Car batteries powered by relativity

first_imgScientists found that 80-85% of the voltage of a lead-acid battery is due to relativistic effects. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. (PhysOrg.com) — French physicist Gaston Plante invented the lead-acid battery in 1859 – almost 50 years before Einstein developed his theories of relativity. Now scientists have found that the lead-acid battery, which is commonly used in cars, strongly relies on the effects of relativity. Specifically, the scientists calculated that 1.7-1.8 volts of the lead-acid battery’s 2.1 volts (or about 80-85%) arise from relativistic effects. More information: Rajeev Ahuja, et al. “Relativity and the Lead-Acid Battery.” Physical Review Letters 106, 018301 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.018301 Citation: Car batteries powered by relativity (2011, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-car-batteries-powered-relativity.html The physicists and chemists who performed the study – Rajeev Ahuja, Andreas Blomqvist, and Peter Larsson from Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, and Pekka Pyykkö and Patryk Zaleski-Ejgierd from the University of Helsinki – have published their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”This is a new, well-documented case of ‘everyday relativity,'” Pyykkö told PhysOrg.com. As the scientists noted in their study, the finding essentially means that “cars start due to relativity.”The lead-acid battery is the oldest type of rechargeable battery, with the main component being lead. With an atomic number of 82, lead is a heavy element. In general, relativistic effects emerge when fast electrons move near a heavy nucleus, such as that of lead. These relativistic effects include anything that depends on the speed of light (or from a mathematical perspective, anything that involves the Dirac or Schrödinger equations).The lead-acid battery contains a positive electrode made of lead dioxide, a negative electrode made of metallic lead, and an electrolyte made of sulfuric acid. Through their calculations, the scientists found that the battery’s relativistic effects arise mainly from the lead dioxide in the positive electrode, and partly from the lead sulfate created during chemical reactions.The discovery of relativistic effects in the lead-acid battery also sheds some light on why no corresponding “tin battery” exists. In the periodic table, tin is located directly above lead and has an atomic number of 50, making it lighter than lead. According to the scientists’ calculations, a tin battery would basically be a lead battery with very minimal relativistic effects. Although tin and lead have similar nonrelativistic energy values, tin’s small relativistic effects prohibit it from being used in an efficient battery.As the scientists noted, relativistic effects have been found in other areas, such as the perennial yellow color of gold and the liquidity of mercury, although the latter is still not very well proven.Overall, the scientists predicted that this understanding of relativity’s importance to the lead-acid battery will probably not help researchers improve the battery; however, the insight could be useful for exploring better alternatives, especially those that involve any sixth period element (found in the sixth row of the periodic table, like lead). New Hitachi Li-ion batteries to last ten years 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Supercomputer Titan to get worlds fastest storage system

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Titan is also a green powerhouse (Phys.org) —Officials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced the selection of the Spider II data storage and retrieval system from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to replace the existing system on the Titan supercomputer. They say it will give Titan the fastest such system in the world. Explore further Citation: Supercomputer Titan to get world’s fastest storage system (2013, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-supercomputer-titan-world-fastest-storage.htmlcenter_img Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory The Titan supercomputer (built by Cray Inc.) on the ORNL campus was named the fastest in the world in November of last year, and currently still holds that title. Adding the fastest data storage and retrieval system will increase the entire computer’s computational efficiency.At the heart of Spider II are 36 SFA12K-40 hardware devices—each capable of handling 1.12 petabytes of data. Together they will allow Titan to move 40 petabytes of data at 1.4TB/s. According to ORNL, that’s equivalent to the amount of information in books stacked high enough to reach the moon. The system will have 20,000 disk drives to hold all that information and will use Lustre, the open source file-system software. In contrast, the current system is able to manage 10 petabytes of storage, running at 240GB/sec. Titan is a more advanced version of the supercomputer Jaguar—initial costs, paid for by the U.S. Department of Energy, were approximately $60 million. New additions, including the beefed up storage system, have raised that price to nearly $100. It’s a big machine—it takes up 404 square meters of floor space, and consumes 8.2 MW of electricity. At peak times it can perform 27,000 trillion calculations per second courtesy of 18,688 AMD Opteron CPUs and 18,688 Nvidia Tesla K20X GPUs—it’s ten times faster than any prior computer at ORNL. It also has 710TB of memory at its disposal.The new upgrade will help scientists conduct research efforts that ORNL reps say either cannot be done any other way, or are too dangerous or costly. Expected uses for the computer will likely involve running applications that typically involve an enormous amount of data crunching such as developing models for weather or economic forecasting, searching for oil deposits or putting together information from millions of sources to help track and stop terrorist activity. Currently, ORNL has chosen 31 projects to run this year. 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

