Study Suggests the Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe

first_imgThis figure shows the molecular structures of ice XI and ice Ih and plots their existence in the solar system as a function of temperature and distance from the sun. Blue circles correspond to oxygen atoms and red circles are protons (i.e. hydrogen atoms). The area below the red line (which corresponds to a temperature of 72K) is where ice XI exists as a stable form in the solar system. E, M, J, S, U, N, and P indicate Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, respectively. Various forms of ice have been found in many locations within the frigid reaches of our galaxy, from interstellar clouds to comets, moons, and planets. But a particularly intriguing and rare type, “ferroelectric” ice – ice crystallized so perfectly that it can sustain a giant electric field – has never been detected by astronomers. Revealing ‘hidden’ phases of matter through the power of light Explore further Citation: Study Suggests the Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe (2006, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-ferroelectric-ice-universe.html A recent study, however, has produced evidence that ferroelectric ice, also known as ice XI, likely does exist out there. Performed by a team of scientists from the U.S. and Japan, the study revealed a very narrow range of temperatures in which “normal” ice can transform into ice XI in nature. The research was led by Hiroshi Fukazawa, a scientist at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.Normal ice, which forms all natural snow and ice on Earth, is known to scientists as “ice Ih,” where the ‘h’ stands for hexagonal, the shape of the molecular crystal. In ice Ih, the bonds between the hydrogen and oxygen atoms are oriented randomly, resulting in a crystal that looks fairly messy. At very low temperatures, however, the bonds begin to line up and point in the same direction; high pressure enhances this ordering effect. As a result, the tiny electric fields naturally carried by each water molecule add up to produce one large field.“Whether ferroelectric ice exists in a stable form at low temperatures is a question that has long fascinated researchers,” said Jaime Fernandez-Baca, one of the scientists involved in the study, to PhysOrg.com. Fernandez-Baca is a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. “It has been proposed, for example, that the enormous, spontaneous electric fields that this type of ice can generate could play an important role in planetary formation.”Added Fukazawa, “Ferroelectric ice may also play an important role in chemical evolution, including the formation of prebiotic organic materials in the universe.”The group wanted to learn more about the conditions required for the formation of ferroelectric ice. They created a sample of ice that contained a carefully measured amount of an impurity compound, which alters the crystal slightly and thus assists the ice XI conversion process. At ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor, the ice was cooled gradually as it was bombarded with neutrons. In this technique, called neutron diffraction, neutrons enter a sample, scatter away from its atoms and, when they exit the sample, are recorded by a detector as a scattering pattern. Analyzing the pattern reveals valuable information about the arrangement of atoms in the sample.Using this method the group “saw” that ice XI formed over the course of several hundred hours, and its structure remained stable in the narrow temperature range of 57-66K. “This is the temperature range at the surfaces of the outer planetary bodies in the solar system – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, their satellites and rings, as well as the rings and some moons of Saturn, ” said Fernandez-Baca.“Without adding the impurity compound, it would take 10,000 years for normal ice to transform into ice XI,” he added. “While this time scale is much longer than what can be measured in a laboratory, it is not too long in the astronomical time scale.”Citation: H. Fukazawa, A. Hoshikawa, Y. Ishii, B.C. Chakoumakos, and J.A. Fernandez-Baca, “Existence of Ferroelectric Ice in the Universe.” The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 652, L57-L60 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com 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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Smart traffic lights reduce fuel usage and lower emissions

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Smart traffic lights reduce fuel usage and lower emissions (2010, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-smart-traffics-fuel-usage-emissions.html Explore further — SAE.org– IBM wants traffic lights to stop your carVia: GreenCarReports Denso Corp has proposed a system that uses short-range wireless transmitters in cars and elements of the road infrastructure. This would give traffic lights more information about upcoming vehicles and could change dynamically based on their speed, vehicle type, and relative volume of approaching vehicles. This would inform a stoplight of approaching vehicles and delay the change long enough to let them pass.Denso has taken this proposed system one step further so that an intersection can achieve optimum flow of traffic. They have gone beyond the current signal-control algorithms, that employs averages of traffic flow, in order to adjust cycle times and light extensions to achieve the optimum traffic flow for any given set of approaching vehicles.Denso Corp has been successfully implementing and testing both pre-empting red lights and extending green lights by using vehicle equipped transmitters and receivers in traffic lights at its Vista, California, research facility. Smart traffic light system at intersection. Credit Denso Corp. (PhysOrg.com) — Denso Corp. has designed the next version of ‘the smart traffic light system’. By using messaging between vehicles and the traffic-light controller, better decisions about when to change signaling will help to maximize overall vehicle throughput at an intersection. IBM wants traffic lights to stop your car © 2010 PhysOrg.com Today’s traffic light system collects sensor data from a loop of wire in the roadway to determine when the light should change. The car-sensing light stays green in one direction until a car wants to enter the intersection from the cross street. By reducing the time vehicles idle at a red light helps cut down on their emissions and fuel consumption. More information:last_img read more

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Two inflated hotJupiter planets discovered around distant stars

