Pigs learn to understand mirrors

first_img Citation: Pigs learn to understand mirrors (2009, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-pigs-mirrors.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. A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons Pigs prefer 3 square meals a day (PhysOrg.com) — A study of domesticated pigs has found that with just a little experimentation they can find food based only on a reflection in a mirror. The study, carried out by Donald M. Broom, Professor of Animal Welfare at Cambridge University in the U.K., found that given a chance to familiarize themselves with a mirror first, most pigs can find food based only on its reflection. Pigs that are not familiar with mirrors look behind them for the food.In the study, soon to be published in the journal Animal Behaviour, four pairs of domesticated pigs were allowed to familiarize themselves with a mirror for five hours. They generally approached it cautiously at first, ending with their noses pressed against the mirror, but one pig charged at its reflection and broke the mirror. They looked behind the mirror, and watched their own reflections moving in front of it.After familiarization, each pig was placed in a pen with an angled mirror and a partition, behind which were treats such as apple slices or M&Ms. Seven of the eight pigs immediately looked behind the partition and found the food. A control group of pigs that had never seen a mirror before searched behind it for the food.Professor Broom said the study shows pigs have a high degree of what he terms assessment awareness, or the ability to use memories and observations to quickly learn to assess a situation and act on it.According to Marc Hauser of Harvard’s Cognitive Evolution laboratory, an understanding of reflections in mirrors has been demonstrated in other nonhuman animals before, but it is paradoxical that many don’t seem to recognize their own reflections. Researchers have confirmed this by marking a spot on the animal with dye and seeing if they try to remove the spot when they see it reflected in a mirror. Only a few, such as bottlenose dolphins, apes, elephants, and magpies, recognize the mark as being on their own bodies. Professor Broom said he had tried marking the pigs, but they took no notice. He said this is hardly surprising because pigs often get marks on their bodies.The study proves pigs have awareness, and Broom said that if an animal is known to be clever it is less likely to be treated as a food-producing machine and more like a sentient being. Perhaps the conditions in which pigs are raised, including overcrowding, which do not meet the needs of the animal, may be improved as a result of the study.via Sciencenews.org© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Physicist proposes method to teleport energy

first_img Report: Scientists ‘teleport’ two photons © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Masahiro Hotta’s energy teleportation scheme. 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: Masahiro Hotta. “Energy-Entanglement Relation for Quantum Energy Teleportation.” arxiv.orgvia: Technology Review (PhysOrg.com) — Using the same quantum principles that enable the teleportation of information, a new proposal shows how it may be possible to teleport energy. By exploiting the quantum energy fluctuations in entangled particles, physicists may be able to inject energy in one particle, and extract it in another particle located light-years away. The proposal could lead to new developments in energy distribution, as well as a better understanding of the relationship between quantum information and quantum energy. Citation: Physicist proposes method to teleport energy (2010, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-physicist-method-teleport-energy.html Japanese physicist Masahiro Hotta of Tohoku University has explained the energy teleportation scheme in a recent study posted at arxiv.org, called “Energy-Entanglement Relation for Quantum Energy Teleportation.” Previously, physicists have demonstrated how to teleport the quantum states of several different entities, including photons, atoms, and ions. Researchers predict that the principles of teleportation could also extend to molecules, viruses, and other more complex objects. Over the past year, physicists have also been exploring quantum energy teleportation, and Hotta’s latest paper builds on these studies.In quantum energy teleportation, a physicist first makes a measurement on each of two entangled particles. The measurement on the first particle injects quantum energy into the two-particle system, which is possible because there are always quantum fluctuations in the energy of any particle. This energy can then be immediately extracted at the second particle by making a second carefully chosen measurement on that particle. Throughout the process, the energy of the overall system remains the same. As in previous examples of teleportation, the actual particles aren’t teleported since they’re basically identical at the quantum level. Rather, the information they carry is the important part. For this reason, physicists can simply send the information within a particle and not the particle itself. A receiving particle accepts the information from a sending particle, taking on the identity of the sending particle.Hotta’s paper marks the first example of the energy-entanglement relation for the smallest kind of quantum energy teleportation model. As he explains, the findings could enable scientists to explore the foundations of physics: specifically, the relationship between quantum information and quantum energy.“These energy-entanglement inequalities are of importance because they help in gaining a profound understanding of entanglement itself as a physical resource by relating entanglement to energy as an evident physical resource,” he writes. As a story in MIT’s Technology Review explains, these new ideas about entanglement and information could have far-reaching implications: “There is a growing sense that the properties of the universe are best described not by the laws that govern matter but by the laws that govern information. This appears to be true for the quantum world, is certainly true for special relativity, and is currently being explored for general relativity. Having a way to handle energy on the same footing may help to draw these diverse strands together.”last_img read more

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New Zealand team finds early plant arrivers dominated landscape

first_img Explore further Invasive species widespread, but not more than at home range © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Plant radiation history affects community assembly: evidence from the New Zealand alpine, Biology Letters, Published online before print February 8, 2012, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.1210AbstractThe hypothesis that early plant radiations on islands dampen diversification and reduce habitat occupancy of later radiations via niche pre-emption has never, to our knowledge, been tested. We investigated clade-level dynamics in plant radiations in the alpine zone, New Zealand. Our aim was to determine whether radiations from older colonizations influenced diversification and community dominance of species from later colonizations within a common bioclimatic zone over the past ca 10 Myr. We used stem ages derived from the phylogenies of 17 genera represented in alpine plant communities in the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland, and assessed their presence and cover in 262 (5 × 5 m) vegetation plots. Our results show clear age-related community assembly effects, whereby congenerics from older colonizing genera co-occur more frequently and with greater cover per unit area than those from younger colonizing genera. However, we find no evidence of increased species richness with age of colonization in the alpine zone. The data support priority effects via niche pre-emption among plant radiations influencing community assembly. To come to these conclusions the team took samples of plants from 262 different areas in the mountains of New Zealand. They then made age estimates of 17 genera using molecular analysis and other means to estimate how many of each were present in the given area and how much ground they covered, or dominated, in the place where they lived. They also noted the mountainous location was ideal because plants in the area would have survived the last ice age, allowing for tracing back their original origins approximately ten million years.After analyzing all the data, the team found that those plant species that had arrived first developed in ways that allowed them to dominate the areas in which they lived even as other species arrived. The first arrivers grew taller, for example, leaving those that came after to exist as smaller species. And because of this, they were also able to take up more of the available space, meaning more of them lived in any given area than did any other species; and that arrangement has lasted through the years.The team notes that while other environmental factors such as soil conditions, temperature variations and average rainfall, most certainly play a part in which species are able to thrive over time in any given area, those that came first, and found the conditions hospitable, held the advantage over millions of years, and don’t seem likely to cede it any time soon. Journal information: Biology Letters Citation: New Zealand team finds early plant arrivers dominated landscape (2012, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-zealand-team-early-dominated-landscape.html (PhysOrg.com) — It seems intuitive that not all plant species could have taken a foothold on land at the same time all those millions of years ago as conditions on Earth evolved to the point where they could survive; some had to come first, which means of course, that some had to come after. But did the order in which they arrived make any difference in how those plant species evolved? Or to put it another way, did the plants that arrived first enjoy an advantage that has survived to this very day? Dr William Lee and his colleagues from Landcare Research in New Zealand thought the idea seemed plausible, so they set themselves the task of finding out. As it turns out, as the team describes in their paper published in Biology Letters, those that arrived first, did appear to take advantage of their status and flourished, leaving those that came after to carry on in less dominant roles ever since This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Building a digital life form OpenWorm Open Source