New simulation of the sun shows both large and small scale processes

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Over the years, scientists have developed different tools for helping to understand how the sun works, in more recent years, simulations have been developed that seek to demonstrate the sun’s activities, one of which is the 11 year cycle of magnetic field reversal. But, such simulations have been divided into two main categories, those that simulate large processes, and those that simulate relatively small processes. The goal has been to merge the two to allow for a better overall look at how the sun works in general, and to answer the question of how it is that the sun manages to maintain a steady large-scale magnetic field in spite of a there being what appears to be nothing but chaos at smaller scales. In this new effort, the researchers believe they have moved closer to being able to answer that question, by developing a new type of simulation of the sun that finally allows for including both large and small processes.To create the new simulation, the researchers used math to reduce small-scale diffusivities (parameters that are used to describe how the sun works as a whole), which allowed for minimizing the impact on the means by which the sun generates an electromagnetic field. That allowed for the creation of a whole new range of images. Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba University Thus far, the simulation has not answered the question of how the sun is able to maintain its large scale magnetic field, but the researchers suggest it has to do with small-scale but strong magnetic fields with low viscosity, suppressing the apparent chaos, thereby allowing for the maintenance of the large overall field. They hope to use their new simulation method to better understand the 11 year cycle because of the important role it plays in sending particles to Earth, causing problems for satellites and other electronic equipment. Journal information: Science © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: H. Hotta et al. Large-scale magnetic fields at high Reynolds numbers in magnetohydrodynamic simulations, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad1893AbstractThe 11-year solar magnetic cycle shows a high degree of coherence in spite of the turbulent nature of the solar convection zone. It has been found in recent high-resolution magnetohydrodynamics simulations that the maintenance of a large-scale coherent magnetic field is difficult with small viscosity and magnetic diffusivity (square centimenters per second). We reproduced previous findings that indicate a reduction of the energy in the large-scale magnetic field for lower diffusivities and demonstrate the recovery of the global-scale magnetic field using unprecedentedly high resolution. We found an efficient small-scale dynamo that suppresses small-scale flows, which mimics the properties of large diffusivity. As a result, the global-scale magnetic field is maintained even in the regime of small diffusivities—that is, large Reynolds numbers. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the U.S., China, and Japan has developed a computer simulation of the sun that is able to show both large and small scale processes. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how their simulation works and why they believe it will help solve one of the big questions in solar research. Image: Supercomputer simulation of magnetic field loops on the Sun Citation: New simulation of the sun shows both large and small scale processes (2016, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-simulation-sun-large-small-scale.html Radial magnetic field at r=0.92R, where R is solar radius. Credit: Hideyuki Hotta, Chiba Universitylast_img read more

