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. Tiny Brown Dwarf’s Disk May Form Miniature Solar System © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further A white dwarf star is similar to the size of Earth and is believed to be in the final stages of a stars evolutionary process. It is no longer supporting nuclear reactions and is essentially only a glowing core. Unlike our sun, a white dwarf is no longer producing reactions, and is in a cooling process. Although cooling, a white dwarfs surface temperature is around 5000K.According to Agol, the surface temperature of an average white dwarf would be able to provide a habitable zone for planets within an orbit no closer than 0.01 AU. Agol has created a chart illustrating a white dwarf habitable zone, and he defines a continuously habitable zone as one with a range of orbital distances habitable for a minimum duration. This minimum duration could last in excess of 3 billion years.The one problem with these habitable planets is that they would have a permanent day side and a permanent night side, similar to our moon. This would be caused by the short orbit and the probability of tidal locking.About five percent of all stars are white dwarfs, and there are at least 15,000 within 300 light-years of earth. Agol proposes that these possible planets could completely eclipse their white dwarf, making it possible to locate them using ground based telescopes. He also proposes that the use of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), currently under construction in Chile, could provide even better options for locating white dwarf habitable planets.Agol believes that by utilizing a network of ground-based telescopes over a two year period, over half a dozen habitable planets could be located orbiting a white dwarf. Image credit: Eric Agol, arXiv:1103.2791v1 [astro-ph.EP (PhysOrg.com) — The search for habitable planets similar to Earth has routinely focused around active nuclear burning stars. However, in a recently published paper by Eric Agol from the University of Washington, the idea to expand the search to white dwarfs shows promise. More information: Transit surveys for Earths in the habitable zones of white dwarfs, by Eric Agol, arXiv:1103.2791v1 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1103.2791via Centauri Dreams Citation: Habitable planets and white dwarfs (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-habitable-planets-white-dwarfs.html
Citation: Toshiba 3D glasses-free 55-incher touts especially fine resolution (2011, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-toshiba-3d-glasses-free-incher-touts.html The Regza 55X3. More information: Press release Explore further Toshiba supersized, glasses-free, 3-D TV steals IFA show © 2011 PhysOrg.com The new Regza, placed on view at Japan’s CEATEC Japan 2011, can display 3,840 x 2,160-pixel 2-D video along with glasses-free 3-D but the latter is at a lower resolution. Toshiba’s new model is in the league of what is called “Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) technology, at 3840 x 2160 pixels.As for the 3-D feature, played in “naked eye” 3-D, without the aid of special glasses, the 3-D is at a lower resolution.Reviewers say that the 3-D display is still impressive. The new TV has a face-tracking application to make sure the 3-D viewing experience is optimized for all viewers at multiple seating locations.Release of the 55-inch Regza 55×3 is set for mid-December in Japan. Pricing will be $11,730. Toshiba plans to manufacture 1,000 units per month. Toshiba Corporate Senior Vice President, Masaaki Oosumi said that they are targeting initial monthly sales of 1,000 units but expect a lift in that number once the product goes overseas. There were no details provided on when the TV would be offered overseas and where. The price tag is one that mass market consumers would consider either impossible or absurd. Nonetheless, Toshiba knows its market and consumer interests.Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba’s executive officer, corporate senior vice president and president and CEO of Digital Products & Services Company of Toshiba, said “We want to realize video of [sic] dreams.”Toshiba sees the gold in making television sets that carry superior high resolution, period. “When you keep improving the resolution, what you see will eventually become almost similar to real-life 3-D images,” said Taro Hiyama, chief marketing executive for Toshiba’s digital products and services unit, according to The Wall Street Journal. That level of high-definition may become possible in four to five years, he said. The 3-D application is powered by CEVO-ENGINE Duo, which is the company’s high-performance multi-processor platform. Japanese video 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. (PhysOrg.com) — A 3-D television that needs no special glasses? Been there. A television with supersized screen? Yesterday’s news. Toshiba, on the other hand, this week announced its 55-inch Regza 55×3 LCD television that carries 2-D content that stands out in its “ultra” high display resolution, along with its 3-D capabilities that are glasses-free.
Toyota shows off its new iQ electric-car prototype (Phys.org) —Look, it’s a hooded scooter. No, it’s a trike house. No, it’s a, well, it’s a concept. The category-challenged debut of the Toyota i-Road will nonetheless attract a number of interested viewers at this week’s Geneva International Motor Show starting Tuesday. (Should the future owner of an i-Road struggle to define it, “car” would not even be in Toyota’s vocabulary; they are referring to their i-Road as a Personal Mobility Vehicle.) 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. Toyota did not issue information on plans for production, nor was there any information on pricing. Several auto blogs speculated that Toyota could actually introduce this in the real world one day as a solution, promoted for reducing traffic congestion and pollution in crowded cities, or may use its technologies or components for future designs. The take-home for i-Road viewers will be that Toyota has designed a three-wheel, two-seater, all-electric vehicle specially purposed for city travelling at short distances. The i-Road can do about 30 miles on a single charge. More information: Toyota (Japanese) Explore further Citation: Toyota’s i-Road to debut at the Geneva Motor Show (2013, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-toyota-i-road-debut-geneva-motor.html © 2013 Phys.org The i-Road leans itself over like a scooter in navigating, when needed, in a self-leaning system that can automatically balance the vehicle. The system allows the two front wheels to move independently of each other. With the aid of computer-controlled technology, the system can figure out the angle of the tilt based on the steering angle, gyro sensor and vehicle’s speed. The i-Road’s two front wheels are each powered by their own two-kilowatt electric motor. A lithium ion battery provides the power. The owner would need to anticipate about three hours of charging time, from a household power outlet. The design is an eyeful, in i-Road’s higher-end resemblance to a golf cart or scooter. The scooter-sized i-Road would be providing the same attractive advantage of parking ease, yet with a fashionable enclosed cabin. As for measurements, the i-Road is 2,350mm long, 1,445mm high, with a 1,700mm wheelbase. The car-like features of the i-Road include interior lighting and heating.The passenger needs to sit behind the driver to accommodate the small, slim size of the vehicle; the most standout feature of the i-Road, however, is its stability system that keeps this unique mobile vehicle upright.
