Study linking browser choice and IQ level a hoax

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com IQ level tied to choice of internet browser Explore further The bogus report claimed that users of Microsoft’s line of browsers scored lower on IQ tests than those for virtually all other browsers. Now it turns out, the whole thing was completely made up by someone claiming to be Tarandeep Gill. The story appeared fishy to many readers of the report who then began to do a little digging. Another site, Central Test, was found that appeared to have ties to the first, going so far as to use the same photographs for supposed employees of the company. Further research showed that the AptiQuant site, the original source of the “study” had appeared on the internet just about the same time as the IQ/browser story broke.It appears leading news organizations around the world were duped by the perpetuator of this hoax, including the BBC, Forbes and CNN. Also, it should be noted that it appears that the Central Test site was a victim itself, as it appears Mr. Gill, if that is indeed his real name, simply copied information and pictures from that site and presented them as his own.Now that the hoax has been uncovered, the AptiQuant site has updated its About Us page and freely admits to the hoax and offers an explanation of how it got started and why.Mr. “Gill” (who says he’s from Toronto Canada, not San Francisco) says it was all born out of frustration with the worldwide Internet Explorer user community who have been clinging steadfastly to outdated versions of the venerable browser, causing him difficulty in creating his website, AtCheap.com, that would support virtually anyone who visited. He claims it was not a “cheap publicity stunt” but an “honest” attempt to push such users away from IE browsers to those he considered a better choice for everyone.He adds that he sent out the press release in hopes of attracting as much attention as possible, but was surprised himself at the amount of press that was received, and suggests it happened because other people felt as he did. He concludes by apologizing to Central Test for stealing their copy and photos and to those Internet Explorer users who felt insulted by both how he worded his press release and for implying they were less intelligent than other people. Citation: Study linking browser choice and IQ level a hoax (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-linking-browser-choice-iq-hoax.html In a truly bizarre case of what is both right and wrong with modern technology, a hoax has been uncovered regarding a story about a psychometric consulting company that had supposedly undertaken a study correlating IQ levels to choice of browser. 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

Study shows slime molds have spatial memory

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—Biology researchers from the University of Sydney, working with colleagues from Paul Sabatier Université in Toulouse have found that the brainless slime mold Physarum polycephalum, is able to use its slime trail as a memory device. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describe how they used a baited trap to test the molds’ ability to navigate around an obstacle both when able to use its trail as a guide, and when its trail was disguised, to uncover how the mold uses the trail as a memory device. The research found that that a single-celled organism with no brain uses an external spatial memory to navigate through a complex environment. Credit: Tanya Latty Explore further Citation: Study shows slime molds have spatial memory (2012, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-slime-molds-spatial-memory.html Play Plasmodium solving U-shaped trap problem on substrate of blank agar. Credit: PNAS. The key to solving the problem lies in how the mold moves around and in the makeup of the slime trail it leaves behind. P. polycephalum has several different parts, or areas that make up its body, each of which respond independently to its environment. The different parts expand and contract, pulsating at a certain rate depending on what is being experienced. Heat, food or light cause changes in the pulsation rate which differ from the rate of other parts of the molds’ body. These differences in pulsation rates are what cause the mold to move. As the mold moves, a layer of slime is deposited beneath its body to allow for sliding across surface material. Chemicals in the slime also cause changes in the pulsation rate, which accounts for how they can avoid treading on it.Suspecting that the mold was somehow using its slime trail as a memory device, the team ran two experiments involving traps. The first involved placing a mold in trap with a Y shaped obstacle with food placed at each end of the branch. When a slime mat was placed in the path between the mold and the food source, 39 out of 40 test slime went all the other way around to get at it.In the second experiment, the molds were placed in a trap where a U shaped obstacle was placed between the mold and a food source. As the molds made their way to the food, they were timed to see how long it took them to get around the obstacle. Two types of trials were run, the first was where the molds were allowed to move on a normal surface. In the second, the surface was covered with slime similar to that produced by the mold, preventing the mold from using it as a memory device. When the molds were allowed to use their trails, 96 percent of them reached the food within 120 hours. That number shrank to just 33 percent when left to navigate without use of their trail.These results indicate that P. polycephalum uses its slime trail as a memory device, the first example of that ability in an organism with no brain. Slime mold prefers sleeping pillscenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences P. polycephalum is a simple creature, made up of just one cell. It has no brain, nor neural system, yet is able to move about in its environment without retracing its steps. How it has been able to accomplish this feat has remained a mystery, until now. © 2012 Phys.org More information: Slime mold uses an externalized spatial “memory” to navigate in complex environments, PNAS, Published online before print October 8, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215037109AbstractSpatial memory enhances an organism’s navigational ability. Memory typically resides within the brain, but what if an organism has no brain? We show that the brainless slime mold Physarum polycephalum constructs a form of spatial memory by avoiding areas it has previously explored. This mechanism allows the slime mold to solve the U-shaped trap problem—a classic test of autonomous navigational ability commonly used in robotics—requiring the slime mold to reach a chemoattractive goal behind a U-shaped barrier. Drawn into the trap, the organism must rely on other methods than gradient-following to escape and reach the goal. Our data show that spatial memory enhances the organism’s ability to navigate in complex environments. We provide a unique demonstration of a spatial memory system in a nonneuronal organism, supporting the theory that an externalized spatial memory may be the functional precursor to the internal memory of higher organisms.Press release 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

