Fossil feces point to a shark attack 15 million years ago

first_img Explore further ( — Paleontologists Stephen Godfrey and Joshua Smith have been studying marine fossils in the Maryland area of Calvert Cliffs for many years, and Godfrey has catalogued over 26,000 items found on the local beaches. Many of these items are fossilized shark teeth belonging to several genera, but they have also found fossils of a wide range of other creatures, including fish, birds, sea cows, crocodiles, and seals. Jaws — 4 million BC Now, in a new paper, they report on coprolites (fossilized feces) found on the beach, that probably came from a crocodile, and which bear characteristic tooth marks of a prehistoric shark. The coprolites are examples of extremely rare trace fossils, which are fossils that provide evidence of animal behaviors that cannot be determined from body fossils. Analysis of the two coprolites bearing teeth marks, and a third found nearby, suggested they came from a vertebrate predator that was not a shark, and while it is not certain, Professor Godfrey believes they were most likely produced by a crocodile. One of the coprolites had been severed by teeth, while the other bore a row of impressions of teeth. The fossils were dated to around 15 million years ago. Coprolites are fairly common at Calvert Cliffs, an area that was underwater at the time, but no coprolites had ever been found bearing teeth marks. The researchers made silicone casts of the tooth impressions to help them identify the creature that made them. There are eight shark genera bearing the characteristic asymmetrical teeth, but the best fit for the tooth marks were the Miocene ancestors of the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier).Godfrey and Smith reasoned that the positions of the marks and their curvature suggested the bulk of the fecal masses were in the sharks’ mouths. There are several possible explanations: the shark may have bitten into the feces and then spat them out, or it could have bitten into the feces during an attack on the crocodile. Tiger sharks are indiscriminate eaters and do tentatively bite into objects to see if they are palatable, but Godfrey said if the shark had bitten into the feces after they were expelled from the body, there should have been bite marks on both sides, and they should have been deeper. He said the pattern is more consistent with the shark biting into the feces while they were still in the body, or after the animal had been disemboweled. Godfrey and Smith’s paper is published in Naturwissenschaften. The fossils will be displayed in the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, where Professor Godfrey is Curator of Paleontology. Image credit: Calvert Marine Museum. More information: Shark-bitten vertebrate coprolites from the Miocene of Maryland, Naturwissenschaften, March 10, 2010. DOI:10.1007/s00114-010-0659-x © 2010 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: Fossil feces point to a shark attack 15 million years ago (2010, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

TouchCast introduces its interactive video iPad app

first_img Citation: TouchCast introduces its interactive video iPad app (2013, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Schonfeld suggests the system would be useful for journalists, YouTube video creators, educators, students, and video enthusiasts generally. According to Segal, the new system differs from YouTube’s current ability to insert interactive elements in fully immersing HTML inside the video instead of them being an annotation.The basic iPad TouchCast app is free for videos up to five minutes long, but the company expects to make money through subscriptions for storage of video content longer than one hour, and for additional features, advertising, and licensing fees. They are not expecting to be a competitor to YouTube, and at present, videos created with the system can be uploaded to YouTube but none of the interactive features function.TouchCast employs over 20 people and is funded by its founders, Segal, Schonfeld, and Charley Miller, who was previously a designer of video games. Segal’s history includes being vice president of emerging platforms at AOL and developing Relegance, a real-time search engine.The TouchCast app for iPad can be downloaded free from the Apple iTunes App Store. Videos using the technology can be viewed on the iPad, or at using either Safari or Chrome. The ultimate aim is to have the videos watchable with all interactive features on a wide range of devices. ( —A company founded in New York in 2010 is aiming to lift the online video experience to a new level. Erick Schonfeld, a co-founder of the startup company TouchCast, said that the problems with video today are that it doesn’t interface well with the Internet and that it hasn’t yet achieved its full capabilities of interacting with other web content. More information: YouTube adds online video editing tool Explore further Schonfeld and TouchCast CEO Edo Segal set out to reinvent online video content so that it feels like web content while looking like television. Their product, the free TouchCast app for iPad, is a stepping-stone to their final goal, and allows users to create video needing no post-production editing, and that can be enriched using its video applications, or vApps.The iPad app uses an HTML5 standard web media player, which interacts with vApps that enable users to incorporate elements such as Flickr photos, Google Maps, stockmarket charts, YouTube videos, or Twitter and Facebook streams directly into their content. The vApps are interactive and update in real-time. The company has already created over 20 vApps, but plans to allow other developers to add their own vApps on the TouchCast platform. The video creator opens the vApps before shooting, and then simply taps on the icons while recording to bring the vApps into the video. Once the vApps are inside the video the users can interact with them in the same way as they can with any other online content, using the iPad’s touch interface. The videos will be watchable on TouchCast’s own website, and eventually on all websites. 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

