, Nature Physics The first WSF2012 panel discussion I attended was Artist as Innovator: Visions of a Floating City. Held at New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artist as Innovator was a multidisciplinary science-meets-art look at Cloud Cities, artist Tomás Saraceno’s vision of a floating city. The immense grouping of interconnected pods – now installed on the Metropolitan’s rooftop – was inspired by Saraceno’s investigations into neural networks, optimal packing algorithms, bubble geometry, balloon flight, cosmological spatial patterns, and three-dimensional spider webs. Moreover, Cloud Cities redefines the phrase open to the public: Museum visitors can enter the structure and navigate through its maze of dodecahedron pods. (The installation runs through November 4, 2012.)Saraceno spoke prior to the panel discussion, giving a near-lightspeed tour of his work that led to Cloud Cities. His range and experience extends from NASA and arachnid biology to solar energy and neural networks, and his energy and imagination were evident. Saraceno was then joined on the panel – moderated by Peabody Award-winning radio producer Julie Burstein – by arachnologist Peter Jäger, astrophysicist Mario Livio, astrobiologist Christopher McKay, and architectural theorist and Dean of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Mark Wigley.The questions were varied and the answers spirited, although the discussion itself seemed a bit brief. In any case, the arachnid-obsessed Jäger – who has discovered more than 200 species of spiders in past 10 years alone, including one he somewhat humorously christened Heteropoda davidbowie – spoke about his collaboration with Saraceno. “Tomás called to say that he needed a spider expert to have a three-dimensional spider web scanned, greatly enlarged and installed. I said it was impossible – but he did it! As a scientist, I start with known limitations, but as an artist, Tomás has an idea and goes with it – so here we are.”McKay, a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, whose research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life, is leading an effort to establish a Mars habitat suitable for humans, initially by conducting various field research projects at Earth’s most extreme environments. These include not only the aptly-named Haughton Mars Project (HMP), Canadian Arctic and Mars Desert Research Station, Utah, but also sites such as Spitsbergen (Svalbard) Island, Rio Tinto, Spain, Pavilion Lake, Canada, Mojave Desert, California, Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa, Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, Canada. Even more ambitious are his group’s recently-funded plans to transport sterilized plant seeds to the Moon for cultivation and – critically – replanting seeds produced by that first exoplanetary generation. (Sterilization eliminates Earth microbes from the seed without affecting its genetic material or ability to sprout, grow and produce viable seeds of its own.) In that context, McKay stole the show with a one-liner repurposed from (no surprise) Star Trek: “We want to grow where no one has grown before.”Mark Wigley (who has also recently appeared on Critical Thought | TV) contributed some of the discussion’s most thought-provoking comments. ”I think we know more about life on Mars than we do about life on Earth – by which I mean that by the year 2015 there’ll be 9.3 billion people living on this planet, and 70% of them – seven billion people – will be living in cities. No one has any idea what that means. None at all – not even the beginning of an idea.” Part of the problem, Wigley adds, is that cities (which he describes as a technology for maximizing connectivity) are evolving more quickly than most technologies – and faster than the institutions designed to think about them as well. From a different perspective, Wigley adds that while it is the cosmos that seems mysterious, “what’s really strange is the world in which we live.” As an example, he pointed out that even something as basic as the concept of home – and even of room – is highly variable. “The conceptualization of home has vaporized and almost completely dispersed. For example,” he illustrated, “a teenager’s idea of home is probably more in his or her cell phone than it is in an actual house.” Next up (this time at Hunter College) was Madness Redefined: Creativity, Intelligence and the Dark Side of the Mind – a profound, humorous and ultimately inspiring panel discussion addressing the likely possibility that the so-called tortured genius or mad scientist may actually be more than folk legend. Based both on research showing that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia correlate with high creativity and intelligence, the panel discussed a range of issues, including the role of environment in mental illness, the possibility that certain traits related to mental illness are being selected for in the human gene pool, and the border between brilliance and madness. The Festival was co-founded in 2008 by Brian Greene, quantum physicist, string theorist, Columbia University professor of physics and mathematics, and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality; and Tracy Day, Emmy Award-winning journalist and television producer. The annual event brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers for a five-day celebration that, through discourse and debate, conversation and performance, the arts and exhibitions, allows everyone to experience science in a unique and thrilling way. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted some 600,000 people to over 200 original programs.Prior to the Festival proper, a Gala Celebration hosted by the inimitable Alan Alda – a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook School of Journalism, working with the Center for Communicating Science – was held in recognition of the Festival’s fifth anniversary and ongoing success. A Performing Arts Salute to Science brought together leaders in science, theatre, music, art, education and business for an evening that celebrates both the content and the culture of science, while raising essential support for the Festival’s mission and programs. The event featured Brian Greene, violinist Joshua Bell, Emmy award-winning actress Debra Monk and other Broadway luminaries – Todd Ellison, Rose Hemmingway, Paige Faure, Eryn Murman, Abbey O’Brien, David Hibbard, Drew Gehling, the dancers/illusionists of MOMIX – and my personal favorite, TONY award-winning performer James Naughton’s hysterical over-the-top performance of his piece Stress (note that the linked video is the same piece, but not recorded at the World Science Festival Gala). Proposed experiment would prove that quantum jumps are not objective events Citation: Sets & the city: World Science Festival 2012, New York-style (Part 1 of 2) (2012, August 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-city-world-science-festival-york-style.html Explore further Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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Video: Copyright © 2012 World Science FestivalModerated by Cynthia McFadden, co-anchor of Nightline and recipient of the Emmy, the Peabody, Dupont, and Foreign Press awards, the panel featured James Fallon, an internationally recognized neurobiologist; Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychologist transformed her own struggle with manic-depression into a lifelong career researching the illness and its treatment; and Elyn Saks, a mental health law professor focused on legal and ethical issues surrounding mental illness.Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the event was the courage and honesty with which each panelist discussed not only his or her own mental illness, but the professionalism and clarity that informed the impact that illness had visited on their personal lives. The audience therefore had a rare opportunity to have both emotional and intellectual insight into these disabling yet sometimes enhancing conditions. Saks, for example, described with great precision the way that, in schizophrenia – her own affliction – traits associated with high creativity (such as the ability to hold contradictory concepts simultaneously in one’s mind) infiltrate and thereby compromise more deliberative, rational cognitive processes.Aside from the occasional humor found in their comments, Fallon was disarming when he unabashedly acknowledged accidentally discovering that his own brain scans (one of his key areas of expertise) were indistinguishable from those of sociopaths. With this realization as an impetus, he began asking colleagues, friends and family members if he displayed any characteristics that would indicate such a condition. To his great surprise, they all answered in the affirmative – but they only described annoying behaviors. In other words, despite his diagnostic brain images, Fallon was not classically sociopathic – a positive outcome he attributes to his supportive upbringing.At Hunter College again the following evening, John Hockenberry – award-winning radio, broadcast television and print journalist, co-host of WNYC and PRI’s The Takeaway, host on The DNA Files, and contributor to The Infinite Mind – moderated a forward-looking discussion entitled Quantum Biology and the Hidden Nature of Nature. The panel featured Paul Davies, physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of Arizona State University’s Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science; Seth Lloyd, a mechanical engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was the first person to develop a realizable model for quantum computation, and who’s now focused on the quantum mechanics of living systems (which he refers to as quantum life); and Thorsten Ritz, a biophysicist at the University of California, Irvine interested in the role of quantum mechanics in biological systems, ranging from photosynthetic light harvesting systems to sensory cells.Video: Copyright © 2012 World Science FestivalIt should be noted that despite increasing evidence from areas as diverse as bird navigation, photosynthesis and human olfaction, the role of quantum events in biological systems is still hotly debated. In general, the arguments against quantum life have centered on dimensionality (distances between components of biological systems are too great), temperature (biological systems are too warm), and standard biophysics (quantum effects statistical zero out at higher levels of scale). As demonstrated by the history of science, however, facts often turn out to be incorrect beliefs – and these long-held dismissive assertions about quantum life may well be that. Copyright © Greg Kessler, 2012 World Science Festival Seth Lloyd on Quantum Life Consider the above-mentioned research. Delving into the ability of some migratory bird species sense very subtle variations in Earth’s magnetic field, scientists at University of Oxford found that quantum superposition and entanglement are not only present, but sustained for tens of microsecond – far longer than artificial molecular systems, which, moreover, typically operate only at cryogenic temperatures. Similarly, researchers at University of California, Berkeley analyzed quantum entanglement in light-harvesting biological complexes, demonstrating what they describe as the first rigorous quantification of entanglement in a biological system. Finally, scientists at University College London showed that while molecular odorant receptors are not sufficient to explain our olfactory sense, tested their proposal that quantum electron tunneling from a donor to an acceptor mediated by the odorant provides critical odor discrimination in biomolecular systems – and found that proposal consistent both with the underlying physics and with observed features of smell.Hockenberry concluded the discussion with a (perhaps inevitable) question about the role of quantum mechanics in the emergence of consciousness – and Lloyd gave a balanced and insightful response. “Quantum mechanics is strange and mysterious…the origins of life are strange and mysterious…consciousness is strange and mysterious…and Donald Trump’s hair is strange and mysterious. That doesn’t mean that they’re all the same thing or strange and mysterious in the same way. However,” he continued, ”there is one place where we really do know that quantum mechanics plays a very important role in developing life – and that is in the introduction of variation. Classical mechanics doesn’t give you any mechanism for introducing variation – it’s completely deterministic. Quantum mechanics, on the other hand, is probabilistic, and can inject all kinds of information into the universe. In fact, the only explanation we have for why the universe is so varied and interesting – given that it came from an initial state that was incredibly uniform, the quantum state was incredibly uniform, the laws of physics were simple, and if that were a classical universe, it would have stayed simple – is that quantum mechanics is constantly injecting all kinds of little fluctuations that can become seeds for the formation of galaxies, or for that matter, little mutations that become seeds for cancer when an ultraviolet photon zaps one of our cells. This variation is being introduced by quantum mechanics.”Part 2: phys.org/news/2012-08-city-wor … e-festival-york.html (Phys.org) — New York City is the nexus of all things intellectual, cultural and academic. (Being a native New Yorker, I admit being somewhat biased.) Either way, one highlight in this complex and vibrant metropolis is the annual World Science Festival, founded in 2008. World Science Festival 2012 was a nearly week-long orchestration of myriad events focused on a wide range of topics embracing not just science, but also art, architecture, film, music, and technology. More information: Sustained Quantum Coherence and Entanglement in the Avian Compass, Physical Review Letters 106, 040503 (2011), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.040503Quantum entanglement in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes, Nature Physics 6, 462–467 (2010) doi:10.1038/nphys1652Could Humans Recognize Odor by Phonon Assisted Tunneling?, Physical Review Letters 98, 038101 (2007), doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.038101
Scientists pioneer wireless sensors to explore little known glacier phenomenon 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. Image: National Science Foundation (Phys.org) — An American team of researchers has concluded that a period of rapid-succession small earthquakes in Antarctica over a several month span back in 2002-2003 was likely due to a glacier passing over some rough terrain and its periodic nature likely came about because of the impact of ocean tides. The team has published a paper describing their observations and conclusions in the journal Nature Geoscience. Explore further More information: Motion of an Antarctic glacier by repeated tidally modulated earthquakes, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1555AbstractBetween debris-laden glacial ice and bedrock, basal seismicity can develop that yields information about bed properties1, stress distribution, outburst flooding, and crevassing and calving. Basal seismicity in response to glacial motion is linked to variations in both stress and lubrication of bedrock by water and till. Here we analyse data from the Transantarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment array in 2002–2003 to investigate seismic behaviour at David Glacier, a large outlet glacier that drains 4% of East Antarctica’s ice sheet into the Ross Sea. We identify about 20,000 seismic events that are larger in magnitude and duration than typical for glacial sources and repeat at regular intervals of about 25 min. These events are consistent with stick–slip behaviour of debris-laden