Mandos chainless ebike is headed for Europe in 2013 w Video

first_imgAccording to the press statement, the Footloose hybrid drive system brings power directly to the drive wheel. When you pedal, mechanical energy transforms into electricity and feeds the e-bike battery. Using a throttle, the motor drive can be controlled. © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Car-choked city streets are inspiring adults to get on a bicycle for local transport. Reasons range from ecology to economy in getting around. Korea-based auto part maker Mando is unleashing the next step up in cycling, a chainless electric bike called Footloose. Sleek minimalist, Apple-evocative design, with technology combined, the Mando is a clear moving target for a mobile, Starbuck-struck generation of twenty-somethings. Mando has been showcasing the bike this year, and its bike is due to hit the marketplace in Europe next year. The company has combined a throttle drive with pedal-assisted technology, This is a chainless bike that trend-watchers are calling the “i-Phone of cycling.” Citation: Mando’s chainless e-bike is headed for Europe in 2013 (w/ Video) (2012, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-mando-chainless-e-bike-europe-video.html The bike has a hybrid drive system. By pedaling, mechanical energy transforms into electricity. The bike uses a lithium-ion battery. A key feature about the bike is that it does away with the bike chain; it converts a rider’s pedaling to electricity; the rider is the human “generator.” Cyclists can power the bike up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor alone or they can use the pedal for more range. By adding battery energy, the standard range of 30 kilometers can be increased, say enthusiasts, to become a “light e-scooter.” Ford concept E-Bike has smartphone built incenter_img More information: www.mandofootloose.com/ Explore further The Footloose takes cues from auto technology with its Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which works with integrated sensors. The sensors recognize speed and slope. The rider can take advantage of an automatic gear changer to monitor terrain and adjust the motor’s output as needed. A detachable Human Machine Interface (HMI) display can go up on the handle bar to display information such as distance traveled, speed and amount of electricity produced. Another key point being promoted is that it folds up neatly. The bike is a collaborative effort of Mando and Meister. They also called on British designer Mark Sanders and Dutch e-bike expert Han Goes. Sanders describes the look as “clean like the latest smart phones, with powerful technology hidden inside.” The resulting design was officially introduced at a show earlier this year and there are plans to have the bike on the European market by 2013. 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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Audi plans nextlevel tech for smarter driving

first_img(Phys.org) —Audi, along with several U.S. universities, has been studying what contributes to road accidents, what can avert accidents, and the right technology systems that can keep drivers on track. According to reports, the driver team members working on next-generation technology for drivers studied accident statistics in numerous categories in working out their solution. Audi is talking about its system that combines hardware and software for better driving results. The solution is tagged Audi Urban Intelligent Assist. Key features include predictive data and a more human-based type of GPS navigation that draws on landmarks. Information on the system was made known recently at the GPU Technology Conference in March. Audi engineers are testing the system features, according to The Register. More information: www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/17/car_gpu_tech/ Toyota, Audi driverless demos will pull up to CES 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. Audi’s system could be of benefit particularly for those behind the wheel who cope with the daily stress of driving in urban areas, constantly needing to avert other bad drivers and constantly needing to maintain ample focus. The Urban Intelligent Assist initiative involves automated information such as (1) “predictive” traffic data; (2) guidance where a database is populated with landmarks that can make it easy for drivers to find what they are looking for; (3) smart parking information which tells what spots are available and what each parking option costs; and (4) Driver Attention Guard. Audi’s predictive traffic feature looks at past traffic records, current conditions, and future outlooks. The feature also takes into account special events such as sports games that might bring the driver into traffic tie-ups. A “Naturalistic Guidance” features uses surrounding landmarks to ease the hassle of navigation, such as a prompt to turn left by the gas station. The Driver Attention Guard function uses cameras to track the driver’s head and eye movements. If the system detects an inattentive driver, the system might swing into cruise control so that the car does not slam into the car ahead or mistakenly speed up. The driver also would get some type of alert reminder to pay closer attention to the road. Besides Audi, those participating in the project are university research teams in California and Michigan. The schools are University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Diego and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.Audi’s program notes for the GPU session said that the goal of this research initiative is “to showcase different technologies and approaches to make the challenges of navigating the chaotic roadways of the world’s megacities less stressful, safer and more efficient a generation from now. This is mainly achieved through advancements in predictive technology, by harnessing the power of Big Data through algorithms, real time data, Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), advanced sensors and other innovative approaches. The AUIA project is the latest in a series of university collaborations that Audi has formed to explore the frontiers of automotive technologies and electronics.” © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Audi plans next-level tech for smarter driving (2013, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-audi-next-level-tech-smarter.html Credit: via The Registerlast_img read more

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Russian researchers find more evidence to support notion that lightning is caused

