Sensitivity of precision measurements enhanced by the environment

first_img Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: G. Goldstein, et al. “Environment-Assisted Precision Measurement.” Physical Review Letters 106, 140502 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.140502AbstractWe describe a method to enhance the sensitivity of precision measurements that takes advantage of the environment of a quantum sensor to amplify the response of the sensor to weak external perturbations. An individual qubit is used to sense the dynamics of surrounding ancillary qubits, which are in turn affected by the external field to be measured. The resulting sensitivity enhancement is determined by the number of ancillas that are coupled strongly to the sensor qubit; it does not depend on the exact values of the coupling strengths and is resilient to many forms of decoherence. The method achieves nearly Heisenberg-limited precision measurement, using a novel class of entangled states. We discuss specific applications to improve clock sensitivity using trapped ions and magnetic sensing based on electronic spins in diamond. The researchers, Garry Goldstein from Harvard University, along with coauthors from Harvard, MIT, Copenhagen University, and the California Institute of Technology, have published their study called “Environment-Assisted Precision Measurement” in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. In their study, the scientists first describe an idealized case, and then demonstrate that it works in two different cases: quantum clocks with trapped ions and spin-based magnetometry.“We realized that part of the environment can be used to increase sensitivity,” coauthor Paola Cappellaro of MIT told PhysOrg.com. “We found that entangled states, other than the ones usually proposed for metrology (GHZ states, squeezed states) can improve the sensitivity while being more robust to decoherence.”As the scientists explain, a quantum sensor can be constructed with a central spin coupled to a bath of dark spins, which are part of the environment. All of these spins act as qubits, each having a state of 0, 1, or a superposition of both. While the central spin can be controlled and read out, the dark spins can only be collectively controlled and not directly detected. Also, the central spin and the dark spins can be coupled, and this coupling can be effectively turned on and off at will.The central spin can indirectly measure the external field, such as a magnetic field, by sensing the dynamics of the surrounding dark spins, which are in turn affected by the external field. To do this, the researchers first entangled the central spin to the dark spins, and then used this entangled state to sense the external field. As the entangled dark spins evolve, they acquire a phase that depends on the state of the central spin. Then, the researchers could flip the central spin and read out its signal. By reading this signal, the researchers could measure the phase difference between the states of the dark spins, which provides a measurement of the external field.Importantly, the additional phase difference due to the dark spins amplifies the signal of the central spin and allows it to read out a smaller field than before; the smaller the field that a sensor can read out during a given time, the higher its quantum sensitivity. While the signal is enhanced, the background noise stays the same.“Here we assume that part of the environment (the ‘dark spins’) can be controlled, although it cannot be directly measured,” Cappellaro said. “In this scenario, there are two possible strategies: manipulate the environment dark spins to decouple them from the sensor or exploit them by creating an entangled state with the sensor spin. We found that this second strategy is viable and yields better sensitivity.”Overall, the method achieves precision that approaches the Heisenberg limit. This limit results from the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and marks the maximum sensitivity that any measurement can achieve.When comparing this method to another measurement precision procedure based on a spin-echo, the researchers found that the new method has greater sensitivity due to the central spin’s signal amplification. Both methods have about the same coherence times, since, for both methods, decoherence arises from interactions among dark spins, not the rest of the environment.As the simulations demonstrated, the new method could have applications in improving clock sensitivity using trapped ions and magnetic sensing based on electronic spins in diamond. The scientists also predict that this method could be applied more generally to a wide variety of systems.“Extremely sensitive clocks are very important, for example, for global positioning,” Cappellaro said. “Magnetic sensors could find applications in a broad range of areas, from materials science to bio-imaging.” Explore further Creating a pure spin current in graphene Citation: Sensitivity of precision measurements enhanced by the environment (2011, April 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-sensitivity-precision-environment.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. (PhysOrg.com) — When it comes to quantum measurements, interaction with the environment usually limits sensitivity, since it causes decoherence. But in a new study, scientists have shown that the environment can be advantageous. They have designed a method to increase the sensitivity of quantum precision measurements by using the environment to enhance a quantum sensor’s response to weak perturbations in an external field. A model of a central spin coupled to a spin bath of dark spins, which are part of the environment. By sensing the dynamics of the dark spins, the central spin has a greater sensitivity that allows it to read out smaller external fields, such as magnetic fields. Image credit: G. Goldstein, et al.last_img read more

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New research shows 1992 earthquake in Pakistan was due to rare horizontal

first_img More information: Stick–slip advance of the Kohat Plateau in Pakistan, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1373AbstractThroughout most of the Himalaya, slip of the Indian Plate is restrained by friction on the interface between the plate and the overlying wedge of Himalayan rocks. Every few hundred years, this interface—or décollement—ruptures in one or more Mw ≥8 earthquakes. In contrast, in the westernmost Himalaya, the Indian Plate slips aseismically beneath wide plateaux fronting the Kohistan Mountains. The plateaux are underlain by viscous décollements that are unable to sustain large earthquakes1. Potwar, the widest of these plateaux is underlain by viscous salt2, 3, which currently permits it to slide at rates of about 3 mm yr−1 (refs 4, 5), much slower than its 2 Myr average6, 7. This deceleration has been attributed to recently increased friction through the loss of salt from its décollement. Here we use interferometric synthetic aperture radar and seismic data to assess movement of the Kohat Plateau—the narrowest and thickest plateau8, 9. We find that in 1992 an 80 km2 patch of the décollement ruptured in a rare Mw 6.0 earthquake, suggesting that parts of the décollement are locally grounded. We conclude that this hybrid seismic and aseismic behaviour represents an evolution of the mode of slip of the plateaux from steady creep towards increasingly widespread seismic rupture. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The media (and school teachers, of course) has done a very good job of informing most people about how earthquakes work. We can all very easily imagine two great plates rubbing against one another, like two fists rubbing together, creating havoc along fault lines. But what most of us have never likely imagined is the type of earthquake that occurred back in 1992 in Kohat, Pakistan. Explore further Instead of two plates rubbing together, a whole section of the earth simply moved from one place to another, like a rug being pulled out from underneath those that were living there. In some ways, it appears the quake was more like a giant mud slide than a normal earthquake. It’s only now, twenty years later, that scientists have put the pieces together though. S. P. Satyabala, Zhaohui Yang and Roger Bilham, as they describe in their paper published in Nature Geoscience, have found using satellite radar and historical seismic data, that the 6.0 quake was in fact a rare horizontal one.Such quakes occur, the researchers say, when a parcel of land sits atop another with something that works as a slippery agent between them. In this case, the team believes it’s a layer of salt. What happens is, a whole swath or slip of land is very, very slowly moving downhill, like a glacier. In this case, the rate is about one to two millimeters each year; so slowly that the movement is not noticed by those that are living on the land above. Unfortunately, it’s not always such a smooth ride. Every now and then, something causes a problem with the slippery layer, resulting in the upper and lower rock touching. Without the slippery stuff between them, the two layers of land stop sliding, but only for awhile as the forces that caused the top part to slide in the first place, continue to work. Eventually, the top layer gives way and lurches forward, causing a very noticeable earthquake. In 1992, over 200 people were killed as buildings fell on top of them.To come to their conclusions the team turned to interferometric synthetic aperture radar, which is a method of data collection via satellite that maps the surface of the Earth over time. In this case, when that data was combined with seismic recordings, it was easy for the team to see that some 3,800 square miles of land surrounding Kohat, had shifted about a foot, all at once.Unfortunately for those that live there, it appears that such an occurrence will likely happen again, though at least now they will have more knowledge about what is going on beneath them and thus will be able to make more informed decisions going forward. Scientists Expose ‘Buried’ Fault that Caused Deadly 2003 Quake in Irancenter_img Journal information: Nature Geoscience A North-south cross section passing through the Kohat earthquake showing the decollement and (south-dipping) faults branching upwards. Image: Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1373 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: New research shows 1992 earthquake in Pakistan was due to rare horizontal shift (2012, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-earthquake-pakistan-due-rare-horizontal.htmllast_img read more

