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Research team claims to have found evidence Lake Cheko is impact crater

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first_img Citation: Research team claims to have found evidence Lake Cheko is impact crater for Tunguska Event (2012, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-evidence-lake-cheko-impact.html (Phys.org) — Early on the morning of June 30th, 1908, a huge explosion occurred in a remote part of Siberia near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River. So great was the blast that trees were knocked down in neat rows for nearly a thousand square miles and the sky lit up from parts of Asia to Great Britain. What caused that explosion has never been firmly settled. Most researchers agree that it was the result of either a comet or meteoroid, with most leaning towards the former due to the lack of both an impact crater and meteoroid fragments. Now however, a research team from Italy says that they have found proof that it was in fact a meteorite that struck the Earth and that a nearby lake is the impact crater. They have published the results of their findings in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. For years, amateurs and professionals alike have debated the cause of the Tunguska Event, as it’s come to be known as. Some suggest it was the work of extraterrestrials while others say it was god’s way of getting our attention. Serious scientists, on the other hand, have suggested its most likely cause was a comet melting and then vaporizing as it hit, leaving no real evidence behind. Unfortunately, that theory doesn’t hold up very well in light of the fact that scientists have found differences in the levels of carbon, nitrogen and isotopes of hydrogen and iridium, from the surrounding area which are similar in some respects to those found with certain asteroids. Also, tiny particles that sort of resemble meteorite components have been found in the wood of the fallen trees. None of this evidence can rule anything out however as it could mean there was a comet that had some rocks in it or a meteorite that vaporized due to a soft composition.The Italian teams says it was a meteorite and claim they have proof of their assertion in the form of an as yet uncovered piece of something tangible beneath the sediment at the bottom of Lake Cheko; a shallow funnel shaped lake approximately five miles from where most believe was ground zero for the explosion.The team came to this conclusion after performing seismic measurements on the lake bottom in 1999 which showed that sentiment had been building for just about a hundred years, which would of course put it close to the Tunguska Event and also gave evidence of something dense near the middle of the lake.Further evidence came to light they say in 2009 when they returned to the lake and performed a magnetic survey, which they say showed an anomaly in the same location as their seismic measurements had detected. Now, after three more years of studying evidence they collected from the site, they’ve concluded that Lake Cheko is indeed an impact crater and that the dense object beneath the lakebed is the smoking gun.Others of course aren’t so sure, and likely will remain pessimistic until someone digs up the object and studies it, proving it to be nothing more than a regular rock, or an object from space that left an impact crater as it struck over a century ago, finally solving the mystery. Researchers say Tunguska Event was an UFO Crash: Debris of Alien Spaceship found More information: Magnetic and seismic reflection study of Lake Cheko, a possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska Event, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, VOL. 13, Q05008, 12 PP., 2012. doi:10.1029/2012GC004054AbstractA major explosion occurred on 30 June 1908 in the Tunguska region of Siberia, causing the destruction of over 2,000 km2 of taiga; pressure and seismic waves detected as far as 1,000 km away; bright luminescence in the night skies of Northern Europe and Central Asia; and other unusual phenomena. This “Tunguska Event” is probably related to the impact with the Earth of a cosmic body that exploded about 5–10 km above ground, releasing in the atmosphere 10–15 Mton of energy. Fragments of the impacting body have never been found, and its nature (comet or asteroid) is still a matter of debate. We report here results from a magnetic and seismic reflection study of a small (∼500 m diameter) lake, Lake Cheko, located about 8 km NW of the inferred explosion epicenter, that was proposed to be an impact crater left by a fragment of the Tunguska Cosmic Body. Seismic reflection and magnetic data revealed a P wave velocity/magnetic anomaly close to the lake center, about 10 m below the lake floor; this anomaly is compatible with the presence of a buried stony object and supports the impact crater origin for Lake Cheko. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Image: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 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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First rifle constructed from printed 3D parts by gun enthusiast in Canada

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first_imgThus far, as can be seen in demonstration videos, guns produced by 3D printers aren’t nearly of the same quality as those produced by professional arms makers—the printed rifle in the video, for example, isn’t much better than one made from a copper tube and fired by striking with a hammer. What appears to be the reason for concern, of course, is what the future may hold. Higher quality guns printed by ordinary citizens would not only be untraceable, they could be made of materials that could easily pass through metal detectors at airports and other public venues. Worse perhaps, might be the government’s inability to stop the process—laws enacted to prevent the creation, distribution or downloading of blueprints would be exceeding difficult to enforce as would preventing the printing of the product at a private location. A man known as “ThreeD Ukulele” on YouTube has posted a video that shows him (or a colleague) test firing a small rifle (named the “Grizzly” after a Canadian tank) that he claims was constructed by parts he printed on a 3D printer. If his claims turn out to be true, it will mark the first known instance of a rifle being constructed in such a way. Explore further In the video, a man can be seen affixing the barrel to the rifle (which appears to be made of a white plastic) then exiting off-screen to fire the rifle from a safe distance via string tied to the trigger. The man then returns to view after the shot has been fired to inspect the condition of the rifle. He reports that the .22 caliber bullet fired successfully but a portion of the barrel split as did the receiver.Printing guns using expensive 3D printers has been in the news of late after a man who goes by the name Cody Wilson created blueprints for printing a handgun which he claimed he had personally test-fired. Since private citizens are not allowed to own such weapons in Canada, ThreeD Ukulele (aka CanadianGunNut on the DEFCAD forums) modified the blueprints for the “Liberator”—the name Wilson gave to his printed gun. Small arms rifles are allowed for hunting of small game in Canada, so CanadianGunNut added a longer barrel. He’s one of the lucky few that have access to a 3D printer—a Stratasys Dimension 1200es where he works and is allowed to pursue personal projects as well. Files posted online to ‘print’ working handguncenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: First rifle constructed from printed 3D parts by gun enthusiast in Canada (w/ Video) (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-rifle-3d-gun-enthusiast-canada.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

