Tynker brings programming lessons into the home

first_img(Phys.org) —Tynker announced last week that its educational system for teaching programming to students in elementary and middle schools will take on a new offering, and it is now for home use too. The Tynker for Home system arrives on the heels of Tynker for Schools, which was launched in April as a ready to use curriculum. The courses teach programming skills and computational thinking. Students are exposed to the problem-solving process, knowing how to use computing tools and taking steps needed to solve problems. Tynker’s lessons for school and home use come at a time when those in the computer industry see the increase in such teaching initiatives as not as too many fingers in the pie but rather with relief that such options are increasing. Campus teams, foundations and technology executives want to see the education of children as future programmers and engineers under way, as most American elementary schools offer no introduction to programming. Many computer professionals say that computational thinking and computer programming should be part of a student’s education.Snap!, for one, is a reimplementation of BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks), a language for teaching high school and college computer science. The initiative was inspired by Scratch. Snap! is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language presented by the University of California at Berkeley. Elsewhere, Code.org has said its mission is in bringing computer science classes to every K-12 school in the United States, especially in urban and rural neighborhoods. The result is an “Introduction to Programming” course. If a child were told a weekend morning would be spent learning vector drawing, encapsulating code, and absolute positioning, the child would think this was some sort of punishment, like a time out in a corner, but McFarland’s course is teaching the fundamentals through such lessons as Train the Dog, Robot Defense, and TynkerBlocks. The self-paced course is designed for children in fourth through eighth grades and costs $50 per student.The course includes use of a multimedia library with sounds, animations and scenes along with game design tools. Badges are offered at the end of each chapter; students take quizzes and solve puzzles for an assessment of what they have learned from each chapter; a final exam is tied to their earning certification of having completed the course. Tynker’s lessons in the school can introduce the fundamentals in grades three to eight along with teacher lesson plans, email and telephone support. The system, according to Tynker, has been put to use in “hundreds” of schools. This visual programming platform allows students to learn at their own pace and the teacher extends one on one attention. While intended for students starting at grade three, the company web site makes note that there is no right age to learn how to code, only stages that can be recommended as levels of readiness where students are able to read, write, and understand relationships between cause and effect. The company founders built the system as a browser-based platform written with Open Web standards such as JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3. The system has character editors and other tools. The company attributes its inspiration from Scratch, launched in 2009 as a program for teaching young people, especially ages eight to 16, how to create their own stories, games, and animations. Scratch was launched as a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.To come up with the Tynker home edition, Tynker CEO Krishna Vedati, turned to David McFarland, Portland, Oregon-based web developer and author of O’Reilly’s “The Missing Manual” series on Dreamweaver, JavaScript and CSS. He also teaches at Portland State University. 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. More information: www.tynker.com/Press releasecenter_img Coding camps for kids rise in popularity Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Tynker brings programming lessons into the home (2013, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-tynker-lessons-home.htmllast_img read more

