Android users get malware with their apps

first_img The apps were discovered to contain malware, according to a report from Android Police. Before Google realized the problem, which was reported by a Reddit user, the apps containing malicious code were downloaded over 50,000 times before their removal.Once Google was made aware of the problem, it took them less than five minutes to yank all of the apps from the marketplace. Unfortunately, the apps had been up in the Android App Market for roughly four days before the problem came to light. This is one of the security concerns related to Google’s open approach to the app store. Individual apps are not examined by Google before they are posted to the App Market.The apps, which were copies of some of the most popular apps in the Android App Market, had been modified to contain a Trojan horse. The App publisher who posted these malicious code-containing apps, Myournet, manged to post 21 infected apps in total. The code, which Google described as a “root exploit,” is designed to steal all of the data on an infected Android-based device, and may possibly be able to re-purpose the phone without the user ever being aware.Users who have been infected by one of these app can expect to get some help from Google. They are currently working on a fix for the malicious code. (PhysOrg.com) — As new platforms make their way into the market there will always someone who is looking to exploit them for illegal or unethical ends. More proof of that fact has come today when Google was forced to removed a large number of apps from the official Android App Market. Google says over 30 million people using Google Apps © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Android users get malware with their apps (2011, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-android-users-malwear-apps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more



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Intel lines up 14 Ivy Bridge processors

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) — A new lineup of 14 Ivy Bridge processors are out of the bag from Intel. Thursday’s announcement by Intel involves new processors for mobile computers and desktops, but special attention is focused on four of those processors, which are destined for the Ultrabooks market. Intel made Ivy Bridge news last month with an announcement of quad-core parts destined for high-end laptops and desktops. The newest crop includes dual-core parts catering to more market segments, Explore further Intel introduces first batch of Ivy Bridge processors © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Intel lines up 14 Ivy Bridge processors (2012, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-intel-lines-ivy-bridge-processors.html Of the group of processors, six are desktop-grade. The rest are mobile, and four are the ultra-low voltage. They will carry a U at the end of their name. The new processor announcement is well timed as days ahead of the planned debut of new Ultrabook devices powered by Ivy Bridge processors, which will make their debut at Computex Taipei 2012. Some Ultrabooks sporting Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge Core processors will start to go on sale, including models with touchscreens.The ultra-light computers carrying the Intel name will be promoted aggressively. Intel sources say that the number of Ultrabook type machines, about 11, on the market today, will grow to over 110 designs in the pipeline. Some of the touchscreen Ultrabooks will be convertible, whereas the laptops can be turned into tablets. To support success, Intel has had to invest on processor technology that can elevate Ultrabooks. Intel Ivy Bridge designers have improved battery life and they have enhanced some security features. Intel technologists also say that they have raised the bar on specs to define a device that can become a third-generation Intel Core-based Ultrabook device. A revised definition of what it takes to build an Ultrabook includes requirements affecting performance, mechanical design, battery life and processor component characteristics for an Ultrabook. The third-generation Intel Core Ultrabook devices wake up from deep sleep state to full use (keyboard interaction) in less than seven seconds and are able to wake from sleep mode fast. They will load and run favorite applications quickly. Ultrabook devices must offer at least five hours of battery life, while many meet the recommended level of eight hours-plus. Ultrabook devices based on the new processors must have either USB 3 or Thunderbolt technology to enable rapid transfer capabilities. Also, the Ultrabook systems use chip-level authentication similar to hardware tokens.last_img read more



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Fujitsu unveils device that lets printed paper become interactive w video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further New smart e-book system more convenient than paper-based books More information: via Diginfo Recognizing that tablet computers and smartphones have not yet made real paper obsolete, engineers at Fujitsu have created a device that allows people to use printed products in ways they’ve become accustomed to doing with electronic media. The system works by utilizing standard computer cameras, an overhead projector, image processing and electronics to run it all. In practice, it looks like a cylinder, about two feet tall that sits on the edge of a table. At the top of the cylinder is an overhang that contains the electronics, cameras and projector. To use the system, a person lays a piece of paper—or even an open book—on the table and allows the system to recognize it, which appears to happen very quickly. Next, the user reaches out a hand and extends a single finger for using as an interactive device. The system scans the finger noting its size, orientation, and even its color. This is to allow it to differentiate it from all other objects on the table. Once the system learns all it needs to know about the finger, the user can use it to highlight text on the printed page, graphics or pictures. Dragging them off to the side causes the highlighted material to be captured as a single unit and held for later use. The system also recognizes web page addresses and highlights them automatically. Tapping them with the finger causes the associated web page to be opened and stored in the area next to the printed material. It can also overlay information over the top of the printed material if desired.The engineers at Fujitsu also added another separate feature to the system that allows a user to manipulate virtual 3D objects in virtual space using their fist. At the demonstration, reps for the company indicated that the system is not yet ready for sale, but plan to make it so sometime next year. They added that they believe such technology would be very useful as a demonstration device, for travel agencies, for example, or as a way to allow users to interact with and fill out forms at governmental offices.center_img (Phys.org) —Fujitsu Laboratories has unveiled a new twist in touch-screen technology—an overhead projector/camera device that turns printed pages into interactive media. Called the Fingerlink Interaction System, it lets users highlight text or images using a single finger then drag them to one side for future use; tap on web-links and have web pages open, or use their fist to animate virtual 3D objects. 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. Citation: Fujitsu unveils device that lets printed paper become interactive (w/ video) (2013, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-fujitsu-unveils-device-paper-interactive.htmllast_img read more