ice moving over a single obstacle of rough bedrock, modulated by relatively small stress changes from the ocean tides. In the years before and after the interval of repeating events, seismic events with irregular and generally longer intervals were detected at the same location, and are consistent with combined stick–slip and continuous sliding of the subglacial interface. We suggest that the observed transitions in seismicity patterns capture the dynamic behaviour of the ice stream, and that—despite lower ice-flow velocities—sliding in the stick–slip regime enhances subglacial erosion. There are a lot of seismic sensors in Antarctica, continuously monitoring the continent and its movements. Scientists have found over the years that glaciers tend to produce small earthquakes as they move over rocky protrusions. Such activity is generally random and irregular and for that reason a series of small earthquakes occurring beneath David Glacier roughly every twenty five minutes, for several months, stood out.The researchers note that small earthquakes that occur due to glacial movement generally come about as a result of stick-slip action. The glacier encounters an obstacle that causes part of it to slow or stop until the momentum of its mass is enough to overcome the obstacle, at which point it suddenly lurches forward, causing the ground to shake a little bit. Normally such actions occur without any discernible pattern. With David Glacier however, the stick-slip shaking, recorded by the Transantarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment array under the glacier in East Antarctica (which drains into the Ross Sea) was so predictably periodic that it warranted further research.The team identified 20,000 small earthquakes during the time frame, all coming within about 25 minutes of each other. By comparing the seismic data with other glacier slip-stick recordings, they confirmed that the shaking was due to the glacier moving over something below, rather than conditions beneath the surface of the land mass. Then they noted that the periodicity of the earthquakes matched up with ocean tides, which made sense, because scientists already know that glaciers tend to slow a very small amount during high tide (because of buoyancy) and speed up at low tide. That they say, accounts for the regularity of the earthquake activity during the time period under study.The researchers say their findings indicate that tidal activity likely plays a role in other glacial areas as well and suggest that it might play an additional unknown role as global warming causes a rise in sea levels around the world. Journal information: Nature Geoscience © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Tidal motion found to influence Antarctic sub-glacial seismicity (2012, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-tidal-motion-antarctic-sub-glacial-seismicity.html
© 2016 Phys.org EPIC 212803289 is a bright, metal-rich subgiant star located some 1,970 light years away in the constellation Virgo. Although the star has a temperature similar to the sun, it is about three times larger and is approximately 1.6 solar masses. It was identified by NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, called K2, as a good candidate to host an alien world. However, the existence of a potential exoplanet must be confirmed by follow-up observations.”Following the identification of the system as a candidate, it was necessary to make radial velocity measurements to confirm the planet and measure its mass. These observations were performed with four different ground-based telescopes (on La Palma, Spain, in Chile, and in Texas, U.S.),” Smith told Phys.org.The newly found exoworld, designated EPIC 212803289 b, is similar in size to Jupiter, with a radius of 1.29 Jupiter radii and is only 3 percent less massive than our solar system’s biggest planet. The object orbits its parent star every 18.25 days.The scientists estimated that the exoplanet’s temperature is about 1,000 degrees Celsius and classified it as a so-called ‘warm Jupiter’ However, it is possible that the planet is even hotter, as it could be tidally locked, meaning that one of its sides permanently faces the star, while the other side experiences permanent night.”In this case, the day side could be even hotter (up to 1,350 degrees Celsius), depending on how good the planet’s atmosphere is at redistributing heat from the day side to the night side,” Smith said. He added that the host star will soon expand to become a red giant, enlarging so much that it will engulf the planet. This will happen relatively soon in astronomical terms—in about 150 million years.Furthermore, besides detecting EPIC 212803289 b, Smith’s team suspects the existence of another companion of the star. Based on measured systemic radial acceleration, they assume that there is a third body in the system with an orbital period of more than 236 days and a mass of more than 22 Jupiter masses. They noted that it could be a brown dwarf orbiting within 2.7 AU, a solar mass object at about 10 AU, or an object orbiting on a highly-eccentric orbit.According to Smith, further radial velocity observations of this system over the next year or two would probably reveal the nature of this body.The new research is significant for our understanding of extrasolar systems, as EPIC 212803289 b is the newest addition to a currently small number of planets known to transit subgiant stars. So far, only 31 transiting planets of stars more massive than 1.5 solar masses have been detected. Moreover, only four planets are known to transit giant stars, and a further three transiting planets are known around subgiants.”Understanding gas giant planets requires large numbers of detections, so that statistics can be performed. Especially, detections are needed that expand the parameter space of known systems—e.g. planets around different types of star (such as subgiants in this case), and at longer periods than hot Jupiters. It is also important that such systems are discovered around relatively bright stars, to allow further characterization observations. Progress is incremental, but this new system is an important addition to the catalogue of known gas giants,” Smith concluded. Citation: Jupiter-like planet discovered in a distant star system (2016, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-jupiter-like-planet-distant-star.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Alexis Smith of the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin reports the detection of a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a distant subgiant star known as EPIC 212803289. The researchers also present compelling existence for the existence of a third body in the system, most likely a brown dwarf. The results were published Sept. 1 in a paper on arXiv.org. Astronomers discover a giant inflated exoplanet orbiting a distant star K2 light curve of EPIC 212803289, processed by the K2SC code of Aigrain et al. (2016), which removes both instrumental and stellar noise. Portions of the light curve selected for modelling are shown in red. Credit: Smith et al., 2016. More information: EPIC 212803289: a subgiant hosting a transiting warm Jupiter in an eccentric orbit and a long-period companion, arXiv:1609.00239 [astro-ph.EP], arxiv.org/abs/1609.00239AbstractWe report the discovery from K2 of a transiting planet in an 18.25-d, eccentric (0.19± 0.04) orbit around EPIC 212803289, an 11th magnitude subgiant in Virgo. We confirm the planetary nature of the companion with radial velocities, and determine that the star is a metal-rich ([Fe/H] = 0.20±0.05) subgiant, with mass 1.60+0.14−0.10 M⊙ and radius 3.1±0.1 R⊙. The planet has a mass of 0.97±0.09 MJup and a radius 1.29±0.05 RJup. A measured systemic radial acceleration of −2.12±0.04 ms−1d−1 offers compelling evidence for the existence of a third body in the system, perhaps a brown dwarf orbiting with a period of several hundred days.