Using light to move electrons and protons

first_img(Phys.org)—In some chemical reactions both electrons and protons move together. When they transfer, they can move concertedly or in separate steps. Light-induced reactions of this sort are particularly relevant to biological systems, such as Photosystem II where plants use photons from the sun to convert water into oxygen. To better understand how light can lead to the transfer of protons in a chemical reaction, a group of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Shanxi University in China, and Memorial University in Newfoundland have conducted adsorption studies on a new family of experiments to observe the transition that occurs when protons transfer between hydrogen-bonded complexes in solution . They provide evidence for new optical transitions characteristic of the direct transfer of a proton. This report recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.N-methyl-4,4′-bipyridinium cation (MQ+) serves as proton acceptor, where a proton will add to the non-methylated pyridinium amine. If proton transfer occurs, then MQ+ will form a radical cation (MQH+•) whose absorbance spectra in the UV/visible range can be compared to N, N’-dimethyl-4, 4′-bypyridinium (MV2+). By using ultrafast laser flash photolysis measurements, they found direct evidence for a low energy absorption band between p-methoxyphenyl and the mehylviologen acceptor, MQ+. It appears at 360 nm and as early as 250 fs after the laser pulse. Based on these properties, it is clearly the product of proton transfer from the phenol to give MeOPhO•—H-MQ+.The appearance of this reaction involving the transfer of both an electron and proton after absorbing a single photon is supported by the vibrational coherence of the radical cation and by it characteristic spectral properties. By inference, related transitions, which are often at low intensities, could play an important role in the degradation of certain biological molecules, such as DNA. The appearance of these absorption bands could have theoretical significance. They demonstrate a way to use simple spectroscopic measurements to explore the intimate details of how these reactions occur in nature. This provides new physical insight into processes that could be of broad biological and chemical relevance. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Fluctuating liquid structure induces ultrabroad infrared absorption—the hydrated proton on ultrafast time scalescenter_img Photo-electron proton transfer with p-MeOH-ArOH and N-methyl-4,4′-bypyridinium. Credit: Thomas J. Meyer, David W. Thompson © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Using light to move electrons and protons (2016, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-electrons-protons.html More information: Christopher J. Gagliardi et al. Direct observation of light-driven, concerted electron–proton transfer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611496113AbstractThe phenols 4-methylphenol, 4-methoxyphenol, and N-acetyl-tyrosine form hydrogen-bonded adducts with N-methyl-4, 4′-bipyridinium cation (MQ+) in aqueous solution as evidenced by the appearance of low-energy, low-absorptivity features in UV-visible spectra. They are assigned to the known examples of optically induced, concerted electron–proton transfer, photoEPT. The results of ultrafast transient absorption measurements on the assembly MeOPhO-H—-MQ+ are consistent with concerted EPT by the instantaneous appearance of spectral features for MeOPhO·—-H-MQ+ in the transient spectra at the first observation time of 0.1 ps. The transient decays to MeOPhO-H—-MQ+ in 2.5 ps, accompanied by the appearance of oscillations in the decay traces with a period of ∼1 ps, consistent with a vibrational coherence and relaxation from a higher υ(N-H) vibrational level or levels on the timescale for back EPT.last_img read more

Evidence of capuchin monkeys using tools 3000 years ago

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Monkeys use tools to crack nuts, shuck oysters A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Brazil and the U.K., has found evidence of capuchin monkeys using stone tools as far back as 3,000 years ago. In their paper published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, the group describes the archaeological dig they carried out and the stone tool artifacts they found. Citation: Evidence of capuchin monkeys using tools 3000 years ago (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evidence-capuchin-monkeys-tools-years.html More information: Tiago Falótico et al. Three thousand years of wild capuchin stone tool use, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0904-4center_img Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution 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. a, Examples of cashew-residue-covered hammerstones from Phase I. b, Hammerstone from Phase II with clear incipient cones of percussion. c, Example of an anvil from Phase II. d–f, Examples of hammerstones with typical capuchin percussive damage from Phase IV. g, Weights of all hammerstones and hammerstones with flake detachments from all phases. h, Relative frequency of impact points on all hammerstones and hammerstones with flake detachments from all phases. Credit: Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0904-4 Prior research has shown that chimpanzees use tools, and have done so for over 4,000 years, and other animals have been found to use tools, as well, including birds using twigs to retrieve food. The study of tool use by non-humans is still in its infancy, however, and little is yet known about its evolutionary history. In this new effort, the researchers focused their efforts on capuchin monkeys living in Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park. The capuchin monkeys there used quartz stones to crack open cashew nuts. The researchers note that the monkeys place the nuts on a larger stone (an anvil) or a hard tree root before bashing it with a rock. They also note that such bashing left telltale signs on both the rock used as the tool and the anvil. Also, repetitive bashing on the same anvil left brown stains from the cashew shells. This information led them to begin excavating in the same areas to see if they could find any stone artifacts with similar markings.The researchers report that they found many artifacts going back approximately 3,000 years. They report also that the dig site represented a timeline of sorts—the deeper they dug, the further back in time they went, with increasingly older evidence of tool use. The researchers found that the size of stones used to crush food changed over time. They report that the oldest artifacts were small, and had a lot of damage—a sign that the animals using the tools missed a lot. Then, approximately 560 years ago, the animals began using larger stones—but only for a couple of hundred years. Approximately 300 years ago, the tool wielders switched again to using the size and kind of rocks that capuchin monkeys in the area use today.The researchers assume that the early tool users were also capuchin monkeys, though there is no evidence to prove it. They suggest that the monkeys likely changed tool size over time to suit the food they were trying to process.last_img read more

