Why Do We Have Fingerprints

first_img Explore further Clickfree USB Cable Transformer Availabe Now Citation: Why Do We Have Fingerprints? (2009, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-fingerprints.html (PhysOrg.com) — Unlike most wrinkles on our bodies, which appear due to bending and stretching of the skin, fingerprints aren’t the result of repeated motion. Each of us is born with a unique set of them, although scientists aren’t exactly sure what purpose fingerprints serve. One possible purpose of fingerprints is that they improve our sense of touch. In a recent study, scientists have investigated this idea by performing a series of experiments with artificial fingertips made of rubber-like sensors. The scientists compared the sensitivity between these grooved artificial fingertips and a smooth skin-like material, and found that the grooved fingertips produced vibrations up to 100 times stronger than the smooth material when sliding against a slightly rough surface. The researchers, from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, explained that increased vibrations give us an enhanced sense of touch, especially for detecting textures. As you rub your fingers across a textured surface, your fingerprints specifically amplify vibrations in an optimized frequency range to stimulate the Pacinian corpuscles, which are nerve endings in the skin that detect textures. In turn, texture information allows us to identify objects by touch.As the finding demonstrates, not only does our nervous system (the “software”) play a role in tactile computation, but the physical characteristics of the body (the “hardware”) also enhance the computation when sensing.However, the research doesn’t explain why everyone’s fingerprints are unique, or why our fingerprints are typically arranged in elliptical swirls. The scientists suggest that the loop design may ensure that some ridges are always brushing perpendicular to a surface, no matter the orientation of the fingertips. In addition, the researchers predict that this work could lead to enhanced tactile feedback for prosthetic hands.More information: “The Role of Fingerprints in the Coding of Tactile Information Probed with a Biomimetic Sensor.” J. Scheibert, S. Leurent, A. Prevost, and G. Debregeas (13 March 2009) Science 323 (5920), 1503. DOI: 10.1126/science.1166467via: CERN Courier and Science© 2009 PhysOrg.com The grooves in fingerprints enhance our ability to sense textures, according to a recent study. Image credit: Wikimedia. 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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Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly

first_img The basic problem was that the spacecraft failed to accelerate at the rate predicted, and it did so at what at first appeared to be a constant rate. Subsequent research in the 90’s showed that whatever was preventing the craft from accelerating at the speed expected was lessening, which led some to believe it was tied to the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG’s) onboard that created the electricity used by the craft’s electronic devices to take measurements and beam them back to Earth. Heat venting could work against the direction of travel if it was being expelled in the opposite direction, which it was. The problem though, was that the plutonium used to power the RTG had a half life of 88 years while the accelerating lessening effect occurred at a half-life equivalent to just 22 years.To solve the riddle the new research team built a computer simulation using any and all data that could be collected about the now decades old spacecraft. In doing so, they found that heat generated by the RTG likely wasn’t the culprit because it emitted heat in all directions. The electronics, on the other hand, because they were mounted on the back of the craft, away from the sun and dissipated heat mainly in that same direction, could indeed account for the discrepancy. But more importantly, they also found something prior researchers had not, and that was the decay in the efficiency of thermocouples that were converting heat to electricity which led to less and less heat being generated over time by the electronics, a rate that when combined with the radioactive decay of the plutonium, just happened to coincide with the rate at which the force that was causing the less than expected acceleration. And that they say, is why the craft have not accelerated at the rate calculated. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly (2012, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-team-anomaly.html New theory proposed to explain Pioneer probe gravitational anomaly An artist’s concept of the Pioneer 10 Jupiter encounter. Image: NASA 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: Support for the thermal origin of the Pioneer anomaly, arXiv:1204.2507v1 [gr-qc] arxiv.org/abs/1204.2507AbstractWe investigate the possibility that the anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft is due to the recoil force associated with an anisotropic emission of thermal radiation off the vehicles. To this end, relying on the project and spacecraft design documentation, we constructed a comprehensive finite-element thermal model of the two spacecraft. Then, we numerically solve thermal conduction and radiation equations using the actual flight telemetry as boundary conditions. We use the results of this model to evaluate the effect of the thermal recoil force on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft at various heliocentric distances. We found that the magnitude, temporal behavior, and direction of the resulting thermal acceleration are all similar to the properties of the observed anomaly. As a novel element of our investigation, we develop a parameterized model for the thermal recoil force and estimate the coefficients of this model independently from navigational Doppler data. We find no statistically significant difference between the two estimates and conclude that once the thermal recoil force is properly accounted for, no anomalous acceleration remains.via PhysicsWorld (Phys.org) — Back in the early 70’s NASA launched two exploratory spacecraft, Pioneer 10 and 11. Their missions were to gather information about the solar system as they made their way through it by flying farther and farther from the sun, until they eventually left altogether. Though neither craft has been heard from since 2003, both have confounded scientists since it was discovered in the 80’s that they were not accelerating at the rate that physicists had predicted, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Pioneer anomaly. Now it appears a small team of dedicated researchers has figured out what is going on, and as they explain in their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, it’s due to nothing more than the way the propulsion system onboard does its job.last_img read more

