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Plugless Power soon to arrive for electric and hybrid vehicles

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Evatran, a company from Virginia in the US, has developed a working prototype of a plugless induction charger for electric and hybrid vehicles, and demonstrated the system at this week’s Plug In conference in San Jose, California. Smart Charger Controller simplifies electric vehicle recharging (w/Video) More information: www.pluglesspower.com/ To recharge a vehicle’s battery using the system, the vehicle parks at a Plugless Power station over a floor-mounted parking block, which automatically aligns itself with a special adapter fitted to the vehicle and begins charging. There is no flow of electricity between the vehicle and parking block and no plugs or cables. The system operates by electrical induction, which is the principle behind the electrical transformer. In this process electrical current flowing into a primary source produces a flow of current into a secondary source, without using plugs or cords. Induction charging provides the convenience of wireless “hands-free” charging, but the down side is that power loss during charging can reach 20 percent. Evatron says the system is 80 percent efficient at the moment, but hopes to reach 90 percent efficiency by the time production units are released.The system has three major components: an adapter fitted on the vehicle, a parking block, which is a long flat pad on the ground underneath the vehicle at the charging station or in the garage, and a control tower plugged into the grid. Essentially, the adapter and parking block form two separated halves of an electrical transformer.The vehicle adapter and parking block both contain metal coils. When a vehicle parks over the block the coils inside the block move under the guidance of magnetic sensors until they are aligned to within 6-8 cm of the coils in the adapter. The tower converts mains electricity into the correct frequency for the charger to use. When the coils are lined up, electricity in the control tower creates a strong magnetic field in the coils in the parking block, and this induces an electrical current to flow in the coils in the vehicle adapter to charge the batteries.Induction chargers have been used in portable devices such as mobile phones and electric toothbrushes, and for medical implants, but this is the first time such a system has been tried for electric and hybrid vehicles. Evatran’s corporate trade show video. A pilot program will run during 2010, and the final version is expected to be released in April next year. Evatron is inviting pioneer electric and hybrid vehicle owners to join in their field trials. Citation: Plugless Power soon to arrive for electric and hybrid vehicles (2010, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-plugless-power-electric-hybrid-vehicles.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.last_img read more

New carbon nanotube struructure aerographite is lightest material champ

first_img(Phys.org) — Despite having a reputation for valuing intellectual prowess over physical abilities, scientists are nonetheless just as competitive as anyone else. Evidence of it exists in various fields of science as suggested by the assorted prizes that are awarded for those who achieve firsts in their particular realm of research. Also always popular are virtual contests to see who can create the smallest thing, or the largest, on in the case of aerographite, the lightest. This latest champion has been produced by a team of researchers at the University of Kiel in Germany. It’s based on carbon nanotubes and is being heralded as the lightest solid ever created. Overview of different Aerographite morphologies by controlled derivations of synthesis. Image from Adv. Mater., 24: 3486-3490. Citation: New carbon nanotube struructure aerographite is lightest material champ (2012, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-carbon-nanotube-struructure-aerographite-lightest.html Previous champions, aerogel, and then metallic microlattice were praised in their day for not just being the lightest stuff around, but for being strong for its size as well. Aerographite beats them both in both categories. Not only is it less dense (0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter compared to 0.9) but it’s stronger too, able to support over 40,000 times its own weight. And since it’s actually mostly air (99.99%) it can be crumpled down to almost nothing if need be because it will spring back to its originally shape without prodding. Because the new champion is four times lighter than the previous champ, researchers will be busy looking for applications for it. The current hope is that because it’s a good conductor of electricity, it can be used as an electrode in new kinds of batteries or perhaps in supercapacitors.The researchers created the new material by implementing a new kind of single-step CVD synthesis process based on freely adjustable networks using zinc oxide as a template, which in essence means, they found a new way to make the graphite grow in ways that develop into very thin strand hollow carbon nanotube structures that hold together to form a new kind of material.Interestingly, the team says that if enough of the material were made to allow it to be seen by the naked eye, which they say they can do, it would appear as a black clump of sponge-like material. They also note that they didn’t start out trying to invent a new material but found it came naturally as part of their research into three-dimensionally cross-linked carbon structures. Explore further More information: Mecklenburg, M., Schuchardt, A., Mishra, Y. K., Kaps, S., Adelung, R., Lotnyk, A., Kienle, L. and Schulte, K. (2012), Aerographite: Ultra Lightweight, Flexible Nanowall, Carbon Microtube Material with Outstanding Mechanical Performance. Adv. Mater., 24: 3486–3490. doi: 10.1002/adma.201200491AbstractAn ultra lightweight carbon microtube material called Aerographite is synthesized by a novel single-step chemical vapor deposition synthesis based on ZnO networks, which is presently the lightest known material with a density smaller than μg/cm3. Despite its low density, the hierarchical design leads to remarkable mechanical, electrical, and optical properties. The first experiments with Aerographite electrodes confirm its applicability. U.S. team creates diamond aerogel in lab by emulating Mother Nature © 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.last_img read more