Journal information: Science Citation: Researchers develop new kind of polymers that can be created using solid-state polymerization of organic dye molecules (2014, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-kind-polymers-solid-state-polymerization-dye.html Emerging theoretical framework may guide researchers through the complex world of multiblock polymers © 2014 Phys.org More information: Single-Crystal Linear Polymers Through Visible Light–Triggered Topochemical Quantitative Polymerization, Science 17 January 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6168 pp. 272-277 DOI: 10.1126/science.1245875AbstractOne of the challenges in polymer science has been to prepare large-polymer single crystals. We demonstrate a visible light–triggered quantitative topochemical polymerization reaction based on a conjugated dye molecule. Macroscopic-size, high-quality polymer single crystals are obtained. Polymerization is not limited to single crystals, but can also be achieved in highly concentrated solution or semicrystalline thin films. In addition, we show that the polymer decomposes to monomer upon thermolysis, which indicates that the polymerization-depolymerization process is reversible. The physical properties of the polymer crystals enable us to isolate single-polymer strands via mechanical exfoliation, which makes it possible to study individual, long polymer chains. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers made up materials scientists and chemists from several institutions in California has developed a new group of polymers that can be caused to come about using solid-state polymerization of organic dye molecules. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how their technique allows for using ordinary light to create long strand polymers via crystals of molecular diyne monomers. Synthetic route to monomers and polymers. Reaction conditions: (i) melting reaction, potassium acetate, 220°C, 2 hours; (ii) methanol, sodium, 60°C, 30 min; (iii) acyl chloride, triethyl amine, dichloromethane, 0°C to room temperature, 3 hours; and (iv) where ħ is Planck’s constant, n is the frequency, and l is the wavelength of the photon’s radiation, ħn, l ~ 500 nm. Credit: Science 17 January 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6168 pp. 272-277 DOI: 10.1126/science.1245875 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further In this new effort the team of researchers has found a way to develop a class of polymers that arise from the interior crystalline molecules of a family of dyes. Such crystals are organized as monomers in their native state and because of their highly ordered structure are useful for creating polymers—strands are created by stitching the monomers together.To create the polymers, the crystalline dyes are submerged in a solution of micro- or nanocrystalline aggregates. The reaction that occurs when light (which provides the energy for the system) is introduced causes the development of polymers on the outermost exposed monomers—by connecting them together. Doing so results in a loss of color which allows light to pass through to the next layer of monomers, allowing for the development of additional polymers which remain connected to the first layer. The process continues until all of the monomers have been reached. The end result is a crystal that is entirely colorless with polymers connecting all of the monomers together in long strands.The researchers report that the entire reaction is reversible by exposing the crystal to high temperatures. They also report that they were able to remove individual strands of the polymer (or bundles of them) they created from the crystal using the “scotch tape” method. They note that one benefit of creating polymers using their technique is that it allows for creating polymer strands of virtually any length (bound only by the length of the original crystal) all of which are generally narrow.The technique developed by the researchers should be applicable for use in other applications for creating other types of polymers, perhaps creating a whole new class. How such polymers would be used is still not clear, however, though stress applications come to mind as the researchers report that if a single strand breaks, color returns, highlighting the flaw.
