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Japanese Math Professor Excellent Optical Illusionist
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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Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms
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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See Robot Dog Run
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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Young Greeks Create Self-reliant Island Society
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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Johnny Depp surprises sick children in Australian hospital
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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Chinese Farmer Builds his own Bionic Arms
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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Japanese Company Invents Water Fueled Car
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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Naquatica: Bosnia Pyramid Carbon Dated 25 Thousand Years Old
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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Monkey Business: Monkeys as Waiters in Japan
And now onto an unusual tip to fight off a business crisis. A Japanese tavern owner is bringing up a new generation of customer pleasing waiters: macaque monkeys. Are you ready for some monkey business? 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 This "sake house" in northern Tokyo employs two popular and unusual waiters. They are named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan (pronounced Yat-tchan and Fookoo-chan), and are a pair of Japanese macaque monkeys. Four-year-old Fuku-chan has already two years of experience under his furry belt. His main duty is delivering hot towels to customers before they order their drinks. This is how 12 year-old Yat-chan learned the tricks of the trade. [Kaoru Otsuka, Tavern Owner]: "Yat-chan first learned by just watching me working in the restaurant. It all started when one day I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer." Both monkeys are well appreciated by customers who tip them with boiled soy beans. [Takayoshi Soeno, Tavern Customer]: "The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones!" Yat-chan is a natural and is always eager to please his customers. [Shoichi Yano, Tavern Customer]: "These guys are really adorable. They're like my kids. Well actually better -- my son doesn't listen to me but Yat-chan will." And customers are impressed that Yat-chan understands their order. [Miho Takikawa, Tavern Customer]: "We called out for more beer just then and it brought us some beer, right? It's amazing how it seems to understand human words." Both monkeys were once household pets. But now they are certified restaurant employees. The monkey pair work in shifts of up to a maximum of two hours a day, due to animal rights regulations. And so their employer is now ready to train three new baby monkeys this year. He hopes to bring up a new generation of Japanese waiters and waitresses.
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Yoga Super Gran Full of Amazing Vitality at 84
For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Follow us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision Most of us today are searching for that magic elixir to keep ourselves feeling great. But the answer could lie right in front of us. Lets see how this amazing granny does it. NTD's Angela Anderson with more. With her movie star looks and soft demeanor, this glamorous Gran will take you by surprise. Bette Calman has been teaching yoga for the last fifty years, and shows no signs of slowing down. At 84 years of age, her moves on the floor may leave most of us feeling just a bit out of shape. [Bette Calman, Super Gran]: "Doesn't matter if your feeling tired, just lay down, do a little bit of yoga and you feel good." Bette first started practicing yoga when she was working in the hotel industry, as she found that doing headstands after long days helped ease her aching legs. [Bette Calman, Super Gran]: "I started more or less on my own until I found a Master, Michael Volin and he started me on the path." There were no books about yoga when she started, so she learnt by word of mouth from Michael Volin, a renowned yoga teacher in the fifties. She still teaches the same way today. Her favourite postures are the shoulder and headstands, both of which she can still do with ease. Television and print embraced her in the fifties and she became a regular feature, with her rubber band like postures and never a hair out of place. [Evlleen Darcey, Yoga Student]: "Yes her classes have helped me greatly. There so dynamic. You go in there feeling tense and you come out floating." She is still teaching classes locally at her daughter's yoga school in a trendy bayside suburb in Melbourne. Bette has been vegetarian for many years, and finds her diet in combination with the yoga has kept her disease free and healthy all her life. [Bette Calman, Super Gran]: "I haven't been to a doctor, I go to a eye doctor, but not the other doctor for 50 years. I don't get colds, I don't get headaches so I suppose I'm healthy." So with a lifestyle of little of sleep, hours of daily exercise, small amounts of plain food and loads of energy, this amazing super gran may leave most of us wondering about our own choices. Well, after a day spent with yoga extraordinary Bette I think I need to put my feet up and relax. Angela Anderson, NTD News, Melbourne, Australia
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Learn Chinese - Ordering Food in Chinese Resturants
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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Neil Armstrong - First Moon Landing 1969
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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Invisibility Breakthrough for Japanese Researchers
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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The Three Kingdoms - Powers Compete for the Empire
