October 23, 2019

South Koreas little firefighting robots w Video

first_imgHoya Robot Two Robot Chefs Make Omelets Hoya Robot has developed a Firefighters Assistance Robot (dubbed a Fire Spy Robot), a remote-controlled device that can reconnoiter a burning structure, transmitting images, sounds, and data on temperature, smoke, and gas to firefighters over 50 yards away. This kind of information is vital for firefighters to ensure their safety before entering a burning structure.The little two-wheeled robot can roam through the blaze spraying water from a fire hose and looking for trapped people. Its onboard light and camera helps firefighters pin-point people before they enter the building themselves. The robot also gives them enough information to decide on the safe routes, and quickly develop a rescue plan. More information: • www.hoyarobot.com/• www.drbfatec.com/© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Two South Korean firms have developed mini firefighting robots to help human firefighters safely plan their course of action before entering a blazing building.center_img Citation: South Korea’s little firefighting robots (w/ Video) (2009, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-south-korea-firefighting-robots-video.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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SETI telescope array suspends operations due to financial constraints

first_img Built in 2007, at a cost of $50 million (half of which came from its namesake, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen), the array, located north of San Francisco, is comprised of 42 dishes and is connected to 64 quad-core Dell 6100 servers, donated by Dell, Google, and Intel, that sift through 100 to 200TB of data each day in hopes of finding a sign of non-terrestrial signals.The array has been put into hibernation mode, with a skeleton crew to keep it from deteriorating, while SETI looks for new sources of cash. Until now, its operating funds have come from the state of California (the University of California, Berkeley is responsible for operating the ATA) the National Science Foundation, NASA and other private donors. But as California and the rest of the nation suffered through hard economic times, so too did SETI as donations dwindled and budgets were cut. So, instead of adding more dishes (350 were originally planned) and putting the source code for the data scanning algorithms on the “cloud” via Amazon, the group is instead scrambling to simply stay alive.Tom Pierson, CEO of the SETI Institute, which is based in Mountain View, California, broke the news in an open letter to donors, posted April 22; and Franck Marchis, astronomer and a Principal Investigator for SETI, confirmed the mothballing of the ATA on his blog. The news was not unexpected, however, as SETI has seen its donations over the past two years, literally dry up and disappear.In his blog, Marchis, mentions that the ATA is used for more than just alien searching; it’s been used to study all sources of intergalactic radio wave sources, for example and has been used to help with the study of black holes and other unexplained phenomena. He also notes that the U.S. Air Force is interested in using the array to help track space debris, and if so, the hope is that some type of sharing arrangement can be worked out, at least until SETI finds another donor with very deep pockets. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence group that has been using radio telescopes since the 1960’s to “listen” for signals from deep space that could prove the existence of other life in the universe, has had to temporarily suspend operation of its Allen Telescope Array, (ATA) due to a lack of funding. 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. More information: www.seti.org/atacenter_img Citation: SETI telescope array suspends operations due to financial constraints (2011, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-seti-telescope-array-due-financial.html Explore further Allen Telescope Array begins all-sky surveys last_img read more

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Silkworms spinning spider webs

first_img Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A spiders silk is strong and more elastic and has a large range of possible medical applications. However, spiders have a history of being territorial and prone to cannibalism, so the idea of having a large population to produce commercial amounts of silk is not possible. However, silk worms have been producing their silk commercially for some time. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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: Silkworms spinning spider webs (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-silkworms-spider-webs.html More information: Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties, PNAS, dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109420109 It was this idea that led Professor Don Jarvis from the University of Wyoming to develop a way to genetically modify the silkworm to spin silk with spider protein. The results of this recent research have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.These new genetically modified silkworms are able to produce composite fibers that contain silk threads from both the spider and the silk worm.On average, these fibers have proven stronger than the fibers produced by either the silkworm or the spider. This could possible open the door for large scale production and the use of these fibers in many different medical applications.Possible applications include artificial ligaments and tendons, tissue scaffolds and new biomaterials for wound dressing. The fibers are also strong enough that they could provide a possible new material to be used in bulletproof jackets and vests.In order to make this happen, the researchers transferred the key spider genes responsible for the thread making into the silkworm. Given that silkworms are capable of creating mile-long threads in their cocoons, they provide a way to greatly increase the stronger threads.This is not the first time that researchers have tried to create genetically modified spider alternatives. Synthetic spider genes have been placed into bacteria, animals and plants. However, none of these were able to produce enough pure silk protein needed for commercial production. The successful use of the silkworm may prove to finally be the solution they have been looking for. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Researchers conduct first quantitative study of liquid water combining dielectric relaxation and

