Month: August 2019

Creating a memory device out of paper

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain ( — As technology continues to shrink, and as memory needs become more demanding, the industry dealing with microelectronics requires devices that are cost-efficient and lightweight. And, while organic materials have shown some promise, they still lack some of the essential qualities needed for application in a wide variety of fields. “The longest time that has lasted from organic memories,” Rodrigo Martins tells, “is about 5,000 seconds. This just doesn’t allow for practical use in many cases as a memory device.” Martins, a scientist at the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, continues: “What we have shown is that it is possible to store information on paper, electronically, for more than a year and a half.” Martins is part of a team that includes Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Carreia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira and Elvira Fortunato. The group has demonstrated memory performance using a field-effect transistor built on paper. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor.”“What we are doing is exploiting the memory effect,” Martins explains. “We have a sort of type of integrated foam composed of fibers set up that increases the capability of storing carriers – or charges – in our paper.” These charges allow the paper to display information that is also erasable – and the paper is rewritable so that additional information can be added.One of the attractive features of this memory paper is that it is produced at room temperature, meaning that it does not need special conditions for its manufacture. To create the paper, long fibers from pine and polyester were mixed together and put into an ionic resin matrix. The fibers were then coated with gallium indium zinc oxide, using magnetron sputtering. “We have integrated discrete fibers, and contacts are applied on the extremes of the channel region to allow the induced carriers to move,” Martins says. “Electrons move along the fibers.”Martins points out that another of the attractive features of this paper is its ability to hold multiple layers of information. “If I want my paper to catch information,” he explains, “I can apply a signal of, say, five volts. And it writes on the paper. If I want to erase the information, I basically apply minus five volts – the opposite. But, at the same time, I can write another layer of information using 10 volts. The paper can distinguish between the two, and even if I erase the five volt information, the 10 volt information remains.”The main applications that Martins sees for this work right now involve product information for merchandise. “You can have multiple layers of information on a product label,” he says. “Instead of just the expiring date, you can have more than this, including information about when it went on the shelves.” However, Martins also sees the potential for this paper’s use in books. “You can create a display, bringing a new dimension to the paper,” he says. “You push a button and it changes. You can see a static or dynamic picture, or even another page.” “Such technology,” he cautions, “is still some years away. It will take five or six years to really work out how to use this technology to such an effect. But we do know that paper can store a great deal of information. We have the paper transistor; we have the memory. We have everything we need to make this happen.”More Information: Rodrigo Martins, Pedro Barquinha, Luís Pereira, Nuno Correia, Gonçalo Gonçalves, Isabel Ferreira, and Elvira Fortunato. “Write-erase and read paper memory transistor,” Applied Physics Letters (2008). Available online: .Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of center_img Citation: Creating a memory device out of paper (2008, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards

first_img Citation: Microsoft Reviews HTML 5 Standards (2009, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Adrian Bateman stated: “As part of our planning for future work, the IE team is reviewing the current editor’s draft of the HTML5 spec and gathering our thoughts. We want to share our feedback and discuss this in the working group.”The current draft of HTML 5 includes number of important advancements that will render web pages more dynamic. Some of the HTML 5 features will include built-in video and audio with the ability to store web applications on your computer so that they can be used offline. This approach would increase web application response time. Google, Apple, and Mozilla are using some of HTML 5 features in their latest browsers; however Microsoft is being more cautious. Internet Explore 8 supports some of HTML 5 features like, the DOM Store, Cross Document Messaging, Cross Domain Messaging, and Ajax Navigation. In a CNET interview, in July, with Amy Barzdukas, general manager for IE, Amy commented; “The support of ratified standards (that Web developers) can use is something that we are extremely supportive of.” “In some cases, it can be premature to start claiming support for standards that are not yet in fact standards.”The message that Microsoft is trying to convey is that they are now focusing more on the HTML 5 specifications. Microsoft’s philosophy in the past has been that they would determine what technology IE should support. As we all know, Microsoft Internet Explore has been steadily loosing market share with their competitors and realizing now that they need to change their old philosophy. Via: CNET© 2009 Explore further Web browser enters a golden agecenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Program Manager, Adrian Bateman will be reviewing the specifications for HTML 5 that has been taken more seriously by Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla.last_img read more

Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves

first_imgNeutron star collision. Image: NASA/Dana Berry 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. Can you hear black holes collide? Citation: Israeli astrophysicists say neutron star collisions can help detect gravity waves (2011, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Neutron stars are what’s left over from supernova explosions; so dense that protons and electrons are crushed together forming neutrons. The result is something relatively small in size, but incredibly dense. But what happens when two such stars capture one another in their respective gravity fields? More information: Detectable radio flares following gravitational waves from mergers of binary neutron stars, Nature (2011) doi:10.1038/nature10365AbstractMergers of neutron-star/neutron-star binaries are strong sources of gravitational waves. They can also launch subrelativistic and mildly relativistic outflows and are often assumed to be the sources of short γ-ray bursts. An electromagnetic signature that persisted for weeks to months after the event would strengthen any future claim of a detection of gravitational waves10. Here we present results of calculations showing that the interaction of mildly relativistic outflows with the surrounding medium produces radio flares with peak emission at 1.4 gigahertz that persist at detectable (submillijansky) levels for weeks, out to a redshift of 0.1. Slower subrelativistic outflows produce flares detectable for years at 150 megahertz, as well as at 1.4 gigahertz, from slightly shorter distances. The radio transient RT 19870422 has the properties predicted by our model, and its most probable origin is the merger of a compact neutron-star/neutron-star binary. The lack of radio detections usually associated with short γ-ray bursts does not constrain the radio transients that we discuss here (from mildly relativistic and subrelativistic outflows) because short γ-ray burst redshifts are typically >0.1 and the appropriate timescales (longer than weeks) have not been sampled. © 2011 Explore further Ehud Nakar and Tsvi Piran, university professors in Israel, say they circle one anther until eventually colliding and unleashing an enormous amount of energy. In their paper published in Nature, the two describe how a simulation they’ve created shows that energy particles emitted from such an occurrence could reach speeds of one tenth to one half the speed of light. They also write that such an event could produce measureable gravity waves.Gravity waves are something Einstein predicted as part of his theory of general relativity. Also described as the result of a space-time warp, gravity waves are thought to occur due to the existence of large mass objects. One analogy is a small stone placed upon a sheet of linen. Nothing happens. But when a large rock is placed on it instead, the linen bends around beneath it. The problem with trying to measure such gravity waves though, is that they dissipate as they move, just as do waves in water. Thus, waves that reach us after traveling billions of miles tend to be rather weak. Another problem is that they are one shot deals. Studying events in space is far more difficult than studying objects as they only last for a short while. Nakar and Piran believe that waves from a collision between two neutron stars would only be observable for a few months. Luckily, two new telescopes are currently being built to observe such phenomena; one in the US and one in the Netherlands.In order to prove their theory, the duo needs to come up with some evidence to show that measurable energy from such a collision has reached the Earth before. And they think they have found it: RT 19870422, a transient object discovered in a previous study by astronomer Jeffrey Bower. Its properties seem to match those created in the simulation. But of course if it sent gravity waves our way they are long gone, thus looking towards the future, the two will have to find two neutron stars that are on the verge of colliding, then hope that they will be able to capture the results when it happens.last_img read more

Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the

first_img VOCs are organic chemicals that exhibit high vapor pressure under normal conditions. Their high vapor pressure tendencies are due to their low boiling point, which in turn result in their molecules evaporating and winding up in the atmosphere. Prior research has shown that there are a large number of such chemicals in the atmosphere, but environmental conditions have made it difficult to isolate and identify these chemicals from any given sample. For that reason, researchers have primarily focused almost exclusively on a chosen few, such as isoprene, methanol, and various terpenes. In this new effort, the team has put together two devices that allow not only for monitoring all of the VOCs that exist in the air at a certain location, but also whether the VOCs are being emitted or deposited.Neither device is new, they are just being used in a new way. The first is a mass spectrometer. The team installed it atop a pole at Gordon Ranch along with gas inlets and an anemometer. The spectrometer collects chemical samples while the anemometer detects changes in wind direction. This combination allows the team to discern if readings picked up by the spectrometer are from chemicals being put into the air (wind moving upwards) or taken out (wind moving downward). This novel arrangement allows the researchers to monitor the total exchange of VOCs in the air above the orange grove for a short period of time.Going in, the team expected to find a few new compounds in the air—they were surprised, however, to find they had detected hundreds of VOCs. Their effort marks the first time a research team has been able to identify the entire exchange of VOCs in a portion of the atmosphere.The team notes that their research effort was limited to one site and that monitoring other sites could result in vastly different findings. More importantly, it appears their technique could be used to monitor sites all around the world, giving environmental scientists much more information about what is going on in the atmosphere, including of course, global warming. Explore further © 2013 ( —A team of researchers from the U.S., the Netherlands, and Italy has found a way to detect and measure the exchange of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they used a new technique to measure VOC concentrations in the air above an orange grove in California. Scent of melanoma: New research may lead to early non-invasive detection and diagnosis Citation: Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the atmosphere (2013, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Active Atmosphere-Ecosystem Exchange of the Vast Majority of Detected Volatile Organic Compounds, Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 643-647 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235053ABSTRACTNumerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) exist in Earth’s atmosphere, most of which originate from biogenic emissions. Despite VOCs’ critical role in tropospheric chemistry, studies for evaluating their atmosphere-ecosystem exchange (emission and deposition) have been limited to a few dominant compounds owing to a lack of appropriate measurement techniques. Using a high–mass resolution proton transfer reaction–time of flight–mass spectrometer and an absolute value eddy-covariance method, we directly measured 186 organic ions with net deposition, and 494 that have bidirectional flux. This observation of active atmosphere-ecosystem exchange of the vast majority of detected VOCs poses a challenge to current emission, air quality, and global climate models, which do not account for this extremely large range of compounds. This observation also provides new insight for understanding the atmospheric VOC budget. Journal information: Science . Flux contribution by chemical composition. Credit: Science 9 August 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6146 pp. 643-647 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235053 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

