Operating quantum memory at room temperature

first_img Explore further Citation: Operating quantum memory at room temperature (2008, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-quantum-memory-room-temperature.html Quantum dots, along with quantum wires, have been attracting notice over the past decade as possible building blocks of quantum information processing. Indium arsenide quantum dots (InAs) can be used for memory operations in devices made from gallium arsenide and aluminum gallium arsenide (known as GaAs/AlGaAs devices). The problem is that at room temperature – the experiments are usually done at lower temperatures, the memory operation of these devices suffers, unless there are multiple quantum dot layers. Digitally programmable perovskite nanowire-block copolymer compositescenter_img That is changing now, thanks work done by a team of scientists at Würzburg University in Germany. “Memory operated at room temperature, and with only a single layer quantum dot layer, is important because it can be used in every day life,” Lukas Worschech, a member of the team at Würzburg tells PhysOrg.com. The work done by the team, which includes Müller, Heinrich, Höfling and Forchel, appears in Applied Physics Letters: “Room temperature memory operation of a single InAs quantum dot layer in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure.”For quantum information processing, some sort of memory operation is necessary. One of the ways of realizing a memory device is to use quantum dots coupled to a transport channel. Memory (nonvolatile – such as flash memory) is realized when the charge state of the quantum dots control the system’s threshold. A floating gate is used to manage the threshold voltage. In GaAs/AlGaAs devices, the charge storage that is needed can be induced optically as well as electrically, which increases their usefulness and compatibility with different electronic and optoelectronic devices.“Until now, though,” Worschech explains, “low temperatures were needed with single layer quantum dot. Our idea was to create a system that could work under increased temperatures. Otherwise, you always have to put your samples in cryostats, and use long wirings. This makes it harder to extract all the information you want.” The Würzburg team suggests that with the InAs quantum dot functioning as a floating gate, the memory could be operated at room temperature. “From this structure, field emission is reduced drastically and we are able to observe the memory effect at room temperature.”One of the more interesting things about this set-up is that the InAs quantum dot is actually self-assembling. “The trick here is that the material does not match directly to the gallium arsenide. You do not have to structure them.” However, it can be difficult to control where these InAs quantum dots end up. “They are randomly distributed,” Worschech says, “you cannot say in a lateral field where they are placed.”Other scientists, though, have been working on this issue. “Through etching – making small holes at pre-defined sites – it turns out that indium arsenide growth can be controlled laterally,” Worschech points out. “Others have been working on this, and we would like to see our method combined with this lateral positioning that is being studied.”“This field of quantum dots is being intensely studied right now,” Worschech continues, “for use in quantum computers and sensors. Quantum cryptography is another field that would benefit from this work. It is also interesting for optical electronics. Our work may sever as an inter-connect for different applications.” Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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 shows songbird prefers singing in harmonic series similar to humans

first_img Citation: Study shows songbird prefers singing in harmonic series similar to humans (2014, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-songbird-harmonic-series-similar-humans.html More information: Emily L. Doolittle, Bruno Gingras, Dominik M. Endres, W. Tecumseh Fitch. Overtone-based pitch selection in hermit thrush song: Unexpected convergence with scale construction in human music.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). November 2014. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1406023111 AbstractMany human musical scales, including the diatonic major scale prevalent in Western music, are built partially or entirely from intervals (ratios between adjacent frequencies) corresponding to small-integer proportions drawn from the harmonic series. Scientists have long debated the extent to which principles of scale generation in human music are biologically or culturally determined. Data from animal “song” may provide new insights into this discussion. Here, by examining pitch relationships using both a simple linear regression model and a Bayesian generative model, we show that most songs of the hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) favor simple frequency ratios derived from the harmonic (or overtone) series. Furthermore, we show that this frequency selection results not from physical constraints governing peripheral production mechanisms but from active selection at a central level. These data provide the most rigorous empirical evidence to date of a bird song that makes use of the same mathematical principles that underlie Western and many non-Western musical scales, demonstrating surprising convergence between human and animal “song cultures.” Although there is no evidence that the songs of most bird species follow the overtone series, our findings add to a small but growing body of research showing that a preference for small-integer frequency ratios is not unique to humans. These findings thus have important implications for current debates about the origins of human musical systems and may call for a reevaluation of existing theories of musical consonance based on specific human vocal characteristics.Press release (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from Germany, the U.S. and Austria has found that male hermit thrush appear to sing following a harmonic series similar to the way humans produce music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they studied bird songs recorded by various people over the past half century and then compared the way the birds sang to the way people create music. Hermit Trush. Credit: Daniel Berganza/Wikimedia 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. Male songbirds don’t have to be studs to find a matecenter_img When human beings create music, whether it’s singing, or using instruments, we tend to follow a harmonic series, which is where notes that follow a base note are multiples of that base note—doubles, triples, etc. Generally an entire piece of music is made from the notes that belong to scales based on a particular note—the C Major scale, for example, starts with the note C, and the music for such a scale would generally be in the key of C. In this new effort, the researchers have found that at least one species of songbird adheres to roughly the same set of rules when creating and performing its songs—which would make it the first time any other animal besides humans have been found to do so.The researchers discovered this unique attribute of the male hermit thrush by analyzing song samples found in Ohio State’s Borror Laboratory—researchers there have been collecting audio samples for the past fifty years. All told, they looked at 71 different songs made by 14 individual males. They found that 57 of those songs, when analyzed mathematically, followed a harmonic series—a much higher percentage than can be attributable to chance. They also noted that only 5 percent of the songs consisted of what appeared to be random noise making.The researchers noted that the anatomy of the songbirds’ throat clearly allows for playing a far wider range of notes, thus, the birds appear to be choosing notes from a particular scale when singing their songs, allowing them, like us humans to remain on key. This suggests, they add, that song-making in humans is likely more biological than due to custom. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Neolithic pottery sherds from China reveal alcoholic beverage production techniques

