Dark inflation opens up a gravitational window on the first moments after the Big Bang A model that could see testing at the LHC is one developed by Anupam Mazumdar, a scientist at the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and his colleagues Rouzbeh Allahverdi, at the University of New Mexico in the United States, and Bhaskar Dutta, at Texas A&M University. Their model shows how inflation generates the “seed for structure,” and describes how cold dark matter accounts for “missing” matter in the universe. Thirdly, the model’s inflation explains neutrino masses. The results of the paper can be found in “Unifying Inflation and Dark Matter with Neutrino Masses” in Physical Review Letters.“We know dark matter has to exist,” Mazumdar tells PhysOrg.com. “We see its influences. But it has to interact really weakly with the rest of the universe. This is why the right-handed supersymmetric neutrinos – sneutrinos – are a dark matter candidate. The right handed sneutrinos also give rise to tiny neutrino masses observed in nature.”Mazumdar also explains that the universe is expanding: “It undergoes inflation.” So Mazumdar and his peers wondered if it was possible to tie inflation to dark matter and neutrino masses. “We wanted to see if we could tie these things together in a model that can be tested in a laboratory.”Part of the challenge involved in putting together their model included the fact that in most standard models that address this question, the inflaton field values are entered by hand. Inflatons are characterized by integer spin. “We had to figure out how to talk about an inflaton as a scalar particle and try to identify what an inflaton is, exactly,” Mazumdar says.He goes on to explain that no single particle acts like an inflaton. Instead, a combination of particles is needed. “When we combined an sneutrino, a standard Higgs particle and a supersymmetric lepton, we found they act like an inflaton whose masses and couplings are not ad-hoc but well motivated and constrained by the current experimental limits.” “The model shows that the inflaton which is responsible for inflating is also responsible for neutrino masses….This component could also act like dark matter,” Mazumdar continues. “Now it is something that can be verified in experiments. Once the properties of the supersymmetric neutrino are found, the testable properties can help us identify dark matter.”“We are always looking for evidence to back up observation,” Mazumdar points out. “Until now, finding ‘missing’ matter has relied on cosmic microwave background experiments. It was thought that inflation could only be tested by this method. Now we have proposed a simple model that would allow inflation testing on earth.”Mazumdar hopes that the model he and his peers have developed can be tested at the LHC by the end of this year or the beginning of next year. “This could answer the questions of why neutrinos have such small mass, and whether they would make a good dark matter candidate and the inflaton candidate.”Copyright 2007 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. One of the biggest mysteries of the universe deals with questions of dark matter. There are several experiments and models being designed all over the world to try and determine what would make good dark matter candidates. And with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland, some of these experiments may be ready for testing. 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: Designing a test of neutrinos as dark matter candidates (2008, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-neutrinos-dark-candidates.html Explore further
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Intel Labs has recently shown off a 48-core prototype chip it calls a “single-chip cloud computer” or SCC. AMD Planning 16-Core Server Chip For 2011 Release Explore further Citation: Intel’s single-chip cloud computer (2010, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-intel-single-chip-cloud.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Single Chip Cloud Computer has 48 Intel cores and runs at as low as 25 watts. Chief technology officer with Intel, Justin Rattner, said the chip comprises 1.3-billion transistors arranged in a network of 24 tiles, each of which has two Pentium-class IA-32 cores, two L2 caches, plus a router to enable communications between cores. The system uses new software applications to control the power consumed by the cores, and to rapidly transfer data between the cores. This means data can go directly between cores without needing to go via the main memory, and this cuts the data transfer speed by 15 times. The software prevents the data being corrupted by instructing the cache sending the data to delete its copy after it is sent, and the receiving cache to delete old copies of the data before receiving the new. The software controlling power consumption allows application developers, rather than the operating system, to decide how power consumed by the cores is controlled. The tiles can all be independently controlled, which means the power consumption on some cores can be reduced to as low as 25 watts, while others can be up to 125 watts. While some developers are not yet sure what they will do with the feature, many are interested in learning more.Intel’s director of advanced microprocessor research, Nitin Borkar, said tasks could be programmed to run at greater power efficiency rather than higher power if appropriate, or individual cores could be throttled back after they have finished their computations. This would give the system the “compute on demand” feature of traditional data centers.Intel Labs are forming partnerships with industry and university researchers and producing 100 of the chips to enable research to refine the chip architecture and maximize its usefulness.The chip was unveiled at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on 8 February.