first_imgCode, data and models produced as part of the OpenWorm project is open-source under the MIT license.The Open Worm project thus far has produced an early demo that shows five muscle segments of the worm’s body moving in water. “People will need to wait some months, though, before being able to download the virtual creature, according to one of the development team members. He estimated it would take another three to five months before simulations are debugged and integrated “to the point where the average curious developer could build and run the project and see the muscular shell of a worm swimming around,” he told New World Notes.What’s the point of all this effort to create a digital worm? “If we cannot build a computer model of a worm, the most studied organism in all of biology, we don’t stand a chance to understand something as complex as the human brain,” according to the project site.” We must crawl before we can walk!”The project members hope this is the first step toward creation of more biologically accurate virtual creatures. (Phys.org) —The worm Caenorhabditis elegans is one of the most widely studied creatures. Scientists consider the worm a model organism for exploring animal development including neural development. The reasons are basic; it has one of the most simple nervous systems, and is convenient for genetic analysis. Never mind that, in turn, there is already an enormous amount of biological data about the C. elegans; scientists are still seeking more answers about the worm. Now there is a novel information path, The OpenWorm Project. They are working up an artificial life form, computationally created, a digital life form as no other. “OpenWorm is an open source project dedicated to creating a virtual C. elegans nematode in a computer,” says the project web page.This is a collaborative undertaking that includes software developers and neuroscience researchers. Their work marks the first comprehensive computer model of the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode worm. This will be a detailed simulation modeling each of the worm’s cells. Their data draws from completed scientific experiments conducted over the past ten years. They are incorporating the available data into software models. They hope that modeling the creature with enough detail will trigger complex behaviors, such as feeding, finding mates and avoiding predators, spontaneously. In other words, their virtual worm would, as they anticipate, behave like a real-world worm.With all the C. elegans simplicity, however, their work is not so easy. Reporting on their progress so far, the OpenWorm project site notes that “the challenge of simulating even a tiny worm is immense. It requires a lot of parallel activities.” 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: Building a digital life form: OpenWorm, Open Source (2013, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-digital-life-openworm-source.html A map of the worm: First detailed anatomical atlas of C. elegans for use in the lab © 2013 Phys.org More information: nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2013/05/open … artificial-life.html Caenorhabditis elegans. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further The OpenWorm project is traveling over five hills to get where they need to go: NeuroML connections; the Geppetto simulation engine; the OpenWorm browser; a fluid mechanics simulator; and optimization engine.Talking about the NeuroML Connectome, they converted all 302 neurons into multicompatmental neuronal models described in NeuroML format. “We are currently building descriptions of the synaptic junctions and the ion channels for each cell.” Talking about the fluid mechanics simulator, they said they implemented an algorithm, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH), to simulate the body of the worm and its environment using GPUs. This algorithm was worked out in C++ (with OpenGL visualization), then ported to Java as a bundle for Geppetto, the simulation engine.As for Geppetto, this simulation platform is designed to run the different models together. Geppetto features a built-in WebGL visualizer, for visualization of simulated models right in the browser.last_img read more

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New era Myanmar set to open first stock exchange by October

first_img“Our target date is October 2015 at the latest. But it may be earlier,” he said on Tuesday from the capital Naypyidaw, adding that “no more than five companies” would be listed on the stock exchange to begin with. Myanmar’s central bank signed a joint venture agreement with Japan Exchange Group and Daiwa Institute of Research, the research arm of Daiwa Securities Group, last month to set up and run the Yangon Stock Exchange following years of discussions. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashMyanma Economic Bank will own the controlling 51 per cent stake in the Yangon Stock Exchange Joint-Venture Company with the remainder divided between the Japanese partners, the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Wednesday. The newspaper quoted Maung Maung Thein as saying Myanmar was one of only nine countries in the world, including North Korea and Brunei, without a stock exchange.“We will be able to exit the list of countries with no stock exchange soon,” he said. Since the end of outright military rule in 2011, Myanmar has moved to liberalise its economy as part of wider reforms aiming to lure international companies as the once cloistered nation seeks to rebuild its economy.Japanese businesses in particular have been active in the country with strong backing from Tokyo, which has cancelled billions of dollars of debt and offered massive aid grants.last_img read more

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Art with an edge

first_imgArtworks with a twist will provide a visual treat to art lovers as the Barisha Silpara Art Society will present a group art exhibition which comprises of paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphics and ceramics by some renowned artists. Th exhibition will be held from February 13 to 19 in the national Capital.The exhibition will have participants from across the country and the names include Abdul Salam, Akhil Chandra Das, Arup Kumar Das, Bikram Das, Chandni Guha Roy, David Malaker and Debashis Kulay. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The works of artists like Iqubal Hossain, Mina Mondal, Partha Protim Gayen, Premangshu Mitra, Pradip Ghosh, Rakesh Sadhak, Souvik Das, Shubha Kayal, Sushanta Bhowmik and Tapan Bhattacharya will also be showcased .The artworks belong to a group of upcoming artists, who would be an established clear symbol of new age modern art. The members of the art society work together through metal casting, ceramics, terracotta, oil, etchings, lino and/or wood cut prints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey also exhibit their work in different galleries on a regular basis. It has got a creative corner built up for the children from 1987, who had the prospect of blossoming into art practitioners in the future. The society produces art not only on subjective, but also in objective basis.When: February 13-19Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhavanTIMINGS: 11 am – 7 pmlast_img read more

