New Algorithm Ranks Sports Teams like Googles PageRank

first_img Explore further Who’s in first? Physicists develop new football ranking system © 2009 PhysOrg.com More information: http://www.thepowerrank.com/ “A few years ago, I got interested in the technology behind Google’s search engine,” Feng told PhysOrg.com. “After looking into the PageRank algorithm, I realized it had the same origin in random processes that I use in my research every day… I thought suitable modifications of the algorithm should apply to ranking sports teams.”As Feng explains, the Power Rank algorithm requires only two parameters: the game score and the home field advantage (in the NFL, the home field advantage is considered to be three points). “There is no human bias, no memory of last season, and no style points,” he said. The idea is that this neutral ranking method can provide more accurate results than other methods, such as the simple win-loss record. For example, the Power Rank method ranks New England in third place in the NFL (behind New Orleans and Indianapolis); while these top two teams both have 12-0 records, New England’s record is 7-5. In contrast, Jacksonville, which also has a 7-5 record, is ranked 20th of 32 teams.To determine these rankings, the Power Rank algorithm is based on the concept of a network, where the nodes are the teams and the links between nodes are defined by games played between those teams. When two teams play each other, a number is assigned to the link (arrow) between those teams, based on the score and location of the game. The number is an estimate of the probability that the team at the head of the arrow beats the team at the tail on a future neutral site. A larger margin of victory implies a higher number on the edge from loser to winner. (There are two arrows between each pair of teams, with the arrows pointing in opposite directions, and the numbers on each arrow add up to 1.00, or 100%).Then, based on all the games in the league, each team receives a value. The teams are ranked in order by their values, similar to how Google’s PageRank algorithm ranks webpages. For example, in PageRank, a website becomes highly ranked when other highly ranked websites link to it; similarly, teams earn their rank by beating other highly ranked teams. The average value of the league is zero, so that teams with a positive (negative) value are slightly better (worse) than the average team.On the Power Rank website, Feng gives some examples to demonstrate how the algorithm works. In the NFL, suppose that San Francisco beats Chicago 55-21, Chicago beats New York 23-20, and New York beats San Francisco 35-32, with each team winning at home. If an algorithm only considered wins and losses, the three teams would be ranked equally since they each have one win.However, the score of each game gives additional information, which the Power Rank algorithm uses. The results of the algorithm are shown in the figure above. With this basic information, the Power Rank algorithm has attempted to sort out the contradiction that San Francisco beat Chicago but also lost to New York, who Chicago beat. Of course, the team’s values are based on only two games, so the values are probably not very accurate until more games are played.On the Power Rank website, Feng currently has a list of all 120 NCAA college football teams, as well as a list of all 32 NFL teams ranked by the algorithm. So far, he has not compared the algorithm’s predictions to individual game results, but he plans to do so soon. In addition, Feng plans to apply the algorithm to international soccer before next year’s World Cup. Although it may be tempting to use the Power Rank algorithm to predict individual games, Feng explains that the purpose of the algorithm is primarily to rank teams, not for guessing the future.”It is impossible to predict the outcome of a single game,” Feng said. “There are so many arbitrary factors to take into consideration, such as injuries. The Power Rank is truly about ranking teams based on how they have performed in the past. The ability to predict future outcomes based only on past scores serves to validate the rankings.” 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Sports fans may be interested in a new system that ranks NFL and college football teams in a simple, straightforward way, similar to how Google PageRank ranks webpages. The new sports algorithm, called the Power Rank, is being developed by Ed Feng, a researcher in statistical mechanics at Sandia National Laboratory, although this project is independent of his work at Sandia. An example of the Power Rank algorithm: if San Francisco beats Chicago 55-21, Chicago beats New York 23-20, and New York beats San Francisco 35-32, the resulting network is shown on the left, and the teams’ values on the right. Credit: Ed Feng. Citation: New Algorithm Ranks Sports Teams like Google’s PageRank (2009, December 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-algorithm-sports-teams-google-pagerank.htmllast_img read more

Sony PlayStation Network hacked again by resetting user passwords

first_img Sony Playstation Network begins restoration of their online network (w/video) (PhysOrg.com) — Only a few days after Sony brought their PlayStation Network back on-line hackers have shown that the PSN is still vulnerable to attacks. This time around hackers have reset user account passwords by using their email address and date of birth. 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: via Nyleveia.com News of this third attack first appeared on Nyleveia.com which warned users that their accounts are still not safe. According to Nyleveia.com “…the exploit involves a vulnerability in the password reset form currently implemented, not properly verifying tokens”.Sony has since then blocked PSN login access to a number of its site, and the PSN password reset site has also been taken offline. The company has stated: “unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being.”Sony went on to say, “in the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information.”According to Nyleveia.com website: “I would suggest that you secure your accounts now by creating a completely new email that you will not use anywhere else, and switching your PSN account to use this new email.””You risk having your account stolen, when this hack becomes more public, if you do not make sure that your PSN account’s email is one that cannot be affiliated with or otherwise traced to you.”It would seem that Sony has a lot more work ahead of them. Their customers are going to less likely believe them when they say that their network is now secure. Explore further With Sony’s PlayStation Network back online only a few days, attackers have breached the system for a third time. This time going for a vulnerability with the system’s password reset. Citation: Sony PlayStation Network hacked again by resetting user passwords (2011, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-sony-playstation-network-hacked-resetting.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

