Entropymanorg Explains Why Pots Unbreak on the Nanoscale Video

first_img Citation: Entropyman.org Explains Why Pots ‘Unbreak’ on the Nanoscale (Video) (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-entropymanorg-pots-unbreak-nanoscale-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. It may just be a neat camera trick, but the Web site explains that – in terms of Newton’s laws – nothing was supernatural or wrong about that picture. Rather, the reason why we don’t see broken objects “unbreaking” in everyday life is due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. If you’ve ever wondered just what the Second Law means – beyond the fuzzy idea about disorder always increasing – you may want to check out the rest of Entropyman.org. The site is the brainchild of Edward Feng, a former Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley who now works at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, specializing in statistical mechanics. Feng designed Entropyman.org as an outreach project to explain to a general audience how entropy works.”I created this outreach project to explain the principles behind the biggest advance in my field over the last decade,” Feng told PhysOrg.com. “This theory explains how life is different on the nanoscale and a pot can unbreak. This can happen because of the smallness of the pot. These principles are the foundation for my research with Gavin Crooks on time’s arrow and other topics in statistical mechanics.”As Feng explained, the background to this project began at the Miller Symposium, a yearly get together for the Miller Institute.”There was a session on how newspapers were losing funding for science stories, and the culprit was the internet,” he said. “Well, I thought this was a little harsh. Besides, wasn’t the internet a new medium to convey science, with pictures and movies? That’s when I decided to embark on this project. With financial support from the Miller Institute, I hired a film maker, and the rest is history.”Entropyman.org discusses how single molecules, such as an RNA molecule, can stretch and shrink. Because RNA molecules are so small, they result in a much smaller entropy increase than larger objects. The larger the entropy increase, the less likely the object will take a time-reversed path with a decrease in entropy. Because a ceramic pot or tile has a large entropy gain when breaking, the ratio of increasing entropy to decreasing entropy is very high, so an entropy decrease is much less likely to be observed. In other words, it’s extremely unlikely that a broken pot will put itself back together, while a molecule could.Explaining these concepts in terms of bank accounts, wedding rings, and the Eiffel Tower, Entropyman.org hopes to enable general readers to understand why pots spontaneously self-assemble on the nanoscale and, while it’s possible that your room will become clean while you lounge on the couch, it is incredibly unlikely. To see the site, visit http://entropyman.org.© 2009 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Edward Feng, a researcher at Sandia Livermore National Laboratory, has created a new Web site called Entropyman.org to explain the Second Law of Thermodynamics (PhysOrg.com) — A man lifts his hand in the air, and broken pieces of ceramic lying on the sidewalk spring up into his hand, coming together to form a flower pot. He lifts his hands again, and more broken pieces spring together to make a square ceramic tile.last_img read more

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Researchers find retinal rods able to detect photon number distribution

first_img(Phys.org)—The eye, whether in humans or other animals, is truly one of nature’s most sophisticated advancements, able to convert light into signals the brain can interpret as imagery, all in real time. Most of the actual work is done at the back of the eye where rods and cones, two types of photoreceptors are located. Cones are primarily responsible for the eye’s sensitivity to color, while rods, which are far more numerous (some 120 million exit in one human eye), are more sensitive to light in general. To find out just how sensitive rods are, researchers in Singapore have been studying single rod photoreceptors taken from an African Clawed Frog, and have found, as they describe in their paper published in Physical Review Letters, that such rods are able to discern and count single photons and are also able to determine the coherence of very weak pulses of light. © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters To study the rods, the team used a tiny pipette that was able to hold a single rod and that also contained a liquid solution that simulated its natural environment to keep it alive. They then placed a very small laser just in front of it and shot the rod with pulses of light. Because the pipette and solution also served as an electrode allowing for measurements, the researchers were able to measure how much current was produced by the rod in response to the pulses of light.Each rod has at its tip a segment that contains rhodosin photopigment, a substance that changes chemically in the presence of light. When no light is present, a constant current of ions flows in and out; when light is detected however, some of the current is altered causing the cell to be polarized resulting in the creation of an electrical signal that is sent via the optic nerve to the brain.In the study, the team fired a rapid succession of laser pulses at the rod and found it able to discern, i.e. measure, individual differences of up to 1000 photons per pulse. They also found that the rods were able to tell the difference between coherent light (the degree to which the waves are in phase) and “pseudothermal” light, where the waves are chopped up by a rotating disk, to such an extent that the researchers believe they will be able to serve as a model for creating highly sensitive artificial detectors.In the end, the researchers found that single rhodopsin molecules are able to interact with single photons, a finding that demonstrates just how sensitive rods truly are; so much so that further studies by the team will look at their use in quantum optics and communication. (Left) Structure of a rod cell in the retina. Photons absorbed in the outer segment cause a rearrangement of rhodopsin molecules, which initiates a sequence of chemical events resulting in excitation of an optic nerve signal. (Right) Microscope image of the fiber taper and a suction micropipette with the constrained rod cell. The cell response to photons is measured with the pipette, which acts as a micro electrode. Credit: Physics Synopsis, DOI: 10.1103/Physics.5.103 Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Researchers find retinal rods able to detect photon number distribution (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-retinal-rods-photon.html Bright lights, not-so-big pupils More information: Measurement of Photon Statistics with Live Photoreceptor Cells, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 113601 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.113601AbstractWe analyzed the electrophysiological response of an isolated rod photoreceptor of Xenopus laevis under stimulation by coherent and pseudothermal light sources. Using the suction-electrode technique for single cell recordings and a fiber optics setup for light delivery allowed measurements of the major statistical characteristics of the rod response. The results indicate differences in average responses of rod cells to coherent and pseudothermal light of the same intensity and also differences in signal-to-noise ratios and second-order intensity correlation functions. These findings should be relevant for interdisciplinary studies seeking applications of quantum optics in biology. 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

