Experts mixed on whether Obamas goal of 1 million electric cars by

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 4.7 million EV charging units expected by 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. Explore further In its report, the DOE, (backed up by a statement from Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow) predicts that sales of plug-in electric (which excludes hybrids) vehicles will be sufficient between now and 2015 to take us over the million mark, to somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.2 million vehicles; more than enough to fulfill the president’s goal.The president’s goal has been widely criticized as far too optimistic, especially in light of the recent recession, and production problems with the Nissan Leaf (partially due to the earthquake/tsunami in Japan) one of the all electric vehicles expected to be among the leading sellers in the near future. Adding to the fire is J.D. Powers, which came out with predictions of just 750,000 electric vehicles by 2015.Other critics have pointed out that the issue is rather moot though, since a million electric vehicles running by 2015, would still account for less than one half of one percent of all operating vehicles by that date. Others however, point out that by passing certain milestones, electric vehicles become ever more of a viable choice for American consumers, thus, paving the way for a boon in sales in later years.What’s not included in either report, unfortunately, due to the time frame in which they were created, is the current cost of gasoline and the possibility that it could reach $5 gallon in this country before the summer is out. While still not nearly as much as consumers are paying in Europe, it could provide a catalyst for change, and swifter acceptance of all-electric vehicles, as consumers find they have few other alternatives.After all is said and done, it appears that despite the massive amounts of money being spent to create their projections, by both government and those in the private sector, there are just too many variables involved to accurately predict where car sales are headed; so, in the end, we’ll all likely just have to wait and see how things develop. Citation: Experts mixed on whether Obama’s goal of 1 million electric cars by 2015 can be reached (2011, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-experts-obama-goal-million-electric.html (PhysOrg.com) — A recent report by the Department of Energy (DOE) stating that the United States is well on its way to meeting President Obama’s goal of having at least one million plug-in electric cars and trucks on our nation’s highways and byways by 2015 is in direct conflict with a another recent report from Pike Research suggesting that while worldwide sales of electric vehicles will likely pass the million mark, sales in the United States likely won’t grow fast enough to reach much higher than 850,000 units by that date.last_img read more

Existence of exoplanet Fomalhaut b called into question

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Fomalhaut b, thought to be the first exoplanet photographed directly, has come under increased scrutiny due to evidence of an unexpected divergence from its expected orbit. Paul Kalas, James Graham and their colleagues identified the planet in 2008 while studying photographs taken by the Hubble telescope in 2004 and 2006. At that time it appeared Fomalhaut b orbited just inside a dust cloud that circles around Fomalhaut, the star at the center of that solar system. Now however, new photographs of Fomalhaut b show that it actually crosses into the dust cloud, causing Toronto astronomer Ray Jayawardhana, at a recent exoplanet conference, to suggest that Fomalhaut b may not be an exoplanet after all. An exoplanet called Fomalhaut b has been photographed in an unexpected spot — so is it even an exoplanet at all? Image credit: NASA The whole story actually began back in 2005 when evidence arose from studies of the dust belt surrounding Fomalhaut, suggesting that at least one exoplanet (any planet not in our own solar system) existed in the system due to the behavior of the dust cloud. After years of studying photographs from Hubble, Kalas and his team came upon Fomalhaut b, an apparent exoplanet about the size of Jupiter (and three times its mass), orbiting some 1.72×1010 km from its sun. Unfortunately, more evidence regarding the exoplanet could not be had due to the malfunction of the camera onboard Hubble. It wasn’t until just last year that another picture of Fomalhaut b was finally made using a different camera on Hubble. The problem was, the exoplanet appeared in a different place than astronomers expected; a problem that has various astronomers offering various explanations. Some suggest that the projected orbit was wrong, while others say that maybe it’s not a planet at all, but a background star or something else altogether.Another problem is that there are other apparent anomalies as well. It’s too bright for its size example. Also, why aren’t other ground-based infrared telescopes able to detect its presence? Jayawardhana says that all of this combined information or lack thereof, should be enough to have Fomalhaut b removed from the exoplanet.eu database. Kalas, in response suggests that 1RXJ1609, an exoplanet that Jayawardhana and his team are studying, should be reviewed more closely as well.The whole argument, if that’s what it is, appears to suggest that perhaps more stringent means should be established for classifying exoplanets before they are announced as such. Also maybe, those astronomers in the field who seem to be just as interested in the limelight as in making new discoveries should perhaps take a closer look at how they are coming off to those reading about their spats in the press. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_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. Citation: Existence of exoplanet ‘Fomalhaut b’ called into question (2011, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-exoplanet-fomalhaut.html Unsettled Youth: Spitzer Observes a Chaotic Planetary Systemlast_img read more