The time travel

first_imgCuriosity and the passion to collect rare things can go a long way and is surely a tedious task. Tarun Thakral’s passion to collect unique things led him to incept the concept of Transport Heritage Museum so as he could share it with everyone.’I am collecting rare transportation objects since 1994, when I first went Paris for my studies. I was inspired by a friend who used to collect souvenir eggs. Over the years I’ve personally collected everything from various parts of country and abroad as well,’ he said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first level of the museum is the automobile gallery which showcases the evolution of the Indian car industry, as well as cars that have been used in India since advent of motoring. 75 vintage cars parked alongside a recreated scene of Indian roads. There is also a section which has cars used in Bollywood flicks like the red car used in Dil To Pagal Hai and more. All these have been either bought by Thakral or been donated for his collection.The second level is amusing to stroll around as each section on the level portray different era of locomotion like pre-mechanised section has an array of palanquins, howdhas, bullock carts, horse carriages and camel carts. Along with it on display are decorative items such as carriage lamps which also used to denote the status of people – the higher the status the bigger the lamp. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnother section is devoted to Indian Railways where a railway platform has been recreated of 1930’s including original posters, train tickets, lamps, railway maps. The heavy transportation section has bus, trucks, trams videos and a range of other things.The third level is especially amusing for us as it had collectible Indian toys looking at them will instantly take you back to childhood. A huge J3C Cub air craft in signature yellow suspended in the mid-air marks the aviation section which details history and evolution of Indian aviation industry. Next was the rural transportation section which has every two wheeler right from bicycles, tricycles, the SD motorcycle, Lambretta scooter, Vespa among other. Indigenous systems of transport such as phat-phat, chakhda, jugaad and Vikram auto are also on display.The final level has an art gallery where rural and contemporary art works are displayed. A section of historical collection displays old lithographs, original photos and rare pictures, vintage ephemera, vintage road maps of India among other.Thakral’s idea is to keep museum as dynamic as possible by constantly changing things and adding more. It’s also a fun way of learning so the museum has various educational programmes for children like educational visits, workshop, activities and also a weekend learning program for children.last_img read more

Music that heals

first_imgAlok Kumar Verma, IPS, Director General (Tihar Jail), New Delhi has taken a new initiative for the prison inmates to augment their rehabilitation process by introducing Morning Ragas in collaboration with Legends of India. Beginning on April 27, Morning Ragas was introduced with great enthusiasm and fanfare. Internationally acclaimed flautist Pandit Ronu Majumdar performed on the inaugural occasion in the presence of almost 2000 inmates. Pt. Ronu Majumdar, Grammy nominee and a Guinness Book of World Record holder began his recital with Ahir Bhairav, followed by a Pahari dhun and two popular compositions Gadhiji’s Vaishnavi Jan.. and Tagore’s Ekla Chalo. He was accompanied by Kalpesh Sachala on the flute and Ustad Akram Khan on the table. The subtle nuances of the flute, a rhythmic jugalbandi between the flute and the tabla mesmerised the prison inmates to the extent that they not only joined the chorus but some of the inmates later expressed their desire to learn music in prison. Coaching classes in the prison will be soon introduced at the earliest. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This musical concert has added a new chapter in the history of Delhi Prison. The event will be held every month. The purpose of conducting the Morning Ragas with sessions of sublime music is to release the inmates from the tyranny of conscious thought. Music is one of the best solutions to such problems. It heals and raises you. Music directly deals with the root causes of crime, violence, and addiction and offers a practical approach to emotional growth. “Our efforts shall help inmates guide themselves bringing in positivity into their lives and to rejuvenate them” said Alok Kumar Verma. It is anticipated that this would have a hugely beneficial effect on the inmates since the spiritual and emotional effects of music in human transformation are well known.last_img read more