first_img Explore further Human beings have been making alcoholic beverages for approximately 13,000 years, and they have been doing it in different ways depending on what resources they had available to them—the people living in Neolithic China, in what is now the Wei River Valley, had rice, millet and several other ingredients that allowed them to make fermented beverages. In this new effort, the researchers have found evidence showing that people made alcoholic beverages in at least two ways.The pottery sherds the researchers tested were dated to approximately seven to nine thousand years ago. They found traces of fungi, starches and plant tissue—ingredients for brewing fermented beverages. The sherds and the shape of the pottery they came from indicate that the Neolithic people were making their alcoholic beverages with two methods. One was to allow grains to sprout, which frees sugars in the plant. The other method was more complicated, involving fungi, herbs and grains to make a starter called qū—it allowed for “simultaneous saccharification and fermentation.”The researchers note that the early drink makers also designed and made pottery vessels that promoted fermentation—small-mouthed with wide sides and thin necks allowed for sealing to keep out fresh air, which encouraged anaerobic brewing processes. They also point out that neither process likely resulted in very strong drinks. They also claim the early evidence of fermenting drinks suggests that the desire to create such beverages might have been part of the push toward the development of agriculture. They believe drinking alcohol likely became linked with social and religious activities, and might have even bestowed some degree of status on those able to provide it to others. Alcoholic beverages are frequently considered migraine triggers A group of pottery vessels studied, with some analyzed for food traces, in the Baoji Museum in Shaanxi province, China. Credit: Li Liu Citation: Neolithic pottery sherds from China reveal alcoholic beverage production techniques (2019, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-neolithic-pottery-sherds-china-reveal.html A team of researchers from Stanford University, Zhengzhou University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology has learned more about the ways Neolithic people in China made alcoholic beverages by studying pottery sherds from that era. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of residue left behind on fragments of pottery. A globular jar fitted with a funnel-steamer in the Baoji Museum in Shaanxi province, China. Credit: Li Liu. More information: Li Liu et al. The origins of specialized pottery and diverse alcohol fermentation techniques in Early Neolithic China, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1902668116 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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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For the mind and soul

first_imgOn the auspicious occasion of Maha Shiv Ratri witnessed an musical treat. The 51st Mahashivratri Sangeet Sammelan 2015 saw the performance by santoor maestro and music composer Abhay Rustum Sopori. He was accompanied by Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri. The event further was carried by Pt Salil Bhatt on Satwik Veena and Ustad Akram Khan on Tabla. The sammelan was held at Azad Bhawan Auditorium, ICCR on February 17. Abhay Rustum Sopori is the youngest Santoor maestro and the youngest classical musicianto compose and conduct orchestras and folk ensembles. He has also been the youngest recipient of all the awards that he has received. Abhay was born in Srinagar and inherited a profound sense of music from his fabled Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir – the exclusive traditional Santoor family – with its roots spanning nine generations over more than 300 years. Abhay continues to innovate and experiment with the Santoor further extending its dimension. In keeping with his lineage he has established the concept of Gayan-Vadan Baaj in the Indian classical system and introduced the Open String Concept on the Santoor together with the Enhanced Sustain Technique. He has revived the old Sufiana Tarana compositions of his predecessors and adopted them in the Indian Classical scenario and also composed and introduced new Khayal compositions based on Sufi Saints of Kashmir.last_img read more

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Fourfold jump in infra devp budget since 2011 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure overall development of the state, the Mamata Banerjee government has increased the expenditure for developing physical infrastructure “four-fold”, since 2011.This is the first time when the state has witnessed such a huge investment for development of infrastructure.The Chief Minister tweeted on Sunday: “Infrastructure development is going on in a rapid pace in Bengal. In fact, expenditure on physical infrastructure in the state has increased almost 4-fold since 2011.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGiving detailed information on the expenditure carried out by her government, the Chief Minister stated in the tweet: “Recently, new infrastructure projects including flyovers, rural and urbandrinking water, roads and bridges, power, affordable housing, irrigation etc worth Rs 18,000 crore, have beensanctioned by our government.”She also tweeted: “This is in addition to the Rs 25,755 crore budgetary allocation for capital expenditure, for the current financial year. These will open up huge investment opportunities and generate employment in the state…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter coming to power, Banerjee had given equal stress on the development of both the rural and urban parts of the state. Development of roads and bridges has ensured better connectivity between different parts of the state.At present, there are several projects which are going on and include major projects like construction of the new Iswar Gupta Setu on river Hooghly. A project has also been taken up to construct flyovers at different parts of the city to ensure fast movement of vehicles. Recently, the Chief Minister inaugurated the 4.4 km long Garden Reach flyover, that has made the journey from Brooklyn crossing near Ramnagar to Majherhat railway station hassle-free.Most importantly, the state now has one of Asia’s biggest convention centres, Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, at Rajarhat, where all sorts of major events including Bengal Global Business Summit is organised.Besides developing the infrastructure that helps attract investment in the state, the Mamata Banerjee government has also developed cultural and sports centres. Recently, the announcement of the decision to develop a Khel City at Dumurjola in Howrah has been made.The problem of water crisis has become history at most places and the work to ensure the same in the remaining areas, where people had been suffering due to poor water supply for decades, is going on in full swing.last_img read more

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Antibody may help old people regain muscle power

first_imgA newly created antibody could treat the decline in muscle mass and power associated with ageing, show results of a phase-two trial by an international research team.The myostatin antibody treatment improved muscle power in the elderly, as indicated by improvements in the ability to climb stairs, walk briskly and rise repetitively from a chair, the findings showed.“Myostatin is a natural protein produced within the body that inhibits muscle growth,” said one of the researchers Stuart Warden from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It has been hypothesised for some time that inhibition of myostatin may allow muscle to grow, resulting in improved muscle mass and physical performance. The current study confirms these beliefs,” Warden said. In the study, injections of a myostatin antibody, made by US-based Eli Lilly and Co, over a 24-week period resulted in an increase in lean (muscle) mass and improved performance on tasks requiring muscle power in patients older than 75 with low muscle strength, low muscle performance and a history of falling.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“This is the first study to show that myostatin antibody treatment improves performance on activities requiring muscle power,” Warden said. “Muscle power’ refers to the ability to generate muscle force quickly. During ageing, it is lost more rapidly than muscle strength, contributing to disability, falls, reduced quality of life and, in some instances, death,” Warden explained.He said “the current study provides proof-of-concept evidence to proceed to the larger studies that are required to demonstrate whether myostatin antibody treatment improves quality of life and reduces falls and their consequences during ageing”.  “This is an important and exciting first step,” Warden noted in an official statement.last_img read more