Comparison of bonobo anatomy to humans offers evolutionary clues

first_img Explore further Scientists looking to understand how humans evolved have studied a lot of fossils, but such samples are of bones, which means there is little to no evidence of what organs, muscle or fat looked like in our ancestors which means there are still questions regarding things such as what percentage or proportion of fat or muscle was there, where were they located on the body, and what the organs were like. In this new study, the research pair sought to uncover clues by studying bonobos, apes that look a lot like chimpanzees and are considered to be our closest relative.To learn more about bonobo anatomy, the researchers performed autopsies on thirteen of the apes that had died naturally over the course of three decades, carefully jotting down seldom noted information such as fat and muscle percentages. In so doing, they came to see that bonobos have considerably less fat on their bodies than do humans, even those that lived a similar sedentary life due to living in captivity. They also found that the apes had more upper body mass than humans as a rule and less leg muscle—bonobos also have a lot more skin.In analyzing their results, the researchers suggest that the differences likely came about as early human ancestors began walking around upright, causing the need for more leg muscle and more fat—because a nomadic lifestyle would necessitate a fat store to prevent starvation during lean times, especially for females if they were to successfully bear offspring. They also believe that we humans have less skin because as we moved around and moved faster on two legs—our skin developed an ability to sweat as a means to keep cool and that led to thinner skin. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Scientists complete Bonobo genome Citation: Comparison of bonobo anatomy to humans offers evolutionary clues (2015, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-comparison-bonobo-anatomy-humans-evolutionary.html Percentage of muscle distribution to upper and lower limbs in Pongo pygmaeus, Gorilla gorilla, P. paniscus, and H. sapiens. Credit: (c) Adrienne L. Zihlman,PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1505071112center_img More information: Body composition in Pan paniscus compared with Homo sapiens has implications for changes during human evolution, Adrienne L. Zihlman,PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1505071112AbstractThe human body has been shaped by natural selection during the past 4–5 million years. Fossils preserve bones and teeth but lack muscle, skin, fat, and organs. To understand the evolution of the human form, information about both soft and hard tissues of our ancestors is needed. Our closest living relatives of the genus Pan provide the best comparative model to those ancestors. Here, we present data on the body composition of 13 bonobos (Pan paniscus) measured during anatomical dissections and compare the data with Homo sapiens. These comparative data suggest that both females and males (i) increased body fat, (ii) decreased relative muscle mass, (iii) redistributed muscle mass to lower limbs, and (iv) decreased relative mass of skin during human evolution. Comparison of soft tissues between Pan and Homo provides new insights into the function and evolution of body composition. © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A pair of anthropology researchers, one with the University of California, the other Modesto College has found what they believe are clues to human evolutionary development by conducting a long term study of bonobo anatomy. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Adrienne Zihlman and Debra Bolter, describe their anatomy studies and their ideas on why what they found offers new clues on why humans developed in the ways we did.last_img read more

