first_imgThey opted for biorobots made of sperm cells and turned to bull sperm cells, Schmidt said, according to New Scientist, that reasons why sperm cells were an attractive choice were that they were harmless to the body, they could swim through viscous liquids, and they did not need any external power source. The researchers produced microtubes and worked with thawed-out bull sperm cells, remaining viable for several hours. According to New Scientist, the microtubes are made from iron and titanium nanoparticles. Scientists have shown how controlled sperm cells inside tubes can be driven to target destinations using magnetic control. The significance of their investigation lies partly in what may be in store for in vitro fertilization. “Eventually,” said a report in New Scientist, “these biobots could be used to shepherd individual sperm to eggs or to deliver targeted doses of drugs.” The researchers, from the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences (IIN) in Dresden, Germany, demonstrated how remote-controlled “sperm-bots” can be used to fertilize eggs. A paper on their work was published last month in Advanced Materials and the topic continues to draw interest in this month’s technology and science news sites. The December paper, “Development of a Sperm-Flagella Driven Micro-Bio-Robot,” is by Veronika Magdanz, Samuel Sanchez, and Oliver G. Schmidt. They developed “a new biohybrid micro-robot” by capturing bovine sperm cells inside tubes that used the motile cells as the driving force. An external magnetic field controlled the robots. More information: Press release in GermanPaper: Development of a Sperm-Flagella Driven Micro-Bio-Robot, Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201302544AbstractA new biohybrid micro-robot is developed by capturing bovine sperm cells inside magnetic microtubes that use the motile cells as driving force. These micro-bio-robots can be remotely controlled by an external magnetic field. The performance of micro-robots is described in dependence on tube radius, cell penetration, and temperature. The combination of a biological power source and a microdevice is a compelling approach to the development of new microrobotic devices with fascinating future applications. Journal information: Advanced Materials Researchers discover sperm move along a ‘twisting ribbon’ Credit: Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden Schmidt, the Institute’s director, and his IIN colleagues combined the cells with magnetic metal tubes. Basically, the investigation involved live flagella from bull sperm to maneuver nanotubes in a desired direction using magnets. Changes in temperature were able to control their speeds.According to a report on their work in Gizmag, the team intends to try assisted fertilization with animals before starting experiments with human sperm. One additional possibility is that their research might impact future investigations in targeted drug delivery, where drugs may be ferried along within the body. Another interesting feature about this research is how it involves use of “biobots” as opposed to artificial engines. As Gizmag noted, a concern in research is that a nanobot intended to move through bodily fluids should not be toxic to the human body and should not cause harm to cells, affecting their functioning. The IIN scientists discussed safe “nano-engine” alternatives, or suitable “biorobots.” Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Credit: Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden Citation: Sperm-bots are made to move in desired direction (w/ Video) (2014, January 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-sperm-bots-desired-video.html © 2014 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.last_img read more


first_img © 2015 Phys.org Play In vivo label-free SRS imaging cell division dynamics in cancer. Synchronized HeLa cells were injected into a xenograft mouse model with a skinfold chamber. Imaging was taken 26 h after the injection. Cells in mitotic phase that landed in the subskin tissue microenvironment (protein contrast in blue) were targeted and imaged. Chromosomal dynamics were captured based on DNA contrast (magenta). The video was composed of 12 frames acquired with a 3-min interval. Credit: PNAS, Fa-Ke Lu, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1515121112 To prove that their technique would work, they analyzed samples of synthetic DNA, BSA (protein) and oleic acid (lipid), individually and collectively in a cellular pellet. They measured the three Raman vibrational shifts and calculated the distribution of DNA, protein and lipid using linear decomposition. This study confirmed not only that their technique worked, but that it is also highly accurate.The next step was to test their technique in biological samples. Lu, et al. used their SRS technique to look at cell division in HeLa cells. They first looked at cells in the first stage of mitosis, the prophase, and were able to reconstruct a 3D distribution of DNA, lipids, and protein, showing a high concentration of DNA in the nucleus, lipids predominantly in the cytoplasm, and proteins scattered throughout the entire cell. They then imaged cells in at the interphase stage of mitosis and were able to discern the chromatin structures in the nuclei. Time-lapse SRS allowed Lu, et al. to observe the transition from metaphase to anaphase. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen To really understand what is happening during cellular processes, including cellular malfunctioning as in cancer, there is a need to peer inside the cell without disrupting any of the cellular processes. Typically if scientists want to look at large spools of DNA, known as chromosomes, they would need to fluorescently label the DNA. This approach is invasive and may alter the native environment of the cell.Furthermore, in medicine, histological diagnoses are typically done by examining stained tissue biopsies. In this study, Fa-Ke Lu, Srinjan Basu, Vivien Igras, Mai P. Hoang, Minbiao Ji, Dan Fu, Gary R. Holtom, Victor A. Neel, Christian W. Freudiger, David E. Fisher, and X. Sunney Xie present a label-free technique that forgoes staining and could potentially offer a non-invasive way to diagnose skin cancer.Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy is a type of imaging technique that looks at the vibrational frequencies of chemical bonds. Different types of bonds will have different frequencies based on the surrounding molecular environment. For example, a C-H bond on a DNA molecule (2,956 cm-1) is going to have a slightly different vibrational frequency compared to a C-H bond on proteins (2,931 cm-1) or lipids (2,854 cm-1). Unlike traditional Raman spectroscopy, SRS is able to obtain data on a sample rapidly, allowing for real-time, in vivo studies. By looking at these C-H stretching vibration regions and conducting a linear decomposition of the images, Lu, et al. were able to map the content and distribution of DNA, proteins, and lipids within the cell, allowing them to observe the cell division process in a label-free manner. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Label-free technique that images DNA in vivo (2015, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-label-free-technique-images-dna-vivo.html Imaging glucose uptake activity inside single cells (Phys.org)—A group of researchers from Harvard University report being able to observe DNA dynamics during cell division in vivo using time-lapse stimulated Raman scattering microscopy and without using fluorescent labels. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More information: “Label-free DNA imaging in vivo with stimulated Raman scattering microscopy” PNAS, Fa-Ke Lu, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515121112AbstractLabel-free DNA imaging is highly desirable in biology and medicine to perform live imaging without affecting cell function and to obtain instant histological tissue examination during surgical procedures. Here we show a label-free DNA imaging method with stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscopy for visualization of the cell nuclei in live animals and intact fresh human tissues with subcellular resolution. Relying on the distinct Raman spectral features of the carbon-hydrogen bonds in DNA, the distribution of DNA is retrieved from the strong background of proteins and lipids by linear decomposition of SRS images at three optimally selected Raman shifts. Based on changes on DNA condensation in the nucleus, we were able to capture chromosome dynamics during cell division both in vitro and in vivo. We tracked mouse skin cell proliferation, induced by drug treatment, through in vivo counting of the mitotic rate. Furthermore, we demonstrated a label-free histology method for human skin cancer diagnosis that provides comparable results to other conventional tissue staining methods such as H&E. Our approach exhibits higher sensitivity than SRS imaging of DNA in the fingerprint spectral region. Compared with spontaneous Raman imaging of DNA, our approach is three orders of magnitude faster, allowing both chromatin dynamic studies and label-free optical histology in real time. In vivo studies were done on the skin of mice treated with TPA, a chemical that promotes cell division. Lu, et al. were able to discern each stage of the cell cycle as described before. Additionally, they were able to look at chromosomal migration in cancer cells from immune-deficient mice treated with human cancer cells. These results then lead Lu, et al. to use time-lapse SRS to study cell cycle kinetics. By understanding the rate at which cells divide, researchers can discern important factors, such as the aggressiveness of a cancer. They found that in TPA-treated mice, cell mitotic activity peaked at 18 hours and by 24 hours had decreased. This was the first time that a mitotic rate was reported in vivo in a quantitative manner.The last step was to test their label-free SRS technique with human cancer cells to see if it is a viable technique for histologic diagnosis. To ensure the accuracy of their technique, they first imaged a tissue sample using traditional staining and compared it to their SRS technique. They then imaged fresh human skin cancer tissue from three surgical cases of squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common form of skin cancer. They found an increased number of mitotic features, which translates into increased cell division and proliferation, hallmarks of cancer cells. Their results demonstrate that their label-free SRS imaging method is comparable to traditional staining methods for histological diagnosis. Additionally, because SRS allows for the observation of nucleic acids, specifically, researchers can do quantitative studies of mitotic kinetics within a tumor cell.According to co-author Professor Xie, “SRS