Using sugar molecules to make cotton material glow

first_imgDigital camera image from in vitro cotton model after incorporation of exogenous molecules with new functionalities. Credit: Filipe Natalio Microscopic image of the cotton fibers after incorporation of the fluorescent exogenous molecule. This image was taken under a binocular under UV light showing the fluorescent fibers. Credit: Filipe Natalio Play Time lapse movie of the in vitro cotton model showing the development of fibers and integration of the fluorescent molecule. The time lapse movie was taken for 20 days with 1 image per hour. This video is shown under UV light to trace the fate of the fluorescent molecule. Credit: Filipe Natalio Explore further More information: Filipe Natalio et al. Biological fabrication of cellulose fibers with tailored properties, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5830AbstractCotton is a promising basis for wearable smart textiles. Current approaches that rely on fiber coatings suffer from function loss during wear. We present an approach that allows biological incorporation of exogenous molecules into cotton fibers to tailor the material’s functionality. In vitro model cultures of upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) are incubated with 6-carboxyfluorescein–glucose and dysprosium–1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid–glucose, where the glucose moiety acts as a carrier capable of traveling from the vascular connection to the outermost cell layer of the ovule epidermis, becoming incorporated into the cellulose fibers. This yields fibers with unnatural properties such as fluorescence or magnetism. Combining biological systems with the appropriate molecular design offers numerous possibilities to grow functional composite materials and implements a material-farming concept. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Image that shows a cotton fruit and different colors to show that we can provide functionalities to the cotton. Credit: Filipe Natalio Citation: Using sugar molecules to make cotton material glow (2017, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-sugar-molecules-cotton-material.html Wiping out bacteria with nanoparticle-cotton fibers Play Time lapse movie of the in vitro cotton model showing the development of fibers and integration of the fluorescent molecule. The time lapse movie was taken for 20 days with 1 image per hour. This video is shown under normal light. Credit: Filipe Natalio The team reports that they spent a significant amount of time testing the resulting cotton fibers to prove that the molecules were, indeed, inside the fiber cells and not just coating them—an important factor, because it means the molecules will not be carried away when the fabric is washed.Besides the coolness factor, the process offers the possibility of adding other features to wearable materials. To demonstrate, the researchers used the same process to introduce a magnetic molecule instead of one with fluorescent properties, and created cotton cloth with magnetic properties. Magnetism in cloth, the group notes, could possibly be useful for storing data from electronic devices. They note that the process could also be used with other materials made from plants such as bamboo or flax.center_img As scientists continue to look for ways to create wearable electronic products, some unique ideas have emerged. One of them is adding material to the water used by a growing cotton plant to endow it with desirable properties. In this new effort, the researchers found that by combining two molecules, one that is naturally carried by plants to its cells and another that causes fluorescence, they could produce plant fibers with fluorescent properties. That fiber could then be used the same way it has for thousands of years, to make cloth. In this case, cloth that glows under a fluorescent light.In practice, the researchers grew cotton plants in water, then harvested their ovules, which is the part of the plant that makes the fibers. They cultured the ovules separately and eventually fed them water doctored with the desired molecules. After 20 days, the cotton was harvested and tested. The researchers found that approximately 5 percent of the molecules had made their way to the fibers—enough to make them glow green when exposed to fluorescent light. Journal information: Science PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Microscopic image of the cotton fibers after incorporation of the fluorescent exogenous molecule. This image was taken under a binocular under UV light showing the fluorescent fibers. Credit: Filipe Natalio © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany, Israel and Austria has developed a process for imbuing cotton fibers with material that glows under fluorescent light. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their process, how well it works and other applications under which it might prove useful. Image that shows a cotton fruit and different colors to show that we can provide functionalities to the cotton. Credit: Filipe Natalio 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

