31 Aug

Japanese partnership results in palm recognition security for smartphones

first_img Palm patterns are made up of both the unique way each person’s palm is arranged (all those lines and ridges) and the veins and capillaries that reside just beneath the skin. Over the past couple of years, some companies have developed palm readers that match vein patterns for securing computer systems, but they have all been too big to use on cell phones. The new approach dispenses with the old way of looking at a person’s palm and uses nothing more than software analysis to identify to whom it belongs, paving the way for use on smartphones because each already comes equipped with a camera. To use such an outfitted phone, all a person would have to do is hold their hand out flat, palm down, over the phone to identify themselves as an allowed user of the phone. No muss, no fuss, and no password.The phone will be able to identify the user by their palm terrain using only a photo taken in ordinary light, which of course will present a problem for those using their phone in the dark. The company hasn’t said how it will handle that situation, but it seems plausible that they’d have the screen flash some light to reflect off the palm, rather than revert to the old password system. The downside to the development of the new software security system is that it’s proprietary, which means that when it’s rolled out by the end of the year to customers in Japan, only they will be able to reap its benefits. The rest of us will have to wait for the two companies to license the technology to others, or worse, for others to develop the same functionality on their own. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org via Tech-on (Phys.org)—By now everyone knows that the only way to protect the stuff you keep on your smartphone is to password protect the screen. Unfortunately, we all also know how easy it is to crack that little system as evidenced by various phone hacking scandals and stolen celebrity photos. Clearly a better way needs to be found, and now it seems Japanese mobile giant Softbank Mobile Corp, after teaming up with Universal Robot Co Ltd, might have found it; phone software that is able to recognize a person’s unique palm patterns. Credit: Tech-onlast_img read more

31 Aug

Anthropologist finds high number of developmental anomalies in Pleistocene people

center_img Erik Trinkaus, an anthropologist at Washington University, has found what he describes as “an abundance of developmental anomalies” in people that lived during the Pleistocene. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he describes his study of fossils recovered from several sites in the Middle East and Eurasia, and what he found. © 2018 Science X Network Skulls of early humans carry telltale signs of inbreeding, study says Citation: Anthropologist finds high number of developmental anomalies in Pleistocene people (2018, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-anthropologist-high-developmental-anomalies-pleistocene.htmllast_img read more

31 Aug

A twisted assortment of tales

first_imgAuthor and civil servant Shubha Sarma’s debut book Fly on the Wall and Other Stories examines different facets of life’s narrative with detachment, precision and compassion. A reading session and discussion based on the book was recently organised at Oxford Bookstore also an engaging session was conducted in presence of Jawhar Sircar, chairman Prasar Bharti,  M Asaduddin, Head of the English Department, Jamia Millia Islamia and Yashodhara Mishra, guest editor, Indian Literature. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The subjects in the book range from up-market, urban settings to the depths of rural Odisha and areas of civil strife and deep social unrest. The narrative strings together anxious housewives, over-imaginative teenagers and men and women in the sunset of their lives. Much based on the experience of Sarma’s services for more than a decade in the tribal districts of Odisha where she endeavoured to catalyze social change, empower women and address complex issues concerning left-wing extremism.? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCharacters in the book are from all walks of life, there is Dipankar, yearning for Assam and returning to discover that he is a stranger in his own land and the beautiful Uma, mysteriously killed and awaiting justice; there is Arun craving parental affection and Shikha, defying social mores. They are people one encounters everyday on the bus, the metro and at times, the mirror. Each story is uniquely crafted with an ingenuous sense of structural balance. As a whole, this assortment of tales with a twist brings to life the realities and contradiction of India and makes it an enchanting collection of highly readable short stories.last_img read more

31 Aug

Foodies corner

first_imgGuests can savour delectable and inviting creations such as macaroons, eclairs, muffins, croissants, Paris brest, tarts, mousse, cheesecakes amongst other popular desserts specially crafted by a team of patissiers. There is also a wide range of chocolates, pralines, cookies and cakes readily available or made to order. Island Bar presents the ‘Happy Hours’, offering Delhi’s most extensive selection of wines and spirits. The Bar also features a collection of single malt whiskeys, international cigars and array of non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers. For wine lovers, it offers an extensive selection of wines that are true to their origin. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Café Uno is the place to start the perfect Sunday with a delectable and exquisite brunch. The brunch features an international cheese counter, exotic seafood bar, sushi, antipasti platters, a freshly baked bread station,  Indian and Western delicacies to choose from. The cooking theaters at Café Uno each featuring a different culinary style, are showcases for the best of international cuisines. Where: Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel When: Throughout the monthlast_img read more