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Guild approaches Imran Khan to ensure participation of Pakistani Publishers at Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Keen to rope in publishers from Pakistan for the first time in the history of the International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF), the organisers have written to the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking his intervention, an official said on Friday. “We have written to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan on November 28 and am hopeful of the country’s participation for the first time as six publishers have shown interest in our invitation,” secretary of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild Tridib Chatterjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe 12-day event, beginning January 30, 2019, is slated to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The central American nation Guatemala — the heart of the Mayan World — is the focal country this time along with participating countries such as the UK, the US, Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, 11 Latin American countries and Bangladesh. He said he had approached the National Book Foundation of Pakistan in September and spoken to them. Not hearing from them even after two months, the Guild decided to seek the help of Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee recalled that Khan, World Cup winning Pakistan cricket captain, was one of the speakers at the Kolkata Literature Festival, a highlight of the IKBF, in 2012. “He came to the Book Fair in 2012 and experienced the gathering and footfall himself. So we requested him to look into the matter,” he said. The organisers are hopeful as the participants and publishers have already applied for the Visa. “We wrote to him reminding about 2012 when he was a special guest and visited Kolkata Literature Festival.. That time he was a participant but not a Prime Minister, now things have changed,” Chatterjee said. Khan had himself seen the craze among the Abook lovers of Kolkata and the excitement surrounding the fair. “So we are hoping for the best,” Chatterjee added. With the fair’s regular venue Milan Mela still undergoing renovation, the fair would be held at the Central Park in Salt Lake this year too, and stalls of approximately 600 publishers and 200 small magazines will be set up. Also, the sixth Kolkata Literature Festival, will be held from February 7 to 9 and the book fair wraps up on February 10.last_img read more

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Heritage Charkha Museum spin tales of Indian legacy

first_imgIn what comes as the first initiative to link charkha with tourism, BJP president Amit Shah unveiled the Large Steel Charkha and Heritage Charkha Museum – consisting 14 vintage charkhas – at Palika Bazar Park in Delhi’s Connaught Place, amid much fervour and gaiety recently.Hailing this initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his special message to Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman, said: “As Mahatma Gandhi himself believed, the Charkha is a symbol of our Swaraj and self-reliance. The museum and the monument for the Charkha in the Capital will be a proud tribute to the Charkha’s historic importance in our nation. This will economically empower the lives of several weavers associated with the Khadi industry.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKVIC chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his welcome speech, said that Charkha, like the memorial to unknown soldiers, is memorial to the unknown rural masses, who took to the demonstrated ways of self-reliance and dignity of labour following the call of the father of the nation. “The KVIC, in association with New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), has set up this Heritage Charkha Museum, showcasing 50 to 100 year old charkhas, gifted to KVIC by the owners of these charkhas. The charkha, run by the PM on Oct 18, 2016 at Ludhiana, has also been kept permanently in the museum for display for general public,” he said, adding, “Located in the heart of the Capital, it will certainly catch the eyes of foreign tourists coming here. The sparkling white marble statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the Large Steel Charkha will be visible from all four sides of Baba Kharak Singh Marg.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBJP President Amit Shah said that from time immemorial Charkha had been the symbol of economic empowerment of our nation. “It is really a commendable job from the part of KVIC and NDMC that both the organisations have come up with a novel mission with economic model to promote tourism. I hope that the spinning wheel would symbolise the mission of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’.” Corroborating similar views, Kalraj Mishra, Union Minister MSME, said that Charkha would script the story of economic Independence of India in coming days. In his thanksgiving note, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Chairperson Naresh Kumar said that it would not only give a direct exposure to the vision to the New Delhi area about ‘Charkha’– a symbol of nation’s prosperity – but also to values and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture. “Charkha is not only a symbol of simplicity and economic freedom by Swadeshi but also a symbol of peace and harmony, hence it will promote Prime Minister’s vision for ‘Make In India’,” he said, adding, “The NDMC will deliver its best to up-keep and maintain the Charkha and Heritage Museum spin tail of Indian legacy. The Council is striving hard for transforming the efficient, effective and livable New Delhi area through the intervention of modern digital technology.” The 2.5 tonne large steel charkha is made of high-quality chromium nickel stainless steel and is corrosion resistant, non-magnetic and not hardenable by heat. The order to make this 12 feet tall and 25 feet long spinning wheel was given to Prayog Samiti, KVIC unit, near Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. The high quality stainless steel for the charkha was donated by Steel Authority of India (SAIL).On this occasion, besides gifting 500 new model eight-spindle charkhas – with a cost of approximately Rs 70 lakh – to the women spinners of nine states, a live charkha demonstration was also held by 10 women inmates of Tihar Jail. A film on Mahatma Gandhi was also screened, after a philatelic exhibition on ‘Father of the Nation’.last_img read more

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How parents can disrupt childrens friendships

first_imgChildhood friendships can often fall apart if the parents suffer from depression, or are psychologically controlling and manipulative, a study has found. The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology is the first to demonstrate that parents are an important factor behind the stability of kid’s friendships.Looking at data from 1,523 children (766 boys) from grades one to six, researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the US and the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland conducted a survival analysis to identify the characteristics of parents that predict the stability of their children’s friendships. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers examined mother and father reports of their own depressive symptoms and parenting styles and used these reports to predict the occurrence and timing of the dissolution of best friendships from the beginning to the end of elementary school.They assessed three commonly recognised parenting styles: behavioural control such as curfews and monitoring; psychological control such as shaming and guilt; and warmth and affection.They also assessed parental depression to disentangle the unique contributions of parenting styles from parent mental health difficulties known to shape parenting. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLastly, they assessed the children’s peer social status or how well-liked they are by other children to separate the effects of parenting from difficulties that children have getting along with peers. “We already know that peer status plays an important role in friendship outcomes. For example, well-liked children have more long-lasting relationships than do their classmates,” said Brett Laursen, a professor FAU.”Our study is the first to include both parent characteristics and peer social status in the same model to identify the unique contributions of parents to child friendship stability,” said Laursen. Researchers wanted to determine if negative parenting characteristics such as manipulative and coercive behaviours disrupt children’s friendships.The study found clear support for their hypothesis that negative features of parenting, such as depression and psychological control, increase the risk that best friendships would end.For children with clinically depressed parents, the risk of best friendship dissolution increased by up to 104 percent. There was a similar, although not quite as dramatic, increase in the risk of best friendship dissolution for children with psychologically controlling parents.Parent depression and parent psychological control uniquely predicted subsequent child friendships breaking up, above and beyond contributions of peer difficulties.A surprising finding from the study that was contrary to the researchers’ expectations was that they did not find any evidence that positive parenting behaviours like warmth and affection altered the stability of children’s best friendships. “We were hoping that positive behaviours would help extend the life of friendships and that it would be a buffer or a protective factor,” said Laursen.”This wasn’t the case – warmth and affection don’t appear to make that much of a difference. It’s the negative characteristics of parents that are key in determining if and when these childhood friendships end,” he said.Findings from this study also confirmed that most friendships were transitory; fewer than 10 per cent of first-grade best friendships survived from the first to the sixth grade, with roughly half (48 per cent) dissolving within a year of initiation.”Psychologically controlling parents create an affective climate that is detrimental to a child’s well-being, with problems that spill over into the peer social world. Best friendships are one causality of this affective spillover. We believe that children with depressed and psychologically controlling parents are not learning healthy strategies for engaging with other people,” he said.last_img read more

