Month: August 2019

Ancient HairDyeing – A Nanoscience

first_imgScientists have discovered that an ancient method used to darken hair, dating back more than 4,000 years, is based on a chemical process that takes place at the nanoscale. This may be one of the earliest examples of nanoscience at work in a practical application. 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. Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes, but many species remain a mystery Explore further Citation: Ancient Hair-Dyeing – A Nanoscience? (2006, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-ancient-hair-dyeing-nanoscience.html An elecron microscopy images of the cross section of a dyed strand of hair, showing portions of the cortex and cuticle. Dark spots are lead accumulations. The research team is led by Dr. Philippe Walter, a chemist with the Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris, France. For the past 10 years, he and his group have collaborated with the research department at L’Oreal, studying the history of cosmetic science. This study was inspired by one of their early projects, an investigation of ancient Egyptian cosmetics in which they analyzed samples preserved at the Louvre Museum. They demonstrated that the Egyptians used wet chemistry to synthesize lead chloride compounds, which were added to the black pigment lead sulfide (PbS), also known as galena, to confer medicinal properties to eye makeup, in order to treat eye illnesses. This practice is described in Roman writings dating back to the first century A.D.“Since that study, we have developed new research on materials from the Greek and Roman periods. When I found an ancient recipe dealing with the use of lead to dye hair black, I considered it another way to understand how ancient cultures developed lead-based chemistry for health and beauty needs,” Walter told PhysOrg.com. “We reconstituted the recipe and observed the formation of galena nanocrystals in the hair.”The use of lead compounds to create dyes was common during the Greco-Roman period, and similar formulas were still in use even up to modern times. A particular recipe that has been recorded in several places over the centuries consists of a mixture of lead oxide (PbO) and calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2), with a little water added to form a paste that is then applied to the hair. Scientists have known that the blackening of the hair is due to the precipitation of PbS crystals during the treatment, in which the sulfur comes from a reaction with keratins (the amino acids present in hair proteins). However, this is the first time that scientists have uncovered the finer details of the process.In a paper describing the work, published in the September 1, 2006, edition of Nano Letters, Walter and his colleagues report the shape and distribution of the nanocrystals within the hair, which they gathered by detecting the compound’s lead ions using x-ray analysis and electron microscopy. The PbS nanocrystals are about five nanometers in size on average, but clump together in globular 200 nm aggregates. They collect mainly in the hair’s cortex (the middle layer), and tend to arrange themselves in lines along the axis of the hair. These lines are about 8-10 nm apart, which roughly matches the distance between long, thin keratin fibers, or “microfibrils,” in the cortex. Thus, it appears that the alignment of the galena nanocrystals is induced by the organization of the microfibrils.What is particularly surprising about the reaction, Walter remarks, is that the galena particles easily crystallize and organize within the hair, a biomaterial, despite the structural complexity of hair and its relative inertness. He adds that the nanocrystals are quite similar in appearance to PbS “quantum dots” synthesized using modern materials science techniques. “But unlike modern nanotechnology, this dyeing process is characterized by basic chemistry methods and was developed thousands of years ago with low-cost, natural materials,” he says.Currently, he and his group are studying how other metal ions crystallize and diffuse within hair and are assessing the feasibility of using the hair structure – its “matrix” – as a nanoreactor. Being able to better control the growth and organization of nanoparticles in an organic material could lead to new advances in the development of nanomaterials.By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Australian water bird found to migrate long distance when the weather dictates

first_imgResearchers with Deakin University in Australia have conducted a study of the native Australian water bird banded stilt and have found it has truly unique migration behavior. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they attached satellite transmitters to several specimens and what they learned by tracking the birds for over a year. Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air Journal information: Biology Letters Banded stilts are interesting birds, of that there is no doubt—colored like penguins with humming bird like beaks, they tend to congregate on seashores. But what makes them truly interesting, is that they somehow figure out when rain has fallen very far inland on a normally dry desert and fly very quickly to the newly wet location—generally a temporary lake—nest until the lake dries up, and then fly back to the coast. While at such a lake, they feed on brine shrimp that appear only when there is water. In this new effort, the researchers monitored all this activity for the first time.The researchers captured 21 of the stilts and attached solar powered tracking devices to their legs—that allowed for monitoring them for up to 13 months. In looking at the data, the researchers were able to follow the birds as they left the seashore and traveled sometimes very long distances (up to 1000 miles), nested and then returned. The distance is a record for a water bird, and the fact that the birds only migrate when the weather dictates makes it a one of kind. Adding to the uniqueness is it appears the birds are able to wait for two or three years to migrate if need be, putting off nesting. There’s also the mystery of how they find the temporary lake—at one point, the researchers noted that two birds took off from the same site and migrated close to a thousand miles using different paths.Despite the tracking, the researchers still have no idea how the birds know when rain has occurred so far away—though they suspect it has to do with an ability to detect low-frequency sounds or slight changes in atmospheric pressure. It’s even possible that they are able to smell the newly emerging brine shrimp. In any case, the unusual migration strategy appears to pay off—it provides the birds a relatively safe place to nest—one with an abundance of food. Explore further More information: Biol. Lett. October 2014 vol. 10 no. 10 20140547. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0547center_img Citation: Australian water bird found to migrate long distance when the weather dictates (2014, October 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-australian-bird-migrate-distance-weather.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. Credit: Wikipedialast_img read more