Flying saucer NASA livestreamed LowDensity Supersonic Decelerator test

first_img NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility this June from Kauai, Hawaii. To prepare for the flight, a “spin” test was conducted from the gallery above a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where this near-space experimental test vehicle is being prepared for shipment to Hawaii. During the broadcast, the 15-foot-wide, 7,000-pound vehicle underwent a “spin-table” test. The LDSD crosscutting demonstration mission will test breakthrough technologies that will enable large payloads to be safely landed on the surface of Mars, or other planetary bodies with atmospheres, including Earth. The balance test, conducted at NASA’s JPL Laboratory near Los Angeles CA, was done to ensure the craft would spin without wobbling once sent aloft—it was live-streamed to allow space enthusiasts to watch and chat amongst themselves as a real test was conducted. NASA and project reps were on hand to answer questions posed by journalists invited to view the test and those by users online. The test consisted of spinning the craft on a central point, similar to that done to balance tires on a car. Citation: ‘Flying saucer’: NASA live-streamed Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test (2015, April 1) 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. This artist’s concept shows the test vehicle for NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech (—NASA live-streamed a balance test conducted on the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) spacecraft yesterday (after a two hour delay) to ensure the 15 foot diameter flying saucer-looking craft will be balanced when it is sent aloft over Hawaii in just a few weeks. The LDSD is a new space exploration craft that is part of NASA’s mission to build a much larger vehicle for landing on the surface of Mars than those that carried probes such as the Rover missions—large enough to carry people. More information: — … echnology/index.html— Explore further Members of the media got an up-close look at LDSD flight-test vehicles currently in preparation in the clean room at NASA-JPL on March 31. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech © 2015 NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight NASA has conducted one launch test thus far of the current LDSD design, also over Hawaii—in that test the parachute was torn apart shortly after it was deployed, preventing the craft from landing softly. The research team believes they have solved that problem and are now preparing to conduct another launch test. The launch tests involve carrying the 7000 pound craft to an altitude of 160,000 feet by a balloon—once deployed rockets carry it to an altitude of 200,000 feet at which point it attempts to fall back and land—spinning as it does so, to help keep it aligned correctly. The new saucer shape is meant to help increase drag, thus slowing the craft—it has bags on its edge that inflate very rapidly that serve to increase the surface area of the craft, further increasing drag. Engineers on the project expect the craft to slow to Mach 2, due to drag—once that point is reached, a long parachute opens, slowing the craft enough for a soft landing. At 200,000 feet the air is thin enough to simulate the thin atmosphere on Mars.last_img read more

Evidence of selfforming waterfalls reported

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Waterfalls offer insights into how rivers shape their surrounds A trio of researchers with the University of Nevada, Reno, the California Institute of Technology and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences reports evidence that suggests some waterfalls self-form in the absence of external influences. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Joel Scheingross, Michael Lamb and Brian Fuller describe experiments they carried out in their lab with artificial streams and what they learned from them. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Evidence of self-forming waterfalls reported (2019, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Joel S. Scheingross et al. Self-formed bedrock waterfalls, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-0991-z © 2019 Science X Network Up until now, most scientists have believed that waterfalls originate via external influences on existing rivers or streams. Some may result from an earthquake changing the elevation of part of a river, for example, and others may come about due to glacial movement. And some may be result from differences in the land beneath the flowing water—if a stretch is more easily eroded, it would wear down faster, allowing water to fall into it. In this new effort, the researchers suggest another way it could happen that does not involve such external influences.To learn more about waterfall formation, the researchers built a small stream bed in their lab out of polyurethane foam and then poured water through it to simulate natural water flow. But they also added small pebbles to the stream. By monitoring the water flowing down the artificial stream, the researchers were able to see that the pebbles could actually dig out enough of the bed to form a waterfall. They noted that as the pebbles dropped down into the deepest parts of the bottom of the stream, they dislodged bits of the polyurethane foam, allowing them to break free. Over time, they dug out enough of the stream bottom to form sites where the water fell to a lower elevation as it moved downstream—a self-forming waterfall.The researchers note their findings could have implications for studying the history of the planet—many theories about current geology are built on the idea that rivers and streams were created by glaciers, for example. If some or all of such rivers and streams were actually self-formed, scientists would have to reconsider whether glaciers had even been present in these areas. Journal information: Naturelast_img read more

Saluting the legends

first_imgVeteran theater person Rudraprasad Sengupta, who has enriched Indian theater with decades of relentless pursuit of his passion, was today honored for life-long achievement in the field at the Chaman Lal Memorial Awards that also feted two other backstage artists.  The awards conferred by the Chaman Lal Memorial Society were given out by Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch at Sirifort Auditorium on a dazzling evening. The 19th edition of the prestigious awards honoured Mr. Sengupta from Kolkata for life-long Achievement to the theatre world, Kriti V Sharma from Haryana for Excellence in Costume Designing and Dinesh Poddar from Kolkata for excellence in Stage Light Design. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sengupta, 78, is a veteran actor-director, who has also worked in Bengali films, and has been awarded the Banga Bibhushan in 2012 for his contribution to theater. The awards are aimed at giving a prominent space to technicians and back-stage theater artists who form a vital lifeline of any stage production.  Instated in memory of Late Chaman Lal, who was a pioneer in the field of inventing Stage Lighting Equipment, the awards have earlier honored the likes of Alyque Padamsee, Bansi Kaul, M.S. Sathyu, Ebrahim Alkazi, Sushma Seth, Zohra Sehgal and many other prominent theatre personalities all over India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’This society is perhaps the first in India to acknowledge the contribution of back stage artists and honoring them with these annual awards. Through these awards we want to encourage these unsung artists who follow their passion selflessly,’ said R.K. DHINGRA, General Secretary of Chaman Lal Memorial Society. The society intends to keep the memory of Chaman Lal alive by giving awards to artists who have contributed to the world of theatre for their services such as Stage Light Design, Costume Design, Stage Craft & Make-Up.  For a theater artist, the stage is the essence of life. The award ceremony was followed by a 40 minute multimedia presentation, Ek Shaam that brought alive the magic of the stage for the audience. The concept, light, design & direction of the show is conceived by R.K. Dhingra, a veteran in this field.last_img read more

