Nanowire Manipulation Could Lead to HandHeld Supercomputers

first_imgResearchers have been working on nanowires and microchips so tiny that they could be used to build supercomputers that could fit in the palm of your hand. Hopefully, the nanowires will eventually lead to small, powerful gadget such as hand-held PCs, mobile phones as powerful as laptops, and medical advances. The Columbia Supercomputer at NASA´s Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center. Designer proteins form wires and lattices on mineral surface The group of engineers, with members from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and the University of Rome in Italy, will have their results published in an upcoming issue of Science. The researchers studied the behavioral properties of nanowires—which are more than 1,000 times thinner than a human hair—and investigated how the wires react and respond to exterior forces compared with conventional wires. “What we found is when we made these wires smaller and smaller they started to behave in a very funny way,” researcher Michael Zaiser told the BBC News.To control the strange behavior, the researchers developed a computer program that allows engineers to predict when problems might arise with the wires, and how to avoid them.Using this understanding, the group found ways to ensure that tiny wires in electronics hardware will be able to retain their efficiency, which is essential for the power requirements in scaled-down supercomputers. The wires can then be used to fabricate tiny microchips and processors for electronics applications.”This will help to make small devices much more powerful in the future,” Zaiser said. “Holding a supercomputer in the palm of your hand will one day be possible – and we are going to make sure all the wires are in the right place.”Via: BBC News Citation: Nanowire Manipulation Could Lead to Hand-Held Supercomputers (2007, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Of dull skies and not so dull London

first_imgThe launch was followed by an in-depth conversation between the author and Sen. Prof. Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee, former Director of National Book Trust and presently Director, Niyogi Books summed up the proceedings.The book, published by Niyogi Book, highlights the struggle that an Indian student faced in post-war London—between two cultures, two value systems, two ways of life—and love. “We’re the lost generation,” he cries in anguish. The author emphasizes that the fifties heralded a swinging era and brings out on how a naïve Indian student copes with this over-heated milieu. It is one of the few books from the subcontinent to explore post-war England through the eyes of an Indian who grew up under British rule. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Copper Sky is the story of Amar Das who arrives to study at the London School of Economics in 1950s. The release from the war-torn skies and the daily threat of death had unleashed a tide of unprecedented pleasure-seeking, which swept over hidebound English society. Amar realizes that gone was the Victorian prudery the British rulers had exported to middle-class India, as he stumbles over coupled bodies in his walk through Hyde Park. Casting a dark shadow over this, though, are his bitter memories of British rule and anguish at having been treated as second-class citizen in his own country. The author, Abhijit Gupta retired from a multinational and a subsequent HR consultancy firm submitted to a lifelong desire to write, creating a novel influenced by the three eventful years he spent getting his degree at the London School of Economics. In those years he found a new intellectual and emotional liberation and grew to love London for it.last_img read more

Security guard dies after pipe falls on head at Hiland Park

first_imgKolkata: A chaos broke out in Hiland Park area on the Southern fringes of the city on Thursday morning after a security staff of a residential apartment died after a pipe fell on his head. Some locals and other security staff members staged a demonstration outside the residential apartment triggering tension amongst the residents of the flats. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The demonstration was also lifted later. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said the victim, Umesh Kumar Thakur, a security person was standing in front of the building when a pipe of the apartment broke and fell on his head. The victim died on spot after he suffered serious injuries in his head. Other security men and the staff members of the residential apartment alleged that accident occurred due to lack of proper maintenance. They staged a protest demonstration in front of the building.According to police, the incident took place at around 8 am on Thursday when Thakur was on standing at the courtyard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFollowing the incident, other security men of the apartment started agitation with the dead body. They refused to hand over the body to the police. The normalcy was restored two hours after the incident happened due to the intervention of the senior police officers.When policemen from Survey Park reached the spot, the security men staged protests in front of the police officers. Deputy Commissioner (East) also rushed to the spot to pacify the mob. Two hours after the incident, police finally removed the body and sent it for the postmortem examination.Police are examining if there was any negligence on the part of the apartment authorities. Action will be taken against those who will be found guilty, a senior police officer said.last_img read more

