Furry-clawed Asian crabs found in Delaware and Chesapeake Bays (Phys.org) — A team of scientists from Japan and England have hit the high mark in exploring and testing unconventional forms of computation. They have built and tested a computer using crabs. This is a computer in which the information carriers are swarming creatures, namely, soldier crabs. In their paper, “Robust Soldier Crab Ball Gate,” authors Yukio-Pegio Gunji, Yuta Nishiyama, and Andrew Adamatzky describe what others are already referring to as the crab-puter. Citation: Scientists work up a crab-powered computer (2012, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-scientists-crab-powered.html The scientists were interested to see if they could adapt a previous model of unconventional computing, based on colliding billiard balls, to work with swarms of crabs.“To expand the family of unconventional spatially extended computers, we studied the swarming behavior of soldier crabs Mictyris guinotae and found that compact propagating groups of crabs emerge and endure under noisy external stimulation. We speculated that swarms can behave similarly to billiard balls and thus implement basic circuits of collision-based computing,” they stated.The researchers found that when two swarms of crabs collide, they merge and continue in a direction that is the sum of their velocities. Their reference to billiard balls is noteworthy, in that computer scientists E. Fredken and T. Toffoli in the 1980s — explorations of unconventional forms of computing have been going on for some time — set out to see if a computer built with billiard balls could work. In an article explaining the earlier billiard-ball concept, Technology Review said, “The idea is that a channel would carry information encoded in the form of the presence or absence of billiard balls. This information is processed through gates in which the billiard balls either collide and emerge in a direction that is the result of the ballistics of the collision, or don’t collide and emerge with the same velocities.”In this recent computer feat, the team constructed logic gates that exploit the swarming behavior of soldier crabs. They said that “We demonstrate that swarms of soldier crabs can implement logical gates when placed in a geometrically constrained environment.” The swarms of soldier crabs herded through tunnels can form the AND, OR and NOT logic gates. Working initially with simulated swarms, the authors found that the OR gate worked every time–this is the gate which combined one or two swarms into one. The AND gate was more complicated, according to the New Scientist, which involved the combined swarm heading down one of three paths. The AND gate turned out to be less reliable.Next, the team used using swarms of 40 crabs tested the logic gates for real. The swarms were placed at the entrances of the logic gates and encouraged to move by a shadow intended to convince the crabs that there was a predatory bird overhead. Results closely matched those of the simulation, suggesting that crab-powered computers were possible.In their study, the authors include a parting note to assure that the crabs submitted to testing were not harmed, and that “the crabs were kept in comfortable condition.” They also said that after all the experiments, the crabs were released to their natural habitats. Implementation of AND gate by real soldier crabs. A or B represents input space for input x or y, respectively. The symbol 1, 2 and 3 represent output for NOT(x) AND y, x AND y, and x AND NOT(y), respectively. The experimental results of AND gate implemented by real soldier crabs. Image: arXiv:1204.1749v1 More information: Robust Soldier Crab Ball Gate, arXiv:1204.1749v1 [cs.ET] arxiv.org/abs/1204.1749AbstractSoldier crabs Mictyris guinotae exhibit pronounced swarming behaviour. The swarms of the crabs tolerant of perturbations. In computer models and laboratory experiments we demonstrate that swarms of soldier crabs can implement logical gates when placed in a geometrically constrained environment. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Citation: Computers excel at identifying smiles of frustration (w/ Video) (2012, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-excel-frustration-video.html Can you tell which of these smiles is showing happiness? Or which one is the result of frustration? A computer system developed at MIT can. The answer: The smile on the right is the sign of frustration. Images courtesy of Hoque et al. The scientists, led by M. Ehsan Hoque, used a webcam to film subjects as they filled out a long form which was automatically deleted when the subjects pressed Submit. Most (90%) of the subjects smiled with the frustration, but when asked to assume a frustrated expression the same percentage did not smile. The researchers also studied “happiness” smiles, produced when subjects were shown cute videos of babies, and they were also asked to adopt a happy smile without an emotional prompt. The volunteers were also asked to interpret images of people either genuinely smiling or faking a smile of delight or frustration. Video: Melanie Gonick The researchers, from the MIT Media Lab, developed an algorithm to track the movements made by muscle groups producing various facial expressions and quantified the facial features using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). FACS was developed in the 1970s and has become the most widely used system in facial recognition applications and for people needing to understand facial behaviours. To use FACS, researchers decompose the expression into “Action Units,” and they may also record any asymmetry, as well as the intensity and duration of the expression.Smiles that are easily identified as insincere or “fake” are made using only the zygomatic major muscles, which are voluntary muscles that lift the corners of the mouth. In genuine smiles (known as Duchenne smiles) the corners of the mouth rise, but involuntary muscles also raise the cheeks and produce small wrinkles around the eyes. The study found that genuine frustrated and happy smiles differ primarily in their timing, with frustrated smiles appearing more quickly than smiles of delight. The computer algorithm was able to identify smiles of frustration over 90 percent of the time, while human subjects performed below chance. Hoque said the computer’s better performance is probably because it focuses solely on the mechanical features of the smile and breaks them down into action units, while humans rely on other cues such as how quickly the smile is produced to determine the emotion behind it. The study also showed that most do not expect a smile in response to frustration.The findings, published in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, might be useful in training children with autism to identify the different kinds of smiles, and they might also find application in programming computers to respond to the mood of their users. (Phys.org) — Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have trained computers to recognize smiles, and they have turned out to be more adept at recognizing smiles of frustration than humans. Explore further Phony friends? Rejected people better able to spot fake smiles Journal information: IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The 5 to 8 mm long comb-footed spider lives in both North and South America and unlike most spiders lives socially—in colonies with about six to eight members. All of the spiders participate in building nests, capturing prey, laying eggs and caring for young. But not all of them do all of those jobs equally well the researchers found.Scientists have over time come to learn of different social structures among insects and animals in general—with insects, when different members have different jobs, they tend to have different body types. That does not appear to be the case with arachnids, as female comb-footed spiders all look alike. Also, prior research had found that some colony members appeared to be lazier than others, with some seeming to do little work at all. But when researchers removed them from a colony, the whole colony seemed to suffer as a result, indicating they did something important. To find out what that might be, the researchers captured some specimens in the wild and brought them back to their lab where the spiders were divided by what were viewed as personality types—those that appeared aggressive and those that were more docile. Colonies of each type were started and then monitored to see what might happen. All in all, the researchers noted the behavior of 141 aggressive and 148 docile females and how well they performed when engaged in various tasks (parental care, colony defense, prey capture and web repair).Study of the spiders revealed the true nature of the two types—the aggressive spiders were more engaged in building a web, dealing with intruders and capturing prey. The docile members, on the other hand, tended to be much better at taking care of eggs and newly hatched spiders, proving they’re not just freeloaders—instead they fill a very important social role. How the different spiders wind up with different personalities is still a mystery. (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers has found that a type of social arachnid: the comb-footed spider (Anelosimus studiosus) which lives in colonies, has female members that exhibit one of two types of behavior: aggressive or docile. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Colin Wright and Jonathan Pruitt of the University of Pittsburgh and C. Tate Holbrook of College of Coastal Georgia describe a study they undertook of A. studiosus and the unique behavior patterns they observed. 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 further Bold spiders ensure a bright future for the whole colony Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Animal personality aligns task specialization and task proficiency in a spider society, Colin M. Wright, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1400850111AbstractClassic theory on division of labor implicitly assumes that task specialists are more proficient at their jobs than generalists and specialists in other tasks; however, recent data suggest that this might not hold for societies that lack discrete worker polymorphisms, which constitute the vast majority of animal societies. The facultatively social spider Anelosimus studiosus lacks castes, but females exhibit either a “docile” or “aggressive” phenotype. Here we observed the propensity of individual females of either phenotype to perform various tasks (i.e., prey capture, web building, parental care, and colony defense) in mixed-phenotype colonies. We then measured the performance outcomes of singleton individuals of either phenotype at each task to determine their proficiencies. Aggressive females participated more in prey capture, web building, and colony defense, whereas docile females engaged more in parental care. In staged trials, aggressive individuals were more effective at capturing prey, constructing webs, and defending the colony, whereas docile females were more effective at rearing large quantities of brood. Thus, individuals’ propensity to perform tasks and their task proficiencies appear to be adaptively aligned in this system. Moreover, because the docile/aggressive phenotypes are heritable, these data suggest that within-colony variation is maintained because of advantages gleaned by division of labor. A social spider species, Anelosimus studiosus. Credit: Judy Gallagher Citation: Study shows social comb-footed spiders have two distinct types of personalities (2014, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-social-comb-footed-spiders-distinct-personalities.html © 2014 Phys.org
Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems consisting of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. These binaries have been found in different environments such as the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the solar neighborhood, and within open and globular clusters. Studying CVs in globular clusters is important for understanding how they affect the evolution of such groups of stars and to gain insights into how stellar interactions in a dense stellar environment affect the evolution of cataclysmic variables.Located approximately 15,300 light years away from the Earth, 47 Tuc is a massive, non core-collapsed globular cluster in the constellation Tucana. This cluster shows low extinction, has a high interaction rate and has the most X-ray sources identified so far among any other globular clusters. These properties make 47 Tuc an excellent target to study close binaries, what can potentially lead to detection of many cataclysmic variables.That is why Sandoval and her team have analyzed the available near-ultraviolet and optical images from the Hubble Space Telescope, in combination with X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which resulted in finding new CVs in 47 Tuc. The research increased the number of known cataclysmic variables in this cluster from 21 to 43.”In this paper, we identify the largest number of CVs ever identified in a globular cluster through X-ray counterpart identification, more than doubling the number of known CVs in 47 Tuc,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.According to the study, CVs in 47 Tuc are more concentrated towards the cluster center than the main sequence turnoff stars. All the cataclysmic variables in this cluster have a blue color in the near-ultraviolet and in the optical color magnitude diagrams. This is due to emission from the accretor (white dwarf) and the accretion disk.The researchers revealed that eighteen CVs in the cluster showcase hydrogen-alpha emission, which is likely coming from the accretion disk or stream and contributions from the companion star. Moreover, four cataclysmic variables were found to have large amplitude variations (up to about 3 magnitudes) in time-scales of hours. However, the cause of these variations remains unexplained.Given the fact that 47 Tuc is a non core-collapsed cluster, the team tried to compared its CV population to those of NGC 6397 and NGC 6752 – two examples of core-collapsed clusters.”47 Tuc has many more faint CVs than those core-collapsed clusters. This suggests that the CV population in 47 Tuc is a combination of primordial CVs and dynamically CVs formed a long time ago. (…) If we scale the masses of NGC 6397 and NGC 6752 to that of 47 Tuc, the core-collapsed clusters have many more bright CVs. This seems to indicate that the dynamical interactions play a major role in core-collapsed clusters to create CVs,” the researchers concluded. © 2017 Phys.org A black hole in a low mass X-ray binary This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the globular cluster 47 Tucanae. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration Acknowledgment: J. Mack (STScI) and G. Piotto (University of Padova, Italy) Explore further More information: New Cataclysmic Variables and other Exotic Binaries in the Globular Cluster 47 Tucanae, arXiv:1705.07100 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1705.07100AbstractWe present 22 new (+3 confirmed) cataclysmic variables (CVs) in the non core-collapsed globular cluster 47 Tucanae (47 Tuc). The total number of CVs in the cluster is now 43, the largest sample in any globular cluster so far. For the identifications we used near-ultraviolet (NUV) and optical images from the Hubble Space Telescope, in combination with X-ray results from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. This allowed us to build the deepest NUV CV luminosity function of the cluster. We found that the CVs in 47 Tuc are more concentrated towards the cluster center than the main sequence turnoff stars. We compared our results to the CV populations of the core-collapsed globular clusters NGC 6397 and NGC 6752. We found that 47 Tuc has fewer bright CVs per unit mass than those two other clusters. That suggests that dynamical interactions in core-collapsed clusters play a major role creating new CVs. In 47 Tuc, the CV population is probably dominated by primordial and old dynamically formed systems. We estimated that the CVs in 47 Tuc have total masses of approx. 1.4 M_sun. We also found that the X-ray luminosity function of the CVs in the three clusters is bimodal. Additionally, we discuss a possible double degenerate system and an intriguing/unclassified object. Finally, we present four systems that could be millisecond pulsar companions given their X-ray and NUV/optical colors. For one of them we present very strong evidence for being an ablated companion. The other three could be CO- or He-WDs. (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Liliana Rivera Sandoval of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, has found 22 new cataclysmic variable stars in a globular cluster known as 47 Tucanae (47 Tuc for short). The discovery makes 47 Tuc the cluster with the highest number of cataclysmic variables identified so far. The findings were detailed in a paper published May 19 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers detect 22 new cataclysmic variables in globular cluster 47 Tucanae (2017, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomers-cataclysmic-variables-globular-cluster.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.