Team develops tooth embedded sensor for oral activity recognition

first_imgThe breakout board with (b) tri-axial accelerometer and (a)(c) sensor embedded denture. Credit: Cheng-Yuan Li et al. More information: Paper: Sensor-Embedded Teeth for Oral Activity Recognition, mll.csie.ntu.edu.tw/papers/TeethProbeISWC.pdf As scientists develop ways to make electronics smaller, researchers find new ways to use them. In this new effort, the team in Taiwan has developed a sensor that is small enough to fit inside of an artificial tooth, or to sit astride a natural one. The current sensor developed by the team uses very tiny wires to carry data from the sensor to a computer—future versions will use Bluetooth to allow for a wireless implementation.The sensor measures jaw movement, and because of that is able to identify different types of oral activities. Currently it is capable of recognizing (after calibration for each individual) the difference between chewing, smoking, coughing, eating and drinking. This, the researchers say, could be invaluable to dentists, doctors and other scientists. The device would allow a dentist, for example, to monitor teeth grinding, a doctor to verify how much a person is eating or smoking, and a behavioral scientist to measure stress levels.To verify the accuracy of the device, the research team enlisted the assistance of eight volunteers—each had a sensor affixed to a tooth and then was asked to perform several different activities (cough, chew gum, etc.) for approximately 30 seconds each while the computer analyzed the data and made a personal profile for them. Afterwards, each of the volunteers was then asked to engage in the various oral activities and the researchers report that the sensor and computer were 93.8 percent accurate in determining which activity was being performed.The research team is continuing to work on improving the sensor and expect to have a wireless product that is able to fit inside a normal crown very soon. Such a development would mean tooth sensors could become a standard procedure in dental offices if patients are willing to submit to their insertion for their personal purposes. 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 team of researchers at National Taiwan University has developed a sensor for embedding in a single tooth. The sensor as the team explains in their study paper records movement using an accelerometer to identify different oral activities such as chewing, smoking, coughing, etc. The team presented their sensor at this year’s International Symposium on Wearable Computers held early this month in Switzerland. Explore further Mobile diagnostics by smartphone and image analysis for detecting antibiotic resistance Citation: Team develops tooth embedded sensor for oral activity recognition (2013, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-team-tooth-embedded-sensor-oral.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A large team of researchers from across Europe and the U.K. has learned more about Neolithic history in Poland by studying the remains of people buried in a mass grave in a southern part of the country. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the results of DNA testing they conducted on the remains and what they found. Back in 2011, a mass grave was discovered near the southern Polish village of Koszyce. Prior research dated the remains to the Bronze Age. In this new effort, the researchers have conducted DNA testing on the remains of those found in the grave.The researchers report that they found the remains of 15 people—men, women and children—all from approximately 2880 to 2776 BCE. Items found in the gravesite alongside the human remains suggested that the remains were from the Globular Amphora culture. They also found that the people all belonged to four core families. They noted that the adult females were not related to one another, suggesting that they had once belonged to another group. Of the eight men found in the gravesite, four were half-brothers and the others shared second-degree relationship links.The researchers noted that a large proportion of older men seemed to be missing from the gravesite, suggesting they were away when a massacre occurred. The males in the grave were young, and only one of them had sired a child, which was also buried in the grave. In sharp contrast, the women were all mostly over 30 years of age, and four of them were mothers of children in the grave. The bodies were placed in the graves in significant ways, the researchers note, suggesting the men had returned, found their families dead and had buried them.DNA testing also confirmed that all 15 of the dead belonged to the Sphere Amphora culture. The researchers theorize that people from the Corded Ware culture likely encountered the Sphere Amphora people as they sought to expand their range. They further speculate that the two groups were likely unknown to one another because there was no shared DNA in the victims. Explore further Bones found in Roman-era grave in London may be Asian Citation: Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in Poland (2019, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-ancient-gravesite-insight-neolithic.htmlcenter_img The Late Neolithic mass grave at Koszyce, Poland. Credit: Piotr Wodarczak © 2019 Science X Network More information: Unraveling ancestry, kinship, and violence in a Late Neolithic mass grave, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1820210116 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

