Friction almost vanishes in microscale graphite

first_img Explore further New method found for controlling conductivity Scientists first observed superlubricity in graphite in 2004, and so far all experimental evidence of superlubricity has been obtained on the nanoscale and under vacuum conditions. Previous research even predicted that superlubricity breaks down on larger scales. But now in a new study, scientists have demonstrated that superlubricity in graphite can occur over microscale areas and under ambient conditions, which could open the way toward practical applications in micromechanical systems.The researchers, led by Quanshui Zheng from Tsinghua University in Beijing and Nanchang University in Nanchang, China, and Jefferson Zhe Liu from Monash University in Clayton, Australia, have published their paper on the microscale superlubricity in graphite in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“We are providing evidence of superlubricity on a much larger scale than previously – micro rather than nano – and the effect persists even in ambient conditions,” Zheng told “We were not aware of the previous work predicting breakdown of the effect at the time the first measurements were done – perhaps that was fortunate, as it did not dissuade us from trying!”The most straightforward way to observe superlubricity is when two solid surfaces slide past each other. In the current study, the researchers developed a novel way of probing superlubricity by using a tungsten microtip to shear flakes from graphite slabs, or “mesas.” Upon release of shearing, some of the flakes spontaneously return to their original positions on the mesas, and this process of shearing and self-retraction can be repeated over and over. The scientists explained that the self-retraction results from ultralow friction that occurs between the flake and mesa surfaces when oriented in a twisted, or incommensurate, way. Citation: Friction almost vanishes in microscale graphite (2012, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (Top) Illustration of a mesa being partially sheared with a micromanipulator to form a self-retracting flake on a graphite platform. When the microtip is raised to release the flake, it automatically returns to its original position on the mesa. (Middle) Observation of this process in a vacuum in a SEM. (Bottom) Observation of the same process under ambient conditions with an optical microscope. Image credit: Liu, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Although self-retracting flakes returned to their same positions and orientations as before shearing, the researchers could deliberately rotate sheared flakes before releasing them in order to create a commensurate orientation resulting in locked-in states, under which the flakes did not exhibit self-retraction. These locked-in states occur at some specific orientations exhibiting a 6-fold symmetry, but self-retraction still occurred when the mesas were sheared in all other directions.When investigating the flakes that did not self-retract, the researchers found abrupt variations in the color of the sheared flakes, while the color of self-retracting flakes was uniform. They think that the color variation occurs due to optical interference resulting from thickness variations in the graphite mesas. Larger mesas have larger thickness variations, as well as a smaller probability of exhibiting self-retraction.As the first evidence of reproducible superlubricity on the micron scale, and even under ambient conditions, the results could prove more useful for applications than superlubricity on the nanoscale. At the nanoscale, achieving superlubricity requires complex set-ups and sample preparation, and the effect can be easily suppressed by various mechanisms that cause twisting and lock-in. The new way of producing superlubricity on the microscale overcomes many of these barriers, and could be used to limit friction and wear in micromechanical systems. “There are many micromechanical devices – for example motion sensors, radio-frequency generators, gyroscopes – where the relative motion of two parts is important,” Liu said. “Superlubricity opens a new avenue for creating such devices.”The researchers plan to further explore the extent of superlubricity in the future.“We are already working on several fronts: to study the superlubric motion in more detail, to explore the extensions of this to both larger and smaller scales, and to study the long-term robustness of the effect under different physical conditions,” said coauthor Francois Grey of Tsinghua University. ( — In the phenomenon of superlubricity, two solid surfaces can slide past each other with almost no friction. The effect occurs when the solid surfaces have crystalline structures and their lattices are rotated in such a way as to cancel out the friction force. A bit like stacking two egg cartons, if the lattices are aligned, they lock in to each other and it is hard to slide one over the other. But rotate one egg carton a bit, and it no longer locks in this way. More information: Ze Liu, et al. “Observation of Microscale Superlubricity in Graphite.” PRL 108, 205503 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.205503 Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Persona Beta 2—identiy bridging solution—released by Mozilla

first_img Over time as Internet use has grown by a worldwide user community, the problem of maintaining multiple user accounts on various sites has grown to the extent that companies have now started creating solutions to solve the problem. Facebook Connect, and Google+ Sign-In are two prime examples—both allow users to sign in to websites users their respective web e-mail account information. But, both come with a caveat—using their bridging solutions means granting the respective host interactive rights with the website the user is trying to access. This, representatives at Mozilla say, is not something that users want—especially egregious is that it also allows the hosting site to track user activity across the Internet. Persona, they say, does neither and thus is a better choice for users. ( —Mozilla has released the second beta of its “Persona” identity bridging solution—offering users the possibility of a single login (e-mail address) and password for all of the sites they visit, or so the company claims. © 2013 Explore further Citation: Persona Beta 2—identiy bridging solution—released by Mozilla (2013, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: … 04/09/persona-beta2/ … sers-ready-to-log-in SplashData’s annual list shows people still using easy-to-guess passwords 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. The problem of multiple accounts has arisen as more websites have begun requiring users to log in to use their services. Such websites typically allow a user to pick a login name and password of their choosing and then use that information to track the user’s activity on their site. The problem comes in as users choose different login names or passwords for different sites and then have to remember them when it comes time to access the site. A better approach, bridging solution providers say, is for users to create a single account with a single source site, and then use that same login name and password to create user accounts on other web sites. In such cases, the norm is for the bridge service to use the web e-mail address as the login name. Thus, to log in to other websites that work with the bridge service, the user need only type in their e-mail address and the same password they use for that e-mail provider.In the case of Persona, Mozilla has forged a relationship with Yahoo—users can log into sites that support Persona using their regular Yahoo e-mail address and password. Mozilla reps outline all the security precautions they’ve put in place to ensure that hackers can’t access the stored e-mail addresses and passwords, but still don’t have an answer for users who want to know what happens if someone steals their password some other way and then finds that all of the websites they visit have been compromised en masse.last_img read more

