Month: August 2019

Physics Reveals the Key to a Great Golf Swing

first_img Ford, exoskeleton company address strain in overhead tasks “Even the most able golfers experience occasions when a ball hit deliberately with little effort inexplicably travels further than expected,” said White, of technology company Industrial Research Ltd. in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, to “But there is an explanation. A double pendulum model, which represents the golf swing reduced to its simplest elements, explains this effect and how to make a swing more efficient.”A double pendulum consists of one pendulum tacked on to the end of another. The upper pendulum swings from a fixed pivot point and the lower pendulum swings from the end of the upper one. In golf, the equivalent components are the shoulders (acting as the fixed pivot), arms and hands (the upper pendulum), and the club shaft and club head (the lower pendulum).There are several factors influencing the efficiency of a golf swing. Among them are the length of the club, the length of the player’s arms, the mass of the club head, the wrist-cock angle – how far backward the wrists are bent during the swing – and whether the wrists actively twist during the swing, resulting in wrist torque.White’s analysis is the first to consider wrist-cock angle. His model is also very simple in a Physics 101 kind of way, explaining the mechanics of the golf swing in terms of the club’s changing moment of inertia. These two points distinguish his work from similar analyses by C.B. Daish1 and the late University of Nebraska physicist Theodore Jorgensen2.White shows that the energy and momentum of the arm-club system are redistributed during the swing as a direct result of the uncocking of the wrists that takes place before the club strikes the ball. “As the wrists uncock near the bottom of the swing, the club head and the hands are moving in different directions, which means the club pulls against the hands and slows them down,” White said. “This means, in turn, that the kinetic energy in the shoulders and arms is transferred to the club. Without wrist-cock, most of the kinetic energy stays in the arms and shoulders and the swing is inefficient. Best of all, the golfer does not have to do any extra work to make the transfer happen.” Thus, wrist-cock is the make-or-break factor in a good golf swing.The full range of motion of the double pendulum is described by two complicated equations. In fact, White says, they are too complicated to be of much help in a study of the golf swing. “They obscure the basic mechanism by which the golf swing derives its efficiency.”He simplified the equations by removing the components that account for radial motion – motion away from the shoulders, such as what would happen if the club handle slipped down slightly in the golfer’s hands during the swing. There are two key points in the swing where radial motion does not factor in: at the end the first half of the swing when the golfer is holding the club at a fixed wrist-cock angle and about to release the club, and the instant before the club head strikes the ball, when the golfer’s arms and the club line up vertically. By using these two snapshots, White broke the swing down into a much more basic and manageable system.“This model helps explain why learning a good swing can be difficult,” he concludes. “Both the extraordinary effectiveness of wrist cock in gaining distance (without having to do additional work) and the loss in distance that occurs with the application of wrist torque are counter-intuitive.”Citation: Rod White, “On the efficiency of the golf swing,” Am. J. Phys., 74 1088-1094 (2006)References:1 C.B. Daish, The Physics of Ball Games. (London: The English University Press, 1972)2 Theodore P. Jorgensen, The Physics of Golf. (Melville, NY: The American Institute of Physics, 1994)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 Citation: Physics Reveals the Key to a Great Golf Swing (2006, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further What happens when a golf-loving researcher injures a shoulder and can’t play for three months? Rod White, a metrologist (measurement scientist), used the spare time off the course to undertake an analysis that revealed the foundation of an effective golf swing. As it turns out, it’s all in the wrists. The simple double-pendulum model of the golf swing, showing key angles, lengths, and masses. For instance, m1, m2, and m3 are the masses of the arms/hands, club head, and ball, respectively; L1 is the length of the arms/hands, and L2 is the length of the club head). (a) The system before the club is released and (b) when the club is about to strike the ball.last_img read more

