(PhysOrg.com) — As part of Toyota’s national marketing campaign for the third generation Prius launch in 2010, the company is “planting” giant solar-powered flowers in urban areas. The flowers generate electricity and provide free Wi-Fi for anyone passing by. The solar-powered flowers generate electricity and provide free Wi-Fi for anyone passing by. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Toyota Plants Giant Solar-Powered Flowers Across US Cities (2009, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-toyota-giant-solar-powered-cities.html Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles Explore further Meant to represent the Prius theme of “Harmony between Man, Nature, and Machine,” the 18-foot flowers have solar cells behind their petals and at the base of the stem. The generated electricity travels down the stem to plastic green benches with 110-volt outlets. Each of the five flower provide room for up to 10 people to sit while charging their cell phones, laptops and other devices. Currently appearing in Boston, the solar flowers will later travel to New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The flowers operate daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.In addition to the flowers, Toyota is also demonstrating solar ventilation bus shelters in some cities. The shelters feature solar panels on the roof that operate fans and circulate air within the shelter. This system serves as a model of the Prius’ solar-powered ventilation system, which uses solar panels on the roof to power a fan that ventilates the car when parked in the sun.via: The Design Blog© 2009 PhysOrg.com
© 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Citation: Scientists investigate how electric current flows in multilayer 2-D materials (2013, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-scientists-electric-current-multilayer-d.html The researchers, Saptarshi Das and Joerg Appenzeller at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, have published their paper on current flow in 2-D layered materials in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”Through our experimental approach, we have devised a new way to understand the current flow through these low-dimensional materials, and we also discovered that the conventional models for carrier transport that apply to bulk materials need to be revised for layered 2-D systems,” Das told Phys.org.In their study, the scientists experimentally evaluated the current flow and distribution in a transistor made of 2-D MoS2, which was about 8 nm thick and consisted of approximately 13 layers. As the scientists explained, the current in the individual layers cannot be directly measured. So they devised an alternate method to map the current distribution in the multiple layers, which involves channel length scaling using a scanning electron microscope. The scientists found that the current in 2-D MoS2 is distributed among the 13 layers so that the top layers have the highest mobility and lowest resistances, while the bottom layers have the lowest mobility and highest resistance. By calculating the weighted average of the current in the individual layers, the researchers determined the location of the “HOT-SPOT” as the center of the current distribution, which in this case was at the top layers. However, when the scientists changed the bias voltage applied to the gate, the location of the “HOT-SPOT” also changed. At high gate bias values, the resistance of each layer is low and the “HOT-SPOT” is located at the top layers. But when the gate bias is decreased, the resistance increases and the “HOT-SPOT” migrates to the lower layers. This unusual migration of the “HOT-SPOT” as a function of the applied gate bias also gives rise to an additional resistance that the researchers call “interlayer resistance,” which is not found in 3-D materials and cannot be explained within the conventional model of current flow based on Schottky barrier contacts.The scientists also experimentally evaluated the current flow and distribution in 2-D graphene consisting of about 13 layers, and observed opposite effects compared to the MoS2. Namely, the researchers found that the current predominately flows to the bottom layers in graphene, which is where the “HOT-SPOT” is located, while the top layers have a higher resistance. The researchers explain that this difference occurs because graphene and MoS2 have different physical properties, and the position of the “HOT-SPOT” is governed by a material’s physical properties. By knowing the physical properties of a multilayer 2-D material, the position of the “HOT-SPOT” can be predicted with a 5% error margin.Understanding the current flow and distribution in multilayer 2-D materials—along with knowing that these features differ for different materials—will likely prove very useful when designing future electronics components.”Understanding the carrier transport in low-dimensional materials is not only appealing from a fundamental scientific standpoint, but also equally important in the context of high-performance device design,” Das said. “Our experimental study combined with analytical modeling provides novel insights on the current flow in two-dimensional layered materials like MoS2 and graphene, which will be helpful for many researchers working in this field.”Das added that his future work will focus on the implementation of new device concepts based on novel 2-D materials that utilizes their unique electrical, mechanical and optical properties. More information: Saptarshi Das and Joerg Appenzeller. “Where Does the Current Flow in Two-Dimensional Layered Systems?” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl401831u Explore further (Left) In 2-D, 13-layer MoS2, the “HOT SPOT” (the center of current distribution) is located in the upper layers at a large gate bias. (Right) In 2-D, 13-layer graphene, the “HOT SPOT” is located in the lower layers at a large gate bias. The difference arises because the location of a “HOT SPOT” is due to the material’s physical properties. Credit: Das and Appenzeller. ©2013 American Chemical Society (Phys.org) —Although scientists continue to discover the remarkable electronic properties of nanomaterials such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides, the way that electric current flows at this scale is not well understood. In a new study, scientists for the first time have investigated exactly how a current flows through multilayer 2-D materials, and found that current flow in these materials is very different than current flow in 3-D materials and cannot be explained with conventional models. This understanding could guide researchers in designing future nanoelectronics devices. Graphene-based transistor seen as candidate for post-CMOS technology Journal information: Nano Letters 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.