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 Phys.org As many researchers have found, water is far more complex than it appears at first glance—it is made of H2O molecules that are connected via hydrogen bonds that form and break over time as the water is subjected to other external objects, processes and forces. In this new effort, the researchers note that many spectroscopic techniques have been used to study the underlying mechanisms involved in water action, revealing such things as dielectric relaxation (amount of time it takes for electrons to return to an equilibrium state after being excited), amounts of infrared absorption, Ramen and neutron scattering and the absorption of x-rays. Researchers have combined techniques that involved neutron scattering and dielectric relaxation in the past, but they involved only qualitative observations. In this new effort, the researchers have done so quantitatively.By conducting a variety of experiments on dielectric relaxation, the team found that they were able to depict the relaxation of dipoles in liquid water—the part of the process that is responsible for determining its overall dielectric response. And by conducting other experiments involving neutron scattering, they were able to better understand the connection between molecular dynamics and dielectric behavior. By looking at the results together, the researchers were able to confirm the existence of two processes related to the way molecules are diffused and the associations that are involved when hydrogen bonds are forged and broken. Also, they note their work revealed three processes at frequencies below 3 THz—local, relaxational and vibrational and diffusive. The team notes also that their findings are similar in some respects to experimental observations of molecular actions in polymers. Researchers explain a decades-old conundrum over the dielectric response of ice Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Spain and France has conducted the first quantitative study of liquid water combining dielectric relaxation and neutron scattering, and in so doing, has revealed three processes at frequencies below 3 THz. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they combined two water analysis techniques to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms that control the dielectric constant.center_img Citation: Researchers conduct first quantitative study of liquid water combining dielectric relaxation and neutron scattering (2016, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-quantitative-liquid-combining-dielectric-neutron.html Credit: George Hodan/public domain 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. More information: A. Arbe et al. Dielectric Susceptibility of Liquid Water: Microscopic Insights from Coherent and Incoherent Neutron Scattering, Physical Review Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.185501ABSTRACTThe analysis of neutron scattering results on H dynamics (H2O) and the dynamic structure factor (D2O) around the intermolecular peak and at intermediate length scales in terms of the susceptibilities reveals three processes (diffusive, local relaxational and vibrational) at frequencies below 3 THz, to which the contributions commonly invoked in dielectric studies can be directly mapped. We achieve a unified description of the results from both techniques, clarifying the nature of the molecular motions involved in the dielectric spectra and their impact on the structural relaxation.last_img read more

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The Christmas Concoction

first_imgCandied fruits, fruit peels, assorted nuts, juices, and spirits soaked and blended joyfully in the concoction of liquor, rum and brandy for an exotic dough preparation brought together for sinful and aromatic Christmas cakes. Mouth-watering, isn’t it? Filled with gaiety for the Christmas season, The Imperial New Delhi had put together Cake Mixing Ceremony on 20 October. Senior  Executive Vice President and General Manager at The Imperial New Delhi,  Vijay Wanchoo said,  ‘The traditional cake mixing ceremony spread joie de vivre and camaraderie for Christmas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The occasion is incomplete without the traditional cake and we at The Imperial have been continuing this tradition with lot enthusiasm and festive spirit.’The cake mixing is a Christmas tradition dating back to many years and is also a pre-cursor to the occasion. It is a pre-requisite for settling the liquor in the mix of nuts, fruits and spices, covered with cinnamon. Christmas fun starts with this ceremony which is considered to be a harbinger of good fortune and joyous times.last_img read more