8000year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles

first_imgThe researchers are unable to offer an explanation for what they have found at the site, though they suggest it was possible the victims had died or been killed elsewhere and then transported to the burial site. Possibly because they were considered exceptional in some way. Explore further People living during the Mesolithic were hunter-gatherers, the researchers note, which is why the burial site and its contents are so surprising. At the time of its use, the burial site would have been at a shallow lake bottom covered with tightly packed stones upon which the remains of humans had been laid. The remains were all skulls, save for one infant. The adult skulls (except one) were missing jawbones, and at least two of the skulls showed evidence of a stick thrust through the opening at the base through the top of the skull—normally associated with posting a skull to scare enemies. But hunter-gatherers were not known for posting skulls or engaging in gruesome funeral rituals. Instead, they were known for disposing of their dead in simple, respectful ways.The gravesite was found in what is now southern Sweden, near an archaeological site known as Kanaljorden. Archeologists have been working at the site since 2009, but it was not until 2011 that the human remains were found—until that time, researchers had been finding animal remains. To date, the researchers have found the remains of 11 adults. In another surprise, the team discovered that all of the adult skulls bore signs of trauma—each had been whacked in the head multiple times. But the trauma was inflicted differently depending on gender. The males were hit on top or near the front of the head, while the females were typically hit from behind. None of the wounds appeared life-threatening, however, though without the rest of the corpse, it was impossible to identify what had killed them. Cranium F318 with wooden stake. Photograph: Fredrik Hallgren. Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210 Citation: 8000-year old underwater burial site reveals human skulls mounted on poles (2018, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Anterior view of crania F296 showing well-preserved facial bones. Photograph: Sara Gummesson. Credit: Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210 A team of researchers with Stockholm University and the Cultural Heritage Foundation has uncovered the remains of a number of Mesolithic people in an underwater grave in a part of what is now Sweden. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the group describes the site where the remains were found, the condition of the remains and also offer some possible explanations for the means by which the remains found their way to the underwater burial site.center_img © 2018 Journal information: Antiquity 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: Sara Gummesson et al. Keep your head high: skulls on stakes and cranial trauma in Mesolithic Sweden, Antiquity (2018). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.210AbstractThe socio-cultural behaviour of Scandinavian Mesolithic hunter-gatherers has been difficult to understand due to the dearth of sites thus far investigated. Recent excavations at Kanaljorden in Sweden, however, have revealed disarticulated human crania intentionally placed at the bottom of a former lake. The adult crania exhibited antemortem blunt force trauma patterns differentiated by sex that were probably the result of interpersonal violence; the remains of wooden stakes were recovered inside two crania, indicating that they had been mounted. Taphonomic factors suggest that the human bodies were manipulated prior to deposition. This unique site challenges our understanding of the handling of the dead during the European Mesolithic. Skulls suggest Romans in London enjoyed human blood sportslast_img read more