Joy yours and mine

first_imgKhushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India) a non-governmental organization working to empower the poor and destitute communities in both rural and urban areas. Led by a team of committed philanthropists, and headed by legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Khushii is presenting an  upcoming art raffle called Art Loot .The event is being hosted by Vivek Khushlani – the President of Khushii on 24 November, at the Clarion Collection Hotel in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Art Loot, is a fun and lucrative opportunity to win in a lucky draw, pieces of art all at one fixed price. The works are creations of well known Indian artists, whose art value is significantly more than what the buyer is paying. This is what makes the Art Raffle even more exciting.   ‘12 years back when we started Khushii, it was with the single minded purpose of bringing ‘happiness’ to the life underprivileged children. We are indeed fortunate that so many likeminded people have come forward and supported us in our ongoing endeavours towards the same cause. The Art Loot is our next effort in that direction,’ says Kapil Dev. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe response has been overwhelming and leading artists like Ram Kumar, S.H. Raza, Paresh Maity, Rekha Rodwittya, K.G. Subramanyam, Jaysri Burman, Rini Dhumal, Seema Kohli,  Satish Gupta, Pratul Dash, George Martin, Binoy Varghese,  Sanjay Bhattacharya,  G R Iranna, Nayana Kanodia, Kamar Alam, Hemi Bawa, Satish Gujral, Anupam Sud, Manu Parekh, Gogi Saroj Pal, Sunil Gawde and many more have contributed artworks towards this collection.‘I am pleased to be associated with Khushii’s Art loot in support of its remedial education programme for less privileged children across the country.  The art raffle features works by the country’s renowned artists and we are looking for large hearted support from generous patrons to take home these wonderful creations at an unbelievable price and brighten a lesser fortunate child’s future,’ says Vivek Khushlani.All art works are available to the buyer at a fixed rate of Rs. 3 lakhs. The market value of these art works exceeds 3 lakhs, thus, the Loot.Khushii Art loot presents an unique and fun opportunity of taking home a work of art and contributing to a good cause. The process itself is quite enjoyable and the attendees to the event end up having a very good time.When: 24 November Where: Clarion Collection Hotellast_img read more

Calendar of the untimely

first_imgThe Raqs Media Collective’s solo show at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) takes the form of an extended conversation around the concepts of time and the untimely which run through much of the collective’s past and present work, and acts as a working laboratory of the ideas that the practice of the Raqs collective is considering today, as it faces the future. With more than fifty works in a range of media – video, installations, mixed media assemblages,  sound, photography, print and sculpture – Raqs turns Jaipur House, the original home of the NGMA, into a magical, labyrinthine container of stories, riddles, enigmas and possibilities. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This is kind of art making that is quirky, intensely intellectual, humorous, poetic as well as committed to the asking of tough questions in a turbulent world. The collective’s sustained history of more than twenty years of working and thinking together is reflected in this multi-layered exhibition which twists and turns the way we think about  time, finds lost constellations in the sky, argues with the epics, asks questions about the meaning of value, strikes back at time, thinks about war, reflects on the urban condition, considers the laboring body and addresses the future of a four year old child. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) has been highly visible on the International art scene for the last decade. They enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agent provocateurs. Raqs follows its self-declared imperative of ‘kinetic contemplation’ to produce a trajectory that is restless in terms of the forms and methods that it deploys even as it achieves a consistency of speculative procedures. Where:  National Gallery of Modern Art When: On till February 8last_img read more