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Not amused by FB photo college suspends six

first_imgOne boy and five girl students of a college here have been suspended by its management after a photo of theirs emerged on social media showing the boy lying on the lap of the girls in their classroom. The matter, which the college said has “created emotional outbursts” amongst the student community, has also seen the boy being thrashed by unknown persons, leading to his hospitalisation.Also, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad members have submitted a memorandum to the college’s principal asking him to debar the students after the photo, according to sources at the college, was uploaded on Facebook on February 22 and went viral online.”The incident, the photo and its circulation on social media has created emotional outbursts among the student community and the public,” the college, which is situated at Suratkal here, said in a letter to Mangalore University.The boy was thrashed by a group of people on Sunday after the photo appeared on Facebook and he has been admitted to a hospital for treatment, police said.last_img read more

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Bike rams into police barricade cop sustains injuries

first_imgDuring the wee hours of Sunday, a Delhi Police Assistant Sub-Inspector received critical injuries after a speeding motorcycle rammed into a barricade in New Delhi area.The incident took place on Janpath Road-Rajendra Prasad crossing. Ramnivas, the ASI is posted at the Parliament Street police station in New Delhi. At the time of the incident, Ramnivas along with two other policemen were posted at the check post. All the three policemen noticed two young men riding on a motorcycle are heading towards them. The rider was driving the motor bike very rash and at a high speed. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe victim policemen told police that they signalled them to stop but they were not showing any gesture that they would stop the bike. In a bid to stop them, two policemen blocked their path. The driver then steered the vehicle towards Ramnivas who was standing near the barricade.“Ramnivas tried to run for cover, but the motorcycle rammed into the barricades. The barricade hit him on his legs, causing him to fall down. The motorcyclists also fell down, but they immediately got up and managed to ride away before the other two policemen could apprehend them,” police said Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedOne of the two policemen then called the police control room (PCR) number for assistance and Ramnivas was rushed to the RML Hospital. The police are searching for the motorcylists. A case of rash driving and causing hurt has been registered at the Parliament Street police station based on the victim’s statement after he was treated at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital in New Delhi. He sustained injuries to both his legs, but is reportedly out of danger.last_img read more

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ED seeks Red Interpol notice against Lalit Modi

first_imgIn fresh bid to bring former IPL chairman Lalit Modi back to India, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought an Interpol notice against him in connection with its probe in a money laundering case relating to alleged financial irregularities in the operations of various editions of the T-20 cricket tournament.Officials said the agency’s Mumbai office officially moved for a ‘Red Interpol notice’ against Modi on the basis of a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued recently by a special court. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe agency has sought the global notice, sources said, as domestic legal remedies to serve its earlier issued Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) notice on Modi had not met with any success even as the ED alleged that Modi did not cooperate with it in this probe till now.The ED headquarters, sources said, later forwarded the legal request to the CBI head office here to get a notice issued through the latter’s Interpol wing.A CBI spokesperson said the request had been received on Tuesday afternoon from the ED and it will be processed after due verification. CBI is the nodal agency for Interpol related affairs in India. Modi is currently based in the United Kingdom. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe ED, sources said, has sought a ‘Red notice’ which is issued “to seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action” in a criminal case probe. Once the Red notice is sounded, the Interpol seeks to arrest the person concerned in any part of the world and notifies that country to take his or her custody for further action at their end.ED had last month moved a special PMLA court in Mumbai seeking NBW against Modi after he did not respond to summons sent to him. Sources said the agency is also mulling to seek extradition of Modi by sending a request in this regard to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) through the Home Ministry.  The agency is probing Modi, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and its executives under anti-money laundering laws under its criminal FIR registered in 2012 after taking cognizance of a cheating complaint filed by former BCCI chief N Srinivasan against Modi and half a dozen others with the Chennai police.The ED subsequently invoked the PMLA along with section 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC to probe if BCCI-IPL and the exchequer had been cheated in the award of telecast rights for the IPL in 2009.It is also probing 16 foreign exchange violation cases vis-a-vis IPL, Modi and others and the most important one amongst these is that related to the media rights deal where the agency slapped show-cause notices against Modi and 13 others in February this year.last_img read more