imaging could be particularly relevant for in vivo counting of the mitotic rate used in human skin cancer diagnosis. We expect that SRS may not only speed up surgical procedures by on-site label-free imaging of tumor tissue with margins, but it could also have the potential for in vivo noninvasive detection and progress evaluation of skin lesions in real time.”This technique holds much promise for being used both as a non-invasive method for skin cancer diagnosis, and as a quick evaluation of the aggressiveness of cancer cells after excision.Co-author Dr. David Fisher adds that “this remarkable methodology provides high resolution images of cells and their nuclei within their natural biological context, providing a novel means of tracking their behavior over time. SRS is a particularly valuable tool for the evaluation of cancer cells.” In vitro label-free SRS imaging of cell division dynamics of a cultured HeLa cell. Credit: PNAS, Fa-Ke Lu, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1515121112 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


first_img Explore further Prior research has shown that mammals and birds and one species of lizard respond to stress by experiencing an increase in body temperature on the order of 1 or 2 C°—a reaction that some have suggested indicates that the creature is a sentient being—one that is able to perceive or feels things, whether emotional or physically. The term sentient has also been used a lot in science fiction to describe extraterrestrial life that is intelligent enough to offer some form of interaction with humans, as is the case with most mammals and birds here on Earth. Unfortunately, to date, no such increase in body temperature related to stress has ever been reported in fish, which has left many labeling them as non-sentient and unable to feel either stress or pain, such as from being hooked on the end of a line. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if this is true.The experiments by the researchers consisted of placing 72 zebra fish in a net in water that was 1 C° colder than was normal for them. They also had a control group that was left alone with no changes to their environment. All of the fish were then transferred to a tank that had sections heated to different levels, which the fish could access freely if they wished. The team watched to see which section the fish would swim to, and noted that those fish that had been stressed spent more time in the sections that were slightly warmer than normal, than did the control fish. Doing so caused the body temperature of the fish to rise from 2 to 4 C°, which the team claims showed the fish experienced elevated body temperatures in response to stress, demonstrating emotional fever, and therefore they should qualify as sentient beings. Amphibious fish found to use evaporative cooling to overcome hot water (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.K. and Spain has found via lab study that at least one type of fish is capable of experiencing ’emotional fever,’ which suggests it may qualify as a sentient being. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes their experiments with stressing zebra fish, how the fish reacted, and why they believe it should now be added to the list of organisms labeled as sentient beings. 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Study suggests fish can experience ’emotional fever’ (2015, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-fish-emotional-fever.html More information: Sonia Rey et al. Fish can show emotional fever: stress-induced hyperthermia in zebrafish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2266 AbstractWhether fishes are sentient beings remains an unresolved and controversial question. Among characteristics thought to reflect a low level of sentience in fishes is an inability to show stress-induced hyperthermia (SIH), a transient rise in body temperature shown in response to a variety of stressors. This is a real fever response, so is often referred to as ’emotional fever’. It has been suggested that the capacity for emotional fever evolved only in amniotes (mammals, birds and reptiles), in association with the evolution of consciousness in these groups. According to this view, lack of emotional fever in fishes reflects a lack of consciousness. We report here on a study in which six zebrafish groups with access to a temperature gradient were either left as undisturbed controls or subjected to a short period of confinement. The results were striking: compared to controls, stressed zebrafish spent significantly more time at higher temperatures, achieving an estimated rise in body temperature of about 2–4°C. Thus, zebrafish clearly have the capacity to show emotional fever. While the link between emotion and consciousness is still debated, this finding removes a key argument for lack of consciousness in fishes. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_img Citation: Astronomers detect synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching of the pulsar PSR B0823+26 (2018, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-astronomers-synchronous-x-ray-radio-mode.