Modern pigs found to have more wild boar genes than thought

first_imgDomestic pig. Credit: Scott Bauer, USDA (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that domesticated pigs in Europe have a lot more wild boar in them than has been thought. In their paper published in Nature Genetics, the team describes their genetic survey of a large number of domesticated pigs and wild boars in both Europe and Asia. © 2015 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. More information: Evidence of long-term gene flow and selection during domestication from analyses of Eurasian wild and domestic pig genomes, Nature Genetics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ng.3394AbstractTraditionally, the process of domestication is assumed to be initiated by humans, involve few individuals and rely on reproductive isolation between wild and domestic forms. We analyzed pig domestication using over 100 genome sequences and tested whether pig domestication followed a traditional linear model or a more complex, reticulate model. We found that the assumptions of traditional models, such as reproductive isolation and strong domestication bottlenecks, are incompatible with the genetic data. In addition, our results show that, despite gene flow, the genomes of domestic pigs have strong signatures of selection at loci that affect behavior and morphology. We argue that recurrent selection for domestic traits likely counteracted the homogenizing effect of gene flow from wild boars and created ‘islands of domestication’ in the genome. Our results have major ramifications for the understanding of animal domestication and suggest that future studies should employ models that do not assume reproductive isolation. Citation: Modern pigs found to have more wild boar genes than thought (2015, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-modern-pigs-wild-boar-genes.htmlcenter_img China genes stopped Euro-pigs from being total boars Journal information: Nature Genetics The modern pig has become an icon of sorts, providing food and entertainment and sometimes fodder for jokes—but its origins appear to differ from what scientists have assumed for most of modern history—namely that pigs were domesticated approximately 9000 years ago and have been kept separate from their wild cousins, leading to the different-looking creature so familiar to us today.In this new study, the researchers started out by collecting samples from 600 pigs and boars from a variety of locations in Europe and Asia, they then focused on a subset of those, eventually testing 103 whole genomes. Next, they combined their results with those from a prior study that had done a less through analysis on an additional 600 wild and domesticated pigs. To trace the lineage of the animals, the team conducted a Bayesian computation analyses, focusing on gene flow—which led to the development of models to describe the history of both pigs and boars.In studying their data and models, the researchers concluded that modern pigs are not the result of isolated breeding, but instead are the result of cross breeding between domesticated pigs and wild boars over the span of many years—and some of those boar genes were not in the dataset at all, which suggest they might have been from a now extinct species. The data also supports the theory that pigs were actually first domesticated in two places, Asia and the Middle East. Pigs in Europe, the analysis indicates, first came from the Middle East, then were mixed with wild boars, and then were mixed again with pigs from Asia, resulting in what the researchers call the mutts of today.As for why modern domesticated pigs do not look much like wild hogs, the researchers suggest it is due to selective breeding by early farmers—they tended to mate pigs with others that had traits they desired, which might have led to what they deem “islands of domestication” which favored many traits in spite of the occasional cross-breeding with wild hogs. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Preliminary results of Breakthrough Listen project released

first_img Explore further The Breakthrough Listen project was publicly announced in 2015, and has been backed by Stephen Hawking and perhaps more importantly by Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire who, along with other backers, has put $100 million toward the 10-year project. Over the past two years, the Parkes Telescope in Australia, the Green Bank Telescope in the U.S. and the Automated Planet Finder optical telescope at Lick Observatory also in the U.S. have been dedicated to listening to radio signals emanating from space in the hope that one or more of them might be generated by alien life forms. Several petabytes of data have been collected after pointing the telescopes at 692 stars—each gets three five-minute observations, which are interspersed with observations of other targets. Thus far, the team has designated 1709 stars for study. The team has also broken down the stars to be studied into two categories: those within 16 light years of the sun, and those belonging to a sample spread across a main sequence and some branch stars which are no more than 163 light years away.Project members made headlines last year when they noticed irregular dimming by Tabby’s Star—subsequent study suggested that rather than indicating signs of extraterrestrial life, the dimming was most likely caused by comet fragments interrupting signals.The team reports that to date, project members have identified 11 signals as worthy of a closer look, but at this time, do not believe any of the signals represent alien communications. They also note that the process of sifting the data is rather simple and straightforward—first, distinguish artificial signals from natural signals by looking at irregular behavior such as modulation or pulsing patterns. The next step involves making sure any such irregularities are not generated here on Earth. The software is open source so that anyone who wishes to participate in the search can do so. © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Astrophysical Journal Breakthrough Listen to search for intelligent life around weird star 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: Preliminary results of Breakthrough Listen project released (2017, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-preliminary-results-breakthrough.html More information: Breakthrough Listen: breakthroughinitiatives.org/News/10seti.berkeley.edu/lband2017/index.html (Phys.org)—The team of researchers working on the Breakthrough Listen project (based at the University of California, Berkeley SETI Research Center) has released preliminary findings after sifting through several petabytes of data obtained from three telescopes involved in the research project. The findings have been made available on the project’s website as the team awaits publication of a paper in the Astrophysical Journal.last_img read more

Redefine statistical significance Large group of scientists statisticians argue for changing pvalue

first_img(Phys.org)—A large group of scientists and statisticians has uploaded a paper to the PsyArXiv preprint server arguing for changing the p-value from .05 to .005. The paper outlines their reasons for suggesting that the commonly used value for assigning significance to results be changed. Relationship between the P-value threshold, power, and the false positive rate. Credit: PsyArXiv, 22 July 2017. More information: Benjamin, Daniel J et al. “Redefine Statistical Significance”. PsyArXiv, 22 July 2017. Web. dx.doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/MKY9J Some science is cut and dried: If you drop a ball from a tower, for example, it will fall to the ground under normal circumstances. Unfortunately, a lot of other science is not nearly so definitive—the science of investigating, producing and using pharmaceuticals, for example. Not all drugs work as expected in all people under all conditions. Uncertainty is prevalent in many areas, including astronomy, physics and economics. Because of this, the scientific community has settled on a means for obtaining the p-value that offers a measure of an experiment’s success. Different p-values mean different things, of course, but the most prominent is the one that represents what has come to be known as statistical significance, which has historically been set at .05. But now, this new paper suggests that the bar has been set too low, and is therefore contributing to the problem of irreproducible findings in research efforts.One of the main problems with the p-value, some in the statistics field have suggested, is that non-statisticians do not really understand it and because of that, use it incorrectly. It cannot be used, for example, to declare that a new drug has a 95 percent chance of working if it is used in the prescribed way. It is also not a way of interpreting how true something is, they note. Instead, it is defined as the probability of an outcome when conducting a test that is equal to or “more extreme” than the result if the null hypothesis (nothing happened) is true.But even when it is used correctly, it does not offer a strong enough measure of evidence, according to the authors. Thus, they suggest changing the p-value to .005. They claim doing so would reduce the rate of false positives from the current 33 percent down to 5 percent. One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong Citation: Redefine statistical significance: Large group of scientists, statisticians argue for changing p-value from .05 to .005 (2017, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-redefine-statistical-significance-large-group.html Explore further © 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

