Blood Enzyme Could Help Realize Clean Coal

first_imgA ribbon diagram of carbonic anhydrase, which isolates carbon dioxide in the lungs for exhalation. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. ( — An enzyme in our blood that enables our lungs to exhale carbon dioxide could be the key to isolating carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants in order to store them safely underground. A company called Carbozyme, based in New Jersey, is developing a synthetic version of the blood enzyme that could capture carbon dioxide using one-third less energy than other methods. A simple, low-cost carbon filter removes 90% of carbon dioxide from smokestack gases More information: www.carbozyme.usvia: Popular Science© 2009 Citation: Blood Enzyme Could Help Realize Clean Coal (2009, December 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The blood enzyme, called carbonic anhydrase, is constantly converting and reconverting carbon dioxide as part of our respiration process. At first, cells pump carbon dioxide into the blood, where carbonic anhydrase converts the gas into bicarbonate to make it easier to transport to the lungs. Then, in the lungs, the same enzyme converts the bicarbonate back into carbon dioxide to be exhaled. Carbonic anhydrase works very efficiently, capturing about two pounds of carbon dioxide per day.By mimicking the way this blood enzyme separates carbon dioxide from other gases in the body, researchers at Carbozyme have demonstrated how to capture and separate carbon dioxide from a wide variety of gas emissions, such as those from coal stacks. Isolating carbon dioxide is essential for sequestering the greenhouse gas underground, where it can be stored in layers of basalt rock. In addition to using less energy, the synthetic enzyme method also avoids using hazardous chemicals that some other gas separation methods use.Carbozyme plans to test the technology on coal burners at the University of North Dakota next year, and eventually license the method to coal plants. The company says that the design can also be tailored for different applications, such as in the food and beverage industry and renewable energy. Image credit: Carbozyme, Inc. 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

Research team develops mathematical model to explain harmony in music

first_img © 2011 ( — Bernardo Spagnolo of the University of Palermo in Italy and his Russian colleagues have developed a model that they believe explains why it is we humans hear some notes as harmonious, and others as dissonant. The team, as described in their paper in Physical Review Letters, say that such harmony can be explained by our auditory neural system. Sensory detection and discrimination: Study reveals neural basis of rapid brain adaptation Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Most people can hear the difference between harmony and general noise. It’s evident in a guitar chord: strike the notes C, E and G together and you get the familiar C Major Chord, so often heard in popular music. Mess up one note though, and everyone will wince. The same can be seen watching American (or other country) Idol; not when a contestant singing A cappella goes off key, but when a singer hits (or misses) a note that harmonizes with a note played on an accompanying instrument.There have been many theories suggested over the years as to how and why we hear some groupings of notes as pleasing and others as wrong, or off. Some have suggested that our brains simply receive a stream of notes and make of it what we will. Spagnolo et al, however, disagree, and they have a model that they say proves it.In their paper, the team says that we humans have different neurons in different parts of our ears that respond to different frequencies. Say perhaps one group responds to the C note on a guitar, and another to an E, etc., these are called sensory neurons. But that’s not enough to account for “liking” the two being heard at the same time. To explain this, the researchers suggest that we also have a third type of neuron called an interneuron. In their model, they suggest that the sensory neurons send signals to the interneuron, which then sends signals based on what its “heard” from them to the brain.What’s more, the team says that the sensory neurons conform to the “leaky integrate-and-fire” equation whereby the stimuli (in this case sound) drives up the voltage until it reaches a saturation point, whereby it then discharges it’s information (in this case to an interneuron), which then sends signals to the brain. If the sensory neurons were to all fire constantly, the interneurons would be inundated and unable to process all the information from multiple sensory neurons.The team then applied information theory that says that the less random a signal is the more information it has and came up with a number they call a regularity. And it’s this regularity that explains our “likening” different notes when heard together. “Good” notes played together result in a high regularity (because they have more information in them) while dissonant notes produce lower regularity.And that is why we smile when listening to two or three people who harmonize perfectly together, but frown when hearing the results of those less gifted. More information: Regularity of Spike Trains and Harmony Perception in a Model of the Auditory System, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 108103 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.108103AbstractSpike train regularity of the noisy neural auditory system model under the influence of two sinusoidal signals with different frequencies is investigated. For the increasing ratio m/n of the input signal frequencies (m, n are natural numbers) the linear growth of the regularity is found at the fixed difference (m-n). It is shown that the spike train regularity in the model is high for harmonious chords of input tones and low for dissonant ones.via Focus Citation: Research team develops mathematical model to explain harmony in music (2011, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