first_img Citation: Two inflated ‘hot-Jupiter’ planets discovered around distant stars (2016, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-inflated-hot-jupiter-planets-distant-stars.html Explore further More information: Discovery of WASP-113b and WASP-114b, two inflated hot-Jupiters with contrasting densities, arXiv:1607.02341 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1607.02341AbstractWe present the discovery and characterisation of the exoplanets WASP-113b and WASP-114b by the WASP survey, {it SOPHIE} and {it CORALIE}. The planetary nature of the systems was established by performing follow-up photometric and spectroscopic observations. The follow-up data were combined with the WASP-photometry and analysed with an MCMC code to obtain system parameters. The host stars WASP-113 and WASP-114 are very similar. They are both early G-type stars with an effective temperature of ∼5900K, [Fe/H]∼0.12 and Teff ∼4.1dex. However, WASP-113 is older than WASP-114. Although the planetary companions have similar radii, WASP-114b is almost 4 times heavier than WASP-113b. WASP-113b has a mass of 0.48 MJup and an orbital period of ∼4.5days; WASP-114b has a mass of 1.77 MJup and an orbital period of ∼1.5days. Both planets have inflated radii, in particular WASP-113 with a radius anomaly of R=0.35. The high scale height of WASP-113b (∼950 km ) makes it a good target for follow-up atmospheric observations. © 2016 Phys.org An international team of researchers, led by Susana Barros of the University of Porto in Portugal, found the alien worlds by utilizing an array of eight robotic cameras at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands. The observations were conducted under the Super Wide Angle Search for Planets (SuperWASP) program, which is the leading ground-based transit survey, having discovered more than 150 exoplanets to date. The scientists also used the SOPHIE spectrograph on the 1.93m telescope of the Haute-Provence Observatory in France and the CORALIE spectrograph mounted on the 1.2m Swiss Euler telescope in La Silla, Chile, to carry out follow-up spectrographic observations of the two stars named WASP-113 and WASP-114. These follow-up studies allowed the team to obtain physical characteristics of the newly detected planetary systems.According to the paper, WASP-113b and WASP-114b are larger in size than Jupiter, with an inflated radius of about 1.4 and 1.3 Jupiter radii respectively. However, although they are both similar in size, WASP-113b is less than half Jupiter’s mass while WASP-114b has almost twice the mass of Jupiter. Therefore, WASP-114b is 4.2 times more dense than WASP-113b.The researchers emphasized that their computations indicated that the radii of these planets should be smaller. They estimated a radius of 1.05 Jupiter radii for WASP-113b and a radius of approximately 1.15 Jupiter radii for WASP-114b. Thus, the confirmed larger radius and a density lower than that of our solar system’s biggest planet, suggest that the newly found worlds are inflated gas giants. “Assuming the coreless models we estimated a radius of 1.05 Rjup for WASP-113b and 1.15 Rjup for WASP-114b. Both these predicted radii are more than 2 σ smaller than the radii measured for the planets in our analysis. Hence, we conclude that the planets are inflated,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Researchers widely debate the cause of the inflation process in gas giant planets. It could be due to tidal heating, kinetic heating, enhanced atmospheric opacities and ohmic dissipation.The study also reveals that both exoworlds belong to the “hot Jupiter” family of planets. The so-called “hot Jupiters” are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods of less than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures as they orbit their parent stars very closely. According to the research, WASP-113b has an orbital period of 4.54 days and a surface temperature of about 1,500 K, while WASP-114b orbits its parent star every 1.55 days and has a temperature of approximately 2,040 K.The team hopes that future observations of these planets could shed light on the radius anomaly and on the atmospheric composition of these planets.”The large scale-height of WASP-113b, and its relatively bright host star, makes it a good target for transmission spectroscopy observations to probe its atmospheric composition. The scale height of WASP-114b is smaller and combined with its fainter host star would make atmospheric studies more challenging,” the researchers concluded. 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)—Astronomers have detected two new “hot Jupiters” with a radius larger than they should have. Designated WASP-113b and WASP-114b, these exoplanets orbit their host stars located some 1,170 and 1,500 light years away respectively. A July 8 paper detailing the finding appeared on the arXiv pre-print server. SuperWASP phase folded light curve for WASP-113 (top) and WASP-114 (bottom). The best transit model described in detail in section 4 is overplotted. The data of WASP-114 was displaced vertically for clarity. Credit: arXiv:1607.02341 [astro-ph.EP] Astronomers discover seven new giant exoplanetslast_img read more

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Astronomers discover 16 new highredshift quasars

first_img Explore further High-redshift quasars (at redshift higher than 5.0) are very difficult to find using conventional color selections. This is due to their low spatial density and high contaminants from cool dwarfs. Among more than 300,000 quasars discovered to date, only 290 of them are at redshift higher than 5.0. The scientific community is especially interested in high-redshift quasars at redshift between 5.3 and 5.7, due to their optical colors, which are similar to those of late-type stars. Only about 30 such objects have been found so far.With the aim of filling this gap of known quasars at redshift ranging from 5.3 to 5.7, a team of astronomers led by Jinyi Yang of the Peking University in Beijing, China, has developed a new optical/infrared color selection technique. The method is based on optical, near-infrared and mid-infrared photometric data from Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), UKIRT InfraRed Deep Sky Surveys – Large Area Survey (ULAS), VISTA Hemisphere Survey (VHS) and NASA’s Wide field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).The method has proved its worth as the researchers were able to find 16 new luminous, high-redshift quasars at redshift within the desired range. The observations were carried out between October 2014 and November 2015.”In this paper, we report initial results from a new search that focuses on the selection of z ~ 5.5 quasars,” the team wrote.Among the newly discovered quasi-stellar objects, J113414.23+082853.3 is the one with the highest redshift – at 5.69. This quasar also showcases strong Lyman-alpha emission and strong intergalactic medium absorption blueward of Lyman-alpha line.Another interesting new quasar found by the researchers is J152712.86+064121.9 (at 5.57). It is a weak line quasar with a very weak Lyman-alpha emission line and no other obvious emission features. However, the team revealed that its redshift was measured by matching the continuum to template; thus, its redshift uncertainty is a little larger than others.The scientists underline the importance of their research, noting that it could help us better understand the evolution of quasars at redshift from 5.0 to 6.0, over the post-reionization epoch.”The physical conditions of the post-reionization intergalactic medium, at z ~ 5-6, provides the basic boundary conditions of models of reionization, such as the evolution of intergalactic temperature, photon mean free path, metallicity and the impact of helium reionization. They place strong constraints on reionization topology as well as on the sources of reionization and chemical feedback by early galaxy population,” the paper reads.The team now plans to publish another paper in which a broader sample of high-redshift quasars will be presented. This study will also include the data from the UKIRT Hemisphere Survey (UHS), Pan-STARRS PS1 Survey and the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) ATLAS. (Phys.org)—Using a new color selection technique, astronomers have detected 16 new luminous, high-redshift quasars. The discovery could be very important for understanding of the early universe, as such high-redshift, quasi-stellar objects provide essential clues on the evolution of the intergalactic medium, quasar evolution and early super-massive black hole growth. The findings were presented in a paper published Mar. 10 on the arXiv pre-print repository. 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. Citation: Astronomers discover 16 new high-redshift quasars (2017, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-astronomers-high-redshift-quasars.html © 2017 Phys.org High-redshift quasar discovered by Pan-STARRS More information: Discovery of 16 New z ~ 5.5 Quasars : Filling in the Redshift Gap of Quasar Color Selection, arXiv:1703.03526 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1703.03526AbstractWe present initial results from the first systematic survey of luminous z∼5.5 quasars. Quasars at z∼ 5.5, the post-reionization epoch, are crucial tools to explore the evolution of intergalactic medium, quasar evolution and the early super-massive black hole growth. However, it has been very challenging to select quasars at redshifts 5.3 ≤z≤ 5.7 using conventional color selections, due to their similar optical colors to late-type stars, especially M dwarfs, resulting in a glaring redshift gap in quasar redshift distributions. We develop a new selection technique for z∼ 5.5 quasars based on optical, near-IR and mid-IR photometric data from Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), UKIRT InfraRed Deep Sky Surveys – Large Area Survey (ULAS), VISTA Hemisphere Survey (VHS) and Wide field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). From our pilot observations in SDSS-ULAS/VHS area, we have discovered 15 new quasars at 5.3 ≤z≤ 5.7 and 6 new lower redshift quasars, with SDSS z band magnitude brighter than 20.5. Including other two z∼ 5.5 quasars already published in our previous work, we now construct an uniform quasar sample at 5.3 ≤z≤ 5.7 with 17 quasars in a ∼ 4800 square degree survey area. For further application in a larger survey area, we apply our selection pipeline to do a test selection by using the new wide field J band photometric data from a preliminary version of the UKIRT Hemisphere Survey (UHS). We successfully discover the first UHS selected z∼ 5.5 quasar. The color track of quasar at z = 5 to 6 (red dots and line) with a step of ∆z = 0.1, generated by calculating the mean colors of simulated quasars at each redshift bin. The contours show the locus of M dwarfs, from early type to late type. The cyan contours denote M1-M3 dwarfs, the orange contours denote M4-M6 dwarfs and the purple contours denote M7-M9 dwarfs. Clearly, z ∼ 5.5 quasars are serious contaminated by late type M dwarfs. Credit: Yang et al., 2017.last_img read more

