Debunking the commercial press and why scientists hate to talk to the

first_imgBravo Evolution Story. Credit: Bravo Entertainment Citation: Debunking the commercial press and why scientists hate to talk to the media (2007, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-debunking-commercial-scientists-media.html Explore further How images change our race bias A wildly interesting story about the eventual division of mankind into two species by the year 3000 caught my eye over the weekend. The story originally published by the Daily Mail authored by Niall Firth on October 26, 2007 provided astounding predictions for the future of mankind. It was also given a top position in the American news index Drudgereport. The Daily Mail story has graphic displays of the evolution of mankind and film clips of the classic work by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine.Further, the story piqued my interest because the sources cited were from the eminent London School of Economics. Specifically, a professor, Oliver Curry who received his PHD from the London School of Economics. His dissertation concerns Morality as Natural History: An adaptationist account of ethics, published in 2005. In essence Professor Curry interests are about values and attitudes and where do they come from.He is a research associate affiliated with the Centre for Philosophy and Natural and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Darwin@LSE group. He currently teaches Political Theory at New York University in London. The Daily Mail article stated in pertinent part:”The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000.””These humans will be between 6ft and 7ft tall and they will live up to 120 years.” “Physical features will be driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility that men and women have evolved to look for in potential mates,” says the report, which suggests that advances in cosmetic surgery and other body modifying techniques will effectively homogenize our appearance.” “Men will have symmetrical facial features, deeper voices and bigger penises, according to Curry in a report commissioned for men satellite TV channel Bravo.” “Women will all have glossy hair, smooth hairless skin, large eyes and pert breasts, according to Curry.” “Racial differences will be a thing of the past as interbreeding produces a single coffee-coloured skin tone.” More information: homepage.mac.com/scottukgb/publications/bravo.pdf “The future for our descendants is a long life, perfect bodies and chiseled features, however, while humans will reach their peak in 1000 years´time, 10,000 years later our reliance on technology will have begun to dramatically change our appearance.” “Medicine will weaken our immune system and we will begin to appear more child-like. Dr Curry said: The report suggests that the future of man will be a story of the good, the bad and the ugly.”I read these astonishing predictions from an eminent professor educated at the preeminent London School of Economics and something looked fishy. It was enough to make anyone take notice. As it turns out selling papers and hyping an upcoming Bravo episode was the purpose of the article. It was not to educate the public at all. In fact Dr. Curry has renounced any conclusions or mis applications of his work on the evolution of values, moral choices and the like. He is currently awaiting publication of his recent research, Patience is a Virtue: cooperative people have lower discount rates. In response to the press releases mentioned in the Daily Mail article, Dr. Curry released the following explanation on October 17, 2007.”In the summer of 2006 I was commissioned by Bravo Television to write an essay on the future of human evolution. The essay was intended as a science fiction way of illustrating some aspects of evolutionary theory.””Bravo then sent out a press release on the essay, but did not release the essay itself. As a result, a wildly distorted version of what I had written ended up being reported as science fact in the media. I do not endorse the content of these media reports.”To read the original essay, please see below.In essence Dr. Curry was asked to write a fictional account of what if and make some projections about some 1,000 years in the future for an episode of a popularized series on Bravo. He never intended that his Essay for Bravo be presented as scientific evidence. An examination of the quotes made in the Daily Mail article referring to a report confuses the peer review research he is conducting and an entertaining essay he never intended to have published as scientific evidence. His words and work are taken out of context.Is it any wonder scientists and academics are skeptical of the popular media. In this instance, Bravo knew the basis of the Essay, it was for entertainment. The Daily Mail and other popular news services saw fit to publish a highly sensational headline that failed to mention the context of the words and works. The popular press ran a story over the weekend about the eventual split into two species of the human race. The sources cited were the preeminent London School of Economics and the work of Professor Oliver Curry. The story published as scientific fact is rebuked by Dr. Curry and this article explains how it all happened. 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