31 Aug

Temple purification row BJP asks why was CM quiet so far

first_img‘It is suprising that Manjhi kept quiet on the alleged temple purification incident for months… he should have taken action against whosoever responsible for it immediately after,’ Modi told reporters on the sidelines of ‘Janata Durbar’ at his official residence here.  More than chief minister’s silence, doubts have surfaced over authenticity of the incident with Manjhi and his Minister Ramlakhan Ram making contradictory statements, he said.Under the circumstances, it will be in the fitness of things that either the chief minister sack his ministerial colleague for countering his claim, Modi said.last_img read more

31 Aug

Destination Brisbane

first_imgThe upcoming G-20 Heads of State meeting in Brisbane, Australia in mid-November is being convened when urgent policy actions from major economies, advanced and emerging, call for coordinated and focused approach to get the world economy out of the anemic recovery. Latest economic data from global financial institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, OECD and the WTO do not inspire hope that economic growth can pick up pace and verve to allay the jittery nerves of policymakers, planners and political leaders who have a lot of stake in the faster and decisive recovery of the global economy. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’There is a distinct lack of sustained demand to drive growth the world over that dodges every economy, though massive amounts of countercyclical steps in the form of injection of liquidity through monetary easing with attendant ultra low interest rates in rich countries and fiscal stimulus in emerging economies and tax concessions to stoke demand continue unabated for quite a long time since 2008 when the global financial crisis struck like a tsunami. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityIn fact, the G-20 was set up as a coordinated response by global community to the global financial crisis. That crisis underscored the inadequacies of the extant institutional arrangements such as the IMF, touted to be the lender of the last resort, when major financial crisis abruptly broke out in one major epicenter but spread its octopus-like tentacles to the rest of the universe through fast and fraught transmission effects. That is why post-crisis, leaders of G-20 including India at the highest level meet once a year regularly to take stock of the situation and evolve a coordinated policy response. So beginning in Washington in 2008, the G-20 conclave was held subsequently in London, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Seoul, Cannes(France), Los Cabos (Mexico) and St Petersburg every year and this year the G-20 leaders including India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will gather together for two days on November 15-16 in Brisbane, the capital city of picturesque Queensland, Australia. Canberra has already stated that building on the St. Petersburg summit, it is easier to structure leaders’ discussions around the key themes of promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes, making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks and to maintaining a tight focus on practical results that would lift growth, boost participation, create jobs and build resilience of the global economy. In preparing a ‘Brisbane Action Plan’, Australia has contended that these growth strategies would need to include ‘practical actions to improve productivity and competitiveness, strengthen investment in infrastructure, encourage trade, make it easier to do business and boost employment’. At September 2014 meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cairns in which India’s Minister of State for Finance Mrs. Nirmala Sitaraman and RBI Governor Dr. Raghuram G. Rajan took part as the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley was indisposed,  the leaders discussed the agenda of the G-20 summit. The IMF and OECD reckoned that the new growth strategies of G-20 members collectively would deliver two per cent increase in global GDP over five years. This would imply $2 trillion to the global economy and millions of new jobs.  The host has already made it amply clear that its priority for Brisbane Summit is to link development actions to growth, by creating the conditions for developing and emerging economies to attract infrastructure investment, by reinforcing tax systems and by improving access to financial services. Canberra promised that its Presidency of G-20 would make it a priority to complete financial reforms in four principal areas directly related to the causes of the crisis, viz., building the resilience of banks, helping prevent and managing the failure of globally important financial institutions, making derivative markets safer and improving oversight of the shadow banking sector. For India, this is a key issue as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) with FSB members under the G-20 umbrella having committed to adopt the maintenance of financial stability. Hence it already sought IMF/World Bank to conduct their joint Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) a couple of years ago. The mission worked in concert with RBI, the Insurance Regulatory Authority of India (IRDA), the Stock Exchanges Board of India (SEBI) and the Ministry of Finance. One of the FSAP reports—Financial Stability Assessment Update—on India was published by IMF in 2013. In hailing the comprehensive review recognizing that the Indian banking system remained largely stable on account of tightly controlled regulatory and supervisory regime by RBI, the assessment found gaps and constraints in the implementation of regulatory and supervisory framework. It however hastened to note that RBI has been striving to address these gaps and even when the RBI lacks de jure independence, there has been no de facto interference from the government. But this is a refreshing and qualified plaudit from a neutral observer, though the country’s apex bank is now fighting a losing battle to keep its inflation-setting function unhampered from interference by the Finance Ministry!It was also agreed on measures to stabilize the global financial system by looking forward to the challenges and getting on with the job of implementing the priorities of the FSB.  There have also been some major initiatives to be delivered on in relation to the base erosion, profit shifting and international tax. In sum, as the leaders of the world’s most powerful 20 economies gather in Brisbane when at the end Turkey will assume the next year’s Presidency, there would be seamless continuity ‘in delivering our goals, in relation to the FSB priorities, in relation to the growth target of 2 per cent, in relation to the taxation initiatives and in relation to infrastructure and closer partnerships with the private sector’, according to Mr. Hockey.  In sum, as India’s Prime Minister Mr. Modi visits Down Under with a renewed remit to his growing popularity, the world awaits his interaction with global stalwarts in setting policy agenda and taking them up for implementation back home to crank up India’s economic growth, analysts say.last_img read more