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27millionyearold ice core pulled from Antarctica

first_img Journal information: Science 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. © 2017 Phys.org A team of researchers from Princeton University, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has drilled and retrieved a 2.7-million-year-old ice core from a spot in Antarctica. The team presented their findings at this year’s Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. Explore further Ice cores store atmospheric bubbles from a million years agocenter_img Until recently, scientists believed that ice core samples taken from either pole had an age limit of approximately 800,000 years—this was because ice at the bottom melted due to heat from inside the Earth. But a team at Princeton discovered a few year ago that another type of ice could hold much older ice known as blue ice. It forms on glaciers due to snowfall which, over time, becomes compressed, squeezing out air bubbles, making the ice look blue. But it also has another characteristic—over time, the ice at the bottom is pushed upwards, protecting it from melting. In this new effort, the team drilled at a site called the Allan Hills, near McMurdo Station.Ice cores taken from glaciers present problems because they are more difficult to date—cores from other places are dated by counting their layers. The older ice, it was found, could be dated by studying trace amounts of potassium and argon—though not as precise as layer counting, the researchers believe it is accurate to within 100,000 years. One of the first teams to take a core sample from the older ice drilled to a depth of 128 meters. In this latest effort, the team drilled to 205 meters and found ice that was nearly twice as old.Ice cores are important because they contain very small air bubbles that are samples of atmospheric conditions. Air bubbles from 2.7 million years ago offer evidence of climactic conditions during the time before the ice ages began, perhaps offering clues as to why they occurred. Already, the team has found that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were at approximately 300 ppm, which is considerably lower than today’s 400 ppm. But the team notes that the core sample represents something perhaps even more exciting—the possibility of finding core samples that are much older, perhaps as old as 5 million years. Citation: 2.7-million-year-old ice core pulled from Antarctica (2017, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-million-year-old-ice-core-antarctica.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Paul Voosen. 2.7-million-year-old ice opens window on past, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6352.630last_img read more

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Does a dark triad of personality traits make you more successful

first_imgCompanies have gotten in on the action, too. In 2016, a U.K. firm advertised for a “Psychopathic New Business Media Sales Executive Superstar! £50k – £110k.” The advert claimed one in five CEOs were psychopaths, and said it wanted to find someone with “the positive qualities that psychopaths have.” To capture all three, studies using the dark triad ask people to agree or disagree with statements such as “I have been compared to famous people” or “It’s not wise to tell your secrets.” But critics are starting to push back. In a new study, scientists argue such work is often superficial, statistically weak, and presents an overly simplistic view of human nature. Worse, they say it could have harmful implications in the real world by downplaying the damage dark personalities can cause. The dark side of human personality has long fascinated the public and psychologists alike. Research has linked unpleasant traits such as selfishness and a lack of empathy to a higher income and better odds of landing a date. Some studies have then tried to link a volunteer’s dark triad score with real-world metrics, such as salary, sexual behavior, and attitude toward co-workers. Many of these papers have been picked up by the press, with such headlines as “Why a little evil is good” and “Republicans have more psychopathic traits than Democrats.”center_img The criticism focuses on research into the so-called dark triad of personalities. Two Canadian psychologists coined the term in 2002 to group together Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy: traits linked by callousness, manipulation, and a lack of empathy. Thousands of papers have been published on the topic since then, with 1700 last year alone. “The situation is cause for real concern,” says Josh Miller, a clinical psychologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Researchers, he says, have focused “on attention-grabbing, provocative work without the necessary interpretative caution.” But dark triad studies are often far too superficial to draw any meaningful conclusions, says Miller, who—with colleagues—has published a strong critique of the field on the preprint server PsyArXiv. It will soon appear in Current Directions in Psychological Science. Read the whole story: Sciencelast_img read more

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The funny bone

first_imgThis weekend, be ready and join Behroopiya Entertainers who are hosting an evening of entertainment and comedy presenting two acts- Madbeth and The NRI girls. Madbeth, is a Physical comedy, one of the most tragic stories told in a unique hilarious manner. Rupesh Tillu will be performing Madbeth at Alliance Francaise on 15 November in association with Behroopiya Entertainers. Madbeth is directed by Rupesh Tillu. The show will be at 6:30pm followed by The NRI girls at 8pm. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Behroopiya Entertainers and Loony Goons in association with Comedy Central, will be presenting, The NRI Girls, an English Standup Comedy show with Sindu V and Vasu Primlani. Sindhu V is a London based Indian stand-up comedian. People have laughed at her all her life. She has now made lemonade with her lemons and performs all over the UK including the Edinburgh Fringe where she featured in 2012 and 2013. She was a finalist in the UK’s Funny women Awards in 2013 and will be judging in the competition this year.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVasu Primlani’s  pioneering stand-up comedy is based on a scintillating look at life through the environment, based on her work in the United States, very strong social commentary, inter personal relationships, seeing India through new eyes (including how George Bush is like her mother), gender politics, and experiences of an immigrant bumping into the culture and the laws of the United States.She is a keen observer of life around her, is often baffled by meaningless events and things.  She constantly questions the notion of ‘normal’, and challenges the male-dominated and heterosexist mindset of society. She is best known for her physical humor and deadpan expressions. She is an award-winning environmentalist. Madbeth on the other hand is about one man, one throne, One crown, one hilariously tragic experience. Amidst thunder and lightning, three witches meet with Beth and Banquo, from there on Beth tries his best to live up to all the prophesies with his imaginary friend Banquo. Together they narrate this murderous tale sincerely. Madbeth is a highly interactive physical comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s classic. Madbeth is a devised theatre piece. It has been played for a wide range of audience in Europe, Israel, West Bank and India. When : 15 November Where : Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Roadlast_img read more