One arrested for alleged involvement in kidney racket

first_imgKolkata: The city police have arrested a youth for his alleged involvement in a kidney racket.The accused Suman Sinha, alias Samir, was aimlessly loitering around at a private hospital in Mukundapur area on Tuesday night when he was caught by the police from Purva Jadavpur police station. The accused was later arrested after prolonged interrogation. Police have gathered important information from the accused related to the case.During interrogation, police came to know that the accused had received money from various patients with an assurance that he would arrange kidneys for them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe accused said he collected money from Md Ismail, Sanjit Roy and Sarmistha Ghosh and had asked them to wait for a few days. All of them were suffering from kidney related ailments and required transplants. According to preliminary investigation, police came to know that the accused, a resident of Khardah in North 24-Parganas has been involved in this business for the past few years. Police are not ruling out the possibility of the accused being involved in an interstate kidney racket. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter interrogating the accused, police came to know about another person, Kaustav Dasgupta who may also be involved in the incident. The accused has been booked under section 503, 406, 419, 420 and 120 B of the IPC. Police are also investigating why the accused visited the private hospital where he was found. They are conducting a probe to know if anybody from the private hospital is involved in the incident. Senior officials of the hospital may be interrogated by the police in this connection. It may be mentioned that there was an allegation that a kidney racket had been operating from a private hospital in the city. In November last year, the city police also arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in a kidney racket operated from a private hospital in the city.last_img read more

UGC defers NAAC regulation for Bengal varsities

first_imgKolkata: In a relief to Bengal universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has deferred its new regulation that only institutions with NAAC grade A plus (score of 3.26 or above on a scale of 4) would be permitted to offer programmes through distance mode. The regulation will not come into effect for the state till the academic year 2019-20. The UGC’s new regulation in the month of February had put the universities in the state in a spot of bother as most of the varsities did not have NAAC rating. State Higher Education minister Partha Chatterjee wrote a letter to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on February 23 urging him to reconsider the tough stand taken by the UGC and sought time so that the varsities can prepare themselves for the NAAC rating. The HRD minister has recently communicated to Chatterjee that the new regulations of UGC’s Distance Education Bureau will not come into effect for Bengal before the academic session 2019-20. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJavadekar’s letter to Chatterjee read: “….You would kindly appreciate that the above Regulation notified meets the twin objective of ensuring quality in imparting distance education yet provides a saving clause of two years for attaining the NAAC score of 3.26 on a 4 point scale to the current universities imparting distance education.” It is learnt that the top brass of the universities in the state that offer education in distance mode was planning to meet UGC chairman in this month. However, the visit is not required with the decision being deferred now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to sources in the Higher Education department as per the last ratings of NAAC in 2016, Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) had Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.10, Kalyani University 3.12, Vidyasagar University 2.86 while Netaji Subhas Open University did not have NAAC rating. Under the grading system, institutions that are awarded CGPA 3.01 to 3.25 get A grade, CGPA 3.26 to 3.50 (A+grade) and 3.50 and above receive A++ grade.RBU, which has more than 43,000 students studying in distance mode will be soon applying for the NAAC rating this year, Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said.”We are hopeful that we will be able to elevate our ratings. Once we get the new rating which we are applying for, we will definitely work out a comprehensive plan for our future course,” he added.last_img read more

Forest dept to bring out publication on census of animals inhabiting N

first_imgKolkata: For the first time, the state Forest department, in coordination with the Union department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, is coming out with a publication on the census of the wide variety of animals that inhabit the forests of North Bengal.The exercise, that had started sometime in the middle of 2017, has already come to an end and the process of compilation of data is going on in full swing. “The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will come out with a publication on the animal census, following which the state Forest department will also release a book on the findings,” said Ravi Kant Sinha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden, Bengal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsCensus for animals like rhinoceros and elephants are conducted almost every year in the forest areas of North Bengal. Earlier, tiger census had been held in the Buxa forest. However, there has hardly been any attempt to have a comprehensive survey and subsequent release of data of the rich variety of animals that inhabit the forests of North Bengal that cover Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts.The state Forest department had planned to cover the forests of Darjeeling Hills in the survey. However, they were compelled to shelve the plans, owing to the shutdown in the Hills that lasted for more than 100 days, thanks to the movement of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, who had demanded a separate state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We had very little time, in which we have done a prey based survey of the animals in the Darjeeling Hills. Next year when we take up the survey, we will do it in a comprehensive manner,” a senior official of the state Forest department said.Some of the animals that have been spotted, include the Asian Golden Cat – also called the Asiatic Golden Cat and Temminck’s cat, Marbled Cat – which has been listed as a Near Threatened species on the IUCN Red List and Asiatic Wild Dog – popularly known as Dhol, which has been categorised as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. “It is for the first time ever that we have got evidence of the Crab Eating Mongoose, which also features in the Endangered list of IUCN,” the senior official said. Various types of deer and Yellow Throated Marten have also been spotted.The Forest department has also started organising bio-diversity camps in North Bengal, for arousing interest among researchers in wildlife. A camp has already been held at Neora Valley. “After the monsoon, similar camps will be held at Singalila and Sinchan Wildlife Sanctuaries,” Sinha said.last_img read more