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TDK sees hard drive breakthrough in areal density

first_img(Phys.org)—TDK has realized increased areal density of its hard disk drives. TDK has set a new record, compared to previous areal density at 1Tbit/inch2, with the new stat of increased density to 1.5Tbits/inch2. The point of all this is that TDK can say it will offer 1TB of storage per platter in a 2.5-inch hard drive, and 2TB of storage per platter in a 3.5-inch drive. TDK used a technique that combines platter technology from Japanese firm Showa Denko (Showa Denko Platters) with their refined read-write heads. Showa Denko’s disk platter is based on perpendicular magnetic recording with discrete track recording (DTR) superimposed on it. Fujitsu Develops Optical Element for Thermal Assisted Magnetic Recording Explore further via Tech-on The magnetic head for thermal assist recording. Credit: via Tech-on. More information:center_img Citation: TDK sees hard drive breakthrough in areal density (2012, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-tdk-hard-breakthrough-areal-density.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Perpendicular magnetic recording was an idea that languished for many years, says a TDK technology backgrounder, because the complexity of high-density magnetic recording technology stymied commercial development. “This method demands highly sophisticated thin-film process technologies to form microscopic single poles between multiple thin layers. Beyond that, a number of complex issues arise when trying to miniaturize single poles,” said TDK. “One particularly difficult problem is overcoming pole erasure, the deletion of magnetic data due to remanent magnetization at the tip of the pole.”As magnetic head manufacturers, TDK says it is now drawing on nano-level thin-film multilayering and processing technologies that clear the technological hurdles one by one.TDK features a Tunneling Magneto-Resistance (TMR) head , which uses thermal assist recording and a near-light field. (Researchers from Hitachi describe thermally assisted recording as an extension to perpendicular magnetic recording. In thermally-assisted recording, says Hitachi, magnetic grains can be made smaller while still resisting thermal fluctuations at room temperature.) Consumers are to see these hard drives using thermal assisted magnetic heads in 2014. Before that, though, TDK will officially unveil its new hard-drive technology this week at CEATEC Japan 2012. At CEATEC, the company will also show a thermal assist recording method based on near-field light by using an actual HDD supporting the method.A significant side story belongs to Showa Denko, which, among other divisions, engages in hard disk media. Showa Denko also has a confident grasp of the disk drive market: “We expect that demand for hard disk drives (HDDs) will continue to grow by about 10 percent annually. “Hard disk drives for years have been a dominant device for storage of data. Greater capacities and lower prices have kept the hard drive from falling victim to SSD technology. Showa Denko believes HDDs still have nowhere to go but up because of notebook demand, cloud computing, and current requirements for high-capacity servers at data centers, expected to increase. To meet the demand, the company intends to “speedily commercialize the sixth-generation PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) media, and develop the next-generation SWR (shingled-write recording) media.” © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic

first_img Most people have seen video of microorganisms in motion, some have short filaments known as cilia that cover their outer edges causing movement of the organism or the fluid in which they exist. Others such as the unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have longer appendages known as flagella, which are flexible rods protruding from the front of the body. C. reinhardtii uses its two flagella to swim through liquid, breaststroke style, which means the appendages must be synchronized—but what mechanism allows this synchronization to occur? Scientists do not know but have suspected it has to do with hydrodynamic forces, meaning the movement of the fluid causes it to come about. In this new effort, the researchers report that experiments they have carried out suggest such assumptions have been wrong, and that the synchronization comes about at least in part due to contractile fibers that connect the two flagella together.The first experiment conducted by the team consisted of placing C. reinhardtii samples in a pipette and then filming the microorganisms as the liquid in which they were swimming inside was sloshed back and forth at varying intensities. The team reports that the flagella initially synchronized with the flow of the fluid, but only up to a point, at which it could not keep up as the slosh rate was increased. They noted also that the rate at which the flagellum beat individually in isolation from its normal partner varied by amounts up to 30 percent, but the two still synchronized when working together. They then calculated that if hydrodynamic forces alone were causing the synchronization, the flagella would have to produce a flow 30 times the normal swim speed of the microorganism to account for such a difference, thus, such forces do not appear to be the answer.The team also looked at mutant samples of C. reinhardtii which did not have a band of contractile fibers connecting the flagella inside their bodies as is normal for the algae and found the flagella did not synchronize. This they claim, suggests that the fibers are somehow causing or allowing the synchronization to occur. Unless they crane their necks all sperm would only turn left More information: Greta Quaranta et al. Hydrodynamics Versus Intracellular Coupling in the Synchronization of Eukaryotic Flagella, Physical Review Letters (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101ABSTRACTThe influence of hydrodynamic forces on eukaryotic flagella synchronization is investigated by triggering phase locking between a controlled external flow and the flagella of C. reinhardtii. Hydrodynamic forces required for synchronization are over an order of magnitude larger than hydrodynamic forces experienced in physiological conditions. Our results suggest that synchronization is due instead to coupling through cell internal fibers connecting the flagella. This conclusion is confirmed by observations of the vfl3 mutant, with impaired mechanical connection between the flagella. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Delft University in the Netherlands has found via lab experiments, that synchronization that occurs with algae flagella while they swim is likely not driven by hydrodynamic forces. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their experiments and observations and why they believe that what they saw helps explain how flagella synchronization in microorganisms works in general. Marco Polin with the University of Warwick in the U.K. offers a Viewpoint piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img Citation: Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic forces (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-synchronization-algae-flagella-driven-hydrodynamic.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Experimental setup. (b) Snapshots representing the stroke patterns of C. reinhardtii, for a cell with f0=54.3  Hz and an external flow with fF=52.7  Hz and UF=±527  μm.s−1. Time between snapshots: 6 ms. Arrows represent the direction of the background flow. In this sequence, the flagella beat with the flow and the flagellar tip motion has the same direction as the external flow. (c) Snapshots of same cell as in (b) 0.33 s later. The flagella beat against the flow. Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters 115, 238101 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101 . Used with permission. 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