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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Wouldn't Last? Longest Married Couple at 81 Years, Connecticut
Connecticut couple shares their secrets to longevity as they prepare to mark their 81st wedding anniversary. Full Story: John and Ann Betar eloped on November 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They drove as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann's father's plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older. Now, their 81st wedding anniversary is approaching on Monday. The couple were named on Valentine's Day by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as 2013's "longest married couple" in America. John Betar, 102, chuckles recalling how mad the family was about their elopement and how his wife's aunt consoled his father-in-law by telling him not to worry, as the marriage would not last. Their secret? [John Betar, Married for 80 Years]: "Just contentment; being contented with what you have, what you're doing." [Ann Betar, Married for 80 Years]: "If you think a little bit about what you're doing and if it's wrong and he tries to straighten it out, we straighten it out. And if not, you just try to go along with it." Ann Betar, now 98-years old. [Ann Betar]: "Don't think life is smooth all around." [John Betar]: "It's only about cooking, that's the only arguments we had." [Ann Betar]: "See? That's what he thinks! It's only about the cooking." The day the couple tied the knot, the Great Depression was in full swing, "King Kong" had yet to shake up the silver screen, and future U.S. President John F. Kennedy was just a high school student. Asked of their first anniversary, the pair say they were just lucky to eat. [John Betar]: "I was a fruit peddler and we had a lot of vegetables. We lived on vegetables." Life has not always been easy. The couple lost one daughter and their only son to cancer within the past 15 years. [Ann Betar]: "Marriage isn't a lovey-dovey thing, you know, for 80 years. You learn to accept one another's ways of life, agreements, disagreements—disagreements on our children, preparation on bringing up your kids. That was the main interest, was your children." Their advice for married couples nowadays: [Ann Betar]: "They expect miracles of each other like 'you have to agree with me, this is what I want to do,' but it doesn't work that way. I mean we're all different... your children are all different. Find out what interests them the most and work on that." The Betars have five children, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 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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Pakistani Teenage Activist  Malala Yousafzai Tells Her Story To John Stewart
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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Japanese Dream Recording Machine
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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Discovering China - Story of Zhuge Liang
By Margaret Trey, PhD Zhuge Liang, also known as Kong Ming, lived from 181 to 234 AD, during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history. He was born in what is now Shandong province. Zhuge Liang was a brilliant statesman and was considered the greatest military strategist of his era. He was Liu Bei's chief military adviser and was later appointed prime minister of the Shu state after the Three Kingdoms were established. Zhuge Liang is often depicted wearing the traditional outfit of a Daoist priest and carrying a goose feather fan in one hand. His reputation as a gifted intellectual living in seclusion earned him the nickname, "Crouching Dragon or "Wolong" in Chinese. According to historical accounts, Liu Bei visited Zhuge Liang's humble thatched cottage three times seeking his help. On the third visit, Zhuge Liang agreed to help Liu Bei's attempt to restore the Han Dynasty. Zhuge Liang was also a musician, an accomplished scholar, a visionary, and a creative inventor. According historical texts, Zhuge Liang invented the land mine, an automatic transport wagon similar to the wheelbarrow, and also the repeating semi-automatic bow called "Zhuge Crossbow" that could shoot farther and faster. It was believed that Zhuge Liang invented the Sky or Kongming lantern. He created the lanterns when General Sima Yi of the Wei state trapped him in Pingyang. After reading the message on the lantern, neighboring troops came to his help. One legend has it that Zhuge Liang invented the Chinese steamed bun, or "mantou"—which means barbarian's head. He conceived the mantou after a battle against Meng Huo, the barbarian king, in the southern region of China. Zhuge Liang and the Shu army had to cross a dangerous, swift-flowing river. He was advised that he needed to offer the heads of 50 men to appease the river spirit. But Zhuge Liang did not want to sacrifice any human life. He killed some cows and horses instead, placed the meat inside the steamed buns—shaped roughly like human heads—and threw the buns into the river. Hence he called the steamed buns, "mantou." It was believed that Zhuge Liang created the rock formation called the Stone Sentinel Maze using the ancient Chinese theory of the Eight Trigrams or Bagua. Many took this formation as supernormal. Zhuge Liang was believed to have supernormal powers because of his abilities to harmonize with natural forces and to come up with creative solutions in the midst of danger. He excelled in the reading of the ancient Daoist I-Ching or the Book of Changes. He created the Eight Dispositions battle tactics or army formations—based on his understanding of the I-Ching and the Bagua. The legendary stories of Zhuge Liang charmed many Chinese who respected him like a god. This was more so after a Ming Dynasty writer, Luo Guanzhong, published the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Today, Zhuge Liang's military prowess, loyalty, and devoted service to Liu Bei have been immortalized—in literary works, such as books, poetry and songs, movies, and even video games.