HPC means business in Cray XC30A supercomputer debut

first_img Cray supercomputer named world’s fastest For those who follow supercomputers, Cray needs no introduction, recognized in terms of petaflops and world titles for fast supercomputers, not to mention as the builders of the $60 million Titan, built at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.Cray now has a package of supercomputing features for business customers who have a continued demand for supercomputing features to carry out their technical work. Peg Williams, the senior vice president of high performance computing systems at Cray said that “With all of the features and functionality of our high-end Cray XC30 systems, our new Cray XC30-AC supercomputer is perfectly suited for technical enterprise customers, giving them the ability to leverage all of the world-class computational resources of a Cray supercomputer at much lower starting price points.”Some examples of what types of customers would go for such a system include businesses engaged in life sciences, financial services and energy.As for operating system, Cray said it is using the Cray Linux Environment, with components that include SUSE Linux SLES11. The XC30-AC system features an air-cooled, cabinet architecture. The “AC” indicates how the systems are air-cooled instead of water-cooled. Power requirements are eased up; the air-cooling approach is more amenable to data-center environments. Cary noted there are no requirements for liquid coolants. Air conditioners can replace a liquid cooling system. According to Cray, a single high-efficiency fan per cabinet blows bottom-to-top airflow to keep less densely populated configurations cool. Technical enterprise datacenters without raised floors or plumbing for liquid cooling systems may have different power requirements, and the Cray XC30-AC has options for 480V or 208V operations. Although the XC30-AC was formally announced just Tuesday, Cray said they had already sold systems to customers that include “a global consumer electronics company and a global financial services company.” Citation: HPC means business in Cray XC30-A supercomputer debut (2013, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 ( —What better place to use the “new vintage” computing theme than in Napa Valley where the Cray User Group meeting took place on Tuesday, The tie-in this year is Cray’s new vintage of supercomputers for a business segment that Cray calls the “technical enterprise.” In brief, Cray has seen an opportunity to accommodate the need for complex computing simulations of supercomputers but engineered (in the form of economized packaging, networking, cooling and power options) at a price that businesses can entertain. Cray used the Tuesday event to announce a lower-priced version of a Cray XC30 system, for business customers. The new supercomputer is the XC30-AC, shipping with Intel Xeon processors, which will sell as a low-cost model priced from $500,000 on up.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. More information: … Explore furtherlast_img read more

Optical oracle could quickly solve complex computing problems

first_img(a) The optical oracle’s approach to solve the Hamiltonian path problem on a network with five nodes. An optical pulse is injected into the optical network and travels along all possible paths. A Hamiltonian path exists if a pulse returning to node 1 is observed after a delay equal to the total delay of the entire network. (b) Actual design of the optical oracle with optical fiber components. Credit: Wu, et al. ©2014 Nature The optical oracle relies on timing how long it takes a light pulse to travel through the network. As the researchers explain, a light path experiences a unique delay upon visiting each node. The delays are assigned to the nodes so that their sum can only be obtained by summing each node’s delay exactly once. When the experiment is run, if a light pulse traveling through the network is detected after this sum of delay times, it means a Hamiltonian path does indeed exist in the network; otherwise, a Hamiltonian path does not exist.Similar to other physics approaches, such as soap bubbles and DNA computing, the optical oracle’s ability to solve large NP-complete problems is limited by the requirement for scaling of the physical resources. For the optical oracle, solving the Hamiltonian path problem for a 30-node network would require a minimum fiber length of 100 km and a maximum of 200 km. These lengths are within the reach of current fiber technology, although they may require optical signal amplification. The researchers also noted that the optical oracle cannot solve the Hamiltonian path problem as quickly as probabilistic Monte Carlo algorithms. However, the solutions obtained by these algorithms involve a degree of uncertainty, while the optical oracle completely excludes false predictions.With the ability to solve NP-compete problems much faster than conventional computers, optical telecommunications networks may have a significant impact in applications such as secure communications, routing optimization, and optical data processing. More realistically, the strategy could be implemented on a silicon photonics platform with femtosecond lasers to allow for a more compact architecture. The researchers are also investigating how optical networks can be used to mimic the complexities of the human brain.”At the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, we are exploring several possibilities to use optical networks to perform non-Boolean data processing and mimic brain functionalities and signal protocols—we call this area ‘cognitive photonics,'” Soci said. “We are currently looking at nonlinear fiber networks and we are planning to extend this work to integrated photonic networks, which will eventually allow tackling problems of much greater size and complexity. The researchers, Kan Wu, et al., at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the University of Southampton in the UK, and IQFR-CSIC in Madrid, Spain, have published a paper on their proof-of-principle demonstration of an optical fiber network solving the Hamiltonian path problem. The paper is published in a recent issue of Light: Science & Application.”The optical oracle shows that using photonic networks as information carrier opens up unconventional ways to optical computing, in which traditional advantages of photonics like processing speed, bandwidth and parallelism, may be exploited in combination with highly reconfigurable materials and nanoscale systems to realize efficient and highly integrated solutions to difficult computational tasks,” coauthor Cesare Soci, Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, told the researchers explain, the Hamiltonian path problem is part of a class of famous complexity problems known as NP-complete problems. Although conventional computer algorithms can solve NP-complete problems like this one when they involve small numbers, the time it takes to solve them increases exponentially with the size of the problem. Despite many years of research, there is still no efficient way to solve NP-complete problems, and many researchers suspect that an efficient algorithm does not even exist. Researchers have also been investigating alternative approaches to conventional algorithms, such as the use of soap bubbles, protein folding, quantum computing, and DNA computing. So far, none of these approaches has made solving these problems any easier.In the new study, the researchers experimentally show that an optical fiber network can be used to solve the Hamiltonian path problem for five cities (or nodes). Although the problem is fairly easily solved with only five nodes, the researchers predict that the problem with 30 nodes could be solved approximately 375 times faster using the optical oracle than with a conventional computer. © 2014 All rights reserved. Explore further On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networkscenter_img Citation: ‘Optical oracle’ could quickly solve complex computing problems (2014, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —The optical fiber network that spans the globe consists of millions of miles of fibers that bring us our Internet, cable TV, and telephone services. Now researchers have shown that this global network offers an untapped computing potential due to its ability to act as an “optical oracle” that can solve the Hamiltonian path problem—determining whether a route exists between multiple towns so that each town is visited only once—hundreds of times faster than conventional computers. Although using the existing optical fiber network for computing would be unrealistic, the study shows that optical fibers could offer a powerful new computing platform in the future. More information: Kan Wu, et al. “An optical fiber network oracle for NP-complete problems.” Light: Science & Application. 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Building block of thermal computer operates at 600 K