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8yearold commits suicide at home

first_imgDarjeeling: An eight-year-old boy was found hanging at his residence on Monday in Belakoba inJalpaiguri district.The incident occurred at Mudipara. The deceased, Firoz Mohammad, was a student of Class 3 in a primary school located in the vicinity of his house.On Monday, Khairul Mohammad (father of the deceased) reached home around noon and found his sons to be at home.He had then scolded his sons for skipping schools.His eldest and youngest son then left for school but Firoz stayed back.Later, his family members found him hanging from the ceiling.They brought him down and rushed him to Belakoba Hospital where he was declared brought dead.Police have started investigating the case.The body was sent for an autopsy at Jalpaiguri Sadar Hospital.last_img read more

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Mamata forms special committee for Darjeelings development

first_imgDarjeeling: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced the formation of a special committee to explore the scope of development in the Darjeeling hills and stressed on the importance to boost the tourism sector in the region. The committee, presided over by Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai, will submit a report to the state government within the next six months. “The state chief secretary has formed a special committee today. Darjeeling MLA Amar Singh Rai will be in charge of the committee. Two other MLAs (of Kalimpong and Kurseong), the chairman of Darjeeling municipality and district magistrates and superintendent of police of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will also the part of the committee,” Banerjee said after conducting the administrative review meeting of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The committee will submit a report to the state government within the next six months regarding the scope and areas of development in the Darjeeling hills. It is important to maintain the present situation as well as take necessary steps to boost up the tourism industry here,” she said. Banerjee said Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders and current GTA chairman Binay Tamang and vice chairman Anit Thapa have been appointed as the chief advisors of the committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “In order to bring development to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Mirik, we need to take up short term, mid-term and long term planning. The committee will look into that and take decisions accordingly,” she said after the meeting. The Chief Minister, who is on a three-day trip to the north Bengal hills, said the university to be inaugurated in Darjeeling’s Mungpoo on Wednesday will be named the Darjeeling Hill University. “It is a great thing for the people here. A university was a long pending demand of the people of Darjeeling. They demanded the university from the central government but it did not happen so the state government has come forward to fulfil their wish. An educational hub is also coming up in Kurseong,” she added.last_img read more

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Truck mows down ASI in Howrah

first_imgKolkata: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Howrah police died after being hit by a speeding truck on National Highway 6 near Ulubera in Howrah on late Tuesday night.The incident occurred when the police officer was on duty in the Kholishani area of Uluberia and a speeding truck mowed him down. It triggered tension among locals, who often complain to the police about overloaded vehicles that ply through the area. Police said the deceased, Dipankar Saha was standing on the road when the vehicle crushed him under its wheels. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSaha, a resident of Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas was posted with Howrah Gramin police. Locals and other police personnel rescued the victim and rushed him to a hospital in Uluberia where the doctors pronounced him brought head. The victim had suffered multiple injuries on various parts of his body. Senior police officers of the district immediately rushed to the hospital after the accident. However, the driver and the helper of the truck fled the spot on foot leaving the vehicle at the accident site. Police later seized the vehicle and raids are being conducted to nab Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthe culprits. It was learnt that the victim had joined Rajapur police station Uluberia as an ASI around five months ago. According to the preliminary investigation, police said the truck was carrying sand and the vehicle was overloaded. The investigating officers suspect that the victim might have tried to stop the vehicle when the speeding truck knocked him down on National Highway 6. Cops have started a detailed probe into the incident. They are investigating if it was an accident or there was any foul play behind the incident. Police are also interrogating locals in this regard and looking all possible angles.last_img read more

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All wards of KMC to get waste segregation at source