MCI grants 150 permanent seats for three medical colleges

first_imgKolkata: A total of 150 undergraduate medical seats at three medical colleges in the state have been announced as being permanent by the Medical Council of India (MCI).Another private medical college has been allowed to admit candidates in 150 seats for the current academic year.Permission for around 50 medical seats each from Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research and Burdwan Medical College and Hospital have been given for five years. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights These were earlier permitted seats and the medical college authorities had to take permission from the MCI every year for admitting the candidates in these seats.Permitted seats are those for which the medical college authorities need to take permission every year. The MCI officials visit the medical college authorities before giving the final clearance for admission. But in case of permanent seats, the medical colleges do not require permission from the MCI for admitting students. This is a major boost for the state in the field of medical education. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt can be mentioned here that after coming to power Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken various initiatives to enhance health infrastructure in the state. She also increased the medical seats in the state so that more doctors can be produced in each year. This will address the crisis of doctors in the state-run hospitals across the state.In another development, IQ City Medical College in Durgapur has been allowed to admit candidates in undergraduate medical seats by the MCI for the academic session of 2018-19. It can be mentioned here that in the previous year, the private medical college authorities did not get clearance from the highest medical regulating body due to its lack of infrastructure. In the next year, this private medical college has to take permission from the MCI again in the next year.Around 11.5 lakh aspirants across the country will appear the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scheduled to take place on May 6. More than 75,000 candidates will appear in the examination. NEET is the national level medical entrance examination. The result will be published in June.last_img read more

Mother gives birth on train Eastern Railway extends helping hand

first_imgKolkata: Timely intervention by the doctors of Eastern Railway has saved the life of a young mother and her newborn girl on Thursday. Reema Devi (24) was travelling in the ladies compartment of 15050 Dn Patna – Jayanagar Intercity Express (Ticket No. 80634939). When the train crossed Madhupur and was approaching Asansol station, the passenger suddenly felt labour pain and gave birth to a newborn girl. Her husband immediately contacted the Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE), who informed the incident to the station control, Asansol accordingly. When the train reached Asansol at 1.35 pm, Dr. Abhijit Modak, Medical Officer, Asansol Railway Hospital, attended the young mother and rendered necessary medical treatment. She along with the baby were taken to the sub divisional hospital at Asansol in an ambulance. Both the mother and the baby are keeping well.last_img read more

Any form of torture should be condemned Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that the any form of torture should be condemned and her her government is committed to support its victims. “Today is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Torture of any form must be condemned. Our Government is always committed to supporting the victims of torture,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is observed June 26 every year to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour victims and survivors.last_img read more

A unique duet

first_imgRaja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy organised Adviteeyam-A unique duet Kuchipudi dance on Sunday where Yamini and Bhavana Reddy presented  the concept of Lord as Ekam evadvitiyam- He is One only without a second.The jam-packed audience witnessed the theme which says ‘Vishnu is the heart of Siva and likewise Siva is the heart of Vishnu’. The event was inaugurated by Politician Selja Kumar, Raja Radha Reddy and Kaushalya Reddy where they lit the lamp. Guests such as Amar Singh, Dr Karan Singh, C Rajasekhar, Shallu Jindal, Sapna Chauhan, Designer Leena Singh, Dancer Gopika Verma were present. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the oldest religion still widely practiced today, Hinduism has taken different evolutionary forms where the modern devotee may be impervious to the roots or original intentions of certain philosophical works. Among the metaphysical debate, there has been the ranking of Shiva andVishnu creating different sects, Shaivism and Vaishnavism, where devotees of each have attempted to clarify a hierarchical order. Stories known as Puranas, associated with each deity carry conflicting information placing a particular deity at the forefront possibly due to each sects biases.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVishnu and Shiva have each taken on conflicting ideals and seem to influence a different aspect of a devotee’s life. While being the same they symbolise the inner world and the outer world, the spiritual world and the material world they essential.The conflicting roles of Vishnu and Shiva though in direct opposition are in fact merely duality of the one spiritual spectrum ‘Brahman’, thus Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti.last_img read more