EBay to power new data center with fuel cells

first_imgBloom’s Energy Server (Phys.org) — Proving that it’s serious about becoming greener, EBay has announced that a new data center being built in Utah will run entirely on fuel cells, a move that other giants in the technology sector have been hesitant to take. Currently, those companies using fuel cells to power their data centers use them as a supplemental source of power, clearly worried about relying on a still new and in some ways unproven technology. 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 The new data center is to be built in South Jordan, Utah as an addition to an already existing data center. The existing center will continue to draw power from the grid, while the new one will be powered exclusively by fuel cells, but will be hooked to the grid as a backup measure. EBay also has another data center in South Jordan that processes PayPal transactions, though there are no plans currently in place to make any modifications to its power source structure. As fuel cell technology has matured, it’s undergone a name change; it used to be called hydrogen fuel cell technology, but because other sources of fuel can now be uses as well, the name has become more generic. Still, the fuel cells for the South Jordan center will be of the hydrogen variety, though EBay has said that it will pay a premium for the creation of an equal amount of biogas in other places to offset the hydrogen used to power its plant. In addition to helping to save the environment, the center is expected to save on electricity costs as the price of hydrogen has dropped dramatically over the past several years.With fuel cells, the gas is not burned to produce heat to boil water to turn turbines to create electricity, as occurs with other processes. Instead, a chemical reaction occurs at high temperatures and the electricity produced is used to continuously recharge large batteries, which in turn are used to power the plant; this means carbon dioxide and water and very little else is released into the environment, making the process much cleaner than with fossil fuel burning plants. And because the electricity is made onsite, none is lost in transit and the need for bulky and expensive backup generators is eliminated.To generate the huge amount of power required by the data center, Bloom Energy, maker of the cells will string together enough of them to generate the six million watts the company believes it will need. Each fuel cell is capable of producing about 1.75 million kilowatt hours a year. Construction of the new plant is expected to commence almost immediately with completion likely by the middle of next year.center_img © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: EBay to power new data center with fuel cells (2012, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-ebay-power-center-fuel-cells.html Apple plans nation’s biggest private fuel cell energy project in NClast_img read more

Study finds political ideology impacts decisionmaking regarding energyefficient products

first_img More information: Political ideology affects energy-efficiency attitudes and choices, PNAS, Published online before print April 29, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1218453110 AbstractThis research demonstrates how promoting the environment can negatively affect adoption of energy efficiency in the United States because of the political polarization surrounding environmental issues. Study 1 demonstrated that more politically conservative individuals were less in favor of investment in energy-efficient technology than were those who were more politically liberal. This finding was driven primarily by the lessened psychological value that more conservative individuals placed on reducing carbon emissions. Study 2 showed that this difference has consequences: In a real-choice context, more conservative individuals were less likely to purchase a more expensive energy-efficient light bulb when it was labeled with an environmental message than when it was unlabeled. These results highlight the importance of taking into account psychological value-based considerations in the individual adoption of energy-efficient technology in the United States and beyond.Press release Name-brand or generic? Your political ideology might influence your choice Explore further Citation: Study finds political ideology impacts decision-making regarding energy-efficient products (2013, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-political-ideology-impacts-decision-making-energy-efficient.html © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In the first study, 657 people (divided roughly in half by gender) were asked to fill out a questionnaire that was designed to reveal the person’s political leanings as well as their energy-saving product purchasing habits. In analyzing the answers given by the participants, the researchers found a trend that suggested that the more conservative a person’s political views, the less favorably they saw products advertised as environmentally friendly. Those with such leanings tended to claim they were more likely to buy such products, however, if they were instead advertised as money saving investments. Conversely, those with more liberal leanings tended to be more receptive towards buying products solely because they believed they would help solve environmental problems.In the second study, 210 volunteers were interviewed and then given $2 each to purchase a light bulb. The light bulbs offered for sale were either “normal” or an energy efficient variety (with a higher price.) The higher priced bulbs were identical but were advertised in two different ways: one made claims about how the light bulb was good for the planet, the other claimed to save the buyer money by using less electricity. The researchers found those with more conservative views were less inclined to buy the special bulbs when the labeling touted its planet-saving features. When it was labeled as a money-saver however, conservatives were quite willing to buy them. Those with a more liberal view were found willing to buy the special bulb regardless of which advertising was used. In another variant of the study, the researchers found that both conservatives and liberals bought the special bulb over the “normal” bulb if they were priced the same.The researchers suggest that those people in the study with conservative ideology were not necessarily against buying so-called green products, but have been conditioned to associate such terms with liberalism, and thus, shy away from products labeled as such. Because of this, the researchers suggest those that market such products look towards creating new phrases that aren’t tied to one group or another when making their pitches. 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. (Phys.org) —Two researchers from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and another from Duke University in North Carolina together have found that a person’s political ideology might impact his or her decision-making when purchasing products described as good for the environment, versus, money saving. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes two field studies they conducted to better understand the issues involved and the results they found.last_img read more

