Month: August 2019

Researchers Hope to MassProduce Tiny Robots

first_img Explore further Mini robots to undertake major tasks? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “I look upon them more like a manufacturing way for future robots,” Erik Edqvist of Uppsala University in Sweden told “There are cool experiments going on with flying insects, swimming robots and so on. But it is time for the miniaturized robots to leave the research laboratories and find useful applications. That is where this work fits in. It is an attempt (with a somewhat small budget) to try to build robots in a mass-fabricated way.”As this was the first test of this fabrication technique, the researchers noted that they encountered some fabrication problems. The single largest problem was to connect the naked integrated circuit to the flexible printed circuit board by the conductive adhesive. Also, some solar cells did not stick due to weak adhesion. At this stage in the production process, the robots were folded manually, but the researchers hope to design a tool to enable a faster and more accurate alignment when folding. Many of these complications could likely be corrected, with the important result being that the microrobots can be assembled using a surface mounting machine, whereas prior robots have usually been manually assembled with a soldering iron. Images of the robots showing their size proportional to various objects. Image credit: Edqvist, et al. In the future, the researchers hope to move from building academic prototypes to manufacturing the robot on a commercial basis, which is necessary for overcoming some of the technical issues. By mass-producing swarms of robots, the loss of some robotic units will be negligible in terms of cost, functionality, and time, yet still achieve a high level of performance. Currently, the researchers hope to find funding to reach these goals.“Right now the robots need a new ASIC [application-specific integrated circuit] and some other redesigns to be able to work properly,” Edqvist said. More information: Erik Edqvist, et al. “Evaluation of building technology for mass producible millimeter-sized robots using flexible printed circuit boards.” J. Micromech. Microeng. 19 (2009) 075011 (11pp).Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

New evidence suggests earliest trilobites were able to partially roll up their

center_img Explore further Fossils record ancient migrations and trilobite orgies ( —A trio of researchers—two from Cambridge University and one from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has found evidence that suggests that the earliest trilobites were able to roll up their bodies for protection, much as their later ancestors did. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes their examination of a fossil found in Alberta Canada, and how they ruled out other causes for its rolled up position. Citation: New evidence suggests earliest trilobites were able to partially roll up their bodies (2013, September 25) 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

Travel shop love

first_imgTravelista, India’s first travel film, photography and shopping festival returns for the second time this October. Dilli Haat will transform yet again into a travel and culture connoisseurs heaven. A host of activities ranging from travel film and photography screenings will be part of the festival along with over 55 stalls of apparel, jewellery, home décor, accessories, kitsch, pop art and vintage on display. Nomadic film screenings under the moon lit sky, funky rickshaws, roadside carts selling your favourite cutting chai and popcorn and colourful art installations will be some of the many amazing attractions of the Travelista festival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Travelista aims to establish a platform for formally trained artists, upcoming women designers and entrepreneurs to showcase their talent – over 50 upcoming women entrepreneurs and designers have been represented at Travelista so far.23-year-old young entrepreneur Akshuna Bakshi organised the first edition of the festival by herself in February at Dilli Haat INA. Previously, she has organised a travel film and photography festival in 2012 in London and shot travelogues for UK based travel organizations. While the London festival focused exclusively on films, Akshuna decided to carry her dream forward back home at a bigger scale and took her proposal to Delhi tourism authorities at Dilli Haat.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor this edition, India’s leading backpacking company,’s Akshay Chhugani has joined hands with Travelista. The festival promises to be an absolute delight for travel junkies, culture vultures, art and shopping lovers! Travelista is also the first festival in India to give a platform to budding travel filmmakers and photographers and showcases their video postcards, travel documentaries and travel shots to the general audience. The festival will have a notable jury from Lonely Planet, BBC and Travel Channel to pick from over 200 travel films and 3000 travel photographs.   The films at the festival are fun, adventurous, colourful and path breaking. While some films explore the untraveled alleys of Middle East and breath-taking sceneries of Europe, others reveal the dangerous trade of diamond mining and poaching in Africa. The festival aims to entertain, educate and surprise the audience through its films & photographs. It even hopes to break the pre-conceived stereotypes people often carry about a destination or culture. A special festival attraction will be the ‘Travel Wall of Fame’ that will showcase photographs of people posing in various destinations round the world. Anyone who is a traveler at heart can send in their pictures of their voyages to the festival team and adorn the wall of fame.WHERE: Dilli Haat, INAWHEN: 11 to13 October, 11 am to 10 pmlast_img read more