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Spinoff to introduce ultrasonic gesture recognition for small devices w Video

first_img Citation: Spinoff to introduce ultrasonic gesture recognition for small devices (w/ Video) (2013, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-spinoff-ultrasonic-gesture-recognition-small.html Recognizing that devices are getting smaller, including their screens, of course, the researchers began looking into ways users might be able to use gesture recognition, instead of physically touching a device to give it commands (waving a hand in the air above it, rather than swipping the screen, for example). They found that using light as a medium required bulky equipment and would only work in optimal situations. That caused them to turn to studying sound as a means of sending information instead. That in turn led to the development of two computer chips, one is an ultrasound chip, the other is a chip that sends and receives electrical signals from the ultrasound chip. A third component is a battery. The system works by generating sound wave pulses using a very tiny array of sound transducers (speakers). The chip then listens to the pulses when they are bounced back. Doing so allows the chip to calculate how far away something is, just like radar. Even better, the new technology uses just a fraction of the power of light based systems, and it’s small enough to be embedded in even the smallest devices, such as smartwatches.Gesture recognition technology would be ideally suited to both smartwatches and headsets, allowing for new types of movement to be incorporated into a command set. Simply drawing the wrist towards the face, could for example, activate a smartwatch. Also, wiping the air in front of a headset, such as Google’s could allow for swiping virtual objects. That might be good news for both devices, as thus far, consumers haven’t been very receptive to either. Making them less awkward to use, could mark a turning point, causing the development of all manner of tiny niche devices such as smartnecklaces, fobs or even tiny smartscreens embedded in contact lenses. Elliptic Labs develops ultrasonic gesture control for hand-held devices (Phys.org) —A group of research engineers at the University of California has been working on new technology to allow electronic devices to recognize hand gestures, similar to Microsoft’s Kinect—with a major difference. Instead of using light, the new technology is based on sound waves. The group is currently forming a spinoff company to develop and market the technology, called Chirp Microsystems (the technology itself is called simply Chirp). 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. Optical 3D imagers for gesture recognition, such as Microsoft Kinect, suffer from large size and high power consumption. Their performance depends on ambient illumination and they generally cannot operate in sunlight. These factors have prevented widespread adoption of gesture interfaces in energy- and volume-limited environments such as tablets and smartphones. Gesture recognition using sound is an attractive candidate to overcome these difficulties because of the potential for chip-scale solution size, low power consumption, and ambient light insensitivity. Our research focuses on building an ultrasonic 3D range sensor system suitable for gesture recognition using batch-fabricated micromachined aluminum nitride (AlN) ultrasonic transducer arrays and custom CMOS electronics. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: swarmlab.eecs.berkeley.edu/swarmlab.eecs.berkeley.edu/new … al-gestures-interactlast_img read more

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Astronomers detect ultraweak magnetic fields in two metallicline stars

first_img Strong magnetic fields discovered in majority of stars (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Aurore Blazère of the Paris Observatory has discovered ultra-weak magnetic fields in metallic-line stars Beta Ursae Majoris and Theta Leonis. Motivated by a recent detection of a weak, circularly polarized signature in spectral lines of a similar type star, Sirius A, the researchers received a signal believed to be of a magnetic origin, using deep spectropolarimetric observations of these two peculiar stars. What they found may prove that weak magnetic fields could be more common in the photospheres of intermediate-mass stars. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: arXiv More information: Detection of ultra-weak magnetic fields in Am stars: β UMa and θ Leo. arXiv:1601.01829 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1601.01829AbstractAn extremely weak circularly polarized signature was recently discovered in spectral lines of the chemically peculiar Am star Sirius A. A weak surface magnetic field was proposed to account for the observed polarized signal, but the shape of the phase-averaged signature, dominated by a prominent positive lobe, is not expected in the standard theory of the Zeeman effect. We aim at verifying the presence of weak circularly polarized signatures in two other bright Am stars, beta UMa and theta Leo, and investigating the physical origin of Sirius-like polarized signals further. We present here a set of deep spectropolarimetric observations of beta UMa and theta Leo, observed with the NARVAL spectropolarimeter. We analyzed all spectra with the Least Squares Deconvolution multiline procedure. To improve the signal-to-noise ratio and detect extremely weak signatures in Stokes V profiles, we co-added all available spectra of each star (around 150 observations each time). Finally, we ran several tests to evaluate whether the detected signatures are consistent with the behavior expected from the Zeeman effect. The line profiles of the two stars display circularly polarized signatures similar in shape and amplitude to the observations previously gathered for Sirius A. Our series of tests brings further evidence of a magnetic origin of the recorded signal. These new detections suggest that very weak magnetic fields may well be present in the photospheres of a significant fraction of intermediate-mass stars. The strongly asymmetric Zeeman signatures measured so far in Am stars (featuring a dominant single-sign lobe) are not expected in the standard theory of the Zeeman effect and may be linked to sharp vertical gradients in photospheric velocities and magnetic field strengths.center_img Beta Ursae Majoris and Theta Leonis belong to a group of chemically peculiar Am stars. Their spectrum has strong and often variable absorption lines of metals such as zinc, strontium, zirconium, and barium and deficiencies of a few elements, particularly calcium and scandium. In the search for magnetic fields of these two interesting metallic-line stars, the scientists used data from the NARVAL spectropolarimeter, installed at the two-meter Bernard Lyot Telescope (TBL) in the French Pyrénées. They published a paper online describing their results on Jan. 8 in the arXiv journal.NARVAL enables astronomers to detect stellar magnetic fields with unprecedented precision. It is specially designed and optimized to detect stellar magnetic fields through the polarization they generate in photospheric spectral lines. For their study, the scientists used data from NARVAL observation campaigns conducted from 2010 to 2014. Analyzing these data, they detected a circularly polarized signal coming from the two Am stars.According to the astronomers, all signals observed up until now have roughly the same shape, with one positive lobe roughly symmetric about the line center and occupying most of the width of the line profile.”The circularly polarized signal observed for both stars covers most of the width of the line and is mostly symmetric about the line centroid. In both cases, a positive lobe dominates the signal,” the researchers wrote in the paper.They assume that these signals must have a stellar origin as previous observations of an Am type star, Sirius A, show similarly shaped signatures. Sirius A was studied using three different scientific instruments including NARVAL, and according to the research team, these studies confirm their hypothesis regarding Beta Ursae Majoris and Theta Leonis.”From an empirical point of view, we stress that the signatures recorded so far for Sirius A display a similar shape using three different instrumental setups and three different models of CCD detector and two different reduction pipelines, giving strong confidence in a stellar origin of the polarized signature,” the paper reads.The research provides new clues to the weak polarized signatures produced in the photospheres of intermediate-mass stars. It indicates that weak magnetic fields could be widespread in this stellar class. The study also leads to a conclusion that these signatures could be indirect tracers of surface convective motions.However, some puzzling questions remain unanswered like the origin of this weak magnetism of Am stars. The paper offers only a few hints to the physical ingredients involved in the generation of these weak surface magnetic fields. This is due to a small number of Am stars observed so far and polarimetric signatures close to the detection limit. The astronomers underline that a physical model able to produce a convincing reproduction of the peculiar polarized signatures reported for the type of stars described in their study still needs to be developed. They also note that unveiling surface features on weakly magnetic Am stars requires a very sensitive method, such as the one used in a previous study to detect very faint starspots on Vega. The new methods and models should advance our knowledge regarding physical origin and basic properties of these stellar magnetic fields. Citation: Astronomers detect ultra-weak magnetic fields in two metallic-line stars (2016, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-astronomers-ultra-weak-magnetic-fields-metallic-line.html Leo constellation. Credit: ESA 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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Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs

first_img More information: Sarah Marshall-Pescini et al. Importance of a species’ socioecology: Wolves outperform dogs in a conspecific cooperation task, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1709027114AbstractA number of domestication hypotheses suggest that dogs have acquired a more tolerant temperament than wolves, promoting cooperative interactions with humans and conspecifics. This selection process has been proposed to resemble the one responsible for our own greater cooperative inclinations in comparison with our closest living relatives. However, the socioecology of wolves and dogs, with the former relying more heavily on cooperative activities, predicts that at least with conspecifics, wolves should cooperate better than dogs. Here we tested similarly raised wolves and dogs in a cooperative string-pulling task with conspecifics and found that wolves outperformed dogs, despite comparable levels of interest in the task. Whereas wolves coordinated their actions so as to simultaneously pull the rope ends, leading to success, dogs pulled the ropes in alternate moments, thereby never succeeding. Indeed in dog dyads it was also less likely that both members simultaneously engaged in other manipulative behaviors on the apparatus. Different conflict-management strategies are likely responsible for these results, with dogs’ avoidance of potential competition over the apparatus constraining their capacity to coordinate actions. Wolves, in contrast, did not hesitate to manipulate the ropes simultaneously, and once cooperation was initiated, rapidly learned to coordinate in more complex conditions as well. Social dynamics (rank and affiliation) played a key role in success rates. Results call those domestication hypotheses that suggest dogs evolved greater cooperative inclinations into question, and rather support the idea that dogs’ and wolves’ different social ecologies played a role in affecting their capacity for conspecific cooperation and communication. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the Wolf Science Center and the Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, both part of the Medical University of Vienna, has found that packs of wolves behave more cooperatively among themselves than do groups of dogs. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they tested both groups of animals at their research institute and what they found by doing so. As the researchers note, the consensus among scientists is that dogs are more social than wolves because they have been bred over multiple generations to be social with humans. But do those social skills apply to cooperation with other dogs? That was the question that motivated the researchers to set up an experiment to compare the two groups in a contrived social setting.To test the degree of cooperation of members of a wolf pack or group of dogs, the researchers set up an apparatus that allowed two animals to work together to gain access to a food reward. To obtain a bowl of food, both animals had to tug on separate ropes at the same time—in short, they had to cooperate for the benefit of both.The researchers ran the experiment hundreds of times with multiple pairs of dogs and wolves and then tallied the results. They found that dogs were not good at cooperating to gain a meal—out of 472 tries, the dogs succeeded in getting their reward just two times. The wolves, on the other hand, were much better, getting their reward 100 times out of 416 tries.The researchers noted that the wolves did best when paired with familiar partners that also held the same “rank” in the pack. In watching how the animals went about their task, the researchers found that the wolves were much more willing to approach the food bowl together, rather than one waiting for the other. With dogs, the researchers note, the one that is dominant usually goes first, otherwise fighting erupts. The researchers suggest that by approaching the bowl together, the wolves were able to see more clearly what needed to be done to get their food reward.The researchers suggest that while dogs have clearly learned to be more social and cooperative with humans over the years, they appear to be less so with other dogs. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves’ and dogs’ blood wolves working at a cooperative rope-pulling test. Credit: Rooobert Bayer (Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria).center_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs with theirs (2017, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-wolves-cooperative-kind-dogs.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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Duped In The Deli Aisle No Nitrates Add

