Google forms PowerMeter partnership

first_imgGoogle PowerMeter TED 5000 (PhysOrg.com) — Google has announced it has secured its first official device partner for Google PowerMeter, which means you can now use the software without having a smart meter installed by your utility company. 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. Energy Inc.’s President and CEO, Dolph Rodenberg said he expects the partnership with Google to raise public awareness of energy use. An association with Google might also help with Energy Inc.’s efforts to raise funds.The standard TED 5000 retails for about $200, and can be installed by anyone familiar enough with electrical components and the circuit breaker panel to be confident working with the electric panel removed. Installation is a breeze for an electrician.Energy Inc. is the first company to become a device partner with Google PowerMeter, and Google is actively seeking more energy monitor manufacturers for possible future partnerships.More information:• Google PowerMeter software• Google blog post• TED 5000© 2009 PhysOrg.com Google PowerMeter was launched earlier this year, and is a free software package for monitoring electricity usage. Until now it has only worked for homes with smart meters installed, which is only 6% of the market in North America. Smart meters are installed by utilities and provide information about electricity use more regularly than the more usual monthly. They are designed mainly to help the utilities cope with peaks and troughs in the demand for electricity.Knowing first-hand how much energy your home is using is a powerful way to adjust your energy use. So Google decided to make electricity use data accessible to everyone, with Google PowerMeter.After a year of talks, Google has now finalized a device partnership with Energy Inc. and its product The Energy Detective (TED). This means that anyone in North America who purchases and installs a TED 5000 will be able to use Google PowerMeter via the web or via smart phones with iGoogle if they wish to monitor their energy use. If you already have a TED 5000 a free upgrade is available for download.One advantage of the partnership is that the software can become available for more people more quickly. Another advantage is that the TED 5000 provides more data than the smart meters, and the information is available online from Google PowerMeter at 10-minute intervals. This is significantly better than smart meter data, and the device is geared more to the consumer than to the electricity provider.Near-immediate access to energy use information is important because the energy user is likely to be more engaged with the data, and that engagement tends to lead to changes in behavior that result in reducing the electricity use. The PowerMeter and TED 5000 combination will allow users to view almost instant data, as well as weekly trends and comparisons with other PowerMeter users. Explore further Google’s PowerMeter Will Help Reduce Energy Consumption (Video) Citation: Google forms PowerMeter partnership (2009, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-google-powermeter-partnership.htmllast_img read more

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New research proves parrot chicks learn their names from parents

first_img Citation: New research proves parrot chicks learn their names from parents (2011, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-parrot-chicks-parents.html While this research is interesting for its own sake, it’s also interesting because very few animals are known to use identifiers to distinguish members from one another. Up till it was found in parrots, only humans and dolphins have been known to do so. Giving group members names, in addition to demonstrating some degree of intelligence, also helps groups maintain social order. With the parrots, it’s needed because the flocks change members frequently, so everyone having names makes it easier for everyone to keep up with who’s who. Also, green-rumped parrotlets need some means for identification because they continue to rely on Mom and Dad to feed them for up to three weeks after they’ve left the nest. Getting lost in a crowd would not be a good thing at that point.Parrot communication in the wild from Karl Berg on Vimeo.To prove it was the parents creating the names, the researchers went down to a Venezuelan research site where green-rumped parrots have been studied in the wild for 24 years. There they installed video cameras and microphones in nests and swapped the eggs of half of the study group, and then recorded the results as they unfolded. The reason egg swapping was needed was because it has already been shown that parrots and their offspring sound more alike in their calls than they do others in their flock. Thus, if the calls and unique identifiers given to the young were more like their foster parents, than their biological parents, it would show that the calls were learned, rather than innate; which is of course how it turned out. The researchers also studied the audio/video carefully and discovered that the parents actually named each individual offspring before the little guys themselves could utter a peep, proving once and for all that it was in fact, the parents doing the naming.It has been suggested that such research might have implications for gaining new insights into how humans learn to talk and why we name our own offspring, and what its impact has on our own species as a whole. Explore further ‘Mum! I’m hungry!’ Hungry chicks have unique calls to their parents 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.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: “Vertical transmission of learned signatures in a wild parrot” doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0932AbstractLearned birdsong is a widely used animal model for understanding the acquisition of human speech. Male songbirds often learn songs from adult males during sensitive periods early in life, and sing to attract mates and defend territories. In presumably all of the 350+ parrot species, individuals of both sexes commonly learn vocal signals throughout life to satisfy a wide variety of social functions. Despite intriguing parallels with humans, there have been no experimental studies demonstrating learned vocal production in wild parrots. We studied contact call learning in video-rigged nests of a well-known marked population of green-rumped parrotlets (Forpus passerinus) in Venezuela. Both sexes of naive nestlings developed individually unique contact calls in the nest, and we demonstrate experimentally that signature attributes are learned from both primary care-givers. This represents the first experimental evidence for the mechanisms underlying the transmission of a socially acquired trait in a wild parrot population. In a bit of interesting research whose missions was to find out if green-rumped parrots learn the calls that are used by themselves and others to identify them in their flock, or if such calls are innate, and others learn the name from the chicks, researchers from Cornel University swapped eggs between nests in a wild group of the birds, then set about filming and recording the action as it unfolded. The results of their efforts have been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and it turns out it’s the parents of the chicks, generally called parrotlets, that give their young their identifiers, rather than simply listening to what originates from the little chicks beaks when they begin chirping.last_img read more