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Up above the world so high

first_imgIIC is going to present an exhibition of photographs of the night skies across India, by Cyril Lucido Kuhn in the first week of July in the national Capital. The images have been captured over a span of two years in several destinations across the country. The exhibition is the first milestone on a journey which began in the Nilgiris when the photographer witnessed the Milky Way for the first time.During his journey, Cyril became aware of the rapid and ever increasing loss of our night sky. We are unable to see the stars in the night sky due to light pollution. A perfect night sky is hidden from our view because of the illumination of the atmosphere from the urban lights.The aim of the artiste is to share the extraordinary beauty of the sky bursting with stars, planets and other celestial objects. He also wishes to highlight the negative impacts, glare from the artificial lights has, on the environment disturbing all life forms and blocking our vision to the universe.last_img read more

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Presidency Univ signs MoU with CNCI on modern DNA sequencing technology

first_imgKolkata: Presidency University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) for collaborating on a modern sequencing technology that will help researchers sequence DNA faster for investigating cervical cancer. Sequencing has been in practice for a long time, but Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is a new concept, Presidency University professor and programme coordinator Abhik Saha said. Presidency University Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia said on Monday that the MoU inked recently with the CNCI, one of the oldest cancer research institutions in the country, would give an opportunity to students for undergoing training. It will also open a new chapter in medical research, she said. “With this research, we will be able to see if any other microbe can cause cervical cancer, apart from the virus. “We also aim to develop a diagnostic kit, with which we can test samples from patients,” the programme coordinator said. Depending on the outcome, such research would be used to investigate other forms of cancer, other than cervical cancer, Saha said. Another university official said it will help students have access to different laboratories involved in such research and help both the institutions. CNCI authorities did not comment on the issue.last_img read more

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Two days after being kidnapped girl returns home

first_imgNEW Delhi : A four-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Hari Nagar on Friday returned home on her own after two days, police said on Monday.Cops have lodged a case of kidnapping and are looking for the accused. According to police, the medical examination of the girl has ruled out sexual assault. Cops said the girl was abducted by a man on Friday, when she had gone to take prasad at a religious gathering on the occasion of Guru Purab. A tall man was captured in the CCTV camera, carrying a helmet on his shoulder and following the girl. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLater, the girl disappeared and the parents lodged a complaint at Hari Nagar Police station. “The problem in the investigation is the child is too small to narrate the kidnapping story or tell the police who took her along with him. “That is the reason police is relying on human as well as technical assistance to solve the case,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sameer Sharma. Copss are still puzzled about the motive of kidnapping and said that once they succeed in arresting the accused, the motive would be clear and sections would be modified in the FIR accordingly.last_img read more

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Combat sweat with natural fabrics

first_imgIt’s best to wear natural fabrics to beat the heat and to keep skin problems at bay, say experts.Follow these simple tips and deal with sweat: Loose clothes don’t touch your body and allow your body to breathe. Believe it or not, but loose fitting apparel like peplum tops, flowy tops or loose pants will always keep you cooler than a pair of skin tight tank and fit denims.Keep yourself cool by switching to breathable and sweat absorbing fabrics. Always dress up in clothes with natural fabrics it will keep your temperature low. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAvoid wearing dresses with embellishments as they weigh down your clothes and leads the fabric to touch your skin, trapping the body heat. Embellishments also don’t let air pass through the fabric, thus causing sweating.Wearing a light coloured and relaxed fit T-shirt can save you from sweating. They can be played around in different styles.Summer style is incomplete without chinos and denim shorts. When it comes to shorts, fit and length is the key. You can pair up denim shorts with cotton Polo T-shirt to get the comfort and style.last_img read more

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Bharatanatyam Arangetram A tribute to Geeta Chandran

first_imgRenowned dancer and Guru Padmashri Geeta Chandran presented a Bharatanatyam Arangetram by her disciple Sowmya Laxmi Narayanan at Chinmaya Mission Auditorium, New Delhi. The evening witnessed a large turnout of music and dance lovers.A 12th class student of The Mothers International School, Sowmya is the daughter of Mythili and P.K. Narayanan. The day was more significant to her than just the date or her first solo performance, as it marked eleven years of her engagement and dedication to Bharatanatyam. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAll those dance classes sowed and stirred the seed of passion within Sowmya, who after crossing the threshold of six, found artistic sanctorum under Guru Geeta Chandran at Natya Vriksha. Since then dance and Sowmya have been inextricable.Sowmya performed many dance pieces depicting the range of the Bharatanatyam repertoire. She began with Alarippu, the basic eye, shoulder, and neck movement in the racy khandam nadai (beat), followed by Jatiswaram, which is pure dance. In the central item, she did a 40-minute long Shringara Varnam, wherein the Nayaka (the protagonist) is asking her sakhi to get Lord Kartikeya as this is the right time for love. She was accompanied by Geeta Chandran (Nattuvangam), K. Venkateshwaran (Vocal), Manohar Balatchandirane (Mridangam), G. Raghavendra Prasath (Violin) and Rajat Prasanna (Flute). Her performance received a standing ovation from critics, artists, and well-wishers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Arangetram is an important occasion in the career of any Bharatanatyam dancer. After eleven years of arduous training, Akka (Geeta, Guru) is confident that I’m ready for a solo performance, and it is an honour to her; as it marks the first milestone in my journey into the ocean of Bharatanatyam”, says Sowmya.An elated and very pleased Guru Geeta Chandran, said, it was an honour, a true tribute from a disciple to her Guru. I’m very happy with the way she performed, her skill, stamina, and immersion in the spirit of the dance was a treat to watch. I hope she will take her art to new highs.last_img read more