Journal information: Biology Letters © 2014 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Video box & Experimental set-up. Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study shows wild monkeys can learn new tricks from watching training videos (2014, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-wild-monkeys-videos.html Play Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 Explore further Video box & Experimental set-up. Credit: Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439 More information: Video demonstrations seed alternative problem-solving techniques in wild common marmosets, Biol. Lett. September 2014 vol. 10 no. 9 20140439. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0439AbstractStudies of social learning and tradition formation under field conditions have recently gained momentum, but suffer from the limited control of socio-ecological factors thought to be responsible for transmission patterns. The use of artificial visual stimuli is a potentially powerful tool to overcome some of these problems. Here, in a field experiment, we used video images of unfamiliar conspecifics performing virtual demonstrations of foraging techniques. We tested 12 family groups of wild common marmosets. Six groups received video demonstrations (footage of conspecifics either pulling a drawer open or pushing a lid upwards, in an ‘artificial fruit’); the other six groups served as controls (exposed to a static image of a conspecific next to the fruit). Subjects in video groups were more manipulative and successful in opening the fruit than controls; they were also more likely to use the technique they had witnessed and thus could serve as live models for other family members. To our knowledge, this is the first study that used video demonstrations in the wild and demonstrated the potent force of social learning, even from unfamiliar conspecifics, under field conditions. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers working in a South American jungle has shown that wild monkeys are able to learn how to perform an activity by watching videos of other monkeys performing the task. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Tina Gunhold, Thomas Bugnyar and Andrew Whiten of the Universities of Vienna and St Andrews, respectively, describe how they trained monkeys to perform tasks, videotaped them doing it and then showed the results to wild marmosets living in Pernambuco Brazil, and what they learned as a result of doing so. Marmoset monkeys know polite conversation The results by the team suggest that some wild animals are capable of being trained via video, a finding that could impact wildlife management, though more research will have to be done to see which other animals might learn the same way. What’s still a mystery is what happens in the minds of the monkey’s as they watch the video, they obviously understand that the previously trained marmosets aren’t actually there in the tree with them—marmosets are very territorial, they’d react strongly to a stranger—so, how do they reconcile what they see with reality and learn from it? That will have to be the subject of other studies. Scientists have known for some time that certain captive animals are capable of learning by watching others like them perform tasks that have been video-recorded. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to know if such capabilities would extend to wild animals as well. They chose wild marmosets, which are native to Brazil because they are extremely social, curious and have been seen to learn from one another.The team first trained a group of captive marmosets to open a drawer or to pull open a lid, to a clear plastic box to retrieve a food reward inside. They then put a laptop into a protective enclosure and placed it in a tree in the jungle where marmosets are known to live and had it play the videos. Next they filmed different groups of marmosets as they were drawn to the enclosure and then reacted to what they saw.In all twelve groups were filmed, 108 marmosets in all—some of the groups were shown video of marmosets opening the box using the drawer, others lifting the lid—a control group was shown a still image. Reviewing the tape revealed that 12 of the marmosets were able to open the box, 11 of which had seen it done first in a video—the lone individual figured it out after seeing just a still image.
Millisecond pulsars spin rapidly, at hundreds of times per second. Astronomers searching for new MSPs focus their observations on globular clusters (GCs), as such gravitationally bound collections of stars are ideal factories for the formation of a large variety of astronomical objects, including pulsars. So far, 146 MSPs were detected in 28 globular clusters, but it is believed that a very large population of several thousand millisecond pulsars is still to be uncovered.Now, a team of scientists led by Mario Cadelano of the University of Bologna, Italy, has replenished the list of known MSPs in GCs by finding three new objects of this type in the Terzan 5 globular cluster. Residing in the bulge of the Milky Way galaxy, Terzan 5 is most likely a heavily obscured globular cluster. However some studies have found that it is probably not a genuine GC, but could be a pristine remnant of a building block of the galactic bulge. All in all, Terzan 5 is perceived by astronomers as a prolific MSP factory as previous observations have detected 34 such pulsars in this cluster.Cadelano’s team has analyzed the archival observational data of Terzan 5 obtained by the 100-m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia, for over five years—between August 2010 and October 2015. As a result, they identified three previously unknown MSPs in the inner regions of this cluster, designated: J1748−2446aj, J1748−2446ak and J1748−2446al.”We report on the discovery of three new millisecond pulsars (namely J1748−2446aj, J1748−2446ak and J1748−2446al) in the inner regions of the dense stellar system Terzan 5. These pulsars have been discovered thanks to a method, alternative to the classical search routines, that exploited the large set of archival observations of Terzan 5 acquired with the Green Bank Telescope over 5 years (from 2010 to 2015),” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the research, J1748−2446aj, J1748−2446ak and J1748−2446al are isolated MSPs with spin periods of 2.96, 1.89 and 5.95 milliseconds. Therefore, J1748−2446ak turns out to be the fourth fastest MSP in Terzan 5 and the fifth fastest among all the known pulsars in globular clusters.Moreover, the researchers estimated the intrinsic spin-down rates for J1748−2446aj and J1748−2446ak, which are consistent with those typically measured for MSPs in globular clusters. In general, the new discovery increases the number of known MSPs in Terzan 5 to 37, which now hosts one-fourth of the entire pulsar population detected so far in globular clusters. More information: Discovery of three new millisecond pulsars in Terzan 5, arXiv:1801.09929 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1801.09929AbstractWe report on the discovery of three new millisecond pulsars (namely J1748-2446aj, J1748-2446ak and J1748-2446al) in the inner regions of the dense stellar system Terzan 5. These pulsars have been discovered thanks to a method, alternative to the classical search routines, that exploited the large set of archival observations of Terzan 5 acquired with the Green Bank Telescope over 5 years (from 2010 to 2015). This technique allowed the