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Amber 2 robot walks with a human gait w Video

first_img Walking robots: it’s all in the hips, say Japan researchers (Phys.org) —The engineering team at Texas A&M’s Amber robotics labs has been hard at work trying to improve one area of robotics that others seem to be ignoring—getting a robot to mimic the natural gait of a human being. Their latest effort is a robot they’ve named Amber 2—it’s basically a pair of legs and feet attached to an overhead boom, but it appears to come closer to walking like a person than any other robot out there. Explore further Demonstration of human-like mulit-contact locomotion on the bipedal robot AMBER. In particular, as inspired by human-locomotion, the robot demonstrates three phases of walking throughout the walking gait characterized by changing contact points at the heel and toe. Furthermore, these changing contact points result in different three different types of actuation throughout the walking gait: full actuation, underactuation and over actuation. The end result is human-like locomotion on the robot. Watching the Amber 2 in action stirs the imagination—it’s not difficult to envision such a robot with legs covered to resemble ours, with shoes on, walking around like we do, blending in. It’s all part of the ultimate goal—to build a robot indistinguishable from a human being—though what we’ll want from such a machine is still very much up for debate. © 2013 Phys.org More information: www.bipedalrobotics.com/ People are able to walk so smoothly because of the seamless interaction between the muscles, bone, ligaments, etc. in the legs, ankles and feet. More specifically there is a rolling motion that goes on when people walk—we push off with our toes and land with our heels. But there is more to it than that, our heel and toes must work independently of each other, allowing for pivoting, bending, twisting and stretching. It’s a smooth dance between our bodies and the external world beneath us. Getting a robot to walk like us means not just building legs, ankles or feet like ours, it means programming them all to work together in way that is graceful when the robot walks, and that appears to be where the Amber 2 team is headed.Amber 2 walks like a person—there’s little doubt about that. But, it’s also still attached to a boom—unleashed it would fall. The engineers on the project realize this of course and that’s why they are undoubtedly working on an Amber 3 or 4—there is still the problem of maintaining balance while walking like we do, something that for us at least, has as much to do with our brains, fluid in our ears, and even our arms, as it does with our legs, ankles and feet. Citation: Amber 2 robot walks with a human gait (w/ Video) (2013, October 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-amber-robot-human-gait-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Why humans may have more in common with chimps than we thought

first_imgWhat can humans learn about ourselves from studying chimpanzees? Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent almost three decades studying the behavior and intelligence of chimpanzees. Now, he’s focused on their emotional lives–and he’s found primates and people aren’t so different in how they react to circumstances and each other. Jeffrey Brown talks to de Waal about the implications of his findings. Read the whole story: PBSlast_img

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Pope to focus on poor in South America trip

first_imgPope Francis makes his first South American trip in two years on Sunday, for an eight-day tour of Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay – but not his native Argentina.The 78-year-old Jesuit pontiff, the first pope from his “beloved South America,” has said he wants to highlight the plight of the poor on his home continent.He is due to land in Ecuador’s capital Quito at 3:00 pm (0730 IST) and will give a Holy Mass in eight languages early tomorrow.Francis’s last visit to South America was a triumphant trip to Brazil that culminated with some three million people gathering in Rio de Janeiro along Copacabana beach for a mass at the end of a Catholic youth festival. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe Catholic Church has about 1.2 billion followers globally, and Latin America represents the biggest portion of that population. But the region has seen declining numbers as more people turn to Protestant churches.“I want to bear witness to the joy of the Gospel and bring God’s tenderness and care,” the pope said before leaving for South America.“Especially children in need, the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, those who are victims of this throwaway culture.” The papal visit coincides with a time of political tension in Ecuador.last_img read more

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Delectable Thai Flavours

first_imgBlending different flavours such as sweet, sour, hot and salty, brings about a gush of variety to the palate which is precisely what Thai cuisine is famous for. For titillating food lovers’ taste buds, the Kempinski Ambience hotel is hosting a Thai food festival at Mei Kun, the Asian restaurant which will be on till July 19.The festival, which aims to satiate the thirst of Thai cuisine lovers in the city began on July 10. Puneet Singh, General Manager, Kempinski Ambience Hotel, said, “A harmonious blend of spicy, subtle, sweet and sour, Thai food is an absolute delight for the palate. This festival is our endeavour to introduce the magic of Thai cuisine to our guests.” Chef KwanraueanSaegsiting is one of the most sought after Thai Chefs in the world. When asked about the peculiarities of Thai cuisine Chef Kwan said “Thai food is one the most loved cuisines across the globe and is famous for its chilli-hot and sweet blends.  With flavours both savoury and sweet, my special creations are aimed at giving guests a one way ticket to Thailand. It is an absolute delight for me to be a part of the Thai food festival at Kempinski Ambience Hotel in Delhi and bringing the best of Thai cuisine to India.”  Some of the signature dishes include PhadPhakRuamMitr (Mixed vegetables in soya sauce), GaengKiew Wan Gai (Roasted Duck in Red Curry), Phad Thai Goong (Fried Thin Rice Noodles), Shrimp with Eggs among others.  The special menu will be available at Mei Kun at Rs 1400 /1600 plus taxes for dinner. A la Carte is also available.last_img read more

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Akhilesh promises all possible help to shiksha mitras