first_img Citation: Russian researchers find more evidence to support notion that lightning is caused by cosmic rays (2013, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-russian-evidence-notion-lightning-cosmic.html (Phys.org) —Russian physicists Alex Gurevich and Anatoly Karashtin claim, in a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, they have found more evidence to support their idea that lightning is caused by cosmic rays. The notion was first proposed by Gurevich back in 1992, and has been a source of debate ever since. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: Runaway Breakdown and Hydrometeors in Lightning Initiation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 185005 (2013). prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v110/i18/e185005AbstractThe particular electric pulse discharges are observed in thunderclouds during the initiation stage of negative cloud-to-ground lightning. The discharges are quite different from conventional streamers or leaders. A detailed analysis reveals that the shape of the pulses is determined by the runaway breakdown of air in the thundercloud electric field initiated by extensive atmospheric showers (RB-EAS). The high amplitude of the pulse electric current is due to the multiple microdischarges at hydrometeors stimulated and synchronized by the low-energy electrons generated in the RB-EAS process. The series of specific pulse discharges leads to charge reset from hydrometeors to the free ions and creates numerous stretched ion clusters, both positive and negative. As a result, a wide region in the thundercloud with a sufficiently high fractal ion conductivity is formed. The charge transport by ions plays a decisive role in the lightning leader preconditioning.via Physics Synopsis Journal information: Physical Review Letterscenter_img Image: Wikimedia Commons Scientists detect dark lightning linked to visible lightning No one really knows what causes lightning to form and strike—the prevailing view is that it comes about as a result of collisions between ice crystals in clouds and hail stones. But because clouds and the lightning they produce are unpredictable and hard to pin down, no one has been able to prove this theory. Another theory, proposed by Gurevich twenty years ago, says that lightning is formed from the collisions between cosmic rays and water droplets present in thunderclouds. Now he and a colleague claim to have found evidence to support this idea.Gurevich suggests that cosmic rays entering thunder clouds cause the air in them to be ionized, resulting in a lot of free electrons floating around. The electronic field already present in the cloud, he continues, leads to the free electrons being boosted to higher energies. When the electrons present in the air collide with water atoms, more electrons are released, setting off what he describes as an avalanche of high-energy particles that eventually give way to a “runaway breakdown”—a discharge that is witnessed as a lightning strike.As with other theories regarding the origins of lightning, Gurevich’s ideas haven’t been proved. But he hasn’t been sitting still. In this new effort, he along with Karashtin have been measuring and analyzing radio waves in storm clouds as lightning occurs. The idea is that if such strikes are due to interactions with cosmic rays, there should be measurable amounts of radio waves given off.Gurevich and Karashtin set up equipment to monitor storm clouds over Russia and Kazakhstan—recording radio waves emitted during 3,800 lightning strikes. In analyzing the data, they found that hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of short radio wave pulses occurred just as a bolt of lightning was about to form. Perhaps more importantly, they matched the models Gurevich had built years before. There was on hitch however, the amount of energy delivered by the cosmic rays in the model don’t happen often enough in the real world to cause lightning strikes in most every thunderstorm.Gurevich and Karashtin say the discrepancy can be explained by the addition of energy into the system by free electrons passing near hydrometeors (bits of hail or water droplets). When that happens, very small discharges result, adding to the total charge. Taken together they say, enough energy is added to cause the cascade that leads to lightning formation. 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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Researchers suggest Victorianera people more intelligent than modernday counterparts

first_img Citation: Researchers suggest Victorian-era people more intelligent than modern-day counterparts (2013, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-victorian-era-people-intelligent-modern-day-counterparts.html Queen Victoria, after whom the era is named. Credit: Wikipedia The Victorian era has been highly touted by historians as one of the most productive in human history—inventions, observations and highly acclaimed art and music from that time still resonate today. The era was defined by Queen Victoria’s reign in England which ran from 1837 until her death in 1901. Comparing the average IQ of people from that time with that of modern-day people is, of course, impossible—at least using traditional methods. The researchers suggest that reaction times to stimuli can be used as an alternative way to compare relative IQ levels.IQ tests themselves have come under scrutiny of late because they quite often reflect bias, such as education levels, societal norms, and other not-easily defined factors. Other research has shown that overall health, nutrition levels and degree of fatigue can impact IQ scores as well. For this reason, the team has turned to RT as a means of evaluating what they call general intelligence, which they claim to be a measure of elementary cognition.The researchers didn’t come up with the idea of RT as a measure of intelligence themselves; rather, they are relying on claims made by other researchers over the years that they say prove that RT is a way of measuring the “true” intelligence of a person, i.e. an intelligence measure not impacted by education level, illness, background, etc. Using such claims as a basis, the team looked at RT tests given by various researchers during the period 1884 to 2004, and found that RT rates slowly increased over the entire time period. For men, the increase was found to be 183ms to 253ms; for women the increase was from 188ms to 261ms. The researchers claim this proves that people have grown “less clever” over time. They back up their claim by suggesting they know the reason for the decline in intelligence—smarter people having fewer children, while the less smart, have more.The claims by the European team will undoubtedly be viewed as controversial—after all, no one has proved that reaction times truly are an accurate measure of intelligence. Nor does the data suggest that those researchers testing people for their reaction times chose their subjects at random, or even in fact, performed the tests in the same way as everyone else. There’s also the consideration of the Flynn effect, where other researchers have found average intelligence levels rising since the WW II.The study has been published in the journal Intelligence. More information: www.sciencedirect.com/science/ … ii/S0160289613000470 Explore further Noted authority says women now have higher IQ than men © 2013 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. (Phys.org) —In a new study, a European research team suggests that the average intelligence level of Victorian-era people was higher than that of modern-day people. They base their controversial assertion on reaction times (RT) to visual stimuli given as tests to people from the late 1800s to modern times—the faster the reaction time, they say, the smarter the person.last_img read more

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Finland team has bed sensor to measure sleep

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A $149 consumer version of a sleep-tracking system, consisting of both sensor and smartphone app, is aiming for funding via a campaign on the crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo. Finland-based Beddit on Wednesday announced its Indiegogo launch of a consumer priced sleep sensor and companion smartphone application. The creators hope to bring their tracking system to market by November. The Beddit team will be working on the first production batch, and further testing of the app for both iOS and Android platforms. Their goal is to raise $80,000. Citation: Finland team has bed sensor to measure sleep (2013, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-finland-team-bed-sensor.html Turn your dreams into music Explore furthercenter_img © 2013 Phys.org More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/bed … bed-into-a-smart-bedwww.beddit.com/ The two most noteworthy features of their system are convenience and technology. At the heart of the Beddit system is an “ultra-thin” film sensor that the user places under the bed sheet. No wearables are involved—no headband, no wristband no wires. No batteries are required. The sensor is plugged into a regular low voltage USB power supply that is provided with the sensor.Data about how the user sleeps is collected and transmitted to the smartphone for analysis and for reporting back to the user. The smartphone feedback to the user includes such information as total hours slept, and what percent that number is of the goal. Beddit, with offices in Finland and Silicon Valley, is taking its first step into tracking sleep for the consumer market. Since its founding in 2006 the company has made a name for itself in sleep-tracking technology for medical professionals. Beddit’s focus has been on basic monitoring in hospitals, tracking patients’ heart rates and breathing without having to touch the patients. The Beddit sensor is a thin strip of film with adhesive on one side that acts like a sticker on a mattress. Beddit’s app uses proven algorithms to crunch sleep data and offer personalized programs to achieve better sleep, according to the team. Beddit makes use of actigraphy (recording body movement) and ballistocardiography (defined by the team as a scientific method for measuring cardiorespiratory functions). While the person sleeps, Beddit automatically tracks such elements as sleep quality, heart rate, breathing rhythm, movements, snoring, and bedroom noise. The sensor forwards the information automatically to the smartphone (iOS or Android) over Bluetooth and the information is analyzed. The app offers a timeline, with a summary and a sleep score based on sleep quality. The app is designed as a personal sleep coach, too, offering tips on how the user’s sleep can be improved. Backers are offered the $149 tracker at a special pre-order price of $99.last_img read more