Cancellation of coal bid JSPL says it is puzzled

first_img“We had followed a consistent and prudent bidding strategy throughout the coal block auction process, with a serious long-term business perspective. We are puzzled with the decision and would make our best efforts to engage in a dialogue with the Coal Ministry and Government Authorities to present the facts,” it said in a statement.The government had late last night announced cancelling three bids — two bids of Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) for three blocks (Gare Palma IV/2, IV/3 and Tara) and one bid by aluminium maker Balco for Gare Palma IV/1 and said it would take a final decision on these mines after deliberations. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAccording to sources, the government is looking at options of giving the mines whose bids have been cancelled to either Coal India or states.Coal Minister Piyush Goyal, however said, “The Department (Coal ministry) will take the final decision on the rejected bids, it will deliberate and then decide.” A Sesa Sterlite spokesperson Roma Balwani, however, refused to comment on the issue saying, “No comments.” Balco is a subsidiary of Sesa Sterlite. The government was re-examining the bids for nine coal blocks, including those where JSPL and Balco emerged top bidders in the recently held auction. “Bids for Gare Palma IV/1, IV/2, IV/3 and Tara coal blocks not accepted,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said. However, bids for five other blocks have been accepted, he added. JSPL had emerged as successful bidder for Gare IV/2, Gare Palma IV/3 and Tara coal blocks, while Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) had successfully bid for Gare Palma IV/1 coal block.last_img read more

How attractive you look depends on your company

first_imgYour beauty may depend on the person who is standing next to you and how good he or she is looking in comparison, researchers say. The study showed that a person can be ranked higher on a scale of attractiveness only when he or she is compared alongside a less attractive person, and not when being judged alone.The company we keep can have an effect on how attractive we appear to others, the researchers said. An averagely attractive face surrounded by undesirable faces will become more appealing than it would on its own. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“The presence of a less attractive face does not just increase the attractiveness of a single person, but in a crowd could actually make us even more choosey,” said Nicholas Furl from Royal Holloway, University of London. For the study, the team asked the participants to rate pictures of different faces for attractiveness, one by one.They were then asked to assess the same faces, placed alongside ones perceived to be undesirable. When adding these “distractor faces”, the attractiveness of the same faces increased from the first round of ranking. Participants were then shown two attractive faces, alongside a “distractor” face and asked to judge between them.The presence of the less attractive face was found to make the viewers more critical between the attractive face, the researchers explained.last_img read more

Toddler gets new lease of life after removal of wire from neck

first_imgKolkata: NRS Medical College has given a fresh lease of life to a four and half-year-old boy from Kalna in East Burdwan, by removing a 3 inch tyre bead wire that had entered his body through his neck.The victim, Suvojit Roy Chowdhury, was playing with an old cycle tyre in his native place in East Burdwan on Monday, when a bead wire accidentally pierced his neck. After being informed by his friends, the family members of the boy rushed to the spot and found that he was profusely bleeding from his neck. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members removed a portion of the tyre bead wire which was hanging outside his neck. However, they had no idea that a portion of the wire had entered his body. The boy complained of serious pain in his neck on Monday night and also vomited multiple times. He was then rushed to a local hospital, where the doctors performed an X-Ray scan of his neck and found a portion of the wire stuck near his spinal cord. Following this, the hospital referred the patient to NRS Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe boy was then taken to the emergency ward of the hospital. After a brief check-up, he was admitted to the ENT department. A team was constituted, comprising senior doctors. Afterwards, a CT scan was performed on him, to determine the exact position of the wire. A surgery was conducted on the boy by the team of doctors, headed by Dr T K Hazra, who is the head of the ENT department of the hospital. The wire was successfully removed during the surgery that lasted nearly two hours. It was difficult for the doctors to conduct the surgery, as they had to take various precautionary measures, failing which the nervous system of the patient could have been affected. The boy has been kept for 48 hours observation. It has been learnt that his health condition is fast improving. Dr Hazra said: “The health condition of the patient is stable now. He has been kept under observation.”last_img read more

