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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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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On the slopes of Mount Telaithrion on the island of Evia, a group of young Greeks have left the busy city and created a self-reliant rural community. Their goal is to eat only the organic produce they grow themselves, to free themselves from the national electricity grid, and to exchange what they grow or make instead of using money. The project, whose ultimate goal is to create a school for sustainable living, was the idea of four Athenians who met online back in 2008 and bonded over their dissatisfaction with the daily grind of city life. In their second year of living permanently on a forested patch of land next to the village of Aghios, 80 percent of the food they eat now comes from their two herb and vegetable gardens and the fruit they pick off the trees. The group, almost all of whom follow a strict vegetarian diet, sleep communally in yurts - portable, tent-like dwellings made of tarp often seen in Central Asia. Whatever is left over from their gardens, they exchange in the village for the supplies they cannot produce. 32-year-old co-founder Apostolos Sianos quit a well-paying job as a web site designer in Athens to help start the community, which is called 'Free and Real.' [Apostolos Sianos, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The crisis or the austerity measures doesn't actually affect you because you create your life and your future everyday, it has nothing to do with the outside circle. It may (have) affected us, but only in a good way because more and more people are willing to be self-sufficient and sustainable, so they contact us, and more and more people after the crisis want to get involved." The group actively use social media, and last year over one hundred people from Greece and abroad asked about joining or collaborating in some way. Dionysis Papanikolaou, for example, gave up a lucrative academic career to be closer to nature and far from the heavy atmosphere of the financial crisis in Greece. [Dionysis Papanikolaou, Group Member]: "If you keep on reading news, watching TV and the crisis, the crisis, the crisis, even subconsciously you say the crisis! Here, there is no crisis. I mean, it makes no difference." The group take pride in being self-sufficient. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "The reality of life is just outside your door. When you have to warm yourself up you actually have to go out in the wood and gather wood, fire wood, and bring it home to actually warm yourself up." They currently organize seminars on organic farming and have drawn up the plans for a large school on sustainable living to be constructed later this summer, and for which they raised money on a crowdfunding site on the internet. [Panagiotis Kantas, Co-Founder of 'Free and Real']: "I just try to be the change I want to be, instead of waiting for a government to make the change, or instead of voting for someone to make the change. I try to be the change." For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Hollywood actor Johnny Depp dresses up as Captain Jack Sparrow in a surprise visit to sick children at a hospital in Brisbane. Full story: Film star Johnny Depp donned his pirate costume in Australia on Tuesday (July 7) to pay a visit to a children's hospital. Depp dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, complete with the character's trademark dreadlocks and eyeliner, he was escorted through the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane by 13-year-old Ula Pryce-Davies. Depp was in character for the visit and posed for selfies with beaming children. He also recorded a special message for the patients. "I have no idea what this thing is that I have in me hand. But i've got it and I'll nick it, obviously. But, I just wanted to say thank you to Juiced TV for having me on, I've had a wonderful time, I've had a fantastic time meeting all the kids and everyone and the parents and the people and I stole a lot of things and I want to salute you, all of you for your bravery and your courage because that is all that matters," he said. Depp has spent time in Australia this year to film the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series in Queensland, but his time in the country has not always gone smoothly. In May a government minister threatened to have his two dogs, Pistol and Boo, put down after the actor flew the terriers into the country on a private jet without informing customs officials and meeting Australia's strict quarantine requirements. Depp managed to fly the dogs safely back to the U.S. on his jet soon after the threat. Juiced TV, a television show made by children at the hospital, said the visit was initiated by Depp and his co-star in the Pirates of the Caribbean film, Stephen Graham.
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Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara spends much of his time in a world where up is down and three dimensions are really only two. Professor Sugihara is one of the world's leading exponents of optical illusion, a mathematical art-form that he says could have application in the real world. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Three sloped ramps are aligned along three of the four sides of a square. Each ramp appears to be sloped in the same direction but when a marble is placed at one end of the ramp it seems to defy gravity. It's called an "anti-gravity slide". Only when the the entire structure is turned 180 degrees, is the illusion revealed. Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara from the Meiji Institute near Tokyo, has made a career of creating optical illusions. He's devised and built more than a hundred of them, like this one called "Perches and a Ring". [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "Among these models, there are those which are reproductions of optical illusions, and others that seem like normal models, but when you add movement to them, they show movement that should be impossible in real life. This is done by using the same trick, and I call them 'impossible motions'." Professor Sugihara's "impossible motions" have been recognized around the world. He won first prize in an international competition last year with this one, called "Magnet-Like Slopes". Sugihara says the success of his illusions is tied to human perception. Because humans have the capacity to perceive two-dimensional objects as being three-dimensional, they can be fooled into believing that something "impossible" is taking place during the course of the illusion. For Sugiraha the illusions aren't just for amusement. He says they have real world application. For example, he says misjudgments made by drivers on steeply curved roads could be mitigated by changing their perceptions of the immediate environment. [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "If we can find how drivers misjudge an incline, we would be able to construct roads where these incidents are less likely to happen. In other cases, we could also reorganize the surrounding environment so that drivers could more easily see the difference between an ascending and descending road, and it could lead to reducing traffic jams." Sugihara says says his dream is to create playground amusements - even buildings with his models. More immediately though he has plans for an "impossible object exhibition", a venue to demonstrate that seeing really is believing.