© 2018 Phys.org Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight 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. Cotton thread is made of many tiny fibers, each just 2-3 cm long, yet when spun together the fibers are capable of transmitting tension over indefinitely long distances. From a physics perspective, how threads and yarns transmit tension—making them strong enough to keep clothes from falling apart—is a long-standing puzzle that is not completely understood. Citation: Researchers investigate ‘why clothes don’t fall apart’ (2018, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-dont-fall.html In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters entitled “Why Clothes Don’t Fall Apart: Tension Transmission in Staple Yarns,” physicists Patrick Warren at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Robin Ball at the University of Warwick, and Ray Goldstein at the University of Cambridge have investigated yarn tension in the framework of statistical physics. Using techniques from linear programming, they show that the collective friction among fibers creates a locking mechanism, and as long as there is sufficient friction, a random assembly of fibers can in principle transmit an indefinitely large tension.Their results provide a quantitative basis for the heuristic explanation proposed by Galileo in 1638, who was puzzling over the problem of how a rope can be so strong when it is made of such small fibers. “The very act of twisting causes the threads to bind one another in such a way that… when the rope is stretched… the fibers break rather than separate from each other,” he wrote. In modern terms, Galileo was describing friction.In the new study, the researchers modeled the yarn as a group of randomly overlapping fibers. The results showed that, as the friction increases, a percolation transition emerges. As the researchers explain, this transition corresponds to “a switch from a ‘ductile’ failure model where the yarn fails by fiber slippage… to a ‘brittle’ failure mode where the failure mechanism is fiber breakage.” Above this threshold, the tensile strength becomes roughly 100 times stronger than before.”We now understand better at a fundamental level how friction stops fibrous materials from falling apart,” Goldstein told Phys.org. “From an applied perspective, we can use the insights to underpin the design of fabric conditioners, for example.”In the future, the model could also be used to optimize the properties of sewing threads made of various fiber blends. When extended from fibers to granular media, the results may also have applications for better understanding the stress transmission in sand piles and grain silos. In addition, the researchers plan to investigate the threshold in greater depth.”We plan to write a longer paper exploring the nature of the ‘supercritical’ state, above the percolation transition,” Goldstein said. Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Patrick B. Warren, Robin C. Ball, and Raymond E. Goldstein. “Why Clothes Don’t Fall Apart: Tension Transmission in Staple Yarns.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.158001 Explore further Cotton sewing thread. Credit: Warren et al. Published by the American Physical Society
Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine will be featured on Friday at 9:30 pm. The main cast of the film includes Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda. The movie is based on the life and times of a superstar heroine from the dream factory we call ‘Bollywood’. The film is an entertaining, daring, glamorous and scandalous which provides behind the scenes account of the reality of the world of glitz and glamour that our film stars inhabit.The movies which will be featured this week include a bioscope serialised feature film: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Arth which will be shown on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 pm starring Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Smita Patil, Heroine starring Kareena Kappor on Friday at 9:30 pm, Ekk Deewaana Tha starring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson on Saturday at 10 pm, Amanush starring Uttam Kumar, Utpal Dutt on Sunday at 12:30 pm, Road to Sangam also on Sunday 3 pm starring Paresh Rawal and Om Puri and a Punjabi film called Nabar at 10 pm starring Nishawn Bhullar, Rana Ranbir and Hardeep Gill.
The first-ever Northeast festival Songs and Dances of the North East is all set to take the Capital to a traditional treat on April 11 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. The Government of Meghalaya has taken a major initiative to create a platform for organising the event.More than 5000 students from Northeastern states are enrolled in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Delhi University, an equal number are studying in JNU, JMI and other such institutions. It is for the first time that the Capital shall witness all eight Chief Ministers and Governors of the Northeastern States on one single platform for this extravagant festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will help to enhance the multi-ethnic character of the country’s capital and dispel impressions that it was hostile to outsiders, particularly people from the Northeast.The festival shall represent ‘The Octave’ – Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur.The festival showcases the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of Northeast India. It will take Northeast and its heritage outside the Northeast for the first time in such a big and multidimensional way to Capital of India and in a sense to the rest of the country and the world. It is a day-long festival where visitors experience almost everything from the Northeast – from food, songs, dances, culture, and much more. It is the perfect time for people from all walks of life to get a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the region. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe goal is to deliver, engage and exhibit the best of Northeast in a creative and exciting atmosphere bringing the people together under one platform of unified diversity. It has been constituted to work out various means of attracting tourists, film makers and holiday seekers to the Northeastern region, which will generate immense opportunities for job and revenue generation. It also provides a right platform to the artistes of the Northeast to project their talent to the rest of India. Witness the grandness of each state as they set up their stalls and display a plethora of the finest products from the Northeast for the world to discover. North eastern cuisine will be on display with 15 stalls that will offer a wide variety of mouth-watering delicacies. Music lovers and culture connoisseurs will have a splendid time attending this festival as performances by Northeast bands will be a major attraction of the festival.The festival will showcase the celebration of the way of life of the people there with a great sense of mysticism and cultural euphoria. There will also be a lively discussion session on Integrating North-East India through education where eminent speakers will discuss ways in which education can be used as an important tool.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and four other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, accused of violating prohibitory orders here and obstructing public servants in discharge of their duty during an agitation were on Monday directed to appear before a Delhi court on May 15.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain was irked that Kejriwal and other accused had not appeared before it even on the last date of hearing and said there was “no justifiable ground” for their exemption from personal appearance. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAdvocate Rishikesh Kumar, who appeared for the accused, assured the court that Kejriwal, Sisodia and other accused would positively appear before it on Tuesday.“Kindly give us time for tomorrow (Tuesday). They (accused) all will appear. I am giving undertaking that they will appear before the court tomorrow,” the counsel said.“It has been submitted that accused number one (Kejriwal) and accused number two (Sisodia) are Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and remaining accused persons are senior members of the AAP and could not appear on Monday due to their busy schedule. Perusal of the records shows that accused persons did not appear on the last date of hearing,” the court said.“No justifiable grounds for exemption are made out….Put up for appearance of accused persons and arguments on charge on May 15,” the magistrate said.
Including facial oil in your daily beauty regime helps to combat damage to facial skin like ageing. Facial oil can be beneficial in all aspects, says an expert.Good quality facial oil tricks the skin into thinking that it’s produced enough and therefore doesn’t need to produce more – which is one of the major reasons for the skin’s breakouts. Thus, it is ideal to use facial oils regularly as they help in rejuvenating the skin and due to the application procedure, help in relaxing the facial muscles. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFacial oils are an excellent way to massage anti-oxidants and vitamins quickly into the skin, at the same time adding a natural glow and helping to save the skin from ageing.The oils get absorbed quickly and soften the appearance of fine lines. Due to the daily massage, they also help lift the facial muscles and make them firmer. Facial oil also has the ability to reduce redness, irritation and even breakouts. Vitamin E is highly beneficial as it is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps repair cell damage. Facial oils usually have the ever nourishing vitamin E, marula oil, Argan oil, rosehip, camellia, black cumin among other things.Facial oils are best for every skin type (dry, oily or combination) as they rebalance skin and restore a naturally healthy complexion. Moisturisers, lotions or crèmes and facial oils can be used simultaneously as facial oils are great for layering. It is best to apply oil right after freshly cleansing the skin in the morning and at night before applying the moisturiser.