Pioneer shows off its 52inch WWSDT101 multitouch table

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Pioneer has announced the creation of its new WWS-DT101, it is a touch screen table PC that has an area of 52″. The screen, which gratefully can support multitouch input, is based on a Full HDTV, and runs of proprietary software that Pioneer has developed in house, though the systems PC component is based on the Windows 7 64Bit operating system. This makes it not too far off the mark of the similar table developed by Microsoft itself earlier this year. The WWS-DT101 multitouch table is able to share data with mobile devices, such as the iPhone or iPad, with the help of any standard Wi-Fi connection. The table PC is also able to use TransferJet technology for sharing with enabled devices. If a large amount of data needs to be shared, or the device in question is not Wi-Fi enabled, then sharing can be done with the use of USB ports built into the table.The Pioneer multitouch WWS-DT101 will be powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU that is being supported by 6GB of RAM. More details on the rest of the hardware have not been released at this time. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Pioneer shows off its 52-inch WWS-DT101 multitouch table (2011, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-inch-wws-dt101-multitouch-table.html More information: IT Media (Japanese) A multi-touch coffee table display may be coming to an office near you Sadly, the same can be said about both the date when this system is expected to be released and the price point at this moment. So, if you were ready to buy, you are going to have to wait a while, or choose a different option in the growing table PC world. Though, for now they are likely to be cost prohibitive for the majority of home users. 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

GSM phones call them unsafe says security expert

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A German security expert has issued a warning that billions of mobile phone users who depend on GSM networks are vulnerable to having their personal mail hacked. He blames the problem on network operators that use outdated network security. Karsten Nohl, head of Germany’s Security Research Labs, a Berlin-based consulting company, was readying his presentation of study findings for a security convention and highlighted his troubling study results. Citation: GSM phones — call them unsafe, says security expert (2011, December 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-gsm-unsafe-expert.html Hackers can gain remote control of a person’s phone and then send text messages, ordering up pay-for services, for example, which the victim then discovers in the form of surprise bills, or place calls. With the stinging news of how reporters have intruded into people’s phone conversations and the latest security flap affecting Stratfor, his warning carried resonance this week.Nohl said that he was able to intercept voice and text conversations by impersonating another user to listen to their voice mails or make calls or send text messages. Even more troubling was that he was able to pull this off using a seven-year-old Motorola cellphone and decryption software available free off the Internet.Nohl was able to decipher the standard electronic exchange of information between phone and network. This is coded instruction/command-type information such as “Wait” or “I have a call for you.” Nohl said that most operators vary little from the standard setup procedure and therein is vulnerability. He made educated guesses to decipher the algorithmic keys used by networks to encrypt transmissions. He said mobile telecom operators could resolve the security weaknesses by updating their software. (According to a report in The New York Times, much of digital technology used to secure cellphone call privacy was developed in the 1980s and 1990s.)This type of attack could expose any cellphone using GSM technology. GSM digital networks are in use throughout the world. In the U.S., the GSM standard is used by AT&T and T-Mobile USA.The study’s researchers reviewed 32 operators in 11 countries. These were Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Slovakia, Switzerland and Thailand. The operators were rated on how easily the researchers intercepted calls, tracked phones, or impersonated someone else’s device. Germany’s T-Mobile GSM network ranked the highest in providing security protection; the company has enhanced security measures in place.Nohl’s company engages in technology projects at companies and governments focused on understanding technology risks According to his Security Research Labs, GSM telephony is the world’s most popular communication technology spanning most countries and connecting over four billion devices. More information: srlabs.de/research/decrypting_gsm/ GSM system about to be compromised © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further GSM logo. Image: Wikipedia. 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

How to hold your head if you want to look intimidating

first_imgOver the course of five experiments with a total of 1,517 subjects, researchers at the University of British Columbia found that people who appeared in photographs with their heads tilted downward—wearing otherwise-neutral expressions—were perceived as more dominant than people with their heads held straight-ahead or tilting upward. Read the whole story: Quartz Thankfully, a new study, published in the June 2019 issue of the journal Psychological Science, is here to tell us how to hold our heads more intimidatingly. Sort of a “no-makeup makeup” technique for getting people to do your bidding, if you will. Big mistake! With that kind of attitude, how are we supposed to make our colleagues—or as powerful people like to think of them, “future minions”—scurry away in awe and fear?center_img So often, when we go about holding our heads upon our necks, we fail to consider how our posture is communicating our professional ambition—nay, our superiority.last_img read more

