UltraLong Carbon Nanotubes Could Serve as Future Transmission Lines

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When it comes to carbon nanotubes, the majority of research so far has focused on small-scale applications. But now, a team of researchers from Rice University has created carbon nanotubes that are hundreds of meters long, yet just 50 micrometers thick. The researchers say there is no limit to how long the nanotubes can be made, which opens the doors to large-scale applications including using nanotubes as electrical transmission lines and as the basis of structural materials. Carbon nanotube fibers hundreds of meters long could be fabricated by being processed in a superacid. Image credit: Rice University. Explore further The Rice project began in 2001, led by the late Nobel laureate Richard Smalley. After years of research investigating solution-processing techniques, the scientists found that a superacid called chlorosulphonic acid could spontaneously dissolve carbon nanotubes at concentrations 1,000 times greater than any other solvent. The method can produce well-aligned carbon nanotubes on a large scale, in which nanotubes can be shot out of a nozzle similar to a shower head. The researchers have published the details of the acid-processing technique in a recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology.Since carbon nanotubes are highly conductive, the researchers are currently working on a project for making electrical transmission lines. “Metallic nanotubes conduct electricity better than copper, they’re lighter, and they fail less often,” said Rice chemical engineering professor Matteo Pasquali.To make transmission lines, the researchers will need extremely large amounts of metallic nanotubes. Currently, there aren’t any good methods that can make large batches of nanotubes that contain all metallic nanotubes without any semiconducting nanotubes. But some recent research in this area has been promising, and the researchers predict that a breakthrough could occur in the near future.More information: True solutions of single-walled carbon nanotubes for assembly into macroscopic materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Published online: 1 November 2009; doi:10.1038/nnano.2009.302via: Technology Review© 2009 PhysOrg.com High Value Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes Citation: Ultra-Long Carbon Nanotubes Could Serve as Future Transmission Lines (2009, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-ultra-long-carbon-nanotubes-future-transmission.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.last_img read more

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Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the

first_img Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This image shows a 0.1 x 0.03 inch (2.5 x 0.8 mm) small Drosophila melanogaster fly. Image: Wikimedia Commons (Phys.org) —Researchers from the University of California working with a team at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia, have discovered how it is that fruit flies are able to lay their eggs in rotting fruit that has just the right amount of ethanol in it to promote healthy young. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they found clusters of neurons in the adult flies’ brains that responded differently to different levels of ethanol. © 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.center_img Alcoholic fly larvae need fix for learning More information: Competing dopamine neurons drive oviposition choice for ethanol in Drosophila, PNAS, Published online before print December 9, 2013, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320208110AbstractThe neural circuits that mediate behavioral choice evaluate and integrate information from the environment with internal demands and then initiate a behavioral response. Even circuits that support simple decisions remain poorly understood. In Drosophila melanogaster, oviposition on a substrate containing ethanol enhances fitness; however, little is known about the neural mechanisms mediating this important choice behavior. Here, we characterize the neural modulation of this simple choice and show that distinct subsets of dopaminergic neurons compete to either enhance or inhibit egg-laying preference for ethanol-containing food. Moreover, activity in α′β′ neurons of the mushroom body and a subset of ellipsoid body ring neurons (R2) is required for this choice. We propose a model where competing dopaminergic systems modulate oviposition preference to adjust to changes in natural oviposition substrates. Citation: Study unlocks secret of how fruit flies choose fruit with just the right amount of ethanol (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-secret-fruit-flies-amount-ethanol.html Fruit fllies are notorious for showing up just as fruit begins to rot. Prior research has found they are able to smell the ethanol from a great distance and that the flies both eat the rotting fruit and use it as a repository for their eggs. In this new effort, the researchers have found that the flies are also able to determine the level of ethanol in the fruit and to move on if it’s not just right for the best development of their offspring. Too little ethanol, the researchers report, results in too-heavy offspring that have difficulty flying. Too much ethanol causes a delay in development which reduces their chances of reproducing. The right amount is apparently 5%—about the same as beer.To ascertain if the fruit is right for rearing little ones, the adult female relies on clusters of neurons in its brain, the team found, that actually work against one another. All of the neurons release dopamine, but the types of neurons differ in response to ethanol. One type causes the fly to seek it out, the other to avoid it—or at least too much of it. Thus, one group of neurons cause the mom–to-be to seek out fruit with ethanol in it, while another causes her to keep on moving if the stimulation is too strong. When the level is just right, she lays her eggs.As a follow-up, the research team also traced the path of brain stimulation as ethanol was breathed in. They found that some regions of the brain that responded to stimulation got busy, while at the same time other regions that are believed to be involved in decision-making and memory lit up as well. This suggests that the flies were drawn in by the pleasurable aroma of ethanol, but then used logic to decide if the levels were right for baby-raising.last_img read more