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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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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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And now onto an unusual tip to fight off a business crisis. A Japanese tavern owner is bringing up a new generation of customer pleasing waiters: macaque monkeys. Are you ready for some monkey business? For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C This "sake house" in northern Tokyo employs two popular and unusual waiters. They are named Yat-chan and Fuku-chan (pronounced Yat-tchan and Fookoo-chan), and are a pair of Japanese macaque monkeys. Four-year-old Fuku-chan has already two years of experience under his furry belt. His main duty is delivering hot towels to customers before they order their drinks. This is how 12 year-old Yat-chan learned the tricks of the trade. [Kaoru Otsuka, Tavern Owner]: "Yat-chan first learned by just watching me working in the restaurant. It all started when one day I gave him a hot towel out of curiosity and he brought the towel to the customer." Both monkeys are well appreciated by customers who tip them with boiled soy beans. [Takayoshi Soeno, Tavern Customer]: "The monkeys are actually better waiters than some really bad human ones!" Yat-chan is a natural and is always eager to please his customers. [Shoichi Yano, Tavern Customer]: "These guys are really adorable. They're like my kids. Well actually better -- my son doesn't listen to me but Yat-chan will." And customers are impressed that Yat-chan understands their order. [Miho Takikawa, Tavern Customer]: "We called out for more beer just then and it brought us some beer, right? It's amazing how it seems to understand human words." Both monkeys were once household pets. But now they are certified restaurant employees. The monkey pair work in shifts of up to a maximum of two hours a day, due to animal rights regulations. And so their employer is now ready to train three new baby monkeys this year. He hopes to bring up a new generation of Japanese waiters and waitresses.
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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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At the end of the Han Dynasty, the Imperial Army managed to crush the Yellow Turban Rebellion. But the generals, given the task of defeating them, grew strong and saw an opportunity to seize the throne for themselves. The three key players in this quest for control over China were Cao Cao—who served as Captain of Cavalry in suppressing the Yellow Turbans, Liu Bei a distant relative of the Han imperial family, and Sun Quan who had been known by the title, 'the general who attacks barbarians.' In 205 AD, Cao Cao became the dictator of northern China. Liu Beis stronghold was in the area around what is modern day Sichuan province, while Sun Quan was based in the southeast. Cao Cao had the ambition to conquer all of China. He started to march his army south. Outnumbered by Cao Caos large army, Sun Quan and Liu Bei formed an alliance and their forces of 50,000 soldiers met Cao Caos 200,000 at a place called the Red Cliff on the Yangtze River in the winter of 208 AD. This battle established the power structure of the divided China for the next 50 years. The Battle of the Red Cliff started on the river. Cao Cao, his men tired and ill from the march south, were forced to retreat to the northern bank of the river. Liu Beis military strategist, Zhuge Liang and Sun Quans general, Zhou Yu noted that Cao Caos boats are moored tightly together—possibly to stop his men getting seasick. They came up with a plan to burn the fleet. However their plan would not work unless the wind is on their side. At that time a northwesterly wind was blowing, and would blow any boat and flames back to their own armies. Zhou Yu was troubled and depressed. So Zhuge Liang wrote him a prescription, "If you want to break Cao Caos army, you should use a fire attack. Everything is prepared, all we need now is the Eastern wind." Zhuge Liang was an expert in astronomy and geography. He knew the wind would change. And sure enough, the eastern wind came. Throughout this process Zhou Yu, becoming impatient with Zhuge Liang, plotted to kill him. Upon seeing Zhuge Liangs intelligence, he was forced to back down. The fire attack was a success—Cao Cao was forced to retreat. Thus the period of the Three Kingdoms came to be. Cao Cao and his successors ruled Wei in the north, Liu Bei the Shu state in the west, and Sun Quan the Wu state in the southeast. Yet in the end, Wei, with the largest population of the three states, prevailed, defeating Shu in 263 AD. After an internal power struggle, Wei changed its name to Jin and defeated Wu in 280 AD, re-unifying China—and ending the Three Kingdoms era. Yet its legacy lives on through one of Chinas classic novels, 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms.' Liu Beis words: "Everything is prepared, all we need now is the Eastern wind" have been incorporated into the Chinese language as an idiom, meaning everything is ready—we just lack one crucial element. Modern adaptations through computer games and films have brought the story of the Three Kingdoms into the 21st Century.
