Smartphone monitoring can boost behavioural studies

first_imgInterpreting the data collected from volunteers’ own smartphones — which has the potential to emulate randomised trials — can boost research into human behaviour, finds a new study.Fani Tsapeli from the University of Birmingham, and her colleague and Mirco Musolesi from the University College London used user-generated data, harvested from their phones to evaluate the cause of increased stress levels of participants. Most of the earlier research works relying on smartphones focused on detecting factors in the features extracted from smartphone data. But that pure correlation analysis did not provide for a sufficient understanding of human behaviour. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Therefore, the study authors tried to identify factors that could be at the root cause of issues revolving around health and well-being.In this study, the authors used data from a research project at Dartmouth College, Hanover, US, called StudentLife. It included information on participants’ location taken from raw GPS data, which helped determine whether they were working or socialising.Also included was data on activity levels, like running, walking or travelling on public transport, inferred from participants’ raw accelerometer data. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey found that exercising and spending time outside the home and working environment have a positive effect on participants’ stress levels. By contrast, they found that reduced working hours only slightly impact stress. The conclusions cannot be extended to the general population due to the small sample size. But the approach has been validated and shows great promise for further studies.The study was published recently in EPJ Data Science.last_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

Radiological emergency mock drill to be held at NRS and South City

first_imgKolkata: A radiological emergency mock drill will be conducted at two different places in the city on Thursday and Friday to ascertain the preparedness based on the detection, protection and decontamination of radioactive consignments in case of any incident during the movement of hazardous materials.The first mock drill will be carried out at the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. The process would be conducted for two hours from 2 pm to 4 pm at the radiotherapy department of the hospital. Another mock drill will be undertaken at the South City Mall from 7 am to 9 am on Friday. A press statement issued by the state government says that people should not get panicked as the mock drill is meant to check the preparedness of various agencies and the departments. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department of Disaster Management and Civil Defence is organising a mock drill on radiation emergency in collaboration with NDRF, disaster management group of both the city police and Bengal police, Civil Defence and Fire and Emergency Department. Various other agencies and departments such as Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Fire and Emergency Services, State Health department and search and rescue team and observers from concerned agencies are extending their support for making the mock drills a success. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOne of the main objectives of the exercise is to reinforce the efficiency of the contingency plan of the hospital and the shopping mall and familiarisation of roles and responsibilities of the other stakeholders during any emergency situations. It was learnt from the NRS hospital sources, a scenario might be enacted for this drill both at the hospital and the shopping mall where there is always a possibility of radioactive consignment getting exposed to fire. The mock drill will be conducted at critical zones to address any possible crisis situation. A senior official from the NRS Medical College and Hospital said: “The state government has decided our hospital as the venue for conducting mock drill. We have made necessary arrangements at the radiotherapy department where the mock drill will be done.”last_img read more

Relish the king of fruits this summer

first_imgSummer is the time to drool over mangoes and to feast over their succulent flavours. The level of excitement increases manifold when this most loved summer fruit rules the South East Asian palate. The oomph of this most sought after fruit has been relished over two decades with chef Veena’s ‘Summer Collection Menu’ at The Spice Route, The Imperial, New Delhi, until July 31 from 12:30pm to 2:45pm and 7pm to 11:45pm.The whiff of newness reflects now in this season’s menu featuring Chef’s selections and creations inspired from the regions of Kerala, Srilanka Thailand and Vietnam. Under the umbrella cuisine of The Spice Route, the menu promises to steal hearts with specialties put together with ripe or raw mangoes, complemented with Chef’s specials. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe summer fruit comes alive in ‘Yum Mamu Ang Kung Krob’– a spicy raw mango salad with dry shrimp and battered fried prawns, ‘Maambalam Okrathoren’– wok fried lady fingers with kerela spices and sliver of raw mango, ‘Tom Som Mamuang’ and a lot more. The chef has perfectly balanced spices with mango in all her offerings, for a heavenly treat.”The ‘Summer Collection menu’ has been close to my heart since the time The Spice Route opened doors, and invoked timelessness for me, each time I started planning it. The name takes inspiration from the fashion fraternity and the menu is whipped up to dish out something unique for the patrons from the landmark kitchen of this world famous South East Asian restaurant,” said Chef De Cuisine Veena Arora. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the choice of fruit, she said, “The interesting raw and ripe mango based recipes are refreshing like a celebration of the season. Most of them are my own creations, wonderfully complemented by rice, chicken, prawns, sole fish, veggies and exotic spices.Also as I hail from Thailand, I want to reflect the love of blending Thai cuisine with fruits, in my menu. That is the reason the complete menu revolves around mango, the favourite summer fruit.”last_img read more

Be Selective With Your Social Networks

first_imgIdentify Your Time CommitmentHow many social networks or affinity groups are you a part of right now? Are you really using these groups or are you just a profile on a page?Social networking–like any form of networking–is about dedicating time. You have to spend time connecting with people, sharing ideas and understanding if they are a good fit for you or the possible lead you will send them. Investing time is the only way to reach this goal. Checking in for 10 minutes a day to update your profile status is not going to get you business. Additionally, not being involved in the tools you say you use can also send the wrong message to people who are reaching out to you in your community.The biggest pitfall of social media is the danger of spreading yourself too thin online. How many different profiles can you really maintain? There are applications that allow you to update your multiple profiles at one time, but that may not be the best strategy for building relationships with people online. Social networks that have different audiences often times require different types of updates. Think of it like dressing for the occasion–if you’re going to play golf, you dress accordingly and discuss different topics than you would if you went to a business management conference. Social network marketing is about understanding your audience and the etiquette that goes with each group.Stay Focused and EvaluateAfter you have reviewed the audience and decided to get involved in any social network you need to stay ask these questions to stay on point:What outcomes are you hoping to see from this community?How are you making it happen?How much time are you investing every day to reach your goals?What is your metric for evaluating your results?Staying focused on these items will help you decide whether to stay with one group or try another. You will only get out of the network what you put into it. 3 min read More on social media May 29, 2009 You’ve got traffic–but do you know what it means? Marshall Sponder does. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Expand your web presencecenter_img The Cost (and Payoff) of Investing in Social Media Every day, it seems like I have messages from people I know inviting me to join them on some new social network. These invitations are always intriguing–what is this new group all about? Will I get more business if I add myself to this group? The people who invited me to join are people I trust, and if they like it I should think about at least trying this new social network, right?Before you join, here are a few ways to strategize if that social network will work for you.Research the AudienceWhat is this new social network or affinity group all about? Is your potential customer in this group? To find the answers to these questions, spend some time looking at the demographics of the typical member. You can often find them by reviewing the information on the about page or the advertising section of the website. Check out third-party information on the community–this may include blogs, media outlets or research groups. Look for research that shows outcomes, not just the demographic or membership information.Talk to the people who invited you to join. What are they getting out of this new group? How much time do they spend networking with people? Have they closed business from relationships built on this new social network? What other value have they found? Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more