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Samsung will open up on bigLITTLE processor at ISSCC

first_img Citation: Samsung will open up on big.LITTLE processor at ISSCC (2012, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-samsung-biglittle-processor-isscc.html (Phys.org)—Samsung will turn heads at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in February when it describes the first mobile applications processor to use ARM’s big.LITTLE concept. This is an important opportunity and timing for Samsung, as the ISSCC is a major event for the semiconductor industry. The approach is expected to become widely used in smartphones. Samsung’s processor is to use ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. This translates into a SoC built with a 28 nanometer manufacturing process, with one cluster tuned for sheer performance while the other cluster is optimized for battery life. These are two quad-core clusters, one for high performance applications such as video gaming and the other for energy efficiency. © 2012 Phys.org ARM deals efficiency ace with big.LITTLE and Cortex-A7 More information: www.miracd.com/ISSCC2013/PDF/I … 13AdvanceProgram.pdfvia EE Timescenter_img One cluster runs at 1.8 GHz (Cortex A15) and is geared for high-performance applications; the other runs at 1.2 GHz (Cortex A7) and is tuned for energy efficiency. The pairing of “half powerful” and “half frugal” cores will be suitable for longlasting phones and tablets. An analyst with the Linley Group said that the A7 cores should be capable of handling most smartphone tasks. According to a white paper from ARM that outlines the big.LITTLE system, the Cortex A15 processor is paired with a “LITTLE” Cortex A7 processor to create a system that can accomplish both high-intensity and low-intensity tasks in the most energy-efficient manner. “By coherently connecting the Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 processors via the CCI-400 coherent interconnect, the system is flexible enough to support a variety of big.LITTLE use models, which can be tailored to the processing requirements of the tasks,” according to the paper.The process enables the same application software to switch between them. “By selecting the optimum processor for each task, big.LITTLE can extend battery life by up to 70 percent,” claimed ARM. Through these techniques, added ARM, big.LITTLE will provide the opportunity to raise performance and extend battery life in mobile platforms. What will Intel and NVIDIA reveal about processor plans at the meeting? Intel will not be presenting processor papers at the event, according to a report. Instead, Intel is to describe a scalable 64-lane chip-to-chip interconnect with 1 Tbit/s aggregate bandwidth. NVIDIA is to describe a 20 Gbit/s serial die-to-die link made in 28-nm CMOS. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Study of grinding stones suggests adaption to ice age may have led

first_img The team studied three grinding stones found in the Yellow River region and have dated back their use to a time somewhere between 23,000 and 19,500 years ago. This coincides with the peak of the last major ice-age (glacial maximum) and suggests early hunter-gatherers had begun to rely more on gathering (and processing to some extent) as hunting became a less reliable food source. But because prior research by other groups has found that agriculture didn’t get going in China until approximately 11,000 years ago, that means that it took approximately 12,000 years to move from eating local foods, to growing them on purpose in specified ways.In studying the grinding stones, the researchers found residue from the plants that were ground with them—they included grains such as millet as well as beans, yams and other roots. Other research has also found evidence to indicate that there was a short period of warmth in the region approximately 23,000 years ago, which would have provided an opportunity for people to begin exploiting such plants in earnest. That in turn appears to have led to developing methods to make such food more palatable by grinding them and perhaps mixing them together with other ingredients. This switchover, due to adjusting to the ice-age, the team theorizes, could mark the turning point that eventually led to the development of agricultural practices as a means of giving people more control over the way their food was obtained. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Europe’s first farmers replaced their Stone Age hunter-gatherer forerunners (Phys.org) —A researcher from Stanford’s Archaeology Center, working with colleagues in China has found evidence to support the notion that early hunter-gatherers in China turned to processing plant foods in order to survive the last ice-age and in so doing may have started down the path that would eventually lead to farming. The team, led by Li Liu studied grinding stones dated back to between 23,000 and 19,500 years ago, and have found that their use suggests that those that used them were doing so to supplement dwindling food supplies found via hunting. The group has published a paper detailing their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.center_img More information: Paleolithic human exploitation of plant foods during the last glacial maximum in North China, PNAS, Published online before print March 18, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1217864110 AbstractThree grinding stones from Shizitan Locality 14 (ca. 23,000–19,500 calendar years before present) in the middle Yellow River region were subjected to usewear and residue analyses to investigate human adaptation during the last glacial maximum (LGM) period, when resources were generally scarce and plant foods may have become increasingly important in the human diet. The results show that these tools were used to process various plants, including Triticeae and Paniceae grasses, Vigna beans, Dioscorea opposita yam, and Trichosanthes kirilowii snakegourd roots. Tubers were important food resources for Paleolithic hunter–gatherers, and Paniceae grasses were exploited about 12,000 y before their domestication. The long tradition of intensive exploitation of certain types of flora helped Paleolithic people understand the properties of these plants, including their medicinal uses, and eventually led to the plants’ domestication. This study sheds light on the deep history of the broad spectrum subsistence strategy characteristic of late Pleistocene north China before the origins of agriculture in this region. Citation: Study of grinding stones suggests adaption to ice age may have led to birth of agriculture in China (2013, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-stones-ice-age-birth-agriculture.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Burial chamber of Sennedjem, Scene: Plowing farmer. Credit: Wikipedia.last_img read more