New hard Xray eclipsing polar identified

first_imgOM V-band (upper panel) and PN 0.3–12 keV (lower panel) background subtracted light curves of 2PBC J0658.0-1746 binned at 200 s, where for plotting purposes is also shown the result of a fit made with 7 sinusoids, the orbital period (8,565 s) and its first six harmonics (red curve). Image credit: Bernardini et al., 2019. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: New hard X-ray eclipsing polar identified (2019, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hard-x-ray-eclipsing-polar.html Using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Swift spacecraft, astronomers have found that a hard X-ray source known as 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 is an eclipsing magnetic cataclysmic variable of the polar type. The finding, presented in a paper published July 11 on arXiv.org, makes the object one of only a handful hard X-ray eclipsing polars known to date. Explore further New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered More information: 2PBC J0658.0-1746: a hard X-ray eclipsing polar in the orbital period gap, arXiv:1907.05318. arxiv.org/pdf/1907.05318.pdf Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems consisting of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. Polars are a subclass of cataclysmic variables distinguished from other CVs by the presence of a very strong magnetic field in their white dwarfs.Although over 140 polars have been detected to date, only 33 of them have been identified as eclipsing systems. Out of this number, so far, 12 such objects have been classified as hard X-ray eclipsing polars, which makes it a rare class. Therefore, any new addition to the still relatively short list of such objects is very important for building a larger database of these systems. This could offer astronomers more opportunities to study magnetic accretion in binaries, for instance.Now, a team of researchers led by Federico Bernardini of Rome Observatory in Italy reports about the newest addition to this list. By analyzing the data from XMM-Newton and Swift, they found that 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 (J0658), an unidentified source discovered by the Swift/BAT survey, appears to be a hard X-ray eclipsing polar.”The XMM-Newton observation, carried out a few months later in 2018, is here reported together with archival Swift/XRT and Swift/BAT light curves and spectra,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the paper, the X-ray emission shows bright and faint phases and total eclipses recurring every 2.38 hours. Moreover, the X-ray emission was found to be modulated at the orbital period and the intensity of the modulation turned out to be variable from cycle to cycle. Such behavior is indicative of a non-stationary mass accretion rate. The astronomers also found that the X-ray luminosity is highly variable on long timescales and the XMM-Newton spacecraft caught it at the lowest state ever observed. When it comes to the X-ray spectrum, observations have shown that it is thermal and consistent with a multi-temperature structure, as observed in many magnetic systems.In general, the results confirmed that J0658 is the 13th hard X-ray eclipsing polar detected. The researchers added that its orbital period of around 2.38 hours makes it a rare find, as only one pulsar of this type with similar orbital period (between two and three hours) has been identified to date.The study also reported fundamental parameters of the J0658 system. According to the research, the polar is located some 681 light years away and consists of a white dwarf with a mass of at least 0.6 solar masses and a companion of spectral type M4 about four times smaller than the sun, with a mass between 0.2 and 0.25 solar masses. The effective temperature of the white dwarf is estimated to be between 12,000 and 22,000 K, while for the companion this value was calculated to be at least about 3,000 K. 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

When culture and creativity join hands

first_imgThe third edition of the bazaar which kickstarts on 26 October, is being organised by the NGO – Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN), an initiative of social activist Sara Pilot and Lora Prabhu.Stocked with locally made craftworks for home furnishing, fashion accessories, clothes and festive gift items for the shoppers, and spiced up with mouth-watering cuisine from the undiscovered streets of Jamia for the foodies, the Jamia Bazaar is something more than just an ordinary fair. It has an emotion to describe, a tale to tell. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a wide range of products, visitors can enjoy shopping for embroidered kurtis and salwars, shawls, bags, jewellery, high fashion ware, interesting items for kids, home furnishing, lamps, candles and lots more, completely handmade by women artisans and designers. The exhibition will showcase an interesting fusion of high end fashion with grassroots artisan skill sets – a celebration of traditional art, evolving fashion and women’s entrepreneurship. There will also be a gourmet trail featuring hot biryani, kebabs, achari chicken, kashmiri wazwan etc. A special feature will be the quintessential Flury’s Coffee Shop from Kolkata. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLive demos of adda work, crochet, resham embroidery will provide the visitors a unique experience to observe the skilled labour that goes into creating extraordinary works of fashion and art.Sara Pilot, Chairperson for these women living at the fringes of society, bringing to light their vastly neglected, but laudable talent and enterprise, thereby making a tremendous effort in uplifting the spirit of these women and the ghettoised communities of Jamia Nagar on the whole.’ The exhibition is being organised by women who are a part of CEQUIN’s Gender Resource CEQUIN on this venture, said, ’The bazaar opens a whole new world Centre in Jamia Nagar in partnership with other local NGOs including Muslim Women’s Welfare Organisation, IIWA, Roshni Craft Centre, Azra and several others.last_img read more