Illustrating history

first_imgKorean Cultural Centre has organised an exhibition ‘(Dis)Place’, which explores the place variously referred to as Bengal, East Pakistan or Bangladesh at different points in recent history. The exhibition which is open for public view until February 22 at KCCI, is co-curated by Tanzim Wahab and Hadrien Diez.The works of 10 artists and one research collective from Bangladesh – in various forms such as drawings, video and video installations, photography, to name a few have been showcased in the exhibition. Artworks and archives to inquire about the specifics of that place – the “local”, while also attempting to bring perspective into the very notion of place, are displayed at the venue. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf'(Dis)Place’ is structured around various areas of contention, each framing questions connected to the general line of inquiry while they also open specific discussions. It touches upon topics as urgent to Bengal and Bangladesh as they are to the world: shifting environments, migration, marginalisation, economic and/or cultural appropriation. The exhibition further discusses related issues of borders and place(s) ownership, and of utopian sensibilities vis-à-vis forced displacements. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe inquiry held in (Dis)Place is intended as a symbolic point of discharge where this dense polemical weight can be off-loaded, dissected and debated. The Korean Cultural Centre is a particularly fitting locus to hold this inquiry: potent considerations of parallel histories and shared trauma bring added intensity to the conversation.The participating artists in the exhibition include Afsana Sharmin Zhumpa, Najmun Nahar Keya, Shahidul Alam, Ronni Ahmmed, and Tayeba Begum Lipi, among others. Tanzim Wahab and Hadrien Diez, the co-curators of the exhibition believe that their project naturally had to touch Bangldesh – the place where they are active as curators, and where their practice is rooted.Talking about the idea behind the exhibition and their inspiration, they revealed that their first source of inspiration was the work of a long list of artists, which have been showcased in the exhibition, and also the others whom they could not include.”We are grateful to all of them. Our research has also been spurred by the work of various writers and thinkers, and singularly that of Edouard Glissant whose postulate of a fertile relationship between the particular of place and the total of all places – the “Whole-world” – has had a profound impact on this exhibition.”Thanking the organisers – FICA and Korean Cultural Center, they said that they are very thankful for the support of the oranisations and this attempt could not be possible without them.last_img read more

Presidency students protest over counselling fee hike

first_imgKolkata: A section of students from Presidency University staged a demonstration in the academic building ofthe varsity on Monday demanding publication of merit list for admission to Science stream. They also wanted reduction of counselling fee, which has been raised to Rs 500 from Rs 100. “We submitted a deputation to the dean of Science, who is also the chairman of the admission committee, and he has assured us that the merit list will be published by Monday itself,” said an agitating student. The agitation was led by Students Federation of India (SFI) and a few other student organisations supported them. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe counselling fees was raised from Rs 100 to Rs 500 last year and the students had protested against the decision. The authorities assured them that the matter would be looked into. However, the fees was not reduced. The results of the entrance test for seeking admission at undergraduate-level was announced on Saturday but no merit list was published. The entrance examination has been conducted by the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board. The rank cards were published on Monday but the students are in the dark about their total marks as no merit list was published. “There is no serial number on the rank card. So, students are in a dilemma about the sequence of the counseling process,” a student said.last_img read more

Opposition insists on sending RTI bill to Select Committee

first_imgNew Delhi: Maintaining that the government is bringing bills for passing without adequate scrutiny, the Congress and other opposition parties in Rajya Sabha on Thursday stuck to their demand for sending the RTI amendment bill to a Select Committee before taking it for discussion and passage. Amid the din, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh moved the bill to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 and pass it. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Led by the Congress, the opposition members kept chanting: “We Want Select Committee” and “Dilution of RTI would not be accepted” in the house, forcing the Chair to adjourn the proceedings twice for brief periods. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien, among others, moved the motion for referring the RTI bill to the Select Committee. The Congress led the opposition with its senior leaders making their position clear that they would not take up the bill without sending it to a House panel. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Senior leader Anand Sharma strongly opposed the government move, saying the House was not obliged to blindly endorse bills cleared in the other House (Lok Sabha). “The House must be alive to its duty,” he said, underscoring the important role of the Rajya Sabha. But the Chair allowed discussion on the bill, saying a vote on sending the Bill to the Select Committee can be done after the discussion concludes. Most opposition members, however, did not seem to be convinced of the decision and continued their protest. The opposition members continued their protest even as Jitendra Singh said that there was no intention, motivation or design to dilute the RTI and that there was no need to send the bill to a Select Committee. Speaking on the bill, AIADMK member Navneet Krishna supported it. RJD’s Manoj Jha, however, said he can not speak when democracy was being killed, referring to the uproar in the House. CPI-M’s K.K. Ragesh also said he wants to speak but was unable to do so given the uproar in the House.last_img read more

Awareness campaign on bonerelated ailments

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Orthopaedic Association (WBOA) is conducting a week-long campaign on Osteoporosis from August 1 to 7 to spread awareness about ailments related to bones.This apart, Kolkata will host the 64th Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association in the third week of November 2019. Osteoporosis occurs due to in adequate intake of key bone nutrients during early age. The problem may account for 5-10 % decline in peak bone mass later in life. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWorld Osteoporosis day will be observed on August 4. “The theme of the campaign is —Healthy Aging with Strong Bones. As part of the campaign, WBOA is conducting a mega rally in Howrah from People’s Nursing Home to Birla Seva Sadan on August 4,” said president of WBOA Dr N K Das. Osteoporosis is common among elderly women. This apart, one in eight men is predicted to have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. During teen years, bone not only increases in size (with growth) but also becomes stronger to reach its peak bone mass. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We need to have strong bones and joints. Awareness about bone health is still in the state of infancy, we need to raise awareness about the importance of strong bones and joints,” Das said. “Annual Conference of Indian Orthopaedic Association 2019 will be held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre Kolkata, West Bengal. It will start on November 19 and end on November 24,” said Dr Partha Sarathi Sarkar, secretary of WBOA. West Bengal Orthopaedic Association focuses on academics, research and social networking.last_img read more