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Researchers find brain activity response different for virtual reality versus the real

first_imgThe hippocampus is located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain. Image via Wikipedia. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Researchers in many parts of the world are studying how virtual reality works in the brain. Some do so to better learn how the brain works, others are more interested in creating games or virtual reality environments to allow people to experience things they couldn’t otherwise. In either case, despite the increase in processing power and graphics capabilities, virtual reality systems just don’t live up to the real world. People can always tell the difference. To find out why, the researchers in this new effort turned to rats—most specifically, their hippocampus’s—the part of the brain that has been identified as building and controlling cognitive maps.The hippocampus has what are known as neural “place” cells. Researchers believe they are building blocks that are used to assemble cognitive maps—they become most active when a rat is introduced to a new environment. Once a mental map has been created, rats use them to recognize where they are. To find out if the place cells respond differently to virtual reality, the researchers created a virtual reality environment that was nearly identical to one that existed in the real world—including a treadmill type ball to allow for simulating movement. They then attached probes to the brains of several test rats and measured place cell activity as the rats were exposed to both the virtual reality environment and the real one.The researchers found that the level of place cell activity that occurred was dramatically different between the two environments. For the real world runs, approximately 45 percent of the rats’ place cells fired, compared to just 22 percent for the virtual reality runs.These results weren’t a surprise to the team as previous research has suggested that place cell activity is incited by at least three types of cues: visual, self-motion and proximal. Virtual reality in its current state isn’t capable of generating the sensation of a breeze kicking up, the smell of bacon frying or the way the ground responds beneath the feet—all of these are part of proximal awareness. In order for virtual reality to become truly immersive, the research suggests, proximal cues must be added to the virtual reality experience. A virtual reality scent system that fools human taste More information: Multisensory Control of Hippocampal Spatiotemporal Selectivity, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1232655ABSTRACTThe hippocampal cognitive map is thought to be driven by distal visual cues and self-motion cues. However, other sensory cues also influence place cells. Hence, we measured rat hippocampal activity in virtual reality (VR), where only distal visual and nonvestibular self-motion cues provided spatial information, and in the real world (RW). In VR, place cells showed robust spatial selectivity; however, only 20% were track active, compared with 45% in the RW. This indicates that distal visual and nonvestibular self-motion cues are sufficient to provide selectivity, but vestibular and other sensory cues present in RW are necessary to fully activate the place-cell population. In addition, bidirectional cells preferentially encoded distance along the track in VR, while encoding absolute position in RW. Taken together, these results suggest the differential contributions of these sensory cues in shaping the hippocampal population code. Theta frequency was reduced, and its speed dependence was abolished in VR, but phase precession was unaffected, constraining mechanisms governing both hippocampal theta oscillations and temporal coding. These results reveal cooperative and competitive interactions between sensory cues for control over hippocampal spatiotemporal selectivity and theta rhythm.See on MedicalXpress.com: Study shows that individual brain cells track where we are and how we movecenter_img Citation: Researchers find brain activity response different for virtual reality versus the real world (2013, May 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-brain-response-virtual-reality-real.html Journal information: Science (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the University of California has found that one part of the brain in rats responds differently to virtual reality than to the real world. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the results of brain experiments they ran with rats. They found that “place” cells in the rats’ hippocampus didn’t light up as much when immersed in a virtual reality experiment as they did when the rats were engaging with the real world. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Best of Last Week – Halting photons a peer review problem and

first_img(Phys.org)—It was an interesting week even as we entered the holiday season, researchers at MIT found that halting photons could lead to miniature particle accelerators and perhaps improved data transmission. The light trapping process discovered last year involved twisting the polarization direction now appears to be related to a wide range of other seemingly unrelated phenomena. Also, physicist Robert Erlich claimed that neutrinos are likely tachyons, which would make them able to travel faster than light. He also believes the proof lies in finding the faster-than-light particles by weighing them. In space news, a team of Russian and American researchers found what they are calling the Milky Way’s new neighbor—an isolated dwarf galaxy that lies almost 7 million light years away from us; they have named it KKs3. Also a pair of researchers proposed using ballistic capture as a cheaper path to Mars—it involves putting a space craft into the orbital path of the Red planet and waiting for the planet to catch up, rather than shooting directly at it. Explore further Halting photons could lead to miniature particle accelerators, improved data transmission In biology news, a team of scientists created precursors to human egg and sperm in the lab—a sort of egg and sperm race. Meanwhile a locking mechanism was found for “scissors” that cut DNA by another team—an important part of the process of recombination that prevents enzymes from becoming overzealous. Also another team took what they are describing as “baby-steps” toward developing an anti-aging drug. The drug, originally meant to bolster the immune system in seniors, also appears to slow or halt the aging process.In other interesting news, a team of researchers unveiled a new programming language that automatically coordinates interactions between Web page components. It is called Ur/Web and it allows programmers to write Web applications as individual self-contained programs. Also another team of researchers has conducted a study that shows that peer review could reject breakthrough manuscripts.And finally, if you have been considering getting a Nook or other similar device to use at night to help with sleeping, you might want to know that a team of researchers has found that light-emitting e-readers detrimentally shift the circadian clock, which could mean using them might actually make sleeping regularly more difficult. © 2014 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Best of Last Week – Halting photons, a peer review problem and circadian clock shifting from e-readers (2014, December 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-12-week-halting-photons-peer-problem.html Vortices of bound states in the continuum. The left panel shows five bound states in the continuum in a photonic crystal slab as bright spots. The right panel shows the polarization vector field in the same region as the left panel, revealing five vortices at the locations of the bound states in the continuum. These vortices are characterized with topological charges +1 or -1. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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An economic model to help policymakers understand willingness to deal with climate

