© 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. Citation: Security researcher discovers badBIOS malware that jumps using microphone and speakers (2013, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-badbios-malware-microphone-speakers.html All of the things Ruiu has described have been seen before, just not all together. The Stuxnet virus, for example, was passed to infected machines from memory sticks, and high-frequency sound waves have been used to send network packets of information for years. What’s troubling about badBIOS is that it’s either infecting only Ruiu’s machines, or it’s infecting a lot of other machines but nobody knows about it because of its very sneaky nature. If it is infecting other computers, what is it doing, and why?Ruiu contends that badBIOS is malware that infects a computer’s BIOS, thus reformatting a hard drive won’t kill it, nor will running any known commercial antivirus software suite. Ruiu says that despite cleaning every piece of hardware he owns, the infections return. He says it all started around three years ago after installing a fresh copy of Mac OS X on his MacBook Air—the firmware on it updated itself without him doing anything to cause it to do so. Afterwards, the machine refused to allow him to boot from a CD ROM. Over the next several months, he reports, his other computers began behaving strangely as well, modifying their own firmware, occasionally deleting data and undoing changes to configuration information. What really worried him though was that a computer not connected to a network, or the Internet became infected as well. That led him to discover that encrypted data packets were being sent between infected machines, even those not on a network. The only way to stop them, he found, was disconnecting the microphones and speakers.Ruiu’s tale is a strange one indeed, begging several questions. The first of which is why is he the only one infected? Also, because of the complexity of the malware, if it’s real, it almost certainly has been created by an entity with a lot of money, most likely a government. If so, which one, and why? And if a group or a government went to so much trouble to create badBIOS, why use it to infect one security expert, unless perhaps, the purpose is to use him as a pawn to test how well it does whatever it’s been designed to do? (Phys.org) —Highly respected Canadian security expert Dragos Ruiu has been fighting, he claims, an unknown bit of malware that that appears to run on Windows, Mac OS X, BSD and Linux, for approximately three years. After much research and effort, which he has been documenting using several online venues (mainly Twitter), he says he believes the malware infects computers via memory sticks, and vice versa. He says also that he’s found evidence that the malware is able to create mini-networks between infected machines using high frequency sound waves that are passed from a computer’s microphone to another’s speakers, and vice-versa. Unfortunately, at this time, Ruiu is the only person that appears to know about the malware, which he has dubbed badBIOS. Explore further UN atomic agency suffers ‘malware’ attack
Most people know that exposure to hot weather can impact thought processing, emotions and ultimately behavior—news reports of higher rates of crime during heatwaves provide just one example. In this new effort, the researchers wondered what impact hot weather might have on public servants—particularly those who have to work regardless of the weather. More specifically, they focused their attention on food inspectors and police officers—and the people with whom they interact. The study was done as part of ongoing research into possible impacts on people due to global warming.To better understand how food inspectors and police officers might be impacted by hotter weather, the researchers accessed databases of information about food inspection activities and traffic statistics. More specifically, for food inspectors, they looked at the number of food safety inspections that occurred and the number of food safety violations that were reported over the years 2001 to 2015. For police officer performance, they looked at the number of police stops made and the number of accidents that occurred across the U.S. from 2002 to 2017. Linking such data with weather data allowed the researchers to spot behavioral changes during periods of hot weather.The researchers found that there were more car accidents during hot weather—but there were fewer traffic stops. There were also fewer food inspections, but more food safety violations. They suggest more car accidents and food safety violations are indicative of changes in the behavior of drivers and those who work in restaurants, when they get hot—they become less careful. The data also suggests that hot weather can causes police officers and food inspectors to be less diligent, which, the researchers suggest, could be a problem as the planet continues to heat up. A team of researchers affiliated with MIT and Harvard University has found evidence suggesting that as the planet heats up, the performance of some government workers might be negatively impacted. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nick Obradovich, Dustin Tingley and Iyad Rahwan describe their study of data related to police officer and food inspector performance during hot weather, and what they found. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further More information: Nick Obradovich et al. Effects of environmental stressors on daily governance, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1803765115AbstractHuman workers ensure the functioning of governments around the world. The efficacy of human workers, in turn, is linked to the climatic conditions they face. Here we show that the same weather that amplifies human health hazards also reduces street-level government workers’ oversight of these hazards. To do so, we employ US data from over 70 million regulatory police stops between 2000 and 2017, from over 500,000 fatal vehicular crashes between 2001 and 2015, and from nearly 13 million food safety violations across over 4 million inspections between 2012 and 2016. We find that cold and hot temperatures increase fatal crash risk and incidence of food safety violations while also decreasing police stops and food safety inspections. Added precipitation increases fatal crash risk while also decreasing police stops. We examine downscaled general circulation model output to highlight the possible day-to-day governance impacts of climate change by 2050 and 2099. Future warming may augment regulatory oversight during cooler seasons. During hotter seasons, however, warming may diminish regulatory oversight while simultaneously amplifying the hazards government workers are tasked with overseeing. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Evidence suggests global warming might have a negative impact on some government workers (2018, August 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-evidence-global-negative-impact-workers.html Empathetic police are less effective in the face of public criticism, study says 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.
