first_img Citation: Can Athletic Uniform Color Determine Winners and Losers? (2008, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-athletic-uniform-winners-losers.html It’s not uncommon for some athletes to have good luck charms, including the superstition that wearing certain colors may give them an edge on the competition. While some studies have found that, indeed, certain colors may increase the likelihood of winning in combat sports, a recent study shows that researchers must take into account potentially confounding factors when associating color with winning probability. 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. However, the potential psychological effect of color in sport doesn’t end there. Numerous other studies have shown that other colors – notably red and orange – can signal aggression and dominance in a wide variety of organisms. Some research points out that, in fair-skinned humans, anger can cause the face to redden. Psychological research has also shown that color can impact an individual’s mood, behavior, brain activity, and even body posture. Perhaps due to these reasons, one study found that athletes in red have a winning bias over athletes in blue in a variety of sports, including men’s Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, boxing, and tae kwon do. Another study found that football and hockey teams with black uniforms receive more penalties than other teams. Some of these associations between color and performance may still very likely be true. Dijkstra and Preenan just advise that researchers be careful to account for all contributing factors when investigating color-associated winning biases in sports.“We do believe in the effect of red,” said Dijkstra. “Red is associated with anger, fear and failure in human societies; in many animals red increases the likelihood of winning. Yet, the findings of Hill and Barton (in 2005) that athletes in red win more often in four combat sports requires a re-evaluation, because their analysis may also be confounded by similar factors as described in our study for judo. Ultimately, experimental work is needed (also for the presumed lack of an effect of blue-white) to determine whether color biases winning in human sport.”More information: Dijkstra, Peter D. and Preenen, Paul T. Y. “No effect of blue on winning contests in judo.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rspb.2007.1700. Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Opponents compete in a judo match. Image credit: US Marine Corps.center_img Dutch researchers Peter Dijkstra of the University of Glasgow and Paul Preenen of the University of Amsterdam have investigated the claim of a previous study that judo athletes wearing blue uniforms were more likely to win compared with those in white uniforms during the 2004 Olympics. Supposedly, blue could have an intimidating effect on opponents, since it is brighter than white. Further, white uniforms might be easier to see than blue uniforms, giving the athlete in blue the advantage of anticipating the movements of an opponent in white.However, Dijkstra and Preenen point out several confounding factors that the previous study did not account for. Taking these factors into consideration, the researchers found that athletes in blue and white uniforms had equal chances of winning a contest.The researchers determined three confounding factors in the previous study. First, the top 11 percent of judo athletes in the 2004 Olympics were seeded, and all were given blue uniforms. Although the previous study tried to correct for the seeding by excluding first-round matches, Dijkstra and Preenen show that the seeding bias persists up through the third round of matches.Second, the researchers explained that athletes competing in the “loser’s pool” also had a uniform color bias, since athletes in blue were more likely to have won their previous match. Further, in the loser’s pool, athletes in blue were also more likely to have competed in one fewer match than athletes in white. And third, athletes in blue had slightly longer periods of time between matches, giving them more time to rest than athletes in white.When correcting for these three factors, the researchers found that pitting blue uniforms against white uniforms was actually a very fair match-up. They confirmed this result by analyzing 71 other major judo tournaments since 1996. Overall, they recommend that blue-white uniform pairings are an ideal match for ensuring equal play. “Our paper emphasizes the need to carefully consider potential confounding factors,” Dijkstra told PhysOrg.com. “This holds, of course, for every single research project, no matter what it’s about. Surely, our findings are important for sport policy makers; blue-white most likely ensures an equal level of play, in contrast to blue-red.” Explore further How Japan’s renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energylast_img read more

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — An ancient form may be coming to the modern world. A new project, called the Lunar Cubit, features a set of nine black pyramid-shaped solar powered structured. The structures will power thousands of homes in the Abu Dhabi desert. Each of the pyramids would be able to provide power to about 250 desert homes. This instillation may not be powerful as a standard solar power farm, but it would be visually stunning. Egypt to open inner chambers of ‘bent’ pyramid The Lunar Cubit project was designed by Robert Flottemesch, Jen DeNike, Johanna Ballhaus, and Adrian P. De Luca. It is inspired by the ancient measurements that allowed for the original pyramids to be constructed, with the proposed measurements proportional to the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Giza. Citation: The Lunar Cubit could merge art and solar power (2011, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-lunar-cubit-merge-art-solar.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.lunarcubit.com/images/LUNA … -WEBDOWNLOADV2.0.pdf The proposed structure consists of eight small pyramids that surrounding a central, larger pyramid in a semi circle. This design allows for the structures to also act as a lunar calender. The structures will use LED lights to illuminate in different combinations to indicate the waxing or waning of the moon.The project was first submitted as a proposal in the Land Art Generator Initiative. The contest asked designers to create a large-scale renewable energy project that would double as a work of art.The Lunar Cubit would feature frameless solar panels made of glass and amorphous silicon. The structures would be expected to pay back the cost of construction in about five years. All nine of the pyramids would constitute a 1.74 MW utility-scale power plant, with the central pyramid being responsible for converting the energy to AC electricity for home use. Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img More information: Nvidia blog © 2010 PhysOrg.com Nvidia releases the Kal-El quad-core mobile chip 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.center_img Citation: Nvidia shows off Kal-El — new quad-core processing chip (2011, May 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-nvidia-kal-el-quad-core-chip.html (PhysOrg.com) — Nvidia, well known for its graphics chips, has made a pretty big statement by releasing a video on Youtube showing the capabilities of its new quad-core processing chip for smartphones and tablets. In the video, a ball, lit from within, moves around a virtual environment, shining its light on the other elements in its surroundings, demonstrating a step up in visual representation of real-time light imagery. Most video games use canned lighting, which means the game only has to show what has already been calculated. With the new chip in place, currently known as the Kal-El (Superman’s real name) the light projected is calculated and displayed (on moving objects yet) as the game is in play, something that requires incredible amounts of calculation at incredible speeds. The chip accomplishes this feat via its new quad-core (four processing units in a single component) processing chip. Uploaded prior to the upcoming Computex trade show in Taiwan this week, the video demo of Glowball, as Nvidia has named the video game, shows that Nvidia is now to be considered a major player in the development of cutting edge ARM processors (the 32 bit RISC processors developed by Arm Holding that have come to dominate the mobile or embedded electronics market) moving into direct competition with such big names as Texas Instruments and Qualcomm. It also sheds some light, if you will, on the direction mobile applications are heading. While it’s not known just how much money Nvidia has invested in developing its impressive new chip, it’s safe to say that it was considerably more than it ever has for its graphics chips; a move that demonstrates just how lucrative the mobile market has become.At the trade show, Nvidia demonstrated what a step up the new quad-core chip is by pushing a button on the demo pad that dropped the demo play to dual-core mode; a move that resulted in stilted jerky game movement. If all goes according to plan, Kal-El powered tablets (running on Google Android of course) are expected to be on the market by September, followed shortly thereafter by quad-core smartphones, making them the only such choice for consumers until the competition catches up.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Experimental and Theoretical Evidence for Pressure-Induced Metallization in FeO with Rocksalt-Type Structure, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 026403 (2012) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.026403AbstractElectrical conductivity of FeO was measured up to 141 GPa and 2480 K in a laser-heated diamond-anvil cell. The results show that rock-salt (B1) type structured FeO metallizes at around 70 GPa and 1900 K without any structural phase transition. We computed fully self-consistently the electronic structure and the electrical conductivity of B1 FeO as a function of pressure and temperature, and found that although insulating as expected at ambient condition, B1 FeO metallizes at high temperatures, consistent with experiments. The observed metallization is related to spin crossover.via Physics Synopsis Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists studying the rotation of the Earth have long known that our planet doesn’t have a perfect spin. Most believe this is due to the different types of materials that make up the core, mantle and crust, which all have different rates of spin causing inherent friction. Most models researchers have developed however agree that in order for the planet to wobble the way it does, the mantle would have to respond to the magnetic tug of the core. The problem with this though, is that the mantle is made mostly of rock, not metal, which means it’s not supposed to be conductive. A new kind of metal in the deep Earth Citation: Part of Earth’s mantle shown to be conductive under high pressure and temperatures (2012, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-earth-mantle-shown-high-pressure.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com New research by a Kenji Ohta and his colleagues at Osaka University in Japan indicates they’ve found a possible explanation. As they describe in their paper published in Physical Review Letters, it appears that Wustite (FeO), believed to be one of the components that make up the Earth’s mantle, can be made to conduct electricity at high pressure and high temperatures.This new work by the team builds on findings from the 1980’s that showed that FeO becomes more conductive when exposed to shock waves. To find out if other conditions might cause the same outcome, the team placed a sample of FeO in a diamond anvil and heated it using a laser. As the experiment proceeded, they also measured the conductivity of the FeO sample.After heating the sample to 1600°C and applying 70 gigapascals of pressure, the team found the sample became as conductive as an average metal. They also noted it did so without any changes occurring to its structure.To find out if the same conductive properties would occur under more harsh conditions, comparable to those found inside the Earth, the team turned up the temperature to 2200°C while ratcheting up the pressure to 1.4 million atmospheres and found the same results. Such measurements suggest, the team theorizes, that the same conductive properties would likely hold under even more extreme conditions such as those found near the boundary between the mantle and the core.To better understand why FeO becomes conductive under high pressure and heat, the team did density and electrical conductivity tests as they relate to temperature and pressure and now believe that the metallization is related to spin crossover. 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