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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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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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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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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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Japanese scientists have created the first step toward a device that, by scanning people's brains, could record people's dreams and read their mind. A science lab in Kyoto, Japan has developed a system of using MRI scanners to resolve images directly from subject's brains. The current experiments show a subject an image and then reconstruct that image based on scans of the brain's visual cortex. The team calibrated a computer program by scanning volunteers staring at hundreds of different still images in black, white and grey. Then, the computer program reproduces the figures and letters that the volunteers had seen, albeit more blurry than the originals. The next step for researchers will be to study how to visualize images inside people's minds that have not been presented before - a technology that could make it possible to record people's dreams. [Yoshiyuki Onuki, Tester]: "Although it's somewhat science fiction-like, for example, if you're 50-years-old and see a really good dream the day before, you could scan that and show it to your kids." Researchers say the brain-reading technology would also open the way for people to communicate directly from their mind or control electronic devices without using their bodies - making keyboards and buttons a thing of the past. [Dr. Yukiyasu Kamitani, ATR Institute]: "Although there are many forms of communication, whether it be the Internet or whatnot, all of them are limited by the body. However, this means that we have a method of communications that can interface directly with the brain." While the new technology opens the doors to many new possibilities, scientists warn that it could bring about new issues concerning ethics and privacy, meaning that for those wanting to "plug themselves in," they might have to wait a bit longer. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://me.lt/9P8MUn
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The Han Dynasty began in 206 BC when a man named Liu Bang, who had been born a peasant, led a group of generals to overthrow the Qin dynasty. This started a 400-year period of prosperity—sometimes referred to as China's first golden age. The capital of the dynasty was at Chang'an—one of the biggest cities in the world at the time. The Han dynasty saw massive territorial expansion, with China's area almost doubling. The Han defeated the tribes to North and signed treaties with the clans to the West. This made travel safer and led to the establishment of what became known as the Silk Road. This was the trade route connecting China with the Roman Empire thousands of miles away in Europe. The Han also saw massive cultural developments, with Confucianism—which had been suppressed under the Qin dynasty—rising to become the state philosophy of China's aristocracy. Officials were evaluated on their conduct, according to Confucian philosophy and an Imperial University was established to train them. It was also during the Han period that Buddhism spread to China. Buddhism's emphasis on compassion and universal salvation appealed to the masses. Along with Confucianism and Taoism, Buddhism became one of China's three main religions that would dominate the faith of the Chinese people for the next two thousand years. The Han dynasty gave rise to some of China's most well known historical figures, such as Sima Qian who wrote "The Record of the Grand Historian"—the definitive record of China's early history—and Han Xin, the general who helped Liu Bang establish the Han Dynasty. The Han Dynasty was briefly interrupted in the year 9 AD when the nephew of the empress, Wang Mang, seized the throne. Fourteen years later, Liu Xiu—a descendant of Liu Bang—eventually toppled him. And the Han Dynasty, with 12 more emperors, continued for another two hundred years. But like all dynasties in Chinese history, the Han could not last forever. It officially ended in the year 220 AD. Trouble at court and uprisings across the empire led to its eventual downfall. The warlord Dong Zhuo led troops into the capital kick-starting battles between various warlords. Eventually, Cao Cao managed to establish the Wei state North of the Yangtze river. Sun Quan established the Wu state south of the Yangtze, and Liu Bei the Shu state in the west—starting a period known as the Three Kingdoms.