Women across decades

first_imgStree presents a broad range of over 300 works from Swaraj Art Archive exploring the female form as perceived by both male and female artists spanning from the pre-independence to the post-independence era. The event begins from January 23 onwards and will be held at the Swaraj Archive, Sector 2, Noida. Divided into five categories, the exhibition is spread across mediums representing the woman as an emotion – harmony; love; pride; devotion; and acquiescence; throwing light on the stylistic differences in artists’ expression conveyed by the female form. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It includes works by about 100 artists, from Kalighat painters to Arpana Caur, whose names will not be disclosed on the walls, allowing the observer to walk through the show unaccompanied by the predisposition associated with the identity of an artist. The show provides a visual comparative of the iconography associated with each of the above emotions showcasing the depth of Indian art from the 1850’s to now.Every artist possesses an individual artistic sensibility which, when driven by raw emotion, truly manifests into his creation, affecting the form, composition and its dialogue with the observer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDivided into five sub-concepts, the exhibition spreads across time, mediums, scales and histories representing the woman as an expression of an emotion.The exhibition comprises over 300 works representing the ‘woman’ as an expression of an emotion. Providing a visual comparative of the iconography associated with each of the emotions – Harmony, Love, Pride, Devotion and Acquiescence – the collection showcases the depth of Indian art from the 1850’s to the present. This Exhibition aims to show the depth of Indian Art in its entirety. The non-chronological display of the artworks, segregated via emotions, which translate themselves into certain physical decipherable forms, allows the viewer to read and dwell into the art itself, rather than assess it pragmatically based on market researches associated with specific artists. A small effort has been made with this exhibition for the art to speak for itself without being weighed down or enhanced by the artists’ biographies. The viewer will then experience art without judgment and/or in comparison to the plethora of stylistic languages through Indian Art.last_img read more

KMC to conduct monthlong campaigns on environment protection in all schools

first_imgKolkata: Commemorating the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take up a month-long awareness campaign on environment in all the schools across the city. The awareness campaign will not only cover KMC schools but also government and private schools in the city.”We have made elaborate plans for a month-long programme to mark the World Environment Day. We will take up awareness campaigns through documentary, magic shows and various posters to make it interesting for the students. The emphasis will be on curbing the use of plastic,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Environment ) Swapan Samaddar said.Sammadar feels that if students are made aware in a proper manner, they will inform their parents about the necessity of keeping the environment clean. The entire team of the Environment department of the civic body will be involved in the campaign and the MMiC himself will try to cover as many schools as possible. The Borough chairmans have been directed to take up awareness campaigns on environment at their respective boroughs. KMC has already prepared 3,000 banners and several hoardings for the campaign, which will focus on abstaining from the use of plastic, quitting of smoking, keeping the vicinity clean and planting of trees and saplings.”The use of plastic has turned into a menace in the city and awareness is the only way to prevent its excessive use,” a senior official of the Environment department of the civic body said. The campaign will kick off with a rally on June 5 from KMC office on SN Banerjee Road to College Square in presence of Mayor Sovan Chatterjee.The Environment department will hold a meeting with the Parks & Gardens department of the civic body in this regard on Saturday.last_img read more

TMC issues whip to LS MPs to be present in House on

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) issued a whip today to its Lok Sabha members to be present in the House on July 20 when the opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion would be taken up for discussion. TMC chief national spokesperson Derek O’Brien told PTI that the whip was issued to all 34 party MPs in the Lok Sabha. “They (the MPs) will participate in the discussion and voting in the Lok Sabha and return to Kolkata,” he said. O’Brien added that the party would observe its annual “Martyr’s Day” rally in Kolkata on July 21. This year’s rally will be the 25th anniversary of the event. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that the House will take up discussion and voting on the no-confidence motion on July 20. The motion was brought against the Narendra Modi government by the TDP and opposition parties.last_img read more

TMC to observe black day to protest leaders manhandling in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam yesterday, a senior party leader said today. TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday. “We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters here. An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.last_img read more

