first_img Citation: Hella Good: Scientists Petition to Name a Very Large Number (2010, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-hella-good-scientists-petition-large.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com As in, “That’s one hella big number.”In fact, there is a Facebook effort underway, with more than 20,000 students and scientists calling for this name. One of the instigators is Austin Sendek, a student in physics at the University of California. Fox News reports on his reasoning for naming the number hella:Sendek and his petition signatories believe naming numbers in the 10^27 category is of “critical importance for scientists in all fields.” He said these numbers are vital to representing “the wattage of the sun, distances between galaxies, or the number of atoms in a large sample.” …”However, science isn’t all that sets Northern California apart from the rest of the world,” Sendek wrote. “The area is also notorious for the creation and widespread usage of the English slang ‘hella,’ which typically means ‘very,’ or can refer to a large quantity (e.g. ‘there are hella stars out tonight’).”But will the International System of Units go for it? That’s the question. Calling something “yotta” sounds very like the name of the Star Wars character Yoda, so naming the next big number “hella” wouldn’t be so bad. Right? Plus, it would give science an “in” regarding popular culture. But, if numbers continue to get larger, what comes next? How could you express a number that is even bigger than hella? (PhysOrg.com) — As science becomes increasing precise, and as computers provide the ability to crunch ever larger (and smaller) numbers, scientists are looking to name numbers with lots of zeroes. You’ve heard of mega, giga and tera. You might have even heard of yotta — which is a one followed by 24 zeroes. But now some scientists are petitioning the International System of Units to create a binary prefix for a one followed by 27 zeroes. This number, they think, should be called “hella”. Image source: SPUI via Wikimedia Commonscenter_img Explore further The battle between virus and host cell 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

first_img Though some might see it as farfetched, or heaven forbid, lunacy, Davis and Wagner are convinced that it’s worth the small amount of investment such a search would entail. What if, they suggest, close-up photographs of the moon that are already being made available to the masses (from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) via the Internet, were to be presented with a request that anyone that would like to participate, study whichever photos they find interesting, looking for anything that appears of unnatural origin, then report back. Interesting “finds” could then be studied by many others, and those that seem promising could be studied further by professionals. It all seems so easy, after all, other group projects are underway, and by most accounts, appear to meet with relative success.Another possibility, the team suggests, is using image or shape recognizing software to scan photos of the moon to help narrow down search areas and to alert humans when it finds something interesting.The idea of putting resources towards searching for the existence of intelligent alien life wouldn’t be new of course, the SETI project exists for that sole purpose. Looking for evidence that we’ve been visited by an extraterrestrial is of course a little different, but in this case, it seems to make sense. After all as Davis and Wagner point out, because the moon is so barren, has no atmosphere and because it is so seldom hit with meteorites, things that go on there are preserved for tens or even millions of years. If any aliens visited the moon during that time span, it should be possible to find traces of their activity, or their equipment, offering proof for the very first time, that there really is someone else out there. New calculations suggest Jupiter’s core may be liquefying (PhysOrg.com) — If you were part of a team sent to explore an unknown planet; and that planet had a natural orbiting moon, wouldn’t it make sense to use that moon as a base camp or remote observation post? Especially if you didn’t want those being observed to know you were there? Professor Paul Davis and research technician Robert Wagner think so, and that’s why they’ve published a paper in Acta Astronautica that suggests we humans begin taking a little closer look at our own moon to see if any alien life forms might have left behind some evidence of their visit. More information: Searching for alien artifacts on the moon, Acta Astronautica, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.022AbstractThe Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has a low probability of success, but it would have a high impact if successful. Therefore it makes sense to widen the search as much as possible within the confines of the modest budget and limited resources currently available. To date, SETI has been dominated by the paradigm of seeking deliberately beamed radio messages. However, indirect evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence could come from any incontrovertible signatures of non-human technology. Existing searchable databases from astronomy, biology, earth and planetary sciences all offer low-cost opportunities to seek a footprint of extraterrestrial technology. In this paper we take as a case study one particular new and rapidly-expanding database: the photographic mapping of the Moon’s surface by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to 0.5 m resolution. Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features, this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration. Systematic scrutiny of the LRO photographic images is being routinely conducted anyway for planetary science purposes, and this program could readily be expanded and outsourced at little extra cost to accommodate SETI goals, after the fashion of the SETI@home and Galaxy Zoo via The Guardian Moon. Photo courtesy of NASA Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: ASU cosmologist suggests studying moon for alien artifacts (2011, December 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-asu-cosmologist-moon-alien-artifacts.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Researchers use magnets to cause programmed cancer cell deaths (2012, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-magnets-cancer-cell-deaths.html More information: A magnetic switch for the control of cell death signalling in in vitro and in vivo systems, Nature Materials (2012) doi:10.1038/nmat3430AbstractThe regulation of cellular activities in a controlled manner is one of the most challenging issues in fields ranging from cell biology to biomedicine. Nanoparticles have the potential of becoming useful tools for controlling cell signalling pathways in a space and time selective fashion. Here, we have developed magnetic nanoparticles that turn on apoptosis cell signalling by using a magnetic field in a remote and non-invasive manner. The magnetic switch consists of zinc-doped iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles5 (Zn0.4Fe2.6O4), conjugated with a targeting antibody for death receptor 4 (DR4) of DLD-1 colon cancer cells. The magnetic switch, in its On mode when a magnetic field is applied to aggregate magnetic nanoparticle-bound DR4s, promotes apoptosis signalling pathways. We have also demonstrated that the magnetic switch is operable at the micrometre scale and that it can be applied in an in vivo system where apoptotic morphological changes of zebrafish are successfully induced. Breast cancer drug pushes colon cancer cells to their death A schematic representation of the magnetic switch for apoptosis signalling in in vitro cells and in a zebrafish. Credit: (c) Nature Materials (2012) doi:10.1038/nmat3430 © 2012 Phys.Org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers in South Korea has developed a method to cause cell death in both living fish and lab bowel cancer cells (in vivo and in vitro) using a magnetic field. The application of the magnetic field, as described in their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, triggers a “death signal” that leads to programmed cell death. center_img Explore further A major problem with treating cancer is how to effectively and efficiently apply a therapy, one that discriminates between cancer and healthy cells: killing the bad while retaining the good. Numerous methods have been tried over the years with varying degrees of success. In this new research, the team has been experimenting with the introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles, which attach to antibodies, into the system. The antibodies, in turn, bind to tumor cell receptors. When a magnetic field is introduced, the nanoparticles bunch up or cluster, which triggers a natural response called a death signal. When that happens, apoptosis (aka, programmed cell death) occurs, causing destruction of the tumor. The work is based on apoptosis, a process that continually occurs in living organisms. This process is marked by biochemical events that lead to changes in cells causing their death; it is referred to as a programmed death because it controls the way cells grow in multi-cellular organisms. One clear example is the way cells between the fingers are allowed to die, while digits grow as individual members. Therefore, apoptosis is considered a healthy process as opposed to necrosis, where cells die due to trauma. Normally the process occurs when old or faulty cells are detected, such as when skin cells are damaged from exposure to the elements. When such cells are detected, chemicals are delivered which cause the cells to break apart, effectively killing them. In the present study, researchers took advantage of this process by causing such chemicals to be sent to tumor cells. The researchers applied zinc-doped iron oxide nanoparticles to colon cancer cells, which naturally bind to antibodies. Those antibodies then bind very strongly to what is known as the death receptor 4(DR4) which exists on DLD-1 colon cancer cells. When a magnetic field is applied, the death receptor sends out a signal telling the system to attack the cell. Chemicals are then sent, killing the tumor. In their experiment, the team found that more than half of the tumor cells exposed to the treatment were killed, while none of the untreated cells died. Unfortunately, other experiments with zebra fish resulted in the growth of abnormal tails. The team notes that their research is still in its infancy and that far more research will need to be done to see if the process can be refined and eventually tested in human trials. Journal information: Nature Materials 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