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Fashion extravaganza

first_imgOn the second day of the FDCI, India Couture Week 2016, two eminent fashion designers of the industry, Tarun Tahiliani and Anita Dongre showcased their collection.The theme of Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection,“The Last Dance of the Courtesan” was a tribute and acknowledgment to the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse. The atelier weaves a story where sensuality meets sensibility and mystery unravels itself in surreptitious layers with seductive glory. His couture collection encapsulated the allure of the fabled Indian courtesans, sadly misrepresented in most of Bollywood as “fallen women” – In fact they were the custodians of beauty, fashion, poetry, dance and music.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Their ascendant star shone even brighter when in favour with royal patronage bringing the highest light through poetry, dance, song and more.  So the designer chose to use the sheerest fabrics in tulle, sheer silks and light brocades mixed with fine thread work and crystals with contemporary notions of cut – the sleeveless anarkali as jump suit, the corsetted kurta drape, the shararas with tulle and gota, Swarovski crystals encrusted opal sarees, mother of pearl carved blocks with chikankari sarees and draped brocade lehengas, to be paired with shirts and tops. It was the perfect setting, the perfect concept, ethereal, yet real. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhereas Anita Dongre’s theme for the evening was, “The Epic Love”. It opened on a free-spirited, lighter note with chintz-inspired printed lehengas that are teamed with Bohemian blouses. The designer’s signature gotapatti work breathed life onto the prints. The classic Indian styles blended seamlessly with contemporary long, column tabards which gave the wearer a beautiful illusion of height. The lean, sleek silhouettes brought modern relevance into bridal couture.  The beauty of this collection lies in its versatility – the Bohemian gypsy tops paired with a printed lehenga just as beautifully as it would go with a pair of silk pants. Fringe-finished sarees with tie-up tops that wrap around the drape added a contemporary twist to the classic saree. Stunning maang-tikas, large nose rings, intricate haath phools, chunky chokers and necklaces ornate the outfits complemented the outfits more aptly.Moving gradually on to a regal palette, jewel-toned solids in rich wine, orange and the classic reds, creams and golds took the center stage. Gotapatti work is seen across the collection – first on the prints and then teamed with thread work. The monotonal ensembles of the collection gave epic love a beautiful end with a promise to brides for beautiful new beginnings.last_img read more

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Son beats up 82yearold father over property transfer arrested

first_imgKolkata: An 82-year-old person in Nadia was beaten up by his elder son at Krishnanagar in Nadia on Saturday night.Police later arrested the accused Gupi Roy on the basis of the complaint filed by his father Baidyanath Roy. Locals took Baidyanath to Shaktinagar hospital where doctors found fracture on a bone of his left hand. Locals alleged that Gupi used to torture Baidyanath since a long time. Eight years ago, he kicked Baidyanath out from his home. Following which Baidyanath was given a place to stay at a local club. He used to work as a daily labour to run his daily life. Local sources informed that eight years ago a fire broke out at their home. It was alleged that the fire caused due by a ‘biri’ which Baidyanath smokes. After a few months, one of his neighbour provided Baidyanath a small hut to stay. As his vision was not clear enough, Baidyanath could not work as a daily labour anymore. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTo cater to his daily needs, Baidyanath started doing some small time jobs for his neighbours and in return he got money. With that small amount of money, he used to buy his food which he cooked himself. During these years, Gupi and his other sons did not bother to check on their father. Approximately 15 days ago, he returned home. He was given a place in the yard with some sacks where a human cannot leave. On Saturday night, all of a sudden Gupi started beating up his father. Later, he was again kicked out of the house. Locals heard Baidyanath’s screams and recovered him. He was taken to Shaktinagar Hospital and treated. “My elder did not allow me to enter my house. On Saturday, he asked me to transfer the land to his name. When I refused he started beating me,” said Baidyanath.last_img read more

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NRC infiltration corruption major issues in LS polls in WB

first_imgKolkata: In highly politically polarised West Bengal where the ruling TMC has locked horns with the BJP, three issues – National Register of Citizens, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and infiltration – have taken centre stage in the election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls. Employment generation, minority appeasement, corruption, TMC’s role in forming the next government at the Centre, the veracity of air strikes at Balakot have also emerged as major issues. BJP president Amit Shah has repeatedly stressed on introduction of NRC across India, specially in West Bengal and implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill if voted to power again, while TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has promised to oppose it tooth and nail. The NRC got mired in a massive controversy after the names of around 40 lakh people, living in Assam for decades, were omitted from the complete draft that was released in 2018. Banerjee has repeatedly claimed that the NRC and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to weed out illegal migrants from Assam, will turn even bonafide Indian citizens into refugees. Addressing election rallies in the state on Thursday, Shah raked up the infiltration issue, even describing illegal immigrants from Bangladesh as “termites”. “It is our commitment to bring in NRC across the country to chuck out each and every infiltrator. Unlike Mamata Banerjee, we don’t treat infiltrators as our vote bank. For us national security is supreme,” he said. BJP national general secretary and Bengal minder, Kailash Vijayvargiya told PTI, “The issue of corruption, NRC in Bengal, infiltration and restoration of democracy are our major poll planks in the state to defeat the misrule of Mamata Banerjee and the TMC. A careful look will show you how these issues are affecting the masses of the state”. The three issues of NRC, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and infiltration have found resonance at the grassroot level in the state, which has borne the brunt of large-scale refugee influx and continuous infiltration since Partition. Of the 4,096 km-long Indo-Bangladesh border, 2,216.7 km is in West Bengal. “We are going to the masses with the message how the NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will affect the people and how the BJP is trying to mislead them on it. We are getting a good response and no one wants to become a refugee,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told PTI. The BJP, during its poll campaigns, has repeatedly stressed how infiltration is causing a strain on the country’s economy, posing a threat to national security and that TMC is “aiding infiltration” as a part of its “minority appeasement” policies. Referring to the reported communal flare-ups in the state in the last four years, the saffron party has pointed fingers at infiltrators and TMC’s appeasement politics as the major reasons behind it. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in 2018, West Bengal witnessed 58 incidents of communal violence in 2017. It cited the communal flare-ups at Basirhat in 2017 and Asansol in 2018 as being the recent ones. The minorities, comprising nearly 30 per cent of the electorate, are a deciding factor in nearly 12-14 Lok Sabha seats of the state, that every political party has tried to woo. Parliamentary seats near the Indo-Bangla border such as Raiganj, Coochbehar, Balurghat, Malda North, Malda South, Baharampore, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri, Joynagar, Basirhat, Bongaon have a very high density of Muslim population. The TMC presently holds a great influence over the minority voters in the state and has been campaigning on how the BJP is trying to target Muslims in the name of NRC. “The BJP is trying to target the Muslims in the state. But we will never allow them to do it,” TMC minister and veteran party leader Firhad Hakim said. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the party would take steps against illegal madrasas and not allow any appeasement in the state, if the party is voted to power. The party has also made corruption a major poll plank in the state post Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams and the Narada sting operation, which had purportedly shown some TMC leaders accepting bribes. “The TMC is running one of the most corrupt governments. We have never seen such a scale of corruption other than in West Bengal,” Ghosh said. His views were echoed by Surya Kanta Mishra, state secretary of CPI-M, which is at the other end of the political spectrum and a political opponent of the TMC in the state. The TMC has sought to counter the allegations of corruption by stating that the Saradha scam is a “sin” of the erstwhile Left Front regime. It has accused the BJP of indulging in demonetization, which it termed as the “biggest financial scam of independent India” and the alleged scam in the Rafale deal. This is for the first time in the history of the state that minority appeasement, NRC and infiltration have become major poll planks. Since Independence, elections have been fought on the basis of ideologies, policies of the government, restoring rights of the opposition parties, development, industrialization, unemployment and food security. The CPI(M) and the Congress, which are fighting a bitter battle for political survival in the state, are stressing on the issues of employment generation and waiver of farmers loans. The Left party feels that the TMC and the BJP are playing a “fixed match” in West Bengal as both the parties want to polarize elections by projecting themselves as champions of the Muslims and the Hindus respectively.last_img read more