Physicists propose identification of a gravitational arrow of time

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Physicists propose identification of a gravitational arrow of time (2014, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-physicists-identification-gravitational-arrow.html Configuration of masses evolving under Newtonian gravity. Barbour et al. show that nearly all such systems have a moment of “lowest complexity,” which they identify as a unique “past” from which two “futures” emerge. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Data from ‘old’ experiment appears to constrain the idea of dark photons as part of dark matter theory More information: Identification of a Gravitational Arrow of Time, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 181101 – Published 29 October 2014 http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.181101 (free PDF)ABSTRACTIt is widely believed that special initial conditions must be imposed on any time-symmetric law if its solutions are to exhibit behavior of any kind that defines an “arrow of time.” We show that this is not so. The simplest nontrivial time-symmetric law that can be used to model a dynamically closed universe is the Newtonian N-body problem with vanishing total energy and angular momentum. Because of special properties of this system (likely to be shared by any law of the Universe), its typical solutions all divide at a uniquely defined point into two halves. In each, a well-defined measure of shape complexity fluctuates but grows irreversibly between rising bounds from that point. Structures that store dynamical information are created as the complexity grows and act as “records.” Each solution can be viewed as having a single past and two distinct futures emerging from it. Any internal observer must be in one half of the solution and will only be aware of the records of one branch and deduce a unique past and future direction from inspection of the available records.center_img For all the advances made in understanding the world around us, there are still two very basic fundamental concepts that have defied explanation: time and gravity. Though we have progressed greatly in measuring both and using both to understand other concepts, we still today are no closer to understanding either than we were when we first conceptualized them. Such an acknowledgment suggests that we likely have a major flaw in our understanding of the universe. In considering such a possibility, the three physicists with this new effort suggest we might look at time in a completely new way—by dividing a dynamically closed universe (ala the Newtonian N-body problem) into two halves with shape complexity growing from a single point—each solution to the problem can then be considered as having one past but two distinctly futures. In such a scenario, an observer would of necessity have to exist on one side or the other, and thus would only ever have that perspective. Critical to this idea is that the all of the energy and angular momentum in such a system would have to be zero.In essence, the team has removed time from mathematical functions that describe the energy of the universe—that’s what allows for splitting the equations that have been created to describe the evolution of the universe into two parts, with both having initial low complexity moving to higher complexity (similar in some respects to theories of time based on entropy). The proposal by the trio though phrased in a way as to suggest it’s a solution to the arrow of time problem, is not likely to be addressed as such by the physics community—it’s more likely to be considered as yet another theory that works mathematically, yet still can’t answer the basic question of what is time. 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. (Phys.org) —A trio of physicists is proposing a new direction for understanding the concept of time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Julian Barbour, of College Farm in the U.K., Tim Koslowski of the University of New Brunswick in Canada and Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics also in Canada, describe their new ideas beginning with the suggestion that initial conditions don’t necessarily need to be imposed on time-symmetric law when attempting to describe solutions to behaviors that define an “arrow of time.”last_img read more

