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: Digital Quantum Battery Could Boost Energy Density Tenfold (2009, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-digital-quantum-battery-boost-energy.html In their study, Alfred Hubler and Onyeama Osuagwu, both of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have investigated energy storage capacity in arrays of nano vacuum tubes, which contain little or no gas. When the tubes’ gap size – or the distance between electrodes – is about 10 nanometers wide, electric arcing is suppressed, preventing energy loss. Further, each tube can be addressed individually, making the technology digital and offering the possibility for data storage in conjunction with energy storage. The physicists calculated that the large electric field exhibited under these conditions could lead to an energy density anywhere between two and 10 times greater than that of today’s best battery technologies. The scientists also estimated that the power density (i.e., the charge-discharge rates) could be orders of magnitude greater than that of today’s batteries. In addition, the nature of the charging and discharging avoids the leakage faced by conventional batteries, so that the nano vacuum batteries waste very little energy and have a virtually unlimited lifetime.The scientists say that it may be possible to build a prototype of the battery in the next year. Since the energy density is independent from the materials used, the nano vacuum tubes could be built from inexpensive, non-toxic materials. The nano vacuum tubes could also be fabricated using existing photolithographic techniques, and could be easily combined with integrated circuits.As for the possibility of data storage, the physicists explain that each nano vacuum tube can have two gates, an energy gate and an information gate. Each nano vacuum tube can also be charged and discharged individually, in any arbitrary order. By inserting a MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) in the wall of a nano vacuum tube, the state of the tube can be determined without charging or discharging it. “For example, to store the number 22, one would convert it to binary notation 22 = 10110,” the scientists wrote in their paper. “Then use the energy gates to charge the first, third and fourth tube and leave the second and fifth tube uncharged. When the energy gate holds a charge, it induces an electric field in the MOSFET that partially cancels the electric field from the electrodes of the information gate, which modifies the threshold voltage of the MOSFET. During read-out, a voltage slightly above the regular threshold voltages is applied to the information gate, and the MOSFET channel will become conducting or remain insulating, depending on the voltage threshold of the MOSFET, which depends on the charge on the energy gate. The current flow through the MOSFET channel is measured and provides a binary code, reproducing the stored data.”As Hubler explained in a recent article in MIT’s Technology Review, the digital quantum battery concept can be viewed in different ways as a variation of several technologies. “If you look at it from a digital electronics perspective, it’s just a flash drive,” Hubler said. “If you look at it from an electrical engineering perspective, you would say these are miniaturized vacuum tubes like in plasma TVs. If you talk to a physicist, this is a network of capacitors.”Hubler has applied for DARPA funding to develop a prototype of the digital quantum battery, and find out what will actually happen when loading the nano vacuum tubes with large amounts of energy. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists theorize that quantum phenomena could provide a major boost to batteries, with the potential to increase energy density up to 10 times that of lithium ion batteries. According to a new proposal, billions of nanoscale capacitors could take advantage of quantum effects to overcome electric arcing, an electrical breakdown phenomenon which limits the amount of charge that conventional capacitors can store. High-performance energy storage © 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Alfred W. Hubler and Onyeama Osuagwu. “Digital quantum batteries: Energy and information storage in nano vacuum tube arrays.” To be published in Complexity. This figure shows the energy density and the power density of nano vacuum tubes in comparison to other energy storage devices. Credit: H?bler and Osuagwu.
While efforts have been made to design inexpensive toilets, Swedish inventor Anders Wilhelmson is taking an even more low-tech approach to the problem. He has designed the “Peepoo,” a biodegradable plastic bag that serves as a single-use toilet for individuals in the developing world. After the bag is used and buried in the ground, urea crystals coating the bag sterilize the solid human waste and break it down into fertilizer for crops. Wilhelmson says that his company, Peepoople, can sell the bags for about 2 or 3 cents.An architect and professor in Stockholm, Wilhelmson was inspired by the current waste disposal methods used in the urban slums in Kenya. People there simply put their human waste in a plastic bag and fling it away. The bags are called “helicopter toilets” or “flyaway toilets.” Wilhelmson’s Peepoo bag is basically an environmentally friendly alternative that costs about the same as the ordinary plastic bags. Plus, the Peepoo is odor-free for 24 hours so that it can temporarily be stored nearby. Wilhelmson has successfully piloted the bag in Kenya and India last year, and plans to mass-produce the bag this summer.Wilhelmson hopes that the Peepoo bag could help the United Nations reach its goal to cut the number of people without access to toilets in half by 2015. As an article in the New York Times notes, other low-cost toilets are also being introduced in the developing world. For example, Singapore-based Rigel Technology recently demonstrated a $30 toilet that separates solid and liquid waste and turns solid waste into compost. A low-cost toilet that uses excrement to produce biogas to be used for cooking is being promoted by Sulabh Internation, an Indian nonprofit. However, Wilhelmson’s simple and inexpensive sanitizing bag may have the advantage of easy implementation, especially for people living in the most poor and rural areas. Citation: ‘Peepoo’ bag offers sanitary human waste disposal for pennies (2010, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-peepoo-bag-sanitary-human-disposal.html Opposition to plastic grocery bags grows Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — About 40 percent of the earth’s population, or 2.6 billion people, do not have access to a toilet, according to United Nations. The unsanitary conditions have resulted in contaminated drinking water that causes diseases, such as diarrhea, which has become one of the leading causes of death in young children. The inside of the single-use Peepoo bag is coated with urea crystals, which sterilize solid waste and break it down into fertilizer. Image credit: Peepoople. More information: www.peepoople.comvia: New York Times 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.
At the SID 2010 Toshiba demonstrated their LCD panel that can be bent to zoom in-and-out of displayed images. Credit: Toshiba Corp. The LCD panel has sensors located at the end of the backlight unit. By bending the sensor the resistance value changes thereby causing the zooming in-and-out effect. In order to achieve this with the LCD panel, Toshiba manufactured a thin backlight unit that can be bent to a curvature radius of 50mm, boasting an edge-lighting LED backlight unit whose light guide plate is as thin as 0.4mm.The LCD panel screen size measures 8.4 inches and has a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels (SVGA). The thickness of the glass substrate used for the LCD panel is 0.1mm.How useful this bendable LCD panel will be in applications has yet to be seen. Bendable LCD panels have been around for a while but this is the first bendable LCD panel I have come across that zooms in-and-out of images by bending the display. Explore further Citation: Toshiba LCD Panel Zooms In-and-Out By Bending It (w/ Video) (2010, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-toshiba-lcd-panel-in-and-out-video.html (PhysOrg.com) — Toshiba has come up with a method of zooming in-and-out of images by just bending the display. All you need to do is bend the thin flexible panel and the image will zoom in or out accordingly. Toshiba Corp demonstrated this at the SID 2010 which is the largest international conference on display technologies.At the conference, Toshiba demonstrated zooming in-and-out of an aerial photograph of Google Earth displayed on the screen by bending the LCD panel. This little demonstration was drawing the attention of many engineers who attended the conference. © 2010 PhysOrg.com LG.Philips Unveils Cutting-Edge Super-Slim LCD Panel for Mobile Phones 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.
Dr Glover said the ability to absorb nutrients through the skin and gills may also be an adaptation to an environment in which meals are infrequent and there is fierce competition for the carcasses. He said their calculations suggest the relatively large area of the skin could absorb nutrients at around the same levels as the digestive tract. The skin also absorbs the nutrients faster than the gut. Fish on acid: Hagfish cope with high levels of CO2 The Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii), also known as the slime eel, is an ancient species of fish shaped like a simple tube and living at the bottom of the sea. It is almost blind and uses feelers around its mouth to seek out food. Hagfish also have a tendency to exude copious quantities of a thick gel-like slime when disturbed, but despite this habit, they are eaten in a number of countries, such as Korea, along with their eggs and even their slime.The research team was led by Dr Chris Glover of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center in Canada. It was already known that the hagfish has an internal salinity similar to its environment, which led the researchers to suspect the skin might be permeable. To test this hypothesis they caught a number of hagfish near Vancouver Island and tested their skin and gill tissue for absorption of two amino acids. The results showed that amino acids were absorbed by both skin and gill tissue, and the amount of absorption increased as the concentration of amino acids increased, but only up to a certain point. Glover said this indicates there is a specific transport mechanism for transporting the amino acids, and the rate of absorption does not continue to increase after all absorption sites are occupied.Hagfish are traditionally grouped with vertebrates, having a bony skull, but they are jawless and have a flexible notochord instead of a bony spine. Invertebrates such as worms and mollusks also absorb nutrients through their skin or gills, but this is the first time anything as close to a true vertebrate has been shown to feed in the same way. In vertebrates the skin is impermeable to reduce chemical exchanges between the body and its environment, and this allows them to live in salt or fresh water and to minimize loss of fluids on land.The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, shows the feeding methods of hagfish may be transitional between those used by aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates such as modern fish. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Hagfish found to eat through its skin (2011, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-hagfish-skin.html (PhysOrg.com) — A new study in Canada has shown that the primitive fish called the Hagfish, which has the habit of burrowing into dead or dying creatures on the sea bed, eats by absorption through its skin and gills as well as via its mouth. More information: Adaptations to in situ feeding: novel nutrient acquisition pathways in an ancient vertebrate, by Chris N. Glover et al. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Published online before print March 2, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2784 , http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2011/02/23/rspb.2010.2784.abstract 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.
Deep space labIn the new paper, the researchers suggest that the best way to avoid the effects of Earth’s gravity on measurements of G is to perform the experiment in deep space, which refers to space outside our solar system. The scientists propose to launch their apparatus into deep space, likely by “piggybacking” on a major mission. Out there, where the gravity of planets and stars would be negligible, the host spacecraft would release a spherical object that has a 1-cm-wide tunnel through its center. Then (this would likely be the most difficult part), the host spacecraft—which is constantly spinning the whole time—would eject a much smaller oscillating object into the tunnel in the sphere at just the right angle and speed so that the object would move back and forth through the tunnel, without bouncing off the walls. The host apparatus would continually shine femtosecond laser pulses on the object as it oscillates in the tunnel, and the object (a retroreflector) would reflect these pulses back to the host spacecraft. These pulses would provide data on the period of the object’s harmonic motion, which is directly dependent on the value of G. The data would then be sent back to Earth via radio communication for interpretation.If everything goes as expected, the researchers’ simulations showed that this experiment could measure G with an uncertainty of 6.3 x 10-8, which is nearly three orders of magnitude more precise than the current best measurement.Even though the deep-space experiment wouldn’t have to deal with the Earth’s gravity, it would still have to contend with other, smaller non-gravitational accelerations that would also affect the retroreflector’s motion. These influences include solar radiation pressure, solar tidal effects, cosmic rays, and the momentum from the laser pulses. Some of these effects could be dealt with through careful design—for example, the sphere could be shielded from solar radiation pressure by positioning it in the shadow of the host spacecraft. But the researchers explain that any acceleration greater than 10-17 m/s2 must be modeled and accounted for when interpreting the data. Why measure G?The National Science Foundation in the US recently issued a solicitation for new approaches for measuring G (Ideas Lab: Measuring “Big G” Challenge). The NSF webpage says that measuring a more precise value of G will benefit many fields of physics and metrology, such as understanding the Casimir effect, improving the spring constants that are used to calibrate atomic force microscopy cantilevers, and understanding intermolecular forces in DNA. A precise value of G might also be used to test proposed theories that unify gravity with quantum electrodynamics. In the proposed experimental setup, a host spacecraft (right) shines a femtosecond laser pulse onto a retroreflector moving in the tunnel of a sphere (left). The period of the retroreflector’s harmonic motion provides information on the value of G. Credit: Feldman et al. ©2016 IOP Publishing The researchers, Michael Feldman et al., have published a paper on the proposed experiment in a recent issue of Classical and Quantum Gravity. Uncertainty with Big GNewton’s gravitational constant, G, determines the strength of the gravitational force between any two objects anywhere in the universe. Over the past century, a dozen or so Earth-based experiments have used torsion balances, atom interferometers, and other tools to measure the value of G to be approximately 6.67408 x 10-11, with an uncertainty of 4.7 × 10−5.Although this may sound precise, it is not very precise at all compared to many other physical constants, which have uncertainties that are many orders of magnitude smaller than this. In recent years, the large variations in the measured values of G have caused scientists to question if G is truly constant at all. (Currently, the overwhelming consensus is that G is constant, and that the variations are due to large systematic measurement errors.)”G is currently the least well known of all the fundamental physical constants, which is embarrassing,” Feldman told Phys.org. “A more precise number, and the possibility that G could vary with time, location, or the type of matter involved, could link to improvements in Einstein’s general relativity, including quantum gravity.”One of the main reasons that G is so difficult to measure accurately is that experiments must account for the influence of Earth’s gravity, g (sometimes called “little g” in contrast to “big G”). Little g is the acceleration due to gravity specifically on Earth, where it has a constant value of approximately 9.8 m/s2. Elsewhere in the universe, this value changes, since it depends on the Earth’s mass and the distance between the Earth and another object. However, the value of big G does not depend on these factors, and so it remains the same everywhere in the universe. Explore further More information: Michael R. Feldman et al. “Deep space experiment to measure G.” Classical and Quantum Gravity. DOI: 10.1088/0264-9381/33/12/125013 Also at arXiv:1605.02126 [gr-qc] Why do measurements of the gravitational constant vary so much? © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Scientists have proposed an experiment that could measure the value of Newton’s gravitational constant, G, from deep space instead of an Earth-based laboratory. The researchers predict that the deep space experiment could estimate G with an improvement in precision of nearly three orders of magnitude, since it would avoid the influence of Earth’s gravity. Citation: Deep space experiment could measure the gravitational constant with nearly 1,000 times improvement in accuracy (Update) (2016, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-deep-space-gravitational-constant-accuracy.html
The study found that the impact of such unique personal experiences is so deep that even identical twins don’t agree.“Of course, some aspects of attractiveness are pretty universal and may even be coded into our genes. For example, people tend to prefer faces that are symmetric,” researchers Laura Germine from Harvard University and Jeremy Wilmer of Wellesley College said.“Beyond such limited shared preferences, however, people really do have different ‘types’,” they added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It’s not about the school you went to, how much money your parents made, or who lived next door.That pretty face you see apparently has a lot more to do with those experiences that are truly unique to you – faces you have seen in the media, the unique social interactions you have every day of your life, perhaps even the face of your first boyfriend or girlfriend.They said that an individual’s aesthetic preferences for faces agree about 50
Darjeeling: A two-day-long meeting in Kolkata between the management and operating trade unions of Darjeeling tea gardens agreed on 15 percent bonus for the financial year 2017-18. The bonus will be disbursed in all hill tea gardens by October 10.Though bonus for Dooars and Terai tea gardens was fixed at 19.50% earlier, the management of the Hill tea gardens had categorically stated that bonus would be disbursed at the rate of 8.33% as per the Bonus Act of 1965. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe management claimed that the Hill tea gardens had incurred huge losses last year owing to the political strife and the 104-day-long bandh. They had also stated that there would be no negotiation meetings.However, with the unions mounting pressure, the Darjeeling Tea Association had called for a meeting in Kolkata on October 3. With the management insisting on 8.33% and the unions demanding 20%, the meeting spilled over to October 4.Finally, at around 11 pm on October 4, an agreement was signed between the Darjeeling Tea Association, Indian Tea Association and the operating trade unions, agreeing on a 15% bonus.Some trade unions including CITU, Himalayan Plantation Workers Union affiliated to GNLF and the trade union affiliated to JAP staged a walkout without signing the agreement.All the 87 tea gardens will receive 15% bonus, which will be disbursed before the Puja break, by October 10. If the salary of an employee exceeds Rs 12,750 per month, the bonus will be calculated on Rs 12,750.