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120 Year-Old Woman Refuses to Age
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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Rooftop Gardens Popularity Explodes
High above the canopy of Manhattan's concrete jungle, lies a garden oasis. A flowering rose bush is surrounded by lilies and lavender. Succulents and cactus plants flourish in the shadow of a small maple tree. Rooftop meadows are far from the norm in New York City. But thats exactly what homeowner David Puchkoff has created on the roof of his West Village apartment. [David Puchkoff, Owner]: "It's an insulation issue. There's less heat loss in the winter and you retain your cool that you have from your air conditioning in the summer and so all in all it's a win win situation. And aside from that, it's just a delight to look at." Puchkoff lives with his wife and daughter on the top floor of a six-story building. He says he was inspired to create a porch and garden after visiting friends, interstate. He went to an architect, then an engineer. After some calculations to determine the amount of weight the building structure could handle, Puchkoff went to work. After sealing the roof, he installed a four-layer system of membranes. Its designed to retain water, protect the roof from root growth and support drip lines to water the young plants. Then came the soil and finally, the plants, which is where Ed Snodgrass came in. [Ed Snodgrass, Green Roof Consultant]: "I think his project is fantastic." Snodgrass is internationally recognized as an expert in green roof systems. His particular specialty is the flora itself. He travels all over the world advising on the types of plants that best suit particular conditions. He says the global trend toward going green has seen explosive growth in the business of roof gardens. [Ed Snodgrass, Green Roof Consultant]: "There's not a lot of opportunity in cities to add vegetation. Streets, sidewalks, walls, all those are out of the questions and rooftop remains the obvious place to revegetate and now, I think once the technology and the techniques have caught on, now it's become more and more doable and affordable". Ed says compared to Europe, the United States has some catching up to do when it comes to roof garden technology. Most of his business is focused on commercial property. He points to former client David Puchkoff's garden in the sky as an example of what's also possible for homeowners. Puchkoff says the benefits of a green roof are many. [David Buchkoff, Owner]: "We get morning doves, we get woodpeckers, we've got bees. There's life that's happening now because of this and all that just makes it more delightful." The meadow is "low maintenance," but not "no maintenance." [David Buchkoff, Owner]: "I do have to weed. I'm not a gardener, but I am a weeder and I'm a pretty good weeder now. It just takes me away from everything to get down onto my hands and knees and look around and see which one of these little plants is one that belongs here is a succulent and which one I don't want to have overrun the rest of the garden and make my decisions. So all in all I don't see anything that's a problem with this. I think everyone should have a green roof."