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Ocean travel and colour

Known for minimal use of colour, Wendell Rodricks surprised with his Ocean Travels collection this fashion week. Besides the regular easy lines and cuts that fell like smooth water, the designer played with colours, but very subtly. Ranging from blues to pale yellows and an occasional salmon pink, Rodricks, this season, was all about linen, satin and shimmer. While shimmer broke the predictability, the colour added the right twist to the collection. The collection breathed the ease of the ocean – as the name suggests – and fell in a smooth unfettered flow. read more

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3 employees booked for dacoity in East Midnapore

first_imgKolkata: The East Midnapore police have cracked a case in just six hours and arrested three employees of a company for stealing money that was collected after delivering products through “cash on delivery”.Police said they received a complaint on July 30 that a dacoity took place at their office in Panskura and Rs 46 lakh was looted. The company delivers goods that are booked through different online shopping sites.Police have initiated a probe and interrogated the employees of the company. During the interrogation, they had initially told the police that four people had come on two motorbikes and looted the money at gun point. They couldn’t identify them as their faces were covered with clothes. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice had interrogated one Biswajit Murmu, an employee and found discrepancies in his statement.They continued questioning him. As it continued, he broke down before the police and confessed that he and two more of his colleagues were behind the crime. The two others are Ujjal Dutta and Sandip Sarkar. A senior police officer said they had chalked out a plan and stole the money that was collected during delivery of goods through “cash on delivery”. Usually, the money collected needs to be Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killeddeposited in a bank.But the three youths stole the same instead of depositing it and reported that there was a dacoity. It was learnt that Rs 46 lakh was collected and the money could not be deposited as there were weekends in between. The entire amount has been recovered.V Solomon Nesakumar, Superintendent of Police of East Midnapore district, said: “The case was cracked within 6 hours and the all three of them were arrested.”last_img read more

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Trinamool forms Gram Panchayat board in Malbazar after 40year wait

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has added another feather to its cap at the Panchayat level, by forming its board in Matiali Batabari I Gram Panchayat near Chalsa at Malbazar sub-division in Jalpaiguri.It may be mentioned that the people of the area have witnessed a change after 40 years in the political party that formed the board of the Gram Panchayat.The board was formed on Wednesday. Dipak Bhujel of Chalsa has become the Panchayat Pradhan while Ajay Orao of Batabari Tea Estate has become the Upa-pradhan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBhujel is also the Matiali block president of the youth wing of Trinamool Congress.Trinamool Congress workers held a victory rally in the area after forming the board. Local people also joined the victory rally, where sweets were distributed.Local leaders of the political party are considering this as a huge win, as despite several attempts it had not become possible to bring a change of guard in the area in the past 40 years.Local people are now expecting huge development work to take place in the area, with Trinamool Congress forming the board in the Gram Panchayat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTrinamool Congress has bagged 16 out of 20 seats and BJP has bagged one seat, while Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has got one seat. Two seats have been won by Independent candidates.All the 20 members were present when the board was formed on Wednesday. The administration had made all necessary arrangements to ensure that no law and order trouble takes place during formation of the board. However, the entire process was completed in a peaceful atmosphere.According to local people, the change in the Gram Panchay has finally come after 40 long years as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has ensured overall development in the state and they expect that further development will take place in the years to come.last_img read more

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Wholesale cooperative society to give 7 Samabayika stores a makeover

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Wholesale Consumers Cooperative Society (CWCCS) is planning to revive the seven Samabayika stores under its aegis in the city and make it at par with other departmental stores of leading private companies.The CWCCS has already given a facelift to two of its stores — one at Hazra and another at Rashbehari in South Kolkata, but the other five are in urgent need of a revival. “Our largest store located on Lindsay Street near New Market that is spread across an area of 9,360 square feet presents a sorry picture with a handful of customers visiting the place. We have submitted a detailed proposal to the state Cooperation minister Arup Roy which will entail an investment of Rs 2 crore for a complete facelift of this store. As soon as we get the funds work will start. It will take around six months to complete the work,” said Alok Das, chairman of CWCCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDas said only selling rice, pulses, spices and similar articles will not boost sales, we also need to have everything under one roof such as the likes of popular private departmental stores. It may be mentioned that all the Samabayika stores under CWCCS are located at prime locations. Apart from Rashbehari, Hazra and New Market, four other stores are at Chandni Chowk, Ekdalia near Ballygunge railway station, Uttarayan Market at Ultadanga and Hatibagan near Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStar Theatre. CWCCS is a central society that was formed in 1963 with more than 90 percent share from the state government and the Centre. There are a number of sub-societies that individually run Samabayikas in the city. There was a time in the 70s when there were 229 stores in the city but currently it has come down to around 45. One such Sambayika store at Moni Sanyal Road in Chetla that has received a facelift was inaugurated by Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday. “If there is a proposal for reviving Samabayikas, I will surely try to provide assistance,” Hakim said. Most of the Samabayikas in the city had come up in the 1970s, but due to utter neglect during the Left Front regime, most of these departmental stores are in a bad shape,” Das added.last_img read more

