© 2012 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. To do so, they have voluntarily submitted them to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFSIA). The process for both is to first undergo a 60 day public comment period then secondly to have the product tested for health and safety. The CFSIA has already completed the comment period and will begin the safety inspection phase shortly. Meanwhile, opposition to the GM apples has grown. In a survey taken in Canada, sixty nine percent of 1,501 people polled said they would not support the approval of GM apples in their country. Across the border, the US Apple Association has announced its opposition to the sale of such apples, suggesting it would taint the image of apples grown in the United States.Okanagan Specialty Fruits maintains that the apples are not only safe, but would help improve sales of apples as they note that consumption of fresh apples in the US has fallen from an average of twenty pounds a year to just sixteen. They note that many people shy away from taking on a whole apple, but go for slices, but only those that haven’t turned brown. They say also that because grocery chains refuse apples that have browned due to bruising, non-browning apples would mean more money for growers.The process of modifying the apples, first developed in Australia by a team working with potatoes, involves placing an extra copy of a gene already in the apple that activates a self-defense mechanism that causes the gene responsible for the production of polyphenol oxidase, which is responsible for browning, to shut down. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has thus far developed just two varieties, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith which it plans to market under the name The Arctic Apple once they receive approval. Unfortunately for them, the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents the fruit tree industry in Washington State, home to nearly sixty percent of the apples grown in the US, is also opposed to the idea. They say they don’t believe the apples are dangerous but believe it would be in the best interest of the apple industry to maintain the apple’s image as a natural healthy food.If approved the apples would represent the first genetically modified food sold directly to consumers in the United States. Other genetically modified food has been sold to the public for almost twenty years, but they have all appeared as processed ingredients. Explore further More information: www.arcticapples.com (Phys.org) — Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples that don’t turn brown when cut, and wants to market them. Found – the apple gene for red Citation: Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-company-genetically-apples-opposition.html
Analyzing energy potential (Phys.org)—”Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.” That is the revelation of a father who provides a detailed account of building an Arduino-based gyrocopter that could follow his son, in grade school, who he normally walks 400 meters down a hill to the bus stop each morning. He chose a quadcopter design for its maneuverability and ability to hover. He did not buy a kit but instead got his parts separate. His project involved a central frame to hold the electronics, aluminum to support motors and propellers, and legs to cushion landings, a main control board and sensors, batteries, power distribution board, power controllers for the motors, radio receiver for standard remote-control flying, and an RF modem for computerized control. Explore further Credit: Paul Wallich, via IEEE Spectrum Paul Wallich, an IEEE Spectrum contributing editor shared many details behind his DIY device with the magazine. He chose an ArduPilot Mega for the main control board. ArduPilot Mega is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and sensors to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. He said the whole board is powered by a 5-volt feed from one of the motor controllers. He installed Mission Planner on a Windows desktop to initialize the ArduPilot Mega’s firmware and calibrate all its sensors and controls. He decided against using RFID systems, opting instead for a GPS beacon. “Reading an RFID tag from meters rather than centimeters takes more amplification and a fancier antenna than I was willing to have my quadcopter carry.” How successful was he? Getting the thing up in the air was trivial. But he still had to rate his success based on how it worked. He said it “mostly” worked. Windy conditions were a problem, making the copter skittish. GPS guidance was good to ten meters at best. “Because my particular front yard is only about 15 meters across, with a long, tree-edged driveway leading to the street, I either have to follow automatically above the treetops—where I can’t really see what’s going on—or else supplement the autopilot with old-fashioned line-of-sight remote control.” Wallich said he plans more sonar units for “collision avoidance,” and maybe an optical flow sensor for better position control.He discovered another difficulty, rechargeable battery life. “Just hovering in the air requires two to three amperes; moving around or fighting a breeze expends twice that or more.” He said the typical 2200-milliampere-hour lithium-ion battery gave him just enough time to fly to the bus stop, wait a few minutes for the bus and fly back. More information: spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/ha … iy-kidtracking-drone Citation: A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid (2012, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-father-diy-drone-buddy-kid.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. © 2012 Phys.org
(Phys.org) —Adam Falkowski, a physicist working at CERN, on his Particle Physics Blog, is claiming that researchers on the BICEP2 team that uploaded a paper (First direct evidence of cosmic inflation) to the arXiv preprint server this past March have acknowledged to some in the science community that there may be a problem with their methodology. Members of the BICEP2 research team are denying Falkowski’s claim, but the assertion has led to rumors on the Internet that the team may not have found evidence of cosmic inflation after all. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Cosmologists cast doubt on inflation evidence The Big Bang theory suggests the universe as we know it came to exist as the result of a giant explosion, approximately 14 billion years ago, followed by a rapid thrusting of material from the point of the explosion out into what we now observe as the universe around us. That thrusting has been dubbed the theory of cosmic inflation—it describes the rapid expansion of the universe. Adherents contend that during the initial phase of cosmic inflation, gravitational waves would have been generated, and should be still visible today. Last March, the BICEP2 team claimed in their paper that they had found evidence of such gravitational waves, giving cosmic inflation theory a huge boost.But now, some have suggested that there might have been a problem with the way the observations were made—a map the team used which was created by the ESA’s Planck team might have been interpreted incorrectly. To spot gravitational waves, the team had to rule out other signals it received based on data from a variety of sources. One of those sources, the map created by the Planck team included several possible sources of light, but the researchers at BICEP2 thought it only charted dust or ashes from exploding stars. This bit of news leads to a little bit of doubt about the results the team found, and now places them at the mercy of an update of the map by the Planck team.In the meantime, members of the BICEP2 team have been responding to the rumors and claim they are still confident in their results and that any gossip suggesting they have begun to doubt their work is wrong. Whether they believe their work is in jeopardy or not, is, of course, not really what’s important—finding out if what they reported is correct is what matters, and that is going to take some time. Journal information: arXiv Citation: Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves (2014, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-blogger-bicep2-team-acknowledging-error.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.