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Evaluating the contribution of black carbon to climate change Citation: An economic model to help policymakers understand willingness to deal with climate change efforts (2018, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-economic-policymakers-willingness-climate-efforts.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain © 2018 Phys.org Climate change is happening because we have pumped so much carbon dioxide and other gases into the atmosphere that it is causing the planet to heat up. And most scientists agree that as the planet heats up, there his a high likelihood of things like more damaging storms or longer droughts—some events might even be categorized as catastrophic. Yet, amazingly, we are still doing little to stop it. We are still driving gas-powered cars and creating electricity by burning coal. We are still having meetings and making pledges to lower emissions, even as the planet continues to warm.Besley and Dixit suggest the reason the world has not responded in a serious way to the threat of climate change is because there is no way those in charge can properly assess when and where catastrophic events due to climate change will occur. They believe that policymakers require a means for assessing the willingness to pay for carbon emission reductions based on the odds of catastrophic events occurring in a given time frame. To address this problem, they have created a model (an Excel spreadsheet) that accounts for various factors and returns answers that represent the willingness of an entity to take on such an effort under a given set of circumstances. The underlying measurement is money. What are the costs if a major city is hit by a catastrophic storm, for example? Or if a drought wipes out a country’s ability to grow food? To make their model, the researchers used real-world statistics such as the costs involved in the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of New Orleans.The researchers note that using the model suggests some common assumptions are correct: For instance, the willingness of one country to enact mitigation efforts is strongly impacted by efforts carried out by others. Their model also suggests that the mitigation effort that appears most feasible at this time is implementation of a carbon tax.center_img Two economists, one with the London School of Economics and Political Science, the other with Princeton University, have created a model to assist policymakers in better understanding willingness issues related to climate change mitigation efforts. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Timothy Besley and Avinash Dixit describe how their model works and the ways it could be used. More information: Timothy Besley et al. Environmental catastrophes and mitigation policies in a multiregion world, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1802864115 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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A petal of peac

first_imgVisual Art Gallery presents Prashanti- solo art exhibition by Pushpa Bagrodia and  curated by Uma Nair. Six or so paintings of a large format will be displayed in the show that will be inaugurated by and member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan. The exhibition will be held at the Visual Art Gallery, at the Capital’s India Habitat Center from December 11 to 18. These works have their origin in a series of perspective studies of flowers and plants, in which the position of the horizon line has been shifted within an  intuition of a nature lover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The resulting “structures” of flowers serve as the framework for the development of the works in which flowers gradually take form and spiritual substance. Scraps of narrative become discernible and relate to one another, suggestive of the aesthetic typical of a meditative mood. Also in the show are a series of seascapes and plant studies allied with the beauty springing from the artist’s brush. Art critic Uma Nair who has penned an essay for a book states that “Pushpa Bagrodia is India’s Georgia OKeefe-her works emanate a poetics of banality, an aesthetic of the outskirts shot through with echoes of nature rhythms.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixElsewhere, the silhouette of palms and bamboo stalks and leaves fill the spaces of the work that seem to stem from organic laws of painting more than from a requirement for narrative. Rather than the staging of a guiding narration, Pushpa Bagrodia’s viewpoint is articulated in a manner of painting the world that surrounds her in her lush landscaped home at Vasant Kunj Farms.She envisages her subjects as a concentrated construction in process, interrupted in each painting and continued in the next, reaching towards an end that is more utopian and eternal in tonality. She thus presents us with the “experience of a painting” rather than the “painting of an experience”, entifying in the pictorial field the subtle blend of the Impressionist and the Realist schools of the past. A book on her works will also be released by Jaya Bachchan. The quiet thinker who plumbs the depths of nature to create realist studies that capture the limpid tones of the lotus pond, Pushpa Bagrodia is one of those silent workers who embraces nature’s bounties with a serenity you can’t imagine. “Even when I traveled in later and early years, my unconscious search would be to find  trees and plants,” says she. “It excites me, anytime any place.” She takes photographs of plants and trees and landscapes wherever she goes and comes back and puts it to paper with her watercolour pencils. In her early years she learned from the wash artist Indra Dugar. Over the past 15 years she has been mentored by the brilliant water colourist Sudip Roy. She held many exhibitions in Calcutta, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh.Where: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center, New DelhiWhen: December 11- 18last_img read more

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Mamata congratulates Stalin

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today congratulated M K Stalin for being elected as the president of DMK. Stalin had earlier expressed support to Banerjee’s efforts to bring together various political parties to oppose the BJP. “Congratulations and best wishes to @mkstalin for being elected president of the DMK @arivalayam”, she said in a tweet. Stalin was today elevated as the DMK president. At the party’s General Council meeting held in Chennai, DMK general secretary K Anbazhagan said Stalin was elected unopposed, as he was the sole candidate who had filed nomination for the party chief’s post on August 26.last_img