Walls are mirrors with new imaging technique

first_img New laser technology brings perfect focus to medical advances © 2012 The paper, published yesterday in Nature Photonics, is authored by Ori Katz, Eran Small and Yaron Silberberg. Prof Silberberg and his colleagues are with the Ultra Fast Optics Group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. They are being said to have “pushed the limits” of what spatial light modulators (SLMs) can do.SLMs modify the phase of an incoming light beam. Like a series of ocean waves, the waves in light can be slowed down or redirected when they hit scattering materials. The team’s “wavefront shaping” involves using the SLM so that it refocuses at a desired location. Exploiting the angular range in which a single wavefront pattern inverts scattering allows wide-field real-time imaging through a single process.“We show that wavefront-shaping enables wide-field imaging through turbid layers with incoherent illumination, and imaging of occluded objects using light scattered from diffuse walls,” the authors said.“Our results bring wavefront-shaping closer to practical applications and realize the vision of looking through walls and around corners.” This is not the first attempt to explore correcting for scattering, with a number of research efforts in evidence over recent years. In 2010 there was news of a prototype camera that was developed by scientists that can shoot around corners, making use of an ultra-short high-intensity burst of laser light to illuminate a scene.The Weizmann Institute team provides real-time imaging in a different way. As reported in Nature Photonics, the technique is quick, simple and uses natural light rather than lasers. The main power of the technique is said to be that it can work with incoherent light. Unlike past wavefront approaches, this technique does not require a coherent source, interferometric detection, raster scanning or off-line computational reconstruction. Earth-based astronomy and deep tissue imaging are two relevant areas that could make use of the study’s findings, as both astronomy and deep tissue imaging are challenged by scattering and dense materials. Talking about future applications, principal investigator Silberberg said, “Our technique for imaging through scattering layers may allow that study of previously inaccessible biological samples by optical imaging, e.g., imaging through thin egg shells for studying embryonic development.” Silberberg further explained what could make a difference. “If you want to look to see an embryo developing inside an egg but the eggshell scatters everything, or you want to look through the skin, scattering is the main enemy there, and time-of-flight is not a good solution.” He was referring to the “time-of-flight” approach with a laser-based camera. He envisions that the primary use for their technique will be in biological and medical studies. More information: Looking around corners and through thin turbid layers in real time with scattered incoherent light, Nature Photonics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.150 (Preprint is available on Arxiv)AbstractImaging with optical resolution through turbid media is a long sought-after goal with important applications in deep tissue imaging. Although extensively studied, this goal was considered impractical until recently. Adaptive-optics techniques, which can correct weak aberrations, are inadequate for turbid samples, where light is scattered to complex speckle patterns with a number of modes greatly exceeding the number of degrees of control. This conception changed after the demonstration of coherent focusing through turbid media by wavefront-shaping, using spatial light modulators. Here, we show that wavefront-shaping enables wide-field imaging through turbid layers with incoherent illumination, and imaging of occluded objects using light scattered from diffuse walls. In contrast to the recently introduced schemes for imaging through turbid media, our technique does not require coherent sources, interferometric detection, raster-scanning or off-line reconstruction. Our results bring wavefront-shaping closer to practical applications and realize the vision of looking through ‘walls’ and around corners. ( — A child’s dream wanting to come true: putting on a magic cape to see around corners and through walls, solving mysteries and catching criminals. Scientists, meanwhile, are achieving the same optical powers with knowledge and labs if not capes. A study published yesterday, “Looking around corners and through thin turbid layers in real time with scattered incoherent light,” is attracting much attention in its description of the technique, using a spatial light modulator to undo the scattering that makes objects opaque or non-reflecting. Their technique allows real-time imaging through opaque materials and around highly scattering optical diffusers. Journal information: Nature Photonics Citation: Walls are mirrors with new imaging technique (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

The road also taken Alternative and hidden pathways in biological electron transfer

