Google's Boston Dynamics unveils smaller, lighter robotic dog named Spot. Full Story: Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google, has unveiled a new robot dog named Spot on YouTube that is going as viral as its quadraped forebearers. The four-legged robot runs on an electric motor that powers a series of hydraulic actuators - the motors responsible for controlling the movement of a mechanical system. Spot can be seen walking indoors, walking through various outdoor terrains, climbing stairs and running. The video also shows Spot being kicked, presumably to demonstrate its use of a sensor that helps it navigate and walk. Spot weighs approximately 160 lbs. Spot is the leanest and most agile in a long line of canine robots from Boston Dynamics. Earlier iterations were larger and developed to carry heavy loads; Spot has been built for search and rescue or scouting. Boston Dynamics, which is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, was purchased by Google for an undisclosed amount in December 2013. Boston Dynamics has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance, run at cheetah-like speeds faster than the fastest humans and jump 30 feet. The company has also designed mobile research robots for the U.S. Department of Defense. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community. Their goal is to eat only the organic produce they grow themselves, to free themselves from the national electricity grid, and to exchange what they grow or make instead of using money. The project, whose ultimate goal is to create a school for sustainable living, was the idea of four Athenians who met online back in 2008 and bonded over their dissatisfaction with the daily grind of city life. In their second year of living permanently on a forested patch of land next to the village of Aghios, 80 percent of the food they eat now comes from their two herb and vegetable gardens and the fruit they pick off the trees. The group, almost all of whom follow a strict vegetarian diet, sleep communally in yurts - portable, tent-like dwellings made of tarp often seen in Central Asia. Whatever is left over from their gardens, they exchange in the village for the supplies they cannot produce. 32-year-old co-founder Apostolos Sianos quit a well-paying job as a web site designer in Athens to help start the community, which is called 'Free and Real.' [Apostolos Sianos, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The crisis or the austerity measures doesn't actually affect you because you create your life and your future everyday, it has nothing to do with the outside circle. It may (have) affected us, but only in a good way because more and more people are willing to be self-sufficient and sustainable, so they contact us, and more and more people after the crisis want to get involved." The group actively use social media, and last year over one hundred people from Greece and abroad asked about joining or collaborating in some way. Dionysis Papanikolaou, for example, gave up a lucrative academic career to be closer to nature and far from the heavy atmosphere of the financial crisis in Greece. [Dionysis Papanikolaou, Group Member]: "If you keep on reading news, watching TV and the crisis, the crisis, the crisis, even subconsciously you say the crisis! Here, there is no crisis. I mean, it makes no difference." The group take pride in being self-sufficient. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The reality of life is just outside your door. When you have to warm yourself up you actually have to go out in the wood and gather wood, fire wood, and bring it home to actually warm yourself up." They currently organize seminars on organic farming and have drawn up the plans for a large school on sustainable living to be constructed later this summer, and for which they raised money on a crowdfunding site on the internet. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "I just try to be the change I want to be, instead of waiting for a government to make the change, or instead of voting for someone to make the change. I try to be the change." For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Hollywood actor Johnny Depp dresses up as Captain Jack Sparrow in a surprise visit to sick children at a hospital in Brisbane. Full story: Film star Johnny Depp donned his pirate costume in Australia on Tuesday (July 7) to pay a visit to a children's hospital. Depp dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, complete with the character's trademark dreadlocks and eyeliner, he was escorted through the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane by 13-year-old Ula Pryce-Davies. Depp was in character for the visit and posed for selfies with beaming children. He also recorded a special message for the patients. "I have no idea what this thing is that I have in me hand. But i've got it and I'll nick it, obviously. But, I just wanted to say thank you to Juiced TV for having me on, I've had a wonderful time, I've had a fantastic time meeting all the kids and everyone and the parents and the people and I stole a lot of things and I want to salute you, all of you for your bravery and your courage because that is all that matters," he said. Depp has spent time in Australia this year to film the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series in Queensland, but his time in the country has not always gone smoothly. In May a government minister threatened to have his two dogs, Pistol and Boo, put down after the actor flew the terriers into the country on a private jet without informing customs officials and meeting Australia's strict quarantine requirements. Depp managed to fly the dogs safely back to the U.S. on his jet soon after the threat. Juiced TV, a television show made by children at the hospital, said the visit was initiated by Depp and his co-star in the Pirates of the Caribbean film, Stephen Graham.
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Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara spends much of his time in a world where up is down and three dimensions are really only two. Professor Sugihara is one of the world's leading exponents of optical illusion, a mathematical art-form that he says could have application in the real world. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Three sloped ramps are aligned along three of the four sides of a square. Each ramp appears to be sloped in the same direction but when a marble is placed at one end of the ramp it seems to defy gravity. It's called an "anti-gravity slide". Only when the the entire structure is turned 180 degrees, is the illusion revealed. Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara from the Meiji Institute near Tokyo, has made a career of creating optical illusions. He's devised and built more than a hundred of them, like this one called "Perches and a Ring". [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "Among these models, there are those which are reproductions of optical illusions, and others that seem like normal models, but when you add movement to them, they show movement that should be impossible in real life. This is done by using the same trick, and I call them 'impossible motions'." Professor Sugihara's "impossible motions" have been recognized around the world. He won first prize in an international competition last year with this one, called "Magnet-Like Slopes". Sugihara says the success of his illusions is tied to human perception. Because humans have the capacity to perceive two-dimensional objects as being three-dimensional, they can be fooled into believing that something "impossible" is taking place during the course of the illusion. For Sugiraha the illusions aren't just for amusement. He says they have real world application. For example, he says misjudgments made by drivers on steeply curved roads could be mitigated by changing their perceptions of the immediate environment. [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "If we can find how drivers misjudge an incline, we would be able to construct roads where these incidents are less likely to happen. In other cases, we could also reorganize the surrounding environment so that drivers could more easily see the difference between an ascending and descending road, and it could lead to reducing traffic jams." Sugihara says says his dream is to create playground amusements - even buildings with his models. More immediately though he has plans for an "impossible object exhibition", a venue to demonstrate that seeing really is believing.
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A Chinese farmer who lost his hands in an accident turns misfortune into a family enterprise with home-made bionic arms that he now sells to other amputees. Full story: A Chinese farmer who lost both his hands in a freak accident has turned his misfortune into a family business by building his own pair of bionic arms. Sun Jifa, from China's northern Jilin province, lost both his hands when a fishing explosive went off prematurely in his home nine years ago. Unable to afford expensive prosthetic arms at local hospitals, Sun bought a low-grade pair which proved near-useless for routine farm work and caring for his wife and three daughters. Eager to get his hands back, Sun spent the next eight years crafting his own steel bionic pair from scratch with little direction but his own intuition. The results have changed his life. [Sun Jifa, Creator of Bionic Arms] "It transfers power from the natural movement of my elbow into the finger, allowing it to grab and hold. This is the left hand. For the other hand, rotating the two bones that I have left in this arm allows my right hand to open and close like this." Sun's hands made him a practical celebrity in his hometown and earned him national media attention. It wasn't long before other amputees began requesting pairs of their own. Fellow farmer Li Yanzhong, who lost his own left hand years ago, came to Sun after he found the prosthetic replacement he bought was of little use. [Li Yanzhong, Fellow Amputee and Customer] "Mr. Sun's artificial hand feels good to me. When I go home, it will help me a lot with operating work machinery. Normal prosthetic arms only have a superficial function when operating machinery. They don't have much strength. But this artificial hand will be very useful in using machines and doing other work." Sun said that he has already sold around one thousand steel limbs for about 3000 yuan ($490 USD) each, which he says is only a tenth the price of what most hospitals charge for higher-quality prosthetics. Sun's hands aren't just able to handle the complexities of his farm labour and shop work - they can also perform routine tasks ranging from picking up a spoon to lighting a cigarette. [Sun Jifa, Creator of Bionic Arms] "By using these hands, I can help the family with chores. I can do some farm work, I'm not useless. I really feel a weight has lifted. I feel I'm not a freeloader. I can be useful." Despite the big business, for Sun, now aged 53, perhaps the biggest benefit of his new hands is that they have brought back his confidence. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://me.lt/9P8MUn
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Tired of pumping expensive gasoline into your car? Well one Japanese company reveals an eco-friendly car that runs on water, using the company's generating system, which converts water into electrical power - possibly the world's first. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C STORY: All you need is a liter of water - any kind of water to be exact, whether its river, rain, sea water, or even Japanese tea. Genepax unveiled a car that runs on water in the western Japanese city of Osaka. They say it's an electric powered car that runs solely on hydrogen dioxide. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "The main characteristic of this car is that no external input is needed. The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water inside for you to add from time to time." According to Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo, once the water is poured into a water tank at the back of the car, the newly invented energy generator takes out the hydrogen from the water, releases electrons and finally generates electrical power. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "We highly recommend our system since it does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars." According to the Genepax, 1 liter of water keeps the car running for about an hour with a speed of 80 kilometers or 50 miles an hour. The company has just applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese automobile manufacturers to mass manufacture their invention in the very near future.