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IGNCA to celebrate Mexicos Independence

first_imgAs part of the 208th – anniversary celebrations of Mexico’s Independence, the Embassy of Mexico is organising a photo exhibition in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.The exhibition titled, ‘Mexico in the World Heritage’ – A collection of pictures captured by Mexican photographer Adalberto Ríos Szalay – portraying the sites and practices of Mexico listed as World Heritage by UNESCO will be inaugurated by H E Melba Pría, Ambassador of Mexico to India and Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts on August 27 at IGNCA at 6 pm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe show will remain open for public view until September 14 from 10:30 am – 7:30 pm every day.This exhibition aims to initiate creative dialogues between Mexico and India, and explore the opportunities of knowledge exchange on restoration, conservation, and promotion of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Mexico is, as India, one of the finest examples of the complexity of these processes and of the gradual formation and transformation of the idea of cultural heritage.last_img read more

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Recognising the works of women writers

first_imgThe city of Bhopal will be witnessing its first literature festival during the month of January 2019. To be held from January 12 –14, it will have three parallel sessions for three days in which more than 60 well-known authors will participate. Alongside the fest, there will be an announcement of ‘Sushila Devi Award for Best Book of Fiction Written by a Woman Author’. This unique book award for women has been instituted by Ratanlal Foundation, Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll entries for the mentioned award should have been published in the period between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017. The book must be an original work in English and should not be self-published. Each award application must carry a short synopsis of the plot, describing briefly the content covered in the book. Also, the books which have only been published in the e-book format are not entitled. The last date for submission is October 15, 2018. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn entry must be a full-length work of at least 40,000 words. While short story anthologies are not eligible, collections of short stories linked by a theme may be considered at the discretion of the jury. There are three prizes – the first prize is for Rs 2,00,000 and the two runners-up prizes are for Rs 25,000 each. The jury will announce the shortlisted books by December 15 and thereafter meet in Bhopal on January 11 to announce the winner. Entries may be sent by publishers only, in the form of four hard copies, to the Prize Secretariat Sanjeev Gupta (Coordinator Book Award), Ratanlal Foundation, New Delhi.last_img read more

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2018 Hashtags that went viral

first_imgBeing an important source of entertainment and information – social media has become an inseparable part of not only millennials’ but everyone’s life.Starting with simple user interface websites like Gmail and Orkut, the power of internet has reached all new heights in quite a little time. Be it the use of Facebook – for connecting with people, or Instagram for uploading pictures – the word ‘social media’ or ‘digital media’ is being used in every manner to entertain and spread information through our phones. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOne such example of the remarkable use of the internet to spread information is through ‘hashtags’. Widely used on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, a ‘hashtag’ is a symbol which allows the users to apply dynamic and user-generated tagging, with which the word spreads and people find such posts easily. Let’s go back in the time, and recall all those important topics and hashtags which went viral and broke the internet in the year 2018. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive MeToo: After the tremendous courage shown by famous personalities in Hollywood, #MeToo became one of the most trending hashtags of the year in India. It started with Hindi film actor Tanushree Dutta – who came forward to discuss her harassment story. and gained momentum within no time. Inspired by her, the country witnessed many other women coming in the forefront accusing directors, producers and other renowned faces. Kiki Challenge: With Drake’s 2018’s groovy number ‘In My Feelings’ – the internet went mad beginning with Instagram star Shiggy dancing to its beat on the street. Thereafter, millions around the world including celebrities, came up with their own versions of the song. This challenge was highly discouraged as people around the world got out of moving cars, just to take the challenge – which also invited fatal incidents causing severe injuries and deaths. Deepika Ranveer wedding: After #Viruksha, the much loved couple of Bollywood – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh – were given a name ‘DeepVeer’ which was used widely during their wedding. From the invitation card being shared by the couple to the cutest wedding pictures circulated all around, or the series of receptions they had – the wedding saga of DeepVeer was the most enjoyed occasion on internet in India. Priyanka-Nick wedding: Following Deepika and Ranveer, Priyanka Chopra also tied knot in a private affair at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. Popularly known as #Nickyanka – the couple got married in two different ceremonies and later shared some beautiful pictures too. Justice for Asifa: The country was shaken by the news of ‘Damini rape case’ back in 2012. People got aware, they started reporting more cases and with all the campaigns across the country, the judiciary was also forced to take decisions quickly. But, nothing appeared to change when six years later history repeated itself. ‘Justice for Asifa’ proved to be another movement demanding change in the judicial system after an eight-year-old Asifa Bano was raped and murdered in the valleys of Kasmir. Kerala Floods: The city which is famous for its ‘backwaters’, was destroyed in floods this year. Out of 50, 35 dams were opened and the tragedy affected many lives of the state – ruining the livelihood, tourism, and everything else. Like many other issues, this one went viral on the internet – which in turn generated massive help for the flood victims. Aadhar: Among the major decisions by Supreme court, Aadhar remained the most popular. As the apex court made it compulsory to link bank accounts, phone numbers and all personal details with the central system operated by Unique Identification Authority of India – the opposition and common people resisted the decision firmly. After all the debates and discussions, the court revised the decision. Triple Talaaq: The long discussed issue of Triple Talaaq got a conclusion this year. Finally, the triple talaaq or oral talaaq used by Muslim community to file divorce was abolished by the Supreme court of India. Under this issue, several tags went viral on social media platforms like Twitter. Some of the tags included #endtripletalaaq, #bantripletalaaqnow, #tripletalaaqbill, #tripletalaaqover, to name a few. Apart from all the famous Twitter and Instagram tags, popularly used throughout the year, there were many more things which were celebrated on social media by the country. There were different challenges, sports moments, new laws, to name a few. Hum fit to India Fit challenge: It was when Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Sports Minister of India launched a fitness challenge to ‘make India fitter and better’ – many people including PM Modi and a few celebrities took the challenge. As a part of the challenge, the people who accepted the challenge – used hashtag #HumFitTohIndiaFit and posted their workout videos of on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. Sunil Chhetri: “We promise you that if that’s the kind of support we get every time we play for the country, we will give our lives on the pitch. India, this night was special because we were in this together. Those in the stands shouting, and the ones at home cheering – thank you,” captioned the captain of the Indian football team on his Twitter video. The video went viral on the internet and everyone started talking about the sport. LGBTQ: Spreading the happiness of rainbow colours, Supreme court, this year passed a law banning the discrimination of sex and thereby, accepting homosexuality in the country. This led to several pages on social media, dating apps for gays and trans-genders, and a space for them on the internet with #pride. The craze for hashtags and use of social media for entertainment and information is not dying any sooner. Just like 2018, the following year awaits new trends and challenges. Welcome the new year and see what all Bollywood, Hollywood, Sports, Politics and other spheres have for you in terms of social media. Keep clicking and posting your pictures with ‘#2019hasbegun’.last_img read more

