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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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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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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Google's Boston Dynamics unveils smaller, lighter robotic dog named Spot. Full Story: Boston Dynamics, a subsidiary of Google, has unveiled a new robot dog named Spot on YouTube that is going as viral as its quadraped forebearers. The four-legged robot runs on an electric motor that powers a series of hydraulic actuators - the motors responsible for controlling the movement of a mechanical system. Spot can be seen walking indoors, walking through various outdoor terrains, climbing stairs and running. The video also shows Spot being kicked, presumably to demonstrate its use of a sensor that helps it navigate and walk. Spot weighs approximately 160 lbs. Spot is the leanest and most agile in a long line of canine robots from Boston Dynamics. Earlier iterations were larger and developed to carry heavy loads; Spot has been built for search and rescue or scouting. Boston Dynamics, which is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, was purchased by Google for an undisclosed amount in December 2013. Boston Dynamics has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance, run at cheetah-like speeds faster than the fastest humans and jump 30 feet. The company has also designed mobile research robots for the U.S. Department of Defense. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community. Their goal is to eat only the organic produce they grow themselves, to free themselves from the national electricity grid, and to exchange what they grow or make instead of using money. The project, whose ultimate goal is to create a school for sustainable living, was the idea of four Athenians who met online back in 2008 and bonded over their dissatisfaction with the daily grind of city life. In their second year of living permanently on a forested patch of land next to the village of Aghios, 80 percent of the food they eat now comes from their two herb and vegetable gardens and the fruit they pick off the trees. The group, almost all of whom follow a strict vegetarian diet, sleep communally in yurts - portable, tent-like dwellings made of tarp often seen in Central Asia. Whatever is left over from their gardens, they exchange in the village for the supplies they cannot produce. 32-year-old co-founder Apostolos Sianos quit a well-paying job as a web site designer in Athens to help start the community, which is called 'Free and Real.' [Apostolos Sianos, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The crisis or the austerity measures doesn't actually affect you because you create your life and your future everyday, it has nothing to do with the outside circle. It may (have) affected us, but only in a good way because more and more people are willing to be self-sufficient and sustainable, so they contact us, and more and more people after the crisis want to get involved." The group actively use social media, and last year over one hundred people from Greece and abroad asked about joining or collaborating in some way. Dionysis Papanikolaou, for example, gave up a lucrative academic career to be closer to nature and far from the heavy atmosphere of the financial crisis in Greece. [Dionysis Papanikolaou, Group Member]: "If you keep on reading news, watching TV and the crisis, the crisis, the crisis, even subconsciously you say the crisis! Here, there is no crisis. I mean, it makes no difference." The group take pride in being self-sufficient. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The reality of life is just outside your door. When you have to warm yourself up you actually have to go out in the wood and gather wood, fire wood, and bring it home to actually warm yourself up." They currently organize seminars on organic farming and have drawn up the plans for a large school on sustainable living to be constructed later this summer, and for which they raised money on a crowdfunding site on the internet. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "I just try to be the change I want to be, instead of waiting for a government to make the change, or instead of voting for someone to make the change. I try to be the change." For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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Tired of pumping expensive gasoline into your car? Well one Japanese company reveals an eco-friendly car that runs on water, using the company's generating system, which converts water into electrical power - possibly the world's first. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C STORY: All you need is a liter of water - any kind of water to be exact, whether its river, rain, sea water, or even Japanese tea. Genepax unveiled a car that runs on water in the western Japanese city of Osaka. They say it's an electric powered car that runs solely on hydrogen dioxide. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "The main characteristic of this car is that no external input is needed. The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water inside for you to add from time to time." According to Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo, once the water is poured into a water tank at the back of the car, the newly invented energy generator takes out the hydrogen from the water, releases electrons and finally generates electrical power. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "We highly recommend our system since it does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars." According to the Genepax, 1 liter of water keeps the car running for about an hour with a speed of 80 kilometers or 50 miles an hour. The company has just applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese automobile manufacturers to mass manufacture their invention in the very near future.
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Researchers in Japan have invented an incredible invisibility cloak. The technology comes from 2003, but it's developers say the Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak is just the beginning. The team, led by Dr. Susumu Tachi, from Keio University, is now adapting their findings to help pilots, drivers, doctors and others. Retro-reflective projection technology uses a computer, a video camera and projector to shine background images onto the front of a subject wearing specialised clothing, creating the illusion of invisibility. What makes the technology unique is a fabric made of glass beads only 50 microns wide, which can reflect light directly back at the source, much like the screen in a cinema. Viewed from near the light source, the projection is bright even in broad daylight, and researchers say the material can be applied to almost anything. In the short term, the team sees usage in car interiors, airplanes and helicopters. They say blind spots could be eliminated and accidents and hard landings avoided by making walls seemingly transparent. The eventual goal though is to create an "augmented reality" that allows anyone to easily see information on real world objects. [Dr. Susumu Tachi, Keio University]: "Looking to the future, instead of glasses, people could wear this and it would act as a navigation system. It could also tell you who someone is, if you meet them around town." In the few years since the technology's invention, the price of the material, as well as that of computing, has come down, opening the door for smaller yet more powerful applications. Whether used to increase safety or to create a whole new form of computer-human interaction, the world is likely to see, or possibly not see, more of this technology in the future. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A teenage boy in New York City has taught himself to speak more than 20 languages at differing levels of fluency. Full Story: Timothy Doner isn't the captain of the basketball team. He's not the student council president and he's not starring in his school's play. But the 17-year-old teenager easily stands apart from the rest of his peers at school, if not the rest of the youth in America. Doner can speak 20 different languages. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Some of the languages that I speak, or I've studied, are French, Latin, ancient Greek, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto, Hindi, Indonesian, Wolof, Hausa, Swahili, isiXhosa, Ojibwe, Dutch, Italian." Doner calls New York City home, and so do Italians, Muslims, Africans, Russians, Germans and Japanese. And if Doner wanted to, he could communicate with any of these cultures. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "I started studying Hebrew very seriously 'cause I was interested in learning about Israeli history and kind of, the politics of the Middle East, and I wasn't necessarily trying to teach myself. I just found that I was really interested in Israeli music, kind of trashy electronic and hip hop. And I found that just by memorizing song lyrics and parroting them back to people, I started to be able to form new sentences. And after about six months of this, it became a bit easier for me just to start having more fluid conversations with people, just based off of words that I learned from songs." Hebrew was his first language. He then moved onto Arabic. Doner can not only speak Farsi fluently, but he keeps up with local politics by reading one of Iran's newspapers, The Tehran Post. After that, his lust for new languages spurred from there. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Most of the time, people are very receptive to it. They're very interested to see that Americans are learning about foreign cultures, or that people are speaking their language because, for the most part, when immigrants come to this country, they're expected to learn English and they only operate in English, and there's a certain stereotype that Americans don't learn foreign languages, so I think most of the time, people are very receptive to it. And you get, obviously, comments like, oh are you going to be a spy, oh are you going to do this, that, but for the most part, I would say it's positive." Doner will practice languages at restaurants and meet-ups throughout the city, speaking Arabic in Astoria, Queens to Mandarin in New York City's Chinatown neighborhood. He'll even order his kabob from street vendors using arabic. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "Learning a serious number of languages kind of helps you become an eavesdropper. I find most of the time that I accidentally follow people perhaps for a little bit longer than I should, listening to their conversations. I also take the subway to school every morning, so over the course of those twenty minutes or so, I tend to hear a fair number of conversations in foreign languages. Most of the time it's pretty mundane, but you do hear the, you hear kind of soap opera conversations, as well. It can also be incredibly awkward. I've had, been listening to people insult me in foreign languages, and I've actually been able to respond to them and say, hey, I speak it as well. I had an incident a couple years ago at an Israeli restaurant. I was eating food with my dad and there were a couple Israelis at the other table who were chatting in Hebrew about, oh look at these American Jews over here eating Israeli food. They were making fun of us, making fun of the way we were dressed, so I went up to him and I said, hey I can speak Hebrew too, in Hebrew, and then I went out." Skype, he says, has been a major tool in fine tuning his fluency. [Timothy Doner, Polyglot]: "I don't know. I have a lot of Skype friends from Afghanistan, for example, from everywhere in Europe pretty much, or even from Japan, China, Singapore. More or less everywhere. So I think it's great, the fact that, you know, I can log on and just on my computer, sitting in my bedroom in New York, can be in contact with over 100 people from all over the world." But despite the global contacts, New York's melting pot of cultures makes for the perfect place to practice. But foreigners beware, Timothy Doner just might be listening. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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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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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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Scientists in Greece have reconstructed the face of an ancient Athenian girl, using the teeth and skull found in a mass grave. Named "Myrtis", the life size mannequin now forms part of an exhibition called "Face to Face with the Past." Greek scientists and archaeologists have given a face to an ancient Athenian girl from the 5th century B.C. The facial reconstruction process utilized the teeth and skull from her skeleton, discovered in a mass grave in 1995. The 11 year old girl, known as "Myrtis", died of typhoid fever during a plague in 430 B.C. Manolis Papagrigorakis, a professor and orthodontist from the University of Athens, worked with a team of 20 scientists on the project. [Manolis Papagrigorakis, Professor and Orthodontist]: (Greek) "We had all of the skull, the jaw, and the teeth, and something very rare - the milk teeth on the skull. These all helped us to be accurate with the final product, and we are very close - 95 percent close to reality with the final product." The scientists used a 3-D technological program called the "Manchester method" - from the University of Manchester - often used on Egyptian mummies, for the reconstruction process. [Manolis Papagrigorakis, Professor and Orthodontist]: (Greek) "The first part of the research was an analysis of the ancient DNA in order find out what the Athenians of the period had died of in Athens. This study took place in 2006 and it was found to be typhoid fever." Typhoid fever killed many during the period, including Pericles, the great ancient Athenian statesman who had the vision of building the Acropolis. The exhibition at the museum has been called "Face to Face with the Past", and Papagrigorakis says they will also attempt the same reconstruction on another man and woman. Because of her death from typhoid fever, Myrtis has even been made a representative of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, a project to raise awareness over various issues in the world including "United Nations Millennium Development" For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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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 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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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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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 Welsh sheep and cattle farmer has found a new stream of income by harnessing the water on his land with a hydroelectric power generator. He's now advising other landownders how to earn extra revenue this way. Britain's dry spell, which has lasted for three months, has been a source of great concern for farmers, few more so than Alan Williams. Three years ago Williams found a positive way of dealing with the excessive rain which usually blights the Welsh countryside. After a recommendation from a visiting Brecon Beacons National Park Authority representative, Williams installed a small hydroelectric power installation for 32,600 US dollars on his farm at Hendre Glyn Farm in the picturesque village of Llangattock, Wales. Williams said his investment in the green power energy source has paid great dividends. [Alan Williams, Farmer]: "We financed that ourselves, so we thought, well, we'd take a risk on it and that's what we have done and after two-and-a-half years we had our money back over that." Williams and wife Vicky have seen their own electricity bills reduced from 3,260 US dollars a year to around 163 US dollars. They also receive an annual payment of 6,500 US dollars from Ofgem for producing renewable energy, and another 11,400 US dollars annually for the electricity exported to the National Grid. The mini hydroeclectric plant is positioned downstream. Water flows across a grid to remove the silt and into a holding tank, running through a pipe under a field to the generator at the bottom of the slope. Williams said the plant's installation had been remarkably easy. [Alan Williams, Farmer]: "People would think it's going to take a lot of trees cutting down and ditches being dug, but as you can see down through here, there's no trees been cut down. There's no trench, well a trench has been dug but its back over, you can't see where its been. It's all environmental free, you know, it's there." The project has funded research into six more micro-hydro schemes in the area, which together will generate around 113 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 56 homes. Williams says the generator will last for up to eight years before it needs to have its bearings altered. Otherwise no maintenance is needed. As Monmouthshire county chairman for the National Farmers Union, he also spends time attempting to persuade his fellow farmers to turn to water to boost their livelihoods.