I’m divorced. My ex-husband was impotent. He would beat me up. I have developed a fear towards relationships. How can I come out of it?Name withheldI understand how traumatising this is. The dark shadows of our past do linger for a long time. Yet, as life moves forward we have to let go of yesterdays and believe in bright, happy tomorrows. As the ten fingers of the hand are all different, so are we! Don’t assume that all men in general would be like your ex-husband! I’m sure you see a lot of great couples around and you need to have faith in relationships. There is someone who will love and take care of you. Yes, finding Mr. Right is a challenge we all face but please come out of your closet and start a new journey. Good Luck! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I caught my son stealing money from my bag. This has really hurt me. How to handle this?Sarika Malhotra, NoidaOh! I think we all have done this atleast once in life. This is a thrill for kids. If it’s not a big amount then don’t react quite yet. Keep a watch on his spending habits and the friends he moves around with. If it happens again then sit with him and talk it out with patience. Remember, if he is a teenager it needs to be handled with a lot love and care. Don’t lose your temper and handle him well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy mother in law is always interfering in our personal matters. She even walks into our bedroom without any intimation! My husband remains quiet but I’m irritated. How can I pass the message without being rude?Mrs. Kapoor, New DelhiJust lock the door from inside when you both are in the bedroom. This should ideally give her the idea that you both need ‘privacy’. In-laws in our country truly deserve an applause sometimes. They just pay no heed to the fact that their kids are now grown up and they require their own spaces. It’s difficult but I suggest you to be transparent about your feelings each time something bothers you. Seek the help of your husband in case you fail to passon any message. All the best! In a moment of high, I have landed up having sex with my brother-in-law. We all live together. This is making me feel very guilty and I am really embarassed! Please help!Name UnknownWell, this is a bit wierd! But, whats done cannot be undone. I suggest you to behave as normally as possible. Don’t let this run in your head. Try and make it seem as if you watched a movie and get over it. Guilt is a bad trip and this episode will have long term effects your marriage. Act mature and be composed. This phase surely will pass.Whenever I have sex, my partner refuses to have oral sex! She feels giddy and pukish. I love oral acts. How to convince her to feel otherwise about it?R.S, Madhya PradeshTalk to your partner. Tell her why you like it and ask her why she isn’t willing to give it a shot. Ask her what she finds so wrong and uncomfortable that she isn’t willing to do it. For all you know she maybe scared, perhaps she doesn’t know enough about oral sex. She may be scared that you are going to make her uneasy. Try arriving at an agreement that works for both of you, don’t force her. If you can get her to agree to do it once, once you are over that first hurdle, you may be able to get lucky more often. Keep her feelings in mind. But a frank talk about it may lead to an understanding. Good luck!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Comic Con India Awards 2014 ceremony will take place during the 4th Annual Indian Comics Convention in the Capital. Pran Kumar Sharma will personally come and receive his award, on the last day of the convention.With a career spanning more than 5 decades, Pran has created some of the most popular Indian comic characters including the legendary Chacha Chowdhury and Sabu. His simple style of art and his sense of humor has made him one of the most loved Indian artists. Also, Comic Con India is honouring Tinkle magazine with a Special Award for its over 30 years of contribution to Indian comics and graphic arts. Tinkle has made enormous contributions to comics in India.WHEN: 7 to 9 FebruaryWHERE: Thyagraj Stadium
Kolkata: The West Bengal government has announced the names of 75 puja committees for the Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman awards in the state. The awards will be given in various categories, including the best idol, best pandal, best illumination work and best concept. Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen said on Monday that the award-winning puja committees also included those from outside Kolkata. The ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’ is the first such initiative by any state to honour organisers of the grand festival, which draws millions of people to the pandals during the four-day festival, Sen said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Crowd puller among the pujas held in the city, Baghbazar Sarbojonin and Ekdalia Evergreen would be honoured in the ‘best sabeki’ category for retaining traditions (sabeki) in their puja celebrations and conventional idols over the decades. Nine pujas in the city, including Babu Bagan, Jodhpur Park Sarbojonin, Mohammed Ali Park, would be conferred the award in the best pandal category. Ten were named as awardees in the best Durga puja idol category. They included Kalighat Milan Sangha, Badamtala Asar Sangha, Kumartuli Sarbojonin, Tala Pratay and Salt lake F D Block. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The pujas to be awarded for the best illumination included Hindustan Club Sarbojonin, College Square, 64 Palli, Shimla Bayam Samity, Khidderpore 25 Pally and Maniktala Chaltabagan in the city. In the best concept (idea) category, 12 pujas in the city including Samajsebi, Chorbagan, Hatibagan Sarbojonin, 75 Palli Bhawanipore, would be conferred the award. There were also categories like best discovery, best theme song, best branding, best environment-friendly puja, best dhakeswari (using traditional drum – ‘dhak’ – to pep up the frenzy). The 75 ‘Biswa Bangla Sharad Samman’ winners will take part in the Red Road Immersion Carnival on October 23 which will be attended by foreign dignitaries apart from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her cabinet colleagues and other prominent personalities.
Kolkata: Police reconstructed the case of abetment of suicide on Tuesday that took place in Baguiati.Sources informed that the sleuths identified several discrepancies in the statement of deceased Antara Sarkar Acharjee’s husband Surajit Sarkar. Sources said that Surajit told the sleuths he was not at home when Antara committed suicide. He claimed that he was in his office. While probing into the case, the sleuths came to know that Surajit’s signature is there on the company’s visitors’ register where he works. Thus, the doubt occurred. Later, the sleuths came to know that Surajit had an Identity Card which he had swiped while entering the office for attendance record. Surajit claimed that he lost his card and thus he entered office after signing the visitor’s register. The sleuths are trying to find out if Surajit’s claim is true. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAntara was found hanging from ceiling on November 27 inside a rented flat at a housing complex near Haldiram’s. Antara’s father Ranjit Acharjee, a resident of Khalisakota Pally near Birati, alleged that his son-in-law Surajit used to torture his daughter. Sources informed that Ranjit said her daughter and Ranjit were married in February 2006. The torture started after a few years of their marriage as her daughter could not give birth to a child. Using this as an reason, Surajit used to torture her mentally and physically. Ranjit also alleged that not only Surajit but his family members also used to torture Antara regularly based on the same allegation. Though Antara used to live at her in-laws’ home in Birati, Surajit had recently hired a flat at a housing complex near Haldiram’s bus stop. It was thought that the torture would come to an end, which did not. Later, police arrested Surajit based on the complaint lodged by Ranjit.
