the journal Science, the group describe how, as part of their research, they found that the spin of an atom prior to being shot with a single photon determined whether decoherence took place or not. Quantum cats are hard to see Journal information: Science More information: Emergence of a Measurement Basis in Atom-Photon Scattering, Science 8 March 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6124 pp. 1187-1191 DOI: 10.1126/science.1229650 (on ArXiv)ABSTRACTAfter measurement, a wave-function is postulated to collapse on a predetermined set of states—the measurement basis. Using quantum process tomography, we show how a measurement basis emerges in the evolution of the electronic spin of a single trapped atomic ion after spontaneous photon scattering and detection. This basis is determined by the excitation laser polarization and the direction along which the photon was detected. Quantum tomography of the combined spin-photon state reveals that although photon scattering entangles all superpositions of the measurement-basis states with the scattered photon polarization, the measurement-basis states themselves remain classically correlated with it. Our findings shed light on the process of quantum measurement in atom-photon interactions. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Researchers discover a way to avoid decoherence in a quantum system (2013, March 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-decoherence-quantum.html Decoherence is the process that comes about when a quantum state transitions to a classical world state. Scientists are studying the way it comes about (and ways to prevent it from happening) to help in designing atomic clocks and hopefully one day, a quantum computer.In this new effort, the researchers fired single photons at atoms and then studied the results using a detector. When the photons struck the atoms, they were deflected, a process called scattering. In so doing, they discovered that if the photon struck an atom whose spin was not aligned in the same direction as its path, than the photon and atom became entangled—where two particles behave as if one, even at a distance. If the photon and atom’s spin were aligned, however, entanglement did not occur.This experiment suggests a way to prevent decoherence—if the photon and atom became entangled, they experienced decoherence the moment the photon struck the detector and was measured—one of the basic rules of quantum mechanics. If the two didn’t become entangled though, then decoherence never occurred because there never was a superposition state (a scenario defined by quantum mechanics whereby systems can exist simultaneously in more than one state) in the first place. It also shows that decoherence can perhaps be controlled in a quantum system by taking advantage of an atom’s spin state.These findings could help researchers develop better atomic clocks or lead to new ideas on ways to build a real true functional quantum computer, which would of course revolutionize the field by allowing for systems that operate at orders of magnitude faster processing speeds. One of the major hold-ups at this point is preventing decoherence as data is manipulated and measured. This new research might just be one step towards solving that problem.last_img read more

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Blackbody radiation induces attractive force stronger than gravity

first_img Quantum thermodynamics: A better understanding of how atoms soak up their surroundings Explore further The scientists, M. Sonnleitner at the University of Innsbruck and Innsbruck Medical University in Austria, M. Ritsch-Marte at Innsbruck Medical University, and H. Ritsch at the University of Innsbruck, have published their paper on the attractive blackbody force stemming from blackbody radiation in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The underlying basis of the new force has actually been known for at least half a century: blackbody radiation shifts the atomic energy levels of nearby atoms and molecules. In these “Stark shifts,” the ground state of the atom or molecule is shifted to a lower energy by an amount that is roughly proportional to the fourth power of the blackbody’s temperature. That is, the hotter the blackbody, the larger the shift. While this much has been known, however, the potential repercussions of these energy shifts have been overlooked until now. In the new study, the scientists have for the first time shown that the Stark shifts induced by blackbody radiation can combine to generate an attractive optical force that dominates the blackbody’s own repulsive radiation pressure. This means that, despite its outgoing radiative energy flow, a hot finite-sized sphere actually attracts rather than repels neutral atoms and molecules, under most conditions.”The most important result is that we point out that radiation forces typically associated with lasers in the lab also exist for every source of thermal radiation,” Sonnleitner told Phys.org. “The interplay between these two forces—a typically attractive gradient force versus repulsive radiation pressure—is routinely considered in quantum optics laboratories, but it was overlooked that this also shows up with thermal light sources.”As the scientists explain, this attraction occurs because atoms and molecules whose ground states are shifted to lower energy levels are drawn toward regions of higher radiation intensity—in this case, blackbodies. The scientists calculated the strength of the attractive force, and discovered some interesting things. First, the force decays with the third power of the distance from the blackbody. Second, the force is stronger for smaller objects. Third, the force is stronger for hotter objects, up to a point. At above a few thousand degrees Kelvin, the force changes from attraction to repulsion. In their study, the scientists showed that the blackbody force of a dust grain at a temperature of 100 K is much stronger than the dust grain’s gravitational attraction. However, for a massive star at a temperature of 6000 K, the blackbody force is much weaker than the gravitational force. The discovery that blackbody radiation can impart an overall attractive force on nearby objects could have great significance for many astrophysical scenarios, in particular the interaction between interstellar gas and dust grains. The findings could also have applications in experimental set-ups, such as the effects of hot microstructured surfaces in vacuum chambers. However, the scientists note that the attractive blackbody force will be difficult to measure in the lab because it will be very weak under typical laboratory conditions.”Since the forces are very weak, they beat gravity only for small particles such as cosmic dust,” Sonnleitner said. “These sub-micron-sized grains play an important role in the formation of planets and stars or in astro-chemistry. Apparently there are some open questions on how they interact with surrounding hydrogen gas or with each other. Right now we are exploring how this additional attractive force affects the dynamics of atoms and dust.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Blackbody radiation induces attractive force stronger than gravity (2013, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-blackbody-stronger-gravity.html © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved.center_img More information: M. Sonnleitner, et al. “Attractive Optical Forces from Blackbody Radiation.” PRL 111, 023601 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.023601 An artist’s view of the interaction between an atom and a hot blackbody. Due to the attractive blackbody force, the atom is pulled toward the blackbody. Credit: M. Sonnleitner, et al. ©2013 American Physical Society Perfectly non-reflective objects, called blackbodies, produce blackbody radiation when at a uniform temperature. Although the properties of blackbody radiation depend on the blackbody’s temperature, this radiation has always been thought to have a net repulsive effect. Now in a new study, scientists have theoretically shown that blackbody radiation induces a second force on nearby atoms and molecules that is usually attractive and, quite surprisingly, even stronger than the repulsive radiation pressure. Consequently, the atoms and molecules are pulled toward the blackbody surface by a net attractive force that can be even stronger than gravity. The new attractive force—which the scientists call the “blackbody force”—suggests that a variety of astrophysical scenarios should be revisited. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Study suggests costs of building flood protection from global warming far less