analysis of stacked power spectra obtained by combining ~206 hours of observation. J1748-2446aj has a spin period of ~2.96 ms, J1748-2446ak of ~1.89 ms (thus it is the fourth fastest pulsar in the cluster) and J1748-2446al of ~5.95 ms. All the three millisecond pulsars are isolated and currently we have timing solutions only for J1748-2446aj and J1748-2446ak. For these two systems, we evaluated the contribution to the measured spin-down rate of the acceleration due to the cluster potential field, thus estimating the intrinsic spin-down rates, which are in agreement with those typically measured for millisecond pulsars in globular clusters. Our results increase to 37 the number of pulsars known in Terzan 5, which now hosts 25% of the entire pulsar population identified, so far, in globular clusters. Pulsar jackpot reveals globular cluster’s inner structure 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. An international team of astronomers has found three new millisecond pulsars (MSPs) in a Milky Way globular cluster called Terzan 5. The new discovery increases the number of identified pulsars in Terzan 5 to 37 and makes this cluster the most efficient factory of MSPs in the galaxy known to date. The finding is reported January 30 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Top panels: Averaged pulse profiles of the best detections of Ter5aj (on the left), Ter5ak (in the middle) and Ter5al (on the right). Bottom panel: Intensity of the signal (gray scale) as a function of the rotational phase and time for each MSP. Credit: Cadelano et al., 2018. Citation: Three new millisecond pulsars discovered in Terzan 5 globular cluster (2018, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-millisecond-pulsars-terzan-globular-cluster.html © 2018 Phys.org Explore further
by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.26.19 7:03pm In closing arguments in a death penalty trial, the prosecution told an all-white jury that a black defendant was “a big black bull.” In the case of a different black man, prosecutors justified excluding a black juror because he drank alcohol by calling him a “blk wino,” whereas a potential white juror who drank was considered “ok” and a “country boy.” And in another courtroom exchange, a prosecutor grilled a black juror about whether he had trouble reading, but those same questions were never directed at other prospective jurors. In North Carolina, the state’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week about these and other instances in which lawyers for six death row inmates say racial bias played such a role that their clients should not be executed, but rather given life in prison without parole.Attorneys for the inmates say the evidence presented could potentially prompt new trials. “They are waiting to see how the court is going to rule,” said lawyer David Weiss of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, part of a coalition representing the six inmates. The arguments before North Carolina’s highest court Monday and Tuesday are part of a complicated, years-long legal battle over racial discrimination in death row cases. A decade ago, in 2009, the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature passed a one-of-its-kind law called the Racial Justice Act that allowed death row inmates to challenge their punishment if they could show that race was a “significant factor” in being sentenced to death. Nearly every single person on the state’s death row, including many white inmates, filed claims. But in 2013, North Carolina’s newly elected Republican majority repealed the law, and all the pending cases later were voided.Lawyers and researchers, though, had already begun to dig into how much race was an issue in death penalty trials in North Carolina. One study that examined death row cases in the state over two decades found that prospective black jurors were dismissed more than twice as often as jurors of other races. That evidence, lawyers for the inmates say, should not be ignored.”Is the state Supreme Court going to say, ‘No, this this repeal doesn’t mean we’re going to end our look into racial bias in the state’s death penalty, we’re going to continue this investigation, we’re going to continue to examine these cases?” Weiss said. Consider the case of Marcus Robinson. He was 18 when authorities say he killed 17-year-old Erik Tornblom, who is white. Robinson is black. In 1994, a jury convicted him of murder and he was sentenced to death. When Robinson had a chance under the Racial Justice Act to prove that race may have played a role in his being sent to death row, he and his lawyers poured over the prosecution’s notes and found that 50 percent of prospective black jurors were dismissed, but just 4 out of 28 nonblack jurors were booted. Federal courts have banned intentionally striking jurors based on race, a standard that applies in states such as North Carolina. But criminal justice experts say prosecutors are able to circumvent the ban by kicking black jurors off trial panels, purportedly for race-neutral reasons. And that’s what a court found happened in Robinson’s case — the first to win an evidentiary hearing under the Racial Justice Act.In 2012, in a 167-page opinion, Judge Greg Weeks concluded that prospective black jurors had been systematically excluded from Robinson’s trial, writing that it played a “distorting role.” The judge reduced his sentence to life. Yet after the Racial Justice Act was repealed, the ground shifted again. Now Robinson, 46, is back on death row. Robinson is one of four inmates who were resentenced to life without parole under the Racial Justice Act. Their cases, long with those of two inmates who filed petitions but were never given hearings, are before North Carolina’s high court. The outcome could affect nearly 150 other prisoners who petitioned under the Racial Justice Act but were never given their day in court. Lawyers for those prisoners who filed claims say the law might now be gone, but they should still have a chance to prove that their clients’ punishment was racially motivated. “If the seven justices rule in favor of the defendants, they will allow a much-needed systematic review of race discrimination in capital punishment,” reads a Charlotte Observer opinion piece written by Bryan Stevenson, who runs the Equal Justice Initiative and who testified as an expert during Robinson’s evidentiary hearing. “If they decide against the defendants, the justices will send a message that a mountain of evidence demonstrating racial injustice can be tossed aside and ignored.” A group of former judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials has an even more ambitious hope: that the court will use the case as an opportunity to strike down capital punishment in the state altogether. State prosecutors counter that the law in question is now off the books and that the petitioners should move on. In legal submissions to the state’s high court, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office argued that a lower court acted appropriately when all of the claims under the Racial Justice Act were voided following the law’s repeal.Robinson had opportunities on appeal to raise claims that his trial was tainted by racism, prosecutors said.”Defendant has had numerous opportunities to raise claims of racial discrimination through procedures which have been, and continue to be, available to convicted criminal defendants in North Carolina,” wrote Senior Deputy Attorney General Danielle Marquis Elder. It is not