The National Book Trust (NBT) is celebrating 60 years of NBT by hosting Asia’s largest book fair – New Delhi World Book Fair 2017 at Pragati Maidan from January 7 – 15. The fair will be inaugurated by Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of State for Human Resources Development (Higher Education), with Dr Pratibha Ray, noted Odia author and Jnanpith awardee as the Guest of Honour and Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the delegation of the European Union to India as the Special Guest. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe theme of the fair this year is ‘Manushi’ which focuses on the writing on and by women. The basic idea is to project the diversity of writing by women and to bust the homogeneity of ‘women writers’. There will also be a display of portraits of 12 representative women scholars of the ancient and medieval India which have been developed for the 2017 calendar of National Book Trust. Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman NBT said that Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development would inaugurate the Theme Pavilion on January 10. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo mark the occasion of 60 years of NBT, the Trust is putting up a special exhibit to showcase the their journey of promoting the culture of reading over the years. Besides the exhibit of archival photographs, a display of NBT’s best-sellers in various languages has also be arranged. The children’s pavilion will have storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing and panel discussions organised by National Centre for Children’s Literature (NCCL) where the children will also get to interact with well known children’s authors. Over 20 countries are participating in the foreign pavilion in the Fair at Hall no 7 A,B,C. The fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers form India and abroad, which includes CEOSpeak on ‘The idea and business of creating culture of reading: Experiences and challenges across societies’. Over 40 publishers will be participating in New Delhi Rights Table- a 2day event, from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Egypt, Georgia, USA, Kenya and UK.Book lovers would also get the opportunity to interact with eminent authors and literary personalities at the Authors’ Corners at Reflections (Hall no 10 – 11), Conversations (Hall no 18), Lekhak Manch (Hall no 12 – 12A), Sahitya Manch (Hall no 8), and International Events Corner (Hall 7A). Authors will engage with the visitors through reading sessions and discussions other than interactions.Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman NBT, has also proposed the idea of making entry free in the book fair from the coming year to encourage enthusiasm of reading among the youth.Spread over 32000 square meters the New Delhi World Book Fair will witness the participation of nearly 800 publishes form across the country and abroad in various languages.Special highlights: Tickets to the book fair is available at over 50 metro stations in Delhi Free entry for school children and older adults Cashless transactions possible Mobile ATM available in the grounds Film screening on William Shakespeare’s plays commemorating his 400th death anniversary by he British Council Photography exhibition on New Homelands: Indian Diaspora in the European Union Photography Exhibition on Chinese New Year
Kolkata: Padma Vibhushan awardee astrophysicist J V Narlikar advocated on Saturday that at least a single class should be dedicated to inculcate the scientific spirit among school children, adding that their interests should be created in science by changing the teaching method.Professor Narlikar, who is in the city to attend a two-day National Science Conference on the theme ‘Integrating Science with Society’ at Jadavpur University, said: “The way science is taught in most schools is unable to attract students in most cases. The receiver often does not understand and is therefore unable to appreciate the beauty of a thing. A student mind particularly after a science class often wonders why this or that happens. If we can have a period in a week where he or she can ask questions and get answers, the interest will grow automatically,” Narikar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe noted scientist, who is an Emeritus professor of the Pune-based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), said students from Class IX and X at the Centre get the opportunity to associate with science every day. 30 to 40 school children in batches from different schools turn up daily and use toy models which have a magical impact. When they ask questions, their queries are answered. “The activity is a drop in the ocean but, believe me, interacting with students who have participated in such activities at IUCAA, tell me that they have been motivated by it,” Narlikar maintained. The activity in IUCAA has been going on for 20 years and is extremely popular among students, claimed Narlikar. More than 30 scientists of international repute from various institutes of the country are attending the conference organised by ‘Breakthrough Science Society’, a voluntary body committed to propagate science and scientific outlook. Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das in his inaugural address of the meet said scientific reasoning-based education can help the country come out of the present crisis.
The man known for his exceptional Tabla skills is also one of the pioneers of Neo-classical fusion. Bickram Ghosh – a master weaver of musical tales has recently released ‘Maya’ on Sony Music that celebrates Ravi Shankar and his legacy of peace through music. Using Hindu philosophy’s concept of Maya – the irresistible veil behind which the world conceals the real character of spiritual reality, it is an ode to the beauty of this illusion. You are known for your experiments with music and you also dabble in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music. Which is your favourite genre among them and why? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt’s difficult to talk about a favourite genre. The fact that one has dabbled in diverse genres shows that there is a desired quotient for each genre. If you ask me which is my core quotient, then that is classical music, since I started my career as a classical Tabla player. Then I shifted to fusion in the early 2000s, and more recently film composer which is also becoming broader every day. All the genres are done simultaneously, I’m involved in all three right now. I’m happy that I have the opportunity to travel these worlds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat other instruments are you comfortable playing?Tabla is my main instrument. That is what I play best and am known for. I’m currently endorsing a German percussion company Mienl Percussion. I consider myself mainly a table player but I also play the Cajon, and Kanjira among some other percussion instruments. I’m also known for my body drumming. I could dabble in pretty much any percussion instruments that I’m given.What are your views on the use of old songs as covers in the current music industry? Actually, I’m not a big fan of those. I do like the rendition in some of them but I don’t like the concept of an old song being used in remakes. It happened a lot in the ’90s and 2000s also, but I don’t feel very great about that. I’m sure that composers can create great melodies even today. I don’t understand the idea of having to rehash the melodies of the past. But of course, it says a lot about the melodies of the past. The songs are so strong and wonderful that even today when one listens to those songs they are influenced by them. There are some radio channels which are dedicated to the songs of the ’60s and ’70s, they play only old songs. It means that the melodies which were created at that era are so strong and they still sustain. In this era, there are of course composers who could deliver beautiful melodies, I don’t understand why they have to depend on the older songs. It’s a fact that not many great melodies are happening today. The number of great melodies happening now is far outnumbered by what happened back in the ’60s and ’70s. We should move away from rehashing and revamping old melodies, and focus more on creating new songs.Any memorable incidents with Pt Ravi Shankar?The first that comes to mind is the time when I played my first concert with him. I had gone to Brussels, Belgium to play at a concert where Raviji heard me for the first time. That very day, past midnight he called me and said, “I have heard some good Tabla after a long time” and he invited me to play with him at one of the greatest auditoriums there. We performed the next day. It was like magic, and also one of the moments in life when you pinch yourself to wonder whether it’s actually true. That’s how it started, and then we played for the next 11 years. There were some great fun moments with him as he could talk about anything under the sun. That’s one of the things I enjoyed the most about him.Please tell us a little about your new album ‘Maya’.’Maya’ is a dedication to Raviji. I’ve been influenced by him on so many levels – by his sitar, his compositional work, that hearing all his work and being with him for so many years, I wanted to do an album which showcased what I have acquired from him as a composer.Why did you name the album ‘Maya’?I named it ‘Maya’ because I believe in the fact that this world is a world of ‘maya’. What we see is an illusion and that there is much more behind it. All the numbers on the album address various aspects of life, relations, youth, ageing – which together constitute ‘Maya’. The sound is based on classical music, my forte, but it’s a new age sound. The album features several Grammy winners and celebrated artists from around the globe. It’s a magnum opus projects dedicated to Raviji, and I believe that this is one of my best albums. It’s my personal favourite. Whoever has heard it has loved the meditativeness in the project. ‘Maya’ is meditating on life.How was the experience working with Sonu Nigam in ‘Jal’?Since Jal, we have worked on several other projects. We are great friends and meet often. Girish Malik, (director of Jal) gave us an idea of what he wanted, then Sonu bhai and I composed the highly diverse songs, (from Indian classical to an English song). Sonu and I have a great chemistry. We believe in similar philosophies in life. The sound that we create together, as a duo is called ‘Muddy Electronica’. Could you share some information about your upcoming projects?There’s a whole bunch of them coming up. As a Tabla player I’m doing a lot of shows, a major one would be in Varanasi this month. On the album front, I’ll be doing an album titled ‘Massive percussion jam’ and there’s a project with Sonu on retro songs. I also have a collaboration with Spanish singer María del Mar Fernández, which we’ll release very soon.I’m currently composing for two Hindi films – Band of Maharajas, (also acting in it), and a film of Harsh Chhaya. In Bengal, I’m composing for Durga Sohay, and two films by Suman Ghosh – ‘Mi Amor’ and an untitled venture. There are too many things happening right now, and I’m actually enjoying this phase.