More information: William Rison, et al. “Observations of narrow bipolar events reveal how lightning is initiated in thunderstorms.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10721 Explore further In a new paper published in Nature Communications, researchers from Langmuir Laboratory at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology near Socorro, New Mexico, have reported observations of a rare but extremely powerful type of lightning spark, or discharge, called narrow bipolar events. The scientists found that this powerful type of lightning is caused by a newly recognized type of discharge called fast positive breakdown, and the data suggests that this same discharge initiates most or even all of the lightning flashes typically seen in thunderstorms. These sparks travel at speeds that are fast even for lightning—around 10 to 100 million meters per second—and produce very powerful radiofrequency (RF) radiation as high as a few megawatts, making them the strongest natural sources of RF radiation on Earth.This discovery is surprising, since previous simulations have shown that lightning breakdown appears to be negative, meaning the spark moves upward in the cloud from a negative to a positive region. In positive breakdown, the spark moves downward from a positive to a negative region.”It is impossible to simulate thunderstorm conditions in a conventional laboratory,” coauthor William Rison at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology told Phys.org. “The sparks in thunderstorms are hundreds of meters to kilometers long, a scale that is orders of magnitude larger than in any laboratory environment. Theorists have been trying to simulate these conditions in computer experiments, and the most plausible results have suggested that the sparks are initiated with relativistic electron avalanches, which is a type of negative breakdown. Our results clearly show that the initiation is with a positive breakdown, not a negative breakdown.”The results could help scientists better understand how a cloud can generate a current that is powerful enough to cause lightning. Currently, the largest electric fields that have been measured inside thunderstorms are several times weaker than what is needed to break down cloudy air and initiate lightning. © 2016 Phys.org. All rights reserved. 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. In general, lightning occurs when the positive and negative electric charges in a cloud separate in different parts of the cloud. Charge separation sets the stage for lightning to form either between the negative and positive parts of the cloud (intracloud lightning), or downward to the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning), where it often strikes a tree, telephone pole, or other tall object.Over the past few decades, researchers have gained a better understanding of how the charges become separated in thunderclouds. Data and simulations show that charge separation occurs when small hail-like particles called “graupel” and ice crystals collide with one another in a cloud. The charges are separated as the heavier graupel particles fall, while the lighter ice crystals are carried upward by updrafts in the turbulent thundercloud. This process is somewhat like how rubbing your feet on carpet separates charges in your body, causing you to produce static electricity when you touch a metal doorknob.Since the 1990s, one of the leading proposals for lightning formation is that the initial spark comes from relativistic electrons that come from either high-energy cosmic rays or a process called relativistic runaway electron avalanche. However, the new results cast doubt on this idea.”If relativistic electron showers were the initiating events for lightning flashes, then the motion of the breakdown would be initially upward for intracloud flashes between the mid-level negative and upper positive charges,” Rison explained. “Using a recently developed broadband interferometer to observe the propagation of electrical breakdown in lightning, we found that the propagation direction of narrow bipolar events is downward rather than upward, showing they are caused by downward-developing positive rather than upward-developing negative breakdown.”Both negative breakdown and positive breakdown can move charges, which can intensify the fields at both ends of the cloud. But the data here shows that all flashes for which the interferometer could determine the motion exhibited an initial breakdown that was fast and positive.The next step is to investigate how fast positive breakdown develops physically. Fast positive streamers have been observed in sprites, a type of electrical breakdown that occurs in the upper atmosphere where the pressure is several orders of magnitude lower than in thunderclouds. The discharge observed here move at the same fast propagation speeds but at lower altitudes and higher pressures. “Theorists are now trying to determine how fast positive breakdown works at the higher pressures inside thunderclouds,” Rison said. It’s well-known that lightning is an