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  1. This year, Vicky Kaushal is gearing up for his new film, Bhoot. For the film, Vicky has already kick-started the promotional activities. This will be his first film after taking a brief break in 2019 and giving us massive hits like Uri last year. But, now that he's back at the game, and is also shooting for Karan Johar's Takht wherein he'll be starring alongside Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor, we'll be seeing more of his public appearances. For example, recently Vicky, for the film Bhoot's promotions, wore an outfit that had an edgy biker aesthetic. Take a look here: © Amandeep/ Instagram His signature style is usually more accessible than other B-town celebrities. The due credit for this obviously goes to his stylist Amandeep Kaur. Coming back to his outfit, his bright red jacket and the pair of cargos were from the label, Six5SixStreet. While his graphic t-shirt was from Almost Gods. © Salvatore Ferragamo He had further accessorised this look with a pair of sneakers from Salvatore Ferragamo. The pair of sneakers were Gancini monogram chunky sneakers and retail for USD 687 on Farfetch which comes down to Rs. 49,000 approximately. © Amandeep/ Instagram The sneakers are so huge that they have made him taller by giving him few extra inches. We wonder if it's a task wearing these sneakers on a daily basis that seemingly look so bulky. View the full article
  2. Rana Daggubati perhaps is the only 'villain', who has a bigger fan following than most 'heroes'. The strapping lad has a gift of getting fans weak in the knees, and his weapon of choice is his massive, monster beard. Though the beard has taken over and we hardly get to see anyone steer clear of it anymore, the beard that Rana sports seems to have a character of its own, and it arguably is the best beard in the industry. © Viral Bhayani His latest appearance at the airport was a testament to the fact that if you can manage to grow a massive beard, you really don't need much else to make a statement. © Viral Bhayani His khaki-olive shirt with a white T-shirt underneath, paired with a pair of blue jeans is what you call the standard, comfortable, super functional and smartly layered guy next door ensemble, but he managed to make it look super edgy, thanks to that beard. © Viral Bhayani The fact that he has chosen not to get his hair highlighted or tinted, and kept it jet black, just like the beard underneath, is helping him frame his face in a way that's worth envy. Just look at that density and volume! © Viral Bhayani © Viral Bhayani All we can say is, Rana definitely qualifies to be our 'beardspiration' for the month, and for good reason!
  3. Monster Hunt 2 (2018) Esub [Dual Audio] [Hindi DTH 2.0 - Chinese Openload
  4. They say, things change once you get married. If you didn't believe in it earlier, maybe it's time for you to give in, and start believing now, because we have proof. Ranveer Singh is a married man now, and he has changed, conspicuously so. We never thought this day would come, but it did, and how. Ranveer seems to have given up his outlandish sense of aesthetic and embraced an incredibly demure style statement. His latest airport look sure says that. © Instagram Ranveer is known for his flamboyant, crazy, and sometimes, outright shocking sense of style. Most of his past airport looks are a testament to that. Honestly, we thought that was never going to change, but clearly, we were mistaken. Deepika seems to have finally managed to tame the insane style monster. © Instagram However, is that a bad thing? Not at all! Not that we disliked Ranveer's signature (we honestly admired it), but we are in love with this mature, sophisticated new avatar. Dressed head to toe in Sabyasachi, Ranveer looked like a legit prince out to greet the world post his wedding. © Instagram We are in love with the Lotus Jade printed Nehru jacket in pink and sky-blue. The fact that he has paired it with a milk-white chintz kurta pyjama shows us that he's ready to embrace marital bliss in perfect harmony with Deepika's sophisticated sense of aesthetic, just like her demeanour. © Instagram What we are genuinely surprised (and impressed with tbh) is his choice of footwear. Ranveer has never chosen footwear that is not extremely conspicuous in the most literal sense of the word. Here, however, he has chosen to sport a sophisticated, super classy, rather princely pair of beige loafers, that go perfectly well with his outfit, as well as complement Deepika's red and gold jootis. © Instagram All the best for the new journey, Ranveer!
  5. Gurmeet Choudhary just made a grand appearance for the promotion of his upcoming movie 'Paltan', that is based on the Indo-China war of 1962. Not deviating from the rugged theme of the movie, he chose to ride a monster bike (is that the Honda Goldwing? We think so). What was more eye-catching than the bike, however, was his black kickass leather overalls. Take a look. © Instagram The leather jacket is absolute 'goals', when it comes to the fit and construction, but what caught our attention is the fact that the zipper details are custom made to be colour coordinated with the maroon body of the bike, plus he chose to wear a pair of blue tinted sunnies for that playful contrast. Talk about attention to details and design sensibility! © Instagram His footwear and helmet are the perfect accompaniment to his black outfit. The leather patches and detailing are giving his overall outfit the sporty edge that a biker costume is all about. © Instagram Will you just look at that road monster, btw? Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? © Instagram Gurmeet chose to style his hair in a way that is helmet friendly and doesn't take a lot of maintenance. Plus that windswept aesthetic is perfect with a bike outfit. © Instagram A message to all of our homies with a superbike fixation: This is how you do it.
  6. Australian wildlife authorities have been hunting the monster saltwater crocodile for eight years. Photo: AFPSYDNEY: An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600 kilograms (1,328 pounds) has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in...
  7. This 1934 image, known as ?the surgeon?s photograph?, featured on the front page of several newspapers. Photo: FileAhead of the DNA monster hunt for the Loch Ness monster, a new video has emerged of the Irish mythical creature.A tourist who...
