(Phys.org) —Here is the idea: flying power plants in the sky as a means of providing clean, renewable energy. Here is more of the idea: this would be a high-altitude aerial power plant that harvests energy from solar, wind and other sources, and beams it wirelessly to the ground. Now the idea gets more interesting: The power plant would be using networks of unmanned drones. The company is New Wave Energy UK, formed in 2012, self-described as “an upcoming energy provider within the UK currently working towards researching and constructing our own novel form of power plant.” (New Wave Energy UK is not associated or affiliated with US-based New Wave Energy Corp.) In the November 15 press release, the company said it was seeking further investment to advance the project. New Wave Energy UK is turning to crowdfunding as one such step. “To raise such equity New Wave Energy UK Ltd are hoping to raise £300,000 through crowd funding on Kickstarter. New Wave Energy UK Ltd also intend to acquire a total of £32 million from private investors during the crucial stages of the project to commercialise the application.” In a November 15 press release, the company announced that “A new and exciting venture into a whole new form of power plant is currently in incubation within the UK.” The company said the “patent pending technology” is a drone-based power plant for combined solar, wind, heat and emerging new forms of energy generation. The technology is to incorporate wireless power transmission from the drones (and their wireless network) to the Earth’s surface,” according to the release.Details about the drone are in a recent Gizmag article on New Wave Energy UK. According to the article, the company’s ambition is for each drone to have four rotors, multiple wind turbines and a flat base for generating solar power. With energy harvested, the devices will power themselves and also 50 kW more that can be transmitted wirelessly to the ground. Rectenna arrays installed inland or on offshore installations would receive electromagnetic waves and convert them into usable power. According to New Wave Energy, “The technology is tailored to operate at 50,000 ft where wind patterns are more reliable, solar production is greater and there is little or no interference from weather patterns.” More information: www.newwaveenergyuk.com/ ;www.newwaveenergyuk.com/upload … se_november_2013.pdf Explore further Citation: Startup has plans for power plants in sky with drones (2013, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-startup-power-sky-drones.html NREL calculates emissions and costs of power plant cycling necessary for increased wind and solar © 2013 Phys.org 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.
Increased marrying, and mating, by education level not affecting genetic make-up Citation: Economist suggests humans are still evolving (2016, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-economist-humans-evolving.html © 2016 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain As Beauchamp notes, many in the scientific community have come to believe that humans stopped evolving approximately 40,000 years ago—shortly after the advent of agriculture. But he notes there is also evidence that refutes such claims, such as studies that have shown that people developed an ability to digest milk and to live at high altitudes much more recently. To learn more, he conducted an analysis of records on 20,000 people he obtained from the Health and Retirement Study, which has compiled data on people born between the years 1931 and 1953. He chose this group because the vast majority of them were past child-bearing age—thus he was able to calculate a rLRS for each of them. Besides counting how many children they had, he also looked at body mass index, schizophrenia, age of onset of menstruation and education level—all traits that have genetic roots.After studying the data, Beauchamp found evidence of evolution in two phenotypes—a slight uptick in the age of first menstruation and a trend toward a lower rLRS for people who had more education—conversely, people with less education had more kids and thus more opportunity to pass on their genes.But, as Beauchamp acknowledges, his study was based on a very limited dataset, and it was constricted in that it left out the possible children that might have been born to the people in the database who died before growing old, for example. There is also an issue with the increased age of first menstruation, as recent studies have shown that it is actually going down, not up. And there is evidence that even if evolution is still at work, it appears that it is being overridden by our ability to control so many factors of our lives, such as saving people who would have died a natural death, or artificial fertility measures for educated people who have children later in life. More information: Jonathan P. Beauchamp. Genetic evidence for natural selection in humans in the contemporary United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600398113AbstractRecent findings from molecular genetics now make it possible to test directly for natural selection by analyzing whether genetic variants associated with various phenotypes have been under selection. I leverage these findings to construct polygenic scores that use individuals’ genotypes to predict their body mass index, educational attainment (EA), glucose concentration, height, schizophrenia, total cholesterol, and (in females) age at menarche. I then examine associations between these scores and fitness to test whether natural selection has been occurring. My study sample includes individuals of European ancestry born between 1931 and 1953 who participated in the Health and Retirement Study, a representative study of the US population. My results imply that natural selection has been slowly favoring lower EA in both females and males, and are suggestive that natural selection may have favored a higher age at menarche in females. For EA, my estimates imply a rate of selection of about −1.5 mo of education per generation (which pales in comparison with the increases in EA observed in contemporary times). Although they cannot be projected over more than one generation, my results provide additional evidence that humans are still evolving—albeit slowly, especially compared with the rapid changes that have occurred over the past few generations due to cultural and environmental factors. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—Harvard economist Jonathan Beauchamp has conducted a study of lifetime reproductive success (rLRS) of a small segment of the U.S. population and has concluded that there is evidence that humans are still evolving. In his paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he describes the study he conducted, his results and why he believes we are still evolving despite our control over our environment. 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
