Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings w

first_img Citation: Robot uses supersonic air jets to climb on walls and ceilings (w/ video) (2011, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-robot-supersonic-air-jets-climb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Instead of using sticky footpads to climb on walls and ceilings, a new robot takes advantage of fast-moving air that can generate an adhesion force on just about any kind of surface. The robot’s grippers, which don’t ever actually touch the surface as the robot climbs, operate on Bernoulli’s principle of fluid dynamics. Da Vinci surgical robot makes a tiny paper airplane More information: IEEE Spectrum The robot was developed by researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, with the results published in a recent ICRA paper by Matthew Journee, et al. According to Bernoulli’s principle, when a fluid (such as air) moves faster, its pressure decreases. To generate extremely fast-moving air, the researchers designed round grippers with tiny 25-μm gaps around the rim, out of which high-speed air can be forced. This design can compress the airflow so much that the air reaches supersonic speeds of Mach 3. The fast-moving air creates a low-pressure vortex inside the grippers that’s strong enough to pull the robot toward nearby surfaces, such as walls and ceilings, without actually touching them. The robot can roll on its two wheels, but the grippers are separated from the surface by a small gap. Explore furthercenter_img The robot demonstrates adhesion with supersonic air jets on a variety of surfaces. Video credit: University of Canterbury. Non-contact Bernoulli grippers have previously been used to pick up lightweight objects, especially those that are sterile or fragile. But in order to use the principle to enable a robot to climb, the researchers had to make the grippers five times stronger than the conventional version. They achieved this increase in strength by the carefully designed gaps, without the need for additional air pressure.The non-contact grippers could have applications in industrial inspections, and should be available in the coming months. 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. In this clip from the video below, the robot crawls up a wall using a non-contact vacuum grip, due to Bernoulli’s principle. Image credit: University of Canterbury. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Physicists demonstrate rotated light images

first_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. Play Image rotation filmed for a light beam propagating through a 10cm length of ruby rod, spinning the rod first clockwise and then anti-clockwise (as viewed from the camera position). Video: Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984 To test this theory, the team created a square beam of green light, which they then directed at a spinning cylinder made entirely of ruby. The light was sufficiently strong enough to shine all the way through the cylinder, creating a square image on the other side. To see if the image was being rotated as the cylinder spun, the exact location of the projected image was noted, then the cylinder was spun in the opposite direction, to see if it would then be in a different position; which of course, it was. With the cylinder spinning at 30 revolutions per second, they found that the projected image was rotated about a third of a degree. They also found that increasing the amount of light tended to increase the amount of rotation of the projected image, in some cases, by as much as ten degrees.The research team note in their paper that they believe one application of this phenomenon could be its use in image encoding, just as current methods now include an image’s intensity. Scientists drag light by slowing it to speed of sound (PhysOrg.com) — In what might at first seem obvious, but isn’t after further thinking, a group of physicists from the United States and Canada have demonstrated, for the first time, that images generated by light, can be rotated via a rotating medium. In a paper published in Science, physicists Sonja Franke-Arnold, Graham Gibson, Robert W. Boyd and Miles J. Padgett describe how they were able to replicate the effects of light shifting via a moving medium, in a spinning medium, opening the door to a possible new way of encoding transmitted images. Explore further Scientists have long known that when a light is shone through certain moving material, that the light itself can be shifted along with it, due to the photons being absorbed and then released by the atoms in the medium. The effect has been demonstrated over the years and can be seen in the simplest of venues, such as light shining through a waterfall. Until now however, no one has shown that a similar effect might apply to a rotating medium.The idea is that if a beam of light, projected in a certain shape, such as a square for example, were to be shone through a spinning medium, such as a round block of glass, the image would emerge on the other side, but not exactly opposite; it would be off, just a little bit, in the direction of the spin. The amount of shifting would of course depend on both the speed of revolution of the cylinder and on the medium used, as some, such as rubies are able to cause more of a drag, per se, on the light as it moves through, than others.center_img More information: Rotary Photon Drag Enhanced by a Slow-Light Medium, Science 1 July 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6038 pp. 65-67 DOI: 10.1126/science.1203984ABSTRACTTransmission through a spinning window slightly rotates the polarization of the light, typically by a microradian. It has been predicted that the same mechanism should also rotate an image. Because this rotary photon drag has a contribution that is inversely proportional to the group velocity, the image rotation is expected to increase in a slow-light medium. Using a ruby window under conditions for coherent population oscillations, we induced an effective group index of about 1 million. The resulting rotation angle was large enough to be observed by the eye. This result shows that rotary photon drag applies to images as well as polarization. The possibility of switching between different rotation states may offer new opportunities for controlled image coding.via PhysicsWorld Citation: Physicists demonstrate rotated light images (2011, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-physicists-rotated-images.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Android apps are full of potential leaks finds study

