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General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc

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first_img Pioneer to Ship PC-Based Blu-ray Disc Drive in Q1 2006 Micro-holographic discs have a larger storage capacity than DVDs or Blu-ray because they store information on the disc in three dimensions, rather than just pits on the surface of the disc. G.E. has recently made dramatic improvements in the material that significantly increases the amount of light that can be reflected by the holograms. By increasing the reflectivity of the disc you increase the storage capacity. This will enable players to be built which are backwards compatible with existing DVD and Blu-ray technologies.In a statement, from G.E.: “the hardware and formats are so similar to current optical storage technology that the micro-holographic players will enable consumers to play back their CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.”G.E. also added: “the day when you can store your entire high definition movie collection on one disc and support high resolution formats like 3D television is closer than you think.” GE will need to work with hardware manufacturers to bring the technology to the consumer market.Micro-holographic technology is truly a breakthrough in the development of the materials that are so critical to ultimately bringing holographic storage to the everyday consumer.General Electric’s first priority will be to target the technology to commercial markets like television networks, movie studios, medical field and hospitals for holding data-intensive images. However selling to the broader corporate and consumer market is the larger goal.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — G.E. has unveiled a 500 GB micro-holographic disc that is the same size as existing DVD’s. The storage capacity is equivalent to 100 DVD’s and is aimed at the archive industry but eventually can be used in the consumer market place. 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 Citation: General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc (2009, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-electric-500gb-optical-disc.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Researchers develop method of fabricating perovskite solar cells that is more efficient

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first_imgCross-sectional FESEM image of the device consisting of FTO-Glass/bl-TiO2/mpTiO2/perovskite/PTAA/Au. Credit: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa9272 © 2015 Tech Xplore Journal information: Science 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. Perovskite solar cell reaches record efficiency As scientists have reached what appears to be the efficiency limit for solar cells based on silicon, the search has been on for a material to replace it, one that is at least as efficient, cost effective and will last for as long as possible. One such material perovskite, has been making headlines of late, as researchers have been improving its solar efficiency rating at a remarkable pace, from 14 percent in 2012, to 20 percent last year (the fastest that a solar technology has ever advanced). Now, it appears that mark has been raised again by the same team in Korea.Perovskite is a mineral made of calcium titanate—its use in solar cells is mostly found as a hybrid organic-inorganic lead as part of the active (light-harvesting) layer. It does not need to go through the multi-step process seen with silicon to be used in making solar cells, nor require the clean room, high temperature or a vacuum. The new process developed by the team in Korea involves placing a lead iodide–dimethylsulfoxide layer onto a formamidinium iodide solution—which causes the formation of a formamidinium lead iodide perovskite composition. The result is a more efficient cell as it allows for gathering a broader spectrum of light. Thus far, the team reports that cells made with their new method have reached efficiencies of up to 20.2 percent. They also claim that their method also allows for producing the cells more cheaply than other fabrication methods.What is still not clear is how well such cells can stand up to environmental conditions over long periods of time—some other recent research by other teams has suggested they may not be able to maintain their efficiencies over reasonable timescales. Still, because of its promise, several start-ups have promised sales of such cells to consumers as early as 2017.center_img More information: High-performance photovoltaic perovskite layers fabricated through intramolecular exchange, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa9272ABSTRACTThe band gap of formamidinium lead iodide (FAPbI3) perovskites allows broader absorption of the solar spectrum compared to conventional methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3). The optoelectronic properties of perovskite films are closely related to the film-quality, so depositing dense and uniform films is crucial for fabricating high-performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). We report an approach for depositing high-quality FAPbI3 films, involving FAPbI3 crystallization by the direct intramolecular exchange of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) molecules intercalated in PbI2 with formamidinium iodide. This process produces FAPbI3 films with (111)-preferred crystallographic orientation, large-grained dense microstructures, and flat surfaces without residual PbI2. Using films prepared by this technique, FAPbI3-based PSCs with maximum power conversion efficiency of over 20% were fabricated. Explore further Citation: Researchers develop method of fabricating perovskite solar cells that is more efficient, costs less (2015, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-method-fabricating-perovskite-solar-cells.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology in South Korea, has found a way to make fabricating perovskite based solar cells that is both more efficient and costs less than other current methods. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process and the efficiencies they were able to achieve.last_img read more

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Astronomers observe a unique multiplylensed supernova