Celebrations, an exhibition of limited edition prints and serigraphs by MF Husain, etchings by Laxma Goud and art works by Thota Vaikuntam, Somnath Maity and Murali Nagapuzha have been organised in the Capital at Beanstalk.India’s best known ‘art maestro’ the late Maqbool Fida Husain popular know as MF Hussain is one of India’s most charismatic artists who redefined art to a great extent. He is also called as ‘Picasso of India’ by a leading magazine and celebrated for his wide repertoire of works of art. M F Hussain, the artist, who earned fame and controversy over his work which are a blend of cubism and classical Indian styles, that fetch millions of dollars on international art markets. On display will be his limited edition prints. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Thota Vaikuntam hails from Andhra Pradesh, in South India, and finds his inspiration in the rural areas of the state. Men and women of his village are often the central characters of his work. Telangana women, in particular, are frequent subjects for his works. The obsession can be traced back to his childhood, when he used to be fascinated by the male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the travelling theatre groups that performed in his village. He admits finding the women of his village very sensuous and that he only attempts to capture their vibrancy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRecognised today as one of Bengal’s important new emerging painters, Maity has already exhibited his works at many major Indian and European galleries. He has won awards and scholarships from most of the major Indian fine art institutions, including the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, the Birla Academy and the IAAI. With several one-man exhibitions in India and abroad to his credit, including shows in Germany Sweden and the United Kingdom, his paintings also enjoy pride of place in prestigious permanent collections like those of the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, the Fukuoka Museum in Japan and also in several corporate and private collections all over the world.The artistic motifs of Murali Nagapuzha are drawn from a landscape that is now part of every tourist brochure that celebrates God’s own country. And yet, without being banal or kitschy, Nagapuzha’s artistic terrain marvels at the Kerala contours and colours and makes it his own.Where: Beanstalk, Gurgaon When: January 25 – February 28
Actress Supriya Pathak says the wedding preparations of her son Shahid Kapoor are going on in full swing.“Lots of things happening… it is like a normal wedding house I suppose,” Pathak told reporters.The 34-year-old actor is all set to tie the knot with his Delhi-based fiancee Mira Rajput, 21, in Gurgaon on July 7. The Haider actor will host a reception in Mumbai for his friends and colleagues from Bollywood.Pathak, Shahid’s stepmother, was speaking at the trailer launch of her upcoming film All is Well. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe film, directed by Oh My God fame director Umesh Shukla, stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Asin and Pathak in pivotal roles.“I had a great time doing this film. I hope everyone will enjoy watching it as well,” Pathak said.All Is well is about a road trip undertaken by Rishi Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, who are later joined by their mother and then Asin, who plays an important role in the film. Mira Rajput studied in lady Shri Ram College.
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Kolkata: The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) will take another two months to finalise packaging of honey and mustard sauce (kasundi) that will be introduced in tubes by West Bengal Khadi and Village Industries Board (WBKVIB).”We have received samples of both honey and mustard sauce from WBKVIB and are examining the same. We have received 200 sample packets of each and believe that their shelf lives can be retained for a reasonable period in packaged tubes. We are in the final stage of examination,” said Bidhan Das, deputy director, IIP Kolkata. The shelf lives of the two products will be mentioned clearly on the tubes that will be developed by IIP. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that IIP was instrumental in developing the toothpaste-styled Nolen Gur tube more than two and a half years ago.The WBKVIB in last year’s December came up with a state-of-the-art common production centre (CPC) for Nolen Gur at Krishnaganj in Nadia district. The machine that was procured from Ahmedabad with an investment of around Rs 2.5 crore is presently packing jaggery in 30 tubes within a minute.”We have witnessed that if the machine works 8 hours a day, it can produce 14,400 such tubes in a day. If it works for 4 months, which is the usual time when date palm jaggery is available, it will shell out 14.4 lakh tubes. In the remaining period, the machine will be utilised in making tubes of honey and mustard sauce. This will ensure that the machine remain operational through out the year,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNolen Gur tubes, which has a shelf life of 180 days, are available in 100 gm and 150 gm packs at the Biswa Bangla and Khadi stores in Kolkata and also with leading sweets chains. The price is Rs 50 for 100 gm and Rs 70 for 150 gm. Apart from domestic customers, Nolen Gur tubes are very much in demand among foreigners visiting the city. “We are hopeful that mustard sauce and honey will also have good demand,” said Mrityunjoy Bandyopadhyay, CEO of WBKVIB.