electric current—a quick, powerful burst of charge that flows within a cloud or between a cloud and the ground. But surprisingly, scientists still don’t fully understand how the initial spark forms that generates such powerful lightning. Journal information: Nature Communications Photograph of a ‘bolt-from-the-blue’ lightning discharge during a nighttime storm over central New Mexico, taken from a distance of about 50 km. The storm occurred on the evening of August 19, 2010. The in-cloud channels of such discharges are obscured from view optically but are being imaged in increasing detail using VHF mapping techniques. Credit: Harald Edens Morning is the time for powerful lightning Citation: Scientists find clues to the mystery of what causes lightning (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-clues-mystery-lightning.html
Citation: Astronomers discover new substellar companion to the Pleiades member star (2016, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-astronomers-substellar-companion-pleiades-member.html Explore further Due to its proximity, the well-known Pleiades cluster is frequently observed and studied by amateur and professional astronomers. The cluster, located some 440 light years away, is about 120 million years old, which makes it one of the nearest young open clusters. It is also a great target for searching new low-mass substellar objects such as brown dwarfs.From 2011 to 2015, an international team of researchers led by Mihoko Konishi of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan conducted a series of observations of the cluster’s member star, designated Pleiades HII 3441, looking for planetary-mass and substellar companions. These observations were part of the Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) survey, which uses adaptive optics assisted high contrast imaging for studying planets and disks, including primordial systems, transitional systems and mature systems. The survey utilizes the 8.2 Subaru Telescope located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.The newly detected object was named Pleiades HII 3441B. According to the study, it was found southeast of the primary star with a projected separation of about 66 AU.”A companion candidate was detected southeast of the primary star, and subsequently confirmed as a companion object to the primary star. (…) The projected separation and position angle are 0.′′49 ± 0.′′02 (66 ± 2 AU) and 136.4° ± 3.2°, respectively. These values were derived by averaging all observations,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The mass of Pleiades HII 3441B was calculated to be approximately 68 Jupiter masses and its temperature was estimated to be 2,700 K. Moreover, the team found that there is no methane absorption in the atmosphere of this substellar companion. They emphasized that methane is considered to condense below 1,300 K.The object was classified an M7-type brown dwarf, due to the fact that its mass is below the hydrogen-burning limit (72 Jupiter masses). Its spectral type was deducted from the photometry-derived temperature. However, as the researchers noted, Pleiades HII 3441B is “close to the boundary between the stellar and substellar regime.”The scientists have also taken into account the possibility that the object is another faint Pleiades member along the same line of sight; it cannot be ruled out completely as the observations could not detect the orbital motion.According to the researchers, their study provides an important input for the determination of the initial mass function in Pleiades, and might help us understand the formation mechanisms in the cluster. Substellar multiplicity in Pleiades is also discussed in the paper, with the aim to estimate the general fraction of substellar companions in star clusters. However, as the team noted, further studies are needed in order to get comprehensive answers.”A much larger survey of the Pleiades would be needed to draw general conclusion on the multiplicity differences between open clusters and field star populations,” the astronomers concluded. © 2016 Phys.org Scientists detect radio emission from a nearby brown dwarf Final Pleiades HII 3441 images. (Left) reduced HS -band image taken in the 2011 observation. (Middle) reduced HL-band image taken in the 2011 observation. (Right) reduced H-band image taken in the 2014 observation. All images were analyzed using standard ADI. Pleiades HII 3441B can be seen southeast of the primary star. There is no methane absorption in Pleiades HII 3441B when left and middle panels are compared. Credit: Konishi et al., 2016. More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1608.01780.pdf An international team of astronomers has found a new substellar mass companion to one of the stars in the Pleiades open cluster. The discovery could contribute to our understanding of stellar and substellar multiplicity as well as formation mechanisms in this cluster. A study detailing the new findings was published Aug. 5 on the arXiv pre-print server. 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.