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Common chemicals in shampoos alcohol may up cancer risk

first_imgCommon chemicals found in everyday items such as furniture, cosmetics, shampoos and alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, a new study led by an Indian-origin scientist warns.Aldehydes are a class of chemicals made in our own bodies in small quantities but increasingly found everywhere in our environment. Exposure to these chemicals has previously been linked with cancer, but the reasons for the link remain unclear.Researchers, led by Professor Ashok Venkitaraman from the University of Cambridge in the UK, used genetically-engineered human cells and cells from patients bearing a faulty copy of the breast cancer gene BRCA2 to identify the mechanism by which exposure to aldehydes could promote cancer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDamage to our DNA, which arises frequently as cells in our bodies divide, can lead to the development of cancers, but our body has its own defence mechanism that helps repair this damage.However, researchers found that aldehyde exposure breaks down this defence mechanisms even in normal healthy cells, but people who have inherited a faulty copy of BRCA2 are particularly sensitive to such damage.Everyone is born with two copies of most genes. People who inherit a single faulty copy of the BRCA2 gene are susceptible to cancer. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe reason behind this is not fully understood, because their cells should be able to repair DNA using the lower – but still adequate levels of BRCA2 protein made from the remaining, intact copy of the gene.The new study, published in the journal Cell, shows that aldehydes trigger the degradation of BRCA2 protein in cells.In people who inherit one faulty copy of the BRCA2 gene, this effect pushes down BRCA2 protein levels below the amount required for adequate DNA repair, breaking down the normal mechanisms that prevent mutations, which could promote cancer formation. “Our study shows how chemicals to which we are increasingly exposed in our day-to-day lives may increase the risk of diseases like cancer,” said Venkitaraman.”It also helps to explain why the faulty genes could make some people particularly sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of these chemicals,” he added.”An important implication of our work is that it may be aldehyde exposure that triggers cancer susceptibility in people who inherit one faulty copy of the BRCA2 gene. This may help us in future to prevent or treat cancer in such people,” he said.One common potential source of aldehydes is alcohol: our body converts the alcohol that we drink into acetaldehyde, one such chemical.Ordinarily, this is broken down by a natural enzyme known as acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, but over 500 million people mainly from countries such as Japan, China and Korea inherit a faulty gene, ALDH2, that inactivates this enzyme.This is why many Asian people develop flushes when they drink, but could mean they are also particularly sensitive to the cancer-promoting effect.This new research shows that aldehyde accumulation in such people could trigger cancer susceptibility by degrading BRCA2, compromising DNA repair, whether or not they inherit a faulty copy of BRCA2.An estimated 30-60 per cent of people from Japan, Korea and China carry the faulty ALDH2 and may therefore be at risk from cancer through this new mechanism.last_img read more

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Mamata vows to eradicate poverty create jobs

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her government is committed towards the alleviation of poverty in the state and also to generate employments.Taking to Twitter on the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, Chief Minister said: “Today is #WorldDayofSocialJustice. Our government is committed to the alleviation of poverty, reducing unemployment, combating illiteracy and upholding human rights. This is exemplified in the social sector allocation in our budget — Rs 41,131 crore, nearly 10% more than last fiscal.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned here that after becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee started a host of new social schemes to cater to the people from various walks of the society. To run these schemes in a better way the state Finance department has increased the budgetary allocation by 10 per cent than what had been in the last fiscal year. In a significant boost to the agriculture sector, the Mamata Banerjee government increased the budgetary allocation by 120 per cent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe government has achieved notable economic growth through the reduction of fiscal and revenue deficit in the state. The school education sector in the state has witnessed an increase in the budgetary allocation this year from Rs 24,720 crore to Rs 27,541 crore while in health sector the figure has gone up to Rs 9,556 crore from Rs 8,770 crore. Various social schemes introduced by the Chief Minister that have contributed to the social and economic upliftment of the people in the state include Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi, Khadya Sathi, Sabujshree, Sikshashree, Gatidhara, Gitanjai, Lok Prasar Prakalpa, Fair Price Medicine shops, Shishu Sathi and so on. It may be mentioned here that the Kanyashree scheme, a brain child of the Chief Minister, has brought down the school dropout rate and also has helped girls from Bengal to become successful in different fields. Most of the 50 lakh girls from over 16,500 educational institutions have become “role-models” as they have got engaged in different sports, martial arts and skill development and they are also actively working against social evils like child marriage and dowry system. The scheme had also bagged the first prize in United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific.last_img read more

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4 held for smuggling Pangolin scales

first_imgDarjeeling: Three persons from Sikkim and one from Bengal have been arrested by foresters of Baikanthapur Division of North Bengal for smuggling Pangolin scales to Bhutan.The foresters had received information that Pangolin scales were being smuggled to Bhutan. “From early in the morning we positioned ourselves at Rongpu on the Sikkim-Bengal border. Around 1:45 pm they arrived in a speeding vehicle. We arrested four persons and recovered 2 kg 400 gm of Pangolin skin,” said Sanjay Dutta, range officer, Belakoba Range. The four arrested include Kamal Kumar Sinha (70 years) of Yangyang, Dal Bahadur Thapa (65 years) of Gangtok, Passang Tshering Bhutia (43 years) of Yangyang and Wangsten Sherpa Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata(24 years) of Kalimpong. The vehicle has also been seized. They were charged under the Wildlife Act and produced at the Jalpaiguri Court. “During interrogation we found out that around 10 to 12 Pangolins were killed in Sikkim and the scales taken out. The scales were being taken to Bhutan,” the ranger said. The scales are sold at very high cost and used in traditional medicines in some countries like China. Pangolins are endangered animals. The role of certain transporters in Siliguri is also being probed.last_img read more

