Whats Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge

first_img Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images What’s Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge? what%E2%80%99s-inside-61st-grammys-gifting-lounge Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images ReFa MassagerPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerThe Recording Academy took an exclusive spin through the Gifting Lounge when it opened on Thursday afternoon and got a peek at some of those perks that stars can take home. This year, there are a number of vendors focused on beauty and wellness, including ReFa’s Japanese microcurrent beauty rollers and collagen-enhanced drink mixers, Source Naturals’ vitamins and herbal supplements, Neoteny’s age-fighting kits (including a mask called Resting Bitch Face), It’s a 10’s pro hair care tools and entertainment industry’s makeup that breathes and heals skin as it conceals, pitched as a smart choice for the entertainment industry’s heavy makeup needs OxygenetixPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGuests are invited to experience ishiki, a Japanese sense of consciousness and well-being, via a virtual reality trip to Kyoto; stars will be gifted a pair of virtual reality glasses to take more transportive trips at home or while on the road.23 and Me will allow stars to dig deeper into their ancestry, teasing that they never know what they might discover. Truth Initiative packed backpacks full of Xbox games, hats, sunglasses and fanny packs from their forthcoming retail collection to say “don’t get played” when it comes to vaping and smoking.Dr. Tabatha Carr flew from Oklahoma to California to showcase her gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened Good Girl Chocolate at the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge. After showing us before and after pictures of her 100-pound weight loss, she offered us a taste of a lush vegan dark chocolate-encased agave and cashew butter filled caramel that could easily become a happy habit. Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? 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They’ll be gifted with a free meet and greet that will be arrange at their convenience.As the longtime GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge producer, Lash Fary certainly isn’t one to get star-struck, but there is one particular luminary who he hopes to see in there this year.”Dolly Parton,” he said, name-checking the MusiCares Person of the Year without hesitation. “Just because she’s so nice! Dolly is one of my favorite people. I’ve met her at a few award shows so I love her and I’m hoping that we get to see her. There’s not a lovelier person on the planet than Dolly; she just makes you feel good about yourself.”Watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Email Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers From luxurious skincare products to a virtual-reality trip to Kyoto, here’s a sneak peek at the high-end GRAMMY gifts performers and presenters will receive this year Tamara PalmerGRAMMYs Feb 8, 2019 – 1:15 pm Performing artists and presenters of the 61st GRAMMY Awards have the option of taking a stroll through the GRAMMYS Gifting Lounge to receive some fabulous (and fabulously free) items during rehearsal days.”We’re thrilled to be a very small part of a very big show,” said Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, which has produced the GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge for the past 20 years. “It’s something that the artists now, over the years, have grown accustomed to as a perk they are very well aware that they get for coming on the show, which is very cute.”Fary noted that Distinctive Assets’ GRAMMYs Gifting Lounges have won over some big names.”In the past people like Mary J. Blige have shown up and said, ‘Where’s the gift lounge?’ And even when artists don’t have the time or interest to come through the lounge, like Adele, the last time she was in LA and on the show she asked for some of the kids’ stuff. We had Hasbro Games here, so she asked that the kid stuff be brought to her dressing room so her son could play with them.“We have artists like Ricky Martin and Faith Hill, who don’t do gift lounges typically but they’ll do ours because they know that we are here as a true artform of the GRAMMYS and we respect them,” he revealed. “They know if we say we aren’t doing photos then we won’t do photos, that we have great stuff, that we respect their time and get them in and out quickly. So it’s just great! These are my favorite three days of the year, GRAMMYS rehearsal days, and we’ve got amazing thank-you gifts for them. There’s something for everyone.” Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explainedcenter_img 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs IshikiPhoto credit: Tamara PalmerGrossé, a costume jewelry designer that designed collections for Dior for over 50 years, hopes to drip stars in convincing baubles, while Millianna is introducing “shoelery,” chains meant to be draped around boots or stilettos. PRSVR, a Chicago lifestyle brand that recently opened a by-appointment showroom just blocks away, is hoping to gift Cardi B with a pair of fur sleeves—vegan or fox, her choice.”We’ve been fortunate to really use Instagram to connect with celebrities,” said PRSVR’s Margaret Williamson. “So our client list includes Tank, Diddy, Ciara, Teyana Taylor, Meek Mill, Fabolous and Nicki Minaj.” Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? News Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. 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To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? What’s Inside the 61st GRAMMYs Gifting Lounge? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Read morelast_img read more