© 2018 Science X Network The thermoelectric helical coil architecture was fabricated using monocrystalline silicon as the active material. The mechanically guided assembly generated 3-D helical structures from 2-D serpentines via compressive buckling. The serpentines incorporated silicon ribbons with p- and n-type segments, and the system was encapsulated on the top and bottom with polymer coatings. The architecture enabled transformation of the system from 2-D to 3-D during deployment and use. Although heavily doped with silicon, the 3-D coils were able to provide remarkable levels of mechanical compliance and robustness during handling and bending applications. The assembly did not significantly deviate from the geometry predicted using finite element analysis (FEA). Such material characteristics made the system well-suited to form intimate thermal interfaces to the human body, such as the wrist or ankles. Miniaturized semiconductor devices with energy harvesting features have paved the way to wearable technologies and sensors. Although thermoelectric systems have attractive features in this context, the ability to maintain large temperature differences across device terminals remains increasingly difficult to achieve with accelerated trends in device miniaturization. As a result, a group of scientists in applied sciences and engineering has developed and demonstrated a proposal on an architectural solution to the problem in which engineered thin-film active materials are integrated into flexible three-dimensional (3-D) forms. The approach enabled efficient thermal impedance matching, and multiplied heat flow through the harvester to increase efficient power conversion. In the study conducted by Kewang Nan and colleagues, interconnected arrays of 3-D thermoelectric coils were built with microscale ribbons of the active material monocrystalline silicon to demonstrate the proposed concepts. Quantitative measurements and simulations were conducted thereafter to establish the basic operating principles and key design features of the strategy. The results, now published on Science Advances, suggested a scalable strategy to deploy hard thermoelectric thin-films within energy harvesters that can efficiently integrate with soft material systems including human tissue to develop wearable sensors in the future. Thermoelectric devices provide a platform to incorporate ubiquitous thermal gradients that generate electrical power. To operate wearable sensors or the “Internet of Things” devices, the temperature gradient between the surrounding environment and the human body/inanimate objects should provide small-scale power supplies. Continued advances in the field focus on aggressive downscaling of power requirements for miniaturized systems to enhance their potential in thermoelectric and energy harvesting applications. Integrated processors and radio transmitters for example can operate with power in the range of subnanowatts, some recent examples are driven via ambient light-based energy harvesting and endocochlear potential. Such platforms can be paired with sensors with similar power to enable distributed, continuous and remote environmental/biochemical monitoring. Two key challenges in the development of miniaturized thermoelectric harvesters include matching the requisite thermal impedance and mechanical compliance of the active materials to integrate in biological systems. A well-developed system for device flexibility includes combining thin film polymers with metal foils such as wires or ribbons. In the study, Nan et al propose and demonstrate a solution by developing a two-dimensional (2-D) precursor system in the development of functional 3-D helical coils. The naturally flexible nature of the coils enabled the systems to conform to complex biological surfaces, even those dynamic with time, to ensure excellent thermal contact with the heat source. Furthermore, the 3-D nature of the system provided a multifold increase in the surface area for higher heat exchange capacity to yield maximum power. Mechanical deformability and durability of 3D thermoelectric harvesters. A) simulated distributions of strain in the silicon thermoelectric leg before and after uniaxial stretching in the plane by 60 percent. Results indicated reductions in strain on stretching as expected based on compressive buckling used to form 3D structures. B) Results of experimental durability tests involving multiple cycles of uniaxial stretching and release on a coil structure. The data only indicated a small increase in the electric resistance. C) Optical images (top) and simulated structures (bottom) after in-plane stretching. D) Simulated values of the maximum local strain. A maximum compression of 26 percent is possible prior to reaching fracture strain of silicon – the limiting factor of the system. Inset shows the deformed structure after compression and includes a strain distribution map of the silicon leg alongside the fracture point. E) Experimental measurements of the device resistance upon vertical compression. At a compression of 40 percent, the device showed open-circuit behavior due to silicon fracture. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5849. To improve mechanical and thermal properties of the 3-D coils, the scientists used FEA software for computationally guided optimization of the resulting device. In principle, the 3-D architecture of the device was advantageous for effective harvesting. Therefore, by design, the 3-D helical coil system included a tapering geometry that increased in width toward the top as engineered using FEA to optimize thermal and mechanical responses. The design scheme in the study was enhanced specifically for harvesting in miniature devices. Increased cooling capacity of the device design had greater benefits to contrast any losses owing to parasitic heat flow in the system.Nan et al, also conducted mechanical compliance tests on the devices to understand their capacity to endure substantial bending, in-plane stretching and out-of-plane compression, as with previous reports. The 3-D structures could be stretched by up to 60 percent in the in-plane direction for hundred cycles and vertically compressed up to 30 percent, with minimal degradation in electric properties. The devices showed exceptional mechanical compliance as predicted by FEA. Uniaxial stretching across 200 cycles did not result in electrical or mechanical failure. The 3-D coil showed resilience with potential for interfacial integration within miniature devices. Energy harvesting with thermoelectric coils and a road map for power enhancement. A) Schematic illustration of the measurement conditions testing the performance of harvesting devices. B) Measured power output characteristics showing a maximum power of 2 nW. C) Projected power output achieved by using known thermoelectric materials with thermoelectric figure-of-materials zT higher than that of Si. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5849. Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Stretchable thermoelectric coils for energy harvesting in miniature flexible wearable devices (2018, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-stretchable-thermoelectric-energy-harvesting-miniature.html Enhanced power factor in transparent thermoelectric nanowire materials 3D thermoelectric coils as active components of flexible and deformable systems to harvest electric power for wearable technologies. A) Schematic illustration of fabrication and 3D assembly. Thin-film p- and n-type materials were patterned into 2D serpentine shapes and transferred onto a layer of polyimide (PI) to form the active materials. The 2D precursor structures were completed with metal junctions and a surface coating of PI patterned via photolithography and etching. Chemical bonding such systems to pre-structured silicone substrates at selective locations were followed by pre-stretch to initiate a process of geometrical transformations to yield the final 3D architecture. B) Optical images of resulting 3D thermoelectric coils. The geometry of the structure and elastomer substrate combined to provide mechanical robustness against handling and mechanical deformation. C) An array of 8 x 8 coils. The magnified view shows the 3D structure is consistent to the geometry predicted by FEA. The colored profile represents strain in the silicon leg. D) The 8 x 8 array can be attached to the skin on the wrist and on the ankle. Photo credit: Xiwei Shan, UIUC Lab, Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5849. , Nature Biotechnology , Nano Energy More information: Kewang Nan et al. Compliant and stretchable thermoelectric coils for energy harvesting in miniature flexible devices, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau5849U. Pelz et al. Fabrication Process for Micro Thermoelectric Generators (μTEGs), Journal of Electronic Materials (2015). DOI: 10.1007/s11664-015-4088-7 Chunlei Wan et al. Flexible thermoelectric foil for wearable energy harvesting, Nano Energy (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.09.011 Patrick P Mercier et al. Energy extraction from the biologic battery in the inner ear, Nature Biotechnology (2012). DOI: 10.1038/nbt.2394 Power output projections of the harvesting devices were also characterized to show consistent results aligned with design expectations. The open-circuit voltage of the device did not diminish across time in the measurements indicating that the thermal profile of the device was in a steady state. In the study, the authors generated a road map for power enhancement and a fabrication scheme to engineer energy harvesting devices with materials other than silicon – including organic variants.The authors recommend additional research on deposition methods, doping and patterning for organic and composite materials. The materials should not succumb to electrical resistance during mechanical transformation from 2-D to 3-D. With silicon used in the study, a three-fold increase in resistance was observed during the transformation potentially due to electrode contact, device degradation or plastic deformation in some parts of the device. The study represents a promising strategy to integrate thin-film materials in harvesters with soft material systems (including human skin) to realize energetically optimized wearable electronic devices in the future. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