Quantum dots found to reduce fibrils in Parkinsons mouse models

first_imgTEM images of preformed α-syn fibrils at various time points (6 and 12 h, 1, 3 and 7 days) in the absence (top) and presence (bottom) of GQDs. Credit: Nature Nanotechnology (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0179-y A large team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S., Korea and Japan has found that injecting quantum dots into the bloodstreams of mice led to a reduction in fibrils associated with Parkinson’s disease. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the group describes their studies of the impact of quantum dots made of graphene on synuclein and what they found. © 2018 Medical Xpress Explore further Citation: Quantum dots found to reduce fibrils in Parkinson’s mouse models (2018, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-quantum-dots-fibrils-parkinson-mouse.html More information: Donghoon Kim et al. Graphene quantum dots prevent α-synucleinopathy in Parkinson’s disease, Nature Nanotechnology (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0179-yAbstractThough emerging evidence indicates that the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease is strongly correlated to the accumulation1,2 and transmission3,4 of α-synuclein (α-syn) aggregates in the midbrain, no anti-aggregation agents have been successful at treating the disease in the clinic. Here, we show that graphene quantum dots (GQDs) inhibit fibrillization of α-syn and interact directly with mature fibrils, triggering their disaggregation. Moreover, GQDs can rescue neuronal death and synaptic loss, reduce Lewy body and Lewy neurite formation, ameliorate mitochondrial dysfunctions, and prevent neuron-to-neuron transmission of α-syn pathology provoked by α-syn preformed fibrils5,6. We observe, in vivo, that GQDs penetrate the blood–brain barrier and protect against dopamine neuron loss induced by α-syn preformed fibrils, Lewy body/Lewy neurite pathology and behavioural deficits.center_img 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. Gold changes photoluminescence of silicon quantum dots Quantum dots are particles that exist at the nanoscale and are made of semiconducting materials. Because they exhibit quantum properties, scientists have been conducting experiments to learn more about changes they cause to organisms when embedded in their cells. In this new effort, the researchers became interested in the idea of embedding quantum dots in synuclein cells.Synucleins make up a group or family of proteins and are typically found in neural tissue. One type, an alpha-synuclein, has been found to be associated with the formation of fibrils as part of the development of Parkinson’s disease. To see how such a protein might react when exposed to quantum dots, the researchers combined the two in a petri dish and watched what happened. They found that the quantum dots became bound to the protein, and in so doing, prevented it from clumping into fibrils. They also found that doing so after fibrils had already formed caused them to come apart. Impressed with their findings, the team pushed their research further.Noting that quantum dots are small enough to pass through the blood/brain barrier, they injected quantum dots into mice with induced Parkinson’s disease and monitored them for several months. They report that after six months, the mice showed improvements in symptoms.The researchers suggest that quantum dots might have a similar impact on multiple ailments where fibrilization occurs, noting that another team had found that injecting them into Alzheimer’s mouse models produced similar results.It is still not known if injecting similar or different types of quantum dots into human patients might have the same effect, they note. Nor is it known if doing so would have any undesirable side effects. Still, the researchers are optimistic about the idea of using quantum dots for treatment of such diseases and because of that, have initiated plans for testing with other animals—and down the road they are looking at the possibility of conducting clinical trials in humans. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnologylast_img read more

Of Blues and the Lizard King

first_imgLovers of Jim Morrison will have one more reason to celebrate on 8 December. Besides raising a toast to the rockstar on his 69th birth anniversary, a band called Morrison Blues performing classic hits of the legend to bring to life his iconic charisma.Morrison Blues, as the name suggests, is deeply influenced by The Doors. The two-man band has Nipun Sachdeva leading with vocals and the guitar and Yatin Sharma accompanies with the drums.‘Jim Morrison is a legacy that continues to transcend generations. We will be playing cover to The Door as a tribute to the legendary band on his birthday eve,’ said the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Morrison Blues born in July this year is still a baby in the Delhi band circuit but they continue to impress audiences with their covers of  popular songs of The Doors and Morrison.‘Both of us have been together since school and a common passion for music brought us together. We used to play for different bands but got together later to celebrate rock music and perform it,’ said Nipun Sachdeva.‘Music for us is an altogether different world. It is a shadowy realm of dreams where there are no compromises. It personifies freedom,’ added the 27 year old. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTheir band name signifies their love and passion for two things – the Blues and Jim Morrison.‘We are highly inspired by the metaphorical lyrics and persona of Morrison. His songs, poetry and compositions have an uncanny mesmerising essence to it,’ said Nipun.‘There is a lot of competition in the band circuit. But I believe that if you get a trip out of your music and enjoy it, so will the audience,’ said Nipun.So has this fledgeling band faced any challenges till now? ‘We have been really lucky to had our parents support throughout, but they were always clear about the fact that we can continue with our music until we find a concrete full fledged well paid job,’ said  Nipun.Till then they will continue to pay their tributes to Morrison and Blues for life.DETAILAt: Cafe Morrison, South ExWhen: 8 DecemberTimings: 9 pm onwardslast_img read more

RPF announces dates of online recruitment examination

first_imgKolkata: The Central Recruitment Committee (CRC) of RPF announced that it would start the Recruitment 2018 Online Examination (Group A to F) from Wednesday, December 19, 2018. About seventy three lakhs candidates are expected to appear for this examination across the country. The exam would be conducted on December 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.The CRC has mentioned important instructions regarding the examination to the candidates on the admit card to ensure timely and smooth execution. Candidates appearing for the examination are advised to go through the instructions in detail and understand the do’s and don’t’s. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe “Practice Test” link would be made available for the candidates on the official website along with the admit card which would allow the candidates to get familiar with the computer based test (CBT). Candidates are required to carry one of the original government approved photo ID cards as instructed. Candidates without an original Photo ID Card, even if they have the admit card, will not be allowed to enter the exam venue. Candidates are advised to note that mobile phones, pager, watches, bluetooth-enabled devices, calculators, metallic wears, bangles, belts, bracelets or any RF device etc, will not be allowed inside the examination centre. They are advised to ensure that they do not have mehendi or henna on left Thumb as it may create difficulties in capturing the Biometric data during registration process. The self-declaration paragraph will be displayed on the computer screen before start of the exam. All the candidates are required to write the same in the space provided in the admit card in the examination hall itself.last_img read more