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday promised “all possible help” to contractual teachers to resolve the problem arising out of Allahabad High Court order striking down their regularisation by the state government. He also assured a six-member delegation of ‘Shiksha Mitras’ which met him here that the state government would find out ways to regularise their jobs.“The Chief Minister assured us all possible help and said that the government is actively considering ways to find out a way to ensure that our honour and dignity is maintained and we get our rightful place,” Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shikshak Mitra Sangh Patron Shiv Kumar Shukla said. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe government has invited a six-member team from Maharashtra where ‘Shiksha Mitras’ have been absorbed in regular service so that a procedure for doing the same in Uttar Pradesh could be found, Shukla said.“The Chief Minister has asked us to start attending schools from on Tuesday,” he said. Minister for Basic Education Ram Govind Chaudhary, who was also present in the meeting, said, “We are working on finding out a way to help ‘Shiksha Mitras’ without violating the law …we want to find out the best course.” Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeAround 1.72 lakh ‘Shiksha Mitras’ across the state have been agitating since September 12 when Allahabad High Court declared as illegal the state government’s move to regularise them and appoint them as assistant teachers.A special three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Dilip Gupta and Justice Yashwant Verma, had quashed the amendments brought in the state education department’s rules whereby ‘Shiksha Mitras’ were being regularised.The court ruled that the state government’s move violated the norms laid down by National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) as well as the provisions of the Right to Education Act, 2010.last_img read more

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Exploring diversity in art

first_imgThere is an interesting mix of tradition and contemporaneity in master artist Shuvaprasanna’s aesthetic genre that includes some amazing charcoal drawings, etchings and paintings around the City of Joy, his abode and playing fields since birth. “The prolific artist known for his series including those around the city, its people, birds, animals, clocks, wraps and flowers with varied nuances, has also created an amazing body of work on much revered icons,” says Sushma Behl.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist showcased his collection of works at Chawla Art Gallery in the national Capital recently. An intellectual rigour and socio political consciousness permeates all his work, be it in portraits, graphics, B&W drawings, illustrations, poster designs and publications, paintings in water colours, acrylic and oils, sculptures and installations besides writing and other forms of creative expressions. The infinite diversity is reflected in his repertoire including Lament 1971, Touch 72, Dream, Illusion 75,  Time/Clock, Illusion 77/8, Abode, Childish 79, Wrapped 81, Amphibious, Ave, Birds 83, Amphibious 85, Black & White 85/6, Calcutta Black and White 89, Bird, Wings of no End, Crow, Fish, Signal 92, Metropolis: Portraits of Calcutta, Middletone 93-97, Icons 98, Crows, Illusion 99, Icons 2000, Icons and illusions 2002, Lila 2004, The Golden Flute 2005, Evocative Expressions, The Divine Flute 2006, Night-Watch 2008 and Expressions 2009.          Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe winged creatures- crows, owls, pelicans, eagles and storks with an occasional appearance of a feline- dog, donkey or another specimen familiar to the city- have continued to be central in much of Shuva’s imagery. His work around Crow that shares an affinity with noble laureate Ted Hughes’ poems around the winged bird makes engaging and intellectually stimulating art. On crows, the artist says, “I like them because they cannot lie. They don’t pretend”. The crows and owls are depicted not as vicious or victims but as victors and wise. The cranes with long swan like beaks and ducks in the Amphibious were inspired by a visit to the zoo where he saw them with their open fluttering wings vibrating the waters. There are stark charcoal drawings and water colour paintings of crafty crows, wise owls and ominous street dogs that seem to speak of the animal’s survival instinct as a parody for the man!    Illusion and Maya series with sexual undertones featuring sensuousness through flowers radiate the bliss of touch and acceptance. “Insects, animals and humans all meet and mate to carry on with the cycle of life” and “I see sexuality as the rhythm of life”, says the artist. There is a touch of abstraction and ideation but no space for conceptual art in his scheme of things “an art work must communicate visually with no recourse to words” believes the artist, comfortable working in small format though prefers to work on large canvases.last_img read more

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Kites with messages of Safe Drive Save Life distributed among Kolkatans

first_imgKolkata: Colourful kites with Safe Drive Save Life slogans embossed on them were a unique sight on Viswakarma Puja, which was celebrated in Kolkata on Monday.Kite flying is an important feature of the occasion and is associated with Viswakarma Puja in Kolkata. Around 2,000 coloured kites were distributed among people by Medical Bank, as a part of the Safe Drive Save Life programme, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to bring down the number of road accidents. Earlier, Medical Bank had distributed rakhis among people with Safe Drive Save Life slogan. The rakhis were distributed among the people at important road intersections. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has urged all the clubs to come forward and spread the awareness on safe driving. D Ashis, general secretary of Medical Bank, said the organisation had decided to distribute kites among people taking part in kite-flying on Viswakarma Puja. “We will have to create awareness among people about proper driving,” he said. Kite-flying was introduced by Nawab Wajed Ali Shah who left Lucknow and settled down at Metiabruz. Over the years, Metiabruz became a mini Lucknow. The Nawab was an expert in kite-flying. He came in contact with many Bengali aristocrats, who picked up the sport from him. Apart from Viswakarma Puja, kites are also flown on Makarsankranti Day, last day of the month Pous according to the Bengali calendar.last_img read more

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Christmas special dessert

first_imgPassionfruit & Strawberry Jelly Passionfruit Puree- 300 mlWater – 100 mlSugar – 140 gmGelatin – 10 gmStrawberry – 8Method:1) Boil Passionfruit puree, sugar  with water on stove.2) Stir the soaked gelatin in the above mix.3) Chop strawberry into dices.4) Cool the mix over ice-bath .5) Pour the mix into glasses and mix chopped Strawberry into it.6) Refrigerate for 2 hours.7) Garnish with chantilly and Strawberry.(Recipe by Chef Vivek Chauhan- Pastry Chef The Imperial New Delhi)last_img read more