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Very early human ancestors are believed to have eaten mostly fruits and insects, a trait they shared with most modern apes. At some point however, as the climate changed, our ancestors shifted their diet to include grasses and sedges. Previous evidence had shown that a Paranthropus boisei hominin had existed by eating mostly plants, but carbon dating had shown that individual to have lived approximately 2.8 million years ago. The A. bahrelghazali tooth fossils in this new study are from 3 to 3.5 million years ago, pushing back the date that our ancestors came down out of the trees and began eating C4 grasses, though it’s not clear if they were eating actual grass blades or the roots and tubers that support such plants.A. bahrelghazali stood approximately five feet tall (similar in size to modern chimpanzees) and walked on two legs. It also had a projecting jaw with powerful muscles and large teeth that enabled it to grind plant material to aid digestion. During its time, the part of African where it lived was covered with lakes, floodplains and wooded grasslands, which would lead quite naturally to a change in eating habits if a pattern of living on the ground as opposed to trees developed.Grasses and sedges are generally high fiber foods that also have complex starches and some even have tissue that also offers nutrients, thus, A. bahrelghazali would have been able to survive on such a diet despite not having evolved a sophisticated plant processing digestive system such as that seen with modern cows.The researchers acknowledge that because there is so little fossil evidence to work with, it is possible that the carbon levels found in the tooth fossils came from eating animals that consumed C4 plants, but thus far there is no other evidence to suggest that was the case. Citation: Researchers find human ancestors switched to eating grasses earlier than thought (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-human-ancestors-grasses-earlier-thought.html Explore further More information: Isotopic evidence for an early shift to C4 resources by Pliocene hominins in Chad, PNAS, Published online before print November 12, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204209109AbstractFoods derived from C4 plants were important in the dietary ecology of early Pleistocene hominins in southern and eastern Africa, but the origins and geographic variability of this relationship remain unknown. Carbon isotope data show that Australopithecus bahrelghazali individuals from Koro Toro in Chad are significantly enriched in 13C, indicating a dependence on C4 resources. As these sites are over 3 million years in age, the results extend the pattern of C4 dependence seen in Paranthropus boisei in East Africa by more than 1.5 million years. The Koro Toro hominin fossils were found in argillaceous sandstone levels along with abundant grazing and aquatic faunal elements that, in combination, indicate the presence of open to wooded grasslands and stream channels associated with a greatly enlarged Lake Chad. In such an environment, the most abundant C4 plant resources available to A. bahrelghazali were grasses and sedges, neither of which is usually considered as standard great ape fare. The results suggest an early and fundamental shift in hominin dietary ecology that facilitated the exploitation of new habitats.Press release When African animals hit the hay: Fossil teeth show who ate what and when as grasses emerged This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests a human ancestor – Australopithecus bahrelghazali – was eating grass plants almost a million years earlier than most scientists had thought. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team says carbon dating of tooth fossil samples found in Chad indicate early hominins had been dining on a diet heavy in plants that contained 4 carbon atoms (C4), which are typical of grasses or sedges.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications Explore further More information: Jay Shah et al. “The oldest magnetic record in our solar system identified using nanometric imaging and numerical modeling.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03613-1 © 2018 Phys.org Magnetic induction map of a magnetically non-uniform kamacite grain (consisting mostly of iron), which is encased within a dusty olivine crystal in a meteorite. The arrows and the color wheel indicate the direction of magnetic induction. Scale bar: 200 nm. Credit: Shah et al. Published in Nature Communications 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.center_img The researchers, Jay Shah and coauthors from the UK, Germany, and Norway, have published a paper on the discovery of the oldest magnetic record in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”Our study shows that magnetic fields that were present during the birth of our solar system are credibly contained within meteorite samples that we have in our collections,” Shah told Phys.org. “With a better understanding of these complex magnetization structures, we can access this magnetic field information, and deduce how our solar system evolved from a disk of dust to the planetary system we see today.”In the field of paleomagnetism, the main objects of study are ancient rocks and other materials which, as they cooled during their formation, acquired a thermoremanent magnetization imparted by the magnetic fields present at the time. By studying these magnetic materials, researchers can find clues as to what kinds of magnetic fields existed in the early solar system.As the researchers explain in their paper, the underpinning hypothesis in paleomagnetism is Néel’s single domain theory, which predicts that uniformly magnetized grains can retain their magnetic states over geological timescales. However, Néel’s theory says nothing about non-uniformly magnetized grains, which are the most abundant form of magnetism present in rocks and meteorites. Although some research has suggested that non-uniform magnetization states do not retain their magnetization very well, the question has remained unanswered until now.The new study shows, for the first time, that iron with non-uniform magnetization states can retain magnetic recordings from more than 4 billion years ago. To show this, the researchers used cutting-edge imaging techniques (nanometric magnetic imaging and off-axis electron holography) to study the magnetic grains in dusty olivine, which are a few hundred nanometers in size. In tests, the researchers heated the grains above 300 °C, the highest temperature that these meteorites would have experienced since forming 4.6 billion years ago, and