Tunneling Electrons Do Math

first_imgIn brief, here’s how it works: The value of charge reservoir Q is reset to zero before each computation, and electrons tunnel from Q to reservoir Q x D, one at a time, until the value of reservoir Q x D equals that of reservoir Z. The final answer to the problem is the value of reservoir Q; since removing electrons increases the value of the reservoir, this is a positive value. The researchers improved this simple but limited design by transferring electrons in groups using a “building blocks” method, which decreased unwanted delay and could calculate a remainder. In reservoir Q, electrons are grouped in blocks in logarithmic numbers (e.g. in groups of 1, 2, 4, 8, etc.). An electron block estimates if its transfer would cause the value of reservoir Q x D to exceed that of reservoir Z. If so, the electron block is not transferred, and the next smaller electron block evaluates the same condition. For example, for 22 divided by 4, one block of 4 electrons, zero blocks of 2 electrons, and one block of 1 electron are transferred to create a positive charge of 5 in reservoir Q. The remainder is calculated with a subtraction block, which evaluates the difference between the values of reservoirs Z and Q x D (in this case, 22-20=2).The researchers’ third scheme is fine-tuned further, and is based on the computation of periodic symmetric functions (PSF). A PSF block based on an electron trap has a periodic transfer function, of which the period can be dynamically adjusted by using a voltage controlled capacitor. A device called a varactor would be used in place of a capacitor, which is currently still theoretical for the nanoscale. The PSF scheme resulted in the best performance out of the three schemes, with a worst-case delay of 18 ns and a worst-case energy consumption of 2.3 eV. Meenderinck explained that an accurate comparison to CMOS is difficult, but to give an idea of the difference, he looked at a recent publication on CMOS dividers (‘Low Power Self-Timed Radix-2 Division,’ Jae-Hee Won and Kiyoung Choi, ISLPED, 2000). “We calculated a delay of 18 ns and an energy consumption of 3.7e-19 J,” he said. “The scheme of Won and Choi has a delay of 33.8 ns and an energy consumption of 3.4e-9 J. Clearly, the energy consumption is the key benefit of our SET circuit. Considering that power has become one of the main design constraints, SET becomes a serious candidate for the post-CMOS era.”Meenderinck also added that, although the latency of the two circuits does not appear to differ much, that number could change when using alternative equations. “We used the equations of the orthodox theory, which is generally accepted by the research community in the field,” he said. “However, there are some researchers (mainly from the circuit theory area) that disagree with this theory. For example, J. Hoekstra proposed a circuit theory (‘On the impulse circuit model for the single-electron tunnelling junction,’ International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications, 2004) in which the delay is calculated as the RC product of the circuit. Using this theory, the delay we report would be much smaller—reduced by a factor of 100 or more.”For engineers who use SET to look beyond traditional ways of computation, Meenderinck and Cotofana predict that the technique has the potential to make many such improvements in future computing.Citation: Meenderinck, Cor and Cotofana, Sorin. “Computing Division Using Single-Electron Tunneling Technology.” IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, Vol. 6, No. 4, July 2007.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. 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 develop new way to measure fluid-rock interaction in oil reservoir Using a novel computing paradigm involving counting single electrons, computer engineers have designed nano-sized circuitry that allows tunneling electrons to perform mathematical division calculations. Explore further Citation: Tunneling Electrons Do Math (2007, August 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-08-tunneling-electrons-math.html While other methods utilizing quantum mechanical behavior have been proposed to increase computing power, these technqiues have yet to take full advantage of quantum mechanical properties on the nanoscale—namely, high speed and low power consumption.Cor Meenderinck, a PhD student in Computer Engineering, and Sorin Cotofana, an Associate Professor in Computer Engineering, from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, have recently published their research on a quantum mechanical behavior called single-electron tunneling (SET) in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. Building on their past SET paradigms that perform addition and multiplication operations, Meenderinck and Cotofana have presented three schemes that use tunneling electrons to quickly divide.Electron tunneling is a phenomenon on the quantum scale that enables single electrons to “jump” across forbidden energy states due to their wave-like properties. A few scientists have recently been experimenting with SET circuits based on tunnel junctions that consist of a thin insulating material layered between conducting material. Although charge transport across an insulator is prohibited in classical mechanics, electrons can tunnel one at a time through an ultrathin insulator in quantum mechanics. Electrons can represent bits, making SET a potential candidate to succeed CMOS technology.“As far as we know, very few people have been designing circuits with SET and we are not aware of any division implementations,” Cotofana told PhysOrg.com. “Thus comparison is limited to CMOS. Our circuits basically compute analog values. However, due to the discreteness of electrons (if the circuit is designed properly, an electron tunnels or not and electrons are localized on either side of the junction) we end up with digitized values; that is, the number of electrons present in a reservoir is the represented value.”Meenderinck’s and Cotofana’s first SET design to perform division was based on a sequential approximation of the quotient. The scheme uses electron counting, with three charge reservoirs that store electrons for the dividend Z, quotient Q, and product of Q and the divisor D (Q x D). last_img read more