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Research group suggests using guppies to control mosquitoes be abandoned

first_img More information: Rana W. El-Sabaawi et al. Biodiversity and ecosystem risks arising from using guppies to control mosquitoes, Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0590AbstractDeploying mosquito predators such as the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) into bodies of water where mosquitoes breed is a common strategy for limiting the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here, we draw on studies from epidemiology, conservation, ecology and evolution to show that the evidence for the effectiveness of guppies in controlling mosquitoes is weak, that the chances of accidental guppy introduction into local ecosystems are large, and that guppies can easily establish populations and damage these aquatic ecosystems. We highlight several knowledge and implementation gaps, and urge that this approach is either abandoned in favour of more effective strategies or that it is used much more rigorously. Controlling mosquitoes does not need to come at the expense of freshwater biodiversity. As the researchers note, humans have been tossing guppies into lakes, streams and other places where there is standing water to reduce mosquito populations for centuries. Once released, they eat mosquito larvae that lie on the surface, preventing them from growing to maturity and biting people. Most such instances have been in response to outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases—locals have used the practice in the studied regions very recently to slow the spread of the Zika virus, for example. But such a tactic, the researchers contend, is not only unproven, but harmful to other animal species in the same water.Curious about the practice of using guppies to control mosquitoes, the researchers combed multiple studies in the areas of conservation, epidemiology, evolution and ecology—looking for those that included guppies. In so doing, they found scant evidence supporting the notion that using guppies to control mosquitoes actually works. They found much more evidence that suggested that guppies should be classified as an invasive species when introduced outside of its native environment. They found instances of the fish reproducing so rapidly and consuming so much of the local food sources that other animals living in the same water died out. They suggest that the use of guppies to control mosquitos for any purpose be abandoned or that its use be used “much more rigorously.”Not everyone is likely to agree with this assessment, however, as some researchers such as those working for the Malaria Consortium have found that putting guppies in water tanks in tropical areas helps reduce the spread of dengue fever in places like Viet Nam—with such an approach, they claim, there is no chance of the fish invading an established ecosystem. Citation: Research group suggests using guppies to control mosquitoes be abandoned (2016, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-group-guppies-mosquitoes-abandoned.html © 2016 Phys.org Single wild female Journal information: Biology Letterscenter_img Explore further Male and female guppies (Poecilia reticulata). Image: Wikipedia. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., the West Indies, Canada and Brazil has conducted a survey of research efforts looking into the effectiveness and safety of releasing guppies to reduce the number of mosquitoes and report that evidence supporting such use is lacking—they also note that guppies can become an invasive species putting other species at risk. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes their research and why they believe that guppies are not an effective tool for fighting the spread of infectious diseases. 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

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Soulfully for shankar

first_imgThere are some artists whose works transcend the test of time and remain in people’s memories even after they are gone. Such is the case with Pandit Ravi Shankar who passed away last December. Now some of the doyens of Indian classical music, along with some rising stars, have decided to come together to pay a tribute to the sitar maestro who was the global face of Indian music. The Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival 2013, which is celebrating its diamond jubilee this year, is dedicated to the memory of  Ravi Shankar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival intends to pay a homage to him through music. The five-day festival, which started on Thursday, will have a total of 10 performances. Participating artistes include Manjari Asanare, Shounak Abhisheki , Manjusha Patil, Rashid Khan, Kaushik Desikan, Uday Bhawalkar, Pandit Jasraj, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Shahid Parvez Khan and Ronu Majumdar.‘Pandit Ravi Shankar was like a god to us. He was the king of the music world and the milestones created by him are something that every artiste aspires to achieve,’ said vocalist Manjusha Patil. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPatil, a disciple of Pandit Kanebua and Ulhas Kashalkar, is known for her rendition of Khayal.‘The popularity and the ease with which Shankar managed to travel through cultures just stressed the point that if you know Indian classical music, if you have mastered the art, everything else becomes easy for you,’ she added.The centurion Hindustani classical vocalist Abdul Rashid Khan of the Gwalior  will also be performing at the festival.The festival began with performances by vocalist Manjiri Asanare and santoor by Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma. On the second day today, vocalist Manjusha Patil will take the stage, followed by Abdul Rashid Khan. On the third day, there will be vocals by Shounak Abhisheki and sitar by Shahid Parvez Khan.On the last day, there will be vocals by Kaushiki Desikan (better known as the daughter of Hindustani classical vocalist of Patiala gharana Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty) followed by flute by Ronu Majumdar in the morning. In the evening, there are performances by Uday Bhawalkar and Pandit Jasraj.Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj will give the closing performance at the festival. The soulful melodious evenings promise to be an absolute delight to all music lovers.DETAILAt: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg On till: 24 February Timings: 7 pm, 8.30 pm Phone:  23386428last_img read more

