Company using electric field to shape flame to make power plants cleaner

center_img (Phys.org) —Seattle based ClearSign Combustion has developed a way to reduce the amount of pollutants emitted by power plants that burn fossil fuels. The technique, the company claims, also makes the burning of the fuels more efficient, which means utilities could actually save money by using the new technology. Citation: Company using electric field to shape flame to make power plants cleaner (2013, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-company-electric-field-flame-power.html Explore furtherlast_img

Tigers skull fractured says postmortem report

first_imgKolkata: State Forest department has lodged an FIR with the police in connection with the death of the Royal Bengal Tiger whose body was found at Baghghora forest, few kilometres away from Lalgarh with multiple injuries in its body on Friday. The post-mortem report hints that the skull of the tiger was crushed with a heavy substance. Injury marks also suggested that the tribes who took part in the hunting festival attacked the animal with various weapons. A spear remained attached to its throat when its body was recovered by the forest department. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the preliminary investigation by the police and forest department, the big cat was attacked by nearly 100 tribesmen who took part in the hunting fest. Two hunters — Bablu Hansda and Badal Hansda — were also injured in the tiger attack and are undergoing treatment at Midnapore Medical College and Hospital. It may be mentioned that some of the hunters were enraged when the tiger injured their counterparts a few days ago and they threatened to kill the animal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice and forest department have started a probe and are trying to identify the hunters who had attacked the Royal Bengal Tiger. The duo who have been injured are also being interrogated by the police. The tiger’s body was sent for post-mortem to Midnapore after it was recovered by the forest officials. The eyewitnesses also said that more than 100 tribal hunters from the local villages reportedly attacked the tiger on Friday afternoon with native weapons like lances, bow and arrows. The locals then informed the forest officials, who rushed to the spot with a mini-truck and recovered its carcass. A local villager said: “I saw the hunters coming to the jungle with weapons like lances and they attacked the tiger. The tiger’s throat was injured with a lance. The body was left in the jungle for quite some time.” A senior forest department official said: “We could not catch it despite all our efforts. The tiger died of spear injuries. We have followed all standard protocols for the tiger-autopsy and the animal was later cremated in Arabari range. We are trying to track the people who have killed it with the help of CCTV footages.”Apart from the cops, the forest department is also carrying out a probe into the death of the tiger. They are trying to identify the hunters who had attacked the animal. However, the district police are not ruling out the possibility of the involvement of outsiders in this connection so far. The preliminary investigation says that the animal was attacked by the hunters who were heavily equipped with various weapons. As the animal was repeatedly hit, its skull got fractured. There was, however, no poison found in its body. The full-grown tiger weighed around 220 kgs and it was around 10-12 year old.last_img read more

A global vision

first_imgThe Apeejay Arts complex opens its doors to yet another dramatic show, Outpost by artiste Samar Singh Jodha. His latest enterprise is a visual disquisition on a global culture where individual aesthetic notions are framed by commercial interests, and homogenised to such a degree by mass media that spontaneous individual expressions often emerge as accidental bi-products of non-aesthetic pursuits.He highlights this unusual state of affairs via a pictorial trope of discarded containers fashioned into habitat by miners in India’s pristine northeast. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fact that Jodha foregrounds his work with a people given to excavating precious minerals from the earth’s womb to keep the engines of the same mass culture and industry running, adds poignant irony to his endeavour. The interplay of narratives represented by a broken people and their robust expression unravels the threads of a global technopoly that promises a rosy future to many of us via rapid innovation, while simultaneously condemning many others to centuries-old regression. When: January 28 – March 31 Timings:  11 am to 7 pm Where: Apeejay Media Gallery, Mathura Roadlast_img read more

Film Camera Conversation

first_imgIndia Habitat Centre’s annual Habitat Film Festival kicked off on May 8 in the city with the opening screening of Margarita, With A Straw directed by Shonali Bose and starring Kalki Koechlin. Kalki enthusiastically interacted with the audience. Post screening she presented her views, discussed some issues and shared her anecdotes while the movie was shot.An exhibition titled Rhythm, Raga and Melody in collaboration with National Film Archive of India, Pune was also inaugurated by Kalki Koechlin, Bauddhayan Mukherji – Director of Bengali movie Teen Kahon, Rakesh Kacker – Director, India Habitat Centre, and Vidyun Singh – Programme Director, India Habitat Centre at the Convention Centre Foyer just before the opening screening. The exhibition of around 90 films posters highlights the contribution of music in Hindi Cinema. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The other film which was screened on Day one was Bauddhayan Mukherji directed Bengali movie Teen Kahon. It seemed that it touched the audience immensely and the post screening interaction was lively.One of the highly anticipated and most loved events of the Habitat cultural calendar, the film festival showcases the Best of Pan-Indian Cinema from the past year. This year it will feature 48 films in 13 languages presenting some fresh and innovative storylines, stunning cinematography, veteran actors and directors, rising stars and award winning performances of 2014-2015 apart from 19 National Award Winning Films. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA major attraction of this edition of the Habitat Film Festival is the Kamal Haasan retrospective. Kamal Haasan’s retrospective showcase his amazing multifaceted talent with Vishwaroopam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Chachi 420 and Saagar, Hey Ram (in Hindi) and Virumandi, Nagayan and Eenadu (in Tamil) and opened on May 9 with an interaction with the star followed by the screening of Vishwaroopam.Over the next 10 days, Habitat Film Festival will see the screening of several outstanding films including Marana Dandane (Kannada), Bey Yaar (Gujarati), Lajwanti and Gour Hari Dastaan (Hindi), Quolf (Kashmiri), Shukha Asuchi (Oriya), Elizabeth Ekadasi & Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Ottal (Malayalam), Qissa, Punjab 1984 and Chaar Sahibzaade (Punjabi), Pallepfam(Manipuri), among a host of other films from various regions and languages.last_img read more