observed that the grains retain their magnetic states. As the thermal relaxation times at this temperature are longer than the age of the solar system, the results strongly indicate that the thermoremanent magnetization imparted during their formation has remained stable to the present day.The researchers expect that the results will lead to a better understanding of the magnetic field in the early solar system, and even how the solar system originated.”I hope that this study can drive a better understanding of complex magnetization structures that will result in more sophisticated analyses of ancient magnetic fields throughout the solar system, including those on Earth,” Shah said. Citation: Oldest magnetic record in the solar system discovered in a meteorite (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-oldest-magnetic-solar-meteorite.html Researchers have found that an iron-containing mineral called dusty olivine, present in meteorites, retains a record of the magnetic field from the early solar system around 4.6 billion years ago. The results are surprising, as the magnetism in dusty olivine is non-uniform, and non-uniform magnetic materials have previously been thought to be poor magnetic recorders. The discovery may lead to new insight into how the solar system formed—with the help of magnetic fields—from a protoplanetary disk. Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birthlast_img read more

first_img Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: P. G. Ledda et al. Flow dynamics of a dandelion pappus: A linear stability approach, Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 Last year, a team at the University of Edinburgh published the results of their study on the flight of dandelion seeds, conducted using cameras and miniature wind tunnels. They discovered that the unique design of the pappus—the parachute-looking bristles—allowed the seeds to float on the wind in a very efficient manner. They found that as the pappus floats along, the spines channel the air around them in such a way as to form a vortex in the pappus’s wake. And because the air pressure is lower in the vortex, the pappus and its seed cargo are able to remain aloft longer than they would otherwise. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the role of the number of spines in creating the vortex and in maintaining flight stability.To better understand the flight behavior of the pappus, the researchers created models to mimic its behavior using equations from fluid dynamics. In their paper, they describe their models as collections of rods connected together in a way that was similar to the spokes on a bicycle wheel. The physics equations allowed them to model airflow patterns that occur naturally as a pappus floats through the air. Credit: Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 The researchers report that their models showed the same kinds of vortices forming as the researchers with the prior effort had seen first-hand. They next ran the models using different numbers of rods. They found that the optimum number was 100, which matched the number found in a real pappus. At this number, the pappus was most stable while floating—with more rods, flight became unstable; with fewer rods, flight distance was reduced. They suggest their findings could be used to design lighter-weight parachutes.center_img Citation: Equations from fluid dynamics used to find optimum arrangement of rods in dandelion pappus (2019, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-equations-fluid-dynamics-optimum-rods.html A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Twente and Università di Pisa has used equations from fluid dynamics to find the optimum arrangement of rods in a dandelion pappus. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their work and what it showed. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

first_img by NPR News Avie Schneider 8.23.19 1:28pm Updated at 11:35 a.m. ETSignaling the possibility of more interest-rate cuts, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will “act as appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion as the trade war with China takes a toll on global growth and the U.S. economy. In prepared remarks Friday to a Kansas City Fed gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Powell said the economy faces “significant risks” and cited several developments that have roiled financial markets in recent weeks. Those developments include new U.S. tariffs on imports from China; signs of a global slowdown, namely in the economic powerhouses Germany and China; and the growing possibility that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal.”Trade policy uncertainty seems to be playing a role in the global slowdown and in weak manufacturing and capital spending in the United States,” Powell said. He said the U.S. economy has continued to perform well, driven by consumer spending, but job creation has slowed. “Based on our assessment of the implications of these developments, we will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion,” Powell said.Last month, the Fed cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade, lowering the cost of borrowing for credit cards, auto loans and mortgages. President Trump has repeatedly pressured the Fed to lower interest rates further to boost the economy, and this week, he called for a dramatic one-percentage-point cut. On Friday, Trump again tweeted his criticism of the central bank. “We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. … My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Trump’s tweets came shortly after China announced retaliatory tariffs against $75 billion in U.S. goods.In his remarks, Powell said that “while monetary policy is a powerful tool that works to support consumer spending, business investment, and public confidence, it cannot provide a settled rulebook for international trade.”He also addressed another issue on the mind of market watchers: whether the long U.S. expansion is leading banks and other financial firms to take more risks. “We have not seen unsustainable borrowing, financial booms, or other excesses of the sort that occurred at times [before the Great Recession], and I continue to judge overall financial stability risks to be moderate,” he said. “But we remain vigilant.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. More Rate Cuts? Powell Says Fed Is Ready To Help Economy… Manuel Balce Cenetalast_img read more