11 arrested including spa manager for running sleaze racket

first_imgKOLKATA: A sleaze racket has been busted by the city police on Thursday night and as many as 11 persons including some women have been arrested for their alleged involvement.Acting on a tip-off, the Anti-Women Trafficking department of the city police raided an apartment under Karaya police station and arrested the accused. The sleaze racket was operating in the guise of Spa centre. Among the arrested, there were some sex workers, a woman manager of the Spa, some touts and customers. Police had received a complaint from locals saying certain ‘illegal’ activities were taking place inside the Spa for quite some time. On the basis of the information, police raided it on Thursday night. They are trying to know the names of others involved in the racket. Some of the policemen went to the flat and caught the accused. Police have started a case under the Immoral Trafficking Act. They are conducting raids to nab the other culprits. Locals informed police that people used to visit the place throughout the day. Initially, they thought it to be a Spa centre operating at the apartment and could never realise that a sleaze racket was active. However, locals smelled a rat and reported the matter to the local police. During the preliminary investigation police came to know that the manager used to operate the sleaze racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. Cops have also come to know that the sex workers who have been arrested, aged between 21 and 27, used to visit the Spa on a regular basis. They are being interrogated in detail.last_img read more

First International Print Biennale to be held in India

first_imgKeeping in mind the passion and the intimacy of print as a visual art medium, The Lalit Kala Akademi, has launched its first International Print Biennale to discover new artistic trends in printmaking, nationally and internationally. The Akademi has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavours of Indian artists. Pivotal to the Lalit Kala Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art before diverse local, national and international audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Print Biennale has been scheduled for the month of March and April 2018, in the Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA galleries. It will be a one of a kind event where artists from all over the world will be able to send in their works and showcase their artwork on an international platform. Further, there are five grand prizes of two lakh each, apart from the honourable mentions for a few selected meritorious works. The Akademi will also hold a five-day workshop of the awarded artists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the decreasing practice of printmaking among the artists, C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, he Lalit Kala Akademi said, “Over the years, the practice of printmaking is decreasing among artists. As a result, many printmakers are taking refuge in other mediums for their survival. To arrest this situation, we need to boost this medium with international exposure. Moreover, with the advancement of new technologies, this medium has taken new dimensions all over the world, which needs to be showcased to the art fraternity and connoisseurs.” The biennale will be organized in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Speaking of the same, Adwaita Gadanayak, DG, NGMA, said, “The museum has international facilities which will be given to the Akademi to present their best foot forward for this international endeavour. It is imperative for more and more organisations to come together and create an atmosphere of art creation and growth.”The first selection will be made based on the digital entries sent by the artists. If the work gets approved by the jury, it will be displayed during the exhibition. Later in the second round, selected artists will be asked to send their original work so that it gets easier to choose the winners. Paula Sengupta, a printmaker and teacher, mentioned that printmaking is over four centuries old and is a culmination of many years of practice. Further on, she mentioned, “The reason printmaking is alive in India is that it is still fostered in Indian art institutes and the studios that Lalit Kala Akademi has provided in its regional centers.”The Akademi will also invite few senior and veteran artists for the exhibition under the invited section. Anupam Sud, a senior and internationally known Delhi based printmaker has been given the responsibility of the Commissioner of the exhibition. Other steering Committee members are well-known printmakers like Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paula Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi.last_img read more

Fashion tips for men to look dapper in summer

first_imgFashion is not just for women but for men, too. The right kind of backpack and accessories can make a lot of difference, suggest experts. Wearing formals during the hottest season of the year looks like a nightmare but there are several tips and tricks that can be followed to avoid embarrassed meetings. Try to keep it as minimum as possible and avoid wearing everything at one go. Linen, cotton blends, chambray are the breathable fabrics that one should opt for. Exchange black formal staple with that of light colours and nudes for a sweat free summer. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBackpack: Looks small but is spacious! It looks classy and helps keep multifarious gears all at one place. Shades, protein shaker, diet food and your keys are all sorted. A leather, suede or canvas backpacks are a great option to add an element of style to your look. Sneakers: We all are crazy about sneakers and these days a pair white sneakers is owned by most men. Introduce more muted tones to your wardrobe and flaunt them with or without socks. It works best for casual affairs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrints and patterns: With the rising temperature, increase your dapper quotient by adding prints and patterns to your look. Quirky prints like paisley, floral, checks, stripes, pinstripes, polka dots and pin dots are what this summer season is all about. Accessorise: Summers really can’t go without a cool pair of sunglasses. This not just work as a shield to protect your eyes from the virulent sunrays but also add to the person’s entire look.last_img read more

Election mascot in Balurghat inspires youngsters to cast vote

first_imgBalurghat: With an objective to encourage young generation to enlist their names in the electoral roll and cast their votes, South Dinajpur district administration had introduced Kuhmandi’s mask craft, locally known as Mukha, as the election mascot on September1, 2018.After the introduction of the mascot, names of 40,000 new voters were included in the electoral roll. The step was aimed at massive awareness covering all eight blocks of the district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseVillagers of Mahisbathan area of Kushmandi have developed a handicraft hub Mukha over the past several decades. This cultural heritage has now become a motif for Election Commission to woo voters to booths. Each district in the state has launched various election mascots such as tiger, dolphin and rhinoceros. Different images of masks are being displayed in various parts of the district as part of the voters’ awareness campaign. Since the introduction of Social Summary Revision of Electoral Roll, there were 17,000 new voters, who had enlisted their names in electoral roll. Significantly, after the introduction of the mascot to sensitise new voters, the figures increased to 40,000 during September 1, 2018 to January 14, 2019. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Of total 12,09,767 voters in South Dinajpur, the number of newly enlisted voters is about 40,000. During the massive awareness drive among young generation, we have enlisted 23,000 new voters in electoral roll in four months. The new mascot has helped us a lot,” said an official Mahadyuti Adhikary. “This is a proud moment for us as Election Commission has selected our Mukha craft to attract voters. With the step of selecting it as election mascot for the district, the Mukha artisans have finally attained the expected recognition,” said Sourav Roy, who is associated with mask craft. According to a source, masks are made of bamboo and the crafts are very popular. The villagers relate to it and they get inspired by the local tribal folk culture, art design and craft. The masks depict moods of Goddess Kali in her indigenous form and also the mythological character of Hanuman.last_img read more

Night shifts can raise risk of early menopause

first_imgWomen who work in night shifts, even occasionally, are at an increased risk of early menopause, which can heighten the possibility of developing cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and memory problems, finds a new study. The study showed women who had done continued night shifts for 20 months or more in the preceding two years had a nine per cent increased risk of early menopause, the Daily Mail reported. If they had done rotating night shifts for more than 20 years, the risk rose to 73 per cent. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”For women who went through menopause before the age of 45, shift work seemed to be particularly important. This could be due to disruption of their circadian rhythms, stress or fatigue, although more research is needed,” lead author David Stock, from the University of Dalhousie in Canada, was quoted as saying. An early menopause could also come from the stress of working late at night, as stress hormones are believed to disrupt sex hormones like oestrogen. This could also increase the chance that a woman stops ovulating, according to the study published in the journal Human Reproduction. Previous evidence suggests working in ‘high-strain’ jobs and those with ‘difficult schedules’ is linked to earlier menopause. For the study, the team studied more than 80,000 nurses who worked at least in the night shifts in a month for over 22 years in addition to day and evening shifts.last_img read more

Bill passed to hike tenures of Tribunal chairman members

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Land Reforms and Tenancy Tribunal (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the state Assembly on Wednesday, to enhance the tenure of office of Chairman of the Tribunalfrom 65 to 68 years and the tenure of office of Judicial Member and Administrative Member of the Tribunal from 62 to 65 years. “It has been experienced that the Chairman and the Members of West Bengal Land Reforms and Tenancy Tribunal hardly avail complete two Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatayears term in view of the procedural formalities for selection. This short tenure, vacant positions and frequent changes bring instability in the organisation and cause delay in disposal of cases. We hope this move fast-tracks the delivery of justice in the Tribunals,” said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state of the Land and Land Reforms department, while laying the Bill at the Assembly. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) and Taxation Tribunal will come under the ambit of this amendment. Bhattacharya reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government is committed to speedy delivery of justice and this step is a major stride towards that direction. “If a person is aggrieved with the judgment of the Tribunal, he/she can challenge the verdict at the division bench of Calcutta High Court and can also move the Supreme Court,” she added.last_img read more

The Very First Apple Computer was this Clunky Thing with a Demonic

first_imgAlong with Amazon, Google and Facebook, Apple Inc. stands for what is known in the world of technology as the “Big Four”– a term that describes the most successful companies in this realm today. It can be said that Apple has not only revolutionized our way of communication but it also dictates the contemporary stream of technological progress.According to Trending This Minute (and many of you would instantly agree), Apple is becoming so influential that the word itself is often associated with the company or Steve Jobs instead of its common signifier, the fruit.Apple computer Chairman Steve Jobs with new LISA computer during press preview. Photo by Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesNevertheless, like many other companies, Apple also started out small by making its first small steps forty years ago, before it finally became a multinational IT giant.Speaking of first steps, many may wonder what the first Apple computer was like and when it was produced. Here is the answer.According to Mac History, the early personal computer was the Apple I, or Apple-1. Its creator was Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs’s friend who handbuilt it and soon after came up with the idea of selling it.Introductory advertisement for the Apple I Computer.The Apple I was the first product of the Apple company and it was first exhibited at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California in April 1976.It was initially launched commercially in July the same year at a price of $666.66. The price was determined by Wozniak’s proclivity for repeating digits and because the computer was originally sold to a local shop for $500, so they added a one-third markup.Wozniak, who often referred to himself as “atheist or agnostic,” said that he was unaware that the price number had Satanic connotations.Original 1976 Apple 1 Computer PCB. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum collection. Photo by Binarysequence – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0As Mac History explains, the Apple I was a completely assembled circuit board with around 30 chips. Approximately 200 units of this model were produced; the first to be placed in an aluminium housing was used in a high school Math class and then donated to Liza Loop’s public computer center.In the course of 10 months, 185 units were sold. The computer was not fully equipped, however, so users had to add a power supply, keyboard, display, and a case. Later, the founders released an optional board with a cassette interface for storage, at a cost of $75.Although the Apple I is often credited as the first fully-assembled PC sold, many would object to this claim, referring to other machines such as Datapoint 2200, MOS Technology KIM-1 or the Altair 8800 — a computer that could be bought in an assembled form with an additional cost.Original 1976 Apple-1 Computer in a briefcase. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum collection. Photo by Binarysequence – Own work CC BY-SA 4.0Nevertheless, Apple I had one crucial feature that distinguished it from all the other personal computers — it was the first PC with a keyboard.Reportedly, Apple I had distinctive built-in computer terminal circuitry. Any user needed only a keyboard and a cheap video monitor.Back in the day, Apple I was considered a revolutionary machine. Its competitors such as the Altair 8800 were programmed with front-mounted toggle switches and used indicator lights, for example, red LEDs, for output and were in the need of extension through separate hardware in order to connect to a computer terminal or a teletype machine.Just a year later, Apple II was introduced on the market and Apple I’s price dropped to $475. Despite the company’s new model, the debut computer continued to be sold through August 1977. That same year, Apple began shipping its product and thus made them available for more users.Apple II computer. On display at the Musée Bolo, EPFL, Lausanne. Photo by Rama CC BY-SA 2.0 frThe Apple II is described as being almost identical to its predecessor but it added more RAM, color graphics, sound properties, additional expansion slots and was contained in a carefully designed plastic case with an integrated keyboard. By October 1977, Apple I was on official discount.In 2008, it was estimated that there are approximately 30 to 50 existent Apple I models, which makes it a rare collectible.In 1999, an Apple I was sold for $50,000 at auction, however, nowadays, the common price for this model is between $14,000–$16,000.Read another story from us: A Rare Piece of Antiquity – The World’s Oldest Globe Dates Back to 1492In 2003, Replica 1 — a clone model of Apple I with compatible software, containing modern features and properties — was released by it’s creator Vince Briel (with permission from Steve Wozniak) at a price of around $200.last_img read more

VIDEO Alex Smith was in peak playoff form in the Pro Bowl

first_imgh/t Barstool Advertisement Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith had a Pro Bowl season, but also reinforced many of the long held narratives that he fades in the second half and can’t close the deal in the playoffs.Unfortunately, Smith was in peak playoff form in yesterday’s Pro Bowl precision passing competition, where he was quickly eliminated after missing his last 7 throws for a score of 11. For context, Derek Carr won the contest by posting a 21.To be fair to Smith, Russell Wilson finished in last place with an 8, but a video of Smith not throwing accurately is just more captivating.Wow. Look at Alex Smith missing almost every target in precision passing. LMAO pic.twitter.com/gxfz8EjsWg— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) January 26, 2018last_img read more

Desktop Linux FaceOff Ubuntu 804 vs Fedora 9

first_imgJune 2, 2008 Over the past decade, Linux has emerged from a herd of obscure and nerdy operating systems to warrant a place in even the most technologically unsophisticated business environments. And in the past three years, a few distributions have made stupendous leaps in performance and usability, winning the affection of millions of mainstream desktop users.The recent releases of Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9–two top Linux distributions–mark another step forward in the evolution of the Linux desktop. I’ve been running both of them to see which offers the better blend of usability and advanced features.Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy HeronSince the release of version 5.10 (aka Breezy Badger) in 2005, Ubuntu Linux has stood apart from hundreds of other Linux distributions, capturing the attention of penguin heads and of users seeking a free, stable, usable alternative to Microsoft Windows. With its click-and-go Live CD installation and its support for a broad base of hardware devices, Ubuntu built a reputation for ease of use that changed the way many people think about Linux. PC World was so impressed that Ubuntu landed on our list of “The 100 Best Products of 2006,” a first for any flavor of Linux.The latest version of Ubuntu, 8.04 (aka Hardy Heron, or just Hardy for short), builds strongly on the foundation laid by its predecessors. This release is a Long Term Support edition, to be supported until April 2011, and Hardy Heron shows more polish and refinement than any other Linux distribution I’ve seen.The operating system comes packed with new features, beginning with a revised kernel (2.6.24), the latest version of Xorg (7.3), and the most recent Gnome desktop interface (2.22.1). On top of these advances, Hardy offers several new default applications, including Brasero for CD/DVD burning, the Transmission BitTorrent client, and Vinagre virtual network computing software for remote desktop viewing. You also get support for enhanced security via SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux)–but in Ubuntu 8.04 it’s not installed by default, as it is in Fedora 9.From the get-go, the Hardy Heron experience is smooth. I installed it on several machines, including an aging laptop with a Via graphics controller that’s notorious for making a hash of things in Linux. Each installation found and recognized all of my hardware without requiring a reboot. Even my media card slot, which Windows can never locate a driver for on its own, worked right off the bat. Existing Ubuntu users enjoy even slicker installation: The Hardy Heron upgrade comes through the Update Manager, and one click initiates a totally automated –albeit fairly long–upgrade process that leaves all of the user’s data in place.Ubuntu’s automated Hardware Drivers utility seeks out proprietary drivers for devices in your system, simplifying the task of grabbing the latest proprietary nVidia driver, for instance, so that you can enable Desktop Effects. Some hard-core open-source advocates disapprove of Ubuntu’s compromise with the closed-source world, but end users who care more about usability than ideology will find this arrangement a boon.Apart from the new default apps, Ubuntu hasn’t changed much in overall look and feel this time around. Sure, there’s artsy heron-themed wallpaper, but longtime Ubuntu desktop users will find little else to poke at in this version. That development indicates that Ubuntu has matured to the point where it can focus on refining its feature set rather than massively reworking its elements in each new version.The changes in the default apps seem judicious rather than sweeping. Brasero, for instance, is a far more complete disc-burning utility than Serpentine, the relatively simple CD burner found in previous versions of Ubuntu.Hardy Heron still lacks a few features that I had hoped to see as defaults by now, such as a Desktop Effects Manager for Gnome. Downloading Compiz Configuration Settings Manager through apt-get (the command-line tool for handling packages) isn’t hard, but it should really be there in the first place. Without it, newbies have no idea how to turn on the desktop cube they’ve heard so much about. Also still absent is a decent theme manager to take advantage of Desktop Effects.Minor quibbles aside, Ubuntu 8.04 is the best-assembled and most polished Linux distribution I’ve ever used. Ubuntu 8.04 performs well where Windows XP and Vista screech to a halt, particularly on older hardware. And since it comes with OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Evolution Mail, and a host of other apps right out of the box, it may be the best way to breathe new life into a seemingly moribund PC.Fedora 9Fedora was born as an all-open-source alternative to the business-centric Red Hat Linux. As such, it enjoys a solid legacy of Linux development. Unfortunately, as the nonprofit cousin of a major commercial distribution, Fedora doesn’t always seem to get the attention it deserves. But last year, Fedora doffed the shadow of rival Ubuntu by releasing of Fedora 8, which offered a simple, graphical installer and the best hardware support we’d seen from the Fedora distribution. Nevertheless, it lagged behind Ubuntu in ease of installation and overall usability–largely because its commitment to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) left it without complete drivers for some major hardware, including nVidia and ATI cards and various wireless cards. Any astute Linux user could add these, certainly, but the process was too geeky for average Joes who just wanted to give Linux a try.With version 9, Fedora has stepped up its ease-of-use game. Gnome 2.22 brings a host of great new features, including support for Webcam videos. A prerelease version of Xorg 7.4, however, causes problems with nVidia cards, preventing Desktop Effects–which is now standard in Fedora 9–from working. At posting time, this problem remained unresolved, though contributors to the Fedora Forums suggested that it would soon be corrected. Fedora 9 also has a newer kernel (2.6.25) than Ubuntu 8.04.One of the most important changes in the new Fedora is immediately visible: its Anaconda installer can dynamically resize NTFS hard-drive partitions, making the task of adding Fedora to existing Windows installations much easier. Ubuntu users have long enjoyed a similar feature, so it’s nice to see Fedora catch up. Another new feature of the installer is a one-click option for drive encryption. Overall, Fedora’s revamped install routine is the distribution’s best yet, and it nearly matches Ubuntu’s in simplicity and ease of use.I liked Fedora 9’s new PackageKit, a graphical interface for Fedora’s Yum update utility, too. PackageKit is the nicest update manager I’ve tried in Linux, with big, friendly icons for bug fixes and security updates. Also, like Ubuntu 8.04, Fedora 9 now uses PulseAudio to control sound devices throughout the OS.By default, Fedora includes SELinux, which enforces security policies throughout the OS. Developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, this app does an excellent job of alerting users to potential security threats and managing user authentication. Most users will find that the biggest benefit of SELinux is its management of root user authority: The program alerts you when you’ve had root privileges activated for more than a few minutes, so you can minimize your exposure from this vulnerability.For users who are already familiar with Linux, Fedora 9 is an excellent choice. Robust security features and installation options make it somewhat more versatile than Ubuntu, which offers a more streamlined (and therefore more restricted) installation. For most users, though, including millions interested in trying Linux for the first time, Fedora lacks the polish and ready-to-run simplicity of its more popular rival.Ubuntu 8.0.4 offers a level of functionality comparable to that of Mac OS and Windows, from delivery to installation to daily use. Unfortunately, the ties that bind all Linux distributions–primarily a lack of support for major Windows- and Mac-based business, design, and gaming applications–still hold Ubuntu back from mass popularity. For users with such moderate computing needs as Web browsing, e-mail, and basic document creation, however, Hardy is a compelling option. Brought to you by PCWorld Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min readlast_img read more

Behind the Buzz Five Tech Trends Defined

first_img As a small-business owner, manager or informed employee, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest technology. But with all the buzzwords out there, it can be a hassle to figure out what’s what and which trends are here to stay. Here, we offer our explanations of the technologies that are reshaping the way we do business.1. The cloud. The cloud is just another term for the Internet. So cloud computing is simply online or Web-based software and services that are often cheaper and easier to use than purchasing licenses and maintaining software on your own machines. This can apply to everything from financial software to document and file storage. But beware — not all cloud solutions are alike, and security, reliability and scalability will vary.Then there’s the banter around “private cloud” and “public cloud.” A private cloud is either a secure internal network running “behind the firewall,” where employees can access applications and data from a central location such as an intranet, or a service in which the cloud provider stores your data offsite on a dedicated server.2. Crowdsourcing. It sounds gimmicky, but crowdsourcing basically entails outsourcing work to a crowd of people. There’s real business being done through crowdsourcing sites such as crowdSPRING, CrowdFlower and Trada. To crowdsource a project, you submit an open call to a community of experts, such as software developers or graphic designers, and receive a variety of solutions or ideas in response.However, crowdsourcing isn’t always cheaper, better or faster — and there’s no guarantee you’ll get back quality, usable material. “The overlooked cost is the need to filter through the crowd’s ideas to determine which ones have the potential to solve the problem,” says Laura Schoppe, president at Fuentek LLC, a consulting firm specializing in intellectual property and technology transfer. “The idea also must be free and clear to be adopted,” she adds. To see how small businesses are using crowdsourcing, click here.3. SEO. Search engine optimization (SEO) is about driving traffic to your website. It consists of various practices meant to improve the chances that people coming from search engines like Google or Bing will find your business online. For example, if you sell home aquariums in Buffalo, you want to make sure your website appears high on the list next time someone does a search for “home aquarium, Buffalo.”Tactics include using strategic keywords across your website, tagging content and coding the site to make it SEO-friendly. However, be sure to steer clear of questionable practices that try to fool the system, or you could get blacklisted by the search engines.Also, a big part of SEO is having a clearly defined target market, and optimizing your site to reach it rather than a general audience. “Most SMB decision-makers have a target market within 15 miles of their office,” says John Caughell, marketing coordinator for Argentstratus, which provides hosted productivity software for health care organizations. “Optimizing your website to reach people 6,000 miles away … seems like a waste of resources.” 4. Unified communications. UC is perhaps one of the most misunderstood tech terms. An industry website describes it like this: “UC supports the enterprise to manage various types of communications across multiple devices and applications, while integrating with back-office applications, systems and business processes, with the goal of improving business agility and results, leading to increased revenues, decreased costs and improved customer service.” Huh?UC is really this: merging more than one type of communications tool, such as Web conferencing and instant messaging, into a single interface or integrated system. Skype could be considered a UC system because you can switch back and forth between video and phone calls. Unified messaging (where voice, text and email messages all filter into your inbox) and “presence” technologies are also commonly found in UC systems. Do you need it? That depends on how often you need to connect and collaborate online.  5. Virtualization. This technology has been around for many years, but it’s still confusing, particularly since you can “virtualize” pretty much any piece of hardware or software. In other words, you’re creating a virtual version of it rather than having to get the actual version. And yes, it’s legal. The oldest form is operating system virtualization, which allows a piece of hardware to run multiple operating system images at the same time, so that you don’t have to buy and maintain as many machines.A consulting firm describes it like this: “Through virtualization induced containers, applications can be isolated from both the hardware and one another, preventing configuration conflicts that often complicate their introduction into IT systems.” I prefer this definition from the technology site ReadWriteWeb: “Do you have a Mac? You can run Windows on it, too. How? Virtualization.”No doubt, this is a short list of the tech terms that drive small-business owners batty. But it’s up to you to interpret the buzz and determine which technologies you should invest in. “As a buyer, I look for value, not buzz,” says Kevin Elliott, CEO and founder of mobile app developing firm WeLike LLC. “Often, things I buy were buzzing … but only after I determined that there was substance did I buy.”© Business on Main How Success Happens Brought to you by Business on Main Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. September 12, 2011 5 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Heres How to Get a Sneak Peek at the New Skype Translator