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RCAs Airenergy charger converts WiFi energy to electricity

first_img Citation: RCA’s Airenergy charger converts WiFi energy to electricity (2010, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-rca-airenergy-charger-wifi-energy.html Harvesting electricity from signals in the air is not new, as anyone who ever built a crystal radio running only on the radio signals it received can testify, but until now no device has been able to harvest enough electricity to make it of practical use. In most modern cities WiFi signal hotspots abound, which might make the Airenergy device a viable option, although in rural areas WiFi sources are less widespread.A USB charger costing around $40, and about the size of a phone, is expected to be released later this year, with a WiFi-harvesting battery around the same size and price as an OEM battery available shortly after. (PhysOrg.com) — Airenergy is a gadget that can harvest free electricity from WiFi signals such as those from a wireless Internet connection, apparently with enough efficiency to make it practical for recharging devices such as mobile phones. 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. Explore furthercenter_img Analyst cool on Chicago citywide WiFi plan At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week a RCA spokesman said they had been able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% charge to fully charged in around 90 minutes using only ambient WiFi signals as the power source, although it was unclear on whether the Airenergy battery was recharged in that time. The Airenergy recharging time depends on the proximity to the WiFi signal and the number of WiFi sources in the vicinity.The RCA Airenergy unit converts the WiFi antenna signal to DC power to recharge its own internal lithium battery, so it automatically recharges itself whenever the device is anywhere near a WiFi hotspot. If you have a wireless network at home the Airenergy would recharge overnight virtually anywhere in your home. When you need to recharge your phone or other device you plug the Airenergy battery into the phone via USB to transfer the charge. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Flocking robots take to the sky w video

first_img Researchers Sabine Hauert, Sebverin Leven and Dario Floreano have discovered a way to make small, fixed wing robots take to the sky and fly together without crashing and migrate. In order to accomplish this, the researchers needed to make the robots move at the same speed and direction, avoid collision and stay in close proximity. They will be presenting their work this week in San Francisco at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. (PhysOrg.com) — The next time you look up in the sky and think you are seeing a flock of geese flying south for the winter, take a closer look. If you are in Lake Geneva, Switzerland, these flocks may actually be robots from the Laboratory of Intelligence Systems. More information: lis.epfl.ch/smavs In order to accomplish this, the researchers used a three-dimensional algorithm developed by Craig Reynolds in 1986 where the individual robots responds to its close neighbor but does not consider the actions of the group as a whole.The robots were created by the robotics company senseFly and communicate with each other using a Wi-Fi dongle that is connected to an on-board Linux computer. They began with simple testing and have reached a total of 10 flocking birds at one time but simulations show they could use up to 100 flocking robots.In addition to programming the robots to fly at the same speed, stay close and not collide, the researchers also added something else. They added the ability to migrate. This allows the researchers to set a pre-programmed destination for the swarm to travel to. The intended use for these flocking robots is to image and map the ground as well as the potential to be used for search and surveillance missions. Kilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm 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: Flocking robots take to the sky (w/ video) (2011, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-flocking-robots-sky-video.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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High school student develops supercapacitor wins Young Scientist Award

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) —Saratoga California high school student Eesha Khare is a co-winner of this year’s Young Scientist Award sponsored by Intel. She won the award for her battery-sized supercapacitor design which allows for recharging in just a few seconds. The award was part of Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair. Top winner Ionut Budisteanu, 19, of Romania (center) with second-place winners Eesha Khare, 18, of Saratoga, Calif. (left) and Henry Lin, 17, of Shreveport, La. celebrate their awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition. More than 1,600 high schoolers from 70 countries, regions and territories competed for more than $4 million in awards this week. Engineers craft new material for high-performing ‘supercapacitors’ More information: www.intel.com/content/www/us/e … ng-fair/winners.html Citation: High school student develops supercapacitor, wins Young Scientist Award (2013, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-high-school-student-supercapacitor-young.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. Khare’s supercapacitor is meant to serve as a replacement for a small battery, specifically those used in cell phones. She says the inspiration for her design came out of frustration from constantly finding her cell phone battery dead. The supercapacitor she developed is small enough to fit inside a standard cell phone battery housing, and can be fully charged in just 20 to 30 seconds. As if that weren’t enough, it also has a much longer useful life offering 10,000 charge/recharge cycles instead of the 1,000 available now for batteries. The supercapacitor is based on nanochemistry, which Khare told the crowd during her acceptance speech is her main area of scientific interest.As cell phones have grown smarter and more powerful, concern has grown over the ability of battery development to keep up. Khare’s supercapacitor suggests that perhaps there is a better way. Capacitors are devices used to store an electronic charge—though typically little more than conductors separated by an insulator, they are an essential component of most electronic devices. They help regulate the flow of electricity. They can also be used as a battery, however, as Khare’s device demonstrates. Thus far, hers is only capable of powering an LED, but that is likely to change with advances in nano-technology.The award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, which Khare will likely use for college; although, this prize might also help her win a scholarship. She plans to continue her research on the supercapacitor with the ultimate goal of replacing her cell phone battery. She noted that such a supercapacitor would also be useful for powering a wide variety of other devices, adding that it’s also flexible. It could be used to power devices embedded in clothes, she suggested, or as part of roll-top electronic devices. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory

first_img For identical quantum channels, order matters In the past two decades, physicists have been developing a quantum version of information theory in which the internal state of each information carrier has quantum properties, such as superposition—the ability to occupy two or more classical states at once. But the transmission lines are generally still assumed to be classical, so that the path taken by messages in space is always well-defined.Now in a new paper, physicists Giulio Chiribella and Hlér Kristjánsson at the University of Oxford and the University of Hong Kong have proposed a second level of quantization, in which both the information carriers and the channels can be in quantum superposition. In this new paradigm of communication, the information carriers can travel through multiple channels simultaneously. “This work provides the foundation for a new theory of communication where the propagation of information in space and time is treated quantum mechanically,” Chiribella told Phys.org. “It opens up new avenues for quantum communication networks and for a future quantum internet, where data could be sent from a sender to a receiver through multiple quantum servers. Exploiting the interference of different communication paths, it will be possible to communicate more efficiently and more securely. At the fundamental level, the transmission of messages along multiple trajectories could give rise to fundamental tests of the quantum nature of spacetime.”This channel superposition phenomenon can be observed in the famous double-slit experiment, in which a single photon seems to pass through two slits at once. Even though just a single photon is used, the photon creates an interference pattern on the detector. The best explanation for the interference pattern is that the photon interfered with itself, like a wave, after simultaneously traveling through both slits along two different paths. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society A Information theory, which was developed by Claude Shannon starting in the late 1940s, deals with questions such as how quickly information can be sent over a noisy communications channel. Both the information carriers (e.g., photons) and the channel (e.g., optical fiber cable) are assumed to be classical systems, with well-defined, perfectly distinguishable states. When an information carrier is allowed to travel through two communications channels simultaneously, it can offer advantages such as reduced noise (due to the interference of noise on different paths) and a higher channel capacity. These advantages have been demonstrated in recent experiments with photons. In the new paper, the physicists had to confront some of the challenges involved in incorporating the superposition of channels into a quantum theory of information. One of the challenges is to describe the superposition of channels in a compositional way, so that the behavior of a channel can be predicted when it is used in combination with other channels. A second challenge is that the superposition of internal states of the information carriers must be clearly separated from the superposition of paths. Otherwise, the path itself becomes part of the message, and the system can be described using the conventional quantum framework. By addressing these challenges, the physicists formulated a quantum communications model that can be used to compute the amount of information that can be reliably transmitted when using a given number of channels in a quantum superposition. Counterintuitively, the physicists showed that, for certain types of noise, the superposition of channels, along with the ability to switch a channel with itself, could be used to completely remove all noise. This opens up the possibility of obtaining perfect quantum communication in a noisy channel.”Our work defined a communication model and provided a few proof-of-principle examples,” Chiribella said. “However, this has only scratched the surface of what can be accomplished with the superposition of quantum communication channels. We are now exploring the power of correlations among them. If two trajectories visit the same region, the process experienced by the information carrier in the first trajectory can be correlated with the process experienced in the second trajectory. By taking advantage of these correlations in a clever way, it is possible to enhance the communication performance beyond what can be done with the superposition of independent channels. Getting ahold of these correlations will give us new insights into the peculiar ways in which quantum information propagates in space and time.” Explore further More information: Giulio Chiribella and Hlér Kristjánsson. “Quantum Shannon theory with superpositions of trajectories.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2018.0903 Citation: Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory (2019, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-physicists-quantization-quantum-shannon-theory.html © 2019 Science X Network The superposition of N channels allows information carriers to travel through multiple channels simultaneously. Credit: Chiribella and Kristjánsson. ©2019 The Royal Society 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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Mamata lashes out at Centre for trying to curb freedom of Press

first_imgKolkata: Criticising the Centre’s step to “curb freedom of Press” in the name of controlling fake news as a “draconian move”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular of suspending or cancelling accreditation of journalists.Banerjee tweeted: “The PIB circular on #FakeNews control is a brazen attempt to curb Press freedom, a sure sign that the Govt has lost its way. We demand the immediate withdrawal of such a draconian move.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the tweet, she also took a dig at BJP, without taking its name, in connection with the circulation of fake news: “And what about #FakeNews spread by a political party on a regular basis?”It may be recalled that the Chief Minister was the first to raise her voice against circulation of fake news, mainly through social media, to purposely create trouble. She had repeatedly urged people to ignore such news and also directed the police to maintain a vigil so that such news doesn’t get circulated.It may be mentioned that when allegations of attempting to curb freedom of journalists rose against the Centre, the Mamata Banerjee government has issued a notification to give pension to journalists above 60 years as a “respect and responsibility of the state on democracy”.The Centre was forced to withdraw the move in the wake of severe criticism.last_img read more

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Son asked Will Smith to hit gym before Focus

first_imgActor Will Smith says his 16-year-old son Jaden urged him to go to the gym before starring alongside Margot Robbie in the film Focus. Jaden urged his 46-year-old father to tone-up after he was cast alongside the 24-year-old Australian beauty in the romantic comedy-drama, in which he plays a veteran con artist who takes Robbie’s on-screen character Jess under his wing, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking on the British TV show Good Morning Britain, Smith said: “When Margot got hired for the film, Jaden said: ‘Get in the gym – do not embarrass me.’last_img

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Passenger arrested at Kolkata airport for carrying psychotropic substance

first_imgKolkata: A passenger, resident of Uttar Panchpota, North XXIV Parganas, travelling to Doha by Qatar flight no. QR- 541 was arrested on Tuesday at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, for carrying 1865 tablets of amphetamine. Amphetamine is a psychotropic substance under NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) Act, 1985. A customs office press release read, 1865 pieces of amphetamine, weighing 200 grams, were seized under Section 43 of NDPS Act, 1985. The passenger was arrested under the provision of the act ibid. Further investigation is in progress.last_img