Everyone needs rest to rejuvenate themselves. Plan a family trip that suits the larger interest. From hitting the roads to exploring the mountains and beaches, here’s a lowdown on the types of trips you can explore suggested by the experts.Religious tours: Have you been contemplating a religious trip with your parents? Make use of the long weekend that lies ahead of you. Head to Rishikesh and take a tour of the holy shrines and witness the everyday evening ceremony of Ganga aarti. Rishikesh will definitely refresh your mind and rejuvenate your body. Even Ganpatipule, a town on the Konkan Coast of western India can be an ideal holiday spot during the long weekend. Apart from the 400-year-old Ganesha temple, the beautiful village of Velneshwar, 41 km from the town, boasts of a peaceful, coconut-fringed beach, where one can relax. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRoad trips: Keen to avoid the crowd and escape to the country’s quiet corners with your couple? Then book your choice of luxury car and enjoy the freedom of driving wherever you want, whenever you want, in style and luxury. For those who want to feel involved in the journey, the environment, and the view, it is ideal to take a road trip with your loved one and explore a new city or town.If an offbeat destination is on your mind, then head to Chail, a hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Trek up to Kali Ka Tibba, relish hot pakodas on your way and dip your feet into cold water. If scenic beauty is on your mind, then set off to Puducherry. From beautiful flower beds and pruned trees, Puducherry is one of the best drives one can go for from Chennai. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEducational tours: From the hills to the beaches in India, there are several student-friendly holiday destinations in India. For instance, Jaipur offers a lot of interesting things to do for young and studious one in a fun manner. From the forts, monuments, and zoos, Jaipur can be a fun-filled holiday spot for all.If you are planning a trip down south, then head to Munnar, a hill station in Kerala. Apart from visiting the wild sanctuary, children can wander around the lush tea plantations and also learn about tea extraction process. Adventure tours: In case you’re an adventure freak and love getting drenched in the rains, then head to the hills for an enthralling monsoon experience. One of the best seasons to experience the lush greenery and majestic waterfalls of India’s hilly regions is during the monsoon. The rains bring respite from the scorching heat experienced in the summer and offer breathtaking mist-filled and cloudy vistas of the beautiful landscape.Take advantage of your long weekends and plan your trip to some of the monsoon destinations like Nelliyampathy in Kerala, Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Bhandardara, and Satara in Maharashtra.
Darjeeling: “Those who have valid pattas (land documents) in the Gajoldoba Milanpalli area, their land will in no way be requisitioned,” Tourism minister Goutam Deb assured the protesting villagers.The minister had visited Gajoldoba on Friday to assure the villagers. However the villagers “under the influence” of the BJP instead demonstrated against the minister and waved black flags. Despite the protests and slogan shouting, Deb walked up to the protestors to talk to them. However as they did not want to listen to him, the minister returned to the waiting vehicle. Hearing of the minister’s visit to Gajoldoba, the protestors under the aegis of Bhumi Raksha Committee backed by the BJP were agitating on the Aaambari-Jagoldoba road. When the minister’s cavalcade arrived at the spot the demonstrators started shouting slogans. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataInstead of passing by, minister Goutam Deb got down from the vehicle and approached the agitators trying to talk to them. However they continued to shout slogans. Many of the villagers alleged that they have been indulging in cultivation in the Milanpalli area for the past 40 years. Despite many of the farmers having patta (land documents) the government is using the land for a helipad. “This area has 244 acres of government land. Out of this patta had been given for 44 acres for agriculture. Minus the patta land we still have around 200 acres of land. The land where we have given patta there is no question of requisition. Out of the land the government has we require 3.46 acres for the project. Out of this 2.45 acres will be used for the helipad and remaining 1 acre will be used for constructing quarters for the employees. Despite knowing all these details some BJP leaders from outside are constantly provoking the villagers just to create unrest and disturb the peace and tranquility,” said Deb. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe minister further stated that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has always been pro-farmers. She has always been sympathetic to their needs and requirements. We have nothing against the local villagers. That is why I got down from the vehicle to talk to them. However, some outsiders tried to create disturbance and waved black flags. Later, some of them even chanted Goutam Deb Zindabad,” said the Tourism minister. Later, Goutam Deb held a meeting with government officials at the conference room of “Bhorer Alo” the tourism hub at Gajoldoba. Bijoy Chandra Barman, Chairman, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority along with MLA Raiganj Khageshwar Rai was also present.
Kolkata: Governor K N Tripathi has convened a meeting of four major political parties at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday in view of the ongoing post-poll violence in the state.Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of TMC; Dilip Ghosh, BJP state president; Surya Kanta Mishra, CPI(M) state secretary and Somen Mitra, president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee have been invited to attend the meeting. A controversy developed between the Governor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the number of deaths during the post-poll violence after the latter said that he had “blown it out of proportion”. Tripathi had reported to Union Home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Monday that 12 people had died in the post-poll violence while Banerjee said 10 persons had died, including two BJP supporters. While addressing the gathering at Hare School ground in connection with the inauguration of a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on Tuesday, Banerjee had instructed state Chief Secretary Malay De to give compensation to the next of kin of the deceased including the two BJP supporters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing the declaration of the election result on May 23, violence broke out in different parts of North 24-Parganas including Bhatpara, Naihati, Bijpur, Kakinara and Jagatdaal. There were rampant clashes in North Bengal where houses have been set ablaze and workers of the political parties attacked. Trinamool and BJP traded charges against each other but the violence caused loss of lives and damage to property for both. Political experts feel that in view of the situation, the Governor had summoned the leaders of different political parties requesting them to take urgent measures to put an end to the ongoing violence and restore peace and communal harmony in Bengal. They added that the meeting is not a prelude to impose Article 356 in the state. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThey further maintained that during the Singur movement, the then Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi took the initiative to hold meetings between the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to end the imbroglio that had cropped up over the movement. The meeting took place at the Kolkata Information Centre on September 12, 2008. Bhattacharjee was accompanied by the then state Housing minister Gautam Deb and Banerjee was accompanied by the then Leader Of Opposition Partha Chatterjee.