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first_img Hubble captures first-ever predicted exploding star The MACS J1149.6+2223 field, showing the positions of the three primary images of the SN Refsdal host galaxy (labeled 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3). SN Refsdal appears as four point sources in an Einstein Cross configuration in the southeast spiral arm of image 1.1. The highlighted box is shown at the same scale in panels on the right side, which illustrate the removal of contaminating diffraction spikes from a difference image. Each difference image is centered on the location of the contaminating star (top panel), then rotated clockwise by 90 degrees (middle panel). The rotated difference image is then subtracted from the initial difference image, removing most of the flux from the contaminating diffraction spike at the location of the SN Refsdal point sources (bottom panel). Credit: Steven A. Rodney et al., 2015. 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. © 2016 Phys.org More than a year ago, four images of SN Refsdal were detected by Hubble as part of the Grism Lens-Amplified Survey from Space (GLASS) program. GLASS acquires near-infrared grism spectra of massive galaxy clusters with the primary goals of studying faint, high-redshift galaxies and spatially resolved intermediate-redshift galaxies, as well as characterizing the cluster galaxy population. The images obtained by Hubble show SN Refsdal shining brightly from the arm of a spiral galaxy that lies far beyond another galaxy between the supernova and our planet. SN Refsdal as a background source is strongly lensed by galaxies and a galaxy cluster massive enough to bend the light into multiple images.The astronomers then predicted that the supernova will soon reappear in the cluster field. Their predictions were correct, as SN Refsdal reappeared once more between mid November and Dec. 11, 2015. The exact date is uncertain by approximately one month, which is the interval between two consecutive Hubble observations.This reappearance was a great occasion for a team of scientists led by Steven A. Rodney from the University of South Carolina to sum up the findings since previous sightings of SN Refdal in 2014. Moreover, the team managed to measure time delays for the four images obtained over a year ago.The researchers found that the observed shape of SN Refsdal has distinct similarities with supernova SN 1987A. They also noted that the studied supernova is most likely a member of the peculiar Type II sub-class defined by the SN 1987A prototype.To conduct precise measurements of relative time delays and also magnification ratios from the SN Refsdal data, the scientists used two methods: light curve template matching and flexible polynomial light curve models. They constructed their models based on supernovae like SN 1987A, which has a well-sampled light curve coverage. The researchers note that the use of two different methods yields complementary results.”Even the best fit, template-based model shows systematic residuals and does not provide a good representation of the observed data. SN Refsdal is not quite a clone of other observed 87A-like Type II supernovae. Thus, as a second approach for measuring the time delays between the four Refsdal sources, we used a series of flexible light curve models—splines and polynomials—to represent the underlying light curve shape. By adopting these free-form curves in place of the rigid SN light curve templates, we can derive time delays that are agnostic about the classification of SN Refsdal,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.Rodney and his team determined these time delays with a precision of two to eight days. According to their study, the time delay between the first and the fourth image is about 26 days.”This level of precision is promising, as it suggests that a similarly cadenced monitoring campaign could deliver a relative precision of 1 percent on the time delay to the next image,” the paper reads.SN Refsdal, as the first multiply-imaged supernova ever seen, will be a target of numerous observations conducted by scientists studying lens modeling methods. The researchers concluded that with a sufficiently rapid observational cadence and concerted lens modeling efforts, it will be feasible to use measurements of these lensed time delays as cosmographic tools. Cluster-lensed supernovae such as SN Refsdal could, indeed, contribute to future time delay cosmography efforts. (Phys.org)—SN Refsdal is a peculiar supernova visible within the field of the galaxy cluster MACS J1149+2223. Discovered in November 2014 using the Hubble Space Telescope, this supernova is the first that was seen multiple times thanks to gravitational lensing. Now, an international team of astronomers has published a paper on Jan. 15 summarizing one year of Hubble observations of SN Refsdal. The research is available online on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: SN Refsdal : Photometry and Time Delay Measurements of the First Einstein Cross Supernova, arXiv:1512.05734 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1512.05734AbstractWe present the first year of Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the unique supernova (SN) ‘Refsdal’, a gravitationally lensed SN at z=1.488±0.001 with multiple images behind the galaxy cluster MACS J1149.6+2223. The first four observed images of SN Refsdal (images S1-S4) exhibited a slow rise (over ~150 days) to reach a broad peak brightness around 20 April, 2015. Using a set of light curve templates constructed from SN 1987A-like peculiar Type II SNe, we measure time delays for the four images relative to S1 of 4±4 (for S2), 2±5 (S3), and 24±7 days (S4). The measured magnification ratios relative to S1 are 1.15±0.05 (S2), 1.01±0.04 (S3), and 0.34±0.02 (S4). None of the template light curves fully captures the photometric behavior of SN Refsdal, so we also derive complementary measurements for these parameters using polynomials to represent the intrinsic light curve shape. These more flexible fits deliver fully consistent time delays of 7±2 (S2), 0.6±3 (S3), and 27±8 days (S4). The lensing magnification ratios are similarly consistent, measured as 1.17±0.02 (S2), 1.00±0.01 (S3), and 0.38±0.02 (S4). We compare these measurements against published predictions from lens models, and find that the majority of model predictions are in very good agreement with our measurements. Finally, we discuss avenues for future improvement of time delay measurements—both for SN Refsdal and for other strongly lensed SNe yet to come. Citation: Astronomers observe a unique multiply-lensed supernova (2016, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-astronomers-unique-multiply-lensed-supernova.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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The conscience call

