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Fujitsus Laptop4Life program gives you a new laptop every 3 years

first_img 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. Vendors Roll Out New Centrino Notebooks Citation: Fujitsu’s ‘Laptop4Life’ program gives you a new laptop every 3 years (2008, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-fujitsu-laptop4life-laptop-years.html (PhysOrg.com) — Buy any LifeBook laptop from Fujitsu Siemens, and the company will provide you with a new laptop every three years until you die. The only requirements are that you need to buy a three-year extended warranty, you can only upgrade using Fujitsu parts, and you must turn in your laptop in good condition with the original receipt after three years. As part of the scheme, Fujitsu will give LifeBook customers a new laptop of the same value as the one they originally bought, plus 10% to cover inflation. Most importantly, the new laptop will be equipped with updated hardware and software. To participate, customers must register their new laptop within 21 days of purchase. Then, customers are part of the program for life, but they cannot pass on the deal in a will. Fujitsu is also limiting purchases to 10 laptops per person or business. Although it seems like the company is giving away laptops, Fujitsu says that it will make money by selling other goods, services, and accessories to its lifetime customers. For instance, customers may want to invest in a Fujitsu insurance pack to protect their laptop against theft and accidental damage. Fujitsu says that the Laptop4Life program underscores its high level of confidence in its technology.More information: Fujitsu Siemensvia: ITPro and Oh Gizmo! As part of Fujitsu´s Laptop4Life scheme, customers will receive a new laptop every three years until they die. Image credit: Fujitsu.last_img read more

Anthropologist challenges Lucys butchery tool use

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — An anthropologist in Spain has challenged recent evidence the ancient hominin species Australopithecus afarensis, represented by “Lucy,” used sharp stones to butcher animals for meat some 800,000 years before the earliest known use of such tools. These two cutmarks were made about 3.4 million years ago. Credit: Dikika Research Project, California Academy of Sciences Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo from Complutense University of Madrid and colleagues, say the marks found on two fossilized animal bones that were presented as evidence of butchery tool use were more probably caused by the animals being trampled by other animals.The fossilized bones, approximately 3.4 million years old, were found in the Dikika area of the Lower Awash Valley in Ethiopia, and had several incisions. The scientists who found the fossils concluded the marks were made by sharp stones like those found locally, which were used to slice the meat off the carcass. Their paper was published in Nature in August this year and reported in PhysOrg.This conclusion has been challenged by Dominguez-Rodrigo’s group, who say the marks resemble damage produced by experimental trampling, and the evidence that Australopithecus, a creature with similar-sized brains to modern chimpanzees, was using stone tools to butcher animals 3.4 million years ago is “currently unsupported.”The damage on the bones was compared to damage produced by a trampling experiment in 2009 in which three men of varying sizes trampled across deer bones placed in a sand bed of a similar sand mix to that existing in the fossil find location. The men wore shoes with soles covered by coarse grass and trampled the bones for two minutes. The trampling produced long, thin incisions with a flat-based V, or _/-shaped cross-section, which Dominguez-Rodrigo said were rarely found in animal butchery using stone tools. The trampling marks were also curved, like the marks on the Dikika fossils, whereas butchery marks might be expected to be straight.One of the scientists involved in the original research, Curtis Marean, an archaeologist from the Arizona State University, rejected Dominguez-Rodrigo’s assertions, saying the trampling experiment assumed Australopithecus was using stone tools rather than sharp stones found locally. He also said that while some of the marks resemble those on the experimentally trampled bones, there were two deep incisions known as A1 and A2 on one of the fossils, and they closely resemble butchery marks rather than trampling marks. Dominguez-Rodrigo agreed these marks were similar to cut marks made by stone tools, but rejected the conclusion because of the doubts raised by the trampling experiment. Leader of the original team, Paleolithic archaeologist Shannon McPherron from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology at Leipzig in Germany, added Dominguez-Rodrigo’s criticisms were based only on an examination of the photographs of the fossils and he had not examined the actual specimens.Dominguez-Rodrigo also said the fossils found in Dikika were discovered on the surface and could have been damaged by abrasive soil. If they had originated in a sand bed, as Marean’s group argued, animal trampling could have occurred and produced many of the cuts attributed to stone tools.The new paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists discover oldest evidence of stone tool use and meat-eating among human ancestors Citation: Anthropologist challenges Lucy’s butchery tool use (2010, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-anthropologist-lucys-butchery-tool.html Explore further More information: Configurational approach to identifying the earliest hominin butchers, Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo et al., PNAS, Published online before print November 15, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1013711107 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

Disneys magical vision calls for 3D printed optical elements w Video

first_imgLight pipes are 3-D printed optical elements that are similar but not identical to optical fiber. They can be used to guide light from point to point. The paper explained that “Unlike conventional optical fiber, 3-D printed light pipes allow arbitrary geometries to be created in software and then locations on the surface of a mobile device to a single sensor array.” They add that light pipes can be printed into the walls of a device to create robust and exceptionally thin, sub mm, embedded sensing with minimal hardware assembly.As for when all this will be possible, the authors are optimistic about possibilities for fabricating light pipes in the next generation of optically optimized 3D printers. More information: Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices, Willis, K. D.D., Brockmeyer, E., Hudson, S. E., and Poupyrev, I. Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices. In Proc. ACM UIST (2012). Paper [PDF, 1.5MB] © 2012 Phys.org “We envision future interactive devices that are not assembled but 3-D printed layer by layer,” the authors said. They talk about how novel elements can be fabricated with 3-D printing and embedded in interactive devices. They talk about new possibilities in display surfaces and embedded optoelectronics. They see “tremendous potential” for rapid high fidelity prototyping, and eventually for production of customized devices tailored to specific tasks. They said that the ability to dynamically control optical properties such as the refractive index, reflectivity, transmittance, absorption, and diffusion will enable a richer design space for sensing, display, and illumination. “Although that time is not upon us yet, Printed Optics demonstrates what is possible today.” They define Printed Optics as a new approach to creating custom optical elements for interactive devices using 3-D printing. 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. Willis and Brockmeyer are from Disney Research in Pittsburgh and Hudson and Poupyrev are from Carnegie Mellon University. The two sites provide opportunities for collaboration partly stemming from the fact that Carnegie Mellon is one of the leading seedbeds of research into robotics, computer vision, and human-computer interaction (HCI). The relationship with Carnegie Mellon gives Disney researchers added expertise as well as access to lab facilities in robotics and motion capture. (Phys.org)—Disney Research is serious about mixing science with play and pushing further into imaginative results with 3-D printing. A research paper, “Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices,” talks about explorations into 3-D printing with custom optical elements for interactive devices. As such, Disney Research is thinking toward a next-step in digital printing when one will print interactive objects on the fly. Authors of the paper, Karl D.D. Willis, Eric Brockmeyer, Scott E. Hudson, Ivan Poupyrev, are all focused on future printing techniques and applications. Explore furthercenter_img 3D printed light pipes can create display areas on physical objects, by guiding light from regular screens. A 3D printed mobile projector accessory with embedded light pipes. Projected imagery is mapped onto the character’s eyes. The character responds to user interaction such as sound or physical movement. New silver-based ink has applications in printed electronics Chess pieces with embedded light pipes display content piped from an interactive tabletop. Contextual information, such as chess piece location and suggested moves, can be displayed on each individual piece. A mobile 3D display created by projecting on internal bubbles within a 3D printed model. “Display surfaces can be created on arbitrary shaped objects using 3-D printed ‘light pipes,'” they said. “Novel illumination techniques allow the internal space within a 3-D printed object to be used for illumination and display purposes. Custom optical sensors can be 3-D printed with the structure of interactive devices to sense user input. Optoelectronic components can be completely enclosed inside optical elements to produce highly customizable and robust interactive devices.” Citation: Disney’s magical vision calls for 3-D printed optical elements (w/ Video) (2012, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-disney-magical-vision-d-optical.htmllast_img read more

