Nanotip could play integral part in heatassisted data storage devices

first_img 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. In this drawing of an atomic force microscope tip transferring heat to a surface, the heated zone causes air molecules to collide, which heats a specific, localized surface with no contact. The technique could help develop heat-assisted magnetic recording, an innovative alternative for future data storage technology. Photo credit: Pierre-Olivier Chapuis et al. Using a tip with a nano heat source that never touches the surface, scientists have shown how to heat a localized surface with no contact. The discovery could open the doors to heat-assisted data storage devices and nano thermometers. Explore further Engineers develop chip that converts wasted heat to usable energy Every year, the world’s data storage needs more than double. Understanding heat transfer on the nanoscale is imperative for fabricating technology that will affect nearly everyone living in first-world countries. All over the world, scientists are rushing to develop an alternative data storage system in an effort to increase the space that our information-overloaded society is running out of. One of the options, called thermally-assisted or heat-assisted data storage, works by using a laser to heat a data disc, which stabilizes the magnetic recording process by making it easier to write data when hot and retain data when subsequently cooled. The process overcomes a critical point that conventional magnetic recording devices will soon encounter, known as the superparamagnetic limit. As scientists increase data storage on conventional systems by making the room-temperature bits smaller, at a certain size the bits will become magnetically unstable, will fall out of place, and their information will vanish.In a recent study on heat transfer between a tip and a surface, scientists from France have made a significant step toward the development of heat-assisted data storage, as well as other applications. The team calculated the heat transfer between a silicon tip and a surface, which is dominated mostly by air conduction.“Heat transfer is well known at the macroscopic level (described by Fourier diffusion when collisions between molecules induce thermodynamic local equilibrium),” Pierre-Olivier Chapuis, coauthor of the recent paper in Nanotechnology, told “Heat transfer can also be calculated in the pure ballistic regime (when there is no collision between molecules). But calculating heat transfer in the intermediate regime, when there are a few collisions, still remains a challenge.”In their experiment, the scientists used a tip with a heat source about 20 nanometers high hovering between zero and 50 nanometers above a surface. The heat transfer occurs when cold molecules in the air are heated when they come in contact with the hot tip, then fly to the disk surface, colliding sometimes with other molecules before reaching the surface. Using Boltzmann’s law on the movement of gas, the scientists proposed for the first time a heat distribution at this scale and levels of heat flux. The team showed that the heat transfer through the air takes only a few tens of picoseconds (10-12) seconds) to propagate from the tip to the surface when there is no contact. The scientists also found that below the height of 10 nanometers, a hot tip can heat a region with an edge of 35 nanometers while maintaining its shape; beyond this height, the shape is lost and the thermal spot increases significantly.Heat-assisted data storage products, which are generally predicted to break into the market around 2010, could achieve data density of trillions of bits (terabytes) per square inch, dwarfing the current density. Scanning thermal microscopy, which acts like a nano thermometer to sense temperature and thermal conductivity on the nanoscale, could also benefit from this non-contact, localized heat transfer method. “In thermally-assisted data storage, levels of heat flux are very important because you need to know if the increase of temperature is enough to reach the crtitical temperature (e.g. melting point),” said Sebastian Volz, coauthor of the study. “Scanning thermal microscopy can benefit from this work because it shows that, by reducing the heat source, you will probe more locally than what can be achieved now. Our work proposes a heat distribution in this field, which could help industrials design their devices.”Citation: Chapuis, Pierre-Olivier, Greffet, Jean-Jacques, Joulain, Karl and Volz, Sebastian. Heat transfer between a nano-tip and a surface. Nanotechnology 17 (2006) 2978-2981.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 Citation: Nano-tip could play integral part in heat-assisted data storage devices (2006, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Feynman wasnt joking Modeling quantum dynamics with ground state wavefunctions