first_img Foodcollection by NPR News Allison Aubrey 8.29.19 8:15am Packing a turkey sandwich in your kid’s lunch box? Or serving up bacon or hot dogs?When shopping for processed meats, many health-conscious consumers look for products labeled as “no nitrates added” or “uncured.” But we may have been misled, experts say.A new report finds that deli meats labeled as “uncured’ or “no nitrates added” actually contain similar levels of nitrates as those found in meats that don’t carry these labels. Part of the explanation lies in federal labeling rules for processed meats. When hot dog or bacon manufacturers use natural curing agents, such as celery powder, in lieu of synthetic sodium nitrite, they can be required to use terms such as “No nitrates added” and”Uncured.” In other cases, food manufacturers may add these claims voluntarily, perhaps for marketing reasons.The “labels could make people think these meats are healthier,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, senior policy analyst at Consumer Reports. “But our tests show they are not.”Consumer Reports tested 31 deli meat products including roast beef, salami, turkey and ham. The products included both name brands and store brands.”Deli meats carrying these [‘No nitrates added’ or “Uncured’] labels pose the same health risks as traditionally cured meats, because the nitrate and nitrite levels are essentially the same,” Vallaeys says.Consumer Reports and the Center for Science in the Public Interest submitted a petition Thursday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, urging the agency to revise its labeling rules.”These claims are absolutely misleading for consumers,” says Sarah Sorscher of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.”The label says the product has no nitrite or nitrate added,” Sorscher says. But the reality is that “they’ve simply switched to a different source.”The USDA told NPR that the agency will review the petition and make a decision based upon its analysis.”There is little evidence that preserving meats using celery … is any healthier than other added nitrites,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.A body of evidence suggests that processed meats are linked to elevated cancer risk. Experts think that part of the problem is the nitrites used to cure them. “All nitrites can be converted in the food, during cooking, or in the body to nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic,” Mozaffarian explains.”Until industry provides strong evidence that nitrites in celery juice have different biologic effects than nitrites from other sources, it’s very misleading to label these as nitrite free,” he says.A study published earlier this year estimates that about 40 percent of colorectal cancer cases in the U.S. are linked to diet-related factors, including excessive consumption of red and processed meats.”This suggests that we’re eating a lot more processed meat than is healthy,” the author of the study, Fang Fang Zhang, a nutrition and cancer epidemiologist at Tufts University, said in an email.So, is it possible to find a deli meat or hot dog that’s truly nitrate-free? “We have heard that these products do exist,” CSPI’s Sarah Sorscher told us. “We are told they look gray instead of pink, and may have an ‘off’ flavor, which may explain why they’re not so popular.”So, here’s a consumer tip: When you see a “No nitrate added” label, look for an asterisk pointing to fine print that may say something like “no nitrates except those naturally occurring in celery powder.” That asterisk basically contradicts the nitrate-free claim.If you don’t see an asterisk, the product might indeed be nitrate-free. “But if you are looking to avoid these chemicals because [you] want to eat healthier, your best bet is to skip processed meat altogether,” Sorscher says. Healthier options, she says, include unprocessed chicken, fish and, of course, veggies.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Duped In The Deli Aisle? ‘No Nitrates Added’… last_img read more

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The phoenix woman

first_imgIt was an elite gathering, which had come to see the paintings and sculptures of the well known painter and sculptor, Renuka Sondhi Gulati at Triveni Kala Sangam, last evening. The show was inaugurated by Nishi and SC Sinha IPS (Retd), Member, National Human Rights Commission and the Chief Guests were Shalini and Sanjay Srivastava IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of NCT Delhi, and the Guests of Honour was Neha and Balvinder Kumar IAS, Vice Chairman, DDA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Taking off a day before the International Womens’ Day, this show celebrates the coming of age of womanhood in India as she rises back from the Ashes to claim her rightful place under the sky as the mythical Phoenix Woman. It is a depiction of a real life saga of the inner power and strength of a woman. Compulsively, what the woman holds up inside her is out on the canvas.Renuka Sondhi Gulati paints to exist and sculpts to underline her existence. Her works vivify the journey of a woman from birth to death under going all the pangs of ageing and feeling all the bliss of maturity, and also they capture how a woman becomes a natural multirole person when she exists within the society, family and above all in history. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer paintings are a satire on political and social systems and depict human answers sometimes through struggles and at other times through silent prayers. Unlike the paintings, the sculptures also brings forth male protagonist and at times women and men are seen as couples. Perhaps sculpture medium helps her to play around the idea of love, family, being together and physical and spiritual union.Gulati said that as an artist she does not need to do anything else to be focussed, responsible and rebellious other than doing her works. The works, for her are the junctures of meditation and as she has been working ever since, she is in a constant state of meditation. If anything could be a meditative process, even a rebellion could bring in the same effects. Most of the women meditate with/through their silent rebellions. Out of them, some cut vegetables, some go to office, some fight at borders, some go underground, some just dream; and some women create works of art.Renuka Sondhi Gulati is one who creates art. There are untold stories of Phoenix women all over, here is one from an artist sees no limitations and is finding the way to fly on her canvas.WHEN: On till 16 MarchWHERE: Sridharani gallery, Triveni Kala Sangamlast_img read more

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Mamata announces compensation for seriously injured in PMs rally

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced the payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the three BJP workers who were injured in the collapse of a makeshift tent at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally and are receiving treatment at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital.The money will be paid from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Banerjee, on her way to the convocation of IIT Kharagpur which is scheduled to be held on Friday, paid a surprise visit to the hospital where the three Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeseriously injured have been admitted. “Those who are injured at the Prime Minister’s rally are from lower-middle class families. The doctors have taken proper care and I announce the payment of Rs 1 lakh each to the three injured persons who are undergoing treatment,” Banerjee told reporters here. She had prayed for the quick recovery of the injured persons in a tweet. She also spoke to the doctors and asked them to treat the injured persons with top priority. As many as 90 people were injured, five of them seriously, in the incident. All the injured persons were treated and discharged except these three. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee went to the ward where the injured patients have been put up and spoke to them and their family members. She also had a word with the doctors and inquired about their health. She was accompanied by Surajit Kar Purkayastha, the state Security Advisor. It may be mentioned that the state government is conducting an investigation into the collapse of the tent. Senior police officers have spoken to the decorator’s firm that had put up the pandal. A team from the Home ministry had also visited the site and has spoken to senior police officers as well. State Forensic experts have visited the site and collected samples. No report on the cause of the collapse of the pandal has yet been submitted to the state government.last_img read more

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How to include goodness of peanut butter in diet

first_imgGo beyond just using peanut butter on a toast, and get innovative with it for healthier options, say experts. With increasing awareness about super foods and their health benefits, peanut butter has now made its way to most of the Indian households. It is rich in proteins, energy, carbohydrates and good fat. Nutritionist and weight management consultant Kavita Devgan said, “Peanut Butter is the most innovative ingredient to complement the benefits of peanut in our daily diet. For vegetarians, it can be added to pulses, baby spinach roasted peanut bowl, basil peanuts pesto or sesame peanut chikki. Peanut Butter also goes well with pork and prawn recipes and even pairs very well with tofu.”* Peanut Butter Museli Bar: Eat healthy and tasty muesli bars while on the go. To make delicious bars add muesli, sesame seeds, coconut, cinnamon powder and nuts in a pan and dry roast all. In another pan cook peanut butter, honey and dates for one minute. Pour the peanut butter mixture in the bowl with the dry ingredients and fold the ingredients together, freeze and serve.* Bengal PB Chop: Grace your snack time with easy to make peanut butter chops. Make round balls from a mixture of cooked green chili, ginger, beetroot, potato, carrot, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Stuff them with a mixture of peanut butter, raisins and nuts. Then make cutlets and deep fry with coating of suji and breadcrumb.* Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers: Give a delicious twist to chicken with peanut butter. Prepare a mixture of yoghurt, peanut butter, coriander leaves, garlic, salt and red chilli for marination. Place chicken alternatively in skewers and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a non-stick pan (medium flame) and grill skewers for three to four minutes from both sides or until cooked.* Thai Style Peanut and Vegetable Curry: In a blender jar, add garlic, onion, red chilli, turmeric powder, cumin powder and 50 ml water and grind it to form a thick paste, cook the paste for three to four minutes till dry. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, coriander, remaining water, salt and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. Then add lemon juice, broccoli, mushroom, carrot and pineapple. Serve hot with boiled rice.* PB Smoothies: Smoothies are a perfect filling snack and quick on-the-go choice for both adults and children. Choose your favourite base – be it strawberry, banana or chocolate dessert topping. Add peanut butter, yoghurt, milk, honey, ice-cubes and blend it until smooth in a blender jar. Pour in a glass and serve chilled.last_img read more