This year’s International Drama Festival highlights the various faces of Indian theatre and brings to the Capital 71 performances by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and the world on same platform. It’s going to be a treat for the theatre aficionados in the city .This year, theatre groups from 17 states, representing all the four regions of the nation – East, West, North South will stage their performances on this international platform. Even countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany which are steeped in theatre culture, brings in seven performances in this year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration will take place on Saturday, 4 January at Kamini auditorium which will be followed by play Chhaya Shakuntalam directed by KN Panikkar.Over the 15 days various venues will host various plays like, on Sunday, Sri Ram Centre will host Pampa Bharata written by KY Narayanaswamy, directed by Pramod and will be staged by Shiggaon Samudaya from Karnataka.Those Who Could Not Hear The Music, written and directed by Vikram Iyengar, will be staged at LTG. At Bahumukh one can see Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Woman Who Didn’t Want To Come Down To Earth performed by Physical Theatre, Israel. A folk performances will be given in the Open Lawns by Bastar Band from Chattisgarh. At Kamani auditorium play titled Anji will be presented by Ank Theatre, Mumbai. Bengali play Urubhangam written and directed by Manish Mitra will be staged at Abhimanch.On Monday SRC will host play Imaan Imaan Paani written and directed by Mrinal Jyoti Goswami and will be staged by Bhaxa Xahityo Xonmiloni from Assam. LTG will host Purushasukta play by Abhijnana Theatre Research Foundation. Kamani auditorium will host Alka written by Manoj Mitra directed by Uma Jhunjhunwala and Abhimanch will witness Nautanki by Brij Kala Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh.On Tuesday, Life-In- Progress will be staged at SRC directed by Anurupa Roy and to be staged by The Katkatha Puppet Arts. LTG will host Sindu Kirilli by Red Wings Theatre Group from Sri Lanka. A non-verbal play Maya II will be presented by SACH (Sharma Art & Craft House) at the Open Lawn.Kamani will host Nihsanga Samrat, a Bengali play, and Abhimanch will host a play called Utsushi which will be presented by group from Japan Sankai Juku.Wednesday will witness Jahajin by Raaga Repertory, Patna at SRC, Pandavani by group Satyam Pandavani Party from Chattisgarh, Agnipatha directed by B Jayashree performances will be given by Natana Rangamantapa, from Karnataka and Trojan Women by Sri Lankan group Trikone Cultural Foundation.Thursday will start with Museum…Of Species In Danger by Agashe Being Association at Sammukh and Bahumukh will stage Ripples by Delhi based group Desaksi. Other performances will be Koi Baat Chale at SRC by Theatre Wala, Mumbai, Bhand Pather (Raaze Pather) by Dilkash Folk Theatre from Kashmir.Over the weekend SRC will stage Taoos Chaman Ki Myna by Gillo Theatre Repertory, Mumbai on Friday and Marathi play Ringan by Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune. Kamani audiotorium will host Gosain Pather by Kashmir Bhagat Theatre and Saudagar by Rang Vidushak, Bhopal on Friday and Saturday respectively.When: 4-15 January
After making a huge splash at India Art Fair earlier this year with his 3-D sculptural installations in metal, Israeli artiste David Gerstein is all set to exhibit a body of new works in his first solo show in India. Titled Poetic Mirror, the show is being brought to India by Bruno Art Group and is curated by Alka Pande. Born in Jerusalem in 1944, Gerstein studied in Jerusalem, Paris, New York and London and started exhibiting his work in 1971. He uses a large spectrum of media such as wall sculptures, paper cuts, prints and photographs and other small objects. He is most famous for his large, Fauve -like outdoor installations, which are very much part of the Israeli landscapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Though Gerstein has already tasted success in the Indian market with many of his works being sold to Indian collectors post India Art Fair, this is the first time he will be visiting the country. Says the artist who is considered the pioneer of 3-D metal art: ‘Unfortunately, I have never been to India before but for many years, I have been reading about it and hearing stories or seeing films that it seems I know what India is like. My passion for colours always makes people inquire whether India helped determine my love for strong fresh colours which is so typical to the Indian culture. After all, the Mediterranean culture and heritage which we share with India brings us to the same strong sun and shadows. I’m sure India will look familiar to me from the very beginning. Some of my works involve a lot of details and are rich in colours which in recent years have disappeared from the art world trends.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYet, Gerstein admits he looks forward to watching the way ‘life is being performed on Indian streets, to smell the food and to see the wonderful craft that is being done everywhere. India and Israel share the same landscape and vegetation since the weather is closed but I am more interested in urban scenes than just landscape views,’ he says.’My art has always traversed its own path apart from trendy movements and I have stayed away from the ‘isms’, though often it’s been called ‘pop art’. I was a narrative artist from the very beginning and wanted to get people’s attention by representing the values I share with the common art lover. I want to share beauty and happiness and make people aware that there are great values we have as people and not just violence and disasters. After many years of creating narrative and figurative images, I wanted to extend the borders of painting and to give a new sculptural dimension to the so far illusionist look of the flat paintings. By slicing the view to multi layers, I achieved certain volume that was lacking in all the paintings that were done before.’ Among the works that will be on display during the show is the swirling 5th Avenue, a busy street scene inspired by the artist’s stay in New York. Happy Hours depicts the sensation of freedom overwhelming two bikers surrounded by a cloud of butterflies. The powerful Endless walk represents a multicoloured crowd of people walking along lines that form the infinity symbol. Gerstein’s works convey a sense of wonder and amusement at this fervour-ridden reality that is ours, and can be interpreted as a metaphor of life as a mad race. The Burning Lips pass on the feeling of softness of the lips or the sensation of its great sensitivity. Elegance is a comment about femininity and Peloton Wave is all about movement and the way the human figure is integrated with the mechanism of the bicycle. ‘Each image has its own story and solution.’WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat CentreWHEN: 6 to 15 May, 10 am to 8 pm
The 50-year-old actor, who was last seen in 2011 film Naughty @ 40, says he decided to say yes to the upcoming Yash Raj project as his wife thought the movie will benefit their kids’ career.‘Initially my mother used to guide me about many things in life. After her, my wife Sunita has been saying a lot of things which I follow. ‘Sunita actually encouraged me to take up Kill Dil as she felt that this movie will be good for our kids’ career,’ said Govinda, adding that he was not working for the past 3-4 years largely because he did not like the roles he was offered. The actor says he had an amazing time working in the film as it has always been his dream to work under the Yash Raj banner. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had a dream of working with YRF. I used to visit the studio and see pictures of various actors there but mine was missing. Now that I am working with them, it is really an amazing feeling. They are learned and well-behaved. And this wait was worth it,’ he said. Govinda plays a negative role in Kill Dil. Govinda, who has earlier donned a villainous avatar on-screen in 2000 film ‘Shikari’, said he was initially apprehensive about the character.
Kolkata: A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy was earlier a member of Trinamool Congress but later joined BJP, while Banerjee is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the TMC.”It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” the court said.The court rejected Roy’s contention that the legal notice sent to him by Banerjee was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice,” the judge said.The court dismissed Roy’s allegations of defamation based on a ‘tweet’, saying it was not made by Banerjee.It also rejected Roy’s statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a ‘traitor’, saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using “defamatory statement” in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered. “The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” Roy’s complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.”Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy had quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.