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A proposal has been put forward by the CAFE foundation that a network of small suburban airports should be developed in the future for the use of Suburban Air Vehicles. Citation: Suburban ‘pocket airports’ proposed (2010, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-suburban-pocket-airports.html An idealized pocket airport. Aircraft depicted are motor-gliders that have 50 foot wingspan. Image credit: CAFE Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) is a light-aircraft partner of NASA, and is running a US$1.65 million competition, the Green Flight Challenge, to find the best design for a short take-off personal aircraft that uses little fossil fuel, is cheap to run, and is quiet in operation. The competition will be judged in Santa Rosa, California in July 2011.CAFE envisages that Suburban Air Vehicles (SAVs) will become a common mode of transport in the future, with flights landing and taking off at small suburban “pocket airports.” (PDF) CAFE’s president, Dr. Brien Seeley, speaking at the Future of Electric Vehicles conference in San Jose, California earlier this month, said it was shocking that after a century of flight aviation has still failed to fulfill the dream of moving people fast, without needing roads.Dr. Seeley said the travel on the ground to and from airports often negated the time saved by flying, but having pocket airports to fly travelers to the main city airport from tiny suburban airports would considerably speed up the process. Passengers would fly in two to four-person SAVs operated (on autopilot) by air taxis or shuttle services. (Read: Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video)) 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. The Green Flight Challenge is NASA’s first step in developing a new infrastructure for aviation, featuring small auto-piloted aircraft. Challenge vehicles will need to operate safely and achieve at least 1.18 L/100 km fuel consumption. They will have a take-off distance of no more than 610 meters to clear a 15-meter obstacle, travel at 160 kph, and emit less than 78 decibels measured from 76 meters away. Each SAV would be equipped with parachutes. Dr. Seeley said he envisaged vehicles would be designed in future that did considerably better than the minimum requirements.Dr. Seeley said the SAV would offer pilots fast travel with a de-conflicted air highway through the sky taking them directly where they wanted to go. Flight paths would be coordinated via a central control system to avoid collisions. Dr. Seeley said the system would allow people to travel in 3-D instead of on the “insanity” of increasingly congested roads.CAFE has designs for a range of pocket airports, ranging from a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) single runway located in greenbelts just outside major urban areas and handling up to 120 operations an hour, up to a 12-acre (4.8-hectare) version with two sets of runways and parking for 320 ground vehicles. Flights would begin with a steep take-off to ensure the noise level was low enough by the time the SAVs reach the boundary.The Green Flight Challenge is expected to be followed by further competitions in 2013 and 2015, with higher prizes for the winner of each. The Green Flight Challenge sprang from the Personal Air Vehicle Challenge of 2007. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video)
The structure of the two-photon absorption material (left) and the variation of the convex shape depending on the irradiation time of a laser light (right). Credit: TechOn! 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: Fujifilm will introduce 1TB optical disc in 2015 (2012, November 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-fujifilm-1tb-optical-disc.html More information: www.fujifilm.com/about/researc … /ff_rd056_005_en.pdf techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/ … 20121113/250732/?P=2 © 2012 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—Fujifilm is working on a new recording method for optical discs. It has developed the new method through the use of two-photon absorption in order to generate heat, and the report in TechOn! notes that this two-photon method is suited for multilayer discs. As the reaction caused by two-photon absorption can be limited to the small area of the focal point of a laser light, it is possible to increase the number of recording layers. The nuance is that Fujifilm has combined a two-photon absorption method with a “heat-mode recording” method. The latter refers to technology that makes the most of a phenomenon where a change is caused by applying a laser light with a high energy density to instantaneously increase the temperature of a minute area of a recording material. Two-photon absorption refers to the simultaneous absorption of two photons of identical or different frequencies to excite a molecule from one state to a higher energy electronic state. According to Fujifilm, the procedure can bring about a recording density of 25 Gbytes per layer, the equivalent to the recording density of a Blu-ray Disc (BD), in addition to 20 layers per side of a disc. A double-sided optical disc with a 1TB storage capacity is possible. Fujifilm foresees bringing a 1TB optical disc to market in 2015. Fujifilm simplified the manufacturing process by using “web coating” to form the recording, ultraviolet curable resin and adhesive material layers and sticking them together. With BD, spin coating and sputtering are needed for each layer.”It takes 147 seconds to form a four-layer BD,” the company said. “With our method, it takes only 58 seconds to form eight layers.”Overall, Fujifilm said that the new disc’s manufacture will be cheaper than BD discs currently available. The two-photon absorption disc has a cost as low as that of a magnetic tape. A company spokesperson said that, “We will continue the development of the disc with help from drive makers.”This new recording method potentially will realize a 15-Tbyte disc. “In the future, it will be possible to realize a 15-Tbyte optical disc (25 Gbytes/layer x 3 (eight values) x 100 layers x 2 (two sides),” Fujifilm said.Fujifilm was scheduled to discuss its latest results at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition 2012 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, which wound down over the weekend. This year’s event was described as focusing on “the next technological innovations beyond digitalization.” Fujifilm Introduces DVD+R Double Layer Media; New Technology Doubles Existing DVD Recording Capacity to 8.5 GB