clear when high court is expected to rule. Before the act was repealed, elected district attorneys across North Carolina were fiercely against it.In a 2011 letter to state lawmakers from the statewide district attorney conference, Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle wrote that the Racial Justice Act “purports to protect murderers from racial bias. Let me assure you, it does not.””This act simply allows complex statistical maneuvering to overrule a jury’s decision, ignore the heinous acts of a murderer and ultimately put an end to the death penalty in our state,” Doyle wrote. “District Attorneys are being forced to devote a ridiculous amount of time and resources to these convicted murderers’ cases.” She noted that the law swamped district attorney offices across the state with so many claims that the it was “crippling our criminal justice system.” For instance, Doyle estimated that the cost of copying all the documents and other evidence in one case that was being newly questioned could cost up to $50,000. The district attorney group declined to comment to NPR about the case now in front of the North Carolina Supreme Court.State statistics show that of the 142 people currently on death row in North Carolina, more than half – 78 of them – are black. About 22 percent of the state’s population is black, Census figures show. The last execution carried out in North Carolina was in 2006.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Raleigh News & Observer N.C. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Racial Bias In Death…
by NPR News Philip Ewing 8.29.19 11:27am Updated at 11 a.m. ETFormer FBI Director James Comey violated official policy in the way he handled his memos describing his exchanges with President Trump, an investigation concluded — but Comey won’t be charged.Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz conducted the investigation into Comey’s actions and then referred his results to prosecutors. “After reviewing the matter, the DOJ declined prosecution,” the IG’s office said in a statement on Thursday.Investigators concluded that Comey broke several rules. One involved the former director’s decision to arrange for a friend to disclose the contents of a memo to a reporter with The New York Times. Another involved Comey’s decision to keep memos at home and discuss them with his lawyers but not reveal their contents or what he was doing to the FBI.FBI officials have since assessed that some of the material in Comey’s memos deserved to be classified as “confidential,” the lowest level of classification. But investigators didn’t establish that Comey revealed any secret information to the press.The former FBI director responded on Twitter on Thursday morning by quoting a section of the IG report and pointing out what he called all the untruthful things said about him and other matters by Trump and the president’s supporters.WitnessComey, by his account, began recording details about his conversations with Trump as soon as they met for a national security briefing in New York City. Comey — then FBI director — briefed the then-president-elect on the existence of the infamous, unverified Russia dossier, and Trump’s conduct in that meeting prompted Comey to begin typing up an account of it in his FBI vehicle immediately after.Comey also wrote about exchanges in which he said Trump invited him for a solo meeting at the White House and asked for his “loyalty,” in a conversation in which Comey said he agreed always to give Trump his “honesty.”In another meeting, Comey described a meeting in the Oval Office in which he said the president asked him to stay behind after a larger conference. With just the two of them present, Comey wrote, Trump asked him whether he could “let go” of the investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.Flynn had stepped down over conflicting statements to White House officials and the public about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential transition. Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about that exchange, in which he sought — and Russia agreed — no escalation by Moscow in response to the diplomatic measures being taken by outgoing President Barack Obama in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race.Trump later fired Comey. That move plunged Washington into a vortex of paranoia and suspicion — and the appearance of some of the details of Comey’s memos in the press contributed to an atmosphere that prompted then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to commission a special counsel for the investigation into Russia’s political interference. He appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller, whose nearly two-year investigation revealed many links between Trump’s campaign and Russians but no criminal conspiracy to throw the election. Mueller’s investigation also uncovered what critics called criminal behavior by Trump, who sought to control or quash the inquiry.The “showboat”The president called Comey a “showboat” and Mueller’s inquiry a “witch hunt.” He and supporters also have pointed out that Mueller not only ultimately was permitted to continue his work but he didn’t bring any criminal charges involving direct collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians. The results of the Horowitz investigation, establishing that Comey did violate several rules of policies, are likely to reignite criticism by Trump and supporters of the FBI and the Justice Department, which they have savaged over alleged “bias.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Chip Somodevilla DOJ: Comey Violated Policy On His Trump Memos — But Won…
The evening witnessed the glitterati meeting over cocktails and Turkish dinner with enchanting performances by whirling dervishes, sufi singers and a music troupe especially flown in from Turkey by Indialogue Foundation under a starlit sky. The festival was inaugurated by Aykut Renda, chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.
Mangoes and Indian summer have always remained inseparable, with the literature and poetry of the whole sub-continent being full of numerous nostalgic and glowing references to the elaborate ways of savouring the mouth-watering varieties of the juicy and tasty delight to beat the scorching tropical heat.To give more mangoes to savour to the people in the Capital, the state government in collaboration with National Cold Chain Board has embarked on special effort to transport mangoes directly from the orchards of the hinterland of Bengal to the National Capital in specially equipped refrigerated vans. The supply chain lasted for weeks to ensure the freshness of the fruit delivered to the buyers in Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Around 24 tonnes of Bengal mango varieties like Himsagar, Laxmanbhog, Langra and Fazli are being sent to Delhi, Malda District Magistrate S K Dwivedi said. ‘The main objective of organising this festival is to establish the brands of Malda mangoes and to facilitate its marketing,’ he added. Organised by the food processing industries and horticulture department of the West Bengal government, the mango festival is being held at Dilli Haat, INA. Krishnendu Narayan Choudhary, at the inauguration of the event gave a long speech thanking Mamata Banarjee, the current CM of West Bengal for her initiative. He also emphasised on the fact that these mangoes were being brought to Delhi directly from the farmers and that no brokerage was involved. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSet up in the AC Lounge, delectable varieties of mangoes like Langda, Fazli, Himsagar and Laxmanbhog, the last three having received registration under the Geographical Indication (GI) Index. A GI is a name or a sign used on certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin. Typically, such a name assures quality and distinctiveness. For the first time, Amrapali mangoes from Bankura, successfully grown under a convergence program with MGNREGA, will be available towards the end of the festival. A lot to relish once you visit Dilli Haat. You will even be given the opportunity to relish processed mango products like Aam Panna and Mango pickles. The only sad part is, that the mangoes are overpriced. 12 mangoes for 400 rupees is the average price.Where: Dilli Haat, INAWhen: On till 30 June