first_img © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Andrei Zlobin of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Vernadsky State Geological Museum, claims in a paper he’s uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, that he’s found rocks he believe to be from the object that caused the Tunguska explosion over Siberia in 1908. If further analysis of the rocks confirms them to be from space, it will mark the discovery of the first physical evidence of the source of the famous blast. Journal information: arXiv More information: Discovery of probably Tunguska meteorites at the bottom of Khushmo river’s shoal, arXiv:1304.8070 [physics.gen-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1304.8070AbstractThe author describes some stones which he found at the bottom of Khushmo River’s shoal during 1988 expedition into the region of the Tunguska impact (1908). Photos of stones are presented. Three stones have traces of melting and the author consider these stones as probable Tunguska meteorites. Some arguments are presented to confirm author’s opinion. Results of investigation of prospect holes in peat-bogs are briefly described too. New data concerning heat impulse of the Tunguska impact are obtained. There is the assumption that some meteorites which are formed during comet impact looks like stony or glass-like thin plates with traces of melting. Credit: arXiv:1304.8070 [physics.gen-ph] Credit: arXiv:1304.8070 [physics.gen-ph] Citation: Russian researcher claims to have found rocks from object that caused Tunguska explosion (2013, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-russian-tunguska-explosion.htmlcenter_img Explore further The Tunguska Event, as it’s known, was a very powerful explosion that occurred in the air over a part of Siberia near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. The force of it flattened forests for 2,150 square kilometers—it’s considered to be the largest impact event in modern history. Despite the immensity of the explosion, no debris from the object that caused it has ever been found—likely due to the remoteness of the impact zone and the political climate in Russia at that time. Even more mysterious is the lack of an impact crater. Because of the dearth of evidence, there has been a lot of speculation about what caused the explosion, with the two most likely candidates being a meteoroid or a comet. Research team claims to have found evidence Lake Cheko is impact crater for Tunguska Event 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. In his paper, Zlobin says he dug some holes in the permafrost in an area believed to be near the center of the impact zone, back in 1988. He reports that he found nothing that could be tied to the explosion. Before returning home, however, he collected some rock samples from the bottom of a shoal on the Khushmo River and brought them back with him to the museum. Zlobin says he didn’t sort or examine the rock samples until twenty years later. He doesn’t say so, but perhaps it was the hundred year anniversary of the Tunguska Event that spurred him into action—in any case, he found three samples that he believes came from outer-space. He thinks so because they exhibit signs of both melting and ablations known as regmaglypts. Scientists believe the explosion was not hot enough to cause rocks on the ground to melt, thus, the melting of rocks in the area must have come as a result of the intense heat of passage through the Earth’s atmosphere.Zlobin says he believes the impact was caused by a comet, likely of a size close to Halley’s Comet. Further testing of the rocks will need to be done to confirm they came from outer-space, of course. If they come back positive, scientists will then have to debate amongst themselves whether they were part of the object that caused the Tunguska Event, or were a separate event altogether.last_img read more

first_img by NPR News Scott Neuman 8.28.19 6:01am China has said that it won’t allow a U.S. Navy warship to visit its northeastern port of Qingdao — marking the second time in recent weeks that Beijing has rebuffed what is a routine request, underscoring trade tensions with Washington and accusations that the U.S. is behind unrest in Hong Kong.In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Seventh Fleet public affairs officer Cmdr. Reann Mommsen said China had “denied the US Navy’s request.” She did not name the warship in question and referred questions about the reason for the decision to Beijing.The refusal to allow the visit comes as Beijing and Washington are locked in a bitter trade war and Chinese officials have cast a wary eye on increasing anti-government violence in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have gone on for months.Beginning last year, President Trump has ratcheted up tariffs on Chinese imports and Beijing has retaliated by slapping its own tariffs on U.S. goods.At the G-7 Summit in France, which concluded on Monday, Trump said Chinese trade officials had contacted their U.S. counterparts asking to “get back to the table” and hammer out a trade deal, but China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday he had not heard of any such contact.Also on Tuesday, China’s official Xinhua media accused the U.S. of “the old tricks of bullying and maximum pressure” which it said were aimed at “[coercing] China into accepting its irrational demands.”Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, where protests that began peacefully in early June have grown into a direct challenge to Beijing’s authority in the city, China has accused the U.S. of aiding the protesters and fomenting unrest.Earlier this month, China also denied without explanation a request for two U.S. warships, the USS Lake Erie, a guided missile cruiser, and the USS Green Bay, an amphibious transport, to call at Hong Kong.At the time, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Nate Christensen said the Navy has “a long track record of successful port visits to Hong Kong and we expect them to continue.”Although such requests are considered routine courtesies, it is also not unusual for them to be denied in times of heightened tensions between host and guest.Last September, China turned down a request for an amphibious assault ship, USS Wasp, to call at Hong Kong, citing U.S. arms sales to Taiwan. However, two months later it approved a similar request for a visit by the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Amid Tensions, Beijing Denies U.S. Navy Request To Call At… Mark Schiefelbeinlast_img read more

first_imgSunday evening, it was west Delhi’s turn to hog the limelight. The highlight of the day? A stand-up act called  A’Sardar, which was a comedy gig presented by two most funniest sardars — Maheep Singh and Vikramjit Singh.The performance was a part of the ongoing Atelier ACT Festival which is a workshop of communication enthusiasts who have been organising creative educational programmes and devising socially relevant plays. It has conducted various workshops on creative teaching and creative learning. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”We are continuously devising and designing specific learning enhancement programmes for special educators and are incorporating creative drama and theatre-in-education techniques,’ said a member of the group.’A’sardar, the word itself has a dual connotation. It refers to asardar (catalyst to change) sardars. Dedicated to the ones who are performing and the ones who are witnessing it. We are sardars but not the usual typical ones,’ said Maheep.His act mostly took a dig at regular mishaps in a Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixsardar’s life. Like how a sardar is always greeted by specific terms like balle balle or paaji instead of his regular name or how he gets served sarso ka saag and makke ki roti even in an Italian restaurant and how he is much scarier than a scarecrow (toy) to horrify little children to manage them,’ laughed Maheep.Vikramjit’s act on the other hand started with a disclaimer note claiming — the jokes today are offensive but you need not worry since they are in English. He tickled the funny bone with his uncanny yet humourous remarks on fitness freaks seen at gyms, how shopping is not a natural thing (unlike what women call it) which should be solely replaced by lots of sex and food (much natural and pleasurable) and the advertisements on TV.Vikramjit has been doing stand up for over an year now, and says that he derives his punches from the daily problems he deals with in life.’Instead of ruminating over them, I make a joke out of them. Just like how batting comes to Sachin,’ Vikramjit said.’Comedy for me is being in the moment and suit according to the scene. I am a big believer in laughing at oneself. Then only you can succeed in bringing a few laughs,’ Maheep signed off.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: There was trouble at a private school in Durgapur on Thursday after guardians staged a sit-in demonstration demanding suspension of a teacher who had beaten up a four-year-old student.A large contingent of police went to the spot to maintain peace.On Monday, a teacher had beaten up a four-year-old student of Kindergarten I for spending more time in the toilet. After she came back from the toilet, the teacher beat her up with a stick and slapped her repeatedly. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe girl bled through the left year. Later, she was taken to a hospital where she was treated. On Tuesday, when the parents of several students met the Principal, she assured a thorough investigation into the matter.On Wednesday, the guardians gathered outside the school and demanded stern action against the teacher. However, the school authorities refused to talk to the guardians.The guardians again gathered outside the school campus on Thursday morning demanding suspension of the teacher. Initially, Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedthe school authorities refused to see them but later they agreed to meet the parents of the affected student. The guardians of other students refused to accept this proposal and later parents of six students went to see the Principal.The Principal told them that the concerned teacher had resigned. Not satisfied with this, the parents continued to demand her suspension. They told the Principal that they would not accept it as it was just an eyewash because she will be inducted to another branch of the school. The parents organised a sit-in demonstration outside the school premises to voice their demand.last_img read more