Explore further © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found when people add someone new to their “friends” list, each is more distant than those in the inner circle. In their paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Michael Harré and Mikhail Prokopenko, both with The University of Sydney in Australia, describe test data they analyzed covering both hunter-gatherer societies and people living in modern conditions, what they found and what it might mean for people moving forward using virtual social networks. Citation: Study shows people have an upper limit on the number of friends they can add to their social network (2016, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-people-upper-limit-friends-social.html More information: Michael S. Harré et al. The social brain: scale-invariant layering of Erdős–Rényi networks in small-scale human societies, Journal of The Royal Society Interface (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0044AbstractThe cognitive ability to form social links that can bind individuals together into large cooperative groups for safety and resource sharing was a key development in human evolutionary and social history. The ‘social brain hypothesis’ argues that the size of these social groups is based on a neurologically constrained capacity for maintaining long-term stable relationships. No model to date has been able to combine a specific socio-cognitive mechanism with the discrete scale invariance observed in ethnographic studies. We show that these properties result in nested layers of self-organizing Erdős–Rényi networks formed by each individual’s ability to maintain only a small number of social links. Each set of links plays a specific role in the formation of different social groups. The scale invariance in our model is distinct from previous ‘scale-free networks’ studied using much larger social groups; here, the scale invariance is in the relationship between group sizes, rather than in the link degree distribution. We also compare our model with a dominance-based hierarchy and conclude that humans were probably egalitarian in hunter–gatherer-like societies, maintaining an average maximum of four or five social links connecting all members in a largest social network of around 132 people. 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. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface Prior research has shown, the researchers note, that humans are only capable of maintaining a certain number of people in their social world, currently, the upper limit appears to be 132 people. But, not all of those people are directly connected to any one individual, it all happens through links. Harré and Prokopenko suggest the upper limit on the number of direct friends for most people is about five. The upper limits appear to be based on biology, they note—as the human brain developed, people were living together in small groups that lived as hunter-gatherers. That led to the development of links, which are direct connections between two people, generally two people that have some type of emotional attachment. To form a larger group, it isn’t necessary for every person in that group to form a connection with everyone else, all it takes is for a network of connections to exist.In primitive terms, the researchers explain, that would mean that not all of the people in a small hunting party would necessarily have to be friends, instead, each would have to be friends with just one or two of the people in the group. They have calculated that to have a social circle of 132 people, each person would only have to have a link with just five people. They also have found that the number of links a person has can be related to group size, as the group grows, more links are needed to maintain cohesiveness. As it grows to 15, for example, there will exist on average 3 links per person; in groups of 45, the number of links would grow to 3 or 4.The researchers also suggest that their findings help explain how modern societies have come to deal with networking—by forming hierarchies. In such groups, people don’t have to know hardly anyone to be a part of the overall group, instead, the group is made functional by leaders. Social network diagram. Credit: Daniel Tenerife/Wikipedia The social lives of the elderly mirror how they grow older
© 2017 Phys.org Explore further Inspired by natural signaling cascades, chemists have developed synthetic cascades that modify a self-assembled supramolecular structures post-assembly. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a synthetic cascade that is triggered by norbornadiene (NBD) and relayed by a cyclopentadiene (CPD) intermediate resulting in the triggered change of two supramolecular structures. Their work appears in Nature Chemistry.After a one-pot self-assembly of two supramolecular structures, the Nitschke group developed a post-assembly modification (PAM) technique via a covalent signal cascade. PAM reactions are limited by the need to be sufficiently mild that they do not damage the supramolecular structure. They also need to be chemoselective and produce product in near-quantitative yields to eliminate the need for extensive purification and isolation. Diels-Alder reactions are good candidates for these types of reactions.Pilgram, et al. developed a system that underwent inverse-electron demand Diels-Alder (IEDDA) reaction with the initial triggering molecule, NBD, and a tetrazine-edged FeII8L12 cube, and subsequent Diels-Alder reaction with the relay molecule, CPD, and a tetrahedral complex. Their studies verified that the reactions required the triggering molecule and the relay molecule in order to work.Specifically, the synthetic scheme involved first making the terazine-edged cube in a one-pot synthesis. It then underwent the IEDDA reaction between the tetrazines and the NBD trigger molecule. After conducting model reaction tests, they used 2-octadecylnorbornadiene giving a pyridizine-edged cube and a 1-octadecylcyclopentadiene intermediate. This intermediate served as a relay molecule that bound to the maleimides on the tetrahedral complex via a Diels-Alder reaction.In one test, the final reaction involved forming a CPD intermediates with sufficiently long alkyl chains that the tetrahedral product transfers from an organic polar phase to a non-polar phase. Notably, without the initial triggering molecule, the final product is not formed and does not move into the non-polar phase, thus demonstrating a synthetic signal cascade in which a molecule changes lipophilicity as a result of an environmental trigger.Additionally, because the cell’s signal transduction pathways are often regulated by both triggering species as well as inhibitors, the Nitschke group investigated potential inhibitor molecules to their synthetic cascade. They found that cyclooctyne served as a good inhibitor by competitively reacting with the terazine molecules over the NBD trigger.Finally, another key finding of their synthetic cascade is that when the tetrahedral structure is complexed with an anionic guest (PF6-), the guest remains intact even after post-assembly modification of the