31 Aug

Allwomen cop team to keep an eye on city streets

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has introduced “The Winners”- a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city.This is the first time in the history of Kolkata Police that such a special team has been set up to ensure safety and security of women.The women police will be patrolling different parts of the city on scooters and they will reach a spot soon after receiving information of any untoward incident. The team of “The Winners” initiated their journey from Lalbazar in presence of Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police and other senior police officers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll the women police personnel had received their training for the past three months in the Police Training School (PTS). Most importantly, all the women police personnel will be having body-cams like traffic sergeants.The women police will be deployed at different parts of the city. They will be maintaining vigil while patrolling different areas. It will make the “public places safer for women”.The women police will be patrolling on scooters at different locations in different parts of the city. Patrolling in areas including Park Street, Esplanade, Rabindra Sadan crossing, Elgin Road, Gariahat, Shyambazar, Ultadanga and areas around Victoria Memorial Hall, will be carried out on a regular basis. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that the police have already taken several steps to check incidents of sexual harassment on women. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, the rate of such incidents will go down further. The women police have been trained in such a way that they are capable of taking prompt action to save a woman from becoming a victim of sexual harassment. In case there is need of any more manpower to tackle a situation, the women police will be contacting the concerned police officers and subsequent steps will be taken.Earlier, it was found that women had to approach traffic sergeants and constables for any kind of help. Now, with introduction of “The Winners”, they can approach an on-duty woman officer and at the same time, will feel comfortable in sharing their problems.It may be recalled that during the training of women police personnel at Police Training School, Kumar had given necessary advice to ensure that they get prepared properly.last_img read more

31 Aug

Demand for new hostel CMCH students continue agitation for fifth day

first_imgKolkata: Some MBBS students at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) continued their demonstration for the fifth consecutive day, with the demand of a new hostel.The CMCH authorities on Friday categorically mentioned that they will not be able to fulfill the demands of the agitating students. Some of the representatives of the medical students taking part in the agitation met the principal of CMCH and held a prolonged discussion in this regard. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been learnt that senior officials of the CMCH had urged the students to lift the agitation which they turned down. According to the students, the agitation will be continued till the demands are met.The incident, however, had no impact on the health services of the hospital. It may be mentioned that a section of medical students at CMCH continued their demonstration so that their various demands are met, including setting up of a new hostel. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus, demanding a new hostel for them.The move was made after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the CMCH authorities.The students taking part in the agitation alleged that the hostel meant for them is not in a good condition. The hostel rooms are not up to the mark. The students had also submitted a deputation to the CMCH principal on Tuesday, placing their various demands. These students have alleged that the hostel rooms are unhygienic and one cannot stay there for too long. The matter was taken up with the CMCH authorities but they are yet to take any step in this regard.They also said that first year students have got a new hostel, while the second, third and fourth year MBBS students have been deprived.CMCH principal Uchhal Bhadra urged the agitating students to stop the demonstration, which they refused to do. The students also threatened to continue the agitation until anew hostel is being allotted to them.last_img read more

31 Aug

10minute walk break can reverse vascular dysfunction

first_img“Our study found that when you sit for six straight hours, or the majority of an eight-hour work day, blood flow to your legs is greatly reduced,” said lead author of the study Jaume Padilla, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at University of Missouri School of Medicine in the US.“We also found that just 10 minutes of walking after sitting for an extended time reversed the detrimental consequences,” Padilla noted.During the study, the researchers compared the vascular function of 11 healthy young men before and after a period of prolonged sitting. The findings indicated that blood flow in the popliteal —an artery in the lower leg—was greatly reduced after sitting at a desk for six hours. The findings appeared in the journal Experimental Physiology.last_img read more