Senator to introduce bill banning loot boxes in video games

first_img Share your voice Comments Gaming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 triggered an outcry over loot boxes. EA Microtransactions in games are responsible for huge profits for the games’ developers. However, one US senator has proposed legislation that may put an end to the controversial practice. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said Wednesday that he’d introduce legislation banning “manipulative video game features aimed at children.” Called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, the bill would prohibit loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Hawley said in a release. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”The new rules would focus on games aimed at minors as well as games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions,” according to the release.Loot boxes are in-game caches that players typically purchase with in-game currency and that contain random in-game items. They became a prominent issue in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, in which players could purchase crates holding various power-ups that helped them progress in the game and be more competitive when playing against others online. There are other games that don’t have a randomized box with in-game power-ups but still have in-game currency. The currency can be used to buy items or more playtime that’ll give an advantage over people who choose not to spend additional money. Games with microtransactions that don’t have a randomized or pay-to-win aspect, such as Fortnite, appear to be safe from the effects of this legislation as it’s currently written. Stanley Pierre-Louis, acting president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying group for the video game industry, said on Wednesday that parents already have controls to limit or prohibit in-game purchases. “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling,” Pierre-Louis said in an email. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands.” So far, Hawley has only outlined the legislation and hasn’t introduced it to the Senate. center_img 6 Tagslast_img read more

Saudi Arabia to execute 3 influential Sunni scholars after Ramadan

first_imgPolitical executions aren’t an uncommon thing in Saudi Arabia but the startling fact is that the kingdom is annihilating moderate voices under the garb of its fight against terrorism and extremism.’ Sarah Leah Whitson of the Human Rights puts this succinctly:”These particular cases highlight how the government is pursuing its own extremist, intolerant agenda under the absurd guise of ‘moderate Islam,’ she said. Executions Around The World – The Shocking Facts Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for cleric Ali al-OmariTwitterSaudi Arabia will execute three major Sunni Islam scholars after Ramadan, according to reports. The orthodox Islamic kingdom had beheaded 37 people, mostly Shia Muslims, in April, attracting very little condemnation globally. Saudi government sources have discreetly said the execution of 37 people at one go was used as a trial balloon to see the nature of international reaction, according to the Middle East Eye.The three — Sheikh Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari — are accused of terrorism. But the surprising fact is that they are not terrorists, but moderates, in fact. Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed and dismembered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, had put this in context.’Odah will be executed not because he is an extremist. It’s because he is a moderate. That is why they consider him a threat,” Khashoggi had said.Moderate who denounced Osama bin LadenWhile Odah is an internationally known scholar with moderately progressive ideologies, Awad al-Qarni is a Sunni preacher, academic and author and Ali al-Omari is a broadcaster with large following. Riyadh is going ahead with the plan to execute them immediately after Ramadan, despite the fact that they are known for their moderate voices and have large social media following.That stands in stark contrast to the routine beheading and crucifixion of people accused of dissent, mostly Shia Muslims.According to the Middle East Eye, Odah’s Arabic Twitter account has more than 13 million followers while Omari’s TV station “For Youth” enjoys huge audience as well.Odah is known for the public rebuke of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 2001 attack on the Manhattan twin towers in the US and other targets in New York, known as the 9/11 attacks. Odah was arrested in September 2017.He had also called for a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar following the blockade of Doha enforced on the behest of Saudi crown prince MbS. His arrest happened after raising the voice of dissent.’They will not wait to execute these men’The men are waiting trial and lodged at the Criminal Special Court in Riyadh. Top Saudi government sources confirmed the three will be executed. “They will not wait to execute these men once the death sentence has been passed,” one of the sources told ME.Awad al-Qarni, prominent Sunni scholar, is one of the people behind the Sahwa movement and enjoys large international following. The 45-year-old Ali al-Omari is known for his campaign for women’s rights and denunciation of violent extremism.center_img Closelast_img read more

Girls body found in suitcase

first_imgPolice found the body of an unidentified girl inside an abandoned suitcase at a bus stand of Chandra intersection on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway in Gazipur district was recovered early Wednesday.Jaidebpur police station officer-in-charge Aminur Islam said that locals spotted the abandoned black suitcase at the bus stand and informed police.Later, police recovered the body of an apparently 20 to 22 years old girl from the suitcase along with some clothes, he added.Police was primarily suspecting that the girl was strangled to death, reports UNB.last_img read more