RNA editing responsible for colder water survival in octopus

first_img( — Researchers have discovered that when it comes to the survival of an octopus living in frigid waters, the reasoning is not a difference in the gene DNA but rather a difference in the RNA editing. Octopus vulgaris. Image: Wikipedia. Citation: RNA editing responsible for colder water survival in octopus (2012, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 Explore further More information: RNA Editing Underlies Temperature Adaptation in K+ Channels from Polar Octopuses, Science, Published Online January 5 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1212795ABSTRACTTo operate in the extreme cold, ion channels from psychrophiles must have evolved structural changes to compensate for their thermal environment. A reasonable assumption would be that the underlying adaptations lie within the encoding genes. Here, we show that delayed rectifier K+ channel genes from an Antarctic and a tropical octopus encode channels that differ at only four positions and display very similar behavior when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. However, the transcribed mRNAs are extensively edited, creating functional diversity. One editing site, which recodes an isoleucine to a valine in the channel’s pore, greatly accelerates gating kinetics by destabilizing the open state. This site is extensively edited in both Antarctic and Arctic species, but mostly unedited in tropical species. Thus, A-to-I RNA editing can respond to the physical environment.center_img Journal information: Science Scientists tap into Antarctic octopus venom The new study, led by molecular neurophysiologist Joshua Rosenthal and his graduate student, Sandra Garrett, from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan was published in Science.When it comes to cold temperatures, certain proteins that are responsible for nerve signals can be hampered. As a nerve cell fires, protein channels open or close to allow potassium ions in or out. Cold temperatures can delay the channels’ closing and stop the neurons ability to fire.Rosenthal and Garrett believed that in order for an octopus to survive in the frigid cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctic seas, they would have had to have changes in the DNA sequence.To test this theory, the researchers compared octopus species from the cold waters of the Antarctic as well as warm water octopus from the Puerto Rican reef. When they examined the potassium channel genes, they discovered almost identical DNA sequences.They then took the genes and inserted them into frog eggs cells in order to measure the electrical activity of each channel. Again they discovered that both species functioned in the same manner. But if the cold water octopus fired at the same rate as the warm water species, the channel would close 60 times slower so how could the octopus survive?They realized that RNA editing must be in play. In RNA editing, the cells synthesize an RNA version of the particular DNA with an amended nucleotide sequence which will alter the amino acids and change the proteins function. When the researchers looked at this, they discovered that the Antarctic species edits its RNA in nine different locations to change sequence of amino acids in the potassium channel.On site, known as I321V, is important for the survival in cold weather as it changes the potassium channel’s closing speed by more than 50 percent. The colder the octopus’ habitat is, the more likely they are to find edits at this location.This study shows that RNA editing can play a significant role in organism adaptation. 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

HP marks October availability of gesturecontrol PC w Video

first_imgHaving launched its standalone device, the company anticipates further growth in the embedded market, where other devices will make use of its technology. Michael Buckwald, co-founder and CEO of Leap Motion, sees the micro sensor as important for the company. “With our new micro sensor, there’s tremendous opportunity to integrate into other form factors like keyboards, smartphones, tablets, head-mounted displays and more. This is the next step for our company, with tremendous potential for the future.” 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. © 2013 Citation: HP marks October availability of gesture-control PC (w/ Video) (2013, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from HP will integrate Leap Motion controllers with PCs (Update) ( —HP is taking the leap as the first laptop maker to sell a machine with Leap Motion gesture control technology embedded into the computer. HP announced Thursday that the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition laptop is coming next month. This special edition will carry the Leap Motion technology and the Leap Motion Airspace app platform. Target date in the US is October 16 at a price starting at $1,049.99. Leap Motion deals in technology that allows users to control their computers with hand gestures alone. The creators did not only think of users taking to gesture control for games but also users taking to gesture control for work in presentations and design. The user controls the computer with two hands and ten fingers moving through the air. Until now, using the technology on a laptop required getting a Leap Motion Controller, which is a small USB device that plugs into a computer’s USB port. This technology is embedded within the HP Envy 17 special edition laptop, and the user finds an ostensible Leap Motion device below the keyboard, in a place referred to as the “wrist rest,” for gesture control. Once the sensor is calibrated, it can be turned on and off using the spacebar plus function key. An integrated status LED lights up when Leap Motion is active. Leap Motion’s Airspace Store is included to make use of related apps. Airspace Home will be preloaded on the notebooks, and will come bundled with five apps: Boom Ball, Jungle Jumper, Dropchord, Disney Sugar Rush, and Jack Lumber, an HP-exclusive app. (Airspace Store and Airspace Home are both parts of Airspace —Airspace Store is where you buy and download apps;. Airspace Home is where you go to launch them.)In order to achieve an embedded Leap Motion, the company had to rethink size, for a new module. “Our hardware engineers designed a new micro sensor that’s only 3.5 millimeters in height (less than half the height of the controller),” according to Leap Motion.If this is phase one for HP in offering a gesture control laptop as a special edition device, the move is phase two for Leap Motion in playing out its roadmap. More information: … … 1488726#.UjwPbMYbBfc Explore furtherlast_img read more

Adult sex ratio linked to gender chromosomes

first_img More information: The genetic sex-determination system predicts adult sex ratios in tetrapods, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15380AbstractThe adult sex ratio (ASR) has critical effects on behaviour, ecology and population dynamics, but the causes of variation in ASRs are unclear. Here we assess whether the type of genetic sex determination influences the ASR using data from 344 species in 117 families of tetrapods. We show that taxa with female heterogamety have a significantly more male-biased ASR (proportion of males: 0.55 ± 0.01 (mean ± s.e.m.)) than taxa with male heterogamety (0.43 ± 0.01). The genetic sex-determination system explains 24% of interspecific variation in ASRs in amphibians and 36% in reptiles. We consider several genetic factors that could contribute to this pattern, including meiotic drive and sex-linked deleterious mutations, but further work is needed to quantify their effects. Regardless of the mechanism, the effects of the genetic sex-determination system on the adult sex ratio are likely to have profound effects on the demography and social behaviour of tetrapods. The green lizard (Lacerta viridis, Laurenti 1768) have ZW genetic sex determination systems, whereas many other reptiles exhibit XY sex determination. Credit: Andras Liker The ASR is defined as the proportion of adult males to females in a given species. Some animals produce on average more of one or the other and scientists have struggled to understand how that process works. To learn more, the team with this effort gathered data from 344 specimens in the tetrapod species (those with four limbs) which included 117 familes and performed a phylogenetic analysis on them, noting specifically their sex (gender) chromosomes—which are of course, those that determine an offspring’s gender. Mammals, including us humans, have X and Y chromosomes, whereas some other species have Z and W.In looking at the data they had obtained, the team found that when a female of a species has two different gender chromosomes, the result is often more males than females being produced. But, when males of a given species have two different gender chromosomes, the result is generally more females than males being produced. The researchers still do not know why these imbalances occur but advise that further studies be conducted to find out. They suggest it might be because whichever gender has different gender chromosomes has less of a chance of surviving to birth—or less of a chance of surviving to adulthood—for whatever reasons.Understanding the ASR, the team points out is important because it can have such a profound impact on behavior, population changes and overall ecology. In humans, for example, a skewed ASR in a group has sometimes led to rape, violence and increased rates of infidelity. In other species, ASR can be a determinant for mating rituals and partner numbers. The researchers suggest that future efforts might need to focus on other species, such as fish, to gain a better understanding of how the underlying process truly works. Promiscuous males die young, childless females live longer This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Naturecenter_img Citation: Adult sex ratio linked to gender chromosomes (2015, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2015 (—A team of researchers with members from institutions in Hungary, the U.S. and the U.K. has found a link between the adult sex ratio (ASR) and gender chromosome differences. In their paper published in the journal Nature, they describe how they used data from a large number of tetrapods to find patterns that revealed male or female biases which suggested a link between such biases and ASR.last_img read more