This month is ideal for lavish dates with your partner as it calls for culinary delights curated by The Imperial. It is the time to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Make your moments special with Chef Veena Arora’s South- East Asian spread at The Spice Route or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies. Designed with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved on February 14. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Daniell’s Tavern offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while La Baguette – our French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. If you plan to indulge in authentic Italian San Gimignano- Tuscan Italian Restaurant is the place to be. The speciality is Crema di cannellini con mescolare funghi and verdure mozzarella ripiano con salsa pepe e mista lattuga which is best enjoyed with white wine.1911 restaurant, the all day dining restaurant will offer Pistachio crusted River sole fillets cauliflower puree and chive butter sauce, Bacon wrapped tenderloin steak with eggplant confit and Marsala jus Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf by chance you crave for sweets La baguette – French Patisserie of the Imperial has Red velvet cake, Strawberry tiramisu layered cake along with many other options.Daniell’s Tavern- Pan India restaurant will serve Memsahib’s Muse (Narkel posto bora) – Shallow fried coconut and poppy seeds dumplings, a delight from East India and General’s Pride (Baadshahi aloo) – Potatoes stuffed with dry nuts and aromatic Indian spices, golden baked in a clay oven.The Spice Route, San Gimignano and 1911: 7pm to 11:45pmDaniell’s Tavern: 6:30pm-11:45pmLa Baguette: 10am to 10pm
The findings, published in the journal Human Nature, suggest that men and women with genotypes consistent with prevailing gender norms are seen as more desirable.The researchers from the University of California, Irvine wanted to find out if mate selection could actually be influenced by people’s ability to quickly detect the so-called “good genes.” The team led by Karen Wu turned to speed-dating to test their predictions in a real-life scenario. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In such meet-ups, participants only had a few minutes to assess the short- and long-term potential of their speed-dating partners, and to decide whether or not to offer their partners a second date.The team recruited 262 single Asian Americans to have three-minute dates with members of the opposite sex. After each speed-date, participants were asked whether or not they wanted to offer their partner a second date, and how desirable they found the person as a romantic partner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixParticipants were notified of a “match” (and thus obtained each other’s contact information) only if they both offered each other another date. When examining the DNA samples collected from participants, the researchers focused on two polymorphisms (on two different genes) that were previously linked to social dynamics.One of the polymorphisms is part of the genetic make-up that has been linked to social dominance and leadership. The other, which has been linked to social sensitivity, is part of the opioid receptor gene that contributes to people’s capacity to experience social pleasure and pain, and their need to have social contact.The researchers found that men and women with genotypes consistent with prevailing gender norms were more likely to receive second date offers. They were also seen as more desirable short- and long-term romantic partners.
Kolkata: The state government on Thursday appointed Subhanjan Das as the District Magistrate (DM) of Alipurduar district. Nikhil Nirmal, who was posted as the DM of the district, was transferred as the Managing Director of West Bengal Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation. Das has been holding the charge of Additional Secretary of the state Health and Family Welfare department.Nirmal, an IAS officer of the 2011 batch, was removed from his position a few days ago, after he was caught on camera thrashing a man inside a police station. The state government on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking permission for transferring Nirmal and as soon as the nod was received, the state effected the transfer. The nod of ECI was necessary as DMs are electoral officers. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalA state government notification further informed that Mahua Banerjee will be posted as the Commissioner of the Health and Family Welfare department until further orders. Banerjee was holding the charge of Commissioner in the state Information & Cultural Affairs department and is the CEO of Nandan. It may be mentioned that Falakata police station at Alipurduar had arrested one Binod Sarkar for making objectionable comments against the wife of Nirmal on her Facebook page. Following his arrest, the DM went to the police station and thrashed Sarkar. His wife Nandini Krishnan was also present during the assault. The video footage of the incident went viral on social media, following which Nirmal was sent on a 10 day leave by the state government. Additional District Magistrate (Development) of the district Chiranjib Ghosh was acting as the DM. Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the police have started a fresh case against Sarkar on the basis of a fresh complaint by Krishnan, who had alleged that Sarkar had beaten up one of her close friends.