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Vitamin C rich diet may slow down cataracts

first_imgEating a diet rich in vitamin C may slow the progression of cataract — a condition that may lead to blindness, reveals a study, adding that environmental factors and diet also influence cataract more than genetic factors.The findings showed that those participants who had a higher intake of vitamin C were associated with a 33 percent risk reduction of cataract progression and had “clearer” lenses 10 years after the study than those who had consumed less vitamin C as part of their diet. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The findings of this study could have significant impact, particularly for the ageing population globally, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts,” said lead study author Chris Hammond from the Kings College London.“While we cannot avoid getting older, diabetes and smoking are also risk factors for this type of cataract, and so a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle generally should reduce the risk of needing a cataract operation,” Hammond added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCataract is a common condition in which the lens of the eye becomes cloudy as a result of oxidation over time. The study, published in the journal Ophthalmology, looked at the progression of cataracts in the eyes of 324 pairs of female twins over 10 years by examining photographs of the participant’s lenses that allowed them to analyse the level of opacity of the lens in detail. Participant intake of vitamin C was also measured using a food questionnaire. The study found that environmental factors — including diet — influenced cataract more than genetic factors, which only explained a third of the change in lens opacity.It is thought that increased intake of vitamin C has a protective effect on cataract progression by increasing the vitamin C available in the eye fluid.“The human body cannot manufacture vitamin C, so we depend on vitamins in the food we eat. “We did not find a significantly reduced risk in people who took vitamin tablets, so it seems that a healthy diet is better than supplements,” added study’s first author Kate Yonova-Doing.last_img read more

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Cycle rickshaw pullers stare at bleak future

first_imgIn the busy arterial roads of the national Capital, the never ending traffic problem is taking a toll on the average commuter’s soul. The increasing number of cars, auto-rickshaws, taxi and battery rickshaws has somewhere neglected an archaic mode of transport, the humble cycle rickshaw. A mode of transport which was once used extensively for all magnificent occasions is now being neglected. With an ongoing trend of adapting new models of development, it may not be surprising to see battery rickshaws (also called e-rickshaws) being imported in large numbers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the wake of modernisation and high mobility demand of the fast-paced world, cycle-rickshaws have somewhere lost their significance. It is struggling to sustain itself as a form of transport, as well as a vehicle to sustain livelihood. Rickshaw pullers are amongst the most vulnerable road-user groups and switching to some other job will not guarantee them a stable source of earning. Talking about their condition, a rickshaw puller said, “Being poor and illiterate, this is what we can do to earn our living”. A considerable proportion of urban poor in India comprises of people, who are dependent on rickshaws as a major source of livelihood, for themselves and their family members. In the light of their working environment, their future appears quite hazy.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn this scorching heat, it is a task for rickshaw pullers to wander in search of patrons, especially when passengers have an alternate and faster medium to rely on, such as a battery rickshaw. A passenger ignorant about the importance of cycle rickshaws, commented on the condition of cycle rickshaw puller saying, “evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings, but destiny seems to be harsh on them”. Though the middle class residents do not acknowledge the presence of cycle rickshaws, they need to understand its importance, as it provides intra-urban transport and last mile connectivity.  With the advent of battery rickshaws, the regular earning of cycle rickshaw pullers has reduced to half.  It is back-breaking for the cycle-rickshaw pullers to cope up with the speed of a battery rickshaw. One should understand that in the busy, chaotic lanes of the city, a cycle rickshaw is a rescue. Rajendra Ravi, Director at Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS), said: “A cycle-rickshaw is an eco-friendly medium and it helps reduce the level of pollution. Then why not make the best of it”. The only thing that a rickshaw puller would want is a better future for their children, where their little one would grow and have the option to create a better life.last_img read more

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Deep sleep may act as fountain of youth in old age

first_imgLoss of sleep in the elderly may increase the risk of developing a wide range of mental and physical disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists who claim that deep slumber can act as a fountain of youth in old age.As we grow old, our nights are frequently plagued by bouts of wakefulness, bathroom trips and other nuisances as we lose our ability to generate the deep, restorative slumber we enjoyed in youth, researchers said.They reviewed studies which show that the ageing brain has trouble generating the kind of slow brain waves that promote deep curative sleep, as well as the neuro chemicals that help us switch stably from sleep to wakefulness. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThough older people are less likely than younger adults to notice and/or report mental fogginess and other symptoms of sleep deprivation, poor sleep leaves them cognitively worse off, researchers said.The shift from deep, consolidated sleep in youth to fitful, dissatisfying sleep can start as early as the 30s, paving the way for sleep-related cognitive and physical ailments in middle age.”The parts of the brain deteriorating earliest are the same regions that give us deep sleep,” said Bryce Mander from the University of California (UC) Berkeley in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAgeing typically brings on a decline in deep non-rapid eye movement (NREM) or “slow wave sleep,” and the characteristic brain waves associated with it, including both slow waves and faster bursts of brain waves known as “sleep spindles,” researchers said.Youthful, healthy slow waves and spindles help transfer memories and information from the hippocampus, which provides the brain’s short-term storage, to the prefrontal cortex, which consolidates the information, acting as the brain’s long-term storage. “Sadly, both these types of sleep brain waves diminish markedly as we grow old and we are now discovering that this sleep decline is related to memory decline in later life,” said Joseph Winer of UC Berkeley.”Nearly every disease killing us in later life has a causal link to lack of sleep,” said Matthew Walker, professor at UC Berkeley.And, while the pharmaceutical industry is raking in billions by catering to insomniacs, Walker warns that the pills designed to help us doze off are a poor substitute for the natural sleep cycles that the brain needs in order to function well.”We have done a good job of extending life span, but a poor job of extending our health span. We now see sleep, and improving sleep, as a new pathway for helping remedy that,” he said.Unlike more cosmetic markers of ageing, such as wrinkles and grey hair, sleep deterioration has been linked to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stroke, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Neuron.last_img read more

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Mamata better leader than many others says MK Narayanan