first_img Jeff Roberson Federal Judge Blocks Parts Of Missouri Law That Bans… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.27.19 4:47pm Updated at 4:46 p.m. ETPortions of a Missouri law banning abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy were blocked by a federal judge just a day before the legislation was to go into effect.U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued the order halting the law, whose provisions also call for physicians who perform an abortion after eight weeks to face possible prison time and have their license suspended or revoked. “While federal courts should generally be very cautious before delaying the effect of state laws, the sense of caution may be mitigated when the legislation seems designed, as here, as a protest against Supreme Court decisions,” Sachs wrote in his opinion.Sachs denied a full preliminary injunction on technical grounds, but his ruling achieved what he called the “desired result” sought by Planned Parenthood for now. He left in place — at least for now — prohibitions on abortion for reasons of race, sex or a suspected diagnosis of Down syndrome in the fetus.The legislation that Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed in May has an exception for medical emergencies, but not for victims of rape or incest. Planned Parenthood filed suit to halt the law last month, and its lawyers told the court that the legislation would mean “patients will be subject to significant and irreparable constitutional, medical, emotional, and other harms for which no adequate remedy at law exists.” In a statement, Kristan Hawkins of the anti-abortion rights group Students for Life called Tuesday’s ruling “a travesty of justice and an insult to the democratic process.”Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, welcomed the decision blocking a law that she called “harmful.” “What little abortion access in Missouri is left, will stay in place for the time being. In the meantime, we cannot ignore the part of this law that remains in place, which allows politicians to interfere with the patient-provider relationship,” she said. But Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, criticized the judge’s decision. “Missouri is a strongly pro-life state and lawmakers acted on their constituents’ will when they passed landmark protections for unborn children and their mothers,” Dannenfelser said. “We are extremely disappointed in today’s ruling which blocks limits on abortion, even late-term abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy when the child can feel excruciating pain.”Sachs’ ruling follows several other federal court decisions that have barred restrictive abortion laws from being implemented in states such as Ohio and Mississippi. Many of those laws criminalize the procedure as soon as heartbeat activity can be detected — as early as six weeks, which is before many women even know they’re pregnant.Anti-abortion-rights activists are hoping that legal challenges to one of the state laws will reach the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion established by the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.In its July lawsuit, the clinic, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, said the Missouri law would “directly violate long-standing Supreme Court precedent,” calling it “Missouri’s unrelenting campaign to deny patients the health care they seek and to which they are entitled.”The state’s law was written with an eye toward banning the procedure as early as the courts will allow it. If an eight-week ban is thrown out, the law includes a cascading series of 14-, 18- and 20-week abortion bans that could take effect instead.”The hostility to, and refusal to comply with, the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence is most obviously demonstrated in the attempt to push ‘viability’ protection downward in various weekly stages to 8 weeks,” the judge wrote, referring to the way the state crafted the law. In a separate process, the fate of the last remaining clinic that provides abortions in Missouri remains uncertain. Parson’s administration says the clinic is not meeting state health regulations. Planned Parenthood officials say they have done all they can to comply but that the rules are being arbitrarily enforced for political reasons. A hearing in that matter is planned for October.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

first_imgAre you one of those who frequent the bylanes of Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin to gorge on Delhi’s signature cuisine? Snack on chaats at every possible opportunity? Pounce on the kulfis whenever you get the chance? Well, take heart. Now you don’t have to explore and go all over the town in search of your favourite Delhi cuisine. Get ready for the second edition of Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival which starts next month. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival will bring together the culinary delights of the age-old shops of Purani Dilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The week-long festival is all about celebrating Delhi and its cuisine and will bring together various food items. The entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhicharm as celebrations in Purani Dilli with features such as a wishing tree, auto and cycle rickshaw, potter etc. dig into the famous chaat, kulfi, biryani and kebabs from the labyrinths of old Delhi under one roof. Apart from food items, there will also be various cultural activities, handicrafts, puppet show, talk show and much more. Also, there will be free candies for kids.DETAILAt: Baba Kharak Singh Marg When: 8-14 Februarylast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A couple committed suicide at their apartment in Nayabad under Purba Jadavpur police station on Sunday night. The deceased, identified as Utpal Ghosh (51) and hiswife Tanushree (41) were found hanging in their dining room with dupattas used as ligature cords. The duo resided on the 2nd floor of an apartment in Nayabad.”We have recovered a suicide note where the duo had blamed no one behind their death. We are talking to their family members to ascertain the real cause of the death,” a senior officer of Purba Jadavpur police station said. According to police sources, the hanging bodies were Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsfirst spotted by their nephew who used to live along with them as they were childless. He had gone out of the house in the evening and when he returned at around 9.30 pm and knocked on the door, he