Reliving the era

first_imgTheatre lovers get ready for a treat as the Pierrot’s Troupe is going to perform two of its unique and celebrated plays on May 24 and June 13.Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera featuring Tom Alter as Bahadur Shah Zafar will take the stage for the 22nd time on May 24 at Sri Ram Centre. The play recreates the last Mushaera that took place at Lal Qila before the 1857 revolt happened. It, thus, presents some of the tallest figures of Urdu poetry on one stage – Ghalib, Zauq, Momin, Dagh, Tishnah, Sheftah and of course Bahadur Shah Zafar, which is played by none other than India’s one and only Tom Alter, a master of Urdu, acting and history-telling. The play is scripted and directed by M Sayeed Alam. The importance of this historic event lies in the fact that it literally assembled on one stage the tallest figures of Urdu Poetry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next taking the stage is the act Maulana Azad. It is the first ever play on Maulana Azad encompassing his life, his times, his scholarship, his secular credentials a great deal. Performed brilliantly by Tom Alter, the play has been rightly billed as the biggest casting coup in the history of Indian theatre. Maulana’s narrative includes numerous entertaining anecdotes and memoirs characterising his life, personality, thoughts and scholarship. Maulana’s personal relations with Gandhi Ji Nehru, Patel and Jinnah also come under the review in the course of the play. It will take the stage for 152nd time at Sri Ram Centre on June 13.When: May 24, June 13Where: Sri Ram Centrelast_img read more

In a first Bengal bags highest number of SKOCH awards

first_imgKolkata: With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee undertaking a series of development projects for the overall development of the state, Bengal has bagged the highest number of SKOCH awards in 2018.This is the first time when the Bengal government has won the highest number of SKOCH awards by implementing projects that have immensely benefitted the people of the state. Different departments, state owned undertakings and districts have received more than 100 SKOCH Order-of-Merit awards. The 52nd SKOCH summit was held in New Delhi for three days from June 21. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) department has received three SKOCH awards and it includes one Gold and one Silver citation. The project of setting up the MSME Facilitation Centre has bagged Gold citation and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) application, which was implemented as Service With a Smile (SWAS) has received the Silver citation. SWAS is a mobile-based application in both android and IOS as a help desk for entrepreneurs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had directed to take necessary steps so that information related to the services and benefits extended by the government easily reach entrepreneurs and people involved with the MSME sector at the grassroot level. Accordingly, the projects were introduced and implemented properly. It has brought immense success to the state’s MSME sector. The project of developing infrastructure of state-approved industrial park under PPP mode has also bagged the SKOCH award. The state Panchayat and Rural Development department has also received the SKOCH award. The department has successfully implemented the hundred days work scheme to ensure jobs to the rural populace. Bengal government has been awarded for the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). Several steps, which were taken by the Chief Minister in the past seven years, has given a fresh lease of life to the Agriculture sector of the state. The state Agriculture department had developed Matir Katha, an interactive platform, through which farmers get guidance of experts through phone calls. The same facility is also available online as the state Agriculture department has launched an app called Matir Katha, through which reply to farmers’ questions are given within minimum time. Many other departments of the Mamata Banerjee government have bagged the SKOCH award for various projects. Departments that also received the awards, include Health and Family Welfare Department, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, Agriculture department and the state Transport department. The Chief Minister has introduced the Samabyathi scheme to extend support to bereaved family members from economically poor section of the society to carry out the last rites of the deceased. The state Transport department has received the Gold citation of the SKOCH award for its project Gatidhara, which ensured means of livelihood to thousands of youth by providing financial assistance to buy commercial vehicles. Besides the departments of the state government, district administration of Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Dakshin Dinajpur, Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia, East Burdwan, West Burdwan, Asansol-Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) have received SKOCH awards for different projects. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister keeps reviewing the projects at both the state and district level. It has ensured the timely completion and implementation of the projects.last_img read more

Somalia soldier 4 militants killed in training compound attack

first_imgA Somali soldier and four militants were killed on Sunday as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said.The attack started with a suicide car bombing outside the intelligence school, which killed two attackers and a soldier, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said today. He said soldiers then shot two gunmen who had seemingly lost their way and stormed a civilian house close to their target.The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group, which is waging an insurgency against Somalia’s Western-backed weak government, claimed responsibility for the attack through its radio station. Al-Shabab has vowed it would step up attacks against government and African Union forces in Somalia during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The militants have been pushed out of much of the territory they controlled by African Union troops, which are backing the Somali troops, but they remain a threat, carrying out guerrilla attacks on government and civilian targets.last_img read more