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mode changing and giant pulses found in a millisecond pulsar © 2018 Phys.org More information: Discovery of synchronous X-ray and radio moding of PSR B0823+26, arxiv.org/abs/1808.01901AbstractSimultaneous observations of PSR B0823+26 with ESA’s XMM-Newton, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and international stations of the Low Frequency Array revealed synchronous X-ray/radio switching between a radio-bright (B) mode and a radio-quiet (Q) mode. During the B mode we detected PSR B0823+26 in 0.2−2 keV X-rays and discovered pulsed emission with a broad sinusoidal pulse, lagging the radio main pulse by 0.208 ± 0.012 in phase, with high pulsed fraction of 70−80%. During the Q mode PSR B0823+26 was not detected in X-rays (2 σ upper limit a factor ~9 below the B-mode flux). The total X-ray spectrum, pulse profile and pulsed fraction can globally be reproduced with a magnetized partially ionized hydrogen atmosphere model with three emission components: a primary small hot spot (T∼3.6×106 K, R∼17 m), a larger cooler concentric ring (T∼1.1×106 K, R∼280 m) and an antipodal hot spot (T∼1.1×106 K, R∼100 m), for the angle between the rotation axis and line of sight direction ∼66∘. The latter is in conflict with the radio derived value of (84±0.7)∘. The average X-ray flux within hours-long B-mode intervals varied by a factor ±20%, possibly correlated with variations in the frequency and lengths of short radio nulls or short durations of weak emission. The correlated X-ray/radio moding of PSR B0823+26 is compared with the anti-correlated moding of PSR B0943+10, and the lack of X-ray moding of PSR B1822-09. We speculate that the X-ray/radio switches of PSR B0823+26 are due to variations in the rate of accretion of material from the interstellar medium through which it is passing. An international team of astronomers has detected synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching between radio-bright and a radio-quiet modes in the pulsar PSR B0823+26. The discovery marks the second time that such synchronous mode switching has been observed in a pulsar. The finding is detailed in a paper published August 6 on arXiv.org. GMRT observation at 325 MHz of PSR B0823+26 on 2017 April 20, showing as a typical example PSR B0823+26 in B mode during 2500 single-pulse sequences, or ∼ 22 minutes of the total duration of ∼ 7.5 hours in B mode. Observation time versus pulsar phase centred on the main pulse with underneath the integrated profile of the main pulse, and to the left the average energy per pulse in arbitrary units. Credit: Hermsen et al., 2018. To date, synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching has been identified only in one old and nearly aligned pulsar known as PSR B0943+10. Therefore, astronomers are interested in finding such behavior in other objects in order to improve knowledge about the poorly understood mechanisms behind this activity.The new study, conducted by a group of scientists led by Willem Hermsen of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, presents another example of a pulsar experiencing synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching. The discovery was made as a result of observations with ESA’s XMM-Newton spacecraft, the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India and international stations of the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR).”We observed the radio-mode switching PSR B0823+26 for about 39 hours simultaneously in X-rays and the radio band and report the discovery of synchronous correlated X-ray and radio mode switching,” the researchers wrote in the paper.PSR B0823+26, located some 1,000 light years away from the Earth, is one of the brightest radio pulsars in the Northern sky. It has a period about 530 milliseconds, a spin-down age of approximately 4.9 million years and an inferred magnetic field of around 980 billion G.The observations performed by Hermsen’s team allowed the researchers to find that PSR B0823+26 switches between a radio-bright (B) mode and a radio-quiet (Q) mode. In particular, the pulsar was found to be in the radio B mode during five out of six XMM-Newton observations and in the Q mode during only one observation. Moreover, the pulsar spent only approximately 15 percent of the time in Q mode over entire radio observational campaign with GMRT and LOFAR.Notably, during the Q mode, the researchers did not detect PSR B0823+26 in X-rays with an upper limit almost an order of magnitude lower than the reported flux in the B mode. They emphasized that this is a surprising result, as PSR B0943+10 is known to showcase anti-correlated mode switches.The authors of the paper also try to explain the nature of the observed synchronous X-ray and radio mode switching in PSR B0823+26. They assume that at the moment, the most plausible hypothesis is that this behavior is due to variations in the rate of accretion of material from the interstellar medium through which it is passing.”We are speculating that in PSR B0823+26, we are not seeing ‘true’ mode-changing but the sudden appearance of strong bursts whose intensities follow a self-similar (i.e. fractal) distribution over a wide range of timescales. Such a system could be identified as exhibiting self-organized criticality. In this context, we speculate that PSR B0823+26 is accreting material from a debris disk or the interstellar medium through which it is passing, to explain some of its X-ray characteristics,” the astronomers concluded.last_img read more