How many holes need to be drilled to collapse a wooden cube

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2016 (—It may sound like a simple riddle, but a team of scientists is intrigued with the answer because it could lead to a better understanding of percolation, the process that occurs when a liquid trickles through small holes in a filter. Percolation models have applications in unexpected areas, such as understanding cancer metastasis and in distributed computing. Explore further (Top) Experiment photos and (bottom) simulation images of cube drilling. For this cube, each face has 36 possible places where it can be drilled. However, the researchers found that the cube will fall apart after about 13 holes are randomly drilled in each of the three directions (x, y, and z axis), or 39 holes total. Credit: Schrenk, et al. ©2016 American Physical Society More information: K. J. Schrenk, et al. “Critical Fragmentation Properties of Random Drilling: How Many Holes Need to Be Drilled to Collapse a Wooden Cube?” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.055701 Also at arXiv:1601.03534 [cond-mat.stat-mech]center_img Citation: How many holes need to be drilled to collapse a wooden cube? (2016, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from What does turbulence have in common with an epidemic? 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. The scenario involves a wooden cube with 6-cm sides made of medium-density fiberboard. Each of the six faces is marked with a 6 x 6-cm square lattice for a total of 36 square cells per face. Then round holes (of diameter equal to the length of a square cell) are drilled through random cells all the way through the cube. Holes continue to be randomly drilled until the structure breaks apart into separate pieces. Through both experiments and simulations, the researchers found that the number of holes that needs to be drilled to collapse this particular cube is always around 13 holes in each of the three directions, or 39 holes total. Their formula shows that, although this critical number changes for different lattice sizes, the critical density of drills is very similar. (Also, the type of wood doesn’t matter, since whatever wood is not drilled is considered intact.) But for the scientists, what’s more important than a particular number is how the cube reaches its breaking point.The researchers, a seven-member collaboration representing institutions in Switzerland, the UK, Brazil, the US, China, Portugal, and Germany, have published a paper on the fragmentation properties due to random drilling in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the number of drilled holes approaches the critical number, the researchers found that the cube begins to exhibit critical fragmentation properties. Surprisingly, the properties observed here turn out to differ greatly from those observed by researchers 30 years ago using similar models, but before modern simulation technology.”We find that the statistical properties of drilling are different from the ones of classical percolation—we say in physics of critical phenomena that these two systems fall into different universality classes,” coauthor Nuno Araújo, at the University of Lisbon in Portugal, told the classical model suggests that random hole-drilling follows random percolation behavior, in the new study the researchers found that the behavior departs from random behavior as the cube approaches its critical breaking point. They found that the cube gradually transitions to this critical point, accompanied by a rich spectrum of critical phenomena. For percolation applications, this finding means that a liquid’s transport properties change in a predictable way as the filter it passes through approaches its breaking point. The results could have diverse applications, including helping researchers better understand how enzymes degrade the gel that surrounds and supports organs and tissues. The structural gel, also called the “extracellular matrix,” is often modeled as a cube and the enzyme activity is modeled as random cutting. Understanding enzyme gel degradation is vital for understanding many biochemical processes, including tumor metastasis, since the enzyme “drilling” allows tumor cells to move to other organs.Percolation models are also used to understand networks, in particular to detect communities within networks. The models apply to many different types of networks, from social networks to distributed computing networks, in which multiple computers communicate with one another to solve problems. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how drilling might affect the material’s physical properties.”Percolation is all about connectivity,” Araújo said. “In this work we mainly focus on the evolution of the largest connected piece. Other properties that are still unexplored for drilling are the conductivity properties—for example, electric conductivity if the material is a conductor.”last_img read more

A way to use a twonickel catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes

first_imgA pair of researchers at Purdue University has found a way to use a diatomic Ni-Ni catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes. In their paper published in the journal Science, You-Yun Zhou and Christopher Uyeda describe their method and outline why they believe cyclopentene products would be useful. Keywan Johnson and Daniel Weix with the University of Wisconsin have published a Perspective piece in the same journal issue describing the work done by the team in Indiana. Citation: A way to use a two-nickel catalyst to synthesize cyclopentenes (2019, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Reaction development. (A) Complementary cycloaddition routes to five- and six-membered rings from 1,3-dienes. (B) Pericyclic [4 + 1]-cycloadditions suffer from large electronic barriers due to repulsion between the carbene lone pair and the Ψ1 orbital of the 1,3-diene. (C) Dinickel-catalyzed reductive [4 + 1]-cycloaddition of 1,1-dichloroalkenes and 1,3-dienes. NMP, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone; rt, room temperature; c-Pent, cyclopentyl. Credit: (c) Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0364 Johnson and Weix note that the discovery of new molecules lies behind many of the new materials that scientists have created over the years. One of the ways that new molecules are discovered is by observing them in nature and then synthesizing them in a lab. They note also that transition metal catalysis has been widely used to synthesize many new molecules that are currently used in a wide variety of products. They further note that the majority of transition metal catalysis involves the use of just one metal atom, but there have been exceptions in which catalysts have a two-metal atom core. In this new effort, the researchers used a diatomic Ni-Ni catalyst to carry out stereo-controlled synthesis of cyclopentenes (rings made of five carbon atoms).The researchers note that in typical Diels–Alder reactions, a diene and an alkene are allowed to react, resulting in a cyclohexene (a ring made of six carbon atoms). They also note that five-member rings are made in nature in a variety of ways, which suggests they might prove useful if they could be easily synthesized. Prior efforts to do so, however, have not panned out. The problem has been dealing with [4 + 1] reactions—there are difficulties involved with generating them using stable molecules. Also, reactivity with them has proven to be a challenge.Zhou and Uyeda took a different approach, using a two-metal catalyst instead. They found that in their approach, the two metal cores shared the task of controlling how the reaction occurred and in forming the carbene. This made possible the use of dichloroalkenes, which were more stable than diazo compounds. Additionally, just one of the rhodium centers was responsible for the bond formation with the catalyst—the second modulated the reactivity of the first through the bond. The result was a five-sided cyclopentene. Journal information: Science More information: You-Yun Zhou et al. Catalytic reductive [4 + 1]-cycloadditions of vinylidenes and dienes, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0364center_img Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Researchers create stable gold(III) catalysts via oxidative addition of a carbon–carbon bond 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

Of merging and submerging

first_imgAs ‘today’ would fully sub-merge into ‘yesterday’ by ‘tomorrow’ similarly ‘reality’ loses its identity to ‘history’. Photography comes to the rescue playing with the algorithm of time and space.Photographs act like a ‘mirage’ by creating a fictional hopeful world which seems beautiful when seen in the confines of a framed photograph but at times reality suffocates under the labyrinth of colorful submerging stories printed on a canvas.The exhibition titled Merging/Submerging will be trying to depict this merging/sub merging effect and let viewers see their own life reflections through the works of Abul Kalam Azad, Anurag Sharma, Chandan Gomes, Dr Deepak John Mathew, Gireesh GV, Rafeeq Ellias, Vicky Roy, Vinit Gupta and Partha Seal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition is expecting to provide a new perspective on photography. The aim is to raise the bar  from simple photographs to complex ideas making the exhibition one of thought and aesthetic value together. The audience is not expected to see the works on display as simple exhibits, but are expected to look behind the shots for stories and philosophies. Here’s a little low-down on the artistes – Abul Kalam Azad’s first exhibition was in Kalapeedom, Kochi and since then has displayed his works in India and abroad. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnurag Sharma has participated in many exhibitions for instance Parallel Cities, organised by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Art Council at Max Muller Bhawan, Sarai Reader 09 Exhibition, United Artist Fair held in Delhi and more.Dr Deepak John Mathew is a renowned photographer and award winning professional, he heads the Photography Design Department at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Gireesh GV has worked as photographer for various reputed publications in the national capital and is quite a well-known name in the  shutter-happy society.  Rafeeq Ellias has won over 30 national and international awards, including two from the Art Directors Club of New York; Photographer of the Year and Best Photograph of the Year at the Communications Arts Guild in Mumbai; Gold, Silver and Bronze at ADASIA.Hailing from West Bengal, Vicky Roy held his first solo exhibition, Street Dreams at the India Habitat Centre.At 23, Chandan Gomes became the youngest recipient of the prestigious India Habitat Centre Fellowship for Photography in 2011. Photographs from his awarded essay were a part of the Inaugural Delhi Photo Festival. Vinit Gupta was the winner of the Photo Essay Category Song of the Road Canon-Better Photography Photographer of the Year 2011 Award.This one is a definite treat for photography lovers. Head over!WHEN: 7 November to 5 December, 11am to 7 pmWHERE: Art Konsult, F 213-C, First Floor, Lado Sarailast_img read more

Aditya finishes 2nd in GT Open series race

first_imgIndia’s Aditya Patel, driving for Audi India, JK Tyre and Amante, completed yet another magnificent race along with Portuguese teammate Cesar Campanico, finishing second in the International GT Open Series in Barcelona on Sunday. Team Nova Driver arrived at Barcelona coming off a fairly successful season, taking four podiums and a victory. A noted change was the introduction of a second team car, driven by Fabian Hamprecht and Fernando Monje. Both cars registered good performances through testing on Thursday and free practice on Friday before qualifying 5th and 7th on Saturday. Campanico who qualified fifth on the grid in GT3 and eighth overall, had a tough start to the race, falling back a few places but managed to claw his way back up to fourth place before the pit-stop and driver change.last_img read more

Change in power has raised expectations says Bhagwat

first_img“This is the right time for the country. The expectations of the world from the country are growing. We feel that the country has now started working towards making everyone capable of fulfilling these expectations,” Bhagwat told a gathering here at the inauguration of 40th convention of social service organisation Giants International.This change in the country is happening “because there is a change in power,” he said during his 50-minute speech. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The way people in power are working now, makes the change. But that is not enough. If you want to make the country more successful, then the entire society has to rise to the occasion. Only if that happens, the achievements of government can be fruitful,” he said.“The society should contribute for others and the nation. Good leaders or noble political set up in the governance are useless if the society is selfish,” he said, adding, this is not the first time that such political change has happened.“The political changes in the past were rendered useless.There was a fault from this side (society) and also the other side (government),” he said.“The ultimate change is possible only when people see examples and imitate them. People believe in what they see,” he said.last_img read more