The India of times bygone

first_imgA History of Modern India provides an interpretive and comprehensive account of the history of India between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, a crucial epoch characterized by colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the independent Indian Union. It explores significant historiographical debates concerning the period while highlighting important new issues, especially those of gender, ecology, caste, and labour. The work combines an analysis of colonial and independent India in order to underscore ideologies, policies, and processes that shaped the colonial state and continue to mould the Indian nation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the launch of this book, Cambridge University Press India has been successful in bringing together outstanding scholars – Professor Shahid Amin, Department of History, University of Delhi (DU); Professor Ashis Nandy, Honorary Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi; and Dr Charu Gupta, Associate Professor, Department of History, DU, in a lively discussion on the perspectives of learning and teaching history, and the need to re-envision the past. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe event was chaired by Professor Emerita Romila Thapar, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, whose contribution to the understanding of ancient India has enriched and in many ways, shaped our idea of history. For Shahid Amin, this was a book to be savoured and read. He specially mentioned the evocative cover of the book and said it allows the reader to judge for himself/ herself – was Gandhi tired and dependent or was he confident of leading the nation into new areas. Charu Gupta praised Ishita for her great academic honesty and courage to write a book like this. The book is a ray of hope for our understanding of history. While, Professor Thapar noted that the great merit of the book is that it beckons the student to read some more. A History of Modern India is the first international textbook produced by the India branch of the Press and within only three months of publication, has become a part of the syllabus of Pune and Gauhati universities in India.last_img read more

Paint it red

first_imgWhether guests are surprising a special someone or planning a romantic evening, Hyatt will set the stage for romance with a special experience designed especially for couples.  Make this Valentine’s Day memorable by declaring love#InAHyattWorld. Simply reserve, click and share for a chance to win a diamond for a loved one on this special day.Hyatt Regency also brings you a special Valentine’s Day special dining offers. At La Piazza, The China Kitchen and T K’s Oriental Grill offer starts at Rs 3,000 per person, Offering at Café, is starting at Rs 2,800 per person. Latitude 66 has the special offere starting at Rs 3,300 per person (non-alcoholic), Regency Green offers the special package at RS 50,000 (including a private canopy and unlimited drinks)last_img read more

Music beyond boundaries

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is organising an event Music Without Boundaries by Delhi’s biggest and one of the most well-known choirs, the Capital City Minstrels on May 6 at its premises. The choir will be conducted by Carolin Remy. The concert celebrates 20 years of their existence. This time around, the audience will get to enjoy arrangements. As the title of the concert suggests, the repertoire will include a diverse range of music, keeping true to CCM’s dedication to music which has traces of Carnatic music. The singers will be supported by the well known Nise Meruno on Piano and Suchet Malhotra, with an array of percussion sounds adding special flavour. CCM is comprised of people from all walks of life. Different languages are spoken by various choir members. But the language that unites us all is music. A long-time member of ours, Tapas Bhardwaj is a visually challenged student and has earned the confidence and stage presence with his many performances on stage with CCM. Originating in 1994, the choir recently had celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over these two decades CCM has performed in more than 200 concerts at prestigious venues around the capital. The choir has also established strong cultural links with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Alliance Francaise, the Austrian, Italian and Vatican Embassies and regularly performs for important events at these places. CCM’s repertoire spans a wide range; from the earliest choral music to the entire spectrum of western classical music, and opera to ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, rock, pop, jazz as well as Indian music arranged for choir performances. So mark the dates!last_img read more

Security guard suspended after inmate flees

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a significant move, the fugitive inmate’s security guard Ajit Goswami has been directed to keep away from exercising all responsibilities following the alleged ‘negligence of duty’ being raised against him.Notably the security measures of fugitive under-trial inmate Rafiqul Sheikh (35) were on the shoulders of Goswami. Sheikh fled from Raiganj super specialty hospital’s washrrom by breaking its false ceiling on Wednesday night. Sheikh had been undergoing treatment there for abdominal pain. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDoctor had diagnosed him for Hernia operation.North Dinajpur police chief, Anup Jaiswal informed that a DSP ranked officer has already been delivered a message for a thorough investigation against Goswami and report the same at the earliest if there was any negligence of duty.According to him, the security guard has initially been asked to stay away from work until further order.Police sources informed Rafiqul had been sentenced to jail custody since 2010 as his name was involved in several crime cases like burglary, murder, drug trafficking and many others. He hails from Malda’s Kaliachak. Around 11 months ago, he had shifted from there to Raiganj Correctional Home. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPHigh alert has immediately been issued throughout the entire district to trace him. NAKA checking has been on.Neighbouring counterparts Malda and South Dinajpur have been requested to intimate district police headquarter of North Dinajpur if they get anyinformation on Rafiqul.While interrogating other under-trial inmates closed to Rafiqul, they informed police that Rafiqul used a mobile phone while his stay in the correctional home. According to a police source, perhaps the mobile phone helped Raqiful to execute his plan to flee the hospital.Goswami is being interrogated by police officials forprobable clues.last_img read more