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Indian Designer Creates DIY Recycled Fashion from Thrifted Clothing
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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Children's Orchestra Play Instruments Made from Trash
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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New York Engineering Grad Brings Hybrid Technology to Bike Design
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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Discovering China - The Han Dynasty-China's First Golden Age
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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Discovering China - Shanxi Style Praying Mantis Kung Fu
[Ben] "So I'm here with Longfei Yang, he's a master of the Shanxi style Praying Mantis Kung Fu, thanks very much for being here with us today Longfei." [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "I'm very happy to be here with everyone." [Ben] "So Longfei, can you give us a little introduction, what is the Shanxi style Praying Mantis?" [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "The history of the Praying Mantis style can be verified by many historical records which all say that it started with a Chinese man called Wang Lang. Wang Lang saw some Praying Mantis's while he was in a competition. He had lost in a competition of martial arts and then saw a Praying Mantis fighting a cicada. Using the movements of the Praying Mantis he created the Praying Mantis style Kung Fu. Later on, the Praying Mantis was spread over the country through Shaolin Temples. In Chinese history, there was a General in Yuanguo Temple in Shanxi Province. When he went back to his hometown in Henan Province after his retirement, he found that a little Shaolin monk called Xiaolong was learning the Praying Mantis from the General's son. The little monk was very interested in this Mantis. The General was very unhappy that his son is teaching the Mantis to an outsider. In ancient China, families are usually conservative on this. Monk Xiaolong was very smart. He asked to become a disciple to learn the Praying Mantis. The abbot in the temple also helped him to convince the General to teach him. Thus, the General happily accepted him as a disciple and took him back to his Henan hometown to teach him the Mantis. Later on, this Mantis was spread in Shanxi and became the popular Shanxi Praying Mantis." [Ben] "So, what's the difference between Shanxi Praying Mantis and Shandong Praying Mantis." [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "The most significant difference is that Shanxi Praying Mantis is more gentle. It's a gentle school of Praying Mantis, which is the method of using soft to overcome hard. Bending postures and straight postures are rotating, relying on inner strength and borrowing power to fight. Therefore it's called gentle Praying Mantis. Shandong Praying Mantis is strong, fast, and vigorous. So its style looks very hard and strong. Thus people called it martial Praying Mantis." [Ben] "So the Shanxi Tanglang is more of a soft style than the Shandong. Could you show us some of the basic techniques." [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "One of the most important basic movements of Shanxi Praying Mantis is called Chanwan, which is moving the wrist, fingers, and joint. The practicing starts from making small circles. You can make circle from inside or outside. A simple circle can transform into Goushou and Huashou. If you spread out further, then it becomes Huashou. If you move toward inside, then it's Goushou. All the twisting and fighting are involved in one movement." [Ben] "So how those two techniques are used in combat?" [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "It changes when you apply it. It's different when different people use them, and it changes in different situations. For example, when someone is punching, the fist can change into Huashou. When he's doing Goushou, it's like this. This is Gou and Hua." [Ben] "That's awesome and very powerful too. And I understand these techniques are also used for locking hands. How does that work." [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "In the process of capturing someone, when catching on wrist, one's body can turn to push the power down. In this way, this person's joint will be locked." [Ben] "That's certainly very effective. Thanks very much for sharing some of the secrets of your Kung Fu with us today Longfei. Just lastly I know there are a lot of different forms of routines in the Praying Mantis Kung Fu. Perhaps you would like to show us some of those routines" [Longfei Yang, Praying Mantis Kung Fu Master] "Sure, no problem. Today let me show everyone the Dalianquan, of the Shanxi Praying Mantis"
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Learn Chinese - The Tones of Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin Chinese uses the Pinyin system to spell out Chinese words with English letters. The tone marks are then added above the vowels. Tone 1: ¯ Tone 2: ´ Tone 3: ˇ Tone 4: ` So when words are written with tone markers they look like this: Mā, má, mǎ, mà Bā, bá, bǎ, bà Please subscribe for more fun with Chinese language!
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Killed for Organs: China's Secret State Transplant Business
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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Alive! Film Plane Disaster Anniversary Rugby Match
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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U.K. Man Gets Artificial Heart in Pioneering Surgery
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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What Is the Cultural Revolution?
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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Air New Zealand Releases Another Hobbit Themed in-Flight Safety Video