Kolkata: The state Water Resources Investigation & Development (WRI&D) department is bringing in more focus realigning the various schemes in connection with the “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” project. The move comes in the wake of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressing her concern over depletion of the groundwater level and stressing on water conservation. The government is now contemplating a clear-cut delineation of roles of the various departments involved in water resource management. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department of WRI&D will be the nodal department but departments like Irrigation, Agriculture and Public Health and Engineering will have specified functions in water conservation. The WRI& D department has taken up schemes linked to water conservation in a total area of 1,45000 acres land with an emphasis on the red laterite zone that comprises districts including Bankura, Jhargram, Purulia, West Midnapore, West Burdwan and parts of Birbhum. The water level is extremely low in these zones and water extraction is very difficult. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to sources, as many as 13,945 schemes have been taken up for the last eight years since 2011 in the red laterite zones. 900 water harvesting tanks have been set up and 287 check dams have been built for water storage. 141 of these schemes are solar-powered. There are 12,600 other types of schemes that involve river lift irrigation, tubewells etc. A total of 3,600 schemes are being run under the World Bank aid which is popularly known as West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation. The “Jal Dharo Jal Bharo” project received a boost with the Chief Minister’s “Jaltirtha” project, a signature enterprise for the red laterite zone that was initiated in 2015. Water detention structures like ponds, tanks, rivulets have been created to hold water and steps have been taken so that it does not evaporate. “Till date, we have been doing comparatively simpler schemes in palpably visible areas. Now, we have started doing a detailed survey using a differential GPS system to identify locations with cent percent accuracy where we can create an infrastructure of water detention,” a senior official of the WRI&D department said. The department has created 995 structures like watersheds, check dams under “Jaltirtha” of which 176 have come up in Bankura, 57 in Birbhum, 75 in Jhargram, 427 in Purulia and 224 in West Midnapore. The project is also underway in the saline zones, particularly in pockets of the Sunderbans that involve both South and North 24-Parganas,” a senior official of the department added.
Sure, you could go to a museum to see priceless works of art or Brontosaurus bones. But if your taste runs more toward the macabre, consider these terrifying attractions.Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum – Fall River, MassachusettsWe all know the story of precocious spinster Lizzie Borden, who may or may not have given her mother forty…well, you know the rhyme.In truth, no one can actually say who went dumpster fire loco and hacked miserly Andrew Borden and his killjoy wife (and Lizzie’s step-mother) Abby to death in their Fall Room home in 1892.Along with being an inn, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast also offers public tours of the notorious crime scene.Now, more than a century later, you can not only tour the house — decorated to look exactly like it did at the time of the murders — but spend the night too.Because, really, what says cozy bed-and-breakfast than a turn-of-the-century Victorian house, tastefully decorated with grisly crime scene photos.Lizzie Borden in 1890Must see: The collection of Ouija boards in the parlor (perhaps to conjure up ghosts of the family, which are said to haunt the house).International Cryptozoology Museum | Portland, MaineWhat is cryptozoology, you ask? The literal translation is “the study of hidden animals.”Inside the International Cryptozoology Museum. Photo by sporst CC By 2.0Put another way: an obsession with big, hairy, scary creatures whose existence has yet to be proven — think Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.International Cryptozoology Museum, Portland ME. Photo by Rain0975 CC BY SA 2.0There’s no doubt about where the curators of this museum stand. Offerings include hair samples and casts made of gigantic footprints from Bigfoot and Abominable Showmen, and fecal matter from a Yeti (an ape-like creature said to inhabit the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet), collected by the Tom Slick-F. Kirk Johnson Snowman Expedition of 1959. So there!Inside the International Cryptozoology Museum. Photo by sporst CC By 2.0Must see: Steadfast unbelievers will prefer life-size models of actual zoological discoveries, such as the okapi, a half giraffe/half zebra from Central Africa, and the megamouth shark discovered in 1976 off the coast of Hawaii.Vent Haven Museum, Fort Mitchell, KentuckyDo ventriloquist dummies give you the willies? Join the club. For decades the wide-eyed, wooden-faced creatures have been used as instruments of terror in episodes of The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.Vent Haven Museum. Photo by 5chw4r7z CC BY SA 2.0They even have their own phobia: Automatonophobia. So imagine being in close proximity to more than 800 of these figurines operated by vents (that’s show-biz slang for ventriloquists) from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.Vent Haven was born after dummy collector William Shakespeare Berger (you can call him W.S.) amassed a collection over forty years that grew too big to keep in the garage of his home. Sure, roll your eyes — it scored five stars on TripAdvisor.Vent Haven Museum. Photo by 5chw4r7z CC BY SA 2.0Must see: A papier-mâché replica of Marilyn Monroe, made in the 1950s. Using a slide gizmo in the back, you can wiggle her you-know-whats up and down.The House on the Rock – Spring Green, WisconsinAlmost impossible to describe (though we’re gonna give it a shot): House on the Rock is a homage to…stuff. Lots and lots (and lots) of stuff. A veritable cornucopia of crap, in fact.House on the Rock, automated instruments. Photo by Knowledge Seeker CC BY SA 3.0This tribute to excess is brainchild of Alex Jordan Jr., a recluse who reportedly set out to build a rugged retreat in the late 1960s, only to end up with the world’s most horrifying fun house, comprised of dark cavern-like rooms filled with cracked windows, enough dust to send asthmatics searching for the nearest exits, and zany collections, tossed together with no discernable theme in mind.Sculpture outside the House on the Rock, Wisconsin’s leading tourist attraction in Spring Green, Wisconsin.Among them: a 200-foot-long sea monster, a display of medieval knights doing battle, mangled mannequins that have seen better days, and a severed head.Oriental Room (The Mikado Music Machine) at the House on the Rock. Photo by Joseph Kranak CC By 2.0Must see: Dubbed “the world’s largest indoor carousel” (by management, anyway), it boasts 269 animals, 182 chandeliers, over 20,000 lights, and hundreds of mannequin topless angels.National Museum of Funeral History, Houston, TexasSure, the thought