Kolkata: Telangana Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao met his Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday and said that the dialogue over formation of a Federal Front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will continue.”Our dialogue will continue and very shortly we will come out with a concrete plan. We are discussing things…a non-Congress, non BJP front is my mission. I will continue my efforts,” Rao said after meeting Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe reiterated that an alternative front to the Congress and BJP-led alliances is not a small matter. “Wait for the right time. The dialogues will continue,” he told reporters with Banerjee and some senior ministers of the state government beside him. Rao, popularly known as KCR, has achieved a resounding victory in the recently-concluded Telangana Assembly polls, and is now working on forming an alternative coalition front ahead of the 2019 general elections. He had also met his Odisha counterpart and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik, at his residence in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe TRS president would spend the next three days in New Delhi, where he would meet Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. Since he is visiting the national capital for the first time after the Assembly elections, he will also be making a courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has been talking about the formation of the Federal Front from early this year. Chandrababu Naidu has already met Mamata Banerjee and on Saturday, Farooq Abdullah met her as well and discussed about the functioning of the Federal Front. Many national leaders who will join the Front will come to attend the Brigade Parade Ground Rally, scheduled to be held on January 19, 2019.
Despite claiming to support gay rights, many straight people who live in predominantly gay neighbourhoods still practice subtle forms of discrimination when interacting with their gay and lesbian neighbours, researchers have found. According to research published in the journal City and Community, straight people living in “gaybourhoods” interact withtheir gay and lesbian neighbours on the street in ways that contradict the sentiments of supporting them. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There is a mistaken belief that marriage equality means the struggle for gay rights is over. But it is far from over. Prejudice and discrimination still exist – it is just more subtle and difficult to detect,” said Amin Ghaziani, the study’s senior author from the University of British Columbia in Canada.The researchers interviewed 53 straight people and found the majority of residents said they supported gay people.However, their progressive attitudes were misaligned with their actions. While many residents said they did not care if people were gay or straight, some indicated that they did not like gay people who are “in your face.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen asked about resistance from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) communities to the widespread trend of straight people moving into “gaybourhoods”, some of the people interviewed responded with accusations of reverse discrimination and described gay people who challenged them as “segregationist” and “hetero-phobic.””If a group of straight women hosted a bachelorette party in a gay bar, for example, they were surprised that they felt ‘unwelcome,'” added Ghaziani. “That feeling of surprise, however, exemplifies a misguided belief that gay districts are trendy commodities when they are actually safe spaces for sexual minorities,” he added.Many expected their gay and lesbian neighbours to be happy and welcoming of straight people moving into “gaybourhoods”.Ghaziani said this argument exemplifies the fundamental misunderstanding of the inequality and discrimination that creates the need for “gaybourhoods” in the first place.
Kolkata: Two criminals were arrested with firearms on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning at Rajarhat and Survey Park, respectively.On Tuesday night, police got a tip-off about a hardened criminal Jahiruddin Molla, who was seen near Lauhati in Rajarhat. A Sub-Inspector reached the spot and started looking for him. The police spotted Molla near the Lauhati petrol pump in Khejurbagan. Seeing the cops Molla tried to escape. But before he could give cops a slip, the officers nabbed him. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring the search, the police found a pipe gun from his possession. He was arrested on the charges of IPC sections 25(1)(a) (manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale of fire arms) and section 27 of the Punishment for using arms Arms Act. In another incident, a man was arrested near Highland Park early on Wednesday morning with firearms. According to sources, police personnel were performing naka checking near Highland Park under Survey park police station area late in the night. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring checking of vehicles police personnel noticed a person was trying to hide his face. On suspicion, when the police questioned him, he allegedly tried to escape. He was immediately nabbed by other police personnel there and later he was identified as Jayanta Guchhait. Sources informed that earlier he has been accused in several crimes such as robbery snatching. The police recovered a single shot gun along with four bullets from him.
Kolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at BJP for circulating fake news over the induction of some of the Panchayat members of Trinamool Congress to their party fold. “It is a party that survives on giving false information,” he said, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.It may be mentioned that BJP leader Mukul Roy has claimed on Wednesday that members of Champadanga Gram Panchayat and Talpur Gram Panchayat in Hooghly have joined BJP. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRefuting Roy’s claim, Banerjee presented the members whom BJP had claimed to have joined the saffron party and said: “Spreading such false information among people has become a habit of BJP.” He said Panchayat members like Archana Pal, Rupali Chang, Sanjoy Biswas, Dipali Saha, Bulu Barui, Madhuri Maity and Belal Hossain Mondol had never joined BJP and so the question of their coming back to Trinamool does not arise. “By giving false information Roy is actually trying to keep the bosses at Delhi in good humour,” Banerjee said. He maintained that many councillors in North 24-Parganas who have joined BJP are keeping in constant touch with Trinamool and they will come back to the party soon. Meanwhile, at Balurghat in South Dinajpur, a Panchayat pradhan of Balurghat block who recently joined BJP from Trinamool, came back to her old party on Wednesday. The newly appointed district Trinamool chief Arpita Ghosh welcomed Mousumi Roy, pradhan of Boaldar Gram Panchayat, back to the party fold and later handed over the party flag to her.
Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, Asia’s largest and most trusted multi-specialty chain of hospitals, recently showcased the group’s prowess in cardiac care in the largest cohort of cases treated with advanced cardiac interventional methods. These include three key innovations – MitraClip, TAVI (Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implantation) or TAVR (Trans-catheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and MICS CABG or MICAS (Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery). Specialists in structural and interventional cardiology at Apollo Hopsitals have successfully performed 6 MitraClip procedures out of the 9 performed in India, over 85 TAVI/TAVRs with excellent clinical outcomes and a nation-leading 1250+ MICS CABGs with superior outcomes at par with international standards, at only 1/2 or 1/3rd the cost compared to global price matrix. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEmphasising Apollo Hospitals’ pioneering position in bringing the cutting edge of medical technology to India, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder and Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “Globally, an estimated 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year. Today, we have the power of technology and we must harness this to empower us in the battle against this epidemic of heart disease. In line with our mission to bring healthcare of International standards within the reach of every individual, we have also been a pioneer in the field of cardiac care, and it is our constant endeavor to get the latest technology to benefit our patients. We are indeed proud to showcase our achievements in bringing futuristic cardiac care with state of the art medical technology to the country.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group said, “The need of the hour is to have a robust scientific approach to identify the challenges in India in dealing with the patients affected with cardiac disease. This allows us to work towards a future where cardiovascular care is population-based, weighing cost and outcomes, but individually tailored and thoroughly coordinated around patients. Today, the role of technology in healthcare is as inseparable as a shadow to a body. Our services are designed to give more control, choices, and knowledge to patients. With our prowess in harnessing cutting edge technology, we at Apollo Hospitals are committed to deliver best in cardiac care to our patients in India and around the globe” Elaborating on the modern techniques in interventional cardiology, Dr Sai Satish, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals said, “Apollo Hospitals is constantly striving to bring the latest advanced therapies for patients in India. These include the newer structural interventions including MitraClip and TAVI/TAVR which allow many patients with severe cardiac risks who cannot undergo surgery to benefit from minimally invasive therapies.” Dr Sengottuvelu G., Senior Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist said, “Apollo Hospitals is constantly striving to bring the latest advanced therapies for patients in India and is uniquely placed as the academic TAVR centre of excellence with many milestone achievements. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is the most cutting edge procedure being conducted at Apollo Hospitals, and allows a cardiologist to replace a malfunctioning valve in a patient’s heart in a minimally invasive procedure without cutting open the chest. It is a promising alternative to open heart surgery.” Dr Srinivas Kumar A, Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad and Director of National Interventional Council said, “Today, the Apollo group of hospitals are leading the nation in undertaking highest number of Coronary Interventions in India; With 29 Cathlab facilities and 300+ Cardiovascular clinicians, Apollo Hospital is well-positioned to enhance their service offering across the country.” Dr Sathyaki P Nambala, Senior Consultant, Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgery said, “MCIS requires advanced training and besides Apollo Hospitals, there are only a handful of centers all over the world that are capable of performing MICS safely. Going forward, we aim to train more surgeons to make this treatment option available for the patients everywhere.”
Hopefully Kuechly is okay. No matter what PR spin the league puts on it, or regulations that are put in place, it’s unavoidable that football is a violent sport. Last night was an unfiltered reminder of that reality.Luke Kuechly seen sobbing after suffering a knee injury. He was carted off the field. Awful. pic.twitter.com/UCYTmkxPCo— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 18, 2016 Panthers’ All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly was carted off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury while making a tackle in the 4th quarter of the Panthers 23-20 win over the Saints on Thursday night.Kuechly was visibly sobbing, and struggled to catch his breath as he was carted off the field. Players from both teams solemnly gathered around in support as he left the field. Everyone in the NFL is always one hit away.The sight of the indestructible tackling machine crying while being carted off left the crowd at Bank of America Stadium in complete silence.The specific nature of the injury hasn’t been disclosed by the team, but whatever it was left Kuechly shaken up to the point where he couldn’t hold back the tears. Advertisement
The college football recruiting arms race never ends. Clemson recently finished construction on their new state-of-the-art athletic facility, and it’s sure to grab a few recruits.It’s not all weights and film rooms. The national champs also added an industrial sized slide for the players to use.Clemson wide receiver’s coach Jeff Smith posted a video to Twitter of the Tiger players getting their slide on, and it looks like fun. Millennials.Hopefully they don’t slide too far in the rankings this year after losing Deshaun Watson.Feeling in Clemson right now ? pic.twitter.com/FL6EUnpPzu— Coach Jeff Scott (@coach_jeffscott) April 8, 2017
Rob and Rex Ryan got into it with some dudes while day drinking at a Nashville bar this afternoon. The bros had been spotted in town over the weekend for the Predators Stanley Cup Final win over the Penguins.The beef started when some unknown clown appears to come after Rex, seated in a Bryce Harper jersey, that’s when Rob Ryan stepped in to grab the guy by the throat before being restrained by some patrons.The video shows the Ryans didn’t start it, but something about the Brothers Ryan in a bar fight doesn’t seem entirely out of place. Another video tweeted before the dust up shows the Ryans hanging out with the man with whom the fight later occurred. Seems like they’re having a good enough time. Maybe he brought up the Saints defense.Ryan Brothers enjoying the unemployed life @barstoolsports pic.twitter.com/owgj7VCDqA— Jake Sweitzer (@JakeSweitzer) June 4, 2017 Advertisement
Advertisement Maybe the Cavs could sign these wings to defend KD in the Finals. Kevin Durant is on top of the basketball universe after crushing the Cavs in the Finals to win his first NBA title.Even though Durant barely broke a sweat in The Finals, it was a far different story when he sat down for an interview with a YouTube channel dedicated to face melting hot sauce.He did the Q&A while eating ‘wings of death’ slathered in various types of death sauce, and by the end of it was reduced to a sweaty mess.It’s actually a pretty interesting interview, but it’s never not entertaining watching people struggle to maintain their train of thought while lighting the inside their mouth on fire.