first_imgStar comedian Kapil Sharma’s New Year resolution is to get legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to be part of his hit show Comedy Nights With Kapil, where megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and several of the young brigade of actors have made an appearance.Kapil took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share his resolution and even invited requests from fans for his wish to become a reality. “My resolution n dream for 2015… I want @mangeshkarlata @sachin_rt AN @SrBachchan sahib again.. It’s up to u people.. Pls send requests..,” Kapil tweeted Monday. In response to his tweet, Kapil received several requests from people who expressed a desire to see the same.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet has given approval to the creation of more than 500 posts in its meeting on Monday.The meeting, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was held in the state Secretariat. Most of the posts, creation of which received the Cabinet’s approval, is in the state Health department which will ensure better service to the common people.Around 1,000 posts were created in the last Cabinet meeting that held on May 22 and it led to the creation of jobs in different departments including Finance, Home and Hill Affairs, Agriculture and Higher Education. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that in almost all the Cabinet meetings, the state government has been creating several posts to ensure job opportunities for athe youth. In November 2017, around 1,200 new posts were created in different departments of the state government including 200 drivers and helpers for the Transport department. The state government has also created thousands of job opportunities in the past seven years. In June 2017 alone, the announcement of creating 3,754 new posts was made. According to a senior official at the state Secretariat, the next Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held on June 21.last_img read more

first_imgRare photos of screen icon Marilyn Monroe, taken just weeks before her untimely death, are going to auction in London. The stunning snapshots were taken by her friend, photographer George Barris, on Santa Monica beach on July 13, 1962, just three weeks before she was found dead at 36 in her Los Angeles bedroom.Eight of the prints, several of which show Monroe romping on the beach in a towel or bikini, are expected to sell for 8000 pound at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions in London on June 4.Barris, who met Monroe in 1954 on the set of her hit film The Seven Year Itch, originally intended to use the pictures for a book he was working on about the iconic actress, but he scrapped it after her death. In 2001, Barris published a book called Marilyn: Her Life in her Own Words: Marilyn Monroe’s Revealing Last Words and Photograph.last_img read more

first_imgEstablished author and organic farmer, Royina Grewal and Rupa Publications, launched, Babur: Conqueror of Hindustan by Royina Grewal in the national Capital. Salman Khurshid and Malvika Singh along with other prominent names were present. Babur, being her only work of fiction, is conceived as the first book to the trilogy of Mughal emperors.Royina narrates the story of the first Mughal emperor, Babur, as a poet, writer, lover, aesthete and an inspiring general. Royina’s tale starts on the eve of the Battle of Panipat.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Author has recreated the character of Babur as an emperor who was accessible and inspiring.Royina whose earlier works have revolved around nature and environment said, “There is a lot that has been written about Babur, the warrior. But I remember thinking that a warrior could not have built something so beautiful and verdant as these gardens. I wanted to recreate a Babur who was more approachable and was exciting. A father, a husband and more importantly – a human being.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis book combines many human aspects like fictional history, love story, family drama making it a page turner.”Royina Grewal is an established author, she is well known for books like Sacred Virgin, Travels along the Narmada, In Rajasthan: A Travelogue as well as The Book of Ganesha. Her recent book, Babur is her first work of fiction and also a start to the trilogy on mughal emperors. For a year, Baburnama – Babur’s autobiography has been Royina’s bible. Her interest in the emperor started from her love for Babur gardens where she enjoyed many evening walks.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A training programme was organised on online filing of Self Appraisal Report for Group-A officers, from the state Personnel and Administrative Reforms and e-Governance on Thursday.Sources said that similar training will also be a part of the curriculum of the deputy secretary level officers, who are undergoing training at the Administrative Training Institute (ATI) at Salt Lake. There will be a training programme on the same for the deputy secretary level officers at ATI on Friday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been made mandatory to file the Self Appraisal Report online from the 2017-18 financial year. In a bid to make the task easier for the officials, the training programme was organised, which was also attended by some section officers.There are nine pages that need to be filled up under the report. The officer’s particulars have to be filled up in the first page. The part I A is in page 2, where the officer needs to key in more details including personal data like date of birth, present posting, date or declaration of assets, etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPage 3 comprises the part I B that is related to attendance of the officer. Page number four, five and six comprise the Part II of the application, where the officer needs to key in information including a short account of his or her work, target and achievements, if he/she underwent any training and if he or she is having additional charge.Page seven is for “reporting” by the immediate senior officer, while the next two pages are for “reviewing” and “accepting” respectively.The officers on Thursday underwent training on how to key in the details easily and knowing the steps that need to be followed for the same.