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Scientists measure methyl alcohol emission from comet C2012 K1 PanSTARRS

first_img More information: Measuring the Distribution and Excitation of Cometary CH3OH Using ALMA, arXiv:1602.03488 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1602.03488AbstractThe Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) was used to obtain measurements of spatially and spectrally resolved CH3OH emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) on 28-29 June 2014. Detection of 12-14 emission lines of CH3OH on each day permitted the derivation of spatially-resolved rotational temperature profiles (averaged along the line of sight), for the innermost 5000 km of the coma. On each day, the CH3OH distribution was centrally peaked and approximately consistent with spherically symmetric, uniform outflow. The azimuthally-averaged CH3OH rotational temperature (Trot) as a function of sky-projected nucleocentric distance (ρ), fell by about 40 K between ρ=0 and 2500 km on 28 June, whereas on 29 June, Trot fell by about 50 K between ρ=0 km and 1500 km. A remarkable (∼50 K) rise in Trot at ρ=1500-2500 km on 29 June was not present on 28 June. The observed variations in CH3OH rotational temperature are interpreted primarily as a result of variations in the coma kinetic temperature due to adiabatic cooling, and heating through Solar irradiation, but collisional and radiative non-LTE excitation processes also play a role. © 2016 Phys.org 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: Scientists measure methyl alcohol emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) (2016, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-methyl-alcohol-emission-comet.html ALMA confirms comets forge organic molecules in their dusty atmospheres Explore further For their measurements, the researchers employed the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), located in the Atacama desert, Chile. ALMA, thanks to its unprecedented resolution and sensitivity, was previously used to study the distributions of HCN (hydrogen cyanide), HNC (hydrogen isocyanide) and H2CO (formaldehyde) in the inner comae of comets C/2012 F6 (Lemmon) and C/2012 S1 (ISON). Now, the facility obtained new information on the distribution and temperature of methanol in the inner coma of comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS). The observations were conducted on June 28-29, 2014, when the comet was very bright (magnitude 8.5), visible through a small telescope and even binoculars, and relatively near Earth at a distance of nearly two astronomical units (AU).”ALMA was used to obtain measurements of spatially and spectrally resolved CH3OH emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS). (…) Detection of 12-14 emission lines of CH3OH on each day permitted the derivation of spatially-resolved rotational temperature profiles (averaged along the line of sight), for the innermost 5,000 km of the coma,” the scientists wrote in a research paper.C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) is an Oort cloud comet that was discovered on May 17, 2012 using the Pan-STARRS telescope located on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The comet came to perihelion on Aug. 27, 2014 at a distance of 1.05 AU from the sun. Thus, the summer of 2014 offered astronomers a great chance to observe this icy planetesimal in detail.Comets are believed to be frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system around 4.5 billion years ago. They are relatively pristine and therefore may hold clues to how the solar system was made. Finding an organic compound like methanol on a comet hints that these icy bodies could have been a source of the complex organic molecules necessary for life.Methanol, thanks to its abundance in comets and its complex energy level structure is an easily detectable molecule for probing the cometary coma temperature at radio and submillimeter wavelengths. ALMA observations of methanol emission at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths have permitted Cordiner’s team to conduct the first instantaneous, spatially resolved 2-D measurements of the coma’s rotational temperatures. They detected large variations in the methanol rotational temperature in C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) over distances of about 1,000 kilometers (sky-projected distance), likely caused by changes in the coma kinetic temperature, mainly due to adiabatic cooling, and heating through solar irradiation.”This study demonstrates that spatial temperature variations may need to be considered when deriving coma molecular abundances from spectral line data,” the researchers concluded.The scientists called for further high resolution observations and modelling that could yield better information about the coma thermal physics and molecular excitation, and assist in more accurate determination of cometary compositions. They also also emphasized that there is still a lack of understanding concerning the physical and chemical structure of the near-nucleus cometary coma at distances less than a few thousand kilometers from the nucleus. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers led by Martin Cordiner of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has conducted measurements of CH3OH (methanol) emission from comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) that could yield invaluable information about cometary compositions and provide insights on the formation of our solar system. The results were published online on Feb. 16 in the arXiv journal. NEOWISE series of infrared images of comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) on May 20, 2014. Credit: NASA/JPLlast_img read more

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New spectral analysis algorithm helps identify dialects between whale groups

first_img Journal information: Physical Review E Caribbean sperm whales found to have a regional dialect This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Photo: Fred Benko – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Library. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img A team of researchers from Norway and Germany has come up with a computer algorithm that analyses sound recordings that quantify how various noises change over time, allowing for studying the sounds whales make in a new way. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review E, the team describes the ideas they used to create the algorithm and how well it worked as the team analyzed recordings of pilot whales off the coast of Norway. More information: Heike Vester et al. Quantifying group specificity of animal vocalizations without specific sender information, Physical Review E (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.022138 AbstractRecordings of animal vocalization can lack information about sender and context. This is often the case in studies on marine mammals or in the increasing number of automated bioacoustics monitorings. Here, we develop a framework to estimate group specificity without specific sender information. We introduce and apply a bag-of-calls-and-coefficients approach (BOCCA) to study ensembles of cepstral coefficients calculated from vocalization signals recorded from a given animal group. Comparing distributions of such ensembles of coefficients by computing relative entropies reveals group specific differences. Applying the BOCCA to ensembles of calls recorded from group of long-finned pilot whales in northern Norway, we find that differences of vocalizations within social groups of pilot whales (Globicephala melas) are significantly lower than intergroup differences. As the researchers note, current research regarding whale communications typically centers around attempting to isolate the sounds individual whales make, which hopefully can lead to a better understanding of the whistles, calls, buzzes and clicks that are emitted. But they note, such an approach tends to lead researchers to search for noises that seem meaningful to the human ear. In this new effort, the team looked to use a computer to analyze whale communications to overcome such a bias. They developed an algorithm they call a bag-of-calls—it is based on a statistical approach that quantifies how multiple sounds from a single group change over a period of time. This allows for capturing a form of group-speak, which the researchers say, allows for noting the particular dialect of a pod, rather than for individual members of any given pod. They liken the approach to recognizing the differences in human accents, such as British, versus American—both are the same language, they just sound different when someone is speaking. In running their algorithm on test recordings, they noted that the differences between sounds in one group of whales were significantly different from those in another group, which they noted, allowed for distinguishing between them.To test their algorithm, the researchers recorded the calls of six different pods of long-finned pilot whales analyzed each with their algorithm and then compared the results of each against the others. Doing so, the team reports, allowed for recognizing dialects between pods—thus, moving forward, a team of researchers could drop a microphone in the ocean and be able to identify which pod is making the sounds that are being picked up, using only the algorithm running on a computer. Citation: New spectral analysis algorithm helps identify dialects between whale groups (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-spectral-analysis-algorithm-dialects-whale.htmllast_img read more