first_imgA team of researchers from the University of California and Fudan University has developed a way to use a single molecule magnet as a scanning magnetometer. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their research which involved demonstrating their sensor scanning the spin and magnetic properties of a molecule embedded in another material. STM imaging from weak to strong spin interactions between two magnetic molecules. Credit: Wilson Ho More information: Gregory Czap et al. Probing and imaging spin interactions with a magnetic single-molecule sensor, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7505 Citation: Single molecule magnet used as a scanning magnetometer (2019, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-molecule-magnet-scanning-magnetometer.html Research team saves information on a single molecule Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Science © 2019 Science X Network 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. As scientists continue their quest to squeeze ever more data onto increasingly smaller storage devices, they are exploring the possibility of using the magnetic state of a single molecule or even an atom—likely the smallest possible memory element type. In this new effort, the researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to use a single molecule affixed to a sensor to read the properties of a single molecule in another material.To create their sensor and storage medium, the researchers first absorbed magnetic molecules of Ni(cyclopentadienyl)2 onto a plate coated with silver. Then, they pulled a nickelocene molecule from the silver surface and applied it to the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope sensor. Next, they heated an adsorbate-covered surface to 600 millikelvin and then moved the sensor tipped with the single molecule close to the surface and read the signals received by the probe as the two molecules interacted.The researchers report that they were able to read the spin and magnetic interactions as they occurred with the two molecules. They report also that using the probe they were also able to create images of the shape of the interactions in several spatial directions. They noted that the signals they received were strongest when the probe was placed directly over the center of the molecule under study and that it decreased asymmetrically as the angle was increased and exponentially as the tip was moved farther away. The team also linked two of the nickelocene molecules together and report that they behaved according to density functional theory.The researchers conclude by suggesting that it is possible to measure and monitor spin interactions at the angstrom level, which is likely to lead to the development of new kinds of magnetic sensors.last_img read more


first_imgTo commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, Embassy of China in association with India China Economic and Cultural Council organised a cultural evening – Chinese KungFu Show, to strengthen the bilateral cultural cooperation between India and China, on 24 September at Siri Fort Auditorium. The show saw the performances by the Shaolin Kung Fu Performance Troupe. The troupe belongs to the Emperor of Tang Dynasty from 621 B.C. and is one of the ancient troupes from China, straight from the Shaolin Temple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Performing for the first time in India, the Shaolin Kung Fu troupe displayed an array of excellent skills such as the Zen Kungfu, eight-piece brocade, long-style boxing, Kungfu by two fingers, imitative-style boxing among many others.  Shaolin Kung Fu Performance troupe, being known for its historic background and art training, showcased their various breath taking and astonishing skills at the evening enthralling the crowd with their surprise tricks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeaking on the occasion, Zhang Zhihong, Cultural Counsellor, Embassy of China in India expressed warm greetings on the occasion of China National Day and wished for the complete success of the program and contributes to the people and culture exchange between the two countries. Mohammed Saqib, Secretary General, India China Economic and Cultural Council thanked all for gathering and ensuring a trademark show ever in the history of cultural evenings. Also gracing the occasion with theirbest wishes were Parvez Dewan, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and  Le Yucheng, Chinese Ambassador to India.last_img read more


first_imgSimilar plants have also come up at Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s residential colonies at Shastri Park, Sarita Vihar and Yamuna Bank where about 260 kilolitres of water is being reused, primarily in watering gardens and toilets.The five depots where the facilities have been installed are – Sarita Vihar, Shastri Park, Yamuna Bank, Sultanpur and Khyber Pass.The plants at Najafgarh and Dwarka are under renovation.Officials said plans are afoot to have similar facilities in the depots which are going to come up as part Phase-III of expansion and “feasibility studies” are being conducted to explore the possibility of installing similar plants at other locations.As part of its water conservation efforts, DMRC also has 470 rain water harvesting pits at 99 locations with a total capacity of 7,844 cubic metres, a statement said. It is also developing an “Environmental Management System” to promote awareness on the need to conserve water among employees and stakeholders.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) will announce the results of Madhyamik examination 2018 on Wednesday, June 6. The results will be declared at a Press conference at the Board office in Salt Lake at 9 am. A senior official of WBBSE informed that the results can be accessed from the official website of WBBSE www.webresults.in/wbbse.org, from 10 am. Apart from this, candidates can also type WB 10 followed by their roll number and send it to 54242 or 5888 to receive the marks. It may be mentioned that a total of 11,21,921 candidates had appeared for the examination, which is 31,075 higher than last year. Among the examinees, 6,21,366 were girls, while 4,81,555 were boys. There were 2,811 centres in which the examination was held from March 12 to 21.last_img