Sanjeev Kapoor meets great expectations

first_imgHe’s a masterchef who has tempted food aficionados with his culinary skills for well over 20 years. No wonder then that when you visit a restaurant by Sanjeev Kapoor, you enter it with great expectations — and it’s a fulfilling experience for the taste buds and ambience.The menu — both food and drinks — boasts of creations, handpicked by Kapoor himself. And every item savoured hits the right note.“We have a lot to offer at Sura Vie. Besides Sanjeev Kapoor’s famous dishes, our menu has Continental, Chinese, Oriental and Indian cuisine. But more stress has been laid on Continental,” said Chef Naresh of the restaurant.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Here we give special attention to quantity and quality as we have to live up to masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor’s name and reputation without fail,” he added.Located centrally at the capital’s Janpath area, it’s easy to access and welcomes you with perfectly balanced sources of light. Chef Naresh planned a perfect dinner, which began with an appetising ginger mint lemonade and a ‘Spicy Affair’! Well, spicy because it was a concoction of guava and pineapple juice, spiced up with red chilli powder on the glass’ rim. This one truly justified its name. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the growling stomach, try going for the stir fried vegetable nest, which comprise crispy noodles with a filling of baby corn, capsicum, red bell pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots…and basically, it’s a vegetarian’s delight. If you’re a fan of hummus and pita bread, you can instantly fall in love with a platter of three different dips and pita pockets. With a very fancy presentation, the plate had a pool of hummus, cucumber dip and a dip made from brinjal. The non-vegetarian fare was a winner, especially the tandoori fish, which melt in the mouth the moment it took its rightful place —on the salivating tongue! With good quantity, the platter had a Basa fish cut into squares of scrumptious pieces.The experience is made ‘tastier’ with its soothing lounge music. Back to the palette! Don’t leave without digging into the plum chicken.Even if you’re not a fan of the sweet flavour in food, this dish may surprise you as the plum sauce does not overpower the chicken’s individual taste. Before you think of wrapping up your meal, don’t forget the dessert. The apple struddle, with kiwi sauce on the side, is one of the limited offerings, but surpassed the great expectations yet again.last_img read more

The Ashok A glorious journey

first_imgAs the slow passage of the seasons moves over the Capital and visitors ebb and flow through the cosseted interiors of the hotel, the great open grounds of the Ashok morph as they have for millennia, before the Ridge was altered by man. The Ashok Hotel is not just a sterile, glass and chrome organisation, but it is a biome and an ecological community, in which humans, animals and plants interact in an evolving harmony which is seldom observed because it is almost magical in its cyclic complexity which turns 60 this year. The Ashok set in a prime location in Delhi’s Diplomatic Enclave is a distinctive landmark, with its rose-pink walls and arched are-turreted contours. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Named after the powerful emperor in the Indian History- Ashoka, this epitome of hospitality was primarily known to be the foremost construction as THE ASHOK, aimed to please the crowd with its royal-coated offers, centuries-old pride and astonished infrastructure. Reputed as one of the best luxury hotels in the embassy are in New Delhi, it embarks a sterile, serene and elegant ambience with the required human resources to attend to every needs of the guests. Pandit Nehru once said, “This should be a cultural centre, a place where Indian art and culture are displayed…” The Ashok emerged as a brain-child of the Indian political and cultural pioneer, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who distinctively wanted to turn the spot-lights of international traffic on the grandeur hospitality and cultural significance of India rather than being framed as a country with snake-charmers and tombs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix   Surrounded by the green acres and the majestic natural essence accompanying the tranquillity, the hotel was established under close supervision of the first Prime Minister of India Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, and has been operating as the Flagship hotel of the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) ever since. Since its inception it has elevated its style and modus operandi or its approach with every progressive year it has seen and experienced. Amongst several hotels in the embassy area in New Delhi, The Ashok ranks highest with its influential architecture, culturally-rooted hospitality and symbolised grandeur. The Ashok manages a wide-framed portfolio of 550 expansive rooms, 389 well-resourced exceptional rooms, 150 luxury-coated ‘Suites’, 10 Deluxe Suites and 1 Grand Presidential Suite under its wings with 2 per cent of the total reserved for differently abled persons. With a penchant for royal décor, shimmering artefacts, fascinating ambience, and heart-warming hospitality, The Ashok has lifted the bars and expectations of the masses with its imbibing lifestyle, blended with cultural significance and has constructed itself as a symbol of evolving India.  The Ashok commands a zenith for some lip-smacking dishes inspired from cuisines around the world. An enticing fusion of Satavic foods, mind-blowing non-vegetarian dishes, baked items, beverages, desserts and much more highlights the variety of The Ashok. Its large, well-lit and spacious banquets and conference halls provide access to multi-purposes events with equivalent gravity, lavish hospitality and creative ambience. Responding to its growing International clientele, The Ashok has a splendid cavalcade of multi-cuisine offerings on board. The Ashok offers visitors a taste of times in all its multi-faceted avatars – The Samavar (24 hour Coffee Shop), The Oudh, Frontier, NomNom, Sagar Ratna, Shraman, Capitol-a happening Discotheque and Zerruco- a Mediterranean restaurant.The Samavar (24 hour Coffee Shop)Representing the freshness and leisure-coated serenity with a complimentary gastronomic experience, The Samavar is also known as the 24 Hour Coffee Shop.The OudhChefs at The Oudh believe in showering guests with an exceptional Nawaabi experience through a highlighted introduction of Awadhi cuisine wrapped in exotic spices and aromas. It is famed to be the preferred restaurant for family get-togethers, parties and social revelries.FrontierFrontier exhibits a perfect fusion of Indian and North-West Frontier Cuisine created and served for a mouth-watering culinary experience with a dark-themed ambience.NomNomBasically a hub targeting Asian cuisines, NomNom entices the visitors with its exciting and casual name. With a multitude of Chinese and orientation delicacies, it’s hard to get up from the seats once you start eating.Sagar RatnaA popular name within the spheres of Indian cuisine, Sagar Ratna impeccably highlights the aromatic gestures and local delicacies of South India.Capitol ClubHoused in this Grand Hotel, Capitol is a disco that has dominated the city’s night life for the past 10 years. Art lounge provide a platform to budding artists’ to showcase their talent in art and craft attracting Delhi’s elite crowd.ShramanAs ascetic as the name suggests, Shraman is true to its meaning, and is said to be an artistic choice to relish some of the famous Saatvic vegetarian dishes of Rajasthan, North-India and Gujarat.Zerruco- a Mediterranean restaurantFeaturing a romantic, alfresco seating, Zerruco has framed Mediterranean and Italian cuisines to a different perspective.last_img read more