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Taking a glimpse into the journey of Tagore

first_imgThe National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organising an exhibition entitled ‘Gurudev: The journey of the maestro’. The event is being organized to commemorate the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore – which falls on May 7. Rabindranath Tagore was fascinated by the worlds of literature, art, music, and dance at an early age. His expression in visual vocabulary is an enormous contribution towards the shaping of the modern art in India and setting a flow for the powerful expressive visual language in context to Indian art. His early paintings included doodles, rhythmical and lyrical lines as well as curves on his manuscripts to scribe out the unnecessary lines or words. These beautiful patterns went on to become his trademark in the art world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEach of his visual expression is very individualistic in nature. But for an outline, to enter in his visual world mainly consisting of paintings, one can see them broadly in two major categories. One of which is that of his observations and dialogues with nature and the other being the human – the portrait heads and the figures – which drift in nature or are emerging out of a space.Speaking about the exhibition Adwaita Garanyak, Director General, NGMA said, “I am elated that NGMA is presenting this exhibition at Jaipur House. These artworks of versatile genius give a glimpse of Tagore’s precious contributions to the visual language. I wish to thank Ministry of Culture, Government of India for supporting our endeavors and acknowledge the sincere efforts of the entire NGMA team towards the successful execution of this project.”The exhibition is on view for the public May 8 onwards from 11 am – 6.30 pm, except Mondays and national holidays.last_img read more

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Early home learning improves kids grades

first_imgThe positive effects of a rich home learning environment during a child’s early years continue into adolescence and help improve test scores later in life, says a study. Published in School Effectiveness and School Improvement, the research shows pre-schoolers whose parents regularly read and talked about books with them scored better on math tests at age 12. “Our results underline the great importance of exposing children to books for development not just in literacy but numeracy too: early language skills not only improve a child’s reading but also boost mathematical ability,” said the study lead author Simone Lehrl from University of Bamberg. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the findings, researchers studied 229 German children from age three until secondary school and participants’ literacy and numeracy skills were tested annually in their three years of preschool (ages 3-5) and again when they were 12 or 13 years old. They found that children gained from home stimulation in their preschool years in literacy, language and arithmetic skills which, in turn, led to higher outcomes in reading and mathematical skills in secondary school, regardless of the home learning environment then. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Encouraging caregivers to engage with their children in direct literacy activities, shared book reading and advanced verbal interactions during reading and to include language and mathematical content during these activities, should promote children’s reading and mathematical abilities in secondary school. Such experiences lay a strong foundation for later school success,” Lehrl said. According to the researchers, the effect also worked the other way with the quality of parent-child interaction regarding mathematics also improving children’s language skills.last_img read more

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The Perfectly Preserved 2000yrold Chinese Sword without a Single Trace of Rust

first_imgIn the Hubei Provincial Museum, located in Hubei Province in eastern central China, a perfectly preserved bronze sword from the Fifth century BC is displayed among the permanent collections. The sword was discovered in 1965 during an archaeological excavation at the Zhang River Reservoir in Jingzhou. Nearly fifty tombs were found, yielding over 2,000 artifacts, among them the Sword of Goujian.The weapon is 22 inches long with a repeating dark-colored pattern of rhombi engraved into the blade and is inlaid with turquoise.Sword of Goujian, Hubei Provincial Museum. Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Embellished over the pattern are Chinese characters that, according to My Modern Met, translate to “King of Yue” and “made this sword for [his] personal use.” Most historians believe the sword belonged to Goujian, the King of the Chu State during the Zhou dynasty.The sheath is made of lacquered wood and was found to be virtually airtight, which was probably a major factor in keeping the blade untarnished in the 2,000 years it lay in the damp environment of the king’s tomb.Part of the ancient text, lit. ‘The King of Yue personally made’. Photo by Gwwfps CC BY-SA 3.0The grip is bound with silk, and the pommel is designed with eleven circles. The blade is made mostly of copper and tin and is as razor sharp as it was when the king held it in his hands.The Epoch Times tells the story of Goujian, the owner of the sword. During the early reign of Goujian in the fifth century BC, the State of Yue was in a precarious position. A neighboring state, Wu, had conquered the Chu Kingdom and focused its sights on Yue. Goujian had just inherited the throne, and the State was in disarray.Deciphering the scripts on the Sword of Goujian. Photo by Yutwong CC BY-SA 3.0Helü, the King of Chu and Wu, wasted no time in attacking Goujian’s army which was led by Goujian himself. Although he was outnumbered and outgunned, Goujian succeeded in cornering Helü, and a duel was set. Goujian’s youth gave him an advantage and Helü was killed as his troops retreated.Helü’s son, Fuchai, then became King of Wu, and he could never forgive Goujian for the death of his father. After rebuilding his army, he attacked the Yue State. Unable to work his way out of this fight, Goujian surrendered.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0He, his wife, and his right-hand man, Fan Li, were enslaved by Fuchai, and one of Fuchai’s advisors, Wen Zhong, took over the ruling position of Yue. During the three years of Goujian’s captivity, Fuchai’s attitude of self-importance grew exponentially.Related Video: Samurai Sword TestingHe was convinced he had the former King of Yue completely under his thumb and ignored his advisors when they cautioned him against overconfidence. Fuchai was so convinced of Goujian’s loyalty, he freed the former king, his wife, and Fan Li and allowed them to return home.The Sword of Goujian, Hubei Provincial MuseumWhile once again ruling, Goujian and his wife joined the commoners working in the fields — not only to stay below Fuchai’s radar but also to better understand the plight of the peasants while Fan Li prepared the ultimate revenge.GoujianTaxes would not be raised, and rules were set to maximize the birth rate which drew favor from the peasants. Goujian allowed Fuchai to get the upper hand on trade negotiations and freely sent his most beautiful women to be concubines of the Wu ministry.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Fan Li trained women in the art of entertainment and pleasing men. One such concubine, Xi Shi, was trained especially for Fuchai. He was so besotted with her, he forgot his royal duties and spent all of his time and money on construction projects to benefit her.The rest of Fuchai’s cabinet were equally distracted by concubines sent by Fan Li, and Wu spiraled into ruin. A drought only made things worse. When Fuchai was forced to request grain from Goujian, he was given grain soaked in boiling water which was suitable for eating but unable to germinate if planted.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Goujian had maneuvered Fuchai into exactly the position he needed him to be, and his army soon attacked. As the losing king, Fuchai was humiliated and committed suicide.Photo by Siyuwj CC BY-SA 4.0Unfortunately, Goujian’s years of captivity had affected him negatively and he soon turned against his own advisors. As top officials were being executed, Fan Li escaped, reportedly taking Xi Shi with him.Read another story from us: These Peculiar Aztec ‘Swords’ Struck Fear Into the Hearts of the ConquistadorsGoujian died in about 465 BC and was succeeded by his son Luying. The Kingdom of Yue was never the same and was later conquered by the Kingdom of Chu along with the Kingdom of Wu — putting everything back in its place.last_img read more