Air New Zealand makes another Middle Earth themed in-flight safety video ahead of the December release of the final film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Full Story: Air New Zealand has released another Hobbit themed in-flight air safety video, starring dwarves, elves and orcs ahead of the December release of the final film in trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Actor, Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo in the hit series and director Sir Peter Jackson also feature in the safety video, which involved the cast and crew of the feature films and was shot at some of the Middle-earth locations which appear in The Hobbit Trilogy. Air New Zealand's first safety video to be inspired by The Hobbit films, An Unexpected Briefing, attracted more than 12 million global online views, a statement from the airline said. 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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Rejected cheetah cub cuddles up with puppy pal
"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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Robotic Seals Help Heal Japan's Elderly Tsunami Victims
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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Learn Chinese - Greetings in Chinese, Ni Hao, Zao Shang Hao
This week we look at some of the basic greetings in Mandarin Chinese. 你好 - Nǐ Hǎo - Hello 早上好 - Zǎo Shàng Hǎo - Good Morning 早 - Zǎo - Morning 吃了嗎? - Chī le ma? - Have you eaten? 吃了 - Chī le - I have eaten. If you are new to this series, first check out the tones of Mandarin Chinese: http://youtu.be/kYjFB-MF1KU
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Prince Harry's Notes Are Blown Away as He Makes Speech to Launch Invictus Games Team
Prince Harry attends the British Armed Forces Team announcement for the Invictus Games and his notes are blown away by the wind as he makes his speech. Full Story: Prince Harry wished luck to the service personnel who will represent Britain at the inaugural Invictus Games on Wednesday. The 29-year-old cracked jokes in his speech and raised more laughs when the notes for his speech blew away at the announcement of the biggest British military sports team ever assembled from wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women. The competitors will take on rivals from 13 other nations in a Paralympic-style competition in London next month. He said: "Prosthetics, dogs, wheelchairs, high-performance cars, 4x4s, tattoos - we've got everything here. It could only be the Invictus Games." As the notes for his speech blew away, raising laughter from the audience, Harry was forced to retrieve them, joking: "No blowing from the left, thank you." The final members of the 130-strong team, from across the UK, were chosen on criteria including commitment to training, performance, progression in their sport, and feedback from their coaches. The Games start on September 10. 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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Hong Kong Company Converts Plastic to Fuel
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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Flapping Wings Make Aviation History
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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India's Plastic Roads a Success
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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Test firing aims to show how 17th century sea battles were conducted
A 24-pounder gun was successfully fired at a newly-built section of the Royal Swedish warship Vasa's hull on Wednesday (October 22). The firing is part of a research project which aims to show how sea battles during the early 17th century were fought and the effect guns had in these battles. The research project, funded by The Friends of the Vasa Museum support association, will look at the firing distances chosen and the impact of different kinds of ammunition. It also seeks to understand under what conditions the gun crews were operating, exposed to blast waves, noise and smoke and operating heavy weights on a moving platform. According to The Friends of the Vasa Museum, the test firing was successful and showed that Vasa's cannon had considerable firepower and fairly good precision at moderate distances. The Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. It is the only preserved 17th century ship in the world and can now be seen in a specially built museum in Stockholm. Copies of Vasa's gun carriage, cannon, a 24-pound cannonball and a 4,5x3,4 metre section of its hull in solid oak were produced for the test. Gun powder with a similar chemical composition as used on Vasa was also made in Germany. A report will be published in 2015 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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Baby Elephant Cools Off In Baby Pool
A baby elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo decided to take a break from the hot summer Texas heat and take a dip in a baby pool Wednesday. (July 31) Belle, the three-week old baby elephant at the zoo played in an inflatable pool that zoo officials added to the elephants enclosure for her enjoyment. Zoo officials told local media that Belle weighted 330 pounds when she was born on July 7 and is gaining two pounds per day. She is the second Asian elephant to be born at the Fort Worth Zoo in its 104-year history. Asian elephants have been listed as endangered since 1976.
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Tomb Of Ancient Mayan Queen Uncovered in Guatemala
Remains of an ancient Maya queen are discovered in a rare tomb in Guatemala. Full Script: Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered a rare tomb with the remains of an ancient Maya warrior queen. The tomb was packed with treasures - glistening jade jewels and finely crafted ceramic vases. A small alabaster vase reveals the identity of the Queen. [David Freidel, Lead Archaeologist]: "We know it is a queen because she is buried with special carved stone object, it's very small but it has a portrait of her in white alabaster. And on the other side of the same small stone jar is her name and it says that she is a queen and that she is a woman of the royal house of the snake dynasty. And in this period of time in Peten the snake dynasty ruled the Maya world." The tomb was discovered at the Peru-Waka archaeology site in Guatemala's northern Peten region. Researches are especially pleased to learn the identity of the queen. [Griselda Perez, Archaeologist]: "It's very important for us to know the name of the person that is in this tomb because in the Maya area it is very difficult. At the same site of Peru (Waka) there have been discoveries of other tombs with many hieroglyphic inscriptions or with none but if there are many inscriptions we don't know if they're referring to the person (in the tomb). In this case to be particularly specific and mainly this alabaster jar carved in the shape of a shell does have the name of the person including their origin that says Queen Lady of Kalackmul K'abel." Queen K'abel is thought to have lived in the late 7th century during the Mayan classic period. This period is often characterized by fierce battles with rival kingdoms. 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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Investigating 5,000-Year-Old Huts in Ukraine