Eight killed in two separate road mishaps in Hooghly district

first_imgChuchura(WB): At least eight persons were killed in two separate road mishaps in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, police said Saturday. Five persons were killed when a car ploughed into a Durga puja immersion procession at Dumurdaha in the district Friday night, the police said. Hooghly Rural, Superintendent of Police, Sukesh Jain said two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. In the second incident, three persons were killed when a truck hit an e-rickshaw at Chuchura Friday night, they said.last_img read more

Rider dies after colliding with goods vehicle

first_imgKolkata: One biker was killed and the pillion rider injured after a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) ran them over on Circus Avenue near AJC Bose Road Flyover on Sunday morning. It was alleged that the bike riders violated traffic rules and were trying to move ahead on the opposite direction in a one way road.According to the locals, around 6:15 am on Sunday, a bike was headed towards Park Circus Seven Point using the wrong flank of the Circus Avenue. Both of the riders on the bike were without helmets. At the same time a HGV was moving towards Theatre Road using the same lane. Near Nasiruddin Road, the Bike collided head on with the HGV. Both the riders fell on the road and sustained multiple injuries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey were immediately rushed to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital (CNMC) where doctors declared the rider of the bike, Syed Iftikar Abbas Hossain (23), dead. The pillion rider identified as Shaikh Saif Ali is admitted to the hospital in a critical condition. The HGV and its driver were detained by the locals. Later, Karaya police station took charge of the vehicles and detained the offending driver. A case on charges of causing death by negligence, rash driving on a public way and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others was initiated. In another incident, a person identified as Ashok Khan (30) died in a bike accident at Bishnupur in South 24-Parganas. According to the locals, Ashok with a friend riding pillion was racing with another bike. Near Moudi on Amtala-Baruipur Road, he lost control and hit a wall of a tea stall beside the road. Ashok was declared brought dead by the doctor at Amtala hospital. His friend is admitted there with multiple injuries.last_img read more

Symphony of relationship and music

first_imgWhen artists create something, those particular art works reflect the shadow of their thoughts, reality of their fascination towards life, and the reason behind their very existence. The perception behind the artist’s creation, most of the time, is totally different from that the onlooker’s. Moreover, the relationship of an artist with his/her creation is quite a complicated topic to comprehend. Mohinder K Puri’s works do not seem complicated to the beholders and that is what makes him different from other artists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA striking fact about his paintings is the firm composition without the plethora of structures. A subtle use of colours turns his fascination into reality for which one can easily find forms delicately woven into each other in his creations. Those forms depict human relationships and music– his fascination. He is so fascinated about music that once he wanted to be a musician. It is unfortunate that he could not turn his dream into reality for Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi denied him admission. But that did not end his love for music. He turned towards Fine Art to create music.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBorn in Quetta, Pakistan, in 1938, Puri moved to Dehradun in 1953 to learn Fine Art. Later, he joined Triveni Kala Sangam and studied painting under the supervision of KS Kulkarni. His work on music is his most beloved and most acceptable work so far. Perhaps no one has ever created music through painting as Puri has, which in itself is a marvelous achievement for an artist. Moreover, his paintings are known for creating dialogues through distinctive expressions demonstrated in them and Puri attributes all these expressions to his interest in music, theater and dance forms. Also, human relation and behavior has remained as the other central theme in the artist’s creation.  One can easily see human forms depicting emotion such as pain, pleasure, joy and sorrows in his creations. There was a time when Puri admired Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. He never refused to accept that his works were influenced by Picasso, his all time favourite. But later he realised that his own identity was getting washed out under the influence of Picasso. So he quit painting and devoted himself to ceramic sculpture and murals. He learned that art in 1960s, when the medium was not yet to evolve in India. It was a small mural job that brought him to Delhi Blue Art Pottery and he came in contact with S Gurucharna Singh, the father of studio pottery in India. Later, S Krishnan, then well known art critic, declared him as the first sculptor in India to use ceramic for sculpture. Human head is the main theme of his ceramic works. He says, “Human head is a mine of expressions, which provides flexibility for experiments.”Recently, MK Puri represented India at the ‘China Hangzhou G20 International Art Exchange Exhibition’ at Hangzhou Qianjiang International Art Museum in China. The theme for the G20 art exhibition this year was ‘Peace, freedom, and environment protection’. Two of MK Puri’s paintings with the theme of Yoga and Meditation were selected for the exhibition. The works were semi realistic and attributed the Indian flavour.This is not the first time that he represented India at an international art exhibition, in the past he has represented the country at exhibitions across the world including Second Havana Biennale in Cuba, Exhibition of contemporary Indian art at Cuba, Mexico, France, Yugoslavia and Myanmar.He was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition in Beijing, where he had been specially invited by the Olympic association to represent India. MK Puri, 78, still feels energetic and enthusiastic. He thinks there is a lot left to discover, “Although I have represented India across the world in various art exhibitions throughout my life, each new invitation to represent India enthralls me and inspires me to showcase India depicted like never before, especially the rich culture and heritage our civilization has. This enthuses me and I feel as a fresher to the world of depicting my thoughts on canvas.”last_img read more