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WBJEE 2019 Nine out of 10 on merit list from CBSE ISC

first_imgKolkata: Nine out of ten students whose names have figured in the merit list of West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination this year hail from CBSE and ICSE/ISC boards. The only position on the merit list from a school in Bengal Board has been bagged by Arka Das of Sarada Vidyapith, Sri R K Pally of Sonarpur.Interestingly, three positions on the merit list have gone to Hemsheela Model School, Durgapur, which is affiliated to CBSE board. Soham Mistri has come first and Koustav Sen has come third, while Subhajyoti Ghosh has bagged the tenth position. South Point School, which is also affiliated to CBSE, has two names on the merit list. Tamajit Banerjee has stood second while Angikar Ghosal has secured the fourth position. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSnehinh Sen of Delhi Public School at Ruby Park, Kasba, has stood sixth, while Vinit Raj, who has bagged the seventh spot, is a student of Burnpur Riverside School which is also affiliated to CBSE board. The eighth and ninth positions have gone to Rishabh Agarwal of Purwanchal Vidyamandir in Salt Lake and Abhinav Dutta of Sudhir Memorial Institute, Jessore Road, Doltala, both affiliated to ISC board. The first three rank holders will pursue their engineering studies outside the state. Soham Mistri, the first rank holder of the state Joint Entrance, had ranked 48 in JEE (Advanced) and will pursue computer engineering at IIT Mumbai. Tamajit Banerjee will study Computer Science at IIT Delhi or Mumbai, while Koustav Sen will study the same subject at IIT Mumbai. Koustav has ranked 42 in JEE (Advanced) and secured the first position in the same examination from Bengal.last_img read more

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Bazm e –Khas An evening of classical music

first_imgMusic washes away from our soul, the dust of everyday life. There is no denial to the fact that what makes any human society is its culture and to celebrate eternal Indian culture, Bazm- E – Khas an initiative of V P Gupta organised an evening of sublime poetry, traditional music and ghazals titled ‘Sur Adhar Music Festival 2019’.The festival featured well-known artists like Hariharan, Nizam Bhai Premi, Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain accompanied by Akhlat Warsi, Mithilesh Jha, Murad Ali, Peromita Mukherji, Shadab Bhartiya, Atul Raninga, Sushant Sharma, Yusuf Khan Azhar Shakeel, and Zia Khan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese eclectic musicians took us through the journey of Indian heritage steeped in love through their classical music at the mesmerising courtyard of Qutub Minar, New Delhi. Hariharan needs no introduction for those familiar with Ghazal style of singing. His mesmerising voice stirs emotions in the listener’s soul. The extravaganza evening began with Ganesh Vandana staged by Nizam Bhai Premi which was followed by Raag Bageshwari and kedar by Fareed Hasan and Mehboob Hussain symbolising the convergence of cultures and spirituality. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe highlight of the evening was Hariharan, who enthralled the audience with his authentic style, performed various ghazals and thumris along with his few Bollywood superhits. Talking about his performance, Legendary singer Hariharan said, “I was really excited to perform at Qutub Minar. I remember the last time I performed here was for Qutub Minar Festival a long time ago. Definitely, it was an overwhelming experience. For me, Bazm-e-Khas is doing a great job towards promoting our Indian classical music which is really very appreciable and I am glad to be a part of this.” Fareed Hassan and Mehboob Hussain said, “Fortunately we shared the stage with legendary singer Hariharan Ji at the prestigious venue of Qutub Minar. It was an honour for us to be a part of this show. We are really thankful to Bazm-e-Khas for giving us this grand opportunity.” In the light of the event VP Gupta, Founder of Bazm-e-Khas said, “Bazm-e-Khas is a very special platform that promotes young and not so young artists to meet and exchange ideas along with entertaining good listeners. Our aim to organise this evening is to make people aware of the richness of Indian culture.”last_img read more

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Perfect Aryan baby of Nazi propaganda was actually Jewish