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No camps of political parties within 200 metres of any polling booth

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission will not allow any gathering or setting up of camp office of any political party within 200 metres of a polling booth in the last phase of elections on Sunday when nine parliamentary constituencies in Bengal including Kolkata North and Kolkata South go to polls. This is for the first time in recent years when the Election Commission has taken such a measure.”We will strictly implement the guidelines of the Election Commission and will not allow any sort of gathering within 200 metres of a polling booth. There will be Section 144 within 200 metres and strong action will be taken in case of any violation. The punishment, as mentioned under Section 188 of the IPC, may extend up to imprisonment of three years. No camps of any political party will be allowed within 200 metres of any polling booth,” said a senior official of the Election Commission. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Commission is also emphasising on proper deployment of Quick Response Teams (QRT) for the polls. The decision comes in the wake of allegations of late intervention of QRTs in areas that have witnessed trouble in the sixth phase of polls on May 12. The Commission has decided to deploy 461 QRTs, which means two teams per police station area effectively. Kolkata Police will have 178 companies of QRTs for Kolkata alone. Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey has instructed the QRTs to ensure intervention within 5 to 7 minutes after reports of any trouble. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have also introduced a GPS-enabled app for tracking the movement of QRTs and direct instructions as and when necessary,” a senior official in the CEO office said. The EC has given instructions to the CEO office that QRTs should reach a spot of any disturbance within a maximum time of 15 minutes. “There will be at least one constable of the state police in a QRT team to provide guidance about the routes,” the official added. There will be a total deployment of 710 companies of the Central Forces in the elections, out of which 676 will be manning the booths while the rest will be posted for guarding the strongrooms. There will be 100 percent deployment of the Central Forces in all the 17,042 booths for the seventh phase of elections. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain called up CEO Bengal Aariz Aftab on Saturday and took stock of the security arrangement. He instructed the CEO office to ensure all possible measures to hold a free and fair election.last_img read more

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Asansol Mayor blames Babul Supriyo for inciting trouble lodges complaint

first_imgKolkata: Jitendra Tewari, Mayor, Asansol Municipal Corporation, has lodged a complaint against Babul Supriyo, Union Minister of State for Forest, for inciting BJP workers who had attacked policemen in Asansol on Friday.The police arrested 10 BJP workers on Saturday who had pelted stones at the cops and even threw bombs. On Friday, the BJP workers had held a programme to submit a memorandum to the Mayor demanding improvement in civic amenities. Sensing trouble, the police put up barricades and told the leaders that only a delegation will be allowed to submit the memorandum. Infuriated over the decision of the police, party workers hurled brickbats at them injuring six of them. They hurled bombs too. The police conducted raids at different places and arrested 10 persons on Saturday morning. Jitendra Tewari alleged that the main person behind Friday’s trouble is Babul Supriyo who had incited the party workers to create trouble in the area. Tewari has lodged a complaint against him on Saturday morning. On Saturday, a scuffle broke out between BJP supporters and the police when the latter prevented them from entering the office of Gobardanga Municipality. The BJP workers had gathered there to submit a memorandum demanding action against some councillors who had allegedly taken cut money from the residents. BJP workers tried to break the barricades and pelted stones. The police resorted to lathi-charge and then burst tear gas shells to control the mob. Six policemen were injured in the incident. They were taken to the hospital where they have received treated. Police pickets have been posted in the area to maintain peace.last_img read more

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Video Dont do backflips off of field goal posts

first_imgAmazingly, there is actually a video of another Rhodes Scholar attempting a goalpost backflip that ended up worse.It’s unclear what the plan is here, but it looks like this guy is trying to backflip onto a board to catapult his friend through the uprights. Shockingly, this didn’t work quite like they drew it up.Have a beer clowns, this one’s on Charles Darwin. Have you ever watched a football majestically sail through the uprights and thought, ‘What would it be like to do a backflip off of that?’ If you said no, that’s good, because you’re not a complete idiot.The same can’t be said for the rocket scientist in the below video, who just could not resist the urge. Watch everything that can possibly go wrong by jumping off a goal post happen in about 3 seconds. From nailing his head on the rotation, to missing the mat put in place to catch him, this is complete gold. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bill Simmons thinks LeBron will choose the Lakers Colin thinks hes crazy

first_img Bill thinks if LeBron showed up, the Lakers have enough assets to flip for surrounding talent and more stars. Colin thinks the Lakers roster is a bunch of C+/B- talent, and that isn’t enough to parlay into other stars. So, agree to disagree.It’s gonna be the Lakers. It’s gonna happen.” – Bill SimmonsIn terms of his beloved Celtics, Simmons believes landing Utah forward Gordon Hayward in free agency and drafting Duke’s Jayson Tatum are the moves to make in the short term, while they continue their never ending search to package their overflowing assets for an actual star.Listen to Colin and Bill go at it. Just like riding a bike:Here’s Colin explaining why he thinks LeBron would be a Clipper before a Laker:“I think 75% [LeBron] stays in Cleveland… Keep your eye on the Clippers. I give them a 20% chance.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/vtYhKK2ozy— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 20, 2017 Advertisement The Ringer founder Bill Simmons joined The Herd today for the first time in a while to discuss the avalanche of NBA news and rumors swirling before the Draft.Simmons didn’t waste any time going after Colin for his take that LeBron is more likely to go to the Clippers than the Lakers if he leaves Cleveland for the West coast.He thinks if LeBron bolts, it’ll be to the Lakers. He’s sold on the new management structure in place with Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson, and the prestige of the Lakers franchise would be the only L.A. franchise befitting of James stature.Colin thinks Bill is nuts and the Lakers are still a mess.last_img read more