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Autonomous quantum error correction method greatly increases qubit coherence times

first_img In order to flip the qubits back to their correct states, physicists have been developing an assortment of quantum error correction techniques. Most of them work by repeatedly making measurements on the system to detect errors and then correct the errors before they can proliferate. These approaches typically have a very large overhead, where a large portion of the computing power goes to correcting errors.In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters, Eliot Kapit, an assistant professor of physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, has proposed a different approach to quantum error correction. His method takes advantage of a recently discovered unexpected benefit of quantum noise: when carefully tuned, quantum noise can actually protect qubits against unwanted noise. Rather than actively measuring the system, the new method passively and autonomously suppresses and corrects errors, using relatively simple devices and relatively little computing power.”The most interesting thing about my work is that it shows just how simple and small a fully error corrected quantum circuit can be, which is why I call the device the ‘Very Small Logical Qubit,'” Kapit told Phys.org. “Also, the error correction is fully passive—unwanted error states are quickly repaired by engineered dissipation, without the need for an external computer to watch the circuit and make decisions. While this paper is a theoretical blueprint, it can be built with current technology and doesn’t require any new insights to make it a reality.”The new passive error correction circuit consists of just two primary qubits, in contrast to the 10 or more qubits required in most active approaches. The two qubits are coupled to each other, and each one is also coupled to a “lossy” object, such as a resonator, that experiences photon loss. “In the absence of any errors, there are a pair of oscillating photon configurations that are the ‘good’ logical states of the device, and they oscillate at a fixed frequency based on the circuit parameters,” Kapit explained. “However, like all qubits, the qubits in the circuit are not perfect and will slowly leak photons into the environment. When a photon randomly escapes from the circuit, the oscillation is broken, at which point a second, passive error correction circuit kicks in and quickly inserts two photons, one which restores the lost photon and reconstructs the oscillating logical state, and the other is dumped to a lossy circuit element and quickly leaks back out of the system. The combination of careful tuning of the resonant frequencies of the circuit and adding photons two at a time to correct losses ensures that the passive error correction circuit can operate continuously but won’t do anything to the two good qubits unless their oscillation has been broken by a photon loss.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Phys.org One possible implementation of the logical qubit. The qubits are in the blue boxes and the resonators are in the red boxes. Credit: Kapit. ©2016 American Physical Society Explore further The new method can correct photon loss errors at rates up to 10 times faster than those achieved by active, measurement-based methods. In addition, the passive method can partially suppress noise, so that there are fewer errors in the first place. In its current version, the method can correct only one error at a time, so if a second photon loss occurs before the correction is complete, the method cannot fix the resulting error.All of this error correction leads to a significant increase in the qubit coherence time. The new method can improve this time by a factor of 40 or more compared to without any error correction, and this improvement is greatly needed in order to construct quantum computers. As Kapit explains, qubit coherence times are currently so short that millions of qubits would be required to build a useful quantum computer. Increasing the coherence times can reduce this number to something more feasible.In the future, Kapit plans to integrate the new passive method with active, measurement-based methods to create a hybrid quantum error correction strategy, and investigate how the two methods might work together.He is also currently working with an experimental team to try to build, test, and optimize the device in the next few years. More information: Eliot Kapit. “Hardware-Efficient and Fully Autonomous Quantum Error Correction in Superconducting Circuits.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.150501 (Phys.org)—It might be said that the most difficult part of building a quantum computer is not figuring out how to make it compute, but rather finding a way to deal with all of the errors that it inevitably makes. Errors arise because of the constant interaction between the qubits and their environment, which can result in photon loss, which in turn causes the qubits to randomly flip to an incorrect state. Scientists track quantum errors in real time Citation: Autonomous quantum error correction method greatly increases qubit coherence times (2016, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-autonomous-quantum-error-method-greatly.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more