Researchers discover first manganese based superconductor

first_img Citation: Researchers discover first manganese based superconductor (2015, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-manganese-based-superconductor.html Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the Institute of Physics in China and the University of Tokyo has found the first instance of a manganese based superconductor. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes the technique they used to discover the superconductor properties in the material which many had thought would not be possible due to its high degree of magnetism. Pressure-temperature phase diagram of the helical magnet MnP [8]. Although several different magnetic phases are indicated—helical (Screw), ferromagnetic (FM), and antiferromagnetic (AFM)—all are likely to be variants of the helical phase. Suppression of the magnetism by pressure gives rise to a superconducting phase, similar to what is observed in the related helical magnet CrAs [5, 6], as seen in the inset, where the resistivity versus temperature at a pressure of 8.1 GPa is plotted. Credit: Jin-Guang Cheng/Beijing National Laboratory 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. More information: Pressure Induced Superconductivity on the border of Magnetic Order in MnP, J.-G. Cheng, K. Matsubayashi, W. Wu, J. P. Sun, F. K. Lin, J. L. Luo, and Y. Uwatoko, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 117001 – Published 16 March 2015 . journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/ … ysRevLett.114.117001 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1412.7883ABSTRACTWe report the discovery of superconductivity on the border of long-range magnetic order in the itinerant-electron helimagnet MnP via the application of high pressure. Superconductivity with Tsc≈1  K emerges and exists merely near the critical pressure Pc≈8  GPa, where the long-range magnetic order just vanishes. The present finding makes MnP the first Mn-based superconductor. The close proximity of superconductivity to a magnetic instability suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism. Moreover, the detailed analysis of the normal-state transport properties evidenced non-Fermi-liquid behavior and the dramatic enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass near Pc associated with the magnetic quantum fluctuations. , arXiv Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2015 Phys.org Until recently, the idea that a material such as manganese phosphide could have a superconducting state, was ruled out because conventional superconductors have a property where electrons formed couplets known as Cooper pairs—and magnetism disrupted them. But then it was found that using magnetism suppression techniques allowed researchers to discover superconductor states in some organic or even iron based materials where it wasn’t driven by Cooper pairs. In this new effort, the researchers worked backwards, subjecting materials to both a range of temperatures and varying degrees of pressure. That allowed them to test the properties of materials over a whole range of scenarios that might be likely to allow for a superconducting state to exist and to create phase diagrams. In so doing, they found that putting a sample of manganese phosphide in a freezer at 1K and then increasing pressure to 8 gigapascals suppressed its magnetism which led to a sudden drop in resistivity and thus a superconducting state. Also, because of the high percentage of volume fraction, the researchers were able to rule out the chance that the property was localized.Manganese phosphide is a helical magnet, the researchers note—which suggests that other materials with a magnetic spin that is shaped like a spiral might exist. But that isn’t the end of study for manganese phosphide, thus far nothing else is known about its superconducting state—that means more research will have to be done learn more about it in general and to find out if it might be useful for some applications. But meanwhile, because their technique worked so well, the researchers plan to carry out similar experiments on a wide variety of other materials to find out if some of them might have superconducting properties under certain conditions as well.last_img read more

International team gets a seismic look at North KoreanChinese volcano

first_img More information: R. Kyong-Song et al. Evidence for partial melt in the crust beneath Mt. Paektu (Changbaishan), Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea and China, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501513AbstractMt. Paektu (also known as Changbaishan) is an enigmatic volcano on the border between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and China. Despite being responsible for one of the largest eruptions in history, comparatively little is known about its magmatic evolution, geochronology, or underlying structure. We present receiver function results from an unprecedented seismic deployment in the DPRK. These are the first estimates of the crustal structure on the DPRK side of the volcano and, indeed, for anywhere beneath the DPRK. The crust 60 km from the volcano has a thickness of 35 km and a bulk VP/VS of 1.76, similar to that of the Sino-Korean craton. The VP/VS ratio increases ~20 km from the volcano, rising to >1.87 directly beneath the volcano. This shows that a large region of the crust has been modified by magmatism associated with the volcanism. Such high values of VP/VS suggest that partial melt is present in the crust beneath Mt. Paektu. This region of melt represents a potential source for magmas erupted in the last few thousand years and may be associated with an episode of volcanic unrest observed between 2002 and 2005. (Phys.org)—A team with members from the U.K., the U.S., China and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, has worked together to learn more about a volcano sitting on the North Korea/Chinese border. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they set up seismic monitors and collected data for a two year period and what that data revealed. Baekdu Mountain—Baitoushan volcano (Paektu-san), in the Changbai Mountains along the border of China and North Korea in Northeast Asia. Credit: Wikipedia 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. North Korea, as most are aware, is a secretive country, allowing very little information in our out regarding almost everything, and that includes geological data. Unfortunately, this has until recently included what has been described as a dangerous volcano on the border between North Korea and China—back in 946 AD it went off in what has been called one of the largest eruptions on record. It also sits in the vicinity of 1.6 million people. The volcano is called Mount Paektu on the Korean side and Changbaishan on the Chinese side. North Korean researchers have been studying the volcano for some time on their side of the border and Chinese researchers have been studying their side—what has been missing is a concerted effort to study the volcano as a whole to both learn more about it, and to see if it might be possible to determine if the volcano is likely to erupt again anytime soon.The collaborative effort consisted of setting up six state-of-the-art seismic monitors in a 60 kilometer-long line east from the summit to far into the countryside and monitoring them for the period August 2013 to August 2015. Analysis of the data from the monitors revealed a large portion of the crust below the volcano appeared to be at least partially molten, a hint that the volcano could erupt. The team also studied the area around the volcano, looking for debris thrown from the volcano during prior eruptions, and found evidence of superheated clouds of very hot gasses and ashes sweeping downhill along with large mudslides. That suggested that if the volcano erupts again, it could cause serious flooding if the summit lake is unleashed, or worse a worldwide climate impact as ash is pushed into the sky and sulfur dioxide is released. Alaska volcano settles down after late March eruptioncenter_img Explore further Journal information: Science Advances Citation: International team gets a seismic look at North Korean/Chinese volcano (2016, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-international-team-seismic-north-koreanchinese.html © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