structure. This allows the guest molecule to be transported from the polar to non-polar phase, which has implications for medicinal and other applications where molecule delivery is hindered by polarity or other environmental features.Dr. Nitschke told PhysOrg that future research includes designing cascades of reactions that are capable of being pushed backwards under out-of-equilibrium conditions. According to Nitschke, “Cascades of out-of-equilibrium reactions that are geared together such that one sequence of reactions either up-regulates or down-regulates another are fundamental building blocks of life. Understanding how they might work could help us understand prebiotic chemistry, as well as help us design complex synthetic assembly lines where substrates are passed along between capsules that chemically modify them.” More information: Ben S. Pilgrim et al. Signal transduction in a covalent post-assembly modification cascade, Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2839AbstractNatural reaction cascades control the movement of biomolecules between cellular compartments. Inspired by these systems, we report a synthetic reaction cascade employing post-assembly modification reactions to direct the partitioning of supramolecular complexes between phases. The system is composed of a self-assembled tetrazine-edged FeII8L12 cube and a maleimide-functionalized FeII4L6 tetrahedron. Norbornadiene (NBD) functions as the stimulus that triggers the cascade, beginning with the inverse-electron-demand Diels–Alder reaction of NBD with the tetrazine moieties of the cube. This reaction generates cyclopentadiene as a transient by-product, acting as a relay signal that subsequently undergoes a Diels–Alder reaction with the maleimide-functionalized tetrahedron. Cyclooctyne can selectively inhibit the cascade by outcompeting NBD as the initial trigger. Initiating the cascade with 2-octadecyl NBD leads to selective alkylation of the tetrahedron upon cascade completion. The increased lipophilicity of the C18-tagged tetrahedron drives this complex into a non-polar phase, allowing its isolation from the initially inseparable mixture of complexes. (Phys.org)—Within the cell chemical messages are passed through a signaling cascade. This cascade can be a series of chemical reactions or molecular changes that spurn the next reaction in a kind of assembly line process. This is how the cell responds to its environment and how communication happens over (biochemically ) long distances. Chemists build new chemical structures on unreactive bonds Citation: Covalent post-assembly modification cascade of self-assembled supramolecular structures (2017, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-covalent-post-assembly-modification-cascade-self-assembled.html Depictions (same scale) of the X-ray crystal structures. a, Cube 1b. b, PF6 − adduct of tetrahedron 3. c, AsF6 − adduct of modified tetrahedron 4a. Atom colours: grey, C; white, H; red, O; blue, N; orange, Fe; light green, F. Disorder and non-encapsulated anions are omitted for clarity. Iron atoms are connected with orange lines to illustrate the overall geometry of each complex. Credit: (c) Nature Chemistry (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2839 Journal information: Nature Chemistry 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. 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This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Modification of wheat gluten for improvement of binding capacity with keratin in hair, Royal Society Open Science (2018). Published 7 February 2018.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171216 , http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/2/171216AbstractIn this study, enzymatic hydrolysis and cationization with epoxypropyldodecyldimethylammonium chloride of wheat protein, an economic protein complex containing great amount of disulfide bonds, were conducted to improve properties such as solubility and disassociation behaviour for recovery of damaged hair when used in shampoo. The optimal conditions for enzymatic hydrolysis were pH 8.2, 55°C with Alcalase for 60 min. After the selected hydrolysis, the degree of hydrolysis, nitrogen solubility index, foaming capacity index, foam stability index, emulsifying activity index and emulsion stability index of hydrolysate with 58.71% of short-chain peptides (less than 1000 Da) were 8.81%, 39.07%, 225%, 56.67%, 9.62 m2 g−1 and 49.08, respectively. The cationization was followed to raise the isoelectric point of wheat protein hydrolysate from 7.0 to 10.0, which could facilitate the quaternized protein hydrolysate to adhere to the surface of hair at the range of pH 5–6 of hair care products to form more disulfide bonds. The results show that a shampoo with quaternized wheat proteins hydrolysate possesses excellent properties in recovering damaged hair, making the surface of hair smooth and compact. Practical hair regeneration technology Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2018 Phys.org Human hair is made mostly of keratin, a fibrous protein. In its natural state, hair is generally soft due to secure and unbroken bonds known as disulfide bridges. But shampoos meant to clean away oil and dirt also harm the bonds that hold the keratin together. The result is brittle hair that quite often develops split ends.Scientists have known for some time that treatment of brittle hair requires the application of a protein to replace the broken bonds, but have been stymied by a simple problem—for such proteins to bond, they must have the same pH value as the hair. And a matching protein has proved elusive. To overcome this problem, the researchers turned to wheat gluten because it is inexpensive and plentiful. It does not have the right pH value, but the team wondered whether changing its pH might help it repair hair. After some trial and error, they came up with a procedure that worked—they soaked the gluten in an enzyme that broke down its proteins into their base peptides. They added EDDAC, a chemical formula that raised the isoelectric point of the peptides to match that in hair. They then mixed the result into a shampoo and applied to it hair samples.The team tested their approach by running a comb through the treated hair samples using measurements of friction as a gauge for the degree of hair damage. They report that application of their gluten-infused shampoo resulted in 21 percent less friction in dry hair and 50 percent less in wet hair. They also looked at the hair samples under a microscope and report that they were able to see newly formed bonds—the hair was smoother and less brittle. More testing is required, but the researchers are confident that they have at long last found a cure for split ends. A team of researchers from Jiangnan University in China and the University of Nebraska in the U.S. has found that integrating wheat gluten into a shampoo helps restore bonds, making hair less brittle. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describes their experiments with wheat gluten and hair and what they found. Citation: Wheat gluten found to restore bonds in brittle human hair (2018, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-wheat-gluten-bonds-brittle-human.html Credit: Laura Tiitto/public domain Explore further