Rapist BCL leader arrested finally

first_imgArif Hossain HawladerPolice finally on Tuesday arrested a local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League, on charges of raping six women and releasing the videos of rape scenes on internet.The arrestee, Arif Hossain Howlader, was the general secretary of Narayanpur union unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Bhedorganj upazila in Shariatpur.BCL expelled Arif on 11 November after one of rape victims filed a case with Bhedorganj police station against him.Allegations have it that Arif, a bachelor student at a local college, secretly installed video cameras in bathrooms to shoot videos of housewives’ bathing, and used them to blackmail the women. This is how he raped at least six women, according to allegations.He released videos containing scenes of rape since 15 October.Police said they have arrested Arif from Joyontika river in Saikka Bridge area of Gosairhat upazila of the district.Police’s assistant police super (ASP) for Shariatpur’s Gosairhat circle Thandar Khairul Hasan told Prothom Alo that police arrested Arif while he was returning to Gosairhat from Chandpur by a trawler.He said police tracked down Arif by tapping his phone.Read more: Accused of six rapes, BCL leader yet to be arrestedlast_img read more

Hitlers phone sold for 243000

first_imgThis undated image obtained from Alexander Historical Auctions shows a phone belonging to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler which will be auctioned by Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, on 19 February, 2017. Photo: AFPAdolf Hitler’s personal telephone, which the Fuehrer used to dictate many of his deadly World War II commands, sold at auction on Sunday for $243,000, the US house selling it announced.Originally a black Bakelite phone, later painted crimson and engraved with Hitler’s name, the relic was found in the Nazi leader’s Berlin bunker in 1945 following the regime’s defeat.The auction house Alexander Historical Auctions, which did not reveal the winning bidder’s identity, had estimated its worth between $200,000 and $300,000. The starting bid was set at $100,000.The Maryland company auctioned off more than a thousand items including the phone and a porcelain sculpture of an Alsatian dog for $24,300.Both winners bid by telephone.More than 70 years old, the Siemens rotary telephone is embossed with a swastika and the eagle symbolic of the Third Reich.Alexander House dubbed the phone—which Hitler received from the Wehrmacht, Nazi Germany’s armed forces—as “arguably the most destructive ‘weapon’ of all time, which sent millions to their deaths.”It said Hitler used it to give most of his orders during the last two years of World War II.Russian officers gave the device to British Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner during a tour of the bunker shortly after Germany’s surrender.Rayner’s son, who inherited the phone, put it up for sale, its paint now peeling to reveal the original synthetic black resin surface.Andreas Kornfeld of Alexander House told AFP its estimates were based on a number of factors, including “rarity and uniqueness.”“It would be impossible to find a more impactful relic than the primary tool used by the most evil man in history,” the auction house said in a statement. “This was not a staid office telephone.”“This was Hitler’s mobile device of destruction.”last_img read more

Trump widens G7 divide as leaders meet

first_imgLeaders of the G7 nations spent Friday hunting for a face saving formula to mask the deep rift inflicted on the Western alliance by US president Donald Trump’s assault on global trade rules.Senior figures, including Trump, suggested that some kind of joint statement on the need to jointly re-examine commercial relationships might be found before their summit ends on Saturday.But no consensus document will conceal the damage inflicted by the US leader’s aggressive imposition of tariffs on what had been some of Washington’s closest allies.Summit host Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau sided with his European and Japanese colleagues against the US leader and his “illegal” levies on steel and aluminium imports. Apparently revelling in a rift that threatens to spiral into a trade war, Trump stirred the pot by declaring before the talks began that he would like to see Russia re-admitted to the club.But this apparently spontaneous suggestion-rejected out of hand by the other allies-did not make it to the summit table, where instead the leaders confronted Trump’s assault on the world trade system.“We’ve made a lot of progress today. We’ll see how it all works out, but we’ve made a lot of progress,” Trump said, sitting by Trudeau after talks that an official said were marked by “strong disagreement” but “not heated.”France’s President Emmanuel Macron also put a brave face on the encounter.“I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we’ve always had this kind of discussion. And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether,” he said, speaking in English.Trump has invoked a US national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminium, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions.European leaders met separately Friday ahead of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, a golf resort north of Quebec City, and presented Trump with a united front “backed by facts and figures” to counter his charge, officials said.Trump said he hoped a final summit communique would be agreed, and officials were to work late into the night, while the leaders enjoyed a campfire chat and circus acts.Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump’s stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former US friends into a damaging trade war.European leaders warned Trump’s stance on trade, climate, Iran and-now-Russia was setting him apart, and Canada firmly rejected the tariffs threat and threatened retaliation.Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said that Trump’s determination to bait his allies over trade and diplomatic engagements “would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist.”Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariffs, even on imports from close US allies.“We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States,” she said.“So this an illegal act. It is absolutely unjustified. We have already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate,” she warned.Fundamental freedomsTrump was the last G7 leader to arrive and will probably be the first to leave on Saturday when he sets off for his nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Singapore.With unmistakable symbolism, the fractious Western democracies were meeting on the same day that China’s President Xi Jinping welcomed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Beijing.And at the same time as western nations are at loggerheads, the US president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington’s traditional allies.Flag burningThe summit is being held at a luxury resort more than two hours’ drive from the provincial capital, where more than 400 protesters faced off Thursday and Friday against police.Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to US flags and those of other G7 nations.last_img read more