How We Roll Study Shows Were More Lone Wolves Than Team Players

first_imgThe choice to follow the loner track even if it means wasted resources probably sounds familiar. Such useless waste, a “tragedy of the commons,” as the authors call it, is one that societies face in all kinds of situations. Study author Jörg Gross, assistant professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Psychology, cites several examples of real-world problems from modern life that inspired the study, including use of public versus private transportation. After all, almost everyone needs to get from Location A to Location B. Rather than create universal public transit solutions, though, people more often turn to using private vehicles. The cultural aspect of these findings stands out, says Michael Varnum, assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University, who was not involved in the study. “That these students live in the Netherlands is interesting,” he says, because Dutch society has a solid social safety net with good infrastructure, public health care and education. “I would guess that the effects observed in the present studies might be more pronounced in societies that have greater levels of income inequality and less generous public benefits, such as the U.S.”  Researchers at Leiden University, the Netherlands, addressed that question using a computer game in which students had to decide whether to use a set of virtual resources to solve a problem individually or collectively. The investigators found that these study participants had a “remarkable tendency” to waste resources for the sake of an independent solution rather than efficiently using what in the social sciences is referred to as “the commons.” The study results were published April 17 in Science Advances. What credo would you choose: “Share and share alike?” or “To each his own”? The choice doesn’t relate only to material goods or socialism versus capitalism. It can also reflect attitudes about how we solve our collective problems, such as affordable access to health care or threats from climate change. Despite the existence of shared resources in our lives—water, air, land, tax dollars—some people will lean into a go-it-alone approach, with each individual deciding for themselves what’s best. Others will look to group decision-making. What’s the tipping point for shifting from maverick to team player? To observe these effects, Gross and co-author Carsten K.W. De Dreu, who is affiliated with both Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam, split up 160 participants into 40 groups of four people each. The groups faced a simulated problem that they could solve by committing sufficient resources to it individually or as a community. Participants, each given 100 resource points to start, could put their virtual resources into either a personal pool or a shared pool. Read the whole story: Scientific Americanlast_img read more

When actions are louder than words

first_imgThe ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav is spreading it colours with mesmerising plays staged everyday. On Wednesday, a non-verbal play titled Life-In-Progress was staged, the play had no defined linear narrative but a series of images that look at our lives, our surrounding world and our inner spaces.Old newspapers and trash, a rag-picker, creepy crawlies, creatures from nightmares, dreamscapes, nebulous faces, dismembered hands, plastic bottles, curious people, devouring mouths, grabbing hands, running, masking, unmasking and more trash make haunting images that hold your imagination for a few moments and then disappear into the trash. The 50-minute play was staged by Delhi based group Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play titled, Sindu Kirilli had two interwoven stories. In the first, a young girl decides to leave her elderly grandfather behind on their farm in the valley so that she can escape to the city and pursue her dreams of becoming a famous singer. In the second story, an ageing playwright prepares to leave behind the ‘artificial’ world of theatre and urban life and move back to his origins in the farmland. His days of planning and dreaming about the ‘glorious future’ are nearing an end just as the young girl’s are beginning. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe significance of the plot lies in the themes it presents before the audience and the secrets it reveals about the characters. Sindu Kirilli is essentially a tale of hope being passed down from one generation to the next. A group from Sri Lanka, Red Wings Theatre Group presented it in Sinhala language.Another non-verbal play Maya II was presented by Sharma Arts and Craft House (SACH), Manipur. The theme was Maya, the veil of deception, which blinds the eyes of mortals, and makes them behold a world which they cannot say either that it is or that it is not –  for it is like a dream, it is like the sunshine on the sand which the traveller takes from afar for water. The process of perpetuating the population through sexual union between the male and the female is natural. But aspiring for something that is far away is like the desire of the moth for the star; this is also human nature and a cause behind the teeming populace. These are just some of the ideas that Maya II attempts to explore. The play Nihsanga Samrat (The Lonely Monarch) is based on a novel by Sunil Gangopadhyay.Presented in Bengali by group Paikpara Indraranga from Kolkata the play is a saga of the life and times of Bengali Theatre thespian, Shishir Kumar Bhaduri who has almost become a legend for the current generation. The play presents a collage of various aspects of his life, on and off the stage, with many of his plays being revisited in the context of his personal life. It is an effort to look at the legend as a human being, unveiling all mythical anecdotes – a man who could disregard an award like the Padma Bhushan with ease, who lived with the aim of fulfilling his lifelong dream to create the Institution of National Theatre, who could rebuff the conventional route to success in his quest for a unique format of Indian theatre which would be independent of the British dramatic parameters that were then prevalent – a man who faced every challenge and accolade in life with equal stoicism.Japanese non-verbal play titled, Utsushi was created at the special request of international festivals willing to present Sankai Juku. Composed of excerpts from the repertory pieces, it has been newly reworked and re-staged in order to become a piece that contains the quintessence of the art of the choreographer Ushio Amagatsu.When: Till 15 Januarylast_img read more