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Can You Guess the Smartest City in the World

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 18, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readcenter_img Barcelona has long bragged about the athletic prowess of its football (soccer) club, but now it can also brag about being the smartest city in the world.Smartest, in this context, meaning boasting the most efficient, technologically connected infrastructure. Being able to collect and analyze data from buildings, roads and bridges ostensibly allows officials more efficient processes and distribution of resources.  Related: The Internet of Things Will Have Arrived When You Don’t Even Notice It’s ThereAfter Barcelona, the smartest cities in the world are New York, London, Nice and Singapore, according to a new report, released today from U.K.-based intelligence firm Juniper Research. The rankings were determined by measuring how advanced each city is in using smart electricity grids, traffic management tools and street lighting.Related: Why U.S. Innovation Needs China to Achieve the Next Technology Mega-TrendIn addition to preventing traffic jams and unnecessary roadblocks, having a ‘smart’ city means natural resources are used more efficiently, and ergo, fewer of them are used. If ‘smart’ initiatives continue on current trajectories, they will result in $10.7 billion worth of savings per year by 2019, according to the report. That’s the equivalent of 130 million barrels of oil being used each year. For London and New York to catch up with Barcelona in their ‘smart’ ranking, they need to focus more on the technologies that help the environment, and conserve natural resources, according to the report.Related: Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen. Register Now »last_img read more

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NASA Turns to Small Businesses for Advances in Space Travel

first_img 2 min read Listen Now NASA is turning to entrepreneurs across the country to help further its exploration of deep space. The agency has chosen 137 research and technology proposals from 117 companies as part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.Altogether, these proposals, which were selected from a pool of 323 submitted over the past year, represent contracts valued at more than $100 million.Related: International Space Station Crew Returns Home Today. See Photos of Their Year in SpaceTo cull the applications, NASA looked at a number of factors including the experience and qualifications of each small business and their idea’s feasibility and commercial potential.Selected projects include software that powers unmanned aircraft systems, low-cost 3-D printing technology, tools that measure and identify exoplanets and sensors that help make launch sites safer.  Related: Report: Space Projects Lured $1.8 Billion in Venture Capital Last YearWhile NASA’s ultimate mission is to explore space, the program has the immediate benefit of helping small businesses back on earth.”These proposals represent the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses that fuel our economy and create jobs on Main Street,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. “The dollar value of these innovation projects represents an investment in the American economy.” How Success Happenscenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. March 17, 2016last_img read more

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Last Day To Get Free Standard Shipping at Amazon

first_img 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur has an affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.If you saved your Holiday Shopping for the last minute, then know that today is the last day to get anything with Amazon’s standard shipping. For those who don’t have Prime you will have to buy over $35 in items to get free shipping in time for Christmas. The team at TechBargains recommends signing up for a free 30-day Prime Trial to get Free 2-Day Shipping. You have until Thursday the 22nd to order your items and still get it in time. Plus you can get a headstart on your gift wrapping. Just because Christmas is close doesn’t mean there are not deals. In fact TechBargains has found some great deals you can still get today. Please note that some items may be backordered or sold out because the deals are just that good.Free Limited Edition Gund Teddy Bear with Amazon Gift Card Purchase of $200 or moreIf you buy as much as we do at TechBargains, then getting a free Gund bear is an easy deal. You can donate the bear to a local charity or gift it to someone with or without the gift card. We own one and they are plush and soft. Dell XPS 8900 Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Desktop with Windows 7/10 Pro for $599.99 (List price $799.99)Use code: 599XPS. This is Dell’s most popular desktop with strong reviews for its performance, versatility and sleek design. At $600 you won’t find anything better. In fact this is the lowest price we’ve seen all year and we don’t expect it to last long. $20 off the New Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet. 32GB for $69.99 or 64GB for $89.99The 8″ Amazon Fire HD is a fantastic all-new tablet from Amazon. It’s a no-brainer tech item with over 13,000 positive Amazon reviews. If you have Amazon Video this is a must since you can download videos for offline viewing. Why spend hundreds on an iPad when the Amazon’s Fire Tablet does everything you need at a fraction of the price.Sony MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headphones for $88 (list $198)Sony’s Extra Bass bluetooth headphones are one of best bluetooth headphones you can buy and we’ve never seen it cheaper. In fact, typically the lower end models sell for more than the price we see for this high end 950 model. They are fantastic for traveling: long 20-hour battery life, comfortable for extended use and fold up for storage.LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for $13.99 (List price $19.95)The LifeStraw makes a great stocking stuffer for someone who loves to hike or just for an emergency kit. This makes for a great gift under $20 and is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen.Extra $5 off $15 Amazon BooksAmazon is taking off an extra $5 off any book over $15 with coupon code: GIFTBOOK. This is a rare discount on Amazon’s already low price on books. Be sure that when you buy the book you are buying directly from Amazon and not a 3rd party seller.  For more Amazon Deals you can receive in time for Christmas check out TechBargains.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. December 19, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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10 Tools to Help Automate Your Small Business Tasks