received no answer. When his repeated knocks on the door went unanswered, he suspected something unusual and called the neighbours. They broke open the door only to find the couple hanging. Police were informed who rushed to the spot and took the bodies for postmortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSleuths investigating the case informed that Utpal was a private tutor while his wife was a teacher at Malati Bidya Bhawan for Girls school at Rashbehari. Utpal was handicapped since childhood due to Polio.”We have learnt that Utpal was associated with realty business lately. He had taken some loan in connection with the business and was unable to repay it. The victims’ nephew had informed us that they were getting intimidating calls and were very worried. This might have triggered the suicide,” an investigating officer said. The sleuths have recovered the mobile phone of the couple and are examining their call details to track the calls for further leads in the case.last_img read more

first_imgGet ready for a theatrical treat. Sri Ram Centre will be hosting the play Koi Baat Chale with Yashpal Sharma, famous film and TV actor today. The 1 hour 30 min play is written and directed by Ram Ji Bali (NSD).The story revolves around the protagonist, Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad played by Yashpal Sharma. He is a 35-years-old school drama teacher and unmarried. A romantic comedy, the play shows Bansi seeking help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Yashpal Sharma is an eminent theatre and film personality. He is best known for his role as Randhir Singh in Sudhir Mishra’s 2003 Hindi movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, apart from Lagaan (2001), Gangaajal (2003), Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), Apaharan (2005), Singh is Kinng (2008) and Rowdy Rathore (2012).  Bali started his theatre life from 1993 in his very own city Faridabad (Haryana). He has directed many plays like Bichchu, Proposal, Ek ladki Paanch Diwaane, Dulari Bai, Ghade ki Baaraat, Inspector Matdin Chand Par, Chatur Rohan, Muaavze etc. He has been working as a freelance actor/director in the field of arts and performance and also had movies Paan Singh Tomar, Commando and more recently The Shaukeens to his credit.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Several questions arose on Thursday about the fire that broke out at Calcutta Medical College on Wednesday, as several electrical appliances were found intact even after the incident.Sources informed that forensic science experts will be visiting the incident spot again soon, to determine the cause of the fire.Meanwhile, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his anxiety regarding the incident.According to hospital sources, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) inspected the damaged portion of the hospital on Thursday and found some electrical appliances which were untouched by fire. However, the computers and some medicines were found in burnt condition. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCESC has informed the hospital authorities and police that no fault could be found from their end. If any fault was there in the CESC line, then the switch board would have also been burnt and lights and fans would not be in running condition.Primary investigation has revealed that the fire occurred from the accounts and control room. Only a limited number of people used to access that portion of the building. Thus, the question arose on whether it was a sabotage. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile on Thursday, Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his anxiety regarding the incident. He also conveyed his condolence to the family of the patient who died on Wednesday due to breathlessness.He said: “It is a matter of great concern that incidents of fire and other mishaps like collapse of bridges are taking place regularly. The concerned executives should be more alert to prevent loss of life and property.”The Governor also expressed his view that a high level inquiry should be made into the cause of the fire and also to find out adequate means and measures, so that similar incidents do not recur in future.On Wednesday morning, a fire broke out at the MCH building of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. As an emergency move, 250 patients were evacuated from the building and were shifted to other wards. The blaze was brought under control within a few hours.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Twenty five officers of eight constituted state services will be sent for in-service training programme on Public FinanceManagement.Out of the two phases in the training, the domestic leg of the training will be held in Haryana, while the foreign leg in Singapore.The eight state services include West Bengal Revenue Service, West Bengal Audit and Accounts Service, West Bengal Food and Supplies Service, West Bengal Employment Service, West Bengal Co-operative Service, West Bengal Labour Service, West Bengal Information and Cultural Service and West Bengal Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeForest Service.The domestic leg of the training programme will be held at OP Jindal Global University in Haryana. It will be held from November 19 to 23.Meanhwile, the second part of the training that will take place in Singapore will be held at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy where the officers will undergo training from November 26 to 30.The officers will be leaving Kolkata on November 18 and return only after their training programme in Singapore.All the expenses in connection with the training, logistics, accomodation, airfare, etc for both the domestic and foreign legs of the training programme will be borne by the state government.The head of offices of all the respective state services have been requested to release the officers for the training from November 18 toDecember 2.last_img read more

first_imgPeople who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study reveals. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.“The study shows that men’s and women’s feelings about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said lead study author David Frederick from Chapman University in the US. The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.  “It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image. The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem. People’s orientations towards their relationships – known as “attachment styles”–were linked to how people felt about their bodies.  Women with anxious and fearful attachment styles were dissatisfied with their appearance. Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching TV. “Satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,” the study noted. “People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance,” Frederick stated.last_img read more