CM to keep watchful eye on price of essential goods

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will hold a meeting of the task force to ensure that prices of essential commodities do not go up in the state.The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 6 at Nabanna, the state Secretariat and all the concerned ministers and officials have been asked to be present.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister has already expressed her concern apprehending a hike in prices of essential goods after the arbitrary increase in the fuel prices. She had earlier tweeted: “We are very concerned about the rising prices of petrol and diesel. This will certainly affect prices all around. Common people, farmers and many will suffer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Chief Minister had also attacked the Centre for its “indifferent” attitude towards the issue and urged all anti-BJP political parties to go for a statewide agitation. There were also protest rallies across the state against the abnormal hike in prices of petrol and diesel.The state government had always taken steps to check the rampant increase in the prices of essential goods in the past and there is also a task force that maintains a strict vigil to oversee that the commoners are not harassed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government is going to hold the meeting in which all the aspects in this connection will be discussed in detail.A few days ago there was a hike in potato prices. It was sold at around Rs 20 per kg at various markets in the city. The state Agriculture Marketing department took necessary and immediate measures after identifying that the price of the potato had shot up just for a particular section of middlemen.With the increase in the prices of petrol and diesel, the cost of transportation of goods has also gone up. It is leaving an effect on prices of vegetables, rice and other essential commodities.In such a situation, the state government is chalking out a plan to take necessary steps to give respite to the common people as much as possible. There would also be discussions in the meeting to ensure that prices of essential goods do not go up ahead of the forthcoming festivals in the state.last_img read more

Outpouring of grief and prayers flood social media

first_imgHashtags like #Pray4Nepal, #NepalEarthquake, #CandleLightVigil, #Dharahara and #earthquake trended through the day with millions of tweets and posts appearing on social media. PM Narendra Modi’s tweet promising help to Nepal was retweeted more than 2,100 times and ‘favourited’ by around 2,200 users.“Spoke to PM Sushil Koirala, who is in transit in Bangkok on his way to Kathmandu. Assured all support & assistance during this tough time,” Modi had tweeted. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also took to the microblogging website, where she tweeted, “My prayers with the people of #Nepal and across India after the massive #earthquake. Hope everyone is safe. Stay calm.” Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdulla, too, sent out a message. “Heart wrenching imagines coming out of Nepal. #NepalEarthquake #PrayForNepal Can’t help but remember 2005 in Kashmir. Terrible memories,” posted Omar.  Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tweeted the picture of a damaged temple in Nepal and wrote, “O! God .. this is Nepal earthquake ..!!! I shot a song here for ‘Mahaan’ with Zeenat Aman .. pray all well.” Shahrukh Khan wrote, “May Allah look after all… Prayers with all in Nepal.”  The first pictures of the destruction that were shared on Instagram went viral across online platforms.A person with the username ‘harbrapper’ posted a picture of a devastated house in Kathmandu and wrote, “Terrible site, brick and stones lying everywhere.” That post drew comments from people in countries like China, Japan and the US, who said they were praying for the “ill-fated” victims.last_img read more

Eat nuts to cut cancer risk Study

first_imgConsuming nuts is associated with a decreased risk of certain types of cancer, but not Type-2 diabetes, says new study.For the study, researchers conducted a systematic review of 36 observational studies, which included 30,708 patients on the disease-preventive powers of nut consumption to create a comprehensive analysis.”Our study suggests that nut consumption may be associated with reduced risk of cancers, which may have practical implication,” said lead author Lang Wu at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting'”Aligning with the known beneficial effect of nuts on heart diseases, our study may imply that individuals interested in making better food choices to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease can consider consuming nuts, after considering the caloric and fat contents of different types of nuts,” Wu said.”Nut consumption was inversely associated with risk of colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer, but not with other types of cancer or type 2 diabetes. Overall, nut intake was associated with a decreased risk of cancer,” said the authors. The study was published in the journal Nutrition Reviews.last_img read more

Indias biggest offering of organic products

first_imgIndia’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products is being held at Dilli Haat, INA in the national Capital. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Festival 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on October 14. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main aim of the Festival is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”. The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManeka Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist, explains the importance of making the shift to organic.“Organic foods have been proven to contain far more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and natural methods of pest control,” she said.“Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries responsible for heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid,” she added. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. Until the October 23, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, organic ice cream, aromatherapy products, and many other products.last_img read more

Women are more athletic than men

first_imgChallenging the popular notion that men are more fit for exercise of all sorts, a new study has shown that women have a natural capacity to process oxygen more quickly than men during aerobic exercises, making them more athletic. The findings showed that the faster processing of oxygen enabled the cells of a woman’s body to undergo less strain especially during aerobic exercises – such as cardio, spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking – which require oxygen to help produce energy.”The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” said lead author Thomas Beltrame, Professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.”We found that women’s muscles extract oxygen from the blood faster, which, scientifically speaking, indicates a superior aerobic system,” added Richard Hughson, another researcher at the varsity.The study, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, compared the oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction between healthy and active young men and women of similar age and weight during a treadmill exercise.Women were found to consistently outperform men with around 30 per cent faster oxygen handling throughout the body during the exercise.These women were also less likely to accumulate molecules linked with muscle fatigue, effort perception and poor athletic performance.last_img read more