Colleges instructed not to allow union intervention in admissions Minister

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee today told the assembly that state colleges had been informed not to allow any kind of intervention by student unions during admission. Replying during the question hour, Chatterjee said application to the colleges had been made online as well as payment of admission fees eliminating the need for any manual intervention. He said that some stray incidents took place in one or two colleges out of so many and some sections of the media was creating an unnecessary hype about it. The minister said that the government had taken strict action against those trying to disrupt the admission process and also some arrests had been made. Regarding recruitment of teachers in schools, he said some people were going to court for cancelling panels. He said that if this practice continued, then the government would also move the High Court and also examine alternative ways of recruitment.last_img read more

Anxiety leads to bad decisions

first_imgResearchers have discovered why it is important to stay clam before taking any big decision in life. Anxiety disrupts brain activity that supports decision-making, says a study.Anxiety disengages a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is critical for flexible decision making, the findings showed. By monitoring the activity of neurons in the PFC while anxious rats had to make decisions about how to get a reward, the scientists made two observations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’First, anxiety leads to bad decisions when there are conflicting distractors present. Second, bad decisions under anxiety involve numbing of PFC neurons. The data indicates that anxiety has an exquisitely selective effect on neuronal activity that supports decision making, said lead author of the study Bita Moghaddam, professor at University of Pittsburgh in the US. The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.As with many people who suffer from anxiety but go through day-to-day life and make decisions, the anxious rats completed the decision-making task and, actually, did not do too badly. But they made far more mistakes when the correct choice involved ignoring distracting information.last_img read more

Only small cargo carriers would be allowed in village roads Mamata

first_imgMidnapore (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said that up to four-wheeled cargo carriers would be allowed in village roads in the state to avoid damage to these streets from larger transport vehicles. Banerjee said that it has come to her notice that large trucks are using these village roads to bypass toll booths on highways to avoid payment of tax. “I want the police, panchayat and other local bodies to jointly ensure that large trucks do not enter village roads and damage these,” the chief minister said during an administrative review meeting in West Midnapore district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life She asked the local authorities to put up barricades at entry points to village roads to stop plying of large transport vehicles. Stating that village roads are not strong enough to bear the load of large cargo vehicles, Banerjee said that these are causing damage to such streets. “The state government spends a lot to construct the roads and we cannot bear the burden of repairing these roads owing to damage caused by large transport vehicles which take village roads to avoid paying toll tax on highways,” she said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Banerjee also asked the district and block land reforms officers and officers in-charge of police stations to take steps to stop illegal sand mining. “I want the anti-corruption unit to keep vigil and take strong action,” she told state security advisor Surajit Kar Purakayastha. She said that it has been a trend that after a directive is issued, steps are taken for a few months after which such activities start again. The chief minister said vigil must continue round the year to stop illegal sand mining from river beds, causing large-scale erosion. Taking up the issue of dearth of doctors in government hospitals in the districts and local health centres, Banerjee said that chief medical officers of districts have been permitted to appoint local doctors on part-time basis. She said that good remuneration packages for such service given by the doctors on part-time basis at state-run hospitals have been fixed.last_img read more