first_img Sidy Ndao and Mahmoud Elzouka, University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering, developed this thermal diode that may allow computers to use heat as an alternate energy source. Credit: Karl Vogel /University of Nebraska-Lincoln Engineering Illustration and scanning electron micrographs of the NanoThermoMechanical rectifier. Credit: Elzouka and Ndao. Published in Nature Scientific Reports. The entire device consists of 24 pairs of moving and fixed terminals, along with two thin-film platinum microheaters that independently control and measure the temperatures of each pair of terminals. When the fixed terminal is hotter than the moving terminal, the gap is large, resulting in a low heat transfer rate. When the moving terminal becomes hotter than the fixed terminal, the moving terminal moves closer to the fixed terminal and the gap decreases, leading to a higher heat transfer rate. At this scale, the heat transfer physically occurs due to a process called near-field thermal radiation, which results mainly from the tunneling of evanescent surface waves between two closely spaced surfaces. This demonstration is the first time that near-field thermal radiation has been used to operate a thermal diode at high temperatures. Doing this has been difficult due to the technical challenges in controlling the nanoscale gap.Tests showed that the thermal diode can operate at temperatures of up to 600 K, and the researchers expect that higher temperatures with improved performance are possible through design optimization. Another benefit of the method is that the thermal diode can be easily implemented, as it does not require exotic materials but instead uses standard techniques already known to the semiconductor industry. Explore further Journal information: Scientific Reports (—Researchers have built the hottest thermal diode to date, which operates at temperatures of more than 600 K (326 °C). Thermal diodes may serve as the building blocks of future thermal computers, which could run at temperatures at which today’s electronic computers would quickly overheat and stop working. The researchers, Assistant Professor Sidy Ndao and graduate student Mahmoud Elzouka at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, have published a paper on the NanoThermoMechanical diode in a recent issue of Nature’s Scientific Reports.”We have demonstrated the building block of what could be the thermal computer of the future, and it works at very high temperatures,” Ndao told “For someone who also actively works in electronics cooling, it makes you wonder ‘What if we stopped cooling electronics all together?'”Unlike electronics, NanoThermoMechanical memory and logic devices use heat instead of electricity to record and process data; hence they can operate in harsh environments where electronics typically fail. A few examples include the exploration of planet Venus with average temperature over 400 °C, and deep-Earth drilling for petroleum and geothermal energies. Also equally important is the opportunity that this technology presents for waste heat recovery with the development of thermal batteries.”The function of a thermal diode is to allow heat to flow primarily in one direction but not the other, similar to how an electronic diode allows electric current to flow primarily in one direction. This ability to control the direction of flow enables diodes to produce two distinct levels of a signal, forming the basis for the “0” and “1” binary logic levels.The new thermal diode achieves two distinct levels of heat flow by controlling the distance between two surfaces: a moving terminal and a stationary terminal. The researchers showed that changing the relative temperatures of the two terminals changes the gap size between them, which changes the amount of heat transfer, which in turn depends on the direction of heat flow. Thermal memory thrives at extremely high temperatures More information: Mahmoud Elzouka and Sidy Ndao. “High Temperature Near-Field NanoThermoMechanical Rectification.” Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep44901 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. © 2017 Citation: Building block of thermal computer operates at 600 K (2017, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This is the first time that the relation among these four factors—temperature, separation gap, heat transfer rate, and heat flow direction—has been exploited for use in a thermal diode. last_img read more

Rock happens post show

Samant Chauhan called it a day post showing at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week by getting together with friends from the fash frat at a yet-to-be-opened rock-themed restaurant in a Vasant Kunj mall. While many strolled in late after attending Manish Malhotra’s show, we spotted designers Charu Parasher, Nachiket Barve, Nitin Bal Chauhan, models Amit Ranjan, Sara, Lisa Verma, socialite Thenny Mejia, restaurateur Abhimanyu Rana among others raising a toast and letting their hair down. We got you a sneak peek.

Lightning kills 4 in state

first_imgKolkata: Four persons were killed due to lightning and one reportedly drowned as heavy rain lashed the state on Monday morning.With the prediction of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in the next four days by the Alipore Meteorological Department, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to cancel her Digha trip to monitor the situation from the state Secretariat.The heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted with further advancement of the south-west monsoon into most parts of Bengal. As per the prediction, there will be rainfall in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, Kalimpong and Alipurduar in North Bengal. East Midnapore, North and South 24-Parganas along with other districts in Gangetic Bengal will also receive heavy showers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Chief Minister was scheduled to hold an administrative review meeting of East Midnapore district in Digha apart from attending a public meeting. According to sources at Nabanna, the programme has been deferred for the time being.According to state government officials, four persons were killed due to lightning and one is feared drowned in Cooch Behar. Two persons died due to lightning in North 24-Parganas and one each in South 24-Parganas and Purulia. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state Disaster Management and Civil Defense department has started taking necessary steps to ensure the safety of people. Authorities in all the districts have been directed to take measures regarding the same.Officials in the control room at the state Secretariat are keeping constant touch with the districts.Despite heavy rainfall in the city, the water receded quickly as the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already taken a series of steps to ensure that people do not suffer due to water-logging. There was 61.80 mm rainfall in Dhapa area while Topsia recorded the highest rainfall — around 82 mm. Places including Palmer Bridge, Ballygunge, Mominpur, Chetla and Jodhpur Park received rainfall between 58 mm and 71 mm. “In order to improve the situation further, the state government has allotted Rs 70 crore to carry out desiltation of drains at Dent Mission Row in Kidderpore. The matter related to water-logging near Science City has been discussed with Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. A project will be taken up soon to resolve the issue and the detailed project report (DPR) for the same will be ready by the first week of July”, said Tarak Singh, Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage).With heavy rainfall since morning, movement of vehicles slowed down considerably. Traffic sergeants took necessary steps to keep vehicles moving.Fishermen have also been advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea as under the influence of moderate to strong south-west monsoon, there will be strong currents and the sea will be rough along and off Bengal coasts.last_img read more