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is a better leader than many others, former national security advisor M K Narayanan said on Tuesday. Narayanan, also a former Governor of Bengal, said he had spent a lifetime in intelligence and had seen almost all leaders since Independence and she is “better suited among others as she is a listener at least to some…. She is a difficult person with some remarkable qualities.” Participating at a session in the Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC), the former IPS officer, however, did not link his statement to whether the state Chief Minister will be a good Prime Minister. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalTo a question by BCC president Sitaram Sharma, he said, “It is a difficult question to answer.” The former Governor had seen the transition of government from the Left Front government to the Trinamool Congress during his stint between 2010-14 in the state. Narayanan said he had an excellent experience with both Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Mamata Banerjee, the two Chief Ministers he had worked with. On the crisis at the top layer of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), he said it should be resolved within the system and the head of the agency should also be selected by it. What is happening at the CBI is a matter of concern, Narayanan said while taking part at a session with the Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC) here. On the issues with China and Pakistan, he said: “China should be our main concern. One country which does pose danger to ours is China. China wants you off the main table… does not want you on the same table,” he said.last_img read more

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2 NRS nursing students accused in puppy murder case join classes

first_imgKolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students from NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of 16 puppies and later released on bail, went back to their classes on Monday, as the West Bengal Nursing Council (WBNC) had not objected to their joining them.A senior official of the NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “We have submitted a report to the Swasthya Bhawan after carrying out a probe into the incident. It is the discretion of the West Bengal Nursing Council that takes the decision on issues related to nursing.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The court has also not imposed any restrictions on their attending classes. We have heard that the two nursing students have joined their classes on Monday,” the official added. It was earlier stated that the two accused nursing students would not be allowed to enter the classes till the probe against them is over. Following the arrest of the two accused, the NRS Medical College and Hospital has also seen agitation by the nursing students who demanded the sterilisation of the dogs on the campus. The fellow nursing students also refused to join classes showing solidarity towards the two accused. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA three-member committee had been constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of 16 puppies immediately after the incident occurred. The committee had submitted a three-page report to the hospital in this regard and the hospital authorities later sent the report to the Health department. Meanwhile, the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities have responded to the appeal made by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) regarding the vaccination and sterilisation of the dogs which are found inside the hospital campus. Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh on Monday said sterilisation would be carried out at NRS Hospital on January 24. “We have already written to all the hospitals expressing our desire to carry out sterilisation on the dogs. NRS Hospital has responded and we will take the dogs to the dog pound and sterilise them. The dogs which do not need to undergo sterilisation would be vaccinated inside the hospital campus itself. The process would be done at other hospitals as well after they respond to our appeal,” Ghosh said.last_img read more

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Banga Janani Vahini raises voice against comments of Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy

first_imgKolkata: The Banga Janani Vahini of Trinamool Congress on Thursday raised their voice demanding the removal of Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, over the latter’s tweets about Bengal women. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned Roy’s comments and said: “It was not right on his part to make such comments being a Governor, which is a constitutional post.””We should take to the streets and be vocal against such remarks that portray women in a poor light. The Indian Constitution has given a person the liberty to speak in whatever language he/she wants. But the RSS is trying to impose certain things on us. We need to protest in a democratic manner,” said TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, chairman of the recently constituted Banga Janani Vahini. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataRoy, while offering his views about some states resisting Hindi learning, had questioned that if Bengal women can be bar dancers in Mumbai then why should they not learn Hindi. A former BJP leader, Roy originally hails from Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has recently constituted the Banga Janani Vahini of women to fight for keeping the political environment in the state secular. The Vahini held its first programme at Hazra crossing on Thursday, where women staged a day-long dharna and spoke against alleged atrocity on women across the country. The Vahini will organise a similar protest movement at Shyambazar on Friday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShashi Panja, minister of state for Women & Child Development condemned the statements made by Roy and urged the women brigade to be united in protest. “Bengal should play a leading role in raising women’s voice against such statements that go against the dignity of women,” Panja said. She spoke of the several schemes undertaken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee like Kanyashree, Rupashree and Sabooj Sathi and how these schemes have contributed to the social upliftment of women. “The Central government has hardly done anything for the upliftment of women and have remained unperturbed to such comments and acts by a number of RSS minded leaders in recent times that have portrayed women in poor light,” Panja added. Chandrima Bhattacharjee, minister of state for Health, said that when a person assumes the Governor’s chair he/she should not be the voice of any political party but he (Roy) who has been an RSS member, has spoken for the saffron party on more than one occasion. “The Indian Constitution states clearly that there should not be any discrimination based on sex. Then why is the party in power at the Centre being silent against such comments made by their leaders?” she questioned.last_img read more

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Scientists are Establishing a Groundbreaking Link Between Cheese and Music