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Middle managers at higher anxiety depression risk

first_imgIf you have been recently promoted to a middle-management position in office, researchers have some bad news. Mid-level managers suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety than those at the top or bottom, says a new study.“We explored how social class might influence depression and anxiety in ways that may be masked or incompletely explained by standard socio-economic status measures,” said first author Seth Prins from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This study used data on 21,859 full time workers. Class designations were made by sorting respondents into three categories: Owners, who identified as self-employed and earned more than $71,500; managers and supervisors, who occupied executive, administrative or managerial positions; and workers, who were defined by various occupation categories including farmers and labourers.Nearly twice the number of supervisors and managers reported they suffered from anxiety compared to workers.  Symptoms of depression were reported by 18 per cent of supervisors and managers compared to 12 percent for workers. The findings appeared online in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness.last_img read more

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After Chicago China CMs St Stephens invite cancelled

first_imgKolkata: The St Stephen’s College authorities have cancelled the programme where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to address a meeting, citing ” protocol” issues.Banerjee was scheduled to address a gathering at the college on August 1. This was for the first time when a Chief Minister from Bengal had been invited to address the students of the college, one of the premier educational institutions in the country.The college is under the Church of North India. Interestingly, the college authorities did not specify any reason for cancelling the programme except citing the ” protocol” issue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”First the Vivekananda event in Chicago… then her China visit… and now St Stephens!””Mamata Banerjee is giving the BJP-RSS sleepless nights. Let them keep trying… she cannot be silenced. The Bengal CM’s trip to Delhi is on schedule. She will be chief guest at the “Love your Neighbour” conference organised by India’s largest Christian body, The Catholic Bishops Conference of India, on 31st July at 2.30 pm” said a senior Trinamool MP.It may be mentioned that recently two of Banerjee’s foreign trips got cancelled and in both the cases, no specific reason was cited. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn June, Banerjee was scheduled to visit China and accordingly all arrangements were made. At the last minute, the trip was cancelled as it could not be decided who would meet her on behalf of the Chinese government.The state government had alleged that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not take much interest in the trip. However, the ministry denied the allegation made by the state government.Banerjee was scheduled to address a gathering at Chicago in-end August to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions, which was held in Chicago on September 11, 1893. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission had invited Banerjee to be present at the function.However, RKM wrote a letter to Banerjee expressing its inability to hold the meeting following the death of Swami Abhiramananda, one of the assistant general secretaries of the Order and ” other reasons.”It was learnt that RKM had succumbed to the pressure of the Ministry of External Affairs.last_img read more

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Proud CM recalls success of Kanyashree on Intl Day of Girl Child

first_imgKolkata: The state government has empowered more than 50 lakh girls through Kanyashree Prakalpa.In a tweet on International Day of the Girl Child, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated: “Today is International Day of the Girl Child. I am happy to share that our #Kanyashree Prakalpa for girl child had been feted by the @UN in 2017.”She stated further in the tweet that “More than 50 lakh girls have been empowered through this scheme, which has a budget of Rs 5,600+ crore. Best wishes to all #BiswaBangla.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Kanyashree Prakalpa is the brainchild of the Chief Minister. She took the step to check school dropout rate and encouraged girls to continue with their higher studies as well.The scheme has been continuing successfully for the past five years. The Mamata Banerjee government has received the United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands in 2017, for the Kanyashree Prakalpa.The project was introduced in 2013 and more than 50 lakh girl students were brought under the project. Students from Classes VIII to XII get Rs 1,000 every year under the KI part of the scheme. The K2 part of Kanyashree Prkalpa is the one-time grant of Rs 25,000 for students who continue their studies up to Class XII. Later, the K3 part was introduced for post-graduate students. Under the K3 part of the scheme, arts and commerce students get Rs 2,000 per year, while science students get Rs 2,500. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that on completion of the fifth year of Kanyashree Prakalpa, the Chief Minister had announced that girls from all strata of the society will be getting the benefit once they get promoted to Class VIII. Earlier, only girl students from families with annual income less than Rs 1.20 lakh used to get the benefit.At the same time, the state government has also taken the initiative to set up Kanyashree University. Moreover, the Chief Minister has also given direction to take steps for skill development of Kanyashree girls.The initiative taken by the state government has not only checked the school dropout rate, but has also helped the beneficiaries to be self-dependent. A large section of the beneficiaries of Kanyashree Prakalpa has utilised the one-time grant to become self-dependent.last_img read more