IATO convention returns to MP after 22 years

first_imgPresident of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Subhash Goyal announced that the 31st IATO Annual Convention is going to be held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh from August 20-23. Goyal said, “We had several destinations in our mind and it was really difficult deciding on the venue. We had narrowed our search to Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.”Sharma appealed to members to make the most of this national convention. He appreciated IATO’s efforts in promoting tourism and supporting the ministry in all it’s initiatives in tapping overseas markets. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Lalit Panwar said that measures like e-tourist visa taken up by the government recently had started yielding results. He requested IATO members to give it wide publicity and encourage tourists to make use of this facility.Ashwani Lohani hailed IATO’s decision to hold its annual convention in Indore.  He also appealed to members to attend the convention in large numbers and attend the post convention tours especially being designed for the members. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMadhya Pradesh—home of Indian tiger, religious places like Mahakal temple in Ujjain, Buddhist stupa in Sanchi and the palace hotels in Bhopal, boating at Bheda Ghat and tourist spots in Jabalpur, Bhopal, Pachmarhi and Khajuraho are great attractions of the state. IATO Convention here will help Madhya Pradesh showcase its tourist potential even further,” said Lohani. “10th IATO convention was held at Khajuraho in 1993 and we are returning to Madhya Pradesh after nearly 22 years. Madhya Pradesh Tourism has been very active in marketing various tourists’ attractions in the state. With our convention, there will be Indian Travel Mart”, said Pronab Sarkar, IATO Chairman. “More than 1200 delegates are expected for the three-day event. They look for hitherto unexplored destinations”, said Sarab Jit Singh, Senior vice president, IATO.IATO also felicitated a 25-member delegation from Nepal headed by Ashok Pokharel, President, Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO) and also a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and Association of Tour Operators of Andaman (ATO) for promotion of Tourism in Andaman.While concluding Goyal said that 10 top outbound tour operators from China selected by Air China are expected to attend the convention apart from tour operators from neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

Scientists debunk happy drunk myth

first_imgThere may be no such thing as ‘happy drunk’, say scientists who have found that alcohol does not radically change personality.People typically report substantive changes to their personality when they become intoxicated, but observations from outsiders suggest less drastic differences between “sober” and “drunk” personalities, researchers said.”We were surprised to find such a discrepancy between drinkers’ perceptions of their own alcohol-induced personalities and how observers perceived them,” said Rachel Winograd of the University of Missouri, St Louis in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Participants reported experiencing differences in all factors of the Five Factor Model of personality, but extraversion was the only factor robustly perceived to be different across participants in alcohol and sober conditions,” said Winograd.Researchers recruited 156 participants, who completed an initial survey gauging their typical alcohol consumption and their perceptions of their own “typical sober” personality and “typical drunk” personality. Later, the participants came to the lab in friend groups of three or four, where they administered a breathalyser test and measured the participants’ height and weight. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the course of about 15 minutes, each participant consumed beverages – some drank a soft drink, while others consumed individually-tailored vodka and soft drink cocktails designed to produce a blood alcohol content of about .09.After a 15-minute absorption period, the friends worked through a series of fun group activities – including discussion questions and logic puzzles – intended to elicit a variety of personality traits and behaviours. The participants then completed personality measures at two points during the lab session. And outside observers used video recordings to complete standardised assessments of each individual’s personality traits.Researchers found that participants’ ratings indicated change in all five of the major personality factors. After drinking, participants reported lower levels of conscientiousness, openness to experience, and agreeableness, and they reported higher levels of extraversion and emotional stability (the inverse of neuroticism). The observers, on the other hand, noted fewer differences across the sober and intoxicated participants’ personality traits. The observer ratings indicated reliable differences in only one personality factor: extraversion. Specifically, participants who had consumed alcohol were rated higher on three facets of extraversion: gregariousness, assertiveness, and levels of activity.last_img read more

Contact sports may alter brains of athletes

first_imgPeople who play contact sports such as football and hockey – that have higher risk of body collisions – are more likely show changes in their brain structure and function, a study has found. Researchers at St Michael’s Hospital in Canada performed preseason brain scans of 65 varsity athletes.They found that the athletes in collision and contact sports had differences in brain structure, function and chemical markers typically associated with brain injury, compared to athletes in non-contact sports.There is a growing concern about how participation in contact sports may affect the brain, said lead author Nathan Churchill, a post-doctoral fellow in St Michael’s Neuroscience Research Programme.Most of the research in this area has focused on the long-term effects for athletes in collision sports, such as football and ice hockey, where players may be exposed to hundreds of impacts in a single season.Less is known about the consequences of participating in contact sports where body-to-body contact is permitted, but is not purposeful, such as football, basketball and field hockey.This study looked at both men and women from a variety of sports, and found progressive differences between the brains of athletes in non-contact, contact and collision sports.This included differences in the structure of the brain’s white matter the fibre tracts that connect different parts of the brain and allow them to communicate with one another.Athletes in sports with higher levels of contact also showed signs of reduced communication between brain areas and decreased activity, particularly within areas involved in vision and motor function, compared to those in non-contact sports, such as volleyball.However, these differences do not reflect significantly impaired day-to-day functioning, said Tom Schweizer, head of the Neuroscience Research Programme. The study fills an important gap in understanding how contact affects healthy brains, as a step toward better understanding why a small number of athletes in contact sports show negative long-term health consequences.last_img read more