How accurate is your fitness tracker

first_imgYour fitness tracker may accurately measure the heart rate but may misguide you on the number of calories you burnt, researchers say. A team of researchers from the Stanford University in California evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn and the Samsung Gear S2.Sixty volunteers, including 31 women, wore the seven devices while walking or running on treadmills or using stationary bicycles. Each volunteer’s heart was measured with a medical-grade electrocardiograph. Results from the wearable devices were then compared with a medical-grade electrocardiograph – the “gold standard” for Also Read – Add new books to your shelfmeasuring heart rate.While these devices measured heart rate with an error rate of less than 5 per cent, none of the seven devices measured energy expenditure accurately. Even the most accurate device was off by an average of 27 per cent and the least accurate was off by 93 per cent, the researchers said.”The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark. The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me,” said Euan Ashley, Professor at Stanford University. As these devices are not up to the same standards as medical-grade devices, it’s hard for doctors to know what to make of heart-rate data and other data from a patient’s wearable device, Ashley said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings were published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine. Although manufacturers test the accuracy of activity devices extensively, it’s hard for consumers to know how accurate such information is or the process that the manufacturers used in testing the devices. The take-home message is that a user can pretty much rely on a fitness tracker’s heart rate measurements. But basing the number of doughnuts you eat on how many calories your device says you burned is a really bad idea, Ashley said.last_img read more

USbased philanthropist Frank Islam applauds contribution of Bollywood director management guru Fauzia

first_imgNew Delhi: Renowned entrepreneur and intellectual from Bollywood, Fauzia Arshi was hailed by eminent American Entrepreneur and Economist Frank Islam during his recent visit to India. During his recent visit to India, Frank met a series of influential people in the country and Fauzia was one of them. Frank invited Fauzia to be a part of Frank & Debbie Management Complex as she is also a professor of management. Frank appreciated her for her achievements and especially her book on International marketing management which is a textbook for the various universities in India. Commenting upon her meeting with Frank Fauzia said, “Frank is the pride of India and an inspiration for achievers.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen Fauzia asked Frank about his suggestion to the Indian government, Frank said, “Government should make it easy when it comes to giving seed money to the budding entrepreneurs in order to make India a self-sustained economy.” Frank Islam hails from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh and never leaves an opportunity to visit his motherland to keep his roots intact with his motherland. Internationally influential Frank is famous world over for his philanthropy and honest opinion on US politics. He owns one of the most lavish and luxurious houses in the world. One of his gifts to India is Frank & Debbie Mangement Complex in Aligarh Muslim University. It is one of the best management institutions in Indialast_img read more

A Do It Yourself Haunted House Ordered from Sears in the 1920s

first_imgHaunted houses come in all shapes and sizes. But among the most curious is this example from New Mexico that’s been standing since the 1920s. It looks ordinary enough. However, the truth is it was assembled from a “Do It Yourself” kit.The owners of the house in Estancia, New Mexico are the Ayers family, who stopped using it around two decades ago. It was originally put up by Fred Ayers, a lawyer.While cattle graze around the grounds, the abandoned property has been drawing attention for its unnerving qualities.Catalog image and floorplan of Sears Magnolia kit house.Stories suggesting that the spirits of former residents have not all vacated the tumbledown house have been circulating for years. A local resident reported seeing “ghosts standing in the window” according to a report this month on KSN. The house lacks a door, rendering the shadowy interior even more visible.These types of features, along with the impending Halloween holiday, probably go a long way to explaining the house’s eerie reputation.It seems more likely to attract intruders than the undead. Yet it brings visitors from across New Mexico, who want a photo op with this local legend straight out of a flat pack.A long abandoned farm house in rural Nova Scotia.The most extraordinary thing about the property is that it stands at all. The product was no doubt reliable, though with the raft of building regulations around today the concept of a self-assembly house sounds somewhat alarming on the health and safety front.Sears, Roebuck & Co. were one of the big suppliers of DIY homes. They sold approximately 75,000 of them between 1908 and 1940. It’s speculated that the Ayers property is one of their ranges.As the Sears Archive states, “Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multistory Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers.”1922 Sears Modern Homes CatalogCustomers also had the option of submitting their own designs to Sears in the pursuit of their dream house. In this era of home design, with the idea of a buyer having “full creative control” instead of experts telling people what to install is an intriguing one.Houses were available by mail order and delivered by railroad. Craftsmen could be employed to put them up, though customers were free to tackle the job themselves. Once their new place was bolted together, purchasers could enjoy such mod cons as electricity and central heating.Sears were also canny enough to offer 3 tiers of home, depending on the person’s budget. “Honor Bilt” was the top end of the market. The Archive explains that “Attractive cypress siding and cedar shingles adorned most Honor Bilt exteriors.”Modern reproduction of a Sears Hillrose at the Farm at Prophetstown in Battle Ground, Indiana.The “Standard Built” models were basic and suited those who didn’t need to put a warm sweater on during the day. Meanwhile, the snappily-named and minimalist “Simplex Sectional” reflected the needs of the summer cottage set.Other titles ascribed to individual homes include “The Castleton” (ranging from $934 to over $2,000), “The Hathaway” ($1,196 to $1,970) and the more modest “Rosita” ($314 – $875).While the origins of the spooky Ayers house are a mystery, there are tell-tale signs to watch out for when establishing whether a house came off the Sears, Roebuck & Co.-production line.In 2007 the website of the Arts & Crafts Society compiled a handy guide to spotting a Sears home. Their tips included looking for “stamped lumber on the exposed beams/joists/rafters in the basement, crawl space or attic” and checking for the “Unique column arrangement on front porch and five-piece eave brackets.”With Sears facing bankruptcy, locals have been making mischief comparing the broken-down Ayers place to the crumbling corporation. Despite this, the population do have faith in the kit builds. Quite literally in fact.Read another story from us: McKamey Manor: “Extreme Haunted House” is not for the FaintheartedFor the Estancia United Methodist Church also happened to be assembled this way. The Lord truly does work in mysterious ways…last_img read more