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Voices should tell a story

first_imgSonam Kalra, the gifted musician blends gospel numbers with hints of sufi music . The Sufi Gospel Project that took off last year is one such creation that perfectly presents this concept. She believes that the music they (the six members of the project) create transcends religions and faiths. We got talking to the vocalist and tried to know more about her. Read on…How would you define your musical philosophy?Musically, I think what appeals to me about voices is that they should be big voices and tell a story – that to me is what a voice should do, sing yes, but also speak, tell you a story without necessarily spelling it out.  Shobha Gurtu, Begum Akhtar and Ella Fitzgerald’s voices were like that- filled with stories that made you want to keep listening to them, for that one glimpse into their hearts, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’their souls. What/Who inspires you?My greatest inspiration has been my parents, Aneeta and Surjit Kalra. I sing for them. I sing for God. It’s that simple.In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?Honestly, I think it’s a great time in India to be in  the field of music, there are so many live music venues and audiences as well as festivals. And technology and social media have made it so easy to put your music out there so really, I have no complaints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTell us about your best tracksAsking me to tell you what my best track would be like asking a mother to choose which child she loves more, each one of the songs is something I have created with my musicians so how can I choose? I love each of them.What songs top your playlist right now?What I am listening to right now is Hum Dekhenge a composition sung by Iqbal Bano based on an  Urdu Nazmwritten by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, with a revolutionary theme. I recently composed a song for women’s rights (for One Billion Rising) based on another poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz so I have been researching a lot of Faiz lately. What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?The only advice I can give to anyone in life is that you should be true to yourself and what you believe in. Take risks, don’t imitate. Be the best you that you can be. You have to work hard, whatever you do, not just in the field of music.   How did you guys come together/start off?I first conceived of this project when I was asked to sing gospel music to commemorate the birth centenary of the Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan at the Inayat Khan Dargah in Delhi. I had sung gospel in churches and at other music venues but for the Urz of Inayat Khan, I wanted to create a sound that blended the faiths. I belong to the Sikh religion and am often asked why I sing gospel. My answer is always the same – because God has no religion. It’s not a band but a genre of music that I have created. The Sufi Gospel Project is a genre of music that blends together the many voices of faith, through song and music.last_img read more



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The joy of freedom

first_imgDuring the event, the ambience gave a nostalgic patriotic feel to the whole place. The stalls were set up selling tiranga flags, t-shirts, bangles, badges, kites, candy floss etc. 100 kites on a single string high flew high at all three Dilli Haats. Jashn-e-Azaadi at Dilli Haat had a lineup of cultural programmes throughout the event. A piano artiste played his tunes at public demand at the venue. There was a flag hoisting ceremony at 10 am on 14 August. Dilli Haats had folk music and dances each evening at 6.30 onwards from 13 to 15 August. All the Dilli Haats illuminated during the Jashn-e-Azaadi celebrations and gave the visitors a chance to shop for the tricolors merchandise, khadi products etc.last_img



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Cal HC stays WB panchayat polls till further orders

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court today stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal. While staying the election process, Justice Subrata Talukdar also sought from the State Election Commission by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected, amongst other information.The court said it would hear on April 16 the pleas challenging the SEC’s decision to withdraw its April 9 notification, which had extended the date for filing nominations by a day. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJustice Talukdar had on April 10 stayed the withdrawal of SEC’s April 9 notification, directing the Commission to treat its order of cancellation as kept in abeyance.Justice Talukdar also imposed a cost of Rs five lakh on the BJP for misrepresentation.He held that the BJP had moved both the high court and the Supreme Court on similar pleas and likened its conduct to “forum hopping”.The apex court had yesterday directed the BJP to approach the Calcutta High Court with its grievances over the deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat polls in West Bengal.Apart from the BJP, the CPIM and the Congress too has moved the high court challenging the SEC’s decision.last_img read more