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Researchers in Japan have invented an incredible invisibility cloak. The technology comes from 2003, but it's developers say the Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak is just the beginning. The team, led by Dr. Susumu Tachi, from Keio University, is now adapting their findings to help pilots, drivers, doctors and others. Retro-reflective projection technology uses a computer, a video camera and projector to shine background images onto the front of a subject wearing specialised clothing, creating the illusion of invisibility. What makes the technology unique is a fabric made of glass beads only 50 microns wide, which can reflect light directly back at the source, much like the screen in a cinema. Viewed from near the light source, the projection is bright even in broad daylight, and researchers say the material can be applied to almost anything. In the short term, the team sees usage in car interiors, airplanes and helicopters. They say blind spots could be eliminated and accidents and hard landings avoided by making walls seemingly transparent. The eventual goal though is to create an "augmented reality" that allows anyone to easily see information on real world objects. [Dr. Susumu Tachi, Keio University]: "Looking to the future, instead of glasses, people could wear this and it would act as a navigation system. It could also tell you who someone is, if you meet them around town." In the few years since the technology's invention, the price of the material, as well as that of computing, has come down, opening the door for smaller yet more powerful applications. Whether used to increase safety or to create a whole new form of computer-human interaction, the world is likely to see, or possibly not see, more of this technology in the future. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A group of otherwise-friendly cartoon characters turned nasty this week - beating up a motorist who blocked their way in central Russia. The bizarre road rage incident, which was captured on a Russian dashboard camera, has gone viral, clocking more than six million views in the three days since it was posted on Wednesday (September 3). The incident shows a motorist cutting off a large white minivan in the middle of the road. The driver is then seen coming out of his car and arguing with the minivan driver. Within moments four people dressed as Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scrat from "Ice Age" and the Russian character Luntik emerge from the vehicle, run towards the arguing driver and beat him to the ground on the Siberian highway. The people dressed in costume are then seen running back into their minivan and driving off. The incident took place in the city of Chelyabinsk in the early hours of Saturday morning (August 30) and was uploaded by social media user EGoZa AS. Dashboard-mounted cameras are common in Russia, and are used by drivers to protect themselves against fraud and corruption during accidents. They have often been used to record road incidents involving drunk people and bears. They were also used last year to capture a meteorite explosion in the skies over Chelyabinsk, a Russian city 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) east of Moscow. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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What can we say we really know about history? Well, it seams not a lot. What we think we know is constantly changing in light of new discoveries. A recent carbon dating performed on a pyramid in Bosnia, proves it to be at least 25 thousand years old. Most scientists and historians however believe that human civilization started about 5,000 years ago with the Sumerians and Babylonians. That is, until artifacts were found, which predate them. These discoveries suggest, that there was a pre-historical civilization around the world- one that must have been highly advanced. Two Italian archaeologists, Dr. Ricarrdo Brett and Niccolo Bisconti found a piece of organic material on the Bosnian Pyramid. They were able to carbon-date the material and with it the pyramid itself. This carbon dating puts the pyramid 20 thousand years before the Sumerian and Babylonian "civilizations." When the Bosnian Pyramid was first discovered in 2005, researchers could only measure the age of the topsoil covering the pyramid, which is about 12 thousand years old. [Dr. Semir Osmanagich, Researcher of Bosnian Pyramid]: "The organic materials found on the Sun Pyramid and biological analysis are telling us that the pyramids are older than 12 thousand five hundred years. The oldest on the planet." You may be wondering how such a huge pyramid could have remained undiscovered in Europe for so many years. Until its discovery it was just known as Visoko hill. That's right, they thought it was a hill, which is not surprising considering it's size, and the fact that it is covered with topsoil and vegetation. No entrance to the pyramid has been discovered so far, but an intricate network of tunnels underneath the pyramid are slowly being uncovered. [Dr. Semir Osmanagich, Researcher of Bosnian Pyramid]: "Under the valley of the pyramids in Bosnia, there is the most extensive underground tunnel network. It runs for tens of miles. And in those tunnels, the discovery of huge ceramic blocks reaching 18-thousand pounds in mass." There are still scientists and archaeologists who appose the idea of ancient civilizations before five thousand years ago. However this latest finding supports the theory that highly advanced civilizations existed before the beginning of our current one. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A teenage boy in New York City has taught himself to speak more than 20 languages at differing levels of fluency. Full Story: Timothy Doner isn't the captain of the basketball team. He's not the student council president and he's not starring in his school's play. But the 17-year-old teenager easily stands apart from the rest of his peers at school, if not the rest of the youth in America. Doner can speak 20 different languages. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Some of the languages that I speak, or I've studied, are French, Latin, ancient Greek, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Hindi, Indonesian, Wolof, Hausa, Swahili, isiXhosa, Ojibwe, Dutch, Italian." Doner calls New York City home, and so do Italians, Muslims, Africans, Russians, Germans and Japanese. And if Doner wanted to, he could communicate with any of these cultures. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "I started studying Hebrew very seriously 'cause I was interested in learning about Israeli history and kind of, the politics of the Middle East, and I wasn't necessarily trying to teach myself. I just found that I was really interested in Israeli music, kind of trashy electronic and hip hop. And I found that just by memorizing song lyrics and parroting them back to people, I started to be able to form new sentences. And after about six months of this, it became a bit easier for me just to start having more fluid conversations with people, just based off of words that I learned from songs." Hebrew was his first language. He then moved onto Arabic. Doner can not only speak Farsi fluently, but he keeps up with local politics by reading one of Iran's newspapers, The Tehran Post. After that, his lust for new languages spurred from there. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Most of the time, people are very receptive to it. They're very interested to see that Americans are learning about foreign cultures, or that people are speaking their language because, for the most part, when immigrants come to this country, they're expected to learn English and they only operate in English, and there's a certain stereotype that Americans don't learn foreign languages, so I think most of the time, people are very receptive to it. And you get, obviously, comments like, oh are you going to be a spy, oh are you going to do this, that, but for the most part, I would say it's positive." Doner will practice languages at restaurants and meet-ups throughout the city, speaking Arabic in Astoria, Queens to Mandarin in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood. He'll even order his kabob from street vendors using arabic. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Learning a serious number of languages kind of helps you become an eavesdropper. I find most of the time that I accidentally follow people perhaps for a little bit longer than I should, listening to their conversations. I also take the subway to school every morning, so over the course of those twenty minutes or so, I tend to hear a fair number of conversations in foreign languages. Most of the time it's pretty mundane, but you do hear the, you hear kind of soap opera conversations, as well. It can also be incredibly awkward. I've had, been listening to people insult me in foreign languages, and I've actually been able to respond to them and say, hey, I speak it as well. I had an incident a couple years ago at an Israeli restaurant. I was eating food with my dad and there were a couple Israelis at the other table who were chatting in Hebrew about, oh look at these American Jews over here eating Israeli food. They were making fun of us, making fun of the way we were dressed, so I went up to him and I said, hey I can speak Hebrew too, in Hebrew, and then I went out." Skype, he says, has been a major tool in fine tuning his fluency. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "I don't know. I have a lot of Skype friends from Afghanistan, for example, from everywhere in Europe pretty much, or even from Japan, China, Singapore. More or less everywhere. So I think it's great, the fact that, you know, I can log on and just on my computer, sitting in my bedroom in New York, can be in contact with over 100 people from all over the world." But despite the global contacts, New York's melting pot of cultures makes for the perfect place to practice. But foreigners beware, Timothy Doner just might be listening. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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In this episode Ben is joined by Cici Li, host of Food Paradise, to go over some essential Mandarin Chinese vocabulary for ordering food in Chinese restaurants. Ben and Cici order Kung Pao Chicken and Mapo Toufu, two classic Chinese dishes from Sichuan province. Be sure to check out Cici's channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/foodparadisetv Learn Chinese Now on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/learnchinesenow
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Researchers at Tokyo University have come up with a technology that is a first and significant step away from the mouse and keyboard touchable holograms. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C [Hiroyuki Shinoda, Professor, Tokyo University]: "Up until now, holography has been for the eyes only, and if you'd try to touch it, your hand would go right through. But now we have a technology that also adds the sensation of touch to holograms." The technology consists of software that uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the hand of a user touching the projected hologram. Researchers are using two Wiimotes from Nintendos Wii gaming system to track a users hand. The technology was introduced at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference, and has so far only been tested with relatively simple objects. But its inventors have big plans for touchable holograms in the future. [Hiroyuki Shinoda, Professor, Tokyo University]: "For example, it's been shown that in hospitals, there can be contamination between people due to objects that are touched communally. But if you can change the switches and such into a virtual switch, then you no longer have worry about touch contamination. This is one application that's quite easy to see." Touchable holograms could be used for a wide variety of things... everything from light switches to books with each appearing when needed, and then disappearing when not. And holograms could replace the need for making new interfaces for technology, since they could be changed without having to make a new physical product.
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A southern Chinese zoo says a giant panda has given birth to the world's only known surviving set of panda triplets. Full Story: A giant panda has given birth to the world's only known surviving set of panda triplets, a southern Chinese zoo said on Tuesday. According to the announcement by the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong province, the panda named Juxiao gave birth to the cubs, which were naturally conceived at the zoo on July 29th. Surveillance footage provided by the zoo showed Juxiao giving birth to the cubs and licking them one by one. The triplets, now in incubators, are being monitored around the clock by expert carertakers, the zoo said. Docile giant pandas, native to the mountains and deep bamboo forests of southwestern China, are notoriously difficult to breed and births can be difficult. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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At the end of the Han Dynasty, the Imperial Army managed to crush the Yellow Turban Rebellion. But the generals, given the task of defeating them, grew strong and saw an opportunity to seize the throne for themselves. The three key players in this quest for control over China were Cao Cao—who served as Captain of Cavalry in suppressing the Yellow Turbans, Liu Bei a distant relative of the Han imperial family, and Sun Quan who had been known by the title, 'the general who attacks barbarians.' In 205 AD, Cao Cao became the dictator of northern China. Liu Beis stronghold was in the area around what is modern day Sichuan province, while Sun Quan was based in the southeast. Cao Cao had the ambition to conquer all of China. He started to march his army south. Outnumbered by Cao Caos large army, Sun Quan and Liu Bei formed an alliance and their forces of 50,000 soldiers met Cao Caos 200,000 at a place called the Red Cliff on the Yangtze River in the winter of 208 AD. This battle established the power structure of the divided China for the next 50 years. The Battle of the Red Cliff started on the river. Cao Cao, his men tired and ill from the march south, were forced to retreat to the northern bank of the river. Liu Beis military strategist, Zhuge Liang and Sun Quans general, Zhou Yu noted that Cao Caos boats are moored tightly together—possibly to stop his men getting seasick. They came up with a plan to burn the fleet. However their plan would not work unless the wind is on their side. At that time a northwesterly wind was blowing, and would blow any boat and flames back to their own armies. Zhou Yu was troubled and depressed. So Zhuge Liang wrote him a prescription, "If you want to break Cao Caos army, you should use a fire attack. Everything is prepared, all we need now is the Eastern wind." Zhuge Liang was an expert in astronomy and geography. He knew the wind would change. And sure enough, the eastern wind came. Throughout this process Zhou Yu, becoming impatient with Zhuge Liang, plotted to kill him. Upon seeing Zhuge Liangs intelligence, he was forced to back down. The fire attack was a success—Cao Cao was forced to retreat. Thus the period of the Three Kingdoms came to be. Cao Cao and his successors ruled Wei in the north, Liu Bei the Shu state in the west, and Sun Quan the Wu state in the southeast. Yet in the end, Wei, with the largest population of the three states, prevailed, defeating Shu in 263 AD. After an internal power struggle, Wei changed its name to Jin and defeated Wu in 280 AD, re-unifying China—and ending the Three Kingdoms era. Yet its legacy lives on through one of Chinas classic novels, 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms.' Liu Beis words: "Everything is prepared, all we need now is the Eastern wind" have been incorporated into the Chinese language as an idiom, meaning everything is ready—we just lack one crucial element. Modern adaptations through computer games and films have brought the story of the Three Kingdoms into the 21st Century.
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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenage activist shot by the Taliban and who is tipped as Nobel Peace Prize contender, talked with comedian John Stewart on his satirical news program "The Daily Show" on Tuesday (October 8). The 16-year-old, who was shot in the head by the Taliban exactly a year ago on October 9th for demanding education for girls, gave a speech at the United Nations in July saying she would not bow to "terrorists" who thought they could silence her. The saga of her recovery from the attempted assassination and her promotion of women's education and peace has tipped her as a favorite for the peace prize among experts and betting agencies. This week her book, which tells her story and the story of the Taliban's control of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, was released. "We are human beings and this is the part of our human nature -- that we don't learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands. And when in Pakistan we were stopped from going to school, at that time I realized that education is very important and education is the power for women and that's why the terrorists are afraid of education," Malala told Stewart as they discussed her book, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban." The usually sarcastic and humorous Stewart was sympathetic and serious in his discussion with Malala, though he managed to pepper the discussion with a few jokes. "Our freedom was taken from us, the women's freedom," said Malala explained about life under the Taliban, which took control of her native Swat Valley in 2004. "We were just kept imprisoned. We were just limited to the four walls of our house. Women's rights were denied at that time and that's why I spoke. Because I believe in equality and I believe there is no difference between a man and a woman. I even believe that a women is more powerful than a man," she said. "Whoa, wait, whoa, what? You know, Malala, this was going so well. You were doing so beautifully and then suddenly, bam!" joked the Comedy Central host. When Malala went to describe an inner dialogue she had about how she might confront the Taliban with a peaceful rebuke after she learned they had threatened her life, Stewart joked he wanted to adopt her. "I know your father is backstage and he's very proud of you, but would he be mad if I adopted you because you sure are swell?" said Stewart with smile. This week, the Nobel accolades in Stockholm will go also to medicine, physics, chemistry and economics, while Oslo will name the peace prize winner on Friday (October 11). The annual prizes created in the will of dynamite tycoon Alfred Nobel were cut by 20 percent to 8 million crowns ($1.20 million USD) last year as returns on its roughly $450 million (USD) fund fell amid years of global financial downturn.
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Increasing numbers of Japan's ageing population are dying alone and often undiscovered for weeks. Full Story: This was the home of man in his eighties who died at his Tokyo apartment alone and undiscovered for a month. His neighbours only found him because of a slight smell bothering the tenant below. Now clearing up what's left of his belongings is down to Hirotsugu Masuda and his team. As Japan's population ages they're dealing with sad scenes like these on a regular basis. [Hirotsugu Masuda, Estate Liquidation Clean Service Owner]: "This has started to become a bit more acceptable and now that this work is more recognised than before compared to two to three years ago, my work load has increased." Some five million elderly people live alone in Japan. Many lose touch with family, or have none. Looser family ties also play a part in a country where they are traditionally valued. Officials estimate 40,000 so-called lonely deaths happen in Japan. They say that could rise to 100,000 in a decade. The landlady of the man who died here says she's horrified by what's happening. [Yoshie Fukuhara, Apartment Landlady]: "There are those who die alone even though they have children. I think that's even more shocking and I didn't think it would happen here. But when it did for the first time that's when I first realised what sort of things all this entailed." Those who are unclaimed by relatives are not given a funeral. Their remains are buried in unmarked graves. Masuda and his team have one more task once their cleaning is done. They place incense and flowers where the body was found...and a photo of their latest lonely death case where his head had lain. It's a human touch in a business where dealing with the aftermath and the afterlife has an increasingly sad but profitable future. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Young musicians from a Paraguayan slum play Mozart on instruments constructed entirely from recycled materials pulled from the garbage dump their homes are built on. Full Story: One person's trash is another's violin in this slum built on a landfill in Paraguay. Here in Asuncion, a group of young musicians come together to play everything from Beethoven and Mozart, to Frank Sinatra and The Beatles—on instruments made entirely from trash. The Orchestra of Recycled Instruments from Cateura got its start here five years ago when a teacher, Favio Chavez, decided to teach kids living near this garbage dump how to play musical instruments. Lacking money to buy enough instruments, he recruited the help of residents who make a living picking through and recycling trash. Soon, with the community's help, Chavez and his students had their instruments—all made from recycled materials from the dump. They include guitars made from cans, cellos from metal drums, and brass instruments, like 18-year-old Andres Riveros's saxophone, made from house gutters. [Andres Riveros, Saxophonist]: "The instrument is made of galvanized pipe used in house gutters. Then this is made with caps, coins and these are keys from doors." Chavez said he started the music group to keep the children out of trouble. [Favio Chavez, Director of the Orchestra]: "There are a lot of drugs, a lot of drug use, alcohol, violence, child labor. A lot of situations that you wouldn't think are favorable for kids to learn values. However, they have a spot in the orchestra, like an island within the community, a place where they can develop these values. We see that they are not just changing their own lives, but those of their families too. We've seen cases where parents with addiction problems have quit taking drugs to go their kid's concert. And in a lot of cases the parents have gone back to finish school because their kids are being seen all over and they think, 'they are going forward, I want to too.' They're not only changing their lives, but the lives of their families and their community," Myriam Cardozo said she once dreamt of being a singer or musician. When she heard about the music program, she enrolled her 14-year-old granddaughter, Ada Rios. [Myriam Cardozo, Grandmother of Violinist Ada Rios]: "I went to sign her up. I didn't care what my daughter-in-law said because I was doing it for my granddaughter and if she got mad, let her get mad or deal with it. And then they were astonished because I signed her up and it happened. And now my granddaughter is fulfilling my dream. It makes me so happy. That is why I can die happy." Ada, now a violinist in the orchestra, lights up when she talks about her experiences, including performing in three countries this year. [Ada Rios, Violinist]: "The people can't believe it. They have to see it to believe it because they don't believe it is trash. I've been to three countries: Brazil, Panama and Colombia and I never thought I'd leave the country." The orchestra hopes to perform in Arizona in 2013. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Scientists in Greece have reconstructed the face of an ancient Athenian girl, using the teeth and skull found in a mass grave. Named "Myrtis", the life size mannequin now forms part of an exhibition called "Face to Face with the Past." Greek scientists and archaeologists have given a face to an ancient Athenian girl from the 5th century B.C. The facial reconstruction process utilized the teeth and skull from her skeleton, discovered in a mass grave in 1995. The 11 year old girl, known as "Myrtis", died of typhoid fever during a plague in 430 B.C. Manolis Papagrigorakis, a professor and orthodontist from the University of Athens, worked with a team of 20 scientists on the project. [Manolis Papagrigorakis, Professor and Orthodontist]: (Greek) "We had all of the skull, the jaw, and the teeth, and something very rare - the milk teeth on the skull. These all helped us to be accurate with the final product, and we are very close - 95 percent close to reality with the final product." The scientists used a 3-D technological program called the "Manchester method" - from the University of Manchester - often used on Egyptian mummies, for the reconstruction process. [Manolis Papagrigorakis, Professor and Orthodontist]: (Greek) "The first part of the research was an analysis of the ancient DNA in order find out what the Athenians of the period had died of in Athens. This study took place in 2006 and it was found to be typhoid fever." Typhoid fever killed many during the period, including Pericles, the great ancient Athenian statesman who had the vision of building the Acropolis. The exhibition at the museum has been called "Face to Face with the Past", and Papagrigorakis says they will also attempt the same reconstruction on another man and woman. Because of her death from typhoid fever, Myrtis has even been made a representative of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, a project to raise awareness over various issues in the world including "United Nations Millennium Development" For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Aywira boutique features original up-cycled, DIY fashions made from thrifted / recycled ties, scarves, and handkerchiefs. Open for business twice a week, the 16 of July market is the largest in South America and Bolivia. With close to 500 thousand vendors Claudia Perez is a regular shopper. But she's not shopping for herself. She is buying material for her recycled clothing line called Aywira. She looks for top-of-the-line neckties, scarves and handkerchiefs mostly sent to Bolivia from developed countries. Then her and her partner make them into new clothes, often selling them back to the countries they came from. She says she's been collecting nice material for seven years but at the beginning she didn't know what to do with it. [Claudia Perez, Fashion Designer]: "I wanted to really reuse it, to reuse the raw material. More than anything the great materials like silk, for example. I wanted to use it to make beautiful things." Once she has scoured the used clothing stalls, Perez takes her finds back to the Aywira boutique and studio. There, she and her business partner, Marcia Devil make the scraps into new clothes. [Marcia Devil, Fashion Designer]: "Something people might not realize is that we use really nice fabrics that come from specials brands, from fashion houses that specialize in fashionable ties like Hermes or [Salvatore] Ferragamo. We use these materials that would be too expensive to buy anywhere else. We recycle them in some way and in some of our pieces you can still see the label from the brand that we've used." The business partners say they have had a better than expected response to the new Aywira Vintage line. Locals and tourists alike have been buying up their unique creations. And they have even found a way to use smaller scraps of fabric to make accessories. The partners are proud of their thriftiness and what Perez calls "ethical fashion." She says it is all about the aesthetics and giving the clothing a second beautiful life. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Japanese scientists have created the first step toward a device that, by scanning people's brains, could record people's dreams and read their mind. A science lab in Kyoto, Japan has developed a system of using MRI scanners to resolve images directly from subject's brains. The current experiments show a subject an image and then reconstruct that image based on scans of the brain's visual cortex. The team calibrated a computer program by scanning volunteers staring at hundreds of different still images in black, white and grey. Then, the computer program reproduces the figures and letters that the volunteers had seen, albeit more blurry than the originals. The next step for researchers will be to study how to visualize images inside people's minds that have not been presented before - a technology that could make it possible to record people's dreams. [Yoshiyuki Onuki, Tester]: "Although it's somewhat science fiction-like, for example, if you're 50-years-old and see a really good dream the day before, you could scan that and show it to your kids." Researchers say the brain-reading technology would also open the way for people to communicate directly from their mind or control electronic devices without using their bodies - making keyboards and buttons a thing of the past. [Dr. Yukiyasu Kamitani, ATR Institute]: "Although there are many forms of communication, whether it be the Internet or whatnot, all of them are limited by the body. However, this means that we have a method of communications that can interface directly with the brain." While the new technology opens the doors to many new possibilities, scientists warn that it could bring about new issues concerning ethics and privacy, meaning that for those wanting to "plug themselves in," they might have to wait a bit longer. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://me.lt/9P8MUn
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The Han Dynasty began in 206 BC when a man named Liu Bang, who had been born a peasant, led a group of generals to overthrow the Qin dynasty. This started a 400-year period of prosperity—sometimes referred to as China's first golden age. The capital of the dynasty was at Chang'an—one of the biggest cities in the world at the time. The Han dynasty saw massive territorial expansion, with China's area almost doubling. The Han defeated the tribes to North and signed treaties with the clans to the West. This made travel safer and led to the establishment of what became known as the Silk Road. This was the trade route connecting China with the Roman Empire thousands of miles away in Europe. The Han also saw massive cultural developments, with Confucianism—which had been suppressed under the Qin dynasty—rising to become the state philosophy of China's aristocracy. Officials were evaluated on their conduct, according to Confucian philosophy and an Imperial University was established to train them. It was also during the Han period that Buddhism spread to China. Buddhism's emphasis on compassion and universal salvation appealed to the masses. Along with Confucianism and Taoism, Buddhism became one of China's three main religions that would dominate the faith of the Chinese people for the next two thousand years. The Han dynasty gave rise to some of China's most well known historical figures, such as Sima Qian who wrote "The Record of the Grand Historian"—the definitive record of China's early history—and Han Xin, the general who helped Liu Bang establish the Han Dynasty. The Han Dynasty was briefly interrupted in the year 9 AD when the nephew of the empress, Wang Mang, seized the throne. Fourteen years later, Liu Xiu—a descendant of Liu Bang—eventually toppled him. And the Han Dynasty, with 12 more emperors, continued for another two hundred years. But like all dynasties in Chinese history, the Han could not last forever. It officially ended in the year 220 AD. Trouble at court and uprisings across the empire led to its eventual downfall. The warlord Dong Zhuo led troops into the capital kick-starting battles between various warlords. Eventually, Cao Cao managed to establish the Wei state North of the Yangtze river. Sun Quan established the Wu state south of the Yangtze, and Liu Bei the Shu state in the west—starting a period known as the Three Kingdoms.
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The ancient Hungarian tradition of horseback archery is enjoying a revival. This is much to the liking of a local horseback archery champion whose special riding school is attracting more and more young people. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Wearing the costumes of the ancient Hungarians who once conquered the Carpathian Basin, actors are practicing horseback archery skills for an upcoming horse theater show called "The Conquest." World champion and founder of modern horseback archery, Lajos Kassai, is training them in his Kassai Horseback Archery School. Hungarian tribesmen once kept Europe in fear with their fierce horseback archery - "God save us from the arrows of the Hungarians" was a saying in the 9th to 10th century. But later the art of horseback archery all but disappeared from history. At the end of the 1980s, Kassai reconstructed the bow from the time of the Hungarian conquest in the 9th century and started its production. He also created the code of competition rules for horseback archery, and from the beginning of the 1990s started to spread the new sport first in Hungary, then in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. Kassai won all home and world competitions and set four Guinness Book records. In 2006, with changed horses, he practiced horseback archery for 24 hours non-stop. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "For some strange reason, the horseback archery which once created and crushed empires had been forgotten till I revived it. The modern age history of horseback archery began in this valley, this is where I started to get deeply involved with the martial art of our ancestors." His horseback archery school is dedicated to preserving horseback archery as a cultural heritage, a martial art and a sport. It currently has 300 students not only from Hungary but also Romania, Spain, Germany and Canada among others. And Kassai says that training young people is getting harder every year. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "Today we need to bring the children closer to the animal, even the animal is another planet for today's children. We need to show them that the horse is a living creature with feelings, with incredible strength and instincts. Every year we have to take the children to the horse from more and more of a distance, and this is why I fear that there will be serious problems with the rising generations." During the training Kassai teaches his students special techniques necessary for being able to shoot from horseback as well as how to get to know and to feel the horses. For many students, horseback archery is not just a challenge sport, but a matter of national indentity and pride. [Matyas Kovacs, Horseback Archery Student]: "The main thing is that we should not try just to imitate what our ancestors did but we should do exactly the same and then we can become like our ancestors and this is what really sticks to our mind and this is what we can follow." Like Matys Kovacs they see it as a way of continuing ancient traditions.