After Being Lost for 134 Years Steamboat Arabia Was Found 45 Feet

first_imgWhat does Kansas City have to do with the Titanic? Not much. The city that stands on the formidable Missouri River does, however, have a link to another considerable shipwreck. The Missouri River, measuring at a lengthy 2,500 miles, is the longest river in America and comes in 4th longest in all the world (after the Nile, the Amazon, and the Yangtze). Since the invention of steamboats, a total of close to 400 have gone down in the Missouri River’s treacherous waters, with over 100 of these wrecks occurring during the 50 years between 1820-1870.In 1856, a steamboat called the Arabia was destined for frontier towns off to the northwest. On September 5th, she was packed up with over 200 tons of goods including tools, merchandise, and federal mail.Stern of Steamboat Arabia, which sank in 1856. Photo by Prosekc CC BY-SA 3.0The Arabia set off from St. Louis but only made it six miles up river from Kansas City before she snagged on a submerged tree. Doomed, the ship sank quickly. Luckily, there were no casualties.Steamboat supplies inside the museum. Photo by Johnmaxmena2 CC BY-SA 3.0Tools inside the museumRecovery efforts weren’t seen to — a smart move, owing to the Missouri River’s dominating nature. The Arabia laid beneath the waves for over a century, slowly buried under an accumulation of silt.Paddlewheel of the Arabia located at the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City. Photo by Johnmaxmena2 CC BY-SA 3.0Steamboat components inside the museumThe one positive element of this wait was that the steamboat was preserved, being protected from destructive elements like light and oxygen and becoming a perfectly preserved relic for the day she was unearthed. That day came on November 26, 1988, 132 years after the Arabia went down. A man named Bob Hawley who owned an A/C and furnace repair company heard the legend of the lost Arabia.Related Video: Top 10 Famous Shipwrecks Throughout HistoryOne of his customers, Jerry Mackey, shared the interest. Along with Hawley’s sons, David and Greg, and another interested businessman named David Luttrell, the five men set out on the mission to uncover her remains. Because of erosion and shifts in the river channel, the Arabia was not actually under the Missouri River anymore but buried, 45 feet down, under a farmer’s cornfield. It took four months to completely excavate the steamboat, which was essentially still intact.Bottled preserves inside the museum1856 spoons at Arabia Steamboat Museum. Photo by Prosekc CC BY-SA 3.0A couple of years later, in 1991, they officially established the Arabia Steamboat Museum. The museum boasts the biggest solitary collection of American artifacts from before the Civil War. Some of the recovered items include sealed goods such as liquor, ketchup, pickles, and preserved fruits in a variety of jars. Apparently, the sweet pickles were still edible!Boots inside the museumVarious merchandise recovered included clothing such as hats and boots, pipes, buttons and beads, plates, silverware, and children’s toys.Preservationist restitching a shoe in the Arabia Steamboat Museum’s preservation lab. Photo by Prosekc CC BY-SA 3.0The museum has been featured in The Smithsonian Magazine and National Geographic, and found screen time on Good Morning America, Antiques Roadshow, CNN, and The History Channel, to name a few.Knives inside the museumKnick-knacks of every sort inside the museumIt’s still a work in progress, believe it or not, as the preservationists continue work on restoring salvaged artifacts. Even without a complete inventory, the museum boasts over 200 items on display.A collection of buttons at the Arabia Steamboat MuseumSteamboat cargo inside the museum. Photo by Prosekc CC BY-SA 3.0Hawley and company didn’t call it a day after the unearthing of Arabia, however. Another geographically-named ship came to its end upon the Missouri River. The steamboat Malta was loaded with the supplies of the American Fur Company when it sank in 1841, on its way to Independence, Missouri. Also luckily without casualties, this shipwreck still remains undiscovered to this day.Read another story from us: Shipwreck Discovered – Oldest Seafaring Vessel Ever Found in Dutch WatersThe Arabia Steamship Museum is collaborating with the self-made archaeologists to uncover the next time capsule. Who knows if they’ll stop there.last_img read more

VIDEO 350 lb HS running backquarterback bulldozes everyone in his path and

first_imgWilliam “The Refrigerator” Perry started the trend of lining up massive lineman in the backfield during the historic ’85 Bears, but he was never a key part of the offensive attack. At Calumet High New Tech School in Gary, Indiana, 6’3” 350 lb Joshua Johnson isn’t a gimmick, he’s a key part of the offense.Johnson, a Senior who goes by “Bubba” plays everything from quarterback, to running back, to defensive and offensive tackle, and is a bulldozer in cleats when he gets the ball running downhill. This kid runs the sweep like a freakin’ ballerina and also connected on a 99-yard score in the below video. Oh, he also hurdles a defensive lineman.Bubba isn’t a five-star recruit, but he’s got to fit in somewhere if he can do everything. It’s fun to watch this kid wreck shop.last_img read more