first_img Explore further Citation: Study suggests costs of building flood protection from global warming far less than flood repair (2014, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-global.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Global warming, it appears, is here to stay, thus, it’s time, the researchers suggest, to start making plans for dealing with the inevitable flooding that will occur as ocean levels rise due to warmer water and melting snow and ice. They note that approximately a billion people currently live in areas that are likely to be at risk—low-lying coastal areas. And since it’s not likely that towns and cities will be moved farther inland, other measures need to be taken. They note that flood prevention strategies are well established, e.g. building levees, barrier islands, etc., thus it’s not difficult to draw up estimates for such schemes for individual areas. What is difficult is convincing municipalities to spend billions of dollars on preventing floods that won’t occur for many years.To make their point, the researchers highlight the high financial toll that floods take, compared to the relatively small investment costs for flood prevention. As one example, they note that one highly developed coastal urban area could see damages reaching to nearly $20 trillion annually—as in every single year. To offer a comparison, they note that the GDP for the United States as a whole is roughly $17 trillion a year. Clearly it would be cheaper to prevent the flooding in the first place.The researchers acknowledge that costs for putting in flood control measures in different parts of the world could vary dramatically, but suggest that regardless, it would almost certainly be cheaper than enduring endless flooding. The key is in recognizing what the future holds and making plans for it, rather than taking a wait-and-see approach.As one additional note of caution, the researchers also remind urban planners that history has shown that not all flood prevention efforts succeed as envisioned, and when they fail, catastrophic events can occur as a result—quite often due to building in a flood plain out of an exaggerated sense of security. More information: Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise, Jochen Hinkel, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222469111AbstractCoastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise are assessed on a global scale taking into account a wide range of uncertainties in continental topography data, population data, protection strategies, socioeconomic development and sea-level rise. Uncertainty in global mean and regional sea level was derived from four different climate models from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5, each combined with three land-ice scenarios based on the published range of contributions from ice sheets and glaciers. Without adaptation, 0.2–4.6% of global population is expected to be flooded annually in 2100 under 25–123 cm of global mean sea-level rise, with expected annual losses of 0.3–9.3% of global gross domestic product. Damages of this magnitude are very unlikely to be tolerated by society and adaptation will be widespread. The global costs of protecting the coast with dikes are significant with annual investment and maintenance costs of US$ 12–71 billion in 2100, but much smaller than the global cost of avoided damages even without accounting for indirect costs of damage to regional production supply. Flood damages by the end of this century are much more sensitive to the applied protection strategy than to variations in climate and socioeconomic scenarios as well as in physical data sources (topography and climate model). Our results emphasize the central role of long-term coastal adaptation strategies. These should also take into account that protecting large parts of the developed coast increases the risk of catastrophic consequences in the case of defense failure. 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.center_img © 2014 Phys.org Changing landscapes, not global warming, to blame for increased flood risk Flooding in Key Haven caused by hurricane Wilma on 10/24/2005. Credit: Marc Averette/Wikipedia (Phys.org) —A team of researches with members from several European countries has concluded that it would be far more cost effective for most coastal area economies to employ flood prevention strategies rather than simply pay to clean up after flooding that occurs due to global warming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers describe likely flooding scenarios in the future as ocean levels rise due to global warming and the possible costs of building structures to prevent flood damage.last_img read more