Do you wake up in the middle of the night and keep staring at the ceiling thinking of ways to finally get some rest before the alarm rings? Are you tired of restless tossing and turning during sleep time? Do you wake up feeling tired in the morning? Try these simple tips to get a perfect good night’s sleep. Listen to bedtime stories, millennial style: Remember those good old days when you enjoyed listening to grandma’s bedtime stories? Not only did her narrations transport you to lands of mystery and utopian countries, but they easily drifted you off to the world of slumber as well. Try the same technique now. Listen to stories or audio books as you tuck in and let your brain relax for a good night’s sleep. There are tons of podcasts and services such as Amazon’s Audible that you can use for this purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Choose the right mattress: One main reason for your sleepless nights could be your uncomfortable mattress. The best way to address this trouble is to switch to a comfortable mattress that allows you to submerge in deep sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains. Look for a mattress that provide complete spine support and are designed keeping ergonomics in mind. Enjoy the compressed relaxation that the memory foam offers.Block all blue light screens before bedtime: It’s imperative to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality of sleep. Block all the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to white noise: Are the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep? The best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time is to listen to white noise. White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. Worth a try! Drink cherry juice: If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, then try sipping a glass of cherry juice before you’re off to bed. According to several studies, cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Isn’t this a ‘sweet’ way to drift off into the land of nods?Do a headstand: Turning the body upside down is not an easy task. However, a headstand will supply enriched oxygenated blood to the brain cells and ward off all depressive thoughts. This exercise if done regularly can beat any kind of sleep disorder. A must try! Place lemons in your room: If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma or cold and find it difficult to catch good sleep, then simply cut a lemon and place it next to your bedside table. This will not only leave a fresh citrus scent in your room but will also help you breathe better and sleep well.IANS
Kolkata: The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police on Thursday nabbed two persons and seized Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) worth Rs 7 lakh from them at Hare Street. The duo has been produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s (CMM) Court, Calcutta.According to sources, police officers recently got a tip-off that a few people were planning to make some deal in fake currency notes at Hare Street. Based on the information, STF officers were keeping an eye on the area. On Wednesday evening, they noticed two persons were roaming aimlessly in the area and one of them was carrying a bag. On suspicion, they detained the duo. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe duo allegedly tried to mislead the police by stating that they were searching for an address. One of them said he was from Malda. Hearing this, STF sleuths grew suspicious. Immediately the bag which they were carrying was searched and a considerable amount of fake currency notes were found. Immediately, the duo identified as Razzak Shaikh of Baishnabnagar in Malda and Vikash Kumar Gautam alias Vikash Kumar Lodi alias Sunil of Unnao from Uttar Pradesh were taken to the STF office in Lalbazar. Later, it was found that they were carrying 350 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination. The duo was arrested immediately. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSTF sleuths suspect that the duo was working as carriers of FICN. Sources informed that the duo would be interrogated to find out who was the prospected receiver of the FICN seized. Sleuths will also try to identify who gave them the fake notes. The duo has been booked under Sections of 489B IPC (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes), 489C IPC (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and 120B IPC (punishment of criminal conspiracy).
Kolkata: The Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) has started evacuating residents of SN Banerjee Road from Tuesday to facilitate construction for twin tunnels under East-West Metro project. Eighty-six buildings fall between the 800-metre stretch between the Esplanade crossing and Subodh Mullick Square (Wellington Square) and residents of all these buildings will be relocated temporarily in phases for undertaking tunnel boring work.KMRCL has put up notices on the buildings to inform the residents to temporarily evacuate their homes. A number of shops and business establishments may also have to be closed for a few days with the west bound tunnel being dug. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA majority of these buildings are old and dilapidated. So, steps are being taken to strengthen these houses to prevent any untoward incident as there will be heavy vibration during the tunnel digging process. Steel props, tilt meters, settlement markers and other monitoring equipment are being used in the exercise. The props are meant to support the structures from the inside as well as the outside. “The strengthening work will continue side by side as tunnel boring machine (TBM) Chandi will be digging the tunnel,” a senior KMRCL official said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateArrangements have been made for lodging the evacuated residents at nearby private hotels. The residents can return to their respective houses once the tunnel-boring machines have passed under their residences. The Anadi Cabin, known for its lip smacking Moglai Paratha, will be closed for four days sometime by the end of this week. Regal Cinema and the Shalimar Hotel will also be closed for a few days when tunnel-boring machines will cut underneath the buildings. “The last lap of the tunneling from Esplanade to Sealdah will require around 14 months to complete,” the official said. A similar exercise of evacuating residents and strengthening buildings had taken place when the tunnels were built along Brabourne Road as part of the project.