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Two killed 30 injured in separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a businessman were injured in two separate road accidents in South Bengal while 30 others travelling in a bus were injured after their vehicle overturned in North Bengal. The first incident took place near Asansol bazaar area when a local businessman was trying to cross road. He was hit by a speeding vehicle resulting in serious injuries to his body. The victim has been identified as Sadananda Sadhu. He was a resident of Aldi village in Kulti area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to police, he was going to a nearby market at around 7 am when the accident occurred. Locals rescued the victim and took him to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.After being informed police rushed to the spot and started a probe. Locals told the police that a speeding vehicle knocked him down and fled the spot. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. The body of the victim was sent for an autopsy.In the other incident, a truck driver died in South 24-Parganas’ Usti. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. According to police, a loaded truck overturned and fell into a ditch near Shirakal area. The locals took part in the rescue operation and managed to save the conductor. The body of the driver was later recovered by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver might have fallen asleep when the accident happened. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn another incident, around 30 persons who were travelling in a bus received injuries after the vehicle overturned in Moynaguri area of Jalpaiguri on Thursday afternoon. The incident took place on National Highway 31. Police said the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle while trying to save a Toto. It was learnt that a wheel of the bus skidded when it ran over a heap of the sand on the side of the road. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.last_img read more



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Miscreants try to loot ATM bid foiled

first_imgKolkata: Unidentified miscreants attempted to decamp with money by breaking an ATM machine that is situated inside Suri Sub-divisional Hospital.The incident took place in the wee hours of Tuesday and it came to the notice of the people on Wednesday morning.The matter was informed to the police who have initiated a probe. After the preliminary investigation, a police officer said they are suspecting that there was more than one person behind the crime. The miscreants first damaged the CCTV cameras installed at the ATM counter and then continued damaging the ATM machine. The ATM counter is of a nationalised bank. The police also spoke to the officials of the nationalised bank. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBut despite their attempt, they failed to take out the money from the machine. Finally, they attempted to take away the machine, but they failed in this attempt as well.Locals and a doctor noticed it this morning when they went out to take a morning walk. The police spoke to the people who spotted it first and are suspecting that someone from the locality is behind the incident.The police are also suspecting that this could be the first time when the miscreants have attempted to steal money from an ATM machine as they were unaware of the tactics. A police officer said steps have been taken to arrest other miscreants. Police have intensified the vigil to ensure that such incident do not take place anymore in the area again.last_img read more



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Optical fibre scopes coming to Nabanna to bolster security

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further strengthen the security arrangement in the state Secretariat Nabanna, a decision has been taken to install optical fibre scopes in the building.With installation of the optical fibre scopes, video of a moment along with sound will get captured and will help security officers get minute details of the place that will get captured in the video.Sources said that video footages that get captured through optical fibre scope will be monitored from the control room in Nabanna itself. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to senior officers in the state secretariat, the step has been taken considering the need to further enhance the security arrangement in Nabanna, where everyday there is constant movement of VVIPs. The 14-storeyed building houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of police.The optical fibre scope will be installed at strategic locations and the places have been identified by the expert policemen who look after the security of Nabanna. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the state secretariat is under the coverage of surveillance cameras. A decision was also taken to set up separate dog squads, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of dog squads, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.Recently, 244 CCTV cameras were installed and it took the total number of CCTV cameras in to around 400.The step to install more CCTV cameras was taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. The CCTV cameras were installed both inside and outside the building. Cameras were also installed at parking lots.A survey was conducted to identify the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed and based on the same, the work of installing the cameras was carried out.last_img read more



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Evan Peters Emma Roberts are going great

first_imgEmma Roberts and her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters have been in an on-and-off relationship, but the couple now seem to be in a happy space.Peters, 28, who was present at the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, said he loves her, reported People magazine.“She is really great. I just love her,” Peters said when asked about their relationship status.The Kick-Ass actor is also a big fan of Roberts and admires her work in “Scream Queens”. “I have been watching. I love it! She’s so funny in it. She’s spot-on with the character,” he said.Peters started dating 24-year-old We’re the Millers actor in 2012 and the duo and got engaged in 2013.The couple called of their engagement earlier this year, but were spotted holding hands and spending quality time together last month.last_img read more



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Unravelling the facets of theatre