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Researchers find short tracks of DNA may aid in regulating human gene

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first_img Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Researchers find short tracks of DNA may aid in regulating human gene expression (2015, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-short-tracks-dna-aid-human.html Decaying RNA molecules tell a story Scientists have known for some time that the mechanism that controls protein translation, known as polyadenylate A aka, poly(A) is sometimes interrupted, causing degradation of messenger RNA (mRNA) and the proteins under development, leading to some ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. Past research has suggested the problem lies with amino acids involved in the encoding, but now it appears that the problem is actually with the RNA itself—specifically strings of multiple adenosine (A) nucleotides.In this new effort the team, noting that approximately 2 percent of genes in the human genome may be impacted, found that in studying bacterial ribosomes, that they were more likely to be interrupted on strings of lysines if they were encoded by AAA codons, as opposed to AAG codons. They showed that making shorter or longer runs of adenosine nucleotides, without modifying amino acid sequences, changed the protein output and also the stability of the mRNA. They noted also that doing so also sometimes led to the creation of what they termed “frameshifted” protein products.The researchers also studied poly(A) tracks in human cells and found some as short as just nine basses long might influence gene expression. They discovered that poly(A) lowered the expression of protein in two different ways. The first was by halting translation, which led to degradation of the protein and mRNA itself. The second was when frameshifts occurred during translation, which led to early termination of the production of proteins.The work by the team, and another also at Washington University looking into the impact of nucleotides on Poly(A) offer a fresh insight into the creation of disease-causing states in cells and by extension, possible ways to prevent it from happening, offering patients with such ailments hope of recovery. © 2015 Phys.org DNA double helix. Credit: public domaincenter_img More information: Translational control by lysine-encoding A-rich sequences, Science Advances  24 Jul 2015: Vol. 1, no. 6, e1500154 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500154AbstractRegulation of gene expression involves a wide array of cellular mechanisms that control the abundance of the RNA or protein products of that gene. We describe a gene regulatory mechanism that is based on polyadenylate [poly(A)] tracks that stall the translation apparatus. We show that creating longer or shorter runs of adenosine nucleotides, without changes in the amino acid sequence, alters the protein output and the stability of mRNA. Sometimes, these changes result in the production of an alternative “frameshifted” protein product. These observations are corroborated using reporter constructs and in the context of recombinant gene sequences. About 2% of genes in the human genome may be subject to this uncharacterized yet fundamental form of gene regulation. The potential pool of regulated genes encodes many proteins involved in nucleic acid binding. We hypothesize that the genes we identify are part of a large network whose expression is fine-tuned by poly(A) tracks, and we provide a mechanism through which synonymous mutations may influence gene expression in pathological states. Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Washington University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Polish Academy of Sciences has found that problems with RNA appear to be behind protein translation interruptions and that short segments of DNA may assist in regulating gene expression. They have published a paper describing their research and findings in the journal Science Advances. 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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The treasure trove

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first_imgThe genius of jewellery-making in India over the past five millennia will shine through a gallery that is opening in the National Museum (NM) this Friday (7 November). It will showcase varied aesthetics of ornaments across the class, gender and age of the wearer. Alamkara, which features a total of 255 jewels housed in 25 glass cases, will also throw light on techniques of moulding some of the ornaments integral to ancient, medieval and modern history. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are also exhibits showing the flora and fauna used in ornamentation, while there is a separate section on amulets. Overall, the attempt is to bring to light to some of the ornaments that have survived the times in different parts of the country. Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Shripad Yesso Naik will inaugurate the gallery that will give the visitors a peek into ornaments that bear the stamp of regal splendour as well as the ones used in common households. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCurated by frontline jewellery historian Usha Balakrishnan, the permanent gallery housing necklaces, bracelets, pendants, bangles, earplugs, needles and girdles, among others, will make National Museum  the country’s largest repository of jewellery.  The 1949 founded institution did have a similar section till a decade ago when it was closed and the objects moved to a vault inaccessible to the public. NM Director-General Venu V said, ‘The comeback of the gallery was a long standing demand of   heritage lovers, as it was one of the most popular galleries.  The objects have now increased in number and also become better in quality. ‘The catalogue of spectacular objects includes hair ornaments, plaques, marriage pendants, armbands and belts. The ornaments at Alamkara are suggestive of the sense of beauty of the regal classes to common folk over the years’.last_img read more

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Satav still IYC chief but new team on the cards says Cong