January 22, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now As an entrepreneur, speaking at influential industry trade shows and conferences positions your products and services center stage, exactly where you want your brand to be.When done right, showcasing your brand in a dynamic presentation can reel in new customers, attract capital and generate positive media buzz. When done wrong, well, just ask Michael Bay and the folks at Samsung.Your PowerPoint (or Prezi or Keynote) presentation slides have to be spot-on. This goes for whether you’re presenting at a big conference or for customers or colleagues. Not only do carefully planned slides help you stay on-topic, more importantly, they help you tell a memorable story that informs, engages and hopefully even inspires your audience to do business with you.Here are 10 important questions to consider when crafting your next PowerPoint presentation:1. What do I need to think about before designing my first slide?If you start by opening PowerPoint and haphazardly typing bullet points, you’re off to a rough start, says Adam Sigel, a Boston-based product manager at New York City-based streaming TV startup Aereo, and teacher of Skillshare’s Slide Chi: Advanced PowerPoint Design/Workshop Class. Your first step should be identifying key messages, then creating a clear outline for their delivery, Sigel advises. “Focus first on a single memorable message that you want your audience to understand and what value your message will have to them,” he says.Also consider what your ultimate goal is. For example, is your aim in presenting to earn customers or strategic partnerships? Is it to broaden your industry influence or highlight new products and services?2. How can I create a presentation that really connects with my audience?Show them that you understand their needs by presenting a value proposition tailored to them and you’ll make a lasting impact, Sigel says. This is something only you — not your PowerPoint slides — can do. “If slides alone could win you business, salespeople would just email them to prospects and say, ‘Please return with a signed copy of the contract,'” Sigel says. If only it were that easy.To reach your listeners, “connect with them in the way you connect with anyone else in your life — with empathy and emotion,” he says. Explain how your idea (or product or service) can improve their lives or work. Be careful not to come off too hard sales-y, though. Keep your tone conversational, informative and friendly, not corporate and stiff. 3. How much textual content should I include?There’s no one-size-fits-all word count when it comes to slide text. “I’ve heard various rules about how many bullets per slide and how many words per bullet and I don’t listen to any of it,” says Sigel. He suggests using powerful single words, short phrases or clear and concise single sentences per slide, versus cramming slides full of trailing bullet points and long-winded paragraphs.Remember that slides merely provide visual support for your talk. Filling them with too many words creates an audience of readers, not listeners. “If people are reading your slides, they’re unable to listen to you, and they came to hear you.”4. How many slides should I have?How many slides you feature depends on how much visual support you need for what you’re explaining.Sigel recommends using venture capitalist and business author Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 PowerPoint Rule: 10 slides presented in 20 minutes, with no font smaller than 30-point type.Kawasaki suggests tackling the following topics in 10 short and sweet slides total, especially if you’re addressing venture capitalists:ProblemYour solutionBusiness modelUnderlying magic/technologyMarketing and salesCompetitionTeamProjections and milestonesStatus and timelineSummary and call to action5. How can I be sure that my textual slides are as efficient and high-impact as possible?Start by just saying no to convoluted prefab PowerPoint templates. Instead, for every slide you make, Sigel suggests writing down a single sentence that captures the message of that slide. Next, circle the single most important word or phrase in that sentence. Then see how well your slide reflects your circled key word. What text can you omit to get to your point in fewer words? What can you move off of the slide and into your speaking notes?You’ll also want to boost the impact of your slides by varying their backgrounds, Sigel says. Mix it up and with a blend of solid backgrounds, subtle gradients and full-sized background images with the transparency turned up.6. What types of images should I incorporate into my slides and why?Studies show that visual information, when delivered well during a presentation, can capture and hold your audience’s attention much better than if you use no images. Images also enhance information recall.Pictures of faces are perhaps the most powerful presentation visuals of all, Sigel says. “People connect with other people, so I like to incorporate faces, hands, and other human elements in my slides whenever I can.” High resolution images of your company’s logo and products are also strong choices.Whichever images you use, they should always be high quality and professional, never cheesy clip art. Some popular free stock photography sites to source top notch high resolution images from include Stock Free Images, Freerange and stock.xchng. Some inexpensive paid stock photo options are iStockPhoto, Fotolia and Veer. 7. What about slide transitions? Should I go all-out with them or limit them?It’s best to use them sparingly, if at all, Sigel says. If you do use transitions, do so only to strengthen a visual metaphor or to show a process. “Too much pizazz and your presentation can quickly go from professional to school project.”8. Should I add audio and video elements to my presentation?Yes, but tread lightly and carefully, Sigel cautions. He says that audio, video and animation features “tend to be the first to break when switching software versions, say from PowerPoint 2010 to PowerPoint 2013.”Sigel advises saving your presentation’s audio and video files locally to the computer or USB drive you plan to use during your presentation. This eliminates most playback problems, like long buffering times due to a slow internet connection.9. Should I use charts? If so, what kind? On his popular blog, marketing expert Seth Godin says the only reason to include statistics in a PowerPoint presentation is to “advance an argument.” For example, if you want to parade impressive customer base growth over time, a simple, well-organized chart can help you make your point. Limit yourself to one story (or main point) per chart.As for what types of charts to use, Godin states on his blog that he prefers line and pie charts (as opposed to bar charts) and suggests animating them for optimal impact.10. What are some common PowerPoint mistakes and clich?s to avoid?One of the worst offenders is reading all of the text on each slide, word for word. Some other offenses Sigel would like to see retired forever include: confusing charts, freaky fonts, animated text and SmartArt, which is neither smart nor art, he says. 7 min read Enroll Now for Free
According to Dell’s “End-User Security survey,” almost three out of four employees polled said they were “willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information.” Now, that’s a lot of employees.But no business owner I know wants his or her company’s information leaked, so defining “confidential information” to employees, and making sure the meaning is clear, is crucial.”Confidential” means information that could harm a business if outsiders discovered it. And, today, of course, most of this information is stored and transmitted digitally. In some industries, such as health care, this confidentiality is legally defined, and new employees coming on board might have to sign an agreement promising not to disclose it.In other industries, “confidential information” is more of a gray area; it could be certain customer information at a professional services firm or production processes in manufacturing.Related: How Social Media Jeopardizes Data SecurityWithout detailed examination, an early impression of the Dell study might suggest that disgruntled employees are willing to throw their companies under the proverbial bus at an alarming rate — but this isn’t exactly the case. Employees in the survey responded that they would share confidential info only under certain circumstances, which included authorization by management or circumstances in which they felt little risk was involved.Of course, besides intentional sharing, employees often leak confidential information by accident. Inadvertent leaks are probably the most common ones because systems aren’t as secure as they are assumed to be, leaving data exposed. An employee might also fall victim to a phishing attempt. A look at IBM’s 2015 Cyber Security Intelligence Index highlights the fact that 95 percent of cybersecurity incidents examined in that report stemmed from some form of employee mistake.Related: How to Protect Your Small Business Against a Data BreachWith that in mind, here are three steps you can take to help keep confidential information private:1. Get