ED raids Kolkata jewellery house for money laundering

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided various locations and office premises of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House here in connection with a Rs 2,672 crore money laundering case, an official said. “Our officials have started search operations at 11 locations including Shree Ganesh’s office premises and residences of its senior officials in the city,” an ED official said. The agency has been investigating the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Based on a complaint of defrauding a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) for non-payment of loan to the tune of Rs 2,672 crore, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had earlier commenced an investigation against the company. Subsequently, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had, in June 2018, arrested Nilesh Parekh, the promoter of the company in the alleged diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg. According to DRI officials, the firm having several units in Manikanchan Special Economic Zone (MKSEZ), Kolkata, was allegedly involved in diversion of gold imported duty free on the strength of being a nominated agency and also in its capacity as an SEZ unit. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “Currently, Parekh is on an interim bail and there was restriction on his movement outside of the city. We are in process of finalising a charge sheet against him, which will be filed soon,” a DRI official told IANS. During investigations, the agency found the accused to “be actively involved in the fraud of diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg among other violations like non-realization of remittance on account of export of gems and Jewelleries to the tune of Rs 7,500 crore” to the several dummy and shell companies at Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.last_img read more

Woman refuses to buy smart phone son sets her on fire

first_imgKolkata: A 17-year-old boy allegedly set his mother on fire by pouring kerosene on her at Sulunguri in New Town on Monday night.The victim was rushed to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Police have arrested her son under Sections 307 IPC (attempt to murder) and 326 IPC (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The boy was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board, Bidhannagar, and was sent to a home for 14 days. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe boy lived with his mother and the father lived separately. Locals alleged that he used to mistreat his mother. Recently, he asked for a smart phone which his mother could not afford. However, he kept forcing his mother to buy him a smart phone. On Monday night, when she strictly refused to his demand, he allegedly beat his mother. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. The woman gave a statement at the hospital.last_img read more

BJP will not come back to power CM

first_imgBankura/Purulia/Kharagpur: Accusing Narendra Modi of talking nonsense as he is suffering from fear of defeat, Trinamool Congress supremo said the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23, the day when the Lok Sabha election result is declared.Addressing a mammoth rally in Bankura on Thursday afternoon, she clearly indicated that BJP will not come back to power in Delhi and said: “Modi is talking nonsense as he is suffering from the fear of defeat and the death knell of BJP will be sounded on May 23.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAt Purulia, Banerjee challenged Modi to prove that his party leaders are involved with the coal mafia as alleged by him. “The Central Industrial Police Force (CISF) guards the coal mines which are under the Ministry of Coal and BJP leaders are its agents. Instead of blaming them, Modi is blaming us. If he can prove that any of my leaders are involved in the matter, I will withdraw the candidature of 42 candidates but if he fails to prove his allegation, he will have to tender apology and do 100 sit-ups holding his ears.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn Bankura, Banerjee alleged that to please Modi, seven-phase elections are being held in Bengal. “It is impossible to bear the heat but still polls are being conducted so that Modi can come and address election rallies. He is least bothered about the people who are suffering from unbearable heat and incredible stressful conditions.” Banerjee said that BJP had used power to hold Modi’s meeting in Bankura. “There are 50 owners of the land and out of them only 17 had allowed the party to hold the meeting. BJP used force to hold the rally at the venue,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Modi had influenced police to get clean chit in Godhra and Gujarat riot incidents.” She also alleged that BJP workers threw chairs and bottles at the police. “Modi babu, this is your culture and not ours. Such incidents do not happen in the meetings of Trinamool Congress leaders,” she said. Banerjee added: “He does not know about our culture and heritage. He says that I do not allow Durga Puja in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are held and more than one crore Saraswati Pujas are organised throughout Bengal. He is so shameless that he does not do any homework before addressing the election meetings.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees Subrata Mukherjee, former state minister for Panchayats and Rural Development in Bankura and Mriganka Mahato in Purulia. “Your one vote will help Trinamool to consolidate its position in Delhi and help to form a stable, secular and pro-development government.” Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his Banerjee as a “Bengal tigress” and said she had “taught a lesson” to the Prime Minister. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief attended her election rally in Kharagpur in support of her party’s Lok Sabha candidate Manas Bhunia.last_img read more