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first_imgThe book will be launched by chief guest Member of Parliament LK Advani and and Guest of Honor Jawed Naqvi.Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience makes a case for keeping ancient emblems of faith alive and for pluralism in a land of irony that has been home to multiple ancient faiths yet stands besieged by unpalatable extremism. It also aspires to enshrine the ideal of liberty. By framing an all-inclusive piety, this book sets out to ignite a discourse and the collective conscience of a nation numbed into silence, fear or the false conviction of the supremacy of a singular religion – to institutionalise the fundamental right of will.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Elaborately embellished with evocative photographs of antiquated and exquisite Hindu shrines, opulent rituals and festivals and regional populace, the chronicle has extensive research and exceptional pilgrimage sites – Hinglaj, Katas Raj, Kalka Cave Temple, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir and Shivala Mandir, to name a few. While vivid introductions and sweeping images present the landscape and the social fabric of a territory, the redolence of celebrations spread passion and fervour. A special article introduces the extraordinary Fakira, last of the human hands behind idols in Pakistan. Humanity is cast as the oldest of creeds and as the reason for faiths. Therefore, devotion cannot be reserved for a sole call to prayer.WHEN:  23 July, 6:30 pmWHERE: India International Centre Seminar Hall 1, 2 & 3last_img read more

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Trinamool Congress leading in gram panchayat seats

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first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress today surged ahead in 1,800 gram panchayat seats while the BJP and the CPI(M) were leading in 100 and 30 gram panchayat seats respectively, as per initial trends available at 10 am, SEC officials said. The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on May 14. The counting of votes began at 8 am amid tight security, the State Election Commission officials said. Of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the sources said.last_img

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One killed many injured in clash in CoochBehar

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first_imgCoochBehar(WB): One person was killed and a number of people were injured in a clash between supporters of two political parties in CoochBehar district, police said today. The clash between the supporters of the two parties took place at Jamaldaha area of the district yesterday in which Ramjan Mian was killed and many people were injured, they said.The police, however, did not specify the number of injured persons.A large contingent of police force was deployed in the area to maintain peace, they added. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCoochBehar district CPI(M) leaders claimed that deceased Ramjan Mian was their active supporter and their newly elected gram panchayat member of Jamaldaha, Atabul Islamd was among the injured.The CPI(M) leaders alleged that the clash started when Trinamool Congress workers tried to set the house of Islam on fire which was resisted by CPI(M) activists.The Trinamool Congress has denied the CPI(M) allegations.last_img read more

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BJP trying to disturb peace and stability of Bengal TMC

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first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress today accused the state BJP of trying to disturb the peace and stability of West Bengal by making provocative statements against its cadre. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the BJP for the last few years have been trying to disturb peace and stability in the state. “They have been doing such things just to gain political foothold in Bengal. But the people of Bengal will never accept a party which propagates communal division,” he said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Chatterjee said, “First they(BJP) tried their hand in creating communal tensions and now they are making provocative statements. But they won’t succeed in their intensions.” Chatterjee’s comment comes in the backdrop of West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh recent utterance that his party would not take it lying down if its workers were attacked by the TMC. Threatening “direct encounters,”, he had said “We are counting the bullets which killed our workers.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “We have seen many goondas. There is a limit to tolerance (to such attacks). We have not given any bond that we will offer them (TMC) rasogolla (sweet) even if they attack us. There will be retaliation”, Ghosh had said at a public meeting in north Bengal on June 19. Hitting back, Chatterjee said the BJP is “miles away” from the seat of power in West Bengal and is threatening to launch encounters. “From such statements the people of Bengal can understand the kind of intolerant outfit BJP is,” he added. Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had yesterday called BJP a “militant organisation,” and alleged that it is engaged in dividing the people along religious lines while daring it to attack her party. “We are not a militant organisation like the BJP. They are arrogant and intolerant. They are religiously biased. They don’t like Muslims, Christians, Sikhs – they are even differentiating between the upper caste and the lower caste Hindus,” Banerjee, a known critic of the saffron party, had said at the extended core committee meeting of the TMC. Lashing out at the BJP, she had said, “They (BJP) are threatening to carry out encounters. Just because they are in power in Delhi, they are talking about hurling bombs. I dare them to come and touch us. We will show them their place.”last_img read more

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SIT to seek expert opinion for causes of Majerhat bridge cavein

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first_imgKolkata: Expert opinion will be sought in regard to the causes of the collapse of the Majerhat bridge, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Praveen Tripathi informed on Thursday.He also said the Public Works Department (PWD) had given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL).According to sources, Kolkata Police had formed a Special InvestigationTeam (SIT) two days after the bridge caved-in. Later the SIT asked the Metro authority and PWD to submit all the relevant documents they had regarding the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Thursday, Tripathi informed that the PWD authority was asked to provide all documents related to the maintenance work, construction and other necessary papers in this regard which they have complied with.As per the list, copy of a NOC is also there that was given to the RVNL. He also informed that the Metro authority also submitted certain documents. More will be provided soon by them. “We will now sort the documents and scrutiny all of them thoroughly,” said Tripathi.The SIT will also engage an expert agency for opinion. According to police, they may engage the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur or IIT Roorkee for the same. Their main objective is to gather information about the structural engineering part which may provide assistance to detect the cause of the collapse of the Majerhat bridge.last_img read more