first_imgOne of the most highly debated issues within the Nazi hierarchy was the status of Germans who were partially Jewish. This debate raged within Nazi circles for much of the regime’s existence. At the infamous Wannsee Conference in early 1942, SS General Reinhard Heydrich and others formalized the plans for the Holocaust.The minutes of that meeting show that the question of Germans with Jewish ancestry took up most of the surprisingly brief meeting.For Heydrich, establishing what percentage of Jewish blood was “allowed” may have been personally important: historians since the war have written volumes on Heydrich’s concern that he himself may have had significant Jewish ancestry.Reinhard Heydrich. Photo by Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1969-054-16 / Hoffmann, Heinrich / CC-BY-SAThe question of German/Jewish ancestry reached into all areas of German life. The highest ranking German officer with a recognized Jewish ancestry was Luftwaffe general Erhard Milch, who ended the war in Allied captivity and who spent time in prison for war crimes related to forced labor.A WWI comrade of Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring, Milch’s “Jewishness” was a well-known “secret.” In 1935, Göring, then at the height of his political power, proclaimed “I decide who is a Jew.”Hermann Göring. Photo by Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13805 CC-BY-SA 3.0In the last few years, one of the most interesting stories involving the question of “Jewishness” became public, though during the war years it was a closely guarded secret, known to only three people.In the U.S.A. one of the most iconic images is that of the “Gerber Baby Food Baby” (no, it was not actor Humphrey Bogart, though he had “won” a contest for another baby food company as an infant). The cute image has played a role in the sale of hundreds of millions of jars and packages of baby food.Top 10 Surviving Buildings Built By The Nazis During Their Time In PowerThe Nazi’s had their own equivalent of the Gerber baby. In 1935, Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels began a search for the “perfect” Aryan baby and sponsored a contest to find her/him.This child would go on to grace everything from newspapers to magazines to sheet music, as well as kitsch of all kinds, like plates and cups.Gerber oatmeal. Photo by: Nate Steiner – Flickr: CC BY 2.0The winner of the contest was a beautiful light-haired baby named Hessy Levinson. Yes, Levinson. Goebbels perfect “Aryan” baby was 100% Jewish. Hessy’s mother, Pauline, had taken the baby to a local photographer for a family photo. Unbeknownst to Pauline, the man who took Hessy’s picture, well-known Berlin photographer Hans Ballin, had entered Hessy’s image in Goebbels’ contest as a lark – a quite dangerous one.Front cover photograph of Hessy Levinsons, the winner of the most beautiful Aryan baby contest, whose promoters never discovered her Jewish ancestry, published on the cover of a Nazi magazine.Ballin was an anti-Nazi who had entered the child the contest for personal reasons – he wanted to show (even if just to himself) that the Nazis’ ideas were ludicrous at best.Surprisingly, Hessy’s image won. Hessy’s mother, seeing the child on the cover of the Nazi family magazine Sonne ins Haus (“The Sunlight of the Home”), went to Ballin’s studio in a panic. If the Nazi’s found out that Hessy was Jewish, the entire family would likely suffer.Though this took place in the years before Kristallnacht and the Holocaust, it was not unheard of for Jewish families to be punished or disappear, especially if they had made the regime look foolish.Ballin told Pauline of his scheme, and assured her that he would not reveal the child’s identity. As surety, Hessy began a life lived entirely indoors as to avoid being recognized. The regime never did find out the secret of its perfect “Aryan” baby.At the archives of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum. Photo by GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty ImagesIn 1938, three years after the contest and as the regime cranked up its anti-Semitism to new heights, Hessy’s father Jacob was arrested by the Gestapo on false tax evasion charges.Read another story from us: The amazing Operation Mincemeat: Ian Fleming devised a WWII plan to fool the NazisEventually released when his German accountant vouched for him, Jacob took his wife and child and fled to Paris via Latvia. After the fall of France in 1940 and the subsequent anti-Semitic crackdown there, the Levinson’s went into hiding and with the help of the French underground, escaped to Cuba.In 1949, the family moved to the United States, where Hessy married Earl Taft and became a chemistry professor at St. John’s University in New York. She is still alive today.Matthew Gaskill holds an MA in European History and writes on a variety of topics from the Medieval World to WWII to genealogy and more. A former educator, he values curiosity and diligent research. He is the author of many best-selling Kindle works on Amazon.last_img read more

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The Army of SameSex Lovers that Ruled the Ancient Greek Battlefield

first_imgAs any great army that celebrated big victories, the Spartans witnessed some terrible debacles on the battlefield, too. At the battle of Tegyra that played out in 375 B.C., between Sparta and their Greek city-state rival Thebes, the Spartan troops numbering at least a thousand men were reportedly battered by a small troop of merely 300 men, known as the Sacred Band of Thebes.The clash unfolded near a shrine of Apollo in the region, where the Sacred Band was led by its then-leader Pelopidas. The thinly numbered men were surprisingly met by the much larger Spartan unit, and at first, the situation looked desperate.Mythological temple of the Greek god Apollo.However, Pelopidas ordered his cavalrymen to hit an enemy’s exposed flank and grouped his hoplites into a tightly packed unit formation.Bravely fighting, the Sacred Band seemed invincible. They broke the Spartan line, killing their leader rather quickly.Marble statue of a helmed hoplite (5th century BC), Archaeological Museum of Sparta, Greece. Photo by de:Benutzer:Ticinese CC BY-SA 3.0Vulnerable and without guidance, the Spartans held back to allow the much smaller Theban force to leave intact.But instead of escaping the battlefield, Pelopidas engaged his men in another attack, and in a single swift move, another hoard of enemy soldiers were taken down.Band of Thebes. Composite constructed sculpture of historical figure(s) reputed to have had a same sex relationships. Photo by Pinkpasty CC BY SA 4.0It was a glorious victory, and Pelopidas hired the Sacred Band for any military campaign that followed. But who were these brave-fighting people? According to ancient sources and various historians, all of them were homosexual lovers, 150 exceptionally well-trained pairs of them.The establishment of this extraordinary force is credited to Gorgidas, a chief officer of Boeotia, in 376 B.C., about the same time the Spartans were banished from Thebes.The Greek biographer Plutarch suggests that Gorgidas himself personally selected the Band’s couples, each consisting of erastês (the older of the pair, or the “lover”) and erômenos  (the younger of the pair, or the “beloved”).Pharsalos stele, c. 470-60, Louvre.The age difference between the erastês and erômenos within this unit would have not been hugely significant. All men needed to turn at least 20 before admission, and upon accepting them, it was the duty of their “lover” to gift them their armor and equipment.Each one of them was a skilled wrestler, dancer, and horseback rider, and selected on their ability to fight.Initially, the men were assigned to defend the citadel of Thebes where they also resided.Their accommodation was paid for by the local people, and as a result, they were sometimes referred to as the “City Band.”Pelopidas setting out for Thebes.When Pelopidas took control of the Band, he reformed the faction of 300 into an elite fighting unit. In battles, they were specifically instructed to slaughter the enemy’s finest of fighters, as was the case when the group faced the Spartans.Among historians, however, one of the most hotly debated questions is whether these men were really all homosexuals. Same sex relationships were considered morally acceptable in the times of ancient Greece and accounts testifying to this are numerous.But the profound connection between two males may well have been specifically perceived as battlefield-ready exclusively in the military circles of Thebes.Remains of the Cadmea, the central fortress of ancient Thebes. Photo by Nefasdicere CC BY-SA 3.0Plutarch’s Life of Pelopidas reads: “…a band cemented by friendship grounded upon love is never to be broken, and invincible; since the lovers, ashamed to be weak in the sight of their beloved, and the beloved before their lovers, willingly rush into danger for the relief of one another.”The ‘army of lovers’ is also commended in Plato’s Symposium: “If there were only some way of contriving that a state or an army should be made up of lovers and their loves, they would be the very best governors of their own city, abstaining from all dishonor, and emulating one another in honor; and when fighting at each other’s side, although a mere handful, they would overcome the world.”Theban workshop (Oinochoe type), 7th century BC.In 371 B.C., another significant victory against Sparta was written in the pages of history, and the Sacred Band were again part of it. By this time, Sparta was officially at war with Thebes.The clash of the warring city-states came near the village of Leuctra that year, hence how the name of the battle was conceived.The Thebans entered the battle with little over 8,000 men, among them the ‘army of lovers.’ Some 12,000 men stood on the Spartan side.Cavalry from the Parthenon Frieze, West II, 2–3, British Museum.The Spartans approached the battlefield in a familiar formation, boosting a powerful right wing, and the Thebans grouped themselves accordingly. Most of their men were positioned on the left wing of the phalanx, and ‘the Lovers’ were at the very front.The two armies first clashed with their horsemen, and the Theban side proved to have greater merit.Monument to Spartans in Greece near the place of a legendary battle.They sent the Spartan cavalry in retreat, and the galloping horses left the scene foggy with dust. The Thebans used the opportunity to rush against the Spartans, and the Sacred Band quickly detached to hunt for the enemy’s best men.Again the Spartans were facing a bitter defeat. Among the thousands who were killed in the assault was the Spartan king, Cleombrotus I. The Battle of Leuctra helped Thebes reassure its independence, sealed the fame of its homosexual faction, and marked the end of Sparta’s dominion of ancient Greece.The demise of the Sacred Band came years later, at the hands of a new rivalry on the peninsula, one led by Philip II and his son Alexander the Great.Read another story from us: Hidden Sphinx Found by Accident in Temple Devoted to Crocodile Fertility GodThe entire band of lovers perished at the battle of Chaeronea, in 338 B.C. Their remains and an ancient monument built in their memory was discovered in an archaeological dig back in the 19th century.last_img read more