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A person was beaten up badly in Haldia after he pelted stones at pedestrians. Due to stone pelting, at least 10 persons got injured.The accused person was recovered by the police. He has been admitted to Haldia Sub -Divisional Hospital in critical condition.According to locals, on Sunday around 5 pm, a youth all of a sudden started pelting stones at pedestrians and locals in a drunken state in Makhan Babur bazar area. Later, he also beat people who came close to him with a stick. Due to this, several people got multiple injuries. While the situation got tense, an examination for job was going on in a nearby school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWithin a few minutes after the stone pelting started, some examinees came out from the school. As a result, they were also attacked by theaccused youth. Though locals tried to stop the drunken youth, nobody had the courage to confront him face to face.Later, a few examinees started pelting stones at the drunken youth as well and some of the pedestrians started beating him up using sticks, bamboos and rods. In the meantime, police personnel from Haldia police station arrived and prevented locals from beating him up.He was immediately removed to Haldia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where he has been admitted in a critical condition. The injured pedestrians were taken to hospital. All of them were treated and discharged. Till Sunday night, police could not identify the drunken youth. Investigators already sent his pictures in the surrounding police stations for identification as he is not in a condition to talk.last_img read more

first_imgBoys and girls belonging to sexual minority groups such as gay, lesbian and bisexuals are increasingly indulging in disordered eating trends than their heterosexual or straight peers, a new study suggests.Disordered eating behaviour refers to unhealthy eating habits that have not been diagnosed by a physician as an eating disorder, although they are still serious and have the potential to be harmful.In the study which was published in the journal ‘International Journal of Eating Disorders’, the researchers mentioned that the rate of disordered eating behaviours is actually increasing among lesbians and bisexuals, which is alarming. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the study, sexual minority peers may also purge or take laxatives, use diet pills or fast to lose weight than their straight peers. The researchers also found that lesbians were twice as likely to report purging and fasting for weight control. Heterosexual boys had the lowest rates of these behaviours and they declined even further over the years. The study, which analysed data from teenagers between the age of 12 to 18, found that there were disparities in disordered eating behaviours which appeared to be declining for straight teenagers. However, the gap between them and sexual minority teenagers remained and for lesbian and bisexual girls, the gap appears to be widening.“While it’s promising to see improvements in the rate of disordered eating behaviours among heterosexual youth, we cannot say there has been any definite reduction of these behaviours for sexual minority youth,” said Ryan Watson, Researcher at the University of British Columbia in Canada.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Following Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s direction, her party leaders on Sunday organised silent rallies at each block as well as the city, showing solidarity with family members of the Pulwama martyrs.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders from various parts of the state took out silent rallies condemning the deadly attack in Pulwama that took place on February 14. Apart from party leaders, many local people also participated in the rally. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and state minister Suvendu Adhikari led a candle light march in Haldia that had seen a huge response from the local residents. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA similar rally was also organised at ward 72 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), where senior TMC leader Sandip Bakshi participated along with others. They marched down the city’s streets, sending across the message of solidarity with the family members of the slain CRPF jawans. TMC leader Arup Roy also arranged a silent rally in Howrah. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee had participated in a candle light march in the city on Saturday afternoon, showing solidarity with the CRPF personnel who were killed in the horrific tragedy. The rally started from Hazra More and ended at Gandhi statue. During the rally on Saturday, Banerjee said: “When the country is in crisis, it is our duty to stand together with the citizens. The whole India is united. Unity is our strength.” During the programme, she announced the silent rallies in the block level. Meanwhile, Vardaan Market, in association with Metro Plaza and Emami Market, also organised a condolence march to pay homage to the brave martyrs who made supreme sacrifice. More than 2,000 people, including members from Vardaan Market, Metro Plaza and Emami Market, were present in the march on Sunday that started from Vardaan Market at Camac Street. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSyed Akbar Hossain, general secretary, Vardaan Shop Owner’s Association, said: “The rally was organised to mark the protest against the attack on our armed forces in Pulwama. This is a request to our government to take appropriate action against the perpetrators for this heinous crime. We demand justice.” In another incident, some local residents from Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas put up a rail block at Ashokenagar railway station for nearly half an hour, demanding strong action against those who were involved in the ghastly attack. They also shouted slogans against Pakistan. Train service was resumed after the locals lifted the protest demonstration.last_img read more

first_imgWith the aim to encourage holistic lifestyle as a way forward in this fast-paced world, Jindal Art Institute (JAI) – A premier institute for the creative souls, was inaugurated in Delhi.The inaugural showcase began with the lighting of the lamp by Savitri Jindal, Chairperson Emeritus, JSPL along with Shallu Jindal, Founder JAI, and Naveen Jindal, Chairman, JSPL. Jindal Art Institute is the dream project of Shallu Jindal, renowned Kuchipudi dancer, and social contributor. The institute aims to spread far and wide rich artistic heritage of India and the world by exploring various dance forms. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her welcome address, Shallu Jindal said, “Jindal Art Institute (JAI) hopes to be a place that is instrumental in helping people achieve and unleash their hidden potential. The institute will try and explore the strengths and exclusivity of every student be it young or adult and teach them to achieve perfection and excellence.” “JAI is a dream come true and it’s a salute to Indian and international artists. The institute will also collaborate with both Indian and international artists to unleash the potential of vast talent that the country has to offer,” she added. The dramatic and powerful evening witnessed exemplary performances in Classical Vocal, Tabla, Piano, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Lyrical Contemporary, Zumba, Folk, Bollywood from exceptional talent. Padma Vibhushan and Rajya Sabha MP Raghunath Mahapatra also graced the occasion.last_img read more

first_imgAlso:– Zeke Elliott has become “list guy” with off-field issuesGuests:Greg Cosell – NFL films Producer is in-studio breaking down film on Lamar Jackson’s debut.Eric Mangini – Former NFL Head Coach is in-studio on Lamar Jackson’s debut, and reviews some of the film he liked.Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio to criticize Colin’s list of 7 teams that can win the Super Bowl; why he likes the Vikings; Lamar Jackson/Flacco will play out like Tebow in Denver, with TwitterLamar Jakson made his NFL debut last night, and had an up and down performance, but Colin can already see where this is all headed.Colin thinks Jackson is an NFL project, and nowhere near ready to take NFL snaps, but because he has big play ability, fan calls for him to start will only continue to grow as Joe Flacco struggles. Colin thinks it will parallel how Tim Tebow ended up starting in Denver, with Twitter added into the equation. Jackson isn’t ready, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Jackson ended up starting at some point, especially if Flacco plays like he did last year. Moss will look bigger than ever after HOF weekend, TO never smallerRandy Moss and Terrell Owens are largely considered the top two receivers of their generation, and both had over 15,000 yards receiving, both had over 150 TD’s, both also played for 5 teams. They also both had discipline issues, caught bad press at various times during their career and had reputations as malcontents.Despite their similar career tracks, Colin thinks how they handle this weekend will leave different lasting images for both. Moss has humbly embraced the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and shown a respect for joining the elite club, and will look big because of it. Owens, on the other hand, is skipping the ceremony to hold his own event at his alma mater, and will look small and petty.last_img read more

first_imgAntonio Brown tweeted his farewell to Pittsburgh yesterday, and clearly thinks he’s played his last down for the Steelers. While everyone knows what a dumpster fire Brown’s time in Pittsburgh  ended up being, it’s unclear about what exactly changed in the locker room to make the Steelers go from tolerating his usual drama to sitting on the verge of trading their superstar wide receiver.FS1 Analyst and former Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings recently spoke at-length with Brown, and stopped by The Herd to fill Colin on some of details of the conversation, including his future, and what happened between Brown and Big Ben to fracture their relationship to a breaking point.Greg and Colin also talked about possible landing spots for AB if he is dealt. Watch here:last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 9, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals In an era