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Why could men be more at risk of diabetes

first_imgMen accumulate more iron than women, making them prone to Type 2 diabetes, researchers said. Two-fifth of men as compared to one-fifth of women were at risk.Iron is a micronutrient that is required in the formation of some essential body proteins and enzymes, like haemoglobin, cytochromes and peroxidase. However, it is harmful when stored in excess in the body. It promotes the release of free radicals that damage the secretion capacity of beta cells of pancreas to produce insulin.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt also decreases insulin sensitivity in peripheral tissues and organs involved in glucose metabolism, the study said.The study, led by Alex O Aregbesola from University of Eastern Finland, showed that men have 61 per cent higher prevalence and 46 per cent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes when compared with women. Excess body iron accumulation is a known risk factor of Type 2 diabetes in hereditary hemochromatosis – a disorder that causes the body to absorb too much iron from the diet. However, the study showed that even mildly elevated body iron contributes to the prevalence and incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis excess iron was found to disturb the glucose metabolism in the body. On the other hand, moderate iron stores were found safer than depletion toward iron deficiency.Iron depletion toward deficiency did not offer protection against Type 2 diabetes.The type of association between iron stores and the risk of Type 2 diabetes showed that the risk was lowest on moderate levels, the researchers said.“This study provides a new body of evidence that mildly elevated body iron is an important risk factor of glucose metabolism derangement, which contributes to the increase in the prevalence and incidence of Type 2 diabetes,” Aregbesola said, in the paper published in the journal Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.last_img read more

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BJP supporters stop Parthas car on Chittaranjan Avenue

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters tried to stop the car of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Chittaranjan Avenue when he was returning after attending a function at Bethune College on Wednesday.Carrying flags, the protesters shouted slogans against the Trinamool Congress and tried to stop Chatterjee’s vehicle. The policemen on duty and Chatterjee’s security personnel chased them away. Meanwhile, Rahul Sinha, national secretary of BJP has asked his party colleagues to carry lathis for self-defence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSuvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, led a massive rally which was taken out to protest against ransacking of the TMC party office in Contai on Tuesday. Adhikari said the BJP is spreading violence every where. After the meeting of Amit Shah ended on Tuesday, some BJP supporters attacked the Trinamool Congress office and set two motorcycles on fire. The windscreens of many cars were damaged too. Two TMC supporters who had sustained injuries have been shifted to Kolkata. The TMC will hold a meeting on the same spot where Amit Shah had held a rally on Tuesday. Adhikari alleged that BJP supporters had ransacked the TMC party office without any provocation. “The nervousness of the BJP has become palpable and violence is due to that.” He also alleged that some CPI(M) cadres who have joined BJP were responsible for the violence that took place on Tuesday. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee who was addressing the people at a meeting in Rampurhat also condemned the attack.last_img read more

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Dont forget your fashion quotient while travelling

first_imgWhether you are planning a quick weekend getaway, road trip or a week long holiday, don’t leave your fashion quotient behind, say experts. 4Going to the beach for holidays? Then pull out your sundresses. Pair them up with strappy sandals, oversized sun glasses, and a straw tote bag. Men can go for nautical prints, solid pastel-hued shorts and espadrilles.4If you want to explore cities like Paris and Rome, opt for outfits with a single colour palette and accessorise with a silk scarf or a barrette to keep it elegant. Skip the heels and pick the ballerinas. Guys, pack your Breton tees, pinstriped trousers and classy loafers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Adventure on your mind? Equip yourself with quick-drying cargo shorts or fashionable elastic bottom trousers; you can opt for any of them. Hiking boots are a must as is a pair of flip-flops. If you’re heading into the deep woods, then steer away from attention-grabbing bright colours and opt for earthy tones.4While packing for your mountain trip, it is important to take into account unexpected changes in weather, so pack clothes that can be easily layered to accommodate the change-jackets, mufflers and socks. Also remember to carry a pair of comfortable jeans and a pair of boots.last_img read more

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PMO refutes alleged TMC claim against Modi

first_imgKOLKATA: The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has refuted an alleged claim by Trinamool Congress leaders that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken only to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi about the situation in Bengal following the cyclonic storm Fani. Trinamool leaders have allegedly said that the Prime Minister had called up Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, but did not contact Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. However, the PMO said that two attempts were made on Saturday morning from the Prime Minister’s staff to connect him to the Bengal Chief Minister on phone. “The first time, the staff attempting to place the call was told that the Bengal Chief Minister is on tour and the call will be returned. On the second occasion too, the staff attempting to place the call was told by the Chief Minister’s office that the call will be returned,” the PMO stated.last_img read more

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Depicting changing mood of the Lotus pond

first_img‘The Changing Mood of the Lotus Pond and Insignificant Incarnations’, a distinctive exhibition of paintings and drawings by A Ramachandran is being organised by Vadehra Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases the artist’s brilliant visual language.Curated by Manisha Gera Baswani, the exhibition will be open for public view until December 2 at the Shridharani Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. The seven large paintings of the lotus ponds are a distillation of Ramachandran’s aquatic locations scattered around the Udaipur countryside. Through the decades, the artist has painted several facets of the lotus ponds and each time he has brought to the surface some special aspect of the visual drama offered by the lotus pools. The collection of paintings being shown highlights the life cycle of these beautiful plants. Ramachandran explores their sensuous beauty, their complex forms and perceives them as a subject for displaying his magical mastery over visual language. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf the paintings of lotus ponds offer an enchanted vision, then the suite of ten drawings, Insignificant Incarnations evokes its own sense of poetry. Ramachandran often uses the same element in the creation of his mythic spaces. These elements include a luxuriant, vegetal world abuzz with insects, birds, animal life, a woman who is the embodiment of an energising life force, fantastic rock formations, a water pot and the artist, who is present as both as an observer and a participant. Even though Ramachandran is a great colourist, his powerful command over lines and his witty, lively, lyrical imagination are so unique that we do not miss his rich play of colours in these drawings. Born in 1935, Ramachandran studied art at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. He lives and works in Delhi.last_img read more