first_imgTheatre, through its various faces, has grown over the years and has come into the limelight, providing a platform to budding theatre artists as well as theatre pundits. In order to celebrate theatre and to make it more accessible, ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is being held in the national Capital from February 1 to February 21. The inaugural ceremony of the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, which was held in Kamani Auditorium in the national Capital on Monday, witnessed the presence of N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India; Bollywood actors and renowned theatre personalities. Nana Patekar graced the occasion as the guest of honour whereas Anupam Kher was the special guest. The evening was presided over by Shri  Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society and Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama (NSD). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration was followed by the performance of ‘Macbeth’ in Manipuri by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal, Manipur, which has been directed by Ratan Thiyam.Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society said: “This is indeed a moment of pride and great pleasure to see ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ entering its 18th edition. The festival is a celebration of diverse and colourful culture of India in the age of globalisation.”Some of the finest names in the theatre world from India and abroad are set to be a part of the festival. Commenting on the same, Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “There is a need to not only experience theatre, but understand the thought behind theatre, and we are attempting to do that through the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’ The festival is expanding and the theme for the festival this year is ‘Rediscovering the magic of theatre’. We want to celebrate theatre and we want to celebrate the thought behind theatre.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixN K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India said, “National School of Drama is doing a commendable job through Bharat Rang Mahotsav of taking the tradition of Indian theatre to the global map and to preserve and recreate the cultural heritage of the country.”Eminent stage and film personality Nana Patekar, who was the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony commented on the effort made by NSD to promote theatre by saying: “I would like to congratulate National School of Drama for the wonderful job that the institute is doing to promote theatre. It is really great to see the response and kind of audiences, and I look forward to come back. My best wishes to National School of Drama for a successful ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’”Anupam Kher, who was present as a special guest said, “National School of Drama has taught me not only the nuances of theatre, but I learnt a lot about life itself. Whenever I come back here, it is the best experience for me.” The performances will be held at Abhimanch and Open Air Theatre at the NSD Campus along with LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre.last_img read more



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There will be no scarcity of medicine due to fire incident says

first_imgKolkata: Urging people not to get unnecessarily worried, state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee has assured that there will be no chance of any shortage of supply of medicines due to the fire at Bagree Market.It may be mentioned that in the past few days, it had been circulating all over that the fire in Bagree Market would lead to a shortage in supply of medicines. The reason being, there were many wholesale shops in the market from where medicines used to get supplied to various parts of the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter a meeting at Nabanna, Chatterjee said: “There is nothing to worry. I have discussed the matter with Chandrima Bhattacharya, the Minister of State for Health. She spoke to all the concerned authorities and concluded that there is no chance of shortfall in the supply of medicines due to the incident of fire. “Besides Bagree Market, there are many other channels of delivery for medicine. So there is nothing much to worry about,” Chatterjee said after urging people not to pay heed to any such rumours. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPeople used to visit Bagree Market to buy medicines as it housed many wholesale medicine shops that used to sell the same at a comparatively cheaper rate than the local shops. It may be recalled that around 25 wholesale medicine shops were gutted in the fire that broke out on September 16 and has led to a huge loss. Subsequently, the Directorate of Drugs Control (DDC) in the state had issued a notification asking the manufacturers to take back the medicines stored in various shops at Bagree Market considering that the medicines have got damaged during the fire. Moreover, there was no power supply in the building since the fire broke out in the wee hours on Sunday and as a result, the medicines have got damaged as there was no refrigeration facility.last_img read more



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Ocean facing houses improve mental health

first_imgWish to lead a relaxed life with a sea-facing house? Here’s another reason for you to save for a beach-facing house as the sight of water is linked to less stress and improved mental health, researchers say.The findings revealed that even after taking into account residents’ wealth, age, sex and other neighbourhood factors, having a view of the ocean was associated with improved mental health.“Increased views of blue space are significantly associated with lower levels of psychological distress,” said Amber L. Pearson from Michigan State University’s water science network in the US. “However, we did not find that with green space,” Pearson added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using various topographic data, the team studied the visibility of blue and green spaces from residential locations; green spaces included forests and grassy parks. The national survey used the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, or K10, which has proven to be an accurate predictor of anxiety and mood disorders. They found a strong link between health and the visibility of water, which the researchers call blue space. Visibility of green space did not show the same calming effect.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“It could be because the blue space was all natural, while the green space included human-made areas, such as sports fields and playgrounds, as well as natural areas such as native forests,” Pearson said. Designating a proportion of high-rise buildings or affordable homes in locations with ocean views could potentially promote mental health. The study is scheduled to be published in the May issue of the academic journal Health & Place.last_img read more



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Women less sensitive to pain than men

first_imgWomen tend to forget pain that they suffered more quickly than men, confirmed a new study in mice and humans, challenging the widely held belief that the fairer sex are more sensitive to pain than men. The study, by researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), showed that men and women remembered earlier painful experiences differently. While men (and male mice) remembered earlier painful experiences clearly, women (and female mice) did not seem to forget. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen experiencing pain again, men seemed to be stressed and hypersensitive in remembering, but women were not stressed by their earlier experiences of pain. “If remembered pain is a driving force for chronic pain and we understand how pain is remembered, we may be able to help some sufferers by treating the mechanisms behind the memories directly,” said lead author Loren Martin, Assistant Professor at the UTM. “What was even more surprising was that men reacted more, because it is well known that women are both more sensitive to pain than men, and that they are also generally more stressed out,” Martin added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, published in the Current Biology journal, the team conducted experiments on both humans and mice where they were taken to specific rooms and made to experience low levels of pain caused by heat delivered to their hind paw or forearm. Further, human participants were asked to wear a tightly inflated blood pressure cuff and exercise their arms for 20 minutes, while each mouse received a diluted injection of vinegar designed to cause a stomach ache for about 30 minutes. When the next day the participants returned to either the same or a different room and heat was again applied to their arms or hind paws, men rated the heat pain higher than they did the day before, and higher than the women did. Similarly, male mice returning to the same environment exhibited a heightened heat pain response, while mice placed in a new and neutral environment did not.last_img read more