first_img Citation: The road also taken: Alternative and hidden pathways in biological electron transfer (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Photosynthesis, cellular respiration and many other biological processes have something in common: long-range electron transfer (ET), the simplest known chemical reaction that is known to occur efficiently high over distances up to 20 Å. However, determining the ways in which biological electron transfer is optimized has been a subject of considerable discussion. Recently, scientists at Universidad Nacional de Rosario and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina conducted a spectroscopic, electrochemical, and theoretical study that suggests a unique role for alternative or “invisible” electronic ground states corresponding to directional electron transfer. Specifically, they describe a biological redox metal center (CuA) in which thermal fluctuations in Thermus thermophilus may populate two alternative ground-state electronic wave functions optimized for electron entry and exit, respectively, through two different and nearly perpendicular pathways. Explore further Scientists Show How Bacteria Move Electrons Across a Membrane (Upper) Optimal ET pathway (red) from cytochrome c to CuA in the πu state, and (Lower) from CuA in the σu* state to the ba3 group of the oxidase. Rendered from the structure of T. thermophilus ba3 oxidase (PDB ID code 1XME) (41) and the model complex between the CuA domain and cytochrome c552 (PDB ID code 2FWL) (13). Credit: © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1204251109 More information: Alternative ground states enable pathway switching in biological electron transfer, PNAS ,October, 23, 2012 vol. 109 no. 43, 17348-17353, doi:10.1073/pnas.1204251109 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Protein film voltammetry (PFV) is an electrochemical technique that provides thermodynamic and kinetic descriptions of electron transfer and coupled chemistry occurring within redox proteins, and moreover has the entire electroactive sample under precise potential control at all times in an experiment.)”Of great importance is that all of the experiments and simulations were performed both for the wild type protein and for single point mutants that were specifically designed and produced in our labs,” Vila continues. “These mutations allowed us to perturb the electronic structure of the protein active site while preserving its native fold. Understanding exactly how the electronic structure was altered, and identifying the thermodynamic and kinetic ET properties that changed, were the key insights in our study.”Murgida also discussed key results suggested by the study’s findings – specifically, the role of alternative or invisible electronic ground states in directional electron transfer, as well as alternative ways through which protein–protein interactions and membrane potential may optimize and regulate electron–proton energy transduction. “At room temperature, every molecule exists in a form of minimal electronic energy that is usually called the fundamental or ground state. Promotion to quantum mechanically-allowed states of higher energy – that is, excited states – usually requires a large amount of energy that is not thermally available under these conditions.” As a result, except for light-activated processes such as photosynthesis, chemical reactions usually involve the ground state only.”In our work, we found that, for the CuA site, very small structural fluctuations and small perturbations change the nature of the electronic ground state, and that the new ground state has very different quantum properties and, thereby, reactivity,” Vila continues. “Unlike the case of electronically-excited states, the energy gap between these two ground states is small, meaning that both are thermally accessible. Moreover, it can be finely tuned either by small structural perturbations or by the presence of electric fields such as those generated by the membrane potential, thus altering the relative populations of states.”Interestingly, while one of the states is optimized for electron entry from Cytochrome c (Cyt) – a natural electron carrier in respiration – the other is optimized for electron exit, towards molecular oxygen (O2), the final electron acceptor in respiration). In its idle state, both researchers point out, the CuA site is mainly in the state not optimized for electron entry, which we therefore call invisible. However, they add, subtle perturbations that take place when forming the inter-protein Cyt- CuA complex shift the balance towards the alternative invisible state, thus facilitating electron transfer from Cyt to CuA, and subsequent transfer to the next redox center. In other words, the CuA site behaves as an electron hub, directing efficient electron flow by using these two different electronic pathways.Murgida notes that their findings have implications for areas of research beyond their own. “Both basic and applied research may find these results useful. Our research shows that there are still many aspects of biological electron transfer that haven’t been unveiled yet, and may push the study of electron/proton energy transduction further. On the other hand, our findings may exert a profound impact in the development of protein-based electronic devices such as biosensors, suggesting new ways in which electron transfer reactions may be finely tuned in order to design more efficient devices.”Not surprisingly, then, the researchers are looking at ways to extend their work. “For us, there’s not only one next step,” Vila concludes. “Forthcoming challenges involve three vital questions: Can we induce this ground state switch with even more subtle perturbations farther away from the metal site? Can we engineer a CuA site in which the naturally invisible state becomes more stable than the visible one? Can we elicit this two-state switching by protein-protein interactions? There are many things we’d like to try right now.” Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Professors Daniel H. Murgida and Alejandro J. Vila outline the challenges they and their fellow researchers, including Luciano A. Abriata and Damián Álvarez-Paggi, encountered when conducting their study. “Perhaps the main challenge associated with our discovery was to surmount our own preconceived hypothesis of how the ET reactions of CuA-containing enzymes should occur,” Murgida tells “At the beginning there was no place in our minds for the picture of alternative electronic states operating for electron entry and exit. We had a large collection of experimental and theoretical results, but they just didn’t add up – evidence seemed contradictory or incomplete at best. In fact, some pieces of the puzzle that tied up everything quite nicely appeared later on in our investigation.”Their seed ideas, Vila continues, were triggered by paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations. Once they identified and characterized these two alternative ground states, and realized that thermal fluctuations and small external perturbations determined their relative populations, they began to comprehend much of their spectroscopic and electrochemical data. “Suddenly,” Murgida says, “everything fit. Then we began wondering, were we really the only ones who have seen this? We went back through the literature, and the answer was no: Many researchers before us obtained pieces of what we now know as evidence in favor of the existence of alternative ground-states in CuA centers – but just as it happened to us at first, they simply didn’t realize what the data meant.” After their findings, Murgida adds, the data can be reinterpreted in terms of the many different perturbations that may switch the population of either state, thereby reinforcing the notion of this mechanism being biologically relevant.In addressing these challenges, the researchers utilized a range of techniques. “We did lots of spectroscopy, such as NMR, UV/Vis, EXAFS and Resonance Raman,” Murgida explains. “Then we probed the redox functionality using protein film voltammetry – and, as mentioned, we also performed many computational calculations at the levels of classical and quantum mechanics. “This allows for high-resolution definition of activity across a wide and continuous potential range, complementing the information available from more traditional methods of analysis with resolution in the time and concentration domains,” Murgida details. “In addition, PFV affords high sample economy, films typically contain less than or equal to 1 picomole of protein, and simply transferring a film between solutions of different composition allows changes of reactivity, and their reversibility, to be readily established.”last_img read more