first_imgCredit: Sascha Fahl, et al. (Phys.org)—Many Android apps are capable of falling victim to Man in the Middle (MITM) attacks. How many? Far too many. Thousands of apps in the Google Play mobile market present vulnerabilities because of the way that protocols are implemented—namely, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS). That Android apps are open to malware by now is a yawn-evoking statement if there ever was one, but a new paper provides findings that are making this week’s headlines. Computer science researchers from Philipps University of Marburg and Leibniz University of Hannover in Germany showed that Android apps that are used by over 180 million people can expose banking, social networking and email information. Citation: Android apps are full of potential leaks, finds study (2012, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-android-apps-full-potential-leaks.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Android users get malware with their apps More information: Research paper: www2.dcsec.uni-hannover.de/fil … android/p50-fahl.pdfVia Arstechnica © 2012 Phys.org They identified 41 apps available on the Google Play mart that leak sensitive information in traveling between smartphones and servers. The researchers used a smartphone with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in their investigations. They installed potentially vulnerable apps on the phone and set up a WiFi access point with a Man in the Middle (MITM) SSL proxy. They equipped the SSL proxy with a self-signed certificate or with one that was signed by a trusted CA, but for an unrelated host name. Of the 100 apps selected for manual audit, 41 apps proved to have exploitable vulnerabilities. They captured credentials for numerous major services. “Furthermore, Facebook, email and cloud storage credentials and messages were leaked, access to IP cameras was gained and control channels for apps and remote servers could be subverted.”Their paper, testily called “Why Eve and Mallory Love Android: An Analysis of Android SSL (In)Security,” discovered the apps that have SSL code that either accepts all certificates or all hostnames for a certificate and thus are potentially vulnerable to MITM attacks.What also troubled the authors was the inability of many people in their survey to even recognize security threats attached to applications. “The results of our online survey with 754 participants showed that there is some confusion among Android users as to which security indicators are indicative of a secure connection, and about half of the participants could not judge the security state of a browser session correctly,” they said.Regarding secure connections, the researchers found that 47.5% of non-IT experts believed to be using a secure connection while the survey was served over HTTP. In addition, 34.7% of participants with prior IT education thought that they were using a secure channel when they were not. Only 58.9% of experts and 44.3% of non-experts correctly identified that they were using a secure or insecure connection when prompted.In summing up, the authors pointed to a need for more education and easier tools that can enable the secure development of Android apps. They also called attention to the need for research to identify which countermeasures can ensure the right mix of usability, security benefits and economic incentives for large-scale deployment.Android by the numbers merits that kind of care. Android is the most used smartphone operating system in the world. Building on the contributions of the open-source Linux community and more than 300 hardware, software, and carrier partners, Android has become the fastest-growing mobile operating system. The numbers keep shifting, but Android’s market share currently stays over 50 percent. Android users download more than 1.5 billion apps and games from Google Play each month, and the number is growing.last_img read more

3D Capture with iPad brought to you by Structure Sensor

first_img © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The device has its own onboard power supply that provides up to four hours of active use.Included demo applications for funders of the Structure Sensor include a 3D scanning app, an interior mapping app, and a virtual pet app that can move around and behind real-world objects. The object scanner allows for the capture of models of objects which the user can export to CAD software or for 3D printing, and one can also upload models directly to Shapeways.com for 3D printing. The room-capture app, “Fetch,” where a virtual pet can play fetch with the user in the real world environment and “Ball Physics,” where virtual balls can interact with real-world geometry, round out the package.Occipital, the company behind Structure Sensor, is a 13-person startup based in Boulder, Colorado and San Francisco. Though already an established business that specializes in computer vision applications for mobile platforms, the team advantage in taking the crowdfunding route is that the team is to get sensors into the hands of early adopters and developers as soon as possible, They look forward to building “buzz among developers” and assessing demand. A demo of an augmented reality pet playing fetch At the time of this writing, it is clear that building buzz should be no problem. They already have sped past their $100,000 goal with pledges of $235,154 and 44 days still left to go. The $329 earlybird special-offer items are now all gone and the next price up is $349 for a device with “everything you need to use and develop with an iPad” plus a choice of iPad bracket, with estimated delivery of February. More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/o … ture-the-world-in-3d Explore furthercenter_img Citation: 3D Capture with iPad brought to you by Structure Sensor (2013, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-3d-capture-ipad-brought-sensor.html The iPad (4th generation) is officially supported and the plan is to officially support future iPad and iPad mini models with corresponding brackets once they are released. Developers would be building with Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment with Apple tools for developing software. The Structure Sensor is designed to work with the Apple Lightning connector. Once connected, the Structure’s own infrared sensor and camera for depth perception go to work with the iPad.Developers who do not work with Apple technologies are told that they can also try using Structure Sensor via a USB Hacker Cable, as the team built “hackability” in its DNA. As for the SDK kit, four screw holes on the bottom allow the non-Apple developers to mount to almost anything. The team is prepared to provide open CAD models for creating custom brackets. With the Hacker Cable one can connect to almost any platform that supports USB, according to the team. They are also prepared to provide open source drivers for multiple platforms including Windows, Android, OS X, and Linux. The aluminum Structure Sensor is available in: Ice Blue and Silver; the choice of aluminum allows for a thermal core that keeps the precision optics inside at an optimal temperature. The chemically hardened glass surface at the top, says the team, optimizes the depth image quality while protecting the infrared emitter and camera inside. Microsoft to add Kinect Fusion to Kinect for Windows SDK (Phys.org) —A sensor for capturing the world in three dimensions is coming to the iPad. A Kickstarter project that launched on Tuesday seeks funds for its Structure Sensor, which is a portable sensor that clamps on to the back of the iPad for 3D on the go. The device, says its creators at Occipital, is the first 3D sensor designed to work with mobile devices. The device is to ship February. With Structure Sensor, the user can capture models of rooms or play augmented reality games. The creators gave it a mobile range that begins at 40 centimeters and stretches to over 3.5 meters. The device can capture anything, they said, from teddy bear to an entire room. Developers are encouraged to take advantage of Structure Sensor for building mobile applications that interact with the 3D geometry of the real world.last_img read more

Managing complexity Novel protein folding tool vastly simplifies understanding how sequence encodes

first_img Citation: Managing complexity: Novel protein folding tool vastly simplifies understanding how sequence encodes structure (2016, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-complexity-protein-tool-vastly-sequence.html (Phys.org)—Protein folding is the process by which a polypeptide (a linear organic polymer chain consisting of many amino acid residues, or monomers) transforms from a random coil into the 3D conformation in which it can perform its biological function. Since different proteins fold into a range of very different shapes, the Protein Data Bank (PDB) – a database archive comprising experimentally-determined three-dimensional structures of large biological molecules, including numerous protein conformations – can be disarmingly complex. This is problematic because that space is fundamental to understanding how sequence encodes structure. Recently, however, scientists at Dartmouth College deconstructed the universe of known protein structures into reusable building blocks that they term tertiary structural motifs, or TERMs. (Structural motifs are compact blocks of a 3D protein structure.) They found that 50% of PDB protein conformations were described – at sub-Angstrom resolution – by a surprisingly small group of roughly 600 TERMs. Moreover, TERMs allowed them to discern sequence–structure relationships. The researchers state that these results can be used for protein structure prediction, protein design and other applications. In addition, some 600 TERMs describe 50% of the known protein structural universe at sub-Angstrom resolution. “This refers to the level of degeneracy we discovered in the protein structure space.” That only ~600 TERMs are required to describe half of all residues and inter-residue contacts in known protein structures suggests that at the local structural level, there just are not that many structural patterns that naturally emerge. There are, of course, a large number of more rare geometries, and full coverage of the protein structural universe requires tens or even hundreds of thousands of TERMs – but nevertheless, the majority of protein structure does appear to be quite degenerate at the local level.”As to the specific implications of their study for protein structure prediction, protein design, and other applications, Grigoryan points out that the major implication for protein design and structure prediction is the novel means of mining for sequence-structure relationships. “Statistical potentials, derived from known protein structures, have been employed for decades in both of these applications. However, such potentials typically describe the statistics associated with isolated simplistic structural features, like dihedral angles, individual interatomic or interresidue distances, or burial environments. However, TERMs offer the potential to describe sequence statistics in the context of holistic structural environments, which would be much more useful for both design and prediction.” Specifically, he explains, in design, this would allow for a better understanding of what sequences would or would not form the target structure; for prediction, it would help drive structural sampling towards structures whose TERMs are most consistent with the modeled structure. “A potential limitation is the amount of available data, because not all TERMs have sufficient known instances to synthesize accurate sequence models,” he acknowledges. “However, the early results shown in our paper, as well as some unpublished results in our lab, point to the fact that TERM-based statistics are already providing non-trivial insights that in many cases, other methods are unable to easily capture – and this is only going to get better as the amount of structural data continues to accumulate.”When asked about the implications of their work for synthetic genomics and synthetic proteomics, Grigoryan said “It’s a good question. I can certainly see a future in which a truly robust method for computational protein design serves as a key element in synthetic genomics and proteomics applications. I’d say that in terms of our current design techniques, we’re not quite there today – but our goal with TERM-based and other developments – as well as the general goal of our field – is certainly to keep improving the robustness of our methods, so that one day, we can offer them as black-box solutions to folks in other disciplines, whether that be materials science, biomedicine, or synthetic biology.”Moving forward, Grigoryan says that the team is focused on extending the capabilities of their TERM-based techniques to both protein design and structure prediction. “We’re also very interested in introducing ensemble-based modeling approaches into protein design: Since protein structural states are really conformational ensembles, the language of statistical mechanics is most appropriate for describing their behavior. Therefore, we’re pursuing methods for introducing statistical mechanics-based calculations towards improving the accuracy and robustness of protein design methods.”In addition to protein design and structure prediction, Grigoryan sees their study as having strong implications for our fundamental understanding of protein structure in general. “I think the new look at the protein structural universe our study offers can help not only with modeling and designing proteins, but it can also help with teaching about protein structure. The ideas of modularity and representation of standard motifs,” he concludes, “have already made their way into my own teaching here at Dartmouth.” Fig. 1. Discovering TERMs that optimally describe the protein structural universe. (A) A candidate motif is defined around each residue in the database, structural matches (from within the database) to each motif are identified using MASTER (58), and these matches are used in defining the coverage of every motif. Next, the set cover problem is solved to find the minimal set of motifs that jointly cover the structural universe. (B) Coverage of the universe as a function of the number of TERMs, in the order discovered by the greedy algorithm (inset uses logarithmic scale along the x axis). Mackenzie CO, Zhou J, Grigoryan G (2016} Tertiary alphabet for the observable protein structural universe. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(47):E7438-E7447. Fig. 2. Universal TERMs. (A) Top 24 TERMs ranked by the number of elements covered in the set cover procedure; jointly these cover roughly a third of the universe elements. (B) A diverse selection of high-priority TERMs that span from one- to five-segment motifs, shown in the first to fifth columns, respectively. Shown in each column are representatives from the three most common secondary-structure classes for the given number of segments (SI Appendix, SI Methods). In both A and B, each TERM is represented with ten randomly chosen matches along with its centroid. The text underneath each TERM is formatted as follows: r; n (s/c) where r is the rank of the TERM in the set cover (lower rank corresponds to higher priority), n is the number of unique matches, s is the total fraction of universe elements covered by the TERM, and c is the marginal fraction of the universe elements covered by the TERM (i.e., fractional coverage of those elements not already covered by preceding TERMs in the set cover). Mackenzie CO, Zhou J, Grigoryan G (2016} Tertiary alphabet for the observable protein structural universe. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(47):E7438-E7447. Grigoryan adds that by using residues and contacts rather than an a priori structural alphabet, defining the motif candidates was much easier. “It seemed particularly natural to define one candidate motif for every residue in the structural database,” he notes, “such that the motif would capture the residue and all of its contacts – that is, the motif would describe that residue’s local structural environment.” More information: Tertiary alphabet for the observable protein structural universe, PNAS November 3, 2016, Published online before print, doi:10.1073/pnas.1607178113 Researchers find possible universal code of protein structure A key finding discussed in the paper was that universal TERMs provide an effective mapping between sequence and structure. “Because universal TERMs recur many times in unrelated proteins,” Grigoryan tells Phys.org, “compiling the list of occurrences of each TERM allows us to start gleaning sequence rules that may underlie each of these structural motifs. The question was whether these sequence rules reflected fundamental determinants of structure, or simply noise from a limited structural database potentially biased by arbitrary evolutionary choices or the selection of proteins whose structures have been solved.” The team resolved this through a series of experiments in which they demonstrated that a significant component of the sequence statistics emerging from TERM matches does likely emerge from fundamental sequence-structure relationships.In effect, the natural utilization of TERMs provides a means of uncovering sequence–structure relationships. “Let’s say a given TERM is consistent of a two-strand beta sheet interacting with an alpha helix at a particular characteristic crossing angle and distance,” Grigoryan illustrates. “If we happen to have, for example, 600 instances of this motif from unrelated proteins, we essentially have 600 different examples of nature having made this structure with different amino-acid sequences. We can then use these 600 sequences to begin to understand what sequence features may be required or preferred to form such a structure – and we can do this for any TERM with sufficiently high usage in nature.”It turns out that by using this approach systematically for all TERMs contained in a given protein backbone structure, sequence variability predicted from TERM data agrees closely with evolutionary variation. “We can deduce a statistical model of what sorts of sequences would be likely to fold to that structure,” he explains. “If we then ask this model to produce a whole bunch of such sequences, we find that the emergent sequence variability is often in close agreement to the evolutionary variability observe for the corresponding protein.” © 2016 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. Prof. Gevorg Grigoryan discussed the paper that he and his co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America. One of the primary challenges in their study was decomposing the set of known protein structures into standard reusable tertiary structural motifs. “The main challenge here was probably knowing where to begin,” Grigoryan tells Phys.org. “Our overarching goal was to describe, in his words, an alphabet of protein structure.” However, he points out that – unlike with text – the researchers were not able to visually determine where one structural unit (metaphorically a letter) began and another ended. “The number of ways in which we can potentially partition protein structure is extremely large, and so the task of finding a good decomposition seemed overwhelming.”The scientists addressed this problem by not defining a priori what the letters of the structural alphabet should be, but rather defining the task that these letters should accomplish – that is, describing the set of all residues and residue pair contacts observed in known protein structures. Next, they selected the smallest set of reusable building blocks they’re named tertiary structural motifs, or TERMs, that would achieve this goal.Another hurdle in determining the set of universal TERMs that capture all structure in the PDB was the difficult task of sifting through 13 million candidate TERMs, and describing which residues and contacts in known protein structures they individually explained. “Our previously-developed, efficient structure search algorithm MASTER helped us resolve this – but the total amount of computational time involved was still quite large, so we had to make use of a computer cluster.” A computer cluster is a single logical unit comprising multiple networked-linked computers. Explore further Fig. 5. An EF-hand TERM. (A) The 31 nonredundant EF hand-containing instances of the TERM (gray) with adjacent structure (green). Calcium atoms from TERM instances are shown as yellow spheres. (B) TERM instances alone with calcium-contacting side chains shown with sticks. (C) Variability among TERM instances. Four instances are shown in gray: two EF-hand examples with varying loop geometries (surrounding structure in green) and two non–EF-hand instances (from PDB ID codes 3HNO and 1CB7, surrounding structure in cyan), including one with TERM segments belonging to different chains. (D) Sequence logo of nonredundant EF hand-containing matches of the TERM. Position 18 corresponds to the canonical EF hand loop position 1 (61). Mackenzie CO, Zhou J, Grigoryan G (2016} Tertiary alphabet for the observable protein structural universe. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113(47):E7438-E7447. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Best face forward

first_imgIt doesn’t take much to look good but one needs to know what features of your face can be hidden or highlighted to give that final stunning effect. Makeup Expert Ishika Tanej, tells you what to do and what not to – depending on your face shape. Oval Shape – As this shape is well-balanced, just use blusher and highlighter to enhance the features.Blusher – Apply the blusher to the ‘apple of the cheeks’ and along the cheekbones.Highlighter – Blend a highlighter above the cheekbone near the outer corner of the eye. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Round Shape – Adding length to the face and slenderising the jawline is required for the round face.Shading – Suck in your cheeks and see where the hollows appear. To slenderize the face, sweep the darker shade of powder into the hollows and down to the chin line.   Blusher – To slenderise the face, apply blusher slightly under the cheekbones and blends towards the ear. This will make the cheeks more defined. To add an illusion of length, apply a bit of blush to your chin and blend well. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLong/ Oblong Shape – To reduce the length of the face, an illusion of width is required for a long face.Shading – To shorten the face, apply a deeper shade of foundation across the jaw and chin and on the top of the forehead. Apply a little bronzer on the chin and blend well.Blusher – Apply extra blusher on the apple of the cheeks to bring out the cheekbones.Square Shape – Softening the wide corners of the face and adding an illusion of length is required for square face. Shaping – To soften the square angle of the face, sweep the darker shade along the outer edge of the jaw to under the ear. To soften the forehead, shade around the hairline at the upper corners of the square.Blusher – Keep blusher light and soft – you don’t need hard definition. Place the blusher on the ‘apple of the cheek’ and blend softly out towards the hairline, following the cheekbone – this will soften the face and make it appear more oval.Rectangular Shape – Cutting extra width from all corners of the face and make it appear more oval is what you should aim for. Shading  – By using  a darker shade of the foundation cut the edges on the forehead and jawline. Blusher – Apply the blusher on the apple of your cheeks towards the hairline in a straight sweep. Heart-shaped – Narrowing the width of the forehead and adding width to the chin and jaw line are required for a heart-shaped face.Shading – Shade the face at the temples to narrow the top part of the face. Avoid any shading in the hollows of the cheeks or the lower part of the face.Blusher – Apply the blusher to the apples of the cheeks – this will bring the focus up to the centre of the face, away from the chin.Highlighter – Apply the highlighter to the chin and around the jawbone – this will help to balance the face.   Inverted – Triangle Shape – Giving an illusion of length and adding width to the forehead are required for a triangular face.  Shading – A deep colour foundation should be applied on the sides to minimise the width of the jaw and to achieve a slender look,Blusher – Apply blusher to the cheekbones and blend towards the jaw line.Pear Shape – Here we aim at making small forehead appear broader and giving more oval look to the face. Shading – Use a darker shade of foundation to cut width from your jawline. On forehead, apply a lighter shade on the edges to add width. Blusher – Add volume to your cheeks by applying blusher on your cheeks that matches your skin tone with an angular sweep.last_img read more