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Beautiful solar eclipse delights spectators on the beaches in north Queensland, Australia. Full Story: Full solar eclipse plunges north Queensland into darkness for two minutes People gather at a beach in northern Queensland, ready to witness a rare sight. The chance of catching a full solar eclipse drew large crowds to the state on Wednesday. Many were armed with safety goggles as the moon began its journey across the sun. An extra 60,000 people were expected to head to the state and watch the rare event. And with clear conditions here at Palm Cove, the spectacle delighted crowds. North Queensland was plunged into darkness for two minutes. [Young Boy]"Yeah, it's really cool. I've never seen anything like this before." [Terry Cuttle, Astronomer]"Wow, we got the perfect clearing for it. It was absolutely amazing." The event was expected to generate a 78 million dollar tourism boost for the region. 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 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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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 Sam Childers admits that he was as bad as they come. His involvement with drugs, alcohol and crime had his life spiraling in the wrong direction. Recently Sam visited the Sunshine Coast, Queensland to talk about how he has turned his life around and now is committed to assisting children in Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and in other places Here is more from our Australian correspondent. Sam Childers is the first to admit that from an early age he was on the wrong path. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "I started doing drugs at 11 years old, started smoking marijuana; went to hard drugs at 13. By the age of 15 years old I'm putting a needle in my arm shooting up heroin, shooting up cocaine, started selling drugs. Then I went from selling drugs to being a shot gunner for drug deals." He's not proud of his mistakes. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "You know I've hurt a lot of people over the years. You know I don't believe you could have got any worse than what I was." After a bad bar fight nearly took his life, Sam decided to change his ways. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "Even though I didn't give my life to Christ that night, I made the change to walk away from the lifestyle I was living." He arrived in Sudan in 1998 to help rebuild huts damaged in the conflict, but after seeing the incredible suffering of the Sudanese people, he pledged his life to helping in whatever way he could. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "Seen a small child that stepped on a landmine. From the waist down was gone and I stood over that child, didn't realize what I was saying, but I said 'God, I will do whatever it takes to help these people.' Fifteen years later I'm still there." Sam built an orphanage in Sudan and now leads armed missions to rescue children taken by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army. He says that what makes Kony the worst terrorist in the world is: [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "He doesn't have no agenda or no reasoning for why he's killing and he's not only killing, what he does is he'll lame his people." Sam's story has been made into a book and also a movie "Machine Gun Preacher" which was released last year. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "A lot of people watch the movie and they think I'm a modern day Rambo. Not true." Sam does not see himself as a hero. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "Every child I've ever rescued, it was a God's miracle." Often Sam is asked about how a preacher can use a gun. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "I'm willing to do whatever it takes to save a child's life." Sam's story and passion touched many in the audience. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "You spend two weeks with me, you'll be calling on God. I'll guarantee it." [Lisa Bruton, Local Resident]: "Well it has made us really stop and pray and think, well how can we help and how can we be involved." A student in the audience believes that education is a priority. [Courtney Venaglia, University Student]: "You can give one child in an entire family over there a high school degree and they can go to a city and get a job which can support their entire families." Sam's commitment to helping children in Africa has no end in sight. [Sam Childers, Founder of Angels of East Africa]: "God called me to be in the war rescuing his children, and until he tells me specifically that I'm finished then I'm going to keep working for him." NTD News Queensland, Australia
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Follow us on Facebook ☛ http://me.lt/9P8MUn A 22-year old college graduate in New York has adapted hybrid car technology to a bicycle. He uses a fly-wheel to store energy generated by the brakes for use when the riding gets tough. Feeling the need for speed? If you're riding Maxwell von Stein's bicycle, you can get to your destination in a flash, without having to work up a sweat. The engineering student's fly-wheel bicycle employs the same energy alternating principles as a hybrid car. But rather than a battery, it uses a fly-wheel to transfer and store kinetic energy, which gives the bike a boost in speed. To build the technology, he began with a 15 pound, cast iron fly-wheel taken from a car engine. He mounted the fly-wheel in the center of the bike frame, and attached it to the rear wheel through a continuously variable transmission. [Maxwell von Stein, Inventor of the Fly-wheel Bicycle]: "That transmission controls how energy is distributed between the bike and the fly-wheel. When you want to slow down you twist the transmission, it's a twist shift on the right handle bar. ... By shifting that ratio, you increase the speed of the flywheel and decrease the speed of the bike. Now the flywheel is spinning really quickly, you've got energy stored there and when you need to accelerate you shift the transmission in the opposite direction for a boost in speed." Von Stein says he likes to think of the process as charging the flywheel and boosting the bike. While his self-described "contraption" has made biking easier, von Stein says his goal isn't to re-invent the bicycle. He is hoping to use the two-wheel experiment as a basis for developing a fly-wheel kinetic energy system for cars. He believes the system is a good alternative to battery-operated hybrid systems because it is lighter and can be packaged more easily. [Maxwell von Stein, Inventor of the Fly-wheel Bicycle]: "Hybrids are really heavy. In order to get a battery with the capacity to store enough energy to move the car it's got to be pretty heavy. Takes up a lot of room also." Several European car companies are already experimenting with fly-wheel technology, and von Stein estimates that cars with regenerative braking systems could hit the market by 2013.
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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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International relations professor Robert Kelly, the man at the center of a viral BBC interview, says he is flattered by "gentle sentiments" after the video interview.