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No one likes the SAT Its still the fairest thing about admissions

first_imgIt has become a mantra in some quarters to assert that standardized tests measure wealth more than intellectual ability or academic potential, but this is not actually the case. These tests clearly assess verbal and mathematical skills, which a century of psychological science shows are not mere reflections of upbringing. Research has consistently found that ability tests like the SAT and the ACT are strongly predictive of success in college and beyond, even after accounting for a student’s socioeconomic status. Read the whole story: The Washington Post Higher test scores definitely help students get into higher-ranked institutions. We published an article last year in the Journal of Intelligence showing that simply listing U.S. colleges and universities by their average SAT and ACT scores essentially reproduces the influential rankings produced by U.S. News and other organizations, despite the fact that many of these rankings place little emphasis on test scores. (U.S. News puts 92 percent of the weight on other factors, for example.) It’s true that any system can be gamed if you’re willing to cheat, and students from wealthier backgrounds do have some advantages over others. But eliminating or watering down the SAT wouldn’t solve this problem; in fact, it would make it worse — by removing the one relatively objective admissions criterion that can both prevent fraud and increase social mobility by helping all high school students find the best college opportunities they can.center_img The 33 hedge fund managers, Hollywood actresses, CEOs and other well-connected parents indicted this month didn’t just allegedly commit fraud or pay bribes to get their kids into elite schools. Authorities say they also hired ringers or “tutors” to increase their children’s scores on the SAT and ACT standardized tests that colleges use to make admissions decisions. Some have responded to the scandal by arguing that it proves standardized testing is useless at best and deeply unfair at worst, concluding that it should be eliminated once and for all. “You know, what we should think about doing is just scrapping the whole thing,” one California assemblyman told his local CBS station.last_img read more

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Art of fascinations

first_imgPerhaps that is what drove artiste Manu Singh to explore the elemental imaginary landscapes which look like water, earth or sky.Wings, Shadows and 1000 Birds, a solo exhibition of paintings was showcased at Triveni Kala Sangam.  Works on display were full of large canvas paintings that explore imaginary background and landscapes. These works involve more obfuscation of the Imaginary large wings, shadows and 1000 birds using oil and other elements as mediums. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the artiste says ‘I’ve always been drawn to ‘wings’ since I was a child. The wings are symbol of aspiring to the greatest heights of accomplishment. Wings (white in color) stands for clarity of mind, and how clean mental focus combined with stable footing can transform our lives in magical ways.My works 1000 Birds represent joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life, spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. Each of us has a shadow that whispers stories of our own self-defeating fears to us. My work shows how understanding our own shadow side can lead us to lives of tremendous realization and peace.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artiste says she wanted to see how far he could can push reality to the other side where the ‘real’ is still recognisable, but start becoming partially surreal.She wanted to see how far he can push both the real and the surreal at the same time into one another, building that tension until they are just one and the same.Most canvases are black and white paintings with a modern touch, in that the strokes explore movement while the grey field stays constant most of the time. She has experimented with supports as well as with medium.last_img read more

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EAuction in New Towns Action Area II sees stellar response

first_imgKolkata: The residential plots sold through e-auction in Action Area II in New Town by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO), has evoked great response with one plot being sold for Rs 57 lakh per cottah.Twenty two out of 25 plots have already been sold and e-auction for the remaining three plots will be held on May 2. The highest price received so far is Rs 343 lakh for a 6 cottah plot. The average price for a cottah of land in the remaining 22 plots stands at Rs 38-39 lakh. The area of the plots measuring 5 cottah will be e-auctioned on May 2. These plots will be leased out for 99 years. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHIDCO had decided to sell 100 plots in2017. Of these, 75 plots have been sold through lottery and the remaining 25 plots will be sold through e-auction. The first online booking for 75 plots began on January 28 in presence of Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development minister.There were around 4,000 applicants for the 75 plots. Of the 75 plots, 58 plots were meant for individual houses, while the remaining 17 plots were meant to set up housing cooperatives. Of the 58 plots, 25 were reserved for people belonging to the middle income group (MIG) and the remaining 33 plots were for the people belonging to the higher income group (HIG). The area of the plots varied between 2.5 cottah and 5 cottah. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe population of New Town is 1 million, with 0.5 million additional floating population.New Town is a green city, where various steps have been taken to increase the green cover and conserve energy. The waste water is being recycled to water the roadside trees. Over the years, New Town has come up as an educational hub, with several private and state-run universities constructing their second campus there. It is the IT hub of Kolkata and has come up fast as a cultural centre as well. New Town is also the country’s first township, where cycle sharing scheme has been introduced and is becoming immensely popular. There are graded paths for bicycles. New Town also houses the country’s biggest convention centre.There had been several complaints against allotment of plots during the Left Front regime. The people were kept in the dark regarding the price of the plots. After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had abolished the chairman’s quota and made a bureaucrat the chairman of HIDCO. The lottery to allot plots was also conducted maintaining clarity.last_img read more