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles fired amidst sexual assault and rape cover

first_imgIn addition to broader University failings, Pepper found specific failings within both the football program and Athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player and to a report of dating violence. Actions by University administrators directly discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one instance constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault. BREAKING: #Baylor is firing head coach Art Briles, source tells @FoxSports. 1st reported by Craig Smoak.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 26, 2016Previous investigative reports by the media, including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, have implicated Briles and the Baylor administration of having knowledge of sexual assaults and rape by its players, but taking no action.Former players Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu have been convicted of rape.Earlier this week, Baylor President Ken Starr was was dismissed from his position. He will remain with the school as a chancellor and law school professor.Today in The Herd, Colin said the Baylor scandal, like the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, occurred in a small college town where the football program is king, and allegations are routinely covered up. Advertisement There are significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student athlete misconduct. “USC, Reggie Bush, that got out. Nevin Shapiro. Miami. Coral Gables. That got out. Why? Those are big cities. A lot of media. Aggressive media. The media’s not intimidated by the local football coach.Where do we find stories get suppressed? Penn State. Sandusky. Florida State. Cops covering up Jameis Winston. Tallahassee PD. Waco, Texas. Little old Waco, Texas. Stories.  Assaults. Sexual victims. Administrators. Coaches. Broke federal laws. ‘I’m not going to talk about it. That’s just a rumor. I’m not going to talk about it.”Bruce Feldman joined Colin to discuss the Briles firing.“The crimes here were so egregious that had been perpetrated by the players. I think what people here need to understand is, people got confused with a lot of this I think. As it relates to the laws with colleges, it’s not the coaches decision whether to determine, ‘Okay, nothing happened here. I think our player’s innocent.’If there is an allegation, as some of these were. Or Many of these were. They had to do their due diligence.  You can’t keep letting players play.”Baylor released a statement on the findings of its internal investigation by outside counsel Pepper Hamilton into the scandal and cover up. An excerpt from the statement includes details of the investigative findings:“Key findings of the investigation reflect a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The findings include:The University’s student conduct processes were wholly inadequate to consistently provide a prompt and equitable response under Title IX; Baylor failed to consistently support complainants through the provision of interim measures; and in some cases, the University failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence or address its effects. Over the course of their review, Pepper investigated the University’s response to reports of a sexual assault involving multiple football players. The football program and Athletics department leadership failed to take appropriate action in response to these reports.” Earlier today, news broke that Baylor has fired Head Football Coach Art Briles following the release of an independent investigation. The investigation implicated Briles and the Baylor administration in the cover up of rape and sexual assault by Baylor football players.Craig Smoak, of ESPN1660 in Waco, was first to report the news.  Multiple reports confirmed.Baylor expected to release announcement at 11am dismissing HC Art Briles.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) May 26, 2016 Baylor dismisses coach Art Briles, source told @ESPN. Briles informed players via text, source said. Announcement expected at noon ET— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 26, 2016last_img read more