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The ancient Hungarian tradition of horseback archery is enjoying a revival. This is much to the liking of a local horseback archery champion whose special riding school is attracting more and more young people. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Wearing the costumes of the ancient Hungarians who once conquered the Carpathian Basin, actors are practicing horseback archery skills for an upcoming horse theater show called "The Conquest." World champion and founder of modern horseback archery, Lajos Kassai, is training them in his Kassai Horseback Archery School. Hungarian tribesmen once kept Europe in fear with their fierce horseback archery - "God save us from the arrows of the Hungarians" was a saying in the 9th to 10th century. But later the art of horseback archery all but disappeared from history. At the end of the 1980s, Kassai reconstructed the bow from the time of the Hungarian conquest in the 9th century and started its production. He also created the code of competition rules for horseback archery, and from the beginning of the 1990s started to spread the new sport first in Hungary, then in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. Kassai won all home and world competitions and set four Guinness Book records. In 2006, with changed horses, he practiced horseback archery for 24 hours non-stop. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "For some strange reason, the horseback archery which once created and crushed empires had been forgotten till I revived it. The modern age history of horseback archery began in this valley, this is where I started to get deeply involved with the martial art of our ancestors." His horseback archery school is dedicated to preserving horseback archery as a cultural heritage, a martial art and a sport. It currently has 300 students not only from Hungary but also Romania, Spain, Germany and Canada among others. And Kassai says that training young people is getting harder every year. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "Today we need to bring the children closer to the animal, even the animal is another planet for today's children. We need to show them that the horse is a living creature with feelings, with incredible strength and instincts. Every year we have to take the children to the horse from more and more of a distance, and this is why I fear that there will be serious problems with the rising generations." During the training Kassai teaches his students special techniques necessary for being able to shoot from horseback as well as how to get to know and to feel the horses. For many students, horseback archery is not just a challenge sport, but a matter of national indentity and pride. [Matyas Kovacs, Horseback Archery Student]: "The main thing is that we should not try just to imitate what our ancestors did but we should do exactly the same and then we can become like our ancestors and this is what really sticks to our mind and this is what we can follow." Like Matys Kovacs they see it as a way of continuing ancient traditions.
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A massive underground surge tank protects Tokyo from the yearly onslaughts of typhoons and storms, many similar in force to Hurricane Sandy. Full Story: In the low-lying suburbs of Tokyo, an underground pump station protects the capital from flooding. Japan's land ministry says it is the world's current largest solution to flooding. Here is a pump station for the Tokyo Metropolitan Floodway, the end point of a 3.7 mile (6 kilometer) long network of tunnels, capable of channeling away storm waters at the rate of 5 Olympic-size swimming pools every minute. The aim is to prevent scenes like those in New York this week, when Hurricane Sandy caused widespread flooding across parts of the city. A study of several towns in Tokyo's low-lying northern suburbs before and after the water system was completed in 2006, shows positive results. [Takashi Komiyama, Pump Station Chief]: "The floodway is directly protecting people from floods, the results are there. The damage is down by about two-thirds, in terms of both the number of homes that get flooded and the areas that are impacted." The jewel of the system is a cavernous surge tank measuring 580 feet (177 meters) long, 256 feet (78 meters) wide and 59 feet (18 meters) high. As smaller rivers rise during typhoons, the water is diverted into the tank through 3.9 miles (6.3 kilometres) of tunnels at a maximum rate of 260 cubic yards (200 cubic meters) every second. From there, the water is slowly pumped into the Edo River, a waterway large enough to handle the extra volume. With a price tag of about U.S. $2.9 billion (230 billion yen) the system wasn't cheap, but Koriyama says the United States should keep it in mind—if there's space. [Takashi Komiyama, Pump Station Chief]: "The best idea for town planning is of course to make sure your river routes are in the right place and on the right ground. But for areas that haven't been able to do that, well, new underground floodways would work well to stop flooding. But in the case of New York, all the space underground has been used up for development, and I think it would probably be difficult to put in floodways." Every year, Tokyo is swept by typhoons and storms, many similar in force to Hurricane Sandy. In 1991, a typhoon swamped nearly 24,710 acres (10,000 hectares) of land and flooded more than 30,000 homes in the low-lying areas around Tokyo's northern fringes, according to Land Ministry figures. Construction of the floodway began 2 years later and was fully completed by 2006. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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The number of homeless westerners living on the streets of Thailand is increasing with many choosing to stay in the country despite their situation, a Thai charity says. Full Story: The number of homeless westerners in Thailand grew in 2013, a Thai non-profit organization said, putting the current figure at around 200. The Issarachon Foundation was founded in 1996 and specializes in improving the quality of life of homeless residents in Thailand including providing educational services and healthcare needs. It reported earlier in September that many homeless westerners separated from their Thai wives and were kicked out of their own homes. Since their property was bought in their Thai wives' names, they cannot legally fight to stay. In other cases, homeless foreigners suffer from mental illnesses or from drug or alcohol abuse, said the foundation. Shelter volunteers from Baan Mitmaithree of Pattaya, located in the popular beach town known for its sex industry, walked the streets on Tuesday looking for anyone needing assistance. [Stephen Francis Quinn, 59-Year Old Citizen from the United Kingdom]: "I need to go home for health, I know that. I need to go home for health. I like it here because I've got many friends who help me now. Many friends. I'm not sure what I want anymore." Quinn has been living on the streets of Pattaya for over two years. The fee for a foreigner overstaying their visa in Thailand is 16 dollars a day with a maximum penalty of 630 dollars. Shelter volunteers say many cannot afford to pay. The law states that shelters cannot assist homeless people living in Thailand illegally unless it is an emergency, under those conditions they can be housed for 15 days. [Rungnapha Noirakthong, Volunteer, Baan Mitmaithree Shelter, Pattaya]: "Most of the homeless foreigners overstay their visa, so they are here illegally. And since they're illegal and if we help them, that means we're breaking the law too. But for humanitarian reasons, we take care of them as needed." Many of the homeless survive by begging or asking friends for money. One North Carolina native, who has a brother living in New York City, says his wife threw him out of home and he has no plans to return. [Sylvester Ancram, Homeless]: "It's a lot less stress here, you know, and I'm more comfortable here than I am at home. I don't have to worry about gunshots and all those crazy stuff like this and I'm just comfortable here." 43-year old Theunis Jalte de Yong from the Netherlands, who also sleeps on the streets, has a similar story. De Yong says he cannot go back to his native Holland because his Thai wife and children are in Thailand. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports says over 22-million tourists visited Thailand in 2012, setting a new record. Thailand has a continuous increase of western retirees settling permanently in the country because of its hot climate and low living costs. 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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Santino has lived at a Swedish animal park for 25 years. But the 30-year-old chimpanzee isn't always a model resident. He's recently been bombarding visitors with stones and other missiles and preparing his attacks in advance. It's apparently evidence of intelligence never seen before in an animal. "The staff started to see small stone piles on the ape island; he had built small piles here and there. That's how we discovered it. And he had been throwing stones on some occasions. He doesn't do it every day only when he's in a particular mood, when he wants to flex his muscles in front of the audience." The head of the animal department at Furuvik Park contacted a local university. Cognitive scientist, Mathias Osvath has just published his subsequent study. "The behavior shows that an animal, in this case a chimpanzee, can plan for a future psychological condition, a condition that doesn't exist at that moment. The ape doesn't have the feeling when he collects the items and there are no visitors but he assumes that he will feel indignant and want to do it. So he can plan for a future psychological condition, which has been seen as a uniquely human trait." Santino collected his ammunition from the moat around his enclosure. He also knocked chunks off the concrete floor - storing them in piles ready for when the park opened. "It implies a special awareness that had been seen as human. It was Aristotle who came up with the idea that closing our eyes and still seeing a world around us is a typical human trait. This challenges the idea that the human beings are the only creatures that have this kind of disengaged consciousness." Santino has now been dubbed 'The Thinker' by his keepers. But while his behavior shows intelligence it's not condoned. If he continues his anti-social ways he'll have to stay indoors even when it's no longer snowing. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Four famous figures stand out in the history of traditional Chinese medicine. They are Bian Que, Huatuo, Sun Simiao, and Li Shizhen. Bian Que is the earliest known physician, from China's Warring States period, from 770 to 221BC. According to historical texts, Bian Que had supernormal abilities to see through the human body. He's the founder of the pulse-taking diagnosis. Legend has it that Bian Que revived the crown prince of the state of Guo—believed to be dead. Using pulse diagnosis, Bian Que found the prince was in a coma and treated him with acupuncture. Thus, Bian Que was known as "the doctor who brings the dead back to life." Hua Tuo is known as China's first surgeon, living during the late Han Dynasty and early Three Kingdoms era. According to historical texts, Hua Tuo was called the "Divine physician" or "Shenyi" in Chinese. Hua Tuo invented Ma Fei San—an anesthetic drug used to reduce pain during surgery. One story has it that Hua Tuo treated Guan Yu—the famous general of Emperor Liu Bei in the Shu state during the Three Kingdoms period. A poisoned arrow had injured Guan's right arm during a battle. Hua Tuo applied anesthetic, made a cut in Guan's right arm, and then cut away the poisoned part of the flesh. The surgery was done while Guan was playing a board game. According to historical accounts, Hua Tuo saw a tumor in Cao Cao's brain and suggested brain surgery. But Cao Cao—ruler of the Wei state during the Three Kingdoms era—thought Hua Tuo wanted to kill him. He imprisoned Hua Tuo who died in prison. Later Cao Cao died of this illness. Hua Tuo is also known for developing Wuqinxi—the Five Animals Daoist qigong exercises. Sun Simiao from the Tang Dynasty is known as China's King of Medicine. His key role is the compilation of pre-Tang Dynasty clinical practices and medical theories—into two books. Li Shizhen from the Ming Dynasty is one of the greatest Chinese herbalists. He's regarded as the father of traditional Chinese medicine and the patron saint of Chinese herbal medicine. Li's key contribution is the "Compendium of Herbs" or "Bencao Gangmu" (本草纲目) in Chinese. The book covers nearly 1900 (1892) different herbs in 60 different categories. In ancient China, these great physicians were said to have had supernatural abilities. They could see through the human body with the Third Eye. According to traditional Chinese thought, this third eye is located in the forehead, slightly above and in between the eyebrows, and can be activated through spiritual cultivation practice. While this is a mystical concept, the Third Eye is part of the Pineal gland. Today, modern medical science recognizes that the front part of the Pineal gland contains the exact structure of a human eye.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, travel to the earthquake shattered city of Christchurch on their eighth day of their royal tour through New Zealand. Full Story: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, travelled to the earthquake shattered city of Christchurch on Monday, the eighth day of their royal tour through New Zealand. The royal couple visited the Canterbury Television Memorial Park at Latimer Square where they laid down memorial stones as a tribute to Christchurch victims. They also met with families of the 185 people killed in the 2011 earthquake. Prince William and Catherine, popularly known as Kate, then walked over to the Transitional Cathedral, a cardboard design by prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, also located at Latimer Square, where the local choir greeted them with the song 'Hine E Hine', a Maori lullaby. The visit to the Transitional Cathedral was followed by a walkabout where the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge met the public. This included the chance to greet the mothers of five sets of twins. Prince William and Catherine later showed off their cricket skills as the crowds cheered on their efforts. Local media said Kate honoured the Christchurch rugby team by wearing a red Luisa Spagnoli suit and black belt - the local team colours. Prince William and Kate are on a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. It is their first trip since Kate gave birth to baby Prince George, whom they have left behind in the care of their nanny in Wellington. 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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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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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres has starred in a parody video released by his office this week, in which he acts as though he is looking for a new job. In the video, written by his granddaughter, the 91-year old Peres, who has been in public service for 70 years, is seen trying his luck as a supermarket cashier, a pizza delivery man and a gas station worker, while still attempting to promote Middle East peace. "Go in peace! It's the only solution," Peres tells a driver after filling his car. "A nation that never loses hope gives tips and does not take them," he says to a customer who forgets to give him a tip for pizza delivery. The video, which is currently being shared via social media, made its debut at the annual Atlantic Council conference in New York City, according to Peres's office. It added that the former Israeli president would continue "to serve the State of Israel through education for coexistence, promoting democracy in the Middle East, and supporting Israeli technology, all through the diverse work of the Peres Center for Peace".