We all can feel the effects of weight stigma, no matter what our size. In this episode, we help you feel good about the body you’re living in and give strategies to improve your health without obsessing about your weight. Here’s what to remember: In one research study, people were pulled out of what they thought was a “shopping psychology” study because they wouldn’t fit into the designer clothes set up for the experiment. Afterward, those people had higher cortisol levels than those who weren’t excluded. Prolonged exposure to excess cortisol can cause your body to deposit fat in your belly region, which is the kind of fat associated with a greater risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. “Experiencing weight stigma can sort of trigger these processes that ironically make you gain more weight,” says Janet Tomiyama, a health psychologist at UCLA and senior author of the study. “And that could put you at even more risk for weight stigma.” Read the whole story: NPR Recognize that weight stigma can actually harm your physical health.
Former Congressman And Talk Radio Host Joe Walsh Announces… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.25.19 2:32pm Updated at 11:45 a.m. ETJoe Walsh, a conservative talk-radio host and former Tea Party congressman, is launching a long-shot primary challenge to President Trump. He’s the second Republican to officially announce a run against Trump, who has a strong approval rating among his party’s base.Walsh, 57, supported Trump during his 2016 campaign but in recent months has been offering a bitter critique of the president, calling Trump a liar and bully who is unfit for office. Walsh has also attacked Trump from the right.”Mr. Trump isn’t a conservative. He’s reckless on fiscal issues; he’s incompetent on the border; he’s clueless on trade; he misunderstands executive power; and he subverts the rule of law. It’s his poor record that makes him most worthy of a primary challenge,” Walsh wrote in a New York Times op-ed this month.On the Democratic side, meanwhile, 21 candidates are vying for the White House in 2020. But far fewer Republicans are attempting to deny Trump a second term. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is the only other person so far to announce he’ll try to unseat Trump, whose support among Republicans usually polls in the 80s, making him a formidable party incumbent.”We can’t take four more years of Donald Trump. And that’s why I’m running for President,” Walsh tweeted on Sunday. “It won’t be easy, but bravery is never easy.”When asked by Politico if he could raise enough money to pose a legitimate challenge to Trump, Walsh responded: “Abso-freaking-lutely. There’s a drumbeat from a lot of people out there for somebody who wants to take this on.”Walsh has a history of controversial, incendiary and offensive comments.In October 2016, Walsh said on Twitter that he was backing Trump for president, saying: “On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket. You in?”Walsh was pulled off the air from his radio show in 2014 following his use of racial slurs in a discussion over the controversy around the Washington Redskins name. He later tweeted: “I’m trying to have an honest, adult conversations about words without resorting to alphabet soup phrases(C-word, N-word, etc).”Walsh, who has called President Barack Obama a “Muslim” and a “traitor,” told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’s This Week on Sunday that he has apologized for those comments, saying he feels responsible for some of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric.”I helped create Trump. There’s no doubt about that. The personal ugly politics. I regret that,” Walsh said. “Now we have a guy in the White House, that’s all he does.”In a video posted to his website, the former one-term Illinois congressman says, “These are not conventional times. These are urgent times. Let’s be real — these are scary times.”He goes on: “We’re tired of a president waking up every morning and tweeting ugly insults at ordinary Americans. We’re tired of a president who sides with Putin against our own intelligence community. We’re tired of a president who thinks he’s above the law. We’re tired of a president who’s tweeting this country into a recession.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Carolyn Kaster