Protein chains that selfform into helical braids

first_imgSEM micrographs of braid topologies observed in gels of 2. a, Cartoon diagrams showing two-stranded entanglements and their corresponding braid words. The braid word describes the pattern of crossings in the repeat unit, which must conform to certain topological constraints. b,c, Commonly observed entanglements in gels of 2: double helices (b) and larger helical bundles (c). d,e, Three- and four-stranded entanglements observed in gels of 2: three-stranded Brunnian braids (d) and tentative examples of nested homochiral double helices (e). Credit: Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0222-0 A team of researchers from Durham University in the U.K. and Shaanxi Normal University in China has discovered a type of protein that forms naturally into two main types of helical braids. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, the group describes extracting an achiral oligo peptidomimetic compound from a urine sample and observing its unique properties. More information: Christopher D. Jones et al. Braiding, branching and chiral amplification of nanofibres in supramolecular gels, Nature Chemistry (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41557-019-0222-0 Tiny protein coiled coils that self-assemble into cages Citation: Protein chains that self-form into helical braids (2019, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Prior research has shown that proteins can form themselves into interesting shapes because they develop naturally into chains. Scientists have also learned that the shape a chain takes depends on its amino acid sequence. The study of protein shapes assumed great importance in recent years after it was found that misfolding can lead to conditions such as mad cow disease, in which amyloid fibers form braids and clump together, causing neural damage. The formation of amyloid fibers is also a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. In this new effort, the researchers took a closer look at a protein that exists naturally in urine to learn more about its shape characteristics.The researchers found that the protein naturally takes on one of two main types of shapes—one is a four-strand braid in a quadruple helix, and the other consists of pairs of double helices that weave themselves together into a single strand.The researchers found that aggregating the helices resulted in the formation of braided fibrils. They also found that branching occurred in the braids when errors cropped up, resulting in the formation of intricate patterns of connected braids. They also discovered that mixed-chirality helices assembled themselves into complex braid formations, but sometimes formed bundles if they underwent chirality inversion. They also noted that the protein chains were very sensitive to chiral amplification, which makes them good candidates for creating gels. The researchers created a gel using these chains in their lab, and report that it was similar in some respects to other gels already used in pharmaceuticals They also report that the gel is stickier than those typically used in pharmaceutical applications, which might make them good candidates for new applications. They also point out that the way the braids are formed can be engineered, which means it should be possible to create gels with different characteristics. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Chemistrylast_img read more

How Smartphones Are Affecting Our Relationships

first_imgIn their paper, Sbarra and his coauthors go beyond the idea that technology is simply attention-grabbing to suggest that there may be an evolutionary mismatch between smartphones and the social behaviors that help form and maintain close social relationships. “Smartphones and their affordances create new contexts for disclosing information about who we are and for being responsive to others, and these virtual connections may have downstream unwanted effects on our current relationships,” Sbarra said. “When you are distracted into or by the device, then your attention is divided, and being responsive to our partners – an essential ingredient for building intimacy – requires attention in the here and now.” “Between 2000 and 2018, we’ve seen the largest technological advances, arguably, at any point in the last 100 years,” he said. “We are interested in understanding the role of social relationships in human well-being. We can understand this from the level of what individuals do in relationships, but we can also understand it at the level of societal changes and societal forces that may push on relationships.” Sbarra doesn’t believe smartphones are all bad. In fact, he and his coauthors acknowledge that the devices offer several benefits for health and well-being, and texting provides many couples a route for connecting in a meaningful way. But they say more research is needed to fully understand the impact that virtual connections may have on our real-world relationships and the ways in which the pull of our phones may diminish immediate interactions and lead to conflict. Humans are hard-wired to connect with others, Sbarra and his colleagues argue. In the course of evolutionary history, we have relied on close relationships with small networks of family and friends for survival as individuals and as a species. These relationships were based on trust and cooperation, which is built when people disclose personal information about themselves and are responsive to others. Whether at the supermarket, in the doctor’s office, or in bed at night, it can be tempting to pick up the device and start scrolling through social media or text messages at any moment. But anyone who has done so in the presence of a close friend, family member, or romantic partner may have left that person feeling ignored, annoyed, or even pushed away. That’s according to a growing body of research on “technoference,” or the potential interference smartphones and other technologies can have in our face-to-face social interactions. From there, the authors outline a research agenda they hope can guide future studies. Those studies will be increasingly important as new technologies evolve and become more integrated in our daily lives, Sbarra said.center_img “The draw or pull of a smartphone is connected to very old modules in the brain that were critical to our survival, and central to the ways we connect with others are self-disclosure and responsiveness,” Sbarra said. “Evolution shaped self-disclosure and responsiveness in the context of small kin networks, and we now see these behaviors being cued more or less constantly by social networking sites and through our phones. We now have the outer-most edges of our social network cue us for responsiveness. Look no further than the next person you see scrolling through Facebook and mindlessly hitting the ‘like’ button while his kid is trying to tell him a story.” Divided attention, Sbarra and his colleagues say, may lead to relationship conflict. For example, the review paper cites a study of 143 married women, more than 70 percent of whom reported that mobile phones frequently interfere in their relationships. “We stay away from the question of whether social networking sites and smartphone use are good or bad, per se,” Sbarra said. “Technology is everywhere, and it’s not going away, nor should it. In this paper, we are interested in answering two basic questions: Why do the devices seem to have such a powerful pull on us? And, what is the state of the science on the effects of being pulled away from our in-person interactions and into the virtual world?”  In a review paper forthcoming in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, University of Arizona psychology professor David Sbarra and his collaborators at Wayne State University in Detroit examine existing research on technoference. They propose an explanation for why humans are so drawn to their smartphones, even when the devices take us out of the moment in our close relationships. It’s because of our evolutionary history, they say. Smartphones, and the constant access they provide to text messaging and social media, make it easier than ever for people to disclose personal information and respond to others in their social networks. And these networks are much larger and more far-flung than those of our ancestors.last_img read more