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Police release surveillance photos of suspect in the Red Panda unicycle theft

first_img Authorities are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to this scumbag’s arrest. The unicycle is estimated to be worth $25,000. Seriously. Advertisement Here’s Panda in action with her unicycle during happier times.center_img The NBA was rocked when news broke that the league’s most famous halftime act, Red Panda, had her 7-foot unicycle stolen from baggage claim in San Francisco International Airport, but now police have a suspect.The surveillance photos released by the SFPD Airport division show a bearded man with a ponytail allegedly leaving the baggage claim with the unicycle. Based on the photos of the suspect, he may have been taking it to his mom’s basement, where he probably lives. Needless to say, finding a bearded hipster in San Francisco could prove to be difficult.last_img read more

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Roku Founder Say Goodbye to Cable Boxes and Hello to TV Apps

first_img Register Now » May 20, 2014 7 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Anthony Wood forever changed the way we watch TV. Not just once, but twice, and we have no doubt he’ll do it again before he’s through. Either way, TV tech is ripe for even more innovation, he says.You might recognize Wood as the soft-spoken, suspenders-sporting Silicon Valley electrical engineer who invented the Roku in 2008. Roku, which means six in Japanese (as in Wood’s sixth company), was originally designed to stream movies from Netflix, where Wood was vice president of Internet TV at the time.Roku, of course, has helped fuel the cord-cutting and binge Internet TV-watching trends, empowering viewers to watch what they want, whenever they want to. Movies, TV shows, video clips, music, games. You name it. On-demand. All day. Every day. All streamed from the Internet to your Roku to your TV. No killer monthly cable subscriptions necessary, and often with fewer commercials than old-school TV. Or, better yet, sometimes no commercials at all.Related: 7 Technologies That Are Disrupting the Cable TV BusinessAnd today, as it turns out, is the sixth anniversary of the first Roku device being shipped.Now, turn back the clock to something you might not know about the founder of Roku: He also invented the digital video recorder (DVR) in 1999, allowing us to digitally capture live TV shows and play them back whenever we want. He came up with the idea for it when brainstorming a more efficient way to record Star Trek: The Next Generation. His first DVR device was aptly branded as ReplayTV, which DirecTV eventually acquired.Before Wood pioneered the DVR and the Roku, he developed multi-track audio post-production software for several big-name musical acts, including the Doobie Brothers. He went on to co-found iband, an Internet software startup that he sold in 1996 for a cool $35 million to Macromedia, which is now Adobe Systems. The core code Wood authored at iband is now the basis of Adobe Dreamweaver, “the leading HTML authoring tool in the world,” he says.Not only did Wood revolutionize how the viewing masses consume TV, his open source Roku platform broke down the rigid traditional distribution barriers for content owners and distributors. Wood cut out the middle man and made it faster and easier to market content directly to consumers.Related: Changing Channels: With Fire TV, Amazon Enters the Blazing Set-Top Box ArenaWe caught up with the father of the cord-cutting movement to talk about the current tumultuous state of TV tech and what he thinks is its future. What follows are portions of that interview, edited for clarity and brevity.Entrepreneur: People used to say that no one wants another set-top box. You proved them wrong with Roku. What’s your take on the state of streaming TV now, and what can we expect in five years? Wood: I think that people who say people don’t want another box are just being naive. What people don’t want is another box that doesn’t do anything. Consumers have shown an interest in boxes that bring value, like Blu-ray players, game consoles, satellite receivers — they’ve all been successful despite being a box.I think, yeah, Roku is a box, it’s just a way to receive content, a huge library of great content, so it’s got a lot of value. People don’t mind adding a box when it has value. And most TVs don’t. You can’t buy a TV today, whether it’s a smart TV or not, that has access to as much content as you get through Roku. So that’s why people buy boxes and that’s why it’s growing.Related: Netflix Co-Founder Not a Fan of ‘Binge-Watching’We do think that it will start to integrate into TVs and that’s why we built the Roku TV, which will be shipping this fall. But, even with the Roku TV, you will have people who will keep their TV for six to eight years … so, we think boxes as an upgrade vehicle will be something that will be popular for a long, long time.Entrepreneur: What’s the next tech innovation that will disrupt TV tech?Wood: A big one is what we’re focused on, which is bringing the Roku operating system to TV. So I think what’s going to happen is that all TVs are going to end up with an operating system in them the way that smartphones have operating systems.Things like cable boxes are going to go away and they will become apps on your TV. There will be a lot of other features that TVs will start to have, like search and content that’s recommended for me. The whole experience of watching TV is going to change from a cable box of channels to more like an Internet experience where you get recommendations and see what your friends watch and that everything ever made will be available on demand.We’re starting to see that now with companies like Netflix and TV Everywhere, like HBO GO, but we’re just in the early stages of all of the content moving towards Internet streaming.Related: We’re a Country of Binge-Watchers, and We Feel Pretty Good About ItEntrepreneur: Will Roku ever create its own content?   Wood: Our goal is to be a great distribution channel for our content partners, so we don’t today do any content ourselves and don’t have any plans for that. Our goal was to bring content to customers and bring customers to content partners and that’s what we do.Entrepreneur: Do small, independent content companies stand a chance in streaming TV or have the big players, like Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, locked them out?Wood: No. I think it’s created opportunities for smaller companies. For example, I mean it’s not that small, but when we launched Vevo on our platform, which is not a cable channel, it instantly became one of the top 10 channels on Roku.We call it the long tail, the content that’s not in the top 10, and it’s growing every day on Roku. One of our challenges actually is to expose that content more in our user interface.Related: This New Technology Will Let You Make Purchases Directly From Your TVGetting your content on Roku is like publishing on an Android or an iPhone. You just go to our website and download the SDK. You write your channel and then you hit “publish.” It’s all click through and automatic.I think we’re a great opportunity for companies to get content distribution without having to deal with a cable operator. Now, it’s up to them for that content to stand out and be good enough quality for it to break out, but the long tail does get a lot of viewing on our platform.Entrepreneur: How will the Aereo Supreme Court case shape the future of streaming TV?Wood: I don’t have an opinion on how the case will go, but I think that lawsuits like these, especially at the U.S. Supreme Court, that TV is really changing and it’s creating questions in people’s minds that need to be resolved. It shows that the desire that people have to be able to watch local stations on-demand over the Internet and that that’s a real need, whether it’s sold by Aereo or by the TV stations themselves. I think that is the future and I don’t know whether it will be Aereo or whether the industry will get together and provide some kind of solution.Related: Aereo Founder: If We Lose, ‘We Have No Plan B’last_img read more