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Have you heard the term "Cultural Revolution" and wondered what it refers to? Or maybe you know it was a rough time in Chinese history but don't know what happened during that time. Join Mike Chen as he gives you a brief overview of China's Cultural Revolution and helps you understand some of the phenomena that characterized that time.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Follow us on Facebook ☛ http://me.lt/9P8MUn A 22-year old college graduate in New York has adapted hybrid car technology to a bicycle. He uses a fly-wheel to store energy generated by the brakes for use when the riding gets tough. Feeling the need for speed? If you're riding Maxwell von Stein's bicycle, you can get to your destination in a flash, without having to work up a sweat. The engineering student's fly-wheel bicycle employs the same energy alternating principles as a hybrid car. But rather than a battery, it uses a fly-wheel to transfer and store kinetic energy, which gives the bike a boost in speed. To build the technology, he began with a 15 pound, cast iron fly-wheel taken from a car engine. He mounted the fly-wheel in the center of the bike frame, and attached it to the rear wheel through a continuously variable transmission. [Maxwell von Stein, Inventor of the Fly-wheel Bicycle]: "That transmission controls how energy is distributed between the bike and the fly-wheel. When you want to slow down you twist the transmission, it's a twist shift on the right handle bar. ... By shifting that ratio, you increase the speed of the flywheel and decrease the speed of the bike. Now the flywheel is spinning really quickly, you've got energy stored there and when you need to accelerate you shift the transmission in the opposite direction for a boost in speed." Von Stein says he likes to think of the process as charging the flywheel and boosting the bike. While his self-described "contraption" has made biking easier, von Stein says his goal isn't to re-invent the bicycle. He is hoping to use the two-wheel experiment as a basis for developing a fly-wheel kinetic energy system for cars. He believes the system is a good alternative to battery-operated hybrid systems because it is lighter and can be packaged more easily. [Maxwell von Stein, Inventor of the Fly-wheel Bicycle]: "Hybrids are really heavy. In order to get a battery with the capacity to store enough energy to move the car it's got to be pretty heavy. Takes up a lot of room also." Several European car companies are already experimenting with fly-wheel technology, and von Stein estimates that cars with regenerative braking systems could hit the market by 2013.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision A pair of robotic furry seals help elderly victims now in a retirement home recover from their mental scars, after Japan's March quake and tsunami disaster. For some elderly survivors of Japan's March earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro. [Satsuko Yatsuzaka, 85-year-old Resident]: "If I hold onto this, it doesn't matter if there's a typhoon outside, I still feel like I'm safe." The Suisyoen retirement home is located in the middle of Japan's triple crises. One week after the residents return, Robotics Division of Japanese company, Daiwa House, offered 2 robotic seals to the nursing home for free. The residents—many of them still dealing with memories of the March quake—treat the new furry friends as pets. [Ayako Shizo, Resident]: "It's just as cute as a little living creature and so everyone is looking after it every day. It does sometimes runs out of battery power and stop. But when it's got its eyes open everyone stands around talking to it, asking it how it's doing and and things like that." Suisyoen's General Manager says using robots makes therapy easier in some situations. [Taku Kato-ono, General Manager]: "First of all it's necessary to look after the live animals when keeping them for animal therapy. That however is rather difficult in certain situations and so in these cases, we use a doll, albeit a robotic one, as an alternative method to help people recover." As the robots only hold an hour-and-a-half of battery-life, the residents normally hug their pets in the morning and charge them over lunch, so their furry friends are full of life again in the afternoon.
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A massive underground surge tank protects Tokyo from the yearly onslaughts of typhoons and storms, many similar in force to Hurricane Sandy. Full Story: In the low-lying suburbs of Tokyo, an underground pump station protects the capital from flooding. Japan's land ministry says it is the world's current largest solution to flooding. Here is a pump station for the Tokyo Metropolitan Floodway, the end point of a 3.7 mile (6 kilometer) long network of tunnels, capable of channeling away storm waters at the rate of 5 Olympic-size swimming pools every minute. The aim is to prevent scenes like those in New York this week, when Hurricane Sandy caused widespread flooding across parts of the city. A study of several towns in Tokyo's low-lying northern suburbs before and after the water system was completed in 2006, shows positive results. [Takashi Komiyama, Pump Station Chief]: "The floodway is directly protecting people from floods, the results are there. The damage is down by about two-thirds, in terms of both the number of homes that get flooded and the areas that are impacted." The jewel of the system is a cavernous surge tank measuring 580 feet (177 meters) long, 256 feet (78 meters) wide and 59 feet (18 meters) high. As smaller rivers rise during typhoons, the water is diverted into the tank through 3.9 miles (6.3 kilometres) of tunnels at a maximum rate of 260 cubic yards (200 cubic meters) every second. From there, the water is slowly pumped into the Edo River, a waterway large enough to handle the extra volume. With a price tag of about U.S. $2.9 billion (230 billion yen) the system wasn't cheap, but Koriyama says the United States should keep it in mind—if there's space. [Takashi Komiyama, Pump Station Chief]: "The best idea for town planning is of course to make sure your river routes are in the right place and on the right ground. But for areas that haven't been able to do that, well, new underground floodways would work well to stop flooding. But in the case of New York, all the space underground has been used up for development, and I think it would probably be difficult to put in floodways." Every year, Tokyo is swept by typhoons and storms, many similar in force to Hurricane Sandy. In 1991, a typhoon swamped nearly 24,710 acres (10,000 hectares) of land and flooded more than 30,000 homes in the low-lying areas around Tokyo's northern fringes, according to Land Ministry figures. Construction of the floodway began 2 years later and was fully completed by 2006. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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In the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, archaeologists have made an extraordinary discovery --- a reward for all of their hard work under the sun. The massive tail from a dinosaur that experts believe could be 72 million years old. A team of excavators have been painstakingly brushing away millennia worth of sand and gravel to reveal this remarkable tail, five meters long - that's 16 feet. It's a first such find for Mexico -- and one of only a few of its kind in the world, says palaeontologist Rene Hernandez. SOUNDBITE: Palaeontologist, Rene Hernandez saying (Spanish): "Discovering these pieces is not easy because there needs to be a series of conditions that allow for the organism to preserve itself. Like here, where you can see the sequence of the vertebras from the sacrum to where it ends at the point of the neck. Also, it is together with other skeletal elements." Archaeologists believe the rest of the dinosaur's body may be buried even deeper underground. Until they unearth the rest of the remains, they won't know just what kind of dinosaur this ancient beast once was.
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Camera crews have captured the first ever footage of a rare species of dolphins, the Australian snubfin. The snubfins are a species that has only been known to scientists for three years. STORY: A group of researchers looking to the creatures off the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia stumbled upon dozens of dolphins on Sunday. The dolphins are also nicknamed "Snubbies" for their blunt dorsal fin and rounded snout. [Deb Thiele, Dolphin Researcher]: "Over the last couple days we've had fantastic weather and feeding activity and the right tide so it's some of the best sightings we've had up here." According to the research team, the sighting is the best yet as the dolphins were playful and poked their heads above water, as opposed to other sightings, where they tended to stay underwater. The Australian snubfin dolphin was discovered in 2005. Scientists are hoping that DNA samples taken from the animals will confirm they are the newest species or sub-species of dolphin. The snubfin dolphin is known as the world's ugliest dolphin, however many who have seen the snubfin disagree. [Tammie Matson, World Wildlife Fund Spokesperson]: "It may be the world's ugliest dolphin, some people have said that, but to those of us who have seen them, I am absolutely blown away by this creature, they are absolutely endearing." The discovery of a new mammal is extremely rare. Until recently the snubfin dolphin was thought to be an Irrawaddy dolphin. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A British man is preparing to leave the hospital after pioneering surgery to install an artificial heart implant. The implant is powered by a portable device and is designed to keep him alive while he waits for a heart transplant. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C It looks like a casual family stroll. But Matthew Green is a walking miracle. His heart has been removed. Green is kept alive by a device called a Total Artificial Heart powered by a magnetic charger kept in his shoulder bag. The 40-year-old was suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure. Neither side of his heart worked as it should. Doctors at Cambridge's Papworth Hospital feared he'd die while waiting for a donor heart to become available for transplant, and decided an artificial heart was his best option. Surgeons led by Dr Steven Tsui operated on him in June. [Dr. Steven Tsui, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director]: "We removed the patient's diseased native heart, including both of the failed ventricles, as well as all the heart valves. And then we put in the new machine and the insertion is stitching the machine in, in a way very similar to a heart transplant. The operation itself went very smoothly. It took us about six hours to do the operation." Mechanical hearts have been transplanted before, but have usually only replaced parts of the organ. The device works by replacing both failing ventricles and the heart valves they contain. [Dr. Steven Tsui, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director]: "These two tubings are called the drive lines and these are tunneled across the skin, so that they can be attached to an external console....Once the patients have made recovery from the surgery itself we then change to a smaller portable console." Green is recovering well from his six-hour operation. He hopes to be sent home soon, along with his bag, known as a 'Freedom Backpack'. Previously patients with artificial hearts have been permanently attached to a hospital machine. [Matthew Green, Transplant Patient]: "Walking around is okay. It's quite a heavy device at the moment and I'm still recovering from my operation. So all the bones in the chest haven't healed yet, so I struggle to carry it but I can walk around fine, but I need a trolley to start with." The London-based research scientist says he isn't prepared to take life lying down. [Matthew Green, Transplant Patient]: "Hopefully in a few months time I'll be able to go cycling. It's my main sport I used to really enjoy doing, so that's what I really hope to be able to be doing. Before I could hardly walk, only a few tens of meters, and things like stairs were very very difficult to get up a flight of stairs." The heart was devised by U.S.-based company SynCardia. It provides blood flow of up to nine-and-a-half liters per minute throughout the body. It's designed to last only three years and Green will eventually need an organ transplant. In the meantime he says his Freedom Backpack is giving him bags of energy.