The findings showed that these symptoms significantly improved after an eight-week programme of yoga and aquatic exercise.MS is a chronic progressive auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks the nervous tissue, potentially resulting in movement disorders. Other typical symptoms of MS include physical and mental fatigue as well as faintness, depression and paresthesia such as pins and needles, itchiness and numbness.“Exercise training programmes should be considered in the future as possible complements to standard MS treatments,” the researchers wrote in a paper published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The team analysed 54 women with MS with an average age of 34 and were assigned to one of three groups: yoga, aquatic exercise or no exercise. All patients continued with their existing treatment, including any medication taken to regulate the immune system.The results revealed that in comparison to the control group, fatigue, depression and paresthesia were significantly reduced in patients who took part in a three-times weekly training programme. In the non-exercising group, the likelihood of moderate to severe depression was 35-fold higher than in the groups who had done yoga or aquatic exercise. Researchers from the Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in Iran, the Psychiatric University Clinics and the University of Basel in Switzerland conducted the study.
The findings showed that people were more likely to act on an opinion — what psychologists call an attitude. If it is labelled as moral they were more resistant to attempts to change their mind on that subject.“The perception that an attitude we hold is based on morality is enough to strengthen it,” said lead author Andrew Luttrell, doctoral student at The Ohio State University, in the US.“For many people, morality implies a universality, an ultimate truth. It is a conviction that is not easily changed.” Luttrell said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, it was easy to lead people into thinking their views were based on moral principles, by using the ‘moral’ label.“Morality can act as a trigger – you can attach the label to nearly any belief and instantly make that belief stronger,” said one of the researchers Richard Petty, professor at Ohio State. Further, appeals to morality can be very effective to groups and political candidates trying to appeal to their supporters.“People may be more willing to vote for a candidate or give money to an advocacy group if they believe it is a matter of morality,” Luttrell noted adding, “they’re also less likely to be swayed by the opposition.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the team included 183 college students who read an essay favouring the adoption of a senior comprehensive exam policy at their university. They were asked to provide their thoughts in response to the essay, expressing views based on morality, tradition or equality.Participants were then asked to rate how willing they would be to sign a petition in favour of the exam policy and to put their names on a list of students who favour the exam policy and which way they would vote on the issue.The results showed that the attitudes of students who were told that their views on the exam policy were based on morality were more likely to predict their behaviour than the attitudes of students who were told their views were based on equality or tradition.
Darjeeling: A court in Jalpaiguri on Monday remanded the two accused in the Dhupguri rape case to two-day police custody.The police also recovered the iron rod that was used to torture the victim from the crime spot. Anuj Sharma, ADG Law and Order said on Sunday that the police have been asked to present the charge-sheet within three days. “Ratnu Munda, who is her neighbour and who is known to her, has committed the crime due to personal grudge. Both the victim & the accused are tribal. The victim is under treatment at a hospital & stable. Another person, who was present there but was not a part of the assault, has been arrested. District police has been directed to submit the charge-sheet in 3 days,” Sharma said. On Saturday night, a woman in her thirties was raped at Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri and an iron rod inserted in her private parts. Two persons namely Ratnu Munda and Parimal Rai were arrested by the police on Sunday. The two were produced before a Jalpaiguri Court on Monday. Police prayed for two-day remand which was granted by the Acting Chief Judicial Magistrate. “In the two-day remand, we will interrogate the two accused and the crime scene will also be reconstructed. We are trying to present the charge-sheet within three days so that custodial trial can commence. Investigation is proceeding in the right direction. We have already interrogated the duo. Munda, who is a neighbour of the victim, had committed the crime in presence of Parimal. We are trying to find out the actual motive behind the crime,” stated Amitabha Maity, Superintendent of Police, Jalpaiguri. Meanwhile, a team of doctors operated on the victim at Jalpaiguri Hospital. Though the surgery has been dubbed successful, the victim is still bleeding internally. Her husband and one-year-old child remained at the hospital premises throughout the night. It is reported that her child is also sick and a local NGO is looking after the child. The incident had taken place in Niranjanpat area of Magurmari Gram Panchayat. According to the victim’s narration, when she was alone at her house, the two had asked her to accompany them to settle an old land dispute. The duo then took her to the banks of Gilandi River. Munda then tortured her in presence of Parimal. When she lost her senses, the duo fled. In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the victim managed to arrive at the house of a rickshaw puller. A local NGO had taken the victim, who was in a critical state, to Dhupguri Hospital. She was referred to Jalpaiguri Hospital. An FIR was lodged and the police recorded her statement following which the arrests were been made. Her husband said there was a land dispute between his family and Munda’s family. Police claim that Munda is a history sheeter and was convicted earlier in a rape case.
Bengal has most critical care newborn beds in India: CMKolkata: Bengal has the largest number of sick critical care newborn beds and units in the country, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday. Banerjee made the statement at the start of the Newborn Care week.”Newborn Care Week begins today. In the last 7 years, we have set up 307 Sick Newborn Stabilisation Units (SNSU) in #Bangla. Number of Sick Neonatal Care Units (SNCU) have gone up from 6 to 68. Our state has the largest number of Sick Critical Care Newborn Beds & units in India,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Newborn Care Week is celebrated annually in the country from November 15 to 21 to raise awareness about the importance of the newborn care for child survival.