first_img © 2013 All rights reserved. This allowed the researchers to specify a direct analogy to the convergence seen in ground state systems – that is, the rate of expansion convergence is inversely proportional to two-body interaction strength. “As far as we know,” McClean says, “nobody has used configuration interaction to do a time-dependent problem in the way we did in our paper.” Researcher Jarrod R. McClean discussed with the research that he and his colleagues, Profs. John A. Parkhill and Alán Aspuru-Guzik, conducted. “In solving quantum dynamical problems prior to our findings, the large dimension and complexity of models in quantum mechanics make it very computationally expensive to perform dynamics simulations,” McClean tells “This means that only very short time scales can be examined with high accuracy. Moreover,” he points out, “previous attempts to utilize modern parallel computers have been hindered by strong spatial interactions within quantum systems.””One usually thinks of quantum information as a field that leads to the development of quantum computers,” Harvard’s Aspuru-Guzik notes. “It turns out that classical computing can benefit and learn from the ideas of quantum information. This application of Feynman’s clock to the challenging problem of time evolution is an example of this.”Traditional algorithms utilize parallelization in space, in which a supercomputer comprising many processors spatially distributes and advances the problem in single temporal increments. “What is less natural,” McClean continues, “is to think about the possibility of setting up a calculation that is parallel in time.” This means that the simulation at different points in time has to be simultaneously calculated on many processors. “That’s the focal point of our study,” McClean stresses. “We exploit the clock construction, which was originally designed to think about quantum computing for use in parallel computers.”McClean notes the importance of demonstrating their proposal’s accuracy convergence by applying the configuration interaction method – a linear variational method for solving the nonrelativistic Schrödinger equation. “We wanted to show that the convergence of configuration interaction in spacetime has similar properties to its usual application in ground state chemistry,” he explains. “To do this, we had to find a system of interest where we could also control the importance of two-body and one-body interactions.” ( —Amongst the late Richard Feynman’s many prolific and profound contributions to quantum mechanics, the eponymous Feynman clock is perhaps one of the more innovative. Conceived as a solution to the problem of quantum simulation, the Feynman clock proposes using quantum computers to simulate quantum systems – and in so doing, conjectures that if a quantum system moves stepwise forward and then backward in time in equal increments, it would necessarily return to its original state. While originally a linear concept, scientists at Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame recently generalized the proposition to construct a more flexible discrete-time variational principle that leads to a parallel-in-time algorithm. (A variational principle is a scientific principle, used within the calculus of variations, which develops general methods for finding functions which minimize or maximize the value of quantities that depend upon those functions.) The researchers then used that algorithm to describe time-based quantum system evolution as a ground state eigenvalue problem – that is, the quantum system’s lowest energy state – which led them to realize that the solution of the quantum dynamics problem could also be obtained by applying the traditional ground state variational principle. More information: Feynman’s clock, a new variational principle, and parallel-in-time quantum dynamics, PNAS Published online before print September 23, 2013, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 Citation: Feynman wasn’t joking: Modeling quantum dynamics with ground state wavefunctions (2013, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Researchers propose a new system for quantum simulation Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences To take advantage of parallel processing in time, McClean notes, the scientists also needed to demonstrate that their construction had a natural division into smaller time segments that could be handled independently by different processors on a parallel computer. “The challenge, of course, was to show that this was computationally advantageous in comparison to traditional approaches of stepping forward in time,” he adds.To address these challenges, McClean says that the key insight at the heart of their work was that tools developed in quantum computation may be exportable to classical simulations of quantum systems. “Through this,” he explains, “we recognized that by turning quantum dynamics problems into ground state problems, we could leverage tools from ground state simulation to address difficulties in both the dimension of the space and the length of simulation time required.” In addition, he points out that the key to achieving speedup in parallel-in-time algorithms is the ability to precondition, or develop an inexpensive guess for, the solution in serial mode before refining it in parallel mode. One of the paper’s key findings was that the new construction performs favorably against existing algorithms. “We demonstrated that for a representative quantum system, when the same dynamics and partitioning is performed, our algorithm would finish in less human time than the competing algorithms by making use of parallel computer architectures,” McClean says. “We ensured that all factors in our comparison were as equal as possible, converging to the same level of accuracy and averaging the speedup results over different time partitions.”McClean acknowledges the possibility of constructing similar algorithms from the other time-dependent variational principles. “However,” he points out, “one must be careful when selecting spacetime basis functions. These methods are in their infancy, and it’s a current research topic to develop them for use with the Schrodinger equation and quantum mechanics.”In a similar vein, McClean states that there are other methods that use extended spacetime to remove time-dependence from a problem. “However,” he clarifies, “these methods use the time-independent Hamiltonian in a way that is similar to traditional time-stepping, retaining many of the drawbacks. In our approach, we take a time-independent construction whose ground state directly encodes the dynamics, allowing us to use any number of previously developed techniques for determining the ground state.”In addition, the metrics inspired by their approach can be used to quantitatively understand the errors resulting from truncating the Hilbert space of many-body quantum dynamics. “In order to make quantum simulations tractable,” McClean explains, “it’s almost always necessary to hypothesize that a small part of the quantum space is relevant and simulate exclusively in that space. Our metrics allow researchers to quantitatively assess if the selected space includes all the interesting quantum dynamics – and if not, at exactly what time the violation occurs, thereby making it unnecessary to throw out their entire simulation.” For example, to simulate the dynamics of charge transfer in a protein, it would be necessary to pick a subset of quantum states and model the dynamics within them. “Our error metrics could allow someone to quickly discover if they had selected the wrong states, and reselect them before too much computational power had been wasted.”In other cases, he continues, the necessary states for simulation might be known, but the total time of simulation needed to see a rare event of interest might be too long for a single processor run in serial . “In that case, our technique could be used in conjunction with spatial parallelization to parallelize over time and reduce the human time required to see that rare event. This leads to faster results and more rapid development of continuing experiments.”Moving forward, McClean believes that there are many untapped resources in the field of quantum information which have the potential to advance classical simulation techniques. “Methods developed for adiabatic quantum computation may be directly applicable to our method to further refine its speed and accuracy. In terms of the planned next steps in their research, he adds that they are looking at applying more advanced techniques from electronic structure to the ground state formulation of dynamics. “Hopefully,” he adds, “the methods that have been successful in describing these problems can yield new insights into dynamics problems for quantum chemistry.”McClean notes that there are other areas of research that might benefit from their study. “Our method should be generally applicable across many computational domains that study the time dynamics of physical systems,” he tells “While many schemes currently exploit spatial parallelism to take advantage of modern supercomputers, temporal parallelism has been a relatively untapped resource to date. Our method and variations of it,” McClean concludes, “will likely be very useful in tapping this additional resource to scale physical simulations to previously unreachable timescales.” The spin triangle within the vanadium compound, used as a model system for the TEDVP. Note that coordinating sodium ions and water molecules are not depicted here. The chemical formula of this compound is given by (CN3H6)4Na2[H4V(IV)6 O8(PO|4)4 (OCH2)3 CCH2OH2] · 14H2O. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 A schematic representation of the action of the clock Hamiltonian on the history state with three discrete times and a Hilbert space of three states. Each block is a matrix with dimension of the physical system. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308069110 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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Best of Last Week – New fusion power design a space elevator

first_img In other news, a company in Canada got a U.S. patent for a space elevator—their idea is to use modular tubes of Kevlar-polyethylene composites filled with helium to build the structure, which they claim would reach to 12 miles high. The elevator could be used to carry cargo and humans to that height and at the top would be a runway for space planes to take off and land. And another international team of astronomers reported that they have been charting the slow death of the universe. They have conducted the most comprehensive assessment yet of the energy output of the universe measuring the energy generated by 200,000 galaxies, and have found that it is approximately half of what it was two billion years ago.Also, in an interesting turn of events, a team of researchers at Northwestern University uncovered a difference between the sexes—other than the obvious ones, of course. They found evidence of male and female human brains operating differently at the molecular level. Meanwhile, another team of molecular scientists unexpectedly produced a new type of glass—and it might lead to improvements in efficiency of electronic devices.And finally, if you are one of the many people attempting to lose weight by dieting, you might want to know that a team of researchers with US National Institutes of Health has found that a low-fat diet results in more fat loss than low-carb diets, in humans. Now all you will have to do is stick to it. Citation: Best of Last Week – New fusion power design, a space elevator and low-fat diet found to be better than low-carb diet (2015, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Explore further A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Credit: the MIT ARC teamcenter_img (—It was a big week for physics—a research team at MIT created a superfluid in a record-high magnetic field—a Bose-Einstein condensate—for a tenth of a second. And another team at MIT announced a new design that could finally help to bring fusion power closer to reality—in as little as ten years. Meanwhile, a team working at CERN found that protons and antiprotons appear to be true mirror images—the most precise measurements of their charge-to-mass ratio to date. And researchers working at the South Pole-based IceCube experiment reported that a cosmic mystery deepened with the discovery of a new ultra-high-energy neutrino—making it the fourth and highest-energy neutrino yet observed. Also, a team at CalTech announced a discovery in fundamental physics—pinpointing for the first time how instabilities in the arrangement of electrons in metals arise. 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. Cosmic mystery deepens with discovery of new ultra-high-energy neutrinolast_img read more

Bat species found to have tongue pump to pull in nectar

first_img More information: Nectar uptake in bats using a pumping-tongue mechanism, Science Advances  25 Sep 2015: Vol. 1, no. 8, e1500525, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500525AbstractMany insects use nectar as their principal diet and have mouthparts specialized in nectarivory, whereas most nectar-feeding vertebrates are opportunistic users of floral resources and only a few species show distinct morphological specializations. Specialized nectar-feeding bats extract nectar from flowers using elongated tongues that correspond to two vastly different morphologies: Most species have tongues with hair-like papillae, whereas one group has almost hairless tongues that show distinct lateral grooves. Recent molecular data indicate a convergent evolution of groove- and hair-tongued bat clades into the nectar-feeding niche. Using high-speed video recordings on experimental feeders, we show distinctly divergent nectar-feeding behavior in clades. Grooved tongues are held in contact with nectar for the entire duration of visit as nectar is pumped into the mouths of hovering bats, whereas hairy tongues are used in conventional sinusoidal lapping movements. Bats with grooved tongues use a specific fluid uptake mechanism not known from any other mammal. Nectar rises in semiopen lateral grooves, probably driven by a combination of tongue deformation and capillary action. Extraction efficiency declined for both tongue types with a similar slope toward deeper nectar levels. Our results highlight a novel drinking mechanism in mammals and raise further questions on fluid mechanics and ecological niche partitioning. Scientists have seen many examples of animals that lap up liquid in many different ways, they have also seen examples of animals that are able to suck water right out of a river, but until now, there has never been a documented sighting of a an animal that is able to pull a liquid against gravity, using a pumping-mechanism.Intrigued as to how Costa Rican Orange Nectar Bats pull nectar from plants, the team set up a high-speed video camera next to a test tube with a clear liquid meant to serve as nectar and recorded several of them in action. In studying the video, the researchers discovered that the bat lowered its tongue into the liquid and then simply held it there while the liquid miraculously made its way up the tongue and into the mouth. Closer examination showed that the tongue had two grooves (which were open to the air) along its length and that tiny muscles appeared to be undulating along the sides of the groves as the liquid was pulled up—serving as a pumping mechanism of some sort. Explore further Hummingbird tongues are tiny pumps that spring open to draw in nectar (—A trio of researchers affiliated with the University of Ulm in Germany and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama has found that one species of bat has a method of collecting nectar that has never been seen before in any other animal. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they discovered the unique eating method using high speed cameras, and their theories on how it works. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Author Marco Tschapka describes the unusual way some bats use their tongues to obtain nectar. Credit: AAAS/ Carla Schaffer Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img Play Tongue of Lonchophylla. robusta at near-maximum extension (detail, lateral view). Credit: Tschapka, Gonzalez-Terrazas, Knörnschild Sci. Adv. 2015;1:e1500525 The researchers cannot say for sure what is going on, but suspect two forces are at work: capillary action and muscle force. They believe it is likely the liquid is held in the grooves by capillary action, and that the tiny muscles somehow force the liquid to move upwards, against gravity—sort of like allowing one end of a sponge to rest in water while continuously wringing out the water that is pulled into other parts. The result is an odd, unique and efficient means for drawing nectar from a flower. They note that the unique physiology of the mouth suggests that the bats evolved their way of eating independently of other species. The pumping tongue nectar-feeding bat Lonchophylla robusta visiting a bromeliad flower. Credit: M. Tschapka/University of Ulm PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2015 Citation: Bat species found to have tongue pump to pull in nectar (2015, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery

first_img Explore further Citation: Nanoparticles act as surgical blades for improved dental surgery (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Artistic depiction of engineered nanoparticles containing enzymes that function as surgical blades. Credit: Zinger et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Nanotechnology could redefine oral surgery Journal information: ACS Nano © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Assaf Zinger et al. “Proteolytic Nanoparticles Replace a Surgical Blade by Controllably Remodeling the Oral Connective Tissue.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b07983 Currently, more than 80 nanotechnologies have been approved for a variety of medical applications, from treating cancer to bioimaging to tissue remodeling. Now in a new study, researchers have shown that enzyme-containing nanoparticles can perform minor dental surgery and improve the outcome of dental braces for reorienting severely misaligned teeth into their proper position. Tests showed that rats treated with the nanoparticles before wearing braces exhibited better tooth alignment, reduced tooth relapse, faster recovery, and less pain compared to rats that underwent traditional surgery before braces.The researchers, led by Avi Schroeder at Technion-Israel Institue of Technology, have published a paper on the new nanotechnology in a recent issue of ACS Nano.”I think we are trying to change a 5000-year dogma of the way surgeries are performed,” Schroeder told “Specifically, the existing scalpel cannot distinguish between healthy and diseased tissue. However, enzymes can. Proteolytic enzymes are tuned to degrade specific tissues, without harming other healthy tissues. We believe that in the future surgeries must be more accurate, with less damage to healthy tissues.”The researchers designed the new procedure specifically to address cases of severe misalignment of teeth, termed “malocclusion.” Currently, this condition is treated with minor yet often painful surgery to cut the collagen fibers that connect the teeth to the bone, followed by braces to move the teeth into their proper position. Besides a painful recovery period, about 40% of patients experience relapse and require a second cycle of treatment.The nanotechnology treatment has the potential to greatly improve this treatment procedure by allowing the body’s own natural enzymes to break down the collagen fibers and for other natural biomolecules to rebuild the fibers when the teeth are correctly aligned with braces. To do this, the researchers engineered nanoparticles consisting of a liposome vesicle (basically an empty cell membrane) filled with the enzyme collagenase. Collagenase causes collagen fibers to weaken and break, but only when first activated by calcium, which occurs naturally in the mouth. In order to ensure that the collagenase only begins working at the surgical site, the liposome acts as a protective vehicle to safely transport the collagenase to the sulcus (located between the gums and teeth), where it begins diffusing out and interacting with calcium. The researchers determined the particular collagenase concentration that causes the collagenase to weaken the collagen fibers by approximately 50%, making it much easier for braces to reorient the teeth. Over the next several hours, the body’s own fibroblasts sense the weakened collagen and initiate collagen remodeling, restoring the fibers to their original strength. Overall, tests with rats showed that those treated with the nanosurgical procedure experienced a three-fold enhancement in tooth alignment, along with significantly less tooth relapse and less pain compared to rats treated with traditional surgery. The researchers attribute the improvement to the fact that the nanosurgical procedure allows the tissue and bone to be remodeled at the new orientation, in contrast to stressed teeth returning to their original position as often occurs in the traditional procedure. The results suggest that the nanosurgical procedure has the potential to replace the more invasive traditional method with an overall improved outcome.”Here we demonstrated the bio-surgery approach for the first time,” Schroeder said. “We plan to expand to other organs and more challenging procedures in the future.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Chimp communication gestures found to follow human linguistics rules

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers with members from the U.K., Switzerland and Spain has found that chimpanzees use communication gestures in ways that follow human linguistic rules. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of chimps communicating with one another in the wild, and compares their observations against human communication rules. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Over the years, linguistic researchers have discovered that human language conforms to specific rules regardless of the language in which it is spoken. Such rules have names to make them more easily discussed. One such rule, Zipf’s law of abbreviation, holds that words that are used frequently tend to be short. Another rule is called Menzerath’s law—it says that large language structures tend to be made up of multiple short segments (syllables) when spoken. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if such rules might apply to other animals. To find out, they obtained and studied video footage of wild chimpanzees living and communicating in Uganda’s Budongo Forest Reserve.The researchers were able to identify approximately 2,000 examples of 58 unique gestures used by the chimps when communicating with one another. Since chimps cannot speak, they communicate by using hand gestures, body posture, facial expressions and they make various noises. By combining gestures that are available to them, chimps are able to convey a wide variety of messages to one another.The researchers found that human language rules do apply to the chimpanzees’ use of gestures—the most commonly used gestures tended to be quite short, for example, and longer gestures tended to be broken up by multiple shorter gestures. They suggest that this indicates that despite the major differences in the mode of communication, the underpinnings of the two communications systems follow the same basic mathematical principles. Interestingly, an international team of researchers found just last year that human toddlers and chimps have very similar communications systems.The researchers plan to continue their research by expanding their analysis to include other species—they expect to focus on bonobos next because they are known to use many of the same gestures as chimpanzees. Researchers decode gestures used by chimpanzees to communicate with each othercenter_img © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Chimp communication gestures found to follow human linguistics rules (2019, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Raphaela Heesen et al. Linguistic laws in chimpanzee gestural communication, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2900 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Colours of dreams and thoughts

first_imgHis exhibition called Evening Dreams and The Mind-Bending is a combined effort of three years. It’s a set of 30 paintings done on canvases with acrylics.‘Evening Dreams is about myself. Its drawn from the early years I spent growing up. It also narrates my experiences, travels and journeys of life. The Mind-Bending on the other hand is inspired from outer space. The core of the universe, I believe, is not an external element but lies deep within,’ he adds. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’At 23, he aspires to make people think through his art. How? ‘All my paintings are abstract expressions. They aim to take people back to their childhood or when we were born. When the mind was just a plain blank entity. It’s during this time the most creative thoughts develop,’ says Arash.‘Since childhood I had an eye for colours. It’s unusual how my canvases appear by themselves when I apply the wash technique over them. Plus, whenever I start painting there are no preconcieved thoughts,’ he added.Priced between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000, he calls his art work unique and rare, after which he is gearing up for his next series based upon vaanis from the Holy Guru Granth Sahib.DETAILAt- Arpana Art Gallery, Siri Fort Area On till- Today Timings- 3 pm onwardslast_img read more

There are things comedians want to say but dont

first_imgWith a show curated and designed by him, Singh is all set to call a spade a spade. The show Shut The Mic Up will feature Amit Tandon along with opening acts by Danny George and Madhav Mehta.Speaking to Millennium Post, Singh explained that the whole idea behind the show is to drop the guard and get candid. There will also be an interview session where Singh will be throwing questions at Tandon about his life and the funny career decision.This is to bring out the human face of the comedian says Singh. ‘People often misunderstand comedians, am going to try break that down,’ adds the funnyman.WHEN: 7 November, 8 pm onwardsWHERE: Akshara Theatre, BKS Marglast_img read more

For nice winter evenings

first_imgWinter is for foodies. There’s no two ways to that belief and a lovely way to explore this best is when we go restaurant hopping. Millennium Post checked out two new ones in the Capital. Here’s the lowdownFio Cookhouse & Bar, Epicuria, Nehru PlaceAfter the success of the excellent restaurant in the Garden of Five Senses, Fio has opened a fresh new outlet at Nehru Place’s Epicuria. For starters the location is brilliant, you are nestled below the metro station but you cannot feel a single tremor. The interiors are sleek and cosy and they also have tables outside with heaters for the season.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let the bartender surprise you with some excellent cocktails as you enjoy the view. That’s what we did and he gave us something that can be best described as a Kala Khatta with a kick. It hands down one of the best cocktails we have ever tasted. Fio has European and Indian dishes on offer and they also have an excellent brunch menu. We had the Spit Fire Grilled Chicken and the Char Grilled Chicken which were perfectly done. The Spit Fire Grilled Chicken gets our vote. They also served up some excellent chicken tikka. But the Salmon Salad is something that took our breath away. If you are in Fio – you have to try the salad. The salmon was fresh, delectably pink and went perfectly with the greens. A lot of restaurants spoil the fish by cooking it terribly wrong – that should just be illegal. Salmon is a great fish and it should be enjoyed as fresh as it comes.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTry the tiramisu for dessert – it comes in a very cute jar.  A meal for two at Fio’s would be Rs 2500 (without taxes and alcohol). If you are around Nehru Place – check out Fio. It is quite a laid back, lovely place that makes for great evenings. Market Cafe, GK II, M BlockYou must have visited the Market Cafe in Khan Market, what they have in GK II is their latest outlet. At the very onset the cafe soothes you with the lovely blue interiors. Since the focus is on Mediterranean cuisine, the setting is perfect.   While you have to forget about the liquor for a while, the Cafe whips up some great mocktails. Over-looking a park, it is a great place to spend a nice lazy afternoon over the dip platter. We tried the nachos topped with cheese and beans and they were very good.  For the main course we were served the Turkish Turlu (Pan Roasted Veggies – Chickpeas – Herb Couscous – Tomato Celery Broth) and the Grilled Fish (Grilled fillets of fish – Sautéed Veggies – Herbed potatoes  – Lime Coriander Cream Sauce). The Grilled Fish is excellent and definitely something we would recommend to anyone visiting the cafe. The desserts are excellent at Market Cafe – try the molten chocolate for sure. It is divine and so excellently sinful that it is a must for the winter chill. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1500 (without taxes). Do head over – this place is worth a visit.last_img read more

In rhythm and verses

first_imgShe was shocked to see the condition of Haveli which was occupied by a Taal and a PCO was operating from there. In order to restore the Ghalib’s Haveli to its rightful place Sharma formed a committee Ghalib Memorial Movement with eminent people.They then approached Sheila Dikshit to help in getting the Haveli Vacated and make it into a Heritage site. With the then CMs interest and their relentless efforts the Haveli was finally restore and is now a befitting Memorial to the great poet. To commemorate the event Sharma has been organising Ghalib’s Birth-Death Anniversary every year which includes a Candle Light Procession to Ghalib’s Haveli from Town Hall and a cultural programme based on Ghalib’s writing. The evening’s programme is a culmination of this year’s Ghalib’s Death Anniversary Celebration.  The event is scheduled for  8 February at Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Max Muller Marg. Head over for this one!WHEN: 8 February, 6:30 pmWHERE: Multipurpose Hall, IIClast_img read more

Manjus bronze upgraded after higher finisher tests positive

first_img‘Manju Bala’s medal has been upgraded as one of the two Chinese athletes who finished above her has turned in a positive dope test,’ said a source within the Indian contingent who has been informed by one of the athletics technical officials. Manju threw the chain and ball to 60.47m, considerably shorter than gold medal winner Zhang Weinxiu — who set a new Games mark of 77.33m — and silver winner Wang Zheng (74.16m), both from China on September 28. Rajasthan’s 25-year-old Manju had come here with a season’s best of 62.74m that she threw in the inter-state meet at Lucknow in June. An official announcement on this matter is expected sometime later. This is the first dope offence in these Games which has affected the result of an Indian competitor.last_img read more

Bengali film on treasure hunt to be released soon

first_imgKolkata: Byomkesh-actor Abir Chatterjee will now don the hat of a treasure hunter in ‘Guptodhoner Sondhane’, which is claimed to be the first big Bengali film on treasure hunt, will be released this month. Eminent Bengali directors Goutam Ghosh, Kamaleswar Mukherjee and Arindam Sil are part of the team as the director Dhrubo Banerjee said they were here to enhance the quality of the film.Popular Bengali hero Abir Chatterjee said neither Sil, nor Ghosh nor Mukherjee carried the baggage of a film maker during the film’s shoot but did not divulge how their role unfolded in the film. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”All the three portray very interesting and important characters but how that will be a surprise. All I can say they brought more layers to the film,” the director said.Chatterjee, who had also portrayed the character of iconic Bengali sleuth ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ in a string of Bengali films, said, “Bengalis are losing the spirit of going on exploration for treasure hunt. The film aims at fostering that spirit of adventures in every Bengali. To my knowledge it is the first big Bengali production on embarking on adventure for hidden treasure.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChatterjee had been cast as Byomkesh in several films including Byomkesh Pawrbo, Har Har Byomkesh, Byomkesh Phire Elo, Badshahi Angti (featuring iconic sleuth Feluda) among others.Asked if his image as Byomkesh or Feluda will not come in the way of establishing the new role of a treasure-hunter history professor, visiting the country after seven years, Chatterjee said, “We are actors first and portray the role as demanded by the script. The audience is mature enough.” He said the film had references to the history of Bengal.”Instead of past instances of films based on literary works, here the films will be followed by novels in print and graphic novels. We intend to start a franchise,” he said.About casting Chatterjee in the lead role, he said, “I did not seek to find similarities between his portrayal as Feluda or Byomkesh. But I liked his smart and intelligent look which can be moulded in a different way than the previous characters.”Sonada aka Subarno Sen, the protagonist in his film, may give a break from the monotony of iconic characters of Feluda and Byomkesh to the Bengali audience, he said.’Guptodhoner Sondhane’ is the first instalment of a brand new franchise being introduced by SVF, Srikant Mohta said on behalf of the producers.last_img read more

Jaitley turns 63 Modi wishes him long life

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday turned 63 and was greeted on his birthday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other leaders.Jaitley, who also holds the charge of Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as Corporate Affairs Ministry, is among the senior most ministers in the Union Cabinet and has been active in politics since his college days when he was an ABVP student leader.“Dear Arun ji, wishing you a very happy birthday. May you be blessed with the best health & a long life,” Modi tweeted.Jaitley, a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, was also greeted by several other leaders of BJP and various other parties.“Thank you everyone for kind birthday wishes and blessings,” he later wrote Facebook while posting pictures of his birthday celebrations at Lodhi Garden, where he frequently goes for a morning walk, as also at his residence and at his office.last_img read more

Scholars deliberate on Mahatma Gandhis role in uniting people

first_imgKolkata: A panel discussion on the ideals and contributions of Mahatma Gandhi gave eminent historians and researchers here a platform to reminisce the leader’s efforts to unite people, irrespective of faith and colour. Speaking at the session – ‘Ishwar Allah Tere Naam – Gandhi’s Secularism’- at ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’ (AKLF) here on Sunday, Rajmohan Gandhi, renowned scholar and the grandson of the leader, said, “Bapu played a significant role in introducing ‘secularism’ as one of the country’s founding principles.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The very words ‘Ishwar allah tere naam’ is an expression of deep faith and religiosity. It showed Bapu’s desire to see God face to face. Gandhiji had an active role in shaping our secular destiny,” he said. Sugata Bose, a historian and grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, said Gandhiji was a key proponent of Hindu-Muslim unity. “The term ‘secular’ was not much in use in the pre- independence era India, but Gandhiji always believed in giving equal respect to all religions and protection to every community,” he added. The 10th edition of ‘Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival’ ended on a high note on Sunday amid discussions on art, written works and socio-cultural issues by various authors, politicians and academicians.last_img read more

Fire dept to soon introduce four robots in its fleet

first_imgKolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department will soon introduce four robots in its fleet for more effective firefighting in the city. The department has already got the necessary nod from the state Finance department for procuring the robots.”Our firemen face a lot of difficulties in dousing fire, particularly in chemical factories. In a number of cases there have been injuries to firemen during such firefighting operations. We will be soon floating an e-tender for procuring the robots. The robots can be used in highrise fires and in chemical fires,” said state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe department, which is taking a slew of measures for modernisation, is also introducing fire balls. “The balls will be used to extinguish fire in very narrow and congested places or in locked buildings where physical entry is extremely difficult. We have plans to procure 2,000 such fire balls,” Bose added. A senior official of the department said that such fire balls are used for firefighting in a number of foreign countries and also in some other states in the country, particularly to extinguish fire in locked buildings. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”When a fire ball is thrown into a burning room or place from any small gap, it helps in dousing the fire in ten to fifteen minutes,” the official added. The fire ball, which is smaller in size than a basketball but larger than a cricket ball, contains ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. However, the balls don’t explode if they accidentally drop on the ground. It will burst only when it is thrown into a fire. The official said that allocation for procurement of modern equipments like robots or fire balls is expected to be made in the state Budget. The plans for procurement of the same have been discussed time and again in a series of meetings that followed after the fire at Bagree Market in September and the recent fire at Traders Assembly building in Gariahat in December. The firefighters had faced a daunting task in extinguishing the fire on both occasions. The department has also made plans to give basic training in firefighting to students of city schools and various clubs in the city.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics Upcoming plays