Was difficult to find a boxer who could act

first_imgActor R Madhavan will be seen working opposite a boxer in his upcoming film Saala Khadoos and he says the toughest part of the movie was to find a female pugilist who could also act.Directed by debutante Sudha Kongara Prasad, the sports -drama features Madhavan as a hard task-master boxing coach and also stars boxer Ritika Singh.“The most difficult task for me was to find a girl who looks like a 17-year-old and is also a boxer and actor. All these things put together looked like an impossible task,” Madhavan told reporters here this evening. The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of the film, co-produced by him and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.The Tanu Weds Manu actor said he did not have to work hard on Ritika’s boxing skills as she already knew the moves perfectly. “It was easy because we didn’t have to tell anything to her regarding boxing. After every scene we used to say nice performance, nice expression but she was concerned if her punches were good.”Saala Khadoos weaves a story around how a coach prepares a young girl to create a place for herself in the world of boxing. It is slated to release on January 29.last_img read more

Music knows no bounds

first_imgCulture has no limits or barriers when it comes to Music, which in any form, has the power to reach out to people and to captivate one’s senses to seek virtual pleasure. Such a thought becomes a reality when music festivals celebrating traditions are held across the globe.  This year too, Udaipur- the Venice of the East, will come alive with the first edition of India’s first World Music Festival. Udaipur World Music Festival, presented by Hindustan Zinc in association with Wonder Cement and Rajasthan Tourism and conceptualised and produced by SEHER will take place on February 13 and 14, 2016. This city-wide, multi-venue music festival, cutting across several genres of music will bring together more than 100 global artists and ensembles from over 12 countries including Spain, Ghana, Venezuela, Italy, France and India among many others. The festival also marks the celebrations of 60 years of the diplomatic relations between Spain and India. With the first ever World Music Festival, the aim is to establish an annual signature event in Rajasthan and at the same time establish Udaipur as a major destination for World Music in South Asia. An event of this scale is being designed to cater to the music lovers cutting across barriers of age and walks of life. Festival Director Sanjeev Bhargava says, “A festival of this scale, featuring such diverse music from so many different continents and regions coming together in one of the best Tourist destinations of India,  would make Udaipur a culturally vibrant destination. An annual event where International and domestic travelers can mark the dates on their yearly travel calendar.”  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the most popular Fado singers from Portugal, Carminho will perform for the first time in India. French composer Mathias Duplessy will collaborate with outstanding Rajasthani vocalist Mukhtiyar Ali from the semi-nomadic community called Mirasi from the Thar Desert. Also, Flamenco too would be a part of the festival, which will be represented by one of the best Flamenco groups Tamara & Fernando, Paso A Dos from Spain. The evening will conclude with the one of the most popular Fusion Rock Bands of India – The Raghu Dixit Project.The Festival will conclude on a high note with Indian Rock Fusion Band: Papon and the East Indian Company.last_img read more

KMC looks to bring up electric charging stations across city

first_imgKolkata: As a major stride in its effort to turn Kolkata into a Green City, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is planning to come up with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, in collaboration with CESC. The effort will encourage the use of more electric vehicles, which will contribute significantly in bringing down air pollution.”We are holding talks with CESC and will soon come up with electric vehicle charging stations in spaces under flyovers or parking lots, wherever there will be availability of space. Our aim is to encourage the citizens to use electric vehicles. The vehicular pollution is on the rise in the city and if people use electric vehicles, pollution will be reduced,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim, adding that he will be constantly striving towards promotion of e-vehicles. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim has instructed the officials of the civic body to collaborate with CESC and identify places in the city where there is possibility of setting up such charging stations. Immediately after taking oath as the Mayor of Kolkata on December 3, Hakim had announced waiving of property tax by upto 90 percent, if somebody takes to urban forestry by planting big trees on his/her land. It may be mentioned that CESC is already evaluating the business model for the e-charging station network in its distribution area. If found viable, then a project of about 150 e-charging stations could be executed by the power utility, based on the 567 km license area of CESC, covering Kolkata and part of Howrah district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that the Union Ministry of Power had written to utilities to consider setting up electric vehicle charging stations. A meeting in this regard was held in Delhi in September, where all states including Bengal had mentioned their plans about e-charging stations as a step to reduce carbon emission. It may be mentioned that New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), has come up with as many as 10 charging points at strategic locations in New Town, with the aim to reduce carbon emissions and move towards a cleaner, greener sustainable environment. The charging stations have been installed mostly near parking zones, so that the e-vehicles can get charged while waiting. Stations have been put up at parking lots near Rabindra Tirtha, Tata Medical Centre, Nazrul Tirtha, Gates 1/4/6 of Eco Park, Café Ekante, Axis Mall, Eco Urban Village and Central Mall.last_img read more