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VIDEO Tesla stock down 9 after Elon Musk smoked a blunt on

first_imgTesla stock dropped 9% at the opening of trading today after CEO, and all around weirdo, Elon Musk decided to partake in a blunt with Joe Rogan while appearing on his podcast.Musk toking up is the latest in a series of weird behavior that has called into question Musk’s fitness to run his billion dollar company. He also recently fired off a series of bizarre tweets while reportedly tripping balls on acid, and called a diver who rescued the youth soccer team trapped in a cave, a pedophile.Watch Musk get higher than a Space X rocket. Apparently investors aren’t psyched about it.last_img read more

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Time to Get Rid of Your Landline

first_img 2 min read While many consumers may be kicking landlines to the curb in favor of cell phones, most growing businesses are behaving more circumspectly. “We’ve found it’s not so much a trend of [businesses] moving entirely away from the landline as it is shifting a lot of minutes over to wireless,” says Matthew DelPercio, associate analyst with research organization The Yankee Group.Looking past mobile phones, VoIP over Wi-Fi could help move the sluggish landline exodus along. Dual-mode handsets that seamlessly connect to Wi-Fi at the office and to cellular on the go are especially intriguing. But Yankee Group analyst Gary Chen sees challenges to the young technology in the forms of a lack of industry standards, reduced battery life and quality of service issues. Chen recommends that businesses invest in VoIP over Wi-Fi at this point only if there’s a clear need for it, your network can handle the added traffic and you can live with its current shortcomings.”I don’t think landlines will ever be completely displaced,” says DelPercio. “I don’t see VoIP as a big revolution, but as an evolution.”Dependence on cell phones may be an early sign of a shift away from landlines, but entrepreneurs still demand landlines’ reliability and quality. They can’t afford dropped calls or poor voice quality during business conversations. Still, the cost savings and benefits of VoIP will bring in an increasing number of businesses. “Landline displacement is inevitable,” says DelPercio. “It’s just not going to be as extreme as people think.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 6, 2006 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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10 Steps to Creating an Engaging Digital Experience