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SC to hear plea challenging WBs decision to grant funds for Durga

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear tomorrow an appeal challenging the West Bengal government’s decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to puja committees in the state for Durga Puja celebrations. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was apprised that on Wednesday the Calcutta High Court had refused to interfere with the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to grant money to Puja committees in the state. The bench also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph was told by lawyer Saurav Dutta, who had filed an appeal against the high court’s decision, that the decision of the state government was against the established principle of law and sought an urgent hearing on his plea.last_img

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Soon all Kisan Mandis to have machine to dry up moisture from

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first_imgKolkata: State Agriculture and Food and Supplies department have decided to install an advanced machine at all the Kisan Mandis run by the state government to dry up moisture in rice and remove the dust particles from the grains to save farmers from being hoodwinked by the rice mill owners.State Agriculture minister Asish Banerjee and Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mallick will hold a high-level meeting with senior officials of their departments at Khadya Bhawan on January 10 to lay out a comprehensive strategy and roadmap to ensure that the paddy farmers get the price as fixed by the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been alleged that the go-down owners or Arotdars often force the farmers to believe that huge amounts of moisture and dust particles are found in the grains. This happens only because there is no proper machine that can dry up the moisture and separate the dust from rice and other food grains. This practice often leads to a huge loss for the cultivators. Keeping this in view, the Agriculture and Food and Supplies departments have come up with an idea of installing machines at Kisan Mandis so that the farmers get proper price for their produce. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new machines will be installed at the Kisan Mandis where the farmers can separate the moisture of rice, isolate the dust from grains and get adequate price for their produce. The machine will also help them to weigh their produce before selling them. It may be mentioned that both the departments have started distributing cheques among the farmers in all the districts and there has been a huge response so far. Following the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, both the departments have already started a crackdown on the middlemen who have been causing difficulties in the procurement of paddy from the farmers. Banerjee expressed her concern over the middlemen menace during her recent meeting at Nabanna in December and issued necessary instructions in this regard. Both the Agriculture and Food and Supplies Department have started a massive crackdown on the middlemen in all the districts to iron out the earlier practice that had been prevailing in the state so far. The Chief Minister also reiterated the position of her government saying that they wanted to procure directly from the farmers thereby increasing the target of the overall paddy procurement in the state.last_img read more

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Local resident shot at 2 in cop net

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first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested by the officers of Tiljala police station for allegedly firing a bullet at a local resident on the Tiljala Road early on Sunday morning.According to sources, on the wee hours on Sunday, around 3 am, Pinki Roy of 55 Tiljala Road near Tarikhana had got involved in an altercation with a woman of the locality. While the altercation was at the top, husband of the woman identified as Jibat Rai arrived there and tried to attack Pinki. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen Pinki’s husband identified as Bijoy Roy tried to save her, he was allegedly beaten up by Jibat. Following the incident, Jibat allegedly threw glass bottles aiming at Roy’s balcony. Several glass panes on the windows were broken after being hit by the bottles. After a while he left the spot threatening the Roy family with dire consequences. It is alleged that after some time he came back with his brother Binod and fired a bullet aiming at Roy’s apartment. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTiljala police station was immediately informed. After firing the shot, Jibat and Binod left the scene. Later, the police arrived at the spot and seized a bullet head from Roy’s flat. After members of the Roy family told about the incident to sleuths, they started looking for the accused duo. Meanwhile, Pinki had lodged a complaint against the Rai brothers alleging that they had planned to kill her. Local sources informed that there was a personal enmity between the Rai and Roy family. Sleuths came to know that before the firing incident a had brawl taken place. It is suspected that an old rivalry was the only reason behind the firing incident. Later, sleuths nabbed Jibat and Binod from Tiljala. The arms, which were used in crime, has also been recovered. Both of them has been booked under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) along with sections 25 (whoever manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale, transfer, conversion, repair, test or proof, any arms or ammunition) and 27 (punishment for using arms) of the Arms Act.last_img read more

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Dewang Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys tops in ISC exam from