8th Theatre Olympics culminates in Mumbai

first_imgAfter a glorious run of 51 days across 17 cities of India, the 8th Theatre Olympics, which happened in India for the first time, drew to a colourful close. The festival had its grand closing ceremony in Mumbai and also staged two final productions in Delhi on March 8 i.e., the culmination day. While Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis was present as the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony, Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma, eminent film personality Nana Patekar came as the Guests of Honour. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe closing ceremony was honoured by the presence of Artistic Director, 8th Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam and presided over by Acting Chairman, National School of Drama Society, Dr Arjun Deo Charan. Theodoros Terzopoulos – Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics, M L Srivastava – Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and popular theatre and film personality Nawazuddin Siddiqui were special guests at the event. Director of National School of Drama (NSD), Prof. Waman Kendre, was also present on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We get many chances to show our strength and potentials, but 8th Theatre Olympics has given us unprecedented opportunity to show the power of our culture,” said Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD.”8th Theatre Olympics could not have been possible without the inspirational support of Dr Mahesh Sharma, our beloved and visionary Culture Minister, Government of India. NSD is proud to have organised an event that has shown the cultural might of India, a vision shown by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he further added. While the closing ceremony was being held in Mumbai, the Capital held its last ‘Meet The Director’ session where eminent theatre critics, Diwan Singh Bajeli and Renu Arora joined the panel with directors of the plays staged on Saturday. One of the closing plays in the city was ‘Derailed’. This Hindi play, directed by Devendra Ahirwar pivots around Savitri, a middle-aged woman, who is dissatisfied with her circumstances. She has an unemployed son, a promiscuous teen daughter and a husband, who has failed to provide her emotional and financial security. ‘The Brink! Or A Ritual Of Bad Sounds’ was the concluding play. This English play, directed by Thom Pasculli is based on the popular story of Shakuntala and brings about a subtle analysis of socio-political aspects of the period along with a poetic depiction of the love tale of Dushyanta and Shakuntala. “I wish the Indian theatre, with the support of Indian government should dominate the world. The 9th Theatre Olympics will be jointly organised by Russia and Japan,” informed Chairman of the International Committee of Theatre Olympics, Theodoros Terzopoulos.This edition of Theatre Olympics brought together approximately 25,000 artists under the theme “Flag of Friendship”. The event witnessed 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 cities such as Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, and Varanasi during the festival.”I am really happy that Prof. Waman Kendre has taken theatre on another level. I appreciate your work and thank you, for you have kept theatre alive. Thanks for being associated with theatre for so long in all possible manner,” said Nana Patekar.”Our rich heritage and culture is the reason that India stands united today despite the diversity. Life is like theatre. Like life, it goes on; it is only time, settings and people that change. It is true for this city Mumbai, which goes on in all situations. The entire nation should be woven into the cultural fabric to create a united India. Through Theatre Olympics, we have commenced our journey to reach that goal,” said Minister of Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, in his speech, said, “I thank Dr Mahesh Sharma and NSD to have selected Mumbai to organise the final phase of Theatre Olympics. Maharashtra is known as the birthplace of cinema, but actually, Maharashtra has been the centre for theatrical activities. Our theatre will flourish from generation to generation. Without even the technical aspects of movies, theatre is able to create the effect through acting, and hence, our theatre will never die.” “Theatre is a place where we can reflect all emotions and sentiments of society. Politics also has a bit of theatre in this. If we do our role well, people give us support and when we fail to play our role, they reject us. This I see a parallel between the theatre and politics,” he further added.’Rang Shikhar’, a vibrant collage of tribal, folk and theatre performances, followed the closing ceremony. Renowned actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Joshi, Himani Shivpuri, Sachin Khedekar, along with well-known ventriloquist and puppeteer Ramdas Padhye, famous Bharatnatyam dancer Sandhya Purecha and famed Lavani dancer Vaishali Jadhav, performed at the presentation.The 51-day long 8th Theatre Olympics staged more than 400 plays and hosted 78 allied events including 34 living legend series, 29 master classes, 7 interfaces, 6 national and international seminars and 2 workshops across 17 cities. Besides, about 600 ambience performances and 250 youth forum shows took place during the nationwide event.last_img read more

Sharman excited about web debut

first_imgLike all the major actors of Bollywood who are pulling up their socks to try something new, Sharman Joshi also stepped in the web space with ‘Baarish’ – an upcoming show on ‘Alt Balaji’. Read to know what he has to say about the potential scope of web, his expectations from the show, bonding with co-actor Asha and much more. You have recently made your debut in web space, was there the same pressure you felt when you signed your first film? To be honest, the pressure was not as much as it is while you work in a feature film, things were a bit different here. I didn’t have butterflies in my stomach right now, as I had them at the time of my first film. Nevertheless, I was very excited about my debut in the web space and I am really looking forward to seeing how this journey is going to be. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf It was your first web show. Are you here to stay? As an actor, with what I have observed, I think the web is going to give many exciting opportunities in terms of creativity – there is some great material being attempted here, and also I can foresee effectively great opportunities to explore as an actor. With the story point of view even, I believe that there are certain stories which need to be told over a certain number of hours, and cannot be properly executed in a 2-3 hour feature film. Therefore, I am really looking forward to staying and explore the more ‘free’ side of cinema here. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive A lot of love stories are made every now and then. How is this show different? How is your character in this series different from our typical romantic Bollywood heroes who fall in love and work towards a happy ending? It is like asking me how my love story is different from yours. There might be certain differences or there might not be, but what I believe is that each pair makes a love story unique. Also, the way a director tells this story with the characterisation and the portrayal of those characters is different. Personally, I believe that because we were so restraint before the advent of OTT platforms, we all have now let ourselves free and therefore, more out of the box stuff is happening here. So, I think amidst all those serious stories, this kind of show becomes a clutter breaker. Your co-actor Asha Negi has also made her debut on the web. How was it working with someone who is as new to the web space as you are? For actors, performance is not affected by the platform. That is what I have always felt – whether it is theatre, films, or web show or whether I end up exploring television tomorrow, it’s going to be the same. And as far as Asha is concerned, she is a very fine actor and I have had an amazing time working with her. I feel she is a wonderful person, very positive and always happy which makes her a great person to work with. What were your initial expectations with this project? My expectations with every project I do is always high. And that is the way I think it should be. Though highs and lows are a part of every actor’s life – sometimes a project does exceptionally well and sometimes it doesn’t. All you have to do it never lose hope, stand back on your feet and do your best in the other possible projects. I hoped the world for this project and I am glad it is doing well.last_img read more