of our inevitable demise makes us more than a little uncomfortable, but those with morbid curiosities will lap up the exhibits at this temple to eternal rest — boasting “America’s largest collection of authentic, historical funeral service items.”Recreation of President Abraham Lincoln lying in repose at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX. Photo by Funeralhistorian CC BY SA 3.0There’s the Thanks for the Memories exhibit, which offers memorabilia used in the sendoffs (i.e. memorial services and burials) of some of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities, such as Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, as well as enough caskets to make The Container Store CEOs green with envy.Wilson Baker used acrylic encapsulation to create this Money Casket, at National Funeral Museum, Houston, TX. Photo by PROA Yee CC BY 2.0Other exhibits range from the somewhat dignified (the very last casket made by the Marsellus Casket Company, considered the “Rolls Royce of Caskets,” who count Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Truman and Reagan among their, uh, clients), to downright daffy (Disney fans can see a glass-paneled coffin made to resemble the one featured in 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”).Presidential Hearse – President Ronald Reagan & President Ford. Photo by PROA Yee CC BY 2.0Other eerie offerings include a disquietingly up-close look at the history of cremation and embalming (admit it — you’re kind of curious). Can’t make the trip? Hit the gift shop and pick up a coffee mug that reads “Any Day Above Ground Is a Good One.” Amen to that, sister.Must see: Some of the strangest receptacles ever created to hold the dearly departed. Among them, a casket built for three people and another made with real dollar bills and coins. Who says you can’t take it with you?Mütter Museum | Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThis exhibition contains images and medical specimens that some visitors may find disturbing, warn the people who run the Mütter Museum. No kidding.The Mütter Museum is home to a collection of over 25,000 medical curiosities and pathological paraphernalia, named after Dr. Dent Mütter (1811-1859), an innovative surgeon and acclaimed professor of medicine. Eew!-inspired artifacts abound: Look there’s a piece of Albert Einstein’s brain! Over there, the thorax of assassin John Wilkes Booth.Mütter Museum. Photo by cezzie901 CC BY 2.0Whoa…a tumor taken from President Grover Cleveland?! Also included in this plethora of all things post-mortem: The Imperfecta exhibit, examining abnormal human development; 2,374 inhaled or swallowed foreign bodies that Dr. Chevalier Jackson (1865-1958) extracted from patients’ throats, esophagi, and lungs during his almost 75-year-long career; and a Hannibal Lecter-like book bound by human skin (a woman’s thigh, to be exact) that dates back to the 1700s. It all adds up to an exhibit that’s freaky, educational, endlessly fascinating. (Though the Civil war amputation kit may be overkill.)Mütter Museum. Photo by istolethetv CC BY 2.0Must see: One of the museum’s most popular exhibits is a wall display of 139 skulls collected by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl in the 1800s — each with its own intriguing story. One cranium, for example, belonged to an ill-fated tightrope walker who toppled off and broke his neck.Museum of Death | Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe giant skull at the entrance of this Hollywood Boulevard museum assures morbid curiosity seekers they’ve come to the right place.Make no mistake: The displays at the Museum of Death are unapologetically twisted and gruesome.Presumed severed head of Henri Désiré Landru (1869-1922), French serial killer known as the Bluebeard of Gambais, presented at Museum of Death in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photo by John Mosbaugh CC BY 2.0There are unsettling collections of body bags, execution devices, and baby coffins; a head claimed to have belonged to the French lady killer Henri Landru, more commonly known as Bluebeard, who was guillotined in 1922; and Thanatron, one of the suicide machines built by euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian, aka “Doctor Death”.Museum of Death in Hollywood. Photo by Arienne McCracken CC BY-SA 2.0Animal lovers may or may not appreciate a room filled with taxidermy, including Liberace’s cat “Candy” (short for candelabra).And then there’s the really tasteless stuff — like grisly crime scene photos from the Manson Family murders, as well as “educational” autopsy videos. Can’t make the trip? Check out the offerings on the museum’s website — including a “Rogue Gallery” t-shirt, featuring the visages of Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Richard Ramirez (kind of a Mount Rushmore of lunatics).Must see: An art gallery featuring the world’s largest collection of paintings by death row inmates like serial killer John Wayne Gacy, along with doodles of David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam.Glore Psychiatric Museum | St. Joseph, MissouriWhen it opened in 1874, it was known as the State Hospital for the Insane #2, though House of Horrors was probably a more apt description.The ‘Tranquilizer Chair.’ Photo by David Becker CC BY 2.0Hundreds of mentally ill patients, from the criminally insane to those suffering from severe depression, passed through its doors.Today, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, located in a building just outside the gates of the original hospital, houses a number of relics from centuries of misguided attempts to treat mental illness.The ‘Bath of Surprise’ for rapidly immersing patients into ice water. Photo by David Becker CC BY 2.0The main focus: life-size replicas, built by George Glore, an employee of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, of primitive equipment used back in the day. Put another way: Torture masquerading as treatment.The Lunatic Box was an upright, coffin-like box, in which “out-of-control” patients were confined in total darkness for hours; the Giant Patient Treadmill, basically a giant hamster wheel, was theoretically designed for people to walk off excess energy (in reality, they were locked inside and forced to run for up to two straight days).The ‘Giant Patient Treadmill’ allowed patients to walk off excess energy. Photo by David Becker CC BY 2.0Artful displays are (a little) less disturbing: Schizophrenia Through Embroidery showcases the needlework of a woman who didn’t speak for over 30 years, but communicated through words she stitched into fabric, while another creative arrangement consists of 1,400 objects — including buttons and safety pins — compulsively swallowed by a patient and only discovered during her autopsy.Read another story from us: The Creepy Icelandic Pants Made of Human SkinHorrific, hard to shake, and, ultimately, heart-breaking. When a relative was brought to the hospital for admission, they family was often told to bring the clothes they wanted the patient to be buried in, because chances were that he or she would never leave the hospital.Must see: A collection of Barbie dolls wearing patient attire, complete with mini-straitjackets — a bit of unintended comic relief.