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Researchers find some universities are getting poor value from bundled academic journal

first_img Reference resources find their place among open access and Google, study finds Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Academic journals are periodicals where researchers publish articles describing their work. They are published by companies such as Springer, Taylor & Francis, Sage, and Elsevier. Such periodicals can be sold on an individual subscription basis, to a university, or other group, or, they can be bundled together, like channels on cable TV and sold as a package deal. When they are bundled and sold to a university library, both sides engage in bartering—publishers want the highest price they can get, while libraries want to pay the lowest. An interesting part of the bartering process is that the final price that is agreed to by both sides, is kept secret, due to a confidentially agreement the publishers insist the librarians sign. That means that librarians don’t know how much other institutions are paying for their bundles. In this new effort, the researchers used the Freedom of Information Act, to force several public universities to reveal their contracts, so that they could compare them.In looking at the contracts, the researchers found widely different charges to universities for the same bundles. They found for example, that the University of Michigan paid $2.16 million in 2009 for a bundle from Elsevier, while the University of Wisconsin, paid just $1.22 million the same year for the same bundle from the same company. They note that the two universities are similar in the size of their staffs and the number of PhD students, yet one school paid considerably more than the other.The researchers attempted to use other metrics to see if a pattern might emerge that could explain publishers charging some institutions more than others—they report that they were not able to find any, which to them suggests, that pricing was based on the knowledge and negotiating skills of the individual librarian, which meant that schools that did not have librarians with such knowledge or skills, tended to get very low value for the bundles they purchased compared to other schools. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —A small team made up of four economists from four universities in the U.S. has found that some university libraries are getting a raw deal from companies that sell them bundled academic journals. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Theodore Bergstrom, Paul Courant, Preston McAfee and Michael Williams contend that by requiring university librarians to sign confidentially agreements, academic journal publishers are artificially inflating the prices of bundled journal packages and are charging universities widely different prices for the same content without any reason, other than that it brings them greater profit. Citation: Researchers find some universities are getting poor value from bundled academic journal publishers (2014, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-universities-poor-bundled-academic-journal.html More information: Evaluating big deal journal bundles, Theodore C. Bergstrom, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1403006111AbstractLarge commercial publishers sell bundled online subscriptions to their entire list of academic journals at prices significantly lower than the sum of their á la carte prices. Bundle prices differ drastically between institutions, but they are not publicly posted. The data that we have collected enable us to compare the bundle prices charged by commercial publishers with those of nonprofit societies and to examine the types of price discrimination practiced by commercial and nonprofit journal publishers. This information is of interest to economists who study monopolist pricing, librarians interested in making efficient use of library budgets, and scholars who are interested in the availability of the work that they publish. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Genetic study shows white rhinos intermixed during ice age offering hope for

first_img Scientists create embryos, hope to save near-extinct rhino An international team of researchers has found genetic evidence of northern and southern white rhinoceros’ intermingling during the last ice age. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study and their hopes that the new information may lead to a new population of hybrids. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Citation: Genetic study shows white rhinos intermixed during ice age offering hope for saving sub-species (2018, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-genetic-white-rhinos-intermixed-ice.html This past March, the last remaining male northern white rhinoceros died, suggesting that the sub-species was on the brink of extinction—just two females now exist. In stark contrast, the southern white rhino has been flourishing in the sub-Saharan grasslands as government agencies have worked hard to protect them. The northern and southern white rhinos have been living apart for so long that they have evolved into two sub-species. To prevent the complete loss of the northern sub-species, scientists have been investigating the possibility of establishing a population of hybrid rhinos—half northern, half southern. But it was not clear how distinct the two species might be—too many genetic differences would mean they would not be able to reproduce. To date, only one such hybrid was ever produced, a female that lived from 1977 to 2009. She never mated, however, offering little in the way of hope for a hybrid population. In this new effort, the researchers conducted a genetic analysis of 200 northern and southern rhinos, comparing them for compatibility.The researchers report that their analysis showed that the two sub-species had mated occasionally during the last ice age, which would greatly increase the likelihood of the two sub-species being able to successfully mate today. They note that even if the possibility does exist, there is no guarantee that offspring would be healthy enough to survive. The only way to find out for sure is to try to create hybrids and see how they fare.This past July, a team working on producing hybrids announced that they had successfully created hybrid embryos. The next step will be to place them in southern white rhino mothers currently living in captivity. Before that can happen though, the team will need to receive permission from authorities to obtain and use sperm collected from deceased northern males.center_img More information: Contrasting evolutionary history, anthropogenic declines and genetic contact in the northern and southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2018). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2018.1567Press release © 2018 Science X Network Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Double murder in Siliguri Forensic team to arrive at residence mystery deepens