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The evolution of lullabies

first_imgLullabies may have evolved as a way to signal to children that their needs for attention are being met, while freeing the parents to perform other tasks, such as foraging for food or caring for another offspring, Harvard scientists suggest.Infant-directed song might later have evolved into the more complex forms of music we hear in our modern world, researchers said.Music is a tricky topic for evolutionary science: it turns up in many cultures around the world in many different contexts, but no one knows why humans are the only musical species. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There has been a lot of attention paid to the question of where music came from, but none of the theories have been very successful in predicting the features of music or musical behaviour,” said Max Krasnow, from Harvard.”What we are trying to do with this paper is develop a theory of music that is grounded in evolutionary biology, human life history and the basic features of mammalian ecology,” said Krasnow.At the core of their theory, Krasnow said, is the notion that parents and infants are engaged in an “arms race” over an invaluable resource – attention. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Particularly in an ancestral world, where there are predators and other people that pose a risk, and infants don’t know which foods are poisonous and what activities are hazardous, an infant can be kept safe by an attentive parent,” he said.While there is some cooperation in the battle for that resource – parents want to satisfy infants appetite for attention because their cries might attract predators, while children need to ensure parents have time for other activities like foraging for food – that mutual interest only goes so far. Researchers predict that children should ‘want’ a greater share of their parents’ attention than their parents ‘want’ to give them.But how does the child know it is has her parent’s attention? The solution is that parents were forced to develop some method of signalling to their offspring that their desire for attention was being met, said Krasnow. “I could simply look at my children, and they might have some assurance that I’m attending to them,” Krasnow said.”But I could be looking at them and thinking of something else, or looking at them and focusing on my cell phone, and not really attending to them at all. They should want a better signal than that,” he said.Signals in form of a song is more honest due to the cost associated with them – meaning that by sending a signal to an infant, a parent cannot be sending it to someone else, sending it but lying about it, researchers said.Max notes that infant-directed song provides lots of opportunities for parents to signal their attention to infants.The research was published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour.last_img read more

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Guptas quartet at Art Basel Hong Kong

first_imgNature Morte brings to Art Basel Hong Kong, four vessels by artist and sculptor Subodh Gupta. The sight of a large brass handi with a little lota within presents a picturesque sight, people will go and preen into the darkness of the handi and see that the individual components of the lota is worn and tarnished within. However, the shiny brass outside creates a visual phenomenon, so when looking at it from a slight distance viewers may mistake the site as one of vibrant, metallic abundance perhaps looking like a golden orb. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Through the 2018 installation — Gupta gives us a nod to both Duchamp’s iconic ready made and the poet Kabir reference to the vessel of life — Gupta urges viewers to consider the societal paradoxes that exist in India as a result of hastened economic development despite prevailing poverty and injustice.The use of everyday, domestic objects as a vehicle to discuss the sociopolitical situation of globalization in India continues in the next area of the gallery. On another wall is a triptych of three views of a pan. The first zooms into the surface texture – we are looking at material translation, where the form and structure of socio-cultural traditions remain, but as a mere semblance because, from a distance, we can also feel we are looking at a cosmic study and not a frying pan’s inner facets. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese three works that act as one painting take us back to the Gupta’s beginnings as a painter as well as his childhood when he watched his mother cooking in a small kitchen. Gupta looks at domestic objects with an uncommon devotion and reverence rarely seen in the capitalistic materialistic world of today.In this brilliant work he is drawing our attention to our consumerist culture – where objects are bought, used, discarded, and forgotten –Gupta paints hyper-enlarged versions of the pans on canvas and invites audience responses. The three-part painting depicts the pan blown up to scale and adds meaning and intensity to the scratch marks seen on the original kitchen vessel, inspiring viewers to get closer and observe its unspoken history. Perhaps poetic is the corollary of conversations we are given, the vessel and its cosmic inverse, the unfathomable distance between our mortal lives – (humble vessel) and the mysterious cosmos. Gupta says, “When I created these paintings I was asking questions – what would it mean to address the world’s people not as an anonymous mob/crowd but as individuals who can each possess a piece of infinity.”This triptych at Art Basel Hong Kong continues his investigation into the sustaining and even transformational power of the everyday idiom. The anthropologist and writer Bhrigupati Singh once described Gupta’s paintings as “the patterns we create through our diurnal scrapings, the marks we leave night and day, through rise and fall, joy and sorrow, on the surfaces of our ordinary domestic vessels that journey with us, sometimes for years. What we discover in the process are intricately crafted pieces of the cosmos. By bringing us ever closer to the intricate texture of our everyday lives.” Singh wrote, “Subodh Gupta reminds us that what is near, is no less cosmic or mysterious.”last_img read more