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E Railway pitches for womens security hygiene

first_imgThe Eastern Railway has stepped up efforts to improve the quality of services, including catering and security, provided to the passengers in the trains and railway stations. Women’s security is on the top agenda of the Eastern Railway with lady constables being provided in trains, officials said on Monday. Under Swachh Bharat Mission special drives across railway premises are also being conducted. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Ladies Special Trains (EMU) are escorted. Late night EMUs and early morning EMUs are also escorted, including by lady constables. Extra vigil is kept by escort parties over ladies compartments of mail, express and passenger trains,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken by the Eastern Railway for women’s security.  The Eastern Railway has also conducted drive against males travelling in ladies compartments and 16, 310 persons were apprehended. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIn a bid to improve the quality of food, regular inspections and week long drives are undertaken by officials, and all the officers travelling on duty have been instructed to inspect pantry car and food quality. “We undertake intensive cleaning of pantry cars and officials undertake random inspection of pantry cars and on-board catering services. Drastic action is taken for any lapse,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken to improve the quality of services.  Talking about the future plans to improve catering services, he said that sites for base kitchen at Howrah, Sealdah and Asansol have been selected.Besides trains, special effort are being taken to clean the railway stations also.  “Mechanized cleaning has been introduced in all A1, AII and most B&C category stations. Rag picking contracts, garbage removal contracts at all A1, A, B,C &D category stations have recently started,” an official said. The workshops of the Railways like Kanchrapara, Liluah, Jamalpur have also performed well and given good outputs as per expectations.last_img read more

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Showcasing Bengals culture and heritage

first_imgLeather bags and boxes from Shantiniketan, straw mats from Midnapore, contemporary colourful terracotta jewellery from Kolkata besides Patachitra on T-shirts and sarees, intricate katha stitches on crepe are among the range of products.The fourth edition of the Bengal Pre-Puja Exposition organised by Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal government began from September 16 is scheduled to continue till September 30. “I have won national award for making this particular mat which is light and is completely foldable. It costs Rs 25,000 and I have bought it for the exhibit here. There are other pieces here also and its price depends on the finesse of the product,” says Tapas Jana, an expert in making mats who hails from Paschim Midnapore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jana’s mats are contemporary and stylish with a wide range of colours. They come in various sizes and quality and can be used as carpets too. The famous patachitra from Bengal is being implemented in unique styles on T-shirts, sarees, Duppattas and half shirts.Known for their colour themes and designs, Rahim Chitrakar family is quite popular in their village for this variation of the rural artform. “The art of Patachitra has been in my family from generations. Along with my wife I decided to divulge into implementing this style on apparels. We wanted to carry on the legacy but not on paper as a painting. Our starting price for a T-shirt is Rs 300 and for a saree it is around Rs 5000,” Chitrakar said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSold out on day one of the exhibition itself, Noorjahan Begum another national award winning craftswoman from Bengal’s Burdwan district is awed by demand by customers for her latest creation-Kantha Stitch on crepe sarees.“I have brought something new to the exhibition this time. Crepe sarees with Kantha stitch designs on them. It takes time to do these pieces as we cannot even use a frame to steady the design and have to do the stitch completely with a free hand,” Begum said.  Enjoying a scrumptious Bengali meal at the Bijoli grill outlet at Dilli Haat, visitors also have the option of buying contemporary colourful terracotta ornaments to Shantiniketan leather bags.Shantiniketan leather bags have always been a style statement for both the young and the old. This time around these bags are designed along with colourful zari cloth as well as Kantha Stitch which gives it a chic and exclusive look.“I am saving the Kantha stitch purse and bags for upcoming trade fair. For this exhibition I have got my zari collection. Barring the bags I have other products like leather containers, piggy banks etc,” Debabrati Halder said.last_img read more

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Physical fitness may boost kids academic performance

first_imgChildren who go in for physical fitness may possess a greater volume of gray matter that may help enhance their academic performance, reveals a new finding. Physical fitness especially cardiorespiratory fitness, speed-agility and muscular fitness, leads to the presence of more gray matter in the brain.Increase in grey matter in various regions of the brain boosts learning, functioning and reading processes of the child, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal Neuroimage. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our work aims at answering questions such as whether the brain of children with better physical fitness is different from that of children with worse physical fitness and if this affects their academic performance,” said a researcher at the University of Grenada in Spain.”The answer is short and forceful: yes, physical fitness in children is linked in a direct way to important brain structure differences, and such differences are reflected in the children’s academic performance,” Ortega added.”Physical fitness is a factor that can be modified through physical exercise, and combining exercises that improve the aerobic capacity and the motor ability would be an effective approach to stimulate brain development and academic performance in overweight/obese children.”last_img read more

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If you are going through pain and dont laugh you die so