Organised on an annual basis by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development since 2015, the 5th edition of the ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ will be held from October 26 – November 4 at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). The timing for the 10 days festival (WOI Festival) will be from 10 am till 8 pmThe festival which is going to celebrate and promote women entrepreneurs and farmers in the organic field from across India – will have producers and manufacturers of organic products from 28 Indian states. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver 500 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, will come together with their organic products including 1200 varieties of rice, several varieties of millets, organic ice creams, ready-to-eat meals and snacks, oils, honey, tea, coffee, skin care, aromatherapy products, solar products, kitchen composers, organic seeds, organic cotton fabrics, among other bioproducts. All the participants from the remotest parts of the country will travel and stay in the Capital free of cost for the entire duration of the festival while having the opportunity of selling their healthy and wholesome goods to the people of Delhi and surrounding areas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the festival, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said, “Organic options encourage consumers to adopt a healthier lifestyle while helping to protect the planet and its eroding natural resources. The Women of India Organic Festival highlights the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provides a platform for women engaged in this field and encourages the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for women producers from the remotest corners of India. The WOI festival has given a successful platform to empower women farmers and entrepreneurs in a festive and fruitful manner for the past four years. It is a matter of great satisfaction for me that the Ministry’s efforts ultimately boost these illustrious rural women’s local communities and economies by creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products.” India has been a part of the organic farming revolution with over 160 million hectares of cultivable land. Better quality of produce fetches enhanced prices and adds approximately 20% to the incomes of related farmers. Overall, the income and savings of a farmer using exclusively organic methods in agriculture increases by over 50% since there is no investment in costly chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and preservatives.
Whether celebrating a birthday, recovering from last nights festivities or simply enjoying the sunshine, millennials are driving brunch innovations. Experts list down some trends: -Breakfast bowl power-packed with nutrients: Rising popularity of healthy breakfast bowls featured by celebrities on social media has kept the millennials hooked. The popularity of pretty granola bowls and vegan breakfast on social media handles has promoted healthy living among Indians. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Seafood offerings: Seafood is increasingly becoming popular in brunch dishes. From lobsters to crabs, customers are willing to try new and different seafood. -Upgrading the beverage scenario: Brunch cocktails used to be predictable. With the evolving trend, exotic cocktails have made their way into a brunch spread. Today’s brunch cocktails are made with spirits, small-batch mixers, exotic culinary ingredients, and fresh, and house-made garnishes. It not only makes a visual splash, but they make it easier to loosen up and decide what to order after sharing a communal sip with friends. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Go the local way: Following the sustainable and healthy way, consumers have become conscious about what they are eat and how are the ingredients sourced. People are adopting farm to table philosophy for a healthy experience. The naturally organic ingredients are free from pesticides, enriching natural nutrients and colours. -For the sweet tooth: Adding ice creams and chocolate desserts, along with interesting and unique ingredients, can make one’s brunch brighter. From chocolate to peanut butter or opting from wide-range of refreshing desserts, they are a perfect companion during a brunch experience.
Though not known to many, there are a number of famous people who are or were Quakers. The Quakers are a widely known but small Christian sect that developed in England in the 17th century.Inspired by the teachings of its founder, George Fox, the Quakers believe in direct communication with the Holy Spirit, and one of the original tales of their informal name has them “quaking” with religious fervor.Conservative Friends worshiping in London in 1809.Though meetings differ, generally, much time is given to silent meditation in communion with others. When the Spirit moves one to speak, they do.Here are twelve other Quakers that achieved notoriety, albeit with far less dire results.Richard NixonRichard M. NixonThe 37th President of the United States was raised in a very conservative Quaker family. He was taught not to swear, drink, or dance.Not all Quakers are so rigid, and Nixon, after graduating from Whittier College in California (a Quaker institution), began to drift away from his childhood beliefs.U.S. President Richard Nixon and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in 1970.Quakers eschew violence, but young Nixon felt a stronger duty to the country after Pearl Harbor, and spent the war years in the U.S. Navy, albeit in a non-combat role. Always a devout believer, Nixon did, however, drink or curse during his presidency.James DeanDean in East of Eden (1955).The 1950s sex symbol’s family life was tragic. An uncaring father and a mother that he loved, who died young.Dean was sent by his father to live with an aunt. She was a practicing Quaker and regularly took her nephew along to Quaker meetings throughout his pre-teen and early teen years.Dean and his Porsche Speedster 23F at Palm Springs Races, March 1955.In high school, however, he came under the influence of a Methodist preacher who encouraged Dean to follow his dreams of acting, car racing and bull-fighting, all things frowned on by his Quaker aunt. Decidedly nonreligious after his arrival in Hollywood, Dean is nonetheless buried in a Quaker cemetery in Indiana.Daniel BooneOil sketch of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding,Famed early American explorer and folk hero Daniel Boone was born and raised a Quaker. His family had fled England partly for religious reasons.However, after their arrival in the New World (Pennsylvania), Daniel’s sister married a non-Quaker and also fell pregnant – before marriage.George Caleb Bingham’s Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap (1851–52) is a famous depiction of Boone.Both of these got her expelled from her Quaker congregation. Daniel’s parents apologized for her behavior, but then their son Israel followed in his sister’s footsteps and also married outside the faith. The Boone’s were ostracized and moved to the Carolina’s. Eventually, Daniel had it with “civilization” altogether and became the famous woodsman of history.Annie OakleyAnnie Oakley cabinet card.Another American folk legend, sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born in Ohio, another Quaker stronghold, in 1860.Her Quaker parents had moved from Pennsylvania because Ohio was then still in many ways a frontier state, and land was cheap.Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror.Her family, unfortunately, was poverty-stricken and her mother could no longer care for her or her sister after losing not one, but two husbands.Annie and her sister were sent to an infirmary (a primitive orphanage) where they were treated as slaves and abused in many ways.Wild West Show posterIn order to supplement her meager diet, Annie learned to trap, and later, to shoot. By the time she was 15, she was out of the infirmary and had begun to make money not only trapping and hunting but also exhibition shooting – she helped her mother and 3rd husband buy a working farm.Joan BaezJoan Baez, 1963.Joan Baez’s political activism was influenced by the Quaker faith of her father, Albert Baez, who was a well-known physicist and pioneer in x-ray optics.He refused to work on the atomic bomb project and other defense-related projects due to his Quaker beliefs. Joan’s beliefs clearly mirrored her noted father.Judi DenchJudi Dench at the BAFTAs at the Royal Opera House in London, 2007. Photo by Caroline Bonarde Ucci CC BY 3.0Famed British actress Judi Dench converted to Quakerism from Methodism after attending a Quaker school in York.At first it was the school uniforms that attracted her to the faith but soon she realized she gained peace from the meetings.In a 2013 interview, Dench said “I haven’t been to a Meeting, shamefully, for such a long time … I think it informs everything I do. I couldn’t be without it.”David ByrneDavid Byrne speaking at the 2006 Future of Music Policy Summit hosted by the McGill University Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada. Photo by Fred von Lohmann CC BY 2.0Talking Head’s vocalist and songwriter grew up in a liberal Quaker household, where his mother encouraged him to follow his interests in music, painting and writing.Growing up, his mother’s Quaker beliefs and philosophies informed David’s views of the world.John CadburyJohn Cadbury, founder of the Cadbury chocolate-making company. Photo taken prior to 1889.Born in 1801, chocolatier John Cadbury originally wanted to be a doctor or lawyer, but at the time, the leading universities that offered those degrees openly discriminated against Quakers.Left with business as an alternative, Cadbury wanted to produce something that brought people happiness.Some of his non-Quaker friends suggested alcohol, but Cadbury knew that alcohol frequently brought anything but happiness. He decided to go into the chocolate and hot cocoa business, and he used the money he made to form an organization to stop animal abuse and the use of young boys as chimney sweeps.Bonnie RaittBonnie Raitt singing for the John Edwards presidential campaign. Photo by John Edwards – Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Bonnie Raitt’s Quaker parents were actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s.Raitt was exposed to all types of music in the eclectic mix of people in the Los Angeles she grew up in and was drawn to the blues.Raitt at the 1990 Grammy Awards. Photo by Alan Light CC BY 2.0On the Oprah show some years ago, Raitt said, “I think people must wonder how a white girl like me became a blues guitarist.The truth is, I never intended to do this for a living. I grew up in Los Angeles in a Quaker family, and for me being Quaker was a political calling rather than a religious one.”Joseph ListerThe surgeon Joseph Lister in 1902.Joseph Lister (b.1827), the namesake of “Listerine,” was a famous British surgeon who was a pioneer in antiseptic science and surgery at a time when more people died of infection post-surgery than from the illness itself. He attended the only university in England to admit Quakers for medical degrees, the University of London, and helped pave the way for others.Piers AnthonyBest-selling science fiction and fantasy writer whose Quaker parents were so inspired to help others that they went to Spain to help the children left homeless and orphaned in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. Anthony is today agnostic but has great regard for the strong Quaker ethic of helping those in need.Cassius CoolidgePoker Game, oil on canvas, 1894.Who?? The artist who painted the “Dogs Playing Poker” series of oil paintings, that’s who. He’s also credited with the novelty photograph invention that was all the rage in the 1920s, 30s and 40s – sticking your head through a wooden cut-out – muscle guy, beach babe, etc. Yep, Quaker.Quaker Mary Dyer led to execution on Boston Common, June 1, 1660.The Religious Society of Friends have roots deep in American history. Though there are still Quaker congregations in England, many “Friends,” as they prefer to be called, left England for the American colonies in search of religious freedom.Coanwood Friends Meeting House. Photo by Goldenlane CC BY-SA 4.0Most famously, large numbers of them settled in Pennsylvania, named for the leading Quaker in the area, William Penn. Others settled in Massachusetts – a number of them lived in the Salem area and were there when the witch trials occurred.Many of the Quakers in Massachusetts were persecuted for their beliefs by the Puritans and were ordered out of the Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies. The only Caucasian woman on record to be sold into slavery in the Colonies was Cassandra Burnell, who was given the sentence by her literally “Puritanical” grandfather, Governor John Endicott.Read another story from us: The Fiery Speech which Added “Under God” to the Pledge of AllegianceLuckily, that sentence was changed to exile, and she and her husband made a difficult trek to southern New Jersey to begin a Friend’s Meeting there. Her parents were not so lucky – they died on Shelter Island, New York of exposure – they had been exiled too.