dominated by social media, the telephone can seem a slightly old-fashioned way to communicate. Yet, most of your customers will still value the ability to call you.This isn’t always easy for entrepreneurs managing schedules filled with travel and meetings. Fortunately, cloud phone systems like Google Voice or Aircall are now here to help make things seamless. Below are five tips for startups to make the most of them.Related: Service With a Smile1. Display your phone number on your homepage. Startups sometimes opt for being rather impersonal, especially if you’re providing a software with a low-touch sales model. Providing a phone number on your homepage will make your company more human and boost user confidence.2. Create local phone numbers. It’s easier than ever to localize your website into different languages with companies like TextMaster. But what about your phone number? It now takes just a few seconds to create a number for most countries with services like Aircall, building credibility for your international users.3. Cascade calls to your team members. Startups can’t usually afford to have a dedicated phone support team. This means that the person who is supposed to answer the phone will sometimes be busy doing other things. By adding simple cascading, you can make sure you never miss a call by sending the call to an available colleague.Related: How do I keep in contact with customers without being annoying?4. Keep your client call history. There’s nothing more annoying than having to call several times and re-explain your problem each and every time. By keeping track of the user’s call history and adding notes, you can help your customers avoid this frustration. This is a simple step towards more powerful client relationship management.5. Make your voicemail professional. The first contact your clients have with your company may be via your voicemail. A professional and engaging message will set you in a good stead for your relationship with the client. For example, you can add music and a customized message with Aircall.All these easy-to-implement tips make phone management simple and powerful for startups. Do you have any other advice? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.Related: Hold the Phone! Don’t Outsource Customer Support Just Yet 3 min readlast_img read more

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now January 30, 2015 Enroll Now for Free It seems like threats to trade secrets and proprietary information are increasing exponentially. News reports of large-scale data thefts have become an almost daily occurrence.And employees are likely to switch jobs, taking proprietary information with them. Meanwhile, technology has increased the risk of inadvertent disclosure since most employees are walking around with critical business information on their smartphones. The sad reality is that your proprietary information and trade secrets have never been at greater risk.This leads to the question all company executives must ask: What am I doing to create a culture of protection at my company?Related: The Balancing Act: Sharing Data Versus Guarding Trade SecretsCompany culture comes up in a lot of settings, but not often enough in the context of protecting proprietary information and trade secrets. Since your employees are on the front lines, working with your trade secrets, they need to have protection top of mind. In my experience as a lawyer handling trade-secrets misappropriation cases, I have frequently seen companies that treat protection as an afterthought suffer the consequences of having critical information end up in a competitor’s hands.Creating a culture of protection is not easy. It takes a clear strategy, implemented consistently over time. Start when employees are hired, with trade-secrets training included in the onboarding process and repeated regularly. But training is not enough.Trade-secret protection needs to be a part of every employee’s daily routine. The goal is to build habits that decrease the risk of disclosure. At a company with a strong culture of protection, these habits become second nature.Related: Is Your Company’s Data Safe in the Cloud? (Infographic)For example, employees need to lock their computers every time they leave their workstations. They should make sure they share proprietary information only with those who need access to it. They need to be aware of and on the lookout for suspicious activity, including spear phishing scams (often presented as an email manipulated to seem as if it came from a trusted source).And they need to know exactly how to handle documents containing trade secrets or other critical proprietary information.At the risk of sounding like a speaker at a corporate retreat, culture starts at the top. Employees need to hear from the company’s most senior executives that trade-secret protection is one of everyone’s core job responsibilities. Implementing and enforcing a formal trade-secrets policy is a good first step, as this can create a framework that leads to a protective culture.Now is the time to consider your company’s culture of protection. This culture has never been more important. If your company falls short, it’s not too late to make changes.If you don’t have a formal policy concerning trade secrets or need to discuss ways to improve your company’s protection of them, speak to an attorney who specializes in this area.Related: The Metcalf Sniper Attack and Its Lesson for CEOslast_img read more