The Films and Theatre Society offers audiences a five-day Winter Theatre Festival as a New Year’s present featuring some blockbuster performances. The festival that spans from January 8 to 26, will be held at the Capital’s Kamani Auditorium in Mandi house and it will see Rakesh Bedi, set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. And the curtains will be drawn by play Kahani Teri Meri starring legendary actor and costume designer Dolly Ahluwalia. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage on January 8, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore, A family drama set up in the times of partition and Draupadi, an all-woman musical drama depicting the story of world’s most blessed as well as most-cursed woman. “In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it. We have roped in Dolly Mam as Boodhi Kaaki in my play Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki and getting to see Dolly mam perform live on stage is a chance not everyone gets. She lives her character,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“We make sure that we are taking our plays to various cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chandigarh and as we move around, we realize that even Delhi is missing out on some amazing performances in those cities. That’s how we got the idea to invite Rakesh Bedi’s play Massage to our festival,” adds Koushik, who is also the writer-director of 15 plays produced by the society.Massage, a two-act play, is a monologue in which Rakesh Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor while Saudagar is an Indian adaptation of one of the most famous plays of William Shakespeare – Merchant of Venice. This adaptation is peculiar for recreating quintessential Shakespearian moods on stage in an Indian set-up. Wo Lahore, a musical drama, is set in the middle of twentieth century’s India which has been the most-written, most-performed and most-talked-about part of Indian history. This is a story of an ordinary woman, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amongst everything that is happening around. This play shows the internal conflicts and turmoil prevailing in an ordinary Indian family with the struggle for freedom, social beliefs of those times and the then partition in the backdrop.Draupadi has always been a celebrated character of the epic of Mahabharata and many myths, conventions and perceptions have been associated with her in various versions of her life’s story. This plays takes excerpts from the story of Draupadi as known to everybody and adds to it some imaginative sequences to bring out the real essence of association between Draupadi and today’s women. Kahani Teri Meri, earlier known as Koobar aur Kaaki, is an amalgamation of Munshi Premchand’s Boodhi Kaaki and Dharamveer Bharti’s Gulki Banno. Atul Satya Koushik has merged the two stories in such a way that their essence and the exquisiteness remain unharmed. The vision and mission of the director transcends the stories to an incredible level. The play depicts the various desires of human beings.When : January 8 to 26 Where: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House
Kolkata: The state Education department has put up billboards in front of colleges, asking the students not to pay anything extra to get admission.The matter came to light, after a student seeking admission in St. Paul’s College, alleged that he had paid Rs 90,000 to the leader of a student union to get a seat. The union leader had taken his marksheet, which he said would be returned to him after he takes admission in the college. The union leader not only failed to give him a seat but refused to return the money. The student has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station in this regard. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPartha Chatterjee, state Education minister, said the only criterion to get admission in colleges is the required marks. “Don’t pay any money to anyone. If you have the requisite marks, rest assured that you will get admission,” said Chatterjee to the students.In the past few years, there have been allegations against some college unions of taking money from students to give admission. Chatterjee assured that stern action will be taken against those involved in collecting money. He said the state government has pledged to improve the quality of higher education and any attempt to thwart it will be dealt with seriously.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly asked to set up non-political unions in colleges.
Seeking to foray into fine dining restaurant business at swanky hotels across the country, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is all set to open a speciality restaurant in the ITDC-run Hotel Janpath in the national Capital.“IRCTC is in the final phase of negotiations with ITDC to get some space at Hotel Janpath,” Sandip Dutta, Manager, PR, IRCTC said. The official said IRCTC plans to develop and operate