Imagine Sipping a Cosmopolitan sitting inside the school library. Or having a pizza in the laboratory. Well, if school spells fun for you and if you are one of those adults who still fantasise about school, heading to Cafe Ludus might just hit the rewind button for you. While concept cafes and restaurants are an age-old concept, this one, with its cafeterias and libraries (complete with shelves and old radios and magazines on hangers) and an open terrace was actually quite interesting. Adding to the quirky factor is the menu card. Every page has some doodle or food-related graphic, making ‘visual’ that much more interesting. However, Cafe Ludus needs to work on the lighting — it is quite dim in most places. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They have a separate section for an ‘all-day breakfast’, may be for PLUs who combine a lot of meals together and still want to ‘have breakfast’. Hmmmm, now that’s a thought. The cuisine is mostly comfort and cafe style. So you have your usual pizzas and pastas, paninis and risottos. A lot of the dishes have been given Greek names to go with the concept. However, ordering will not be a tall task because the menu clearly specifies what each dish is made of. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe food here is good. I liked most dishes that I ordered so I will suggest that you can take your pick according to your preferences when you visit. The portions are good and can be shared by 2-3 people. The lack of an alcohol license is a spoiler but that should be in place soon. Till then, enjoy the mocktails. Hey pssst! Do visit the washroom before you leave, even if you don’t need to.DETAILAt: Cafe Ludus, 24 & 25, 2nd Floor, MGF Metropolitian Mall, SaketTimings: Noon to 1 amPhone: 9599426426 Meal for Two: Rs 1,800 approx
It was an enthralling evening to remember and cherish as Delhi’s glitterati came together to celebrate the unveiling of the second edition of coffee table book Delhi Primes: Men serving Mankind at a city hotel to support NGO Lakshyam’s cause.The guests who graced the occasion were actor Unnat Dutt, entrepreneur Bharat Sahni, Lalit Bhasin, MS Bitta, chairman of All India Anti terrorist front, NGO activist Anshu Gupta, entrepreneur Pawan Jain, photographer Raghu Rai, entrepreneur Tushar Kumar, Life and Business Coach Ramon Llamba to name a few. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was a charity fashion show to raise funds in support of Lakshyam’s endeavour to uplift the standard of not so privileged children in Delhi. The coffee table book comprises some 35 odd prominent celebrities like Sandeep Jajodia, Jatin Das, Bharat Sahani, Kapil Dev, Naresh Trehan, Shivendra Singh, Rohit Bal, Varun Jain, Keshav Suri, Lalit Bhasin, Vikram Baidyanath, Shiv Jatia, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Ravish Kapoor and few other powerful men from Delhi who have carved out a niche of their own and given back to society in an overwhelming manner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFounded by Rashi Anand, the NGO is engaged in a number of social welfare activities in areas like child welfare, education, health, empowerment (women in particular) and promotion of practical, effective and innovative solutions to improve lives of underprivileged communities.The book is a salute to the 35 indomitable spirits who have made a difference to many in shaping up their lives and thoughts. It reflects an urge to excel and pursue one’s dreams even in times of struggle. Delhi Primes also highlights a description of these men whose contributions have led to social change and refinement in the minds of many who all have gathered courage and inspiration from their real-life stories.The book launch was followed by a beautiful act by the underprivileged children of the NGO, celebrating life and displaying the yearning to tread off-the-beaten-track with unflinching grit and determination.
Doesn’t matter how much it rains, the heat and the humidity in the Capital always returns with a vengeance. After a relatively cool Saturday, Sunday was just that as we headed over to Shangri-La Eros Hotel’s Cafe Uno for a lazy brunch. The one adjective every one can easily associate with brunches is – laziness. The whole process of reaching the venue, choosing your dishes and your drinks must be done with complete disregard for time and haste. Otherwise, be rest assured, all a lavish lunch will be is a hurried lunch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’We took a walk around guided by sous chef Abhinandan Singh as we started off with smoked salmon, prawns, lobster, blackforest ham, salami and yes some very good sushi. All of this to go with the champagne. The coolest thing on offer, besides the cold cuts of course, is a live chaat counter right inside the cafe. So take your pick of gol gappas, raj kachoris and papri chaats if that is what you are craving on a weekend afternoon. And since gol gappas were on offer, could we possibly say no!? The cafe also has various flavours of lassi and chaanch, besides juice, to go with the Indian dishes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf you the kinds to steer clear off such quirks for a brunch, there is a pasta station and a pizza oven ready for you to customize the dishes to your taste. Cafe Uno offers an interesting mix of continental dishes along with Indian dishes when it comes to the heavier meals. Right from the Hungarian Goulash to the garlic mashed potatoes (topped off with bacon bits -heaven!), jacket potatoes, butter steamed vegetables and a grill where you can pick from prawns, fish and your meats to be cooked to your taste with your choice of sauce. The Indian spread has your papads, dal, paneer, mutton kofta, mutton raan, Hyderabadi fish kebabs and a lot more – clearly they intend to spoil you with options! For dessert they had a wonderful spread of ice creams and some exquisite pastries and you could also get pancakes or waffles made if you want. And yes – the fruits. Somehow for us fresh fruits trump most desserts so we were more than happy with our colourful plates. Rounding it all off with a cup of Darjeeling tea, office work was the last thing on our minds but well then! The cafe serves their brunch from noon to 3:30 pm and here are the rates – Rs 3, 200 plus taxes per person with unlimited champagne, Rs 2, 500 plus taxes per person with unlimited soft beverages and Rs1, 500 plus taxes for the kids buffet. Book your table soon!