Attention Please

first_imgWhen we asked these alternate rock band artistes about the inception of the band, they excitedly narrated a fairy tale. And just as their story, this band believes in making original compositions and are fun and power packed as their performances. Here are excerpts from a candid conversation we had before they went on to perform at Hard Rock Cafe this weekend . Read on…What is the story behind the inception of the band? Once upon a time, in a land far far away (St.Xaviers college) Rohan and Ankit met in a bathroom during the college fest- Malhar. Later, Ankit asked Rohan to join the Jai Hind band that he was a part of and today we are here with a couple of line up changes here and there. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A band usually go through its set of ups and downs, how is your experience so far?We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but we feel we’ve had it pretty good for the last 2 years. Even though we’ve had a recent lineup change, we feel we’ve recuperated fast and it has given us a whole new perspective. We’re glad we can finally get back to doing what we love to do the most – playing gigs, everywhere.Tell us about the chemistry you guys share off stage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe started out with the band being the main connecting point between us. But over 2 years of being a band we’ve grown to become friends. Usually bands form due to friendship getting together to play music but we kind of did it in reverse.Why there is no girl in the band, have you ever thought of including one?We’ve had a female guest vocalist Vasuda Sharma, who is awesome and hyper-talented. But the band just fell into place so quickly that we didn’t really put a lot of thought into genders and the possibility of a female member. Tell us about your EP Attention Please?Attention, Please! is a four track extended play (EP) that we released in January 2013, and is our first proper release. We’re still pretty excited about it, it got the four songs that we were most confident about at the time. It was recorded at YRF with the Shantanu Hudliker and mixed by KJ Singh.How has the response been?It’s been great. We did a little tour to promote the EP in January for it too. We got favorable reviews from critics from major publications. It was also great to see a lot of musicians we look up to like Bruce Lee Mani, Rahul Ram, Koco, Warren Mendonsa among others, supporting and encouraging feedback us with the piece.What are the inspirations behind the tracks you make?Well, it differs from track to track. But each track has its own vibe and the lyrics usually come from a personal place. We put up in a way that tracks are  relate-able to our audience.What message you want to put across to the listeners by your music?As commonly said, audience and artistes alike, we write and produce our own composition, we’re very excited about being in the indie music scene right now. It’s a time of change and we’re very grateful to be part of it. We make music for the listeners and as an artiste it is important to have an audience to perform to. The more connected to audience we are, the better it gets. With more and more people supporting Indian Indie by buying songs, attending gigs and festivals its at a very interesting place and will make more interesting compositions.Tell us about winning Best rock Artist by Radio City Freedom Awards?It was exhilarating, we are still pretty kicked by it. K.J Singh, who produced the EP won the Indian Recording Artists Association award for Best Produced Band at the Palm Expo too.Where are your next shows, any new tracks you guys are working on?We’re working on a couple of tracks with our new drummer, Joshua Singh. Apart from this gig we’re playing for The Scene gig at Arc Asia in Pune with some other well-known bands.last_img read more

Remembering scars wishing and wanting

first_imgJurrat, a week long campaign on violence against women was organised by Majma and Swaang.Swaang is best known for its song Maa Nee Meri which was created to protest the 16 December  Delhi gang-rape.Majma is an emergent collective of diverse artistes and activists committed to progressive arts and media. Both these groups – Majma and Swaang, came together for a collective cry for breaking our silence, complicity and acceptance of violence, in both its stark and normalised forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The campaign which was launched at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on 10 December, moved from Mangolpuri to Bhalaswa Resettlement Colony to Seemapuri to Katwaria Sarai to many places in Delhi to make people aware of the violence that exists with the hierarchies of class, caste and patriarchy.A mobile concert accompanied by a rally of protesters and supporters started from the malls in Saket and moved through Mehrauli, Munirka and Mahipalpur on 16 December morning. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe aim was to remember the fight of the brave girl and to clean the memory of the horrible incident from his route through songs and performances.A sketch titled Thoda Dhyan Se was performed by Mallika Taneja. Her performance speaks about the imposed gendered notions on women regarding their choice of freedom and sexual rights. The play Museum… of species in danger directed by Rasika Agashe was received and appreciated by all.The play brings out the manifold forms of violence, sexual harassment faced by women in both public and private spaces. From mythological Sita to Bhanwari Devi –the play poignantly brings out the dark sides of the patriarchal society.The performers blended their personal experiences and the registered testimonies of oppression and violence on women together to make us aware of the issues. For a week Delhi witnessed a rich repertoire of cultural forms and public performances including poetry, music, theatre and exhibitions through this campaign.last_img read more

The story of the sitar

first_imgDo you know that during the recording of the Beatles’ iconic song Norwegian Wood, one of the strings of the sitar played by George Harrison broke leaving him with no clue about how to replace it until he was helped by none other than Indian political activist in Britain Ayana Angadi. This and several other titbits about the band and their India connection are mentioned in an article in The Equator Line magazine written by American freelance writer Robert Cepican. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Harrison bought the sitar from a shop called Indiacraft on Oxford Street in London and John Lennon suggested using it for the first time in the song Norwegian Wood.The Beatles-India story took an interesting twist during the recording of Norwegian Wood. Whether it was divine intervention or the product of a ‘real crummy’ sitar, one of the strings on the instrument broke,” writes Cepican in the piece titled The Yogi and the Fab Four. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWritten by Lennon and Paul McCartney, Norwegian Wood was recorded in October 1965 and released on December 6, 1965.Cepican, who is the author of Yesterday Came Suddenly, The History of the Beatles and is working on another book on the legendary British band, says Harrison had no clue how to replace the broken string.“Producer George Martin stepped in and suggested that he contact Ayana Angadi, the co-founder of the Asian Music Circle (AMC). Angadi had provided George Martin with authentic Indian musicians five years earlier on a song, recorded with Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren, called Goodness Gracious Me,” he writes.Shankara Angadi, Ayana’s son, recalls, “As luck would have it, we did have some sitar strings in the house, and the whole family went down to the studio at Abbey Road and watched them record, from behind the glass.” The simple act of a sitar string breaking had a profound influence on the direction of Harrison’s life. Indian music had been completely unknown to him but for the next two years, Ayana Angadi and the AMC would mentor Harrison in the study of Indian classical music. The organisation had two sitar teachers, one of whom became Harrison’s first teacher, but according to Shankara, no one seems to remember his name.The AMC would provide authentic Indian musicians for Harrison’s next two Indian songs —Love you to, which appeared on Revolver; and Within you without you, which appeared on ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band’. George wrote Love you to— to draw more attention to the sitar. It was also the first Beatles recording to give credit on the album cover to a musician outside the group, an Indian musician named Anil Bhagwat, who played the table. Cepican says that it was through the AMC that Harrison was introduced to the man who would be his life-long friend and teacher, Ravi Shankar.Harrison was the first Beatle to visit India. Following the group’s last live concert performance at Candlestick Park, San Francisco in August 1966, he travelled to Mumbai to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar.“I went to India for about six weeks. Ravi would give me lessons, and he’d also have one of his students sit with me. My hips were killing me from sitting on the floor, and so Ravi brought a yoga teacher to start showing me the physical yoga exercises. It was a fantastic time…,” Harrison once recalled.The Beatles as a group arrived in Rishikesh on February 16, 1968, eager to take part in an advanced course in meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Himalayan retreat.Attendees included folk singer Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, actor Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence. The Beatles led a simple lifestyle in the stone cottages at the Maharishi’s ashram and ate vegetarian meals. Lennon and Harrison were both vegetarians, McCartney was a meat-eater and Ringo was on a restricted diet.The Beatles’ time in Rishikesh was spent attending 90-minute lectures in the afternoon and evening. They discovered that meditation provided answers to their spiritual questions and found drugs less capable of helping them find the inner peace they sought, Cepican writes.Much of their free time was spent writing songs, which resulted in one of their most productive periods as songwriters, collectively writing 48 songs that would appear on the White Album and Abbey Road, he says.Some of the songs were directly inspired by the lectures they attended and by their experiences in Rishikesh. Lennon wrote Child of Nature, which he later reworked and renamed Jealous Guy for the Imagine album. McCartney’s Mother Nature’s Son was similarly inspired by his experiences with meditation.The Beatles would continue to use Indian instruments and express Indian spirituality in their songs and on their records. George wrote The Inner Light, which was recorded in Mumbai one month before attending the Maharishi’s retreat.Lennon wrote Across the Universe, which was influenced by his experiences with meditation. The chorus included the mantra ‘Jai guru deva om’ that the Maharishi gave them.last_img read more

Stretchy wearable device to monitor heart functioning

first_imgUsing gold nanoparticles, South Korean scientists have created an ultra-thin and stretchable wearable device that can provide continuous heart rate monitoring. The device could lead to improved personal and mobile health-monitoring systems.The researchers said that currently available wearable devices such as watches and bands are not suitable for all situations. “Rapid developments in wearable electronics have led to an urgent demand for deformable electronic devices,” the researchers said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Most deformable memory devices reported so far, however, are just flexible. These kinds of memory devices are not compatible with wearable applications that require complicated modes of mechanical deformations such as stretching,” they said.Future wearable systems that pursue mobile healthcare monitoring and data analysis based on high-performance bioelectronics should monolithically integrate various stretchable electronic components, such as sensors, amplifiers, and memory modules. However, there have been limited studies for system-level demonstrations using high performance, stretchable, non-volatile memory and related electronic devices. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The stretchable, high density, and ultra-thin memory array with the enhanced charge storage capability has great potential for various wearable electronics applications,” they pointed out. The circuit of the device made from a stretchable silicon membrane containing gold nanoparticles which are regarded suitable for long-term memory storage. The findings appeared in the journal Science Advances.last_img read more

Breakfast goals

first_imgAll happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. Being the most important meal of the day, breakfast is all about breaking the night long fast you were unconsciously keeping while asleep. It is a known fact among travelers that breakfast in hotels and guest houses can only be availed until a particular time, for which you might have to wake up early and rush. But is it not unfair, that you did not get that much-needed sleep for the sake of breakfast? Well, for people who second this thought, there’s Elan at The Lodhi, New Delhi, at your service as they provide breakfast throughout the day! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you are coming from a faraway land and especially are the victim of jet lag for crossing time zones, you might need breakfast in the middle of the night upon waking up. Therefore, to make things more convenient, Elan had come up with a brilliant idea of an array of breakfast combinations for guests. With an unlimited service of freshly baked goods and bread baskets at your table, you may as well try your hand at curating your own a-la-carte meal. Furthermore, you can order as many servings as you like of a dish of your choice – that’s all you need for a heavenly meal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd like always, meaningful conversations happen over a cup of hot steaming beverage and some baked delights. With a view of the sunny lawn outside, you can take all the time in the world and spend some quality time with your significant other over a platter of fresh seasonal fruits and muffins.If you are new in India and want to try out some desi items like Parantha, Dosa or Upma, you’re in for a treat. In case you have a fetish for seafood, the bagels are a must try out; order some delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese or pesto bagels and have it your way! If you are fond of continental cuisine, try the egg benedict, pancakes or the smoked salmon and definitely their fresh and warm waffles. These crunchy fluffy-on-the-inside patterned breakfast confections are mouthwateringly remarkable. With a dash of maple syrup on the surface, the cold touch of an ice cream makes the perfect breakfast complete. You may also choose from their already curated list of American, Japanese breakfast and much more. It must be true that “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup,” like Ludwig van Beethoven had once said. Among the new additions to their menu is the Chinese breakfast which comprises of an amazing Conjee, noodle soup, and buns. If you have a palate for light Chinese food, you would grow a craving for the delicious Conjee! The delicate rice is well complemented with the natural flavours of chicken and mushroom making it a simple yet tasty soupy breakfast item.With an eclectic range of filling items and bitings on the menu, Elan is welcoming for anybody looking for an informal tucking-in experience.last_img read more

Soon SSKM to get clearance to conduct heart lung transplants

first_imgKolkata: SSKM Hospital may soon get clearance from the state Health department to conduct heart and lung transplants.The hospital authorities have already built adequate infrastructure in this regard. If everything goes according to plan, the SSKM will get the nod from the Health department in the next few months. A senior official of the hospital said: “We have so far witnessed heart transplants at a government hospital but the idea of lung transplant is not only new in the city but also in the entire Eastern region. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalCalcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) is the only government-run hospital in the state that has obtained clearance from the department to perform heart transplants. CMCH has already conducted two heart transplants. But no government hospital has the permission to perform lung transplants. “Necessary infrastructure is being built at the hospital in this regard. A lung transplant is at a very early stage in the country. Some acute COPD patients often need to undergo lung transplants. Children with Cystic fibrosis also require the same,” a senior official of the SSKM Hospital said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSSKM had applied for clearance in August 2018. It has also submitted a detailed project report to Swasthya Bhawan before Puja this year. A survey was carried out in this regard considering various aspects. As a part of infrastructure revamp, a heart failure clinic has also been operating at the Cardiology department of the hospital since last year. The doctors at the Cardiology department of the hospital would examine and treat heart failure patients at the clinic. A senior official said the doctors would try to cure heart-related problems of the patients through medicines but those who would require heart transplants would be referred to the same unit that is to come up at the Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery (CTVS) department of the hospital.last_img read more

Curtain comes down on IITF 2017

first_imgAs the India International Trade Fair 2017 came to an end on Monday, team ITPO received all the appreciation it deserved by C R Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The minister said that it was a challenging task to hold the mega institutionalized event such as IITF just in half the space of the exhibition complex while retaining its original format with a controlled and regulated visitors movement. He expressed his happiness over the success of the theme “Startup India, Standup India” this year as it is imperative for young entrepreneurs and employment generation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPresent on the occasion were L C Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITPO, Deepak Kumar, Executive Director, ITPO, J Gunasekaran, General Manager, ITPO, participants from India and overseas.L C Goyal also commended ITPO as well as all supporting agencies for putting their best foot forward on logistics, cleanliness, business generation, enhanced participation, security, access control measures and visitorship. Referring to the vision of the Prime Minister that India needs ‘job creators rather than job seekers’, he announced that ‘Enterprises from Rural Areas’ would be the theme for the next edition of IITF 2018. “It will encourage new age entrepreneurs and artisans in rural and semi-urban three and four tier cities,” Goyal said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile expressing his satisfaction over the safety and security management by the Delhi Police, Traffic and Civil Defense in the fair, he indicated that there was a 70 percent reduction in the crime rate with not a single eve-teasing incident in the fair and Delhi Police deserves a standing ovation for the same. He hoped that IITF 2019 would be the largest ever as it would be organized in the world-class Exhibition–cum-Convention Complex at Pragati Maidan. C R Choudhary presented the awards in different categories. While Assam won the gold medal, the silver medal was presented to Kerala and the bronze medal to Lakshadweep in the States and Union Territories category. Special appreciation certificates were also presented to Punjab and Maharashtra.In the Foreign Pavilions, Tillo Hediyelik Esya, Turkey conferred the gold medal and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and Ministry of Commerce, Afghanistan won the silver. Bronze was taken away by Curio Tour Travel Co. Ltd., Thailand Special Appreciation Certificate was presented to Asian Lucky Industrial Limited, Hong Kong. In the Ministries and Department category, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation bagged the gold medal. Ministry of Power and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received the Silver Medals. While Special appreciation certificates were received by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and Ministry of Steel. The Department of Post, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) received the Gold, Silver and the Bronze Medal respectively in Public Sector Undertakings, EPCs, Commodity Boards, Banks & other Govt. Departments/Organizations Category. Special Appreciation Certificate received the National Mission for Clean Ganga. In the Private Sector, M/s Shree Shyam Tilpatti Udyog won the Gold Medal, Orkus received the Silver Medal and IFB Industries Limited bagged the Bronze Medal. Calix Herbal received the Special Appreciation Certificate. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam ‘Partner Country’, Kyrgyz Republic ‘Focus Country’ and Jharkhand ‘Partner States’ were also honoured. In his welcome address, Deepak Kumar, Executive Director, ITPO highlighted new initiatives taken by ITPO for the convenience of participants and visitors in the fair. (PICS: Naveen Sharma)last_img read more

Beef jerky processed meats linked to manic episodes

first_imgLove to gorge on beef jerky, salami, hot dogs and other processed meat as part of your evening snacks daily? Beware, these processed meats laced with chemicals such as nitrates, to preserve them from spoilage, may contribute to mania – an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria and insomnia, a study has found.The findings showed that people hospitalised for an episode of mania had more than three times the odds of having ever eaten nitrate-cured meats than people without a history of a serious psychiatric disorder. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We looked at a number of different dietary exposures and cured meat really stood out. It wasn’t just that people with mania have an abnormal diet,” said lead author Robert Yolken, Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in the US.Nitrates have long been used as preservatives in cured meat products and have been previously linked to some cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, so Yolken suspected they may also explain the link to mood states such as mania. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFurther, in experiments on rats, those who received the jerky showed irregular sleeping patterns and hyperactivity similar to that seen in patients with mania – increased activity during normal sleep times and in new environments.However, when the animals were fed on nitrate-free meat, they behaved similarly to a control group. “It’s clear that mania is a complex neuropsychiatric state, and that both genetic vulnerabilities and environmental factors are likely involved in the emergence and severity of bipolar disorder and associated maniac episodes,” explained Seva Khambadkone, doctoral student at the varsity. “Our results suggest that nitrated cured meat could be one environmental player in mediating mania,” Khambadkone added.Moreover, the animals with nitrate in their diet had different patterns of bacteria living in their intestines than the other rats and had differences in several molecular pathways in the brain that have been previously implicated in bipolar disorder.”Future work on this association could lead to dietary interventions to help reduce the risk of maniac episodes in those who have bipolar disorder or who are otherwise vulnerable to mania,” Yolken said.last_img read more