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 23, 2017 Register Now » As a small business owner, you’re probably looking to save as much time, money and labor as you can. Saving is the name of the game.However, while it might save you slightly to do certain things yourself, your time is valuable. Certain processes are cheaper, more efficient and effective when automated. Here are 10 helpful tools to get your processes rolling so you can focus on what’s important: growing your business to success.1. ChattyPeopleAs so many firms are starting to utilize Facebook Messenger and in their marketing and sales process, ChattyPeople is looking to help make integration into Messenger seamless. ChattyPeople acts as a one-stop shop for all your Messenger E-Commerce needs. Their platform allows for you to put up products, track metrics, and even integrates with all major payment systems. If your small business is looking to sell online, then ChattyPeople is definitely a great tool to have.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Deluxe PayrollIf you aren’t already automating your payroll services, then I highly suggest you start now. Not only do companies like Deluxe take the stress out of handling payday, they additionally have the support staff to help keep with regulations as well. Plus, using a platform like this add an extra layer of security to your payroll services, leaving you with a sense of comfort that there won’t be any discrepancies.Related: Top 10 Free Invoicing Software Solutions for Small Businesses3. MailChimpMailChimp has been an absolutely dominant player in the automated marketing world, and rightfully so. Their platform not only makes email marketing easier, but they’ve now expanded to allowing for social media automation as well. This is a savior for any small business looking to help make their marketing efforts more efficient.Related: Why MailChimp’s Insane Fake Ad Campaign Paid Off4. BufferIf Mailchimp helps automate the design and posting process of your marketing efforts, then look towards Buffer as a great support. Buffer allows you to schedule out your social media posts to the most efficient times, letting you set up and let the rest do the work. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to plan out your weekly/monthly social media at once rather than constantly having to be reminded of it.Related: 18 Effective Social-Media Tools That Will Save You Time5. LeadcrunchComing up with quality b2b leads can be a tedious, mind numbing task, but that’s the exact process Leadcrunch is trying to eliminate. By using Artificial Intelligence, they’re able to compile quality leads that accurately predict who you would be most successful at doing business with. Not only is this a huge time saver, but it’s going to completely change the way we think about sales in the near future.Related: Artificial Intelligence Promises Big Things for the Future of Sales and Customer Satisfaction6. SlackMost people know Slack for its ease-of-use in terms of communications for teams, but that barely scratches the surface. Its capabilities stretch far and wide in additionally automating processes such as communicating deployment for development teams. Yes, Slack can do much more than meets the eye, as well as can help synthesize a lot of your efforts into one place.Related: Collaboration Tools of the Most Productive Remote Teams7. HootsuiteHootsuite takes the pain out of going through your different social media accounts by aggregating them all to one place. It additionally allows you to assign different tasks to your team, as well as gauge the success rate of posts. In trying to design a one-stop shop for social, Hootsuite knocked it right out of the park.Related: 5 Up-and-Coming Social Media Tools You Should Know About8. QuickbooksWhen it comes to keeping track of expenses, Quickbooks is the clear winner. Not only can it perform tasks like mileage tracking, expense reporting, and automating your taxes, but it additionally displays it all in one place. This is a huge time saver for most businesses and definitely something you should consider if you’re looking to ease up on the time you spend handling logistics.Related: Looking for a New Payment Company? You’re ‘Due’ for Some Good News.9. QuipQuip is a great tool in helping teams automate tasks and assignments. This helps make workflow more productive and efficient, saving your team a ton of time. Plus, it helps keep everyone on the same page in being able to communicate in a streamlined channel. Think about using Quip if you’re looking to improve your team’s processes.Related: What You Need to Know About the 3 Biggest Global Payment Methods10. DoodleScheduling appointments can be a headache, with seeing what dates are available as well as when. Not only that, but missed appointments caused by communication errors can be a huge time waster (sometimes taking up an entire day). However, that’s what the folks over at Doodle are trying to solve. The product is stupidly simple- just plug in the times when you’re available and when someone books it an appointment, it’s already shipped for confirmation to your calendar. See? I told you it was simple.  last_img read more

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MSI Gaming Laptops – 2018 Brand Rating and Report Card

first_imgReviews (32/40)We tested nine MSI laptops, and none scored below a 3 out of 5. In fact, the average score was a solid 3.7. Of those, it earned three Editors’ Choice awards — more than any other gaming company within the testing period. MSI’s standout laptop was the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, which has a beautiful chassis, long battery life and powerful performance.The GT75 Titan is a mammoth machine with a mechanical keyboard and great heat management, as was its predecessor, the GT75VR Titan Pro. Some of its cheaper laptops, like the GL62M 7REX, have more drawbacks, like a dim display.Advertisement Design (18/20)MSI’s extensive gaming laptop catalog means that gamers can choose from something either really slim or massive and imposing. Or you can get something somewhere in between. But the company’s crown jewel, the GS65 Stealth Thin, clearly favors the former. The system stands out from the crowd with its black, sandblasted aluminum alloy with its elegant golden accents. And at 4.1-pounds, 14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7-inches, it’s one of the thinnest gaming systems on the market.But while the Stealth Thin is living its life like it’s golden, the rest of MSI’s line is stuck in black and red. Larger systems like the GT75 Titan and GT75VR Titan Pro have blood-red dragon fang accents on the hood with the backlit red-and-white dragon sigil. The sheer size of these behemoths allow for a bevy of ports so you can set up legitimate gaming battlestations.As the name suggests, the GE63 Raider RGB injected a bit of color into the equation with the pair of large customizable RGB accents on the lid paired with the keyboard. That and the Stealth Thin show that MSI is looking to evolve beyond what’s expected towards what’s possible.Display (13/15)MSI boasts the most colorful selection of displays across all gaming brands, reproducing an average of 158 percent of the sRGB gamut. The highlight is the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Pro, which covered a whopping 185 percent. However, MSI’s displays are dimmer than we would like, with an average of 254 nits of brightness. The brightest display among them was from the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, which emitted 293 nits.MSI did have a couple of poor displays among the mix. The MSI WS63VR 7RL barely hit 100 percent of the sRGB gamut, and the GL62M 7REX only averaged a measly 198 nits of brightness.Innovation (7/10)While MSI hasn’t broken a ton of new ground over the past year, the company remains on the cutting edge of laptop design. From the kitchen-sink approach of the GT75 Titan and its mechanical keyboard and full GTX 1080 GPU to the Stealth Thin and its barely-there bezel, MSI has a knack for cramming a lot of cool stuff into notebooks big and small.The company’s recent Raider Pro has some of the coolest backlighting around, and MSI’s entire lineup continues to boast the best speakers you can find on any gaming system.Software (10/10)MSI is a standard bearer for software that supports gaming. The story here begins with the Dragon Center utility, found in systems such as the MSI GV62 8RE, MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. Dragon Center allows for detailed system monitoring, including of the power produced by the CPU and GPU, and controls for fan speed, RGB range, DPI and the speed at which your CPU/GPU clock. Also, these MSIs have tools for freeing storage and memory.Dragon Center gets even better on faster systems, such as the MSI GT75VR Titan Pro, where you get tools for VR optimization and to adjust the display’s color temperature. That machine includes a year of free access to XSplit Gamecaster streaming, though it additionally has GeForce Experience (a free download if you don’t have it), which also includes streaming tools, among other system-optimizing utilities.Killer Network Manager rounds out the package; it optimizes bandwidth, so you can make sure your games get every drip of your connection.MORE: The Best PC Games to Play Right NowThe Titan Pro and MSI GT75 Titan also include Nvidia G-Sync technology, which you’ll appreciate if you’ve ever had tearing or other visual stuttering get between you and smooth gameplay.MSI laptops — including the MSI GE63 Raider RGB, MSI GL62M 7REX and MSI GP72VR 7RFX Leopard Pro — benefit from the company’s long-running partnership with the sound wizards at Nahimic. The Nahimic 2 (as well as 2+ and 3) utilities provide game-specific sound profiles, making the clanging steel swords of RPGs sound stronger and tweaking reverb to make music sound truer. Nahimic’s Sound Tracker tool gives visual clues about where sounds are coming from in games (if you need some extra help). Also, if you use chat in games, you’ll like that Nahimic allows you to gain clearer vocals by adjusting static noise suppression and echo cancellation.MSI also provides tip-top keyboard tools, with models like the MSI GT75VR Titan Pro and MSI G75 Titan boasting SteelSeries Engine 3 software for customizing your keyboard with key-specific specialized lighting. This comes with 16.7 million colors and visual effects, as well as programmable macros. You can also use SSE3 to adjust the light bars for the lid of the MSI GE63 Raider RGB.The included SSE 3 apps make up a library of utilities that enhance the keyboard experience. CloudSync synchronizes lighting across compatible devices, similar to what you’d find in Razer’s Synapse software. There’s also an app for Discord and one for Audio Visualizer, which turns your keyboard into a big equalizer as you play musicOn the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro and MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Pro, you get the TriDef SmartCam for webcam software. This is especially neat for streamers, as you can edit out your background and embed yourself in your footage. Also, streamers can turn into morning radio DJ’s with the included HD Audio Recorder 2 software, used to map sound effects to hot keys.Configurations and Warranty (4/5)MSI claims the largest selection of configurations and models of any brand on this list. In fact, the best way to search for the your ideal MSI machine is to go to the company’s website and filter down to the graphics, screen size and processor you want. You’re bound to find something that fits your specs requirements out of the 70+ options — even if all the company’s laptops tend to look extremely similar from the exterior.MORE: The Best Gaming LaptopsAs an added bonus to the standard one-year warranty, MSI owners are eligible for a year of accidental damage protection and a three-month extension on their factory warranty if they register their machine within the first 30 days after purchase. MSI is the only manufacturer in this year’s ranking that does this, and it’s something we wish we saw more often among other gaming laptop makers. However, customers will still have to pay to ship their product in for service, which is something many of MSI’s competitors don’t force you to put up with. At least changes to RAM and storage are permitted under the warranty.Scorecard & WinnersAcerAlienwareAorus / GigabyteAsusDellHPLenovoMSIOriginRazer MSI knows how to make a gaming laptop. Over the past year, the company pumped out ridiculously colorful displays embedded between sexy, slim and intimately thick designs, and each laptop is outfitted with the company’s gloriously convenient software.The GS65 Stealth Thin, GT75 Titan and GT75VR Titan Pro all earned Editors’ Choice awards for their intense performance, comfortable keyboards and the rest of MSI’s aforementioned features. MSI is still the only laptop manufacturer that provides free accidental-damage repairs. Why MSI Is the Best Gaming Laptop Brand of 2018Finding the perfect gaming laptop is tough, which is why we’ve evaluated every major brand on everything from reviews and configurations to innovation and warranty. Here’s why MSI beat out juggernauts like Alienware, Razer and HP.Check out our complete coverage: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/gaming-laptop-brand-ratingsVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/msi-gaming-laptops?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:4501:45Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭 center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.com100 Powerful Women Americans Can Look Up toForbes.comUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Razer Laptops Vulnerable to Critical Attack What to Do Now UPDATED