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3 Apps to Help You Write a Business Plan

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 4, 2013center_img If you have a killer idea for a startup, but lack the time, resources and budget to develop a business plan, a business plan-generating app can help you get your plan on paper and, ideally, off the ground.A number of apps simplify the often tedious, complicated process of crafting a thorough bank- and investor-ready business plan. You provide the information, they organize it into a plan, and hopefully soon you’ll be in business.Here’s a look at three apps that can help get your business plan rolling:1. Enloop. This is an all-in-one web app that walks users through every step of creating a traditional business plan. Here’s how it works: Based on the data you enter into the app, Enloop automatically generates sales, profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet projections for you, complete with explanatory graphs and other compelling visual elements. Enloop also provides standard, yet customizable business plan text for each section of your plan, including portions focused on key company information and financial data.Enloop’s Free & Easy option includes a single custom business plan packaged in a clean, professionally formatted PDF file that you can download, print and share. More fully featured paid versions range from $9.95 a month to $39.95 a month and allow you to make multiple business plans. Enloop is only web-based and not yet available for mobile devices.Related: Reworking Your Business Plan? Consider These Tips2. StratPad. Alex Glassey, who designed this iPad-only app, describes it as “a strategic-planning app that helps entrepreneurs with the thinking and decision-making process.” StratPad can be a smart choice for people who are writing their first-ever business plan. It is packed with several free how-to tools for beginners, including a 58-page business strategy tutorial, view-on-demand training videos, email-based customer service, and more.A free basic StratPad edition is available for students. Paid, one-time fee plans range from $9.99 to $54.99. The more you pay, the more advanced business plan options you get. The easy-to-use app guides users through a series of simple questions and prompts. Your answers are used to develop a summary business plan, complete with revenue projections and full-color graphs and charts.3. Business Plan Premier. This $7.99 iPad app does double-duty for users who are eager to have their business plan backed fast. Not only does Business Plan Premier help you organize and write your business plan at an extremely detailed level, it also enables you to present your finished plan to more than 3,000 high net worth potential investors, who are also members of investment research firm Ben Stein & Accredited Members Inc.Business Plan Premier leads you through writing your prospective company’s vision and mission statements, product descriptions and marketing plans. You can also use it to complete competitive and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, outline your management scheme, identify your startup expenses, define your target market and more depending on your needs.Your completed business plan is exported as a Microsoft Word document that you can edit, print, email or upload to Dropbox. Business Plan Lite is the free (but much less functional) version of the app.Related: Reverse-Engineering Your Business Plan: Success Starts With the End min readlast_img read more

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10 Ways to Get Free WiFi Wherever You Go