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first_imgThe hunt for a new Youth Congress chief has begun with the term of incumbent president      coming to a close and Rahul Gandhi seeking to make the party fighting fit after its Lok Sabha polls debacle.“Satav continues to be the Youth Congress president but he has requested for a new team including a new president, as the term of his team is over,” AICC secretary Sooraj Hegde said.Dismissing as “not true” the speculation that Satav has been dropped from the post, Hegde said that the incumbent IYC chief is participating in the process of finding a new team. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHe also dubbed as “baseless” suggestions that Satav’s replacement was being thought of after his organising the Caravan programme.Satav said he had expressed his desire to relinquish his charge so that “new blood comes in”.He said that he had resigned from the Youth Congress two years back as well but was asked to continue.Satav is a Lok Sabha member from Hingoli constituency in Maharashtra, where the party could secure only two out of 48 seats.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has introduced the system of elections in Youth Congress and NSUI ending the nomination culture soon after he took charge as AICC general secretary in 2007. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindGandhi now oversees all frontal organisations of Congress including Mahila Congress and Seva Dal while playing a key role in decision making in the parent party.Though doubts were expressed in certain quarters of the party about the internal election process in Youth Congress, indications have it that the same will continue.In the past, the office-bearers of Youth Congress and NSUI were nominated by leaders of Congress party till Gandhi introduced internal elections in these bodies.The leadership, has, asked state youth Congress leaders to send in names for the next national chief of party’s youth body.Recently it was decided that the State Congress Presidents will have the power to nominate and promote office-bearers, an attempt to strengthen their authority.last_img read more

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PM has lunch in Parliament canteen pays Rs 29 for thali

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first_imgAround 18 MPs were having lunch, sitting in small groups on different tables, in Room Number 70, when Modi landed there at 1 PM. The room on the first floor of Parliament building is for MPs.The Prime Minister greeted the MPs. Some of them came to introduce themselves to him, according to the canteen staff. Then he sat on a table, already occupied by three MPs and ordered food.”Anything special, sir,” canteen in-charge B L Purohit asked the Prime Minister. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No, I want normal vegetarian thali,” Modi replied. He also ordered fruit salad.Immediately, a thali, consisting of palak sabzi, rajma, dal and salad, was served along with rice and a tandoori roti.”The total bill for the food was Rs 29. He gave a note of Rs 100 and I returned Rs 71,” said waiter Rama Shankar who attended on the Prime Minister.He did not ask for bottled water and drank RO water, staffers said.He was there for about 20-25 minutes. Two of the MPs on Modi’s table were from Gujarat. Union Minister Piyush Goyal also joined in after some time. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRealising that it was a “historic” occasion, Purohit requested the Prime Minister to write in a ‘Suggestion Book’ which he presented to him.”Anna data, sukhi bhav (Blessings to the one who feeds),” wrote Modi in Hindi and signed it.According to sources in Parliament, this was the first time any Prime Minister had lunch in the canteen as a customer.Rajiv Gandhi had once eaten in the canteen but not as Prime Minister, the sources said.last_img read more

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Capturing moments and moods

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first_imgIndia International Centre hosts an exhibition of black and white pictures titled Hola Mohalla by Jagdev Singh. It celebrates the unconditional love and faith of people in their guru. The show will be inaugurated by Sundeep Misra, author, sports writer and filmmaker. For Singh, photography is a medium of creative expression. He loves to capture the moments and moods from people’s daily life and especially concentrates on street and travel photography. His work untangles the complex appearance of life, revealing a fine sense for a moment to pause. His photos carry a refined essence of people and life at large.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hola Mohalla is a three-day event, celebrated at the shrine of Keshgarh Sahib in the Sikh holy town of Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, every year in the month of March. Hola is the masculine form of the feminine sounding Holi. The word Mohalla implies an organised procession in the form of an army column. It was here in 1699 that the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, baptised five men and founded the Khalsa Panth, which is the modern day Sikh faith. Hola Mohalla originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Ji, who held the first such event and celebrations at Anandpur Sahib in February 1701. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThereafter, people come in millions from all over the world to participate in the celebrations. The main attraction of the celebrations is the procession by Nihangs, tent pegging and bareback horse-riding and performance of ‘Gatka’ (Sikh martial art). One gets to see several Nihangs sporting massive turbans with Sikh symbols. Hola Mohalla rejuvenates the centuries old tradition and zeal of sheer faith and belief that the tenth Guru play amongst all the people present, much to the joy of millions. When: May 22 – 28 Timing: 11 am to 7 pm Where: Art Gallery, IIClast_img read more

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Im now ready for Bollywood Mumtaz Sorcar