first_imgKolkata: Versatile actor-cum-screenwriter Saurabh Shukla, best known for playing Justice Sunderlal Tripathi in the “Jonny LLB” movies, says the current political situation is funny and one just needs to laugh in times of hardships. Shukla feels even in a politically-charged situation comedy has a role to play and he suggests that people laugh. “Nothing is more funny than the political situation at this moment,” the actor, who immortalised Kallu mama in “Satya” and Tapasvi Maharaj in “PK”, told IANS during a visit to the city. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Explaining how comedy can help in sending political messages, the National-Award winning actor said “anything said with a tinge of humour is received well” and there is humour in everything. Asked about the controversy surrounding Naseeruddin Shah’s comment that he feared for his children in today’s India, Shukla remarked: “Isn’t it humorous? It is highly humorous.” In an interview in December, 2018, Shah had raised concerns about the safety of his children, making an indirect reference to the Bulandshahr violence earlier that month that left two people, including a police inspector, dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Shukla remains optimistically unperturbed. He mentions Osho’s book “Take it Really Seriously: Revolutionary Insight into Jokes”, a collection of 5,000 jokes from around the world. “In its preface, the author said the maximum number of jokes were created by the Jews as they went through so much that they needed to laugh. So, if you are going through pain and you don’t laugh you die. So laugh,” the master of comedy suggested. Shukla’s recent stage production “Barff”, published as a book, is about three characters in Kashmir. “Because it is about Kashmir, everyone expects that it will talk about the politics there. But it doesn’t. Subtly it is there because you are never free from the politics of the land. But it does not talk right in your face,” he said. His mother, Jogmaya Shukla, was one of India’s first woman tabla players and his father was a vocalist. “I was very attracted towards music. I also sing, but not professionally. Even my little knowledge of music helped me a lot in my other art. When I joined the theatre it became my strength. So I tell people, to become a complete artist you should have a sense of everything — be it music, painting or sculpture,” he said. According to Shukla, “Screenplay, acting and everything else go hand-in-hand.” “If I have any advice for the actors, I tell them to write,” the award-winning screenwriter said. Shukla who started with theatre and is known for films like “Bandit Queen”, “Slumdog Millionaire’ and “Barfi”, explained that by writing he doesn’t mean writing like a professional. Actors need to imagine and writing is the best way to express it. His upcoming films are “Family of Thakurganj”, Anees Bazmi’s “Pagalpanti” and “Shamshera”. “Shamshera is an epic, so the character will be epical but there will be a tinge of humour in it,” he added.last_img read more

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John Lennons Last Car to be Auctioned alongside Paul McCartneys Mini Cooper

first_imgWhoever is heading to the 11th Annual Auburn Auction in Indiana on September 1st this year, will have the chance to not only buy a car but also take with them a genuine piece of rock history. This can especially be a win-win for vintage car aficionados who also happen to be great fans of the legendary British rock band, the Beatles. According to an announcement by Worldwide Auctioneers, which is hosting the September auction, two of the vehicles they are offering had once belonged to music icons John Lennon and Paul McCartney respectively. The cars are also offered entirely without reserve.One of the auctioned models is the last car John Lennon ever purchased, a 1979 Mercedes-Benz Turbodiesel Estate Wagon. Along with it, is a customized Morris Mini Cooper, owned by Sir Paul McCartney.John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right) in 1964.According to Mercedes-Benz, John Lennon’s last vehicle purchase also counts as the first Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate Wagon model which was consigned and shipped to the United States, on Lennon and his family’s demand.Documentation that this was the last car Lennon owned is abundant. The car gets multiple mentions in the book by Frederic Seaman, The Last Days of John Lennon: A Personal Memoir, saying that the Benz was a personal means of transportation to Lennon.More documentation related to the model includes a copy of the original Data Card provided by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, according to Worldwide Auctioneers.John Lennon singing Give Peace a Chance. Photo by Roy Kerwood CC BY 2.5Lennon picked his Benz roughly two years before he was murdered in front of his apartment building in New York. The wildest of years as a Beatles member were well behind Lennon at this point, as he was largely living a more family-orientated life.Before the Benz arrived, the music icon used a green 1972 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon, not in the best shape possible though. As a Lost and Found episode which originally aired on History Channel in December 2000 tell us, it was Lennon’s personal assistant, Frederic Seaman, who suggested it was high time he bought a new vehicle.Lennon and Ono in 1980, shortly before his murder. Photo by Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0Accordingly, Lennon and his spouse Yoko Ono opted for the Mercedes-Benz 300 TD Wagon. The vehicle at this point was still not available in the U.S., but it was a manageable issue for someone with a superstar profile. For the sum of reportedly $30,000 (that would roughly amount to $90,000 in today’s money), the music legend expedited the model, shipped to him by the automobile maker from Europe to the States.Ironically, the first model of this car to arrive in America is now remembered as Lennon’s final car purchase. The Benz was parked in Lennon’s apartment building garage the night of December 8, 1980, as he was approached by his killer, Mark David Chapman. It remained in the possession of John Lennon’s family for six more years after his death.10 Most Expensive Cars Sold At AuctionThe Benz model appears to be in a great shape. The car’s original pale pea green color has been redone in golden beige, and its rims have been upgraded as well.1965 Morris Mini Cooper S DeVille. Photo by Worldwide Auctioneers.During the 1990s, Lennon’s Benz was exhibited at the Nashville’s Legends Museum. After 1997, it was transferred to a Toronto-based classic car museum. And as of most recently, it has resided at the Classic Car Museum in Sarasota, Florida, the same museum which also supplies the Paul McCartney’s 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S De Ville, for the same auction.The Cooper was custom built for McCartney and is reportedly one of only four such customized Minis that were provided to the Beatles. It too remains in great shape, both on the inside and the outside.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0Paul’s Mini Cooper originally came with a U.K. registration and it has also appeared in the Magical Mystery Tour surreal comedy TV film. All members of the Beatles starred in this release, which originally aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day, 1967.1957 Bentley S1 Psychedelic Replica. Photo by Worldwide Auctioneers.Other notable appearances of the Mini Cooper? Paul McCartney has been photographed in it, accompanied by his spouse Linda Eastman sitting next to him, among other nostalgia-inducing photos.“Both of these iconic motorcars have amazing, documented provenance and both are fantastic symbols of musical, social and automotive history whose value as offered greatly exceeds that of the cars themselves,” said Principal and Auctioneer, John Kruse, in a press release issued by the Worldwide Auctioneers.He added: “It’s difficult to imagine more celebrated early custodians than John Lennon and Paul McCartney and we’re obviously thrilled to have been entrusted with their sale.”McCartney and Lennon, 1964.More than one hundred other cars are consigned at the scheduled Auburn Auction as well. Watch out also for the splendid-looking 1957 Bentley S1 Psychedelic Replica, which sports a marvelous mashup of 14 different colors.Read another story from us: The car where Bonnie and Clyde met their end was raced in the 80sAll vehicles can be previewed one day ahead of the auction event. The auction itself will take place on Saturday, September 1st, over Labor Day Weekend. The venue that will accommodate the event is the National Auto & Truck Museum, L-29 Cord Building in Auburn, Indiana.Stefan A. is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs the blog This City Knows.last_img read more