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Profusion of bold colours

first_imgThe artist belong to various Indian state and the medium used are oil, acrylic, water, charcoal or mixed. Each one of them deal with subjects that are  close to their heart and imagination. Participating artists are Banoj Mohanty, Austin Konchira, Deepali Mangalik, Dinesh kumar panwar, Padmini Mehta, Rajeev Semwal, Rajni Kiran Jha, Sahil Jain, Surendran Karthyayan, Saru S, seshadri, Sunita Lamba from different states.The exhibition will be held from December 21- 27 at the Lalit Kala Bhawan, Ravindra Bhawan Tansen Marg. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chief guest for the evening will be professor Sudharshan  Seneviratne(High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India).Few of the work are like storytelling (narrative) in which the artist tell a lot without saying a word. It is through their imagination skill, they creates a whole cycle of image formation or any sensation in the mind of a viewer. Sunita Lamba the organiser is a well known artist who has won a won a gold medal for her sculpture at the Beijing Olympics. She has that acumen to delve into human consciousness. Austin Konchira artist trained under the instruction of artist Mahindra, a renowned painter in Kerala, bring richness to figuration and abstraction in bright colors and versatile contours. Banoj Mohant’s works depict social message and idealism in society which is rare and missing. Lots of creative thinking has gone in to get the right message conveyed. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeepali Mangalik a nature enthusiast was raised in Dehra Dun and being surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna, her surroundings are her inspiration. Dinesh displays vivid cultural heritage in his work of art showcasing impressionistic rural scenes that focuses on one moment or gives a intelligent impression about a character, idea, setting, or object. Padmini from Varanasi (Banaras), grew up surrounded by holy images, grassy meadows and towering trees that bring out the richness of the city while Rajeev’s drawings help him in expressing his feelings. Black is his favorite color and it brings out his creativity with just one color. Rajni’s Matsya- Kanya series includes the Matsya- Kanya and Lotus. Fish is the symbol of good luck. Whereas lotus is symbolic of peace and prosperity. In the Hindu religion girl is considered as goddess Laxmi.S  Seshadri an engineer but has been wielding the brushes as a hobby while Sahil Jain is a contemporary artist who owns both theory and technique . A deep thinker who strives to peel off the layers from the different faces around him and has the potential to see the real behind the facades.last_img read more

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Eros RailTel in tieup to provide passengers entertainment content

first_imgRailway passengers would soon have access to movies, television content, music videos and audio tracks as RailTel and media group Eros International have come together for providing entertainment services to travellers. Eros Now and RailTel have announced a tie-up through which former’s video streaming services will be launched on latter’s broadband, the media and entertainment firm said in a statement.The broadband streaming services would enable passengers at railway stations across the country to download and view their favourite entertainment content from Eros Now on their phone. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashCommenting on the development, Eros Now CEO Rishika Lulla Singh said: “We are happy to partner with RailTel in this endeavour to provide Wi-Fi facilities to the common man which has increasingly become a necessity. RailTel has launched high-speed Wi-Fi network on key railway stations and passengers will be informed about this exclusive service on arrival at stations.Established in 2012, Eros Now is a video on demand portal of the Eros Group. It offers thousands of new and catalogue movies from Eros as well as other major Bollywood studios, a large section of premium TV content as well as thousands of music videos and audio tracks.last_img read more

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Trent scouts JV partner for overseas foray

first_imgKolkata: The Tata retail company Trent Ltd is scouting for a suitable joint venture partner for its overseas ambition, a company official said. “We are still looking for. We want a right partner and a right model,” Trent Managing Director Philip Auld told PTI when asked about West Asia and Africa ventures.Staying cautious on foreign foray, he said the company preferred joint venture as it “shares the risk.” Auld said that initially the Middle East was the first destination and dialogue was under progress for a right partner and things might get crystallised in a year’s time. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2015, Trent Chairman Noel Tata at the AGM had first spelt out the wish to take its retail format to Africa and West Asia but competition, transaction costs, taxes and exchange rates were subjects of consideration for the company before deciding to venture out.Though Auld did not spell out which of the retail format might be taken overseas but Westside was the preferred choice for the company.”In Westside 98 per cent of the merchandise are in-house (except cosmetics) which offers us full control in operation. Some 6-7 years ago external brands share in Westside was 20-22 per cent,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDespite overseas plans, the domestic market will continue to be a major focus market for the Trent and it has already embarked upon a major expansion for its three retail chain brands, Westside, Star Bazaar and Zudio in the current fiscal and also over the next few years, Auld said.”I am optimistic for the mid-term. We’ll open 30 Westside stores this year of which 10 will be in the east.Last year, the number was 18. In the next 3-5 years, we’ll open at least 30 stores a year,” Auld said.last_img read more

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Honey can destroy harmful fungus save lives Study

first_imgResearchers from Britain have identified the effect of honey used since ancient times for the treatment of several diseases, on pathogenic fungi that can cause devastating infections in vulnerable people. Researchers from the University of Manchester in Britain discovered a powerful link between Surgihoney — a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of Fusarium — a fungus that can cause blindness or even death. The researchers used different concentrations of Surgihoney, a biologically engineered honey that produces chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen, to test how effective it could be in destroying the fungus Fusarium, which is found on plants and in soil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Even the lowest concentrations had a significant effect in breaking down the cell wall of the fungus, demonstrating its potential as a future treatment for patients, the study revealed. Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds comprise about 60-80 per cent of infectious diseases in humans and the way fungi invades wounds is associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds, in which fungi invades, comprise about 60-80 per cent of infectious diseases in humans. Biofilms — thin layers of micro organisms, which group together — contribute to the severity and delayed healing of such chronic wounds, the researchers said. The study opens door for further work on the application of honey for many fungal infections and allows scientists to adopt different options for treating a range of superficial infections, researchers concluded.last_img read more

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1 killed 1 injured in two separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and another person injured in two different road accidents in the city on Sunday.A pedestrian died after he was hit by an unknown bus on Basanti Highway near Chowbaga bus stand on Sunday afternoon. In another incident a minor girl was hit by a private car near Chingrihata Flyover. According to locals, around 2 pm on Sunday, one Ajay Sardar (47) was ran over by a speeding bus on Basanti Highway. As locals ran to help him, the driver fled the scene with the bus. The bus disappeared and as a result nobody was able to note down the registration number of the offending bus. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAjay was rushed to Chittaranjan National Medical College Hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. After the accident locals protested alleging that police are not doing anything to curb accidents in the area. Later, situation became normal after senior police officers assured people that necessary steps would be taken. In another incident, a minor girl identified as Moumita Sardar (16) was hit by a private car near Chingrihata Flyover while crossing EM Bypass. She was rushed to a private hospital near Kadapara on EM Bypass where Moumita is undergoing treatment. Police detained the vehicle’s driver and seized the car.last_img read more