Researcher says Samsung will release patch for lockscreen hole

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further Eden said, in his blog posting, “I have discovered another security flaw in Samsung Android phones. It is possible to completely disable the lock screen and get access to any app – even when the phone is ‘securely’ locked with a pattern, PIN, password, or face detection. Unlike another recently released flaw, this doesn’t rely quite so heavily on ultra-precise timing.”All Android phones, however, are not vulnerable to the same hole, according to Eden. He said the problem does not occur on stock Android. “I have only tested it on a Galaxy Note II running 4.1.2 – I believe it should work on Samsung Galaxy SIII. It may work on other devices from Samsung.”Samsung is paying attention to the discovery. Eden reported his discovery to Samsung late last month and they are working on a patch, he said, “which they assure me will be released shortly.” While the ploy only allows the intruder a brief time to interact, repeats of the process would result in the intruder able to do unwelcome tasks such as making calls and viewing data. (Actually, noted the Naked Security blog, success in making headway with the glitch would require “lightning-fast reflexes” as well as a cancelled call to emergency services.) (Phys.org) —A security researcher, describing some of his about-me features as “mobile enthusiast” and “Linux fiddler,” this week discovered a security hole on an Android Samsung phone. In a March 20 posting on his blog, Terence Eden said he found a hole that would allow hackers to gain control of a phone’s apps, dialer, and settings, and, here’s the kicker, even though the phone is locked with password, PIN or other security approach. Potential trouble-making by an intruder could start with the emergency dialer, with certain steps that could result in allowing the intruder to interact with the device and disable the lockscreen as well. Eden discovered the flaw on a Galaxy Note II running Android 4.1.2.center_img Samsung reveals new Galaxy Note II Citation: Researcher says Samsung will release patch for lockscreen hole (2013, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-samsung-patch-lockscreen-hole.html 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

Researchers remove oil from water using copper cones inspired by cactus spines

first_imgArray of rough polydimethylsiloxane needles Credit: Lei Jiang et al More information: Structured cone arrays for continuous and effective collection of micron-sized oil droplets from water, Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2276 doi:10.1038/ncomms3276AbstractEnvironmental protection agencies and the petroleum industry require effective methods to separate micron-sized oil droplets from water. However, for most existing separation methods, phase separation occurs in the oil–water mixture. The remaining micron-scale oil droplets, which are not affected by phase separation, are difficult to handle with conventional methods on a large scale because of either a lack of separation ability or drawbacks in throughput capacity. Here we develop an oleophilic array of conical needle structures for the collection of micron-sized oil droplets, inspired by the collection of similar sized water droplets on conical cactus spines. Underwater, these structures mimic cacti and can capture micron-sized oil droplets and continuously transport them towards the base of the conical needles. Materials with this structure show obvious advantages in micron-sized oil collection with high continuity and high throughput. Citation: Researchers remove oil from water using copper cones inspired by cactus spines (w/ Video) (2013, August 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-oil-copper-cones-cactus-spines.html Journal information: Nature Communications PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, has developed a new way to remove oil from water—using a design inspired by nature. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes how an array of their cones could be used to help clean up oil spills. Cactus plants have evolved a unique way to pull water out of the air—they have conic spines that jut out allowing water condensation to build up on them. But, because of the unique shape of the spines, the water surface tension causes the water droplets to be pulled towards the base of the spine where they are absorbed by pores in the plant. This process allows cactus plants to survive in extremely arid places. In this new effort, the researchers in China have created artificial spines out of copper and other synthetic materials that perform essentially the same function, only they pull oil along their conic form, while immersed in water.The idea is based on prior research that has shown that when oil is spilled into the ocean, some of it floats on the surface, while some of it does not. Instead, it reacts with seawater and forms microscopic droplets of water that are too heavy to float. They wind up either suspended in the water, or falling to the ocean floor. To capture these tiny droplets, the team in China affixed multiple copper spines to a central structure—each (0.5 millimeter length) spine pulls oil out of the water whic travels along its length at a rate of 2 millimeters per second—creating a device that is capable of cleaning up the oil from spills that is typically missed during cleanup operations. Image of Cu-based needle Credit: Leica DM4000M microscopy Play This movie shows the in situ observation of the oil collection on rough single conical needle. The micro-sized oil droplets in the oil/water mixture can be collected and driven towards the base direction of the needle continuously. (a) Efficiencies of needle arrays with different needle separations. The three inset SEM images are the arrays with needle separations of 0.50, 0.35, and 0.25 mm. A larger needle density provided a higher efficiency. (b) Efficiencies of needle arrays with different heights. The three inset SEM images are the arrays with heights of 0.0, 0.3, and 0.5 mm. Higher needles provided a larger efficiency. Each point represents the average efficiency of seven samples; the error bars indicate the standard deviation. Credit: Lei Jiang et al. Explore further The researchers call their device a “cactus skin”—a flexible base with an array of spines protruding from its surface. To create oil-spill like conditions, they added oil to water than caused the formation of microscopic droplets by blasting it with ultrasonic sound waves. Tests run thus far have found the device capable of extracting up to 99 percent of the oil mixed into water and that the device works with virtually any type of oil. © 2013 Phys.org Discovery could lead to new way of cleaning up oil spills 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

Why a rat eradication attempt on Henderson Island failed

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has conducted a case study of a failed rat eradication project on an island in the South Pacific. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team reports that it has found that the failure was not due to migration of new rats to the island, or some of the rats being able to withstand the poison used, but instead because some of the rats never ate the poison and then began reproducing at a rapid pace. Explore further Approximately 800 years ago Polynesian sailors introduced Pacific rats to Henderson Island, where they rapidly multiplied. Today there are no people living on the islands but lots of rats, which is a problem, because they eat the chicks of endangered birds. For that reason, a team with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the government of the Pitcairn Islands decided to solve the problem by killing every rat on the island. A study was conducted and in 2011, a helicopter flew over the island and dropped seventy-five metric tons of rat poison at pre-chosen locations—a strategy that had been used successfully on other islands in the South Pacific. Unfortunately, this effort did not prove successful. Today the rat population is back to where it was before the eradication effort was made—approximately 100,000.In their case study, the researchers conducted DNA tests to make sure the rats that are there now are not descendents of rats from somewhere else—they were not which ruled out migration of new rats as the problem. The team also ran multiple tests and determined that it was not possible that some of the rats could have survived after eating the rat poison. That left only one possible reason for the failure—some of the rats had not eaten the rat poison, and thus were not killed. After careful analysis, the team suggests that approximately 50 rats likely survived the rat drop and that it was likely due to an unexpected rainfall that had occurred just prior to the rat poison dump—fruit and flowers were plentiful which made the rat poison less of an attractive option. The large number of rats today is the result of the rapid pace of reproduction of the rats—one female bears up to six pups every few months. The Royal Society is not ready to give up however, they plan to try again, but next time around will plan their attack around the weather. © 2016 Phys.org Credit: Michael Palmer/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0 Citation: Why a rat eradication attempt on Henderson Island failed (2016, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-rat-eradication-henderson-island.htmlcenter_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science New way to smell a rat means end for rodents More information: W. Amos et al. Rat eradication comes within a whisker! A case study of a failed project from the South Pacific, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160110AbstractTo enhance their conservation value, several hundred islands worldwide have been cleared of invasive alien rats, Rattus spp. One of the largest projects yet undertaken was on 43 km2 Henderson Island in the Pitcairn group, South Pacific, in August 2011. Following massive immediate mortality, a single R. exulans was observed in March 2012 and, subsequently, rat numbers have recovered. The survivors show no sign of resistance to the toxicant used, brodifacoum. Using pre- and post-operation rat tissue samples from Henderson, plus samples from around the Pacific, we exclude re-introduction as the source of continued rat presence. Microsatellite analysis of 18 loci enabled comparison of genetic diversity of Henderson rats before and after the bait drop. The fall in diversity measured by allele frequency change indicated that the bottleneck (Ne) through which the breeding population passed was probably around 50 individuals, representing a census population of about 60–80 animals. This is the first failed project that has estimated how close it was to success. 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

New imaging technique may allow scientists to better understand how proteins work

first_img A new technique to watch proteins in action involves applying large voltage pulses to protein crystals simultaneously with X-ray pulses. At right is a close-up view of a crystal sandwiched between electrodes that deliver the voltage. Credit: UT Southwestern The group reports that they used the technique to study the human ubiquitin ligase protein which is part of the PDZ domain and found new information regarding how it actually works. As part of the never-ending search to fully understand how living entities work, scientists have developed a multitude of imaging techniques—one of these, X-ray crystallography, has been used to study molecules from living creatures, and more specifically, proteins. Its use has led to many breakthroughs in biomedical science, but it suffers from one serious problem—it does not allow researchers to see how a protein actually does its job; instead, it simply offers structural imagery. The researchers note that there are other technologies that offer some assistance in studying the workings of proteins, some of which can even track motion, but most work only under certain conditions or with certain proteins. In this new effort, the researchers report on how they combined two technologies to allow future researchers to capture imagery of virtually any kind of protein doing its work.The new technique involves taking X-ray images of protein reactions during application of an electric field—protein processes, they note, are generally controlled by electromagnetic forces. Protein crystals are placed between glass capillaries containing a wire that applies an electric force across the crystals as they are subjected to X-ray pulses. The results can be seen in diffraction patterns recorded over several intervals—just prior to an electric pulse, and then again at 50, 100 and 200 nanoseconds. The team notes that the technique should work for studying virtually any protein, potentially offering a new tool to assist in designing new proteins or drugs. Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org New method allows easy separation of membrane proteins (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with UT Southwestern Medical Center and the University of Chicago has developed a new imaging technique that may give scientists a relatively simple means to unravel which parts of proteins give them their function. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their new method, which combines strong electric field pulse applications and time-resolved X-ray crystallography.center_img Explore further More information: Doeke R. Hekstra et al. Electric-field-stimulated protein mechanics, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20571AbstractThe internal mechanics of proteins—the coordinated motions of amino acids and the pattern of forces constraining these motions—connects protein structure to function. Here we describe a new method combining the application of strong electric field pulses to protein crystals with time-resolved X-ray crystallography to observe conformational changes in spatial and temporal detail. Using a human PDZ domain (LNX2PDZ2) as a model system, we show that protein crystals tolerate electric field pulses strong enough to drive concerted motions on the sub-microsecond timescale. The induced motions are subtle, involve diverse physical mechanisms, and occur throughout the protein structure. The global pattern of electric-field-induced motions is consistent with both local and allosteric conformational changes naturally induced by ligand binding, including at conserved functional sites in the PDZ domain family. This work lays the foundation for comprehensive experimental study of the mechanical basis of protein function. Left, The crystal is mounted on the bottom electrode and the high voltage is delivered from a top electrode through a liquid junction composed of crystallization solution. Controlled back pressure on a reservoir of solution in the top electrode keeps the crystal continuously hydrated. Right, A view of the assembled experimental apparatus. Credit: (c) Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20571 Citation: New imaging technique may allow scientists to better understand how proteins work (2016, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-imaging-technique-scientists-proteins.html 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

The Joy of Clutter What Marie Kondo Got Wrong

first_imgYes, some of my knickknacks spark joy, the quality that Japanese organizing dynamo Marie Kondo demands one’s possessions trigger to be deemed worth keeping. But, though I’m sure her 2014 book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has helped many of the millions of people in 42 regions and countries who’ve bought it stave off hoarding tendencies (now a bona fide mental-illness diagnosis), I’ve always found the bar she sets a little lofty and specific. Clutter gets a bad rap. Researchers have found that a muddle of objects can actually jolt creativity. Kathleen Vohs, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, conducted studies in which people were led into a spotless or cluttered room, then tasked with imagining inventive uses for a surplus of ping-pong balls. “The people in messier rooms came up with more creative solutions,” Ms. Vohs said. Their ideas included turning the white plastic orbs into earrings or popping them on chair feet to protect floors. “People in tidy rooms wrote things like, ‘You could use them for Ping-Pong.’” Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal I AM AN UNABASHED magpie; tchotchkes dot the hill I will die on. They’re mostly vacation mementos, like the silver, Victorian, mussel-shaped “match safe” that I splurged on in a Rome antique shop with my newly minted fiancé. I keep other dust-collectors at hand for a reason. My husband and I are trying to eliminate most of our screen time at home, and having books and playing cards within reach makes it much easier to resist our phones. Besides, the cards are beautiful and graphic.center_imglast_img read more

The man who immortalised Nira

A doyen of Bengali literature, Sunil Gangopadhyay called poetry his first love, but successfully delved into all literary genres with his versatility and varied experiences of life, leaving generations of readers in India and Bangladesh mesmerised over decades with his creativity and writing style.Often a bohemian in lifestyle, Gangopadhyay was one of the most popular poets in post-Rabindranath Tagore Bengal, with his Nira series of poems having retained their popularity, particularly among the youth, through the years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A prolific writer, Gangopadhyay authored more than 200 books over six decades, with his magnificent range of creations touching upon diverse segments like novels, children’s fiction, poetry, literary criticism, travelogue and essays.Gangopadhyay was born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, in 1934, and his family shifted before the partition to Kolkata – a city that saw the flowering of his talent shaped by a passion for reading and endless informal chat sessions with literary and other cultural geniuses and even the ordinary people from all walks of life. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, it was Gangopadhyay’s father – a teacher – who played a catalytic role in bringing out his poetic talent.‘After my school final examination, my father – to keep me engaged – asked me to translate Tennyson. After translating some of the poems, I thought why don’t I try out my hand in writing some poems of my own? I liked what I wrote.’ His first poem Ekti Chithi [A letter] was published in 1950.In the 1950s, Gangopadhyay and some of his friends brought out a seminal poetry magazine Krittibas, which published poems of only young writers and became a platform for young talents experimenting with various forms. Gangopadhyay was the founder editor. His first novel, Atmaprakash [Emergence], published in 1965 in the prestigious magazine Desh, was critically acclaimed though it triggered a controversy, with some calling it ‘obscene’.Among his well-known poems are Kavita Sangraha, Shada Pristha Tomar Sangay and Amar Swapna.In 1985, Gangopadhyay got the Sahitya Akademi award for his historical fiction Sei Somoy [Those Days].Among his other works are Pratham Alo [First Light], and Purbo-Paschim, a novel on the partition and its effect depicted through the eyes of three generations of Bengalis in West Bengal, Bangladesh and elsewhere.Besides the Sahitya Akademi award, Gangopadhyay got Ananda Purashkar, the Bankim Puraskar and Hindu Literary Prize.His thrillers of the Kakababu series were very popular among children and teenagers.Known for his liberal, secular and open-minded views, Gangopadhyay always spoke out against religious bigotry, and his pen was sharp in condemning the 1992 communal riots.Through his career, he used several pen names including Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak and Nil Upadhyay, each dwelling on a particular form and style of writing.Several of his novels were made into films by acclaimed directors. While Satyajit Ray did Pratidwandi and Aranyer Dinratri, Tapan Sinha made Sobuj Dwiper Raja, and Goutam Ghose directed the much-awarded Moner Manush based on the life of Baul singer Lalan Fakir.Gangopadhyay got a chance to put his vast knowledge of literature, particularly Indian literature, to good use when he took over as Sahitya Akademi president in 2008.Under him, the Akademi launched a large number of projects to popularise Indian literature across the world, translate works from one Indian language to another, and increase interaction between writers in various Indian languages. read more

Swanky Summer

first_imgPreparing for the season ahead – Duke has come up with its latest Sun and Surf summer collection with wide options in casuals, office wear, and evening wear, keeping in mind the Indian climatic conditions.To keep the freshness intact, the cloth has been treated with special sweat absorbent technology making one feel fresh and active all through the day.The main attractions of this year new voyage summer collection is specially designed 100% Gas Mercerized cotton T-shirts manufactured with 100%  long staple Egyptian cotton targeted at young, trendy and casual segment. Head over and stock up on your summer wardrobe!last_img read more