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Jimmy Garoppolo is a franchise quarterback

first_imgColin says:Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.Colin’s not buying Dak Prescott.Ryan Tannehill is no Andrew Luck.Derek Carr and Jameis Winston are leaders, Jay Cutler is a toxic relationship you need to end.The quality of college football coaching is atrocious.There are two types of coaches. Coaches and gym teachers.RG III to IR. He’s done.Guests:Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider is in for his weekly Monday morning appearance to break down the biggest storylines on the first Monday of the NFL season, why the Colts D is weak, RGIII shoulder updates and IR news, Russell Wilson’s ankle worries, the league buzz on Garoppolo.Shannon Sharpe – NFL Hall of Famer and host of Skip and Shannon Undisputed is in-studio to break down why he was impressed with the Patriots and Jimmy G, takeaways from Dak Prescott’s first start, why Del Rio’s decision may have worked, but wasn’t the right call, and Jay Cutler gets the ether.Plaxico Burress – Former Steeler, Jet and Giant and Super Bowl Champ is in-studio to talk about going for two to win the game from the player’s perspective, what characteristics separate Big Ben as a leader compared to a Jay Cutler, and takeaways from NFL Week 1.Michael Lombardi – Former NFL GM and Pariots exec in-studio to talk NFL Week 1, breaks down the debuts of Wentz, Garoppolo and Prescott, and why there’s reason for concern when you look inside Dak Prescott’s numbers.last_img read more

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VIDEO Local runner wins marathon in massive upset after lead pack takes

first_imgThe Venice Marathon in Italy ended in a shocking upset after the lead pack consisting of many of the favorites was led off the course by a guide motorcycle. The wrong turn took them well off the course, out of contention and allowed Venice local runner  Eyob Ghebrehiwet Faniel to win the race. It was reportedly only Faniel’s second marathon.Here’s the comical moment when the favorites realize they’ve been going the wrong way and are totally screwed. Even if you’re not into marathons – we definitely aren’t – this is good.last_img

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How to Create a Multilingual Website

first_imgDecember 5, 2012 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » The great communicator: Liz Elting of TransPerfect.Photo© Natalie BrasingtonQ: How can I create multilingual websites to attract international customers?A: Tackling the world, are we? Good for you. Attracting foreign visitors to your website involves a fairly obvious formula: Speak the same language as your target market. According to research firm IDC, web users are four times more likely to purchase from a company that communicates in their language. Additionally, visitors to websites stay twice as long on sites that are in their native tongue, according to Forrester Research.The bad news: There’s no simple formula to instantly translate your English-language website into, say, Mandarin. To learn the nuances behind a successful multilingual web presence, we spoke to Liz Elting, CEO of New York-based TransPerfect, which provides language services and translation-related technologies for companies ranging from small businesses to global enterprises. Do I have to build entirely new websites for each language?Sort of, but replicating your current site in multiple languages shouldn’t involve rebuilding its back end. It’s your content that matters, not the user interface. Quick example: When marketing a “home away from home” promotion for a franchised hotel chain, make sure the phrase “home away from home” translates.You need to keep search engine optimization in mind for each language. Just because certain terms are popular in English does not mean the translation is the preferred keyword in other languages. Finding those keywords and terms is vital to your success. Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut to this process other than painstakingly matching English words against high-ranking translations you can find through Google Trends.If SEO matters, how do you recommend handling URLs for translated pages? You have the option of using a subdomain (spanish.companyname.com), a subdirectory (companyname.com/spanish) or a top-level domain (companyname.sp). Which one you use depends on your company. For instance, how well-known is your top-level domain (TLD), product name or company? If your TLD is well-known, you might want to keep it for multilingual websites. If your company already owns the other TLDs for multilingual websites, you’re ahead of the game. Many companies will purchase the in-market TLD ahead of entering a market to keep a competitor from swiping it.To figure out if you should go on an international URL buying spree, take a look at how much traffic your existing domain already draws from different markets and solicit feedback from customers. A client of ours learned from customers in China that because users were required to enter information in Latin-based characters and because the site was .com and not .cn, the site was considered irrelevant in that country.Should businesses create branded social media accounts in different languages?Successful strategies for multilingual campaigns are still emerging. But we do know this: Poor execution via social media can cause more harm to your brand and reputation than having made no effort at all.Also, understand that while Facebook has 55 percent global penetration, according to comScore, it doesn’t mean it’s the only social media site used in foreign markets. In fact, with Twitter still banned in mainland China, you’re better off building a campaign on local site Sina Weibo, which has an audience of more than 300 million posting more than 100 million messages a day. On the other hand, if your customers don’t use social media in China, perhaps you’re better off spending your marketing dollars elsewhere. This story appears in the November 2012 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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3 Email Apps to Rework Your Workflow

first_img Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Before the swell of social-media emails hit our inboxes, we were already drowning. Then along came waves of daily deal offers, only making things worse.Now, “Inbox Zero” — the concept of responding to, filing or deleting every email, every day — is such an against-the-tide effort that Merlin Mann, the efficiency evangelist who dreamed it up, has been writing a book on the topic for almost four years. Perhaps his time would be better spent writing than triaging. Clearly, we’re all gasping for air.Thankfully, there’s another email movement afoot that recommends ignoring new mail notifications and embracing the storage that cloud services afford. But to get comfortable with leaving everything online indefinitely, you’ll have to reexamine how you use email.Think about how your inbox functions in your daily routine, then try downloading one of these apps to help you swim through the clutter and go with the (work) flow:Related: 3 Apps to Help You Write a Business Plan1. Alto: Group messages into customizable ‘stacks.’A modem tone will likely screech through your mind when you read this: AOL is about to revolutionize email. Head to Alto and sign up for the free beta service because invitations take a few days to process.A free, browser-based interface that organizes messages into “stacks,” Alto makes searching through emails dramatically easier. But fear not — you won’t have to blow 14 years of dust off your abandoned AOL Mail account to use it. Alto is simply a filter that analyzes messages from Gmail, iCloud and Yahoo, and presents them more visually.Alto’s intuitive functionality was inspired by real-world actions. For example, after hitting their home mailbox, many people immediately sort envelopes, putting them into stacks of bills, junk, catalogs and so forth. In doing this with email, Alto makes it easier to group messages into customizable piles such as photos or attachments, or starred by sender or even by keyword. Now, when looking for an Internet-provider’s bill, you no longer have to type “Comcast” into the search field — and get thwarted by hundreds of emails using comcast.net addresses. Instead, Alto automatically puts it in the “bills” stack.2. Mailbox: The smart to-do list creator.People who let their inbox rule their day are advised to download Mailbox, a new mobile app for iOS. This free app, which apes the innovative interface of the award-winning task manager Clear, completely rethinks email, turning it from a collection of mailboxes and messages into a time sensitive to-do list that keeps users on track.Related: CrowdCall App Revolutionizes Conference CallingOrganizing messages into five different zones, Mailbox lets the user swipe messages from the inbox either to the left or the right, and displays brief previews of the content. Tapping on a preview opens a message so it can be replied to, forwarded or filed, but simply swiping it will swiftly sort the email. A short swipe to the right archives messages, while a longer one deletes them. A quick swipe to the left brings up a snooze menu that reschedules the email’s arrival for later and a longer one adds the message to a series of customizable lists.Giving users the ability to manage email with a single finger, Mailbox can be ideal for commuters or business owners on-the-go. The app was recently purchased by Dropbox, which gave the service some media buzz and much-needed oomph on the back-end. But it’s only compatible with iOS and Gmail at present, limiting its usefulness considerably.3. Postbox: The Communications HubA full-scale desktop app for both Mac and Windows, Postbox is not only a viable replacement for the operating systems’ default email clients, it also can render some social media programs redundant. With Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter integration, email senders’ job titles, company names and profile photos get pulled directly into the email headers, and users can quickly access their contacts’ social media pages directly from the message.Users can also update their social media status with Postbox, creating a single stop for all messaging needs. Unfortunately, comments, likes, replies and retweets don’t get delivered with the program, but using Postbox in conjunction with the social media monitoring service NutshellMail cobbles together a more comprehensive solution.Now in its third revision and priced at $9.95, Postbox packs other useful features like Dropbox integration and automated responses.Related: 13 Business Apps for Busy Entrepreneurs (Infographic) 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 4, 2013last_img read more

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Take a Look Researchers Aim to Create VisionCorrecting Displays

first_imgJuly 31, 2014 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min readcenter_img If you wear glasses or contacts, you’ll want to get a look at this.When we were kids, our parents told us not to sit too close to the TV screen, because it would ruin our eyes. Today, thanks to scientists at the University of California at Berkeley, and MIT, watching television — or your computer or smartphone — could actually help you see better.That’s right. The researchers have developed a display technology that adjusts for “refractive errors in the eye,” that are usually fixed with glasses, contacts and surgery. Instead of glasses, the correcting effect comes from your screen, which uses an algorithm to make the image appear as if at the distance where it is the sharpest for a person with poor eyesight. Related: This Traveling Robot Isn’t Just a Pile of Junk on the Side of the RoadFor now, the tech is still in the early prototype phase, but the goal of the team behind it is to be able to personalize it for any user’s prescription. They’ve found that they can use the display to adjust for conditions like myopia and astigmatism and they are looking to find ways to integrate the technology into phones, laptops, tablets and even car GPS’s.Here’s a look:In a release from MIT, one of the display’s creator’s, research scientist Gordon Wetzstein, says that while it isn’t an all-purpose solution, it is generally less “invasive.” And, of course, “we spend a huge portion of our time interacting with the digital world,” increasingly in front of displays.Someday you’ll be able to sit back, relax and take off your glasses when in front of your television. Or a computer or your phone. As the creators say, it’s as if the display was wearing glasses or contacts, not you.We’re not sure how it works when different people with different eye prescriptions are looking at the same screen, but the technology still sounds pretty cool.Related: Fade to ‘Vantablack’: Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can’t See It Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Apparently You Can Become Addicted to Google Glass