Jason agreed with Colin, but simplified the Lakers’ problem.“Baby team, led by baby coach. It looks kind of good on paper, but….”The idea of the Lakers going from 17 wins to the playoffs with the same roster plus Brandon Ingram does seem childlike.“Baby Team being led by a Baby Coach.” – @WhitlockJason on why Lakers won’t make the Playoffs next season.https://t.co/9jIdTB39Lx— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 22, 2016 The NBA Draft is tomorrow and if the 76’ers take LSU forward Ben Simmons, the Lakers will likely end up taking Duke slenderman Brandon Ingram with the second pick.Lakers fans have decided new Head Coach Luke Walton is Red Auerbach, and that with their group of young talent and a key free agent, they can compete in the West.Today’s “Good Bet or Bad Bet?” asked the guys whether the Lakers can make the Playoffs. Colin thinks it’s a bad bet because the Lakers need a daycare center, for the players.“These are the ages of the Lakers’ five core players if they draft Brandon Ingram. 18, 20, 21, 24, 23. Forget winning playoff series, they couldn’t rent a car in America.” Advertisement
Can an aging internet company be a comeback kid? More and more, at least for eBay, it looks like the answer is yes.Continuing a three-year turnaround, eBay reported significant second-quarter revenue gains today, including a 20 percent jump in the earnings of its PayPal division over the second quarter of 2012. Its stock closed at more than $57 a share, and it announced second-quarter revenue of $3.9 billion, up from $3.4 billion a year earlier.The trailblazing ecommerce company hasn’t seen market interest like this since the end of 2004, when its stock soared to an all-time high of more than $58 a share. But by March 2009, it had plummeted to $10.43.A pivot to mobile is largely responsible for restoring eBay’s fortunes. Chief executive John Donahoe, who joined the company some five years ago, was prescient in seeing opportunities in mobile shopping for eBay to capitalize on. In the past few years, it has enhanced its mobile apps, improved its marketplace’s search tool and incentivized sellers to offer free shipping.Meanwhile, the market for ecommerce and mobile shopping has grown as smartphones have become more sophisticated. “With these devices getting better and better, it’s like your store is open longer and has better lighting,” says Benjamin Schachter, an internet analyst at Macquarie Securities.Following the trend, eBay enabled one-click purchasing through its mobile apps. Amazon, eBay’s largest competitor, also offers one-click buying to encourage impulse purchases.To be sure, eBay is not yet a world-beating company. Its earnings for the third quarter of 2012 and for the first quarter of this year, though encouraging, fell below analysts’ expectations. The second-quarter results, due out today, are also forecast to fall below analysts’ projections.Schachter dismissed the idea that eBay may have become the victim of its own recovery, struggling to meet inflated analyst expectations. But he did note that the stock’s current high reflects the potential for PayPal to move offline, becoming a payment method in brick-and-mortar stores. “That’s the next big catalyst for their stock,” Schachter says.EBay is taking steps in this direction. A partnership with credit-card company Discover, announced last year and slated to begin later this year, would allow customers at more than 7 million physical store to make purchases using their PayPal accounts.Update: This story has been updated to reflect eBay’s earnings report and its closing stock price on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.Related: PayPal Goes Galactic, Moves to Cash in on Space Payments 3 min read Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 17, 2013
The science behind Megatron and Optimus Prime is now reality.The raison d’etre of the Transformers, be they Autobots or Decepticons, is their ability to reconfigure themselves into cars, trucks, planes and other objects. It turns out researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are developing a new technology that might make the idea behind Transformers a reality faster than you think.They’re developing something called M-Blocks. About an inch and a half across on each side, these tiny cubes contain a battery-powered flywheel that when spun at high speed — up to 20,000 revolutions per minute — enable the cubes to move across a surface or flip into the air, according to a report from Wired. An internal braking mechanism allows them to stop on command. An external magnet system allows the cubes to easily yet powerfully attach and detach from one another.OK, this might be a ways off from Transformers, but check out the video.There have been other examples of self-assembling robots, but the researchers say the combination of technologies behind M-Blocks is new and more elegant than anything before. In this iteration, the flywheels and brakes are being controlled by hand via remote control. The researchers are working on ways to allow the cubes to automate movement themselves.Someday, if you can enable blocks like these with cameras and other equipment, you might be able to create multiple types of “machines” for different tasks with just one set of cubes. Now that sounds like something with some real-world potential.While we’re at it, here’s another video showing off more of what these cubes can do:What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. Enroll Now for Free October 15, 2013 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read
How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram by Martin Brinkmann on March 23, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: March 23, 2017 – No commentsInstagram announced on March 23, 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service.Two-factor authentication adds a security layer to the sign in process on Instagram. What is meant by that is that you are required to complete a second authentication step before you are signed in to your account and can start using the Instagram application.An attacker would have to gain access to the username and password, and also the security code that is sent to the user when a new sign in is initiated. Please note that you are only asked to complete the second authentication step if you sign in from an unknown device according to the “Keeping Instagram Safe” page.Instagram supports two different types of codes that users may use to complete the two-factor authentication process. The first comes via SMS, and it is the primary means of authentication. You get a code via SMS which you need to enter to complete the sign in process.The second is one of several backup codes. These codes are one-use codes that are generated automatically when you setup the new authentication feature on Instagram.How to enable two-factor authentication