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It's being called "abhorrent" and a "crime against humanity." Allegations of forced organ harvesting in China started to surface in 2006. Since then, mounting evidence suggests these allegations are true—and even worse than originally suspected. Prisoners of conscience—especially Falun Gong—are being killed for their organs. Starting in 1999, the number of transplant centers in China increased by 300% in just 8 years, even though China has no effective national organ donation system. 1999 was the year the Chinese regime began persecuting adherents of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, sending hundreds of thousands to labor camps. Many of them were never seen again. Transplant medicine was developed to save lives. But in China, innocent people are being killed for their organs—so they can be sold for profit. Increasingly, doctors, congressmen, international politicians, human rights lawyers, journalists, and people around the world are raising awareness about forced organ harvesting. Share this video with your friends, family, and everyone you know: (English) http://e.ntd.tv/organ-harvest (Chinese) http://c.ntd.tv/Organ-Harvest ------------------------------ KILLED FOR ORGANS: CHINA'S SECRET STATE TRANSPLANT BUSINESS A New Tang Dynasty Television Production Produced by Milene J. Fernandez Executive Produced by Matt Gnaizda WRITERS Milene J. Fernandez Mathias Magnason Matt Gnaizda EDITOR Tal Atzmon NARRATOR Chris Chappell INTERVIEWERS Hope Chou Milene J. Fernandez Molly Mo DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Tal Atzmon PHOTOGRAPHERS Tal Atzmon David Sun STOCK FOOTAGE Kevin Koo Oliver Trey Holly Kellum Masha Savitz GRAPHICS Tane Dalzell RECORDING ENGINEER Fabio Emma POST-AUDIO MIXER Dafydd Cooksey TRANSLATORS Hope Chou Qing Lan Karen Chang CONSULTANTS & SPECIAL THANKS TO Jillian Ye Mathias Magnason Kean Wong Sarah Cook Erping Zhang Torsten Trey Damon Noto Crystal Fang Wenyi Wang Tim Sun Henry Wang Wenjing Ma Janice Trey
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The Public Works Department of Himachal Pradesh in northern India has started constructing roads with plastic and polythene waste. Its an attempt to save the environment from the menace of plastic waste. The plastic will actually make roads stronger. This effort by the state government has been well appreciated by environmentalists in the area. [Rajinder Kumar, Road Inspector]: "Plastic is dangerous to the environment, so we are making proper use of plastic waste and garbage. This will not only save the environment but also save the government money, as it is very economical and saves expenses on charcoal." [PC Kapoor, Public Works Department]: "Plastic is a menace and we have planned to use it more gainfully, for the construction of the roads. This is at the experimental stage. We shred the plastic bags or plastic material and mix it the tarring material. We have planned to use this kind of technology for the urban areas." Kapoor added that the plastic roads will help improve the states economy by making it more accessible.
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This 120-year-old Indian woman is refusing to age. How does she do it? She says eating well comes first and foremost. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Somaiakka is alive and kicking at a village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Her daily routine is fairly normal. Save for the wrinkles and the bend in her back that give away her age, she is as fit as her granddaughters for all practical purposes. Living alone, she gets up early in the morning and does all the household chores, from sweeping to cleaning and cooking, all on her own. Some of Somaiakka's favorite pastimes are reading newspapers, watching television and going for a stroll in the village. [Somaiakka, 120-years-old]: "I have not fallen sick so far. I used to eat only traditional food such as kali, ragi, wheat and maize, and I never ate any kind of fast food. Nowadays people love such food and fall sick but I don't like to eat any such fast food." [Amrawathy, Somaiakka's Granddaughter]: "Our grandma is the eldest among all her brothers and sisters. Six of her siblings died and now only four of her sisters are alive including our grandma, who is now 120-years-old, and her other sisters are 110- years-old. She now has more than 70 grandchildren." It seems that anyone can live the way Somaiakka does, but can everyone live to 120? That is something that only time will tell.
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Forty years after the tragic Andes' plane crash in which survivors were forced to eat the remains of their dead colleagues, those survivors reflect on the effect of that crash, immortalized in the movie "Alive!" Forty years after a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed high in the Andes, survivors gathered in Santiago, Chile to commemorate the anniversary. On October 13, 1972, a chartered aircraft carrying 45 passengers crashed into the mountains when pilots miscalculated their landing position. This was later known as the Andes flight disaster, and is still remembered today. Twenty-nine survived the initial accident but, without food or shelter from the cold, several more soon perished. Rescuers eventually gave them up for dead and survivors were forced to eat their fellow travelers just to survive. Two of the crash survivors set off to get help and eventually ran into Sergio Catalan, a local resident, who alerted authorities. The remaining 16 were rescued 72 days after the initial crash. Catalan said it is sheer joy to see how well they are all doing. [Sergio Catalán, Chilean Man who Found Survivors]: (Spanish, male) "I'm happy because they're all doing well and they're in shape for another 40 years." The dramatic story of the crash and courageous survival of the passengers was retold in the 1993 movie "Alive." Survivor Eduardo Strauch said his experience on that mountain still teaches him lessons today. [Eduardo Strauch, Survivor of Andes Plane Crash]: (male, Spanish) "To me, it's truly been moving and surprising how, from that horror, I have been able to turn it all around and achieve super positive things up to today. Forty years later, I'm still learning from the mountain, from the experience. I am totally enamored of the mountain. I return every year. I can't stop going to that place, where I find myself, with silence, that has taught me so much." The survivors will play a commemorative rugby match to mark the 40th anniversary of the Andes Flight Disaster. An exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the incident is also being held at a cultural center in neighboring Uruguay. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A team of engineers in Toronto, Canada are awaiting official confirmation that they have broken an aviation record for the first ever sustained flight in a human-powered ornithopter, an aircraft that flaps its wings like a bird. The team managed to keep the aircraft aloft for almost 20 seconds, a feat that breaks new ground in avionics and flapping-wing technology. Just as the sun was rising on August 2, 2010, so was "Snowbird." The flight was the culmination of three years work and while it lasted just 19.3 seconds over a distance of 145 meters it was enough to propel "Snowbird" and her creators into the record books. "Snowbird" is an ornithopter, designed to fly by flapping its wings. Todd Reichert, the project leader and pilot, flew the Snowbird on its record flight. [Todd Reichert, Project Leader]: "We wanted to accomplish kind of the original aeronautical dream which was to fly under your own power by flapping your wings." For centuries engineers have attempted to design a viable human powered aircraft. Leonardo da Vinci sketched an ornithopter in 1485. Snowbird may appear low-tech, but she's the product of sophisticated computer simulation programs the engineers needed to defy their biggest nemesis; gravity. Snowbird's wingspan is comparable to that of a Boeing 737 but, according to Reichert, weighs less than all the Boeing's pillows. And to keep the overall weight of the aircraft as low as possible, Reichert put himself on a diet before the record-attempt. [Todd Reichert, Project Leader]: "If you have a big wing and it is moving forward than your plane is going to be lifted up. What the flapping does is actually provide thrust. So each time you push down, you are blasting air backwards and that helps push you forward." Using his legs as pistons to keep the wings flapping via pedals and a pulley system, Reichert's effort alone keeps Snowbird aloft...for a while. Chief Structural Engineer Cameron Robertson says human-powered flight will never become an efficient means of transporting people, but that their achievement will lay the groundwork for future developments in wing flapping technology. [Cameron Robertson, Chief Structural Engineer]: "The design program is for flapping wing flight in general and flapping wing flight is something that is also becoming very popular because as you go small flapping wings make sense. And that is the direction that a lot of unmanned aircraft are going - is very small," he said. Tiny aircraft for search and rescue or spying missions are what the team has in mind. The pair was told along the way that Snowbird would never work. Reichert says the greatest lesson learned has been that despite the sceptics, with persistence any good idea can take flight. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision In Hong Kong and the Mainland, there is an excess of garbage and a shortage of fuel. So one company is trying to use an invention to kill two birds with one stone, by turning garbage into fuel. As trash landfills are nearing full capacity in China, one Hong Kong company is trying to solve the problem... converting plastic waste into valuable fuel. Echotech is a recycling company in Hong Kong that is running a prototype which processes three tons of plastic waste into roughly 1,000 liters of fuel oil everyday. The inventor of the million dollar converter machine explains how it works. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director]: "So this process is going to convert this plastic back to this original stage. That is the fuel. Then we found out that the product, comes out what is the fuel, the property is most like the simple like the diesel but we have some gasoline inside and also some wax." Plastic waste unfit for recycling is shredded, before being converted into gas in an airtight oxygen-free liquefying chamber. The gas then regains liquid form in a condenser, and water is then separated from the fuel. While the sulfur-content of the plastic-made fuel is too high to be used in cars, it is much lower than marine-grade fuel. With the world's second busiest port housing numerous diesel-powered ships, Hong Kong's skyline is infamously polluted. Perhaps this new fuel can help alleviate the poor air quality. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director, Echotech]: "Marine grade diesel is about 3-4 percent and then we are only about 0.25 percent. So I believe (if) we got our product to use on the sea, this is great." Ming is waiting for government approval to build a bigger version of the machine. There are still many challenges for now, though. Echotech imports its plastic waste from abroad, because recycling facilities in Hong Kong are not viable, due to land and labor work. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director, Echotech]: "I want all the plastic waste from Hong Kong but we need to do put some effort over there, maybe to educate society or maybe even do the legislation and put some regulation and make sure all this waste plastic is not going to the land fill and come to the proper place and get a proper solution for that." If successful, the commercial potential for the Echotech machine is huge. It will take time however, to overcome current challenges.