Why fitness foods could make you fat

first_imgIf you are trying to lose weight relying simply on “fitness” foods, it may backfire, new research suggests. The “fitness” branding encourages consumers to eat more of those foods and to exercise less, potentially undermining their efforts to lose or control their weight, the study said.“Unless a food was forbidden by their diet, branding the product as ‘fit’ increased consumption for those trying to watch their weight,” said study author Hans Baumgartner from Pennsylvania State University in the US, and colleagues. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“To make matters worse, these eaters also reduced their physical activity, apparently seeing the ‘fit’ food as a substitute for exercise,” the researchers said. The authors investigated the effects of fitness-branded food on consumption and physical activity in “restrained” eaters — eaters who are chronically concerned about their body weight.Participants were given trail-mix style snacks marked either “Fitness” or “Trail Mix” with a picture of running shoes which was added to the packaging to make the “Fitness” snack appear even healthier.For those who were specifically trying to watch their weight, the effect of labelling was significant, causing them to eat far more of the snack marked “Fitness.”Snackers eating the “Fitness” brand also chose to expend less energy during the exercise phase of the experiment. The study was published in the Journal of Marketing Research.last_img read more

Bdesh posthumously honours 12 Indian martyrs of IndoPak war

first_imgKolkata: The Bangladesh government, on the occasion of ‘Vijay Diwas’, posthumously honoured 12 Indian Armed Forces personnel on Sunday for sacrificing their lives during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. The day was celebrated at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission’s office in the city, where Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim was present as the Chief Guest. Describing the honouring of the families of the martyred personnel as a great initiative by the Bangladesh government, GOC-in-C Eastern Command of the Army Lt Gen M M Naravane said the process of honouring martyred soldiers will continue in the years to come and it will strengthen the bond between the two countries. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We were forced into this conflict because of a humanitarian crisis of gigantic proportion, resulting in the annihilation of Pakistan Army and the birth of Bangladesh,” Naravane said. “Very rarely has it happened that when two countries fight, a third country is born,” he added. The Bangladesh government has decided to honour over 1,600 Indian Armed Forces personnel who laid down their lives in the eastern theatre during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Vijay Diwas (victory day) is celebrated every year on this day to mark India’s decisive win over Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe families of seven Indian Army soldiers, two Air Force, two BSF personnel and one Navy personnel were handed over ‘Sammanana’ plaques by Bangladesh Minister of Liberation War Affairs A K M Mozammel Haque at the Indian Army’s Eastern Command Headquarter Fort William here. Prior to this, a wreath laying ceremony was held at Vijay Smarak to pay respects to the martyred soldiers. Honouring soldiers who were martyred in the war in the eastern theatre commenced in 2017 with the Bangladesh prime minister giving away the plaques to families of seven soldiers, he said. The GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, retired Armed Forces officers and leaders of a Bangladeshi delegation visiting India for the occasion, laid the wreaths at the memorial. The Bangladesh delegation included 30 ‘Muktijoddhas’, who took part in the liberation war, and six serving officers of Bangladesh’s Armed Forces. Describing December 16 as the most glorious day in the life of every Bengali, Haque said the fruits of freedom were achieved after suffering a nine-month long genocide by the Pakistani forces, wherein 30 lakh people lost their lives and two lakh women were raped. “The Indian soldiers fought for our cause and laid down their lives,” he said.last_img read more

Family alleges negligence after patient dies in hospital

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high at Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (INK) at Mullick Bazar on Friday morning after family members of a patient, who died in the hospital, ransacked a portion of the hospital alleging negligence.The family members of the victim alleged that the patient died of negligence on part of the hospital authorities. According to police, a 65-year-old man from Garden Reach area was taken to the hospital on January 14 after he complained of chest pain. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA chaos broke out at the hospital on Friday morning after the patient was declared dead by the hospital authorities. Some family members of the victim staged a demonstration at the Reception area of the hospital. Some other later joined the agitators. They ransacked a portion of the hospital and damaged the registration book of the patients and other documents. Some of the staff members of the hospital were also manhandled by the irate mob. The injured staffers have been admitted to the hospital after suffering injuries. The hospital authorities called up Beniapukur police station and a huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and dispersed the mob. They brought the situation under control. The hospital authorities, however, deny such allegations and have lodged a complaint at the police station following which a probe has been initiated. One person has reportedly been detained for interrogation. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more