first_imgSiliguri: A forensic expert team is due to arrive at the Kushwa residence at Shukantanagar in Bagdogra by Tuesday to collect samples and start with the investigation.On Sunday, Siliguri woke up to double murders. 40-year-old Ajay Kushwa and his 35-year-old wife Mina Kushwa were found brutally murdered at their residence, while their 4-year-old son and 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter were found unhurt.Siliguri Metropolitan Police have started a probe and suspect that the couple was murdered by people known to them. They have got hold of definite leads by investigating details of Ajay’s business transactions. The investigation started with the interrogation of around 40 people, including his employees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeKushwa used to run a manpower agency providing both male and female workers to catering agencies.On Saturday, Kushwa had a contract to provide workers in a hotel in Siliguri. At around 1:40 am on Sunday after his job was over, Uday Pradhan, a staff had gone to Kushwa’s residence to hand over the keys and drop the female workersback home.”The principal entrance of the building was wide open. On entering their apartment, I found the bodies lying in pool of blood in two separate rooms and I immediately reported the matter to the police,” said Pradhan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources say that the investigators are looking into several angles. Firstly, there was a female staff present on the third floor of the building but she seemed to have no clue about the crime on the first floor.Secondly, Ajay had altercations with a tenant of the building, which he had taken on rent for the male staff in Pradhananagar.The three-storied Kushwa residence had a floor allotted to the female staff and for the male employees, Ajay had hired an accommodation in Pradhan Nagar, a nearby locality. Though the murder weapon has not been recovered yet, police suspect that the couple was bludgeoned to death with bore marks on Ajay’s head and Meena’s face being disfigured.As the children were spared, it is suspected that the assailants are known to the couple.Later on Sunday, sniffer dogs were brought in by the policemen, which took rounds of the entire house and also to the adjacent areas outside the house.”Though we have proceeded a lot in the investigation into the murder case, we cannot disclose details as it may alert the criminals involved,” stated Tarun Halder, DCP (zone 2), SMP.Ajay and Meena were together since their early school days and got married in 2006.”He was a reputed businessman of the area and did not have any kind of problems with anyone as per my knowledge,” said one of the neighbours.”The motive behind the murder is not very clear but we hope to come to a conclusion soon,” added Halder.The forensic investigation will throw significant lighton the case.last_img read more

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WB CID probing suicides blames on Momo Challenge

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal CID today said it is probing the cases of alleged suicide blamed on online game ‘Momo Challenge’ and most of the messages received by people inviting them to play it were “fake”. There is no reason to panic or to connect the recently reported suicide cases in West Bengal to ‘Momo Challenge’, state CID DIG (Operations) Nishat Pervez told newsmen here. All the numbers from where the messages were sent to the people in the state to play the Momo Challenge were based abroad and an investigation has been initiated into it, he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Almost all of the messages received by the people so far asking them to play the Momo Challenge are fake because there is no link leading to the game. There must be a link which will take the person receiving the message to the game. Fake messages can be created and that is what has happened,” Pervez said. Nobody in the state has so far reported anything about receiving links leading them to play the Momo Challenge, he said. “We have not received any single report of anybody getting a message that has taken him to a page on the Internet to play the game. And there was no complaint from family members of those who have committed suicide saying that they have died playing the game,” the CID DIG said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Investigation is at a very early stage, he said adding catching those creating fake messages will take time. The Momo Challenge has reportedly claimed two lives so far. Eighteen-year-old Manish Sarki of Kurseong had hanged himself on August 20 and 26-year-old Aditi Goyal, also from the same area, committed suicide the next day reportedly after playing the Momo game on Whatsapp. “We do not have any proof that they committed suicide after playing the Momo Challenge,” Pervez said. On August 21 Jalpaiguri resident Kabita Rai had received an invitation over her mobile phone inviting her to play the Momo Challenge following which she had lodged a police complaint. A college student from the district was detained in connection with her complaint. A woman IT professional in the city had received a similar invitation last week and had approached to the Kolkata Police cyber cell. The CID DIG said that parents should keep a tab on their wards and counsel them in case they spot any change in their behaviour. The state administration has taken steps to combat the alleged threat. It has asked educational institutes to keep a tab on the behaviour of students and have alerted police stations in the districts to deal with it, officials said. The ‘Momo Challenge’ apparently introduced by social networking site after last year’s killer ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, has made headway in several countries. The Game features a grotesque image of a girl with her face distorted and eyes bulging.last_img read more

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Youth lynched to death in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: A youth was lynched to death over property related disputes. The incident took place in Dhaniakhali area of Hooghly on Sunday morning.The deceased has been identified as Kartik Haldar (21). According to the police, the victim had a quarrel with his neigbhour over property related matter.The family members of the victim alleged that the accused, identified as Kartik Roy, along with few others, dragged Haldar out of his house and took him to a nearby area. The accused youths hit the victim on his head with a bamboo stick. The victim fell on the ground after receiving injuries on head. The accused fled the spot immediately after the incident. Some locals found the victim lying unconscious state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey rushed the victim to Dhaniakhali Gramin Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe. The body has been sent for an autopsy. The incident triggered tension in the area.The family members of the victim told police that a property dispute was going on between the two families for a long time. The accused also threatened the victim of dire consequences on a number of occasions but the family members never thought this could led to his death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim’s family members lodged a complaint at a local police station and a probe has been initiated. The accused youths have been absconding.According to the police, the victim had several injury marks on his body. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.Police are investigating if the property related dispute between the two families actually led to the murder or is there any other angle intothe incident.last_img read more