Physicists discuss quantum pigeonhole principle

first_img More information: Explore further Science writers reporting on the physicists’ findings heard resonance with that other blogger-comment favorite, Schrödinger’s cat. They suggested that those mulling over counterintuitive implications of quantum physics now have one more animal-related paradox to think about, in the form of pigeons, if any, found in pigeonholes. Physics World on Friday referred to “paradoxical pigeons” as the latest quantum conundrum. Scientists identified the paradox involving quantum pigeons; specifically, they have posed their findings on what the team calls the “quantum-pigeonhole effect.” According to the team, when you put three pigeons in two pigeonholes, it is possible for none of the pigeons to share a hole. They found instances when three quantum particles, they wrote, put in two boxes “yet no two particple are in the same box.”The team from California and colleagues in Israel, Italy and the UK are authors of the paper, “The quantum pigeonhole principle and the nature of quantum correlations,” by Y. Aharonov, F. Colombo, S. Popescu, I. Sabadini, D.C.Struppa, and J. Tollaksen. The research is described on the arXiv preprint server.”It’s one of those things that seem to be impossible,” said co-author Jeff Tollaksen, physics professor at Chapman University, in Physics World, but it is a consequence of quantum mechanics. “In conclusion,” said the authors,” we presented a new quantum effect that requires us to revisit some of the most basic notions of quantum physics—the notions of separability, of correlations and of interactions.”Marcus Woo, writing in Physics World on Friday, said, “They reckon that the effect will arise when an observer makes a sequence of measurements while trying to fit three particles in two boxes. First, you make an initial, “pre-selection” measurement of the locations of the particles. Next, you can perform an intermediate measurement to see whether two particles share a box. Finally, you make a final, “post-selection” measurement of the locations. You can make the pre-selection and post-selection measurements such that they are completely independent. In the intermediate step, you can make what’s called a weak measurement to look at all three particles simultaneously. And when you do, it turns out that no two particles share a box. Credit: Wikipedia © 2014 Researchers find nondestructive method to study quantum wave systems The pigeonhole principle: “If you put three pigeons in two pigeonholes at least two of the pigeons end up in the same hole.” So where’s the argument? Physicists say there is an important argument. While the principle captures the very essence of counting, the investigators said that they showed that in quantum mechanics it is not true. Citation: Physicists discuss quantum pigeonhole principle (2014, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