The Capital is soon going to witness a unique exhibition that displays the variety of sources that inspire artistes to create great works. Ekam: Towards the Countless… is an attempt to create that variety through artistes who have a different visage towards their creations. It is a unique attempt at being one, being united, being diversified. The show will display paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Eminent artistes like – Satish Gujral, Niren Sen Gupta and Siddhartha Tagore of Art Consult Gallery are the special guests for the event that will open on 21 August. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has been curated by 4th Wall Art and managing partners are Priyanka Dua and Gaurav Chawla who are also participating in the exhibition.The other participating artistes are – Amita Gupta, Amrit Kapoor, Anand Krishnan, Asim Pal, Bhaskar Nayar, Bheem Malhotra, Chand Kumar Doliya, Devji Shrimali, Gaurav Chawla, Gayatri Tandon, Geetika Sangwan, Kamaljeet, Kapil Kapoor, Kristine Michael, Harminder Singh Boparai, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Mishika Chawla, Nandita Richie, Neerajj Mittra, Nidhi Desai, Prabhinder Lall, Prince Chand, Priyanka Dua, Radhika Seksaria, Raosaheb Gurav, Ruchi Chadha, Sangeeta Sharma, Sonal Kabra, Shikha Osan, Swati Pasari, Umesh Hatkhambar, Nidhi Sehgal and Vikash Kalra. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEach has worked on his or her own through a personal quest, with diverging visions and unique working methods, and yet united with common faith that art must prevail. There is a ten-year old girl who has her own way of saying what she wants through her art.The artistes are as varied as the works of art they display. If some are moved by emotions which they express through colours, others feel this is the work of their sub-conscious mind. Some of them are looking for their destiny or spirituality through their work, and there are some who feel the journey of life throws out different experiences for men or women. Some look for inspiration at nature, and others who find it in the deep recesses of the human mind or human relationships, and even in music or books. So head over!When: 21 to 24 AugustWhere: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pm
Touchtalent.com, an online community for everything creative is going one step further in its search for bringing all the creative minds in the world at one place by taking Touchtalent to everyone’s mobile phones and Tablets – in an online creative exhibition for the month of December titled – SmartArt. Users are invited to upload their entries for this exhibition via mobile phones or Tablet only, but is open to all ages and countries.People spend more than 10% of their day looking at mobile phones – mostly browsing the internet on social networking websites, playing games, reading news or blogs. Touchtalent.com has decided to take this time and convert it into something creative and bring out the best of the mobile phones by showing everyone how their mobile phones can be just as good as a notebook, or a canvas, or a DSLR – and their creativity is only bound by their imagination. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Exhibition is live from December 27 and will continue to be so till January 7. It is expected to reach more than 60 million social connects of Touchtalent in 192 countries.Touchtalent has organized more than 15 global online creative exhibitions with each generating around five million pageviews.“We want users to not just browse internet but spend their time creatively, So we decided to go ahead and take this browsing time and convert it into something useful and creative for users” says Mohd. Wassem, M.D, Touchtalent.com. One of the founders at Touchtalent, he is a management graduate from Delhi University. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWassem worked for eight years in corporate sectors in different capacities before founding Touchtalent along with Ankit Prasad. A Mathematic and Computing Graduate form Indian Institute of Technology. He is also an official TEDx youth speaker. Touchtalent.com is a community of creativity individuals who create original and imaginative content. It puts the hands together for the originality of individuals at a global level. Everyday users from more than 100 countries visit Touchtalent to showcase their creative content in four diverse formats (visual, textual audio and video) under an assortment of categories.
Newly crowned Miss Universe Paulina Vega feels she has set an example for young girls to become “intelligent” women “with a great heart”.The Colombian beauty left behind 87 contestants, including India’s Noyonita Lodh, to win the crown.The 22-yr-old opened up about winning the title in an interview with people.com saying: “When we participate in a pageant, we are examples to young and teenage girls. It’s very delicate.“I want to demonstrate that it is not the most important thing to be beautiful and have a glamorous life. It’s about feeling beautiful. Become an intelligent, professional, hardworking woman with a great heart. That is the example I want to set,” she added.
Kolkata: Jyotipriya Mallick, Trinamool Congress president of North 24-Parganas district, lodged a complaint with the police against BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and leader Mukul Roy, alleging that they are behind the murder of four active workers of his party.In the letter addressed to the North 24-Parganas district SP, Mallick has stated that four active leaders of his party were killed to ensure Trinamool does not perform well in the forthcoming Panchayat polls. Mallick has also informed the police that the party’s workers were also attacked in other parts of the district as well. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe stated that Saifar Rahman of Sasan, Sariful Haque of Amdanga, Ajit Debnath of Gopalnagar and Amirul Mallick, who was the booth president of Swarupnagar, were all killed in the past few weeks. Saifar, Sariful and Ajit were shot, while Amirul was stabbed to death.Stating that all the four were very popular and active workers in their respective areas, Mallick has mentioned in the complaint letter that they were active campaigners for the party’s candidates in the Panchayat elections. He stated that they were killed with the motive of hindering campaign of Trinamool Congress candidates.He stated in the letter: “the victims’ family members believe that all four were killed by BJP backed goons, with the support of CPI(M) workers. They also believe that Mukul Roy and Dilip Ghosh are also behind the murder of their family members.”The Trinamool district president has urged the superintendent of police of the district to take necessary legal action against the two BJP leaders.