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World Beyond Dance

first_imgFrench directors Pierre X Garnier and Jose Revault are working on a documentary which traces the life of ace choreographer Terence Lewis as a man in his 40s and follows his move to step away from the world of dance for acting.Lewis met the directors – the founders of 7eme Lune, the International Film Festival of Rennes for young directors in France –during his vacation in Corsica in 2016. He hid his identity, but they discovered about him through social media. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I was pleasantly surprised when they told me that they want to do a documentary because I was very curious to, first of all, know why they want to do a documentary as I have already shot for lots of television shows where a lot of my life has been captured, especially the BBC show ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’.”I have also spoken about my life quite a lot of times to newspapers, channels and there have been lots of stories about from where I come from and how and where I have reached here,” said Lewis. So, he wasn’t keen to add one more story. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”But they explained to me that, ‘We were not interested in your story (going) from rags to riches because that’s already been kind of documented. We don’t want to talk about your success, films, TV shows or any other things that are already there. We want to talk about all the things I shared with them in Corsica on a one-on-one’… They found my personal talk with them very interesting.” The dance guru says the documentary is “different from the regular” ones. “It is a little bit more internal, in the head and deep… It is not about me talking about my success, my laurels or how amazing my journey is… It is about me as a person now in the present – what are the challenges I am facing as a man in 40s, as a person who is also moving from dance and taking a step… into films as an actor and writer… so it is that journey that they want to chronicle.” They have shot around 40 per cent and, technically, “need to have 60 hours of footage to make it into a documentary series”.The makers are now crowdfunding to shoot the latter part of the film and for post-production. They need to raise around Rs 700,000.”What started as a simple project has now become a full-fledged project and we are on Wishberry this month, urging people to help us make the film to just cover the basic expenses of shooting, editing and camera…I hope we are able to reach the target.”He runs the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company and specialises in Indian folk, contemporary and neo-classical dance forms. He has even choreographed international stage shows, Bollywood shows, Broadway Western musicals and music videos. He became popular as a mentor and judge on ‘Dance India Dance’. What was his first reaction to the documentary project?”I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s bit scary’ as I spoke to them like friends… Like sharing my life about things that were beyond my films and work. I spoke to them about my personal quest… how I was searching for meaning in my life and the philosophies that combine us, politics to history.”They were like, ‘We want to talk about many things that are going on in your head’ because they found my philosophy – and a certain aspect of my questioning and reasoning things and embracing certain aspects of life – very interesting.”They wanted to present this kind of an Indian man, a thinking Indian man with certain questions about life, to the Western universe and they said it is very important for an Indian voice to be heard. And they were very curious about new India and (the) conversations that are happening between the traditional and conventional and politics and history.”Lewis said they were interested in the artistic and cultural changes that are happening in India, and to know how he perceived India as opposed to the Western form, what are the difficulties, strengths of living in a country like this.He also shared with them his thoughts on nationality, region and ethnicity, apart from a lot about life and the ways people are dealing with relationships, choices, why we are the way we are.last_img read more

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Understanding GST from scratch

first_imgGST being India’s one of the most important Indirect Tax reforms since Independence has transformed the lives of people. Not only has it affected the business class but the common man equally. Understanding the complexities and taking this opportunity to make GST easy and understandable for the public, Sumit Dutt Majumder – Former Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs – has come up with his book titled ‘GST: Explained for Common Man’.Published by Niyogi books, the book will be launched by former President Pranab Mukherjee, followed by a comprehensive dialogue concerning the book by Bibek Debroy – Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister(EAC- PM), Mahendra Singh – Member (GST) Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Indivjal Dhasmana – Economic Affairs Editor, Business Standard and Sumit Dutt Majumder – Former Chairman, Central Board of and Excise and Customs (CBEC) along with the author of the book. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe book reaches out to masses explaining the basic concepts of GST, along with the technical issues in a simple language. It covers the concepts of Supply, Input Tax Credit, IGST for inter-state trade, the Business Processes like Registration, Returns-filing, etc, and subjects like Composition Levy, Reverse, Charge Mechanism, and many more. Besides manufacturing, services, and trading, this book has also explained the GST application issues in sectors like education, healthcare, cooperative housing, telecom, tourism, etc. The narration has been backed by FAQs to facilitate easy understanding. This book will also help the beginners among the consultants, GST officers, and students. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSumit Dutt Majumder joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1974, after his Masters in Physics from IIT Kharagpur. As a member (Central Excise) and then Chairman, CBEC, he was actively associated with the preparations for GST. He has been interacting with the trade across the country explaining the basics of GST. As Senior Advisor, International Tax and Investment Center, Washington, Sumit has been addressing Asia Pacific Tax Forum and African Tax Dialogue on GST in India. The European Union (EU) appointed him for its project in India on Capacity Building in GST. He is the author of a book on customs valuation and two more books on GST.last_img read more

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TMC BJP workers clash at Patrasayer

first_imgKolkata: A major clash broke out at Patrasayer in Bankura on Saturday morning, between the workers and supporters of Trinamool Congress and BJP. To control the situation, police allegedly fired a few rounds, which hit three persons including a school student. However, police have denied the allegations.According to sources, Trinamool had organised a rally on Saturday morning under the banner of Jansanyog Yatra, led by senior Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari. Near Kankardanga in Patrasayer, some BJP supporters shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’. When Trinamool workers protested the act, the BJP supporters allegedly attacked them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSoon, the area turned into a battlefield as Trinamool workers tried to resist the attack. Meanwhile, police tried to control the situation but failed. It has been alleged that BJP workers also hurled crude bombs during the clash. Later, police fired teargas shells and initiated lathi charge to control the violent mob. While doing so a few rounds were fired, which hit three persons including a school student. BJP alleged that police had fired rubber bullets, which injured the trio. However, police have denied the allegation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn Saturday night, police arrested local BJP leader Tamal Kanti Guin for allegedly creating the situation. Protesting against Guin’s arrest, BJP workers on Sunday put up blockades and held agitation at several places across Bankura. To avoid any deterioration of law and order, adequate police forces were deployed. Due to the incident, tension spread all over Patrasayer. Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP is trying to instigate violence as they had done earlier in Bhatpara. The three injured are still undergoing treatment at the Bankura Medical College and Hospital.last_img read more