For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision At 5,000 years, the Trypillian Culture, also called the Cucuteni Culture, is considered one the oldest in Europe. Ukrainian archaelogists celebrate the 30th anniversary of the start of research on a large Tripolye settlement. Our correspondents visited the excavations. From the break of dawn, students from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy are in the field. Armed with knives and brushes, they practice what they've learned in archaeology. By gradually unearthing this ancient structure, located in the Cherkassi region of Ukraine, students get a feel for the old farming culture. [Olga Sosnitskaya, Cultural Studies Student]: "We have to pick up ground, and immediately wipe it with a brush, very gently protecting the plaster from damage, and see what's down there. And so we clear away very consistently and very slowly." During more than ten years of practical training in Talyanki, students have dug up 46 homes from the 2700 that are estimated to be there. Archaeologists are proud of this settlement, thought to be the world's largest in that era. [Alexey Corwin-Piotrowski, Scientific Secretary, Institute of Archaeology NAS of Ukraine]: "This population, which we call Tripolye, has not gone the usual way of civilization and urbanization. Instead of a state, there were large populations existing in rural structures." [Ruslana Demchuk, Director of Student Practice]: "Inhabitants of Tripolye lived in large villages. They built their homes like this, with defensive walls. And in the center - a circle. It was a kind of arena where they organized different activities. They kept the sacred bulls there." For archaeologists, these old stones and ceramics are a language that speaks volumes about the past. [Alexey Corwin-Piotrowski, Scientific Secretary, Institute of Archaeology NAS of Ukraine]: "In this part there was a bench where dishes stood. And then next to the bench, graters for corn. One could sit on the bench, thresh the corn and grind it to make flour." [Anna Varavva, NTD Correspondent]: "Judging by the remains, there was an orange clay furnace here. In a Trypillian home it occupies a significant part of the house. And these shards are the remains of ancient pottery". It's not yet known if Trypillian homes were two-stories high and if or why they were burned. The field work is being funded by a businessman from the UK. [Bertrand Coste, Philanthropist]: "I think it is interesting for other people who try to understand what Ukraine is. It is not the creation of Russia, this is not a new country. It is a population and civilization settlement which is extremely old." The archeological finds make their way to the Tripolye culture museum, located in a neighboring village. Next to the museum are some reconstructed Tripolye homes. The first floor is made of wood, the second out of clay. The exposition begins with photographs documenting the first stages of the excavation. [Anna Varavva, NTD Correspondent]: "In this aerial photo, you can determine where the Tripolye settlement could be. These dark lines suggest that this is where one needs to dig." There are a variety of findings in the museum: from a stone with a trace of fossilized animals to a model of a Tripolye hut. For example, this house is five-and-a-half-thousand years old. [Vladislav Chabanyuk, Director, "Tripolye Culture" Reserve]: "These houses were used for rituals. We can see a lot of holes. Perhaps the gods had lived there, maybe some spirits." By around 2700 BC, Tripolye culture ceased to exist. To this day it remains one of the least studied cultures. And archaeologists still have a long way to go in solving the mysteries of the Trypillian civilization. NTD News, Cherkassi Region, Ukraine
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The Earthquake-Proof Tower in Japan - Secret Revealed
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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Pigeons Used to Smuggled Drugs
ANCHOR: Brazilian prison authorities have discovered a new smuggling scheme used in jails. Carrier pigeons are being used to deliver drugs and mobile phones to inmates. Here's more on this story. STORY: Brazilian prison authorities have recently discovered inmates smuggling in drugs and mobile phones through an unusual channel. The inmates of Sao Paulo state penitentiary were using carrier pigeons to get the goods inside the jail. The prison is located in Marilia, some four hundred fifty kilometers away from the city of Sao Paulo. Inmates were kept under close surveillance when it was discovered they were somehow getting contraband. The jail's security guards only began to suspect the pigeons had a connection to the increasing amount of drugs and phones inside the cells after they observed some birds were having difficulty in flying. This was confirmed once prison officers found out that some of the birds had small backpacks attached to them. Wanderlei Gatti, a pigeon breeder, believes the prisoners have been taming the birds themselves. [Wanderlei Gatti, Pigeon Breeder]: "Someone is breeding these pigeons inside the cells and they are being tamed inside the prison." The penitentiary also intensified the search to relatives before weekly visits after a woman was caught leaving the prison with two carrier pigeons inside a box. Investigations later revealed that one of the inmates had managed to tame the birds and make a nest in his cell. The pigeons would then be passed on to people outside the prison through the visitors. Police chief Paulo de Souza said it was surprising that such old-fashioned methods were still being used. [Paulo de Souza, Police Chief]: " In the digital era we still find this situation involving post pigeons." Carrier pigeons were first used by the Egyptians and the Persians over three thousand years ago.