Ni/graphene powders after shear mixing and freeze drying. (A) SEM image of Ni/graphene powders, showing no noticeable aggregation of graphene sheets. (B) TEM image of the surface of a Ni/graphene powder, showing that few-layered graphene closely coated around the Ni particle. (C) In situ heating observation of a Ni/graphene powder. Graphene gradually dissolved into Ni with increasing temperature. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 Zhang et al. used Ni alloys due to their outstanding capability to withstand high temperatures and creep resistance. To verify high temperature performance, the scientists added titanium (Ti, 2 percent) and aluminum (Al, 2 percent) into the Ni/graphene powders for sintering. The resulting Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite also showed brick-and-mortar architecture and stripe-like-grains. The earlier Ni/ Ni3C composites maintained a high hardness from room temperature to 300 °C, although afterwards the hardness rapidly decreased. In comparison, the Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite developed thereafter, showed no hardness reduction up to 500 °C. The new composites were relatively smooth at room temperature and showed oxidized surfaces with irregular particles at 1000 °C. Based on the alloy recipes and heat treatments introduced in the study, the scientists propose using the novel composites to engineer the next-generation superalloys for potential temperature elevated applications, including aircraft gas turbines and spacecraft airframes. In this way, Zhang and colleagues designed and developed a prototypical graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite with nacre-inspired brick-and-mortar architecture. They conducted extensive characterization studies to investigate and understand the material properties of the newly developed composites. The Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite showed superior strength at 1000 °C compared to commercial superalloys. The scientists envision this promising new strategy to design and synthesize advanced, bioinspired materials to achieve exceptionally high mechanical robustness for a wide-range of applications in materials science and multidisciplinary fields. 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: Science Advances Microstructure of the graphene-enabled Ni/Ni3C composite. (A) SEM image of cold-rolled Ni/Ni3C composite, showing brick-and-mortar structures. (B) Fracture surface of Ni/Ni3C composite, showing laminated structure constructed by elongated dimples. (C) Low-magnification TEM image, showing a large second-phase particle embedded in the Ni matrix. (D) After cold rolling, Ni grains were deformed into long stripes with the thickness ranging from 100 to 300 nm. (E) Two-beam diffraction dark-field image of the Ni matrix, showing a high concentration of dislocations. (F) Close-up observation of the Ni/Ni3C boundary. (G) HRTEM image of the interface between Ni and a second-phase particle, revealing a transition zone. (H) Ni3C crystal on [−110] plane. (I) HRTEM image of the [−110] plane of Ni3C particle, showing identical atomic arrangement as in the Fig. 2H. (J) Schematic illustration of the formation of Ni/Ni3C composite with a brick-and-mortar structure. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 3-D printing electrically assisted, nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capabilities , Advanced Materials Due to the mix of strengthening and toughening mechanisms introduced in the method, the final sample showed an improved strength of 73 percent and only 28 percent reduction in ductility to cause notable toughness enhancement. Zhang et al. then included titanium (Ti) and aluminum (Al) in the graphene-derived composite to form Ni-Ti-Al/ Ni3C as a superalloy. The scientists propose to use the 2-D material enabled powder on different material constituents to create possibilities for new metal matrix composites. They then conducted tests to investigate the microstructure and mechanical performance of graphene-enabled Ni/ Ni3C composites using energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). They confirmed the composition of the new material and showed that the material did not break during the process of intricate manufacture. The graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composites showed outstanding mechanical performance, observed using dog bone shaped samples of the composites. The scientists used the combined strength and ductility in the present work to indicate that the bioinspired brick-and-mortar architecture efficiently mitigated the conflict between strength and toughness. To understand the stiffening, strengthening and toughening mechanisms of the graphene-derived Ni/ Ni3C composite, Zhang et al. conducted nanoindentation studies and obtained the Young’s modulus of the material. They showed that the Ni3C platelets enhanced the Young’s modulus of the novel material for increased hardness. The resulting structures showing hard and reduced modulus maps to present an alternating hard-soft-structure. Then using atom probe tomography (APT) maps, they showed homogenously dispersed carbon atoms in the nickel matrix. The graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite showed obvious plastic deformation and higher toughness compared with pure Ni, the structural integrity of the new material could deviate cracks to prevent their opening, much like natural nacre. The scientists also showed the appearance of metal bridges for effective crack deflection, where the layered architecture blunted the crack tip, preventing further crack propagation to experimentally prove the brick-and-mortar architecture of Ni/ Ni3C contributing to toughness and ductility without crack induction. Materials scientists previously attempted to mimic the architecture of nacre with remarkable success. However, the intrinsically low plasticity of ceramics and polymers used, limited their potential mechanical activity. Researchers therefore expected to clone nacre’s architecture with stronger constituents such as metal incorporated composites, in a more promising yet challenging task. Scientists previously used Nickel (Ni) and its alloys in diverse applications due to compatibility in high temperatures and extreme environments with outstanding mechanical performance and stability. In the present work, therefore, Zhang et al. investigated if graphene-enabled, high-performance Ni matrix composites with nacre-like, brick-and-mortar structure could be engineered by scalable and feasible procedures. For this, Zhang et al. first formed a graphene-delivered Ni/Ni3C composite with a characteristic bioinspired, brick-and-mortar architecture using conventional powder metallurgy. They homogenously coated Ni powders with graphene during shear mixing and freeze drying and dissolved carbon into Ni at high temperatures to facilitate the sintering process. The Ni3C platelets formed during the process served as major load bearers, strengthening the composites, while the Ni matrix ensured ductility. Strengthening and toughening mechanisms of graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite with brick-and-mortar structure. (A) Nanoindentation load-displacement curves of Ni and Ni3C platelet. (B) Hardness map derived from nanoindentation tests. (C) Reduced modulus map derived from nanoindentation tests. (D) Finite element simulation of the Ni/Ni3C composite under tension. (E) APT map of Ni and C atom distribution. (F) APT map of C atom distribution. (G) In situ tensile test with strain map. (H) In situ three-point bending test under SEM. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 Microstructure of Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite and high-temperature Vickers hardness of Ni, graphene-derived Ni/Ni3C composite, Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite, and HR-224 superalloy. (A) SEM image of Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite after chemical etching. (B) High-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) image of the Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite. (C to F) High-resolution EDS of Ni, Ti, Al, and C maps. (G) Hardness values from high-temperature Vickers hardness tests. (H) Room temperature Vickers hardness indentation impression on Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite (the edge length of the inset image is 180 μm). (I) High-temperature (1000°C) Vickers hardness indentation impression on Ni-Ti-Al/Ni3C composite (the edge length of the inset image is 180 μm). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 , Science In a recent study, Yunya Zhang and co-workers at the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Atom-Probe Tomography in the U.S. developed a bioinspired Ni/Ni3C composite to mimic nacre-like brick-and-mortar structure with Ni powders and graphene sheets. They showed that the composite achieved 73 percent increase in strength with only a 28 percent compromise in ductility to indicate a notable improvement in toughness. In the study, the researchers developed optimized material of graphene-derived, nickel- (Ni), titanium- (Ti) and aluminum- (Al) based composites (Ni-Ti-Al/ Ni3C composite) that retained high hardness of up to 1000 °C. The materials scientists unveiled a new method in the work to fabricate smart 2-D materials and engineer high-performance metal matrix composites. The composites displayed a brick-and-mortar structure via interfacial reactions to develop functionally advanced Ni-C based alloys for high-temperature environments. The results are now published in Science Advances. Next-generation materials should inherently combine properties of strength and toughness, although their pursuit results in a compromise between hardness and ductility. In engineered materials, an initiated fracture can propagate rapidly without any shield, whereas biological structures can allow hierarchical architectures made of non-toxic and limited resources to deviate crack opening. A common example is mother-of-pearl or nacre, composed of aragonite (form of CaCO3), platelets and biopolymer. In the brick-and-mortar structure, the aragonite platelets act as bricks for load bearing, and the biopolymer acts as a mortar binding the aragonite platelets together. During fracture in nacre, the structure of mineral bridges can shield the crack opening, while biopolymer layers dissipate the fracture energy to prevent large-scale delamination. Citation: Bioinspired Materials—Graphene-enabled nickel composites (2019, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-bioinspired-materialsgraphene-enabled-nickel-composites.html , Nature Materials Mechanical properties of graphene-enabled Ni/Ni3C composite with a brick-and-mortar structure. (A) Tensile stress-strain curves of Ni, Ni produced by powder metallurgy, and Ni/Ni3C composite (inset shows the size of tensile specimen). (B) Comparative bar chart of mechanical properties of Ni and Ni/Ni3C composite. (C) Elongation versus yield strength plot showing that the as-fabricated Ni/Ni3C composite had an outstanding combination of strength and ductility. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577 Bioinspired engineering strategies rely on achieving the combined biological properties of strength and toughness inherent in nature. Tissue engineers and materials scientists therefore aim to construct intelligent, hierarchical biomimetic structures from limited resources. As a representative material, natural nacre maintains a brick-and-mortar structure that allows many viable toughening mechanisms on multiple scales. Such naturally occurring materials demonstrate an outstanding combination of strength and toughness, unlike any synthetic, engineered biomaterial. Explore further More information: Yunya Zhang et al. Bioinspired, graphene-enabled Ni composites with high strength and toughness, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav5577Sungbaek Seo et al. Significant Performance Enhancement of Polymer Resins by Bioinspired Dynamic Bonding, Advanced Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703026Ulrike G. K. Wegst et al. Bioinspired structural materials, Nature Materials (2014). DOI: 10.1038/nmat4089E. Munch et al. Tough, Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials, Science (2008). DOI: 10.1126/science.1164865 © 2019 Science X Network
Jamia Millia Islamia has published Tagore Shanasi, a comprehensive study on Rabindranath Tagore in Urdu.The study has been done by the university’s Department of Urdu under the Tagore Research and Translation Scheme funded by the Ministry of Culture. The book has been authored by renowned critic and author Shamim Tarique and has been published by leading Urdu publishing house, Maktaba Jamia Limited. Spread over 15 sections, this 180-page book deals with different facets of Tagore and his works. Besides Tagore’s time-period, family, birth, childhood, education, his interest in nature, visits and journey, marriage, household affairs, his character and personality, Tarique has thrown light on the creative journey of Tagore i.e. his poetry, music, drama, story, novel and painting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tarique has discussed at length Tagore’s association with Santiniketan, the university he founded, and his role as a teacher. He has also looked at important signposts such as his winning the Nobel Prize. He has also reflected on Tagore’s thought and philosophy, his concept of nationalism, his poetic vision, his final journey and his creations and publications.‘All those pure hearted scholars should be saluted who provided the new bases of understanding Tagore,’ said Tarique who dedicated the book to the spirit of nationalism that is finely manifested in Jamia Millia Islamia, the 92-year-old university. Ten thousand copies of the book have been published and will be distributed free among the scholars and general readers.
I had a very confused idea about brunches. It was all about a late breakfast that filled you up so much that there was no place for lunch. But then I had to redefine things in my head. Brunches were breakfast lunches that spread over half the late day, over noon and a little bit of those early evenings. And am talking winter sunlight – what’s not to love?Making most of the winter sun most hotels across the Capital are hosting their special winter brunches. We headed over to Blooms at Eros Hotel, Nehru Place to try their spread. Priced at Rs 2500 (plus taxes and without alcohol) they offer unlimited sparkling wine, some great cocktails and of course beer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Start with the incredible spread of cold cuts. Out of all the places we have tried out for brunch, Blooms had one of the most impressive cold cut platters, hands down! Dig in to fresh salmon, ham, pepperoni, prawn cocktails, mussels, squids and the list just goes in. It is a complete meat lovers’ delight. For those not willing to go all carnivorous, you can try Roasted mushroom caps with balsamic and cheese flakes, Potato and bean salad, Caprese, French beans with sundried tomatoes, Tea flavoured eggs with tapenade and there’s more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the main course they have a buffet on offer as well as live counters for Teppanyaki, Dimsums, Italian, Sizzlers and Grills, Galouti and Prathas and dishes from the Tandoor and even some awesome South Indian fare.Make sure you try the prawn dimsums and get the chef to whip up some great fried rice at the Teppanyaki counter. Do not miss the grills where you can get salmon, lobsters, squid and tenderloin steaks grilled for you. Try the grilled pineapple for guilty pleasures. As the chef suggests, do try the malabari parathas with mutton.Please keep some place for deserts as they have the chocolate fountain with fruit skewers and an incredible chocolate cake with the liquid centre that is baked fresh for you. You can also take a pick from the ready dessert platter.Head over this Sunday, the brunch is on from 12 to 4. Make a date out of it. You won’t regret it!