It wasn’t long ago that taking a photograph was a more specialized business. When those images were finally developed in a lab the snapper would notice mistakes, such as a thumb over the lens or blurred focus. Things they would have spotted quickly using an iPhone. The potential for mystery in old photos was also far greater. A picture from a wedding which took place in Paisley, Scotland in 1972 is a case in point. At first glance, everything seems normal. But what is that behind the older gentleman’s leg? And just what is going on by his partner’s gloved hand?This was the mystery posed in later years by an anxious guest, who can be seen on the left. As written on the Science of Ghosts blog in 2009, he described something called a “spirit extra.”A picture from a wedding which took place in Paisley, Scotland in 1972There doesn’t appear to be an official definition of what this term means, though the meaning seems self-explanatory.In case the evidence isn’t speaking for itself, he refers to what looks like someone’s legs and feet behind those of the right-hand guest. Tougher to make out is a partial face peeking out next to the white glove.Much has been made out of the fact that once it’s seen, the eye and its eerie stare cannot be forgotten. Arguably stranger is the impression given that the ghostly feet are sporting open-toed sandals!The puzzled poster revealed the professional wedding snapper “could not explain the photo. As far as he was aware no one was behind the man when the photo was taken and no one was there when we moved away. He said it would be impossible for anyone to crouch behind without the person being aware of their presence.”Numerous suggestions have been made as to how the freakish image came about. These range from modern day Photoshop to a hiding child. Some believe what appears to be a face is actually an object, such as a watch.Nevertheless, the idea this could be a supernatural occurrence is a powerful one. According to the Occult Museum website, “The picture was examined by a police photographer who confirmed that the photo was genuine and had not been faked.”On a more questionable note, the man on the left mentions a medium from Glasgow who “predicted that I would receive such a photo. Another well-known Glasgow medium was able to tell me without seeing the photo that it contained a ‘spirit extra’. A visiting medium from England, was able to tell me the reference number written on the back of the photo, again without seeing it.”As with all such mysteries the truth may never be discovered. Yet this example of the ultimate wedding crasher is not isolated.In 2015 an American couple were unnerved in a 21st century sense when they spotted a smiling face wedged between them after uploading their wedding day snaps to Facebook.Quoted by Mirror Online, groom Kevin Denis said “Her (bride Christina’s) sister said it might be her but that face looks absolutely nothing even close to it. That face looks like a baby face in my opinion.”Photoshop was employed in a more helpful way when a Reddit user edited out the unexpected guest, who had been compared to Gollum from Lord Of The Rings.Back in Scotland, photographic terror of a more serious kind happened during a hen party at Loch Eck earlier this year.To the ladies’ shock, their group picture had an unwanted addition in the form of a small boy. He could have been a local lad who scurried out to crouch by the log down there. But the area has a local legend about a child’s drowning, which provided a chilling context.Read another story from us: The Woman who Fell in Love and Married a GhostThe Scottish Sun reports, “He is referred to as ‘The Blue Boy’ as that was the color of the lad when they pulled his body out of the water… The legend claims that the ghost of the boy still haunts The Coylet Hotel, where he was staying with his mother before his untimely demise.”Whether captured by traditional equipment or the fastest smartphones, these images show people are still willing to believe in a ghostly world beyond our own.
Nick Wright is in for Colin.He thinks that Eli Manning should have had Odell Beckham’s back in the postgame press conference last night back for his outbursts against the Vikings. OBJ did save his career after all.Nick continues his years long war with Colin over Andrew Luck. He doesn’t understand why he’s the only quarterback in the league that people jump in front of oncoming traffic to make excuses for. He’s the best quarterback down 17 late in the 4th quarter. The problem is he’s always down 17.It’s time for the Niners to think about starting Kaepernick over Blaine Gabbert. San Fran’s season is slipping away, and if he’s healthy, why not see if he’s got anything left in the tank.“The Niners are going to be out of it sooner than later, and Blaine Gabbert is not good. So don’t you owe it to your team to figure out, in Chip Kelly’s system, can Colin Kaepernick do some things?”Also, Nick sits in to pick spreads for Hunch or Lunch. See if he’s flyin’ or buyin’ lunch for the staff.Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio to talk about Washington’s resurgence under Chris Peterson, top candidates for the big time program opening, why illegal plays aren’t flagged, and his Almost Maybe College Football Upset of the Week.Amy Trask – Former Raiders CEO and currrent CBS NFL analyst is in-studio to discuss her new book, You Negotiate Like a Girl, her experiences as a female executive in the NFL, why the NFL celebration rules are ridiculous, and what it was like to argue with Al Davis.Plaxico Burress – 12-year NFL veteran joins the show to discuss Odell Beckham’s meltdowns, why he thinks he needs to get his act together, and whether there are any personal attacks that are off limits during a game.Peter King – Founder and senior writer at the MMQB joins the show to discuss Trevor Siemian’s success, ho coaching helps young quarterbacks, his opinions on Andrew Luck’s place in the NFL hierarchy, and how he should be evaluated.
By abandoning ship, Herman fulfills the age old prophecy of coaches breaking promises made, or partially kept, in favor of climbing the college coaching ladder. It was all a big lie. It always is.Before the game, he was confronted with the Category 5 rumor mill that he was headed elsewhere as soon as the final whistle sounded. Herman engaged in the timeless media tapdance of, “I haven’t talked to anyone, and I’m just focused on this game.” Always such an awkward exercise.Awkward Tom Herman interview is awkward. pic.twitter.com/0KYyrcpdZW— FATTLDI (@TerrellDidThis) November 25, 2016 Hey, Kids! Guess what? Your coach is definitely leaving, and you have to play one more game for him! Make it a good one, and, oh yeah, leave everything out there on the field.The ugly underside of the big business of college football was front and center on Friday in what was unofficially, but totally officially, Tom Herman’s last game with Houston. The Cougar student athletes were forced to participate in this painful endeavor, losing the goodbye game to Memphis, 48-44.The members of the Houston team are the latest victims of a ridiculous coach hiring process that leaves student athletes stranded at their school without any recourse to transfer, while their head coach seamlessly transitions into his next job at Texas without having to wait.They’ll end up with “the next guy”, who inevitably won’t be as good as the previous. Just how they draw it up in the recruiting pitch. Make the best of it, it’s just your life. Advertisement Houston’s players actually performed admirably under the difficult circumstances. They rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to take a 44-41 lead with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Memphis managed to march 72 yards in 1:10 for the game winning score.kevinmcguire: Memphis go-ahead TD vs Houston ABC College Football: Nebraska at Iowa https://t.co/vqSWYvOxKY pic.twitter.com/s8GNMbdLCm— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) November 25, 2016These painful “final” games for departing coaches are the seedy underbelly of college football, and a disservice to all the student athletes of whom so much is demanded.They are a celebration of the absolute freedom of movement that coaches enjoy, while players are left stranded and unable to transfer to improve their own situation.It’s the unsightly byproduct of a billion dollar business. A Thanksgiving parade of hypocrisy.
Hideo Nomo was an international sensation when he broke onto the major league scene in 1995. Nomo was MLB’s first breakout Japanese star and was known for his signature long wind up and baffling stuff. After a scorching start to his career, he eventually fizzled out, but still managed 123 wins.Although Nomo will never sniff the Baseball Hall of Fame, according to former teammate Paul Lo Duca he would be on the first ballot if there was one for drinking beer. Lo Duca recently appeared on The Favorites podcast and told a story about one instance where Nomo challenged the team trainer to a beer drinking contest on a cross-country team flight. The trainer ended up cashing out after 18 beers, but Nomo powered through, downing 35 brew dogs before the flight landed.Incredibly, a hammered Nomo walked off the plane and was inexplicably the first one up at 8 AM the next morning for a team trip to go meet the Iron Chef. It may be a more incredible comeback story than Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run.Listen to LoDuca tell this bananas tale from life on the road in the bigs.Stop what you’re doing.You need to take 60 seconds and listen to former @Dodgers great @paulloduca16 tell a legendary baseball story to @BlackjackFletch pic.twitter.com/ViggAH91Jn— The Favorites Podcast (@TheFavoritesPod) February 22, 2019