South Korea To Scrap Military IntelligenceSha

first_img HOW Hwee Young South Korea To Scrap Military Intelligence-Sharing… by NPR News Sasha Ingber, Anthony Kuhn 8.22.19 12:43pm Updated at 11:35 a.m. ETSouth Korea plans to terminate a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, prompting concerns about security cooperation between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington as North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats loom over the Korean Peninsula.It’s the latest breakdown between Seoul and Tokyo: Earlier this month, Japan removed South Korea from its “whitelist” of favored trade partners, prompting a retaliation in kind.The Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence in Seoul, announced Thursday that it will end the General Security of Military Information Agreement — a pact pushed by the Obama administration and signed in 2016 as a way for the two countries to exchange valuable information on potential threats posed by North Korea, China and Russia.”The government of the Republic of Korea decided that maintaining this Agreement, which was signed to facilitate the exchange of sensitive military information, does not serve our national interest,” Kim You-geun, deputy director of the country’s National Security Office, said in a statement.Seoul’s decision was made public before a Saturday deadline that would have automatically renewed the agreement for another year. South Korea appeared to be preparing for an extension, but that changed after Japan abruptly dropped the country from its list of preferred trade partners.On Thursday, Kim blamed Tokyo for altering their relationship through the downgrade, providing “no concrete evidence” for the decision. Japan has also imposed export controls on products that are essential to South Korea’s booming technology industry.Tokyo said the move was made on national security grounds. But the two countries’ disputes also trace back to Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea between 1910 and 1945. A South Korean Supreme Court ruling last year allowed Korean victims of forced labor during World War II to seek compensation from Japanese firms. South Korea also shut down a Japanese-funded foundation that supported Korean comfort women who were forced into sexual slavery during the war. Both actions incensed the Japanese government.Japan’s downgrading of trade ties with South Korea escalated tensions between the countries and triggered protests outside the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed that “we will never again lose to Japan.” And the prospect of pulling out of the military intelligence-sharing agreement began.According to South Korea’s Joongang Daily newspaper, Seoul and Tokyo have communicated about military intelligence matters at least seven times this year. That includes exchanges on the North’s recent spate of short-range missile tests, even after Tokyo’s decision to downgrade its trade relationship with Seoul.Last month, Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Tokyo would prefer to continue sharing intelligence, especially on North Korea. On Thursday, Taro said Seoul’s decision “completely misreads the security situation in Northeast Asia,” according to the Kyodo news agency.South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters on Thursday that the decision amounted to a “trust issue.” She said Seoul is preparing to explain the decision to both Japan and Washington — and that the decision is “a separate issue from the South Korea-U.S. alliance.”Washington has long sought to build accord between Seoul and Tokyo as another mechanism to confront North Korea and a burgeoning China.Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told NPR that the Department of Defense encourages Japan and South Korea to work together to resolve their differences, and he said he hoped it could be done “quickly.””We are all stronger — and Northeast Asia is safer — when the United States, Japan, and Korea work together in solidarity and friendship,” Eastburn said. “Intel sharing is key to developing our common defense policy and strategy.”Both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and special envoy on North Korea Steve Biegun have reportedly nudged America’s allies to patch up their differences. But critics accuse Washington of letting the bad blood boil between Tokyo and Seoul for too long before intervening.Foreign policy experts also note that the U.S. faces a challenge in countering the deep veins of nationalism that both Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have mined for their own political gains.Whether or not there is an immediate response from North Korea, China or Russia, those countries are likely pleased with the growing rift inside the U.S. web of alliances.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Want to continue with theatre