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Stronger people have sharper brains

first_imgIf you thought hitting the gym only builds your physical strength, think again. A study of nearly half a million people has revealed that stronger people perform better in brain functioning tests. Muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are, said the study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin.”Our study confirms that people who are stronger do indeed tend to have better functioning brains,” said study co-author Joseph Firth from NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing data from the 475,397 participants from all around Britain, the new study showed that on average, stronger people performed better in brain functioning tests that included reaction speed, logical problem solving, and multiple different tests of memory.The study, which used UK Biobank data, showed the relationships were consistently strong in both people aged under 55 and those aged over 55. Previous studies had only shown this applies in elderly people. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings also showed that maximal handgrip was strongly correlated with both visual memory and reaction time in over one thousand people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.”We can see there is a clear connection between muscular strength and brain health,” Firth, who is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester, said. “But really, what we need now, are more studies to test if we can actually make our brains healthier by doing things which make our muscles stronger – such as weight training,” he added.Previous research has already found that aerobic exercise can improve brain health.last_img read more

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SUDARSHAN SHETTY Shadow City – A life after

first_imgThe Bhubaneshwar Art Trail curated by Jagannath Panda and Premjish Achari became the stuff of dreams in the temple town of Bhubaneshwar known for its magic and caprice and devotion to Lord Jagannath. Of great curiosity for me was Sudarshan Shetty’s choice of place as well as his installation because amongst Indian contemporary artists no one has the capacious repertoire of history and contemporary inquisitiveness that Sudarshan has when he combines space and time and materials to create epoch-making installations. And ‘Shadow City – A life after’, an installation of six separate wooden structures did not disappoint in the least. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHere at the Guajhara overlooking a beautiful pond flanked by an abandoned temple stood Sudarshan’s wooden installation replete with linear, lithe lines and the weaving in of both space and light and time immemorial as you glimpsed the setting sun casting its shadows. As a conceptual artist, Sudarshan is renowned for his enigmatic and often mechanised sculptural installations. In the past, his hybrid constructions have questioned the fusion of Indian and Western traditions as well as exploring domestic concerns and the notion of movement. In this case, the choice of materials is paramount and so is the idea of weaving in the transient nature of art and the structure so created. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The underlying artifice of putting on a show of art is at the root of the work. The artist is performing a role; either literally or at a poetic distance as an exploration into the efficacy and futility of objects,” adds Sudarshan. “In assuming this role a way is opened to invoke (or simply borrow) the seriousness and sincerity of a formal gesture.” Sudarshan used wooden skeletal structures which were produced with the help of local craftsmen who make objects for various religious and social ceremonies and events. This is something Sudarshan has done for years with his installations over time. “These structures are made every year only to be dismantled after its transient function is once served,” he explains. “Rice, a physical and perishable material, stands as a fundamental symbol for food and nourishment in most rituals of death.” Rice and wood become materials of both permanence and transience. Permanence in terms of the fact that we use it even today. Transience in terms of creating a context of conversations that speak of life and death. “The play between the two familiar elements rendered unfamiliar through an unlikely coming together, perhaps opens up possibilities for other meanings to emerge,” opines Sudarshan. What entices is the ability that Sudarshan has to engage us in the creation of new contexts even in materials as mundane as rice and wood. But on second thoughts there is nothing mundane here-it is born of a tradition, a referencing and a representation of a cultural ethos. Curator Premjish Achari states: “I see Sudarshan’s installation as a spiritual-architectural complex which reflects upon devotion and death. The use of rice in his work is a very direct reference to the death rituals in Hinduism whereas rice is also used in the offerings. Placing these in the skeletal wooden structures, resembling temples, Sudarshan proposes the ambiguities of rituals.” The Bhubaneshwar Art Trail inaugurated by the Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on November 18 runs for a month.last_img read more

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The Real Shooting Star in Jaws – Amazingly Captured Live on Film

first_imgSteven Spielberg and the cinematographers he works with need light to show audiences what they’re filming, yet there is a deeper significance at play with the award-winning director. Light in a Spielberg movie can be a more subtle affair than it first appears, because it is hidden inside his subconscious. The roots of this were revealed in a fascinating anecdote from his boyhood. The tale has been told by Spielberg many times.Steven Spielberg speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 3.0When he was a child, his father, Arnold, shook him out of his sleep and took him out for a drive into the darkness. In an episode that wouldn’t look out of place in one of his own films, the young Spielberg was full of trepidation.Arnold was an electrical engineer, but he clearly had a touch of showmanship about him. He did not tell his son what was about to take place. After half an hour, surely an eternity for a child, they reached their destination.Sky gazingThe late critic Roger Ebert recalled a conversation about the experience, which he wrote about in 1998 for Time magazine.Spielberg told Ebert he “saw all these people lying on blankets, looking up at the sky. And my dad spread out a blanket. We lay down and looked at the sky, and I saw for the first time all these meteors.”Steven Spielberg and Chandran Rutnam on location during the filming of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Photo by Chandran Rutnam (Asian Film Location Services PVT Ltd.) CC BY-SA 3.0This stunning example of special effects direct from Mother Nature became a major formative step in the blockbuster director’s development. Who could forget the imagery of blinding lights and dark atmosphere he would go on to realize in 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind? An early draft of this project was even called Watch the Skies.Spielberg felt fear at his unexpected journey into the night, but also a sense of wonder at what his father revealed to him at the end of the road. He summed it up for Ebert like this: “[But] what didn’t scare me, but was very soothing, was watching this cosmic meteor shower. And I think from that moment on, I never looked at the sky and thought it was a bad place.”The fishing village of Menemsha, Martha’s Vineyard, was the primary filming location for “Jaws.” Photo by Elkman CC BY-SA 3.0Close Encounters famously ends with one species meeting another, rather than the typical humans versus aliens narrative. After confusion and hostility, the ultimate message is one of understanding and friendship. There wasn’t much understanding or indeed friendship on the shoot of Jaws, the movie Spielberg committed to celluloid two years before he made his UFO masterpiece.It was a classic story of misguidedly trying to control nature’s ways, but off screen, it was a case of wrangling a malfunctioning mechanical shark. However, there was a lovely coincidence that occurred during filming, and one that surely would have made Spielberg recall his cosmic past. Strangely enough, it happened in a scene where the main characters were in the midst of reminiscing.The entrance of the now closed Jaws ride at Universal Studios Florida. Photo by Cplbeaudoin CC BY-SA 3.0After the main characters Chief Brody (Roy Scheider), Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and wild-eyed fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw) get drunk, compare maritime injuries, and sing “Show Me the Way to Go Home,” they get rudely interrupted by an attack from the giant predator they’re hunting.‘Jaws’ a 1975 poster (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)Scrabbling out on deck, they struggle to get their act together in the dim light. Brody readies his gun, but then all goes quiet. That’s when a shooting star comes streaking across the sky in the background. This is followed by another star in the frame of a solitary shot of Quint’s vessel, the Orca. Check out the scene below:Like many who watched this movie, I believed they had added these for dramatic effect in post-production. This wasn’t the case, as the 1995 documentary, The Making of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, uncovered. Unbelievably, a real shooting star had raced across the sky at that exact moment. The sky had filled with light for what appeared to be purely magical reasons.Read another story from us: Creating the character of E.T. for Spielberg’s hit movie required $1.5 million, a young actor born without legs, and a two-pack-a-day smokerIf you wanted to be sentimental, and Spielberg is often accused of that, you could say Arnold was sending a signal that he approved of what was going on. Or you could say Spielberg was one lucky filmmaker… he certainly needed it the way that shoot went.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist, and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine, and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Bookslast_img read more