first_imgKolkata: The Solid Waste Management (SWM) department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce segregation of waste at source phase-wise in all 144 wards in the city.The civic body on Wednesday introduced segregation at source in 20 wards in the city, with Mayor Firhad Hakim’s ward 82 at Chetla being one of them. “The biggest challenge of urbanisation is to have a scientific system of solid waste management, for which segregation at source is of major importance. We have been doing segregation at source in seven wards in the city for a long time. Today, we have introduced it in 20 wards. We will be taking up 20 wards every three months and in phases we will introduce similar facilities in all 144 wards in the KMC,” the Mayor said at a programme in ward 82 organised by the SWM department. The programme commemorated the occasion where two separate bins were handed over to every family – one for dumping biodegradable waste and another for non-biodegradable wastes. Each household in these 20 wards will be given two buckets – white and green in colour. Discarded items made of paper, rubber, plastic, glass, wood, iron and different other metal products should be kept in the white one, while cooked or uncooked food, fish scales, egg shells, vegetable waste, parts of flowers or fruits should be disposed off in the green one. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The green one will be collected on a daily basis, while the white one will be collected every alternate day. The segregation of wastes that can be recycled will be done by KMC at Dhapa landfill site,” said Debabrata Majumder, Member, Mayor-in-Council (SWM). The KMC has already introduced a number of auto trippers in the city, for collection of non-biodegradable wastes. Hakim sought the assistance of the residents of Kolkata for making the initiative successful. “Kolkata was the first city in the country which had introduced compactor stations that have gradually replaced almost all open vats in the city. We have introduced pollution-free battery operated vehicles in the city for collection of waste. We are in the process of procurement of more such vehicles and by the end of the financial year 2019-20. We will also be replacing all hand-pulled vehicles that are used for garbage disposal in the city,” Majumder said. He expressed his optimism that Kolkata is all poised to emerge as a model ‘clean and green’ city, achieving 100 percent segregation of waste at source in the next few years.last_img read more

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CID to take charge of Burdwan serial killer case soon

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to take charge of the Burdwan serial killer case soon. Since the arrest of the accused Kamruzzaman Sarkar, CID sleuths have been keeping track of the case.During 2013, after several women were murdered, CID took charge of the investigation. A few persons were arrested on suspicion but were later found to have no connection with the case. As the case took a new turn after Kamruzzaman’s arrest, CID sleuths are following the developments. Sources informed that a team of CID may visit Kalna to interrogate Kamruzzaman in connection with previous cases. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, Kamruzzaman’s wife Jahanara Bibi demanded capital punishment for her husband after she came to know about his crimes. Bibi informed that she did not doubt him as he used to behave normally at home. “If he has done even one murder, Kamruzzaman should be given capital punishment as it will be a lesson for other criminals. My request to the government is to help me as I have three children to raise,” said Bibi. According to sources, Kamruzzaman had been arrested earlier on two occasions for having connection with two theft cases a few years ago. Following interrogation on Tuesday, sleuths came to know about two jewellery shops where Kamruzzaman had sold the looted ornaments. On Wednesday, the shop owners were interrogated regarding the cases. Sources informed that they admitted that Kamruzzaman had sold some gold ornaments to them.last_img read more

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Postering campaign for Gorkhaland

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJVM) started a postering campaign in the Hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in demand of Gorkhaland on Monday.”The mandate has been given for Gorkhaland. The BJP won both the Parliamentary and the Assembly bypolls in Darjeeling. People voted for Gorkhaland. Now the BJP cannot back out. “For the past two terms the BJP had won the parliament elections in Darjeeling on the Gorkhaland issue. “However, for the past 10 years the BJP MPs failed to do anything for Gorkhaland,” stated Krishna Barmey, GJVM leader. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, Binay Tamang, president, GJM (Binay faction) has condemned BJP leader Mukul Roy’s statement that the BJP is not in favour of Gorkhaland and the bifurcation of West Bengal. “BJP leader Mukul Roy made this statement in a press conference flanked by the Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bishta. At the time of elections Bishta and BJP MLA of Darjeeling Niraj Zimba had appealed for votes emotionally blackmailing the Hills in the name of Gorkhaland. Even Bimal Gurung is answerable to the Hills on the wake of BJP’s anti Gorkhaland stance,” retorted Tamang. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe stated that not even 18 days have passed since the declaration of results and the BJP has started showing its original colors with the anti-Gorkhaland stance. “BJP leaders, including Dilip Ghosh, Kailash Vijaywargia and Rahul Sinha, have stated in the past that they do not support the bifurcation of Bengal. Only during elections they play with the emotions of the Gorkhas in the name of Gorkhaland,” alleged Tamang. He stated that with the anti-Gorkhaland statement Mukul Roy has once again betrayed the aspirations of the Gorkhas residing throughout India. “Who will take the moral responsibility of this- will it be Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri or Bishta and Zimba or the 17 councillors of the Darjeeling Municipality who have joined the BJP?” questioned Tamang. Tamang further stated that in a few days the BJP and allies will be embarking in victory rallies in the Darjeeling Hills. “What will the victory rallies commemorate — the end of the Gorkhaland demand?” questioned Tamang. Meanwhile, Amar Singh Rai, former MLA, Darjeeling took charge as the Chairman of the Uttar Banga Unnayan Parshad at Uttar Kanya, the mini secretariat on Monday. “We will use this as a platform for public welfare and development. I will visit the districts that come under the purview of the Parshad, talk to people and work according to their requirements,” stated Rai. An office will be opened in Darjeeling (for the people of Darjeeling Hills and Kalimpong) where Rai will hold office twice a week. The other three days he will be at the Uttarkanya office.last_img read more