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Fire breaks out at Taltala warehouse

first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out at a warehouse in Taltala late on Sunday night. Four fire tenders doused the fire after almost two hours. No one was injured in the incident. According to locals, at around 1:40 am on Sunday night, some of them saw smoke coming out of a warehouse at Doctors Bylane in Taltala. When they tried to douse the fire, one of them fell ill due to the smoke. As the warehouse was locked, no one was able to spread water on the source of the fire. Immediately, the fire brigade and police were informed and four fire tenders were pressed into action. As the shutters were locked, they had to break in. At around 3:30 am, the fire was controlled. It is suspected that the mishap occurred due to a short-circuit. Sources informed that there was no fire fighting system installed at the warehouse.last_img read more

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Icecream sandwich spicy food Food to avoid during summer

first_imgDuring the season of heat waves, it’s best to avoid certain edibles that can not only upset your stomach but also cause some or the other infection. Try not to consume a lot of spicy food and avoid overdose of non vegetarian food. Experts have listed food that must not be consumed in the summer season:Ice-cream sandwich: This treat usually packs nearly 500 calories and gets a 60 per cent of its flavour from saturated fat. A better idea: Make your own ice cream sandwiches using lower-fat sorbet. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfToo much spice: Spice powders can certainly liven up a meal, but spices also can heat up the body as spices boost the rate of metabolism.Rich non-vegetarian fare: Summer is not the time to tuck into rich meat gravies or tandoori, fish and chicken, or even seafood. In fact, this makes a person sweat more and causes digestive problems. It can also lead to diarrhea.Oily junk food: You must avoid burgers with meat patties, fries and other oily fare.Salty snacks: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese contain MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), a harmful additive that’s been linked to an increased appetite and weight gain. Avoid sauces: A cheese sauce is very avoidable too. It has close to 350 calories and it leaves you feeling bloated and sluggish. Some sauces also have too much MSG and salt. Instead, keep the meal nutritious and natural.Deviled eggs: The risk of Salmonella (infesction) is highest in deviled eggs when they are not held at the right temperature (at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). Salmonella can live on both the inside and outside of eggs and the egg can still appear perfectly normal. Deviled eggs are cooked, which should kill any germs in the eggs. But because you combine a bunch of eggs together for the filling, and then it’s at room temperature, bacteria can grow to dangerous levels if an egg is undercooked or contaminated after cooking. Buy eggs only from stores or other suppliers that keep them refrigerated at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and serve deviled eggs on ice at all times.Leftovers: Leftovers should be handled properly as well. Once everyone has eaten, put the food in its appropriate hot or cold environment. Food left out becomes a problem because it enters the temperature danger zone, between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Count how many hours the food has been left out overall. If it is close to or over four hours, trash it. Do this especially if the food was left out a good part of the day, and at the hottest part of the day, just get rid of it.last_img read more

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The Great Depression Slums Named After a President

first_imgBread-lines. Soup-lines. “Brother, can you spare a dime?” Street corner apple sellers. Stockbrokers jumping from Wall Street windows. Riding the rails. All of these things are emblematic of the Great Depression (1929-c.1941), the greatest economic disaster to befall the United States and the world in modern times. In the recession that began in 2007-8, the US unemployment rate reached ten percent in some states. During the Depression, the jobless rate at times hit thirty percent in some areas of the country. This, of course, led to homelessness on a massive scale.To find shelter, protection, and community, people all over the nation constructed “Hoovervilles” – essentially temporary slums named after the man that most people blamed for the Depression – President Herbert Hoover.President Herbert Hoover.The Depression lasted a little over two years before the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his “New Deal” which would see greater social programs and benefits for those affected by the Depression.Social Security, welfare and unemployment benefits were begun under Roosevelt, and like today, provided a bare minimum to “tide people by” until times got better. In the 1930s this bare minimum still did not allow many to regain any kind of permanent shelter, so they stayed in the Hoovervilles.Al Capone’s soup kitchen during the Great Depression, Chicago, 1931.Perhaps the largest Hooverville in the country was in St. Louis, then one of the ten biggest cities in the nation, and for many, a crossroads going both east/west and north/south on their way to other destinations hoping to find work. Like all Hoovervilles, the one in St. Louis was made up of make-shift buildings made from whatever people could get their hands on.1930s SlangThe most common sights were scrap-wood and tar-paper shacks. This at least kept out some of the cold in winter. Heat was provided by whatever would burn – usually in metal oil drums, but sometimes in wire garbage cans, both of which allowed sparks to escape. Tar-paper catches fire quickly, and this was an ever-present threat in the community.Hooverville of Bakersfield, California. A rapidly growing community of people living rent-free on the edge of the town dump in whatever kind of shelter available.The threats of fire and of crime led to the residents of the Hoovervilles to band together to create fire-watchers and unofficial police forces. The majority of the residents of the slums were single men, or married men separated from their families. Any social worker will tell you that crime goes up in a community without women and family present.Though men made up the majority of the residents, their were still plenty of women and children – the typical victims of crime. Within many of the Hoovervilles, some of the older and/or more responsible men formed vigilante groups responsible for keeping (or trying to keep) law and order. It is not hard to imagine that many cases of domestic and child abuse went unpunished, however.An impoverished American family living in a shanty, 1936.Another way people tried to cope with their situation was to have regular religious meetings. In St. Louis, their were no less than seven churches made from orange crates trying to furnish the spiritual needs of those living there.Schools were also opened for the children in the camp. Seven churches? That begs the question: how many people lived in the St. Louis Hooverville? Historians estimate anywhere from five to seven thousand – this number was constantly changing as times got worse or better.Hooverville, 1938.The other obvious problem for a community of this size, which was in almost every sense of the word a “refugee camp,” was health. In the summer, heat added to the misery. Water was limited, making clean drinking water a scarcity.The camp in St. Louis was right on the Mississippi River, and clean water was still scarce. Why? Think about it – in a time before any true regulation on pollution, many of a major cities’ factories dumped right into the river.Life in a shanty town, 1938.Same with much of the cities’ waste. Add to that the waste, food remains, and garbage of the camp itself. Though there were outbreaks of water-borne illnesses in the U.S. during the Depression, it’s amazing that there were not more.Health questions as well as questions of law and order, “civic pride” (which meant “appearances”) led many of the cities in the United States to closely monitor the Hoovervilles with the police. Though the Hooverville in St. Louis lasted for most of the Depression, many of those in other cities were broken up, sometimes very forcefully.Huts and unemployed.Another factor leading the authorities to watch and break-up the Hoovervilles, especially in the first years of the crisis, was the fear of communism. Ever since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the nations of Europe and North America feared that communist ideology would spread among the working class.To degree, it did, which resulted in the “Red Scare” of the 1920s, and the wide-spread fear of communist revolution during the Depression. Within most Hoovervilles, one did not have to look hard to find socialist and communists among the workers laid off from their jobs.Life in a shanty town, 1938.While most of those laid off were not communists by any stretch of the imagination, the powers that be in business and government were gripped by fear that labor unions (whom they already suspected) would soon be advocating violent revolution. At times, workers’ meetings in the Hoovervilles were both infiltrated and broken up by the police.Read another story from us: The reason why some Great Depression photos were punched full of holesWith the coming of WWII, and America’s role in helping to supply the British Empire and itself with the weapons and supplies of war, the Depression slowly came to an end, and with it, those Hoovervilles still standing were thankfully abandoned, but they live on in the poignant photographs.Matthew Gaskill holds an MA in European History and writes on a variety of topics from the Medieval World to WWII to genealogy and more. A former educator, he values curiosity and diligent research. He is the author of many best-selling Kindle works on Amazon.last_img read more