Father of the Jacksons – The Controversial Legacy of Joe Jackson

first_imgWhen Joe Jackson passed away in June of last year, his death closed the book on a remarkable and controversial chapter of American music history. Described as “a green-eyed dandy who wore a pencil-thin mustache and huge diamond pinky ring” by CBS News, his real life was a combination of grit and glamor.Joseph Jackson. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Born in Arkansas, in 1928, his own musical ambitions were sidelined when he began raising a family with wife Katherine.He’d been part of a group called The Falcons, which also featured his brother, Luther. They couldn’t break through so his creativity took a back seat.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsThe Jackson 5 in 1969Jackson put the beloved guitar down but still relied on his hands. He had an early shot at boxing before settling down as a crane operator and welder.Yet that burning ambition never left him and, as his family grew, he saw an opportunity to put them on the national stage.Photo of the Jackson 5 from a guest appearance on The Jim Nabors Show in 1970.The story behind the beginnings of The Jackson 5 has been mentioned in various places, notably superstar Michael’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk. It involves Jackson Sr.’s guitar, which only he was allowed to play.According to CBS, the kids got their hands on the instrument and snapped a string. “Fearing a beating, Tito Jackson hid in fear, but when his father demanded he show what he could do with the guitar, he did — and Joe Jackson was awed. And a musical group was born.”The Jackson 5 with Hal Davis. Photo by Brownpatricks CC BY SA 4.0In addition to Michael and Tito, the Jackson act consisted of Jermaine, Jackie and Marlon. Randy joined down the line. They were the eldest sons among 10 children, though Brandon had sadly died as a baby. Joe was determined to make Michael and the gang household names.However this quest for success came at a heavy price. Tito may have feared his father’s wrath but it seemed he wasn’t the only one. A particularly cutting assessment from the Guardian says, “the discovery that his offspring had musical talent turned him from merely cold and violent into a despot.”The Jacksons in 1977When the school day was done, the brothers would rehearse for hours. Joe honed them into a formidable musical force with harsh discipline. The Guardian writes the boys were “incentivised by the fact that if they got a dance step wrong their father would order them to break a branch off a tree in their garden that he then hit them with.”The build up to Michael Jackson’s solo career was arguably a turning point, coming as it did after years of reported tension. “When Joe Jackson learned his teenage son was self-conscious about the size of his nose,” the Guardian wrote, “he took to referring to him as Big Nose, an insult that haunted him into adulthood.”Jackson performing in June 1988. Photo by Zoran Veselinovic CC-BY-SAThis, together with beatings and Joe’s reported infidelities, turned Michael against his father. “Joseph” (as Joe insisted they call him instead of Dad) was given the push by Michael in 1979.By 1983 the others flew the nest in a professional sense. Details of life behind the scenes were being splashed across the media. The private life of the Jacksons became increasingly public.Photo of Joseph Jackson in 2007. Photo by Reflexivity Capital Group CC BY SA 3.0In 1993 the most famous member of the Jackson clan appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to give his take on the domestic situation.Also LaToya Jackson made allegations of physical abuse, though later withdrew these. She explained pressure had been put on her by controlling husband Jack Gordon to do so.La Toya Jackson in 2010. Photo by Truu CC BY 2.0Joe Jackson’s reputation was seriously tarnished. Though this anger toward him from his children was tempered by a respect for what he’d helped the brothers and sister Janet achieve.Despite writing about the abuse in the 2011 book You Are Not Alone, Jermaine Jackson defended Joe. “In his telling,” the Guardian summarizes, “Joe’s behaviour was a way to keep the brothers in line and off the streets.Jermaine Jackson. Photo by Solid State Survivor CC BY SA 3.0As he points out, life in their corner of Gary, Indiana, was no picnic. “Gang violence was endemic, but the brothers didn’t have the time or the wherewithal to get involved: they were always rehearsing and they were too scared of their father.” As well as keeping them safe from the exploitative side of the industry, Joe and Katherine didn’t lean on their children financially which was appreciated.Related Video: How a Prince Song Resulted in the ‘Parental Advisory’ StickerUltimately Michael sought answers from a traumatic upbringing. Quoted by CBS he remarked, “I don’t know him, and that’s sad for a son who hungers to understand his own father. He’s still a mystery to me and may always be one.”Halima Rashid, Jermaine Jackson, Joseph Jackson & Taj Jackson in 2007.Perhaps Joe was dealing with his own demons. Rolling Stone mentioned he “suffered his own physical abuse from both parents and teachers.”He was certainly there for the kids in later years. He supported Michael in court when he was accused of child abuse and there was a degree of reconciliation. But when Michael passed away in 2009 Joe wasn’t a beneficiary of the will, something he battled to rectify.Jackson performing in 1988 Photo by : Gaston S/Kpo! 09 CC BY-SA 3.0He went on to promote young talent through a boot camp, one of the aims of which was to encourage vulgarity-free lyrics for hip hop artists. At the age of nearly 90, he died of pancreatic cancer. It’s impossible to know what Michael Jackson would have said about his passing.Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) performs the dance from ‘Thriller’, circa 1984. Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesHis estate released the following statement, quoted in Rolling Stone: “Joe was a strong man who acknowledged his own imperfections and heroically delivered his sons and daughters from the steel mills of Gary, Indiana to worldwide pop superstardom. Mr. Jackson’s contributions to the history of music are enormous.”While this arguably doesn’t offer a rounded view of Joe Jackson the man, it at least presents a significant part of his personality. Rolling Stone also provides the following, from an interview he gave to Soul magazine in 1970.“We liked being together and singing together…” he said. “In our neighborhood, lots of children got into trouble — some into bad trouble. I didn’t want that kind of life for my kids.”Read another story from us: Michael Jackson and why the press called him Wacko JackoA fitting reminder that whether Joe Jackson is viewed as a hero, a monster, or somewhere in between, he was at his heart a father.last_img read more

VIDEO Jerk Capitals fan knocks down female Penguins fan after Game 7

first_img Advertisement Some idiot fan was mad about his Capitals dropping last night’s second round Game 7 to the Penguins, so he took his frustrations out by knocking over a female Pittsburgh fan while leaving the Verizon Center.The video shows the man being asked questions about the heartbreaking loss, when some woman in a Penguins jersey passed him while cheering. He took exception and knocked the woman over.Congratulations, you’re a grown man that just assaulted a woman because you’re mad about sports. Jerk. Pretty safe bet the internet eventually figures out this guy’s identity. Video via Busted Coveragelast_img

Colin Quarterbacks get better after they leave quarterback whisperer Bill OBrien

first_imgTexans head coach Bill O’Brien developed a reputation as a “quarterback whisperer” for his work with Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots. The label has stuck with him, but today, in The Herd, Colin took a closer look at his resume, and doesn’t think O’Brien’s resume matches his reputation.Everything O’Brien touches gets better after he leaves. Tom Brady got better after “The Whisperer” left. So did Ryan Fitzpatrick. Penn State popped after he left. The Texans signed Brock Osweiler to a massive contract without ever meeting him. That was a disaster.The only quarterbacks who get better with him are clipboard holders like Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer and Case Keenum. Maybe “backup quarterback whisperer” is more fitting.For some reason, O’Brien is never to blame for any of these failures because of his reputation and cool nickname. Colin just hopes rookie Deshaun Watson isn’t his next victim.“Why don’t we rename Bill O’Brien to Backup Quarterback Whisperer.” — @ColinCowherd on Texans continued QB issues— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 14, 2017last_img read more