Herd U Top storylines from college football Week 7

first_img4. Dark days in South Bend – Many prognosticators had the Irish ranked in the Top 10 to start the year. After yesterday’s 17-10 loss to a Christian McCaffrey-less Stanford, Notre Dame sits at 2-5 on the year and have officially unraveled. Brian Kelly looks like dead man walking in South Bend. It’s hard to remember a coach who’s stock has fallen this far this fast, but it looks like it would take miracle to save Kelly at this point. Another brutal loss for the Golden Domers. Somewhere Charlie Weis is eating a cheeseburger on a yacht, showing his Super Bowl rings to a deckhand.Final Play – Notre Dame falls to Stanford 17-10. #NDonNBC #STANvsND— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) October 16, 20165. Carlos Henderson is going as Julio Jones for Halloween – The Louisiana Tech wide receiver caught 3 bills worth of balls against UMass for the top individual performance of Week 7. Henderson hauled in 12 receptions for a mind-blowing 326 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 56-28 Bulldog blowout. This, following a 232, 3-touchdown effort last week. Sure it’s UMass, but 300 yards receiving is 300 yards receiving. Standout showing for the real Carlos Danger.Carlos Henderson with his 4th TD of the game to give @LATechFB the 35-21 lead over UMass. 11:19 left in the 3Q. @Conference_USA @CUSAFB— American Sports Net (@LiveOnASN) October 15, 2016 Sunday morning on college campuses is the start of the new day, or the merciful end of the last one. Nothing a Bloody Mary and a breakfast burrito can’t fix. Man up.At Herd U, it’s time to break down the biggest storylines from the college football weekend. Week 7 was all about survival. Ohio State and Clemson remained undefeated with heartstopping wins, and Brian Kelly looks like dead man walking in South Bend. While other top teams were clinging for life, the Crimson Tide stormed into Knoxville and left the Vols on a respirator.Here are 5 takeaways from yesterday’s Week 7 action.Clemson is spared by the missed field goal gods – Clemson hasn’t been impressive so far this year, but they’re still undefeated. That’s all that matters. Yesterday they needed a missed NC State field goal to send the game to overtime, where they squeaked out  out a 24-17 home win. Deshaun Watson threw for almost 400 yards, but the Tigers have not looked like the dominate force that many predicted to start the year. Still, undefeated matters, and they get another week to attempt to figure things out. 2. The Buckeyes outlast the Badgers in Camp Randall – Ohio State was welcomed to Wisky by a Badgers team that had a week off to prepare and showed up ready to play. Wisconsin controlled the game, gashed the Buckeyes defense early, and took  10-point lead into halftime. But, JT Barrett made the big plays when it mattered most. The Buckeyes stormed back in the second half and forced overtime. In OT, Barrett tossed the game winning touchdown pass to wideout Noah Brown, which proved to be the decisive score. Freshman Nick Bosa secured the Ohio State win with a sack of Badger QB Alex Hornibook. An absolute thriller of a college football game in Camp Randall.Hear from @Nb_Eight0 and @Kwon_daTRUTH on the #Buckeyes huge win in Overtime #CampusRush @SInow— Tino Bovenzi (@OSUTINO) October 16, 2016 Advertisement NC State needed this FG to beat #3 Clemson on the road…and they missed!!— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 16, 2016 3. The Tide rolled over the Vols in Knoxville – While Ohio State and Clemson were pulling out heart stoppers, Alabama was busy ripping Tennessee’s heart directly out of their chest. The Vols were a trendy Final Four playoff pick to start the year, but showed they aren’t aren’t even close to being on Saban’s level. Bama dominated in Knoxville with an impressive 49-10 win. Super frosh Jalen Hurts ran for 132 and 3 scores, and Alabama demoralized the Vols with 438 on the ground as a team. This one wasn’t as close as the score indicated.Jalen Hurts answers with a massive 45-yard TD run! #RTR— Chat Tide (@ChatTide) October 15, 2016 Check back next week and see who shined in Week 8. And go to class!last_img read more

WATCH The Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournaments AllHair Team is AllUniverse

first_imgHockey is a way of life in Minnesota, and so is hockey hair. From the long, flowing mullets, to the out of control afro, beautifully hideous haircuts have become a  Minnesota High State High Hockey Tournament tradition.Fox 9 News in Minneapolis sent out a crew to this year’s tournament to capture all of the best of the worst locks on the ice. It’s hard to pick an MVP from the bunch, but there are some strong mullets, and commendable 70’s fros. The whole scene looks like they filmed a hockey scene for Dazed n’ Confused.Minnesota, the land of 10,000 bad haircuts.Check out the video, it’s alright, alright, alright:H/T For The Winlast_img read more

VIDEO Invading Eagles fans soundly booed the Chargers off their own field

first_imgNobody in L.A. wants the Chargers in town. They can’t even fill up their temporary soccer stadium. Today against the Eagles, things went from bad to worse when Philly fans invaded The Stub Hub Center and soundly booed the Chargers like they were the road team as they headed to the locker room before kickoff.This is one of the more embarrassing sights you’ll see. If there was ever a case to made for moving the team moving back to San Diego, this video could be Exhibit A.#Chargers getting booed in their rented homeChargers eggin on #Eagles? fans ??— John Clark CSN/NBC (@JClarkCSN) October 1, 2017 Advertisement The Eagles, on the other hand, got a hero’s welcome when they came out of the tunnel.Eagles take the field to this reception. This is wild.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) October 1, 2017last_img read more

GM Says the Bolt EV Will Have a 238Mile Range More Than

first_imgSeptember 13, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Reuters This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read General Motors Co. said on Tuesday its electric subcompact Chevrolet Bolt EV will have an average range of 238 miles on a full charge, farther than rival Tesla Motors Inc. expects for its upcoming Model 3.The Bolt EV will be launched in a few months, nearly a year before the Tesla Model 3, with a starting price for U.S. consumers of $37,500 that is similar to the announced starting price for the Model 3.The sale price is before ancillary charges and a federal tax credit available to U.S. buyers that could be $7,500.The Bolt is on track to be the first fully electric car with at least 200 miles of driving range per charge and a starting price below $40,000. Tesla’s Model S and Model X offer driving ranges of more than 200 miles, but at prices that start at roughly double the Bolt’s.The Bolt is also seen as the first affordable fully electric car.The average selling price for a new vehicle in the United States is about $31,000, and GM reported that in August, its vehicles were sold to U.S. consumers at an average of $36,730. These prices reflect discount incentives to spur sales, which are not normally generous or even available for the newest of models.GM’s share price was little changed following the expected announcement. In premarket trading on Tuesday, shares were at $31.17, a cent lower than Monday’s close.GM has said that the Bolt, along with the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, will be made available to drivers of the ride-hailing service Lyft Inc., in which GM has invested half a billion dollars.(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Bernadette Baum) Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more