first_imgConsumers could soon be looking at cheese in a new light. Switzerland has played host to a ground-breaking study which goes beyond the usual factors of appearance, taste, and smell. The title is simple but surreal: Cheese in Surround Sound. Experts describe it in their press release as “a culinary art experiment,” seeking to establish a credible link between cheese and music. For a more thorough scientific explanation, the reader must consider how “the bio-acoustic impact of sound waves affects metabolic processes in cheese, to the point where a discernible difference in flavor becomes apparent – one which can even be visualized using food technology.”Beat Wampfler wanted to find the answer to a simple question – can music improve the flavor of cheese?The man who triggered this unique investigation is Beat Wampfler, a name that wouldn’t sound out of place in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Wampfler is, in fact, a veterinarian and part-time cheese maker.The study took place at Bern University of the Arts and used sonochemistry to explore the effects of different types of music on maturing cheese wheels. Sonochemistry “looks at the influences of sound waves, the effect of sound on solid bodies” according to Michael Harenberg, director of the university’s music program, quoted by Smithsonian.com.Rock music cheese. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP/Getty ImagesHarenberg and his students partnered with Wampfler and the Käsehaus K3 cheese shop in Burgdorf as part of an annual cultural initiative. A little persuading was required from the cheese maker’s end but things soon ran smoother than Emmental.No wonder this was the cheese selected for the project. 9 wheels — each weighing 22 pounds — were left in separate crates to mature, with some of the greatest names in music playing by way of company. Led Zeppelin, Mozart and A Tribe Called Quest amongst others aided the “complex dance between milk and bacteria” over a period of six and a half months.A jury of experts tasted the cheeses on March 14, 2019 and the winner was the cheese matured to the sound of hip-hop. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFPReuters reports that “The experiment, instead of using loudspeakers, used mini transmitters to conduct the energy of the music into the cheese.” This apparently resulted in a more direct musical hit than something like a Marshall sound system would allow. But it wasn’t all rocking out and getting a freak on for the smelly test subjects. “A control cheese aged in silence,” writes Smithsonian.com, “while three other wheels were exposed to simple high, medium and low-frequency tones.”Related Video: A Day in The Life of a Modern Kitchen – from the PastFollowing this, the cheeses were looked at by food technologists from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and then tasted by what the press release proudly bills as “a star-studded panel of judges, featuring artists, chefs and politicians”.Since last September, the cheeses have each been blasted with sonic masterpieces from the likes of rock gods Led Zeppelin and hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, to techno beats, ambient choirs and Mozart’s classic Magic Flute. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFPPerhaps the strangest part of the story is that the experiment has produced compelling evidence. The verdict was especially strong with regards the cheese exposed to hip hop.ZHAW concluded that this example “displayed a discernibly stronger smell and stronger, fruitier taste than the other test samples.” One taste tester, chef Benjamin Luzuy, favored the Mozart-infused cheese but the hip hop has become the model for milk-based manipulation going forward.Whether this is a genuine discovery, or if the altered flavor is merely in the person’s mind, remains to be seen. Further examinations are to be made via biomedical tests. Contradicting that old saying, the proof of the pudding (or at least the cheesecake) may not be in the eating. Not that Wampfler is losing his fromage-oriented faith.Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP“I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste,” he commented to Smithsonian.com “Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects.”Read another story from us:  Rare Vintage Music Typewriter Lets You Type Sheet Music“Here comes the science part,” has never sounded weirder. It’s hoped the new findings will attract the cream of the culinary and scientific communities. If it doesn’t, then the whole house of curds could collapse.last_img read more

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Its the end of the world as we know it Cubs are

first_img In a bad omen for the Indians, starter Corey Kluber, who had been dominant in his first two starts of the Series, was tagged by Cubs’ center fielder Dexter Fowler for a lead off homer. He was not unhittable this night. After the Indians tied the game at 1-1 in the 3rd on a Carlos Santana RBI single, Chicago added 2 runs in the 4th and 5th inning, to push their lead to a seemingly comfortable 5-1. Kluber was chased from the game after allowing four runs in four plus innings after Javier Baez led off the 5th inning with a solo shot.Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was pulled by Joe Maddon in favor of starter Jon Lester with 2-outs in the 5th. The move to yank Hendricks in favor of Lester was puzzling because Hendricks was cruising when he was yanked. Lester was initially erratic in relief, and the Indians scored two runs on a wild pitch to crawl to 5-3.Previously untouchable Cleveland reliever Andrew Miller was also roughed after coming into the game in the 5th. He allowed a run in the 5th on an Anthony Rizzo single, and coughed up a solo home run to journeyman 38-year old catcher David Ross to increase the Cubs lead to 6-3.Cubs’ Manager Joe Maddon called on closer Aroldis Chapman for the second night in a row. He entered the game with one on and two outs in the 8th. He promptly surrendered an RBI double to Brandon Guyer to pull Cleveland to 6-4.With Guyer on 2nd, usually light hitting Indians centerfielder Rajai Davis shocked the sporting universe by lacing a two-run homer onto the Progressive Field home run porch, tying the game at 6-6. The home run turned the momentum of the game on its head and Chicago appeared to be on the ropes.  Goliath, meet Davis.Rajai. Davis.Cleveland. Legend. #Game7 pic.twitter.com/PptzTVwcu5— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2016 Advertisement Someone tell Steve Bartman he can come out now. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions.The Cubs outlasted the Indians 8-7, in a 10 inning, World Series Game 7 classic to win the franchise’s first championship since 1908, and simultaneously exorcise the demons of generations of downtrodden North Side baseball fans.On the flip side of the coin sits the City of Cleveland, which continued it’s tortured sports history after the brief respite provided by LeBron James and the Cavaliers and their 2016 NBA title. In the history of Cleveland sports disappointments, the Game 7 loss has to head to the top of the list of soul crushing losses.Game 7 was one of the rare sporting events where the game lived up to, and exceeded, the historic pre-game hype. Die hard Cubs fan Bill Murray made his way to the Chicago locker room to pound some bubbly with the team.CHEERS! Bill Murray & Dexter Fowler share champagne toast after @Cubs win #WorldSeries #FlyTheW https://t.co/LdfXQ45i5x pic.twitter.com/ItNfpbGXE7— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) November 3, 2016center_img After neither team scored in the 9th, a rain delay postponed the game before the start of the 10th. The break in the action gave the Cubs time to regroup and make their final push for the title.Following the delay, the Cubs rallied for two runs in the top of the 10th, capped off by Ben Zobrist’s go-ahead RBI double to give Chicago the lead for good. Miguel Montero added another RBI, giving the Cubs an 8-6 lead.The Indians failed to resurrect themselves from the dead again in the 10th. With a runner on, Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery induced a ground ball, which Kris Bryant tossed to first for the final out of the game, and the Cubs first championship in over 100 years. Celebration. On.1908 … the goat… Bartman… Banks…. Santo… Williams …. final out of game 7 ..”Go Cubs Go… hey Chicago whatta ya say…..”. pic.twitter.com/5PSzAgqfhZ— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) November 3, 2016 The scene in Chicago, as expected, was complete madness.Classic. Fans waiting for Wrigley Field sign to announce winner was throwback to time before television. #CubsWin pic.twitter.com/VzEOPuVqNB— Movie Bungalow (@moviebungalow) November 3, 2016 It’s a great day to be a Chicago Cubs fan. The curse is dead. Beer for breakfast in the Windy City. Hug your dad.last_img read more