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first_imgAce magician PC Sorcar Junior’s youngest daughter, Mumtaz, who has appeared in 30 films in seven years, is a boxing freak. In fact, it is her love for this sport which has her pretty excited about her big release Guru. Another film scheduled to hit the theatres this May is a Bengali feature, Raktakarabi, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s dance drama. Mumtaz, who loves cooking and dancing when she is not shooting, is also working for two new Tamil films this year and says that she is now ready take up more roles in Bollywood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMumtaz, tell us about your first big release of 2017, Guru…. My first big release this year will be Guru, the Telugu remake of a hit Tamil film directed by Sudha Kongara, Irudhi Suttru. The Hindi version was the critically acclaimed Saala Khadoos. Guru is the story of two women boxers who are in fact sisters and the changing dynamics of their relationship. The coach is played by Venkatesh. The sisters come from a poor family and their father is a fishmonger. I’m playing the elder daughter, who gets into boxing because she wants to land a job in the Police force to support her family. The younger one is a natural wrestler and under a good coach, who even lands the World Cup. At one point, sibling rivalry separates the duo but they come together again. I am into boxing and so I could play the part since the whole film is about professional boxers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYou also have a big Bengali film to be released this year, Raktakarabi…. Yes, for the first time, Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Raktakarabi’ will see a celluloid version. I play the role of Nandini but then it is a modern interpretation. The central character Nandini is a revolutionary, just as Tagore had conceived her but the times have changed. Raktakarabi is a political film, a reflection of our times. Bishu Pagol has been assayed by Kaushik Sen in Raktakarabi and the musical score has been done by Debojyoti Mishra. Raktakarabi’s most celebrated stage version was Bohurupee’s 1954 production, with lead characters played by the legendary Sambhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra. This is your second Amitava Bhattacharya film….Yes, last year, I assayed the very difficult role of Chitrangada in Bhattacharya’s maiden film, titled Conditions Apply. That film was based on the life story of Chitrangada, a eunuch whose true identity gets exposed and how society treats her after they get to know that she is not a woman. Chitrangada connects with herself but goes through a period of deep turmoil. In a way it is the most difficult role that I have assayed till date. The film was meant for the festival circuit. On Bollywood…There are offers. Recently, there was an offer for a commercial film but I wasn’t ready at that time. I wanted to be sure, to work on myself first. Now that I’m better than what I was and have some acting experience of working in different cities, I’ve matured as a human being. Most of these regional films gave me new units and different languages to deal with. I was the only Bengali there and I thought people expected something from me, as the representative of Bengali cinema. I’m now ready for Mumbai. You are known to be a workout addict, how do you relax?Right now, I’m taking physiotherapy because of a small back injury which I got while working for Saala Khadoos though I never stopped acting. At the moment, I’m not working out fervently. Otherwise, I exercise everyday under the guidance of coach Ranodeep Maitra. As for relaxing, we are one big happy family and we have a lot of fun when all of us – especially the three sisters – are together. We all have different careers and are busy during the whole day, but we usually get together for dinner and exchange notes. I also love cooking and my bakes are pretty famous in the family circuit. Plus, we have three pets – two Mastiffs and a stray one – who I adore.last_img read more

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Victims of the System

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first_img“Umesh from UP was falsely accused of molestation by his neighbour aunty when in reality it was a property dispute. When the cops did not find any evidence or grounds against him, they did not probe further into the matter but then the woman went to some senior police officer and asked for action to be taken against him. Umesh felt so harassed, he committed suicide.” While the rest of us strive to achieve reforms and raising the status of women, we totally forget the ‘male’ gender. They are neglected, labelled and their problems are not taken into consideration, because how can men have problems? They have it easy, we assume. This gender antagonism has led a lot of people wrongly interpreting the cause of feminism. What’s more, male-bashing often leads to internet subcultures where critiques of feminism mix with hostility towards women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeepika Bhardwaj, a male activist, has sparked a change all across India with her TedxTalks and her documentary ‘Martyrs of Marriage.’ Her cause that started as a result of a familial problem has now led to a nation level awareness programme. Her documentary features men from parts of India and their voices are given a platform to open up. Approximately, 90,000 married men committed suicide in 2016 alone – this is not an ignorable number. ‘Section 498A of the IPC deals with a non-bailable offence which applies to a husband, or relative(s) of a husband, of a woman, who is/are subjecting her to cruelty.’ Made with the right intentions to protect women from being harassed, it is being majorly misused and has become a tool in a woman’s hand as she can easily frame her husband and his family to gain anything from them. Every man convicted in this case is treated the same way by the police. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf a woman is found guilty of falsely accusing her husband and his family, she has to pay a penalty of Rs10000 or Rs100 and it’s bailable. Most cases would just be closed. In majority of these cases they’ll accept the case, question the woman, and ask the man to take the case to court. If the woman is found guilty, the judge can prosecute her and initiate proceedings against the woman which is a rare case. In rape cases, we are seeing some progress. “I know of a case where a woman from Ludhiana, met a Delhi man on Facebook, just one week before her husband committed suicide. Then two weeks after her husband’s burial, she and her online ‘friend’ went to Rajasthan after she came to visit him in Delhi. What happened after that was surprising. After coming back she filed a rape case against him, claiming he drugged her. Now the man is in jail, fighting for innocence with laws that already biased against him,” said the documentarian “What these laws essentially do is they hide what’s really happening in our society. And to put the cherry on the cake, there is dowry and harassment, which is usually seen as something that happens to women and not men. These are the clothes you just throw over the real big problem, to underplay it. The truth is, marriages are falling apart, extra-marital affairs are happening so easily, people have no patience,” added Deepika.When asked if she is a feminist, she exclaimed, saying she wasn’t because she thinks the modern interpretation of the word just puts her off. She believes the women who graduate from prestigious colleges, celebrities, the ‘feminists,’ who call the shots are super bigoted and they send the wrong message to the others.”People call me a male activist but I am just a film maker, I just show the truth and make movies, I am just a story teller and know the right from wrong. If you look at me just as a human being, I am just trying to do something that I saw and thought was right,” said Deepika.On being asked about receiving any political support, she said, “All politicians are the same when it comes to these issues; they all want to play it safe. This is not anybody’s concern because it’s not on anybody’s agenda. It’s the backlash that they are afraid of. People are very skeptical when they are powerful because they don’t want to lose their position.”She did not start with a plan but now she has a lot of plans which however, don’t come with a deadline but after the screenings of her documentary, Deepika is going to work on more projects to spread the word on male harassement. Several issues in this space need to gain attention and be changed. The day she can stop even one person from being framed in a false 498 A case, she’d have done it all and can finally rest.last_img read more

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Ways to take care of your precious gold jewellery