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2 killed 3 injured in bomb attack in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were killed and three injured after bombs were allegedly hurled in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, police said on Tuesday. The incident was reported from Baruipara in Kankinara area on Monday night. Claiming that the victims were their supporters, the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress district President and Minister Jyotipriya Mallick alleged that bombs were hurled at them by miscreants backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata BJP’s Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh, however, denied the allegations. The two deceased were identified as Mohammed Mukhtar and Mohammed Halim, police said. The incident took place when the family members of Mukhtar were sitting outside their house, police said. Halim died on the spot while Mukhtar succumbed at the hospital, police said. Mukhtar’s wife who was critically injured was undergoing treatment at a hospital along with the other two, the police added.last_img read more

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The Spooky Peruvian Mummies with Hair

first_imgEgypt is well-known for tombs holding the preserved remains of a number of its rulers, and examples of Egyptian mummies can be found around the world in various museums. But that’s not the only place where mummies have been uncovered. There are burial sites around the world where the inhabitants have been preserved for thousands of years. Here are a few that are worth knowing about.Ancient burial site in Peru.Chauchilla Cemetery in Peru contains pre-Hispanic (prior to Spanish conquests) remains, according to Peru Top 10. The cemetery was discovered in the 1920s, and was used for 600-700 years, ending in the 9th century.Mummy and human bones at Chauchilla ancient cemetery in Peru.The cemetery’s inhabitants are very well-preserved, both because of the very dry air in the Peruvian desert and the burial methods used at the time, which archaeologists believe involved hanging the bodies from posts at the nearby site of Estaqueria to begin the drying process, painting them with a resin that kept out bacteria, and placing them in specially built mud-brick tombs.Chauchilla ancient cemetery in the desert of Nazca, Peru.The level of preservation is such that the mummies still have hair and some soft tissue after more than 1,000 years. The cemetery had been plundered by robbers for years, but has been protected by the Peruvian government since 1997, and is now a tourist spot.Chauchilla ancient cemetery in the desert of Nazca, Peru.The Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy, were built to be a simple burial place for the monks of the monastery, according to Palermo Catacombs. The Capuchin monks were established in Palermo in 1534 at the Church of Santa Maria della Pace. They created a cemetery for the friars to be buried by digging a mass grave that opened like a tank underneath the altar of St. Anne.Ancient pre-Inca Nazca civilization cemetery of Chauchilla at Nazca, Peru.By 1597, space had become an issue, and the friars were forced to expand their cemetery behind the main altar, using natural caves. When the new spot was ready, the friars decided to move those who had already been interred in the old site to the new catacomb.An excavated grave of the old Nazca people, Southwest Peru, including a skull, with hair, and femurs of several people, as well as some other bones. These bodies are estimated to be 1,500 years old but are remarkably well preserved by the arid climate here.When they exhumed the corpses to move them, they discovered that 45 friars had been naturally mummified and were very well-preserved. The monks thought it was a miracle granted by God and treated the mummies as holy relics, displaying them in the first corridor of their new catacomb.MummiesThe monks learned their own techniques to maximize preservation, and, over the years, increasingly began to let citizens who were not part of the monastery also inter their deceased loved ones in the catacombs. The cemetery stopped receiving new bodies in 1880, although there were two exceptions in the 20th century.Mummified human remains.One, in 1911, was Giovanni Paterniti, who was the Vice-Consul to the United States. The other, in 1920, was 2-year-old Rosalia Lombardo. There is some question as to exactly who Rosalia Lombardo’s father was, perhaps a general in the Italian army; however, Rosalia herself is known, among other titles, as the “world’s most beautiful mummy.”Peruvian mummy with hair intact.Bog bodies are also periodically found in the peat bogs of Northwestern Europe, especially in England, Ireland, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark, according to Archaeology. Over the centuries hundreds of men, women, and children have been unearthed, usually during peat-cutting activities.Burial site in Chauchilla cemetery, Peru.The bodies vary in quality of preservation, and some date as far back as 8000 B.C., or from as recently as the early medieval period. According to a discussion of Celtic Studies resources, peat bogs are bogs full of sphagnum moss.Nazca, Peru – July 24, 2011: The ancient mummies in the open cemetery in Chauchilla, Peru. The ancient cemetery was built in about 200 AD.As old moss dies, and new moss grows, the old growth turns into peat. The bog water interacts chemically with the peat, and produces tannins and other compounds that preserve the bodies in the low-oxygen environment of the bogs. Bog bodies look substantially different from other sorts of mummies, because they haven’t been dried.Mummified human remains.Examples have been found where the bodies still have not only hair, but whiskers, fingerprints, and wrinkles. Many such bodies apparently died violent deaths, and many scholars believe they were offered as sacrifices to the gods.Chauchilla Cemetery with prehispanic mummies in Nazca desert, Peru.You can’t really talk about mummies without mentioning Egypt, at least briefly. Egyptians didn’t just mummify their rulers. The Huffington Post reported on the discovery in 2015 of an ancient tomb south of Cairo that held an estimated 8 million mummified dogs, covering a period of at least 2,000 years.The animals are thought to have been left as offerings for the gods or for dead loved ones. Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales found remains in the catacombs of a temple to Anubis, the jackal-headed god of mummification and the afterlife, at Segarra. The tomb was likely built in the 4th century B.C., and was first discovered in the 18th century.Read another story from us: One of the creepiest cemeteries in London, the Highgate CemeteryDeath and the afterlife have always held mystery and fascination for humankind, and we see that played out in how various cultures around the world have dealt with their deceased: the desire to preserve the loved or the powerful is clearly widespread.last_img read more