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » April 8, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read In order to be effective, websites need to be multifunctional in design. They need to be built like a house: protecting against the elements, providing a comfortable living space with ample storage, meeting basic needs, etc. Your website should be designed to improve user acquisition, lift engagement and help you retain customers.It’s science and psychology combined with art. Your team should focus on several different elements to create an interactive experience that directly engages the target audience. Here are 10 steps to follow while refining the user’s online experience.1. Focus on user types, not buyer personasBuyer personas are primarily designed to align marketing messages and ad copy. To create the ideal user experience, you don’t need to know what “customer Lisa” specifically likes or what her pain points are. However, you do need to know the user types you’re targeting and how they browse and shop, which devices they use, and how they find and use your products. Create your experience around those user type segments rather than buyer personas.2. Create simple experiencesCustomers should feel engaged immediately. Keep your interface clean and simple and embrace white space. This invites them to explore your site on their own rather than forcing them to find what they’re looking for among cluttered designs with too many options vying for their attention.3. Design like Fisher-PriceWhen you’re refining the user experience, aim for something that feels like you’re interacting with oversized Fisher-Price toys. This means creating large elements with simplified designs, clear copy that even a child could understand and actionable, concise directions (and calls-to-action).This kind of experience works perfectly on any device, especially on mobile where larger elements make for easier navigation.4. Design for limited real estateAny time you’re creating a user experience, you should ask yourself if this is how you’d want it to function on mobile. How would it look on a smartphone versus a tablet? If you’re designing on a desktop, you have to carefully consider how it might translate in a mobile setting.You can guarantee a better experience by designing for mobile users first, ensuring compatibility and a more engaging experience overall.5. Don’t trust your feelingsNever assume that your user experience has reached perfection simply because you personally think it looks great and it did well when you put it through its paces in a test environment. How you or your team views the experience might be wildly different from a customer who sees it for the first time.Always test the experience with outsiders. There are a number of services that test your user experience with actual consumers. Their comments, responses and activity are recorded during the interaction with your site and/or app so you can review feedback and make necessary changes.6. Mix up your contentPeople are engaged in a variety of ways, and some respond better to certain types of content than others. Through testing, you can find the right balance between deeply engaging video or animations, images and written content on your product pages and blogs.Continue to refine, diversify and test your content with audiences to see how variations in your content change engagement levels. You may discover that static images are less effective, but animation and live video win with your target audience.7. Make the copy singYou’d be hard-pressed to develop an engaging user experience that didn’t utilize copy in some way. Whether you use minimal copy or long-form content, you need to make sure it’s compelling and hooks the user to stay engaged.Every word should serve a purpose by moving prospects through the experience toward a conversion.8. Integrate socialMake it easy for your audience to promote products, contribute content (like reviews and thoughts) and interact with other customers within your funnel. Amazon does this through Q&A segments as well as comment sections. Social proof goes a long way toward improving engagement and conversions with prospective customers.9. Personalize the experienceMake customers feel valuable by directly asking them for feedback while they’re on your site. Rather than slapping customers with an opt-in while they’re trying to leave, consider creating an exit intent survey that asks them to answer a couple short questions on the experience. Use these customer insights to further improve the UX of your site.10. Offer customizationCustomization in any form is a large part of personalizing the user experience to make it more engaging for each customer. This could involve allowing a user to customize the visual experience of the site (such as layout options and dashboard elements within an online community) to customizing the products they purchase. It allows the user to own their part of the experience with your brand, which will encourage them to return to “their space” in the future.last_img read more

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Pain Management Drugs Market Size by Key Manufacturers and Application with

first_imgPain is a complex medical condition, which not only affects the physical but also mental well-being of an individual. It is caused due to trauma or tissue damage, and its intensity varies from person to person. Based on the cause of pain, the treatment provided can be a simple or complex. Pain can be managed with the help of a variety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies.The availability of sophisticated treatment options and advancement in technology have increased life the expectancy rates globally, which has resulted in an increase in the geriatric population. As the elderly people are highly prone to suffer from pain owing to various reasons, rise in elderly population is a major factor contributing towards the growth of the global pain management market. As per the statistics provided by the UN Population Division, the total proportion of people above 60 years has increased from 12% in 1950 to 22% in 2011, and is projected to reach 32% by 2050. Moreover, increase in R&D investment and rise in outsourcing of pharmaceuticals are expected to fuel the market growth in developing regions such as Asia-Pacific and LAMEA. However, availability of alternative therapies and patent expiration of prescription drugs for treatment of pain hamper the growth of the market.The opioids segment is was the largest contributor towards the market growth in 2016, due to high efficiency of opioids to relieve pain in major chronic conditions. Anesthetics is anticipated to possess the highest growth rate during the forecast period.Do Enquiry before purchasing Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/404?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanPostoperative pain and chronic back pain were among the largest contributors in 2016, owing to increase in the number of surgeries globally and rise in prevalence of chronic diseases that lead to back pain. Furthermore, cancer pain is expected to grow at the highest rate throughout the forecast period, owing to rise in prevalence of cancer worldwide.North America is expected to generate the highest revenue during forecast period. However, Asia-Pacific is projected to grow at the highest rate during 2017-2023, due to increase in government initiatives to improve the healthcare infrastructure and improved regulatory framework.KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY Cancer pain segment is projected to grow at the highest rate during the analysis period.Opioids segment generated the highest revenue, and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period.North America occupied almost half of the market, and is projected to continue its dominance in future.China is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% over the forecast period.Postoperative pain was the largest contributor among the indication segment in 2016.The key companies profiled in the report inPain Management Drugs Marketclude Novartis AG, Eli Lilly & Company, Abbott Laboratories, Endo Health Solutions, Inc., Purdue Pharma L.P., Pfizer, Inc., F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd., Merck & Co. Inc., Johnson & Johnson, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc.Other prominent players in the value chain include Allergen Inc., Bayer AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Sorrento Therapeutics, WEX Pharmaceuticals, and Zynerba Pharmaceuticals.For More News : https://worldwidehealthcaremarket.blogspot.com/2019/07/pain-management-drugs-market-is.html According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Pain Management Drugs Market by Drug Class, Indications, and Geography: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-2023, the pain management drugs market accounted for $58,577 million in 2016, and is estimated to reach $77,131 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 4% from 2017 to 2023.Download the Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/404?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanNorth America was the highest contributor to the pain management drugs market in 2016; however, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.last_img read more

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Are Cheap Laptops Good Enough My Month with a Sub500 PC