first_imgDecember 18, 2015 5 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Back in 2011 the U.N. declared Internet access a human right, yet whenever you leave the house or office, it’s hit or miss if you will have access to Wi-Fi.I blog a lot and really can’t work without Wi-Fi. Does anyone else relate? I struggle working at places that have slow Wi-Fi. My business can’t operate without fast, reliable Wi-Fi.I have learned a few ways over the years how to get access to Wi-Fi wherever I go. Here are 10 ways to get Wi-Fi any time, anywhere in the world.1. Just ask.One of the easiest ways to snag some free Wi-Fi is just to simply ask someone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a business and simply asked an employee for the Wi-Fi password and be given it, even where they don’t publicly announce that they have Wi-Fi.If a business doesn’t have Wi-Fi, or refuses to give you the password, ask a stranger. Yes. That actually works sometimes. Believe it or not, people aren’t always that stingy with their Wi-Fi.If all else fails, you can do a little planning and ask people online. For example, you can identify the airports that offer free Wi-Fi by visiting this Foursquare page or login into your Facebook account to access free Wi-Fi.2. Become hot spot savvy.Becoming more hot spot savvy means knowing the places that provide truly free and reliable Wi-Fi. These include bus and train stations, museums and community spaces like libraries, city plazas and parks. I’ve even noticed public areas around hospitals and court houses also have free Wi-Fi.As you know, your phone will scan for open or unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Check that when you’re out and about. You may learn that places like your gym or favorite bookstore offer free Wi-Fi.Related: In-Flight Wi-Fi Might Soon Be Less of a Joke3. Know which businesses offer free WiFi.Knowing which businesses which offer free Wi-Fi will save you a lot of time whenever you’re out and about. Best of all? There are a lot of national chains that offer free Wi-Fi. These include:StarbucksMcDonald’sPanera BreadBarnes & NobleTargetDunkin DonutsBuffalo Wild WingsApple StoreMarriott HotelsStaples and Office DepotBest BuyWhole FoodsYou can also download the free Wi-Fi Pro app for either Android or iOS. It includes a database of 200 million Wi-Fi hotspots.4. Use your cable company.This may not be technically free, but if you’re already paying for a cable or Internet subscription from companies like Xfinity, you’re plan may include access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Just login at your cable/Internet provider account and you’ll be connected to Wi-Fi.Believe it not, cable companies are teaming up so that you can access Wi-Fi from a competitor! Sometimes you’ll notice this new inclination to help you immediately access an opposing competitor’s Wi-Fi right away. For example, I’ve been in Dunkin Donuts that ask for an Xfinity account to get online. If you’re not sure if this is a part of your plan contact customer service or visit Cable Wi-Fi.5. Do a little MAC spoofing.The main drawback with free Wi-Fi is that you’re only allowed to use it for a certain amount of time. You can change that by spoofing the MAC address of your mobile device. This may be used mainly by those who aren’t afraid of getting a little technical.This process will vary depending on your operating system, but here’s a guide for iOS and another for Android.6. Join a community.Instabridge is an online community where crowd-sourced Wi-Fi connections and passwords have been compiled into one convenient location. Besides free locations, users also include passwords for secured locations. The free app can be downloaded at Google Play or the App Store.Related: This Unassuming Kitchen Tool Blocks Wi-Fi So You Can Take Back Mealtime7. Find hidden networks.Apps including Instabridge and Wefi find networks that are aren’t commonly known. Wefi even has a free app for your phone. However, there are a couple of other common places that have secretive networks. For example, most electronic stores provide Wi-Fi because they need to display products. If you’re at the airport, venture closer to premium lounges.8. Join loyalty programs.Joining a loyalty program comes with a number of perks, often including free Wi-Fi. Many hotels, including Hilton, Marriott and Kimpton, include free Wi-Fi in their loyalty programs. Because travelers are expecting free Wi-Fi, it’s likely more businesses will reward their frequent customers with free Wi-Fi.9. Coupons and promotions.If you’re not a frequent traveler, you can still take advantage of free Wi-Fi offers from hotels by visiting sites like RetailMeNot to find businesses like Gogo and Hyundai that are running a promotion or issuing a coupon for free Wi-Fi.10. Make your phone a hot spot.When all else fails, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot through the common technique called tethering. You use your smartphone’s 3G or 4G as a Wi-Fi signal for your laptop or tablet. Here are instructions for Android and iOS.You can also download tethering apps including PdaNet+ or FoxFi. Here’s to never going without Wi-Fi ever again in our lives!Related: Telecommuters Rejoice: This iOS App Finds and Reviews Wi-Fi Cafes Near You Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 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4 Ways to Find Out How People Found Your Site on Google

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 3 min read How Success Happens As anyone familiar with Google Analytics knows, the platform has kept its keyword data hidden for some time. A number of years ago, it was possible to understand the exact words users searched to find your site, but in 2011, Google began witholding that information, and much of the data became ‘(not provided)’.Google claims this was a move towards greater privacy, on the basis that users’ website browsing habits are private and personal information. By a happy coincidence for Google, this move encourages web marketers to move towards Google Adwords in order to test out different keywords for clickthroughs and conversions — but that is a paid service.Related: 5 Dead-Simple SEO Hacks to Save You TimeThere are now a number of ways to unlock (not provided) data. They are all legal, and all give marketers essential insights into where to focus their efforts when optimizing their websites.1. SEO monitor.SEO Monitor is a pretty awesome solution to the (not provided) issue. The platform works by aggregating data from Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) and Google Analytics. Up to 120,000 keywords can be pulled in and analyzed, giving a pretty accurate idea of how people are finding your site, and where you should budget your time and effort in order to increase traffic.2. Notprovided.org.In a recent UK SEO conference, BrightonSEO Rob Kerry gave a talk outlining how PHP can be used to reclaim organic search keyword data. You can have a look at the slides here. This method utilizes already-available code from Google’s own API library (basically data that they’ve made available). Kerry plans to make the code open source some time next month.Related: The Quick SEO Guide You Need for Your Website3. Your personal on-site search function.One useful tool for unlocking (not provided) data can be found on Google Analytics itself. If your site has a search function, it’s likely that users will be searching on-site for things that they would search for in Google. By properly configuring Google Analytics for site search, you’ll be able to understand exactly what users are searching for, allowing you to optimize the site. This is obviously a limited method, since not all users will use the search function of the site, but it’s a good way to fill in some blanks for free.4. Just ask people.No doubt you’re very familiar with marketing pop-ups, fly-ins and email sign-up forms — the kind that appear when you land on a new page, or are about to leave the site. These nearly always ask for your email address, which is obviously an important piece of marketing data. Perhaps equally important is how the user found your site in the first place. Instead of asking for an email address, ask  “What did you search to find this page?” Even a response rate of a few percent should help you better understand your audience’s search behavior.Related: Voice Search is Exploding and Digital Strategy Will Never Be the SameThese four methods are all pretty valid ways of getting a good understanding for how people find your website. This understanding will allow you to further optimize the site, learn how people find pages and learn whether they proceed to make an inquiry or a purchase.There are other methods, but these seem to be the most common-sense for any marketer and are probably the easiest to implement in order to gain the most data. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Listen Now June 29, 2016last_img read more