  8. There are some games that instantly give you a good vibe when it comes to the gameplay mechanics, the lore, and continuity. Not many games are able to achieve such a feat, especially in role-playing games. Up until now, I could not perceive any game surpassing the Witcher 3 and it seems like Capcom's Monster Hunter World has done it. © Capcom The game is now accessible to many new players without alienating the hardcore fanbase, as the world created by the developers is easy to traverse and catching up with the lore didn't take much time. The game has depth, challenging set pieces and variety to keep the player engrossed enough to complete the game without feeling fatigued. If you've played Nioh or Dark Souls, this game is a treat for you as it can challenge every single skill you possess and keep you entertained at the same time. Just like Destiny 2, the game encourages players to upgrade their equipment, weapons and skills in order to be the ultimate Monster Hunter. You need to do enough research to learn about the world and understand why certain Monsters dwell in a certain area. Statistics are attached to almost every component in this game and if you love comparing numbers, this is probably your wet dream come true. The game itself is set in a beautiful world where you can get lost in the early hours of the game — traversing different landscapes and terrains to explore everything you need to know before you go hunting. The beautiful vistas are complimented well with the surroundings and are a sight to see if you are fond of open world games. © Capcom You are a hunter sent as a part of a quest to “The New World” where you have to hunt exotic monsters and collect loot to upgrade your gear. As you progress, you will start hunting bigger and more dangerous monsters which in turn will give you better loot for your equipment. It may sound like a grinding process, however, the game has more narrative than you would expect from other sub-bar RPGs. There are enough NPCs to interact with in “The Fifth fleet” and you will learn much about the world and monsters from these characters. © Capcom As I previously mentioned, The New World is gorgeous and part of the reason for this great feat is entwined with the game's design itself. The developers have smartly used lighting, sound and level design that compliments your world and delivers a seamless experience. The game is packed with a fully living ecosystem that is linked to the world and has a definite consequence if you interact with it correctly. One of the game's environments i.e. the Coral Forest stands out as a compelling example of this. Gameplay When compared to games like Nioh or dark souls, the game is more approachable as you do not have to remember complicated combinations for different weapons. Having said that, your skillset in this game requires you to be better prepared rather than remembering which button to mash. You need to focus more on your weapons' stats more than anything in order to successfully defeat a monster. © Capcom As you progress through the game, you also start learning different nuances of different monsters. You will start picking up on their timings and learn when to dodge or retreat. You will also be required to pay attention to your surroundings as you can use it to your advantage during a battle. You will also not see a traditional health bar that will indicate the monster's health and you will never know how long it takes to defeat a monster. This makes battles a long process and much more exciting as compared to other challenging RPGs. There is a sense of mystery when you battle it out with a monster and encourages the player to be better prepared. As you progress, you also get a companion of some sorts that will follow you and fight alongside to give you a better chance at winning. The Palico (companion) can be customised and can be used a tool during your battles. Alternatively, you can always jump into a cooperative online multiplayer mode where another player can help you defeat the monster. The Final Say Monster Hunter: World is easily the best RPG you can play after Witcher 3 and is probably the only game worth investing your time into. The franchise has not only expanded its lore, but has managed to make it more accessible for newcomers. If you have been looking for a game that is challenging and has a compelling lore to fall in love with, Monster Hunter: World should be your next purchase.
  9. When the first trailer of 'Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom' came out, we were beyond ecstatic. It took us back to our favorite (not) island of Isla Nublar where we witnessed some outrageous dinosaur action along with a lot of explosions while Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) went on a mission to save the dinosaurs AND mankind. If you haven't watched the first trailer yet, here you go: Basically, it was everything we wanted. But as it turns out, we can and are getting much more than what we could have imagined. A new trailer just dropped on the internet after the Super Bowl and boy, we are shook. While most of the visuals are same as that of the first trailer, we do get some exciting yet terrifying footage. © Universal Pictures There's a new dino in town. Actually, it's in people's homes and is out to terrify and eat up children. What did children ever do to these filmmakers, we'd never understand. © Universal Pictures A dinosaur inside your bedroom is essentially everyone's childhood nightmare coming alive. And seeing it on celluloid doesn't exactly make us feel any less scared. We also get a closer look at the conspiracy that is threatening mankind as we see the lead characters hiding above a packed room where a new beast is being unveiled. © Universal Pictures And of course, Owen eventually comes in contact with this new creature, leaving us on the edge our seats. © Universal Pictures All in all, the new trailer amps up the thrill and scares, beyond our expectations. Although we didn't need more reasons to watch the movie, this just does the trick of getting people hooked. Watch the second trailer: The film is slated for a June 22 release this year.
  10. A majority of the iron freaks do not keep an account of their strength levels in the gym. You can track your body weight, macronutrients and consume the best supplements, but if you aren't tracking your strength levels, you won't grow. Period! Why is checking strength so important? Strength is a precursor of muscle hypertrophy. It serves as a tool which can indicate if you are building or losing muscle. If you are gaining weight and also gaining massive strength, it suggests you are building solid muscle. If you are dropping weight while still gaining some strength, we can quite confidently say that you are losing fat and building muscle simultaneously. So How Do I Get Started? © YouTube Before you start doing the right thing, stop doing the wrong exercises i.e. Progressive Sets! Having trained individuals from all major states in India, I have noticed this is how most people perform their working sets: Set 1 Light, Set 2 Moderate Weight, Set 3 Heaviest. Chances are you are doing the same. Add here's the problem(s) with this method- 1) The first few sets are meaningless and serve merely as warm-up. They don't challenge your muscles to an extent where they are forced to grow. 2) You are unnecessarily pre-fatiguing your muscles before lifting the heaviest weights. You should lift the heaviest when your muscles are fresh. 3) Tracking your strength levels week by week is very difficult because there are different loads on each set. The right way to get stronger and bigger Perform Straight Sets instead of progressing on each set. Warm up and hit the heaviest weight you can lift for the given rep range on an exercise. For example if you have 3 sets of 8 reps on the bench press start with a weight you can lift for no more than 9-10 reps. The first two sets will be challenging (you will have 1-2 reps reserved in your body) and you might hit a failure on the third set which is alright. Now that you know how much to lift in each set, let's talk about how to get stronger from workout to workout, week by week. I recommend the wave-linear progression method for beginner to intermediate lifters. Below is a sample template which will give you an overview into this method. © T-Nation As you can see on week 1, we are starting with the higher end of rep range on an exercise and as the week progresses, we are decreasing the reps and increasing the loads. Notice: In THE 5th week, we are again starting at the higher end of rep range but we are a little bit stronger than week 1. (62.5 vs. 60 kg) The increments mentioned here will vary from person to person, depending on experience levels. A beginner might be able to increase more loads compared to an intermediate/advanced level lifter. I highly recommend investing in fractional plates (tiny plates which weigh 200 g - 1 kg), which will allow you to progress week to week. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  11. Oscar nominee Guillermo del Toro needs no introduction. He is undoubtedly one of the finest directors, a glimpse of which we saw in his latest movie, 'The Shape of Water' that acts as a window to del Toro's incredible world of fantasies and fairy tales for adults. While del Toro is basking in the success of 'The Shape of Water', it is only a fraction of the incredible movies he has given us. After toying with our imagination with his intriguing aquatic monster, del Toro is now low-key gearing up for another kickass sci-fi monster movie, 'Pacific Rim: Uprising', a sequel to his 2013 movie 'Pacific Rim'. © Universal Pictures The first installment enjoyed a good amount of success in the sci-fi genre back then, and by the looks of the recently released trailer, the sequel too is going to be great as it promises to be bigger and better than the first one. In the first movie, Raleigh's commanding officer, Stacker Pentecost gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous 'Kaiju', a bunch of huge alien sea monsters who invaded the planet from an interdimensional portal called the Breach located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. © Universal Pictures Fast forward ten years and 'Kaiju' aliens have been summoned to earth by someone (with an unknown agenda) and it is now in the hands of Stacker's son Jake Pentecost, an ex-Jaeger pilot to save the world. 'Star Wars' actor John Boyega has been roped in to play Jake, who will take down the Kaiju in a deadly conflict between these sea monsters and the human-piloted super machines. How Jake steps out of the shadow of his father's legacy and expectations and writes his own victory story weaves the rest of the plot. The trailer completely lives up to the hype that people were expecting from the 'Pacific Rim' sequel and Boyega truly stands out as the baddest action hero of this year. Trailer highlight: Jake Pentecost's inspiring speech, which manages to strike the right chords with us; although it doesn't inch any close to Idris Elba's iconic 'Cancelling the apocalypse' speech in the first one. The movie is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and also features actors Charlie day, Burn Gorman, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian. 'Pacific Rim Uprising' is expected to release on March 23, 2018.