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Constantly Walking on Stilts – How One French Community Survived

first_imgToday, much of the Landes region in southwestern France is a forest. Indeed, it is the largest forest in the country. But over a century ago (the mid-19th century to be exact) the scenery was something quite different.Instead of an area densely covered with pine trees, there was a vast expanse of swampy terrain, as far as the eye could see, with nary a road in sight.Landes, France.For centuries, the impoverished people who lived there—a good number of them shepherds—came up with a novel way to negotiate the mushy, uneven, and unforgiving landscape: They walked on stilts.This unique form of transportation enabled the shepherds to make their way through the countryside, which became particularly soggy after fierce rainfalls.But there were other advantages to traveling several feet above solid ground.1913For one thing, perched up high, the shepherds could easily see and tend to their flocks of sheep, while keeping their eyes peeled for ravenous packs of wolves.What’s more, the stilts helped them take longer strides, so they were able to cover longer distances in a shorter amount of time.The stilts (called tchangues, or “big legs”), constructed of wood and standing approximately five feet high, had wide straps to support the feet.Shepherd wearing tchangues, c. 1908.The lowest part, which touched the ground, was widened a bit and made sturdy with sheep’s bone, not unlike small hooves.The shepherd would carry a staff for extra support and to aid him in getting onto the stilts. It was also employed as a crook to guide his flock.In fact, the stilts were so remarkably steady, the shepherds were able to live a large portion of their lives at a lofty height. Some were even dexterous enough to work on knitting while watching their sheep.Inhabitants of the Landes by Jean Louis Gintrac (1808—1886), Museum of Fine Arts, Bordeaux.Shepherds weren’t the only ones to possess this skill. Men, women, and children were all talented stilt-walkers.In fact, they were trained at a young age, learning to perform some fairly amazing feats of balance and dexterity.Women, for example, could pluck flowers from the ground. Mail carriers delivered parcels on poles.Sylvain Dornon, stilt walker of Landes.Hoisted housewives shopped and gossiped at local markets. Children did their chores and walked to school on stilts. (You might say — pardon the pun — the citizens of Landes lived high on the bog.)All of which delighted visitors to the region. It is said that when Empress Josephine visited Landes in 1808 to meet Napoleon, she and her court were greeted by a group of stilt walkers so adept, they were able to keep up with her carriage horses, much to the Empress’s amusement.The ladies tossed coins on the ground and watched as stilt walkers tussled over the loose change, often resulting in comical falls.Perhaps most impressive of all, in 1891, Sylvain Dornon walked from Paris to Moscow — a distance of more than 1,740 miles — on stilts. The entire journey took him just 58 days.Read another story from us: A Closer Look at the Incredibly Bizarre Horned Helmet of Henry VIIIAlas, stilt walking, along with sheep herding, would come to an end in the Landes region by the close of the 19th century, as the marshland was drained and replaced by a plantation of pine trees.But the remarkable skill hasn’t died out entirely: Stilt walking is still performed today at local folk festivals.last_img read more

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Sharpshooter Extraordinaire Annie Oakley – A Real Wild West Woman

first_imgA sharpshooter who toured with none other than “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West show, Annie Oakley is renowned as a star and has obtained legendary status in American history. But who was Annie Oakley really, and how did she come to play such a prominent role? Oakley was born in Ohio in 1860 as Pheobe Ann Mosey – the sixth of a total of nine children in her family. Her parents, Susan and James, were Quakers, and her father fought in the War of 1812. Unfortunately, he died of pneumonia when Annie was only about 6 years old. Her mother remarried about a year later but was widowed once again shortly thereafter.Annie Oakley Cabinet Card Signed.With the death of her father, and stepfather, Annie, at the age of 9, was admitted to the Darke County Infirmary, together with an older sister, Sarah Ellen, where she was put into the care of Samuel Edington, the superintendent, and his family. Putting children into care to alleviate a family’s financial restraints was not unusual at the time, but that did not make it easy on the children.While at the infirmary, she learned to sew, received some education, and helped look after the Edingtons’ children. In the spring of 1870, when she was only 10 years old, Annie was “bound out” to another family to help take care of their baby, but the family proved to be abusive, and even put Annie outside in the cold without shoes when she fell asleep while doing some mending. In her autobiography, Annie referred to them as “the wolves”, although she graciously never revealed their names – an indication of her character.Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror.To support her family both before and after she went into care, Annie started hunting by the age of 8. She often sold game to shopkeepers in nearby Grenville, as well as restaurants and hotels in northern Ohio.By the time she was 15, she had already made a name for herself as a good shot, and had earned enough money from hunting to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s farm: “Oh, how my heart leaped with joy as I handed the money to mother and told her that I had saved enough to pay it off!”Annie Oakley shooting a shotgun in front of dozens of spectators. Pinehurst, NCAnnie was invited to Cincinnati to compete in a shooting match against Frank E. Butler – a travelling marksman who was performing in the city with the Baughman & Butler shooting act. He placed a $100 bet on each side (roughly $2,282 in 2018) with a hotel owner, Jack Frost, that he could beat any local shooter.Frost invited Annie to attend, stating “the last opponent Butler expected was a five-foot-tall 15-year-old girl named Annie.” On Thanksgiving Day in 1875, Butler lost the bet to that young girl, missing his 25th shot.Annie OakleyInstead of being embarrassed, however, he started courting Annie, marrying her in 1876. (There is some debate as the legal date of their marriage, as the marriage certificate is dated 1882. This may be because Butler’s divorce from his first wife, Henrietta, was not yet final in 1876.)When she and Frank began to tour together, along with her dog, George, Phoebe Ann Mosey adopted the stage name of Annie Oakley, perhaps after the neighborhood in Cincinnati where they lived. When Sitting bull saw her at a theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was so taken with her that he gave her the moccasins he had worn at Little Bighorn, and named her “Watanya Cicilla” – Little Sure Shot.Brisbois cabinet card of Annie Oakley with lithographed signatureIn 1885, Annie and Frank joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and toured with the troupe for 16 seasons. Annie was quickly the main draw, receiving top billing and her image on promotional posters.As a result, Frank began acting more as her manager than performing partner. Together, they traveled to England for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victorian in 1887, which only increased Annie’s celebrity, along with her growing pile of medals, trophies, and awards for her shooting. The Wild West show toured Europe in 1889, staying in Paris for a six-month stint before traveling to other regions of France, Italy, Spain and Germany.Buffalo Bill’s Wild West posterWhen the show finally returned to the US after 2 more tours of Europe in 1892, Annie was a household name. She and Frank bought a home in New Jersey, although they continued to tour to roughly 130 venues per season. In 1894, Thomas Edison himself filmed members of the show; now anyone could go to a nickelodeon and see Annie shoot.Like most performers, however, Annie’s time on stage had to end eventually. When she was 41, the train that she and Frank were on collided head-on with another, and Annie was badly injured. Although she recovered from her temporary paralysis and endured 5 spinal operations, she left the Buffalo Bill show in 1902, opting to perform in The Western Girl – a play written just for her.Oakley in 1922In 1912, Frank and Annie built a home in Maryland known as Annie Oakley House today, before moving to North Carolina in 1917. She continued shooting and setting records well into her 60s, but her health declined after a car accident in 1922, and she died of pernicious anemia at the age of 66. Her husband – devoted to her for over 50 years – died a mere 18 days later.Throughout her life, Annie used her fame to prove that women could shoot, and shoot well, in a male-dominated field, while still being women. She wore a dress, made her own costumes, and embroidered in her spare time.Phoebe Anne ‘Annie Oakley’ Moses poses in front of her tent in a camp for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West ShowAnd she also is believed to have taught more than 15,000 women how to use a gun. She felt that it was entirely necessary for women to be able to defend themselves and that shooting provided a form of physical and mental exercise: “I would like to see every woman know how to handle guns as naturally as they know how to handle babies.”Related Video: John Wayne’s Best QuotesShe also promoted the service of women in combat in the US armed forces – something that is still debated today – and wrote a letter to President McKinley in 1898 “offering the government the services of a company of 50 ‘lady sharpshooters’ who would provide their own arms and ammunition should the US go to war with Spain.”Silver gelatin photograph, 8 x 10In 1917, during the First World War, she contacted the US Secretary of War with a similar offer. When she did not hear back, she instead visited army camps, raised money for the Red Cross, and volunteered with other military charities.Read Another Article: The Real Life of Doc Holliday – Wild West Legend that Continues to FascinateAhead of her time with regard to women, shooting and combat, Annie Oakley became an American legend and an icon. Her celebrity continues to this day, in museums, books, theatre, movies, and television. Not bad for a poor little girl from Ohio.last_img read more

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VIDEO Josh Rosens fake spiketouchdown pass completes epic 34point UCLA secondhalf comeback

first_img Advertisement The UCLA Bruins were dead in the water, trailing 44-10 in the second half against Texas A&M, when Josh Rosen went to work on an epic second half comeback.Rosen led the Bruins to 35 unanswered points, including 28 in the fourth, and capped it off with a Dan Marino-esque fake spike/touchdown pass with less than a minute to go to give the Bruins a 45-44 win, and complete one of the most improbable comebacks in college football history. He finished the night 491 yards passing and 4 touchdowns.Rosen didn’t have a signature win to speak of before tonight. He does now. Here’s the play that won the game and capped the unbelievable comeback. Onions.“THE LEGEND OF JOSH ROSEN.” https://t.co/0erAMXrOUz— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2017last_img read more