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The Free Speech Trials of Groundbreaking Comedian Lenny Bruce

first_imgLenny Bruce was a controversial American comedian during the 1950s and 1960s. As Bruce gained fame and popularity, he moved on from doing stand-up comedy at small strip clubs to performing in larger mainstream halls. Bruce also attracted attention for his edgy routines that often pushed the limits of good taste. Arrested and put on trial numerous times, Bruce came to symbolize the debate between free speech versus offensive material.In the early 1960s, the raunchy comedian was at the height of his career. He had been featured nationally on the Steve Allen Show. However, in 1961 Lenny Bruce’s career began to unravel, when he was arrested in San Francisco for violating state obscenity laws.Lenny Bruce, head-and-shoulders portrait.A lawyer that advocated for First Amendment freedom of speech rights, Albert Bendich, represented Bruce in court. Bendich called Bruce’s biting political and sexual humor the latest in a long line of social satire, going back to literary greats such as Jonathan Swift. Literary experts were called as witnesses to support Bendich’s claim. After deliberation, the jury acquitted Bruce.Upon returning to stand-up comedy, things got worse for Lenny Bruce over the next two years. Twice after shows in Los Angeles, Bruce was charged with obscenity violations. The trials for both violations resulted in deadlocked juries. Charged and arrested the same year in Chicago, Bruce was found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison.Bruce at his arrest in 1961.Remaining free while appealing his Chicago conviction, Bruce attempted to do a show in Britain. But instead of being able to perform, he was taken back to the airport and deported. Back in California, Bruce was again arrested, as well as ordered to go into rehab for drug addiction. Bruce decided to flee to New York City hoping to continue his career.The comedy of Lenny Bruce was changing. Worn down by the repeated arrests and trials, Bruce turned away from general satire and talked more about his personal battles with the law and society.Bruce in 1963, after having been arrested in San Francisco.Bruce was watched closely in New York as well. In 1964, a city license inspector attended one of Bruce’s shows. Among the items recorded by the inspector was Bruce describing the famous Jacqueline Kennedy photo of her crawling on to the trunk of the car after her husband had been shot.Bruce suggested Mrs. Kennedy wasn’t trying to get help for the president in the photo, but instead was running to save her own life. Another bit described men as oversexed beings willing to have sex with anything that moved, including a chicken.President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was assassinated later in the day.Once again Bruce was hauled off and arrested. The New York arrest brought some noted intellectuals to Bruce’s defense. More than 80 celebrities signed a petition demanding Lenny Bruce be allowed to perform, free from censorship and harassment.Some of the names on the petition included Paul Newman, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, James Baldwin, and Woody Allen.The new trial pitted Bruce’s use of dirty language and suggestive material against his right to free speech. The prosecution used the testimony and notes of the city license inspector, as well as from police officers who attended some of Bruce’s other performances.Bruce’s grave at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. Photo by Paul Neugass CC BY-SA 3.0The defense brought in media critics, psychiatrists, and religious figures that supported Bruce’s right to speak. The prosecution countered with their own academic and medical figures that claimed Bruce’s comedy had no redeeming value other than to outrage and arouse the audience.Bruce himself became ill during the trial, which was forced to adjourn while he recovered in hospital. Reading law books and other commentaries on free speech now took up most of Bruce’s time.In the end, Lenny Bruce and comedy club owner Howard Solomon were found guilty as charged. Bruce was sentenced to four months of labor in a workhouse, but again did not serve time while he appealed the verdict.Read another story from us: The Comedian who Passed Away Live on StageHowever, the appeal was never completed. Bruce got progressively weaker. On August 3, 1966, he died of a morphine overdose in his home.In May 2003, the governor of New York issued Lenny Bruce a posthumous pardon, based on what he called the State of New York’s commitment to upholding the First Amendment.last_img read more