Kolkata: The state Education department is all set to introduce online procedure for declaration of vacancies and will also do away with the existing system of publication of waiting list.”We have gone through all School Service Commission (SSC) related documents. We are ushering in change in the SSC rules with the aim to have more transparency in the system. The schools would upload their vacancies online and the School Education department would allot teachers accordingly. This system would do away with the role of district inspectors, who presently forward the schools’ vacancy lists to the department,” said state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly, after placing the Budget for School Education and Higher Education department for 2019-20. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring his budget speech, Chatterjee said that his department has proposed a revision in the rules of SSC and Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) for transparency and fast-tracking of teachers’ recruitment. Chatterjee said in the Assembly that if things go as per plans, the rules will come into effect before the next SSC examination. The proposed revised SSC rule has been sent for Cabinet approval and is expected to be introduced from the next examination onwards. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the minister, the selection of candidates would be carried out through the process of elimination and the department would publish only the list of selected candidates. “There is no reason for publishing any waiting list,” he told reporters in his chamber later. For a vacancy of 10 teaching posts, the merit list would now include the names of exactly 10 candidates. At present, the names of 14 candidates are published against 10 vacant posts. The minister maintained that his department has already rationalised the teacher-student ratio in Dooars and in three remote islands in Sunderbans. “We will also give protection to in-service teachers,” he added. Chatterjee pointed out that in 2011, there were 1,09,794 primary teachers and in 2019, the figure has gone up to 2,16,381. In the upper primary level, there were 1,16,051 teachers in 2011 and in 2019, there are 1,13,936 teachers, while another 14,000 will be recruited soon. He further said that guest lecturers will get weightage in the College Service Commission examination, if they are eligible under the UGC norms. There are 2,500 guest lecturers that have been recruited by the managing committees of colleges without the state government’s permission. Out of these guest lecturers, 40 percent qualify the UGC eligibility norms.
Enjoy the best of both worlds. Korma and Biryani, put together bring a unique blend of Korma Biryani. The menu offers six varieties of authentic biryanis such as Kacche Gosht ki Biryani, Awadhi Murgh Biryani, Malabar Prawn Biryani, Aloo Gobhi ki Tehri, Ambur Biryani and Soya Chaap Matar ki Biryani. Come, indulge in the authentic flavours and heavenly aromas of these flavourful biryanis served with Korma. When: Until July 31 Where: Singh Sahib Restaurant, Eros Hotel, Nehru Place Price: Starting from 1145 + taxes Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm (Lunch) and 7 pm – 11:30 pm (Dinner)
In 2013 a group of medievalists from Britain went into a store to look up medieval genealogical scrolls. During their visit they came across a late-13th century manuscript from England titled Royal MS 14 B V. Scrolls and manuscripts dating back to the 13th and 14th century often contain broad margins and blank space that was filled with different notes and drawings done by the readers.The scroll they stumbled upon was heavily loaded with marginalia. Among it all was a drawing of a knight fighting a snail.MS Royal 14 B VThe drawing struck the post-medieval historians as odd and funny, but experts of the period did not see anything strange about it. Funnily enough, gothic manuscripts abound with depictions of a snail vs knight standoff.According to the Got Medieval: “You get these all the time in the margins of gothic manuscripts. And I do mean all the time. They’re everywhere! Sometimes the knight is mounted, sometimes not. Sometimes the snail is monstrous, sometimes tiny. Sometimes the snail is all the way across the page, sometimes right under the knight’s foot. Usually, the knight is drawn so that he looks worried, stunned, or shocked by his tiny foe.”Photo: Brunetto Latini’s Li Livres dou Tresor, c 1315-1325 via British LibraryHistorians have been pondering over these phenomena for quite some time now, but it seems they have not yet managed to come to a unified answer. What is the medieval fascination with knights — brave and strong heroes — fighting such a helpless animal all about?.The first serious contemporary study of this odd phenomenon was written in the 1960s by Lillian Randall. In her book The Snail in Gothic Marginal Warfare she presented one hypothesis to explain the reasoning behind these drawings.The Queen Mary Psalter, c 1310-1320 Photo by British LibraryAs Got Medieval summarizes “She suggests that perhaps the joke is that snails, what with the shells they carry on their backs and can hide away in, are some sort of parody of a highly-armored chivalric foe. We’re supposed to laugh at the idea of a knight being afraid of attacking such a ‘heavily armored’ opponent. Silly knight, it’s just a snail!”Related Video: 12 Ye Olde insults we could use today:However, not everyone is satisfied with this solution. In 1850 Comte de Bastard presented his idea that the depictions could serve as a metaphor of Resurrection.The reason behind this interpretation was that in two manuscripts the drawing was in the vicinity of the miniature depicting the raising of Lazarus.Photo by British LibraryLillian Randall proposed a further explanation that could account for the fact that snails so often antagonized the knights, but she could not explain why the knight was always supposed to lose the battle.As reported by The British Library: “Lilian Randall proposed that the snail was a symbol of the Lombards, a group vilified in the early middle ages for treasonous behavior, the sin of usury, and ‘non-chivalrous comportment in general.’ ”A further explanation put forward by some scholars sees the pictures as a representation of class struggles. It could be that the snail represents the poor classes while the knight stands for aristocracy. The hopeful creators found a way to grant the victory to the poor, even when it is only on the piece of paper.Furthermore, snails could be the embodiment of social climbers, slowly but surely winning their place among the higher ranks in society. Or they could be a metaphor for women. Lastly, maybe they are just a straightforward representation of snails as annoying garden pests that are hard to get rid of.Read another story from us: 5 of the Strangest Duels in HistoryBe that as it may, it will be hard for us to understand the motifs behind these curious drawings. The problem is that as they are marginal they lack a stability of official and formalized narratives or symbols. This, however, leaves us with more room for imagination.