first_imgChildhood emotional experiences of individuals can have long lasting consequences in adulthood while they perform a task, a study revealed. In a the study published in the online journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the researchers stated that emotional bond shared with parents in early childhood generates our ability to regulate emotions as adults.“But not everyone’s actions are impacted by emotions to the same extent. Some of us had emotionally responsive caregivers or parents in childhood, while others didn’t,” said Christine Heinisch, researcher at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the attachment theory in Psychology, childhood experiences influences the ability to regulate emotions as adults. “We expected those having problems with emotional regulation to make more errors in performing a task – and one significant variable influencing this is our attachment experience,” Heinisch added. To test this theory, they conducted a study on adults with different childhood experiences and performed a task of identifying a target letter from among a series of flashing letters.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis task was administered under conditions that evoked a positive, neutral or negative emotional state. The researchers then assessed task performance and analysed electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of brain function in their subjects.Subjects who did not have emotionally responsive caregivers in childhood (insecure-attached) had more trouble performing under emotionally negative conditions than the others (secure-attached). They also had lower brain activity in response to the target letter under negative conditions than secure-attached subjects. The lower task performance correlated with inefficient strategies for emotional regulation seen in insecure-attached adults. This could mean that a greater share of cognitive resources was allocated for regulating emotions, and consequently, less was available for performing the task.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Politics dominated the year 2018 in West Bengal which saw an increasing tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, main opposition parties the Congress and the CPI(M) taking a back seat, violence during panchayat polls and communal clashes. Panic over a carcass meat racket in April-May prompted the Mamata Banerjee government to form a high-powered committee for keeping a check on such malpractice. The BJP pipped the Congress and the CPI(M) to emerge as main challenger to the ruling TMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The state not only witnessed bipolar politics between the TMC and the BJP but also sharp communal polarisation. Both the TMC and the BJP feel that results in parliamentary polls in Bengal, which has a total of 42 seats, will play a major role in the post poll scenario. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. We will not win less than 26 seats from Bengal. This will help us in increasing our tally nationally,” claimed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien countered saying his party will play a major role in the 2019 polls. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. The people of Bengal are with the TMC and that has been proved in all the by-elections and rural polls where the party had won hands down,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Apart from the fast changing political narrative, the state also witnessed one of the worst communal violence in Asansol area of West Burdwan district over Ram Navami rallies in March-April. As the year drew to a close, the issue of giving permission to BJP’s rath yatra, covering all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, remained in focus with the saffron party accusing the TMC of being “undemocratic and autocratic” by denying the nod. The TMC maintained that the Rath yatra was aimed at creating communal polarisation in the state. The BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state since the 2016 assembly polls, surprised everyone and cemented its position as main challenger of the TMC by increasing its vote share by leaps and bounds in all the by-elections that have been held across the state in last one year and also the three-tier panchayat polls. The panchayat polls of May will go done in the history of Bengal politics as one of the most violent elections that the state witnessed since the inception of Panchayat Raj in 1978. Even though the TMC won the polls by bagging nearly 85 per cent of the rural seats, it couldn’t breathe easy over the BJP making inroads in the Junglemahal districts of Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and West Midnapore. The unease could be easily sensed in the ruling camp as it shunted out two ministers who hailed from those areas for alleged under performance. Buoyed by the BJP’s performance in the rural polls where it won more than 7,000 seats in the panchayats, party chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning at least 22 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Killing of BJP workers in post-panchayat poll violence in areas where the party had performed well drew the ire of its central leadership, which not only launched a countrywide stir against the TMC government but also organised several rallies and programmes by top leaders, who vowed to oust Banerjee in the next elections. The TMC countered, accusing the BJP of spreading the poison of communalism across the state as party supremo Banerjee toured the country and met leaders of various opposition parties in a bid to put up a united fight against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. She floated the idea of a federal front of regional parties and proposed one-to-one fight against the BJP across the country to ensure maximum polling of anti-BJP votes. The TMC in a bid to showcase the unity of the opposition front called for a rally of opposition parties on January 19. It, however, has ruled out any possibility of alliance with the Congress in Bengal by repeatedly stating its desire to contest