Genetic analysis reveals patterns of migration of early Bantu speaking people

first_img Prior research has shown that BSPs migrated from the western coast of central Africa to southern and eastern parts of the continent, but exactly when the migration occurred and the timing of a big split between groups of BSPs have been hotly debated—some suggest there was a split before the migration while others insist it came after. In this new effort, the researchers have used genetic analysis of individuals from across a wide swath of Africa and also from people living in North America to better understand what occurred. They note that due to the migration, approximately one-third of the people living today in sub-Saharan Africa are BSPs.In all, the team collected samples from 2,055 people living in Africa. Then, they conducted a genetic analysis of the samples and entered what they found into a computer modeling software to show how BSP migration likely occurred. The researchers report that the software showed a migration moving south (through the rainforest), then farther south and eventually east.The researchers note that as BSPs moved into the rainforest, they encountered and mixed with hunter-gatherer non-BSP people who had developed a genetic resistance to tropical diseases such as malaria approximately 800 years ago. Some BSPs also gained genes that allowed adults to digest milk. In exchange, the BSPs brought knowledge of agriculture with them, which forever changed the landscape in those parts of Africa. As Bantu-speaking people migrated across Africa, they acquired advantageous genetic mutations through admixture. Credit: Patin et al., Science (2017) / Etienne Patin / Institut Pasteur (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has learned more about the migration history of early Bantu speaking people (BSP) in Africa by conducting a genetic analysis of over 2000 people living on the continent today. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their approach and what they learned about the BSP migration in Africa. Bantu-speaking people travelling on a river. Credit: Luc-Henri Fage / Fells.fr Explore further More information: Etienne Patin et al. Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa and North America, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1988AbstractBantu languages are spoken by about 310 million Africans, yet the genetic history of Bantu-speaking populations remains largely unexplored. We generated genomic data for 1318 individuals from 35 populations in western central Africa, where Bantu languages originated. We found that early Bantu speakers first moved southward, through the equatorial rainforest, before spreading toward eastern and southern Africa. We also found that genetic adaptation of Bantu speakers was facilitated by admixture with local populations, particularly for the HLA and LCT loci. Finally, we identified a major contribution of western central African Bantu speakers to the ancestry of African Americans, whose genomes present no strong signals of natural selection. Together, these results highlight the contribution of Bantu-speaking peoples to the complex genetic history of Africans and African Americans. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Genetic analysis reveals patterns of migration of early Bantu speaking people (2017, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-genetic-analysis-reveals-patterns-migration.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. Researchers find signs of western Eurasian genes in southern African Khoisan tribes Journal information: Science Bantu-speaking people travelling on a road. Credit: Luc-Henri Fage / Fells.fr The researchers also obtained genetic information for approximately 5,200 African Americans and used it to investigate their African background. They report that they found a high degree of BSP ancestry, which was expected, as slave traders typically brought slaves to the Americas from the western coast of Africa. But the researchers report that they also found that their genomes on average were 16 percent non-BSP, suggesting that African Americans are much more genetically diverse than has been thought.last_img read more

Another award for Dr Ansal

first_imgOne more such award went to writer Dr Kusum Ansal. Ansal was felicitated with the prestigious Women of Substance award at the Kamani auditorium on Wednesday. Ansal was recognised for her outstanding contribution in the field of Indian literature. She was conferred with the award for her exceptional work that includes books like Beyond Silence and Widows of Vrindavan.Beyond Silence, her first novel, depicts the story of Indians in South Africa. It is a tribute to those who revolted against racial discrimination in the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr Ansal has written about 25 books which include novels, short stories, poems and travelogues. One of her novels, Ek Aur Panchvati, has been adapted into a film Panchvati by Dr Basu Bhattacharya, with Suresh Oberoi, Deepti Naval and Farooq Sheikh as the lead actors. A couple of her novels have also been adopted into TV serials and three of her stories have been adapted into plays by Faizal Alkazi and others.Her books have been translated into Punjabi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Greek, Russian and French. Besides Hindi and English, she writes in Punjabi too.Apart from Ansal, a team of other women achievers were also felicitated. The cultural evening also saw a dance performance by yesteryear actress Vyjayantimala Bali. Her dance performance left the audience spellbound and was the perfect amalgamation of dance and soul.last_img read more

Theatre goes celebrating

first_imgMahindra Excellence in Theatre awards (META), one of the Indian theater industry’s premiere award is to be held on March 2013. The META festival 2013, the eighth of its edition, will be staged in the nation’s capital from 8 March to 13 March and the awards will be announced on 9 March. The shortlisted nominations and jury panel members have been announced.The preliminary selection committee has shortlisted the best 10 productions out of a whopping 312 entries from across the country. The plays will be screened at the Little Theatre Group Auditorium at 5:30 pm and the Kamani Auditorium at 7:30 pm every day from 8 March to 13 March. The screenings are open to the public. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The nominations will be adjudged across 13 categories, to name a few- best play, best original script and best ensemble.The jury panel consists of eminent personalities like Nissar Allana, Shobha Deepak Singh, Anmol Vellani, Renu Roy, Bhanu Bharti and Pawan Maskara.’Fans from across the country are welcome to witness this wonderful celebration of Indian Theatre, which will be staged in the capital’, told Ravi Dubey, Creative Director of METADETAILWhere: Little Theatre Auditorium and Kamani AuditoriumTimings: 5:30 pm and 7:30 pmDates: 8 March to 13 Marchlast_img read more