first_imgMaking a comeback to theatre is a fascinating experience for Bollwyood’s well-known actor Om Puri, who will be performing in the Capital, offering a complete treat to Delhiites. This marks the veteran actor’s return to the stage after 25 years.He will stage a comeback with Teri Amrita at the Punjabi Theatre Festival. This play is an Indian adaptation of AR Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters (1988). The play will highlight the professional journey of Puri and Divya Dutta, who will play the roles of Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Talking about making his way back to acting on stage, Om Puri said: ‘I was very nervous initially when I decided to make a comeback. I started off with theatre as a teenager and was spotted by directors of the Punjab Kala Manch at a college play. Now at this point of life, when I am turning 64, I want to continue with theatre. I want to act and will be producing theatre from now on.‘I have no illusions about myself. It’s very difficult to get good meaningful roles in films today, unless you happen to be a huge star, where roles get specially written for you,’ admits Puri. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis play is a love story told through letters exchanged between the two protagonists, Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, over 35 years. Set during the time of Indo-Pak Partition, the two meet as children and form the bond which has been depicted by the play. It reflects the passage of time through the soured dreams and doomed love between the two lovers who pursue different paths, yet keep the flame of love alive through their evocative letters. A girl with soaring aspirations, Amrita (Divya Dutta) writes about her deepest emotions to her childhood beloved Zulfi (Om Puri), who reciprocates his unconditional love in his replies to her. Punjabi Theatre Festival will be organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, under the government of India and Punjabi Academy. This is an initiative taken by chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.‘We are very excited to showcase the event. The return of famous actor Om Puri will stir up the audience. We are expecting a huge footfall at the event. I am very thankful to actors like Om Puri and Divya Dutta who have made a comeback to theatre. This will not only promote theatre but will encourage a lot number of famous celebrities to come back to theatre,’ said Rawail Singh.DETAILAt: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House When: 19-22 December 19-22 Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Magazines take flight

first_imgMaXposure Media Group to introduce inflight magazine of Biman Bangladesh Airlines The national carrier of Bangladesh, Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ flies to 18 destinations, including 14 international cities. Leaving behind seven publishing houses from UK, Fiji, India and Bangladesh, MaXposure Media Group (MaXposure) has bagged the contract for publishing Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ inflight magazine. MaXposure Media Group is scheduled to bring out the bi-monthly issue of Biman Bangladesh Airlines  (Biman) inflight magazine from September 2013 onwards. Keeping the airline’s wide network in mind, the magazine would be bilingual – to be published in English and Bengali. The name of the magazine will be announced soon.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion Prakash Johari, Managing Director and CEO, MaXposure Media Group said, ‘I am proud to announce that MaXposure Media Group has won the bid to publish Biman inflight magazine.  This is inline with MaXposure’s Internationalisation strategy. Bangladesh with a population of 163 million enjoys a GDP growth of 6.1% and this makes it an ideal time for us to enter this growing market. Bangladesh is a strategic market for us and we intend to play a key role in its publishing industry.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKevin J Steele, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines said, ‘Biman Bangladesh Airlines is delighted to be working with MaXposure on the new Biman inflight Magazine. MaXposure has a pedigree of working with top quality brands like Lufthansa and Mercedes, which adequately reflect the brand aspirations of Biman.  This is a win-win situation for both parties, and Biman is delighted to once again have a quality inflight magazine to offer its customers, yet another step in its major refocus on the customer.’ In the inflight segment, MaXposure currently publishes Shubh Yatra, the inflight magazine of Air India – India’s national carrier as well as Spiceroute, the monthly inflight magazine of SpiceJet Airlines.  After consolidating its position in India, the company has recently entered the international market after bagging the magazine publishing rights of Fly Africa, a South African low cost airline. With Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ magazine, MaXposure has put its mark in South Asia as well.  Talking about the inflight magazine Vikas Johari, Publisher and COO said ‘With MaXposure’s experience in publishing several global inflight magazines, we are looking forward to delivering an equally exciting world-class magazine for Biman. The magazine would aim at not only giving a pleasant reading experience to the flyers but also act as a mouth-piece to communicate with its stake holders.’last_img read more