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Next in Tokyo, Japan, we'll take a look at the construction site of Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world. Our correspondent spoke with the designer of Tokyo Sky Tree on how it was built to resist even the strongest earthquake in the country. Tokyo Sky Tree will become the world's tallest free standing broadcast tower, and is revealing its secret in overcoming earthquakes in quake-prone Japan. Standing over 630 meters high, Tokyo Sky Tree was designed by Nikken Sekkei, a Japanese architecture firm experienced in building quake-resistant, high-rise buildings in Japan. The company developed a system of adding mass as a balancing weight to buildings, to control how they sway during an earthquake. For the Tokyo Sky Tree project, the emergency staircase, situated in the core of the tower, acts as the mass, controlling sway during an earthquake. According to Nikken Sekkei, it's the first in the world. [Eizo Toyoda, P.R Manager, Nikken Sekkei]: "The core column and the surrounding steel frame are constructed separately. Therefore, when it shakes from an earthquake, they will shake in different ways. The system works by utilizing their different ways of shaking to repress the overall sway." Along the core, oil dampers are also installed to absorb shock. These act as cushions and are able to absorb swaying up to 50 percent. [Eizo Toyoda, P.R Manager, Nikken Sekkei]: "In the middle there's a space of about a meter, and from the height of 125 to 375 meters, we put six oil dampers. This is to control swaying so that the core column won't hit the inner part of the tower. They also serve to absorb the energy from an earthquake." The concept of using a central mass for the Tokyo Sky Tree was borrowed from traditional Japanese wisdom of building five-story pagodas. The longest standing pagoda in Japan is regarded to be at Horyu-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture, built in the 7th century. Tokyo Sky Tree will be opened to the public in May 2012 as Tokyo's newest landmark and popular tourist attraction. Liliana Yap, NTD, Tokyo, Japan For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory. This is no ordinary printer. It's been configured to print living organs. Researchers have filled the ink cartridges with a cocktail of cells and nutrients. Today they've printed a rat heart - in the future they hope to print human ones. They watch as the newly made heart begins to beat. This novel process is called bioprinting. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: " ... with printing an organ we have so many different types of cells that we have to use over and over again but just put them in the right sequence." Serious burn victims may soon benefit from the research. [Mohammad Albanna, Researcher]: "Instead of waiting for the skin itself to provide this material which takes around two weeks, we are providing it right away so forming the seal and providing the bedding for cells so that they can grow fast and immediately." This ferret liver had all it's own cells washed away and the remaining tissue has been coated with human liver cells. After spending some time in a bioreactor it will emerge as a human liver. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "It's like they have their own eyes or what we call receptors that recognise the areas where they should attach or where they should be and they do that on their own because we kind of mix them together and they sort themselves out." Baptista believes this technique will make waiting lists for organ transplants a thing of the past. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "We still don't have the technology to take a few millions cells, which is how much we get from a biopsy, to billions." Regenerative medicine research attracts billions in funding every year. Dr.Atala says the money is well spent. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: "The goal of regenerative medicine is really to try and replace tissues or repair them. But the promise of regenerative medicine is that it can offer a cure rather than just manage disease." Dr. Atala believes making human organs is not so far off.
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"Animal ambassador" Ruuxa, a six-week-old cheetah cub that was rejected by its mother, is now "best friends" with a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy, which will be his lifelong companion, San Diego Zoo officials say. Full story: A 6-week-old cheetah joined the San Diego Zoo Safari Park as the newest ambassador to its Cheetah Run experience. The young cheetah was chosen to be raised by the Park after he was rejected by his mother in the wild. He was paired with cuddling companion, Raina, a 7-week-old Rhodesian ridgeback puppy. The Park wants the duo to live together 24-hours a day, and hopes that the young cheetah will learn how to build "social skills" in his new surrounding from the puppy as they grow up together. "They definitely like to play. When they do take naps, they'll very often snuggle up together and just get that warmth and that closeness," said San Diego Zoo Animal Training Manager, Suzie Ekard. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has starred in a parody video released by his office this week, in which he acts as though he is looking for a new job. In the video, written by his granddaughter, the 91-year old Peres, who has been in public service for 70 years, is seen trying his luck as a supermarket cashier, a pizza delivery man and a gas station worker, while still attempting to promote Middle East peace. "Go in peace! It's the only solution," Peres tells a driver after filling his car. "A nation that never loses hope gives tips and does not take them," he says to a customer who forgets to give him a tip for pizza delivery. The video, which is currently being shared via social media, made its debut at the annual Atlantic Council conference in New York City, according to Peres's office. It added that the former Israeli president would continue "to serve the State of Israel through education for coexistence, promoting democracy in the Middle East, and supporting Israeli technology, all through the diverse work of the Peres Center for Peace".
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Meet 22-year-old Manpreet Singh, a man trapped in a toddler's body. He is only 23 inches tall.
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Nadia Murad was captured and sold as a slave by ISIS three years ago. She was taken from Kojo, a Yazidi village in northern Iraq. On June 1, Murad finally returned home.
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One man's garbage is another man's fortune. In Bangladesh, used plastic bottles that are found in garbage dumps and litter drains and roadside dishes are providing much-needed income to impoverished people. They're also creating a new export commodity for the country. Here's a closer look. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Over the past five years, the recycling of the Poly Ethylene Terephthalate or PET bottles has steadily grown into an industry in Bangladesh. The extremely poor and street children scavenge the used packaging for food products, beverages and edible oils sell them to factory owners. The factories sort the bottles and containers into different colors before crushing them into pieces to make plastic flakes, which are in high demand from many Southeast Asian countries. Most of the work is done manually. [Parveen Begum, Recycling Worker]: "We have been working in this factory for five long years, we separate colored and white bottles from the dump. Four members of our family are working here and earning our livelihood out of this and living fine by the grace of God." The flakes are made into fibers and are a base material for clothing, pillows, carpets and polyester sheets. [Sarwar Wadud Chowdhury, Flake Exporters Assoc.]: "Poor people collect these non-traditional items from garbage and the roadside and supply them to our factories. In our factory we sort and recycle them to make PET flakes. These PET flakes are exported to China, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. Our importers make PSF which is known as Polyester Staple Fiber and these Polyester Staple Fibers are used in spinning mills." Bangladesh exported over 20,000 tons of PET flakes created in the 3,000 factories located across the country. This earned about $10 million last year and the business is growing by 20 percent every year.
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As we've been telling you this week, tens of thousands of villagers are protesting in Wukan, in Guangdong Province. Now the situation has become a standoff as villagers have kicked out both local officials and police. That came after the suspicious death of one villager in police custody. Here's the latest. The over twenty-thousand residents of the village of Wukan in south China's Guangdong Province have expelled all local Communist Party authorities, including police, and blocked road access to the village. The British newspaper The Telegraph was able to get a journalist on the ground in Wukan on Tuesday. Malcom Moore called the current incident the first time on record that the Party has "lost all control" in a situation of "open revolt." This marks the latest escalation in an ongoing confrontation between villagers and local Communist Party officials they've called corrupt and abusive. For three months, Wukan residents have been staging occasional large-scale protests against a longstanding series of abuses committed by local Party officials. The villagers' biggest grievance was corrupt officials profiting from illegally selling the villagers' land. The current intensified protest, including the expelling of all police and officials, came after the death in Party custody of Xue Jinbo. He was a Wukan resident who had served as a negotiator with authorities. Party officials claim Xue died of "cardiac failure." But Xue's family say there was evidence of torture on his body, including broken thumbs and bruises. By Monday, locals had stopped an attempt by hundreds of police and security personnel to enter Wukan. Those forces retreated to a backup location three miles distant, and are now blocking all food and water from entering the town. As of now, at the fifth day of what some are calling a rebellion, police remain blocked from entering, and some townspeople are making comments suggesting that the confrontation has become about more than just land seizures. The Telegraph quoted one villager as saying "We are not sleeping. A hundred men are keeping watch. We do not know what the government's next move will be, but we know we cannot trust them ever again." The situation in Wukan remains uncertain. Other media have managed to enter the village. But anything about Wukan is being quickly censored on the Chinese internet. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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The freshest thing in new music is fresh vegetables, and whatever is on the table at the Nan brother's household tonight, it probably isn't healthy. The two have been using all their veg for making musical instruments from vegetables and giving numerous performances in China. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Tired of munching on 'taters? Gnawing on carrots? Two brothers in Beijing have come up with an alternative use for roots, tubers, and gourds. Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have refined the art of fashioning musical instruments out of vegetables. The two were encouraged to study music by their music teacher father and came up with the idea of making instruments from vegetables two years ago. Nan Weidong explains that picking the right raw material is essential. [Nan Weidong, Musician]: "If the water content in vegetables evaporates, the tune will become higher than the basic tune or go out of tune. Therefore we choose the vegetables with as much water content as possible. The vegetables have to be solid and hard. We can't use those vegetables left over for days. They are too soft to be played." The brothers test the pitch of the instruments with an electronic tuner. [Nan Weiping, Musician]: "The deeper the hole, the lower the pitch. The shallower the hole, the high the pitch. Besides, the size of the hole also matters to guarantee the quality of the sound. The leeks only serve as decoration. I made it based on the principles of how Chinese panpipes work." These maestros of marrows have appeared on numerous TV shows and regularly receive payments of up to seven thousand US dollars for a performance. But vegetables have a shelf life, so each show requires a brand new set of carrot and leak panpipes and potato ocarinas.