One for the earth

first_img5 June is celebrated as World Environment Day. The date marks the day on which the United Nations Conference on Human Environment (the Stockholm Conference) began in 1972 when countries of the world came together to discuss global environmental issues for the first time.Respect for the environment has been an integral part of India’s glorious culture. The relationship between the earth and human beings has been likened to that between a mother and her child. From the Rig Veda to the Yagyavalkya Smriti, the ‘Panch Tatvas’ or the five elements are mentioned.  These are prithvi (earth), pavan (wind), jal (water), tej (solar energy) and nabh (sky). We are taught to live in harmony with the environment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Environmental sustainability is also a moral issue. In this context, ‘I have been deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his concept of ‘trusteeship’. This may be interpreted as the present generation acting as trustee for the future by enjoying the wealth of nature in a way that it benefits the next generation,’ says Jitendra Padam Jain- Curator of the show.  The choice in front of us is clear. Either we allow environmental degradation to continue unchecked or we take remedial steps to ensure happiness of the future generations. Government action alone is not the key to the environment changes that are required. No strength is mightier than people’s participation. It is the small steps we take in our daily lives that will make a big difference in the quest for an environment friendly planet. Through art, our show would highlight environmental awareness, and bring together all fraternities in working towards this cause. We should adopt a plant and nurture it to become a tree, as we do with our children.last_img read more

Off stage

first_imgStage Adaptation Film Festival celebrates the translation of the theatrical drama onto the silver screen. The three day film festival from 21 to 23 August, organised by American Center in collaboration with Cinedarbaar would showcase six popular adaptations.The Philadelphia Story, a two times Oscar winning movie, directed by George Cukor would open the festival. The movie is based on the play of the same name written by Philip Barry. The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca by Michael Curtiz has won 3three Oscars. The sentimental triangular love story is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also a dark comedy film by Frank Capra Arsenic and Old Lace based on Joseph Kesselring’s play would grace the festival on the second day. Movies scheduled for the last day of the festival are the Academy award winners A Streetcar Named Desire by Elia Kazan, a subversive, steamy film classic that was adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.Deathtrap a murder mystery by Sidney Lumet based on Ira Levin’s play. Lastly Amadeus adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Broadway hit and winner of 8 Oscars directed by Milos Forman would mark the end of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixStage-to-film adaptations have been popular since the beginning of motion pictures and as the popularity of films grew, Hollywood began borrowing plots as well as actors and directors from Broadway, some of which turned out to be the triumphs and others could not succeed at the Box Office. On some occasions, playwrights re-write their stage dramas for the screen, as Peter Shaffer did for Amadeus (1984). An advantage that film has over theatre is that the film can convey the message through imagery, rather than dialogue. Great filmmakers consider these notions and turn an original work into something new without losing the soul and integrity of what it was formerly. The movie screenings will be followed by interactive sessions, conducted by speaker’s Anugyan Nag and Kumar Unnayan. Anugyan who is a film scholar and an independent filmmaker would speak regarding the significance of stage plays and screenplays and stage adaptations of the movies The Philadelphia Story and Casablanca. He is currently a senior research doctoral fellow at the School of Arts and Aesthetics completing his Ph.D. in Cinema studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His films have been nominated, screened and awarded at various National and International Film Festivals. Kumar Unnayan, a postgraduate in English Literature is a keen theater and cinema enthusiast. He will take up interactive sessions on A Streetcar Named Desire and Deathtrap talking about the acting techniques and the transition of stage plays to screen plays in these films.The entry to the festival is free and open for general public. One can also win exciting prizes by answering quiz questions based on the movies. Handouts which will include film reviews will also be available at the venue after each screening for the visitors. Please carry an original valid photo ID to enter the American Center.WHERE: American Center, KG MargWHEN: 21 to 23 Augustlast_img read more