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VIDEO ExNFLer does hilarious impersonations of different pregame locker room personality types

first_imgThere’s no one way to get ready an NFL kickoff. Different players have different ways to get their mind right in the locker room.During his eight year NFL career, ex-NFL defensive lineman Anthony “Spice” Adams saw all them all. He recently posted a video of his dead-on impersonations of all the different locker room personality types, ranging from “The guy who listens to headphones with his eyes closed” to “The guy who posts inspirational quotes.”You’ve got to love “The guy who is always dressed the best.”All my teammates pregame in a different way! Which one are you? pic.twitter.com/kB9Q34TfyH— ANTHONY ADAMS (@spiceadams) May 3, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

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WATCH Fans video shows him sneaking into Octagon during McGregorKhabib postfight chaos

first_img Advertisement I (later) asked my wife, “Salina, what happened with that guy, was he with McGregor?’ She goes, ‘Daniel, after he went and checked to make sure Conor was OK he just got back in his seat.’ I swear to God. He just climbed the rail and got back in his seat. I was like, ‘What in the world just happened!? What in the world just happened!?’ It was crazy. How did this dude end up in the Octagon, and then he checked to make sure Conor was OK and then he went back and sat down.”You have to give it to this guy. This took some cajones. Sometimes if you act like you’re supposed to be there, no one asks any questions.That was me 👍🏻☘️ Someone once said, when I go to war, we all go to war. @dc_mma you missed the bit about me on your back for the first 30 sec. You’re a wide strong guy. Thanks for listening to me at that intense moment. pic.twitter.com/XVwlet3Nb0— David Martin (@Sir_DavidMartin) October 16, 2018 The aftermath of the UFC 229 fight between Khabib and Conor McGregor was complete chaos. While Khabib jumped into the stands to attack a trash talking McGregor teammate, McGregor was blindsided by a Khabib team member who scaled the Octagon. The result was confusion and an overwhelmed security detail that almost completely lost control of the situation.One fan apparently took advantage of the confusion and used the opportunity to make his way inside the Octagon to get a close up look at the madness and check on McGregor. A Twitter user named David Martin posted a tweet with a video showing him literally inside the cage walking around like he was supposed to be there in a jacket and jeans. Nobody seemed to question him. He’s also showed himself outside which confirms it’s the same guy.Longtime UFC Heavyweight and commentator Daniel Cormier recalled running into the guy in the ring and spoke about during a recent podcast interview, which prompted the tweet from the perpetrator:“This is the craziest story. There’s a guy behind me, he’s wearing this nice jacket. (Something) McGregor. So he’s standing behind me and he goes, ‘Who do you got in the fight?’ This guy’s completely not into the game, right? So I go, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna go Khabib.’ So after the fight, when we all jumped the rail, I’m like in the Octagon pushing, and the guy’s like checking on Conor. He was like a fan, he was just like a fan that jumped the rail when everyone else jumped the rail and got all the way to the Octagon – he was like checking on Conor.last_img read more

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The New York Times Gets Into the Incubator Game

first_img Register Now » min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 29, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img New media, meet the Old Gray Lady. If you have a fledgling media company with some promise, now might be your chance to work side-by-side with veterans at The New York Times. The Times Co. is launching a startup incubator, seeking to nurture companies whose presence in the Times’ headquarters would be “mutually beneficial.”Dubbed timeSpace, the four-month program is an experiment, the company says, in developing ways to drive media forward in the midst of a period of “unprecedented change.” To that end, the Times will open its doors at 620 8th Ave. in Manhattan later this year to three to five companies that are rethinking the future of media, whether in the realm of mobile, social, video, advertising or something else.Even in its pilot phase, timeSpace “has the potential to enhance the exchange of ideas” between the Times and technology entrepreneurs, says Denise Warren, the general manager of NYTimes.com. Founders have just three weeks to send in their applications. What are the criteria? The Times is interested in early-stage startups with seed funding and a product already launched, either based in New York or willing to relocate to New York for four months. Other than that, the field is open.”Our core purpose remains to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information,” the company says on the timeSpace website. “We want to push ourselves and push others to find the best ways to do so, and we believe that timeSpace can be a part of that process.”Equity is not part of the incubation deal, though the Times says it could become an investor or customer of the startups at a later date. The application period ends Feb. 19.Related: How Accelerators Help Startups Get Funding Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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