How the brain combines information across sensory modalities

first_img Explore further Binocular rivalry occurs when the two eyes view dissimilar ocular stimuli, and interocular competition replaces stable binocular single vision. When the left and right eye are in disagreement, the brain resolves the conflict via compromise, alternating visual awareness between the two viewpoints over time—the input from one eye will be suppressed from consciousness while the other becomes dominant. This rivalry phenomenon offers researchers the opportunity to study the inferential nature of perception and the brain’s apparent tendency to apply additional sensory context when presented with confusing visual input.Musicians are ideal subjects for studying the congruence between abstract visual representations because they are familiar with symbolic musical notation, and can therefore experience melodic structure through both sound and vision. The researchers designed an experiment in which a group of both musicians and nonmusicians were subjected to a conventional binocular rivalry task in which they pressed buttons to track alternating periods of dominance and suppression between dissimilar monocular displays—one eye saw a musical score scrolling through the display; the other eye saw a vertical, drifting grating. Participants tracked their alternations in perception in one of three audiovisual conditions: while listening to a melody that was congruent with the score; while listening to a melody that was incongruent with the score; or while not listening to any sound at all. 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. (—Visual information is dense, and researchers have long theorized that when visual stimuli are confusing or ambiguous, the brain must apply additional contextual information in order to interpret it. A group of Korean researchers became interested in one source of visual confusion called binocular rivalry as a means of studying how the brain provides additional context to confusing visual information. They have published the results of their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As the authors write, these results add to the growing evidence that the process of sensory combination is a form of probabilistic inference “with dynamic weightings of different sources of information being governed by their reliability and likelihood.” Additionally, the bisensory congruence observed in the participants with musical training only occurred when the musical score was perceptually dominant, not when it was being suppressed from awareness by the image of the grate in the opposite eye. “Taken together, these results demonstrate robust audiovisual interaction based on high-level, symbolic representations and its predictive influence on perceptual dynamics during binocular rivalry,” the authors write. More information: “Melodic sound enhances visual awareness of congruent musical notes, but only if you can read music.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print June 15, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1509529112AbstractPredictive influences of auditory information on resolution of visual competition were investigated using music, whose visual symbolic notation is familiar only to those with musical training. Results from two experiments using different experimental paradigms revealed that melodic congruence between what is seen and what is heard impacts perceptual dynamics during binocular rivalry. This bisensory interaction was observed only when the musical score was perceptually dominant, not when it was suppressed from awareness, and it was observed only in people who could read music. Results from two ancillary experiments showed that this effect of congruence cannot be explained by differential patterns of eye movements or by differential response sluggishness associated with congruent score/melody combinations. Taken together, these results demonstrate robust audiovisual interaction based on high-level, symbolic representations and its predictive influence on perceptual dynamics during binocular rivalry. The video shows examples of the musical scores and melodies used to determine that the brain can use the abstract information in a musical score to interpret what it is seeing. Credit: Blake Laboratory, Vanderbilt University ResultsIn the experiment, musical scores in rivalry enjoyed significantly greater predominance than the image of the drifting grate among the participants who were able to read music. Predominance was not significantly different between the grate and the musical score for participants who could not read music.The researchers conclude that visual awareness during states of interocular competition is influenced by nonvisual information. They theorize that musical training might play a role in the development of unusually strong connections between the brain’s perception and action systems. They further attribute the multisensory interactions observed in the study to information combinations across different sensory modalities, rather than to any sensory-neural convergence of auditory and visual signals. center_img Musicians don’t just hear in tune, they also see in tune Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2015 Citation: How the brain combines information across sensory modalities (2015, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Experiment 1. (A) Schematics of rival stimuli and AV conditions. (Upper) One eye viewed a single-note musical score scrolling right to left, and the other eye viewed a vertical grating scrolling left to right. (Lower) In some trials, the participant heard an auditory melody that either matched (CON) or did not match (INC) the visual score; in other trials (not illustrated) no melody was heard (NS). (B) Predominance plotted for readers and nonreaders; pairs of predominance values for a given AV condition do not necessarily sum to 100%, because total trial duration included brief periods of incomplete dominance (i.e., mixtures, which comprised 5.6, 6.4, and 6.5% of the total viewing time for CON, INC, and NS conditions, respectively, values that are not significantly different when examined using ANOVA). Predominance values computed with mixtures excluded produce exactly the same pattern of results. **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.001. Error bars denote SEM. (C) Frequency histograms showing the relative proportion of normalized dominance durations for score and for grating (i.e., score suppression) in readers in CON trials (orange), INC trials (blue), and NS trials (gray). (D) Decile plots for normalized score dominance durations and for normalized score suppression durations. *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, FDR corrected. Error bars represent SEM. (E) Eye movement measurement in control experiment 1. (Upper) Decile plot of normalized score dominance durations for CON and INC conditions. *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, FDR corrected. (Lower) Heat-maps showing horizontal gaze stability for CON and INC trials. The key indicates the mapping between color and incidence of fixation, with warm colors denoting greater incidence of fixation on the given spatial location of the rival target area. Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print June 15, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1509529112last_img read more