Art is a strong medium to showcase what’s going on in an artist’s mind and nothing better than art can bring out their imagination on canvas for others to see and feel what the artist felt while making it. An exhibition of paintings titled ‘Mamtamayi’ will be held from February 13-19 in the national Capital. Spreading the message of mother’s love and care, the exhibition will showcase works by Harshvardhan Arya.Artist Harshvardhan is one of those artists who try to portray the work that touch the soul and provides a strong message. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’His works mostly talk about the preservation of environment. Motherly love is highly reflected in his paintings. In some of the paintings true love can be seen via Lord Krishna’s child avatar while some provide a message about a daughter’s safety. In the upcoming exhibition, an art lover can see the depiction of a loving mother and her care being expressed with very deep intensity on canvas by the artist.When: February 13-19 Where: Lalit Kala Akademi Timing: 11 AM to 7 PM
It is said that one’s body is a temple, but how long can one live in the same house before redecorating it? Renowned actor Angelina Jolie said once that all her tattoos came at good times, adding that “a tattoo is something permanent when you’ve made a self-discovery, or something you’ve come to a conclusion about”. Tattoo art is an old art, with spiritual connotations in some tribal cultures of the belief to follow the bearer into the afterlife. Slowly but surely, tattoos are beginning to carve for themselves their own niche in the cultural fabric of society as an art form. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnd as author Sylvia Plath said, “a tattoo is like wearing one’s heart on one’s skin,” tattoo is now no longer just a tribal ritual but is turning into a fashion statement. The second Heartwork Tattoo Festival is being held in the national Capital at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from the December 2 – 4 with the participation of around 110 artists in over 100 booths. The event will feature some of the best tattoo artistes from over ten countries. The event is being organized by the Czars of The Indian Tattoo Industry who formed a group called Creative Skin Graphic Pvt Ltd to revolutionise tattoo art all over India as they realised that getting inked was more than just a ritual. It was in the true sense Heart-work. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHeartwork is the brainchild of four pillars of the Indian tattoo industry: Lokesh Verma of Devil’z Tattooz, Delhi; Sameer Patange of Kraayonz Tattoo Studios, Mumbai; the biggest distributor of tattoo equipment in India, Anu Singh of Tattoo Empire, and Arvind Garg of Tattoo Gizmo. The opening performance will be by the renowned dancer/ choreographer/ actor Remo D’souza with a live tattoo on him. There will also be live workshops by legends of the International tattoo industry. They take upcoming artists through demonstrations on various art practices and design methods. Participating tattoo artists include Jay Freestyle from Netherlands, Bez 666 from the United Kingdom, Stepan Nagur from Russia, and Fred from Spain – all of whom have already achieved name and fame internationally. There will also be live Tattoo on-the-spot competitions on all the three days of the festival, with multiple categories to compete in. The best tattoos everyday will be eligible for trophies and prizes.On all the three days tattoo enthusiasts will witness entertaining and high energy acts of live music bands and Djs.The list of performers include Kabir Cafe, a fusion Sufi band, Jyoti Ram from France who does some crazy acts with his electronic sitar and crystal balls, and a standup comedian who is one of the best in the country.According to Sameer Patange, “Heartwork has come a long way and has been appreciated not just by tattoo artists but also by general masses in India as well as overseas. The idea of creating Heartwork was to create a general awareness amongst people and that has happened quite successfully. A huge lineup of foreign artists is going to make it to our shores this year. Let them see and know what we Indians are made of when we talk art”.Lokesh Verma added, “My basic idea to initiate Heartwork was to put Indian tattooing scene on the world map of tattoos. Looking at last year’s response and the number of international artists and media interested in this year’s event, I think we are on the right path. Let’s see where it takes us.” Arvind Garg said, “In the first year, Heartwork saw the biggest gathering of professional tattoo artists under one roof in India. With the first year’s success we can already see the tread moving from googling the tattoo design to the customised tattoo, we can see the personal stories in body art has seeped into popular culture. This indicates a dilution in the stigma that is usually associated with tattooing. With this effort Indian artist are able to showcase their skill which is seen at international level and now we can see that more and more Indian artists are being sponsored by international brands. “ Anu Singh Co-organiser expressed his thoughts about the celebrated tattoo festival, “We began our journey with Heartwork Tattoo Festival in 2015 to give Indian Artists a big platform to showcase their talent. And with the immense love and support of everyone it started a chain reaction. Carrying on the legacy we are back to give the best lineup of international and national performances in music, tattoos and art that everybody has been waiting for. We are pretty sure and excited that this year too its going to be one heck of a ride.”
Kolkata: The nation-wide hackathon contest ‘Bengalathon 2018’, organised by the state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department to showcase the innovative skills of technology enthusiasts at the national and international arena has evoked tremendous response.More than 1,500 teams across seven states competed amongst each other to provide innovative solutions to real life challenges using emerging technologies. Some of the key problem statements were based on financial fraud, riot prediction, toto on call, predictive claim analysis etc. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe best performers were recognised and prizes were handed over for first, second, joint third and jury’s choice at the Bengal Global Business Summit on Friday. The first prize went to BP Poddar Institute of Management and Technology for their solution on Riot Prediction, the second prize was bagged by a solution on Student Record Keeping where one Rohit Gupta and his team participated as an individual group. The joint third prize went to Arup Sengupta and his team from TCS for their solution on Toto on call and to Shubhraj Singh and his team from University of Technology, Burdwan University, for their solution on Private car sharing. The jury special was given for solution on Toto on call by Hozaifa Wahid and his team from RCC Institute of Information Technology. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Bengalathon 2018 was launched by the then IT minister Bratya Basu in July last year. “Our government is taking all possible measures to position Bengal as the best in embracing emerging technologies and its use in real life challenges. The next generation needs encouragement which will give them the impetus to produce their best. The posts in their profiles of social networking sites suggested that they were thrilled to receive the recognition from the venue of the summit that was attended by so many foreign delegates and industry captains all over the world,” a senior official of the IT department said. The state IT department will now try to extend assistance to those who have come out with such solutions so that they can commercialise their ventures.