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Choosing the Best Data Storage Solution

first_img Sooner or later, your small business will need more space for data storage. Information in the form of e-mails, documents, presentations, databases, graphics, audio files and spreadsheets is the lifeblood of most companies, and the applications that run and protect your business require a lot of disk space. In addition, a number of trends are fueling our growing hunger for storage: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Which applications generate the largest amount of files? Which applications run on which servers? How old is the data? How much of it is duplicate or stale? How much is not business related? How quickly do you need to be able to access that data? From what locations do you need to access which data? Storing information and managing its storage is critical to a company’s behind-the-scenes success. Fortunately, there are many options available to small businesses for both the actual storage and the location of that storage. Often, the best solution is a combination of different storage options.So how do you decide what’s best for you? First, you’ll want to consider your storage needs in terms of both capacity and physical location. Then you should look at the storage options that best fit those needs. Lastly, you need to develop a plan for implementing your chosen storage solutions.What are Your Storage Needs?Small businesses should first assess the storage needs associated with their applications, their data, and how and where they need to access that data. These questions will help you get started: Once you’re able to get a handle on how much data you’re dealing with and the how, when and where of accessing that data, then you’ll have a better idea about your storage needs.Consider Your Storage OptionsFrom flash memory to network-area storage, small businesses have more storage choices than ever before. They range from portable flash memory thumb drives to network-attached storage systems that can be located physically anywhere on a network. Here’s a more detailed look at some of your options:Flash memory thumb drives. These type of drives are particularly appealing to mobile professionals because they consume little power, are small enough to fit on a keychain and have no moving parts. You can connect a flash memory thumb drive to your laptop’s USB port to back up files on the road. Some USB thumb drives even provide encryption to protect your files should the drive get lost or stolen. Some let you store your Outlook data (such as recent e-mails and calendar items), Internet Explorer bookmarks, files and even some desktop applications. That way, you can leave your laptop at home and just plug the USB drive into a borrowed computer.External hard drives. A simple and relatively inexpensive way to add more storage is to connect an external hard disk drive to your computer. External hard drives directly connected to PCs have several disadvantages, however. Any files stored on the drive but not elsewhere need to be backed up. Also, if you travel for work and need access to files on an external drive, you’ll have to take the drive with you or remember to copy the required files to a USB thumb drive, your laptop’s internal drive, a CD or some other storage media. Finally, in the event of a fire or other catastrophe at your place of business, your data will not be protected.Online storage. Services that provide remote storage and backup over the internet offer businesses a number of compelling benefits. By backing up your most important files to a secure, remote server, you’re protecting the data stored at your place of business. You can easily share large files with clients, partners and others by providing them with password-protected access to your online storage service, thereby eliminating the need to e-mail those large files. And in most cases, you can log into your account from any computer using a web browser–a great way to retrieve files when you’re away from your PC. Remote storage–especially during an initial backup session–can be slow, however: It’s only as quick as the speed of your network access to that storage. For extremely large files, you may have to invest in higher speed network access.Network-attached storage. Network-attached storage (NAS) provides fast, simple, reliable access to data in an IP networking environment. NAS solutions are suitable for small and mid-sized businesses needing large amounts of economical storage that multiple users can share over a network. And given that many small businesses lack IT departments, NAS solutions are easy to deploy, centrally manage and consolidate.NAS solutions can be as basic as a single hard drive with an Ethernet port or built-in Wi-Fi connectivity costing around $200 for 300GB or more. Moving up in sophistication, NAS solutions can also provide additional USB and FireWire ports, enabling you to connect external hard drives to scale your business’s overall storage capacity. An NAS solution may also offer print-server capabilities, which lets multiple users easily share a single printer.An NAS solution may include multiple hard drives in a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) level 1 array. In plain English, a RAID level 1 storage system includes two or more equivalent hard drives (such as two 250 GB drives) in one network-connected device. Files written to the main drive are automatically written to the second drive as well. This automated redundancy means that if the first hard drive dies, you’ll still have access to all your applications and files on the second drive.NAS solutions can also offload file serving from other servers on your network, thereby increasing performance. A NAS system allows you to consolidate storage, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs; simplify storage administration and data backup and recovery; and allow for easy scaling to meet growing storage requirements.Develop a PlanBefore investing in a data storage solution, consult with a trusted IT advisor on which option–or options–will best meet your business’s current and future needs. Then create a plan for deploying the storage your business is likely to need when and where it will be needed.You may want to consider a managed storage service, which provides on-demand storage capacity and essential storage management. A managed service–for which you pay a regular monthly fee–may be the most affordable option for cash-strapped small businesses. Another possibility is to ask your network vendor about financing options for NAS solutions.The bottom line: Don’t wait until you need more storage before deciding what to do. Start planning now for your future storage needs, so you won’t waste time and money later. Recent government regulations, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, require businesses to maintain and back up a variety of data they might have otherwise deleted. For legal reasons, many small businesses are now archiving e-mail messages dating back five or more years. The pervasiveness of viruses and spyware requires ever-more vigilant backups–which requires ever-more storage capacity. Each new version of a software application or operating system demands more hard-drive real estate than its predecessor. The growing need to store large media files, such as video, and make them available to users on a network is generating demand for more sophisticated storage solutions. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Hackers Can Steal Your Information Through Sound Waves Researchers Say

first_imgAugust 5, 2015 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters A team of security researchers has demonstrated the ability to hijack standard equipment inside computers, printers and millions of other devices in order to send information out of an office through sound waves.The attack program takes control of the physical prongs on general-purpose input/output circuits and vibrates them at a frequency of the researchers’ choosing, which can be audible or not. The vibrations can be picked up with an AM radio antenna a short distance away.For decades, spy agencies and researchers have sought arcane ways of extracting information from keyboards and the like, successfully capturing light, heat and other emanations that allow the receivers to reconstruct content.The new makeshift transmitting antenna, dubbed “Funtenna” by lead researcher Ang Cui of Red Balloon Security, adds another potential channel that likewise be would be hard to detect because no traffic logs would catch data leaving the premises.Cui showed the system in action for a few reporters ahead of his talk Wednesday at the annual security conference Black Hat in Las Vegas. He said he would release “proof-of-concept” code after the talk, allowing other researchers and potentially malicious hackers to build on his work.Hackers would need an antenna close to the targeted building to pick up the sound waves, Cui said, and they would need to find some way to get inside a targeted machine and convert the desired data to the format for transmission.But the tool’s development over the past two years is another illustration that a broadening array of devices can be manipulated in unpredictable ways and that attackers increase their advantage over defenders as gadgets grow more complex.(Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Cynthia Osterman) Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

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