  12. When people want bigger arms, they generally focus on their biceps only. That's because biceps are the most shown off muscle on the planet! But this is exactly where you are wrong. To have huge guns, you need to concentrate more on your triceps than biceps. If you don't know this already, let me tell you that around 66% of your arm is made up of triceps and the rest is biceps. As the name itself suggests, there are three muscle heads in the tricep muscle group unlike two in biceps muscle group. Today, I am going to tell you exercises which will help you get bigger and thicker triceps. The Anatomy Of Triceps Since there are three heads of the tricep muscle group, it is important that we include an exercise for every head. The three heads in the triceps are the lateral head (that makes the horseshoe shape), the medial head and the long head. While extending the elbow and straightening the arm is done primarily by the lateral and medial head, the long head is responsible for adduction along with the lats (back muscles). Now, there are various exercises that can be done to isolate the triceps but I'll tell you the 5 most effective in this article. 1) Close Grip Bench Press © YouTube This exercise is performed on a normal bench press. The movement is identical to a bench press with the only difference being the grip with which the barbell is grabbed. While in a bench press, the grip is more than shoulder width apart and the grip of arm is very close. The distance between the hands will be the distance that equals a little more than both thumbs placed together on the bar. 2) Skull Crusher © YouTube This exercise is done on an isolated flat bench. Though you can use the normal barbell, ideally, the EZ Bar is recommended because of better impact on the lateral head of the triceps. The starting position of the exercise is when your arms are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly lower the barbell towards your head till it reaches just above your face and then push it back to where you started. You can perform heavy sets as well as drop sets in this exercise. 3) Pulley Pushdown © YouTube I am sure that this exercise must already be a part of your exercise regime, if not; you've missed the Universal Exercise of triceps. Drop sets, heavy sets, partial sets, eccentric sets you name it, every form of workout can be done on the pulley machine to work your triceps. The best part is that you don't even need a spotter for it. Since the pulley and knob is in front of you, you can adjust the weights by yourself accordingly. The variation for this exercise includes various other grips like the V-Bar, reverse grip, Rope Grip etc. 4) Overhead Extension © YouTube This exercise can be performed either with help of a dumbbell or using a rope in a high pulley. This exercise concentrates more on the long head, which I've seen is generally weak in a lot of people. Since folks only concentrate on pulley down, the long head of the triceps is hardly trained. A variation of this exercise includes using both hands and single hand to lift the rope or dumbbell. 5) Bench Dips © YouTube This is one of my favorite exercises as you don't even need gym equipment to perform this exercise. All you need is two benches which are almost of the same height. Place your hands on one bench and legs on the other. Now slowly lower yourself till your arms make a 90 degree angle. This is also one of the most effective exercises for triceps. You can also add weights to your lap to increase the difficulty level. Anuj Tyagi is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist From American Council on Exercise (ACE) . He is the Founder of the website where he provides online Training. Though a Chartered Accountant by education, he has been closely associated with Fitness Industry since 2006. His motto is to transform people Naturally and he believes that the secret formula for Fitness is Consistency and commitment towards your Training and Nutrition. You can connect with him through Facebook and Youtube.
  13. If you're not paying for it, you're the product. Don't roll your eyes or accuse us of being paranoid. That oft-repeated aphorism is actually a rather apt description of our social-networked, digital-everything age. From Google search to Instagram and Twitter, freeloading users (that'd be all of us, this writer included) aren't customers. We're the product - to be followed, examined, analysed and divvied up into silos before being sold to marketers. Of course, this has its benefits - we get to use a lot of neat apps and services for free. But at what cost? Google usually gets a bad reputation for being an omniscient, omnipresent overlord that probably knows more about us than even our closest family and friends. But the search giant isn't the only behemoth that wields so much power. Facebook, our modern-day nukkad, a drawing room for the digital age, has just as much insight into who we are. No, not who we like to imagine ourselves as, but who we really are, unvarnished and untainted by facade we put up when in public. Facebook *Knows* That ex you sometimes look up on Facebook; the guilty-pleasure Bollywood gossip page you read; the furtive searches for entertainment stars you wouldn't want your grandma to find out about; the hate-spewing politician you'd never publicly admit to voting for; the 'Like' on your friends' posts; and where you live, where you hang out including the articles you click on - all of that gives Facebook an astonishing level of insight into who you are. And as a corollary, it helps Facebook roll out ads for products and services you're more likely to be interested in. Ever wondered how a simple visit to a web page, or a Facebook search, or a look at a product on sale at your favourite online store results in ads for similar and competing products - ads that follow you around Facebook? That's also Facebook's ad-targeting at work. How Does Facebook Ad Targeting Work? © social adstool Like we said, anything you do on Facebook's site (or in the app) is used to draw up a picture of you as a customer. Your likes, your interactions with your friends, the check-ins and the searches - it all lets Facebook 'sell' you (albeit in an anonymous form) to a marketer. Clicked 'Like' on a lot of heavy metal band pages? Or on fan pages for a cult movie? Don't be surprised when you find ads selling merchandise cropping up on your timeline. And then there's the magic of how Facebook 'follows' you around the web. Here's just one example: You're searching for, say, a bag for your new DSLR and you check out quite a few online camera gear stores, but can't find anything you like. But behind the scenes, Facebook (and any other ad network you encounter - Google, Amazon…) goes, “Hmmm, this chap might have bought a new DSLR. Why else would he be searching for a camera bag? That means he'd probably buy more camera gear if we can persuade him.” And that's when you start seeing ads for camera accessories, lenses, bags, and pretty much anything camera-related each time you go on Facebook. They've Got The Tools To Track You Really Closely © Facebook If you're an advertiser, Facebook is your best friend. They'll let you choose the target audience for your ads based on location, age, gender, language, app users, page followers, mobile device, the apps people use and what they click on. But wait, there's more - you can even upload 'Customer Lists' with email addresses and phone numbers if you've got a database of your own. And that's not it - Facebook will even let you target 'Lookalike Audiences' - users similar in profile to those in your Customer Lists. But that's all on Facebook. Where things get really spooky (okay, not so much for the savvy user, but a lot of people might think of it as black magic), is when advertisers start using Facebook Pixel - a tracking, measuring and ad targeting tool. In a nutshell, advertisers place a tracking pixel on their website, which lets Facebook (other ad networks do it too) identify you, building up an accurate picture of what you do online. Getting back to our camera store example, an online marketplace you've visited can use Facebook Pixel to track visitors to their website, serving them ads on Facebook - following them around, showing off other gear they might wanna buy, hoping they'd cave in eventually. And finally, there's Facebook's secret weapon - the Facebook Audience Network - an Internet-wide ad network (think of it as a rival to Google's ad network) that serves up ads on sites other than Facebook, letting advertisers extend their reach beyond Facebook and their own websites. For advertisers, it's a way of tracking and targeting users even when they're away from Facebook, for app developers and publishing partners, it's a new revenue stream, and for Facebook, it opens up the Internet beyond their own sites and