Alipore Zoo to trade giraffes with jaguars lions from Hyd

first_imgKolkata: Alipore Zoological Gardens will be soon sending two giraffes to Nehru Zoological Garden in Hyderabad in exchange for a pair of jaguars, two lions and six mouse deer that were procured in October 2017.Giraffes are very much in demand in zoos across the country and the city zoo boasts of having a collection of as many as 10 giraffes. “We have been able to do successful breeding of giraffes in the zoo, and currently, we have as many as 10 animals. We have procured two lions, two jaguars and six mouse deer against two giraffes which is a clear indication of the demand for these animals,” said Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoo. According to sources in Alipore Zoo, the two giraffes — one male and one female are named Sunny and Bunty. Sunny was born in June 2015, while Bunty in February 2017. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We will be taking all precautionary measures for transportation of the animals by low height trailers which is around 2,500 km by road. Two keepers from our zoo will accompany these animals that are very calm by nature. There will be arrangements for food and anti-stress medicines,” Samanta said. The pair of jaguars, lions and mouse deer were kept in quarantine for a month and were set free in their enclosures sometime in December 2017. The mouse deer is found in parts of Central India and it is after a span of more than three decades that these animals became a part of Alipore Zoo. The last female jaguar had died in Alipore zoo in 2013 after a prolonged illness. The two pure Asiatic lions, which are hybrids of African and Asiatic lion have already emerged as the prime attraction for the visitors. The two lions in the zoo are aged and are hardly put on display.last_img read more

TEEJ the festive extravaganza

first_imgDelhi Tourism’s objective has always been the promotion of various cultures followed in India as a whole. The three Dilli Haats are perfect examples of the same as Delhi Tourism is back with the ‘Annual Teej Festival,’ which will go on till July 25.Teej marks the onset of monsoon season during the Hindi Calendar’s month of ‘Shravan’ or ‘Saawan.’ The festival is primarily dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva. Hence, it is also said to be an auspicious occasion for married women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf One of the highlighting features of the Teej Festival is the coming together of women enjoying the Teej Jhula, a swing hung from trees in villages and towns. The celebrations are accompanied by dancing, singing folk songs, dressing up in colourful outfits, ceremonial art of applying Mehendi and sharing festive delicacies.The Teej Festival will be celebrated with great enthusiasm showcasing an array of events lined up to mark this uplifting occasion. Dilli Haat-Janak Puri will be showcasing Special Teej rachis, ornamental bindis, bangles and jewellery. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from this, Delhi Tourism would be hosting rangoli and mehendi competitions, with added attractions such as the Teej Jhula and camel rides for kids. Special Mehendi stalls will offer henna application with exclusive designs.This Teej Festival would be an utter shopping delight for the ladies with its handicraft and handloom stalls offering exclusive Lehariya from Jaipur. Food stalls from Rajasthan would offer a galore of festive delicacies like dal baati choorma, ghevar, raj kachaudi and more. Embracing myriad colours, Dilli Haat would be adorned with a vibrant ambience of traditional swings for women to lift the spirits of one and all.The evenings would be lightened as Rajasthan Tourism will showcase the charm of the state’s folk dance and music on July 22 and 23 while Sahitya Kala Parishad would be organizing cultural programmes on July 24 and 25.last_img read more

Indian millennials eat out thrice a month

first_imgA majority of Indian millennials in cities, including Delhi, eat out over three times in a month, reveals a survey. CBRE, a real estate company, conducted a survey among more than 1,200 restaurants in key locations of Delhi/NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru. It was found that 60 per cent of Indian millennials make more than three visits a month for eating out, read a statement. Indian cuisine still dominates the country’s taste palate with a 24 per cent share, followed by multi-cuisine with a 22 per cent share. Asian cuisine and cafes are the third and fourth preferred choices of diners. Other cuisines including Mexican, Mediterranean, Lebanese and Arabian are gaining significant traction among consumers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndian cuisine offerings too are evolving with restaurants specialising in Odiya, Bengali, North Eastern, Tibetan, Chettinad and Awadhi cuisines. Casual dining restaurants (CDR) are a category that has gained significant traction in the past couple of years, accounting for almost 46 per cent of all restaurants that were part of the survey. In terms of nationality, almost 82 per cent of the restaurants were domestic standalone outlet/chains with around 18 per cent restaurants being of international origin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUS-based restaurants accounted for almost 70 per cent of the restaurants in the international category. In terms of location, choices were divergent; while 62 per cent of all international restaurants are located in malls; 68 per cent of all domestic restaurants are located on high streets.”Increasing globalisation, growing exposure to international trends and cuisines have led to India’s food and beverage segment going through a transformation in recent years.” Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South East Asia, CBRE, said in a statement.last_img read more