Gottlieb in for Colin:Brady and the Pats sent a preseason message to PhillyThe overwhelming consensus among football fans and media is that the preseason is meaningless, which is why it was so surprising to see Tom Brady stay in for an entire half against the Eagles.Some will say Brady needed to get some reps after skipping New England’s offseason program, but Gottlieb thinks there’s more to it. Since Super Bowl week, the Eagles have been consistently downgraded the Pats and their culture, and the preseason beatdown was Brady sending a message that New England isn’t done yet. The Jets risk ruining Sam Darnold by starting him too soonSam Darnold had a bit rougher time in his second preseason start, but has still been impressive enough to warrant a debate about whether he should start the season. Gottlieb doesn’t dispute Darnold’s talent or potential, but still thinks the Jets could ruin him by starting him with such a subpar o-line and supporting cast.Most that advocate for starting right away will point to the immediate success of Carson Wentz, but Wentz also had a top o-line and better pieces around him. If Wentz had been drafted by the Browns and thrown in right away, it’s unlikely he would have been succesful, and could have had his confidence ruined. The Jets risk wrecking Darnold’s confidence by starting him right away, which could wreck his career. Also:– Aaron Rodgers needs more rings to enter the G.O.A.T. conversation– Kaepernick passed on a chance to bet on himself with the Broncos Guests:Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio to discuss Sam Darnold’s second preseason game, and why people are underselling the Jets wide receivers.Rashad Jennings – Former NFL Running Back is in-studio on Tom Brady looking sharp in the preseason, and why he disagrees with Jalen Ramsey’s comments on Eli.Ben Volin – Boston Globe Patriots Beat Writer joins the show to explain why the Patriots’ dominant preseason win over the Eagles wasn’t to send a message, an dhow the loss of rookie o-lineman Isaiah Winn will affect them.
How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. All In One: Data protection and system maintenance are two important goals of Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2006. A dashboard-style interface makes sure that any computer user will feel comfortable with the program and not have to face a steep learning curve to get the most out it. The package includes Norton GoBack, a program that can roll your system back to before a problem installation or an unwanted program took its toll. Norton CleanUp helps you get rid of unwanted files, and Norton AntiVirus and a system optimization solution come bundled as well. SystemWorks 2006 costs under $70, and a Premier version with even more features is available for just under $100. Visit www.symantec.comfor more information.Flat Out Worth It: Flat-panel monitors are more affordable than ever. Case in point: Hewlett-Packard’s L1706. For $319, you get a clean, silver design with a wide 140-degree viewing angle, 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, a range of tilt settings and a detachable base. There’s no pivot capability, but that’s to be expected in this price range. If you want, you can add an attachable USB speaker bar for $35. The three-year warranty with on-site service is a nice benefit that will help keep you working with mini-mal interruptions should anything happen. A 48-hour exchange is also available under the warranty. For more details, stop by www.hp.com.The Upper Hand: The Palm TX has just about everything you might need in a Palm-powered PDA, all for less than $300. Here’s the list: a high-resolution 320 x 480 color screen, 128MB memory, a 312MHz processor and an expansion card slot that can accommodate Multi-MediaCard, SD and SDIO formats. Best of all, it comes with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to make it a truly flexible wireless device. The Palm TX weighs 5.25 ounces and includes the Documents to Go software suite. That lets you take your Excel, PowerPoint and Word files with you on the road. Some of the Mac functionality is a little limited, but Windows users can take full advantage of the many software features. Stop by www.palm.comfor complete details and an in-depth product tour of the TX. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 2 min read March 20, 2006 Listen Now
December 15, 2011 Tech-savvy: Chris Dilla of Bocktown Beer and Grill has embraced Tabbedout.Photos© David JohnsonBocktown Beer and Grill’s patrons have grown accustomed to change. The Pittsburgh full-service restaurant’s signature list of American craft beers rotates on a daily basis, exposing customers to a procession of new brews and guaranteeing Bocktown–and its clientele–doesn’t fall into a rut.”We call ourselves ‘The place where beer meets grill,'” says Chris Dilla, Bocktown’s founder and owner. “Other places don’t seem to have an interest in serving good beer, but we pull it all together. Our beers change every day, so our customers have to be the kind of people who want to explore something new.”Bocktown’s progressive attitude extends beyond its menu. Dilla is the epitome of the tech-savvy entrepreneur, rolling out a mobile-optimized version of the Bocktown website, actively leveraging Facebook, Twitter and foursquare, and even adding a scannable QR bar code to Bocktown’s take-home beer growler label. Now Bocktown is introducing Tabbedout, a mobile payment app that lets consumers open a bar tab, view their bill in real time and