In view of popular demand, the government will relaunch saving instrument Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) on Tuesday, wherein the invested money will get doubled in 8 years and 4 months. The KVP, which will be relaunched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will be available in denominations of Rs 1,000; 5,000; 10,000 and 50,000. There will be no upper ceiling on investment.‘Initially the certificates will be sold through post offices. But the same will soon be made available to the investing public through designated branches of PSBs,’ the Finance Ministry said. Investments in KVP will remain under lock-in for a period of 2.5 years and thereafter in any block of six months on pre-determined maturity value.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pitched for concrete outcomes to the long-pending issues of UN Security Council reforms and a proposed treaty to counter terrorism at the upcoming session of the world body as he met Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of UNGA’s 70th Session.Modi, while telling Lykketoft that he was looking forward to participating in the Summit on September 25, emphasised that the 70th Session of UNGA was a crucial moment for the United Nations.It would be important to ensure that the UN meets the high expectations of the people, he said, according to a PMO statement. India is an aspirant for the permanent membership of the expanded Security Council.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a review meeting on Thursday to take stock of the progress undertaken by four major departments that directly deal with benefits of people at the grassroots level.It is learnt that the meeting has been convened to once again ensure that benefits of the ongoing projects and beneficiary schemes reach the people on time.These four departments are Panchayat and Rural Development department, Food and Supplies department, Agriculture department and Agriculture Marketing department. Ministers and senior officials of all the departments will attend the meeting that will be held at Nabanna Sabhaghar from 1 pm onwards. The Chief Secretary and other senior officials of the state government will also be in the meeting. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources at the state Secretariat, all the District Magistrates have already been informed to be present. Additional District Magistrates (Zila Parishad) will also be present in the meeting. It is learnt that the Additional District Magistrates (Zila Parishad) have been asked to be present in the meeting as there will be discussions on implementation of the projects and schemes in the Panchayat areas.The meeting will also act as a platform for the exchange of views between representatives of the districts and officials of the Panchayat and Rural Development department on implementation of work in Panchayat areas, said an official. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBesides officials from districts, the top brass of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) will also be present in the meeting.The state Food and Supplies department plays a major role in the procurement ofpaddy from the farmers and at the same time, it plays a major role in the distribution of the same. The Mamata Banerjee government had introduced the Khadya Sathi Scheme under which more than 90 percent of the state’s populace gets rice at Rs 2 per kg. The Agriculture department has played a major role in improving the rural economy of the state by taking various steps following directions of the Chief Minister and ensured an increase in the average annual income of the farmers in Bengal to Rs 2.91 lakh in the last financial year. To ensure further improvement in the agriculture sector, a stock of the ongoing projects will be taken in the forthcoming review meeting and at the same time new proposals would also come up.Similarly, the Agriculture Marketing department also plays a major role in supporting farmers to get the right price for their yield and various steps have been taken by the department so that they can directly sell their produce without the intervention of any middlemen.
Kolkata: State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim on Thursday said that a few aspects of security would be put into place before opening Biswa Bangla Gate, popularly known as Kolkata Gate, for the common public.”The construction work is complete. We have also received the safety certificate from RITES and other requisite certificates. Some work in the security aspect and the parking lot needs to be done, which will take another ten days. Once it is ready, we will seek time from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for its inauguration,” Hakim said, after visiting the site of the gate at Rabindra Tirtha crossing in New Town. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee had instructed Hakim on Wednesday to properly check all aspects and to give special emphasis on safety and security of the structure. A senior official of the department informed that Bidhannagar City Police, which is responsible for its security, will install metal detectors at the entrance of the gate. The state government has already received safety certificates from RITES and wind tunneling technology certificate from Kanpur IIT. “The elevator at Kolkata Gate which is already functional, needs to have facilities so that people visiting the place do not get drenched in case of rain. We will be creating a glass shed for this. Some minor work needs to be done at the parking lot as well, which will accommodate 70 cars,” a senior official of the Urban Development department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister was accompanied by the chairman of West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) Debashis Sen and the commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police Gyanwant Singh. HIDCO is the body which is implementing the project. A major attraction of the 55 metre high gate will be a cafeteria, which will have dinner facilities in the night. There will also be a tunnel on the gate, which will be decorated with several photographs representing Bengal’s culture, while the outer part of the entire tunnel will be covered with lights. It will be made approximately 25 metres above the ground. Visitors will be able to use the lifts on one side of the gate to reach the Visitors’ Gallery and the cafeteria. The Visitors’ Gallery, along with the cafeteria, will be surrounded by glass which will be part of the wall. From there, people will have a majestic view of the entire New Town and Rajarhat area. The construction of the gate had started on March 6, 2017.