SSKM doctors conduct rare surgery to remove foreign object from boys chest

first_imgKolkata: A team of doctors conducted a rare surgery and saved the life of a six-year-old boy at SSKM Hospital on Sunday.According to sources, the patient identified as Rohit Dolui of Daspara at Ghatal in West Midnapore was suffering from cough, fever and breathlessness since last three years. Despite he was treated by several doctors, none could identify exactly what was the problem. In every occasion, when he fell sick with symptoms of fever, nausea, cough and breathlessness doctors reportedly prescribed antibiotics and other medicines but failed to Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatadetect the actual cause of the problem. Rohit’s mother Manabi had informed doctors that her elder son said Rohit had swallowed something three years ago but no doctors could find any foreign object inside his chest. Since May this year, Rohit’s condition started deteriorating. Recently Manabi took him to a doctor at Panskura who advised her to take him to some hospital in Kolkata. On Saturday, Manabi brought her son to SSKM Hospital. After preliminary check, concerned doctor had a look on the ‘Fiber Optic Bronchoscopy’ report and found something is stuck on the lower right part of the lungs. Immediately X-ray and other necessary examinations were done. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFollowing the tests, doctors decided to operate on Rohit’s chest to remove the foreign object. A medical team was set up under the leadership of ENT head of the department Arunava Sengupta. On Sunday, after almost a hour of surgery doctors successfully removed a small object made out of plastic from Rohit’s chest. According to doctors, this case was very rare case as the boy was carrying a foreign object almost adjacent to his lungs since the past three years. This could have been fatal if the object remained inside for a few more days. According to doctors, Rohit’s condition was stable and he had been kept under observation.last_img read more

Grandparents play big role in kids screen addiction habits

first_imgWhile parents usually take the blame for spoiling their kids by letting them spend huge amounts of time with high-tech electronics, grandparents are to be equally blamed for screen addiction in children. Grandparents have long been associated with letting their grandchildren do things their parents would never permit, such as extended bedtime, too much television time, and carefree fun. In the study published in the Journal of Children and Media, researchers found that today’s grandparents are still true to their traditional fun-loving image – allowing their grandchildren, while under their supervision, to spend about half of their time on a mobile phone, tablet, computer or TV. The study reviewed the experiences of 356 grandparents of children aged 2-7 who take care of their grandchildren at least once per week and found that during an average four-hour visit, the children spent two hours either watching videos or playing games on electronic devices. Most of the experts suggest that grandparents should restrict technology use by setting simple rules for screen time when babysitting. This is particularly needed when children bring a device from home and expect to watch even more. The unconditional love-shower of parents and grandparents can go to the point of spoiling children, said Pallavi Joshi, Clinical Psychologist at Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute in Delhi. “Over the past few years, grandparents’ responsibilities for their grandchildren have increased due to changes and issues in families and society. “If we focus particularly at the extreme amount of screen time the kids devote to the idiot box (TV), parents and grandparents may be blamed for the same, as they do not oppose this habit,” Joshi told IANS. “It’s just another sweet way for them to spend more time with children. But this habit should be kept in check before it becomes an issue,” she added. Increased screen time may critically impact a child’s development and have several negative consequences; it can stimulate the way a child behaves, even in the long run, as well as make them less physically active. Now, not all screen time is detrimental, but families need to develop limited, healthy screen habits. “Gadgets have started replacing traditional ways of engaging with children at home. Even with grandparents at home, it is getting increasingly difficult to curtail the screen time for young children. A lot of grandparents are unaware of the effects of excessive screen time,” a Child Psychologist said. We need to educate grandparents about the impact of technology on children’s lives and on its proper use that will benefit them.last_img read more