Testing the Open Source Waters

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Lastly, since OpenOffice was created as a group effort and built by volunteers, its how-tos and help files are sometimes difficult to find and understand.Overall, OpenOffice provides users with a versatile office suite. Many small-business owners will find that the office suite is a gateway to the larger world of open source software. For instance, when you find that OpenOffice doesn’t offer an Outlook-like e-mail service, you might soon discover Mozilla Thunderbird, another open source program that looks and acts very much like Outlook. Soon you may begin wondering why so many thousands of your business’s hard-earned dollars went to software suites, when similar software is available for free on the internet.Donald Carroll is the founder of Calvary Copywriting in Kansas City, Missouri. Specializing in the peculiarities of small to mid-sized businesses, Donald takes pride in helping the little guys fight big competition. Listen Now Calc is similar in almost every way to Excel, but Calc files, unlike Excel files, can be saved directly to PDF, thus saving you the time and expense of having to use a separate program–Adobe–to turn the text document into a PDF. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Impress presentations can be saved directly as a Macromedia Flash file, for easy uploading to your company’s website. In PowerPoint, this can only be done by using a separate and expensive program for converting PowerPoint documents to Macromedia Flash format. How Success Happenscenter_img It was my fault–I admit it. I was cleaning my computer’s file system, trying to speed it up a bit, when poof! My computer died. I was able to bring it back to life, but I lost a lot of programs I had to reinstall. Unfortunately, at some point during a move six months earlier, I had lost my Microsoft Office disk and now was in a bit of a jam: I was working on a project for a client, the deadline was coming up quickly, and it was too late to go to the store to buy another copy.That’s when I turned to Google. On a hunch, I searched for “Alternatives to Microsoft Office” and there I found A quick read of OpenOffice’s website revealed a program that’s intended to be similar to Microsoft Office in look and feel, and that can read and save files in the Microsoft Office format, among others.Here’s the kicker: OpenOffice is free. Regardless of how many workstations you use the program on, it’ll never cost your company a penny. Compare that to the cost of licensing Microsoft Office Professional for just five workstations: According to a sales associate at the online retailer CDW, that’ll cost you upwards of $2,000.Being convinced–and desparate–enough to give it a try, I went through the download and install procedures, which took only a few minutes using my cable modem. I was very pleased with what I found. There’s a “Word”-like program, called Write, for drafting documents. There’s also a spreadsheet program, called Calc, that’s very similar to Excel and a presentation program called Impress that’s similar to PowerPoint. There’s also a program called Draw, which is comparable to Paint.After I became more familiar with OpenOffice, I discovered many useful features that other business owners will appreciate:Write is the OpenOffice equivalent of Word. It’s highly functional, very intuitive and has utilities for saving documents directly to PDF format, which allows for easy web publishing or portability between platforms, something Word doesn’t offer. Mail merge, table maker, object manipulation, various wizards and the ability to create your own templates are also available in Write. If you don’t remember to save your Write files in a .doc format, or PDF, then non-OpenOffice users who you send your files to won’t be able to read them. OpenOffice 1.2 also has a database function built in. This can be used to create bibliographies, contact lists, address books and other functions you’d expect from a relational database.Though it’s easy to learn how to use the programs–and easy on any company’s budget–OpenOffice does have some drawbacks:The database program in version 1.2 is extremely difficult to learn. I also came across compatibility issues with some of my Windows software that wouldn’t allow for the creation of databases through OpenOffice. There’s an Access-like database for OpenOffice 2.0, called Base; however, it’s still in Beta version, so some functions don’t work. And at this point, Base doesn’t have an “import” function, which many Access users find useful. 4 min read July 28, 2005last_img read more