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The freshest thing in new music is fresh vegetables, and whatever is on the table at the Nan brother's household tonight, it probably isn't healthy. The two have been using all their veg for making musical instruments from vegetables and giving numerous performances in China. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Tired of munching on 'taters? Gnawing on carrots? Two brothers in Beijing have come up with an alternative use for roots, tubers, and gourds. Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping have refined the art of fashioning musical instruments out of vegetables. The two were encouraged to study music by their music teacher father and came up with the idea of making instruments from vegetables two years ago. Nan Weidong explains that picking the right raw material is essential. [Nan Weidong, Musician]: "If the water content in vegetables evaporates, the tune will become higher than the basic tune or go out of tune. Therefore we choose the vegetables with as much water content as possible. The vegetables have to be solid and hard. We can't use those vegetables left over for days. They are too soft to be played." The brothers test the pitch of the instruments with an electronic tuner. [Nan Weiping, Musician]: "The deeper the hole, the lower the pitch. The shallower the hole, the high the pitch. Besides, the size of the hole also matters to guarantee the quality of the sound. The leeks only serve as decoration. I made it based on the principles of how Chinese panpipes work." These maestros of marrows have appeared on numerous TV shows and regularly receive payments of up to seven thousand US dollars for a performance. But vegetables have a shelf life, so each show requires a brand new set of carrot and leak panpipes and potato ocarinas.
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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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A Texas baby, born with part of her heart outside her body ( Ectopia Cordis) , defies the odds and leaves hospital following a successful surgery. Full story: Baby Audrina was born with one third of her heart outside of her body - a rare and often fatal heart condition. It was first discovered when her mother, 25-year old Ashley Cardenas was 16 weeks pregnant. Barely a day after her birth on October 15th, baby Audrina was rushed for open heart surgery. Doctors at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston operated on her for 6 hours. They had to create a cavity to fit her tiny, beating heart and then cover it with skin from other parts of her body. Three months later, baby Audrina is thriving and making progress every day. But doctors say they will eventually perform reconstructive surgery to give her a sternum when she's older. [Ashley Cardenas, Mother]: "They will actually take part of her rib bones to perform some type of protection over her heart that will eventually grow with her but all that depends on how big and strong she grows before they'll decide on doing surgery, plastic surgery for that." For now, baby Audrina must wear a protective shield around her chest that will protect her heart as she continues to grow. Only eight in one million babies are born with this rare heart condition. Of those eight, 90 percent are either stillborn or die within the first three days of life. But despite the odds, Audrina is leaving the hospital today. [Ashley Cardenas, Mother]: "I'm very excited, very anxious, nervous, all at once that we are able to go home. But, it's a very very big step it's been a blessing to finally say we're going home after three and a half months." Needless to say, they are excited to leave the hospital. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Situated in the beautiful Akatarawa Valley 30 minutes outside of Wellington, New Zealand is Mandi Lynn's blueberry farm. A 26-acre certified organic paradise. Mandy is full of bubbles and absolutely passionate about what she's doing. She acknowledges destiny has brought her here and she's not turning back. Mandy started off not knowing anything about her trade when she arrived on the farm five years ago from America, but had the dream. [Mandy Lynn, Blueberry Farmer]: "I'd never have thought in a million years I'd be in New Zealand as a blueberry farmer. I was trained to be a nurse." She wasted no time and read books on organic farming principles, permaculture and biodynamics. Time passed, the seaons changed and the crop was doing all right. But Mandis berries reached new heights after a Nepalese sherpa from Mount Everest with a mysterious farming technique turned up on her doorstep. [Mandy Lynn, Blueberry Farmer]: "When Nima first started talking to me about this I was like, what? It just seems so crazy, I mean I'd read about it, but I was like ah…this sounds like a lot of voodoo, you know. And eh…the first year we did it I was like…I went in to go mow the lawn about a month afterwards and I was like, oh my God! The growth was just insane, I'd never seen it before." Where Nima came from he had never seen a blueberry. But he just sort of has this way with plants, that and a very special recipe. [Mandy Lynn, Blueberry Farmer]: "This is a piece of poop that's been stuck in a cow horn and it comes out and it's only an amount like this, a small amount and it's kind of homoeopathically stirred." But this isn't their only method of success. It took every crop famer's worst nightmare to invent the next. [Mandy Lynn, Blueberry Farmer]: "The first year that we bough it we had a 100 year flood rip through and it was about a six foot wall of water." But with the flood came a new, primitive, but smart solution: partially hand weeding around the root of the plant instead of removing all the weeds. [Mandy Lynn, Blueberry Farmer]: "This method we developed after the flood because when we had gone in and diluted everything the ones that we done that to got washed down the stream. The ones that had the weeds left on them just kind of swayed even the berries stayed on. I have no idea how it happened." As for the future of the farm well as long as it stays afloat Mandi and Nima will be here, sharing the fruits of their success with visitors and anyone else wanting a little Mt. Everest style know how. Gina Shakespear, NTD, Wellington, New Zealand.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision A pair of robotic furry seals help elderly victims now in a retirement home recover from their mental scars, after Japan's March quake and tsunami disaster. For some elderly survivors of Japan's March earthquake and tsunami, comfort comes in the form of a small white robotic seal named Paro. [Satsuko Yatsuzaka, 85-year-old Resident]: "If I hold onto this, it doesn't matter if there's a typhoon outside, I still feel like I'm safe." The Suisyoen retirement home is located in the middle of Japan's triple crises. One week after the residents return, Robotics Division of Japanese company, Daiwa House, offered 2 robotic seals to the nursing home for free. The residents—many of them still dealing with memories of the March quake—treat the new furry friends as pets. [Ayako Shizo, Resident]: "It's just as cute as a little living creature and so everyone is looking after it every day. It does sometimes runs out of battery power and stop. But when it's got its eyes open everyone stands around talking to it, asking it how it's doing and and things like that." Suisyoen's General Manager says using robots makes therapy easier in some situations. [Taku Kato-ono, General Manager]: "First of all it's necessary to look after the live animals when keeping them for animal therapy. That however is rather difficult in certain situations and so in these cases, we use a doll, albeit a robotic one, as an alternative method to help people recover." As the robots only hold an hour-and-a-half of battery-life, the residents normally hug their pets in the morning and charge them over lunch, so their furry friends are full of life again in the afternoon.