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first_imgKolkata: Girls have performed better than boys in both ICSE and ISC examinations in Bengal in terms of the pass percentage. However, Dewang Kumar Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata has bagged the first position in the country in ISC examinations by scoring 100 percent in the ISC examination.The pass percentage of girls in ICSE has been 98.38 while that of boys has been 97.39. In ISC, the pass percentage of girls is 98.05 while that of boys is 95.91. Anwesa Chattopadhyay of Garden High School, Avi Saraf of Frank Anthony Public School and Raj Ghosh of Purwanchal Vidyamandir in Kankurgachi all with 99.40 percent marks have topped the state in ICSE examinations and features second in the overall merit list in the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChief Minister Mamata Banerjee has congratulated all the students who have excelled and those who passed the ICSE and ISC exams. “Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” Banerjee tweeted. Dewang wants to pursue Computer Science and would prefer to go to other states for future studies. “Teachers have been an integral part of my success and my parents have always been my greatest motivation,” he said. Apart from academics, Dewang loves swimming and reading. He had scored 98 percent in Class X at St. James School and switched over to La Martiniere. Four students from Bengal have bagged the second position in the ISC merit list with 98.75 percent. They are Khusi Daga of Our Lady Queen of The Missions School, Salt Lake, Debdut Mondal of K.E. Carmel School at Amtala, North 24-Parganas, Nirjhar Das of WWA Cossipore English School, Kolkata, and Dimitri Malik of Auxilium Convent School, Kolkata. Khusi Daga has topped the state in Commerce stream. “I had worked very hard and the support that I received from my school has been immense. I want to do MBA,” Khusi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAnwesa Chattopadhyay said she would not pursue medical or engineering and would love to go for research in future. “There were no specific study hours for me but there has hardly been a day when I had not studied for an hour at least. Apart from studies, I love reading books, listening to music and I am a food lover too,” she added. Raj Ghosh, who has scored the same marks as Anwesa, wants to become a doctor. “I had expected 98 to 99 percent marks but 99.4 percent and first from the state has really made me very happy. I will study biology as I want to become a doctor and to be associated with AIIMS,” Raj said. His father Salil Ghosh is a state government employee. The total number of candidates who appeared from the state are 35769 in ICSE and 24791 in ISC. The overall pass percentage from the state is 97.82 and 96.88 in ICSE and ISC respectively.last_img read more

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IHE brings together hospitality stakeholders

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first_imgThe second edition of India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) will be the biggest hospitality expo event in South Asia till date with its astounding line up of trade discussions, conferences, gastronomic demonstrations, master classes, awards night and more. The event was inaugurated on August 7 by Chander Baljee, Managing Director, Royal orchid hotels and Rakesh Kumar, Chairman India Exposition mart Ltd.Eminent personalities like Phan San Chau, Ambassador of Vietnam; Sunil Sethi, Chairman Steering Committee IHE; Hari Dadoo, MD Dadoo Industries and fair president, IHE; Chef Devender Kumar, President, ICF; Ralph Hays trade commissioner, High commission New Zealand; Mercedes Gil, Deputy Chief PERU Embassy; Irvan Fachrizal First Secretary Embassy of Indonesia; Tiffany Landry USA Embassy, Subodh Jindal president All India food processor association were also present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRakesh Kumar, Chairman India Exposition mart Ltd said “The hospitality sector, which is a huge contribution to India’s economy, adding 7.5% to India’s GDP was literally without a world class national level platform that the industry could truly call its own, the need of the hour is to have a platform where the whole industry can meet, learn, share from the experts, engage with the authorities, check out contemporary trends and solutions through the latest products and services. And, IHE 2019 is doing precisely this by getting the full spectrum of vendors who cater to the needs of the sector. India International Hospitality expo is the show of the industry by the industry.”last_img read more

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Pearl receives 5000 scholarship at Newport Jazz Festival

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first_imgJay Sweet, executive producer of Newport Jazz Festival, with scholarship winners Matthew Pearl and Luca Simeone, and David Giunta, CEO of the US for Natixis Investment ManagersPhoto/submittedRegion – Matthew Pearl, a recent graduate of Marlborough High School was presented with a $5,000 2019 George Wein Jazz Ambassador Scholarship Aug. 3 at the Newport Jazz Festival held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I.Also receiving the scholarship that day was Luca Simeone of Kingston, R.I.Natixis Investment Managers, the presenting sponsor of the Newport Jazz Festival, awards the scholarships annually, in coordination with the Newport Festivals Foundation, to young artists who have shown tremendous music ability, strong academic achievement, and a commitment to giving back to their communities.Natixis Investment Managers, one of the world’s largest asset management firms, has been presenting sponsor of the Newport Jazz Festival since 2011 and has awarded $5,000 scholarships to 20 aspiring college-bound musicians over that period. The scholarships are named in celebration of George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and an ambassador for jazz music, who has spent his life working to bring people together through the power of jazz.David Giunta, CEO of the US for Natixis Investment Managers, presented the scholarships to Pearl and Simeone on the Fort Stage Aug. 3, before the performance of Grammy- and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater.Pearl, a tenor saxophone player, is a 2019 graduate of Marlborough High School. He will continue studying jazz at the University of Hartford in the fall.last_img read more

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Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban Bitcoin Has No Shot as a LongTerm Digital