Shunyata translated in English means emptiness. Based on the philosophy of Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha, Buddhism conceptualises Shunyata as the principle concept of nothingness. To essay this philosophy of Gautam Buddha on the stage, Kathak danseuse Shovana Narayan, teamed up with the Grammy Award winners – the Buddhist monks of the Sherabling Monastic Seat to present the music and dance production, Shunyata. The two-hour show was staged in the Capital at Kamani Auditorium, on 30 September. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The event was graced by the presence of Murli Manohar Joshi, MP of Kanpur, Meira Kumar, ?Former Speaker of? LS,? Salman Khurshid, Cabinet Minister of MEA and many other dignitaries. Shunyata was an amalgation of dance traditions of Kathak and the ritual arts of Vajrayana Buddhism. Interlaced with meditation and abhiyana, the entire cast of the show essayed some of the chapters of Lord Buddha’s life in four different parts. It reflected Lord Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment and how he revised life of millions of his followers. The life-changing experiences of King Ashoka and other disciples of Buddha – Kisa and Sujata were demonstrated in the performances. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe act took through the experiences of King Ashoka after the war of Kalinga. How Ashoka slowly removes the veils of arrogance standing amidst a sea of corpses was beautifully depicted in the act. The next episode told the story of Kisa, who did not accept the death of her child and becomes a demented woman. The final episode was of Sujata, who had fed kheer to Buddha and became his first disciple. Each of these experiences essayed the time immemorial quest and fears that each person goes through and for which answers have to be found by each within him or herself. The programme also featured a recitation of poetry on Prayer Flag by Sudeep Sen.
The Opposition has come down heavily on the Modi-government over their India-US civil nuclear agreement, which was inked on Sunday. While CPM general secretary Prakash Karat raised the liability clause attached with the deal, the Congress slammed the government for not keeping them in the loop about it.Karat while citing the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy said, “We all know what happened in Bhopal and we should be prepared to protect the interests of our people in case of any mishaps and accidents. It should not be compromised and the US was exerting immense pressure to circumvent this condition.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIKarat went on to say, “Now that both governments have arrived at an agreement over the nuke deal, the Indian government should disclose its stand on the liability clause that has been incorporated.” He also said that America had been strongly opposing this clause “due to excess pressure from the nuclear suppliers lobby.” The Left leader said, “Such a tough policy was vital to ensure that defective and sub-standard nuclear materials are not routed to India.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindMeanwhile senior Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, while referring to the deal, said, “I am not sure yet what the content is. It should be shared with our leadership, Soniaji and Dr Manmohan Singh.” When reportedly asked about the ‘break-through’ deal being a result of Modi’s camaraderie with Obama he said, “Diplomacy is a lot more than body language. Body language can also be a matter of command performance. We are interested in content and substance and not in stage performances. As long as the performances look good, who can complain?”“If they are following the path that we have set out for them, we can’t complain. Who made the nuclear law and under what pressure? The agreement almost brought down the (then UPA) government and the trust vote (held in Parliament over the deal) was forced by the BJP,” said Khurshid, adding, “We do deserve an acknowledgement that there was an attempt at interference or else we could have achieved this breakthrough long ago.”
Reconstructing the narration from damaged or thrown iron objects to weave newer stories, Delhi based artist Gopal Namjoshi is all set to exhibit Iron Installations over an Art Exhibition at India Habitat Center. The exhibition will be starting from March 21 for a period of 20 days . The artist has reconstructed the scratched, broken, damaged, thrown etc to shape up these installations. As Namjoshi, believes that iron objects to weave newer stories taking the forms of cows, birds, humans, monkeys, insects, goats and the living world of all organisms. The beauty of his sculpted animals, human forms are having genuine expressions which can be seen reflecting out of the metallic lifeless forms because their heart bears the true spirit and yet not mechanical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gopal Namjoshi is an independent artist and muralist working in the area of arts, crafts and design and have been practising for over 25 years now. Gopal has craved niche for himself with his innovative scale of works. After spending his formative years as a designer, lecturer, consultant and an advertising professional in Jaipur, has moved his base to Delhi-Gurgaon and has swiftly been picking up to the likes of the city.Born in 1961 in Jaipur, Gopal Namjoshi studied art for five years at the Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur and was also awarded Gold Medal for achieving 1st position in another five Year diploma in Fine Arts from, School of Arts, Jaipur.When: On from March 21Where: India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road
The Noida Authority Board on Friday approved two metro projects worth Rs 6,710 crores along with allotting
Kolkata: A biker without a headgear was killed in a road accident in New Town on Friday morning. According to the locals, when the biker tried to cross the taxi and the dumper, the rider lost control and collided with the dumper on his left side and sustained head injuries. Police informed that at 9:15 am on Friday one Sankar Mondal was headed towards Narkelbagan from Baliguri on his bike bearing registration number WB 26AD/5537 and near Chakpachuria, he faced the taxi and the dumper. He tried to go ahead taking the in-between road as the vehicles were running side by side in front of him and Mondal somehow came close to the taxi. As a result his bike and taxi collided on the right side. Though Mondal did not fall on the ground, he lost control over his bike and collided with the dumper’s right side. His bike immediately skidded and Mondal got stuck in a hook of the dumper. The driver of the dumper came to a halt after he was alerted by the pedestrians. Mondal was removed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.
Winter ushers in all things warm, cozy and festive but the season also demands extra skin care. Experts share precise solutions to ride out the ill-effects of the impending winter. * Keep yourself hydrated: The cold doesn’t only dry out your skin, it attacks from within. Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated and healthy as it wards off all the toxins out of the system.* Exfoliate your skin regularly: Use a scrub made of curd and sugar to gently exfoliate your body and remove the layer of dead cells formed on it. Curd is known as a wonderful exfoliator for the skin due to the presence of lactic acid Sugar, on the other hand, is a natural source of glycolic acid that penetrates the skin and breaks down the ‘glue’ that bonds skin cells. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Moisturise over damp skin: The key to glowing skin is moisturising from head to toe. Extra care and conditioning can help your skin brave the chill.* Use a good sunscreen: During winters, one common mistake that everyone makes is missing out on a sunscreen. The winters do not stop the UVA and UVB rays of the sun from harming your skin.* Ideal method for hair removal: Waxing and use of creams are a complete no-no. On the contrary, shaving when done right is favoured and faster. Waxing is said to strip off essential oils and natural lipids that are crucial for keeping your skin smooth. It makes skin more susceptible to dryness and peeling.