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Chinas CarSwallowing Bus Is Apparently for Real

first_img 2 min read August 3, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Some things seem so far out that they’re unlikely to move past the concept phase. Not so for China’s car-swallowing, futuristic bus.The concept sure caused a stir when a model of the bus was unveiled earlier this summer at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. Little did we know — amid our collective surprise and disbelief — that this crazy thing was only weeks away from becoming a real thing.Related: This Car-Swallowing Contraption Is Actually a Futuristic City BusThe bus made its real-world test run this week in Qinhuangdao in China’s Hebei province, according to the Shanghaiist. You can see the bus in action in the video above, and in more detail in the video here:Called the Transit Elevated Bus, the idea is to allow passengers to ride higher up while the usual busy city traffic passes by underneath. This run wasn’t a full test, though. It took place on a controlled track about 1,000 feet long.Related: This Might be the Most Ridiculous Contraption Ever ConstructedThe project’s engineers say each bus could someday hold as many as 1,200 people and travel about 40 mph. The video also provides a glimpse into the inside of this intimidating-looking thing. The inside appears fairly spacious and cozy, actually.Cozy, car-swallowing city bus. Sounds good to me.center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Food Colors Market To Reach 3210 Million by 2023 By Leading

first_imgFood Colors Market was valued at $1,751 million in 2016, and is projected to reach at $3,210 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 9.8% from 2017 to 2023.Ingredients used to offer the required appearance to any food item or beverage are termed as food colors. These are added to carbonated drinks, ready-to-eat (RTE) products, frozen food, alcoholic beverages, processed foods, juices, and sauces. Food colors are used in commercial food items and domestic cooking, and are available in various forms such as liquid, liquid gel, gel paste, and powder. The market for food colors comprises natural and artificial colors.The Global Food Color Market is driven by rise in the food & beverages industry in emerging economies such as, India, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Africa. Moreover, the health benefits offered by few natural colorants boost the market growth. In addition, the ever-growing technological advancements and easy availability of raw materials from plants and animals support the growth. However, the market growth for food color is restricted by the ban on the usage of artificial colorants. R&D activities pertaining to new raw material sources offer food colorant manufacturers numerous growth opportunity.In 2016, the natural colors segment accounted for the highest share, and is expected to maintain its dominance during the forecast period, owing to their ease of availability from flora and fauna.Download Sample Copy: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3532Key Findings of the Food Colors Market:• Europe was the leading region in the global food colors market in 2016, followed by North America• The natural color segment generated the highest revenue in 2016, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period• The meat product segment dominated the global market accounting for approximately one-fifths share• The Asia-Pacific food colors market is anticipated to register the highest CAGR of 16.6%, followed by LAMEA.• North America accounted for approximately one-third share in the global market, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.9%.North America and Europe collectively contributed about 60% share of the global market in 2016. This is mainly because of the growing meat industry in the North American region. The region is believed to produce meat and poultry valuing approximately $119 billion in 2012-2013. Similarly, the increased production to meet up the growing demand for meat products in the European region drives the food color market in the region. The demand for food colors in both the regions is also due to the presence of major beverage companies such as PepsiCo, A.G.Barr p.l.c., Cadbury Schweppes, and Coco-Cola.The key players operating in the global food colors market are Archer Daniels Midland Company, Kalsec, Inc., Chr. Hansen A/S, Fiorio Colori SPA, FMC Corporation, Dohler Group, Sensient Technologies Corporation, D.D. Williamson & Co. Inc. (DDW), Koninklijke DSM N.V., and Naturex S.A.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/3532About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1?855?550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Thin Film Solar Cell Market to hit 39512 million by