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Clinical regulatory panel imposes Rs 2 lakh fine on hospital for negligence

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission (WBCERC) has imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on a medical super-speciality hospital after it found some negligence on the part of the hospital authorities.The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission has asked the hospital authorities to transfer the compensation amount to the account of the deceased’s son. It was learnt that one Shukla Pal, an elderly person from Balurghat was brought to the Medica Superspeciality Hospital on July 13 in 2018 for dialysis. She was taken to the outpatient department. She had been suffering from kidney related ailments with impaired renal function. The nephrologists who attended the patient advised dialysis. The patient was admitted to the hospital. She was taken to the dialysis centre for making a channel in her right vein in the neck. During treatment the patient eventually died on July 29. Following the death of the patient, her family members alleged negligence against the hospital authorities. They later lodged a complaint with the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission alleging the medical negligence led to her death. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission carried out a detailed probe into the death of the victim. After a thorough investigation it found that the doctors tried to make a channel in the right side of her neck. In its observation the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission said that the doctor mistakenly punctured the right carotid artery with needle. When the doctor realized the mistake he immediately withdrew the needle and tried to accomplish haemotasis by pressure and the application of ice. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission made its observation saying that there were flaws in making the channel during the dialysis. The patient later developed respiratory distress and shifted to ICU where incubation was done and she was put on ventilation. The patient eventually died at the hospital. The West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission however found no major negligence during the treatment of the patient apart from the wrong channel.last_img read more

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Is streaming zone the new multiplex

first_imgFrom adding star power by roping in veteran A-list stars, hosting digital concerts with big names attached, bringing movies onto the streaming services within a few months of theatrical release to reviving cancelled shows on fan demand – the world of over-the-top or OTT platforms is expanding, and what started on the small screens of the smartphones the world over, suddenly threatens to becoming bigger than the big screen. Netflix and Amazon Prime have been producing original shows and films for a while now, which often generate more buzz than much of what is made by traditional sources as movie studios or TV production houses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this context, these digital players have entered the space of live entertainment, too. Be it Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Eros Now, Hotstar, Voot, Zee5, Viu, ALTBalaji or Sony Liv – the growing number of platforms in India is a testimony to it. Manish Aggarwal, Business Head, ZEE5 India, mentioned that the “digital viewer is seeking fresh, edgy, relatable and engaging content every day” – which is changing the landscape of the content being produced. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe proliferation of over-the-top or OTT platforms has not come without objection from people associated with the filmmaking business. Netflix’s Roma Oscar glory this year made way for a debate over whether movies for streaming services should be allowed to compete at big award ceremonies, traditionally meant for feature films that get full theatrical release. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, a member of the Motion Picture Academy’s board of governors, started a campaign to pitch for a rule change to make things more difficult for streaming platforms. Netflix was absent from Cannes Film Festival for second time this year due to the ongoing row between the streaming giant and festival organisers over priorities of persevering the theatrical experience or embracing the new age digital viewing space. The streaming giants are hoping to find a common ground. “(The norm is) it has to be a full release or you won’t be up for an award consideration. That however is not in the ecosystem of this evolving business. I think they have to figure out something in between,” Salke said. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings feels movies must be judged on artistic merit, and not windowing strategy. “Today, the rules are the rules that they are, and we comply fully with those rules. And I think all of you here would say that ‘Roma’ is an Oscar quality movie. We really believe films should be judged upon their artistic merit, not upon their windowing strategy,” Hastings said at an event. The screen size should be no measure of the size of the entertainment, most OTT giants argue. They are roping in big names form Hollywood as well as Bollywood to create big wonders on the small screen. Hollywood stars including, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot have Netflix projects added to their resume. From the world of Bollywood, stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Emraan Hashmi and Abhishek Bachchan have associated with streaming giants. ‘Stranger Things’ producer-director Shawn Levy is happy with the cinematic quality of the content being churned out for the streaming services. “For me, the thrilling part of season three is that it truly feels like a movie. The scope of the action and spectacle, while still keeping the emotional depth of each character, is highly cinematic,” Levy said.last_img read more

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4 Reasons Why Brock Osweiler isnt worth the money for the Texans

first_img 2. Limited Starting Experience – He only started one year in college, and 8 games in the pros. He doesn’t have a body of work. It’s all speculation that isn’t backed up by results. He was 5 – 2 with the Broncos last year, but only threw 10 touchdown passes while also enjoying the benefit of the historic Broncos D. Matt Cassel had a better season with the Patriots. How’s he doing?3. John Elway wasn’t interested – He had Osweiler for four years and passed on him. No one saw more Brock Osweiler and he said “I’m good”. Would arguably the smartest GM of the Super Bowl champ have let him walk if he was convinced he was the heir apparent to Peyton Manning?4. Questionable decision making – Osweiler abandoned a Super Bowl champ in Denver to chase the money in Houston. He was disgruntled and pouted when he was demoted back to the bench when Manning from injury. He recently made comments throwing Houston coaches under the bus for trying to make him too much like Tom Brady (Explain why that’s a bad thing?). Oh yeah, he also has a misspelled tattoo – “Live Life To It’s Fullest”.The NFL track record for tall, immobile quarterbacks who ink massive free agent deals after one season isn’t a collection of Hall of Famers. It’s Scott Mitchell and Elvis Grbac. Buyer beware.Four reasons Brock Osweiler won’t work with the Texans according to @ColinCowherd. #HerdHerehttps://t.co/ASK98qsXvd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 1, 2016 Advertisement Brock Osweiler is the NFL quarterback equivalent of buying a mansion directly off the Zillow listing without a without a walk through or inspection. The Texans paid him $72 million without even meeting with him in person.He parlayed an unspectacular 8 game stretch in relief of Peyton Manning (10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions) into a massive free agent deal as the Texans’ new franchise quarterback.Colin isn’t buying it. He thinks the Osweiler is all projection and no production. And what he has seen, he isn’t crazy about. Today in The Herd, he gave 4 reasons why Brock Osweiler will be a bust with Houston.1. He’s not a dynamic athlete  – He’s not  great at any one thing. He’s athletically limited. No mobility. Even though he’s 6’7″, he has an average arm. Tall, immobile guy that can’t sling it? Where do we send the $72 million contract?!last_img read more