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When Netherlands followed the Mahatma

first_imgOver 800 people of different ages, nationalities and walks of life participated in a ‘Gandhi March’ held in The Hague, Netherlands on October 1, as part of a ‘Follow the Mahatma’ campaign organised to mark the International Day of Non-Violence. The day’s proceedings began with the Netherlands Marathi Mandal entertaining participants with traditional dhol and dances inside the compound of the iconic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Deputy Mayors of The Hague, Rabin Baldewsingh and Karsten Klein, as well as Ambassador of India to the Netherlands, Venu Rajamony, made brief speeches flagging off the march. A spark taken from the eternal ‘World Peace flame’ that burns outside the Peace Palace, (created using a flame from the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat in Delhi) was handed over to the Deputy Mayors and Ambassador Venu Rajamony, who led the march along with Ambassadors of many countries, Chan Santokhi, MP and leader of Opposition from Suriname and leaders of the Indian community.The colourful march guided by motorcycle outriders in front and with mounted police on horses at the back, wound through the streets of the city for about an hour before concluding at the historic Grote Kerk or Big Church of The Hague. The marchers wore t-shirts, specially designed for the occasion with the ‘Follow the Mahatma’ campaign logo of Gandhiji, walking with a stick in one hand and a cycle in the other. They also carried posters and shouted slogans advocating non-violence and peace as well as the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Other dignitaries who took part in the activities included the Ambassadors of South Africa, United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Political leader of Indian origin and celebrity fitness advocate and inspirational speaker. On reaching the Grote Kerk, the marchers paid respects to a bicycle personally used by Mahatma Gandhi and sent to the Netherlands by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of India as a special gesture, in view of the popularity of cycling in the Netherlands. An excerpt of Philp Glass’s masterpiece opera titled ‘Satyagraha’ inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violent resistance was performed by artists from the Korzo theatre and Kwekers in de Kunst. The excerpt which portrayed the conversation between Arjuna and Krishna in the Mahabharata, was performed in a new adaptation with modern Indian dance. A new book in Dutch titled “Gandhi –An illustrated biography” by Indian author Pramod Kapoor was released during the event. The celebrations ended with a performance of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite songs ‘Lead, kindly light’,and ‘Abide with me’ as well as the famous civil rights song ‘We shall overcome’ by a group from the American Protestant Church of The Hague.The ‘Follow the Mahatma’ campaign continued on October 2, 2017 with volunteers fanning out to 22 schools of Netherlands and conducting classes on Mahatma Gandhi and the Importance of non-violence. Events are also being organised by the Indian community around the statues of Mahatma Gandhi in The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam while Indian students are taking the lead to organise a Cleanliness drive in Maastricht University and a discussion in Technical University, Delft.last_img read more

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In desperate need of a Magic Lamp

first_imgHis close companions parted ways with him. There were whispers round the corner about him losing his creative freedom on having joined politics. But this man imperturbably continued to explore rich artistic domains by delving deep into intricacies of human philosophy to come up with new narratives in the world of theatre in Bengal. Bratya Basu, in his rising theatrical trajectory, silenced his critics with his first ever political satire, ‘Akdin Aladin’, a comedy with magic-realism in the play. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAkdin Aladin, with a dollop of Bratya’s signature, is a play which is a satire on the politico-cultural environment using West Bengal as the backdrop. The narrative revolves around a rising politician, Madhab, almost sure of getting ticket to fight an election for his party. Madhab aspires to be the Prime Minister of the country and is even willing to take up corrupt means to attain his objective. He communicates with his old friend, Satya who died in an accident in his childhood, in his dreams. Satya, ‘truth’ acts as Madhab’s conscience and appears to counter his dishonest acts. Madhab, before taking a big leap in his political career, wishes to know people’s mind. Satya, then presents Madhab with a magic lamp of Aladin, only for a day. The lamp, when flashed in front of an individual, makes him speak out the uncensored version of his thoughts. But, the magic lamp creates havoc when Madhab gets to see the original, uncut version of people’s mind. Bratya thus brings surrealism in his play that unmasks the fraud and deception prevailing in individual minds which are responsible for corrupting social behaviour. As the play progresses it explores the minds of young people which have drifted away from innocence to rather cheap consumerism of present times. The play lays bare the manifold increase in agenda-based relationships and degrading moral values and ethics which are crippling young minds and leading them to confusion and uncertainty. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the second half of the play, on the contrary, the protagonist plunges into despair when the realization pins him down to the ground. The harsh reality transforms the ‘shady’ and power hungry Madhab into an extremely tormented soul on having observed the naked truth of the unethical, immoral world of power hungry people. A sense of heaviness laced with a feeling of defeat overshadows the narrative when in a subtle mood of enticement Satya allures Madhab to join his world. One has to see the play till the end to know whether ‘Satya’, the truth comes out as a winner. Paikpara Indraranga, the gritty theatre group, led by Indrajit Chakraborty produces their fifth play, Akdin Aladin after the widespread success of Awdya Shesh Rajani. The protagonist Kanchan Mallick exhibits a class of acting which is exemplary. His professionalism proves his deep rooted commitment and association with theatre and his matured understanding about it. Hence, Kanchan, as expected, does well in his directorial debut too. Hallucination created in a scene involving Satya goes well with the pace of the play. Taranga Sarkar, Indrajit Chakraborty, Sumana Mukhopadhya in the roles of supporting actors need special mention. The background score, ‘Guru dao dao’, written by the playwright and sung by Shilajit is apt to the tune of the play. Credit goes to Sudip Sanyal for his artistry in designing light. After all, Akdin Aladin is a well tailored play for those who do not feel ashamed to take a dig at our own value system and ethos that have changed our society.last_img read more