Finally WBHDC to get own office building at Lake Gardens

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation (WBHDC) is set to get its own office building at Lake Gardens.According to the sources, a land has been identified at Lake Gardens where the building, that will house the office of WBHDC, will come up. The plot belongs to the state Public Works Department (PWD) and the project will also be implemented by the state PWD. At present, the office of WBHDC is situated in the fourth and fifth floor of HRBC Bhavan at Munshi Premchand Sarani near Hastings. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe corporation, that acts as an organisation for development, upgradation and maintenance of state highways, is now going to have its own full-fledged office. Sources said that Mackintosh Burn Limited has prepared the design, based on which the building will be constructed. The authorities of Mackintosh Burn Limited have handed over the design to the designing section of the state PWD to go through and to point out whether there is a need of bringing any change in the design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the design of the building gets finalised, the officials will take up the subsequent steps to ensure timely initiation of its construction.Sources said that the building will be a six-storeyed one, with a basement. The plot on which the building will be constructed is roughly around 3 cottah in area and accordingly, the building has been designed so that all the aspects get incorporated within the available space.According to an official of the WBHDC, they had been considering the need of a full-fledged office building of the corporation, with all facilities available when carrying out several development projects, including construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu over river Hooghly that will connect Hooghly and Nadia. The official maintained that the state will witness a massive development in road connectivity with construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu.”Finally, the step has been taken to construct the building and there will be utmost effort to complete the work as early as possible,” the official said, adding that the connectivity of the location, where the office building will be constructed, is also good.last_img read more

Bengal PrePuja Exposition 2015 opens at Dilli Haat

first_imgAdding to the festive ambience ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja and Dussehra, a two week-long exhibition to showcase an array of beautiful and exclusive handloom and handicrafts creations of master weavers and craftsmen of rural Bengal was opened in the national capital today.The 4th Edition of the ‘Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition’, organised by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, from September 16 to 30, was formally inaugurated at Dilli Haat, INA. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’RD Meena, Principal Resident Commissioner and other senior officials of the Government of West Bengal were present at the occasion. Around 50 artisans from various districts of West Bengal will take part in the exposition, which is aimed at promoting the rich and glorious tradition of Bengal handicrafts and handloom and also ensuring commercial benefits to the craftspersons before the festive season.Special cultural soirees will be organised during the fair at Dilli Haat on September 19 and 26, with a focus on Bengali songs, Purulia Chhau dance and Rabha folk dance of North Bengal.last_img read more

Man stabs facebook friends father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 28-year-old man stabbed his facebook friend’s father in West Bengal’s Faridpur area, police said on Monday. “The Uttar Pradesh-based man claims to have a long time relationship with the girl whom he met on Facebook. There is a possibility that the girl’s father had seen them together, following which the man stabbed him on Sunday night,” the police official said. He further said that the accused was putting up in a nearby hotel and was in the city to meet the girl. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Believed to be the eyewitness, the girl said, “I ran downstairs after I heard my father screaming. He tried attacking me also with a knife. I went up and shouted for help after locking the door.” Denying the version of the accused, the girl said she had no friendship with him. “He was arrested after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint. Motive and the actual reason will be clear only after further investigation,” the police added.last_img read more

Dum Dum Park pandals set to amaze people

first_imgKolkata: While the Puja committees in Salt Lake are trying to stand out this year, Puja committees in Dum Dum Park are also trying their best to attract pandal hoppers with unique themes.This year, Dum Dum Park Bharat Chakra Puja committee’s theme is Ghore o Baire. The theme is based on women empowerment. According to members of the Puja committee, women are not staying behind at home in modern times. Based on the theme, the pandal has been constructed in two parts. One of the part is open. In this area, several models of women driving different vehicles can be seen. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the second part, the idol of Goddess Durga will be seen on a shivlinga. “Our concept is that women are not staying behind or being dominated by men anymore. On the contrary, men in the present society are helping women to go ahead and make their mark in society. Inside the second part, we have tried keep a spiritual environment. Several paintings of Goddesses from different countries will be there to portray the dominance of women in the past,” said Arjun Goon, secretary of the Puja committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNot far from Bharat Chakra, Dum Dum Tarun Dal is also doing their best to outshine other pandals in the area. This year, Tarun Dal’s theme is Abahon. While entering the pandal, people will see children running through a bush of kash flowers. After that sunflower petals with face of children will be seen cascading down from the ceiling of the pandal. On the top, people will see Shiv and Parvati welcoming the children. “Everyone loves children. So do the Gods and Goddesses. Also, activities which children usually do such as painting and playing, will be portrayed through paintings,” said Biswajit Prasad, secretary of the Puja committee.last_img read more

Cousin sisters commit suicide one dead other critical in East Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: One of the two cousin sisters, who attempted suicide after being rebuked by their family members, died at the hospital on Tuesday while the other one has been fighting for life.The incident occurred at Egra in East Midnapore on late Monday night. It was learnt that the cousin sisters — Soma Dondopat (15) and Sujata Pramanik (14) returned home late from a private tuition on Monday evening. As a result, they were scolded by their parents. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSoma died at Egra Superpecialty hospital while the other is stated to be serious. Both the teenagers went to sleep after having their dinner. Nobody in the family could apprehend that the teenagers would take such a drastic step after being rebuked for coming late. Early on Tuesday morning, the family members heard groaning of two girls from inside their room. They family went inside and found the duo had consumed poison. They were immediately rushed to Egra Superspecialty Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was learnt that Soma’s father Prabhat Dondopat rebuked the teenagers as they came late from tuition. But it did not go down well with the cousin sisters. Sujata has been kept at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. They are investigating if the victims consumed poison after being rebuked for coming late or there was any other angle into the incident. The investigating officers are not, however, ruling out the other doubtful reasons behind this incident.last_img read more