Recognising talents in field of music and dance

first_imgRudraksham Awards are bestowed annually to eminent artistes in the field of music and dance. The aim of the award is to recognise exemplary achievement and contribution to culture. In a glittering ceremony that was held at the Tiruvallavur Kalai Arangam, Delhi Tamil Sangam, two renowned musicians and a classical danseuse were bestowed with this year’s honours – in the presence of culture lovers and connoisseurs.Eminent Mridangam player P Vetriboopathy Taal Mani – who has been instrumental in conceptualising the Rudraksham Awards, welcomed the eminent artistes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Award ceremony began with a Mridangam performance by Karthik Sengupta, the young disciple of Vetriboopathy. Karthik’s prowess in handling the musical instrument, left the audience spellbound. Renowned percussionist Kalaimamani Vidwan V G Balasubramanian, Sangeet Natak Academy awardee flutist Pandit Rajendra Prasanna, and well-known Kuchipudi exponent Meenu Thakur, were awarded for achievements in their respective fields of expertise. The occasion was graced by Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Inspector General, NHRC; Rishi Kumar Vashisht, Director, CCRT; Guru A Premkumar; Y Penneswaran and Dr R Mukunthan of Delhi Tamil Sangam.last_img read more

Rock used as a Doorstop for 30 Years Turns out to be

first_imgThousands of meteorites fall through Earth’s atmosphere every day. Most of them are about the size of a grain of sand and never make it to the surface. Some, however, survive to leave lasting marks upon the Earth. Often people who find small meteorites keep them as a conversation piece.One such meteorite was kept as a doorstop for thirty years by a Michigan farmer before he decided to bring it to an expert.The 22-pound doorstop meteorite was brought to Mona Sirbescu, a professor of geology at Central Michigan University, by a man who wished to remain anonymous.Central Michigan UniversityThe man claims to have found the meteorite holding open a door at his property when he bought it in 1988. The farmer who owned the property before him claimed that the rock was a meteorite and that it had struck the earth close to the farm back in the 1930s.“It made a heck of a noise when it hit,” the farmer reportedly said. When he sold the farm, he passed the space rock to its new owner, saying that it was part of the property. Eventually, the anonymous man moved away from the farm and took the meteorite with him.He later heard stories about other Michigan residents finding and selling meteorites. Inspired, he decided to take his own sample to an expert for analysis. Time Magazine reports that the man took the rock to the Geology Department at Central Michigan University, where it was examined and appraised at $100,000.Central Michigan UniversitySirbescu says that she has examined countless “space rocks” over the years, but they rarely turn out to be actual meteorites. “For 18 years, the answer has been categorically “no” — meteor wrongs, not meteorites. I could tell right away that this was something special,” Sirbescu stated in an interview with CNN.The doorstop-meteorite was found to be made mostly of iron with small amounts of nickel. It was sent to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. for verification and the famous museum also considered buying the specimen.Central Michigan University Professor Mona Sirbescu shows off a meteorite. Mackenzie Brockman/Central Michigan UniversityThe anonymous man who brought the meteorite in for examination agreed to give 10 percent of the sale price to Central Michigan University in return for their services in identifying the find. The meteorite has been dubbed the “Edmore Meteorite” after the town of Edmore, Michigan where it was originally found.The Edmore doorstop is but one of thousands of meteorites that fall through the earth’s atmosphere every day. There are a host of other famous space rocks that have come crashing down to the Earth’s surface at one time or another. Among the most famous of these is the Willamette meteorite found in Oregon in 1902.According to the American Museum of Natural History, the meteorite, named for the Willamette Valley where it was found, weighs about 15.5 tons. It’s made chiefly of iron and is the sixth largest meteorite sample in the world.A meteorite made primarily of iron is rare. The iron comes originally from the forming and ending of stars, so these specimens have much to say about the development of solar systems and planets.Scientists theorize that this meteorite is probably the remains of an iron-nickel core from a planet that was shattered billions of years ago. The fragment would have orbited our sun as the planets formed, eventually crashing into the Earth’s surface at around 64,000 kilometers per hour (40,000 mph).Read another story from us: Ann Hodges, the only person struck by a meteorite who survived itThe meteorite has a unique shape, filled with cavities carved by rainwater forming sulfuric acid from the meteorite’s iron sulfide composition.The Willamette meteorite was held sacred by the indigenous peoples of the valley until it was secretly appropriated by a settler named Ellis Hughes in 1902. It is currently on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.last_img read more