Marriage Therapists Who Follow Their Own Advice

first_imgBecause marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned along the way. Occupations The couple, both of whom have Ph.D.’s in psychology, are the founders of the Gottman Institute, a Seattle company that helps couples build and maintain healthy relationships based on scientific studies. They are co-authors of “Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love,” which was published in February by Workman Publishing. Who Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, 68, and Dr. John Gottman, 77center_img Their Marriage 31 years, 9 months and counting Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

Topiwalleh in town

first_imgThat bling in their outfits, the multicolored Nehruvian topis and the high impact folk rock performance are what make Swarathama stand out. Coming from Bengaluru, the band retains its roots by playing E Bhoomi, their Kannada composition, wherever they go. Will begin with the most striking feature of your band- the topis. Do these signify any ideology behind the band?Well, our topis have a story to them. These are so significant that our second album in 2012 was named Topiwalleh. We used to don topis for our performances even before this album. These were not in vogue and we wanted to give them our own spin. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’We are a set of liberal people, with different ideologies. So, the Nehruvian topis do not stand for our ideology. Incidentally, the guy who makes our topis comes from a lineage where his forefathers made the same for Indian freedom fighters.Q. And do people connect to the Kannada singing band?It’s not only Kannada music, that  we play. It’s just E-bhoomi that makes it to all our performances and then there is Nane-davi( My own way) and Jambha (pride) that people like. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou wouldn’t believe the kind of response our topis and music elicit. It is a wonderful feeling to see people reciprocate by wearing the topis during our performances. For our international audience, we try and explain our lyrics to put things into perspective. In return, when music lovers in UK come wearing our topis, it is sheer delight to play for them.Q. That’s amazing! And it’s equally amazing to know about your social campaigns. Do you feel some sense of social responsibility as a band? We started ‘Action replay’ somewhere during our initial years as a band. The idea was to do a free-of-cost gig against all of our performances. I wish we could actually do one free gig even now but it is just not possible. But we try and take our music to villages, small towns and places other than the posh cafes of metropolitans. Q. What sort of response does a folk rock band get in smaller towns of India?People have a set perception about bands- crazy and freakish college kids with an affinity to drugs seem to be their idea of music band followers. We have, in our own way, changed that perception to an extent. Q. It is indeed a huge change. What are you planning next?Thank you. We have started working on the tunes of our third album. In a year’s time, we should be able to come out with it. Apart from that, we want to collaborate and jam with other artistes to produce some soul enriching music.last_img read more

Saluting quality

first_imgAnil Kumar Sharma, CMD, Amrapali Group and President, CREDAI-NCR received the Real Estate Tycoon Indi award for his outstanding contribution to the realty sector. The award was presented by Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma (Minister for Energy and Climate Change, U.K.) at a ceremony held in London. The Indo- British Partnership ceremony was graced by the presence of Rt. Hon. Lord Swraj Paul, Lord Dolar Popat of Harrow, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (UK Parliament), Lord Md. Sheikh and Lord Diljit Rana. Event also saw the presence of Deputy High Commissioner of India to UK, Dr. Varinder Paul. The leaders enlightened the diaspora about the Indo-British relation going strong and how could it go stronger.last_img read more