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High electricity bills prompted engineer and inventor, Milenko Milenkovic to build his first eco-friendly house in the Serbian town of Boljevci. He says the dome-shaped house, 18.5 meters in diameter is up to 80 percent more energy efficient than a conventional house of the same size. The house's glass-covered dome was built from 110 square meters of solar panels and a special type of concrete. One third of the house is covered with earth and there are two layers of walls, allowing the air between to circulate and serve as insulation from heat and cold. The house is so well insulated that it maintains temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius in winter and 18 degrees Celsius in summer. Milenkovic's house is not only eco-friendly but luxurious as well with a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and even an indoor garden. [Milenko Milenkovic, Engineer & Inventor]: "This house, for it's functioning, needs only 10 percent additional energy in comparison to ordinary houses in Serbia. The rest of the energy for the house comes from the sun and geothermal energy." This house is just the beginning for Milenkovic. He has plans for building larger energy-efficient projects, like gymnasiums and small industrial enterprises. 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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Depressed about the global economy, unemployed, or just looking for adventure? Then look no further because a tiny Australian island is offering a dream job, advertising globally to find the right person. Australian tourism officials are looking for a caretaker for the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. [Anthony Hayes, CEO Queensland Tourism]: "This really is the best job in the world. It is a six month contract when you live in this beautiful luxury house, it is probably four or five million dollar house, right on the edge of Hamilton island looking out of the Pacific. We'll pay you 150,000 Australian dollars which is roughly 75,000 Euros for the six month contract and your job in a nutshell is to travel through out the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, experiencing everything that the islands have to offer." The caretaker will spend six months visiting Hamilton Island promoting tourism through a video blog. Duties include feeding ocean fish, cleaning a pool and collecting deliveries of mail that arrive by plane. But the employee is also required to go scuba diving, snorkeling and hiking and to enjoy at least 25 nearby island resorts. No skills or experience are required for the job that starts in July and there is no age requirement. Queensland created the job as an antidote to the global economic slump and is advertising in 18 countries including the United States and China. [Anthony Hayes, CEO Queensland Tourism]: "I suspect the biggest catch is going to be trying to get rid of them after six months. I suspect somebody will want to stay forever. It is obviously a bit of fun but there is a serious side to it. I think we in the tourism industry are in for a fairly difficult twelve months ahead not just in Australia but worldwide the tourism industry is in for a difficult time. Our role is to try help our industry overcome the difficulties of the next 12 months, protect jobs." Applicants must submit a one-minute video expressing interest in the Great Barrier Reef, a vast coral reef system that is classed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The campaign has already drawn more than 200 visitors to its website. Applications are open until the end of February. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C By Margaret Trey, PhD The serene beauty of The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden transports one back in time to ancient China. It's an authentic replica of Ming Dynasty-style Chinese gardens. [Lynn Kelly, Snug-Harbor Cultural Center, Botanical Garden President & CEO]: "The idea was proposed to build a replica of an actual Suzhou Garden right here in New York City but to do outside as opposed to inside in a building." The garden embodies several key elements found in every Chinese scholar's garden. [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "We have a Banana Leaf Gate here. It basically is a form—looks like a banana—where you've a doorway. The Chinese classical gardens all have unusual doorways. You've a Moon Gate over there, which every Chinese scholar's garden would have." [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "You have what they called 'Leaky Windows" over there, which lets you see part of the other side of the garden and wants to you see what's on the other side." Another type is the framed viewing window. [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "A lot of photographers would use that as a frame for a picture. So there are a lot of traditional items that this garden has that every other garden has." Water has a special symbolic meaning in a Chinese scholar's garden. It represents the essence of life. Hence waterfalls and waterways in the garden symbolize the flow and rejuvenation of life. [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "Almost every Chinese scholar's garden will have water, which will be the artery of the gardens. You'll have rocks which are basically the bones of the garden. And you'll have plant material, which will soften the garden." Likewise, rocks have a special meaning in traditional Chinese gardens. Four types of rocks are used in The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden. These include granite for building rockeries, stalagmite for vertical accents, small goose egg-shaped pebbles on the walkways and the mosaics of the courtyard, and the Lake Tai sculpture rocks. [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "Originally in ancient China, they mined these rocks from Lake Tai, outside of Suzhou. The lake itself was an acid lake, probably, and the rocks are a limestone rock. And the water as it moved around the rocks and through the rocks ate holes in them. The Chinese appreciate them or revere these rocks as a natural sculpture." The Lake Tai rocks symbolize wisdom and immortality. [Dr. Ron Altman, NY Chinese Scholar's Garden Representative Board Member]: "These Taihu rocks are definitely found in almost every Ming garden." Inside the teahouse, there's another type of sculpture rock—Lingbi rocks—one shaped like a phoenix or a dragon, the other like a buffalo or a pig. "The Lingbi rocks are very dense metallic rock. If you go over to it, very gently hit it with your fingernail, it'll actually ring like a bell. The Chinese used these rocks when they shaped them and they make bells out of them." The Chinese appreciated these rocks or viewing stones for their sheen, unusual shapes, and interesting veins, or cavities. This deep appreciation for rocks originates from ancient spiritual beliefs and close harmony with nature. Rocks and mountains are believed to exude energy. They symbolize the dwelling places of ancient Daoist immortals the Chinese scholars aspire to emulate. The concept of having huge natural sculpture rocks in the scholar's garden first started during the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907 AD. Apparently Emperor Huizong from the Song Dynasty almost drained the imperial treasury looking for the rare Lake Tai rocks for his imperial garden. An avid painter, poet, and calligrapher himself, the emperor was so keen that he instructed the entire residents of two towns to search the lakebeds for these rocks. Rocks play an important role in Chinese poetry and landscape painting—a past time of the Chinese scholars as they seek refuge in their gardens. In the Ming-style garden, rocks, waterways, and plant life thus provide a serene and idyllic setting for the Chinese scholar—as he sits in his garden to do his calligraphy, his painting, or write his poetry.