Dehli’s handicraft enthusiasts have another reason to visit Dilli haat as the 30th edition of annual Dastakari mela has been declared open in the national Capital on Sundau.This year’s highlight is the presence of craftswomen from Myanmar, who will be practicing shell craft, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving and hyacinth grass weaving for the viewers. The crafts mela was inaugurated in the presence of Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson, National Commission for Women; Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi Constituency; His Excellency U Aung Khin Soe, Myanmar Ambassador to India; Sripriya Rangathan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr SK Panda, Secretary, Textiles, government of India; Sohan Jha, Senior Director, Crafts Museum and Myint Htwe, chairman, National Arts and Crafts Association of Myanmar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The group of women exhibited the world famous Pathein umbrellas, puppets, velvet slippers, lacquer work and jade items. The exhibition is in collaboration with Dastkari Haat Samiti and supported by Ministry of External Affairs, Embassy of India in Myanmar, Corriandar Leaf, Yangon and Air India. Myanmar craftsmen will be joining hands at Dilli Haat for a crafts and skill development workshop. The crafts mela is one of its kind, where new design developments will take place in collaboration with craftsmen from Myanmar anwd India. Live demonstration of the weaving looms, from more than 12 states along with National and state-awardees from Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and others took place. A unique feature of the crafts mela will be that the visitors will be able to interact, learn, appreciate and explore Indian and Burmese handicrafts and textiles. The entire fortnight’s collaboration will result in new product designs, long term friendships and shall provide unique inputs to the crafts sector while enhancing economic wellbeing and diplomatic ties at the ground level. Meenakshi Lekhi said: “Dastkari Haat Samiti puts a great effort to give the great opportunity to the all the artisans who came across from India and Myanmar. But i think digitalisation should be given important because it can help the artisans in much easier way. Dastkari Haat Samiti should open their E-commerce website so that artisans directly sell their products.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJaya Jaitly, Founder Dastkari Haat Samiti, has been working relentlessly with diverse craftsmen across the country to produce beautiful, economical and purposeful crafts, for more than four decades. Jaya Jaitly said: “The Samiti has constantly worked towards expanding opportunities for craftsmen as conservationists of Indian heritage. The Samiti’s artisan-members have travelled all over and collaborated with local artisans in other developing nations to create utility-based and market-friendly products.”
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is considering a proposal to tag trade licence with shop insurance of the owners, mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday.A high-level meeting was held at KMC headquarters on Friday afternoon. It was attended by Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar, KMC Commissioner Khalil Ahmed, senior officials of Fire and Emergency Services department and representatives of the owners’ association of Bagri market. Chatterjee said only 5% of the shop owners had their shops insured. “We are considering a proposal to tag trade licence with the shop insurance so that the people can get money if their shops are damaged in fire or any other accident,” Chaterjee added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said Block A of Bagree market will not be opened following the reports of the experts from IIT Roorkee.The KMC will remove the debris. Block A of the market has been badly affected following a devastating fire last month. Of more than 1,000 shops, around 200 shops had been damaged by the fire.He said the representatives of the market committee have taken up the matter of providing security to the building and the KMC has decided to give him all cooperation. The KMC is waiting for the report of all the agencies on Bagree Market and then a decision whether the structure will be kept or pulled down would be taken. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said water has not been a problem and the fire fighters got plenty of water to douse the flames. “The fire fighters fought for 72 hours at a stretch to douse the flames and there was uninterrupted supply of water from the reservoir. Water was brought from neighbouring areas like Satyanarayan Park and Portuguese Church,” he said adding “We are all working together to ensure that the shop owners can resume business at the earliest.”
Who doesn’t like being complimented? Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd. ‘You look Gorgeous!’ Doesn’t that remark bring happiness to you and make you blush? However, it is not the heaps of makeup that give you the perfect look. Good hairdo, subtle makeup with a perfect stroke of blush, right amount of mascara, eyeliner and arch eyebrows, all bunched together make the difference.However, not everyone knows how to put makeup according to their faces. Sometimes we just land up doing the wrong makeup at the wrong occasion. There are steps which one should follow to get that right look. The most prominent part of the face are the eyes. Hence, one must take proper care while doing eye makeup. According to makeup artist Nirmal Randhawa, “Never apply a dark eyeliner on your bottom water line, as this will make your eyes look even smaller. Instead swipe a thin line on your top lash line and the outer corner of your bottom lash line to gently frame your eyes. Likewise, while using a particular lip shade one must select it according to one’s skin tone. For the ones who have fair skin, bold reds and dark colours can be a fun way to play up your makeup, while the ones with olive skin tone, could opt nude, red, pink, orange shades. The ones with a darker complexion, look fantastic with deep plums, berries and reds.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, when it comes to applying eye-shadows, Dr Blossom Kochhar, beauty expert says, “Using complimentary colours or contrasting colours to the colour of your dress will not just draw emphasis to your eyes but will also be more pleasing. For instance, when donning a blue dress, use pink eye shadow and for a green dress use bronze eye-shadow”. One should also make sure that the makeup is done according to the occasion. “During a day party, the lip colour should be soothing, keeping the eye makeup light and natural. However, for night parties dramatic eyes with glitters and shimmers should be used and the new trend to have neon lip colour that glows in the dark are perfect for party purpose,” says Kochhar. For a glowing skin, a nutrition-rich diet along with daily physical activity, and a regular intake of vitamin C- are some helpful tips. Apart from this sunlight exposure should be reduced. While the Sun is a great source of vitamin D, morning sun from 7 am to 9 am is good for the skin. However, after this avoiding the Sun is very essential especially from 10 am to 2 pm, advices Randhawa.