first_imgCan a cheap laptop replace a premium PC? To find out, I spent a month using a sub-$500 as my primary machine both at work and at home. My goal was not only to see what a low-price laptop is capable of, but also to determine what limitations you face when purchasing a budget notebook over a premium laptop. On a personal level, I selfishly hoped to silence the doubters in my office who didn’t think I would last the entire month.Full of confidence, I contacted Acer who graciously lent me the Aspire E 15 (our current best laptop under $500) to test my hypothesis that a budget laptop can accommodate the majority of our readers’ needs, whether those be at the office, at home or while traveling. However, by the end of my 30-day plight, that optimism was replaced with the realization that budget laptops still have some serious limitations.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/use-budget-sub-500-laptop-for-a-month?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Misplaced optimism”Do you really want to do this to yourself?” Laptop Mag assistant managing editor Sherri L. Smith asked in a deadpan tone when I described my 30-day challenge.While I’ve generally had good experiences reviewing budget machines, I knew I’d have to make some compromises switching from my business laptop — a Dell Latitude 7490 with a Core i7 CPU –– to the $329 Aspire E 15 running on a Core i3 CPU.MORE: Best Hard Drive SpeedThe first thing I noticed when I took the Aspire E 15 out of the box was how much heavier it was than my work computer. I complained about the laptop’s heft in my review, but the reality of the next month sank in as my arms grew sore from holding it.Furthermore, the Aspire E 15’s 15-inch, 1080p display was a notable downgrade from the Latitude 7490’s vivid panel. I knew the display wouldn’t be as vibrant or as bright based on our lab testing. After all, the Aspire E 15’s panel covers only 62.3 percent of the sRGB color gamut, whereas the Latitude 7490 reached 118 percent. And regarding brightness, the Aspire E 15 peaked at 227 nits compared with the Latitude, which reached 277 nits. Still, I wasn’t ready for the Aspire E 15’s poor viewing angles, which made it difficult to see content unless I was looking at it from the perfect angle.My optimism took another blow when the laptop needed about 2 minutes to boot up to the setup menu. And things went downhill from there. I encountered crippling lag during my initial setup as I logged into my Gmail account and synced bookmarks and settings in Chrome. Fortunately, the laptop’s performance improved once everything was in place, and the Aspire E 15 didn’t freeze or kick me out of any programs.But I hadn’t even completed the setup process when I hit the next major roadblock. The Aspire E 15 took more than 4 minutes to restart after I removed bloatware (including the pre-installed Norton antivirus software that kept telling me that my trial had ended) and installed Avast, a proper antivirus solution.The performance issues only got worse from there. With a Core i3-8130U, 6GB of RAM and a slow-moving 1TB, 5,000-rpm hard drive, the Aspire E 15 simply couldn’t keep up with my day-to-day workload. I experienced severe slowdowns during an average workday, in which I ran multiple Chrome pages, each with around a dozen tabs. It’s not as if I was using the sort of demanding programs an engineer or a designer might use, either; I spend the majority of my workday listening to music through my Sony WH-1000xM3 wireless headphones while typing in Google Docs.My first hard restart came at the start of week two. A pleasant Windows 10 background greeted me when I opened the computer to start the day. As much as I enjoyed looking at the beautiful image, there was a problem: where were the sign-in options? After waiting a few minutes for login credentials and exhausting every option, I was forced to press and hold down the power button for a hard reset.Budget laptops are typically thicker and made of cheaper materials than premium machines, and the 5-pound Aspire E 15 plastic frame is no exception. I dreaded taking the Aspire E 15 on my frequent weekend trips to Detroit because hauling around the hefty laptop made walking around LaGuardia Airport more painful than it already is. Furthermore, my 40-minute subway trek to work every day was a lot less enjoyable with this heavy machine in my backpack.MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall PerformanceMoving from a premium laptop to a budget machine was a strict lesson in compromise. However, there were some things I liked about the Aspire E 15, particularly its all-day battery life. I kept the Aspire E 15 unplugged at home and rarely had to recharge it before I got back to the office on Monday. The laptop’s trackpad was responsive throughout my trial and I enjoyed typing on the full-size keyboard (with numeric keypad). I was also able to charge my phone and smartwatch using the multiple USB-A ports on the Aspire E 15, though I disappointingly couldn’t scrounge up a physical disk to test the included DVD-RW drive.And although I ran into some performance issues at the office, the Aspire E 15 handled my everyday workload at home. I browsed the web with a few tabs open, watching YouTube videos and streamed my Saturday morning German soccer games without feeling tempted to grab my Dell XPS 15.My cheat dayThere is never a slow day at the office but my third week of using the Aspire E 15 was particularly hectic. Between embargoed news posts and articles I had to schedule for a long weekend, I couldn’t afford to waste any time.I arrived at work on Monday at 8:45 a.m. ready to tackle my review of the HP Spectre x360 but my progress was halted before It even began. It took 15 minutes for me to sign in to the computer and another 2 minutes to open Chrome and load a Google Doc.MORE: Best and Worst Laptop BrandsTo get things moving along, I pulled up the Task Manager and closed every program I didn’t need running in the background. That temporary solution worked for about an hour until multiple Chrome tabs overwhelmed the laptop’s sluggish CPU.At this point, I needed to make a decision: either continue using the laptop and risk missing my deadline or go back to my work and give my co-workers the satisfaction that their doubts were warranted. Reluctantly, I chose the latter. I desperately needed a cheat day.It was as if a weight had been lifted off my shoulders the moment I started using my premium business laptop. My productivity improved exponentially and none of the performance problems I faced with the E 15 were present on the Latitude. Web pages loaded quickly, programs took seconds to install and there wasn’t any lag, even while I was connected to a VPN and had music streaming in the background.Forced to adaptTransitioning from a powerful business laptop to the sub-$500 Aspire E 15 felt a lot like my experience of moving from Texas to New York City. Now living in a cramped apartment, I have no other option but to stay organized or live helplessly in a pile of clutter.MORE: Best Acer LaptopsI found myself taking more time out of my day to close programs in order to keep things moving smoothly. The Aspire E 15 ran well when I had 15 web pages open, but it struggled once I crossed that threshold or ran more demanding tasks, like streaming the Overwatch League on Twitch.Parting thoughtsIf there’s one thing I learned in the past month, it’s that if you can save up for a laptop that meets our minimum recommended specs — a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an SSD — then do it. The gap in performance between a laptop with those components and a PC that costs less than $500 is massive.My other big takeaway is that even the best budget laptops don’t offer enough power for business use, especially those without an SSD. It’s not worth saving money on a budget machine if your work requires you to keep dozens of browser tabs open or to run CPU-intensive software.The Aspire E 15 is still a fine option for those who want to save some money but need a notebook for light tasks, like checking email, watching YouTube videos or posting on social media. But on the whole, my 30-day experiment with a sub-$500 proved the adage that you get what you pay for.Credit: Laptop Mag 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 VideoTODAYUndoForbesAmerica’s Richest Self-Made WomenForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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