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Fame for nothing

first_imgBhavya Sharma The Internet has become an incredible medium for people to showcase their talent to the world. Many gifted people came into the spotlight by exhibiting their abilities. After conquering YouTube through his insanely humorous videos, comedian Bhuvan Bam is now the most followed content writer in India. Vidya Vox with her melodious voice created the fusion of western and Indian music and won millions of hearts. The artist has over 4.2 million subscribers on Youtube. While on one side, these people became overnight internet sensations, there are others who got their five minutes of fame for doing nothing noteworthy. Here is the list of people who confounded netizens by becoming wildly popular: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOm Prakash Mishra: Just like Dhinchak Pooja, Om Prakash also showcased his miserable talent of singing. His sexist and cringe-worthy song ‘Bol Na Aunty Aau Kya’ came out in December 2015. Very much like the Dhinchak Pooja, various meme pages made him an overnight sensation. While many criticised his song for its cheap and vulgar lyrics, there were fans who celebrated his song by shouting the lyrics on the top of their voices at various public spots.Sanjeev Shrivasatva: The video of this 46-year-old man hailing from Madhya Pradesh went viral on the very day it was uploaded. He was seen performing on Govinda’s hit song ‘Aap k Aa Jane Se’. The video was widely circulated and granted him the title of “Dancing Uncle”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSanjeev was seen shaking a leg with Salman Khan in the episode of ‘Dus ka Dum’. He was later called to share the dance floor with his idol Govinda on the sets of ‘Dance Deewane’. Sanjeev Shrivasatva: The video of this 46-year-old man hailing from Madhya Pradesh went viral on the very day it was uploaded. He was seen performing on Govinda’s hit song ‘Aap k Aa Jane Se’. The video was widely circulated and granted him the title of “Dancing Uncle”. Sanjeev was seen shaking a leg with Salman Khan in the episode of ‘Dus ka Dum’. He was later called to share the dance floor with his idol Govinda on the sets of ‘Dance Deewane’.Renu Gurjar: This girl from Noida make funny voiceovers videos. She dubs videos of famous celebrities to make an absolutely trashy video. Despite such pointless videos she has over 25K subscribers on Youtube and 178,981 followers on her Facebook page.These infamous people are a clear-cut evidence on how the audience is boosting complete “FOOLS” Somwati Mahawar: Currently, the memes on Somwati are breaking the internet.Her ‘Chai Peelo Friends’ video is still surfacing on Facebook and Instagram to a great extent. On the app Vigo Video she gained around 9,000 followers with over 400 videos.The internet is drooling over her videos and making hilarious memes. She continued to make people laugh by uploading more such videos.In some videos she even exhibited her non existent talent in dance.last_img read more

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Three held for truck theft

first_imgKolkata: Three members of a gang, which was involving in theft of truck, were arrested during a police near Nawabpur in New Town on Tuesday night. Seeing the police accused persons had tried to flee but they were nabbed after a chase for almost half a kilometre.According to sources, two complaints were lodged recently at the New Town police station regarding theft of two trucks. Sleuths came to know that no local gang was involved in the crime. Late on Tuesday night, they were tipped-off about a group in Nawababpur area. Police raided a under construction building and found 6 to 7 men had gathered there to steal a truck. Seeing the police they ran but sleuths managed to arrest three of them. Sleuths came to know that all of them belonged to Punjab and had criminal records at Pradhannagar police station in Siliguri, Dankuni police station in Hooghly and Uluberia police station in Howrah and they were arrested in New Town police station during 2014.last_img read more