first_img 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This spring, Microsoft and Skype jointly rolled out Skype Translator, which lets Microsoft users translate video messages in real time.When it was showcased at Re/code’s first Code Conference in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. in May, Microsoft said that Skype Translator would be available to Windows 8 users as a “beta app” by the end of the year. The Redmond, Wash.-based corporation is living up to its promise.Starting this week, users with Microsoft Windows 8.1 computers and tablets can preview what the Skype Translator can do by registering for an account on Skype’s website. However the company notes on the site that there are a “limited number of preview spots available.”Related: Meet Microsoft Band, the $199 Fitness Tracker That Also Works With iOS and AndroidThe company does caution users that Skype will “have a few rough edges but the more conversations it translates, the better it’ll get.” At the moment, in addition to the real-time translation, an on-screen transcript is included in your video call.While the instant-message chats can be translated into 45 languages, the translator is offering only 12 languages for the video conferences — Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Russian, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Related: How Not to Embarrass Yourself During a Skype Interview (Infographic) November 4, 2014last_img read more

8 Industries Being Disrupted by Virtual Reality

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 21, 2017 For the past several years we’ve been told that the age of virtual reality is upon us. Tech companies have introduced new hardware and updated systems to much fanfare, but so far have not been able to turn widespread interest into practice.Virtual reality, and now augmented reality, are often seen as novelties: cool to play with in a store or at that one tech-obsessed friend’s house, but most of us are not putting on clunky headsets or Google’s cardboard system and walking out the door.However, it’s finally looking like the VR and AR industries are on the cusp of going mainstream, as industries start to figure out how to implement transformative technology in the user experience. These 10 industries are pioneering ways to integrate VR and AR tech and offer customers more opportunities to explore products and services.1. Real EstateLooking for a new home or apartment can feel like taking on a second job. Between endlessly checking listing updates to taking time to visit every open house on the market, buying (or renting) a new place can be a daunting and tiresome task.But what if you could experience all that a house has to offer without leaving your home? Real estate companies are toying with VR solutions that offer prospective buyers the chance to walk through a property and survey every room, hallway, nook and cranny without actually leaving their own homes.Related: Real Estate, Movies, Retail: VR Is Exploding. The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Are Huge.2. ZoosGoing to zoos gives people the opportunity to experience wildlife up close, albeit behind a sturdy partition. However, zoo trips often spark more questions than they answer. Most zoo experiences consist of visitors wandering from exhibit to exhibit and reading about the species on small placards and in outdated pamphlets.Guru is an app that is seeking to redefine the zoo experience by bringing the animals and their habitats to (virtual) life. The app allows users to choose customized audio experiences that share facts about specific animals, as well as behind-the-scenes videos and augmented-reality portals into the actual habitats and lifestyles of animals in the wild.Related: 12 Amazing Uses of Virtual Reality3. FashionEvery millennial woman remembers the first time she saw Cher Horowitz’s closet in Clueless — it was a magical moment. The idea of being able to test clothes and match outfits without actually having to try them on resonated with an entire generation.Now, over 20 years since Clueless sparked an obsession, Cher’s closet, or at least the idea behind it, has become reality. Gap recently unveiled a VR solution that enables customers to digitally “try on” pieces within its collection. Other retailers are bringing VR headsets into stores to allow visitors to feel as though they’re sitting in the front row at the designer’s latest fashion-week presentation.Related: Virtual Reality Is About to Change Your Business4. HospitalityThe internet has made the world a smaller place. Thanks to programs like Google Earth, people can walk pathways in Santorini one minute and find themselves at a busy Sydney intersection the next. More travel organizations are tapping into consumers’ love for virtual exploration.Expedia recently announced a new VR-based initiative that will allow travelers to “step inside” hotel-room listings before making their destination decisions.Related: Why This Restaurant Chain Has Started Using VR to Train Employees5. MedicineThe world of medicine is exploring several avenues and uses for VR to help doctors and patients. Some doctors are now wearing VR headsets in the operating room to give medical students a more in-depth look at the surgical procedures.Additionally, hospitals are experimenting with VR as a means of making patients feel more comfortable. For example, VisitU, an emerging Dutch company, has created virtual glasses to give children at hospitals the chance to experience life at home or in the classroom, even though they are bedridden.Related: VRcade: Be the First to Open One in Your Town6. Entertainment and FilmSince Hollywood’s inception, film studios and production companies have been searching for new ways to make their projects more engaging and lifelike. Now, with virtual technology, film studios have the opportunity to transform the viewing experience from passive to participatory.Companies like Within are gaining the attention and support of major studios because their technology creates fully immersive viewer experiences that, until recently, Hollywood could only dream of.Related: Google: 180-Degree Video Is the Future of VR7. FitnessMany people have a hard time self-motivating when it comes to fitness. It can also be difficult to carve out the time to travel to a gym or fitness studio to take a class. Thanks to emerging VR programs, those wanting to get in shape no longer have to sacrifice their time.Startups like Icaros are creating fitness solutions that take the boredom out of getting fit. These systems allow users to feel as though they’re actually climbing a rock wall or boxing an opponent, when in fact they haven’t left their living rooms.8. AutomotiveHistorically, the automotive industry has needed a physical shopping experience to stay afloat. Before people are willing to make huge investments in new vehicles, they usually want to test the car out for themselves. For this reason, the automotive industry has struggled to find ways to connect with younger generations. Not only are millennials and Gen Zers supporters of the ride-sharing economy; they’re also digitally driven shoppers. Now, automobile makers like Ford are introducing VR experiences intended to give shoppers a real sense of a car’s interior and create a strong enough virtual experience to encourage them to visit a dealership and test drive the real thing. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 5 min readlast_img read more

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