How to Move Your Business Data into the Cloud Safely

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Gregory Potter, data analyst at market research firm In-Stat.Photo© Jeff NewtonQ: Which business apps should I put in the cloud, and which should I keep in-house to avoid a security breach?Cloud services are rapidly becoming a more efficient, more scalable and less costly way for small businesses to manage data, applications and websites. Both public and private cloud services let businesses keep IT overhead low while encouraging flexibility for users to access corporate data from just about anywhere on any device.But some high-profile outages and mishaps within the last year serve as a reminder that outsourcing IT to the cloud does not come without risk. Last April, a cloud data center outage affected Amazon Web Services clients. A Google Gmail outage two months earlier resulted in some business clients losing e-mails.Companies like Microsoft and Dropbox also have had problems, and though overall such occurrences may be rare, businesses should pause before migrating their IT assets en masse to the cloud, says Gregory Potter, data analyst at market research firm In-Stat. “Small businesses can make great use of cloud services, but nothing is 100 percent reliable,” he says. “You just have to be smart about these things and plan for the possibility of disaster.”Start by looking at how you want to use the cloud, and what type (public or private) best fits your needs and budget, Potter says. Some small businesses use cloud services primarily for productivity applications–services like, Google Apps and Microsoft’s Office 365. Services from Mozy, Dropbox and Apple also can be used to store content and archived files now clogging desktops and office servers. In addition, small businesses can use the cloud for web hosting from providers like Rackspace, Amazon and Verizon.”The great advantage to using cloud hosting is that it is immediately scalable, so that if your website suddenly gets a large number of hits, you can be confident that it won’t crash or slow down to a crawl,” Potter says.Public cloud services have the advantage of being inexpensive–as cheap as $5 per user, per month–but they are also the services that have grabbed headlines for their disruptions. A private cloud service, involving rental servers from a company like VMware, is a more secure option, Potter says.”A private cloud is definitely more secure than a public cloud, but you are buying servers and software, and it could be cost-prohibitive,” he says.Ultimately, employ common sense. “Maybe start by doing e-mail and some productivity stuff through the cloud, but maybe not mission-critical functions and sensitive business data,” Potter says. “You may also want to have your own local IT backup to the cloud service … just until you find your comfort level.”  This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » September 1, 2011 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law Enforcement

first_imgMarch 9, 2017 3 min read Update, March 9, 2017Uber Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan on Tuesday addressed the use of “greyball” technology in a company blog post, and said that going forward, the tool will not be used to target local officials.Here’s the full statement:We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing.” This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version. It’s been used for many purposes, for example: the testing of new features by employees; marketing promotions; fraud prevention; to protect our partners from physical harm; and to deter riders using the app in violation of our terms of service.We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target action by local regulators going forward. Given the way our systems are configured, it will take some time to ensure this prohibition is fully enforced. We’ve had a number of organizations reach out for information and we will be working to respond to their inquiries once we have finished our review.Original story, published March 3, 2017, follows.Amid intense scrutiny of its leadership and company culture, The New York Times is now reporting that since 2014, Uber has been collecting data from its app to tag users that the company believed to be using or “targeting its service improperly.”In particular, Uber has tagged law enforcement officials who downloaded the app in areas where the embattled ride-hailing service was banned so that it would be a step ahead of those trying to catch it breaking the law.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ After Video of Argument With a Driver ReleasedThe system the company uses to do this is called Greyball, and it is a part of its larger VTOS or “violation of terms of service” program. Uber’s general counsel and legal team approved the program, and according to the Times, roughly 50 people at the company knew about it.Times reporter Mike Isaac interviewed four current and former Uber employees under conditions of anonymity, who described the ways in which the company would identify a user as someone who might be a member of law enforcement. Uber would search social media profiles, determine whether a credit card was linked to a police credit union or keep a tally of the least expensive mobile device models available, based on the assumption that they could have been purchased for a sting operation.Related: In About-Face, Uber Will Apply for California Self-Driving Car Permit “When a tagged officer called a car, Uber could scramble a set of ghost cars inside a fake version of the app for that person, or show no cars available at all,” Isaac reported. “If a driver accidentally picked up an officer, Uber occasionally called the driver with instructions to end the ride.”Entrepreneur reached out to Uber for comment and the company responded with a press statement that it also gave to the New York Times.In the statement, Uber characterized the program as one that is used to protect its drivers. “This program denies ride requests to users who are violating our terms of service — whether that’s people aiming to physically harm drivers, competitors looking to disrupt our operations or opponents who collude with officials on secret ‘stings’ meant to entrap drivers.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Telehealth Market Overall Study Report 20192024 With Top Players Honeywell Life

first_imgTelehealth Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely and manage your health care. These may be technologies you use from home or that your doctor uses to improve or support health care services.The research aims to offer insights on the current and prospect players in this market which helps new market players, stakeholders, and investors to dive deep into the market competition. The report presents an executive summary including all of the valuable market figures and discuses the major factors that are likely to boost the growth of the market.Download Sample Copy @ Market Players: Honeywell Life Care Solutions Healthcare, Medtronic, Tunstall Healthcare, Cerner Corporation, Cisco Systems, GE Healthcare, Mckesson Corporation, Medvivo Group, Robert Bosch Healthcare, Honeywell Life Care Solutions, Siemens Healthcare, St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, Biotronik, SorinThe study presents thorough analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. Regionally, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Furthermore, countries from each region are explored in the report. The report demonstrates the trends in development and upcoming opportunities in every region.This market research report thoroughly analyzes the Telehealth Market and illustrates a complete evaluation of its development and specifications. These analyses provide insights that help in determining the leading segments and emerging strategies to acquire a strong presence in the industry. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players operating in the Telehealth industry.As per the report, the Global Telehealth Market is boosting and businesses are now becoming aware of the benefits of Telehealth in the present day highly dynamic environment. (Try to add key factors driving the growth of market)The report delivers complete forecasts on market value and volume for each type and application, for the forecast period. Additionally, it offers comprehensive analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps to obtain a strong position in the industry. Additionally, the study presents new project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis along with insights on market barriers. Moreover, research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end of the report.The research clearly shows that the Telehealth industry has achieved substantial growth since 2025 with several important developments related to the industry. The report is prepared on the basis of detailed evaluation of the industry by experts. To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased information on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Table of ContentsChapter 1: About the Telehealth IndustryChapter 2: World Market Competition LandscapeChapter 3: World Telehealth Market shareChapter 4: Supply Chain AnalysisChapter 5: Company ProfilesChapter 6: Globalization & TradeChapter 7: Distributors and CustomersChapter 8: Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major CountriesChapter 9: World Telehealth Market Forecast through 2024Chapter 10: Key success factors and Market OverviewGet 10% Discount on corporate user license @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Organic Baby Food Market to Reach 11592 Million Globally by 2023