Known as the ‘Salman Khan of the Fat World’ in the comedy circuit, Jeevashu has done over 1500 shows across different genres. He made his film debut with Tamasha and his TV debut with ‘Gangs of Haseepur’.Abijit Ganguly is one of the faces of the talented comedy culture thriving in India today. He is popularly referred to as the best looking Bengali man after Bappi Lahiri and is known for his anecdotal style of observational comedy.Excerpts from an interview: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow excited are you to be performing at Hard Rock Cafe – Gurgaon? Jeeveshu Ahluwalia (JA) and Abijit Ganguly (AG): We’re damn excited about this show. Always wanted to feel like a rockstar and guess this is the closest it will get for us comedians. Now all that is left is Groupies for stand-up too.How long have you been performing stand-up comedy? JA: I started doing this on 7th March 2013, the best day of my life.AG: I started out in 2010, when I was pursuing my Masters degree from Delhi School of Economics. Kept doing it by the side till 2014, when I was a consultant in Deloitte. And I have been doing it full time since 2014. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhere do you get your material? Who is your inspiration?JA: Life in general is a huge inspiration, so I derive my comedy from anything and everything around me.AG: I’m forever making observations and small notes about everything happening around. And in a country like ours, there’s always something or the other happening. Also, I’m married, so that gives enough material.Jaspal Bhatti had a lasting impression on me. It’s brilliant how, stuff he wrote decades back is still relevant today. Among English stand-up comedians, I like Kevin Hart, Jim Jeffries and Louis CK. How would you describe yourself in three words? JA: Short, Fair and CuteAG: Funny, Impulsive, Spontaneous What happens if the audience doesn’t find your quips funny? How do you deal with hecklers? JA: I revel in them. Hecklers can make average shows great. Taking down a heckler is one of the greatest satisfaction in the comedy world.AG: You crack a joke at how bad that joke did. You shift to crowd work. You keep doing something till they do. What has been your best gig? JA: The last one, you are only as good or as bad as your last gig. AG: It is hard to pinpoint at a particular show because mostly all public shows go pretty good. But since college shows are mostly fun, I guess performing for the students at IIIT-Delhi, IIT Roorkee, VIT, Ramjas, etc have been pretty amazing. I also had one of my most fun shows when I was performing for a corporate, Value 360. Super set of people, so it was a great show.What would you be if you weren’t a comedian? Who is your favourite comedian?JA: If I wasn’t a comedian, I would have been dead and my favourite comedian is my mum.AG: I would be one of those vagabond travellers or probably a hermit running a cafe somewhere in Kasol. My favourite comedians are Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Jim Jeffries and Louis CK. What are you working on right now? Say something funny.JA: If I tell you that then I would have to kill you!AG: The famous Joker from Batman comics said ‘if you’re good at something, never do it for free’.
Kolkata: Tension gripped Palashipara in Nadia after police recovered a human skeleton from a house. The officers have been sent it for a forensic test. According to local residents, Priyobroto Mondal used to live alone at a house beside the Sahebnagar bus stand in Palashipara.Three years ago he remarried after his first wife died. His two son — Subhankar and Dipankar — lived separately. Subhankar lives in Pune while Dipankar lives with his maternal uncle close to Palashipara. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePriyobroto got into depression as his two sons and wife did not live with him. Recently, he had lost his ability to walk after an accident. Dipankar used to provide him food daily from his maternal uncle’s home. But Priyobroto refused to accept it. On several occasions Priyobroto misbehaved with Dipankar and therefore stopped going to his father. On Sunday night, Subhankar returned home and knocked on the door. Despite repeated knocks, he received no response. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSubhankar informed the neighbours who got in touch with the police. Later, police personnel broke opened the door. But before they could enter the house, they sensed a foul smell emanating from the house. Soon the police discovered the skeleton on the floor of the house. It is suspected that Priyobroto had died long ago but nobody knew anything as Dipankar had stopped visiting his father. Also as the doors and windows of the house remained closed, the smell could not spread outside. It is yet to be confirmed that the skeleton is of Priyobroto. Police are waiting for forensic report which would confirm the skeleton ‘s identity and cause of death. Sleuths are questioning Dipankar why he had stopped visiting his father.
Kolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) will henceforth not allow construction of mezzanine floors in Salt Lake Sector V to prevent fire in institutional buildings.A workshop to prevent fire in offices was held in the auditorium of Unnayan Bhavan on Friday. Sujit Basu, minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services, Director General of Fire Services Jag Mohan and Debashis Sen, chairman of NDITA, were present at the workshop. Representatives of various offices in Sector V also attended the workshop. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Fire and Emergency Services department will provide six more motorcycles fitted with firefighting equipment to NDITA, taking the total strength of the fleet to 10. The motorcycle fleet will tackle fire in buildings situated on narrow roads. NDITA discussed the key issues that have come up in the fire audit it had conducted on buildings. It was found that many IT offices in Sector V had constructed mezzanine floors to expand the offices. These floors pose a serious hazard and hence NDITA has decided not to allow construction of mezzanine floors in institutional buildings anymore. It was also found that the computer servers in IT offices run 24×7 and only one AC is kept in the server rooms, which is not enough. The AC machine becomes hot, leading to electrical short circuits which cause fire. NDITA has urged the representatives of the IT firms to keep two ACs in the server rooms from now.