The new luxury off the streets

first_imgStreet food has come to occupy prominent space on the menus of various luxury boutique hotels in the national capital and seems to be favourite among travellers.From renovating menus to adding new innovative dishes on the platter, five star hotels in the capital are adding flavours from the streets of Delhi among traditionally-served international cuisine.Hotels which have been offering Italian, Pan-Asian to Americana and continental cuisines, have made space for exotic dishes like Aloo Chaat, Chana masala, and tandoori dishes, which are typical to the Capital. Chaat Platter is one of the hot favourite dishes in Delhi’s The Park hotel, that has captured attention with food lovers. ‘A surprising number of tourists, and corporates, who do not have time to eat chaat outside on the streets of Delhi like to try the flavour here,’ says Abhishek Basu, the Executive Chef at The Park Hotel. Tandoori Kebab platter, Vegetarian Kebab platter and chicken tikka are among the other items on the menus that the restaurants has to offer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘From Delhi Chaat platter to tandoori tikka, we have a wide range of Delhi street food to offer to the food lovers among the newly introduced international cuisine,’ says Basu. Five star hotels like Taj Mansingh and The Imperial have successfully included tandoori delicacies among Malaysian, Thai, South Indian, Sea Food, and Japanese cuisines.Culinary cooking sensation Vikas Khanna, a better known face from Masterchef, however believes that whereas street food inspires his cooking style, it is beyond his capacity to reproduce the taste that is served on the streets. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘One cannot do better street food than the people who serve on the streets. To be really honest, I can’t do it,’ Khanna said.‘I can’t re-create the same ‘golgappa paani’ in my kitchen. That particular ‘paani’ has its own texture and flavour which is hard to get in a room similar to an operation theatre (the restaurant kitchens),’ Khanna says.On the contrary, hotels promise the same taste acquired from the streets and they ‘try to keep the rustic flavour intact in their dishes.’ Not only from Delhi, but street-borne dishes countries like Italy, Japan and Indonesia are also gaining prominence in the restaurants.last_img read more

Conspiracy afoot to murder me by hiring contract killers Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that a conspiracy was on to physically eliminate her and said a political party has even hired contract killers for the purpose. “I have come to know that a conspiracy is on to kill me. A political party has given supari (contract) for eliminating me. The contract killers, who have already received an advance, did a recce of my offie and residence, as also other nearby places,” Banerjee said during an interview to Zee 24 Ghanta.Complaining that she was the victim of a barrage of insults and character assassination daily, Banerjee said the conspirators had hatched a plan to first assassinate her character and then eliminate her physically.The Chief Minister, however, said she was habituated with such conspiracies and had survived murder attempts by a whisker in the past.last_img read more

State MSME Conclave We are going to Germany soon says CM

first_imgKolkata: While interacting with foreign delegates at the State MSME Conclave on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “We are going to visit Germany soon.”Banerjee, who stressed upon the steps needed to ensure the global presence of the state’s MSME sector, interacted with the entrepreneurs from the districts and at the same time, also spoke to the foreign delegates present there.Several exporters were also present at the business conclave held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. After listening to the suggestions of the exporters, Amit Mitra, minister of the MSME and Textiles department, summed up that there is a need to establish a proper supply chain with an assurance of timely delivery of standardised quality products. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn this connection, the Chief Minister said: “A supply chain app needs to be introduced.” She has also stressed the need for skill development programmes. There were interactions with representatives from Chile and Italy as well.From the inaugural programme of the State MSME Conclave in which there will be five sessions on Tuesday, Banerjee launched Biswa Bangla Showroom in Hyderabad. In this connection, Mitra said a showroom will also come up in Bengaluru in the next month. A Khadi showroom has also been launched at Park Street. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also launched a Centre of Excellence of Handicrafts at Manjusha and Centre of Excellence for Apparel Sector at Paridhan Garments Park.Chief Secretary Malay De said: “More than half of the entrepreneurs present here are from the districts. The state government officials posted there have to take necessary steps in case there is any problem and inform the higher authorities accordingly to resolve the problem at the earliest.”last_img read more

Vacations can lead to weight gain

first_imgPlanning for a vacation? Be prepared for weight gain with a heavier midsection — extra weight that can hang around even six weeks post-vacation.According to a latest study, researchers found that adults going on a one-to-three-week vacation gained an average weight of nearly one pound during their trip.“If you’re only gaining a pound or two a year and you gained three-quarters of that on a one-to-three-week vacation, that’s a pretty substantial weight gain during a short period of time,” said Jamie Cooper, University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study supports the notion of “creeping obesity” — the common pattern of adults gaining small amounts of weight over long periods of time, leading to increased health problems later in life.For the research, the study involved 122 adults between the ages of 18 and 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks in length between the months of March and August.The participants agreed to three lab visits for height, weight and body mass index recordings, in addition to blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio measurements.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first measurements were taken one week prior to vacation, then again one week and six weeks post-vacation.The study found that 61 per cent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and that the weight gained throughout the entire study averaged 0.9 pounds.There was a large variation, however, with some participants losing weight and some gaining as much as seven pounds.One of the factors, that likely contributed to weight gain for study participants, was increased caloric intake, especially from alcohol consumption. “Whether or not those positive changes in blood pressure and stress can overcome the negative health implications of gaining weight on vacation are yet to be determined,” Cooper noted.last_img read more