Chargers fan egged the team headquarters after Los Angeles move announced Video

first_imgThe egging was busted up by the cops, and the Chargers are still moving to L.A. So basically, this dude took two L’s on the evening. Hopefully, it was worth catching a vandalism charge.Next up: Raiders to Vegas. This all sucks.Hurt is real for Chargers fans. Man egging Chargers HQ after news they’ll announce move to LA Thursday @nbcsandiego #NBC7 pic.twitter.com/ZYuA3FRWaF— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) January 12, 2017 Advertisement Yesterday, the Chargers announced they are relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. The Bolts have called San Diego home since 1961. In the end, the team and the city couldn’t come to an acceptable agreement on a new stadium. Next season, they will play their home games in the 30,000 seat StubHub Center in Carson, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy. There are like 10 Texas high school stadiums that are bigger than that.Needless to say, die-hard Chargers fans were not happy with the announcement that their beloved team was going to be loading up the moving trucks in short order.One fan showed up to the team head quarters at Charger Park to express his displeasure by throwing a dozen eggs at the team headquarters. While the symbolism is rich, it wasn’t a full out assault as it was some lazy soft toss.Hurt is real for Chargers fans. Man egging Chargers HQ after news they’ll announce move to LA Thursday @nbcsandiego #NBC7 pic.twitter.com/ZYuA3FRWaF— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) January 12, 2017last_img read more

How the Internet Might Be Bad for Your Health Infographic

first_imgTweet min read Tweet Enroll Now for Free December 1, 2012 Share Click to Enlarge (+) Share This story originally appeared on PR Daily That’s the question Insurance.com explores in an infographic. The answer is a depressing, “Probably.”A couple highlights that speak to this slow decline in health: As many as 10 percent of us are addicted to the internet. Some internet addicts saw up to 20 percent brain shrinkage. Internet overuse can be linked to eye strain and bad posture. It also causes sleep deprivation, provides a forum for bullying and is a conduit for relationship stress.So keep it up, internet lovers — but keep it up safely, if you would. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now We all suspect that the internet is rotting us to the very core of our souls. But is it bad for our physical health as well? This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Siri Cant Help TV Stars Kiss Like They Mean It In This

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. March 25, 2016 Pro tip: If you have to ask Siri how to kiss right, you’re doing it wrong.TV stars Alison Brie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau do just that in a goofy new Apple ad. The actors lock lips, but Brie (whom you might recognize from Mad Men) isn’t feeling it.Cue Siri to the rescue. Make that the fancy fourth-gen Apple TV-integrated Siri. “Is there tongue? Is there a little bit of tongue?” Brie awkwardly asks Coster-Waldau as a steamy clip of the Danish beau tasting the lips of a Game of Thrones co-star unfurls on an Apple TV. Next, Brie tells Siri to rewind seven seconds, not accidentally showing off how the Siri remote searches for content. Related: Cookie Monster Demonstrates Why Hands-Free Siri Is Useful (Video)End scene. Then the odd couple is called on set to seal a hot minute with a kiss. But Brie wants to brush up with more high-def makeout GOT sessions. Coster-Waldau has a different plan. He snatches the Apple TV remote and asks Siri to spin some sexytime tunes (yep, a la Apple Music). Maybe that’ll get Brie in the mood.Nope. Not happening. Siri’s no substitute for raw animal attraction.No surprise there. Siri’s a notorious ice queen, apparently by design. Why, it snubbed us just this morning when we asked the snarky digital assistant for a virtual smooch. “Let’s talk instead,” it said. No thanks. We’re good. 2 min readcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

How Tech and Data are Transforming Small Businesses Infographic

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 24, 2016 1 min read As technology and data continually impact how small business owners conduct and operate their businesses, there will be new opportunities to transform business functions and leverage these capabilities for business growth. See how businesses are already changing and how technology can serve as an enabler to uncovering new ways to be successful.last_img