Fresh look of Ramayana

first_imgCelebrating the launch of ‘Ramayana In Rhyme’ by two 18-year-old students Kairavi Bharat Ram and Ananya Mittal was a newer way of reviving Ramayana. A launch event was organised at the Ravi Shankar Institute of Music and Performing Arts (RIMPA) in the national Capital recently. ‘Ramayana In Rhyme’ is a contemporary interpretation of the age-old Indian epic Ramayana.Mythology has been an unapproachable subject for children. It is something that they grow up listening to but refrain from reading. ‘Ramayana In Rhyme’ is a fresh version with the current time and makes for an effortless and interesting 30-minute read. The colorful and detailed illustrations in the book successfully make the narrative even more interesting and mysterious. It is a must read for all children aged between 5–16 years.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe programme featured discourses by Tina Narang, the Publisher of Scholastic India and illustrators Vandana Bist and Suvidha Mistry. Apart from being a writer, Ananya is an avid reader whereas Kairavi Bharat Ram loves her puppies, sappy romantic movies, and Japanese food. Suvidha Mistry is a freelance illustrator with a passion for all forms of art who loves to tell stories with her illustrations, sketches and photography. Since 1986, Vandana Bist’s writings and drawings have been published in various children’s magazines and books.last_img read more

Rabindranath Ghosh hands over land rights to several enclavedwellers

first_imgCooch Behar: State North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh on Thursday handed over land rights to several enclave dwellers of Cooch Behar. “The state has always stood by the side of the enclave dwellers. We had brought a Bill in this regard in the state Assembly on November 19. Since then we have been busy in documentation of the Land Rights. Today (Thursday), we are handing it over to the beneficiaries,” Ghosh said. The total number of beneficiaries are more 13,560. The total amount of land is 7110-acre for which the rights Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifewere given. The areas include blocks under Tufanganj, Dinhata, Mathabhanga, Sitalkuchi and Mekhliganj. The minister also said if somebody find any problem related to the land they can fill up form 9 and raise their objections with the Land and Land Reforms department at the local level in a period of one month. It was on July 31 when the enclave dwellers got Indian citizenship. They had already been provided benefits in the form of job card, Aadhar card, Voter’s ID etc. The land rights had been their long standing demand. District Magistrate Cooch Behar, Kaushik Saha, welcomed the move of the state government.last_img read more

Care for your hair dear brides

first_imgFor women, the preparations towards perfecting the bridal look starts way in advance. Give your hair the care it deserves before your D-day and afterwards too, say experts. Pre-wedding hair care routine:-Best is to start a regime at the onset itself from the very day you say “yes”.-A deep conditioning treatment, recommended by your hair expert, should be an obligatory pre-wedding must-do to prep your hair. Also remember to stay hydrated and drink lots and lots of water. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Most importantly, make sure you arm yourself with the right products to protect and prep your hair for your big day. The right product regime – a shampoo and conditioner combination with repairing properties will work to improve the texture and condition of your hair over time. Post-wedding hair care routine:-Regular moisture-infusing conditioning treatments and anti-breakage treatments are a must follow-up after all the wedding day shenanigans. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Here are few more tips:-The foundation of haircare for a bride-to-be is to shampoo, conditioner and apply hair serum or hair potion on her hair, way in advance. This three-step approach is the most important and goes a long way in ensuring healthy, frizz-free and lustrous hair on the D-Day.-Another very important haircare hack is regular deep conditioning treatments and hair spas at your nearest salon. This is not only a luxury, but a necessity designed to strengthen hair follicles, stimulate blood circulation, nourish the roots and revitalise the scalp.-The third most important step is to avoid harsh chemicals and products that can damage your hair before your wedding. Read the label on haircare products before you buy them. Couple these tips with healthy sleeping habits, a fitness regime and nutritious eating.-The morning-after-hair tends to feel frizzy, dull and dry due to the exposure to hairstyling products and the flashlights. Make sure you wash your hair properly with a mild cleansing agent to remove all the hair product and styling mousse that was used the previous evening.-Once you complete the routine hair care and conditioning, detangle by combing your hair carefully to remove all knots. Divide your hair into sections and use a wide-toothed comb to avoid breakage.-Use products that contain argan oil, and moisturising agents that can bring back lost luster. Hair potions come in handy for a quick fix when you step out for the post-wedding functions.last_img read more