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Mark Cuban invests in a motley mix of businesses, from the big (Magnolia Pictures, the Dallas Mavericks and Dropbox) to the small (a candied pretzel startup, a Snapchat-like texting app and a sippy cup maker). And the list goes on and all over the board. But the veteran tech mogul isn’t putting his money behind Bitcoin. Not yet.  “Nope, I haven’t invested in Bitcoin yet,” Cuban told Entrepreneur.com on the set of Shark Tank. “I go up and down on it.”He seemed pretty down on it back in March, when he told USA Today at SXSW that he think’s Bitcoin is “great as an encryption technology,” but not as a cryptocurrency. Not for the long haul. The future, he predicts, isn’t bright for Bitcoin as a cryptocash.Related: Billionaire Entrepreneur Mark Cuban: ‘Failure is Part of the Success Equation’Like many, Cuban compares Bitcoin to gold and says central banks will never let it truly succeed. He also noted that “no one” that he knows in traditional sales who accepts it as payment keeps it as Bitcoin: “They all translate it to dollars.” And, if they convert the digital money to traditional fiat money, in his mind, it’s not a currency.Gold Could Collapse Just Like Bitcoin Did http://t.co/612372yB98— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) April 28, 2013 September 26, 2014 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. “As a transport mechanism, an accounting digital transport mechanism, it’s unique and has a great opportunity in the future,” Cuban told USA Today. “I think it’s got no shot as a long term digital currency.”Related: PayPal Embraces Bitcoin Payments, Partners With BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoinIf the Dallas Mavericks owner ever does jump on the Bitcoin bandwagon, he says it would be purely for entertainment value. “I’d look at [buying] it, but more as fun. It’s almost like buying and selling baseball cards, but there’s definitely risk involved if you’re looking at it to be a long-term currency.”Will Cuban ever break down and add Bitcoin to his ever-exploding portfolio? “The jury’s still out,” he told us. We’ll have to wait and see.To see Cuban size up some promising startups outside of the Bitcoin realm, tune in tonight to the Season Six premiere of Shark Tank from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT on your local ABC station.Related: Shark Tank’s ‘Mr. Wonderful’ on Teaching Kids About Money: ‘Put Their Noses In It, Like You’re Training a Puppy’ Register Now »last_img read more

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White Noise Baby monitor crying play sounds

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first_imgWhite Noise Baby: monitor crying, play sounds by Martin Brinkmann on February 19, 2017 in Google Android – 1 commentWhite Noise Baby is an application for Google Android and Apple iOS devices that provides you with soothing sounds and monitoring options.The application looks like any other “white noise” application on first glance, but if you dig a bit deeper, you will notice that it offers features that the bulk of apps don’t support.The main idea behind the app is simple: play sounds or classical music to help your baby sleep better. While it is designed with babies in mind, nothing is keeping you from using it for yourself, or other people instead.If you have a hard time sleeping or relaxing because of background noise — noisy neighbors, busy street, people chatting, construction work, electronic devices — you may benefit from white noise apps as these tend to block distracting noise.White Noise BabyThe application’s interface may be a bit confusing on first run. White Noise Baby displays the available sounds on first start. You will see ads at the top, as the application is ad-driven unless you upgrade, and the controls at the bottom.A tap on any of the available sounds — you can scroll to list more — starts playback right away. You get the usual assortment of white, brown and “insert color” noise sounds, but also sounds of everyday items such as a vacuum cleaner, air conditioner, or truck ride.You may switch to music instead, to play classical music instead. This includes soothing works by Mozart, Beethoven or Chopin that you may play instead with a tap. The only controls provided are to increase or decrease the volume of the sound.White Noise Baby supports an add-on app that is called White Noise Market. The add-on is available for free, and allows you to download hundreds of songs using it.Please note that you need to sign in with Google or Facebook for full access. A “download as guest” option is provided, but it is limited when it comes to the number of downloads. The market app is pretty heavy on the full screen ads front, so keep that in mind as well.But White Noise Baby has more to offer than that. You may open a baby rattle with touch and shake controls, or use the monitoring feature.The monitor works as follows: it tries to recognize crying noises, and if it does, starts to play soothing sounds automatically. This is obviously not something that replaces parents, but it can be useful for times where you may not notice the crying right away.The app features a timer furthermore, a log, and a set of preferences to enable left handed play mode, enable baby mode for fewer interruptions by setting the ringer and notification volume to silent, or setting it to auto-play on launch.Closing WordsWhite Noise Baby is a handy mobile application not only to soothe babies, but for anyone else who benefits from filtering out noise in the environment. It comes with interesting extras, monitoring especially, which you may find useful in some situations. I cannot say how well the crying detection works on the other hand.Now You: Do you use white noise applications or devices?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name White Noise BabyOperating System AndroidSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tmsoft.whitenoise.baby Advertisementlast_img read more

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Create custom Windows 10 installations with MSMG Toolkit