The booked Capital

first_imgAs Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, love-struck couples must be busy deciding their dating places for the special day. The search gets confined to restaurants, malls and other such places that claim special offers on the cupid’s day. Well, this time you can give a break to your normal dates and can celebrate the day with your loved ones in the company of books!Yes, you heard it right. The New Delhi World Book Fair 2015 is commencing on February 14 at Pragati Maidan. And if your loved one is a cricket fan, you can give him/her the best Valentine Day gift ever. Virender Sehwag is expected to pay a visit there and what better gift to a cricket fan than a meeting with the legend himself. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As far as the ‘book lovers’,  are concerned this year the fair will mark over 1050 participants from around the globe. But the one thing to watch out for is its theme presentation based on North East. Whenever someone talks about the Seven Sisters, its breathtaking beauty flits into our mind. From people, languages, cultures, traditions to cuisines, the land possesses enormous diversity. Taking a leaf out of its literary diversity, the fair will present Suryodaya: Emerging Voices from North East India that focuses on the rich corpus of writing from the region, the land and its people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSingapore which is the Guest of Honour country will be participating with the 43-member strong delegation of publisher, authors and scholars. South Korea being the focus country will be participating with a 12-member delegation. Over 200 Korean books will be released during the fair. National Book Trust will also be releasing around 25 books over the period of the fair. This year the fair has introduced three initiatives that include CEO Speak, Rights Table and Author’s Corner. More than 100 CEOs and dignitaries from the industry will discuss book-trade related issues at the CEOSpeak Publishers Forum on February 15. The Right Table is a two-day event (February 16 -17) that will offer a B2B match making session between publishers. A joint venture of NBT and ITPO, Delhi World Book Fair 2015 will be inaugurated by Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development in the presence of author Narendra Kohli. Lim Thuan Kuan, High Commissioner of Singapore to India. Apart from Singapore and South Korea, 28 other countries like – France, Nepal, Pakistan, Germany, Japan, USA among others will be displaying their books in the Foreign Pavilion. For children, apart from the several activities, their pavilion will be organising various interactive sessions with the authors, illustrators and storytellers.Like previous year, this year too eminent authors and literary personalities will be holding interactive sessions and interactions with the visitors at various author corners. Different art and cultural workshops, creative writing/drawing competitions for children and cultural programmes have been organised that will add on to the festive mood all throughout the book fair. So, do pay a visit to the place, doesn’t matter if you are a book lover or not!last_img read more

Govt to back cos that face US sanctions for investing in Iran

first_imgIndia will protect economic interest of its oil companies from being impacted in the eventuality of US sanctions against them for investing in Iran, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Monday.Pradhan made the comments after Government Accountability Office (GAO) of US named Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) along with two Chinese firms for having energy ties with Iran, an act for which it can impose sanctions against them. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash“India will take its own stand, independent diplomatic stand on the issue,” he said. “Certainly economic interest of our companies and country will be priority.” He, however, refused to elaborate saying such issues cannot be discussed through media. The US Iran Sanctions Act provides for steps against persons, including foreign firms, investing more than $20 million in Iran’s energy sector in any 12-month period.According to GAO, the US has not imposed sanctions on any firm for their Iran energy ties since 1998. The US and its allies have pursued the sanctions route to isolate Iran over its alleged nuclear programme. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsThe three firms have been named for their stake in the Farsi offshore block in Iran. “Looking at the diplomatic complexity of the whole issue, we will look at ways how our companies wont be affected by any adverse situation,” Pradhan said. ONGC, IOC and OIL have been named for having 40 per cent, 40 per cent and 20 per cent interest respectively in the Farsi block.All the three firms gave similar response to US GAO saying the “exploration contract (for Farsi block) expired in 2009” and that they had “not carried out any activity after 2007 in the Farsi Block”.OVL, IOC and OIL explored for oil and gas in Iran’s Farsi block and proposed investing $5.5 billion to produce gas from the 21.68 trillion cubic foot discovery they made in the offshore area located near the Saudi Arabian border.They, however, haven’t invested in the development due to differences over the contract with the Iranian government.last_img read more