employees up to speed.More than 66 percent of data leaks logged by InfoWatch Group in 2016 were brought about internally. Relevant here is the fact that FINRA, an organization that reviews how firms comply with regulations regarding confidential information, has listed a lack of proper training as one of the top cybersecurity weaknesses in business.In fact, training is essential, especially given the fact that not all leaks are intentional. Businesses need to educate employees on what constitutes confidential information (employee information, customer information, proprietary business information, etc). This education also needs to be more than a companywide email; depending on a business’s size and culture, the training could be an interactive online activity, a company webinar or a simple series of meetings covering what the team needs to know.Employees are at the heart of the issue, but it’s your company’s responsibility to give them access to the tools they need to keep information confidential and train them in how to use these tools most effectively.2. Encrypt sensitive emails.Nonencrypted emails are like a door to your business’s information that’s been left ajar. Email encryption, however, designates which recipients have access to particular emails, preventing sensitive information from reaching unintended recipients.This level of security is critical for many businesses’ emails — even personal emails are being encrypted more often today — but companies as a whole stand to improve their practices. According to Echoworx’s recent study on the state of encryption, only 40 percent of organizations surveyed are using email encryption extensively. For the remaining organizations, that’s a big hole in their business’s confidential information.Once your company has educated your team on what confidential information means, this step should come naturally. Simply ensure that your employees know to encrypt any email with sensitive data. There are a variety of tools that let businesses do this, such as settings integrated as part of existing email services to third-party software that plugs into an existing email service.3. Make security systems easy to use.Organizations such as Deloitte University Press, the University College-London and others have all noted that user experience sometimes falls to the back burner when it comes to security. That shouldn’t be the case — the easier a system is for employees to use, the more likely they’ll use it the right way, keeping private information within its borders. Using security software that doesn’t take the user experience into account is akin to using less secure protection, so it’s vital that your organization use security measures that your employees understand.Achieving this is as simple as having a couple of conversations with key individuals. For instance, you need to discuss a system’s ease of use with your vendors; if the vendor can’t answer confidently, that system might not be a good fit.Another way to make sure your security system is accessible to your employees is to test out tools with your team members and gauge their responses through post-test surveys, meetings or informal chats. Did they stumble through navigating a system even after some practice? Can they find what they need easily?Overall, is your system helping keep information secure, or is it just requiring them to jump through hoops? Getting an idea of how your employees feel using a system will tell higher-ups how a system will fare in the long run.Related: The Worst Data Breaches in the U.S., Ranked State by StatePart of your responsibility when it comes to security is having procedures in place for handling confidential information. Knowing what information could potentially harm your organization is key to protecting it, especially when one in three employees take corporate data with them when they leave, according to Dell’s study.Often, the most effective precautions seem the most basic, but focusing on eliminating weaknesses through employee training and email encryption is a great way to close large security holes and reduce the risk of an information leak. August 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Enhanced Anti-Spoofing for Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 9 commentsMicrosoft’s Windows 10 operating system supports a whole array of biometric login and authentication options.Instead of having to log in typing a username and password, Windows 10 users can use their fingerprint, face, or other biometric information to sign in.Microsoft calls these biometric sign in options Windows Hello, and they are only available if the device’s hardware supports them.For instance, to sign in using facial recognition your device would need access to a (IR) camera, while a fingerprint reader would be needed to sign in using your fingerprint.Configuring Windows HelloYou need to do the following to configure Windows Hello functionality on a device:Tap on the Windows-key, and select the Settings application link from the options displayed to you. Alternatively, use the shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings app directly.Navigate to Accounts > Sign-in Options.First thing you need to do is set a new PIN as it is used as a fallback option in case the biometric sign-in fails.Locate Windows Hello on the same page afterwards, and click on set up next to one of the available biometric authentication options.Follow the instructions on screen to complete the setup. For facial recognition, simply look at the camera when instructed to do so to complete the process.Depending on your device’s hardware capabilities, you may see none, one or multiple options to use biometric identification to authenticate on the device.Please note that you can only enable Windows Hello if the device supports at least one option, and if the feature has not been disabled by a system administrator.As far as what is happening in the background during the set up process: Windows creates a representation of the captured data, encrypts it, and stores it on the device. This data is not the photo of a user, the iris or the fingerprint, but data that is used to recognize it.You can read more about Windows Hello and privacy on Microsoft’s website.Enhanced Anti-Spoofing for Windows 10Enhanced Anti-Spoofing is an optional security feature that is not enabled by default. Facial recognition on Windows 10 uses algorithms to determine if what’s in front of the camera is a photograph or a real human being.You may improve the detection by enabling enhanced anti-spoofing options provided that the device supports those.You have two options to improve the security of the biometric sign-in process: using the Group Policy or the Windows Registry.Enable Enhanced Anti-Spoofing: Group PolicyYou may enable the security feature using the Group Policy Editor.Please note that the Group Policy Editor is only available on professional or Enterprise versions of Windows 10. If you get an error message launching it, skip to the Registry method below.The following steps are required:Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit enter.Use the hierarchy on the left to navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Biometrics > Facial FeaturesDouble-click on the policy “Use enhanced anti-spoofing when available”.On the window that opens, switch the policy to enabled, and click on the ok button afterwards.This enables the feature, and Windows will make use of it from that moment on provided that the device supports it. There is unfortunately no indication whether that is the case or not.If you enable this policy setting, Windows will require all users on the device to use anti-spoofing for facial features, on devices which support it.If you disable this policy setting, enhanced anti-spoofing is turned off for all users on the device and they will be unable to turn it on.To turn the feature off again, repeat the steps outlined above but switch the status of the policy to disabled, or not configured.Enable Enhanced Anti-Spoofing: Windows RegistryThe feature can be enabled using the Windows Registry as well.Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and hit the Enter-key.Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed.Use the key structure on the left to navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Biometrics\FacialFeaturesIf Biometrics does not exist, right-click on Microsoft and select New > Key from the menu. Name the key Biometrics and hit enter.If FacialFeatures does not exist, right-click on Biometrics and select New > Key from the menu. Name the key FacialFeatures and hit enter.Right-click on FacialFeatures afterwards and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.Name it EnhancedAntiSpoofing.Double-click the new preference afterwards, and set its value to 1.This enables enhanced anti-spoofing using the Windows Registry. To undo the change, delete the key again or set its value to 0 instead of 1. (via Make Tech Easier)SummaryArticle NameEnhanced Anti-Spoofing for Windows 10DescriptionFind out how to improve the security of signing in to Windows 10 devices using facial recognition by enabling enhanced anti-spoofing protection.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement