Using phones to study freshness of food


Photo: Ch. Vijaya BhaskarA tiny, near infrared (NIR) spectrometer that is small enough to fit in a mobile phone could soon warn you if the food you are about to eat, or even buy, has gone off.

A spectrometer analyses light to establish what substances are present in gases and liquids. The gas exuded by a piece of fruit, for example, could indicate if it were over—ripe or rotting at the core.

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems and the Technical University in Dresden designed the tiny spectrometer

According to a report in Technology Review, shoppers using a suitable phone could produce a reading by holding their phones next to a product and interpret the results using an app.

Researchers believe the spectrometer could also be adapted for other uses, such as measuring blood sugar levels in diabetics or sniffing out explosives at airports.

The spectrometer functions with the help of tiny gold threads, measuring only a couple of nanometres in length.

It remains unclear when the equipment will be ready for sale on the open market.DPA

 

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India’s tallest Hanuman statue to be ready by May


India’s tallest Hanuman statue is being constructed near Madapam in the Narasannapeta Mandal.- PHOTO: By ArrangementA devotee’ dream becomes a reality in Srikakulam district.

A devotee’s dream has become a reality within 8 years with the construction of India’s tallest Hanuman statue at Madapam, Narasannapeta mandal of Srikakulam district. The devotee Jayi Ramanamurty, a common man, dreamt in 2005 that the tallest statue for Lord Anjayaneya will be constructed on the banks of Vamasadhara river. His dream was not taken seriously initially but slowly devotees came forward with donations to make the project a reality.

In the beginning, a devotee M.S.N. Raju of Cheepurupalli contributed Rs.10 lakh and hundreds of other devotees collected around Rs.70 lakh to execute the project within the stipulated time. It is estimated that the entire project cost would be around Rs.1 crore after the construction of temple and meditation centre which are essential for devotees to spend more time after offering prayers at the statue.

The construction of the project with proposed 176 feet height began in 2005 and it is going to be completed in May 2015.

Special prayers will be offered to Lord Anjayaneya on May 23, 2014, on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Currently, the tallest statue with 150 feet height is located at Kurukshetra near New Delhi. Another statue with 136 feet height is situated near Paritala of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Cop’s Proud moment


True hero:Traffic home guard Akber Ali showing the Rs. 2,000 cash reward he got for rescuing four people from a burning car near Khairatabad recently, on Tuesday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

True hero: Traffic home guard Akber Ali showing the Rs. 2,000 cash reward he got for rescuing four people from a burning car near Khairatabad recently, on Tuesday.- Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

 

The flag was well down


The Flag was well down

And had its broken crown

Cracked in the sparkling night

Due to subjugated fright

Then one starlit midnight

As it stood brooding in its gloom,

It realised that there must be a solution to its doom.

At once it began going over its doings

So as to never again tread on its deadly feelings.

It snatched, grabbed and lunged to find a way

Which could bring it glory and make it not pay.

At once it rose with a tiger’s pride

Like fear vanishing after a dangerous rollercoaster ride.

Although it couldn’t pluck the way at that moment,

It knew that glory could not be achieved in an instant.

It understood that its methods needed to be revolutionised

And that was done with its good deeds crystallised.

It understood that it was surrounded by a mistake

And it needn’t keep its progress at stake.

In a flash, it received light.

It understood that it should never take flight.

It only had to flutter vigorously,

With the hawk’s flair

The breeze was small and the gales big, an opportunity

Which it had to grab and fulfil its destiny.

source : BY unknown at Hindu educational plus.

perfect posture


Artistes from the USA presenting Odissi at the ongoing International Odissi Dance Festival organised by Guru Kelu Charana Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Artistes from the USA presenting Odissi at the ongoing International Odissi Dance Festival organised by Guru Kelu Charana Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Fusion music show on January 4


A fusion music show by percussionist Sivamani, singer Runa Rizvi and keyboard player Stephen Devassy will be held on January 4 (Saturday) from 8 p.m. at PBEL city near APPA Junction by Hydourite. Call 66335533 for passes.

 

clay art @Sargi Phula.


A participant busy giving final touches to his clay sculpture on the concluding day of the 'Sargi Phula', a camp of learning for SC & ST students organised in Bhubaneswar, on Sunday. —Photo: Lingaraj Panda

A participant busy giving final touches to his clay sculpture on the concluding day of the ‘Sargi Phula’, a camp of learning for SC & ST students organised in Bhubaneswar, on Sunday. —Photo: Lingaraj Panda