in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. On the opposition front, the West Bengal Congress unit witnessed a change of guard with old horse Somen Mitra being brought back as state party chief, replacing Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a bitter critic of TMC. The CPI(M)-led Left Front on the other hand continued to erode both politically and electorally as its vote share continued to slide in all the elections that took place during the year. Both the Left Front and the CPI(M) seem to be in a dilemma over the issue of alliance with the Congress in the state. The Left Front allies such as Forward Bloc and RSP had threatened to quit the front if it decides to go ahead with the alliance or understanding with the Congress. With the BJP projecting the TMC as a party “working for only Muslims”, the latter tried to woo the majority community by organising various programs such as Hanuman Jayanti, Purohit Sammelan and doled out funds to clubs organising Durga Pujas in the state.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A polling personnel in South Dinajpur was found hanging at his home on Tuesday morning. His family members claimed that he committed suicide because he was tensed due to poll-related violence.According to sources, Babulal Murmu of Buniadpur in South Dinajpur was selected as a polling personnel for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections. He was kept on reserve, which means in case of any polling personnel gets ill or removed, Murmu will be replaced by him. Murmu, a teacher by profession reportedly expressed his fear over the election duty as incidents of violence were being reported from several areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Monday night, he went to the Dispersal-Cum-Reception Centre (DCRC) from where other polling personnel were issued Electronic Voting Machines and other poll related documents. Later, he went back home without informing DCRC officials. On Tuesday morning, his wife found him hanging from ceiling. Immediately police were informed. His wife and other family members claimed that Murmu was nervous seeing the violence during the polls and had expressed his fear. He committed suicide as he was afraid to take part in election duty. During a press conference at the Chief Election Commissioner’s office, Additional Director General, Law and Order, Sidh Nath Gupta narrated the incident and said that Murmu went home without any intimation.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Two women have been arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport with huge amount of foreign currency on Wednesday morning. Suspicion grew within Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, who was screening the baggage on the scanner machine, during the checking as he felt there was something doubtful about the image during scanning.According to CISF authority, on Wednesday, around 9 am, when baggage checking for an Imphal-bound flight was going on, the on-duty CISF officer noticed a suspicious image on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the CISF personnel decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe passenger, A Mumtaj, was also detained for inquiry. After opening the baggage CISF personnel found that a false compartment was created on the bottom of the bag. Immediately, that of the bag portion was cut open and cops found 33,000 US dollars there. Another CISF personnel, who was deployed at the scanner when the checking of Mumtaz’s baggage was going on, noticed that another baggage passed through scanner looked suspicious. Immediately that bag was also segregated. Later Mumtaz claimed that the second baggage also belongs to her. Immediately, the other was also opened and cops found 33,600 US dollars there. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFollowing the detention of Mumtaz, CISF Surveillance Team scrutinised the CCTV camera footage and found that prior to security check Mumtaz was in contact with another lady passenger who wearing a veil. On the basis of electronic and manual surveillance, the lady was identified as Praveen Banu Abu Backer who was supposed to travel to Imphal in the same flight. Immediately, she was located and brought to security hold area. During questioning and checking of boarding pass of both the passengers, it was found that the duo had booked two registered baggage for each in the flight. Later, in coordination with Custom officials and concerned airline’s officials, other two baggage were retrieved and were physically checked in presence of the Custom’s and airline’s officials. After thorough checking it was found that those also contain false bottom where high volume of foreign currency was concealed. During counting it was found that in total 2 lakh US dollars were hidden in the bags. Police seized the money and immediately both the lady passengers along with the money were handed over to Customs department for further legal action.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: An app-cab driver has been recently arrested for assaulting an autistic child inside the cab. Authorities of Uber, the app-based cab service, apologised for the incident and returned the fare amount. According to sources, Piyali Gupta’s six-year-old son is autistic. He studies in a school at Gariahat area. Everyday his grandmother Pratima takes him to his school. On Tuesday she booked an Uber ride to reach Gariahat.Pratima was handing over the fare to the driver, the child allegedly touched the air conditioner inside the car. The app-cab driver Chandreswar Rai allegedly threatened the child to beat him. As the child could not understand him properly, he again touched the air conditioner. This time, Rai in fit of rage twisted his arm. Seeing Rai assaulting her grandson, Pratima protested. Rai allegedly threatened her with dire consequences. He also told Pratima not to move around with an austistic child. Pratima informed Piyali who lodged a complaint with the Uber. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Wednesday, Piyali lodged a complaint with the Gariahat police station narrating the whole incident. Upon receiving the complaint sleuths got in touch with the Uber authorities in Delhi. Following the details given by the police, Uber authorities reportedly located the cab using GPS and informed the police. Later police arrested Rai from Baranagar. He has been booked under sections 341(punishment for wrongful restraint), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC.last_img read more