First solarpowered tempcontrolled warehouse inaugurated in Singur

first_imgSingur: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra on Monday inaugurated the first solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur, which is the first of its kind in the country. The warehouse has been developed by a 92-year-old Japanese warehousing-cum-transportation logistics company Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation (KRT) that has is headquartered in Tokyo.”Around 25 percent of the produce by farmers are wasted due to lack of warehouse facility. This compels him to sell his produce at a much lower price. This facility will keep vegetables fresh for six to seven days. The farmers will be able to store their produce and get price for it and at the same time, the consumers will also get fresh good and quality vegetables,” state Agricultural Marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSpeaking at the event, the state Finance minister urged the Japanese company to set up around 100 such warehouses in different parts of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore without cost of land. “This warehouse has the capacity of storing 30 tonnes of vegetables per day,” Mitra said. KRT is already coming up with two such warehouses in North Bengal. The first one will be set up at the krishak bazaar in Phansidewa and another at Dhupguri. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere are plans to build 100 solar-powered warehouses with similar infrastructure in another five years with emphasis on North Bengal. “Japan will be the partner country for the fourth time this year at the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) scheduled to be held in February. Your success story in Singur should be showcased at the BGBS,” Mitra said with Keiichi Higuchi, president, KRT seated on the dais. State Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee urged the state government to come up with a similar facility in Burdwan as it is a huge producer of vegetables. Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Higuchi said his company will stay focused in Bengal as huge potential is there waiting to be explored and the state government has been supporting its efforts to modernise its existing farmers’ markets across the state. The KRT facility, funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been made operational within three years of initial discussion. JICA India chief representative Katsuo Matsumoto said a total of Rs 6 crore had been offered as grant from pre-feasibility study to project execution for setting up this facility.last_img read more

VIDEO Scorching hot Tim Tebow blasts first career walkoff off home run

first_imgVideo via @ZachDeanDBNJ Advertisement Tim Tebow jacked the first walk-off home run of his pro baseball career with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 7th to complete a 4-0 comeback and sweep the doubleheader against the Daytona Tortugas (The teams played seven innings because it was the second game of a doubleheader). Tebow’s blast came on the first pitch of the at bat.His teammates met him at home plate to celebrate with the former Heisman winner. Tebow struggled in low A ball, but has tearing the cover off the ball at a .320 clip since his call up to high A at Port Saint Lucie.Tebow should be hitting walk-offs at CitiField for the Mets before the season is out. What the hell do they have to lose?TIM TEBOW WALK-OFF HOME RUN ON THE FIRST PITCH! pic.twitter.com/O7o7sAoUt2— Zach Dean (@ZachDeanDBNJ) July 14, 2017last_img read more