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S Dinajpur DM visits adoption home in Hili

first_imgBALURGHAT: South Dinajpur District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal visited a special adoption home in Hili for children on Thursday, to take stock of its overall infrastructure and see how the home runs in adherence to guidelines.Nirmal, who was accompanied by Additional District Magistrate (LR/Social Welfare) Pranab Kumar Ghosh, said: “I have inspected the home to see what steps the authorities have taken so far to take care of the children residing there. I have also talked to the concerned authorities and instructed them of initiating maximum efforts for regular health checkups of infants.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The children should be provided nutritious food. No negligence regarding the matter will be tolerated,” he added. Nirmal and Ghosh have also received a statistical data about procedural details of adoption of children, from the home authorities during the inspection. According to a source, the home has been running thanks to a non-profitable organisation for a few years. At present, 12 children are residing there. Recently, three children were adopted by parents hailing from Texas, Florida and Singapore. “We are satisfied after visiting the home. The home authorities have cooperated during our visit as well,” Nirmal said. The District Magistrate said that an old-age home is also being planned in an adjoining campus of the home. The officials inspected the spot for that as well.last_img read more

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The French Mime Performer who Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children During WWII

first_imgThe French mime artist Marcel Marceau made a name for himself as the silent Bip the Clown, whose performance was comedic and tragic at the same time, echoing life itself in its mixture of happiness and sadness. What is far less known about Marcel Mangel, who changed his name to Marceau during the German occupation of France during the second world war, was that he was an active participant within the French resistance, who managed to evacuate an entire orphanage full of Jewish children just before they were to be deported to a concentration camp.Coming from a Jewish family living in Strasbourg, in the border area between France and Germany, Marcel, who was 16 at the time, was among the first to witness the horror of German invasion. Together with his family, the teenage Marcel was evacuated from Strasbourg, just before it was overrun. They headed south to Limoges, a municipality in central France.From that point on, Marcel Mangel knew he had to fight for his survival. As the French Army capitulated after a month of fighting, Mangel changed his name to Marceau after a general from the French Revolution, François Séverin Marceau-Desgraviers.Marceau in 1974Together with his cousin, George Loinger, he joined the Resistance, staying undercover by using his nom du guerre, even though his father, Charles, was caught and sent to Auschwitz, where he died. His knowledge of both English and German, in addition to his native French, and the acting talent which young Marcel expressed at an early age, all came in handy during numerous diversions and intelligence missions conducted by the resistance.He managed to avoid detection from the Gestapo throughout the war years with the help of forged papers and fake identities. In 1944, the Nazis were in a hurry to dispose of the remaining Jewish population in France, as the war was approaching its bitter end.Marceau in 1962. Photo by:Harry Pot CC BY-SA 3.0 nlThere were several hundred Jewish children living in an orphanage just west of Paris, whose evacuation became a top priority for the Resistance. Marcel was given the task to somehow get the children out of the orphanage without alerting the Nazi authorities and to transport them to Switzerland.He disguised himself as a boy scout and managed to convince the orphanage staff that he was taking the kids on a field trip organized by the French scouts. Did they believe him, or did they comply because it was well-known what kind of grim future awaited the children if they weren’t evacuated? This remains a mystery, but the anecdote of how exactly Marcel managed to make three runs from the orphanage to the Swiss border, evacuating hundreds of children, is both remarkable and inspiring.Publicity photo of Marcel Marceau.Since childhood, Marcel was fascinated with Charlie Chaplin. In fact, his later career as a mime performer was largely influenced by the charm of Chaplin’s Little Tramp character. Once the Jewish orphans were ready for transport, Marcel needed to keep them quiet in order to avoid detection.But how does one keep so many children quiet? By captivating their imagination with a miraculous mime performance―one that Marcel Marceau personally devised. It worked every time.Phillipe Mora, whose father fought alongside Marcel, said in an interview for the Sunday Morning Herald in 2009:“Marceau started miming to keep children quiet as they were escaping. It had nothing to do with show business. He was miming for his life.”With President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, and Amy Carter, June 1977George Loigner also remembered how his cousin calmed the children and persuaded them to stay quiet in an interview for the Jewish Telegraph Agency in 2007, just after Marcel’s death:“The kids loved Marcel and felt safe with him. He had already begun doing performances in the orphanage, where he had met a mime instructor earlier on. The kids had to appear like they were simply going on vacation to a home near the Swiss border, and Marcel really put them at ease.”Soon after, the Allies embarked upon the shores of Normandy, liberating France in the following months. Marcel and his cousin George joined the Free French Army and continued their push towards Berlin. What the mime performer later called his greatest exploit as a soldier was when he captured an entire German unit, together with several other French soldiers, as he acted like they were the advance guard of a much larger French force. In fact, Marceau and a few men were all alone, but the Germans assumed that it was better to surrender than face a whole French division in battle.Marcel Marceau in 2004This story, in particular, grew into a myth which widely circulated for years. The myth stated that Marceau used his mime to demonstrate to the Germans from a distance that a large French force was approaching, making them retreat, but this was denied by Marceau and Loigner, who gave the exact account during his interview, following Marceau’s death.Related story from us: Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor, and a Mengele twin, chose to forgive the NazisHis military service actually got young Marceau into acting and performing, as he was invited to appear in front of 3,000 US troops in Frankfurt, Germany, just after the war ended. Marceau himself recalled the moment when the army shaped his future, at a Wallenberg Medal acceptance speech in 2001:“I played for the G.I.s and two days later I had my first review in the Stars and Stripes.”His contribution to the French Resistance was never forgotten and the pain of his father’s death in Auschwitz determined the sadness that remained forever present in his mime skits. Marcel Marceau died in 2007, leaving a legacy that defined the art he pioneered.last_img read more