apps. And as for you, the user, it just makes it even harder to escape Facebook's steely gaze. Try as much as you can to avoid Facebook, but you won't be able to (ditto for Google or Amazon). It's Not All Bad News For The Shopping Addict © Thinkstock For most users, this is a win-win situation. Just like ads on any other platform, allowing your web and app habits to be monetised means you get to use a lot of stuff for free - from ad-supported apps to news websites, you don't have to pay anything to use these not-cheap-to-run services. And of course, as a savvy shopper, you can't be complaining about seeing ads that are more relevant to you - think of the many impulse purchases you have made just by seeing an ad for something that just happens to call out to you. But Still, Creepy Eyes Follow You Around The Web © YouTube But there's a dark side as well to the tremendous reach of Facebook's ad tools - they know all about you, perhaps even more than you'd care to admit to yourself. Yes, the process is automated, you're assigned an ad-tracking ID which keeps your real identity safe, there's no nosy neighbor of yours getting to pore over your sometimes-embarrassing online habits, and it'd be safe to assume that Facebook's developers know a thing or two about keeping your data safe from hackers. Still, you're a rather stout-hearted soul if the prospect of a giant corporation knowing so much about you doesn't unnerve you. That's because all the data Facebook has - from your activities on their sites and in their apps, from tracking pixels, and from your activity on sites that are part of the Facebook Audience Network - can draw up a detailed, highly personal picture of who you are. In fact, a few years ago, researchers at Cambridge University published a study showing how they could draw up an uncannily accurate profile of users simply by analysing their public, open-to-all activities in Facebook. They analysed a dataset of 58,000 volunteers and found that they could use their 'Likes' to predict 'highly sensitive personal attributes' such as 'sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, personality traits, intelligence, happiness, use of addictive substances, parental separation, age, and gender.' The Cambridge study even “correctly discriminates between homosexual and heterosexual men in 88% of cases, African Americans and Caucasian Americans in 95% of cases, and between Democrat and Republican in 85% of cases”. Spooky, isn't it? Now that's only from your public actions on Facebook. Think of how much can be gleaned about you from the other actions which you assume are private? While your stuff's probably safe with Facebook (or that's what we'd all like to believe), imagine what could happen should there ever be a data breach? Or what if you manage to annoy a powerful government, which somehow manages to arm-twist Facebook into handing over everything it knows about you? You might also find it interesting that a couple of years ago, privacy activists accused Facebook of being in favour of a controversial law from the US - the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which critics said would encourage data sharing with the government on the pretext of information security (Facebook denied the allegations). Or what happens if you've been searching for something you'd rather not have anyone else know about, but are given away when ads start appearing while checking Facebook at work? But even if nothing untoward happens, do you really feel comfortable knowing Facebook's tracking your every move - not just on its own site, but pretty much all over the web? Fighting Back And Reclaiming Your Privacy © Facebook All's not lost, of course. You can install ad-blockers (like Disconnect or uBlock Origin). But that has its pitfalls - lots of sites completely break, and publishers - who serve up loads of content for free - lose out. Instead, the best option is to head over to Facebook's ad preferences site, where you can see what 'interests' (everything from hobbies to brands) Facebook associates with you, select personal attributes (marital status, employer, school…) which are used to personalise ads, and turn off interest-based ads, and make yourself invisible to the Facebook Audience Network (select 'No' for the Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies setting).
  14. Building a high-end gaming PC can be an expensive affair in India and over the years gamers have preferred to buy gaming laptops to get started. The 15-inch gaming laptops have become one of the most in-demand sizes and the Alienware 15 is probably the best out of the lot. It's easy to carry around and offers powerful specs. that are ideal for gaming. The new Alienware 15 has Intel's Kaby Lake processors and a graphics card by Nvidia that can give desktop PCs a run for its money. Here's why I love the new gaming laptop by Alienware and why you should consider it buying if you are into gaming laptops: Design Is Futuristic and Solid © BCCL The Alienware 15 R3 is one of those laptops that will be easily noticed in a room. It has a distinct look and gives a futuristic feel thanks to all the LEDs. The laptop lights up like a Christmas tree and just about everything like the trackpad, the Alienware logo and keys light up. The colours on the LEDs can be customized to your liking. When compared to other gaming laptops, it does not have an aggressive design and uses accents smartly to give it a subtle and classy look. © BCCL The laptop has a 15.6-inch screen and has massive bezels on the display which was not really my favourite thing about the laptop. It gives it a rustic feel and reminds me of laptops from my college years. The laptop also weighs around 3.5 kgs which can be a lot for your shoulder if you are always mobile. While the weight may be a slight disadvantage, it helps in better thermal management and also offers enough room for a comfortable typing experience. The laptop also has a dual camera at the top bezel which can be used for Tobii eye tracking and Windows Hello. These cameras help in unlocking the laptop in a quick fashion, kind of similar to facial recognition on smartphones. Performance and Battery Life © BCCL The Alienware 15 R3 performed like a beast when we put it through various tests. The laptop performed well in thermal management thanks to the massive fans under the hood. Even though the laptop performs well in managing heat, the fans do get loud when running the laptop at full load. Having said that, the Alienware 15 R3 is not one of the loudest gaming laptops you will come across and will not disrupt your gaming experience. The Alienware 15 R3 has the i7-7700HQ processor which has become the norm for most gaming laptops, but the Alienware surpasses other laptops thanks to the GPU on board. The Alienware 15 R3 comes with a powerful NVIDIA GTX 1070 and it had higher graphics benchmark scores than any other from the same category. The GTX 1070 performed well with almost every game we threw at its way, especially since the laptop was configured to a 120Hz refresh rate setting. When it comes to graphics performance, the Alienware is far superior to other laptops that come to my mind. Having said that, the laptop did face challenges when we ran 'Shadow of War' with ultra settings. The game ran at 16-frames per second and we had to change our settings in order for the game to run properly. The one thing that did not impress us was the battery life on the Alienware 15 R3. In fact, the laptop could manage three hours of usage on a single charge, which is not as bad as other gaming laptops. We suggest you do not utilise the LEDs as it can cause the battery to drain faster and you will want to disable the AlienFX software as soon as you can. Display © BCCL If you are the kind of person who likes gaming on the go, the 1920x1080 resolution on the Alienware 15 R3 is more than enough. You will not be needing a higher resolution than that on a screen that is only 15-inches. Alienware offers a 3840x2160 (UHD) display in its highest price configuration which in our opinion is a bit too much. The display on the Alienware 15 is a delight to play with and is probably the only laptop in this category that delivers a smooth experience. The graphics card never dropped a frame and the quicker refresh rate helps you with better reaction times in FPS games. The Final Say The Alienware 15 R3 is one of the top contenders in the gaming laptop category and even though it might not be for everyone, it still outperforms many others. The laptop is big, heavy and features powerful specs that can match many desktop gaming PCs. The performance on the laptop was impressive and we were extremely impressed with the high graphics fidelity it offered. The higher configuration model offers a refresh rate of 120Hz that takes the gaming experience to next level.