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VIDEO NHL player quickly ends fight with one devastating MMAstyle Superman punch

first_imgAnaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa may be getting a call from UFC President Dana White after dropping Philly’s Radko Gudas with a single devastating blow in their scrap on Tuesday night.Bieska lit up Gudas with an unexpected leaping Superman punch that put a quick end to the confrontation. It’s something you’d expect to see in the  UFC, but not by a guy wearing skates.This is a damn fine KO by any standard. Dana White even chimed in with his approval. Advertisementlast_img

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Colins 2018 NFL Mock Draft 30

first_img 3. Cardinals (From Colts): Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA – The Cardinals missed out on Kirk Cousins and, as of now, head into next season with never not injured Sam Bradford at quarterback. With the Niners, Seahawks, and Rams all set with franchise QB’s, the Cardinals trade up with the Colts and take Rosen. He’s the most polished passer in the draft, and arguably the most NFL ready. Without a quarterback in the NFC West the Cardinals will be dead in the water. Rosen is the pick.(Colts: 1.0 – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) (Colts: 2.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State)Josh Rosen with a Dan Marino FAKE SPIKE pic.twitter.com/3aSY26m3m2— Eric Elizondo (@EricElizondo8) September 4, 2017 10. Raiders: Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia – Jon Gruden needs to transform the Raiders atrocious defense and the Butkus Award winner is a good start. Smith is an unrelenting tackling machine who racked up 137 tackles for the Bulldogs last year and ran a 4.51 at the combine. Fast. Explosive. Smith is a huge upgrade from what’s currently on the roster. Advertisement 11. Dolphins: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma – Colin’s Top 10 this week goes to 11 to include Baker Mayfield to the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill is coming off a serious knee injury, and even though Colin thinks Mayfield has off field and maturity issues, he can play. Colin has said on numerous occasions that he wouldn’t take Mayfield, but Miami is comfortable enough to pull the trigger.Showing off the arm!! @bakermayfield feeling good throwing deep balls to his guys on @OU_Football Pro Day #Sooners #proday #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/Y7S4NxDdmf— Sooner Sports TV (@SoonerSportsTV) March 14, 2018Here’s Colin to run it down:1. Browns – Sam Darnold2. Giants – Saquon Barkley3. *Cardinals – Josh Rosen@ColinCowherd unveils his Mock Draft 3.0 pic.twitter.com/lGoFzu1CLU— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 15, 2018 2. Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State – Colin moved Barkley up in his second mock after a strong combine and still thinks the Giants grab him at 2. The Giants front office appears to be content rolling with Eli Manning and will pass on taking a QB with the second overall pick. They just bolstered their o-line with the signing of tackle Nate Solder from New England, and Barkley would provide some balance to an offense that badly needs it. Barkley and Odell Beckham is a scary combo.(1.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA) (2.0 Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State) 8. Bears: Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State – Ward is still the pick for Chicago. He put on a show at the combine with a 4.32 40-yard dash and is the best cover corner in the draft. He also tackles. Every NFL team can use a lock down corner and Ward has the potential to have an immediate impact like fellow Buckeye Marshon Lattimore did with the Saints.(1.0 – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M) (2.0 – Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State)Does Denzel Ward get docked for doing this? pic.twitter.com/MwXUEY6Fk7— Marcus Chai (@OaklandScout) February 1, 2018 9. Bills (From Niners): Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming – With Minkah Fitzpatrick, Denzel Ward and Quenton Nelson off the board, John Lynch decides to trade down and Buffalo slides into the 9 slot to grab Josh Allen. The Bills just signed A.J. McCarron as a stop gap after trading Tyrod Taylor, but he clearly isn’t the long term answer. Allen’s size and huge arm make him a perfect fit for the harsh elements in the second half of the season if he pans out. He’s the biggest boom or bust player in the draft, but the Bills step in and swing for the fences.(1.0 – Niners: Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State) (2.0 – Josh Allen – QB, Wyoming)Amazing stuff from Josh Allen at the NFL Combine. Has looked the best out of the first group. Baker, Rudolph and Rosen are in the second group. pic.twitter.com/sjxQbHeEor— Buffalo Sports Talk (@BUFSportsTalk) March 3, 2018center_img 6. Jets: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama – The Jets couldn’t land Kirk Cousins, so they signed Teddy Bridgewater, and re-signed backup Josh McCown. Colin thinks adding an offensive weapon with Ridley to support either QB is a must. Ridley gives him an explosive weapon to pair with a decent young receiving corps.(1.0 – Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State) (2.0 – Calvin  Ridley, WR, Alabama)Quick highlights for CALVIN RIDLEY (@CalvinRidley1) who’s expected by most to be the 1st wide receiver selected in this year’s #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/oYadWGBE8i— PirateLife Football (@PirateLifeFF) February 20, 2018 5. Broncos: Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State – The Broncos signed Case Keenum in free agency so they’re out on drafting a QB. Instead, they go best available player with explosive pass rusher Chubb. The Broncos D has been on a slow decline since winning the Super Bowl and Chubb would help reignite the pass rush opposite Von Miller. B.P.A.(1.0 – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama) (2.0 – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA)Whew. Bradley Chubb speed rush 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/hQSudmbtD0— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) February 18, 2018 4. Browns (From Houston): Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame –  With Sam Darnold in the fold, and future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas retiring, the Browns get line help with the “can’t bust” prospect in this year’s draft in Nelson. He’s a nastier version of Cowboys Pro Bowl guard Zach Martin, and will step in and play at a high level immediately. Nelson plays with an old school edge and makes a great bodyguard for Darnold.(1.0, 2.0 – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama)Quenton Nelson (LG #56) is an elite prospect. Blocks like this are why 😳 pic.twitter.com/JQVRte6XM8— J.R. (@JReidDraftScout) January 29, 2018 NFL Free Agency is in full swing, and Colin has revised his Top 10 mock draft according to changing needs based on team signings and other factors. His 3.0 Top 10 continues to shift, and features another team trading up to grab a quarterback.Here’s how Colin sees the top of the draft playing out, 3.0:Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC – Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor, but they still take Darnold with the #1 pick. He’s got a body that can withstand the punishment of the AFC North, loves football, has a franchise quarterback personality, and is just scratching the surface of his overall potential. There are still Saquon Barkley rumors floating around. That would be a big mistake.(1.0, 2.0 – Sam Darnold, QB, USC)Non mais quelle fin de match ! QB Sam Darnold pour WR Deontay Burnett. TD Trojans !USC 24, Texas 17 OTpic.twitter.com/R1jDYdnOhe— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) September 17, 2017 7. Bucs: Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama – Colin had the Browns taking Fitzpatrick with the 4th pick in in his first two mocks, but has him falling to the Bucs after Cleveland takes Quenton Nelson. Tampa needs secondary help and Fitzpatrick is the prototype hybrid DB that can play safety or cover the slot. He provides attitude and leadership to a Tampa D that’s been average.(1.0, 2.0 – Quenton Nelson, OL, Notre Dame)Minkah is a God. pic.twitter.com/2Ul4FAaqqN— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) February 11, 2018last_img read more

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Why Google Drive Wont Be a Dropbox Killer

first_img Google has released its new cloud service, Google Drive, and so far it doesn’t look like it’s going to blow any of its competition out of the water.Like other Web-based cloud syncing and sharing apps such as Dropbox and Box, Google Drive enables users to share and update many types of files, from photos to documents. And it does so across PCs, Macs and mobile devices, though iPhones are not quite yet supported. Download the app, place the content to be sunk in it, and material is kept up to date across all tools.Here are my first-blush opinions on Google Drive:  Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Related: One Tool for Managing All Your Business SchedulesGoogle Drive is basically Google Docs on steroids.Google Drive gives users 5G of free storage and can definitely bulk up the storage, syncing and backup options for businesses already using a Google Apps account. Documents, photos, presentations — just about any file type can be shared. Depending on a business’ needs, usage can be expanded to 25GB for about $2.50 a month, all the way up to 16 terabytes for $799 per month. That is far more than most companies need.Billing is managed through a firm’s existing Google Apps relationship, making it a quick and easy way to add cloud-based storage when needed.There are promising business features, but also some limitations. As should be expected, Google Drive’s search functions are excellent. Also, users can do away with bulky email attachments by sharing files through Google Drive.The tool also adds offline work features. For people who prefer using software that runs on a local computer, such as Microsoft Word, Google Drive can automatically sync the current version of a document so it’s updated in the cloud each time it is saved.But deployment can be a headache. Enabling Google Drive for existing Google Apps users takes numerous manipulations of the account control panels. Some files need to be migrated. Employees need to be trained.Related: Three Reasons Apple’s iCloud Isn’t Ready for BusinessThe migration is most definitely not plug-and-play.Overall, businesses should find Google Drive to be a feature-rich option for backing up and syncing business files. But for most businesses, there is no reason to abandon other solutions for it.What are your initial thoughts on Google’s new cloud service? Let us know in the comments section below.center_img April 25, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global min readlast_img read more

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Why This Founder Says the Worst Advice He Ever Got Was to