first_imgKolkata: State agriculture department has decided to impart training to the farmers of Malda district, where the department is planning to produce Tulaipanji and other aromatic rice in large scale.A team of research wing at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will soon visit Malda district not only to carry out a detailed survey but also to encourage the farmers to cultivate Tulaipanji and other scented rice.The step is a part of the overall initiative of the state Agriculture department to increase the production of aromatic rice. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will identify the places where these rice could be grown on a large scale. They will encourage the farmers into new ventures and training would be given to them.The department will provide seeds to the farmers in the district at a cheaper rate so that more number of farmers show their interest.The state government will extend all possible benefits to the farmers to make the attempt a success, sources in the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAgriculture department will carry out a detailed study, examine the nature of the land where Tulaipamji and other aromatic rice could be grown in North Bengal.State agriculture minister recently held a high-level meeting with the researchers of Uttar BangaKrishi Vishwavidyalaya and other senior officials of the department, chalking out an elaborate plan on how to increase the production of aromatic rice.It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to the North Bengal, asked the senior government officials to take necessary steps so that Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and other aromatic rice can be produced on a large scale. The main purpose of the move is to ensure that the people get these rice at a lesser price.Proded by the Chief Minister, the agriculture department is also leaving no stone unturned to make it possible. It may be mentioned here that state Agriculture department has already been taking help from the research fellows of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya who will provide assistance to the department in this regard. The main purpose is to increase the production of fragrant rice in the state.Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister said his department has set a target to increase the production of various aromatic rice including Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog in various districts.A research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya has chosen Malda district where Tulaipanji could be grown on a large scale. A team will soon visit the district to identify the areas.last_img read more


first_imgIn order to revitalise these forgotten monuments, a group of passionate architectures and musicians have come together with a unique initiative to explain to the general public, the extraordinary architecture of these structures with the help of dance and music.During the TEDx talks at Indian International Center, the group showcased the presentation on their pilot site Khirkhi Majid, through which they shared exuberant amalgamation of elements of architecture. The presentation was hence backed with classical singing and dancing. The group then displayed Chaturangana which was an attempt to add a new dimension to the architectural heritage, Mugal Darbar.       Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The music from the darbar and the rag from the temples have now landed in the theater of black boxes. With our project Chaturanagana we attempt to bring together the bond of music, dance, architecture and literature on a common platform to try and explore component of space,” said Shivjita Roy, team dancer.The group then presented their latest project on India International Centre (IIC) building with a music piece that highlighted the objective of the center which is to promote and facilitate exchange of knowledge and mutual appreciation of culture from different parts of the world.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“We are architectures by day and musician and dancers all day long. We have come from the same background. During our architecture course we were exposed to the world of architecture and our training in Indian classical art form greatly mentored our understanding of space. We could understand that the whole picture is so much bigger than some of its parts. And when we collaborated architecture with music and dance, it was nothing but sheer magic,” said Vidhya Gopal, team vocalist. Their attempt to discover and unravel space with amalgamation of music,threaded a story in itself. The hope for this innovative idea is to flourish and to harbor change.last_img read more