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Blood test may predict preterm birth

first_imgA simple blood test may soon be able to predict whether a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby preterm, say scientists, an advance that may help better manage related birth complications. Pregnancy can be a time of uncertainty for expecting mothers and their clinical care teams. Nearly 10 per cent of births are preterm, taking place before 37 weeks gestation. Preterm birth can result from several conditions, including preterm labor, preterm rupture of the placental membrane, or preeclampsia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMothers who have previously had preterm deliveries are considered at increased risk, but predicting spontaneous preterm birth is challenging, particularly in the cases of first-time mothers, which account for about one-third of the nearly four million births nationally each year. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US have been developing a blood test to help predict who may be at increased risk and who may be at lower-than-average risk for spontaneous preterm delivery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn a study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, showed that five circulating microparticle proteins found in first-trimester blood samples may provide important clues about risk of spontaneous preterm birth. “A lot of the issues in pregnancy that result in spontaneous preterm birth begin at the end of the first trimester when the placenta becomes vascularised,” said Thomas McElrath, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers have found that proteins contained in circulating microparticles in the blood may hold important clues about spontaneous preterm birth.last_img read more



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VHP plans to take out 500 processions in WB on Janmashtami

first_imgKolkata: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) is planning to take out 500 processions at more than 1,500 locations in West Bengal as part of its efforts to celebrate Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna, later this month. The three-day celebrations will be held from August 23 to 25 across the state, VHP state unit spokesperson Sourish Mukherjee told IANS. Janmashtami, one of the most auspicious Hindu festivals, falls on August 24. “We will organise ‘puja’ at over 1,500 places. This is more than double the figure last year when the religious rituals were held at 700 locations,” said Mukherjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata As against the 200 processions brought out last year, this time the number would go up to 500. The focus will be on the villages this time, according to the spokesperson. “Our functionaries will fan out from village to village. The festival has been organised to unite the Hindu ‘samaj’ (society) irrespective of economic, political differences. “This festival is important for the VHP from the viewpoint of expanding and strengthening the organisation and ensuring security of the next generation,” said Mukherjee. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The VHP decided to celebrate the occasion in a more high profile manner than the previous years also because of the “prevailing situation in Bengal”. “There is so much of minority appeasemet, and jihadi attacks. We will also highlight the impact of infiltration from across the border,” the spokesperson said. The VHP has drawn up an elaborate programme that includes bringing out processions, organising religious meetings and cultural functions. “At every venue boys and girls will take part in the festivities dressed like Lord Krishna.A There will be competitions on colouring the lord’s picture, devotional songs will be rendered. Well decorated tableaux will also Abe taken out,” Mukherjee added.last_img read more



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The Unique Island Where People use Huge Stone Disks as Currency