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 12 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 16, 2017center_img Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. This article is included in Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.If you have ever had to tell your computer that you are not a robot and type a series of  words and numbers when you subscribe to an email newsletter, you’ve run into Luis von Ahn’s work. In 2000, with his mentor Manuel Blum, he invented CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. He built two companies on the technology, which he sold to Google in 2009.He was just about to turn 30, and he found himself at a career crossroads. “I was having sort of a quarterlife crisis, wondering what I am going to do with the rest of my life,” recalled von Ahn.So he set his sights on a new project and wanted to do something that he was passionate about. Having seen how a lack of education can impact opportunity and factor into economic disparity in his native Guatemala, and given his love for teaching as a computer science professor at his graduate alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University, education and learning seemed like a natural focus.Related: How Duolingo Mastered the Fickle Language of Startup Success“My views about education are very influenced by being from Guatemala. … The rich people can buy themselves the best education in the world, whereas the poor people rarely learn how to read and write, and because of that, they never make much money,” von Ahn says. “I wanted to do something that would give equal access to education to everybody.”His solution to bridge that gap was to remove the time constraints and costs often attached to gaining fluency in a new language.“There are over a billion people in the world learning a foreign language,” he says. “Then I asked, can we find a way for people to learn a foreign language for free?” That’s how his startup Duolingo got its start.Read This: Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership | Amazon | Barnes & Nobleith Duolingo, users can choose from 27 news languages from Spanish to Swedish, and learn through small, gamified lessons. Since the company’s launch in 2011, it has raised $83.3 million in funding, been awarded iPhone App of the Year in 2013 and was the Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014. It is also the most downloaded app in the “Education” category on Android and iOS worldwide and the free app has garnered 150 million total users around the world, according to the company.We caught up with von Ahn to ask him 20 questions about what makes him tick.This interview is edited for clarity and brevity.1. How do you start your day?I wake up pretty early between five and six a.m. First thing I do is check my email and the second thing I do is check the Duolingo metrics from the day before, like revenue and active users. I don’t know if that is a good idea or not because my mood for the rest of the day is correlated to that. Then I work out for 16 minutes. I work out at maximum speed for 16 minutes, it is a time saving device. The working out really wakes me up and gives me a lot of energy; I feel pretty refreshed after that.2. How do you end your day?That varies depending on what I did during the day. Sometimes I just get back from a late dinner and go to bed immediately. If I have time, I try to wrap everything up before the next day, so I don’t have anything that carries over. That’s rare, but when I am able to do that, that makes me feel a lot better. If I can start the next day with nothing immediate carrying over, that really helps me.3. What’s a book that changed your mind?The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman. Before I read that book I didn’t pay a lot of attention to design. That book makes it clear when you don’t understand something it is because it is poorly designed, not because you aren’t smart. Since then, I’m obsessed with how products are designed.4. What’s a book you always recommend?I recently read High Output Management by Andy Grove. There are a lot of books written about how to be a better CEO by people who aren’t CEOs. He was CEO of Intel for more than 30 years. It’s a how-to book about how to be a manger. It’s so well thought out; it’s about exactly the problems people have. For example, if you are doing a performance review, give people what you want to talk about in writing before, during and after your meeting.5. What’s a strategy to keep focused?I try to break everything into small tasks. I’m not good at doing things that take months, but I am good at doing things that take a half an hour. I break things down into 15-, 30-minute pieces.Related: 8 Ways to Develop Long-Term Focus and Achieve Success6. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?At first my mother was very concerned, because I wanted to be a fire truck, not a firefighter. Then I wanted to be a policeman, a doctor, an astronomer and then I settled on professor, which I ended up being for the first part of my career. I think a lot of it had to do with TV. I watched TV shows with policeman, and it seemed cool. I was a big fan of the show ER, and I thought that’s what I want to be.7. What did you learn from the worst boss you ever had?I don’t think I’ve really had a boss. When I started leading a team I would micromanage everything they were doing, because I wanted it just so. Over time I have learned to bite my tongue in meetings, and I should only speak up if I feel extremely strongly about something. People who report to me have gotten better at their jobs, because they have more responsibility and learn from their mistakes.8. Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?I got a Ph.D in computer science, and I had an awesome advisor, Manuel Blum. He won the Turing Award, which is basically the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for computer science. I learned so much from this guy; he was just so humble and thought about everything so deeply.I spend most of my weekends thinking about things that other people might not think much about, but I think about them over and over again. It’s kind of obsessive, but from that, a lot of good stuff really comes out.9. What’s a trip that changed you?I grew up in Guatemala. The first time I came to the U.S. really changed me. The first thing I thought was, this is where I want to live. I know a lot of countries are more orderly, but at the time, Guatemala was extremely chaotic. Everything in the U.S. was so orderly. People stood in line and used turn signals. That such a society could exist was amazing. For many people that’s not surprising, but for me that was surprising.10. What inspires you?That has changed over time. At first what inspired me was to work on hard technological problems. I didn’t particularly care about the impact, I just wanted to solve difficult problems. Now, the main thing that inspires me is the impact something can have. With Duolingo, what inspires me is our mission: trying to give people language education.Related: How to Define and Implement a Social Mission for Your Business11. What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?I actually had what I thought was a pretty serious business idea when I was about 12. I also thought I was the first person to have this idea, and I thought it was a great idea. Neither of those were true. The idea was to see if you could generate electricity through motion.I thought this would allow us to make gyms for free. Connect the exercise equipment to the power grid. Anyone who is exercising would be generating electricity, and I would be able to sell that electricity to the power company. Therefore I don’t have to charge anyone to come exercise. My gym would be free and everybody else’s gym would be expensive, so I would be able to take over the gym world.It turns out this a pretty common bad idea. The reason it doesn’t work is because humans are pretty crappy at generating electricity. The amount of electricity you could generate this way is worth nothing. There is an even bigger problem. Gyms make their money from people who don’t show up, and for this idea you need people to show up.12. What was an early job that taught you something important or useful that you still use today?I started this company called reCAPTCHA. It was acquired by Google and spent some time at Google after the acquisition. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was extremely impactful. I really learned how a well-run company operates. By just being there I was able to see how they did things, and I applied a lot of it to Duolingo.13. What’s the best advice you ever took?I was complaining that I didn’t want to give a talk that I had promised to do. They said to me, with things like talks, you usually get asked to do them a year in advance. The advice was, if you are ever invited to do something six months or more in advance, ask yourself if you would want to do this if it was next week. If it’s no, you should just decline.14. What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got?I don’t know if it’s bad universally, or if it was just bad for me. When you’re building a product, typical advice is listen to what your users are saying. I have found that is terrible advice for Duolingo. The spirit of the advice is good, but a lot of times, there is a problem that arises. If the feedback channels are such that that only a few users get to talk to you, you are only hearing the loudest ones, not all of them, and that is where it breaks down.  We have a forum on our website where people can talk about language, but they often ask about features. I have found that listening to people in the forums is a terrible idea. For example, we redesigned the website a few years ago,and people in the forum were saying how terrible it was. Hundreds of posts about how this was the worst decision we had ever made. All the while we were looking at the metrics for the new website, and they were significantly better.If you are just listening to the people who reach out to you, than that is a biased sample of people who are a loud minority. Of course that is not always the case, but unless you know what you are doing, you should watch out for that bias.15. What’s a productivity tip you swear by?I like my exercise routine, because it’s time efficient. I just run like crazy for 15 or 16 minutes. I feel dead afterwards, but at least it saves me time.Related: How Exercising Daily Has Made Me a Better Entrepreneur16. Is there an app or tool you use to get things done or stay on track?I use Slack a lot. It helps me easily communicate with the Duolingo team and keep track of what the team is working on day to day.17. What does work-life balance mean to you?I don’t understand the meaning of that. I don’t burn out because my work is my hobby. I do this because it’s what I love to do. That’s not a big issue for me.18. How do you prevent burnout?I guess I am a workaholic, but I have learned to cap the number of hours a day that I spend working. My biggest strategy is no matter what I am doing, at around 8:00 pm I stop working.19. When you’re faced with a creativity block, what’s your strategy to get innovating?This happens often and I have learned over time is to just let time pass. Do something else — that really helps.20. What are you learning now?It is kind of a shameless plug, but I’m actually learning Portuguese on Duolingo. It’s close to Spanish, and I’m a native Spanish speaker. I’m actually very bad at learning languages, which is pretty funny, but this one I’m actually making some progress. Register Now »last_img read more

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PreFilled Syringe market global industry analysis from 2019 to 2024 explored

first_imgThe Pre-Filled Syringe Market Research report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Pre-Filled Syringe industry.SummaryICRWorld’s Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) market research report provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products and end users driving Revenue growth and profitability.The industry report lists the leading competitors and provides the insights strategic industry Analysis of the key factors influencing the market.The report includes the forecasts, Analysis and discussion of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates and profiles of the leading industry Players.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3227177?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Product Segment AnalysisGlass Pre-Filled SyringesPlastic Pre-Filled SyringesGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Application Segment AnalysisVaccinesMonoclonal AntibodiesGlobal Pre-Filled Syringe (Prefilled Syringe) Market: Regional Segment AnalysisUSAEuropeJapanChinaIndiaSouth East AsiaGet Discount Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3227177?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=RajashrikThe Players mentioned in our reportBDGerresheimerBaxterNiproOmpi(Stevanato Group)WeigaoUnilifeRoselabsVetter PharmaSchottNational Medical ProductsRobert Bosch GmbHOwen MumfordYpsomedSHL GroupBespakROVI CMTerumoTaisei Kako Co.ARTE CORPORATION Related Report:MEDICAL IMPLANTS MARKET By Type (Orthopedic Implants, Cardiac Implants, Stents, Spinal Implants, Neurostimulators, Dental Implants, Breast Implants, Facial Implants) And By Materials (Metallic, Ceramic, Polymers, Natural) – Global Opportunity Analysis And Industry Forecast, 2014 – 2022Medical implants are permanent devices such as pacemakers or temporary devices such as fracture plates which are removed once their function is completed. These implants are made up of bone, tissue, skin, ceramics, metals, plastics, and other natural materials. The world medical implants market is estimated to reach $116,300 million by 2022…….Read More https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/medical-implants-marketAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research25933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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