Mozillas pdfjs project reaches its first milestone

first_img More information: blog.mozilla.com/cjones/2011/0 … -js-first-milestone/ Citation: Mozilla’s pdf.js project reaches its first milestone (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-mozilla-pdfjs-milestone.html Explore further Firefox looks to use HTML5 to run PDFs in the web browser © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Well, this project has met its first big goal: the “pixel-perfect rendering” of the sample PDF that the company has designated as its first test sample. Currently, it only works in the current version of Firefox and on systems that are running Windows 7. Currently, other operating system and browser version combos are having mixed results at best.While this is far from a complete project it is a solid first marker when you consider that the document in question has not only text, but graphics, diagrams and tables, all of which makes the project milestone much more complicated. After meeting this milestone the project has been moved up to its Nevertheless, some serious progress has been made, considering that the sample file contains formatted text, graphics, tables, and graphical diagrams. As a result, the project has been bumped to the .2 version designation. Future steps will include making the Firefox extension available to users and finally shipping the code with a finished version of the Firefox browser. The development team hopes that this update will be a serious upgrade to web security since the pdf.js standard uses only native code pieces that are web safe, leaving fewer opportunities for exploitation. The pdf.js project is being licensed under a 3-clause BSD license, which is so liberal as to be considered almost open source, an indicator of the developers hope that this will become a community-based project. The developers are welcoming external contributors to help. (PhysOrg.com) — You may recall our earlier reporting on the Mozilla’s pdf.js project, in which the folks over at Mozilla are trying to get their browser to display PDF files in your Firefox web browser with the help of HTML5. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system

first_img Citation: Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system (2012, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-snowboarders-haptic.html 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. (Phys.org)—Daniel Spelmezan, an engineer at the Université Paris-Sud, has worked on a snowboard system that might lighten the case loads of orthopaedic surgeons and even keep those packets of Advil from being emptied. Spelmesan is behind a haptic snowboarding concept that uses vibrations to help teach the sport to new enthusiasts by sending cues to their limbs to execute moves properly. The system involves sensor-equipped snowboards and suits. Can tactile instructions in the form of vibrating actuators for arms and legs guide successful movements? Does such a system match or even outperform lessons in the usual way, where the only training comes from a coach, who delivers instructions and comments before and after the ride?He looked for answers in the context of snowboarding in a test at an indoor ski resort with ten amateur snowboarders and a snowboarding instructor. The volunteer instructor tested moves involved, such as turns, riding switch, and carving, to confirm that the system functioned as intended Participants got two lessons, one with and one without the sensors. They went downhill using turns that involved shifting weight and direction to zig-zag in an S-shaped pattern down. Mounted sensors on the snowboards sensed which way the boarders faced when they traveled down the slope, and when they turned to face the other way and continue their way down. The run up to the turn triggered the sensors to buzz in sequence, to remind the participant about which bits of the body to bend or where to shift weight.Two vibration motors were placed around each shoulder and laterally at the thigh that pointed forward during the ride.The tactile instructions were most effective when the exercises were not too difficult. When the snowboarders practiced new and difficult exercises, however, they focused on the coach’s instructions and had a hard time paying attention to tactile instructions.Some said the vibrating guides were a distraction. Only when a move became familiar did the buzzing help out, as reminders of the kinds of postures they needed to keep. In other words, they found the system useful in refining their techniques after first trying out new moves a few times. One such test participant reported, “I did not really react to the tactile instructions, although I noticed them, because there were so many other things to think about.”Spelmezan presented his work at the MobileHCI (focused on human computer interactions with mobile devices) conference earlier this year. The paper, “An Investigation into the Use of Tactile Instructions in Snowboarding,” reported what the snowboarders said about their tests, and presented recommendations for the use of tactile instructions in teaching sports skills. The Spelmezan system is based on an Arduino BT (an Arduino board with built-in Bluetooth module for wireless communication) and a Nokia N70 mobile phone as the host device. The system was programmed to detect the point when the rider pivoted the snowboard from one edge to the other edge. Pressure sensors measured the rider’s weight distribution on the snowboard.Vibrating sensors on the body, triggered by motion sensors in the snowboard, could remind snowboarders if they used the wrong turning technique on the slopes. Stimuli at the thigh signaled to shift the weight to the front foot, and stimuli at the shoulder signaled to turn left or right.But were the test participants paying attention? Those snowboarders with no experience focused on the coach’s words. Those with some experience were able to follow both tactile instructions and spoken instructions. Tactile instructions proved to be a good support for the learner fine-tuning previously learned movements.””Based on our findings, we conclude that tactile instructions should not be applied during the first lessons or when the coach introduces new exercises,” the paper stated. “Tactile instructions should be introduced after the learner has acquired the basic skills in performing the new task. At this stage during training, the cognitive load on the learner will be lower.” The most common snowboard injury is to the wrist. A common injury scenario is falling onto an outstretched hand. More information: hal.inria.fr/hal-00744527/ Explore further How tech is making snowboarding even more awesome Two vibration motors were placed around each shoulder and laterally at the thigh that pointed forward during the ride. The arrows illustrate the direction of the stimuli on the skin. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Researchers find Jurassic strashilids not a parasite after all

first_imgVosila sinensis from the Middle Jurassic epoch of Daohugou, China. Credit: (c) Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11898 Ecological reconstruction of Strashila daohugouensis sp. nov. from the Middle Jurassic epoch of Daohugou, China. Credit: (c) Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11898 © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A research team made up of members from China, the U.S. and France has found new evidence that overturns the notion that a species of ancient insects known as strashilids were parasites. Instead, as the team writes in their paper published in the journal Nature, it appears they were actually amphibious flies that lost their ability to eat as they grew into adulthood. Taken together, the new evidence suggests that strashilids were very much like modern water flies that start out life in the water, grow wings during adulthood, then shed them and return to the water to reproduce and then die. Thus, they could not have been parasites, the team concludes. Citation: Researchers find Jurassic strashilids not a parasite after all (2013, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-jurassic-strashilids-parasite.htmlcenter_img 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. More information: Amphibious flies and paedomorphism in the Jurassic period, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature11898AbstractThe species of the Strashilidae (strashilids) have been the most perplexing of fossil insects from the Jurassic period of Russia and China. They have been widely considered to be ectoparasites of pterosaurs or feathered dinosaurs, based on the putative presence of piercing and sucking mouthparts and hind tibio-basitarsal pincers purportedly used to fix onto the host’s hairs or feathers. Both the supposed host and parasite occur in the Daohugou beds from the Middle Jurassic epoch of China (approximately 165 million years ago). Here we analyse the morphology of strashilids from the Daohugou beds, and reach markedly different conclusions; namely that strashilids are highly specialized flies (Diptera) bearing large membranous wings, with substantial sexual dimorphism of the hind legs and abdominal extensions. The idea that they belong to an extinct order is unsupported, and the lineage can be placed within the true flies. In terms of major morphological and inferred behavioural features, strashilids resemble the recent (extant) and relict members of the aquatic fly family Nymphomyiidae. Their ontogeny are distinguished by the persistence in adult males of larval abdominal respiratory gills, representing a unique case of paedomorphism among endopterygote insects. Adult strashilids were probably aquatic or amphibious, shedding their wings after emergence and mating in the water. A limited number of specimens led researchers to conclude that strashilids were parasites—they had mouths that resembled blood suckers and legs of the type that are used for hooking onto bird wings. Recently, however, the team obtained 13 more specimens (all from approximately 165 million years ago) from what is now Inner Mongolia, and made several discoveries as a result, which they say, proves the strashilids were not parasites at all. First of all, only the male of the species had the type of legs that could be used to hook onto bird feathers—they apparently actually used them to hook onto females during mating. Second of all, it appears the mouths that were thought to be of the kind used for sucking blood, didn’t work at all as the insects grew to become adults. Also, several of the more recently found specimens had wings, which indicated that at least for part of their life cycle, strashilids didn’t require a host to move from place to place. The researchers also noted that the males retained larval abdominal respiratory gills which may have helped them survive in the water during their final stage of life—both genders shed their wings and crawled into the water to mate—two wingless pairs were found doing just that. Finally, the team found in analyzing the sex organs of strashilids that they resembled those of modern water flies called Nymphomyiidae, which have feathery wings and live near fast moving water. Study shows how external ecological communities can affect the coevolution of hosts and their parasites Explore furtherlast_img read more

Physicists investigate onset of effective mass

first_img The familiar type of mass, also called the “inertial mass” or “bare mass,” is a fundamental property of an object that is determined by an object’s resistance to acceleration when subject to a force, for example gravity.When an object’s mass is modified by putting it in a different medium, the modified mass is called the “effective mass.” Effective mass is distinctly different than bare mass, as it is not a fundamental property of an object, but changes depending on the material it is in. For practical purposes, effective mass plays an important role in electrical conductivity and electronic devices.”The effective mass description is incredibly powerful because it allows one to sweep away a lot of the complex physics, which describes the interactions between the electron and the medium, replacing it with an intuitive ‘classical’ description, while burying the details within a modified mass,” physicist Rockson Chang, currently at the Institut d’Optique at the Université Paris-Sud, told Phys.org.”Effective mass behavior is well established, both in fundamental science and modern electronic engineering,” he said. “An example of the latter is in the use of the semiconductor gallium arsenide (GaAs). Electrons in GaAs turn out to have a very small effective mass, just 0.067 times that of the bare electron mass. This very small mass means that when the electrons are subjected to a potential difference, they move significantly faster than outside this medium, making them ideal for high-speed electronic devices. “While working at the University of Toronto, Chang and his coauthors investigated what happens to effective mass when an external force is applied very abruptly. In the simplified theory of effective mass, which is often used in research, the assumption is that the forces are applied slowly. The researchers wanted to find out what happens when this assumption is not met.To do this, the researchers used a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)—a large number of atoms cooled to near absolute zero temperature. These atoms were trapped in an artificial crystal made of light called an optical lattice. Although this system contains atoms rather than electrons, it exhibits many of the same fundamental properties as a semiconductor. However, because BECs exist on larger length and time scales, they have the advantage of being much more easily accessed experimentally than semiconductors. As the researchers explained, this idea of using one well-controlled quantum system to “simulate” the properties of another is called “quantum simulation.” After trapping the BEC in an optical lattice, the researchers abruptly (in about 20 µs) applied a force on the atoms with an external magnetic field. This force results in an oscillation of an atom’s motion in the crystal, and from this motion the researchers were able to extract the particle’s mass.The researchers’ most important finding was that the initial response of the atoms to this applied force is characterized not by the effective mass as expected, but by the bare mass. Shortly after this initial time period, the atoms response undergo rapid oscillations and the onset of effective mass occurs.”For over 50 years, the observed effective mass behavior has been well described by theory,” Chang said. “However, the popular and intuitive description is based on some fundamental assumptions, in particular that the external force is applied relatively slowly. In our work we probe what happens when this assumption is invalidated. Our work shows that if one were to apply a force sufficiently quickly, the effective mass description falls apart. Interestingly, the initial response of the particle is that of a particle with its bare mass—or in other words, the particle responds as if the medium wasn’t there at all. Only over longer time does the medium have a chance to catch up, again modifying the behavior of the particle and gradually returning to the usual effective mass response.”To give a loose analogy, Chang explains that the onset of effective mass is somewhat like walking through a muddy field. Because of the mud, you tend to walk slower than you would otherwise. This is like having an effective mass larger than a bare mass. However, if you started off by running into the mud, you would at first move very quickly. At this point, effective mass is still low. But as you sink deeper and deeper into the mud, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain that speed, and you eventually slow down. Likewise, it takes some time for the effective mass behavior to arise when subjected to a force.”It’s not that our work is the first observation of the effective mass,” Chang said. “Rather, our experiment demonstrates that the simple and intuitive picture of effective mass can actually break down, while revealing a conceptually very satisfying transition between two different behaviors, from a response in free space (described by the bare mass) to in a medium (described by an effective mass). Our work explores a new regime of dynamics, fast compared to the characteristic timescale of the material-particle interaction.”By showing how effective mass develops on short time scales, the results shed light on some of the most fundamental properties of solid state systems.”This regime is increasingly of interest for researchers looking to continually push the speed of electronic devices,” Chang said. “For example, there has been recent interest in using ultrafast laser pulses (femto-second and shorter) for fast electronic switches. Our results show that the speed and effectiveness of this switching may be affected since the effective mass description may no longer be valid.” Metamaterials experts show a way to reduce electrons’ effective mass to nearly zero Citation: Physicists investigate onset of effective mass (2014, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-physicists-onset-effective-mass.html More information: Rockson Chang, et al. “Observing the Onset of Effective Mass.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.170404 Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Although mass may seem to be a fairly straightforward concept, from a physics perspective it can be much more complex than weighing an object and reading off a number in grams. For instance, an object’s mass can be modified by putting it in a different medium. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows example of mammal adapting to fires by increasing torpor time

first_img Fires have been on the increase, the researchers report, notably in the Australian Bush—they suggest it is due to global warming. They also note that multiple studies have been conducted to learn more about animal displacement and/or migrations that often occur due to fire, but point out, little research has actually been done to learn more about the animals that stay, and how they manage to do so. In this new effort, they looked to the antechinus as a possible guide.Prior research has shown that the little mammals have a tendency to stick around in an area after a brush fire has burned off the natural cover they use to hide from predators. How they manage to survive was not known. To find out, the researchers captured several specimens from a recently burned area and some others from an area still covered with brush—they affixed radio tracking devices and monitors that measure vital signs to each before setting them free again. They then studied the activity behavior and vital signs of the two groups and compared what they witnessed. They report that the specimens that remained in the burned areas went into a torpor (a metabolic slowdown state similar to animals that hibernate) for much longer periods of time then their fire-free cohorts—they also ceased venturing out in the daytime, using the cover of darkness to prevent being seen by predators as they foraged. The longer torpor, the researchers explain, meant the animal used less energy and thus needed less to eat—a clear adaptation to a change in their environment. The adaptation also explains results from prior studies that showed antechinus populations able to rapidly bounce back to pre-fire numbers once ground cover was restored.The researchers suggest the adaptive behavior exhibited by the antechinus shows a possible adaptation to a world that is heating up—one that it is likely used by other species as well. Marsupial mating habits to die for © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Photos of the study site and body temperature (dotted line) and ambient temperature (solid line) traces over 3 days: (a) the same area before the fire (pre-burn group) and (b) after the fire (post-burn group). The dashed line represents the torpor threshold. Note the time-series gaps in (a) show nocturnal activity away from the nest; torpor was expressed during the daytime (b). Credit: Biology Letters, Published 10 June 2015, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0134 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with University of New England in Australia has found an example of a mammal adapting to the aftermath of a fire by extending its torpor time. In their paper published in The Royal Society – Biology Letters, the team describes their study involving the brown antechinus, a small insect eating marsupial mammal and why they believe what they learned is relevant to global warning.center_img Citation: Study shows example of mammal adapting to fires by increasing torpor time (2015, June 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-mammal-torpor.html Journal information: Biology Letters More information: The importance of mammalian torpor for survival in a post-fire landscape, Biology Letters, Published 10 June 2015, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0134AbstractWildfires have increased in frequency and intensity worldwide with climate change as a main driving factor. While a number of studies have focused on population changes in regard to fires, there are essentially no quantitative data on behavioural and physiological adjustments that are vital for the persistence of individuals during and after fires. Here we show that brown antechinus, a small insectivorous marsupial mammal, (i) endured a prescribed fire in situ, (ii) remained in their scorched home range despite unburned areas nearby, and (iii) substantially increased post-fire torpor use and thus reduced foraging requirements and exposure to predators. Hence, torpor is a physiological adaptation that, although not quantified in this context previously, appears to play a key role in post-fire survival for this and other heterothermic species. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Political plight on Delhi stage

first_imgDarkness Engulfs the nation when the ruler is a wreck. How apt is the quote in today’s scenario. In fact, if critics are to be believed, the Indian government is going through a similar plight with brickbats being thrown at the government on a regular basis. Director Anurag Dixit aims to bring about a change and not through criticism, but with the help of creativity.Dixit, adapted the play Andher Nagari Chaupat Raja originally written by B Bharatendu Harishchandra in 1881, and talks about how foolish rulers can destroy the whole kingdom. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is a very popular comedy and is a satire based on our political system. We aim to create awareness for the next generation through music and performing arts which are the real motivators unlike essays and lectures at education institutes,’ said Dixit.‘The play is quite relatable in today’s time. Many people feel that our prime minister is like a puppet actually led by Sonia Gandhi. We have played around with politics in a comic and satirical manner,’ added the 34-year-old. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe one-hour play, which took almost three months to put on stage, casts all young actors in the age group of six to 14 years. So was it difficult to make them perform? ‘Not really, all the children belong to the Musicology Drama course (at an institute in Noida) and hence are honed in the art. I believe in the holistic development of a child in today’s time and since a child’s mind is highly prone to conditioning, the story is adapted in a way which will act as a teacher than a problem,’ said Dixit.How about the other elements of theatre aesthetics? ‘There is minimal use of lighting and props because I have tried to create maximum impact through the performances. The costumes and light props are in sync with the storyline,’ he said.DETAILAt: Sri Ram Centre, Mandi HouseWhen: 1 FebruaryTimings: 5.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Articulating expressions

first_imgTo initiate an art gallery in times like these is an extremely daunting and challenging propositions, but nonetheless, a commitment to showcase emerging talent, support and foster young contemporary artists coupled with an aspiration to expand spectatorship and collectorship of visual arts propelled Art and Aesthetic to launched its formal physical space in Lado Sarai in August 2013 with its  first exhibition titled Time Will Tell – emerging forms of contemporary expressions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second exhibition Own An Original –  a concept that aimed to widen collectorship of contemporary art, making acquisition of original work of  art more accessible  through competitively priced drawings and paintings in a postcard format, succeeded in cultivating first time buyers of art both in New Delhi and Mumbai.Taking the gallery objective forward our current show – A Tribute to Masters and Masterpieces– History Revisited, attempts to brings glimpses from art history to the viewers, thereby providing an opportunity to introduce and re – visit  seminal works of art from historical timeline. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShowcased here are iconographic reinterpretation and fascinating depictions by 9 contemporary artists. The idea is to disseminate history in an informal manner and for the audiences to make connections with the resources of the past.Through humble yet focused initiatives, Art and Aesthetic hopes to celebrate Indian Contemporary Art and strives to consolidate its prime objectives.WHEN: On till 28 FebruaryWHERE: Art and Aesthetic, 213/A, First Floor, Old M B Road, Lado Sarailast_img read more

Strumming the night away

first_imgHead banging, applause and cheers were all over the house as top bands from NCR unleashed their passion on Les Paul’s tribute night, organised by Matchbox Pub and Grub in association with Gibson Les Paul. Celebrating the legend’s birthday, bands like The Iyer Project, guitarist Namit Chabbra, Virtus and Man Goes Human performed chartbursting covers from the 60s, 70s and some of their own numbers. When the best guitar brand joins hands with a happening pub in the Delhi NCR, it is sure to strike a chord with many, and the Les Paul tribute night was no different. If The Iyer Project enthralled the music aficionados with their alternate Carnatic rock, then Virtus belted out covers of Led Zeppelin and Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Man Goes Human ended it with jazz and blues numbers from 60s and 70s.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Sexy’ Les Paul guitars (as described by some of the performers and listeners) were on display, giving an opportunity to budding guitarists to learn more about their most desired instrument. Band members were felicitated with gift vouchers by Gibson Les Paul in the end. Great food and drinks added the extra zing to the event. The co-owners of Matchbox Amit Panda, Mahavir Mohanty and Siddharth Suman are passionate about music and strive to promote the rock scene in NCR. ‘The idea behind Matchbox is always to celebrate legends of music who contributed immensely towards its evolution in 20th century.’  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHe goes on to say, ‘The Les Paul tribute night is a step whereby we wanted to provide a platform for music lovers to come and celebrate the legendary Les Paul. The wonderful line up of bands that we had for this played songs that would inspire us towards our effort to celebrate music. More such tribute nights, celebrating the music of icons by the most happening bands will take place at Matchbox in time to come,.’ they said.last_img read more

Kerry presses Irans FM to reach nuke deal outline

first_imgUS Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iran’s foreign minister on the Obama administration’s desire to reach the outline of a nuclear deal by the end of March, in keeping with a target set by negotiators last year.Kerry delivered the message to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif during a two-hour meeting on the sidelines of an international security conference in Munich, according to a US official. Kerry “reiterated our desire to move toward a political framework by the end of March,” the official said. “They agreed to stay in close touch and that they would try to meet again soon.” The official was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will resume negotiations with Iran soon, with an eye on the March target they set in November after missing two earlier deadlines.Their ultimate goal is to reach a final agreement by July that would, in exchange for a lifting of sanctions, address international concerns that Iran may be using a civilian atomic energy program as cover to try to develop nuclear weapons.Despite assurances from the administration that it will not accept any deal with Iran that allows the capability to construct a bomb, the prospect of an agreement that may only keep Iran on the threshold of such a step has alarmed many allies, including Israel and the Gulf Arab states, along with many in Congress.Meeting later with foreign ministers and senior officials from the Gulf Cooperation Council Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Kerry pledged anew that “no deal is better that a bad deal,” according to senior US officials who attended the session.last_img read more

Water for health

first_imgThis year marks the 10th anniversary of an event to increase public awareness of an important health problem in the community across the globe. The Departments of Nephrology of PGIMER, Dr R M L hospital and AIIMS are jointly organizing a two day event on March 12-13 at the auditorium of PGIMER, Dr R M L hospital. The theme this year Kidney Health for All reminds us that all of us are not equal with regards to risk for kidney disease and access to treatment. This two days event will have public lectures and panel discussions quiz, poster competition among school and nursing students and CME on Kidney for the Central Government Health Service doctors and Nurses. The Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be the Chief Guest and Director General Health Service and Director; AIIMS will be the Guest of Honour in the inaugural function. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The pledge, ‘sharing a glass of water’ on March 12 is a good way to remind us that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of.Taking steps to live a healthy lifestyle clearly helps to reduce risk, and early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.With 10% of the population worldwide having some form of kidney damage, there is a long road ahead to raise awareness about the dangers of kidney disease. Some communities in both higher and lower income countries are at greater risk than others because of their ethnic origin, socioeconomic status and/or where they live. India at present has the world’s largest population of diabetes and obesity; both have been recognized as an emerging epidemic. Every fifth person in India is hypertensive. All these are risk factors contributing to the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which is predicted to increase by 17% over the next decade; and is now recognized by WHO and other organizations as a global public health issue.The Organising Chairperson, Prof Dipankar Bhowmik told there are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. Keep fit and active, Keep regular control of your blood sugar level, Monitor your blood pressure, Eat healthy and keep your weight in check, Maintain a healthy fluid intake, do not smoke and do not take over-the-counter pills on a regular basis.last_img read more

Sreebhumi subway work VIP Road to remain blocked for two months

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata-bound VIP Road will be blocked for at least two months to fast track the completion of a subway coming at Sreebhumi in Lake Town.The Bidhannagar City Police on Thursday evening kicked off the trial run that will go on for two days before embarking on the two-month blocking. The police has decided to use the Kolkata-bound service road of Lake Town and VIP fully for vehicular movement during this two -month block period.”The lane of main carriage way of airport-bound road of Lake Town and VIP Road will be utilised for the movement of some Kolkata-bound small vehicles, mainly in the morning and as and when required depending on the vehicular pressure,” a senior police official of the traffic wing of Bidhannagar City police said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeElaborating on the movement of traffic, the official said the vehicles those will be diverted from Kolkata-bound VIP Road to Airport-bound VIP Road through the cut out near Sreebhumi foot overbridge will move upto Golaghata subway taking one lane of Airport flank main carriage way.Following this, the vehicles will again merge into the Kolkata-bound main carriage way of VIP Road through the cut out after Golaghata foot overbridge.”During the diversion, Airport-bound vehicles will avail the Lake town service road and rest of the one lane of Airport bound VIP main carriage way,” the official added.The Traffic department will dedicate a number of lanes equal to the existing lanes towards Airport or Kolkata flank, depending upon the traffic pressure during peak hours to avoid any unnecessary delay.last_img read more

Centre mum on states letter against withdrawal of CRPF from Jangalmahal

first_imgKolkata: The Centre is yet to give any reply to the state government’s letter opposing the former’s plan of withdrawing more companies of the Central Forces from Jangalmahal.Sources said that the Centre had written to the state stating the plan of withdrawing three more companies of the forces from Jangalmahal. In reply to it, the state government had cleared its stand, opposing the move of withdrawing more companies of forces from the area that was once Maoist infested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, the Centre has not given any reply to the state in this connection yet. It has been learnt that the plan for withdrawing around three more companies of the forces was mooted to deploy the same in Chattisgarh.It may be mentioned that with various steps taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government, peace has been restored in Jangalmahal and there is “no Maoist disturbances” in Bengal at present. But the state government opposed the move of withdrawing three companies of Central forces from the area, a major part of which shares border with Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. “In a bid to maintain peace in the area, it is important to carry out proper vigilance, which would not be possible if the Central Forces are withdrawn,” sources said.To ensure an overall development of the Jangalmahal area, the state government has ensured creation of Jhargram as a separate district out of West Midnapore. The development work has been carried out in full swing in Purulia, Jhargram, West Midnapore and Bankura in the past seven years and many Maoist activists have returned to normal lives.last_img read more

As mercury goes up save yourself from heat stroke

first_imgHeat stroke is caused due to prolonged exposure to higher temperatures (above 40 degrees Celcius) or physical exertion. It usually occurs in combination with dehydration. “If left untreated, heat stroke can affect vital organs and can prove fatal in severe cases,” said Dr Raman Abhi, additional director (internal medicine) at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in the capital.Sudden rise in body temperature, rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak, rapid or shallow breathing, unconsciousness, lack of sweat, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and seizures are some of the symptoms of heat stroke, Abhi added. The skin may lose its moisture and water retention capacity leading to hot and dry skin. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In addition, some people show some behavioural changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering. “Avoid sudden temperature changes like shuttling betweeen a cool environment to an extremely hot one. Shut off the cooling to bring yourself down to the room’s temperature before stepping out in the sun,” suggested Abhi while listing out some dos and don’ts.Avoid direct exposure to sunlight, especially during afternoons and if that it unavoidable, one should cover the head. Light-coloured cotton clothing should be preferred as these provide enough ventilation to the skin.One also needs to be well hydrated to avoid dehydration. “Five to seven litres of water is a must during the day,” Abhi stated.last_img read more

65yearold shot dead accused absconding

first_imgKolkata: A 65-year-old man was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants.The incident occurred in the Goyalpothar area near Raigunge in North Dinajpur on Saturday night. It sparked tension among locals. The victim has been identified as Nitya Gopal Bala (65). The family members of the victim lodged a complaint at the local police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. The victim used to run a stall in a nearby market at Chakulia. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe was returning home from the market after closing his stall at around 10 pm on Saturday. While walking along the road side near Lodhi village, three miscreants stopped him and shot him from a close quarter. After receiving a bullet injury in his lower abdomen, the victim fell on the road. On hearing the gun shot, locals rushed to the spot only to find him lying in a pool of blood. Locals rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMiscreants managed to flee the spot immediately after the incident. Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder. They are investigating if the elderly man had any rivalry with anyon e. The family members of the deceased told police the victim was a good-natured person and he apparently had no rivalry with anyone. The sleuths are interrogating other businessmen in the market. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Tech allowed me new ways of thinking

first_imgLeading Malaysian architect-turned-artist Red Hong Yi, who paints with unconventional everyday objects and not the regular paintbrush, believes that without technology, she wouldn’t be able to produce and experiment fast enough as technology allowed her “new ways of thinking”. Initially into paintbrushes, the 32-year-old artist embraced technology in her art practice when she confronted it during her study of architecture. “Architecture made me think in 3D. When I was in architecture school in 2005, in my first year, everything was hand-drawn. But two years into it, they introduced computational software(s), laser cutting and more. It was a shock to us. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”So we had the choice to embrace it or go the traditional path and I realised if I didn’t embrace technology, I’d be behind. I wouldn’t be able to produce fast enough, and experiment fast enough. It allowed me new ways of thinking,” Red said on the sidelines of the unveiling of her unique artwork ‘Aurora’ here earlier this week, which takes inspiration from Alaska’s Northern Lights and 2,000 glass-backs from Honor smartphone. A reflection of the fast-converging world of art and tech, “Aurora” was commissioned by the Chinese tech company Honor – removing barriers between what are perceived as two different spheres altogether. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRed, who has exhibited pieces at the World Economic Forum (Davos), Anchorage Museum (Alaska), Design Miami (Miami) and the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), also believes that technology makes the process of creating art smoother. Asked if more artists are taking to tech, Red nodded in affirmation. “I think tech makes execution a lot easier for artists. For example, murals on walls don’t need to be free-handed. Now you can project something on the wall and paint on it. We have projection art as well,” she said. Referring to the famous oil painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ done by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, she reiterated the controversy that the painting often faces. “There was controversy when people said he might have cheated because he projected his subject’s face using mirrors as reflectors. People said his proportions are exactly the same and questioned its possibility.” If true, it could have been a traditional form of early projection art, she said about the painting. Red also highlighted the use of virtual reality (VR) devices, that allow a digital tour to places, in spreading the art viewership. “VR is another field where art and tech meet. If I am living in my hometown in Malaysia, I can actually walk into any museum through VR. It transports you to different experiences,” she explained. She also cautioned against relegating artworks and artists to the number of followers and ‘likes’, while speaking about artists and social media marketing. “If that happens, we’re going to go into shock factors, wherein the ‘next big shocking thing’ will generate more numbers.” Red’s installation ‘Aurora’ is open for viewing here till December 23.last_img read more

Voice resembling Bharati instructing docs goes viral

first_imgKolkata: The mysterious voice of a lady bearing similarity with BJP candidate from Ghatal Bharati Ghosh, went viral on social media from Sunday morning.The audio voice message addressed to the agitating doctors said that they should want to have discussion in presence of media, which was later reflected in the agitating doctors imposing the condition that discussions to resolve the impasse should be held in presence of the media. The junior doctors had said that they are eager to hold discussions at any suitable venue as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee deems fit, but it should be held in presence of media and there should be representation from all medical colleges and hospitals across the state. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has denied any such audio recording on the part of BJP. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe voice was also found instructing the doctors that after the Chief Minister’s call for talks if the latter do not respond quickly, then the sympathy of the common people will shift away from them. Coincidentally, the general body meeting’s decision was announced by the junior doctors after the audio voice went viral. The voice had also suggested that the doctors could propose to hold talks at the Governor’s house. However, the doctors have left the task of fixing the venue to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

Part of the Apollo 12 Rocket was Sighted 33 Years Later in

first_imgIn the history of mankind, there truly are few things that can compare to the impressive achievements of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, aka NASA. NASA was officially founded on October 1, 1958 in response to the launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union in October of 1957. Put simply, the Cold War created the perfect atmosphere to foster competition on the final frontier. With the United States public rallying behind NASA, they were able to receive more funding than previous research attempts, and in the wake of speeches made especially by President John F. Kennedy, the Apollo program was launched.Exterior view of NASA’s Launch Control Center at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral in Florida.When most people think of American space missions and footage of astronauts, they think of these missions. The Apollo missions used the Saturn V rocket, a platform consisting of three stages which fire off sequentially.The first stage uses five F-1 engines and produces almost 7.7 million pounds of thrust by burning a mixture of kerosene and liquid oxygen. The second stage uses five J-2 engines that deploy at 38 miles above the Earth, with the third stage deploying when the rocket hits orbit. According to the Smithsonian, the Saturn V is the largest and most powerful rocket ever used by the United States.Von Braun with the F-1 engines of the Saturn V first stage at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.This story is only partially about the Saturn V rocket, however. On September 3, 2002, our attention was captured by an object that was first spotted by an amateur astronomer named Bill Yeung. This object, named J002E3, had been orbiting the Sun in the same orbit as the Earth for thirty years.Then in 2002, the object moved into the L1 Lagrange point of Earth — for those that don’t know, the Lagrange point is the point where the gravity of two celestial bodies cancels each other out — then it started to orbit Earth at high speed.Apollo 17 Command Module, on display at Space Center Houston. Photo by OptoMechEngineer CC BY-SA 4.0J002E3 was scrutinized by the astronomy community at large and was swiftly theorized to be a piece of the Apollo 12 mission from 1969. J002E3 orbits the Earth at roughly a 43-day interval, according to Paul Chodas on nasa.org, and because of the paint on a Saturn V, it appears very bright when the light of the Sun bounces off it.As even more evidence, the astronomy community created a simulation based on the original separation of the rocket in 1969 and accounted for acceleration. The findings correlated the theory of the object being a piece of the rocket from the 1969 launch before it floated back into our orbit.S-IVB stage of Apollo 17. The one used for Apollo 12 is of identical type.How did J002E3 end up far enough away to fall out of the gravity well of Earth in the first place? The gravity well is the sphere of influence of Earth’s gravity in space. To answer the question, we have to go back to the intention of the Apollo program and especially Apollo 12.Recovered F-1 engine injector from Apollo 12 mission on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Photo by Loungeflyz CC BY-SA 4.0Apollo 12’s mission included extensive exploration on the lunar surface. The crew had a different course from previous missions, with a higher inclination to the lunar equator, which caused gravity to affect the rocket stage in a different way from previous flights. This alternate path could account for the odd trajectory of J002E3.Recovered F-1 engine parts on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Photo by Loungeflyz CC BY-SA 4.0When talking about objects moving incredibly quickly around the Earth, there are a lot of people who immediately start worrying about apocalyptic disasters such as asteroids crashing into the Earth, like the one that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs.But we may actually want to focus on a different possible scenario, the Kessler Syndrome. The Kessler Syndrome is when there are too many satellites in orbit around Earth to the point that if one of the orbiting satellites is impacted by space debris, it could cause a chain reaction that wipes out many other orbiting bodies.Read another story from us: Apollo 11 Tapes Made Public – NASA Releases 19,000 Hours of Historic AudioSo, could J002E3 cause this problem? Well, according to the astronomy community, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about for at least four decades, which is the period it takes for J002E3 to go from a heliocentric orbit back into the Earth’s sphere of influence.last_img read more

The Notorious John Dillinger Used a Wooden Gun to Bluff his Way

first_imgJohn Dillinger started his life of crime early. At the age of 21, he was incarcerated for the first time after a botched grocery store holdup, resulting in a stint in the Indiana State Prison. His prison time left him a hardened, bitter, and vicious man who learned the art of committing bank robbery from his fellow inmates. On his release, that knowledge gave him the ability to become one of the most notorious villains of the mid-‘30s.Mug shot of John Dillinger.He spent 1933-34 committing a variety of violent robberies and a couple of jailbreaks. On May 10, 1933, Dillinger was paroled after being in prison for eight and a half years. This really marked the beginning of his infamy. According to the FBI, Dillinger robbed a bank in Bluffton, Ohio almost immediately upon his release.He was arrested by Dayton police on September 22nd and taken to jail in Lima until his case could be brought to trial. When he was searched by police at the time of his arrest, they found what seemed to be plans for a prison break on Dillinger’s body. Dillinger denied knowledge of any planned escape, though.John Dillinger ‘Wanted’ poster.Several days later, a group of eight of Dillinger’s friends used those same plans to break him out of the Indiana State Prison, shooting a couple of guards in the process.Three of those men showed up at the Lima jail on October 12th, along with a parolee who came from the same prison. The men told the guards they were there to move Dillinger to the prison, because he had broken his parole.Little Bohemia Lodge.When the Sheriff asked them for credentials, the group went into action, shooting the sheriff, beating the rest of the guards, and busting Dillinger out of jail.Dillinger and his gang went on a crime spree, looting two police arsenals for weapons, ammunition, and bulletproof vests, then robbing banks. In the course of their exploits, several police officers were killed.Photo of the medical supplies used to perform surgery on John Dillinger and his associate Homer Van Meter. Dillinger and Van Meter’s appearance and fingerprints were altered a few months before both men were killed by officers of the law.The gang went to Arizona to hide out, but they were caught when the hotel they were staying in caught fire and a firefighter recognized them. Dillinger was apprehended and sent to Lake County jail in Indiana. What followed was one of the most daring prison breaks in history.According to a report run at the time in the New York Daily News, Lake County jail was considered to be escape-proof, which seemed like a good idea considering Dillinger’s earlier jailbreak.Many different faces of Dillinger.Nonetheless, on March 3rd, 1934, John Dillinger escaped from Lake County jail after bluffing 33 jailers and inmates with a gun he’d carved of blackened wood, right in his cell and under his jailer’s noses.He and a co-conspirator locked everyone up in various cells, closets, and living quarters, stole two submachine guns from the warden’s quarters, and climbed over the wall.Old Lake County Courthouse. Photo by T. Tolbert CC BY SA 3.0Once they were outside the wall, the two men commandeered the Sheriff’s private car, taking a deputy sheriff and a garage worker along as hostages, and rode right through the fifty-man cordon whose sole purpose was to make sure he stayed inside. He gave the signal to leave by singing “Git along, little doggie. Go along.”Two hours after their escape, Dillinger and his companion released the two hostages they had taken, giving them each a handshake and a cigarette, and $4 for the cab fare back to the prison. When the men returned, the deputy was able to give the full story of how the men succeeded in the escape.The deputy related that the event occurred that morning when another deputy, a couple of porters, and a trustee entered Dillinger’s cell with a basin of water and some soap. The inmate was sitting on his bed and holding something in his hands.When the trustee bent over to put down the soap, Dillinger leaned over his back, and put the object, the wooden gun, to the deputy’s head, threatening to kill him. He had another jailer called for, taking his keys on his arrival.Photo of Anna Sage, best known as the “woman in red” who agreed to identify John Dillinger to law enforcement agents. Sage made an agreement to wear red as she and a female friend were escorted to the Biograph Theater in Chicago by Dillinger. This was how Dillinger was identified and killed as he left the theater with the woman.The first deputy and the men with him were locked in the cell, and Dillinger took the second deputy with him. Dillinger used the keys and the gun to start rounding up other groups of prisoners, and locking up the other guards.The two inmates took several hostages with them on their way to the armory, in the process also collecting the warden’s wife and mother-in-law. The men grabbed the guns and locked their hostages up, except for the deputy.The crowd at Chicago’s Biograph Theater on July 22, 1934, shortly after John Dillinger was killed there by law enforcement officers.Making their way to the garage, the prisoners threatened the garage workers with their guns, demanding the fastest car available, which happened to be the Sheriff’s.The men put the deputy and one of the garage workers in the front seat, held the guns to their backs, and demanded that they drive, which they did. The two desperados were free — thanks to a wooden gun.Even though the two escapees avoided a cordon and manhunt that involved thousands of searchers, that escape was ultimately how John Dillinger died.Read another story from us: Baby Face Nelson – The Real Bad Boy of Prohibition-Era GangstersIn stealing the car and driving it over state lines, he had committed a federal crime, paving the way for a nationwide manhunt. Although it took a while to track him down, and he continued his larcenous ways, he was eventually found and gunned down on July 22, 1934.last_img read more

Weird Olympic Sports that have Thankfully been Removed

first_imgThe Olympics includes some weird sports. Curling is one, despite its recent (some might say baffling) surge in popularity. Biathlon, that combination of cross-country skiing and shooting wildly popular in the Nordic countries, is often at the bottom of the ratings among Olympic broadcasts. Here are some strange events that have been eliminated from the competition since the modern Olympics began in 1896. Tug O’ WarTug of war competition in 1904 Summer OlympicsActually, this sounds like it SHOULD be in the Olympics! A perennial schoolyard favorite in the United States and the United Kingdom, “Tug of War” was in the Olympics for 20 years, from 1900 to 1920.The sport called for two teams of eight to try to pull the other six feet. If neither side could do it, the judges started a five minute overtime. If, at that point, neither team had pulled the other the requisite six feet, the winner was the team who had gotten the other the farthest.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsHarvard Tug of War team, 1888The British dominated the event, winning two golds and one silver over the years. Each British team was made up mostly of the largest British “bobbies” from the London City police.Distance PlungingPhoto of a float during a plunging eventAn event that more resembles a backyard pool game for bored kids on summer vacation than an Olympic sport, distance plunging consisted of a…“plunger”? “diver”? “swimmer”? Launching themselves into the water and seeing who could “glide” underwater the farthest.Competitors were scored for sixty seconds or whenever they surfaced. Referees then measured the distance covered. There was only one Olympic round of Distance Plunging, and it was won by American William Dickey – of course he was American! Not because Americans have dominated the Summer Olympics, but because Americans were the only competitors.Blasting Pigeons out of the SkyCanadian PO (A) S Jess, wireless operator of an Avro Lancaster bomber operating from Waddington, Lincolnshire carrying two pigeon boxes.No, that wasn’t the title of the sport, but it should have been, because that is exactly what it was. At the 1900 Paris Olympics, 300 pigeons were killed by shooters with shotguns. Strangely enough, clay pigeon shooting was also an event, but somehow (maybe the French taste for squab?) real pigeons also became the targets.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided that perhaps the event shouldn’t make it into the London Games of 1908, but they did feature deer shooting – take a breath, they were cardboard cutouts.Rope ClimbingPhoto by FORTEPAN / MHSZ CC BY-SA 3.0Tug O’ War is something many kids look forward to in gym class, but on the opposite end of the spectrum is the rope climb. Many a traumatic childhood moment at the base of the rope climb have been featured in movies, and odds are, many American kids, especially us larger ones, have a story or two (neither of them pleasant) about the rope climb.Photo by Mehlauge – eigenes Archiv CC BY-SA 3.0The Rope Climb was an Olympic event from 1896 to 1932. The 1896 rope climbers were judged not only on how fast they made it to the top, but on the style with which they did it. Talk about subjective. All events after that judged on speed only, however, and whoever made it to the top of a 25-foot rope won. The most impressive win was probably in the 1904 St. Louis games, when American George Eyser, a gymnast, took the event, despite having a wooden leg.Solo Synchronized SwimmingRussian world champion synchronized swimming team training for the European championship in Gran Canaria. Photo by Jesus de Blas CC BY-SA 2.0Okay. You say this is still an Olympic event. Some might say a silly looking one, but still in the Games. But what you may not know is that the Games once included “Solo Synchronized Swimming”. Huh? How is that even possible? How do you synchronize with yourself?However, if you think about it, synchronized swimming is much like dancing, and if you’ll excuse the bad Billy Idol pun, solo synchronized swimming is much like dancing with yourself. It’s all rhythm. And actually the event is really hard.A member of the Japanese team is thrown up in the air during the team’s free routine at the 2013 French Open. Photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin CC BY-SA 3.0The event appeared in 1988 in Seoul, and lasted through the Barcelona Games in ’92. After that, solo swimmers had to join a duo or a quad to compete. There is no male synchronized swimming, thank the Lord.Horse Long JumpingDominique Gardères, winner of the high jump competitionEquestrian show jumping is both a team and solo event in the modern Olympics, but in the 1900 Paris Games, horses and their riders competed in the Long Jump. Though it can be blamed on soggy ground, the equestrian long jump, won by a Belgian horse and rider, was only 6.10 meters or 20 feet. The world (not Olympic) record human long jump is Mike Powell’s 1991 of 8.95 meters or 29′ 4 ¼”. The event only made one appearance.Related Video: Rare Footage of a California Rodeo at Salinas 1935Dueling Pistols1908 Olympics wax duel fieldThe Olympics were the idea of French aristocrat Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and many of the early events were a reflection of upper-class backgrounds. Croquet, the equestrian events that were so popular, pigeon shooting…One of the events was the shooting of dueling pistols. Why was it called that and not just “pistol target shooting” or something? Because the competitors shot at targets dressed like them, in the popular upper-class frock coats of the time. The event was a trial event, and only made an appearance once – at the 1906 Intercalated Games in Athens, an event in which Olympians competed to hone their skills prior to the “real” games and trial events were given an outing.CroquetCroquet players in Sweden, early 20th centuryThe perennial summertime game, which anyone will tell you usually goes unplayed at picnics, at least in the US, was once an Olympic sport but it only appeared once – at the Paris Games of 1900. I was surprised to learn that no Englishmen competed in this seemingly very English event – all the sportsmen were Frenchmen.Olympic croquet set an unenviable record: only one ticket was sold to watch the competition. An official review of the events of the Paris Games called croquet an event with “hardly any pretensions at athleticism.”RoqueWhat? Yes, “roque”. If you think that the IOC made a wise choice in eliminating croquet from the Games, think again. In the 1904 St. Louis Games, an American variant of croquet made an appearance. Roque was/is very similar to croquet, but it is played on a hard surface 30′ x 60′ with borders.Read another story from us: Female Athletes Who Organized Their Own OlympicsThe wall used to keep balls in play is used to bank balls much like in pool or billiards. The wickets are the same as in croquet, but the mallet handles are smaller…there are other differences too, but to be honest, no one cares – the “sport” is pretty much extinct, and it was only played in the Olympics once.last_img read more

Colins NFL Week 13 Blazin 5

first_imgLions at Ravens (-2.5) – Colin loves Baltimore giving 2.5, at home, against Matt Stafford Detroit, and it’s mostly because of their dominant defense that has allowed a microscopic 9.8 PPG and 255.3 YPG over their last 4 games. The Ravens have 14 Sacks in their last 4 and should be able to tee off on Stafford, who’s been sacked 10 times in his last 3. Also, Baltimore leads the NFL in Takeaways (26), and could feast on a Detroit offense that has the 5th most giveaways in the league since Week 5.Matt Stafford could be running for his life here. Take the Ravens, lay the 2.5. 28-21, Baltimore. Colin took Week 12 off for the holiday, but he’s ready to come roaring back in Week 13 with one his favorite Blazin’ 5’s of the year. He’s 32-22-1 on the season, and ready to make Week 13 lucky for the listening audience.Here are Colin’s Week 13 NFL plays, including one of his favorite play’s this year:Panthers at Saints (-4) – Colin is taking the Saints, coming of a tough loss, laying 4 at home against an inconsistent Cam Newton and the Panthers. New Orleans is 6-3 ATS over their last 9, 4-0-1 ATS over their last 5 against the Panthers, and beat Carolina 34-13 in Week 3 with Drew Brees completing 76% of his passes, with 3 TD’s and a Passer Rating of 131.4. Over his last 5 games, Brees has a Passer Rating of 109.8.The Panthers D just allowed Josh McCown to throw for 3 TD’s without an INT and a Passer Rating of 109.4, so expect Brees to carve them up while also pounding it in the running game. Cam has had trouble consistently moving the chains, and if he can’t, the Carolina D could be gassed by the 4th quarter. Take the Saints, lay the 4. 31-22, New Orleans. Steelers (-5.5) at Bengals – Colin doesn’t like swallowing points, but absolutely loves Steelers laying 5.5 on the road against AFC North rival Cincinnati in what might be his favorite pick of the year.Pittsburgh is 4-2 ATS over their last 6, and 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 on the road in Cincy. They’re 6-0 when Le’Veon Bell has 100+ scrimmage yards this year, and Cincinnati’s defense has allowed 146.2 Rush YPG over their last 6 games. In his first game against the Bengals in Week 7, Bell racked up 192 total scrimmage yards, and has averaged 119.8 YPG with 4 touchdowns in his last 4 road games.Pittsburgh should be able to pound the rock all day and the defense should stifle Andy Dalton. Take the Steelers, lay the 5.5. 34-23, Steelers.? Blazin’ 5 is 32-22-1 through Week 12 ?@ColinCowherd makes his Week 13 picks? and they’re ? pic.twitter.com/bg5DF89LpJ— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 1, 2017 Advertisementcenter_img Chiefs at Jets (+3) – Colin likes the surprising Jets getting a field goal, at home, against the struggling Chiefs. New York is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 at home, and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9, overall. Meanwhile, Kansas City is only 1-5 ATS over their last 6, and have only rushed for 100 yards once in their last 6 games (1-5 overall).In his last 4 games, Josh McCown has 7 Pass TD’s, 1 INT, and a Passer Rating of 101.9. In his last 5 games, breakout receiver Robby Anderson has 6 receiving TD’s, including at least one in each game. Take the Jets, the points, and the outright win. 24-23, Jets. Vikings (+3) at Falcons – Colin is rolling with the Vikings and Case Keenum getting 3 points on the road against a resurgent Atlanta. Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in their last 5, and comes in riding a 7-game win streak, during which they’ve scored 20 or more points in each game for the first time since the record setting 1998 team.Latavius Murray has 5 rushing touchdowns over his last 5 while averaging 4.5 YDS/Rush, and will face a Falcons D that has allowed 6 rushing scores and 5.1 YDS/Rush in their last 4. Ball control and defense gets the cover. Take Minny, the 3, and the outright W. 28-24, Vikings.last_img read more