The power of peaceful atom

first_imgTitled, Anushakti Atma the exhibition is set up by State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia – Rosatom and the Rossotrudnichestvo Mission.The exhibition consists of four blocks telling about the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam Site, Rosatom international experience, describing elements of the NPP and stages of NPP construction, the fields of the nuclear technologies application. Exposition will also provide the information on the contribution the NPP makes to the environmental protection. Special emphasis is made on the photographs from the recent torch relay on the North Pole.The photos demonstrate the positive influence of the environment friendly nuclear technologies. The special serial of photos is dedicated to the construction of the Kudankulam NPP – a key project of the Russian-Indian cooperation which will soon start generating electricity for the South Indian region.When: Till 6 DecemberWhere: Russian Centre of Science and Culturelast_img read more

Water to be released from Tenughat dam only after green signal from

first_imgKolkata: Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) chairman P K Mukhopadhyay assured on Thursday that water will be released from Tenughat dam in Jharkhand, only after consultation with Damodar Valley River Regulation Committee (DVRRC), which looks after water discharge.Making it clear that DVC has been maintaining very good relations with the Bengal government, Mukhopadhyay said that talks have already been held with the officials of the state Irrigation department and another meeting is scheduled to be held very soon, to ensure that Bengal is not inconvenienced by any means due to release of water from Tenughat dam in the monsoon season. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee has alleged time and again that DVC officials did not inform the government before releasing water from the dams, resulting in flood-like situation in a number of districts in Bengal.”If we are informed some time before the release, then we can make arrangements to shift the people from vulnerable areas,” an official in the state Irrigation department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedResponding to a poser on the blame game between state government and DVC, Bandyopadhyay said, “I am not aware of any such things in the recent past. We maintain a very cordial relationship and we are hopeful that there will be absolutely no problem in this regard this year.”It may be mentioned that there is a committee comprising representatives of DVC, Central Water Commission and governments of Bengal and Jharkhand. “We usually provide updates on release of water from different dams to the committee every three hours,” a DVC official said.It may be mentioned that in July 2017, several areas of Bankura, West Midnapore and Hooghly were flooded due to alleged indiscriminate release of water by DVC. The situation had reached such a flashpoint that state Chief Secretary Malay De had to speak to his Jharkhand counterpart Raj Bala Verma and request her to maintain a check on the release of water.last_img read more

Over 5000 people left stranded on JammuSrinagar highway

first_img“More than 5,000 people are stranded at various places on the national highway,” an officer at the traffic control room Ramban told a news agency.The traffic police officials say that more than 2,000 vehicles, most of them passenger vehicles, continue to be stranded on the 300-km long national highway.”More than 2,000 vehicles continue to remain stranded on the highway more than half of them are passenger vehicles,” SSP Traffic (National Highway) Sanjay Kotwal said.Even as the weather conditions across the state have improved, it might take a while to throw the highway open for vehicular traffic.”The highway has suffered a lot of damage due to massive landslides that were triggered by heavy rain and snowfall. It might take some more time to throw the road open,” the officer said.Various stranded passengers said that they were facing hardships as the authorities, they say, have failed to help them.  “We don’t have anything to eat or drink, the administration has completely failed to help us. The children are without milk, we pray that the highway opens soon so that we can reach our destination,” said Khursheed Ahmed, one of the stranded passengers.Minister, 5 MLAs airlifted due to Highway closure Minister of State for Public Works Department Sunil Sharma and five MLAs stranded at various places due to closure of Jammu-Srinagar Highway, were airlifted here to take part in oath ceremony.”Minister and five other MLAs were airlifted in a chopper from different places to Jammu on Tuesday. They were stranded at different places due to closure of highway,” DIG Doda-Kishtwar range, Nissar Ahmed told a news agency. Others included Doda MLA Shakti Parihar, Ramban MLA Naleem Langeh, Bhaderwah MLA Daleep Parihar and two MLAs Khalil Bhand and Abdul Majeed Bhat from Kashmir, he said, adding, they were stranded at various places on the highway.Efforts are being made to airlift another MLA G M Saroori from Kishtwar, who is stranded there due to blockade of Batote-Kishtwar road as well as the highway.last_img read more

Delhi govt to ban tobacco chewing from Monday

first_img“We have decided to come up with a notification to ban chewable tobacco in all forms from Monday in Delhi. Under this, no one will be allowed to sell, purchase or store chewable tobacco,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain told reporters on Friday.He said enforcement teams of Delhi Police as well as the health department have been asked to conduct surprise inspections across the city to ensure that the ban is implemented. “The teams have been told to be active on this,” Jain said. However, no such ban will be enforced on cigarettes. Health Department officials said there was a Delhi government notification in September 2012 which was in pursuance of a series of directions from the Supreme Court to ban gutkha in the city. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIBut since the ban mentioned the term “gutkha”, the tobacco retailers started selling the components of gutkha (betel nut and raw tobacco) in separate pouches. So, the purpose of banning gutkha was not served. Therefore, the health department last year started with a new proposal to ban all raw chewable tobacco products in Delhi, a senior official said.According to officials, gutkha is also being supplied to retailers in Delhi from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Stepping up its efforts towards tobacco control, the health department has also launched an innovative drive, creating a ‘Tobacco Aware Citizens’ Directory’ to spread an awareness about its harmful effects.Sources in the government said the ban on the sale, purchase and storage of chewable tobacco in all forms would be for the next one year and thereafter, the government will re-notify it. “Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung has already given his nod and the government will issue the notification to ban chewable tobacco in all forms from Monday,” said a senior government official.last_img read more

Duronto passengers protest against stale lowquality food

first_imgKolkata: In a startling incident, passengers of Sealdah-bound Duronto Express complained of stale and low quality food served by the pantry staff, on Sunday. A section of the passengers of the train first agitated inside the running train, as it was travelling from Puri to Sealdah, claiming that they had been served stale food for dinner on Saturday night, leading to some people falling ill.According to the passengers who were travelling in the train, 23 persons, including some children, fell ill after consuming the chicken in the dinner. Passengers staged agitation at Sealdah station after the train arrived there early on Sunday morning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThey also demonstrated in front of the station manager and also lodged a complaint with the senior railway officials. It has been learnt that around 23 passengers, who were from Baduria and Swarupnagar area in Basirhat, had alleged that the chicken curry that was served to them was half cooked. The chicken was not cooked well, while the chapattis were rotten, alleged the passengers.It was also alleged that many of them, including children, started vomiting after having the food. Some of the elderly passengers who had consumed the food, had complained of upset stomach, they claimed. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThey urged the on-duty pantry staff to give them curd and rice, which they refused. As a result of this, some of the passengers lodged a written complaint with the Eastern Railway authorities, after the train reached Sealdah at around 4 am.Senior officials tried to pacify the passengers, who were staging demonstration at platform number 9A.Railway police and RPF rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The senior officials assured them that the matter would be looked into.”An enquiry has been ordered into the complaint and action will be taken against the food supplier if the allegation of serving stale and cold food is found to be true,” a senior official of Eastern Railways said.last_img read more

Kate Hudson enjoying her singlehood

first_imgKate Hudson is busy shuffling between her acting assignment and her two kids, but the actor is happy with being single.The 36-year-old Kung Fu Panda 3 star finds it nice to get acquainted with herself alone, reported Us magazine.“It’s nice to get acquainted with myself alone,” the Kung Fu Panda 3 star said. “You know, the goal when you get into a relationship is not to be out of the relationship. It’s to try to stay in the relationship. But if it doesn’t work, you can’t force those things. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“It’s hard to let go of something, even when you know that it’s not right. I’ve chosen something in my life that I’m very comfortable with that goes against a lot of people’s more traditional feelings. If something’s not right, I don’t believe in maintaining something for the sake of what’s considered a traditional family,” Hudson said.The Almost Famous actor is enjoying the way her life is taking shape and is at peace with her sons Ryder, 11, and four-year-old Bingham.last_img read more

Malda couple beaten up by brothers over property dispute

first_imgKolkata: An elderly couple from Malda was beaten up by their family members over property dispute.The incident took place at Kashimpur village of Chanchal in Malda on Tuesday morning. The couple has been undergoing treatment at Malda Medical College and Hospital. According to the hospital sources, both of them received head injuries in the incident. It was learnt that a quarrel broke out between three brothers over possession of a plot of 16 cottah. The victim’s younger brothers went to the spot in the morning to capture the disputed piece of land while the eldest brother and his wife opposed them. It was alleged that the two brothers with the help of some of their associates attacked the elderly couple. They were hit on head with a stick. The locals rescued the injured couple and took them to the hospital. The villagers told the police that there was an on-going family quarrel for the past few months. This time it turned ugly. A specific complaint has been lodged at Chanchal police station on the basis of which police have started a probe. Two accused have been at large since the incident took place. The family members of the victims are being interrogated in this regard.last_img read more

Drinking coffee may lead to longer life

first_imgYour daily cup of joe may help you live longer, say scientists who have found that drinking coffee may lower the risk of death due to heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to die compared to those who did not drink coffee. This association was even stronger for those who drank two to three cups a day – 18 per cent reduced chance of death. Lower mortality was present regardless of whether people drank regular or decaffeinated coffee, suggesting the association is not tied to caffeine, said Veronica W Setiawan, associate professor at University of Southern California (USC) in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a collaborative effort between the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The ongoing Multiethnic Cohort Study has more than 215,000 participants and bills itself as the most ethnically diverse study examining lifestyle risk factors that may lead to cancer. “Until now, few data have been available on the association between coffee consumption and mortality in nonwhites in the US and elsewhere,” researchers said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Such investigations are important because lifestyle patterns and disease risks can vary substantially across racial and ethnic backgrounds, and findings in one group may not necessarily apply to others,” they said. Since the association was seen in four different ethnicities, Setiawan said it is safe to say the results apply to other groups. “This study is the largest of its kind and includes minorities who have very different lifestyles,” Setiawan said. “Seeing a similar pattern across different populations gives stronger biological backing to the argument that coffee is good for you whether you are white, African-American, Latino or Asian,” he said. Previous research by USC and others have indicated that drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Setiawan said any positive effects from drinking coffee are far-reaching because of the number of people who enjoy or rely on the beverage every day. “Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play an important role in cancer prevention,” Setiawan said. “Although this study does not show causation or point to what chemicals in coffee may have this ‘elixir effect,’ it is clear that coffee can be incorporated into a healthy diet and lifestyle,” he said.last_img read more

S 24Pgs administration on war footing to ensure stellar turnout on May

first_imgKolkata: The South 24-Parganas district administration is leaving no stones unturned to ensure a good turnout in the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls scheduled on May 19.The district, with the four parliamentary constituencies of Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Mathurapur, Joynagar and almost half of South Kolkata, has the highest number of booths in the entire country at 8,550. The district is followed by Nagpur, North 24-Parganas and Thane in terms of total booth count, nationwide. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Apart from mobilising more than 6,000 vehicles including water transport and other arrangements for smooth ferrying of polling personnel, we have given utmost importance to risk aversion and disaster prevention. We are installing two temporary automatic weather stations at Gosaba and Patharpratima, for very specific and localised weather forecasts,” said South 24-Parganas DM Y Ratnakara Rao, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO). The district administration has taken lessons from cyclone Fani, for which it had elaborate arrangements for disaster management. “This district has perhaps the highest diversity in the country, with a blend of metropolitan, international maritime border sharing, as well as an archipelago of islands,” the DM added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe entire Gosaba Assembly constituency under Joynagar PC which has 257 booths and nearly half of the Patharpratima Assembly constituency with 136 out of 293 booths, are located in remote riverine locations. “Arrangements are in place to make voting personnel reach these locations 48 hours in advance. The rule book says that voting personnel should reach their place of duty a day before polling,” a senior official in the district administration said. The official added that there will be speedboats at all important ghats, ‘Apatmitras’ who are specially trained in disaster management operation and other necessary standard operating procedure (SOP) in place. Sufficient number of CCTVs will also be installed at important locations. The Coast Guard, which has its base at Frasergunj, is sanitising the waterways on a regular basis as a part of preventive intervention. “We have made all DCRCs weather proof, taking lessons from the 2009 Lok Sabha elections when 200 EVMs were damaged due to inclement weather and machines were procured from Hyderabad on a war footing to address the crisis situation. With a large part of the district being located on the coastal belt, chances of natural calamity are always on the cards. So we need to be prepared fully in advance,” the official said.last_img read more

Snehodiya to be inaugurated on June 25

first_imgKolkata: Debashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, IT&E, who is also the chairman of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) announced that the much-awaited project of Snehodiya, a proposed habitat for senior citizens in New Town would be inaugurated by Firhad Hakim, the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, on June 25. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had named the project ‘Snehodiya’. Sen was addressing a session at the 5th Real Estate Conclave on ‘Navigating the Undercurrents’ at a city hotel on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata’Snehodiya’ is a project of the WBHIDCO, which is a first-of-its-kind venture by any state government agency. There are around 100 rooms and a guest house comprising six rooms. The project has come up opposite Swapno Bhor on a 3.5 acre land and has a two-storeyed building housing a library, an auditorium and a coffee corner. It has been decided that 75 percent of the price paid at the time of purchase will be refunded to the occupants or their heirs in case the flat is vacated. There will be a senior citizens’ park. There will be doctors, nurses and attendants to look after the elderly. It will have all the modern facilities, Sen said. He also stressed on the necessity of introducing more paying guest facilities in and around New Town and Sector V to accommodate a large number of working professionals coming to the city. Nandu Belani, president of CREDAI, Bengal, said the real estate is a major contributor to the economy in Eastern India and it plays an important role in fulfilling the basic needs and aspirations of the common people.last_img read more

Asdrubal Cabrera walkoff bat flip has baseball purists reaching for their meds

first_imgGrumpy baseball purists are reaching for their blood pressure medication this morning, after Asdrubal Cabrera displayed genuine emotion when his 11th inning, 3-run walk off home run gave the Mets a thrilling 9 – 8 extra inning win, and a 1-game lead in the NL Wild Card Race.Cabrera knew it was gone from the moment he turned on the hanging breaking ball. In his excitement, he unleashed a two-handed bat flip worthy of the silver medal in the Olympic hammer toss. Baseball traditionalists had to cover their eyes and look away from the horrific scene. Oh, the horror. They aren’t happy unless the game’s fun-level resembles George Orwell’s 1984.Forget them Asdrubal. Don’t let the cranks bat-flip shame you. It’s 2016. Everyone else is reaching for the replay button.This is just the strangest team in quite some time. Asdrubal Cabrera with the 3-run walk-off shot. 9-8 #Mets win. pic.twitter.com/y4mL24xCeS— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) September 23, 2016 Advertisementlast_img read more

John Wall didnt appreciate Jae Crowder touching his nose so he slapped

first_img Advertisement Following the Celtics’ 118-107 home win against the Wizards last night, Washington point guard John Wall and Boston swingman Jae Crowder got into a minor post game scrap. Ironically, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather was in the house to witness the ticklefest.After the final buzzer, Crowder and Wall exchanged some heated words, and eventually Crowder booped Wall on the nose like Jonah Hill in Superbad.Wall didn’t take kindly to the gesture and slapped Crowder in the face like Rick James slapped Charlie Murphy at the China Club.Wall quickly receded into the background as the players from both teams created a barrier between the two players. It wasn’t a great fight, but it was still more exciting than Floyd Mayweather’s last 5 fights.You don’t stick your finger in another man’s face. Period.And John Wall certainly ain’t that guy, Jae Crowder. pic.twitter.com/pdnb2zXCtr— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 12, 2017last_img read more

The Future of Google Glass Is Looking a Little Cloudy

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 6 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.He’d left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach.But Brin’s timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing interest in the much-hyped, $1,500 test version of the product: a camera, processor and stamp-sized computer screen mounted to the edge of eyeglass frames. Google Inc itself has pushed back the Glass roll out to the mass market.While Glass may find some specialized, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say.Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects.Plenty of larger developers remain with Glass. The nearly 100 apps on the official web site include Facebook and OpenTable, although one major player recently defected: Twitter.”If there was 200 million Google Glasses sold, it would be a different perspective. There’s no market at this point,” said Tom Frencel, the Chief Executive of Little Guy Games, which put development of a Glass game on hold this year and is looking at other platforms, including the Facebook Inc-owned virtual-reality goggles Oculus Rift.Several key Google employees instrumental to developing Glass have left the company in the last six months, including lead developer Babak Parviz, electrical engineering chief Adrian Wong, and Ossama Alami, director of developer relations.And a Glass funding consortium created by Google Ventures and two of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, quietly deleted its website, routing users to the main Glass site.Google insists it is committed to Glass, with hundreds of engineers and executives working on it, as well as new fashionista boss Ivy Ross, a former Calvin Klein executive. Tens of thousands use Glass in the pilot consumer program.“We are completely energized and as energized as ever about the opportunity that wearables and Glass in particular represent,” said Glass Head of Business Operations Chris O’Neill.Glass was the first project to emerge from Google’s X division, the secretive group tasked with developing “moonshot” products such as self-driving cars. Glass and wearable devices overall amount to a new technology, as smartphones once were, that will likely take time to evolve into a product that clicks with consumers.“We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launch this product until it’s absolutely ready,” O’Neill said.Brin had predicted a launch this year, but 2015 is now the most likely date, a person familiar with the matter said.Glass is Selling … On eBayAfter an initial burst of enthusiasm, signs that consumers are giving up on Glass have been building.Google dubbed the first set of several thousand Glass users as “Explorers.” But as the Explorers hit the streets, they drew stares and jokes. Some people viewed the device, capable of surreptitious video recording, as an obnoxious privacy intrusion, deriding the once-proud Explorers as “Glassholes.”“It looks super nerdy,” said Shevetank Shah, a Washington, DC-based consultant, whose Google Glass now gathers dust in a drawer. “I’m a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many.”Glass now sells on eBay for as little as half list price.Some developers recently have felt unsupported by investors and, at times, Google itself.The Glass Collective, the funding consortium co-run by Google Ventures, invested in only three or four small start-ups by the beginning of this year, a person familiar with the statistics said.A Google Ventures spokeswoman declined to comment on the number of investments and said the Web site was closed for simplicity. “We just found it’s easier for entrepreneurs to come to us directly,” she said.The lack of a launch date has given some developers the impression that Google still treats Glass as an experiment.“It’s not a big enough platform to play on seriously,” said Matthew Milan, founder of Toronto-based software firm Normative Design, which put on hold a Glass app for logging exercise and biking.Mobile game company Glu Mobile, known for its popular “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” title, was one of the first to launch a game on Glass. Spellista, a puzzler released a year ago, is still available, but Glu has discontinued work on it, a spokesman for the company said.Another developer, Sean McCracken, won $10,000 in a contest last year for creating an aliens-themed video game for Glass, Psyclops, but Google never put it on the official hub for Glass apps, making it tougher to find. He has quit working on updates.Still, there are some enthusiastic developers. Cycling and running app Strava finds Glass well-suited for its users, who want real-time data on their workouts, said David Lorsch, vice president of business development. And entrepreneur Jake Steinerman said it is ideal for his company, DriveSafe, which detects if people are falling asleep at the wheel.Pivoting AwayIn April, Google launched the Glass at Work program to help make the device useful for specific industries, such as healthcare and manufacturing. So far the effort has resulted in apps that are being tested or used at companies such as Boeing and Yum Brands’ Taco Bell.Google is selling Glass in bulk to some businesses, offering two-for-one discounts.CrowdOptic, which uses Glass as portable computers for surgeons and other people out of offices, is currently in use at 19 U.S. hospitals and expects that to grow to 100 hospitals early next year, said Chief Executive Jon Fisher.Alex Foster began See Through, a Glass advertising analytics firm for business, after a venture firm earlier this year withdrew its offer to back his consumer-oriented Glass fitness company when it became clear no big consumer Glass release was imminent.”It was devastating,” he said. “All of the consumer glass startups are either completely dead or have pivoted,” to enterprise products or rival wearables.(editing by Edwin Chan and Peter Henderson) November 14, 2014last_img read more

5 LowTech Ways to Throttle TimeSucking Mobile Devices So You Can Concentrate

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Do you find yourself losing precious minutes or even hours on your mobile device? Maybe you just check your social media here and there or load up a game once in a while. However, these time-wasters can really add up and prevent you from focusing on what’s important. In just a few years, mobile devices have completely transformed the way we work, play and interact. However, we might not be prepared to deal with the intense time suck that can result from constant information access.According to Facebook figures published by Bloomberg Businessweek, the average American spends 40 minutes a day checking their social media account. Just in case you’re not alarmed yet – that’s over four hours a week and over 243 hours a year. Just imagine what you could accomplish by reducing just your social media usage. Want to cut down on mobile time suck? Try implementing these five tech practices.Related: How Can I Keep Employees From Texting Too Much?1. Take control over notificationsWe’re less likely to become distracted by an app if we can’t see the notifications. It’s time to go digging through your smartphone or tablet notification settings and switch off everything that isn’t vital. Think about your vices. If you obsessively check your new Twitter followers or Facebook comments, maybe it’s time to cut those constant interruptions out of your life, starting with notifications.2. Physically relocate your mobile deviceWhe you are trying to get some work done, switch your phone to “do not disturb” mode, selectively silence certain app alerts and place your phone somewhere away from your workstation. This will help you maintain focus while you complete a task, and you’ll be less likely to fiddle aimlessly with your mobile device.3. Check updates at the end of the dayIf apps are constantly vying for your attention, then do your catching up all at once, rather than intermittently throughout the day. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to catch up on social media updates, personal emails and all of the other apps that are trying to push notifications to you. Go in with a sense of purpose and shut off your screen once you’ve caught up on everything. Don’t get lost in the maze of news feeds.Related: This Man Made His Smartphone ‘Distraction-Free’ — And It Changed His Life4. Build productive habitWe often turn to certain mobile apps when we’re trying to distract ourselves during a lull. You might be waiting in line at the supermarket or trying to kill time on the bus. However, these precious minutes could be used productively. Download informative podcasts, get a language-learning app or use a flashcard app to learn new concepts.5. Delete appsIf you’re spending an inordinate amount of time playing a mobile game or buzzing around social media, then sometimes you just need to remove it from your life. Deleting apps completely can help you eliminate time suck by making it very inconvenient for you to access the app.Related: 5 Procrastination-Busting Smartphone Strategies Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. November 26, 2014last_img read more