Having a reliable, approachable and understanding relationship with spouse or partner, children and other immediate family members may put older adults at reduced risk of developing dementia, says a study.Conversely, negative social support characterised by experiences of critical, unreliable and annoying behaviour from spouse or partner, children and other immediate family is linked with increased risk, according to the 10-year follow-up study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It is well known that having a rich network of close relationships, including being married and having adult children, is related to a reduced risk of cognitive decline and developing dementia,” said one of the study authors Mizanur Khondoker from University of East Anglia in England.”However, a relationship or social connection that does not work well can be a source of intense interpersonal stress, which may have a negative impact on both physical and mental health of older adults. It is not only the quantity of social connections, but the quality of those connections may be an important factor affecting older people’s cognitive health,” Khondoker explained. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study was based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).The researchers analysed a decade of data that followed 10,055 core participants from ELSA who were dementia-free at the start of the study in 2002-2003. Participants were interviewed every two years during 2004-2012 and incidence of dementia was identified from self-reports by participants or information given by nominated informants.Measures of positive and negative experiences of social support were calculated at baseline (2002) using a set of six items within the ‘Health and lifestyle of people aged 50 and over’ questionnaire of ELSA. The scale ranged from one to four with higher values indicating more of positive or negative support.An increase of one point in the positive social support score led to up to a 17 per cent reduction in the instantaneous risk of developing dementia, the findings showed. But negative support scores showed stronger effects – an increase of one point in the negative support score led to up to 31 per cent rise in the risk.
How does a sculptor translate a yogic stance into a bronze? Arun Pandit’s fibre glass maquette for a monumental bronze entitled “Meditation” is a work that personifies the flow of artistic expression. Pandit creates works that make us stop and think.He does not give us a work that is a straight forward literal illustration. Instead he creates a work that gives us an inner and outer shell of awareness. He keeps the mould in which he creates and gives us an inside outside rhythmic feel that speaks of two worlds – in this case the yogic asana and gives us a tumultous melding of both states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen it comes to yoga or art there is something deeply fulfilling, about expression–but accessing creativity through yogic symbolism isn’t always easy. Like the most difficult yogasanas, self control and inner creativity arise naturally. When we are in the state of stillness and can keep the calmness of presence, it creates its own aura. Pandit here creates two moulds – the first is the complete yogic being created in the wholesome image of man.The second is the mould in which the image was created. For the past 20 years Pandit has created works in which he has conjoined the inner and outer shells to create hybrid realities that have puzzled as well as enamoured buyers in the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePandit’s most famous work is the ‘Tirupati Airport Garuda’ in which he created a man with Garuda’s wings that were actually 12 pairs of hands. Pandit plays with illusion and elusiveness to give us sculptures that have a surreal feel. In this case, he personifies yoga as a gift for an artist as well as normal human being. Pandit describes his position: “When we practice awareness in asana, pranayama, and meditation, we learn to see and let go of the distractions of the mind. It is from this place of clear seeing that inspiration springs forth. So in my work I’m showing two worlds.The outer external like a shell –when I cover the human with the outer mould I am stating that we have to detach ourselves from those attachments so we can achieve that inner state.” In more ways than one Pandit is also pointing towards the truth that creativity arises naturally in states of stillness and presence. The basic tenet of yoga is to let go of the clutter and the burdens of everyday living, and giving into the tools of yoga can give you the feeling of being completely present, awake, and alive. And while yoga is often thought of as a tool to help us find ease in the body, it can also be a way of helping us tap our creative selves. This work with its many inner and outer realms when made into a bronze will indeed be an instrument that will draw the energy of those who view it.Pandit, the National Award Winner from Bihar College of Art junior to Subodh Gupta has come a long way for the art world to take notice of him. His sculptures at the Art Heritage stall of the India Art Fair this year drew huge response. According to him, meditation and yoga grant us access to the deep places of our psyche and consciousness that inspire creative ideas to emerge, while simultaneously offering us tools to work with some of the biggest obstacles as artists. He states: “I called my work “Meditation” because no matter what kind of art you call your own, your yoga practice can more fully connect you with your creative mind, body, and soul. I wanted people to connect with that.” Arun Pandit takes the yogic meditation aasan and gives us a figure that translates meditation into a calming serene posture. Pandit works with the mould and the human figure – creating a karmic echo in which the being is both within and without. The sculpture reflects the truth that yoga is a science, one that has been with us for generations and meditation is the ultimate journey to nirvana.Yoga gurus state that once we approach creative expression from the perspective of mindfulness and devotion, we begin to see art-making itself as a spiritual practice. In this way, our art serves a higher purpose: it helps us become more present in our daily lives and offers us an opportunity to connect more deeply with the universal creative force that resides in us. As we become more perceptive in our yoga practice – by examining ourselves – we become more perceptive in other areas of life, including creating art. This work “Meditation” has been created as a maquette, for an assignment in Delhi Airport’s T3. If accepted it becomes a feather in the cap of one of the greatest sculptors in the country and at present the Garhi studios in Delhi.