first_imgCHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY CHAPTER 8: COMPANY PROFILES 5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland, Asia-Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific By End User: Residential, Commercial and Utility Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for. Enquiry Before Buying @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1357370/?utm_source=SBL email help@bigmarketresearch.com Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1357370/?utm_source=SBL CHAPTER 6: THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MARKET, BY DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL CHAPTER 5: THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MARKET, BY APPLICATION Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/thin-film-solar-cell-market?utm_source=SBL OR 97220 United States The major players profiled in this study include: Oxford Photovoltaics, Hankey Asia Ltd., Global Solar, Inc., Xunlight Kunshan Co. Ltd., Kaneka Corporation, First Solar, Ascent Solar Technologies Inc., MiaSole Hi-Tech Corp., Trony Solar and Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Contact Us: Dye Sensitized Solar Cells – Global Market Research and Forecast, 2015-2025 This report provides an extensive analysis of the current & emerging market trends and dynamics of the global thin film solar cell market. By Installation: On-Grid and Off-Grid Thin Film Solar Cell Market Key Segments: In 2016, Europe and Asia-Pacific were the leading regions, in terms of both value and volume. Europe is the leading region, owing to the government support to develop innovative business model for increasing the availability of electricity to meet the demand by energy-intensive industries. The growth of thin film solar cell in Asia-Pacific is driven by the rapid expansion of renewable systems due to the increase in number of residential and industrial electricity consumers. The factors that drive the global thin film solar cell market are increase in awareness toward boosting green energy, rise in worldwide energy consumption, more installation flexibility of thin films, and cost & performance efficiency of thin film solar cell. However, high initial manufacturing cost and technological complexity associated with the use thin film solar cells are expected to hamper the market growth. By Type: Cadmium Telluride (CdTe), Copper Indium Gallium Diselenide (CIGS) and Amorphous Thin-film Silicon call answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575 Extensive analysis is conducted by following the key player positioning and monitoring the top competitors within the market framework. Europe: UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Rest of Europecenter_img CHAPTER 7: THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MARKET, BY REGION CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Mr. Abhishek Paliwal CHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW Big Market Research adds Thin Film Solar Cell Market report that gives meticulous investigation of current scenario of the market size, share, demand, growth, trends, companies active in the industry and forecasts for the coming years. About Us: By Country: Table of content: In November 2016, Oxford Photovoltaics announced the acquisition of thin film development production site, which was earlier operated by Bosch Solar CISTech GmbH. The company is expected to scale-up its perovskite technology to industry standard wafer size for improving the manufacturing processes necessary for commercial deployment. North America: U.S., Canada, Mexico The report assists to understand the strategies adopted by the companies for market expansion. In-depth analysis of all regions is conducted by constructing the market estimations for key segments from 2017 to 2023 to identify the prevailing opportunities. We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us. The global thin film solar cell market is segmented based on type, end-user, and installation. On the basis of type, it is categorized into cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), and amorphous thin-film silicon. On the basis of end user, it divided into residential, commercial, and utility. On the basis of installation, it is bifurcated into on-grid and off-grid. Geographically, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. CHAPTER 4: THIN FILM SOLAR CELL MARKET, BY FILTER TYPE KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS This study evaluates the competitive landscape to understand the market scenario across various regions. Global thin film solar cell market is expected to reach $39,512 million by 2023, from $11,421 million in 2016, with a CAGR of 19.4% from 2017 to 2023.  Thin film solar is particularly made by placing one or more layers of photovoltaic material on a surface, such as plastic, glass, or metal. These solar cells are relatively less expensive as compared to older silicon wafer cells. These are easier, more flexible to handle, and are less susceptible to damage. Thin film material own the property of bandgap and requires ten times lesser quantity of substrate material to absorb light as compared to other solar cells. These are employed in wide range of applications, such as commercial, residential, transportation, and utility. Earlier, the first generation thin-film solar cell was developed using amorphous silicon, which delivered low power output. Later, the next generation thin-film solar cell was introduced in the market fabricated using copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS), which offered improved flexibility, lightweight, and higher power efficiency. LAMEA: Chile, Israel, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA More summary: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/dye-sensitized-solar-cells-global-market-research-and-forecast-20152025-market/?utm_source=RR&utm_medium=SBL call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452 Similar Related report:last_img read more

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Google Is Making New Laptops and Tablets After All

first_imgRumors of the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate’s demise may have been exaggerated. Following a Business Insider report from last month in which Google was said to be cutting back on its laptop and tablet hardware division, the California tech giant has now told The Verge that it does in fact have new Chromebook devices in the pipeline. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-new-pixelbook-pixel-slate-2019?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 And we just might have a tease of what that next Google computer is. According to 9to5Google, the company talked about the future of Pixel devices at Cloud Next 2019 this week, specifically with a focus on business users.”We think there’s some unique things we can do differently than the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate that are going to really help give [business users] what they’re looking for when they’re working in this new modern cloud-first era,” said lead product manager Steve Jacobs at the company’s Google Hardware for Business session.Google’s most recent PC hardware release was last fall’s Pixel Slate, which we awarded 3.5 out of 5 stars thanks to its slick design, vibrant screen, long battery life and accurate handwriting recognition. However, the device was riddled with bugs upon release, including difficulty staying connected to Bluetooth devices.Google’s other flagship Chrome OS device, the $999 Pixelbook, hasn’t seen a refresh since 2017. A business-focused version of the Pixelbook or Slate could be up next for the company, and while we don’t have any details, we’d bet on new Google PCs showing up at the company’s annual hardware event this October. Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews. Michael Andronico, Managing Editor by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementcenter_img Author Bio Michael Andronico, Managing Editor onlast_img read more

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