first_imgIndia’s biggest theatre extravaganza, is finally heading towards its finale. The festival saw some prominent groups and artists presenting the best of their plays. In its last phase, a couple of other fabulous performances, which can be enjoyed by theatre lovers include:FridayADHE ADHUREWriter: Mohan RakeshDirector: Robin DasGroup: Individual Performance, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 40 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh, NSD LOKA SHAKUNTALA Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWriter: K.V. Subbanna Director: CR JambeGroup: Antharanga Havyasi Nataka Thanda, Shimoga Language: KannadDuration: 1 hr 50 minsTime: 6:30 pmLocation: Kamani SaturdayTHE HOUSE OF USERWriter: Edgar Allan PoeDirector: Goge BamGroup: NSD Diploma Production, New DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 1 hr 15 minsTime: 2 pmLocation: Bahumukh/ Sammukh AKA-NANDUNWriter & Director: Bhawani Bashir YasirGroup: Ensemble Kashmir Theatre (EKTA), J & KLanguage: KashmirDuration: 1 hr 25 minsTime: 5 pm Location: Shri Ram CentreA STRAIGHT PROPOSALWriter & Director: Happy Ranjit Group: Unicorn Actors Studio, DelhiLanguage: HindiDuration: 2 hrsTime: 8:30 pmLocation: Abhimanch, NSDlast_img read more

IndiGo to start daily flights on KolkataHanoi route from Oct 31

first_imgNew Delhi: IndiGo will start daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3, making Vietnam’s capital the 19th international destination for the airline. Vietnam would be fifth Southeast Asian country in IndiGo’s network after Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. In a release on Tuesday, the no-frills airline said it would introduce daily non-stop flights connecting Kolkata and Hanoi from October 3. “Hanoi will be IndiGo’s 19th International and 75th overall destination,” it said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata One way fares are starting from Rs 9,999. IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said the airline would continue to expand its network to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers across domestic and international destinations. “We foresee a rising demand for Hanoi, which is famous for its historic architecture and a rich cultural blend of Southeast Asian and French influence. “Additionally, we are also expecting a high demand for the Buddhist circuit as Vietnam has a large Buddhist community,” he added. IndiGo operates around 1,400 flights daily.last_img read more

Hit the Road Jack The Undercover Drug Arrest of Ray Charles

first_imgRay Charles, a much loved and respected musical genius, had a long career as a musician that was almost cut short by his heroin addiction. In November of 1961, the singer was arrested at the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.Shortly after he checked in, he received a call from a man wanting to sell him drugs. When the man arrived, Charles bought a dozen three dollar capsules filled with heroin.Ray Charles. Photo by Mallory1180 CC BY-SA 4.0He and his band traveled to Anderson, Indiana just northeast of Indianapolis for a concert the next day, and returned to Indianapolis.The plan was to go to a local club to hear Aretha Franklin sing, but Charles stayed behind.Photo of Ray Charles in one of his classic poses at the piano.The next morning a knock on the door of his suite woke Charles and when he asked who was at the door the reply was “Western Union” — but in fact, it was the Indianapolis police.They pushed their way in without a search warrant and searched the room with Charles not knowing what was happening.Ray Charles exiting the stageThey seemed to know just where to look and found a needle and ten of the heroin capsules empty with residue still remaining.Ray was arrested and hustled out the door with no respect for his privacy.Ray Charles in Hamburg, 1971. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs CC BY SA 2.0He was taken to the police station where the press was clamoring for a story, and the police staff let them into the room.Although Charles was blind, he knew the familiar sound of camera shutters being clicked.Trade ad for Ray Charles’ single “Yesterday.”The reporters crowded around him and fired off embarrassing questions reducing the singer to tears.The next day Charles was released on bond and headed to his hotel to meet up with his band, who had heard of the arrest on the radio.Charles at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1983.They left for a gig in Evansville, Indiana across the Ohio River from the border of Kentucky.When they arrived, the group was met by reporters who, again, encircled Charles pressing him with ridiculous questions.Ray Charles at Grammy Awards – rehearsal – February, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC By 2.0When Charles returned to Indianapolis for his court appearance, a media circus greeted him at the courthouse.They caused such a commotion that Judge Ernie S. Burke threatened to clear the building.He set the date of the trial for January 1962. Charles posted his $1,000 bail bond and left Indiana for Nashville, Tennessee.Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972. Photo by Oliver F. AtkinsThe concert tour was dogged by reporters who would not leave him alone. Repercussions of the arrest included a cancellation of an appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show, a venue that introduced many fledgling stars to the public including Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Several other concerts were canceled as well.Ray Charles’ microphone. Photo by Andrew Russeth CC BY-SA 2.0In January, Charles returned to Indianapolis for his trial at the courthouse which was packed with reporters and fans.The judge heard his attorney’s arguments that the police entered under false pretenses and illegally searched the room.Charles with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, 1984.Judge Burke set his response for three weeks later when he ruled that because of the illegal way the police tried to entrap Charles, the charges would be dismissed.For many, the fiasco would have caused them to think twice about returning to drugs but the pull of addiction was too strong for Charles and he was arrested for heroin possession again in 1964.Ray Charles monument in Montreux, Switzerland. Photo by Lysippos CC BY-SA 3.0Wisely, Charles checked himself into St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California for addiction treatment.After about five months in the hospital he emerged addiction free and was put on probation for five years. By 1966, his songs were climbing the music charts again.Star honoring Ray Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard.Ray Charles, whose real surname was Robinson, died from liver disease in 2004 at the age of seventy three, in Beverly Hills, California.He was entombed at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.Over one thousand people attended his funeral at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Some of his most beloved songs were performed at the service by Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, his longtime chess partner and songwriting collaborator and his son, the Rev. Robert Robinson Sr.Read another story from us: Ozzy Osbourne Bit the Head Off a Live Bat and Snorted a Line of AntsDuring his lifetime Ray Charles won twelve Grammy Awards and according to he performed more than ten thousand concerts and put out over sixty records.last_img read more