When on August 15 India would be celebrating its 71st Independence Day, a small twin country in North Atlantic would also have a reason to celebrate its association with India.The articles of Khadi are all set to touch the shore of Trinidad and Tobago this month as Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) despatched its consignment of Khadi products to the High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago on August 2.On July 5, Bishwadip Dey, Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago met KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena at his New Delhi office and informed him that there is a considerable population of Indian origin there. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAs the Indian High Commission had decided to provide khadi gift hampers to some dignitaries on Independence Day this year, it ordered for a supply of 200 boxes of Khadi napkins in paperboard packing and 150 boxes of khadi napkins in wooden box packing. Not only that, the Indian High Commission had also expressed its desire to purchase khadi yoga kit, khadi yoga mat, diary made out of handmade paper with quotes of Gandhiji, and garland made out of sandalwood bark from KVIC. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith this supply order, KVIC Chairman appears very enthusiastic. “Keeping in view the large number of population of Indian origin and initiative of prime minister Modi to popularize Khadi globally, we decided to facilitate as many as 110 elderly Indians aged 90 to 110 years on September 8, by offering them Khadi angvastram,” said Vinay Kumar Saxena, adding, “As the High Commissioner requested KVIC to gift 110 pieces of shawls / Angvastram along with the same number of Tricolour Khadi gundi mala of one hank length, we dispatched those items to the High Commission as a goodwill gesture.”Saxena further said that keeping in view the future prospects of Khadi marketing, KVIC had also decided to participate in the nine days’ Diwali festival fair during November 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago. It will create awareness about Khadi among the people and also helpful in identifying potential buyers.
No one in the history of monster truck stunt drivin’ had ever landed a full front flip, until Lee O’Donnell pulled off the holy grail trick at the World Finals in Las Vegas.You don’t have to know anything about the sport, and believe me, we don’t, to appreciate this stunt. Here’s what it looks like to drop the mic in a monster truck.Lee O’Donnell lands first-ever front flip at Monster Jam World Finals in Vegas to win title pic.twitter.com/4qli5kuxMm— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2017
The NFL Pro Bowl selections were announced yesterday, and Aaron Rodgers was selected as one of three quarterbacks for the NFC squad despite the Packers 5-8-1 record and his coach getting fired. Colin isn’t much of a Pro Bowl guy, but thinks Russell Wilson being snubbed in favor of Rodgers is completely ridiculous.While Rodgers has been inconsistent all season and posted a losing record with a decent supporting cast, Wilson has the Seahawks on the verge of a playoff berth in what most assumed was a rebuilding year with mostly unknown weapons. Wilson also beat Rodgers in a head-to-head matchup in Week 11.Colin doesn’t usually get too worked up over Pro Bowl selections, but Rodgers over Wilson got him going.Watch here:
10 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When Stephen Bakerman joined Owen Bird Law Corp., in Vancouver, British Columbia, nearly nine years ago, the IT infrastructure was a “mishmash of everything.”To clean things up, Bakerman — Owen Bird’s information technology manager and one-man IT department — has taken the 88-employee law firm virtual. He is currently running 17 hardware servers and recently purchased four more to be dedicated to virtualization. His intention is to run 17 virtual servers on five hardware boxes.But exactly what does it mean to have a virtual server? Basically, virtualizationis all about a server being a logical entity, not a physical one, and running one or more of these logical (or “virtual”) servers on a single physical computer.As Bakerman explains it: “To virtualize a physical server, you take another server that is normally used for another app; load on a virtualization program, then [load] a program like Virtual Iron that allows you to emulate little compartments on the physical server. You take the simulated computer and load your OS on it, and it runs in its own world independent of the other OSes that are also running on that box. Think of virtualization as creating little compartments on the physical server: One might run Windows, another may run Linux. If one compartment gets corrupted, nothing else is affected.”Even better, the configurations can be dynamic, automatically adjusting to changing loads and the availability of physical resources. Put it together and you’ve got an easy way to optimize your company’s use of expensive hardware.Owen Bird, a full-service, midsize law firm, uses virtualization technology from Virtual Iron, and it’s made a big difference to Bakerman. “The infrastructure for me was key, and I worked at changing the servers that were problematic,” says Bakerman.DON’T MISS: 5 Simple Rules For Going VirtualWhile all IT professionals seek ways to save time and money, for those at small and medium-sized businesses the quest can be even more critical. Small staffs are pressured to put out fires all day and still find the time to perform time-consuming yet mundane maintenance tasks. They also need reliable systems in place to protect their data and applications.Bakerman is already enjoying virtualization’s benefits. “It’s easier than I thought it was going to be,” he says. “One of the great things about virtualization is the live migration and live capacity. I can update the server during the day instead of at 3 a.m. For me, I will have less work in the middle of the night as part of an upgrade.” Just as important, he adds, “through the use of virtualization, if we need to build a new server we can clone it, and it takes anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours instead of a whole day. And that time is completely seamless to the user.”Overall, though, smaller companies are just beginning to experience the benefits of virtualization. According to the Yankee Group, virtualization deployments among small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are expected to double during the next two years. Of course, it’s not just smaller firms that are attracted to virtualization. IDCpredicts that more than 15% of all new hardware server shipments will be equipped with virtualization software in 2010, up from 5% in 2005. This is occurring as virtualization software vendors forge OEM deals with leading hardware server vendors.The Evolution of Virtualization One reason for that growth is an amazing evolution in virtualization technology. At first it was primarily a development tool engineers used to test applications and operating systems. Then VMware, the virtualization software developer founded in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1998, leveraged the tool for x86 serversin the data center. Server consolidation was born; many companies adopted virtualization for consolidation and to help ease application migrations.In the traditional physical server world, a business might have 20 hardware servers, with each server using about 20% of the machine’s storage or processing capacity. But a hardware server running multiple virtual servers can use up to 80% of the available capacity. The increased efficiency means your systems can do a lot more work without having to add new hardware.As physical servers age, companies can save money by putting the data they hold on virtual servers instead of paying to maintain the old machines or going out and buying new hardware. Another benefit: simplified server management, since IT folks can deal with virtual servers remotely instead of having to actually touch the physical servers.DON’T MISS: 5 Simple Rules For Going VirtualToday, though, “the biggest drivers for virtualization have become business continuity and data recovery,” says Mark Bowker, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group(ESG). According to a recent survey of 706 IT decision makers that ESG conducted, more than half of respondents said they plan to deploy virtualization for business continuity and disaster recoveryreasons.Not surprisingly, the growing market for server, desktop, and application virtualization has attracted significant interest from hardware and software makers. (IDC predicts it will be worth more than $3.4 billion by 2011.)Virtualization Is Hot In August 2007, EMCspin-off VMware went public. When VMware filed its first quarterly earnings report in October, it tripled net income to $65 million on a whopping $358 million in revenue. Last year, as part of EMC, VMware reported earnings of just $19.2 million on $189 million revenue in the same period.VMware recently announced products specifically for the SMB market. The Infrastructure (VI) Acceleration Kits offer features such as disaster recovery, high availability, simplified IT management, and reduced energy costs, according to the company.”VMware is no longer [just] a server virtualization product; rather, it has become a rich ecosystem of product vendors, service providers, IT professionals and software developers,” ESG’s Bowker says.To keep up, rival Citrix Systems, a leader in application virtualization, unveiled in October a virtualization technology strategythat includes two new product lines (Citrix XenServer for server virtualization and Citrix XenDesktop for desktop virtualization). This announcement came on the heels of Citrix’s $500 million acquisition of XenSource, a leader in enterprise-grade virtual infrastructure solutions and maker of the Xen hypervisor.The free Microsoft Virtual Serverwill give way to Microsoft’s next product, code-named Viridian. Also known as Windows Server Virtualization, Viridian will be a hypervisortechnology add-on for Windows Server 2008.DON’T MISS: 5 Simple Rules For Going VirtualRelative newcomer (founded in 2003) Virtual Iron, a leading hypervisor provider as well as virtualization management software provider, is a direct competitor to VMware and Citrix’s XenSource. The company’s three-pronged platformis aimed directly at the SMB market, says Tim Walsh, director of corporate marketing. “We want to provide a solution that’s easy to install. The software should be less than the cost of a server,” he says, “otherwise it doesn’t make sense.”Finding The Right Virtualization Fit As with any new technology, organizations have varying expectations of virtualization. Administrative savings — not hardware savings — were the goal for John Dolan, principal consultant at Viant Solutions, when he began implementing VMware for his client, Georgia’s Perimeter Church, two years ago.The church, with 250 employees, was a pure Microsoft Windows shop without a development environment. “If we wanted to try out a new solution, we didn’t have an environment to test that out; we would have to provision a server. Development didn’t happen because it would be prohibitively expensive,” Dolan recalls.Dolan also saw that many of the church’s 15 hardware servers were vastly underused. As user requests for services increased, Dolan thought virtualization would save the six-person IT staff hours a day on time-consuming tasks such as server setup and maintenance, freeing them to meet user demands.Two years later they have 25 virtual servers running on three physical servers, as well as some additional physical servers that are not hosting any virtual machines. Retired physical boxes are not replaced by new physical machines, but by virtual servers, which do not require the purchase of additional hardware, he says.Dolan says the goal was to recoup the cost of the church’s $15,000 to $20,000 investment in VMware in a year or two, and it did so in one year. His time savings predictions also turned out to be correct: Dolan can provision a new virtual server in less than an hour instead of the two weeks it took with a physical server. And the church now has a valuable development environment.DON’T MISS: 5 Simple Rules For Going Virtual”To be able to test a patch or solution before it rolls out provides Perimeter with an exceptional cost savings — although they can be hard to quantify,” Dolan says. “With Vmotion, [a VMware tool that lets users move running virtual machines from one physical server to another with no impact to end users] if we need to add memory to a server we can do it at 5 p.m.; we don’t have to wait for the server to be down. Being able to work on boxes during regular office hours is huge. [Before], if our print server was acting up and we needed to bring it down, we’d have to have our printer server down for five minutes. Now it’s only down for 30 seconds and no one notices.”Reaping Virtualization’s Benefits — Incrementally Ron Whitling, senior systems engineer for E-chx, a payroll outsourcing company in Rochester, N.Y., ran several production projects on VMware starting in late 2004. But like Dolan, Whitling was careful to add new servers to the environment incrementally.Whitling put Microsoft Exchange on a virtual server to “see how well this will run on a virtual server in a production environment. It worked pretty well,” he recalls. “After that, in the last year we have really geared up and we [now] have a ‘default policy.’ When a server comes in, by default it has to be virtual. The only two things we don’t put on VMware are Citrix and databases,” Whitling says.E-chx stores 90% of its product data on a pair of PS series storage arraysfrom EqualLogic, which is being acquired by Dell. Today, Whitling has 50 total severs running on 32 hardware boxes. In this environment, 29 of the boxes are standard physical servers, while four virtualized boxes host 21 VMware virtual servers.Having as little downtime as possible is critical for E-chx, not only because the company is processing payrolls but also because its clients are on both U.S. coasts. “We have to be up from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I don’t think there’s an hour in the day we aren’t processing payroll,” Whitling says. “All the VMware images are on the storage area network [SAN]. If there’s a problem, we can just pull the images from the SAN to a different VMware host and get right back up.”DON’T MISS: 5 Simple Rules For Going VirtualWhitling says he’s already getting a return on his investment. He estimates E-chx has saved at least $7,000 using virtual servers instead of purchasing new hardware. Even more important, he adds, “my development team needs to have a staging area” or they’d be troubleshooting in production. “We need four servers for development and four for staging,” he estimates. “We couldn’t do that with physical servers because the cost would be prohibitive. With virtualization, we were able to do it all with one physical server running VMware.”Like Whitling, many IT professionals at small and midsize businesses have discovered the benefits of virtualization. With server consolidation the initial draw, IT departments have quickly realized that virtualization also offers significant benefits in terms of easy server migration and maintenance as well as backup and disaster recovery. The servers may be virtual, but the savings are real.Debra Bulkeleyis a technology writer based in Boston, Mass. 