TMCPABVP clash at Acharya Prafulla Chandra College

first_imgKolkata: A clash broke out between the supporters of Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in Acharya Prafulla Chandra College at New Barrackpore in North 24-Parganas on Monday afternoon. Several supporters of both the organisations were injured in the clash. According to sources, on Monday ABVP supporters went to submit a deputation to the principal of the college regarding alleged corruption in connection with the admission procedure. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter entering the college premises, the ABVP supporters got involved in an altercation with the TMCP supporters present there. The situation was initially handled by the police personnel deputed there, but it turned worse after the ABVP supporters came out of the principal’s room after submitting the deputation. It has been alleged that the ABVP supporters had brought some outsiders, who had verbally abused the TMCP supporters. When the TMCP supporters protested, the ABVP supporters allegedly resorted to hooliganism. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThough police personnel were deputed at the spot to handle the situation, they failed as they were outnumbered. While the clash was going on, vehicular movement on Madhyamgram-Sodepur Road was obstructed as the clash reached the road. Later, a large contingent of police arrived and brought the situation under control. The ABVP supporters alleged that the TMCP supporters had attacked first. In the clash, several persons from both the organisations were injured. Two complaints have been lodged by both organisations against each other at New Barrackpore police station regarding the clash.last_img read more

Long disputed radio broadcasts from Amelia Earhart may have been genuine research

first_imgIt was such a shock to the world in 1937 when celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared during a flight over the Pacific that some people just couldn’t believe it. At least that is what the military said was the cause of dozens of reports of distress calls from Earhart. People said they were picking up fragments of messages from her on shortwave radio in the days immediately after her disappearance. But the officials insisted that the calls were not from her. People must be upset and confused or trying to get attention.Now there’s a new report out making the case that most of these transmissions were genuine. The report was delivered at a conference by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR). The group’s leading theory is that Earhart and her navigator lived for a short time on the deserted Gardner Island, later called Nikumaroro.Amelia Earhart standing under nose of her Lockheed Model 10-E Electra.Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, may have been able to send out messages on a two-wave radio for a short time, they say. “Will have to get out of here,” a woman could be heard saying at one point, according to the paper containing TIGHAR’s research. “We can’t stay here long.”“Amelia Earhart did not simply vanish on July 2, 1937. Radio distress calls believed to have been sent from the missing plane dominated the headlines and drove much of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search,” Ric Gillespie, executive director of TIGHAR, told Discovery News.“When the search failed, all of the reported post-loss radio signals were categorically dismissed as bogus and have been largely ignored ever since,” he added.Amelia Earhart, standing beside a CIT-9 Safety Plane, Los Angeles, c. 1928Using digitized information management systems, antenna modeling software, and radio wave propagation analysis programs, TIGHAR re-examined all the 120 known reports of radio signals suspected or alleged to have been sent from the Earhart aircraft after local noon on July 2, 1937 through July 18, 1937, when the official search ended, according to NBC.The conclusion is that 57 out of the 120 reported signals are credible.A woman in Toronto heard the voice say, “We have taken in water . . . we can’t hold on much longer.”Amelia Earhart in Hawaii. Photo by Pacific Aviation Museum CC BY 2.0Earhart and Noonan could only use the radio for a few hours each night when the tide was low in order to not flood the engine as the plane rested out on the island’s reef, the Washington Post reported.The day after the crash, a Kentucky woman claimed she heard someone say “KHAQQ calling,” before saying “on or near little island at a point near…” and “something about a storm and that the wind was blowing,” according to the Post.With Noonan as her navigator and only crew member, Earhart left Oakland, California, on May 20, 1937, for Miami (with stops along the way), where she announced her intent to circumnavigate the globe. From there, they flew across South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, arriving at Lae in New Guinea on June 29, 1937. With 20,000 miles behind them, they had only 7,000 left over the Pacific Ocean.Amelia Earhart standing in front of the Lockheed Electra in which she disappeared in July 1937.On July 2, 1937, Earhart and Noonan took off from Lae with the intention of landing on Howland Island. They never made it.A ship, the USCGC Itasca, was stationed at Howland Island to help Earhart navigate landing her plane.At 7:42 a.m., she radioed: “We must be on you, but cannot see you–but gas is running low. Have been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet” At 8:43 a.m., Earhart reported, “We are on the line 157 337. We will repeat this message. We will repeat this on 6210 kilocycles. Wait.” And a few moments later: “We are running on line north and south.”Amelia Earhart in evening clothesThe search for Amelia Earhart was abandoned. The leading theory was that she crashed into the ocean and they sank. But there were always those who doubted the official version, who believed she survived for a short time. and was perhaps even spotted and taken prisoner by the Japanese.Read another story from us: Amelia Earhart’s plane is still missing and no one knows when or how she died, but her 1932 car has been found“The results of the study suggest that the aircraft was on land and on its wheels for several days following the disappearance,” Gillespie said.The research group believes that Gardner Island, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific, is where Earhart and Noonan landed safely but ultimately died as castaways.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