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first_imgCreate custom Windows 10 installations with MSMG Toolkit by Martin Brinkmann on May 02, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 15 commentsYou have two core options when it comes to creating custom Windows 10 installations. Either start from scratch by manipulating a Windows 10 ISO image directly, or modify a running system instead. MSGM Toolkit falls in the former category, as it will modify a source image and not the running system.Note: It is highly recommended that you create a backup of the system partition before you run the program. Note that you need a Windows 10 ISO image, or a Windows 10 DVD, as this is used as the base image for the custom version.You may download MSMG Toolkit from My Digital Life but that requires an account. If you don’t have an account on the site, download the software program from Majorgeeks instead.Create custom Windows 10 installationsExtract the package that is provided as a 7z archive file, and run the script in the root afterwards. The program displays an EULA on start which you need to accept to continue. Basically, what it says is that the author is not responsible for damages or issues. The application is a command line script for the most part.MSGM Toolkit runs some scans once you hit the a-button for accept, for instance to detect the version of the operating system, and make sure the required tools are all available (stored in the MSMG Toolkit folder).The program displays its main screen afterwards. The first thing that you need to do is select a source image or folder. You can copy the source folder of a Windows 10 installation image or DVD to the DVD\sources folder of the MSGM Toolkit folder to have that picked up for instance.Tap on the 1 to start the source folder selection process, and select one of the available options afterwards.Once you have set the source, you may start the customization process. The main menu items that you will use during the process are (3) integrate, (4) remove, and (5) customize.IntegrateIntegrate allows you to add language packs, drivers, features, updates, and custom features to the Windows 10 installation.Language Packs — This enables you to add language packs — read support for additional languages — to the custom Windows 10 installation media.Drivers — Add drivers to the installation media, for instance for hardware that Windows does not support by default, or does not provide up to date drivers for.Windows Features — Enables you to add Windows components such as Microsoft Games, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Sidebar, or Windows Media Feature Pack to the installation. Some of these restore features that were removed previously (e.g. Microsoft Edge).Updates — Integrate Windows Updates directly so that they are installed during installation of Windows 10, and not installed afterwards.Windows Custom Features — Add custom system files, UxTheme patch, or a custom Windows Recovery Environment.RemoveYou may use the remove option to cut components from the Windows 10 installation.Remove default Metro apps — Lists all default applications, and provides you with the means to remove select Windows 10 applications, all applications, all except Windows Store, and all online apps.Remove Default Metro Apps Associations — This removes the file associations from Metro apps so that they are no longer launched when you open associated files on the Windows 10 machine.Remove Windows Components — Remove Windows 10 components such as Cortana, Telemetry Services, Home Group, Parental Controls, or Xbox & Gaming from the image. There is also an advanced option to remove things like Microsoft Edge, Adobe Flash, Windows Defender, or Windows System Restore.Remove Windows Components using Package ListCustomizeCustomize enables you to import or export default metro application associations from and to XML files.Once you are doneWhen you are done making the changes, you need to use the apply menu to apply the changes to the selected source.Once that is out of the way, you may use the target menu to create a new installation medium, for instance by making a custom Windows 10 DVD ISO image, burning the ISO image to a bootable Flash drive, or burning an ISO image to DVD.It is recommended that you test the custom Windows 10 installation media, for instance in a virtual machine, before you install it on computer systems.Closing WordsMGMT Toolkit is a handy script for Windows devices to create custom Windows 10 installations from a Windows 10 ISO image or sources folder.It enables you to make basic modifications to the installation media, for instance by removing select Windows apps, but also more advanced modifications such as adding drivers to the Windows 10 image, or removing core components.A comparable program is NTLite. It enables you to modify a live installation, or create new custom media.Now You: Do you customize your Windows installations?Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 19 votes Software Name MSMG ToolkitOperating System WindowsSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/msmg-toolkit.50572/ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dirt Could Help Fight Superbugs

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first_img(Credit: Shutterstock)About 23,000 Americans die each year due to a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. Since 2010, the number of children who have become resistant has increased sevenfold.In recent years, the misuse and overuse of antibiotics led to the superbug phenomenon, in which bacteria that cause illness and disease become resistant to medicines. That makes it harder to treat conditions like pneumonia and food-related illnesses.Now, a group of researchers are looking for the next antibiotic — in dirt. A paper published in Nature Wednesday discusses using microorganisms in soil to combat superbugs. Soil bacteria have rarely been explored for use in antibiotic research.In 2014, soil samples were collected from a meadow at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in Northern California. Jillian Banfield, a microbiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues examined dirt-dwelling microbes, which produce metabolites, used to develop antibiotic medicines.The team concluded that microorganisms in dirt have potential in the fight against superbugs. The organisms’ diverse genes can effect secondary metabolite biosynthesis, from which antibiotics are created.“These organisms may represent a source of natural products that can address needs for new antibiotics and other pharmaceutical compounds,” the authors write.Besides antibiotics, microbial products also include pigments, alkaloids, and toxins.last_img read more

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Trans woman shot 12 times and killed in Pakistans Peshawar region