Houstons Fourth Ward Remembered In NeverBeforeSeen Photos

first_imgElbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985Before its streets were lined with town homes, apartment complexes and trendy restaurants, the Fourth Ward was a cultural center of Houston’s African-American community. Now, newly-revealed photos capture some of the residents who once called the Fourth Ward home.Taken in 1985 by the late photographer Elbert Howze, the photos hadn’t been released to the public until now, with a new exhibit currently showing at the Houston Center for Photography through July 7.Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985Though Howze was born in Detroit, he came to Houston in the ’70s and received degrees in art, technology and photography from the University of Houston.Later, when Howze photographed the Fourth Ward in the ’80s, he took thorough notes about the people he captured. Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985As Howze writes, the neighborhood was settled by freed slaves at the turn of the century and was once called Freedmen’s Town. In Freedmen’s Town, residents established businesses, organizations and churches, like the Antioch Baptist Church. Freedmen’s Town was also home to the first school for free African-American children, the Gregory School, a space now used to preserve the community’s history. After the exhibition of Howze’s work, the photos will be donated to the African American Library at the Gregory School, along with the notes that Howze took about his subjects. Elbert Howze/Houston Center for PhotographyElbert Howze, Motherward, Houston, Texas, 1985The Gregory School’s community liaison Erika Thompson said the Fourth Ward was once a prominent cultural center for African Americans in Houston.Though certain time periods of Freedmen’s Town have been preserved, Thompson said there is little documentation from the 1980s, before the area saw rapid development.“To have someone to be so intent and focused on this particular period of 1985, it was like, ‘Oh, yeah, we want that’, because that’s right before everything kicked off with the community gentrifying,” said Thompson.She said ever since, the Fourth Ward has been whittled away. “Freedmen’s Town and Fourth Ward originally extended all the way downtown and then, to my understanding, all the way to River Oaks. It was a huge swath of that portion of town,” said Thompson. Now the Fourth Ward’s boundaries are limited to West Gray, Taft, West Dallas and Bagby streets. – / 5Thompson said although the photos offer a window into what the now gentrified community once looked like, she thinks Howze’s work was focused on highlighting the vibrancy of a neighborhood that might have otherwise been overlooked.“Whether he was aware that there would be town homes worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, I don’t know if that was in his sights, if he could have foreseen that, but I know that the downward turn of the community and maybe the assumption of people from outside looking in, was something that seemed to be at the forefront because he wanted to counter the existing narrative,” she said. You can read more from Thompson in her essay on Howze’s exhibition on the Houston Center for Photography’s online magazine, Spot. Sharelast_img read more