The First HighlyDetailed Maps of the Moon from the Father of Lunar

first_imgSince the beginning, people have looked up at the moon and wondered. Early gazers may have thought the Moon was inhabited or that it somehow played a part in our fate. Polynesians of the Pacific said that the moon was a creator goddess named Hina, the Greeks believed the moon was the goddess Artemis, sister of Apollo, the Romans called it Luna, and the Japanese believed that the moon was a god with powers of clairvoyance. There was also the green cheese theory.The far side of the Moon is sometimes called the “dark side” of the Moon, as most of it is not visible from Earth due to tidal lockingMoonlight was considered at one time to be dangerous and could drive one mad. According to a forum Myth Encyclopedia, in the 11th century, English philosopher Roger Bacon wrote, “Many have died from not protecting themselves from the rays of the moon.” Interest increased when Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius published the first atlas of the Moon in 1647 – all without the use of any high-powered telescopes.  If fact he is considered the last astronomer to do major work without the use of a telescope. He eventually used a huge Keplerian telescope with a wood and wire tube he constructed himself.Hevelius, born in 1611 in Gdańsk, Poland spent his early years studying with German astronomer, mathematician, and polymath, Peter Krüger.Johannes HeveliusHe was a brewer by trade and had studied law, but, upon the death of Krüger in 1639, Hevelius decided to become a full-time astronomer with his main focus on the Moon. Coming from a wealthy brewing family, he was able to put his full attention to his work. He built an observatory on the roof of his house and, later on, filled it with telescopes such as the large Keplerian telescope with a 150-foot focal length and other astronomy tools calling it Sternenberg or the “Star Castle.” However, even amidst pressure from colleagues to rely more on telescopes, Hevelius always maintained he could get just as accurate mappings simply with a quadrant and alidade.Woodcut of Hevelius’ 46 m (150 ft) focal-length telescopeHis star castle became the go to place in Europe for stellar astronomy and was visited by the Polish Queen, Marie Louise Gonzaga; Polish King, John III Sobieski; and Edmond Halley of Halley’s Comet fame. King John was so impressed he allowed Hevelius and his family to run their brewery tax free to enable more resources for celestial study.Related Video: Apollo Moon Dust Bag Sells For $1.8m At New York AuctionFor several years, Hevelius sketched the moon every night and the next day engraved the images into copper for a print plate. In 1647, he published the nearly 500 page Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio (Selenography, or A Description of The Moon), complete with 137 pictures from the copper plates.Peter Crüger’s azimuthal quadrant, completed by HeveliusWhile he wasn’t the first to document the moon, his drawings contained more detail than anyone had seen before. He was the first to include the entire surface that is visible from Earth, and, from studying lunar eclipses, Hevelius was the first to determine how to map longitude. Astronomy historian Albert Van Helden tells us on CityLab that Hevelius managed the amazing feat of showing details of the moon in all phases in his engravings.Johannes Hevelius – notes on a cometThe book also contained three large plates, each showing the full moon in different ways: one view is as the moon looks through a telescope, one view uses geographical conventions like a mapmaker might use, and the third map is a synthesis illuminating all the lunar features.Hevelius map of the moon 1647According to Forbes, Pope Innocent X highly respected the book’s information, but he wished it hadn’t been written by a heretic (Hevelius was Lutheran). Hevelius named many of the landscape features, including a mountainous region called the Alps, and several of the names are still in use today, including a crater he named for himself.Map of the moon from ‘Selenographia, sive Lunae descriptio’, 1647Not only did Hevelius document the moon in great detail, he also discovered ten new constellations, identified four comets, and wrote several other books on astronomy. He built better and better telescopes, created star charts, invented the pendulum clock, and improved on the sundial.Hevelius map of the moon 1645Hevelius’s wife, Elisabeth Koopman, was a partner in his work and became an astronomer of some renown on her own merits. She published his star catalog in 1690, three years after Hevelius’s death; the catalog has been kept at Brigham Young University since 1971.Read another story from us: 4 Billion-Year-old Rock from Earth Discovered on the MoonSeveral copies of Selenographia sive Lunae descriptio still exist, including one in the Huntington Library near Los Angeles, another at the Hubble telescope observatory, and one in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. There were about 1,000 first editions printed that now command about $50,000 each.last_img read more