Kolkata: The ignorance of BJP leaders about Bengal continues to come to the forefront as the party’s state president Dilip Ghosh said Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar had written Sahaj Path.BJP national president Amit Shah, while addressing an election rally some days ago, had said Rabindranath Tagore was born in Santiniketan. The latest statement of Ghosh has come as a shock to the people of Bengal. Sahaj Path was written by Tagore for children. Vidyasagar had written Barna Parichay to introduce Bengali alphabets to children. He wrote several books for children which include Kathamala, Botrish Singhasan, Betal Panchabingsati along with a Sanskrit grammar book called Byakaran Kaumodi. “This is the culture of BJP. They do not know Bengal and its rich heritage and speak without sense,” said Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool Congress secretary general. He further added: “The way BJP workers desecrated Vidyasagar’s bust may not have ashamed them, but it has made all of us bow our heads in shame. They will only destroy our history and culture.”
Kolkata: Political clashes continue across Bengal even after three days since the results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 were announced. In several districts, Trinamool workers and supporters were allegedly attacked by BJP workers. In some cases, BJP alleged that Trinamool workers had attacked them instead. Leaders of both the parties have denied the allegations.On Saturday evening, state Forest minister Binoy Krishna Barman was allegedly attacked by some BJP workers while he was holding a meeting in Mathabhanga. According to Barman, he was holding a review meeting at Solmari under Mathabhanga block 2, when a huge mob gathered near the place. After a few minutes, the mob started pelting stones and bricks at the Trinamool party office. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBarman subsequently called up the police. Upon receiving the information, forces from Ghokshadanga police station reached the spot and tried to create a safe passage for the minister. When he was leaving the place on his car, BJP workers allegedly blocked his way and vandalised the vehicle. Later, police managed to control the situation and arranged for Barman’s safe passage. On the other hand, North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh was obstructed while he was coming back from Dinhata after meeting his party workers who were reportedly attacked in a political clash. BJP workers reportedly agitated in the middle of the road, via which Ghosh was returning. On Sunday in Tufangunj, few BJP supporters allegedly attacked some Trinamool supporter’s houses and stabbed some of them. Several Trinamool workers and their family members got injured. BJP has denied the allegations. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn South Bengal, a Trinamool party office was allegedly set on fire by BJP workers at Ghatal in West Midnapore on Saturday night. According to Trinamool leadership, after the election results were declared, BJP workers have been continuously attacking their workers and supporters. On Saturday night, at Madhusudan Bad area in Ghatal, a party office was reportedly set on fire. It has been alleged that after the election results it was found that BJP candidate in Ghatal Bharati Ghosh had got lead from the area. Following that, BJP workers became violent and several houses of Trinamool workers were also vandalised. In Burdwan, a Trinamool polling agent identified as Sanat Kumar Goal was attacked on the middle of the road on Sunday night, while he was returning home. On Saturday night, when he was going home, some BJP workers allegedly attacked him near Tinkonia. A shop owned by him was also vandalised. In each incident, Trinamool alleged that BJP is doing all this to create terror in the areas. Several complaints have been lodged against BJP workers in this regard, but BJP leadership has denied the allegations and stated that Trinamool is behind the incidents.
This party season, steal the limelight with right hair and make up. Experts lists down some inputs to get everything on point: Subtle blush is a year-round must, but this season’s trendy rouge is inspired by the rosy glow you get when there’s a nip in the air. Get bolder, more defined brows without a product-y look. Inspired by professional brow tinting, these temporary tints deepen the colour of your arches to enhance their shape, with the effects lasting up to a few days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFull, false lashes on your top lash line invariably make your eyes looks larger and more awake. Keep the rest of your make-up palette neutral for a look that’s modern, rather than overdone. A red lip as the centre-piece of a polished makeup look is classic, but it can also awaken otherwise low-key makeup, like a little smudgy eyeliner. Smoky eyes are always a favourite, but applying jewel tones like blue, emerald, and indigo bring out your eyes and add the 60’s flair to your face. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveColour your lovely locks in Coffee Balayange. We are sure you have already seen balayage on the street, but have you seen the beautiful bean colour spilled in balayage? Get your hair coloured in the same old balayage technique but in strong – dark espresso or soft latte brew shade. Put some drama into the hairstyle. One way to opt for it is by voluminising your regular braids. It looks more amazing with curly hair. Deep middle part your hair and you can pull off any silhouette with that. Be it any length, blobs or ultra long locks, deep middle parts can be your next glam look for the season. You can accessorize it with barrettes and pins. For glowing skin: The festive season is all about change of routine and food habits. Our body does react to all these changes in various ways like disturbance in our digestive system, hair fall, dryness of skin etc. It is imperative to cleanse the body, during and post the festive season. To have fresh, glowing skin through the festive season- Hydrate well: Water is extremely essential for every cell that makes up our body. It supports body’s digestion and eliminates toxins on a daily basis. Skin is the biggest organ of the body and is mostly made up of water which serves to keep skin smooth, elastic and wrinkle free. Drinking plenty of water will naturally flush out toxins, giving you a healthier glow.