first_imgYap Island is in the Caroline Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia, east of the Philippines. One thing that makes Yap notable is the unique historic form of currency that is still in use to this day. While Yap Islands’ primary currency is the United States dollar, for large, important transactions, islanders use Rai stones — the largest and heaviest currency in the wold. These carved limestone carved disks can weigh as much as seven tons.Valuation of each stone depends on its size, and also on the story behind its manufacture and transport to Yap from the islands where they are quarried, hundreds of miles away. For example, if many people died trying to bring the stone to Yap, this can increase the perceived value. They may be used for large transactions such as purchasing land, or for significant social occasions like paying for a wedding dowry.Yap, Micronesia.Because of their size, the disks never actually physically change hands, just owners. Records of each stone — what it’s worth and who owns it — are kept only in the oral history of the community.The villages are so small that everyone knows who owns which disk. Shells and whale teeth were previously also considered currency and were much easier to carry.Scenes from Yap in Micronesia.Portuguese explorer, Diego DeRocha, claimed discovery of Yap in 1526. The island was settled by Filipinos and Indonesians possibly thousands of years before the birth of Christ.In 1731, a Spanish mission was erected by Father Jan Cantova and Father Visitor Walter, Catholic priests from nearby Ulithi Island. A year later, a supply ship found the Spaniards had been killed.By 1800, trade between the Europeans and Yapese had been established and Germany set up a permanent trading store, Godeffroy & Son, which quickly become profitable.Presentation of Yapese stone money for Federated States of Micronesia inauguration.Although Great Britain, Spain, and Germany claimed Yap, it wasn’t until 1874 that Spain actually took possession of the island, causing problems with the Germans.Rivalry ensued until Pope Leo XII stepped in and awarded the island to Spain, but allowed free trading rights to all countries. Spain immediately sent soldiers and started building churches.In 1899, Spain sold the island of Yap to Germany for $4.5 million dollars, according to visityap.com.Scenes from Yap in Micronesia.With the influx of Germans and Spaniards came influenza and other communicable diseases, killing more than 1,000 of the islanders.At the outbreak of World War I, the British bombed the island and destroyed a German communication network. The Japanese Expeditionary Squadron occupied the island from October 1914.At the end of the war, the League of Nations and Japan signed a treaty giving the Japanese the Pacific islands north of the Equator, excluding Hawaii.Stone depicted on Yap license plate. Photo by David Weekly CC BY 2.0Between the years 1920 and 1940, the Japanese population of Yap jumped from 97 to almost 2,000. As the years went by, the Japanese forced the Yapese to labor in the mines until the end of World War II, when America captured both Yap and Ulithi.Rai stone, local currency on the island of Yap, Micronesia.The islands remained under United States Navy jurisdiction until 1952 and used natives rather than foreigners for administration duties. A constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia was established in the 1980s.A massive piece of Yapese stone money lies near the quarry it was carved from in Palau, Micronesia. This money is the largest type of currency in the world.The area in which Yap lies has about 130 islands and atolls nestled into an archipelago on a coral reef.Tourist economy is very important; scuba diving and the chance to swim with manta rays in crystal clear water with a yearly temperature of about 80 degrees make an attractive place to vacation.The main island is around 50 square miles of mostly volcanic rock and limestone.Local currency in Yap, Micronesia.The Yapese hold three celebrations yearly to honor their heritage. March 1st and 2nd are set aside for Yap Day, where everything Yap is celebrated.Food, family life, and tradition are featured, with native dancing in Yapese traditional dress, races, competitions including conch shell blowing, speeches, and scuba diving.Two men’s houses in a village near Colonia in Yap.The third Saturday in June is the Homecoming Festival. Shared with Palau, the Festival includes Bamboo dances, Japanese juggling, student presentations, and scuba diving. There is also a living history museum and a fishing tournament.Read another story from us: One Man’s Solitary Nightmare on a Deserted Island full of Haunted DollsThe third festival is the Canoe Festival in November or December. The Yapese are experts at canoe building and take this opportunity to show off their skills with canoe racing, bamboo raft construction, and sailing, as well as weaving of traditional sails and ropes from coconut husks, weaving baskets, and, of course, scuba diving.last_img read more



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Clear Coke was Given to a Soviet General to Make it Look

first_imgConsumers aren’t always happy when they can’t get their favorite brand in their home countries. How far will a company go to extend its reach? In the case of the Coca-Cola Company, pretty far. According to ThoughtCo., Marshal Georgy Zhukov was a long-time military hero in Russia.After the 1917 October Revolution, Zhukov joined the Bolshevik party and the Red Army. He fought and was decorated for his actions in the Russian Civil War.Georgy Konstantinovich ZhukovDuring World War Two, he was appointed chief of staff of the Red Army and led the forces that repelled the Germans from their attempted takeover of Moscow and was instrumental in the defense of the city of Stalingrad as well. Finally, serving as commander in chief of the Western Front, he spearheaded the Russian push into Germany.After the war, he served first as deputy defense minister, and the later moved into the role of minister. During WWII he also was introduced to — and really enjoyed — Coca-Cola.Vintage Coca Cola Bottles. Photo by cielodlp CC BY 2.0Coke was easy to get during the war, even when you were in a combat zone. According to knowledgenuts.com, in 1943, General Dwight D. Eisenhower asked the Coca-Cola Company to put 10 bottling plants in North Africa, and the brand was heavily marketed to soldiers.A model posing with a bottle of Coca-Cola in the 1930s. Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSome of the ads from the period used slogans like “Coca-Cola, the Drink That Fights Back.” By the war’s close, there were at least 60 bottling plants scattered around Europe and the Pacific, and all were located near the front lines.Because the soda was so widely available, it was inevitable that Zhukov would try it eventually. In fact, he got his first bottle from Eisenhower himself.Zhukov took to the sweet drink like a duck to water, but he knew, at the war’s end, that his soda habit was in peril. The Coca Cola brand was too firmly linked to America to have the approval of the Soviet government, which viewed it as a symbol of American capitalist values so the drink was banned from the Soviet Union.General Dwight D. Eisenhower, cover of LIFE magazine, June 19, 1944.Zhukov really didn’t want to give up his new favorite drink, so he did the only thing that made sense to him; he approached President Harry Truman for help. He asked if Truman could send him a secret hoard of the soda, but with a few special tweaks.If Zhukov was caught with the signature bottles, Stalin could easily send him to the gulag, so Truman agreed to approach the Coca-Cola Company and ask them to help the war hero find a solution.Coca Cola.There were two major things that gave Coca Cola the signature look that would be a giveaway – the dark brown color, and the signature curvy shape of its bottles.One of the company’s chemists played around with the recipe until he found a way for it to taste right without the caramel-color syrup that gave the soda its color, leaving the soda clear.A new, straight-sided bottle was designed, and it was topped with a red Soviet star on its white cap, and voila – White Coke was born. To the casual observer, it looked like he was drinking vodka, which was perfectly acceptable to the Soviet regime.It wasn’t very long after White Coke’s creation that Zhukov lost the favor of the Communist Party. In 1957 he was forced out of his position in the government and remained out of favor until his death in 1974.Read another story from us: The Mystery of Coca Cola’s Secret FormulaJust a year before Zhukov died, Pepsi first became available in the USSR, although it wouldn’t be until 1985 that Coca Cola would join it, caramel color, curvy bottle, and all.last_img read more