Protests erupt in Charlotte over police shooting

first_imgWe do sports, but every morning we bring you the most interesting non-sports stories across the headlines to start your day. It’s our news page. It’s Stick to Sports for today, September 21, 2016.Protests erupt in Charlotte over police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.Protests break out after Charlotte police fatally shoot a black man https://t.co/pslsPjIldb pic.twitter.com/Ck4l01ct8N— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) September 21, 2016 Advertisement Details flying as Brangelina files for divorce.#Brangelina split amid rumours of drugs, affair and clash over parenting https://t.co/PXToDLQmAi pic.twitter.com/jaOXUoOFuZ— The Times of London (@thetimes) September 21, 2016 Hollywood movie homes currently for sale.Living the Hollywood high life: movie homes up for sale https://t.co/yVZs0Zc90K— The Guardian (@guardian) September 21, 2016 Back II the Future II power-shoelaces are finally here.#Nike #BacktotheFuture Inspired Power-lacing Shoes Revealed. But where is my real life #HoverBoard https://t.co/9pRiI5oOQB— Steven Romo (@stevenromo) September 21, 2016 RIP L.A. Confidential and 8-Mile director Curtis Hanson.‘8 Mile,’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ director Curtis Hanson dead at 71 https://t.co/pBvJnuAgFX— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 21, 2016center_img If you hate your arteries, have a Hamdog. Pokemon Go player robbed live on livestream. Scientists discover source of light to mysterious space blob. Aliens?Researchers say they have uncovered the secret behind the eerie light of a mysterious glowing “blob” in outer space.https://t.co/CTCBRnyn1S pic.twitter.com/rKn0XTRRwi— NPR (@NPR) September 21, 2016 ICYMI: Protesters in #Charlotte looted a semi truck and set stuff on fire along highway pic.twitter.com/hz3LwUl4EH— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) September 21, 2016last_img read more

Colin Goodbye Kanye hello Jerry Westbrook Video

first_img Nobody saw this coming, here’s his full rant. Advertisement Russell Westbrook blew Colin’s mind last night and it wasn’t because he got his 578th triple double. It was because he played a disciplined, efficient game and showed an understanding of playing with tempo. not just going 110 mmiles per hour for 48 minutes.Colin absolutely loves this Westbrook. For today, he isn’t Kanye, he’s the new NBA logo, Jerry Westbrook. Kanye Westbrook is an all-star, Jerry Westbrook is an all-time talent.“Today, I’m changing his name to Jerry Westbrook. Disciplined. Logo. Good teammate. Formidable. Played with others. So, the new NBA logo, for a day, is Jerry Westbrook. I loved what I saw last night, and it had nothing to do with a triple double.”Colin just hopes Westbrook doesn’t revert to Kanye when he plays James Harden and the Rockets coming up. Colin loves Jerry Westbrook.last_img read more

VIDEO Tony Romo drills 40foot birdie putt in PGA Tour debut

first_img Advertisement Tony Romo is making his PGA Tour debut, playing under a sponsor’s exemption at the prestigious Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. So far, he’s not embarrassing himself.Romo is at even par through 10 holes, and scratched back to par with around a 40-foot birdie putt on the Par 4 5th. No one could have seen this coming, except for Romo who probably predicted he would nail the putt.Watch Romo rolling:last_img

Belichicks offseason moves say he wants to move on from Brady

first_imgBelichick’s offseason moves say he wants to move on from BradyBill Belichick has gotten rid of, or opted not to resign five offensive starters, and Colin thinks he’s dismantling Tom Brady’s supporting cast so he can eventually make the case to Robert Kraft to move on from Brady.Belichick was overruled by Kraft and forced into trading Jimmy Garoppolo last season, but if Brady struggles this year, he can argue that the 40-year old Brady is in decline and it’s time to make a change. LeBron lets the Raptors know he still owns themThe Raptors are the #1 seed in the East, but in their last two meetings against the Cavs, LeBron has made a point to ramp up the intensity and soundly crush them so they realize they don’t have a real shot to win the East. Most NBA regular season games are meaningless, but LeBron is clearly intent on sending the message to Toronto that the conference is off limits as long as he’s in Cleveland. Also:– Sean Mcvay and thee Rams passed on OBJ after vetting him– One play that represents the problem with Baker MayfieldGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking Cavs dominance over the Raptors; and if the Sixers are the second-best team in the East.Joel Klatt – Fox Sports College Football Insider is in-studio to explain why Colin is wrong on Baker Mayfield, and why a clip of Mayfield celebrating away from his teammates is misleading.Eric Mangini – Former NFL Head Coach is in-studio talking Baker Mayfield; Johnny Manziel blaming the Browns for his failure; and if Manziel’s latest slip up hurts his NFL prospects.last_img read more