The First Recorded Labor Strike in History

first_imgWorkers strikes are a common way to push employers to pay a fair wage with fair benefits. When workers stop working, everything grinds to a halt. The use of strikes has been around since 1159 BC when the workers of Egypt’s King Ramses III, who were not being paid as promised, sat down and refused to work.According to, a papyrus written by the Egyptian scribe Amennakht at Deir el Medina records the strike on an almost day to day basis.Ramses III offering incense, wall painting in KV11.Ramses III inherited the title of Pharaoh about 1186 BC and began the 20th Dynasty in the New Kingdom, which lasted from about 1570 to 1069 BC.He reigned over a relatively peaceful Egypt for over twenty years until an invasion by the “Sea People” seriously depleted both funds and laborers who would normally have been working the fields to produce much needed food.The Sea People were a loose organization of mercenary and raiding types from the Mediterranean Sea area.This famous scene from the north wall of Medinet Habu is often used to illustrate the Egyptian campaign against the Sea Peoples in what has come to be known as the Battle of the Delta.No one knows what nationality they were, or if, in fact, several different nationalities were represented in these groups. Experts debate on the suggestions that they could have been Philistines, Italian, Mycenaean, Trojan, or Minoan, but nothing has been discovered to shed any light on this subject.Apparently, according to, the Sea People were so confident that they would subdue the Egyptians, they brought their families and household goods with them. Ramses knew the Sea People were powerful, as they had attacked Egypt several times before.A partial description of the hieroglyphic text at Medinet Habu on the right tower of Second Pylon (left), and an illustration of the prisoners depicted at the base of the Fortified East Gate (right), were first provided by Jean-François Champollion following his 1828–29 travels to Egypt and published posthumously.One of his strategies was to hide archers along the coastlines near the mouth of the Nile to prevent the boats from even entering the river. His tactics were a resounding success, and the prisoners taken were either forced into the Egyptian army or sold as slaves. Unfortunately, the war had proved to be extremely expensive.The next few years were peaceful, which allowed Ramses to begin work on many temples, and he and his entourage took a grand tour of Egypt, further depleting the coffers. Add that to increasing corruption in Ramses’ administration and you have a recipe for disaster.Relief from the sanctuary of the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak depicting Ramesses III. Photo by Asavaa CC BY-SA 3.0 – CopyThe first month in the 29th year of Ramses reign shows that the workers considered the elite of skilled craftsmen complained that their wages were eighteen days late. As a group they were met by the chief of police who agreed with their plight as they marched toward the Pharaoh’s palace.They were offered about half a sack of barley with which to make beer, but the workers were not placated. By the third month, they were threatening to rob the tombs for money for food.A carved relief from the Kadesh inscriptions showing Shasu spies being beaten by Egyptians.In the meantime, Ramses decided there would be a great celebration in honor of the 30th year of his reign. He and his advisors had no idea how to deal with the hungry workers as this sort of thing had never happened before. At one point, the officials gave the workers pastries reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s “let them eat cake” remark. While the workers did take the pastries home to their families, they resumed their strike the next day.Sarcophagus of Ramesses III (Louvre).The pharaoh and his immediate court knew nothing of the strike, as the direct supervisors of the workers feared execution for not being able to control their men. Ramses’ jubilee was a great success with everyone dancing and drinking, but the strikes returned after the festival ended.The strikers were now disenchanted with the Pharaoh, who was supposed to be like a father to them, providing food and protection, and ensuring harmony in the people’s everyday lives.Amennakhte’s papyrus only goes to the year 29, first month of summer, day 16, and makes no mention of the results of the strike, but we should assume there was some sort of agreement made which enabled the monuments to be built and the people to be fed.Read another story from us:  Cheetahs were Domesticated as House Pets in Ancient EgyptThis was, however, the beginning of the decline of the Pharaoh’s power and his subject’s blind devotion. It was also the start of a dispute solution instigated by workers that exists to this day.last_img read more

Kris Bryants legend grows at the expense of the Reds

first_imgKris Bryant is lighting up opposing pitching like the Sept of Baelor from Game of Thrones. Last night, Bryant continued his meteoric ascent into the MLB elite when he decided to singlehandedly beat the Reds.He  was 5 – 5, with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, and 6 RBI. He set a franchise record with 16 total bases in the assault, and became the youngest player in Cubs history with 3 homers in a game.Kris Bryant is an alien.The youngest player in #Cubs history to hit three home runs in a game: @KrisBryant_23— #VoteCubs (@Cubs) June 28, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more