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Healing Wound with Laser Stitches
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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Japan's Solar City of Future
While most people in the world are considering more energy efficient means of living, Japan is one step ahead. One solar-powered city offers an energy self-sufficient community that produces its own power. Let's take a look. These dark rectangular solar panels could hold the key to a completely self-sufficient community. Ota City, located about 80 kilometers north of Tokyo, is one of Japan's sunniest spots and home to strawberry fields. Quite interestingly enough this nature hotspot is where 550 homes are given free solar panels from the government, as part of a study on how avoid blackouts by sharing solar power. Mika Hiroshima's family moved to the neighborhood three years ago to try out solar power. All of her electrical appliances are mostly powered by solar energy and when they have some unused electricity left, they can sell it to a local power company and make a profit of up to 5,000 yen, or about 50 U.S. dollars, a month. [Mika Hiroshima, House Wife]: "I had never thought I'd be receiving money instead of paying when I receive electricity bills. People had told me how good this is but I didn't believe it until I actually saw negative numbers on my electricity bills. Then I realized how wonderful this system is." Solar panel makers say that at high noon in sunny weather, a 4-kilowatt rooftop power generator can yield enough power to run four dryers at once. In cloudy weather, the power generated is less than half of that. Experts say if families buy them at the current market price, it would take two to three decades before they could recover costs of about two million yen, or 20,000 U.S. dollars. Ota housing development manager Kazuo Nakashima says the high equipment cost still is the biggest challenge in spreading the eco-friendly system. [Kazuo Nakashima, Housing Development Manager]: "Through this project, we've cleared technical issues over solar power generation in private homes. Now, the biggest challenge is how to reduce the cost of solar panels and related equipment." The Japanese government scrapped solar panel subsidies in 2006, but it is planning to revive them next year, with the new subsidies expected to cover 10 percent of installation costs. 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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Introduction to Cantonese Cuisine, NTD's International Culinary Competition
Introduction to Cantonese Cuisine, NTD's International Culinary Competition NTD's International Culinary Competition descends upon the heart of New York in September 2011 Follow NTD's International Culinary Competition for more info and updates Facebook ☛http://www.facebook.com/BestChineseChefs Twitter ☛http://www.twitter.com/NTDCulinary Website☛http://www.bestchinesechefs.com/
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African Rangers Get Military Training to Beat Rhino Poaching
Park rangers at the Madikwe Game Reserve get Special Forces Military style training to combat rhino poaching which is set to hit a record high in 2013. Full story: As a group of journalists turn their backs to them, five armed rangers in camo military dress melt into the African bush under a baking sun. Such infantry-style tactics of concealment and ambush are credited with turning the tide on one frontline in the rhino-poaching wars in South Africa's rugged Madikwe Game Reserve. Since April, the park's rangers have been undergoing military training overseen by a former British special forces soldier. They've also been kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment provided by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, a charity that supports anti-poaching initiatives on the continent. [Alan Ives, Ex-British Army Soldier]: "Traditionally it takes about three weeks to teach this and we push this through in six days. So we run from five in the morning until about eight at night. We train them on unarmed combat, we train them weapons skills, patrolling, cam and concealment, basic field admin, communications and navigation." The rangers in Madikwe have bushcraft skills and a rich knowledge of flora and fauna honed from lifetimes spent in the rough countryside. [Alan Ives, Ex-British Army Soldier]: "One of the guys had no boots to fit him and some of the guys had no socks. Not all of them had matching uniforms. They had one set of uniform and they couldn't wash it. So for 20 days they kept that on and they stank, and then they washed it. When we came here we changed all that. We gave them two sets of uniforms per guy. We gave them brand new boots, we gave them socks, we gave them, taught them how to shoot. And all of them can shoot now very, very comfortably at 200 yards and most at 600 yards as well." The Madikwe rangers now have scopes mounted to their rifles and torches or flashlights for night patrols, among other equipment upgrades. [Given Nimane, Ranger]: "All we had was just bush experience, we