on InstagramThe only requirement for enabling two-factor authentication on Instagram is that you add a mobile phone number to the user profile. You can do so during the setup process, and don’t need to add the phone number prior to that.Two-factor authentication is supported on Android and iOS devices.Step 1: Click on the profile icon in the bottom menu bar. Tap on the menu icon that is displayed in the top right corner when the profile page opens.Step 2: Scroll down until you find Two-Factor Authentication listed there, and tap on the option. Toggle “Require Security Code” to enable the security feature for your Instagram account.Instagram displays a prompt when you toggle the security option:Turn this on?Turning on two-factor authentication means we’ll send you a security code to enter every time you log in.Select turn on.Step 3: The next step depends on whether you have added a mobile phone number to Instagram already or not. If you have, you get a six digit code sent to the number which you need to enter. If you have not, you are asked to enter and verify the phone first.Step 4: Backup codes are listed on the next page. These codes can be used as one-time codes to sign in. Can be useful if the SMS don’t arrive on your device for instance for whatever reason.How to turn two-factor authentication off againYou can turn off two-factor authentication again at any point in time, provided that you can access the account.Turning off is simpler. You follow the steps outlined above, but toggle the “require security code” feature to off this time. You need to confirm the turning off of the security feature in the next step when a prompt is displayed to you.Disabling two-factor authentication on Instagram requires no extra confirmation of any kind.Closing WordsSupport for two-factor authentication for all users is an important step in keeping Instagram accounts safe. It is easy enough to setup, but only supports SMS or backup codes for now. Support for other code generation options, through applications for instance, would certainly be a welcome addition.Now You: do you use Instagram?SummaryArticle NameHow to enable two-factor authentication on InstagramDescriptionInstagram announced on March 23, 2017 that the company did enable two-factor authentication support for all users of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
IOBit Uninstaller 8 comes with Bundleware monitoring by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2018 in Software – 22 commentsIOBit Uninstaller 8, the latest version of IOBits installation monitoring and software uninstallation program for Windows, comes with new bundleware monitoring capabilities among other new features.The default option to remove installed software from Windows machines is pretty basic even though you may improve it. Some of the shortcomings are that you are limited to removing individual programs (no batch uninstallation), and that leftovers are not removed from the system.Third-party software uninstallers like IOBit Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller, or Geek Uninstaller, support these features and many more.IOBit Uninstaller 8: first lookIOBit publishes new versions of the company’s uninstaller regularly and major versions always include a handful of new features and improvements.IOBit Uninstaller 8 is no exception to the rule; the new version of the program comes with a new bundleware monitoring feature and other improvements.Bundleware is software that includes other software that may be installed alongside the program the user wants to install. Most bundleware offers come with options during setup to block the installation of extra program or programs, but some lack these options.Google published a study in 2016 about the industry that pushes unwanted software installations.Uninstaller 8 monitors software installations when it runs just like previous versions of the application did. The new bundleware monitoring identifies optional software installations and lists all of them under bundleware in the program interface.While IOBit Uninstaller 8 won’t prevent the installation of optional software during installations — a program like Unchecky does — but it does list all optional installations that it identified under bundleware so that it becomes easier to remove them all in one go.It works in this regard similarly to Junkware Removal Tool or PC Decrapifier but with the difference that these programs don’t need to run on the system to remove bundleware and that Uninstaller 8 displays the programs that it can remove in its interface.Software updaterThe built-in software updater has been improved significantly in IOBit Uninstaller 8. IOBit states that the supported list of programs has increased by the factor five in the new version.While that is certainly an impressive improvement, its support database is still nowhere near the level of state of the art programs like SUMO.Still, popular programs like Dropbox, Firefox, Revuva, Notepad++, Google Chrome, or Spotify are supported by the application.Just select “update” next to any program identified as not up to date and wait for the update process to complete. All of this happens in the background; you may get firewall prompts as connections need to be established to download the updated version of applications.Other improvementsEasy Uninstall is another new feature of IOBit Uninstaller 8 which unlocks options to remove software programs from their icons or opened windows.All you need to do is select the option under Tools and drag & drop the icon on the window or icon to start the removal process. Whether that is indeed easier than selecting the program directly in the list of installed programs is up for debate; it may be useful if the program is not listed there, however.IOBit states that the toolbars & plugins database supports double the number of toolbars and plugins in the new verison, and that it is now also possible to remove Windows apps from non-administrative accounts and that all the latest Universal Windows Platform apps of Windows 10 can be removed by the application next to that.Closing WordsIOBit Uninstaller 8 is a useful program; while there are still users out there that don’t touch IOBit software because of the company’s past misconducts, others may certainly appreciate the new functionality and improvements of the new version.The new program version is available as a beta release right now. It won’t be long before the stable version gets released, though.Now You: How do you remove software from your Windows PCs?SummaryArticle NameIOBit Uninstaller 8 comes with Bundleware monitoringDescriptionIOBit Uninstaller 8, the latest version of IOBits installation monitoring and software uninstallation program for Windows, comes with new bundleware monitoring capabilities among other new features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement