Passwordcracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo

first_img Explore further Researcher Jeremi Gosney, the founder and CEO of Stricture Consulting Group, was the thinker behind the hardware and software setup that could make 350 billion guesses per second. The result was that eight-character passwords could fall in hours; some passwords could be had in minutes. The deployment that was capable of 350 billion guesses per second was a five-server computer cluster with 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards and virtualization software. The password-penetrating design was able to unleash unexpected speed, ripping through Windows passcodes. Security Ledger runs a detailed account of the rig’s specs and results. According to reports, his approach was enough to brute force eight-character passwords containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols, in just hours.The brute forcing algorithms went to work at speeds that are remarkable. He showed that with the right improved software and powerful hardware, such attacks are quite feasible. His setup is only relevant toward offline attacks, where the thief has already retrieved a password database or file. The cluster that he used would not be relevant to online attacks against a live system. His scenario applies to exploits involving collections of leaked or stolen passwords.Gosney’s success, however, in ripping through eight character passwords will only make security professionals that much more aware of what they already know, that older algorithms and shorter length passwords are vulnerable to attacks. System breaches leading to substantial password leaks have been part of news headlines for some time. Gosney said in an email to Ars Technica that “We can attack hashes approximately four times faster than we could previously.” Gosney has been working on clustering approaches for the last four or five years.The GPU cluster in his recent presentation uses a cluster platform to let each card function as if on a single desktop plus ocl-Hashcat Plus.The general rule for computer users is to think about long and strong passwords, between 13 and 20 characters, if possible. If worried about choosing words that are too “common,” users can turn to password management tools, which are designed to help a user create passwords that are less vulnerable. Are you any good at creating passwords? Citation: Password-cracking feats at blistering speed shown in Oslo (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-password-cracking-feats-blistering-shown-oslo.html More information: passwords12.at.ifi.uio.no/Jere … _HPC_Passwords12.pdfsecurityledger.com/new-25-gpu- … asswords-in-seconds/www.overclockersclub.com/news/33354/center_img (Phys.org)—Remember when the running advice for password setup was to avoid using your name backwards? My how we have smelled the coffee. A new rig-and-burn presentation for an audience of academics and security professionals at the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway, earlier this month, demonstrated that password-cracking is an easy game with crippling amounts of password theft capable of happening at crippling speed. 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. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Thames Water 2OC will deliver power from Londons fatbergs

first_img Explore further Wastewater and water services provider, Thames Water, has signed a 20 year agreement with 2OC. That plant is set to produce 130 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable electricity, enough to run 39,000 average-sized homes. (130 GWh is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 39,394 households in a year based on an average household consumption. Thames Water will buy 75 GWh of this output to run its sewage works and a desalination plant. Remaining power will be available for the national energy supply grid. Other fuel sources include oil wastes from food manufacturers, processors and tallow.Andrew Mercer, chief executive of 2OC, said that when Thames does not need the output, it will be made available to the grid. The power, he said, “will be sourced, generated and used in London by Londoners.” Mercer told the BBC that there would be no smoke and no smell. The plant should be up and running by 2015.Thames water each year removes 80,000 blockages in 109,000km of sewers. Clearing these blockages costs £1 million a month. Credit: Blue Sky Biofuels (Phys.org) —From fish and chips to pork pies, some of London’s tastiest foods create unappetizing and costly fat and oil buildups in drains. These fatbergs, as they are dubbed, end up in the city sewers system. A fatberg is a hefty clump of congealed fat and cooking oil, but also intertwined with other materials passing through the sewers. Leaders at two companies have a plan that, while not making lemonade out of lemons, will do even better, making energy out of leftover fat. Fat and oil from restaurants and build-ups in drains will find re-use as a result of an ambitious plan, it was announced on Sunday. The grease will be fed into what is claimed to be the world’s largest fat-fueled power station, at Beckton in east London, to be run by energy company, 2OC. Britain unveils desalination plant for London reservoirscenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Thames Water, 2OC will deliver power from London’s fatbergs (2013, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-thames-2oc-power-london-fatbergs.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers find nematode incites defense response in plants that benefits itself

first_imgAn infective Heterodera schachtii worm enters a wildtype Arabidopsis root. The brown DAB stain indicates accumulation of hydrogen peroxide that is produced due to the activity of NADPH oxidases. Credit: Siddique et al., 2014 © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Science Signaling Explore further Citation: Researchers find nematode incites defense response in plants that benefits itself (2014, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-nematode-incites-defense-response-benefits.html Banana plant fights off crop’s invisible nemesis: Roundworms (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of Bonn has discovered that a certain species of nematode actually does better when exposed to defensive chemicals made by plants. In their paper published in the journal Science Signaling, the team describes how they found that disabling the production of a defensive chemical in a flowering plant caused nematodes that invade it to fare less well. Baomin Feng and Libo Shan offer a Perspective Piece on the work done by the team in the same issue.center_img More information: “Parasitic Worms Stimulate Host NADPH Oxidases to Produce Reactive Oxygen Species that Limit Plant Cell Death and Promote Infection,” by S. Siddique et al. Science Signaling, 2014. The research suggests that it might be possible to reduce nematode infestations in vegetable crops by modifying them to produce less ROS, though that would likely mean having to add more antibacterial agents at the same time. A Heterodera schachtii infective worm enters a mutant Arabidopsis. At the site of nurse cell induction, it releases effectors in the selected cell. Due to the lack of RbohD activity to produce ROS, cells that had been affected earlier produce large amounts of callose depositions and undergo cell death. Credit: Siddique et al., 2014 Prior research has shown that plants produce chemicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) to ward off fungal and bacterial infections. But now it appears that the same defensive mechanism in some plants allows a certain type of nematode to thrive.H.schachtii, a type of nematode invades many types of plants—its larvae burrow into roots and take up residence near the cylinder that transports nutrients to the rest of the plant. The worm chews on cells causing them to combine, then eats the result while growing into an adult. The worms don’t kill the plant, they simply use it as a place to live and eat. To better understand how it is that the worms withstand the release of ROS when they enter a root, the researchers genetically modified an Arabidopsis plant so that it would not produce ROS when attacked. To their surprise they found that when they introduced the nematode to the root, the worm actually did worse in the absence of the defensive chemicals.Normally ROS does its job by killing plant cells in the vicinity of an attack—without live cells to attack, bacteria die as well. But with the nematode, the researchers found, ROS cell killing is controlled, or managed by the parasite, which allows the worm to fuse the cells it’s after and grow large and healthy. Without the ROS, they found it more difficult to get to the root cylinder, created a smaller fuse cell and as a result didn’t grow as large or as healthy as they did in non-modified plants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during midcretaceous

first_img Citation: Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during mid-cretaceous (2016, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-mummified-ancient-bird-clues-flight.html Tree resin captures evolution of feathers on dinosaurs and birds The team actually found two bird samples inside a single small piece of amber (which was originally found in Myanmar), both of which belong to enantiornithines—a group of birds that went extinct at approximately the same time as the other dinosaurs—66 million years ago. Prior research had found that such birds had both teeth and wings with claws on their tips. The birds were tiny (the amber piece as a whole was just a few cubic centimeters) and likely juveniles.The team reports that they were able to analyze both samples under microscopes and also by using X-ray micro-computed tomography scanning—they also used UV light to examine the entire amber piece with the bird remains inside to learn more about the way the amber flowed before hardening. That allowed them to make out claw marks near one of the bird samples, which the researchers suggest is likely evidence of the bird struggling to break from the tree resin. They noted that both birds had adult-type feathers which suggested they never had to go through a molting phase, they hatched with feathers already fully formed. The group also notes that the samples are a rare find, most fossilized bird remains are 2D images formed in sedimentary rock. The birds in the amber are true 3D samples which offer the researchers evidence of both skeletal and feather structure in one sample. They also offer something else—color. The feathers are believed to be the same hues they were when the birds were alive, approximately 99 million years ago—pale darks on top with some dots and darker browns on other parts.Interestingly, the researchers also found that the feather arrangement was very similar to modern birds, which meant that despite a different shoulder structure, they probably flew in much the same way as those we see flying around today. The researchers are hoping further study will shed more light on the middle stage of the evolutionary development of flight—between gliding and full powered flying. Explore further Enantiornithes wing and skin sections encased in amber, nicknamed “Rose”. Credit: Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM/ R.C. McKellar) More information: Lida Xing et al. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12089AbstractOur knowledge of Cretaceous plumage is limited by the fossil record itself: compression fossils surrounding skeletons lack the finest morphological details and seldom preserve visible traces of colour, while discoveries in amber have been disassociated from their source animals. Here we report the osteology, plumage and pterylosis of two exceptionally preserved theropod wings from Burmese amber, with vestiges of soft tissues. The extremely small size and osteological development of the wings, combined with their digit proportions, strongly suggests that the remains represent precocial hatchlings of enantiornithine birds. These specimens demonstrate that the plumage types associated with modern birds were present within single individuals of Enantiornithes by the Cenomanian (99 million years ago), providing insights into plumage arrangement and microstructure alongside immature skeletal remains. This finding brings new detail to our understanding of infrequently preserved juveniles, including the first concrete examples of follicles, feather tracts and apteria in Cretaceous avialans.Press releasecenter_img Journal information: Nature Communications © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from China, Canada and the U.S. has found an example of mummified remains of a bird from the mid-cretaceous period, in amber. As they note in their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the remains represent the first example of skeletal material alongside feathers in Mesozoic amber. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New theory to explain why suns surface rotates slower than its core

first_img Explore further Citation: New theory to explain why sun’s surface rotates slower than its core (2017, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-theory-sun-surface-rotates-slower.html Scientists have known for some time that the surface of the sun spins more slowly than its interior but have no good explanation for it. In this new effort, the researchers were able to take a better look at what was occurring and by doing so discovered what they believe is the source of the slowdown.To gain a better understanding of what is happening with the sun, the researchers started with images collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory—a probe that has been circling the sun since 2010. By processing three and a half years of images using filters, the researchers were able to get a detailed look at multiple layers of sun depth, which allowed them to calculate the circulation speed of each. In looking at their overall results, they found that the outermost layer spun more slowly than all of those below it, which spun approximately 5 percent more than the rest of the photosphere.Taking a cue from prior research that has shown that space dust is slowed as it collides with solar photons due to losses from angular momentum, the researchers created a model of the sun in which photons moving outward through interior layers of plasma eventually encounter plasma that is much less dense at its outermost layer. As those photons collide with the plasma, which is moving, angular momentum is exchanged, which results in a net loss of plasma angular momentum. That net loss results in the plasma slowing as the photons that cause the slowdown escape into space. The massive number of such collisions over the course of 4.5 billion years, the team theorizes, has resulted in the slower rate of spin of the outer layer that we observe today. More information: Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun’s Surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 051102 – Published 3 February 2017 , doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.051102 , On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1612.00873AbstractThe Sun’s internal rotation {Omega}(r,{Theta}) has previously been measured using helioseismology techniques and found to be a complex function of co-latitude, {theta}, and radius, r. From helioseismology and observations of apparently “rooted” solar magnetic tracers we know that the surface rotates more slowly than much of the interior. The cause of this slow-down is not understood but it is important for understanding stellar rotation generally and any plausible theory of the solar interior. A new analysis using 5-min solar p-mode limb oscillations as a rotation “tracer” finds an even larger velocity gradient in a thin region at the top of the photosphere. This shear occurs where the solar atmosphere radiates energy and angular momentum. We suggest that the net effect of the photospheric angular momentum loss is similar to Poynting-Robertson “photon braking” on, for example, Sun-orbiting dust. The resultant photospheric torque is readily computed and, over the Sun’s lifetime, is found to be comparable to the apparent angular momentum deficit in the near-surface shear layer. Journal information: Physical Review Letters , arXiv The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of Hawaii, Ponta Grossa State University in Brazil and Stanford University has found what they believe is the reason that the surface of the sun rotates more slowly than its core. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team explains how they used a new technique to measure the speed of the sun’s rotation at different depths and what it revealed about the speed of the sun’s outer 70km deep skin. Researchers report possible solution to a long-standing solar mystery © 2017 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.last_img read more

New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters Comparison of microscopic images of the chiral meta-mirror illuminated by right circularly polarized, linear, and left circularly polarized light waves. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society When a regular mirror reflects circularly polarized light, it reverses the spin state of the light. In contrast, the chiral meta-mirror preserves one of the two spin states when reflecting circularly polarized light, while absorbing the other spin state. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Breaking metamaterial symmetry with reflected light “We offer the ability to preserve spin states of an optical wave upon reflection from a chiral meta-mirror,” Cai told Phys.org. “In sharp contrast to a regular reflective surface, the chiral meta-mirror operates by absorbing one spin state, while allowing the other to be reflected back with the same spin state as that of the incident wave.” While most conventional mirrors are made of common metals, such as a thin silver film covered by a thicker piece of glass, no known natural material has the chiroptical property exhibited by the new mirror. For this reason, the researchers fabricated the new mirror from an artificial material—a metamaterial with a nanoscale geometry designed specifically to exhibit this property. The meta-mirror consists of a thin film perforated by an array of asymmetric holes, and this asymmetry contributes to the unconventional chiroptical response.”Metamaterials, which offer light manipulation on the nanoscale, can achieve polarization alteration in propagation lengths of just a couple hundred nanometers,” Cai said.The researchers note that the chiral meta-mirror is relatively easy to fabricate, and they expect that it will have applications in optical data transmission and other technologies that they plan to further investigate in the future.”Some of the most common ways to send data via optical means is by time-division or wavelength multiplexing,” Cai said. “However, as the demand for increasing data bandwidths grows, a higher degree of multiplexing is needed. In terms of optical communications, polarization control opens another paradigm for multiplexing and data handling. The ability of our meta-mirror to preserve an incident spin state will aid in the development of these polarization-sensitive systems.”Chiral meta-mirrors can also be used for applications in chiroptical sensing, chiral signal analysis, and may even play a part in the next generation of 3-D movies. Most 3-D movies rely on the left and right handedness of the circularly polarized light that passes through the glasses that we wear in the theaters. With this polarization distinction at hand, chiral meta-mirrors could even find utility in this industry.” Citation: New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors (2017, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-mirror-differently-conventional-mirrors.html Explore further More information: Lei Kang et al. “Preserving Spin States upon Reflection: Linear and Nonlinear Responses of a Chiral Meta-Mirror.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03882 © 2017 Phys.org The researchers, led by Wenshan Cai at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have published a paper on the chiral meta-mirror in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The unconventional reflective properties of the new mirror arise from the way in which the mirror responds to light that is circularly polarized. Light waves are composed of electric and magnetic fields, and when the electric field travels slightly behind the magnetic field or vice versa, the light wave moves along a helical path through time, and this is called circularly polarized light. Most of the light around us, such as light from the sun and lightbulbs, is unpolarized but can become polarized by passing through a polarization filter.A circularly polarized light wave can travel in either a clockwise (right) or counterclockwise (left) fashion, which is determined by an intrinsic physical property of light called the spin angular momentum and, consequently, is called the spin state of light. The main difference between the new mirror and conventional mirrors is how each responds to the spin states of circularly polarized light.When a circularly polarized light beam reaches a conventional mirror, the mirror reverses the beam’s spin state, so that the light it reflects back out has the opposite spin as the light that enters. For many applications, this property does not pose any problems, and in fact mirrors are one of the most important components of many optical devices. However, for certain new applications such as photonic information processing in which the spin states of light carry data, it is important to maintain and control the spin states when reflected by mirrors.The new chiral meta-mirror does almost the opposite of a conventional mirror with respect to spin states. Instead of reflecting the opposite spin state, it reflects the same spin state of an incident circularly polarized beam, but only for one spin state. When a beam with the opposite spin state arrives at the mirror, the mirror completely absorbs that light. So the final result is that the mirror reflects only light with one spin state—either left or right circularly polarized beams, but not both. (Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a new type of mirror that reflects light in a completely different way than conventional mirrors do. The new mirror, called a chiral meta-mirror, has potential applications for information processing with light, next-generation 3-D movies, and other technologies that manipulate light in novel ways. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to

first_img Europeans receptive to new welfare policy ideas Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bi … quence=1&isAllowed=y Explore further Citation: Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to get a job (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universal-basic-income-people-happier.html The experiment carried out by the government tested the idea of a concept called universal basic income (UBI), which guarantees participants a certain basic standard of living via direct cash transfer. The standard of living guaranteed includes reasonably nice housing, sufficient food, proper health care, and a means for engaging with the surrounding community. UBI is an idea that has been kicked around and tested before, but thus far, findings have produced mixed results. In this new experiment, the Finnish government randomly chose 2,000 people who were receiving unemployment benefits and offered them a roughly equal sum without the attendant job search requirements. Normally, there are also restrictions on how the money can be used. Subjects in the experiment were given free rein—they could live on the dole with no worries, and they would keep receiving their money even if they got a job. The experiment lasted from the beginning of January in 2017 until the end of December 2018. The results of the experiment have been widely anticipated as polls show that most people believe UBI would make people less interested in finding a job.The government asked the volunteers how they were doing during the experiment via questionnaire. Over half reported that their heath was either good or very good. In contrast, just 46 percent of a control group said the same. The UBI participants also scored higher when reporting trust levels in the government and when asked about their future outlook. In general, the FSII report concluded that overall welfare for those participating in the UBI experiment was higher than for the control group. But there was also a downside. Unemployment for those in the UBI experiment remained at basically the same levels as for the control group. © 2019 Science X Network Finland’s Social Insurance Institution (FSII) has published the results of an income experiment it carried out for two years to learn more about ways to reduce unemployment. They report that their experiment showed that giving unemployed people a no-strings-attached guaranteed income instead of an unemployment allowance made them happier and less stressed—but it did not make them any more or less likely to get a job. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Get louder

first_imgBacardi and Only Much Louder bring you the fourth edition of the festival featuring more than 200 bands across six stages. All set to take over the Capital on 30 Nov and 1 Dec, Millennium Post talks to Nischay Parekh and Prateek Kuhad who will be a part of the madness…NISCHAY PAREKH: How did your journey with music begin?My first ever brush with music was my mother’s cassette collection. I had the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye and my world was changed forever, I just didn’t know it yet. I started playing and writing songs at 11. Once the songs started coming, I knew that this is what I had to do with my life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your album, Ocean.Ocean is an experimental pop album filled with playful orchestration and cinematic moments. In terms of sound it’s very lush and I’m very proud of the production. The songs themselves are about relationships, longing and other very universal themes. However, I enjoy making these larger than life themes very intimate, that’s why you’ll find pandas, ghosts and secrets in my Ocean.Your most memorable gig?The Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender a few weeks ago. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCould you give us a little insight of your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender?The live experience at the Bacardi NH7 Weekenders will be intimate, interactive and full of colour. We have a surprise in store for the audience as well. Our mission is to create a very special experience for everyone. Immersing people into the story that music is telling is of prime importance. Bring your imagination.What is your take on Bacardi NH7 Weekender shaping music in India? Bacardi NH7 Weekender just injects the Indian scene with huge amounts of positive energy. It creates a vibe like no other.Besides music, tell us something more about Nischay Parekh?I love television, food and reading. Outside of music I’m a pretty ordinary guy.PRATEEK KUHAD: Which bands/musicians have been the biggest influences on your music?Musically, especially my guitar playing is influenced a lot by Nick Drake, John Mayer, Elliot Smith and The Tallest Man On Earth. What I love about all these artists is their incredible ability to write the most amazing songs, both musically and lyrically. I aspire to do the same.What can we expect from your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi?I’m playing at all four editions of Bacardi NH7 Weekender (Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata), so there’s a lot to be brought to the table. You’ll just have to come to the gigs and find out for yourself!last_img read more

Document surfaces outlining Pietersens misbehavior

first_imgKevin Pietersen’s monopoly of the airwaves and printed media regarding his claims of bullying in the England cricket team’s dressingroom ended abruptly on Tuesday with the leaking of an email outlining his poor behaviour on last year’s disastrous Ashes series in Australia.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) insisted the email website Cricinfo had received was not the official dossier compiled by former coach Andy Flower, who has like many others not escaped the wrath of Pietersen in his book. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe ECB said it was an internal email draft drawn up by their lawyers — marked strictly privileged and confidential.Neverthless it will not make pleasant reading for the South African-born batsman but will delight those who like former England spinner Graeme Swann and wicketkeeper Matt Prior have been lambasted by Pietersen.However, Pietersen brushed off the email’s contents which included captain Alastair Cook’s first name being misspelt in one instance.last_img read more

Forest dept to put cork on use of plastic in parks

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is going to impose some restrictions on the usage of plastic material in the parks that are owned by the department.During a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day at Central Park in Salt Lake, state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said that the visitors will not be allowed to enter parks with any plastic items or bags. During the programme, some saplings were planted in the park while some others were distributed among the people by the Forest department. The principal secretary of the department Chandan Sinha was also present at the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBurman said that his department will impose restrictions on the entry of people who are carrying plastic substances. The step has been taken to protect the environment of the parks. It is often seen that people dump plastic bags and other items in the waterbodies inside the parks, which in turn cause damage to the animals and plants in the water.The minister also instructed the senior officials of his department to carry out extensive campaigns against the use of plastic items, which disrupt the ecological balance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious awareness programmes would be held by the department to make people aware about the ill effects of the plastic items. He also urged the people to plant more trees in their neighbourhood, which is one of the steps to keep the nature intact.The Forest department would also urge the stalls situating near the parks not to sell plastic items to the people. It may be mentioned here that the Forest department often distributes saplings among the people for protection of the environment.last_img read more

Mamata calls up Sovan over pitiful condition of roads waterlogging woes in

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday called up Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and expressed her discontentment over the condition of some roads in Behala and reports of waterlogging in certain pockets of the area.Prodded by the Chief Minister, Chatterjee asked Member, Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh to fast track the process of the ongoing projects in parts of Behala, to prevent water accumulation.Speaking to reporters, Singh said, “The work for a Rs 700 crore project for drainage overhaul taken up by Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP), is underway at James Long Sarani and near Rammohan Road (Tollygunge Karunamoyee). The work for the Metro project is also going on, which is deteriorating the condition of the roads. We are repairing roads but within a few days, they are getting Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killeddamaged again due to repair work.””We are taking all possible measures and situations will improve soon,” he added.It may be mentioned that due to heavy rain in the city a few days ago, there was waterlogging in certain pockets of Behala, including areas in and around Behala Flying Club, Sakher Bazar and Silpara to name a few. There was a day last week, when in half an hour there was more than 100 mm rain and in three hours, the average was 80 mm. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”The infrastructure for the pumping station near Behala Flying Club is being overhauled. Five pumps will soon be installed for drainage of water through Begor Khal. We hope to have things in place by July 10,” Singh added.At present, there are at least three places, where the Diamond Harbour Road has been dug up, the most prominent one being near the Old Dog Race Course Housing Estate, close to Ajanta Cinema. The two other sites are at Kolkata Blind School crossing and Kadamtala.last_img read more

Acupuncture to reduce excessive crying in babies

first_imgAcupuncture may have the potential to effectively reduce incidences of excessive crying in babies with infantile colic, researchers say.Infantile colic, also known as baby colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child.Excessive crying in babies is an issue for up to one in five families, causing pain for the baby and stress for the parents, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings showed that needling twice a week for a period of two weeks significantly reduced the crying time in babies.“For those infants that continue to cry for more than three hours each day, acupuncture may be an effective treatment option,” said Kajsa Landgren from Lund University in Sweden.Previous studies have associated acupuncture with relieving pain, restoring gut function as well as inducing calm.In the study, the team compared two types of acupuncture in 144 babies aged between two and eight weeks of age and randomly allocated each child to one of three groups (A-C). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Group A received standard minimal acupuncture at one acupuncture point, group B were given tailored acupuncture at a maximum of five acupuncture points and group C received no acupuncture.The results showed that the amount of time spent crying excessively fell in all three groups, which is not unexpected as colic tends to clear up by itself eventually.But the magnitude of this reduction was greater in those given either type of acupuncture than it was in those given standard care alone, suggesting that the babies tolerated the ancient method fairly well, the researchers said.“Fussing and crying are normal communications for a baby, therefore a reduction to normal levels (rather than silence) is the goal of treatment,” Landgren noted.The research was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine.last_img read more

KMCs Central Store to repair condemned vehicles machinery

first_imgKolkata: The Central Store of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been given the additional responsibility of repairing condemned vehicles or machines that were once used by various departments of the civic body. Mayor Firhad Hakim has recently handed over this responsibility to the Central Store with the Entally workshop unable to meet deadlines because of small number of employees who are unable to take up such repair works. The Central Store is involved in the purchase of equipment needed by various departments from time to time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe defunct machines or vehicles like handcarts are dumped in the “condemned store”. Recently, employees at the Central Store have used parts of such discarded handcarts to come up with five new ones. Such handcarts are used by the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC. “These vehicles will be soon handed over to Entally workshop for use. We are also floating tender for manufacturing more such handcarts from those abandoned defunct vehicles,” a senior KMC official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that after taking over as Mayor, Hakim had initially kept the charge of Central Store with him but later due to work pressure, he handed over its charge to Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. It was Singh who obtained the nod of the Mayor in taking up repair of the condemned articles in the Central Store. The Central Store has also put into use five fire extinguishers out of 250 that were lying abandoned in the KMC’s condemned store. Tenders will be floated for refilling of the rest of the fire extinguishers. In fact, the KMC has planned that the vehicles on wheels that will be handed over to the affected garment traders in Gariahat will also be made by the Store employees. The Central Store has also restored a battery-operated cart for waste disposal out of a good number of such vehicles that were lying defunct at the condemned store. “If this job is carried out with seriousness then the KMC will be able to save its expenditure to a reasonable extent,” the official said. It has been decided that 16 CCTV cameras will be installed in the Store for security of the various equipment. The condemned store will also have CCTVs. The surveillance infrastructure will be linked with the room of Singh as well as the manager of the Central Store. The KMC also has plans of setting up a modern laboratory at the Store for assessing the quality of new equipment that are purchased.last_img read more

Giving a boost to gems and jewellery market

first_imgThe Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair (DJGF), hosted by UBM India, brought back top–notch jewellers, import & export merchants and industry associations in the Capital with its 6th edition. The three day fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi was inaugurated in the presence of Ruby Yadav, Member of Board of Governors, NIFT, Ministry of Textile, Government of India; Ram Niwas Goel, speaker Delhi Legislative Assembly; Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP; Ram Avatar Verma, Chairman, The Bullion and Jewellers Association Delhi among other esteemed guests. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpread over three halls, the event had a glittering display with over 280 participants showcasing, and receiving an overwhelming response from the neighbouring states. The show saw jewellery wholesalers, retailers, jewellery manufacturers and representatives from trade and governmental organisations come under one dedicated expanse to meet, engage, network and grow their business. An insightful seminar on ‘Diamond Assortment and Valuation’ by the National Institute of Diamond and Gems and Design Academy of India was one of the highlights of the fair, along with a 100 plus hosted buyer programme. Speaking on the inauguration, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Currently, as a sector, the Gems and Jewellery market has started witnessing remarkable changes. While still at a nascent stage, the opportunities for growth for the organised retail jewellery market in India are unlimited. UBM India understands the love for sparkle, and through the Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair – will try to further augment this sector.”The DJGF 2017 also witnesed the third edition of the Retail Jewellers Guild Awards on September 10 at The Lalit, New Delhi, a unique initiative by UBM India through which excellence and efforts of individuals & organisations in the Retail Jewellery Business are recognised and honoured on a pan India level.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at factory in N 24Pgs no casualty reported