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Author Bio Phillip Tracy, center_img Updated on April 8: Razer released a statement with a list of additional laptop models affected by the security vulnerability. The company also clarified that the webpage it previously posted with instructions on how to download a patch applies only to models from 2016 and newer.  A new tool for models from 2015 and earlier will be available “within a few weeks.” Here is the full, updated list of affected Razer laptop models: Razer Blade: RZ09-01021, RZ09-01161, RZ09-01301, RZ09-01652, RZ09-01952, RZ09-01953, RZ09-02385, RZ09-02386, RZ09-02886, RZ09-02705Razer Blade Stealth: RZ09-01682, RZ09-01962, RZ09-01963, RZ09-01964, RZ09-02393, RZ09-02394, RZ09-02810, RZ09-02812MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/razer-laptop-malware-vulnerability?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Razer Blade Pro: RZ09-0071, RZ09-0083, RZ09-0099, RZ09-01171, RZ09-01662, RZ09-01663, RZ09-02202Updated on April 4: Razer confirmed to Laptop Mag that several laptop models, including the Blade Advanced (2018, 2019), Blade (2018) and Blade Stealth 13 (2019) are affected by a vulnerability in Intel chipsets. The company claims all new unit will ship from the factory with an update that removes the vulnerabilities. Those who currently own a Razer product are strongly encouraged to download a software patch from Razer. The company sent us this link with instructions on how to protect your PC.   Razer’s gaming laptops, including the Blade, Blade Pro and Blade Stealth, are left wide open to attacks due to a critical security vulnerability.First reported by The Register, a security guru named Bailey Fox posted to Twitter in March alleging that Razer laptops face a problem very similar to CVE-2018-4251, a vulnerability discovered in Apple laptops last year in which the Cupertino giant failed to disable Intel Manufacturing Mode on its motherboards before shipping them out to stores and customers.This slip-up theoretically allows hackers who already have administrative privileges to modify a system’s firmware and infect it with malware, or to roll back system firmware to make vulnerable to other damaging exploits. In a post on Seclist.org, Fox specifically mentions the Meltdown attack as a potential exploit used on an affected PC.”This allows for attackers to safeguard rootkits with Intel Boot Guard, downgrade the BIOS to exploit older vulnerabilities such as Meltdown, and many other things,” Fox wrote. “They have yet to look into getting a CVE assigned, saying it isn’t necessary.”Administrative rights would already let human attackers or malicious software take over your computer, steal your sensitive data and even spy on you. But the ability to modify the firmware, which admin rights don’t always confer, would let malicious code hide in your motherboard’s firmware and survive a system reset as well as avoid detection by antivirus scans.The CVE-2018-4251 vulnerability (all vulnerabilities get these code names) specifically refers to an issue discovered in Apple products in June 2018 and patched by October of last year. Apple stated that a “malicious application with root privileges may be able to modify the EFI flash memory region” in a security update post.Fox reached out to the hardware manufacturer and said he disclosed the security issue only “after trying a month to get this dealt with via HackerOne,” a bug-bounty brokerage that helps researchers get paid by companies for finding problems with their products.Razer told Laptop Mag that certain Razer and Razer Blade models are affected by a vulnerability in Intel’s chipsets and that all new models will ship from the factory with a software patch. Current Razer laptop owners are encouraged to use this link with instructions on how to download the patch. Which Razer Laptop Is Right for You? Blade vs Stealth vs Pro Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

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