pay at their discretion, all via iPhone or Android smartphone.”We can get very busy–we get a lot of corporate guys in here for lunch, and they’re always in a hurry,” Dilla says. “Now when it’s time to go, you can pay up and get out of here whenever you like. You can even pay your tab before you get your food.”Here’s how it works: After downloading the free Tabbedout app, consumers enter their credit card information (stored on the device and secured with 256-bit AES encryption), select “nearby locations” to identify Tabbedout merchant partners and tap the “open a tab” option on arrival. Tabbedout then generates a unique five-digit code that patrons show to their server. The server will see a button matching the code within the bar’s point-of-sale system, connecting the bill directly to the guest’s smartphone. Patrons order as usual, and close out the check via Tabbedout when they’re ready. There’s no more handing off a credit card to waitstaff, or forgetting the card behind the bar.350 merchants in 100 cities are using tabbedout.Austin, Texas-based Tabbedout is the brainchild of co-founder and CEO Rick Orr, who previously co-founded WholeSecurity, a security software firm acquired by Symantec in 2005. The idea behind the app first came to Orr eight years ago while he waited 55 excruciating minutes to close out a restaurant bill. But it wasn’t until smartphones entered the mainstream that he translated his irritation into innovation. “Like today’s physical wallet, your phone is always on your person,” Orr says.But Tabbedout doesn’t only benefit harried patrons–according to Orr, the solution reduces friction for merchants and their staffers as well, because it eliminates time-consuming payment-processing chores and frees them up to focus on other tasks. “It takes four times longer to close a tab than it does to pour a drink,” Orr says. “We help you serve more drinks and clear more tables during peak hours.”Orr designed Tabbedout to integrate seamlessly and painlessly with existing POS technologies, requiring no additional hardware or new financial accounts. (The installation process requires about 20 minutes in all.) Because the app submits all payment information to the POS upfront, merchants are protected from dine-and-dash schemes, dead phone batteries and other potential wrinkles, and they can manually close a tab within the POS at any time. Tabbedout guarantees servers and bartenders a default tip amount (determined by the venue management) and offers patrons social media sharing, e-mail receipts and even a click-to-call option for local taxi companies in the event happy hour extends into the wee small hours.As of fall 2011, about 350 merchants in 100 U.S. cities had added Tabbedout to their menu. Costs vary from business to business, based on venue size, location and contract terms. Orr plans to expand the service in the months ahead, adding geo-targeted offers, loyalty programs and other mobile marketing efforts. “Tabbedout allows merchants to interact with their consumers in a more meaningful way,” he says. “Mobile payments are just a start.”Dilla raises her glass to Tabbedout. “The servers love it,” she says. “One of my servers said to me, ‘It’s great–now I don’t have to deal with paperwork, and I can spend more time engaging with the customers.’ There’s a lot of attractiveness to this method. And everybody’s already on their phones anyway. It’s just the way the world’s going.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the December 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now »
February 28, 2017 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read It’s been 45 years since anyone has traveled to the moon. On Dec. 7, 1972, NASA launched its final moon mission, making Apollo 17 crew members Eugene A. Cernan, Harrison H. Schmitt and Ronald E. Evans the last three members of a very select club.But if Elon Musk has his way, that will change soon.The SpaceX CEO announced yesterday that the company had been tapped to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon in 2018, which would bring the grand total of lunar travelers to 26. Related: Watch Elon Musk’s View of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket LandingFly me to the moon … Okhttps://t.co/6QT8m5SHwn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 27, 2017There is no word yet on who the intrepid explorers will be, but we’re guessing that they have pretty deep pockets, as SpaceX noted that the mystery duo has “paid a significant deposit” to make the mission possible. More information will be revealed provided the individuals pass the rigorous fitness and health tests.SpaceX isn’t doing this alone. The mission is part of its ongoing partnership with NASARelated: SpaceX Pushes Back Mars Mission TimelineThe company recently announced that it revised its Mars mission timeline, with the first robotic mission to the red planet on track to take place in 2020 rather than 2018. Earlier this month, SpaceX also conducted a successful launch and landing of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral and sent a supplies delivery to the International Space Station.The lunar travelers will be sent into space with the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which will have its first test flight this summer. Meanwhile, SpaceX will also test the spacecraft that it hopes will carry astronauts to the ISS in 2018 later this year.