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first_imgGold being a soft metal, contact or abrasion between different jewellery pieces may damage them. Wrap each piece separately to avoid such a problem, say experts.Here are some ways by which you can keep your expensive gold safe and make it last longer:4Don’t wear your gold jewellery while bathing or cleaning: There are chemicals in soaps and other cleaning agents. Exposure to these chemicals can dull your gold.4Store it separately: Gold is a soft metal. Contact or abrasion between different pieces may damage them. Wrap each piece separately in a soft cotton cloth and try hanging up the gold chains. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4It needs occasional buffing: Though the jewellery may not need cleaning yet but buffing or rubbing your jewellery with a soft chamois cloth can help restore the shine of the piece immediately.4Cleaning tips: Mix mild dish washing detergent with water.Soak your jewellery. If the piece has stones avoid soaking, use a soft cotton cloth dipped in the cleaning mixture and wipe down carefully.Rub the pieces with hand or cotton swabs one at a time. You may also use a children’s soft toothbrush for heavily ornamental pieces with numerous crevices. Make sure to use the brush extremely gently.Rinse with warm water to remove all the suds and dry with a soft cloth or leave it out to air-dry overnight.4For jadau jewellery: For your precious gold-based jadau jewellery, an eraser can be used to wipe off marks that develop over time. It is not a very good idea to use water on jadau jewellery since humidity may leave the jewellery rusted.ianslast_img read more

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ChandigarhDibrugarh Express catches fire 2 dead

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first_imgDarjeeling: Fire broke out in the engine of 15904 Up Chandigarh-Dibrugarh Express on Friday. Two persons died when they jumped out of the running train and seven passengers suffered injuries in the incident.The incident occurred around 11:15 am when the train was between Chaterhaat station and Nijbari station in the Phansidewa block of Siliguri. The engine of the running train suddenly caught fire. Soon, the fire spread to the luggage van and the guard’s compartment. A general compartment also caught fire. In a state of panic passengers started jumping out of the moving train. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseTwo died while jumping out of the moving train. The driver managed to stop the train and local residents and police arrived in some time. A fire engine was also called in. The DRM of the North East Frontier Railway also reached the spot. The injured passengers have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri. A medical team also arrived with the relief train. Another engine drove the train back to the Chaterhaat station where the damaged bogies were separated. At 3:35 pm the train resumed journey for Dibrugarh. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”An inquiry by the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Northeast Frontier Railway, Kolkata, Government of India, has been ordered into the incident,” said Pranabjyoti Sharma chief public relations officer. Owing to the incident trains, including the Dibrugarh- New Rajdhani Express, Kamakhya- Puri Express, Silchar- Trivandrum Express and Kamakhya- Rajendranagar Capital Express, were diverted to run via Siliguri Junction-Bagdogra- Alubari Section. All up trains coming towards New Jalpaiguri are also being diverted via this route. This apart, 13173 Up Kanchanjungha Express was detained at Malda Town station from 1:35 pm to 2 pm. Bengal Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited the spot and interacted with the passengers. “Maintenance of the long-distance trains should be emphasised by the Railways,” said Deb.last_img read more

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Celebrating the essence of Thumri

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first_imgA musical extravaganza to celebrate the melodious journey of Hindustani Classical music will be held at Kamani Auditorium. Titled ‘Thumri festival’, the event is being organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi.To be held from September 14-16, the festival will see participation of some veteran Thumri singers of the country along with outstanding young vocalists, who will light up the evening with their renditions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRajendra Pal Gautam, Minister for Social Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi will be marking his presence as the chief guest.The beautiful blend of Hindustani classical music with traits of folk literature, Thumri is among the most eloquent traditions of Indian art. Thumri holds a history of over 500 years in Hindustani classical music.It used to be sung in the royal kingdoms and palaces and its background originates from Varanasi, Gwalior and Awadh were the Thumri vocalists used to perform in the royal courts. They also used to sing in Dadra and Chaiti, which were equally popular during that period. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn day one, artists like Padmaja Chakraborty – a critically acclaimed Indian classical singer in different forms of vocal music including pure Hindustani Classical, Semi-classical like Pooravang forms like Thumri, Tappa, Chaitee, Jhoola, Hori, Jayateerth Mevundi – Hindustani classical music vocalist from the Kirana Gharana, Shubha Mudgal – Hindustani classical music singer whose collection includes genres of Khayal, Thumri and Dadra and others will be enthralling the audience with their performance. On day two, one can witness fantabulous acts by Nila Sinha Roy – a Delhi based classical vocalist and Ghazal maestro, Kumud Diwan – a semi-classical vocalist and an established and acclaimed exponent of Thumri along with Rajan Sajan Misra – duo who has won many awards like Padma Bhushan in 2007, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, jointly in 1998, Gandharwa National Award for 1994–1995 and National Tansen Samman 2011–2012.On day three, Rahul / Rohit Mishra, Hindustani classical vocalist duo of Benaras gharana, Indira Naik – a Sufi and ghazal singer from Mumbai, and Savita Devi, daughter of the late Padmashri Siddheshwari Devi who has been trained under her mother and specialisedin Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti, Kajri and Tappa of the Banaras Gharana (Purabang) will present some beautiful performances.last_img read more

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BJP leaders names crop up in cash seizure cases

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first_imgKolkata: Huge amount of money was recovered from a few persons on Thursday and one more person was detained in this connection on Friday. Names of a few BJP leaders cropped up in both the cases that came into light on Thursday. Cops are also trying to find out the political affiliation of the accused person, who was nabbed on Friday.On Thursday night, sleuths from Bakultala police station got a tip-off that a huge amount of money will be transported somewhere in the city in a car. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWorking on the information, police personnel started checking cars at Bahrughat area. During the drive, sleuths asked the driver of a SUV to stop his car for checking. Four persons, including a local BJP leader identified as Mintu Halder was found inside the car. Two women, who are the members of BJP’s Mahila Morcha were also inside the car. During checking of the car, sleuths found a cheque of Rs 10 lakh from Halder. But, police found no money inside the car. Suspicion grew when two women identified as Namita Sardar and Saraswati Halder refused to get out the car. When they were physically checked by women officers, huge amount of cash was found hidden under their clothes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe car along with the passengers was taken to the police station. After the money was counted and the police came to know that they had about Rs 24.12 lakh with them. Later, all four of them were arrested. Sources informed that the accused persons said that the Baruipur BJP party office provided them with the cash to be used for election. However, senior leaders of South 24-Parganas denied allegations made by the accused persons. On Thursday night, state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided a house in Burnpur and seized Rs 19.25 lakh. On Sunday, Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel intercepted two men at Asansol railway station, who were carrying Rs 1 crore. Later, it was found one of them, identified as Gautam Chatterjee, was the former personal assistant of Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh. Chatterjee and his aide, identified as Lakshmikant Shaw, were spotted at the platform number 5 of the Asansol railway station. The state CID and Asansol-Durgapur Police were informed. Later, the CID took charge of the investigation and interrogated the duo after being taken into police custody. During the interrogation, sleuths came up with a businessman’s name identified as Bajrangi Agarwal. On Thursday night, CID sleuths raided his house and found the money. But, Agarwal was not there at the time of raid. It is suspected that he had sensed danger and fled before sleuths arrived. On Friday afternoon, police personnel from New Town police station raided a house at an apartment near Eco Park and seized Rs 8.5 lakh. The occupant of the flat identified as Indranil Acharya of Jharkhand has been arrested. Sources informed that he claimed himself to be the owner of an advertisement agency. When he was asked to provide documents related to the money, Acharya failed to produce a single document. It is suspected that the money was meant to be used for elections. secretary general of Trinamool Congress Partha Chatterjee protested the BJP’s plan to circulate money to buy votes and said: “The BJP is circulating money like water from hose pipes.” Apart from money recovery, cars of BJP leaders such as Shamik Bhattacharya, Mukul Roy and others were attacked at Nagerbazar late on Thursday night. It was alleged that they were planning to circulate money inside a ceremonial house. Sources informed that a BJP worker, identified as Raju Sarkar, had organised a party to celebrate his wife’s birthday. There, CPM leader of Dum Dum Paltu Dasgupta was invited. Roy, Bhattacharya and other BJP leaders also attended the party. The TMC alleged that there are financial deals between the BJP and the CPM. Later, the police arrived at the spot and arrested 12 persons in this connection.last_img read more

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When Superman landed in Milton Keynes

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first_imgAmerica and the UK have a ‘special relationship’ when it comes to making movies. In the late 1980s, Stanley Kubrick turned London’s Docklands into a battle-scarred Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket. Then the crime-ridden Gotham City was erected on the backlot of Pinewood Studios in the county of Buckinghamshire, for Tim Burton’s Batman. Around the same time, in a different part of the county, another U.S. location was being faked. This time the effect was less impressive. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace had landed in the town of Milton Keynes, bringing with it stars Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman.Clark Kent’s Metropolis was a throbbing urban center. Milton Keynes was a “garden city” known for its sculptures of concrete cows. Nevertheless, producers The Cannon Group, Inc. wanted to pull off an optical illusion on a massive scale. The company was ridiculed for the decision, but then Cannon bosses (and cousins) Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were known for taking risks.Christopher Reeve and Mariel Hemingway during the filming of a scene for the film ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace,’ UK, November 1986. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)Interviewed in 2013 for the A.V. Club, actor Jon Cryer (Lenny Luthor) talked about his time on set for the unique production:“They were running out of money, but I didn’t know that. I just noticed little things, like the craft-service table got more and more meager. And they took less and less time every day. We would get props that were especially, uh, crappy. But I was still having a blast, and working with Gene Hackman was so much fun.”Morning sun in autumn shining over Campbell Park, Milton Keynes.Their style was more akin to the great budget-jugglers of filmmaking, such as Roger Corman. Numbers tended to go down on a Golan-Globus production, not up. The spare cash would then be channeled into other big screen projects.Reeve had also experienced the Group’s approach while filming the thriller Street Smart. He criticized Golan over his cutting of corners. The flamboyant movie mogul did not appreciate being pulled up by his lead actor.Great Hollywood legends quotesCannon’s most ambitious gambit was to convince cinema goers that an industrial complex in England was actually the UN Plaza in New York. The sequence was key to the storyline, which Reeve helped devise, and involved Superman imploring the leaders of the world to give up on nuclear weapons.This anti-nuke message was important to Reeve, who was never that keen on making Superman IV in the first place. Golan and Globus had attracted him by offering to fund Street Smart.Superman IV – 1987 (Photo by Röhnert/ullstein bild via Getty Images)Unfortunately, the thoughtful subject matter was lost in a muddled narrative which suffered in the edit suite. Villain Nuclear Man (Mark Pillow) failed to match up to adversaries of old and Reeve was left disappointed at the lack of genuine locations, as he recalled in his 1999 memoir Still Me:“(Instead) we had to shoot at an industrial park in England in the rain with about a hundred extras, not a car in sight, and a dozen pigeons thrown in for atmosphere. Even if the story had been brilliant, I don’t think that we could ever have lived up to the audience’s expectations with this approach.”Headquarters of Home Retail Group, Avebury Boulevard – Photo Rich Tea CC BY SA 2.0Despite the critical mauling and commercial underperformance, the film has its admirers. The Milton Keynes filming was celebrated in 2016 by artist Richard DeDomenici, who marked the 30th anniversary by reshooting key scenes, including that at the UN. Even original bit part players were featured.A view towards Melrose from Whalley Drive.This positivity is reflected on the website of the Milton Keynes Citizen: “The movie is much maligned by critics and was once named in Time magazine’s Top 10 Worst Superhero Sequels. But it will always have a special place in MK’s history and very much helped put us on the map.”Read another story from us: Riddle Me! What were Batman & The Riddler doing at a Hollywood orgy?These days low budget film is helped immeasurably by CGI, and if Cannon had access to such resources they may well have salvaged their imaginary city. As it stands, Superman IV is an amusing relic of a bygone era, where the emphasis was on putting on a show, no matter how threadbare the circus tent.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

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McGregorDiaz is this generations AliFrazier

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first_imgColin says:Why McGregor Diaz was the nail in the coffin for the sport of boxing.Don’t go crazy over rookie quarterbacks in the preseason (That goes for you too, Dak Prescott people)Team USA just won the Gold Medal with our B-team.  We just have better players.Don’t be fooled by Notre Dame’s fake, self serving player discipline.Colin’s verdict on Ryan Lochte. He’s a dope.Gain comes from pain.Guests:Christine Brennan – USA Today sports Rio columnist joins the show to put a bow on Rio, discuss the fallout from the Ryan Lochte mess, the perpetuation of the “The Ugly American”, whether the pre-Rio fears were over blown, and her favorite storylines from the Olympics.Peter Schrager – FoxSports NFL Insider joins the show via the Cowherd Global Satellite Network to discuss the Bronco’s unimpressive quarterback situation, what to make of the Dak Prescott phenomena, if Jadeveon Clowney has finally arrived, and the secret to his hair’s magnificent body and effortless volume.Clay Travis –  FoxSports College Football analyst and founder of OutKicktheCoverage.com, joins the show to defend Ryan Lochte, why he thinks the real guilty party is the Brazilian authorities, why what happened is the textbook legal definition of robbery, and if Lochte is at all responsible for what happened.last_img read more

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Oklahoma was coaching scared in the Rose Bowl

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first_imgJoel Embiid doesn’t play enough to be considered an NBA starColin has had it with the fan boy NBA media’s love affair with Joel Embiid, and their determination to classify him as a star. Embiid’s ability is star-level, but he’s in his third NBA season, is still playing on a minutes restriction, and doesn’t play in back-to-backs.For Colin, to be a star, you have have to be available to carry your team. That’s not Embiid. There’s a reason he’s so good at Twitter, it’s because he has so much time to practice while taking DNP’s.Also:-Colin’s Final Herd hierarchy of the 2017 NFL regular seasonGuests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio talking Oklahoma getting conservative late; and questionable play-calling by Lincoln Riley.Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio talking Oklahoma mistakes; and what impact Isaiah Thomas will have on the Cavs lineup.Charlie Weis – Former Notre Dame head coach and New England coordinator is in-studio to talk Oklahoma’s play-calling; and why he likes Baker Mayfield as an NFL prospect. Oklahoma was coaching scared in the Rose BowlOklahoma lost to Georgia in a 2 overtime Rose Bowl classic, but Colin thinks the Sooners broke character by getting conservative with some questionable late game decisions. Colin rarely questions in game coaching, but a botched squib kick that resulted in a momentum sucking Georgia field goal to end the first half was a head scratcher, and instead of going for it on 4th and 1 and try to win the game, and putting the ball in the hands of Baker Mayfield, Lincoln Riley opted for a field goal that was blocked.All year, the Sooners had swagger and imposed their will, for whatever reason, they went into a defensive mode last night against Georgia, and it cost them.last_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

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first_imgNovember 14, 2013 2 min read IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Twitter Inks Partnership With Music Startup to Track Emerging Artists

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first_img Listen Now February 3, 2014 2 min read How Success Happenscenter_img A music industry startup is looking to mine the vast and valuable pools of data generated daily on Twitter in hopes of discovering the next big thing.The non-monetary deal inked by Twitter and the entertainment company 300 was announced this weekend by Lyor Cohen, its founder and the former North American chairman and CEO of recorded music for Warner Music Group.Terms of the agreement state that 300 will gain access to previously unavailable data from Twitter about who happens to be tweeting about which artists and where. In return, 300 will curate the data, which Twitter might then sell to third parties, such as record companies or brands.Related: Extortion Over $50,000 Twitter Handle Sets a Chilling PrecedentThis means that 300 would theoretically be able to pinpoint how many people are tweeting about an emerging artist in a certain part of the world or over a specific period of time. And therein, the company might unearth the next big star.”Music is the largest topic of conversation on Twitter,” the company’s head of music, Bob Moczydlowsky, told Mashable, “so we’re really invested in building a win-win environment for fans, artists, labels, promoters and music services. This partnership is a great example because it is about helping artists and labels find each other.”Related: Spotify Musicians Can Now Sell Merchandise on Their Artist PagesLast Wednesday, Twitter also announced a similar partnership with CNN and the venture-backed startup Dataminr to develop a product called Dataminr For News. Its aim is to develop an alert system for journalists to forge through all of the news that breaks daily via the roughly 500 million tweets that are sent out in order to excavate the most valuable pieces of information, or even identify potential sources.This new venture is not Twitter’s first foray into music, where artists like Katy Perry (50.1 million followers) and Justin Bieber (49.3 million) dominate the network. Last spring, the company created its own app entitled Twitter #Music that tracks users’ activity to gauge popular tracks and emerging artists. However, the standalone app never caught on, and rumors soon abounded that it might shutter. Related: Prince Targets His Biggest Fans in New Copyright Suit Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