Stage set for Martyrs Day rally as party leaders police do final

first_imgKolkata: The stage is set for the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally of Trinamool Congress at Esplanade, which is scheduled to be held on Sunday.Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee visited the venue in front of Victoria House on Chittaranjan Avenue on Friday, where final touches are being given to the huge dais. Party supremo Mamata Banerjee will address the gathering there on Sunday. The police had gunned down 13 Youth Congress workers who took part in the March to Writers’ Buildings on July 21, 1993, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, who was then the state Youth Congress president. To remember the martyrs, Trinamool has been holding a meeting on July 21 since its inception. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee said despite the flood in North Bengal, party supporters have started arriving in the city. Supporters from all over the state will come to attend the meeting, whose theme is ‘Return ballot papers replacing Electronic Voting Machines’. It may be mentioned that Banerjee had earlier been vocal about the manipulation of EVMs in the meetings she had addressed before the general elections. After the results of the Lok Sabha election came out, the Opposition parties had echoed her voice but none has launched any movement in this regard so far. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe will give a clarion call to launch a countrywide movement, demanding reintroduction of ballot papers to replace the EVMs. Asked whether there will be enough supporters from Jangalmahal where the party could not do well in the Lok Sabha polls, Chatterjee said people from the area will come to attend the meeting. “Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of protest against any oppression. The way BJP is spreading communalism and trying to polarise the society, it is high time to launch movement against these social maladies. People have faith in Banerjee and they will turn up in great numbers on July 21,” he said. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress makes impeccable arrangement for those who come to the rally from the far-flung districts. Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee has visited the Gitanjali stadium, where the party supporters will be put up. Elaborate arrangements have been made at Central park in Salt Lake as well, where party workers will stay in makeshift camps. The Eastern Railway will also run extra trains for the convenience of the rally participants. Senior officials of Kolkata Police went to the spot and oversaw the last minute arrangements. They inspected the construction of the dais as well. As July 21 is a Sunday, the offices in the Central Business District will be closed and traffic movement along CR Avenue will be less. Foolproof arrangements will be made to ensure safety and security for those who will take part in the rally.last_img read more

Manoj Bajpayee Mohit Raina join Mrs Serial Killer

first_imgManoj Bajpayee and Mohit Raina have joined Jacqueline Fernandez in the Netflix thriller Mrs Serial Killer. The film, which stars Fernandez in the titular role, is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. “It has been a couple of years since our short film, KRITI, which created quite a massive buzz in the digital world. Loved every moment on the set with Shirish Kunder as a director. When Shirish reached out to me with this role in Mrs Serial Killer, I couldn’t delay in saying yes to it as I found the script quite engaging. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This is my first film with Netflix and it has been a memorable journey with them. And about the film, as Shirish says, ‘What you see is not necessarily what you get’,” Bajpayee said in a statement. Raina, who shot to fame with television show ‘Mahadev’, and further cemented his profile with blockbuster Uri: The Surgical Strike and Zee 5’s original ‘Kaafir’, is now making his debut on Netflix. “I have had a fantastic experience bringing a conflicted character to life in Mrs. Serial Killer, and his dynamic with the other characters in the film only adds to the mystery surrounding him.” “This is my first film with Netflix and the idea of reaching over 149 million people across the world at one go is truly overwhelming. I have had a blessed year and want to present the best yet with this film,” he said.last_img read more

The Daring Broad Daylight Jailbreak of Wyatt Earp

first_imgThe wild west was a period of extraordinary and legendary figures, perhaps none more so than Wyatt Earp. From the criminal antics of Billy the Kid, the shooting skills of Annie Oakley, to the heroics of Wild Bill Hickok, there were many impressive people who achieved greatness in the western era. Yet, among these figures, one lawman stands out for being one of the most famous and influential individuals of the wild west – Wyatt Earp.Wyatt Earp.Earp’s life was a rough and tumble one, a life of fighting against crime, doling out justice and making tough decisions. He would be one of the men who participated in the shootout at the O.K. Corral and put to rest three members of the Cochise County Cowboys.The Northern, Wyatt Earp’s saloon in Tonopah, Nevada, c.1902. Josie Earp may be the woman on the horse at left.Indeed, the man would become quite famous due to the variety of the activities that he was involved in. Not simply just a lawman, Earp was a gambler, a boxing referee and buffalo hunter, among a few other pursuits.Wyatt Earp at age 21.But for all of the upstanding acts of enforcing the law and keeping the peace, Wyatt had some skeletons in his closet, namely that he had once been thrown in jail — a jail that he then promptly escaped from.Urilla Sutherland was married to Wyatt Earp on January 10, 1870. She was pregnant and about to deliver their first child when she died from typhoid fever later that year.In 1871, Wyatt Earp was having a rough time in his life while living in Missouri. His wife had died of typhoid fever two years ago, he had been sued for falsifying documents and he was suffering financially for it. To make matters worse, he and his two associates, Edward Kennedy and John Shown, were all arrested on the charges of stealing two horses.Wyatt dealt faro at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City, Kansas.According to the accusations by John Shown’s wife, Earp and Kennedy had gotten Shown rather drunk and then threatened him so he would join them in a horse theft escapade.They were all arrested and thrown in jail, to await their hearing. Thanks to Shown’s wife, he was acquitted. But Earp and Kennedy were both indicted, meaning that they would have to await their trial.Peace Commissioners, Dodge City, Kansas. Wyatt Earp, 2nd from left.At the time, the legal system was relatively corrupt. Deputy Marshals would often make arrests just so that they could charge the state for their services.By arresting people on any charge, they would be garnering more fees for themselves, giving them incentives to make arrests when they weren’t necessary. The courts would eventually sort out the innocence of the arrestee, and the marshals would walk away richer. As awful as this might seem, it was a commonplace practice in the west at the time.Wyatt Earp .44 caliber Schofield and receipts from Tombstone, Arizona displayed at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Photo by David CC BY 2.0Wyatt Earp wasn’t looking forward to the idea of standing before a trial for his supposed crimes. Had he actually stolen horses or was this just another trumped-up charge by the deputy marshals to enrich them?  Well, since at the time Wyatt Earp was a lawman, a justice of the peace, it seems rather out of character to participate in such a crime.Related Video:Yet at the same time, a lawsuit had led to him suffering financially and the horses were worth $100 each. Selling them would have quickly solved his financial problems.Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, 1876.It is equally possible that Earp was simply a victim of a corrupt justice system or that he had been the one to steal the horses himself. Either way, Wyatt wasn’t about to stick around and wait for a felony conviction to be handed out.Wyatt Earp, 1870s.The penalty for horse theft at the time was about 5 years in prison.Wyatt had zero interest in spending the next five years of his life pounding rocks, so he decided to make a break for it.The escape was rather daring, happening in broad daylight. The jail cell where he was being kept, along with ten other men, was on the second story of the jailhouse, giving them access to the roof.Third St. in Tombstone, Arizona in 1909 from the roof of the Cochise County Courthouse. The O.K. Corral was located on Allen St., the first right turn off Third St. The white building at the center right is Schiefflin Hall on Fremont St.So, he and a few of the other prisoners began to work together to pry open the roof and create ropes out of blankets. After some time, they were able to get access to the outside world and used the rope to lower themselves out of the jailhouse. All ten men escaped and they quickly went their separate ways.Wyatt Earp would get out of town and then proceed to head to Illinois, far enough from the reaches of the law. He would continue his career, recovering from this mishap and eventually rising up to the ranks of deputy sheriff in Tombstone, Arizona and then participating in the famous O.K. Corral gunfight.Read another story from us: Was Jack the Ripper Really a Woman?He would go on to become a towering figure of western history and the case of his horse theft would quickly be forgotten in favor of his more famous exploits.last_img read more