Matter Hungary

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre organised an International artworks exhibition Spirit and Matter- Three Artists- Three Generation by Ilona Lovas, Anna Makovecz and Villo Turcsány from Hungary, curated by Katalin Keserü organised by Anna Bagyó and Cocos Nuciferas by MD Deleep Franco Swiss from France-Switzerland.The opened on January 27 at the lawns and gallery of the HICC, followed by a short performance by János Palojtay (piano) and Dávid Simon (flute). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two exhibitions were inaugurated by Szilveszter Bus, Ambassador of Hungary, in the presence of François Richier, Ambassador of France. The exhibitions will be closed by the Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, IGNCA, in the presence of curator, Katalin Keserü and artiste, Villo Turcsány from Hungary followed by Mohiniyattam performance by Hungarian dancer, Brigitta Hegedus at the HICC on February 26. The exhibition will be on view till February 28. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpirit and Matter- Three Artists- Three Generation is an exhibition-cum-performance, curated by art historian, writer and curator Katalin Keserü, organised by art consultant Anna Bagyó, with the participation of three Hungarian woman artists: Ilona Lovas, Anna Makovecz and Villo Turcsány. The three artises, representing three different generations, coexist well with each other. Their works examine the metamorphosis of matter, body and spirit. These evergreen topics of art are translated into the language of contemporary mediums and will be presented as installations, photos and videos. Cocos Nuciferas features spiritual insights with various imageries of Coconut and Rangolis. The artworks by MD Deleep (a Franco-Swiss artist) are an attempt to translate and share spiritual and ethnic emotions, sensations through these intermediaries. Thus, it is important that there exists barely any distance between the viewer and the work. With such participation, there is enough scope for the individuals to enter the specific work-scope and create new relationships between creation, creator and spectator. The artiste’s aim is to work in interaction with the public, resulting in a timeless piece, which everyone can interpret in his/ her own way.last_img read more

Chinmoy Roy admitted to hospital

first_imgKolkata: Notable Bengali comedian actor Chinmoy Roy has been admitted to the brought to the Emergency ward in Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) with multiple injuries to his head, arms and legs. It was learnt that he fell from the 5th floor of a building, circumstances of which are under investigation by the concerned authorities. Though he is conscious and alert, he is being treated for other critical injuries, a spokesperson of the RTIICS said.last_img

Harassed by students CMCH principal falls sick protest enters 8th day

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) Principal Uchhal Bhadra fell ill after he was heckled by some MBBS students, who continue to protest for the past eight days at the hospital premises, demanding a new hostel accommodation.It is alleged that it was a politically motivated incident, where the Principal was targeted with mala-fide intentions.It happened after a scuffle broke out during the agitation inside the hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Principal was immediately taken to the Cardiology department of the hospital for treatment. He was, however, shifted to SSKM Hospital in an ambulance.A section of doctors in the hospital said that agitating students tried to put block the ambulance from going away. They called it an unfortunate incident.Earlier in the day, the Principal of CMCH held a press conference regarding the ongoing students’ agitation.He said the CMCH authorities have agreed to meet the demands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe agitating students were assured that they would be given a new hostel accommodation, whereas in some of the cases, the condition of some hostel rooms would be improved. Around 276 hostel rooms have also been allotted by the CMCH authorities.But the agitating students refused to listen to the authorities and demanded rooms in the new hostel building.They gheraoed the Principal when he was coming out of the press conference. The incident triggered tension on the medical college campus on Tuesday. It was learnt that Bhadra, who has blood pressure, felt chest pain following the incident.After primary treatment in CMCH, the Principal was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he is currently undergoing treatment in the ITU. Several tests were performed on him.The agitating students, however, threatened to submit a memorandum to the Governor placing their demands.The second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus, nearly seven days ago, demanding a new hostel for them.The move was taken after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the CMCH authorities.The students taking part in the agitation alleged that the hostel meant for them is not in a good condition.last_img read more

45yearold woman dies of unknown fever in Barasat

first_imgKolkata: A 45-year-old woman from Deganga in North 24-Parganas died of an unknown fever at a private hospital in Barasat on late Monday night.The victim, Dipika Pal, a teacher at a local school had been suffering from fever for the past one week. The family members of the victim claimed that she died of dengue shock syndrome. The state Health department is yet to confirm if it was a case of dengue. The victim had complained of high fever from August 15. Her family members took her to a local doctor on the next day. She was under the medication of the doctor till last Sunday after which her condition started deteriorating. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePal was taken to a private hospital in Barasat on last Sunday evening. Her condition turned critical on Monday afternoon. She was kept on ventilation for a while. Despite several efforts, the doctors could not save the patient and she passed away on late Monday night. The victim’s family members claimed that she might have caught the disease from her locality as there was no proper surveillance to check the spread of disease. They said local civic bodies must be proactive enough to check the spread of dengue in the area. The family members said the hospital authorities had told them that their patient had died of dengue. But Health department has not confirmed this to be a case of dengue.last_img read more

Makeup tricks to try out during the monsoon

first_imgAs much as the cool weather soothes your soul after a rough summer, the monsoon is not everyone’s favourite time of the year. Hence, make-up has to be done differently during this season keeping in mind the high level of humidity while you are on the go.Experts say how:* Use minimal foundation on your skin and make sure the focus of your look is on your eyes and lips.* Use a gel liner as it can be easily blended onto your skin for different looks like a definite wing.* Top it up with some bold waterproof mascara and watch your eyes come alive regardless of how dull the skies are.* Matte lipsticks are great, especially long wearing ones, as they reduce touch-up worries. Go for a matte lipstick that keeps your lips moisturised, as they are made to glide on tenderly but with full impact on your lips.* Experiment with the trend – applying lighter colours on the middle of the mouth and blending it out into a deeper colour for a beautiful dimension. It will be matte, but not flat.last_img read more