first_imgOctober 15, 2014 Doctors in San Diego have documented what they describe as the first reported case of “Internet addiction disorder” involving the overuse of Glass. The patient was a 31-year-old enlisted service member who checked in to the U.S. Navy’s Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) this summer for treatment of alcoholism. He was exhibiting withdrawal symptoms that doctors initially thought were solely related to alcohol. But it turned out he was having a hard time functioning also because of his withdrawal from Google Glass.The man had been wearing Glass for up to 18 hours a day, using it fastidiously at work and taking it off when he went to sleep or bathed, said Dr. Andrew Doan, head of addictions and resilience research at Naval Medical Center San Diego and a co-author of a paper published in the journal Addictive Behaviors describing the case.The man told his treatment providers that the withdrawal symptoms from Glass were “much worse” than withdrawing from alcohol, Doan told NBC News.Moreover, “when the therapist would ask him a question, he would have this repeated movement of placing his index finger to the right side of face, similar to trying to turn on the Glass,” Doan said. The man even began experiencing his dreams as if they were viewed through the eyeglass-like smart headset.The patient successfully completed the 35-day residential treatment program and is experiencing fewer withdrawal symptoms, Doan said. He is now following up with outpatient treatment. Google did not immediately respond to a request from NBC News or comment on the case.Though “Internet addiction” isn’t included in the American Psychiatric Association’s latest version of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Doan insists it’s a real malady. He expects to see more cases of behavioral disorders linked to technology as connected gadgets proliferate. One disorder to be on the lookout for, he said, is “nomophobia” — short for “no-mobile-phone” phobia — or the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now » 2 min readlast_img read more

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Check Yourself Before You Buy Exciting Tech You Dont Really Need

first_img Enroll Now for Free 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everybody wants the new shiny thing. But in the world of business, the next hot piece of tech or game-shaking idea may not be what’s best for your company. While some projects can benefit nearly every company, the majority will only aid those who put the legwork into making them truly fit your organizational needs.Related: How Investing in AI is About Investing in People, Not Just TechnologyWhat often makes the difference between a failing company and a growing one is its management — and that means you. That’s not to say that running a successful business means starving yourself of innovative technologies. It’s just crucial that you do your homework, beta test, listen to what your peers are saying, and most importantly, check your intentions for wanting to implement the product or idea. If the answer is that your eyes are bigger than your company’s stomach (and needs), move on. Not every shiny new thing is right for your business, and jumping into something you’re unprepared for is a major risk that rarely pays off.However, there is technology that has proven itself to be useful to most companies — big and burgeoning. Here are some worth considering.Head in the clouds.Data is everything, and there is more of it than ever. We are literally saturating our lives with data. Therefore, I’d venture that every business is using some sort of cloud computing. Whether it’s a small business owner who’s storing information on a free system or a larger company using a more robust system like Salesforce, everyone’s on a cloud.If you’ve got any information that needs storing and accessing, you’ll want to keep it safe. Do your research, and pick the right service for you. Choosing the wrong one can be catastrophic — especially if you don’t want your company to appear incompetent or sloppy to your clients when what you need isn’t at your fingertips.Bring your own device.Freelancers now make up 35 percent of the workforce. In an effort to stay lean, many companies enroll a “bring your own device” (BYOD) system that allows remote, contract and full-time employees to use their personal devices for work purposes. But what businesses save on buying company devices for their staff, they risk in data breaches.Enter mobile device management, or MDM. MDM is typically a security software used by large companies to secure the data of all devices used by the business — whether company-issued or staff-owned. Through on-premise or cloud-based methods, MDM software monitors and manages devices that include smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and desktop computers to secure emails, confidential documents and other assets owned by corporations.Related: 3 Apps to Help You Amplify Your Business and Your LifePart of the reason MDM is one of the most popular technological trends in 2018 is that until recently, the costs for the services were prohibitive for small and medium-sized businesses. Now, with more affordable options for smaller companies, MDM is on the verge of becoming a staple for any business that stores data or uses computers, tablets, and smartphones — which is to say, every business.Artificial productivity?Deep learning is based on the idea that machines can learn, adapt and execute in intelligent ways. But is A.I. good for your company?For businesses like finance or real estate, using machine learning to track trends and identify patterns can be more accurate than someone just crunching numbers. But if you’re a small business owner who owns a diner, a robot cashier may not be as appropriate. On the other hand, a POS (point of sale) system may do the trick for a lot less than a cyborg cashier.Build relationships.Don’t pack your bags and prepare for the coming of the machines just yet. There is still a lot artificial intelligence can’t do. Coming up with big ideas is one, and building authentic relationships with people is another.We’re not just talking about activating sales or getting to know your clients’ need. Don’t forget the people who execute your mission statement. The most important people you should impress aren’t necessarily your clients. Your employees are the ones who take your big ideas and run with them. So, before you run out and buy a machine to fix whatever productivity and sales problems you’re having, do some deep learning of your own. Sometimes, the problems may exist within.Related: 4 Industries That Are Being Disrupted by AITechnology won’t fix what’s wrong.In other words, if you want to scale or transform a failing company, technology can’t fix internal problems. No cloud-based system, machine or gadget can fix bad management, bad hires and bad morale. Covering up failing infrastructure with pretty tech won’t heal what’s underneath. In fact, most sick companies can be fixed with some simple non-tech advances like taking accountability, making time to listen to your employees, offering them ways they can grow within the company and simply caring about who’s working for you in general.Moral of this story? Know your company, inside and out. Before you try to expand or repair a failing business, know what you’re trying to do, and ask yourself what your intentions are for considering using a specific tech in your company. You may want to keep up, but you don’t want to fall down getting there. October 13, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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