Asteroid strike into ocean could deplete ozone layer

first_imgImage credit: NASA. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists in Texas say if a medium-sized asteroid were to crash into the ocean the ozone layer could be depleted, allowing high levels of ultraviolet radiation to reach the surface. Citation: Asteroid strike into ocean could deplete ozone layer (2010, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-asteroid-ocean-deplete-ozone-layer.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. More information: E. Pierazzo et al., Ozone perturbation from medium-size asteroid impacts in the ocean, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Article in Press, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.08.036 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Dr. Elisabetta Pierazzo and colleagues from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson ran computer simulations that revealed if an asteroid 500 m to 1 km in diameter were to hit the Pacific Ocean it would eject enough water vapor and sea salt high enough into the atmosphere to affect the protective ozone layer.The results of the simulations showed the 1 km asteroid could affect an area over 1000 km in diameter, and vast quantities of water and vapor would be ejected up to 160 km high. The scientists say the water vapor would contain chlorine and bromine from the vaporized sea salts, and this would result in significant global depletion of the ozone layer by destroying it faster than it is created naturally. Pierazzo said such an asteroid would produce “an ozone hole that will engulf the entire Earth,” and produce a huge spike in ultraviolet (UV) radiation with levels higher than anywhere on the surface today.The simulations showed the smaller asteroid, 500 meters across, could produce ultraviolet index (UVI) levels of 20 or over in the northern tropics for a period of several months, and the global ozone depletion would be similar to the record ozone holes seen over the Antarctic in the mid 1990s. The 1 km asteroid could produce a spike of 56, and levels over 20 for about two years in both the northern and southern hemispheres. The UVI is a measure of UV intensity, with levels over 10 assumed dangerous. The highest recorded UVI known in recent times has been 20.Pierazzo said previous studies of the effects of asteroid impacts on the ocean have concentrated on tsunamis, but her research found the effects of a medium-sized asteroid strike would also include difficulty in growing crops and would have a long-term negative effect on global food production. She said if there was enough warning of an impending strike farmers could plant crops with high UV-tolerance and food could be stored to ensure supplies during the period of low productivity.Other effects would include increased rates of skin cancer and cataracts. People may also have to avoid exposure to direct sunlight to avoid rapid sunburn. A UVI level of 56 has never been experienced, and so the effects are uncertain, but it is likely that people would have to remain indoors during daylight to avoid serious sunburn. The study said over 100 asteroids 1 to 2 km in diameter are thought to be orbiting in paths that could bring them near to Earth, and many more smaller asteroids appear to be “currently looming undiscovered in the Earth’s neighborhood.” NASA estimates there are around 800 such Near Earth Objects (NEOs). The authors say past research suggests on average an asteroid 500 meters wide or less hits the Earth about once every 200,000 years, while a larger asteroid strike happens around once every 800,000 years.The research covered only the impact of an asteroid hitting the ocean, since such strikes are twice as likely to occur as land impacts. The results are published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Explore further Ozone: Climate change boosts ultraviolet risk for high latitudeslast_img read more

Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics

first_img This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. Researchers the world over are on a quest to create a cheaper alternative to silicon based solar cells, some of which have been focused on using indium phosphate because it is more efficient at turning sunlight into electricity – unfortunately, it’s not very good at absorbing sunlight. In this new research, the team turned to nanowire technology to help it do a better job. This shows the photovoltaic efficiency of millimeter square InP single band gap nanowire solar cells as a function of time measured within the FP7 financed AMON-RA project. About four million InP NWs contribute to the signal. The line is a guideline for the eye. This figure gives an overview of the development of NWPV within AMON-RA. A comparison with the record efficiency development of other types of solar cells can be made using this plot by NREL: nrel.gov/ncpv/images/efficiency_chart.jpg. Credit: Wallentin et al. This is a SEM image of indium phosphide (InP) nanowires after growth, shown at a 30-degree angle. The nanowires are about 1.5 microns long and 0.18 microns in diameter, with a center to center distance of 0.47 microns (1 micron (µm) is equal to 1/1000 of a millimeter, that is, one millionth of a meter). This can be compared with the sunlight, which has most of its energy in a wavelength range from 0.5 to a few microns. The nanowires cover 12% of the surface as seen from top, that is, from the sun’s point of view. On top of the nanowire is the gold particle which is used as a seed for the crystal growth. Credit: Wallentin et al. 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. USC team develops promising polymer for solar cells In addition to being nearly as efficient as traditional silicon based solar cells, this new type of cell can also be bent to allow for shaping into flexible panels that allow for more options when mounting. It also allows for a smaller overall surface area. The team suggests that solar cells made using this approach might be best used in concentrated systems using lenses, though it’s not clear as yet whether they would stand up to the intense heat. There’s also the problem of creating the cells on a scale large enough for them to be sold commercially at a reasonable cost. More information: 1. InP Nanowire Array Solar Cells Achieving 13.8% Efficiency by Exceeding the Ray Optics Limit, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1230969ABSTRACTPhotovoltaics based on nanowire arrays could reduce cost and materials consumption compared to planar devices, but have exhibited low efficiency of light absorption and carrier collection. We fabricated a variety of millimeter-sized arrays of p-i-n doped InP nanowires and found that the nanowire diameter and the length of the top n-segment were critical for cell performance. Efficiencies up to 13.8% (comparable to the record planar InP cell) were achieved using resonant light trapping in 180-nanometer-diameter nanowires that only covered 12% of the surface. The share of sunlight converted into photocurrent (71%) was six times the limit in a simple ray optics description. Furthermore, the highest open circuit voltage of 0.906 volt exceeds that of its planar counterpart, despite about 30 times higher surface-to-volume ratio of the nanowire cell.2. Performance of Nanowire Solar Cells on the Rise, DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6117.263 . www.sciencemag.org/content/339/6117/263.summaryPress release This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al. This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al.center_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further The idea is to create a small forest of wires standing on end atop a platform, with each wire just 1.5 micrometers tall and with a diameter of 180 nanometers. The bottom part of each wire is doped to cause an excess positive charge, the top doped to give it an excess negative charge with the middle remaining neutral – all standing on a bed of silicon dioxide. The team caused such a setup to come about by dropping gold flakes on a silicon bed and adding silicon phosphate to cause wires to grow which were kept clean and straight via etching using hydrochloric acid. The result is a photovoltaic cell capable of converting 13.8 percent of incoming sunlight into electricity while absorbing 71 percent of the light above the band gap. This scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image shows a side-view of nanowires which have been coated with a transparent and conductive oxide. The sunlight comes in from top, which is why the top contact must be transparent for light. The substrate is used for the bottom contact. Credit: Wallentin et al. (Phys.org)—Robert F. Service has published a News & Analysis piece in the journal Science describing the progress being made in nanowire photovoltaics. One of those innovations is described in another paper published in the same journal by a team working on indium phosphate nanowire technology. In their paper, they describe how in creating micrometer sized wires they have managed to build a non-silicon based solar cell that is capable of converting almost 14 percent of incoming sunlight into electric current. Citation: Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-method-efficient-indium-phosphate-nanowire.html This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Tourism then and now