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first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A trans woman was shot 12 times and killed in Pakistan. | Photo: Facebook/TransAction Pakistan Advocacy group, TransAction Pakistan, identified the murdered woman as Chutki (Danial) in a Facebook post.The gun men also shot and killed Chutki’s friend, Izaz.The pair were riding in a rickshaw on the way to Iqbal Plaza, a residential complex in the city.After following them in the rickshaw, two men on a motorcycle aged in their 20s, pulled up alongside the pair allegedly shooting them multiple times.‘A transgender along with her friend Izaz were on way in rickshaw from Iqbal Plaza when two armed bike riders opened fire on them on the Ring Road. Both the passengers were killed,’ Deputy Superintendent of Police Faqirabad, Tahir Dawar told reporters.Peshawar’s problemsAccording to TransAction Pakistan, Chutki’s death was the 55th murder of trans person in the area since 2015.‘What a shame. What a sad incident,’ the group said in a Facebook post.The Khyber Medical College (KMC) took the bodies for a post-mortem. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Two armed assailants allegedly shot a trans woman 12 times killing her in the Pakistan region of Peshawar.center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Violence and discrimination against trans people in Peshawar are very common. Including at the KMC which, in October 2017 refused to take the dead body of trans woman because she would make their ‘freezers dirty’.Trans people are often refused or delayed access to medical treatment after facing violence. On multiple occasions they have died from their injuries because they were not able to get appropriate medical care.TransAction Pakistan goes to the hospitals to advocate on behalf of victims for proper medical treatment. However in January, police chased trans advocates out of hospital in Mardan after they had turned up to support an injured trans person.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-shot-12-times-and-killed-in-pakistans-peshawar-region/last_img read more

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REVIEW Why Chloë Grace Moretz deserves an Oscar nod for The Miseducation

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first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/review-why-chloe-grace-moretz-deserves-oscar-nod-for-the-miseducation-of-cameron-post/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Not since ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ has an entry into the ‘amazing-films-with-LGBTI-themes’ canon had so headline-unfriendly a title as ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’. Seriously, pair it with ‘Chloë Grace Moretz’ (the name of film’s star) and try having characters left over for anything else! GAYSTARNEWS- Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane and Chloe Grace Moretz in The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Photo: TMOCPcenter_img But if any film warrants so arresting a title, it’s this one. Not least because of the huge impact it makes via surprisingly muted means.Indeed, given its name – faithfully taken from the 2012 Emily M. Danforth novel on which it is based – and the heavy subject matter at hand (a teenage girl attracted to other girls is sent to a Christian conversion camp in Montana), it surprised me when the film wrapped up after a concise 90 minutes. And at a moment I wasn’t really expecting it to, to boot.‘This isn’t the film you think it’s going to be’But this isn the film’s power. It isn’t quite the film you think it’s going to be.The people running the camp, for example, aren’t one-dimensional caricatures. In fact, they’re mostly rather likeable. To my horror, I warmed to them instantly. I even found myself nodding along to some of religious claptrap they were coming out with.It’s not until a moment of tragedy occurs off screen – a deviation from the gentle, casual insidiousness running throughout – that you truly gain perspective and realize you’ve kind of been going native. But you don’t come away finding the people responsible evil, per se. You long to help them, before history repeats itself.Similarly, the setting is inviting. The camp itself is rustic, cozy; the surrounding forest exists in a perpetual state of brisk, sunny autumn. How I pined to join the campers for hikes and hangouts in the Montana wilderness, for my sins.[embedded content] Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This has plenty to do with the mildly rebellious, weed-smoking mini-clique Cameron inserts herself into not long after arrival, after being caught with with a girl in the backseat of a car on prom night shortly before.Forrest Goodluck and Sasha Lane are perfectly cast as Cameron’s achingly cool confidants Adam Red Eagle and Jane Fonda. (See, even their names are cool.)We all had friends like them at that age. Equal parts serious and fun-loving, the intensity of adolescence and burgeoning sexuality etched all over their beautiful, bored faces.In the case of Sasha – who revealed her own gay identity at Post’s Sundance press junket this year – her character Jane has a lot in common with American Honey’s Star. In that movie, a tearaway teen who bulldozes her away through her coming of age journey. Here, Jane’s light is comparatively dampened.‘Chloe underplays the smart, questioning Cameron’But it’s Chloe who carries the film. She tackles some demanding sex scenes with effortless grace and poise. Several women have told me they look and feel highly naturalistic, much like this year’s Rachel Weisz-starring Obedience.Chloe furthermore underplays the smart, questioning Cameron, channeling an instantly relatable teenage awkwardness that’s luminously restrained.And by the way, it’s not like she can’t do the opposite when she wants to. To my mind, the range she’s shown to date – across 65 film credits, and she’s only 21! – helps warrant an Oscar nomination for this part.For example, I was almost dying for her to serve the camp counsellors some Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass attitude (I.e. ‘okay you c****…’). But that isn’t Cameron’s way. Although that’s not to say she doesn’t speak up with a self-assured glint in her eye at a pivotal moment in the film.Indeed, Chloe’s understatement is echoed throughout this quiet drama – and it’s all the more powerful for it.4/5The Miseducation of Cameron Post is in UK cinemas from 7 SeptemberGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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