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Netflix renews Russian Doll for second season

first_imgAmerican comedy-drama series ‘Russian Doll’, starring Natasha Lyonne in the lead role, has been renewed for a second season. The new season will have eight episodes. In the show, Lyonne plays Nadia, a young software engineer, who is on a journey to be the guest of honour at a party in New York City. But she gets caught in a mysterious loop as she repeatedly attends the same event and dies at the end of the night each time – only to awaken the next day unharmed as if nothing had happened. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn addition to starring, Lyonne co-created the show with ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. Lyonne, who also serves as a writer and director for the Netflix original series announced the show’s renewal at the CODE Conference in Arizona, reported Variety. Lyonne appeared in a brief Twitter video on the show’s official account, announcing the renewal. “Hey, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson here, hanging out at the gym, working out. What’s going on with you?” she joked, speaking to a bathroom mirror. “Season 2. Thank you!” “Did you get the news? ‘Cause you’re about to die. Season 2 of #RussianDoll is coming soon,” the video was captioned. The first season of the show, which premiered on February 1, 2019, was critically-acclaimed.last_img read more

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NBA Analyst Kirk Goldsberry on Analytics and the 3Point Revolution

first_imgToday, Colin is joined by ESPN NBA Analyst, former Spurs VP of Strategic Research, and Author of Sprawlball, Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the evolution of the NBA into a 3-point league, if we’re reaching a tipping point of too many 3’s that hurts the overall product.They also discuss Ben Simmons’ value as a non-shooter in a shooter’s league, and the value of intangible, non-analytic player qualities.Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img read more

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LinkedIn Sees Mobile Growth Amid Acquisitions New Apps

first_img LinkedIn has had a busy 2013, with two recent acquisitions, major updates to its mobile apps and the launch of a brand-new standalone app called Contacts.According to Joff Redfern, head of mobile products at LinkedIn, the company is expanding far beyond its former identity as an online networking and job hunting resource to become a one-stop shop for professionals who need news, expert insight, productivity tools and more. Since the launch of LinkedIn’s new apps in April, it has seen a significant upswing in user engagement, experiencing an increase of more than 40 percent in likes and comments per user.Mobile is a crucial part of the company’s growth. Fully 30 percent of LinkedIn’s unique users now access the platform through mobile apps, compared to 19 percent a year ago. What’s more, nearly 30 percent of job views were coming from mobile devices as of the fourth quarter of 2012. People are now using LinkedIn at every time of day, starting with their morning coffee and continuing on the couch at night. LinkedIn needs to cater to these ’round-the-clock users with productivity tools and useful content “to help them be more informed and make smarter decisions about their work and career,” Redfern says.To that end, LinkedIn released last month the first major new versions of its iOS and Android apps in almost two years. Among other new features, the apps offer an improved content stream that features updates from your network, news articles and posts from influential LinkedIn contributors such as billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson. The goal, says Julie Inouye, LinkedIn’s communications director, is to “make sure the stuff relevant to you is bubbling up to the top.”Related: 3 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your StartupIn addition to its namesake apps, LinkedIn has developed or acquired other standalone mobile apps. LinkedIn plans to cultivate a small number of apps for specific demographics and uses rather than “creating a jumbo sized app that tries to do it all,” Redfern says.In April, LinkedIn acquired Pulse, a news-reading app. The Pulse team is already embedded in LinkedIn’s Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, says Inouye, and the fruits of their integration are becoming apparent. Following the sale to LinkedIn, Pulse updated its app so that users could easily share content from Pulse to LinkedIn. A new Pulse channel, Influencers, was created and tied to LinkedIn’s Influencers platform, so that Richard Branson, Jack Welch and other figures who write for LinkedIn can now be followed on Pulse.Pulse will continue to be supported as a standalone app. Also in April, LinkedIn launched an app of its own, Contacts. Redfern says the idea was to create an app that feels like a personal assistant. It brings together all your calendars, email accounts and address books, keeps them updated and reminds you of important dates like a colleague’s work anniversary. It even tells you “what you have in common with the people you are meeting each day,” says Redfern.Contacts is designed for a specific kind of LinkedIn power user, whom Redfern describes as “professionals who are on the go and always meeting with new people as part of their jobs.” As such, it illustrates LinkedIn’s willingness to spin off apps to serve particular segments of its user base.Another recent LinkedIn acquisition is Maybe, a social polling startup founded last summer. Except for the founder, the Maybe team — four engineers and one designer — is now working in LinkedIn’s mobile division. Although LinkedIn would not say just how it is putting Maybe’s talent and technology to use, their addition to the company can only strengthen its grip on mobile.Indeed, the Contacts launch was the first time a LinkedIn product launched for mobile at the same time as desktop, and it indicates a new company-wide outlook. “Every product person at the company is now thinking about mobile opportunities,” says Inouye.Related: Going Mobile: Does Your Business Need an App? May 30, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