Women are more likely to get jealous or upset than men when they read messages on Facebook or other social media indicating that their romantic partner has been unfaithful, a study has found. Researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK investigated how jealousy manifests between the sexes when people find compromising messages on their partner’s social media accounts.As part of the study, 21 male and 23 female undergraduate students were shown imaginary Facebook messages in a Facebook format, revealing that their partners had been either emotionally or sexually unfaithful. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEight short messages along the lines of: “You must be my soulmate! Feel so connected to you, even though we haven’t slept together,” (Emotional infidelity) and “You must be the best one-night stand I’ve ever had,” (Sexual infidelity) were shown to participants.The “discovered” message was either composed and sent by the participant’s partner, or came from someone else.Participants had to rate how distressed they would have felt if they had come across such messages while accessing their partner’s Facebook messaging service without permission. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMen felt more distressed when they read social media messages that revealed their partners’ sexual rather than emotional infidelity.However, women were more upset than men in response to emotional messages.The researchers also found that women were significantly more upset when a potential rival had written the message, compared to when it was composed by their own partners.For men, the opposite seemed to be true and they appeared to be more upset by imagining their partner sending rather than receiving an infidelity-revealing message. Irrespective of the contents, women overall were more upset than men when they had to imagine discovering an infidelity-related message.The study supports evolutionarily derived theories that hold that there are differences in what triggers jealousy among men and women, and in how they subsequently direct such feelings towards the cheating partner or the potential rival.According to the researchers, it is important to understand the mechanisms underlying jealousy, and how it plays out in the digital age.Real or suspected partner infidelity that causes sexual or emotional jealousy is often given as the reason for domestic abuse and violence.”Applying an evolutionary perspective to understanding the manifestation of jealous behaviour and how infidelity-related anger can trigger partner dissolution and domestic abuse may help counteract inevitable rises in such behaviours in an age where clandestine extra-marital relationships are facilitated by modern forms of media technology,” said Dunn.The findings are published in the journal Evolutionary Psychological Science.
Spirit Creations released a Bengali album Chhoan at Abanindra Gallery (ICCR) recently. It is a Bengali non-film album featuring five songs covering a wide range of music rendered by ace singers like Srikanta Acharya (Sobi Bhule Jai), Lopamudra Mitra (Banchte Chai), Manomay Bhattacharya (Akash Tomay Chhunye Jabe), Rana Sarkar (Ek Phaali Rang Niye, Music- Satadal Roy), Sriradha Bondopadhay (Akash Ghumay). Sarod exponent Rajib Chakraborty also graced the event. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLyricist Shouvik Majumder, who has penned lyrics for all the five songs belongs to a musical family from Siliguri and learnt Hindi, Nepali, Urdu (from Iqubal Siddiki). His journey started as a lyricist with RANG, in which he translated Rabindra Sangeet in Hindi. He even wrote ghazals for which he was conferred with the title “Kahinoor-E-Ghazal”. Zubin Garg, the popular singer, even did lots of shows for Shouvik.Composer Rana Sarkar, son of eminent singer Sudhin Sarkar of Golden era, has composed four songs in this album. His name was included in “Limca Book of World Record” for non-stop 36 hours harmonium playing in “Indian Classical Music” with Pt. Ramesh Narayan. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA musician from R.D. Burman’s team, Shyam Raj (Saxophone) has played in one song. Beside that noted musicians like Satadal Roy (lead guitar), Joy Nandi (Tabla, Thumba, Cazan and Percussions), Rahul Chattarjee (Sitar), Tarun and Bubai (Flute) have played musical instruments in this musical venture.Ek Jaati Ek Praan (EJEP)Soma Das, a singer who loves root musicians resides in London though she did her diploma in Tagore songs from Dakshini, a noted music institute from Kolkata. She has released her single ‘Ek Jaati Ek Praan’ basically a song of Lalan Fakir named Jaat Gelo Jaat Gelo revolving around the serious issue of communalism. It was released in the presence of Srabani Sen, Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Dipannita Acharya on INRECO. Soma loves to include root musicians, be it baul, tribal musicians, street musicians, or traditional old band party group. In her recent venture, she has done shooting at Santiniketan with bauls and danced with Saotali musicians too.She has also worked with noted music composer-musician Debojyoti Mishra on her debut Tagore album Amar Praner Manush which was released in presence of popular band party group from Kolkata, Mahboob Band. In her recent visit to Kolkata, she launched her single ‘Jaat Gelo’ (co-singer Pratyay Raha), with narration by Samya Karpha. She is all set to release another single to commemorate the International Mother Language Day, composed and penned by ace singer Rupankar in February.
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested by the officers of the Baruipur Women police station for allegedly employing an eight-year-old girl as a domestic help at a home in Modarhat, Baruipur.The accused woman, who hired the girl and reportedly tortured her, was arrested on Wednesday morning. Later on Thursday, the maternal uncle of the girl was held for forcing the girl to work as a help. According to sources, the eight-year-old girl lived with her parents and five siblings at Ghutiyari Sharif. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHer parents decided to employ her as a domestic helper to support their family. The girl’s maternal uncle Asmat Shaikh had information that a family in Baruipur was looking for a domestic helper. He got in touch with Anjumina Khatun at Modarhat in Baruipur, who was allegedly looking for helper. Approximately five months ago Shaikh had taken the girl to Khatun. It is alleged Khatun used to force the girl to do all the household work. Khatun use to beat up the girl when she refused to work. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt is alleged that Khatun used a blade to slash the girl’s hands when she was not happy with her work . The victim girl said she was even not provided proper food. When she couldn’t bear the torture any more, she risked her life to climb down the water pipe from the roof and fled from Khatun’s house. But as she was not familiar with the area, she started crying after reaching a primary school. On seeing the girl crying, a teacher of the school consoled her. Later, the girl narrated the incident to the teacher. When the schoolteacher came to know about the torture, he immediately informed the Baruipur women police station. After the police complaint was lodged, the officers immediately nabbed Khatun and produced her before the Baruipur Court on Wednesday. She has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the magistrate. The victim girl has been sent to a home located in Sonarpur. Later on Thursday, police arrested Shaikh from Changa Islamnagar in Baruipur for allegedly forcing a minor girl to work as a domestic help. He will be produced before the Baruipur Court on Friday with an appeal for his police remand.