VIDEO Deshaun Watson got violently helicoptered in last nights national title win

first_imgIt was worth it. He’s a national champion. This morning, Deshaun Watson sits atop the college football world after a historic 35-31 national championship win over Nick Saban’s latest Alabama juggernaut. Watson finished the night with 420 yards passing and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second left in the game.Game-Winner: DeShaun Watson to Hunter Renfrow from the sideline is magical to watch. Congrats to #Clemson. #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/dFEL82Celt— Hardys® (@HardysMedia) January 10, 2017 But, the game wasn’t all smooth sailing for Watson. He was on the receiving end of a number of vicious Crimson Tide hits that would have knocked many quarterbacks out of the game. He kept coming back for more.The most punishing shot came with Clemson trailing 17-14 in the third quarter, as Watson scrambled to convert a third-and-long. As he attempted to stretch to get the first, he was crushed by an Alabama defender, and sent into a violent helicopter spin like he was John Elway in Super Bowl XXXII against the Packers.Deshaun Watson tried to fly a helicopter for a 1st downpic.twitter.com/Cbaaves30O— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) January 10, 2017center_img Advertisementlast_img read more

Sideline video of gameending Patriots interception shows confused Mike Tomlin trying to

first_imgThe end of the Steelers/Patriots game has been analyzed to death since Sunday, but a video released by NFL Films shows the chaos from the perspective of the Pittsburgh sidelines leading up to Big Ben’s game ending pick.It’s not a great look for Mike Tomlin, who appears to confused as he tries to get a play in to Roethlisberger so he won’t spike the ball and stop the clock. By now, you know the result. The Pats were ready for the situation, the Steelers weren’t. Ball game.Whatever the play Tomlin wanted to run, this wasn’t it. This begs the obvious question: Why didn’t they have a play ready?“Give him a play! He can’t clock it! Give him a play. We’re not clocking it.”“Give him a play! He can’t clock it! Give him a play. We’re not clocking it.”Mike Tomlin, via @NFLFilms, before Ben Roethlisberger’s interception. QB perspetive from @kurt13warner on #UpToTheMinute @nflnetwork 4pm ET. pic.twitter.com/mb6HowHsgg— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) December 20, 2017last_img read more

LeBron can surpass MJ by winning a title with a 3rd team

first_imgLeBron can surpass MJ by winning a title with a 3rd teamLeBron is set to surpass Michael Jordan in almost every statistical category, but most think he will never surpass Jordan as the NBA’s G.O.A.T because Jordan has him beat with 6 NBA championships.Even though LeBron can’t get to 6, Colin thinks if James could change the narrative of the Jordan debate if he leaves Cleveland and wins a title in a 3rd city. Colin believes 3 titles in three different cities is a greater accomplishment than Jordan’s 6 overall. Steph Curry is the 2nd most influential NBA player of all-timeESPN just released another one, this time of the 25 most influential NBA players of all-time. It correctly ranks Michael Jordan first, but Colin couldn’t believe it when he saw Steph Curry was only ranked 10th.Colin ranks Steph as the second most influential player of all-time, behind Jordan, because of how he has transformed the modern NBA game – and basketball in general – with the three-point shot.Curry is the face of the revolution that has transformed the NBA from a power league to a league run by guards where bigs who can’t knock down threes are an obsolete non-factor. Even LeBron hasn’t done that.Also:– The Cowboys can win a Super Bowl with Dak– LeBron will ‘Dust The Process’ if he meets Philly in the playoffsGuests:Caron Butler – 14-year NBA Veteran is in-studio on why the Cavs could face early round playoff tests and why Kawhi Leonard shouldn’t be pressured into returning.Ryan Leaf – Former NFL QB is in-studio to discuss recent rookie QB’s having immediate success; and why Sam Darnold should refuse to play for Cleveland;Geoff Schwartz – Former NFL offensive lineman is in-studio discussing the new rules changes; why he doesn’t like the new “targeting” rule; why Odell Beckham isn’t worth the price tag.last_img read more

No thanks to an 8team CFB Playoff

first_imgNo thanks to an 8-team CFB PlayoffJust like every year, the final spot in the College Football playoff will be decided on conference championship weekend, and the debate is already raging over whether Ohio State or Oklahoma deserve the fourth spot. Along with the now yearly debate over who is deserving of the 4 spot is the chorus to expand the playoff from 4 to 8 teams, but Colin disagrees.As it sits now, if the playoff was expanded to 8 teams vying for the final 3 spots would include Michigan – who just got stomped by Ohio State, UCF – who played a second rate schedule, and Florida – who has 3 bad losses. each of these teams doesn’t deserve a shot at the title and there would still be a mob of unhappy fans debating who was left out. More isn’t always better, and in this case 4 is enough.Also:– Most top NFL teams have discount QB’s– LeBron needs shooters– Amari Cooper worth the priceGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First; Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst; Mike Pouncey – L.A. Chargers Center; Kenyon Martin – FS1 NBA Analyst and 15-year NBA Veteranlast_img read more