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Pakistan's first female fighter pilot helps break the glass ceiling for women. Full Story: Through the ages - the military life has traditionally been a man's world. But one woman in Pakistan has broken through the glass ceiling, and her career is really taking off. Meet Pakistan's first female fighter pilot, 26 year old Ayesha Farooq. She's one of five female fighter pilots in Pakistan, but is the first to have passed the test qualifying her for combat. When it comes to her role as a fighter pilot, she says she's treated just the same as her male peers. [Ayesha Farooq, Fighter Pilot]: "I don't feel any difference. We have the same activities. My colleagues are very cooperative. We take challenges, like who will do more precise bombing and everything. So I don't feel like there is any difference." It's been a long time coming... although women have served in Pakistan's armed forces since 1947, they have largely been confined to desk jobs and medical work. But attitudes towards women are changing. Over the past decade women have become sky marshals, and a select few are serving in anti-terrorist forces. [Naseem Abbas, Wing Commander]: "So, for me, its good whether I have female pilots or male pilots. As far as they are able to fight, they are able to fly." Pakistan now has 316 women in the air force compared to around 105 years ago - a remarkable rise in this conservative country where many women are expected to stay grounded in traditional roles.. 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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He Hongqing is China's fastest performer of face mask changing, a dazzling display of gesture and trickery that forms an important part of traditional Sichuan Opera. 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 The 45-year-old artist makes all of the silk face masks, which he switches at mind-boggling speeds in his popular performances. He usually wears ten layers of masks, and pulls them off at lightning speed, one by one, during the show. The techniques behind face changing are considered one of China's national treasures, and in the past were only passed on within families. He admitted using a form of trigger within his costume to control the masks, but refused to give away any more tricks of the trade. [He Honqqing, Opera Performer]: "The triggers for the masks can be hidden anywhere on the costume - from the head dress down to the boots. You could say anywhere is possible." Face changing began 300 years ago, long after the original Sichuan opera - a traditional Chinese opera originating in China's southwestern Sichuan province. Swapping the brightly colored masks is used to reflect changes in a character's mood, He explained. One performance at a Chengdu teahouse was well received by the audience. [Darren Yao, Spectator]: "I adjusted the shutter to a two-hundredth of a second, but I still couldn't see any clues. It really is amazing. Plus the decoration of the masks is just so uniquely Chinese." While audiences are invited to enjoy the performance, He and others are doing everything they can to keep the secrets behind their masks secret.
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The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry showed off their sibling rivalry as they took part in a charity polo match against each other at the Beaufort Polo Club in British county Gloucestershire on Sunday (June 14th). Part of The Gloucestershire Festival of Polo, the game resulted in five to four goal victory of Prince Harry's 'Royal Salute' team over the 'Piaget' team featuring William. Prince Harry, who beat his brother at the same event last year, scored the winning goal in the closing few seconds. The winning team was presented a trophy by Charles Fränkl, the CEO of the event's sponsor Gigaset and Jenny Pan, the daughter of the company's owner Pan Sutong. The charities benefiting from the event include The Irish Guards Appeal, The Household Cavalry Foundation, and England and Wales Mountain Rescue. 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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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory. This is no ordinary printer. It's been configured to print living organs. Researchers have filled the ink cartridges with a cocktail of cells and nutrients. Today they've printed a rat heart - in the future they hope to print human ones. They watch as the newly made heart begins to beat. This novel process is called bioprinting. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: " ... with printing an organ we have so many different types of cells that we have to use over and over again but just put them in the right sequence." Serious burn victims may soon benefit from the research. [Mohammad Albanna, Researcher]: "Instead of waiting for the skin itself to provide this material which takes around two weeks, we are providing it right away so forming the seal and providing the bedding for cells so that they can grow fast and immediately." This ferret liver had all it's own cells washed away and the remaining tissue has been coated with human liver cells. After spending some time in a bioreactor it will emerge as a human liver. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "It's like they have their own eyes or what we call receptors that recognise the areas where they should attach or where they should be and they do that on their own because we kind of mix them together and they sort themselves out." Baptista believes this technique will make waiting lists for organ transplants a thing of the past. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "We still don't have the technology to take a few millions cells, which is how much we get from a biopsy, to billions." Regenerative medicine research attracts billions in funding every year. Dr.Atala says the money is well spent. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: "The goal of regenerative medicine is really to try and replace tissues or repair them. But the promise of regenerative medicine is that it can offer a cure rather than just manage disease." Dr. Atala believes making human organs is not so far off.
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Germany's Otto Bock health care has created the first-ever prosthetic arm that can be controlled by the patient's own mind. At the age of 17, Christian Kandlbauer, lost both arms in an accident. Four years on, he's been fitted with a limb he can control by thinking. [Christian Kandlbauer, Prothetic Patient]: "This prosthetic feels like my own hand before the accident. With this hand I can feel again, I can detect pressure and vibration." The device uses the nerves that previously controlled his arm -- now transplanted to his chest. Electrical signals from the brain are sent to the nerves and decoded by the arm's computer. Dr Hubert Egger, of developers Otto Bock, say the device can make a real difference for users. [Dr. Hubert Egger, Otto Bock]: "It's about constructing a prosthesis in such a way that it means as much quality of life for people as possible, and that it even creates quality of life." Egger said the aim was to construct a prosthesis as close to reality as possible. [Dr. Hubert Egger, Otto Bock]: "At the moment, with this prosthesis that feels like a real hand, we can learn how far the result differs depending on the compromises we make, and then in hindsight evaluate the compromises as they affect the quality of the results." Christian Kandlbauer says his hope is to eventually live independently. [Christian Kandlbauer, Prothetic Patient]: "I got the driving licence in October, so the next big step is to live alone, really live alone, completely self-sufficient and independent, without needing help from others any more. That is actually the key thing." The technology cost millions to develop, but the cost should come down and with around with an estimated 10 million amputees world-wide, there are plenty of people who could benefit. For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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