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The Amazing Construction of the Statue of Liberty in Photos

first_imgThe Statue of Liberty is instantly recognizable as one of America’s most iconic landmarks. Standing 305-feet in height, including her pedestal, the Green Goddess has stood watch over New York Harbor for more than 130 years.. Built as a token of French and American friendship, the statue, whose official name is Liberty Enlightening the World, is the work of renowned sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The metal framework was constructed by Gustave Eiffel, the creator of yet another iconic landmark ― the Eiffel Tower.Statue of liberty in New York CityMen at work on the construction of the Statue of LibertyLady Liberty work in progressConstruction of the Lady LibertyConstruction of the Statue of LibertyConstruction the of Statue of LibertyLady LibertyThe idea of erecting a huge monument dedicated to liberty came in the aftermath of the American Civil War, in 1865, from Édouard René de Laboulaye, president of the French Anti-Slavery Society. De Laboulaye was a zealous supporter of the abolition of slavery and the Union cause.However, France itself was plunged into war with the Prussians in 1870 and was therefore unable to provide the financial support desperately needed by the Americans to begin the construction.In order to raise funds, Bartholdi first built the torch-holding right arm as well as the head, although only the arm was displayed during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, and in Madison Square Park in Manhattan from 1876 to 1882.Liberty Statue, work in progressEven though the fundraising didn’t bear fruit in the early days, it got a surge of interest in 1885, after Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World started a crowdfunding-campaign which soon attracted more than 120,000 donations, most of which were small sums.This came just in time to push the construction of the pedestal on what was then known as the Bedloe’s Island and today bears the name Liberty Island.In the meantime, the statue was already built and disassembled for transport across the Atlantic Ocean on the French steamer Isère. The steamer arrived in New York on June 17, 1885 and was welcomed by a crowd of 200,000 people.Although the response to fundraising calls attracted more and more money, the massive pedestal was finished only in April 1886, after numerous delays. The assembly of the statue, on the other hand, went relatively smoothly ― given how complicated it was to actually erect her.Richard Morris Hunt’s pedestal under construction in June 1885Statue of LibertyStereoscopic image of right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty, 1876 Centennial ExpositionThe statue’s head on exhibit at the Paris World’s Fair, 1878Unpacking of the face of the Statue of Liberty, which was delivered on June 17, 1885Related Video: Original Footage Of The Golden Gate Bridge ConstructionMen in a workshop shaping sheets of copper for the construction of the Statue of LibertyScaffolding for the assemblage of the Statue of Liberty, of which the head is shown at left, in ParisView of the workshop, with models of the Statue of Liberty in the background.Since scaffolding was out of the question due to the width of the pedestal, Bartholdi asked Eiffel for help, who came to his aid by constructing a massive iron framework from which the statue was assembled.Read another story from us: Oops! Statue of Liberty postal stamp based on the wrong statueAlthough it was a high-risk project, miraculously no worker was harmed during the construction. On October 26, 1886, Liberty Enlightening the World was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in front of a stunning crowd which by some estimates numbered between several hundred thousand to up to one million people.last_img read more



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