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Bizarre Rules and Protocol of the Queens Royal Guard

first_imgOne of the iconic images of London and the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Guard adorn everything from tourist photos, to postcards, to biscuit tins. For decades they’ve captivated visitors from across the globe to become a tourist attraction in their own right as they present arms, march to and fro, or stand guard outside Buckingham Palace. Here are nine things you might not know about the Queen’s Guard:The Queen’s Guard are a combat troopLondon, England – June 16, 2012: Queens Guard marching band passing Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour ceremonyTraditionally the protection of Queen Elizabeth II and her London residence, Buckingham Palace, is the duty of the Queen’s Guard. Rather than being a ceremonial regiment like the pike-wielding Yeomen of the Guard or the feathered Royal Company of Archers (the UK has no shortage of this sort of thing), this is a designation given to combat troops who perform this role as just another operation, much like deployments overseas or combat operations.Though the role is traditionally fulfilled by the Horse Guards and the Foot Guards, mounted and infantry regiments who have been awarded special guards status in the past, other regiments are now often called upon for this special duty. In 2007, for the first time, seamen of the Royal Navy served as the Queen’s Guard, rather than being represented by the elite Royal Marines.Queen Elizabeth II at the Trooping the Colour on her Official BirthdayThe regiments of the Foot Guards are the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards, and the Horse Guards, or Household Cavalry (as in the ‘royal household’) are the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). At the 2017 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, both Harry and Prince William wore the dress uniform of the Blues and Royals.Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor CastleThe crimson-clad men who took pride of place in last year’s tourist selfie might well be in battledress today. Though in real terms the protection of the Royal Family and their residence is the responsibility of a special armed unit of London’s Metropolitan Police called Royalty and Specialist Protection (RaSP), the Queen’s Guard are still soldiers and although their guns are most likely unloaded, they will still respond to threats as best they can.Speaking anonymously on a Reddit AMA, one veteran revealed “You only carry live rounds if there is a high threat level that someone will attack. But I have never carried any.”“We are legally allowed to attack and kill people that pose a threat to the life of myself or others.”The Queen’s Guard don’t just protect Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace, London residence of the British Monarch, from the Victoria Memorial on The MallThe duty of the Queen’s Guard is to protect all the residences of the British monarch, so while they’re mostly associated with Buckingham Palace in Central London, they can also be seen at Windsor Castle, St James’s Palace, or the Tower of London.Tower of LondonIn Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, the Queen’s Guard can be found at Palace of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle, but unlike the London locations where they are on duty all year round, they only stand guard when Her Majesty is actually in residence.The Queen’s Guard aren’t always BritishLondon, England, UK, 1973: Changing of the Guards. Members of the Queens Guard regiment marching in front of Buckingham Palace.Although Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of the United Kingdom, she fulfills the same constitutional role for 15 other counties — called Commonwealth Realms — including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Oaths of Allegiance taken by servicemen in the Commonwealth Realms are often sworn not to serve the government of the day, but to serve the monarch. As a result, it makes perfect sense for these loyal troops to serve in the Queen’s Guard. After all, she’s their queen too!Some recent “foreign” regiments to have served as the Queen’s Guard are the Royal Canadian Regiment (October to November 2018), the Royal Malay Regiment (April 2008) and 1st Battalion, Jamaica Regiment (July 2007).It’s also common for Commonwealth citizens to serve in the British Army under the same principle, as the opportunities and pay are often better than those of their sometimes smaller and less prestigious armies, particularly in places like the Caribbean. As of 2018, an estimated 4,500 Commonwealth citizens were serving in the British Armed Forces — most of them in the army.The Queen’s Guard are punished if they smileQueens Guard on duty at the Tower of London, EnglandIt’s something of cliche to take a grinning selfie next to an expressionless guardsman — but while they look like a living, breathing visitor’s attraction, these are active duty servicemen and they are expected to comport themselves with absolute discipline. If they are caught laughing or smiling by a superior officer they are fined around ₤200 (approximately $260) from their pay.Related Video: 13 Victorian Vulgarities Everyone Should KnowThe Queen’s Guard “fall with style”Shift change of the Queens Guard guarding gate to Buckingham Palace. They protect royal residences in London and the whole monarchs family.It’s not often you get an opportunity to quote Toy Story when writing about military discipline, but the demands of standing to attention in the sweltering summer sun whilst wearing a heavy bearskin helmet are so likely to result in fainting that the Queen’s Guard are instructed to faint in a certain way. As soon as they feel light-headed, they are expected to maintain their impeccable composure and “faint to attention,” which is why you sometimes see photographs of fallen guardsmen lying face down and ramrod straight.Now that, as Woody would say, is “falling with style!” Queen’s Guards can’t take a toilet breakQueens Guard on duty at the entrance to Clarence House, London, EnglandWhile their discipline may prevent them from leaving their posts, the bladder discipline of the Queen’s Guard can leave a lot to be desired.The guardsman posting on Reddit recalled: “On a parade in front of a large crowd, one of my fellow guardsmen needed to relieve himself and couldn’t hold it any longer. He was on the front row and left a huge obvious puddle where he was. Some of the crowd noticed and started laughing.”The Queen’s Guard can reactLondon, England – June 16, 2012: Heavily armed Queens Guard marching past Buckingham Palace as part of the Trooping the Colour ceremonyThough they’d prefer to ignore you and remain totally expressionless, they are permitted to react if they need to. If members of the public are obstructing them in their duties, the Queen’s Guard are allowed to shout commands — such as “Make way for the Queen’s Guard!” — or even shove people out of the way if they’re not paying attention.If someone is perceived as being aggressive or threatening, they are allowed to point their rifles in warning — they might not be loaded, but the bayonet is still wickedly sharp, and you don’t want to test the patience of a highly trained British Army infantryman.The Guardsman on Reddit confirmed from his own experience that a little movement can go a long way:“Some drunk Frenchmen who thought it would be funny to run past me and climb the fence […] I presented my bayonet at them. I think they were more shocked that I moved than the fact that a weapon was pointing at them. They were arrested and charged with trespassing on the Queen’s property.”Bearskins have a practical purposeLondon – June 9, 2018: A view of some of the drummers during the Queens birthday celebrations of Trooping the ColourNot all of the Queen’s Guard wear the iconic black bearskins. These are part of the ceremonial uniforms of the Guards Regiments and other regiments serving as Queen’s Guard may have different ceremonial uniforms, so try not to be too disappointed if you come across a Scottish Glengarry bonnet, shorter fur busby, or peaked cap instead.The 18-inch tall bearskins may look impractical, but that’s because they’re designed to intimidate by adding to the soldier’s height. Traditionally worn by French grenadiers, they were adopted by the British Grenadier Guards following their victory over the French in 1815 and soon spread to other Guards Regiments.Illustration of a Grenadier Guard, 1889Traditionally made from the fur of the Canadian black bear, the bearskins last for decades so replacing them is infrequent. Due to ethical concerns, new helmets are made with fake fur.The weight of the bearskin can present a risk, however. They make a tempting target and they’re so heavy that they could easily break the guard’s neck if shot or struck, so in combat situations, the soldiers are instructed to fit the chinstrap below their nose. Better a broken nose than a broken neck, right?The Queen’s Guard do have a sense of humor after allGuards and military bands march up the Mall in London in the Queen’s annual birthday parade of Trooping the ColourThey may not smile, but the Queen’s Guard can still enjoy a lighter moment. The regiment on duty are always joined by their regimental band to take part in the larger ceremonies such as the changing of the guard, and it’s not uncommon for them to play something other than patriotic songs and regimental marches.“They sometimes throw out funny songs […] every now and then,” said the anonymous Redditer. “The best one I’ve heard was the Darth Vader theme tune [the Imperial March] and then Indiana Jones.”Read another story from us: The Contents of Queen Victoria’s Coffin Showed Her True Love for Prince AlbertThe Guardsman also revealed one of the many ways he has of keeping himself entertained: “When I’m really bored I like to mess people’s pictures up. When a load of Asian tourists came and set up a huge picture, I waited until the cameraman was counting down to take the pic then marched up and down my post until they all left. A little evil I know…”last_img read more