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Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Insulting the Thai Monarchy

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. August 7, 2015 While Reddit users continue to complain about their speech being restricted, following moves by the site to finally clean up its most hateful communities, internet users in Thailand continue to face actual limits to their speech.Take, for example, 48-year-old Pongsak Sriboonpeng, who was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for insulting Thai monarchy on Facebook. That’s actually a reduction from his original 60 years sentence (the Thai government took half off after he pleaded guilty — how kind!). Pongsak’s lawyer notes that his sentence has broken the record for Thailand’s convictions against the country’s harsh lèse-majesté rules, which makes it illegal to defame Thai royalty. His situation was even worse since he couldn’t appeal the conviction — Thailand remains under martial law following 2014’s military coup.Earlier this year, another Thai man received a 25-year prison sentence for insulting the monarchy. 1 min read Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

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LeEco Lays Off Staff and Will Scale Back its US Presence

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag LeEco, the Chinese tech conglomerate that began peddling its smartphones and TVs in the U.S. less than a year ago, on Tuesday announced plans to curtail its expansion, laying off hundreds of employees and all but eliminating its English-language marketing.The job cuts will hit the research and development staff in the company’s San Diego office the hardest, Bloomberg reported. Out of a staff of hundreds, only about 50 people will remain, mostly to provide support for current LeEco customers. Although the company did not announce an end to sales of its products in the U.S., it said that future marketing efforts would mostly be limited to the Chinese-speaking community. “In the past few months, we have gained a large foothold in Chinese-speaking households in the U.S. by offering tailor-made products and content for this community,” LeEco told Bloomberg. “We believe this provides us an opportunity to build on our strengths and grow from there.”Scaling back its English-language presence will relegate the company to a niche player in the U.S. market for consumer electronics, especially in the crowded TV and smartphone markets. LeEco once planned to buy TV maker Vizio, but that $2 billion deal fell through last month, with the company blaming “regulatory headwinds.”At a glitzy press conference last year in San Francisco, LeEco’s CEO took to the stage to announce the beginning of his company’s U.S. expansion, which he said would one day include electric bikes, self-driving cars and virtual reality headsets. But the future of those products could be in doubt even in LeEco’s home market of China, with Bloomberg reporting that the entire company will be restructured and that CEO, Jia Yueting, will give up day-to-day control.Many of LeEco’s products, including HDTVs, were still showing as in stock on the company’s website as of Tuesday afternoon, so if you’re eyeing one, you might want to click fast. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. May 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

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Elon Musk Introduces His Pet Snail Gary at an LA Event to

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » “We want to beat Gary,” Elon Musk declared last year. “Victory will be beating the snail.”The eccentric entrepreneur was making similarly playful statements last week at a kind of town hall meeting in Los Angeles, where he was accompanied by a real-life version of Spongebob SquarePants’ house pet.Related: Someone Trademarked Elon Musk’s Name, and 25 Other Weird Things We’ve Learned About HimThe May 24 event was a chance for Musk to win community support for his Boring Company plan to build an underground tunnel beneath L.A. to relieve that city’s infamous traffic congestion. Here’s how it would work: Cars or multi-passenger vehicles would be lowered deep into the ground via an elevator accessed at multiple entry and exit points across the city. The vehicles would then be fed into a network of tunnels, 12 feet across and who-knows-how-many feet deep (Musk described the depth factor as limitless), and then whisked across town at 150 m.p.h. Cost: $1. A trip from downtown L.A. to LAX, the city’s airport, would take eight minutes, Musk said last week.The reason for Musk’s snail sidekick at the town hall event was to illustrate the famous entrepreneur’s desire to bore these tunnels faster. “Currently, he’s capable of going 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine,” Musk said of his mollusk in May 2017 at a TED talk. “We want to beat Gary. He’s not a patient little fellow. That will be victory. Victory is beating the snail.”Last week’s hourlong appearance, part of which was live-streamed, took place in the spacious sanctuary of the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, prompting a turnout of 750 Musk fans (some in wacky headgear, like that at a ComicCon event). The religious venue led a CNET reporter to write, “Holy crap, we’re literally sitting at the altar of Musk.” Less spiritually, the event took place there because the synagogue sits next to the Interstate 405 freeway beneath which The Boring Company is starting to dig.Musk was late and blamed the 405 — presumably to make his point. But his point also included a bid for community support, since two neighborhood groups are fighting the L.A. city council’s approval for Musk to move forward with his tunnel plan without a lengthy environmental review.”This is the only way that we can think of to address chronic traffic issues in major cities,” said Musk, who was accompanied by Steve Davis, director of The Boring Company. Musk’s remarks were warmly received by the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation at the end and yelled things like, “You’re hired!”Related: I Ran My Day Like Elon Musk Runs His — and This Is What HappenedGary, who the tech site Gizmodo suspected might be the fourth incarnation of himself, slimed his way across his tank but had no other obvious reaction. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img May 22, 2018 3 min readlast_img read more

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How This FoodDelivery Entrepreneur Pivoted to CannabisDelivery