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Microsoft Pushes Toward Virtual Reality With Hologram Headset

first_imgJanuary 22, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Microsoft Corp surprised the tech world on Wednesday with a prototype hologram visor that can bring the Minecraft video game, Skype calls and even the landscape of Mars to three-dimensional life.The aging tech pioneer, which long ago lost the mantle of the world’s most inventive company, is making a bold play to regain that title in the face of stiff competition from Google Inc and Apple Inc.Virtual or enhanced reality is the next frontier in computing interaction, with Facebook Inc focusing on its Oculus virtual reality headset and Google working on its Glass project.Microsoft said its wire-free Microsoft HoloLens device will be available around the same time as Windows 10 this autumn. Industry analysts were broadly excited at the prospect, but skeptical that it could produce a working model at a mass-market price that soon.”That was kind of a ‘Oh wow!’ moment,” said Mike Silver, an analyst at Gartner who tried out the prototype on Wednesday. “You would expect to see a relatively high-priced model this year or next year, then maybe it’ll take another couple of years to bring it down to a more affordable level.”Microsoft does not have a stellar record of bringing ground-breaking technology to life. Its Kinect motion-sensing game device caused an initial stir but never gripped the popular imagination.The company showed off a crude test version of the visor – essentially jerry-rigged wires and cameras pulled over the head – to reporters and industry analysts at a gathering at its headquarters near Seattle.Microsoft’s HoloLens, a holographic lens device that allows users to see three-dimensional renderings of computer-generated images.Image credit: Reuters | Microsoft | HandoutIt did not allow any photographs or video of the experience, but put some images on its website. Microsoft has been working on the top-secret project for a few years, and showed off a number of scenarios: manipulating virtual objects that can be sent to a 3D printer, creating a Minecraft-like game environment in a room and letting users point to objects on the other end of the line in a Skype video call.Most realistically, it demonstrated a lifelike panorama of the surface of Mars gathered from NASA’s Curiosity Rover. NASA has already been working with Microsoft to develop software called “OnSight,” which will allow scientists on earth to virtually explore and plan experiments on Mars.”It is incredible and surprised me in how far the state of the art has progressed with holograms. I kept waiting for Princess Leia to appear,” said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, referring to the Star Wars character.”But the future wildcard is whether a significant chunk of the population will be willing to wear such gear. We also have to wait and see what compelling applications emerge and how broadly life-changing they are,” he added.(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Chris Reese and Lisa Shumaker) 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now »last_img read more

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Virgin Trains Is Giving Travelers a New Way to Track Their Missing

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Traveling is stressful enough even before the prospect of lost luggage, but the U.K.’s Virgin Trains is testing out a solution to get your bags back to you faster in the event they go MIA.The rail operator is working with HomingPIN, a service that lets travelers register for a code that is linked to their mobile phone number and email address. Users are sent luggage tags and labels with the code, which they then attach to everything from suitcases and computers to passports, wallets and keys.Related: Ever Sprint to Catch a Flight? You’ll Appreciate This Airport’s Racetrack Lanes.So what happens when someone finds the missing baggage? Whoever locates the luggage can input the code into the HomingPIN website; the company will then alert the owner via text message that the bag was found. The good Samaritan doesn’t get any information about bag’s owner.About 1,000 Virgin Train passengers are currently trying out the HomingPIN system.Related: 4 Tips for Road Warriors to Save Time and Money Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min readcenter_img April 14, 2015 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Entrepreneur Daily Deals Fitbit Surge Backup USB Charger for 75 Percent Off

first_imgAugust 2, 2016 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Thanks to our friends at Brookstone, we’ve rounded up three can’t-miss deals on stuff you won’t want to miss. Check it out:Fitbit Surge Fitness Super Watch (Orig. $249.95)Looking for a smartwatch to help track your fitness goals? The Fitbit Surge is a smart option – especially at $30 off the original price. It comes with built-in GPS to track your pace, distance and routes; sensors that monitor how many steps you take, distance traveled and calories burned; and a touchscreen display that also delivers call and text notifications right on your wrist.13000 mAh Backup USB Power Charger (Orig. $129.99)It’s hard to pass up the usefulness of this portable power charger when you can get it for just $32.48 (75 percent off.) It comes with dual USB outputs for charging two devices at once. With one charge of this device, you should be able to power up your smartphone as many as nine times before running out of juice. This backup battery will certainly have your back.Tranquil Moments Bedside Speaker & Sleep Sounds (Orig. $129.99)For busy business owners with so much on their minds, sometimes getting to sleep is easier said than done. Enter the Tranquil Moments speaker. It comes with 12 doctor-developed sleep sounds that are said to help lull you to sleep. You can set it to play continuously or to play over 30-, 60- or 90-minute intervals. For just $99, the return on the investment can be invaluable.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Nowlast_img read more

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