3 Quirky Innovative Startups From TechCrunch Disrupt

first_img Hundreds of ambitious tech startups from across the globe descended upon San Francisco this week for TechCrunch Disrupt, scrambling to stand out from the crowd and snag some serious investor cash. A handful of outliers did indeed manage to make their mark, stirring up some positive buzz about their quirky, innovative niche products.Here’s a look at three nascent tech companies that we expect to hear a lot more about soon: 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 12, 2013 2. DisplairA floating 3-D, interactive video screen made of thin air and vapor. Image credit: Displair/WikipediaImagine a full-color, translucent video screen floating in thin air that you can control with a swipe of your hand. That’s what the developers of Russia-based startup Displair did two years ago. And then they made it a reality, while still in college, mind you. Displair works like this: First, a stream of cold, dry fog is emitted from the device, which somewhat resembles a printer. Images are then projected onto the fine mist and an infrared camera detects hand gestures, including palm and even finger swipes. You could, if you felt so moved, watch a video of a globe on the Displair, and then spin it. Or you could use it to be a real-life fruit ninja and slice video images of fruit.The startup is in the market for investors to back commercial production of its product. With a price tag of $2,500 for a one-day rental and $25,000 to purchase, investors might not appear out of thin air any time soon, though.Related: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the Future 1. eGoodA mobile payment and customer-loyalty app with a charitable twist.Image credit: Tech CrunchOfficially chosen by TechCrunch as “one of the top startups to emerge out of Startup Alley” this week, eGood has created a slick-looking in-store check-in and loyalty app that lets users donate to local and national charities while paying for goods and services at local businesses.The Glendora, Calif.-based startup benefits participating store owners by boosting their exposure to consumers who want to support charitable causes. Merchants using eGood donate up to 5 percent of each customer purchase to the charity or nonprofit of their choice.eGood’s digital customer loyalty solution (adios printed customer rewards card) automatically tracks patron visits and amounts spent.Most of the businesses currently using eGood are neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants. The company will reportedly use $3 million in recently received seed money to grow its presence throughout Southern California.Related: A Look at the Long, Contentious Road to Buying Dell Inc. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3. DiveboardA social media and e-commerce platform for divers and dive shop owners.Image credit: The Next WebLaunched about a year ago, Diveboard’s free, multi-platform (web, iPhone, Android) social media and e-commerce service lets diving enthusiasts easily record and share their diving memories. Users can make their own profiles and upload details of their dives, along with photos and videos. They can also review dive shops.More than 10,000 divers currently use Diveboard and some 80,000 dives have been logged using the service to date. Some notable Diveboard features include: access to an impressive database of more than 2 million species of sea life, a database of nearly 50,000 diving spots throughout the world and integration with Twitter, Flickr and Facebook’s sharing features.Diveboard makes money by charging premiums to dive shop members who use the e-commerce portion of the service, which lets them create online shops using a basic widget that they can embed within their main company website.Related: Web Startup Scores $28 Million to Simplify A/B Testing Register Now »last_img read more

Step Aside San Francisco New YorkBased Companies Expected to Steal the IPO

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read For a platform built on 140-character snippets, San Francisco-based Twitter is certainly hogging a fair chunk of the IPO spotlight. But it’s not the only game in town. As investor appetite improves and the Big Apple’s tech scene continues to mature, analysts expect New York City to become a hub of tech IPO activity in coming years.Part of the reason has to do with an improvement in IPO activity overall. The market for initial public offerings has been exceptionally weak in the years since 2000, which saw the dot-com bust, the September 11 attacks and the 2008 financial crisis. But there are signs things are turning around.More than 150 IPO deals have priced in the U.S. so far this year, an increase from the 133 that priced in all of 2012, said Frank Lopez, the co-head of global capital markets at law firm Proskauer, at a seminar the company hosted last week.Twenty-six of this year’s IPOs have been technology companies. In 2008, the lowest year on record for IPOs, there were only 7 technology IPOs all year, said Lopez.Related: Bloomberg Says London, Not Silicon Valley, Is New York City’s Top Tech CompetitorLopez says in coming years it’s fair to expect about 250 to 300 IPOs annually, with about 75 of them in the technology space. While that’s still far less than the 852 IPOs that priced in 1996, the nearest market peak, it’s a sign of improvement. “We really believe…that there is the start of an uptick and a real rebound, even though it has been a tough go for the last 13 years,” Lopez said.At the same time, the New York City tech scene has exploded. Technology is the second largest job-creating sector in New York City, according to data compiled by the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In addition to a proliferation of accelerators, venture capital deals and merger and acquisition deals, some of the major California technology giants have established headquarters in New York City, including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn, notes Lopez.“We see this convergence in the uptick of the IPO market and an uptick in New York technology,” Lopez said. The result, he predicts, is that the volume of New York City-based tech companies going public will increase over the next 20 years.Related: New York’s Business Community Waxes Sentimental for Its Departing BillionaireThe kinds of tech companies investors are looking for:Where Larry Ellison of Oracle famously asked “What the hell is cloud computing?” five years ago, technology companies that provide cloud-computing services are all the rage in the IPO market. “It seems to be the buzzword that everybody wants to use,” Daryn Grossman, co-head of technology, media and communications at Proskauer said at the seminar last week. Companies that identified “cloud computing” as their exclusive business model had a 50 percent jump in the price of their stock on their first day on public markets, said Grossman.Other desirable trends for technology companies looking to go public include anything that touches on the idea of “big data,” or the buzz-worthy concept of collecting and sorting through the vast quantities of information that widespread Internet connectivity is generating, said Justin Smolkin, the head of equity capital markets origination at UBS Americas. Investors are also hungry for any technology company that can access and leverage the millennial 18-to-30-year-old generation, says Smolkin.But as the IPO markets improve, investor’s tastes broaden. “Investors, in markets like they are now, are very willing to engage in a variety of different sectors,” Smolkin said.While all trends in the technology IPO market apply to New York City, one emerging hotspot that is Big Apple-specific is advertising-tech companies, said Jeffrey Neuburger, co-head of technology, media and communications at Proskauer. “Particularly because New York has a significant advertising base, you see a lot of companies that are focused on advertising that are heading towards the public markets,” Neuburger said.Related: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About the Historic Change in General Solicitation Law That Goes Into Effect September 23 October 16, 2013center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more