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at a plastic goods factory near Ghola in North 24-Parganas on Sunday morning. As the factory was filled with inflammable materials the fire took a devastating shape.About 25 fire tenders were pressed into action. According to local residents, the fire was brought under control around 9 pm on Sunday, but fire fighters could not enter the factory as some of parts of the unit were still ablaze. Also due to the heat, getting inside the factory was impossible till Sunday night. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 11:30 am on Sunday, thick black smoke was seen coming out of the factory. Due to panic staff and labours rushed out of the factory. Later, it was found that some of the labours were trapped inside. The New Barrackpore police station and fire brigade were informed. Primarily 10 fire tenders were pressed in to action. But soon fire fighters realised that the fire is spreading fast. Immediately more fire tenders were requested. By 2 pm, 15 more fire tenders were sent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the fire already took a devastating shape, fire fighters had no other way than to spray water from a safe distance. Upon receiving the news, fire minister Sujit Bose rushed to the spot. According to the fire fighters, as inflammable materials were on fire, the unit would be ablaze till these materials melt. Thus the fire fighters had targeted to prevent the fire from spreading fast. Around 9 pm fire was brought under control but fire fighters could not enter the factory due to the heat. Fire fighters are continuously spraying waters to douse the flames. As the building got seriously damaged due to the fire, it is feared that it may collapse anytime. It is suspected that an electrical short-circuit might had triggered the fire. Till Sunday night no one was found dead or alive in the factory as none could enter the premises. According to fire fighters if anyone is trapped inside, chance of survival is nil.last_img read more

ITE dept bats for use of tech to boost business prospects of

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department is pushing for the organised industries to adopt MSME clusters so that they can use technology to improve the latter’s business prospects.”We need to give these clusters basic enterprise management through standard software, e-commerce platform and design creation. I will urge the industrial bodies to adopt at least one cluster and provide them the technology to make a change in their standard of living,” state Additional Chief Secretary IT Debashis Sen said, while speaking at an event organised by CII recently. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseElaborating on the objective of the state government, a senior official of the IT department said that the government is coming up with an export hub in Phulia at Shantipur in Nadia, for upliftment of the weavers who make beautiful cotton sarees. “The weavers still suffer from financial constraints and don’t even have a website. If we can provide basic technology enterprise to them so that they can have stock management and create an e-commerce platform for marketing or integrate some sort of creative design in their products, they will be able to tap the global market in a much better way,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe same concept can be applied for clusters like the Bankura horse in Panchmura, the Dokra craft of Guskara, Burdwan, the guitar strings of Howrah, the Kansa of Murshidabad and the fan manufacturing hub of Uluberia to name a few. “We have already reached out to NASSCOM and will urge other industrial bodies in the state to come forward and adopt at least one such cluster which will bring a significant change in the living conditions of the weavers associated with these clusters,” the official added.last_img read more

Fire engulfs 13 shops at Sandhya Bazar none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A major fire broke out at the Sandhya Bazar at Lords Bakery Mor on Sunday morning.At least 13 shops were reduced to ashes due to the impact of the fire. Fortunately, there were no casualties and no one was hurt in the incident. Fire fighters suspect that the fire occurred due to short circuit. However, some local residents allege that the market might have been set on fire by some persons because of their vested interest. According to sources, around 4 am on Sunday some local residents experienced a strong burning smell while they were sleeping. When some of them went to check what happened they saw the market was ablaze. Immediately, Jadavpur police station and fire brigade were informed. Soon, five fire tenders were pressed in to action. But as the intensity of the fire was quite high and it was spreading, five more fire tenders were called. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe fire was controlled approximately after two hours later. But till then several shops were burnt completely. Fire fighters had faced some problem controlling the fire due to inflammable articles stored inside the shops. Mainly there were some shops where furniture accessories were being made. For that huge quantity of cotton was stored. Meanwhile, some shop owners came to know about the fire and rushed to save their belongings. They alleged that earlier multiple times fire occurred in this market. Businesspersons are suspecting a foul play behind the incident though nothing could be confirmed during the preliminary investigation by the police. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from furniture accessories shops, several more shops, including restaurants, chicken shop and other shops were burnt down. A cycle rickshaw also burnt due to the fire. The rickshaw puller, Shankar Halder, expressed his fear that how he will bear the expenses of his family now as the rickshaw was the only source from which he used to earn. Local sources informed that this market has been set up unofficially a long time ago. As the market was not a legal one, it had no permissions or clearance and as a result no fire fighting management system was in place. It is suspected that the amount of damage might reach nearly several lakhs of rupees as shop owners had stored material keeping Poila Boisakh in mind. The cause of fire is yet to be ascertained. After the fire doused completely, Kolkata Municipal Corporation workers cleared the spot.last_img read more