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A Hard Days Night in Jail – Paul McCartney Arrested for Arson

first_imgTo many, Paul McCartney is one of the deities of popular music. This summer he re-created his 1969 walk across Abbey Road, and appeared on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” both of which were met with delight by his many fans. However, Paul McCartney did once feel like nothing was going his way — so much so that on November 29, 1960, he set a fire in the dingy room where he’d been staying in Hamburg. McCartney and his then fellow Beatle Pete Best were arrested for arson, held overnight, and then deported to England.The band was upset over losing George Harrison to an earlier deportation. Authorities discovered Harrison was 17 and too young to be playing in bars after curfew. McCartney was also tangling with Bruno Koschmider, the owner of the Kaiserkeller, the club where the Beatles had been playing.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0Koschmider canceled the band’s contract and they had to move their belongings out of the building where they had been staying. Koschmider also owned that building.Their living conditions had not been good. The lodging consisted of gloomy, unheated, and windowless rooms, located next to the toilet. One wash-basin was available to them. At the time they were playing in the Indra and the Kaiserkeller, which along with the Bambi cinema belonged to Koschmider.A pen & ink sketch of Bruno Koschmider. Photo by Poolewan CC By SA 4.0As McCartney said in a later interview, “We lived backstage in the Bambi Kino, next to the toilets, and you could always smell them. The room had been an old storeroom, and there were just concrete walls and nothing else. No heat, no wallpaper, not a lick of paint; and two sets of bunk beds, with not very much covers. We were frozen.”Lennon and Stu Sutcliffe had already moved to their next lodgings, which was a room in the attic above the Top Ten Club.“Unfortunately for McCartney and Best, they decided to make the move after hours, and when they lit a fire to shed some light on the situation, they ended up burning one of the walls,” according to Ultimate Classic Rock.Bambi Kino, Hamburg. Photo by Lipinski CC BY-SA 3.0There was no damage “apart from a burn mark on the wall, and the fire eventually extinguished itself on the damp wall,” said Beatles Bible. When he saw the damage, though, Koschmider was so furious he went to the police.Related Video: Whatever Happened to Original Beatles Drummer Pete Best?“He’d told them that we’d tried to burn his place down and they said, ‘Leave, please. Thank you very much but we don’t want you to burn our German houses,’ ” McCartney relayed in the biography Many Years From Now. “Funny, really, because we couldn’t have burned the place even if we had gallons of petrol — it was made of stone.”The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport.When McCartney and Best were let out of jail, they went to their new lodgings in the attic and collapsed, exhausted. However, a banging on the door awoke them a few hours later. Two plain-clothes policemen were doing the banging. The police told the two men they had to leave the country by midnight.“The Beatles were not entirely sure why they were being deported, as their limited command of German made it difficult to understand the police procedures,” according to Beatles Bible. “Their request to telephone the British Consul was refused.”Lennon performing in 1964. Photo by VARA CC BY-SA 3.0.nlJohn Lennon, stuck behind in Hamburg, found his way back to the U.K. later. And yet, after Harrison turned 18, the band went back to Germany.Read another story from us: Paul McCartney back at the Abbey Road crossingTheir standing among the many groups playing in Hamburg rose, and they were booked at the Star-Club in November 1962. For the first time, the band members could actually stay in proper hotel rooms. The tapes of the performance were released as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962.The rest, as they say, is history.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

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Teddy Roosevelt – 10 Things to Know About Americas Rough and Tumble