first_imgAccording to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Organic Baby Food Market by Product and Mode of sale: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the organic baby food market was valued at $5,834 million in 2016, and is projected to reach at $11,592 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 10.15% from 2017 to 2023. Europe is expected to be the leading contributor to the global organic baby food market, followed by Asia-Pacific and North America.Download sample report of Organic Baby Food Market : in parental concerns with respect to babys health and nutrition, increase in awareness about benefits of organic products, eco-friendly farming techniques, rise in disposable income of consumers, growth in standard of living encourages the adoption of organic baby food products, and improved distribution channels in the industry drive the organic baby food market growth. However, premium price and certain government regulations for the approval of organic food & beverage hamper the organic baby food market growth. Various government initiatives and investment of government and private investors in the organic baby food industry are expected to provide numerous growth opportunities for the global organic baby food market. Moreover, increase in working women and growth of nuclear families have led to the adoption of organic baby food products.Send Enquiry on this report @ 2016, the prepared organic baby food segment accounted for the maximum revenue share in the overall organic baby food industry due to the convenience in usage and time saving factor for preparation of the food product. Moreover, prepared baby food products, such as purees and vegetable & fruit blends, are available in variety of flavors, such as mango, banana, peach, and others thereby providing taste and nutrition. Moreover, the other organic baby foods, such as puffs, rusks, and biscuits are expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.93% during the forecast period. The prepared organic baby food market is expected to grow, owing to the benefits of these food products in terms of nutritional value.The offline segment accounted for the maximum share in the global organic baby food market with around 81.55% in 2016. Offline stores, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, are mostly preferred by the costumers to purchase organic food products. However, the trend is shifting toward purchasing products online due to ease and convenience provided by these online portals. The online mode of sale is expected to grow at a CAGR OF 12.94% during the forecast period.Direct Purchase on this Report@ accounted for the major share of the global organic baby food market in 2016, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, owing to health-conscious costumers and demand for chemical-free baby food products. Asia-Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest rate due to rise in birth rates and growth in awareness related to beneficial effects of these food products.Key Findings of the Organic Baby Food Market:In 2016, the offline mode of sale segment accounted for the maximum revenue, and is projected to grow at a notable CAGR of 9.4% during the forecast period.The organic infant milk formula market accounted for 12.2% share in the global organic baby food market.China is the major shareholder in the Asia-Pacific organic baby food market, accounting for more than 28% share in 2016.The key players profiled in the organic baby food market include Abbott laboratories, Nestl S. A, Hero Group, Amara Organics, Danone, Plum organics, The Hein celestial group, North Castle Partners, LLC. HiPP GmbH & Co. Vertrieb KG, and Baby Gourmet Foods Inc. Market players have adopted various strategies, such as product launch, collaboration & partnership and acquisition, to expand their foothold in the market.About Us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Vivaldi Browser 113 update released

first_imgVivaldi Browser 1.13 update released by Martin Brinkmann on November 22, 2017 in Internet – 29 commentsVivaldi Technologies AS released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser today; Vivaldi 1.13 comes with a new Window panel and download improvements, but the main focus of the release was stability and the fixing of browser regressions and issues.Installed copies of Vivaldi should pick up the update automatically thanks to the browser’s built-in automatic update system.You may run a manual check for updates by selecting Vivaldi > Help > Check for Updates. The new version of the browser is also available as a download for all supported operating systems — Windows, Mac and Linux — on the official Vivaldi website.What’s new in Vivaldi 1.13The new Window panel improves the handling of multiple tabs in Vivaldi. It is a new option in Vivaldi’s ever growing list of sidebar items that you can enable or disable individually.You may need to click on the sidebar icon displayed in the leftmost position on the browser’s status bar, or use the keyboard shortcut F4 instead to display it.Select Windows from the listing afterwards (hover over the icons to locate it, it was the one just above the + icon on my system) to launch it.Windows displays all open and recently closed tabs in the panel.  Tabs are sorted by the windows they are associated with, and a click on any jumps directly to the tab. You can drag tabs to change the order in which they are displayed in the browser’s tab bar using drag and drop operations.You may run other operations using the Window panel. YouMore interesting than that, probably, is the option to create tab stacks easily from a selection. You have two main options to do that: either right-click on any tab to create a tab stack based on the domain name, so that all instances of tabs of that domain are merged into a single tab stack, or, select tabs individually, to create a tab stack using all selected tabs instead.You need to right-click the selection or tab, and select the “new tab stack” option to do so. Other options provided include:Pin, hibernate, or mute tabs from the menu.Use the tile tab stacks functionality to display multiple pages side by side in the browser.The window panel’s functionality is limited to individual browser windows right now. Vivaldi plans to improve the feature in future versions of the web browser however.Downloading improvementsThe development team of the Vivaldi browser improved the file downloading functionality of Vivaldi. Some features that have been added in Vivaldi 1.13 are catch-up features that other browser’s support already. This is the case for a new warning dialog when closing the browser while downloads run.Vivaldi 1.13 furthermore supports pausing and resuming of file downloads, and the display of the download speed in the downloads interface.Other FixesA major development focus was the fixing of issues in Vivaldi 1.13. Most snapshot posts by the Vivaldi team highlights fixes only. Here is a list of some important ones:IndexedDB not deleted when browser history is clearedUpdated Chromium.Tab opening speed improvements.Fixed Flash and Netflix.Searches made on Search Field end up in address field typed history.Fast forward and Reader mode does not work in private windows.Private window does not respect UI zoom level.Not possible to copy just the domain part of long URL.Unable to use keyboard shortcuts when focus is in select fields.Vivaldi does not save window position and size in some cases on Mac.Now You: What’s your take on this new Vivaldi browser version?SummaryArticle NameVivaldi Browser 1.13 update releasedDescriptionVivaldi Technologies AS released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser today; Vivaldi 1.13 comes with a new Window panel and download improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more