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It was cold in Foxboro but Robert Kraft sounded pretty toasty in

first_imgThe New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft are headed to another Super Bowl after destroying the Steelers 36-17 in yesterday’s AFC Championship. The game was effectively over in the third quarter, and by the sound of Kraft’s postgame speech, he didn’t wait until the final whistle to start the party.By the time Kraft took the podium to accept the Lamar Hunt Trophy, he appeared to be pretty lit. His speech was slow and slurred, and he led the crowd in an attempt to chant, “Let’s win one more,” which not many of the Patriot faithful picked up on.Belichick watched the whole scene with a painful “cut the mic” smirk.Last night was a night for celebrating in New England, congratulations to the Super Bowls, you’re going to the Patriots.nickr83: Robert Kraft “But we have to go to Houston &… #Patriots #PITvsNE CBS NFL Playoff: … https://t.co/ojVFIpIORi pic.twitter.com/9L9O0CbbJI— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) January 23, 2017last_img read more

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VIDEO Mysterious flashing lights appeared in the sky during 80 earthquake in

first_img Have a look. Advertisement On September 7, an 8.0 earthquake rocked the southern coast of Mexico, but during the quake, several people captured a bizarre series of flashing lights in the sky, and no one can explain it.Some have offered scientific theories on the lights, such as electric discharge from the pressure from rock pushing together during the quake, or ground lightning, but none of these theories have been definitively proven.Another theory is that these are alien spacecraft, using the chaos of the earthquake to plan a dry run of a pending invasion in which we we will all be destroyed and our bodies harvested for fuel to power the advancement of these ruthless civilizations, oh my god we’re all gonna die, we’re all gonna die!!Or not.center_img Here’s one video that added some creepy sound effects which make it seem like the aliens are definitely coming for us:last_img read more

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VIDEO Drew Brees says Thursday Night Football 100 to blame for Saints

first_imgThursday Night Football has been criticized by fans for being a sub par product, and by players, who say the short turnaround time to play in an NFL game is a legitimate health safety risk.After losing six players to injury last night in a 20-17 loss to the Falcons, Drew Brees was asked how much of a factor playing on Thursday was in contributing to the injuries. According to Brees, well, all of it.“It’s 100% a product of playing on Thursday night.”Thursday Night Football is here to stay because the NFL sees an additional revenue stream, now they just have to get the fans and players on board. Good luck.last_img read more

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