didn't know how to handle a rifle properly. We couldn't shoot perfect. We didn't have that much combat skills when it comes to, maybe let me say, we hit contact, what to do. How to react if something happens. But after Alan and them came, yeah they changed our lives a lot. I've got kids so I don't want my kids to end up seeing a rhino on 10 Rand cash. So I decided I have to be in the bush fight for their future." Since the training began in April, the park has not lost a single rhino. The success of such tactics in Madikwe compared to Israeli-sized Kruger National Park—which has lost 500 rhinos so far this year and counting—may come down to size and geography. Rhinos are being gunned down in a wave of poaching to meet soaring demand from newly-affluent economies in Asia, notably Vietnam and China. The animal's horn is highly prized as a crucial ingredient in traditional medicines. At 65-thousand dollars a kilogram, rhino horn on the streets of major Asian cities is now more valuable than gold or platinum. According to government data, as of November 6, 825 rhino had been poached in South Africa in 2013, compared to 668 for 2012. 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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German AIDS Patient Cured
An AIDS patient is apparently free of HIV after receiving a bone marrow transplant during leukemia treatment. He received stem cells from a donor with that a genetic mutation, making him immune to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Here's more. STORY: These German doctors have witnessed what could be a medical breakthrough. They've been treating a leukemia patient - at the Benjamin Franklin clinic in Berlin - and part of the therapy was a bone marrow transplant. But the man, a 42-year-old American living in the German capital, also has AIDS. After receiving the transplant - amazingly it seems he is no longer HIV positive - a story that's made front-page news in Germany. Dr. Gero Huetter - who's a leukemia specialist - is the doctor who treated him. He replaced the patient's bone marrow cells with stem cells from a donor who has a genetic mutation that prevents them catching HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. [Gero Huetter, Doctor]: "The treatment, the stem cell transplant, was carried out to treat the leukemia, and not to treat the HIV infection. If you like, that was a side-effect, we would have carried out the stem cell transplant anyway, even if we hadn't found the suitable donor with the mutation." The patient hasn't taken anti-retroviral AIDS drugs for almost two years. But the doctors still haven't been able to detect HIV in his blood. But the unusual medical side-effect of this case won't change treatment for HIV sufferers: [Gero Huetter, Doctor]: "This is because the therapy has such a high mortality rate that it can't be justified ethically, other than in this special situation, where the patient has to have a transplant due to another illness. I say this, in order to reduce false hopes." Doctors are still a long way from finding a cure for AIDS - and this case doesn't change that. But it's hoped this discovery could open up new avenues of research, as scientists work towards finding a way to tackle HIV. 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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Cuban Scientists Treat Cancer With Scorpion Venom
Scientists in Cuba find a new way to treat cancer -- using scorpion venom... Full story: Cuban scientists are researching a range of cancer treatments based on scorpion venom. The venom is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect, and may even shrink tumors or inhibit their growth. Last year, the state-run pharmaceutical firm LABIOFAM Business Group launched a homeopathic medicine based on the scorpion venom. [Niudis Cruz, LABIOFAM Business Group, Doctor]: "It improves and alleviates symptoms that come with cancer, such as pain, inflammation and loss of appetite, depending on the general state of their illness." The product is currently licensed for sale in parts of Latin America and China. In Europe it is still awaiting approval, but has already attracted attention. [Antonio Fraga, LABIOFAM Business Group, Director]: "In places where it isn't on sale yet, people are coming here for it -- in significant numbers. So far, about 35,000 Italians have flown to Cuba to buy the product." A series of scorpion farms have now opened across Cuba. About one liter of venom can be produced on each farm per month, enough to produce 100,000 bottles of medicine. Research projects in the U.S., Israel, Iran and China are also looking at various applications for scorpion venom, including pesticides, painkillers, and treatments for arthritis and cancer. At a recent symposium in Havana, LABIOFAM presented details of its latest pre-clinical trials on a range of new venom-based medicines. Pharmaceutical-grade drugs need much more rigorous testing than homeopathic products. Full clinical trials are due to begin shortly. 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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