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » September 10, 2018 Rather than making it obsolete, artificial intelligence appears poised to revitalize the wealth management sector, ensuring that customers can rest easy knowing they are getting the benefit of fresh insights and streamlined processes. Far from taking the human element out of wealth management, it’ll let us personalize services even better, streamlining complex processes and making the business of handling clients’ wealth more effective and profitable for all.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeThere’s a reason a tech giant like IBM and its Watson AI are dipping their toes into wealth management — our field has a great deal of improvement at our fingertips, the kind that’ll lead to greater returns for both ourselves and our clients. While the full suite of services wealth managers offer will never be as simple as pushing a few buttons, those of us knee-deep in the complexities of wealth management work are about to get a valuable new tool. Here’s a look at just how AI will be changing the wealth management business in the coming years.Data analysisConsulting giant Deloitte named big data one of the biggest potential disruptors in wealth management, and it’s hard not to agree with that assessment. While we’ve always been able to draw on detailed information about our customers before, the massive amount of info we can now pull from is unprecedented and is sure to change wealth management for good. Thanks to AI’s enhanced data analysis capability, wealth managers will be able to design strategies that take a greater number of factors into account, informed by a deep dive into all the valuable data our software has been able to gather. Soon, catering plans to client’s every specification and pinpointing solutions with incredible accuracy will be a wholesale expectation for the job, not a nice bonus enjoyed only by the biggest firms.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingSupercharged investmentAlgorithms have already transformed the investment sphere, allowing investment firms and wealth managers to make huge numbers of transactions without lifting a finger. If these pre-programmed trades were the baby steps toward a smarter investment strategy, AI represents a full-on Usain Bolt sprint. Artificial intelligence-based investing gives money managers their own ultra-capable (and fast) research assistant, and as the technology evolves they’ll only get smarter. Analyzing past performances, adjusting portfolios on the fly, and presenting new streams of opportunity are just the beginning for AI investing strategies. When you’re in charge of a client’s future, you want to give them the best of your abilities. With AI, you’ll be doing that and more.Accounting precisionTomorrow’s wealth manager will be able to pass off the most tedious and repetitive accounting tasks to AI. The time savings alone are enough to get excited about, but it’s the reliability of artificial intelligence in making these crucial calculations that’s the real game changer. Needle-in-a-haystack accounting errors way well become a thing of the past, something that should come as a major relief to the money management sector. Not every accounting mistake leads to unmitigated disaster, but it’s a great weight off your shoulders to know there’s a technology-based solution to simple carelessness and mistakes. While nobody’s perfect, AI will help us get ever closer to that ideal.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe limits of AIWhile AI certainly represents a big step forward, it’s important to remember what it can’t yet do. Rest assured that smart machines won’t be completely eliminating the human element of wealth management (for now), but providing a powerful supplement to the work we already do. Jumping into AI is a great idea right now, but before putting all our eggs into this one basket it’s crucial to take note of the shortcomings of AI when it comes to the most important aspect of wealth management.When people put their signature on a wealth management agreement, a great deal of trust goes along with it. Anyone with some experience in this sector knows how important the human element is, that people need to buy into you personally just as much as they’re buying into your investment and accounting strategies. While AI is a powerful piece of software, it’s still just that: lines of code in a computer. It won’t be able to build relationships the way a personable manager can, or summarize complicated concepts in a way that only comes from experience. The talented wealth manager of today isn’t in danger of being replaced by AI, only supplemented by it.What this means for wealth managers of the near future is that tech-savvy will no longer be optional. The sooner we get used to this revolution, the faster we’ll be able to save time for ourselves and money for our clients. A complete understanding of what AI tools can and cannot do will be a necessary part of the job description. Essentially, we’ll be getting more time to focus on the big picture: And that means getting the best value for the people who entrust us with their lives’ earnings.AI isn’t a magic box that we can put all our problems into and spit out money, but it’s a tool more powerful than any we’ve seen before. When we can wield this exciting new tech tool intelligently and responsibly, wealth managers of all stripes stand to get a lot more done, for themselves and for their clients. For anyone hoping to succeed in this fast-moving industry, that’s something to celebrate. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global