first_imgThough he is enshrined on the Mount Rushmore along with Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, the 26th President of the United States tends to be overlooked by many today. Not historians, who are keenly aware of the immense changes he brought not only to the Office of President, but to the United States and the American people, and of his personal bravery in the Spanish-American War.Theodore RooseveltRoosevelt is widely credited with beginning the crusade against the abuses of Big Business, which in the years after the Civil War had helped make America one of the richest nations in the world, but had also caused wide-spread abuses in the workplace, violence against workers, and exerted immense corrupt political power from the local to the national level. “TR” (no one called him “Teddy” to his face”) is also credited with founding the National Park System, and bringing some sense of the importance of nature and ecology to the American people.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsTheodore Roosevelt at age 11Roosevelt is also credited with moving American military power onto the world stage, shifting it from just a regional power to a world power. His orders for the “Great White Fleet” to sail the globe was a message to the other nations of the world that the United States had arrived on the global stage.Here are a few things about the first president named Roosevelt that many people don’t know:He was shot in the chest during a speech, yet finished it before getting medical careRoosevelt shortly after leaving office, October 1910Running for president in 1912 on the 3rd party “Bull Moose” ticket after his last term in office in 1909, Roosevelt was making a speech and the crowd was going wild. But before the speech, something unreal had happened. TR’s first words were: “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible.” His second words stunned the crowd: “I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot.” Yes, a would-be assassin had shot TR in the chest.The bullet-damaged speech and eyeglass case on display at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace. Photo by Rickster77 CC BY-SA 3.0Luckily for the ex-President and candidate, the long 50-page manuscript of the speech slowed the bullet down and changed its trajectory. Still, the bullet entered his body, missing his heart.This happened as he was getting in his car to make his speech. Looking at his shirt, he saw blood, but when he coughed intentionally and no blood came up, he got angry at his aides who wanted him to get medical attention. “You get me to that speech.” He had a bullet hole the size of a dime in his chest, but finished the speech – it took an hour and a half. Now you see why no one ever called him “Teddy” to his face.Related Video: Last Surviving Witness of Abraham Lincon’s Fateful Last Night Goes on a 50s Game Show to Speak About it:When first world war broke out, he volunteered for front-line dutyCol. Theodore RooseveltA veteran of the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was no stranger to battle, and wished to fight for his country during the first world war. He lobbied Woodrow Wilson to let him go, but the Commander-in-Chief refused. Rallies in support of Roosevelt took place throughout the country, but to no avail. Sadly, Roosevelt had to endure something worse – the loss of his son Quentin, who was shot down over France in 1918. His eldest son, Theodore Jr., was a hero in the second world war, though a heart-attack claimed him before wars’ end.TR climbed the MatterhornTheodore Roosevelt and John Muir, 1906A famed outdoorsman in later life, Roosevelt had spent most of his youth working on his body and health, because much of his childhood was spent inside, in poor health with a bad heart.Roosevelt figured that if he was to die early, he might as well go out doing what he loved, not sitting in some bedroom. He also possessed immense energy and needed an outlet for it. A year after college graduation, on a honeymoon tour of Europe with his new wife, Alice, he took a side-trip and climbed the notoriously difficult Matterhorn – without mountaineering experience.TR was one of five presidents to have belonged to Harvard’s “Hasty Pudding Club”Theodore RooseveltThis entertainment and social organization also claims Jack Lemmon and Jodie Foster as alums, and has been putting on shows – including cross-dressing burlesque shows – since its inception in 1770. It is one of the oldest entertainment fraternities in the world, though it has been open to women in supporting choreographic roles for some time (this changed in 2018).Roosevelt was a tireless writerOrotone print of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904, by Edward S. CurtisThough one might wonder where he found the time, TR was an accomplished and prolific writer. He wrote 38 books, including a four-volume series The Winning of the West, and many articles on hunting and the outdoors. His The Naval War of 1812 earned him kudos among professional historians at the age of 23.TR was almost completely blind in one eyeEx-President Theodore Roosevelt in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1914TR liked to box. He got in the ring at Harvard and was a contender for the school’s lightweight championship. He also sparred during his campaigns – and in the White House.He sometimes invited boxing champions to the White House to give him a light workout – with the gloves. One young artillery officer was asked to spar with the president – and TR did not want anyone to pull punches. The officer didn’t, and destroyed a blood vessel in the president’s left eye.Roosevelt was the first sitting president to leave the countryRoosevelt driving through a sequoia tree tunnelThough many believe this claim to fame was Woodrow Wilson’s. After WWI, Wilson was the first person to visit a foreign country. TR was the first president to leave the nation (1906) – but he sailed to the Panama Canal, which was being built, and stayed on-board.Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace PrizeTheodore Roosevelt and pilot Arch Hoxsey at St. Louis, October 11, 1910While many credit Roosevelt’s ordering the Great White Fleet around the world as the symbol that America was now a world power, Roosevelt was keenly aware that it took more than merely bluster to get that kind of attention.Roosevelt offered the good offices of the United States to end the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, and mediated between the two hostile countries, earning the famed Nobel Prize in 1906. He used the prize money to fund a trust that worked to reconcile workers and owners in violent industrial disputes.Washington threw a silver dollar across the Potomac, Roosevelt skinny-dipped in itWhile the first President of the United States didn’t actually throw a coin across the wide Potomac, the 26th President did. TR was famous for his strenuous walks – he led his family on them before and after his time as president, and he continued them in the White House.He often ordered the presidential yacht down the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, sometimes leading cliff-climbing parties, or going off into the woods for target practice with his revolver. After all that, he would doff his clothes, and take a plunge in the river to cool off.Roosevelt became a national name as Police Commissioner in New York CityRoosevelt in Pennsylvania on October 26, 1914If you’ve seen Gangs of New York, you know how dangerous pre-1900 NYC was. It was also intensely corrupt. As one of the city’s police commissioners, TR went after crooked cops and even went so far as to walk the streets at night to make sure police were walking their assigned beats, and not taking a nap.TR’s wife and mother both died on the same dayRoosevelt family in 1903 with Quentin on the left, TR, Ted, Archie, Alice, Kermit, Edith, and EthelOn Valentine’s Day 1884, Theodore lost his mother to typhoid fever. 12 hours later, sickened by the kidney ailment Bright’s Disease (today called “chronic nephritis”), and weakened by delivering her first child, Roosevelt’s wife Alice also passed away.Read another story from us: The Most Popular, Influential and Eccentric First Daughter in American HistoryIn his diary, Roosevelt wrote: “The light has gone out of my life.”last_img read more

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Jamal Adams sent the Patriots mascot to the hospital with a brutal

first_imgA video of Jets Safety Jamal Adams laying a brutal hit on an unsuspecting Patriots mascot during a Pro Bowl practice autograph session made the rounds on social media yesterday. It was supposed to be a funny joke, but the actual human inside the costume is still trying to figure out the punchline.This one is for every Patriots hater out there! I got y’all! pic.twitter.com/q0WAbDfrpL— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) January 24, 2019Today we learned that the form tackle resulted in a trip to the hospital for the mascot with undisclosed injuries. Adams says he didn’t mean to injure the guy, but the video shows the tackle probably would have put an NFL QB in the concussion protocol and drawn a 15-yard penalty. Advertisement Per Adams:“[The mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him.’ I didn’t hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn’t hit him that hard. I don’t know what’s really going on, but they did tell me he’s in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him. it was all about just a joke, but I definitely want to check on him and make sure everything is good. At the end of the day, we were out here just having fun and it wasn’t nothing intentionally to try to hurt the guy.”It’s probably a good time to remind everyone that mascots aren’t indestructible cartoon characters and there’s a real person inside making the magic happen.last_img read more

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