  15. A "monster" planet, which should in theory not exist, has been discovered orbiting a faint dwarf star far, far away, surprised astronomers said Tuesday. The existence of the gassy giant challenges long-standing theories that such a big planet -- about the size of Jupiter -- cannot be formed around a star so small. The star has a radius and mass about half that of the sun. Theory had predicted that small stars can form rocky planets, "but do not gather enough material together to form Jupiter-sized planets," Britain's Royal Astronomical Society said in a statement. Planets are thought to form as gas and dust left over from massive galactic explosions, and swirling in disks around newborn stars, clump together to form bodies. The planet was discovered by the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), based in Chile's Atacama Desert. The project gave its name to the star -- NGTS-1 -- and dubbed the planet NGTS-1b. The "b" signifies it is the first planet found around this star. The survey uses an array of 12 telescopes to scour the sky and identify dips in light emitted by stars -- a sign that a planet is moving in front of the star as perceived from Earth. "The discovery of NGTS-1b was a complete surprise to us -- such massive planets were not thought to exist around such small stars," said Daniel Bayliss from the University of Warwick, a lead author of the study accepted for publication in the science journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. "The planet is about 25 percent the radius its host star. This makes is very large compared to its host star! For comparison, Jupiter is only about 10 percent the radius of our sun," Bayliss told AFP. Once they found it, astronomers measured how much the planet's gravitational impact caused its parent star to "wobble", so as to determine its size, position and mass. The planet orbited very close to its star, the team found -- just three percent of the distance between the Earth and the sun, and completes an orbit every 2.6 days, "meaning a year on NGTS-1b lasts two and a half Earth days." The planet and star are about 600 light-years from Earth in a constellation called Columba. "Despite being a monster of a planet, NGTS-1b was difficult to find because its parent star is so small and faint," said Bayliss's colleague Peter Wheatley. The planet's parent star is described as an M-dwarf -- the most common type in the universe, which means there may be many more unpredicted giant gas planets to be found, the team said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what other kinds of exciting new planets we can turn up," Wheatley said.
  16. Paul Carter, a legendary bodybuilding prep coach once said that every ‘skinny, weak guy' has abs, but traps are a true sign of strength'. Well, to some extent, I do agree with this statement as having well-built traps do reflect strength and hard work. On the other hand, when we talk about abs, anyone can get them just by going into a prolonged caloric deficit diet. Anyway, this piece is not about Abs vs Traps, it's about the 3 common mistakes that lifters make while training traps. Understanding trapezius/traps muscle © YouTube The trap muscle is a diamond aka trapezius shaped muscle located around your upper back and it stretches to some portion of the neck as well. The muscle is broadly categorized as upper traps, middle traps and lower traps. The primary function of this muscle is to move and stabilize the scapula blades. Movements such as elevating and depressing shoulders, elevating the arms overhead and retracting the scapula blades to pull the shoulders back are all assisted by the traps. However, in this article, we will be talking about the upper traps. After all, that is what pops out around your shoulders, separating the men from the boys. The best and most effective traps developer: Barbell Shrugs © Bodybuilding There are many exercises to target your upper traps. Sadly though, most of them are not safe for your shoulder joint. For instance, upright rows with a barbell, single arm upright rows and will wreck your shoulder joint. However, there is one exercise which is the most effective and safest of all and that is barbell shrugs. When we talk about the upper traps, the basic function of this muscle is shoulder elevation. Therefore to optimally grow this muscle, adding resistance while keeping the right biomechanics in mind is the only way to go. How about dumbbell shrugs? © humanfitproject While shrugs could also be performed by using the dumbbells, if we compare barbell shrugs to dumbbell shrugs, I would rank barbell shrugs right at the top. Due to a restricted arm movement, barbell shrugs allow you to maintain the form better as compared to the dumbbells. Try Avoiding These Mistakes 1) Bending the elbow while shrugging A lot of lifters bend their elbows while shrugging which activates their biceps (elbow flexor) during the exercise. Activation of the biceps will divide the resistance between the biceps and upper traps which basically hampers the optimal function of your upper traps. 2) Rotating shoulders backward This is again a very common mistake that people make while performing shrugs. Understand the fact that when you rotate your shoulders backward, you are actually retracting your scapula which skips the resistance from the upper traps to the middle traps. Therefore, just go up and down. That's more than enough. 3) Too Much Swinging Ego lifting is incredibly pervasive and that's what leads to poor biomechanics. This, of course, further results in injury. Shrugging in no different and it's not uncommon to find dudes loading up on heavy weights. The swing movement puts a lot of pressure on the lower back muscle which, of course, is not a good thing. Therefore, keep your body stable, decrease the load and just let your upper traps do their job. Rachit Dua is an advanced K11 certified fitness coach for general and special population (people with medical issues, old age people, pregnant women, and children) and a certified sports nutritionist. You can get in touch with him facebook and Instagram.
  17. One of the biggest "fatbergs" ever seen in Britain, a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches, is seen after it was found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer, in an image handed out by Thames Water, September 12, 2017. Photo: Reuters LONDON: One of the biggest ?fatbergs? ever seen in Britain - a ball of fat as long as three soccer pitches - has been found blocking a Victorian-era, east London sewer. ?It?s a total monster and taking a lot of manpower and machinery to remove,? said Thames Water?s head of waste networks, Matt Rimmer. ?It?s one of the largest we?ve ever seen.? The rock-solid mass of wet wipes, nappies, fat and oil weighs as much as 10 double-decker buses. Work in Whitechapel to remove the blockage started this week and involves an eight-strong crew using jet hoses to break up the mass before sucking it out with a tanker. ?It?s basically like trying to break up concrete,? said Rimmer. ?It?s frustrating as these situations are totally avoidable and caused by fat, oil and grease being washed down sinks and wipes flushed down the loo.? ?Bin it, don?t block it? was the message, he added. Four years ago a similar but smaller fatberg was found in a sewer in Kingston, southwest of London.
  18. Fear of clowns, psychologists believe, has existed since the days of the royal court jesters of 16th century England LOS ANGELES: The big-screen remake of Stephen King´s "It," starring the evil entity Pennywise, has smashed box office records and reaffirmed an age-old rule of horror: clowns are creepy as hell. But while countless movies and television shows have cashed in on so-called "coulrophobia" -- or fear of clowns -- the primal dread associated with the long-shoed entertainers probably isn´t Hollywood´s fault. Alexandra Hamlet, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute in New York, says a large part of the fear comes from a phenomenon known as the "uncanny valley." Developed by a Japanese robotics professor in 1970, this is the hypothesis that human replicas that appear almost, but not quite, like real humans elicit feelings of revulsion. "You think about the types of characters that are most closely linked to humans but aren´t exactly, and in addition don´t have as much of a facial change... those are the ones that are the scariest," Hamlet told AFP. The psychologist, who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, says her work has led her to appreciate the close link between excitement and fear. While fear of clowns is undeniably a real phenomenon, Hamlet believes that much of what we call a phobia is nothing more than people "mis-coding" their emotions. So the increase in heart rate, the muscles tensing, the dilated pupils and the flushing of the cheeks experienced when we see Pennywise, suggests Hamlet, may be caused by excitement, not fear. Skin-crawling "A lot of these people can still go up to a Ronald McDonald or something like that," Hamlet told AFP. "What they might actually be experiencing is a combination of this discomfort with not being able to read the facial expression, plus Stephen King doing a really good job freaking us all out, plus a mis-coding of fear and excitement." Fear of clowns, psychologists believe, has existed since the days of the royal court jesters of 16th century England. But Hamlet credits the 1990 TV miniseries of King´s novel "It" -- with Tim Curry´s skin-crawling turn as the malevolent Pennywise -- for bringing the phobia into the mainstream. Among the more recent of numerous depictions of the trope is "American Horror Story: Cult," the seventh season of the hit FX show which began last week, featuring a clown rising from a casket in the opening sequence. Meanwhile the remake of "It," starring 27-year-old Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, hit theaters at the weekend, breaking box office records for horror film opening weekends, taking a staggering $123 million. Hamlet says she was prompted to look into coulrophobia last year when life began imitating art, with a spate of frightening clown appearances across the United States. The unusual sightings began in August with reports of people in South Carolina dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods. The appearances soon spread with more than 20 states reporting incidents, and although most were pranks or unverified threats, police made a handful of arrests, including for physical attacks. Hysteria The craze even spread to Europe, South America and Australia, and the ensuing hysteria dealt yet another setback to the embattled clown community. The World Clown Association was moved by the imminent release of the theatrical version of "It" to release a statement sticking up for law-abiding, non-razor-toothed clowns across the globe. The association insisted that "these horror characters are not clowns. Even the character in the movie ´It´ should be understood to be a fantasy character -- not a true clown." People dressed as horror clowns, it complained, were "taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience." King himself responded to the backlash in April by acknowledging in a tweet that he had upset the clowning community with his 1986 novel -- but refusing to take the blame for their creepy image. "Sorry, most are great. BUT... kids have always been scared of clowns. Don´t kill the messengers for the message," he said. Emmy Award-winning Jason Blum, a producer of some of the most iconic horror movies of the last 20 years, including the "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "Purge" franchises, told AFP he was planning to see "It" this week. "I think clowns are scary, first of all because they are supposed to be funny, so why do they do something they´re not intended to do? It´s just the idea that you can´t recognize the person at all underneath that costume," he said. "You can´t see any vestige of who the person is. I think that the clown face totally disguising the human under it is one thing that´s scary. I think having ´white face´ generally, white make-up, is a very creepy thing."
  19. Until the 1970s, bodybuilding had its tiny audience worldwide. Only people who read muscle mags knew about bodybuilders and sport. Then Arnold Schwarzenegger, single handedly made Bodybuilding what it is today- a cult. The While the 1970s is reckoned as the golden era of bodybuilding, 1990s saw the rise of the mass monsters. The golden era athletes like Arnold, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu were proportionate, aesthetic with dense musculature and pleasing to look at. The mass monsters were, well, as the name suggests, BIG. The chase for mass had started on the Mr. O stage and nobody but Dorian Yates led the battalion. After the retirement of Lee Haney in 1991, Dorian Yates became the new Mr. Olympia in 1992. Till then, Dorian had a physique similar to Lee. This didn't really sit well with Dorian. He wanted to be the Dorian Yates of Bodybuilding, not a Haney lookalike. Things were about to get big! After the 1992 victory, Dorian went back to England, trained underground and came out a freaking 30 pounds heavier in one year. The size he carried shocked the world. Rumors have it that Dorian was the first to experiment with Growth Hormone and Insulin. He was 270 lb, the heaviest bodybuilder ever, Big Boy Lee Haney weighed a maximum of 243 lb. Dorian's transformation was extraterrestrial, it was simply metamorphosis. Not only monster size, Dorian also had paper thin skin. He was so shredded that you could see every muscle fiber in his entire body. The world had never seen a bodybuilder so huge and shredded to the bone. Fans loved him and the judges could not ignore him. For the next 5 years, Dorian won every competition he entered. Mr. Olympia was Dorian's backyard right from 1992-1997. Wins on wins! His back had massive width and thickness, which can still beat all the pro-bodybuilders today. His back alone coined a moniker for him- The Shadow. The lower back Christmas tree he had, set a new benchmark in pro bodybuilding. His 20” calves are still one of the most gigantic calf muscles in bodybuilding history. For a size like this, one would believe sets after sets need to be performed for hours. His Training Methodology Shocked The World While his size baffled the world, people thought Dorian literally worked out all day long. But surprisingly, he only trained for a period of 45 minutes with his HIT technique which involved 1-2 working sets per exercise. At the peak of his career, Dorian was going gym only 4 days a week, keeping 3 days for recovery. However, the intensity at which he trained was so high that injuries forced him to retire after the 1997 Mr. Olympia victory which he won with a torn bicep and triceps. After Dorian, the benchmark was set. The mass chasing ear had started. The dudes were getting bigger than ever and heavier than ever. Love him or hate him, he changed the face of modern bodybuilding. Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  20. A 3D version of the video, made 35 years after the original, was screened as a special event at the Venice film festival VENICE: Music video ?Thriller? was not the product of a brilliant idea but was made because pop star Michael Jackson wanted to be a monster, director John Landis said at the Venice film festival on Monday. Landis was in Venice to present the 3D version of the video, which was made 35 years after the original. It was screened as a special event in the out-of-competition section. ?(Thriller) was nobody?s good idea, it was no brilliant business plan,? John Landis told journalists. ?It was a vanity video because Michael wanted to be a monster. And everything that came, evolved from that, was spectacularly successful and I was totally surprised.? Landis said Jackson first approached him about making the video because he liked his work on ?An American Werewolf in London? and the two, along with make-up artist Rick Baker, met to look at photographs from old monster movies. ?Turns out he hasn?t seen many horror films, they were too scary. I found him great,? Landis said, laughing. ?He wanted zombies, but the big thing for Mike was turning into a monster.? Director John Landis gestures during a photocall for the movie "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 4, 2017/REUTERS Asked about his first meeting with Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but died in 2009 at the age of 50, Landis said he was ?joyful? and ?childlike? and quickly became a close family friend. ?Michael was very determined that everything had to be the best, the greatest,? he said. ?He had a spectacular work ethic, but he was an old pro, the guy has been performing since he was 8 years old.? While making ?Thriller? Jackson was happy to ?show up and do whatever I wanted,? Landis said. It was different when they met again to produce ?Black or White? in 1991. ?On ?Black or White? I was working for Michael. It was different. We were still fine, but ... he was much more guarded,? Landis said. ?I know it?s not easy being a celeb, but to be the most famous person in the world, to have that kind of celebrity is bizarre.? ?And here?s someone who was already working from a young age ... he never had a childhood. That?s one of the reasons he was so interested in pursuing one as a grown up.? Landis, an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer, jumped at the idea of converting ?Thriller? into 3D, because ?I really wanted you to experience it the way Michael wanted you to experience it?. ?We went through the whole movie frame by frame, and it was not intended to be in 3D, so we are not throwing anything at you or anything like that, but it does enhance certain parts of it tremendously ... the dance is much improved,? he said. ?My only disappointment is that Michael is not here to see it and hear it because I think he would love that,? he said.
  21. European XFEL X-ray laser tunnel system, in Schönefeld , Germany. AFP HAMBURG: The world's most powerful X-ray laser opened Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light on very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions. The mega-project generates extremely intense laser flashes, at a mind-boggling rate of 27,000 per second, inside a 3.4-kilometre (2.1-mile) tunnel below the northern city of Hamburg. Hailed as one of Europe's most cutting-edge research projects, the European XFEL, hidden 125 feet (38 metres) below corn fields and residential areas, was opened after eight years' construction at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with science and technology ministers from the 11 countries involved. At the heart of the $1.7-billion (1.5-billion-euro) facility is the ultrafast X-ray laser strobe light, which will allow researchers for the first time to look deep inside matter and take snapshots and "molecular movies". "We can look deep into the micro-world, the nano-world, the world of atoms and molecules, and study things we didn't previously know, for example, what molecules do in a chemical reaction," said Johanna Wanka, Germany's education and research minister. Teams from around the world will be able to, for instance, map the atomic details of viruses, take 3-D images of the molecular make-up of cells or film chemical reactions as they happen. The huge laser is "like a camera and a microscope that will make it possible to see more tiny details and processes in the nano-world than ever before", XFEL managing director Robert Feidenhans'l told AFP. He said that so far, scientists know many chemical and biological processes only by their outcomes ? like a football fan reading the score of a match he missed. "Now you can see the game and you can analyse it? so next time you can win," Feidenhans'l said. "The game could be a chemical process, a biological process, it could be how you get energy from sunlight. The principle is the same: you want to see the game." Particle accelerator The applications are sweeping ? images of biomolecules may help understand and treat illnesses, while a peek inside a building material might explain why it tears or cracks. The light beams can also be bundled to create extreme pressure and temperatures to study processes like those at the Earth's core. "There will be very concrete applications, for example, to develop custom-made drugs against tumours and viruses ... or to test the purity of materials," said Wanka. "We don't yet know everything that will result from this, but it is unique and an opportunity for many researchers." The XFEL boasts a list of superlatives: the light's brilliance is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources. The silicon mirrors along which the light is bounced, produced in Japan, are so smooth that any bump on their surface measures no more than a millionth of a millimetre. Some 800 guests were invited for the launch of the project, which stretches from inside Hamburg to Schönefeld in the adjoining state of Schleswig-Holstein. Germany has coughed up 58 percent of the cost and Russia 27 percent, with scientific cooperation continuing despite geopolitical tensions. The other partners, with stakes of one to three percent each, are Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Britain is in the process of joining. Near-light speed XFEL ? which stands for X-Ray Free-Electron Laser ? is all about looking at things at the hard-to-fathom nano-level. (For a rough idea, a human hair is about 100,000 nanometres thick.) It works by blasting a powerful laser into metal which sends bundles of electrons flying through a superconducting linear accelerator, the world's longest at 1.7 kilometres. As they hurtle through the tube, which is supercooled to minus 271 degrees centigrade, they are charged by microwaves in order to reach nearly the speed of light. In the next section, thousands of alternating magnets send the electrons onto a tight "slalom" course. The electrons gather into a multitude of ultrathin discs, allowing them to emit their light in sync and produce intense X-ray flashes of laser light. When these hit a material, they create a strobe-like series of crisp pictures with an ultrashort "shutter speed" of a billionth of a second, which can be assembled to create 3-D images or films.
  22. HAMBURG: The world's largest X-ray laser opens Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light onto very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions. The mega-project will generate extremely intense laser flashes, at a mind-boggling rate of 27,000 per second, inside a 3.4-kilometre (2.1-mile) tunnel up to 38 metres (125 feet) below the northern city of Hamburg. This ultrafast strobe light will allow researchers for the first time to look deep inside matter and take snapshots and films at the nano-level, scientists at the European XFEL project say. Teams from around the world will be able to, for instance, map the atomic details of viruses, take 3-D images of the molecular make-up of cells or film chemical reactions as they happen. The huge laser is "like a camera and a microscope that will make it possible to see more tiny details and processes in the nano-world than ever before," Robert Feidenhans'l, chairman of the project´s management board, told AFP. The applications are sweeping -- images of biomolecules may help understand and treat illnesses, while a peek inside a building material might explain why it tears or cracks. The light beams can also be bundled to create extreme pressure and temperatures to study process like those at the Earth´s core. Particle accelerator The 1.5-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) facility, which took eight years to build with funding from 11 countries, has been hailed as one of the largest and most ambitious European research projects ever. It boasts a list of superlatives: the light's brilliance is a billion times higher than that of the best conventional X-ray sources. The silicon mirrors along which the light is bounced, produced in Japan, are so smooth that any bump on their surface measures no more than a millionth of a millimetre, Spiegel magazine reported. Some 800 guests have been invited for the launch of the project, which stretches from inside Hamburg to Schenefeld in the adjoining state of Schleswig-Holstein. Germany has coughed up 58 percent of the cost and Russia 27 percent, with scientific cooperation continuing despite geopolitical tensions. The other partners, with stakes of one to three percent each, are Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Britain is in the process of joining. The project was spearheaded by the Hamburg research centre Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Desy), which has operated a particle accelerator since the 1960s. Near-light speed XFEL -- which stands for X-Ray Free-Electron Laser -- is all about looking at things at the hard-to-fathom nano-level. (For a rough idea, a human hair is about 100,000 nanometres thick.) It works by blasting a powerful laser into metal which sends bundles of electrons flying through a superconducting linear accelerator, the world's longest at 1.7 kilometres. As they hurtle through the tube, which is supercooled to minus 271 degrees centigrade, they are charged by microwaves in order to reach nearly the speed of light. In the next section, thousands of alternating magnets send the electrons onto a tight "slalom" course. The electrons gather into a multitude of ultrathin discs, allowing them to emit their light in sync and produce intense X-ray flashes of laser light. When these hit a material, they create a strobe-like series of crisp pictures with an ultrashort "shutter speed" of a billionth of a second, which can be assembled to create 3-D images or films.
  23. Guillermo Del Toro, the man who gave us classics like ‘Hellboy 1 &2', ‘Pacific Rim', ‘Blade 2' and ‘Pan's Labyrinth' is back with another fascinating movie, ‘The Shape Of Water' that has given us another reason to look forward to December, apart from Christmas. Set against the backdrop of the 1963 Cold War-era, this movie revolves about an intimate friendship that develops between Elisa, “the princess without a voice” and an aquatic monster. © Fox Searchlight Pictures Sally Hawkins plays Elisa, a mute woman who is trapped in a life of silence and isolation, while working in a high-security government laboratory. She and her co-worker Zelda, played by Octavia Spencer, discover a secret experiment that involves a strange aquatic creature, played by Doug Jones. What happens when the two come close to each other and how an unusual bond is formed between the two, weaves the rest of the plot. © Fox Searchlight Pictures In all honesty, when it comes to monster movies, I am slightly biased towards Bong Joon Ho's ‘The Host' and I am sure many of you would agree with me, because it portrayed monsters in the most badass and scariest way ever. However, given Del Toro's exceptional directorial prowess and the gripping trailer, this movie could just be next big thing in the science fiction or fantasy thriller genre. Names like Richard Jenkins, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg and Vanessa Taylor of ‘Game Of Thrones' fame round off the cast. This other-worldly fairytale is slated to hit the theatres in the US on December 8th. Watch the trailer right here.
  24. Have you been using the wrong style of gripping while working out? Or perhaps, ever experienced a dumbbell slowly slip off your fingers while you are performing a rep. What do you think could be the solution to this? Are you not gripping strong enough or are you totally using a wrong grip altogether? Let's find out. Wait A Minute, So Why Is Gripping The Weight So Important? Gripping the weight makes you one with the weight. It helps enhance the kinetic chain of the human body that eventually translates into explosiveness while performing a rep. The more explosive your rep is, the more muscle fibre recruitment will happen. As the load gets heavier, it's even more crucial to have a strong grip over the weight. The term ‘crushing the bar' needs to be taken to a whole new level. Apart from the benefits of better quality repetitions, forearm strength and size are added advantages of using a proper strong grip while working out. Do All Workouts Require The Same Type Of Grip? Here's where we talk about the different types of grip. What type of grip best suits which work out. A grip meant for endurance may be very different from a grip meant for strength training. Let's dig in further to learn more. 1) Traditional Lifting Traditional lifting generally involves a push and pull routine. Both of which requires a very strong grip. Based on the type of workouts, one can decide between- a) Neutral grip b) Prone grip c) Supine grip Pushing movements usually, use neutral or prone grips while pulling movements generally use supine grips. A traditional grip used for grabbing a dumbbell to do a row or an overhead press would involve wrapping your fingers extremely tight around the bar or the barbell or dumbbell. You will know how good your grip is by the amount of pump you feel in your forearms while gripping. 2) Dead Lifting And The Dead Grip Deadlifts usually involve very heavy weights. Sometimes twice to thrice your body weight! The purpose of the deadlift is to build overall body strength and get better and more functional at lifting heavy objects from the floor. However there arises a problem when lifting weights that heavy. The overall strength of the body may be strong enough to lift the weight from the floor, but the forearms muscle being relatively small may not have the strength to hold on to such extreme loads, unless of course, lifting straps are used. So what can be done in such cases? Learn the Dead grip. The Dead grip is a style of gripping the bar, where one side of the bar is gripped in a supine manner and the other is gripped in a pronated way. This style of gripping ensures greater strength on the grip, and also helps keep your body as tight as possible without dropping your shoulders. 3) Kettlebell Lifting And The Hook Grip Kettlebell lifting is very different from other strength sports. Kettlebells being a game of muscular endurance, would fall to a disadvantage if the grip is held extremely tight. The sport involves performing a lift continuously for 10 minutes, and crushing the handle of the Kettlebell for so long will be impossible and your forearm and palms will fail really soon. So how do you exactly hold on to a Kettlebell? Let's try the hook grip. The hook grip on a Kettlebell is very different from the hook grip used in Olympic lifting. To use a hook grip on the Kettlebell is simple. Hold on to the handle of the Kettlebell but don't crush it. Allow a generous space between the handle and your palm to have a free flow movement so that your palms don't fatigue over time during the lift. This will look like you are forming the shape of a hook with your palms. 4) Olympic Lifting The type of grip used during the Olympic lifting is very different from traditional lifting grips or dead lifting grip. Here once again a hook grip is used, which is slightly different from the Kettlebell hook grip. The hook grip held here is again meant to be held tight, but then the nature of this grip is such that it lets you have free movement of the bar and your palms while performing a clean or a snatch. People also use the traditional grip while Olympic lifting but this is a big mistake and can limit the performance of the lift. Lifting Glove And Chalk Using lifting gloves will shield your palms from any pinches or pains while holding the bar and hence help you focus on the grip. However, it is not advisable to use gloves while Kettlebell lifting as this will restrict free movement. Moreover, prolonged use of gloves can make you habitual and you will not be able to lift without gloves. Lifting chalk too is a great idea and is used by many professional athletes. It's always better to use the chalk rather than the grip. Helius is one of Mumbai's most promising fitness professionals and part time kettle bell lecturer. His knowledge on nutrition and trainer soft skills management is well recognized. To know more about him CLICK HERE, and mail your queries about fitness to heliusd@hotmail.com.
  25. Shapes shifting monsters, vampires and fictional characters with super powers have always brought out our imaginative selves. After watching a bunch of monster movies, aren’t you always wondering what would you do if you were faced with a terrifying creature? Or we are scared to even go to the bathroom alone at night. So, just to keep y’all up at night here’s a list of top 10 monster movies that you should definitely watch and widen your horizons of how scary the world you live in can get. 1. Nightbreed ‘Nightbreed’ is a classic in the horror film genre. It revolves around Aaron Boone’s dream of a city where monsters are accepted and how his psychotherapist turns him into a murderer. 2. Pitch Black This is one of those blockbusters where the anti-hero character wins the day. Riddick’s genetically modified features are the reason why he escapes trouble only to fall into the mouths of some strange and dangerous flying creatures. 3. Night of the Lepus Who ever though that rabbits could be so dangerous. You might want to watch the ‘Night of Lepus’ before thinking about adopting that cute little rabbit. 4. The Host Want to know what a mutant fish would look like? Well, look no further as this Korean film showcases the gnarliest monster fish to have ever graced the big screen. It’s big, creepy looking and super dangerous. 5. The Descent They say women are crazy, and this movie will show you how. ‘The Descent’ is a horror film where six women enter an unmapped cave system and you know what’s coming next. 6. The Cabin in the Woods Ever wondered why your parents are always reluctant when it comes to a trip with college friends? Probably because you’re going to be attacked by zombies in that cabin you’d choose to live in. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is truly a monster movie lover’s wet dream! 7. The Mist If you have a thunder buddy, keep them close. Because in ‘The Mist’ you’re going to need all the bloody help you can get when battling Eldritch creatures! Tip: Never go to the supermarket alone. 8. Krampus Christmas holidays aren’t always good and toys aren’t always to play with. Sometimes the monstrous toys might want to play with you, so beware. This film is about a young boy who wises that Christmas would disappear and accidently summons an ancient creature called The Krampus. 9. Slither What if there were work-like parasites that turned human beings into zombies? Even worse when they sometimes use people as incubators! UGH! Slither is an excellent monster movie that is a throwback to classic monster romps such as ‘Night of the Comet’. 10. Grabbers Everything that falls from the sky isn’t angelic. ‘Grabbers’ is about a small Irish coastal town that is attacked by slimy, tentacle creatures that are allergic to alcohol. You can guess what’s coming next. *hic*
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