first_imgFebruary 27, 2019 Get 1 Year of Green Entrepreneur for $19.99 4 min read Cannabis had just been legalized for recreational use in Oregon, so I and everyone else in my town lined up, sometimes for an hour, outside the busy dispensaries. When I finally got to the counter, I had mere minutes to read the menu and even less time to discuss it with the budtender and make an informed decision. It was a terrible customer experience.That’s when it hit me: What if I could just go online, educate myself about the products available at each dispensary, determine which was right for me, click a button, and have them delivered straight to my home?Related: Her Dad Founded the Emerald Cup and Now She Is Co-Producer of the Industry’s Largest FestivalThe concept wasn’t completely random. In my previous life, I ran and sold two online food-ordering companies. The first I helped start in college, after I noticed how much time students wasted looking through stacks of paper menus and calling restaurants for delivery. After graduating, I discovered there were no online food-delivery businesses in Canada, so my partner and I created GrubCanada, scaled it from coast to coast, and sold it to Just Eat in 2012.Now I live in Bend, Oreg., where I ran my idea by my brother. He hates 99.9 percent of the stuff I pitch him, but he said, “You have to do this.” So he joined as my CPO. We named the company Dutchie (slang for “joint”) and got to work applying the same ideas that we would in online food ordering.We soon learned that the cannabis business was a different beast. It would require some creative rethinking.At first, we stuck with what we knew: We built a system that looks a lot like a restaurant delivery service. Customers can shop on our platform, and then a dispensary receives the customer’s order and is responsible for delivering the product. But as soon as we launched, we ran into a big problem. Dispensaries may sell up to 1,000 products, always get new products in, and run out of stock all the time — which means their inventory is constantly changing. This is the opposite of the restaurant business, where menus stay the same. When was the last time you ordered from Domino’s and were told they ran out of pepperoni pizza?Related: How MedMen Is Making Marijuana MainstreamWe quickly got calls from frustrated dispensaries that were getting orders for sold-out products, and from angry customers who’d ordered something that wasn’t available. It was devastating — I thought we might have to shut down. Then we came up with a solution. We integrated our software with major POS systems, so when a dispensary added or sold out of a product, Dutchie updated automatically.One crisis solved, but soon there were others. In my former businesses, we used Google AdWords, Instagram, and Facebook to market, which you can’t do with cannabis. We had to get the word out, but how? One thing I learned from the food-­ordering business is that when a customer uses your service, it’s easier to get them to order again than it is to get somebody new to order. We needed to encourage repeat business. Related: How to Finesse FDA Regulations and Successfully Market Your CBD BusinessThat’s why we got creative with customer service. When somebody orders from Dutchie for the first time, we surprise them a week later with an appreciation package in the mail. Inside is a handwritten thank-you note, some Dutchie swag, and a pair of custom Dutchie slippers. Our message is: Relax and let the dispensary come to you, or order for pickup. That personal touch builds brand loyalty and creates word of mouth. Dutchie is now in more than 250 stores across nine states. If I could share one takeaway for those considering jumping into the cannabis business, it would be to stay in your lane. If you become a master at something, no matter what business it is, then stick to that expertise. For me, it was online ordering. I’m still in online ordering today. I’ve switched my focus to cannabis because I saw an opportunity, but at the core of what we’re doing — our operation, our logistics, our software, our team — it’s the same as helping you order a pepperoni pizza. This story appears in the March 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Subscribe Now Green Entrepreneur provides how-to guides, ideas and expert insights for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a cannabis business.last_img read more

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Download updates from Microsofts Update Catalog without IE

first_imgDownload updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IE by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 11 commentsThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Microsoft made several changes to updates and how updates are delivered when it released windows 10.The company started to publish cumulative updates for Windows 10 for instance, and announced recently that it would do so for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as well.This did not sit well with many of our readers, and so did not the change from releasing all important patches via Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center, to making some available exclusively on the Microsoft Update Catalog.Apart from making it more confusing and time consuming for users of Windows to get all updates, it meant that users have to use Internet Explorer to access the site as it uses ActiveX technology that only IE supports.Microsoft promised to update the Update Catalog website technology to remove the limitation and make it accessible to all browsers. As it stands however, it is IE or access denied.Woody over at Infoworld reports that there is a way to grab the downloads using any browser right now. This method works, and means that you won’t have to wait until Microsoft updates the site itself to use if it you don’t want to, can’t or prefer not to use Internet Explorer.It all comes down to using the site’s RSS feed to grab the download links of the updates. The basic RSS feed URL is http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB, and all you need to do is add the KB number at the end.If you wanted to grab KB3187022, a patch that is coincidentally only available on Microsoft’s Update Catalog and not Windows Update, you’d use the following URL:http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=KB3187022This loads an RSS feed for that KB article. All that is left to do is pick the right result from  the list of options.Look at the title tag first, as it lists the supported operating system. You may search the feed with a tap on F3; enter the operating system, e.g. Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to jump to the first result.Locate the link tag afterwards and copy & paste it to open the download page. There you may click on the “download now” button to start the download right away, or access information about the update before you do so.Download now displays one or multiple download links. This depends whether the patch is an “all languages” patch, or available individually for supported languages.Another interesting option in regards to the RSS feed is that you may use it to search for specific releases.Use the pattern http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q= and append any search term afterwards, e.g. http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Rss.aspx?q=windows+10Separate new strings with +, e.g windows+7.This displays all matches , again with titles that you may go through and download links.SummaryArticle NameDownload updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog without IEDescriptionThe following guide provides you with information on how to download updates from Microsoft’s Update Catalog service without using Internet Explorer.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Certified Fact Checkers To Review Reported Instagram Posts

first_img DEAL OF THE DAY Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementFacebook spokesperson Stephanie Otway said that the new tool will let Instagram users click on a “report” option on the screen when they see a suspicious post on Instagram. Certified fact-checkers will then review the reported false content to confirm the accuracy of the report.To report suspicious content, users will have to click on the three dots found in the upper right corner of the Instagram post, tap on “it’s inappropriate” and then “false information.”The posts will then be reviewed by verified signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. Otway, however, said that only U.S.-based fact-checkers will be verifying Instagram posts at the moment.The reported posts verified as false by the fact-checkers will not be deleted, but they will no longer be visible on “explore” and “hashtag” pages.”Starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false,” Otway said.”We’re investing heavily in limiting the spread of misinformation across our apps, and we plan to share more updates in the coming months.”Different From Facebook’s Third-Party Fact-Checking ProgramThe feature does have some differences with that of the Third-Party Fact-Checking Program inside Facebook’s News Feed. On Instagram, people who reported the content will not be notified of the verification process, not the conclusion of the fact-checker.The University of Wisconsin Journalism and Mass Communication associate professor Lucas Graves said that Instagram has a unique environment with its flavors of fake content.”Almost certainly a lot of fine-tuning (in 3PFC) will be needed down the road,” he said. “This is a chance for Facebook to be more transparent than it has been about the implementation and effectiveness of these efforts, and about what role it envisions for its fact-checking partners in the long term.” TAG Facebook, Instagram, Social Network DEAL OF THE DAY $25.97$49.99 Ads by Amazon $10.47$11.47 Bestseller $16.17$26.95 Mining the Social Web: Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, Li… ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN (334) Related Products ENDS IN Bestsellercenter_img (223) (131) AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller ENDS IN One Million Followers: How I Built a Massive Social Following … Social Media Marketing Workbook: How to Use Soc… Ads by Amazon (3) Bestseller Close The new tool will allow users to report suspicious post on Instagram. US-based signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles will then review the content to confirm the accuracy of the report.  ( Pixabay ) Instagram has launched a new feature that would allow users to easily report deceptive posts at the Facebook-owned social network.3PFC On InstagramFacebook announced that it is expanding its Third-Party Fact-Checking Program (3PFC) to the photo and video-sharing social network that it purchased seven years ago.The new tool, which was launched on Thursday, Aug. 15, is already rolled out for users in the United States. It is expected to be available to all Instagram users by the end of the month. All $19.99 500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and S… ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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