BNCCI team visits Moscow

first_imgKolkata: Keeping in purview the bilateral relationship between India and Russia, a 14-member delegation of BNCCI visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Suzdol from August 30 to September, 4, 2018.The delegation comprised members from different Trade and Commerce activities in Bengal ranging from Real Estate to Medicine, from Education to Poultry farming among others. The delegation was supported and flagged off by Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe delegation had their first meeting with Daria Suntsova, CEO and Board Member of “OPARA RUSSIA” — the Apex umbrella body of MSME Sector in Russia. The organisation has over 4 lakh members spread approximately over 85 provinces of Russian Federation, with focus on priority sector such as Pharmaceuticals, Food & Food Processing, Tourism, Infrastructure and Engineering. The meeting was held at their head quarter at Suvorovskaya Square, Moscow. Ritwik Das, highlighted the Tourism Scheme and other Investment Opportunities in Bengal as inspired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Das also invited the member of ‘OPARA RUSSIA’ to attend the Bengal Global Summit, 2019, in Kolkata on behalf of Bengal Government. The BNCCI delegation was also invited for a Tea Meet at the Embassy of India in Moscow by G Balasubramanium, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy. The delegation ended with a happy note.last_img read more

Reviving organic fashion at the runway

first_imgIt was a fashion parade on the second day of the Amazon India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter’ 17 – from incredible sarees designed in lustrous tussar silk to kurtas woven from Kuchai – garments created from some of the best organic fabric of Jharkhand were on glorious display as internationally acclaimed designers showcased their work. Madhu Jain, craft revivalist and textile conservationist showcased her specially curated collection at the fashion extravaganza by taking the ‘Ikat weaving craft’ style to another level. Here, she showcased a blend of several cultures that straddles geographies; from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh in India, to Thailand and Uzbekistan. The collection bears her inimitable stamp of exquisite craftsmanship, striking design intervention, and an outstanding colour palette. And the best part? Every single textile innovated by Madhu has been woven in India. Her exquisite collection was introduced with some soul-stirring singing by the mesmerising Raghav Meattle, a Finalist of the wildly popular TV show ‘The Stage.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of India’s top fashion designers including Rina Dhaka, Shaina NC, Shruti Sancheti, Divya and Ambika Jain showcased their latest fashion collections designed from Jharkhand’s rich fabrics and handloom at the grand fashion show put together by ‘Jharcraft’. Top models sashayed the ramp displaying the elegant collections with elan as the designers showcased their designs made of Tussar silk, Kuchai silk and other handloom fabrics of Jharkhand.”The treasured hand-loom clusters from remotest tribal belt of Jharkhand inspired me to redefine muted glamour of tribal India. Luminous looms like Tussar, mulberry silk, Eri silk and spun cotton in decadent palette of Sand, Ecru, berry purple, Onyx, Charcoal, Burgundy, Mahogany and Teal are meticulously crafted to create easy separates for the coming festive season,” says Shruti Sancheti. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Jharcraft’ (Jharkhand Silk Textile and Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd) conceived the fashion event with an objective to put spotlight on to the exquisite and organic fabrics handcrafted by craftspersons of the state.Union Minister for Textiles, Smriti Irani also paid a visit to the ‘Jharcraft’ pavilion and took a close look at the handloom collection. She also discussed the initiatives being undertaken to help artisans from the state to achieve better market access and improve their livelihood. Tussar Silk, a special silk variety produced in eastern and central India, primarily in Jharkhand, was the special focus of the collection. India is the second largest producer of Tussar silk and the exclusive producer of Indian Tussar (also known as tropical tussar). In recent years, Jharkhand state has emerged as the largest producer of Tussar silk in the country.The artisans producing the silk are largely poor tribals from Jharkhand state. In its quest to improve sources of livelihood for these artisans, ‘Jharcraft’ works to promote their work and take it to national and international platforms. “These silks are a deep manifestation of the tribal arts and crafts of the region and reflect the well-springs of creativity endowed with the ethnic communities of Jharkhand. Recognising it as a source of income, the artisans of the state have in recent years further cultivated and enhanced their skills as well as variety of products. Jharkhand is today the leading producer of Tussar silk which is attracting much attention, especially among the discerning fabric lovers. By associating with such an event and showcasing Tussar silk and garments made of other handlooms of Jharkhand, our attempt is to take ours fabrics and handlooms to international markets,” said K Ravi Kumar, Managing Director, ‘Jharcraft’.last_img read more