Heavy smoking may damage vision

first_imgSmoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage your vision by affecting blood vessels and neurons in the retina, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop. The participants were between the ages of 25 and 45 and had normal or corrected-to-normal vision as measured by standard visual acuity charts, said researchers from the Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey looked at how participants discriminated contrast levels (subtle differences in shading) and colours while seated 59 inches from a 19-inch cathode-ray tube monitor that displayed stimuli while researchers monitored both eyes simultaneously. The findings indicated significant changes in the smokers’ red-green and blue-yellow colour vision, which suggests that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemicals, such as those in cigarettes, may cause overall colour vision loss. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found that the heavy smokers had a reduced ability to discriminate contrasts and colours when compared to the non-smokers. “Cigarette smoke consists of numerous compounds that are harmful to health,” said Steven Silverstein, director of research at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. “It has been linked to reduction in the thickness of layers in the brain, and to brain lesions, involving areas such as the frontal lobe, which plays a role in voluntary movement and control of thinking, and a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that processes vision,” said Silverstein. Previous studies have pointed that long-term smoking doubles the risk for age-related macular degeneration and causes lens yellowing and inflammation. “Our results indicate that excessive use of cigarettes, or chronic exposure to their compounds, affects visual discrimination, supporting the existence of overall deficits in visual processing with tobacco addiction,” Silverstein said.last_img read more

Legendary pianist captivates music lovers of Kolkata

first_imgThe Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata and the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi, in association with The Calcutta School of Music recently presented Recital Italiano – a piano recital by the legend Luciano Bellini, conductor and pianist – showcasing works by Italian composers. The performance was experienced by the classical music lovers of the city.Luciano Bellini performed his masterpieces like, G Verdi Romance sans paroles Valzer in Fa Mag; R Leoncavallo Canzonetta; G Puccini Piccolo Valzer; G Rossini Un rêve to name a few. The musical pieces played in the first part of Recital Italiano were his rare compositions which were done in the 19th century by Opera composers: Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and Leoncavallo. In the second part, he played the pieces composed in the 20th century, especially for the revival of instrumental music which had been neglected because of the supremacy of Opera.last_img read more

DPR ready for Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications Centre for Public

first_imgKolkata: In a sincere effort to make cutting edge research on science and technology directly to benefit society and the masses, Calcutta University has decided to come up with a Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications (CenSISA). The University will also come up with a Centre for Public Humanities (CPH) to encourage research-related activities on humanities which are innovative, transparent and accessible to the public.”We have already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the activities to be taken up in these two centres. We are getting Rs 50 crore under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which will be utilised for setting up these Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatacentres,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University.According to a senior official of Calcutta University, the CenSISA Centre is aimed at addressing a number of areas that includes development of hardware and software tools for supporting health and education, green technology for pollution control, renewable energy, smart grids, energy harvesting, energy storage, effect of technological development on human health, food security and water resource management, disaster prediction and management and mathematical and statistical modeling. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The universities usually use RUSA funds for individual research projects taken up by professors or research scholars. But we have arrived at a consensus to set up two permanent centres which will be an asset for the future generation,” the official added. According to the DPR prepared by the University, the objective of the centre for supporting health and education will concentrate on developing technical tools that will support rural health practitioners who provide vital support to the community at the primary level. It will also focus on the development of a standalone system that will provide health diagnosis, monitoring and support at remote and rural areas. The Green Technology Centre will lay emphasis on chemical and biological sensor development for the detection and monitoring of pollutants. “We need to have continuous upgrading of the systems that control earth, water and air pollution for sustainable development,” an official said. The Centre for Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, will make a comprehensive effort to address the looming problem of the consumption of fossil fuels with depletion of global reserves of oil and coal. In the sphere of Food Security, the university will do research in the areas of sustainable management of food waste and the monitoring and contamination control of water bodies. Water harvesting and developing novel methods of water purification will also be another focus area. The two centres have already received the approval of the RUSA director and Rs 15 crore has already been released. The convergence of a number of departments in science, bio science and technology will be involved in the research activities of CenSISA. “The domain of digital humanities, disaster studies, the study of new technology will bring close collaboration between the two centres,” Banerjee maintained.last_img read more