first_imgThe program started with Ganesh Vandana and was followed by lighting of the inaugural lamp by Ramesh Tiwari, MD and CEO, DTTDC along with Ravi Dadhich, GM, DTTDC. In the year 1975, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) was brought into being and now it has turned 39. All these years have been full of activities, events and ambitious projects to transform Delhi into a spectacular tourist friendly destination.Delhi Tourism has always been striving to make Delhi a city of never-ending delights, and all efforts have paid in terms of endowing it a unique identity at local as well as international platforms. Winning various accolades as a favourite destination for travelers, Delhi is a vibrant place for an animated and comfortable travel experience. In a bid to celebrate the 39 memorable years of sublime achievement, various cultural programs were organised to entertain the employees of the organisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These presentations included special bhangra performance, mind boggling magic show, Tanura dance, patriotic songs along with other captivating events. Tanura, an Egyptians folk dance, not only dazzled the audience but the bright outfits of the performers was a major attraction. A special time slot was also kept for the employees of DTTDC to showcase their skills and nearly 6 of them presented melodious compositions along with lively dance acts. Chakradhari, a special wheel balancing act was also performed which held everyone’s attention. Kids of Boogie Woogie fame took part in the occasion and showcased their unique dance acts.Since its inception, Delhi Tourism has been instrumental in promoting tourism in and around Delhi through various activities and projects.last_img read more

DRI seizes 15 kg foreignorigin gold in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized around 15 kg of foreign origin gold valued at Rs 4.72 crore from the Barasat area near here. Inputs suggested that the gold, smuggled from Bangladesh into the country from North 24 Parganas district, was being ferried in a vehicle towards Kolkata for further delivery, a statement issued today by the DRI said. One person has been arrested and a Bolero vehicle, in which the gold was being carried, has been seized on Wednesday, it said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights The seized gold biscuits weighing 15 kg had foreign markings ‘Al Etihad’ and ‘Suisse’, the probe agency said. In the current financial year so far, in the region spread over West Bengal and the north eastern states, the DRI has seized over 105 kg of gold and gold jewellery valued at close to Rs 31 crore in the market, smuggled from Bangladesh, Myanmar and even Bhutan. In the financial year 2017-2018, the DRI had seized close to 430 kg of gold and gold jewellery in the east and north east region collectively valued at more than Rs 100 crore.last_img read more