VIDEO Entire Russian basketball team forgets which basket is theirs Buries three

first_img Advertisement Everyone has seen it happen. A basketball player forgets which hoop is theirs, and in a moment of confusion, scores on the wrong basket. In an all-time brain freeze, the entire U-19 Russian women’s national basketball team simultaneously blanked before scoring on the wrong hoop in a game against Spain.Oddly, the play happened after a Russian player was called out on a drive to the hole on the right basket. The ref incorrectly awarded the ball to the Ruskies, who pushed the ball up the floor and ran a flawless press break, culminating in a perfectly executed three. One problem. Wrong basket.Here’s what it looks like when five people simultaneously check out on the basketball court. Maybe they were hacked.last_img read more

Before You Sign Up For a Coding Class Do This

first_img This is a pretty common question and there are generally two different ways to tackle this. The first way is to ask a question of yourself: what exactly are you trying to build? If you know exactly what kind of app or website you’re trying to create, your answer might be a simpler one. If you’re trying to build an iOS or Mac app, learning Objective-C and XCode are the way to go. If you’re trying to build an application for the Android platform, then I would suggest Java and the Android SDK. If you need to build an awesome website for your business, learn HTML5, CSS3, PHP, and it’s also good to know your way around WordPress themes.If you want to build the next amazing SaaS (Software as a Service), you’ll probably want to get started with HTML5 and CSS3 then jump into Ruby and then Rails for rapid prototyping. The best part about this approach is that your motivation is to finish whatever project you set out to finish, so hopefully this will help you structure your learning a bit more. For instance, if you’re building a basic database driven application that can store user information, you’ll know that you have to learn about database theory and how to enact a basic user authentication scheme to sign users up, in, and out. The parts can be broken down fairly easily.Related: Finding the Right Coding Bootcamp for YouThe second approach to the question is the more general one. You’re interested in programming because you heard from a friend that it could be a really cool thing to check out. Maybe you’ve always wanted to know more about it, or you think it will help you professionally to understand it better. In this case, I’d recommend starting slow so you don’t get overwhelmed. Start with HTML and CSS and then graduate to a fun language like Ruby or Python so you understand the basic tenets of programming. Both of these languages are fairly beginner-friendly but also allow for robust and deep use later on if you decide to delve further into coding. Also, the concepts you learn will be transferrable to other languages and technologies you may want to learn in the future.The most important thing with both of these approaches is not to get overwhelmed. There will be times when you’re frustrated beyond belief by a certain problem. I encourage you to take a break and come back to the problem later with a fresh perspective and nine times out of ten, the answer will be there for you. Also, don’t forget that no programmer knows everything. “Google is your friend” is a phrase I often say to my students. There are a ton of great places to search for answers online. The most important thing is just to start learning.Related: 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code  Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 20, 2014last_img read more

Powered Surgical Instrument Market 2019 Overview – Industry will Drive the

first_imgPowered Surgical Instrument MarketThe report offers detailed insights on the top investment pockets, market size & estimations, growth factors & opportunities, strategic developments, and competitive landscape. According to the report, the global powered surgical instrument market was pegged at $1.94 billion in 2017 and is expected to garner $2.73 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 4.2% through 2025.Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/5091?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanHigh prevalence of chronic diseases and rise in geriatric population drive the growth of the global powered surgical instrument market. However, inadequate quality assurance and lack of proper sterilization practices hamper the market growth. On the contrary, increasing healthcare expenditure is expected to create lucrative opportunities for the market players in the coming years.Handpieces segment to dominate the market throughout the study periodThe handpieces segment held the largest share in 2017, contributing about two-thirds of total market revenue, owing to the growing demand for minimally invasive surgery and rapid adoption of technologically advanced surgical instruments. However, the accessories segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 5.1% during the study period, owing to frequent change of surgical and electrical accessories due to occurrence of wear and tear of accessories over time. The power source & controls segment is expected to witness steady growth during the forecast period.Battery-powered instruments segment to portray fastest growth through 2025The battery-powered instruments segment is expected to register the fastest CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. This is attributed to the fact that battery-powered instruments are coreless, lightweight, efficient, and chargeable that provide comfort during surgery, which have boosted their demand. However, electric instruments segment held the largest share in the market in 2017, contributing about 41% of the total revenue, owing to the low cost of electric surgical handpieces and higher power output compared to pneumatic and battery-powered instruments. Pneumatic instruments segment would exhibit steady growth during the forecast period.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5091?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanPlastic surgery segment to manifest rapid growth by 2025The plastic surgery segment is estimated to register the fastest CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2023, owing to the growing demand for cosmetic surgeries, increasing incidence of cancer, and growing age-related surgeries across the globe. However, the orthopedic surgery segment accounted the largest share, contributing about 21% share of the market, owing to increased demand for minimally invasive surgery in orthopedics and rise in geriatric population. The other segments analyzed in the report include neurosurgery, ENT surgery, cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and others.North America governs the market in 2017North America held the largest share in the global powered surgical instrument market, garnering about half of the total revenue in 2017, owing to highly sophisticated healthcare infrastructure and high adoption rate of technologically advanced surgical tools in the region. However, Asia-Pacific region is expected to portray the fastest CAGR of 5.4% during the forecast period, owing to high prevalence of chronic diseases and rise in demand of minimally invasive surgery. The other regions analyzed in the report include Europe and Latin America, Middle East and Africa (LAMEA).Torchbearers of the marketThe key players analyzed in the report include De Soutter Medical Ltd., Peter Brasseler Holdings, LLC, Intrauma S.p.A., GEISTER Medizintechnik GmbH, and Ruijin Medical Instrument & Device Co., Ltd.last_img read more

Biophotonics Market Global Trends Emerging Technologies Industry Growth by 2022

first_imgThe global biophotonics market is driven by emergence of nanotechnology, development in biosensors, and availability of funds for R&D. However, high price of biophotonics-based instruments due to complexity of this technology restrains the growth of the market. Biophotonics is a technology used to produce and harness light to visualize, detect, and manipulate biological materials.Biophotonics Market by End User and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2014-2022, the global biophotonics market size is estimated to reach $63.1 billion by 2022 from $31.6 billion in 2015, growing at a CAGR of 10.4% from 2016 to 2022. In 2015, North America dominated with over 37% share of the overall market and is anticipated to continue this trend during the forecast period.Download Sample Report@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1531In 2015, medical diagnostics held over 68% market share, in terms of revenue. Technological advancements in the field of diagnostics, rise in incidences of chronic diseases, and increase in healthcare awareness are the key factors that contribute to the growth of the biophotonics market. Moreover, owing to increase in geriatric population, the role and importance of medical diagnostics are expanding, which considerably drives the market growth.By application, the see-through imaging segment held over 28% of the revenue share in 2015, owing to increase in research in this field. North America dominated the global biophotonics market with over 36% share in overall revenue and is anticipated to grow at the CAGR of 9.5%, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.Biophotonics Market Key FindingsMedical diagnostics segment dominated the market in 2015, with over 68% of market share. However, nonmedical application segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR of 14.3%.See-through imaging application segment accounted for about 28% of the market in 2015.LAMEA is anticipated to show high growth rate owing to the rapidly growing automotive industry.Asia-Pacific dominated the market in 2015 due surge in demand for biophotonics-based devices in China, South Korea, and Japan.For Purchase Enquiry@ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1531The major players profiled in the report include Affymetrix Inc.; Andor Technology Ltd.; Carl Zeiss AG; Becton, Dickinson and Company; FEI Company; Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.; Lumenis Ltd.; Olympus Corporation; PerkinElmer Inc.; and Zecotek Photonics Inc.About us:Allied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small- & medium-scale enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one-stop solution right from data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company applies client’s insight on the factors such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligence support to help clients transform into a prominent business firm.Contact us:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1-855-550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.com Biophotonics Marketlast_img read more

Global Air Freshener Market Set to Reach 132791 million by 2025

first_imgThe global air freshener market was valued at $10,124.4 million in 2017, and is expected to garner $13,279.1 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 3.5% from 2018 to 2025. An air freshener is a product that typically emits fragrance to eliminate unpleasant odor in a room. It contains different ingredients such as aerosol propellants, fragrances, and solvents such as 2-butoxyethanol, mineral oil, and glycol ethers, which neutralize unpleasant odor. These air fresheners adsorb the bad odor, thereby masking the bad smell in the air. Air fresheners are being used throughout society. Typically, indoor environments with air fresheners may include buildings and facilities such as offices, schools, hospitals, theaters, stores, hotels, health clubs, restaurants, restrooms, and more. Apart from these indoor environments, they are also being used in transportation such as airplanes, cars, taxis, buses, trains, terminals, boats, and many more.Download Sample Copy @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3201210?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTop Market Players: Procter & Gamble Co., Reckitt Benckiser Inc., Henkel KGaA, Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Car-Freshener Corporation, SC Johnson & Son Inc., Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Godrej Household Products Ltd., Farcent Enterprise Co. Ltd., and Newell Brands, Air Delights Inc., Dabur India Ltd., Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Company, Rexair LLC, Beaumont ProductsThe report segments the global air freshener market based on product type, application, type of customer, and region. Based on product type, the market has been bifurcated into sprays/aerosols, electric air fresheners, gels, candles, and others. Based on application, the market has been segmented into residential, corporate offices, cars, and others. Based on type of customer, the market has been classified into individual customers and enterprise customers. By region, the global air freshener market has been studied and analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.In 2017, the sprays/aerosols segment accounted for the highest share in the product type segment. The market for sprays/aerosols is driven by ease of use and availability all over the world. The gel air freshener segment is expected to witness the substantial growth with CAGR of 4.2% throughout the forecast period. This was attributed to increase in adoption of this product for use in cars. Increase in demand for cars drives the growth of gel air fresheners worldwide.In 2017, the individual customers had the highest contribution in the global air freshener market share. This was due to rise in affinity of consumers toward sanitation and premium products. Moreover, attractive advertising and ease of availability also drive the global air freshener market growth. The enterprise customer segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR of 4.3% in 2017 owing to increase in adoption of air care products in offices and other landmarks to maintain good environmental hygiene.In 2017, Europe is expected to dominate the market for air freshener due to mature and developed retail infrastructure. Effective retail infrastructure allows companies to easily make its product available to the customers, which in turn helps by increase in overall sales. Furthermore, European population have high disposable income that allows them to consume premium quality products, which further adds to the growth of this region in the global air freshener industry.Avail Discount on Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3201210?utm_source=ANIL-HTNTable of ContentsChapter 1: introductionChapter 2: executive summaryChapter 3: market overviewChapter 4: Air Freshener market, by componentChapter 5: Air Freshener market, by type of Air FreshenerChapter 6: Air Freshener market, by functionChapter 7: Air Freshener market, by end userChapter 8: Air Freshener market, by regionChapter 9: company profilesAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail: help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Google Drive gets selective sync

first_imgGoogle Drive gets selective sync by Martin Brinkmann on April 15, 2016 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 3 commentsGoogle Drive, Google’s online storage service and software of the same name received an update recently that introduces selective sync to desktop clients.If you are heavily invested in the Google ecosystem, you are probably using Google Drive to sync your data across devices as well.The software is available for desktop and mobile operating systems ensuring that you get access to your data on the devices you own or use.One of the shortcomings of the desktop client of Google Drive was that it could only be used to sync all data or no data at all.That’s a problem if you store Gigabytes of data online but only want a fraction of the data synced to your devices. Maybe because that is all you require at that point in time, or because storage is limited and not capable of storing all Drive data.Selective SyncGoogle Drive syncs all data by default, and that is not going to change even with the new option. This means that you need to enable it before it becomes available.To enable selective sync in Google Drive do the following:Right-click on the Google Drive system tray icon and select Menu > Preferences (Menu is indicated by the three dots in the top right corner).Under Sync options, switch from “Sync everything in My Drive” to “Sync only these folders”.A list of all folders opens on the same screen with all of them selected by default.Uncheck folders that you don’t want synchronized with the desktop computer. You can select root folders but also subfolders which the program will display on the right when available.Google Drive calculates the new space requirement and displays it next to the “sync only these folders” option at the top. You can use it and the total storage available on the computer to make sure the synced data fits on the storage device.Hit apply once you have selected one or multiple folders that you don’t want to sync.A notification is displayed next that informs you that the data that is stored in the folder will be removed from the device (if already stored on it), and that it will remain accessible online.Click continue to proceed, or cancel to go back to the drawing board. Please note that Google Drive’s preferences window closes automatically if you select continue.The update rolls out over the coming weeks to desktop clients according to Google. You may get it right away by downloading the latest version of the Google Drive client directly from Google, and installing it over the current version.Quite a few competing services, OneDrive and Dropbox for instance, have supported selective sync for quite some time, and Google is a bit late to the party. Still, selective sync is a useful feature that should be beneficial to part of Google Drive’s userbase.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Drive gets selective syncDescriptionGoogle Drive, Google’s online storage service and software of the same name received an update recently that introduces selective sync to desktop clients.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft releases KB4052234 KB4052234 and Windows 10 updates

first_imgMicrosoft releases KB4052234, KB4052234 and Windows 10 updates by Martin Brinkmann on November 03, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: November 05, 2017 – 12 commentsMicrosoft released a whole bunch of non-security updates for its operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and several versions of Windows 10 yesterday.Update: Microsoft pulled KB4052234 and KB4052234. It is unclear right now why the company did so.KB4052234 is out for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. It fixes an error where Microsoft JET Database Engine applications fail when Microsoft Excel .xls files are created or opened. The error message that users get when that happens is “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)”.Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users may run into another issue after installing the update. Windows may throw application exception errors when some programs are closed on those computer systems.  Microsoft notes that this “can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content.Microsoft investigates the issue and is working on a solution at the time. The company notes that the failure does not impact program functionality as it occurs on shut down.KB4052233 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 fixes the same issue. Systems that run those operating systems are affected by the known issue as well. Microsoft lists another known issue that is not listed under KB4052234:The company notes that users who display icons with a larger text size using the display settings may run into issues launching the Internet Explorer web browser. Microsoft’s workaround for the issue is to reduce the text size for icons, or to use the “change the size of all items” settings. A permanent fix for the issue is currently in the works.Microsoft released updates for Windows 10 versions as well:KB4049370 for Windows 10 version 1703. The update was released for Surface laptop customers only. It addresses a boot to black screen issue after installing update KB4038788.Microsoft lists four known issues on the support page (not necessarily related to the page, but general issues affecting the Windows 10 Creators Update version):Czech and Arabic languages may be changed to English in Edge and other applications after installing KB4034674.Installation of this update may cause the Microsoft JET Database Engine issue described above. Microsoft has a solution for the issue apparently: It asks affected customers to download the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable, and modify DB connection strings in Excel to use ACE as a provider. Example: changing Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0 to Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0.UWP apps that use JavaScript and asm.js may stop working after installation of KB4041676. Microsoft recommends to uninstall and re-install the application as a temporary fix.Control Panel interface may show “update needs a restart” even after successful installation.KB4052231 is a new update for Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 that fixes the Microsoft JET Database Engine issue described above.Customers who install the update may experience three of the four update issues mentioned above. The issue that they may not run into is the changing of languages to English in select applications.KB4052232 is an update for Windows 10 version 1511 that fixes the same JET Database Engine issue. Users who install it may run into issues when launching Internet Explorer. The suggested workaround can be applied to resolve it.Direct download links for all updates (Microsoft Update Catalog)KB4052234: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4052234KB4052233: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4052233KB4049370: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4049370KB4052231: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4052231KB4052232: https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4052232SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft releases KB4052234, KB4052233 and Windows 10 updatesDescriptionMicrosoft released a whole bunch of non-security updates for its operating systems Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and several versions of Windows 10 yesterday. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more