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VIDEO Dell Curry buries a 40footer in a suit and tie after

first_img Not to be out done, Steph rang up 11 triples on the night, and sat for the fourth quarter of 126-11 Golden State win. So he’s not bad either.Here’s the clip of Dell from downtown: Advertisement Steph Curry may run the NBA, but Dell Curry wasn’t too bad during his NBA career either. In an era when teams shot far fewer three, Dell was a sniper for the Hornets and Bucks. Before last night’s Warriors game against the Hornets, the old man showed he’s still got the stroke from deep.During the pregame shootaround, Dell, a  Hornets color commentator, was chatting someone up on the sidelines close to half court, dressed in a suit and tie, when Steph threw him a bounce pass and challenged him to show he’s still go the touch from distance.Not so fast.Dell caught the ball, then stepped up and banked in a 40-footer, in a suit and tie. He must kill people at the Y. Even when you’re the league MVP, your dad can still teach you a lesson.last_img read more

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Colins Super Bowl LII game preview and pick Video

first_imgAfter two weeks of hype, the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, and today in The Herd Colin broke down the matchup and made his game pick.The Patriots come in as 4.5 point favorites and, not surprisingly, Colin gives the edge to New England because of their clear cut advantages at coach, quarterback, and experience dealing with the emotion and hype surrounding the game.The Eagles are on an emotional high of their blowout win against Minnesota, but since 2000, teams that have won the NFC Championship Game by 20 or more points are 0-5 in the Super Bowl. Philly is also missing starting quarterback Carson Wentz, starting tackle Jason Peters, and starting linebacker Jordan Hicks. Also, Belichick and Brady versus Foles and Pederson. Say it out loud.Colin thinks New England will grab an early lead which will make Nick Foles less effective playing from behind. It should be close in the first half, but look for Brady and Belichick to take control late. Advertisement Patriots win and cover the 4.5. 31-21.“31-21. New England beats Philadelphia soundly on Sunday.” — @ColinCowherd makes his #SBLII pick pic.twitter.com/P9LgPPMl6a— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 2, 2018last_img read more

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