Thieves Steal Entire Roof of Historic Medieval Church

first_imgThey posed as workmen and acted with stealth –a group of thieves removed the entire lead roof of a beloved 14th-century church in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, in England. The soaring roof of the Grade I-listed All Saints Church is not visible from the ground. The theft was discovered on October 2, 2018, when a cleaning person saw daylight through the ceiling. Debris was then spotted on the floor too.About 20 tonnes of lead was taken. It is feared that the cost of replacing the lead could be as high as £100,000.The church said the insurance would not cover all the repair costs, according to the BBC.Photo by Gary MuddTreasurer Joyce Bullock said: “I don’t know how we are going to pay for it,” adding: “I just pray every day that nothing else happens.”Inspector Nick Masters described the theft as “audacious” and he asked any residents with CCTV to check their footage, the Daily Mirror reported.“We suspect the people responsible may have been going backward and forwards to the church for a prolonged period of time,” Masters said. “Due to the sheer quantity of lead taken, it’s unlikely that it happened over a few days. It’s likely that the people responsible were driving trucks or vans so they could transport scaffolding or ladders in order to access the roof of the church, and may have posed as tradesmen.Photo by Gary MuddChurchwarden Margaret Tyler told the media the theft was “heartbreaking” but a wedding and harvest festival service were still going to take place.Gary Mudd, who lives in the village, said, “I feel stunned–the morals of the thieves are appalling.”Photo by Gary MuddThe site of the church is of great historical interest. According to its website, the church is one of the very few in Bedfordshire to be mentioned in the Doomsday Book (AD 1086), which records that it was held by William the Chamberlain, who also held Luton Church.In 1121 Henry I gave the village of Houghton Regis and surrounding land to Robert Earl of Gloucester, his illegitimate son. William, the son of Earl Robert, granted the early (Saxon) version of the church to St. Albans Abbey in 1153.“The main body of the current All Saints’ was built in 14th century in the Rectilinear Gothic style, whilst the tower, the roof and the ceiling of the nave were remodeled in the 15th century,” the website says.All Saint’s Church in the village of Houghton Conquest Photo by Gary MuddAll Saints’ tower is a “fine example of Rectilinear style accessed via a staircase in the southwest turret, and crowned by castellation.” The cross above the tower is a later addition, to which a weathercock was then added in 1750.The tower also houses six bells, a spacious ringing chamber, and a beautiful Victorian stained glass window by Underhill of Exeter above the west door, flanked by medieval canopied niches.Robert, Earl of Gloucester played an important part in English history. Obeying the wishes of his father, he supported the claim to the throne of his half-sister, Matilda, who was the only legitimate child of Henry I at his death.A cousin, Stephen, tried to claim the throne and take it away from her, saying a woman could not rule England. A civil war ensued, with some of the nobles supporting Stephen and some Matilda and her half-brother.A capable military leader, Gloucester, commanding at the head of her forces, won from Stephen most of western England and southern Wales. In February 1141 he captured Stephen at Lincoln and imprisoned him in Bristol.Gloucester died in 1147.Read another story from us: 8-yr-old Girl Finds Ancient Pre-Viking Sword in Swedish LakeOne parishioner told the media, “It’s an historical building and it’s wanted and loved by the community, whether they’re religious or not. A small community like this isn’t going to be able to raise the funds in five minutes.”last_img read more