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Case Closed New iOS 8 Encryption Is Impenetrable to Law Enforcement

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first_img Apple has taken a staunch customer privacy stance that many law enforcement and government officials find problematic, even unacceptable. IOS 8 features significant improvement to mobile device encryption. Apple states, “We have also never allowed any government access to our servers. And we never will.”Related: Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Can’t Search Smartphones Without a WarrantThe tech giant published a “Government Information Requests” statement on their official website, along with statistics regarding law enforcement device requests and account information requests. The transparency reports are extremely revealing, stating that the customer initiates most of law enforcement requests (93 percent).For example, a customer might ask police for help in locating their own lost or stolen phone. Apple explains that iOS 8 has changed the stakes when it comes to consumer privacy. The company claims that it’s “not technically feasible” for Apple to provide law enforcement with data on any device running iOS 8, due to its extreme encryption.However, some law enforcement officials are voicing concern regarding Apple’s outspoken stance against sharing private data.According to King County, Washington, Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff, the new security features paired with Apple’s stance against assisting law enforcement create a bad situation for investigators and courts. “You’re not protecting it from the community or nefarious individuals,” explained Ernsdorff to KIRO Seattle. He describes a number of criminal cases that were solved because of evidence pulled off of smartphones, including a murder and theft investigations.Related: With iOS 8 Update, Apple Will No Longer Provide User Data to PoliceHowever, it doesn’t seem too surprising that Apple is taking this stance, especially in a post-Snowden and WikiLeaks climate that has caused widespread public distrust regarding government surveillance. A number of tech and telecom companies were implicated during the NSA scandal. After the events surrounding Edward Snowden’s leaks, mass surveillance fears became more of a mainstream reality, when they were previously relegated to the realm of fringe conspiracy theory.In fact, Apple also addresses concerns regarding national security requests. They explain that due to legal issues, they cannot disclose the details of these requests. However, Apple notes that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has awarded them a perfect score in the “Who Has Your Back?” report.This EFF document assigns scores to tech companies based on six benchmarks: whether the company requires a warrant for content, privacy rights advocacy in Congress, advocacy in courts, publishes law enforcement guidelines, publishes transparency reports and informs users regarding data requests. Aside from Apple, only a handful of companies have been distinguished with a perfect score, including Yahoo, Twitter, Sonic.net, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Credo and Dropbox.While Apple’s strict stance regarding privacy might win them points amongst consumers, it’s difficult to say how this will change the way law enforcement officials proceed with acquiring data that is necessary for a case. For now, these organizations will need to refer to Apple’s Legal Processes Guidelines for U.S. Law Enforcement entities. This document details the processes. However, the document explicitly states that “for all devices running iOS 8.0 and later versions, Apple will no longer be performing iOS data extractions.”But the document also notes that Apple will continue to perform data extractions on devices running previous operating systems, so long as law enforcement agencies can provide a valid search warrant.Related: The NSA Is Using Angry Birds to Spy on You Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read October 22, 2014last_img read more

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An Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Just Launched to Create a Private JetSlashHelicopter Hybrid

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 26, 2015 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img If airplanes can travel extensive distances at great speeds and helicopters have the ability to take off vertically and land with unparalleled precision, aviation experts now want to combine the best of both worlds.Denver, Colo.-based XTI Aircraft Company has just launched an equity crowdfunding campaign seeking to raise up to $50 million to develop the TriFan 600, a six-seat private airplane that boasts three deducted fans. Two of these fans, initially acting as propellers of sorts, remain horizontal during liftoff, and then flip forward within seconds to generate thrust, XTI says. This process is reversed upon landing.Click to Enlarge+Image Credit: XTI Aircraft CompanyWhile the lightweight machine, which can travel at speeds that far outpace helicopters, could eventually be used for medical evacuations or tourism, XTI initially envisions the TriFan 600 as a stated play for the multibillion-dollar private aviation market.Related: How the Global Stock Market Selloff Will Affect CrowdfundingThe company says it will sell the planes for between $10 and $12 million. However, it expects that it might take two-and-a-half years to build the first prototype once funding is secured — with FAA approval estimated to follow between six and eight years thereafter. If 100 TriFans are ultimately sold, XTI notes in its StartEngine campaign, that would amount to $1 billion in revenue.XTI, which says that it is not inventing new technology but combining existing flight paradigms, is the brainchild of David Brody, who developed the initial configuration for the TriFan 600 back in 2012. His partners include top executives from leading aircraft manufacturing companies Sikorsky and Cessna.Given that the SEC recently amended its policy to allow non-accredited investors to participate in equity crowdfunding for small businesses, XTI says it wants to invite “anyone to be a part of the journey that will change personal transportation as we know it.” Venture capital, private equity and high net worth investors are also part of its funding plan, the company said in a press release.Related: Meet the Mastermind Who Designs Private Jet Vacations for the Ultra Wealthy 2 min readlast_img read more

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