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March 9, 2015 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on Reuters Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are a hot ticket in Silicon Valley, but U.S. government dithering over regulations has given overseas companies a head-start in figuring out how best to exploit them.Global spending on drones could add up to close to $100 billion over the next decade, with commercial uses – from farming and filming to pipelines and parcels – accounting for around an eighth of that market, according to BI Intelligence.But for years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the authority largely responsible for regulation in the United States, has dragged its feet, only last month issuing draft rules on who can fly drones, how and where. It’s likely to be a year or more before the regulations are in place – good news for companies operating outside the U.S. and looking to build a business around drones.Sky-Futures, a British company that dominates the use of drones to collect and analyze inspection data for oil and gas companies, says its business soared 700 percent last year as the normally conservative energy industry embraced the new technology. Co-founder and operations director Chris Blackford said the company is coupling drones with software and a better understanding of what works in the field, giving Sky-Futures “a head-start over the U.S because we understand pretty intimately the problems facing the oil and gas market, and how we can solve them with technology.”Looser regulations outside the U.S. have created pockets of innovation attracting ideas, money and momentum, says Patrick Thevoz, co-founder and CEO of Swiss-based Flyability, which builds drones inside a spherical cage that allows them to bump through doors, tunnels and forests without losing balance.Another British company, BioCarbon Engineering, hopes to speed up reforestation by using drones to plant germinated seeds, and shares in New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft trebled in the first few days after listing in Australia last month, on investor hopes for the personalized aircraft maker which is developing a UAV that could be used by the military, oil and gas, mining and farming industries.In Japan, the government is looking to fast track industry-friendly regulation to give its drone business an edge.But the real work, say those in the industry, is in building out the drone ecosystem: the payload, software, operator and end user, and making sense of the data. That can only come by connecting to potential customers.”As long as you don’t have the end user because they can’t use it, you’re basically missing a lot of the ecosystem,” says Thevoz.In Singapore, Garuda Robotics is already moving beyond just being a drone operator. “The drones are a means to get the data out of the sky,” says co-founder and CEO Mark Yong, “but if you can’t process it you’ve not created any value for the customer.”While the company has been helping map the boundaries of palm oil plantations in Malaysia, it has added the ability to calibrate the drones’ cameras to measure moisture levels in individual trees. It’s now working with agronomists to figure out how to make sense of that thermal data to judge the health of trees and their likely yield.Other projects include assembling real-time 3D maps of building sites to help construction schedules, monitoring and reducing algae blooms and keeping tabs on packs of stray dogs using infrared cameras.All of this would be hard, if not impossible, under FAA regulations that limit drones flying out of sight of the operator, or at night.While regulation typically lags technology, no one’s betting against Silicon Valley dominating the industry in the long run. Last year, more than $100 million flowed into U.S. drone start-ups, according to CB Insights, double 2013 levels.”Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Philip Von Meyenburg, who runs a drone operating company out of Singapore. “They know what they’re doing in the U.S.”And China, too, is in the game as hardware prices fall rapidly. China’s DJI sells consumer grade drones for $500, making it hard for companies producing lower volumes to justify their higher prices.”The challenge for all drone manufacturers now is that we’re in a market that is constantly updating,” said Flyability’s Thevoz.(Editing by Ian Geoghegan) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 9, 2015 Aunt Flo is a stress case. When a woman has her period, she’s often preoccupied, worried that she might have an embarrassing accident at any moment. If she’s not careful, things could get messy quick. It’s hard to know when a tampon or a pad has reached its limit. Not so with Looncup, a “smart” menstrual cup that just zipped past its goal on Kickstarter, with 20 days to go.The unusual internal wearable, which its creators claim is the first of its kind, measures, tracks and analyzes the volume, color and regularity of your menstrual flow. Made of clear, medical grade silicone and embedded with a special sensor, the flexible, egg-sized receptacle even dispatches notifications to your smartphone or smartwatch to let you know when it’s full. Sayonara, dreaded mishaps, at least in theory. Related: These Two Innovative Diagnostic Devices Just Scored Big FundingAs the Bluetooth-enabled Looncup fills, it sends “gentle alarms” in increasing intervals to your smartphone, so you’ll always be aware of precisely when it needs to be emptied. Taking tracking your time of the month to the next level, it also detects the color of your fluid.Kate Lee, marketing director for Loon Labs, the San Francisco-based, 8-person startup behind the innovative device, says that analyzing the hue of the blood and tissue shed (via RGB sensor) offers a window into a woman’s overall health. Specifically, as she told Mashable, it could potentially lead to the earlier diagnosis of premature ovarian failure and uterine fibroids, among other health issues. Lee personally tested the battery-powered cup for functionality and fit, as did the four other females on her team.Loon Labs says you can think of its inaugural product “as your monthly period partner, a good friend who drops by when you need her, helping you feel better yourself, and making sure you take care of your body during this special time.” Sounds kind of dreamy, doesn’t it? We’re all for anything that makes that not always so “special” time of the month less of a headache and generally more bearable.Related: How These 10 Marketing Campaigns Became Viral Hits100% Backed in 1week!! Huge THANKS! http://t.co/MpJxPrg3fZ— LOONCUP (@LOONCUP) October 9, 2015The soft cup, which has raised $73,000 of its $50,000 crowdfunding goal so far, pairs with a free companion app out of the box. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, is slated to go live in January 2016, when Loon Labs hopes to ship its first Looncups. That’s a rough launch estimate, though, with the company refreshingly noting that the actual ship date depends on product revisions and additional tests.On top of being a creative, high-tech way to better cope with and calibrate your flow, the reusable Looncup also ups your eco cred. Another added bonus: It eliminates your exposure to a toxic cocktail of nasty chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fragrances, etc.) often used in pads and tampons.Related: Far Out: Radiation-Blocking Underwear Also Protect Men’s FertilitySomewhat surprisingly, Looncup is not the first menstrual cup to kill it on Kickstarter. The Lily Cup by Intimina, a hot pink collapsible repository billed as capable of doing the work of 1,625 tampons, raised a whopping $325,660 last year. The difference: Lily isn’t “smart” like the Looncup, unable to send heads-up texts, let alone from inside your body.We’re curious, ladies. What do you think of the Looncup? Would you buy one? (Tell us in the Comments section below.) If yes, you’ll have to shell out $40 for a single connected cup. All of the less expensive options on Looncup’s Kickstarter campaign have already been scooped up.Related: Hanky Panky: Building a Business on Empowering Women