Hidden Meanings and Secret Codes Buried in Da Vincis The Last Supper

first_imgLeonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is famous for a number of reasons, including her enigmatic smile. But the master’s painting of the still unknown woman is not the only work of his full of mystery. Perhaps his greatest work, The Last Supper, which depicts Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and which adorns the wall of the Santa Maria della Grazie church in Milan, is also an enigma and filled with hidden meaning.Here are some of the hidden meanings in The Last Supper, some of which are still being debated over five hundred years after its creation:“John” may be Mary MagdaleneDetail of the “beloved disciple” to Jesus’s right, identified by art historians as the apostle John, but speculated in The Da Vinci Code and similar works to actually be Mary Magdalene in disguiseAt the right hand of Jesus in the painting is the disciple John, claimed by some biblical scholars to be “the disciple whom Jesus loved” in the book bearing his John’s name. But take a closer look at “John”.Many art and biblical scholars actually believe the person at the right hand of Jesus in the painting is a woman, most likely, Mary Magdalene. He/she is the only person in the picture wearing a necklace/pendant/charm – and not a small one, either. Many say this shows the person is most likely a woman, and at the very least, not John.Leonardo da Vinci, Study for the Last Supper – headMany believe that medieval Christian leaders, seeing the woman in the picture, made a conscious effort to call the figure “John”, otherwise there is not a full tally of disciples, and a woman is sitting at the right side of Jesus, the most preferred and honored place.You can also see that many of the figures on the right side of the table seem to be talking to or at Mary, and Jesus appears to be engaged with those on the left, who reflect the concern the disciples must have felt when told one among them would betray Christ. Look closer at “John” and you’ll see a resemblance to Mona Lisa, which was painted five years later.Leonardo might have been sending a numerological messageThe Last SupperIn the Book of Matthew, Jesus says that the one who dipped his hand into the bowl with him is the “betrayer”. In the Middle East/Mediterranean of the time, in Leonardo’s time, and in some places today, many times there is a single bowl on the table holding a sauce or olive oil.Each person at the table takes a turn to dip their bread into it. Most times, this is a circular table with a bowl or pot at the center. Leonardo placed Christ and the Disciples at a rectangular table. This lends itself to a better view and is an artistic convention at the time, but did Leonardo do it for another reason?To dip your bread while the person before you is doing it is highly disrespectful, and can be taken that the person doing it thinks he is better than those before him. In the painting, Judas has also knocked over the salt, bringing bad luck.A study for The Last Supper from Leonardo’s notebooks showing nine apostles identified by names written above their headsFinally, da Vinci had those at the table sitting in a pattern: 33133. Consider this: da Vinci ignored convention in his creation by not placing halos above Jesus and his followers.He also may have placed a secret message with his grouping of the people in the painting. In the Bible, Jesus tells the Disciples to drink his blood (wine) and flesh (bread) in remembrance of him.Related Video: Exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci Designs at Science Museum:He further says that only those that do will have eternal life. Some scholars believe that Leonardo, who was not only a skeptic and a scholar, but a man who was accused of homosexual acts as a young man in Florence. At the time, this assuredly would have put his redemption in heaven at risk. By placing the disciples and Jesus in the 33133 group, some argue that Leonardo was pointing to Lamentations 3:31-33 “For no one is cast off from the Lord forever.”Judas is painted in a stereotypical way to depict Jews and is obviously outside the “circle”The painting as it looked in the 1970sLook at the painting. Among all of the people, Judas (to the right of Jesus and “John”) is the only one with dark skin and a crooked nose, both prejudicial ways to portray Jews both before Leonardo and since.Judas is also seen with the bag of money prominently placed in front of him (in John 12:6 it states that Judas was a thief, not to mention the thirty pieces of silver paid to him to betray Jesus), and milk in his glass, and not the wine that everyone else is drinking, placing him outside of the inner circle and indicating his fall from grace.Read another story from us: 5 Famous Paintings with Crazy Hidden ImagesIf Judas had been drinking wine, which Jesus clearly indicates is his “blood” and the way to salvation, he would have been forgiven, but Leonardo reflects Judas’ station as an outsider and unforgiven.last_img read more

VIDEO Hero dog jumps into Long Island harbor to save baby deer

first_imgMark Freely was taking his golden retriever Storm for a walk along the harbor in Long Island, New York when, all of a sudden, Storm broke loose and plunged into the water.Storm had spotted a baby deer that was drowning in the water and jumped in to save the day. He dragged the little Bambi to shore and started to play with it. New BFF’s.Freely taped the entire incredible rescue. Good boy. Yes he is.last_img

Video shows Sean Payton and Dirk Koetter getting into an aggressive Week

first_imgThe Bucs and Saints got into a brawl in their first meeting of the year, and it seems like some of the bad blood was still lingering after Tampa’s Week 17 win over New Orleans.A video has surfaced showing head coaches Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton meeting at midfield for their postgame handshake, but things get awkwardly aggressive when the coaches won’t let go of the handshake and Payton slaps Koetter in the shoulder, which elicits a harder return slap from Koetter.After breaking, Payton doubles back and seems to reference the teams’ fight from earlier in the year as the reason he was so upset. Koetter awkwardly smiles the entire time, which makes it even weirder.Whatever the issue is, these guys don’t seem to like each other.Interesting exchange between Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton following the game. The shoulder pats getting a little aggressive. Sounds like unresolved matters from the week 9 scuffle involving Winston, Evans and Lattimore. (credit @JeffTewksFox13 for video) #Bucs pic.twitter.com/IWDdml3LLM— Scott Smith (@ScottSmithFOX13) January 1, 2018last_img read more