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Yuriy Melnychuk has not only mastered the skill of embroidery, but also conducts master classes, teaching others. But unlike the stereotype for the craft, he is a man. Recently, on his birthday, he presented a unique collection of embroidered towels at a museum in Ukraine Full story: Who says embroidery is women's work? Yuriy Melnychuk has been embroidering for over 20 years. And he has not only created embroidered masterpieces, but has also trained many others in this art. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "Embroidery calms the nervous system in our crazy times both for women and men. It requires concentration and focus. Embroidery, in fact, is an active meditation." Melnychuk's favorite pieces have nothing to do with gender or age - they only have to be satisfying. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "I feel this tremendous harmony, greater strength, knowledge, and wisdom. Actually, these three components are ones that we need to cultivate in ourselves." The director of a museum where Yuriy works says the embroidery master is one-of-a-kind. [Peter Gonchar, Director, Ivan Honchar Museum]: "He lives inspired by this. Embroidery for him is not just a technique and something beautiful, but symbolism and a philosophy of life. This is very unusual. Perhaps, there is no one like him in the world today." Yuriy also studies ancient symbols embroidered on canvas. Traditional Ukrainian embroidery often reflects geometric patterns, flowers, the tree of life - even the swastika. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "This is an image of perpetual motion, endless renewal, the image of the sun that moves." On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Yuri presented his collection called "Embroidery, Like Life" at the Ivan Honchar Museum, where he's worked for more than 20 years. This exhibition features over 150 types of embroidery, including outfits for dolls and traditional Ukrainian towels. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "The end of the 19th century - that's one type of embroidery, and the 30 years of the 20th century - it's exactly the opposite. You would think that this is embroidered in another country. And this is the same village." Yuriy gives lectures on embroidery in schools, and has been invited abroad. The embroidery master`s dream to create a center of Ukrainian embroidery and costume to bring folk art closer to everyone. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "We know that embroidery, work on the potter's wheel and weaving are three crafts that increase our energy field twofold in a few short hours of work. If we practice them all the time, we have no problems with health." NTD News, Kiev, Ukraine For more news and videos visit http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Israeli physicists have discovered that the heat from laser light can weld flesh back together. Now they're experimenting with using it to heal wounds instead of using traditional stitching. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C The bonding is also achieved using a blood protein called albumin. It works a bit like micro hooks on each side of the cut. They attach to each other and bond tightly after the skin has cooled down. Professor Abraham Katzir demonstrates his laser technique on a piece of chicken breast. [Abraham Katzir, Head of Applied Physics]: "Both the edges of the cut and the albumin all stick together. And what the advantage is that you get, first of all, a strong bond, instead of sutures. Secondly it's watertight, so that infection can not penetrate." But it has also proven successful on human flesh. Wounds from patients have healed faster and with less scaring. The next step for Professor Katzir is to design a pen-like laser instrument. That way any doctor or medic could potentially use this technique. [Abraham Katzir, Head of Applied Physics]: "You will simply have an instrument that maybe will be in every hospital or in an emergency situation, or in an ambulance service, or in a battle field, that the less qualified surgeon or a medic, if there is a cut they can do it exactly like they do it in the Star Trek series...the television series. So it is science fiction made real." Professor Katzir is referring to the futuristic sci-fi TV series that used a so-called "Dermal Regenerator" to mend wounds. According to Katzir, this new laser method could also be used in keyhole surgery to seal internal wounds. This would then avoid the need for making large invasive incisions on the body. Katzir and his team hope to see their invention in operating rooms around the world in just a few years time.
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When two Swedish treasure hunters searched for champagne in shipwrecks, they came across something unusual, something they had never seen before. Our correspondent in Stockholm has more. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C When two Swedish treasure hunters went out in June this year searching for ancient bottles of champagne in shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea, they found more than they'd bargained for. Dennis Åsberg and Peter Lindberg didn't find any champagne, they found something else. A huge disc-shaped object showed up in their sonar pictures 197 feet in diameter, as big as a jumbo jet. [Peter Lindberg, Ocean Explorer]: "I magnified it, looked at it and realized that this is very unusual, in my years as a treasure hunter I have many hours in front of the sonar, I've never seen anything like it." On the sonar it looked like a point of impact, as though something had hit the ocean floor, continuing 4000 feet, creating a track before it came to a halt. It had dug into the sea bed making a sand bar on its right side. The object is about 275 feet deep, the Baltic sea floor is dead with no underwater currents to create such sandbars. Recently another object was found about 500 feet from the mysterious disc. According to Peter this object comes from the same direction as the disc and could be a part of it. Sonar shows the objects are made of hard material. It could be something like hard concrete, granite or of some kind of metals. The two explorers have been in contact with many experts around the world and no one can say what it is. But many speculate on things like a Russian ship from the World Wars, a meteorite or a UFO. [Dennis Åsberg, The ocean explorer team]: "We live in a universe that is gigantically big. It's not impossible that it is so. Well then we have found it, that's cool, but as I said, I believe more that it would be something that is dumped perhaps a submarine base that the Russians had or something like that" Dennis says that finding a financier for this project is not as easy as when they search for antique wine bottles or historic artifacts. For those who can afford it there will soon be a chance to follow the ocean explorer team in a submarine on their first trip down to the hidden mystery in May 2012. NTD News, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Germany's Otto Bock health care has created the first-ever prosthetic arm that can be controlled by the patient's own mind. At the age of 17, Christian Kandlbauer, lost both arms in an accident. Four years on, he's been fitted with a limb he can control by thinking. [Christian Kandlbauer, Prothetic Patient]: "This prosthetic feels like my own hand before the accident. With this hand I can feel again, I can detect pressure and vibration." The device uses the nerves that previously controlled his arm -- now transplanted to his chest. Electrical signals from the brain are sent to the nerves and decoded by the arm's computer. Dr Hubert Egger, of developers Otto Bock, say the device can make a real difference for users. [Dr. Hubert Egger, Otto Bock]: "It's about constructing a prosthesis in such a way that it means as much quality of life for people as possible, and that it even creates quality of life." Egger said the aim was to construct a prosthesis as close to reality as possible. [Dr. Hubert Egger, Otto Bock]: "At the moment, with this prosthesis that feels like a real hand, we can learn how far the result differs depending on the compromises we make, and then in hindsight evaluate the compromises as they affect the quality of the results." Christian Kandlbauer says his hope is to eventually live independently. [Christian Kandlbauer, Prothetic Patient]: "I got the driving licence in October, so the next big step is to live alone, really live alone, completely self-sufficient and independent, without needing help from others any more. That is actually the key thing." The technology cost millions to develop, but the cost should come down and with around with an estimated 10 million amputees world-wide, there are plenty of people who could benefit. For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A Texas baby, born with part of her heart outside her body ( Ectopia Cordis) , defies the odds and leaves hospital following a successful surgery. Full story: Baby Audrina was born with one third of her heart outside of her body - a rare and often fatal heart condition. It was first discovered when her mother, 25-year old Ashley Cardenas was 16 weeks pregnant. Barely a day after her birth on October 15th, baby Audrina was rushed for open heart surgery. Doctors at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston operated on her for 6 hours. They had to create a cavity to fit her tiny, beating heart and then cover it with skin from other parts of her body. Three months later, baby Audrina is thriving and making progress every day. But doctors say they will eventually perform reconstructive surgery to give her a sternum when she's older. [Ashley Cardenas, Mother]: "They will actually take part of her rib bones to perform some type of protection over her heart that will eventually grow with her but all that depends on how big and strong she grows before they'll decide on doing surgery, plastic surgery for that." For now, baby Audrina must wear a protective shield around her chest that will protect her heart as she continues to grow. Only eight in one million babies are born with this rare heart condition. Of those eight, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life. But despite the odds, Audrina is leaving the hospital today. [Ashley Cardenas, Mother]: "I'm very excited, very anxious, nervous, all at once that we are able to go home. But, it's a very very big step it's been a blessing to finally say we're going home after three and a half months." Needless to say, they are excited to leave the hospital. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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