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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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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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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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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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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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A team of engineers in Toronto, Canada are awaiting official confirmation that they have broken an aviation record for the first ever sustained flight in a human-powered ornithopter, an aircraft that flaps its wings like a bird. The team managed to keep the aircraft aloft for almost 20 seconds, a feat that breaks new ground in avionics and flapping-wing technology. Just as the sun was rising on August 2, 2010, so was "Snowbird." The flight was the culmination of three years work and while it lasted just 19.3 seconds over a distance of 145 meters it was enough to propel "Snowbird" and her creators into the record books. "Snowbird" is an ornithopter, designed to fly by flapping its wings. Todd Reichert, the project leader and pilot, flew the Snowbird on its record flight. [Todd Reichert, Project Leader]: "We wanted to accomplish kind of the original aeronautical dream which was to fly under your own power by flapping your wings." For centuries engineers have attempted to design a viable human powered aircraft. Leonardo da Vinci sketched an ornithopter in 1485. Snowbird may appear low-tech, but she's the product of sophisticated computer simulation programs the engineers needed to defy their biggest nemesis; gravity. Snowbird's wingspan is comparable to that of a Boeing 737 but, according to Reichert, weighs less than all the Boeing's pillows. And to keep the overall weight of the aircraft as low as possible, Reichert put himself on a diet before the record-attempt. [Todd Reichert, Project Leader]: "If you have a big wing and it is moving forward than your plane is going to be lifted up. What the flapping does is actually provide thrust. So each time you push down, you are blasting air backwards and that helps push you forward." Using his legs as pistons to keep the wings flapping via pedals and a pulley system, Reichert's effort alone keeps Snowbird aloft...for a while. Chief Structural Engineer Cameron Robertson says human-powered flight will never become an efficient means of transporting people, but that their achievement will lay the groundwork for future developments in wing flapping technology. [Cameron Robertson, Chief Structural Engineer]: "The design program is for flapping wing flight in general and flapping wing flight is something that is also becoming very popular because as you go small flapping wings make sense. And that is the direction that a lot of unmanned aircraft are going - is very small," he said. Tiny aircraft for search and rescue or spying missions are what the team has in mind. The pair was told along the way that Snowbird would never work. Reichert says the greatest lesson learned has been that despite the sceptics, with persistence any good idea can take flight. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This week we look at some of the basic greetings in Mandarin Chinese. 你好 - Nǐ Hǎo - Hello 早上好 - Zǎo Shàng Hǎo - Good Morning 早 - Zǎo - Morning 吃了嗎？ - Chī le ma? - Have you eaten? 吃了 - Chī le - I have eaten. If you are new to this series, first check out the tones of Mandarin Chinese: http://youtu.be/kYjFB-MF1KU
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Mandarin Chinese uses the Pinyin system to spell out Chinese words with English letters. The tone marks are then added above the vowels. Tone 1: ¯ Tone 2: ´ Tone 3: ˇ Tone 4: ` So when words are written with tone markers they look like this: Mā, má, mǎ, mà Bā, bá, bǎ, bà Please subscribe for more fun with Chinese language!
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Bulgarian archaeologists unearth ancient golden artefacts, including bracelets with snake heads, a tiara with animal motifs and a horse head piece during excavation works at a Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria. Bulgarian archaeologists working at a Thracian tomb in northern Bulgaria unearth ancient golden artefacts. Their findings include bracelets with snake heads, a tiara with animal motifs and a horse head piece dating back to the end of the fourth or the beginning of the third century BC. They were discovered in the biggest of 150 ancient tombs of a Thracian tribe, the Getae, that was in contact with the Hellenistic world. A golden ring, 44 female figurines, as well as 100 golden buttons were included among the artefacts. Diana Gergovia is a researcher of Thracian culture and works with the Sofia-based National Archaeology Institute. [Diana Gergova, Archeological Team Head]: (Bulgarian, Female) "These are completely new patterns in the Thracian art, that we have now discovered. We did not expect such an enormous surprise, when we found a wooden box with burned bones and amazing golden artefacts, incredible treasure, high up on the excavation wall." One of the tombs, known as the Tomb of Sveshtari, is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor, with half-human, half-plant female figures and painted murals. The Thracians inhabited an area extending over modern Romania and Bulgaria, northern Greece and the European part of Turkey from as early as 4,000 BC. They were ruled by a powerful warrior aristocracy rich in gold treasures. Living on the fringes of the Greek and Roman civilizations, the Thracians often interminged and clashed with the more advanced cultures. They were eventually absorbed into the Roman Empire around 45 AD. 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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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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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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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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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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Nadia Murad was captured and sold as a slave by ISIS three years ago. She was taken from Kojo, a Yazidi village in northern Iraq. On June 1, Murad finally returned home.
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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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One man's garbage is another man's fortune. In Bangladesh, used plastic bottles that are found in garbage dumps and litter drains and roadside dishes are providing much-needed income to impoverished people. They're also creating a new export commodity for the country. Here's a closer look. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Over the past five years, the recycling of the Poly Ethylene Terephthalate or PET bottles has steadily grown into an industry in Bangladesh. The extremely poor and street children scavenge the used packaging for food products, beverages and edible oils sell them to factory owners. The factories sort the bottles and containers into different colors before crushing them into pieces to make plastic flakes, which are in high demand from many Southeast Asian countries. Most of the work is done manually. [Parveen Begum, Recycling Worker]: "We have been working in this factory for five long years, we separate colored and white bottles from the dump. Four members of our family are working here and earning our livelihood out of this and living fine by the grace of God." The flakes are made into fibers and are a base material for clothing, pillows, carpets and polyester sheets. [Sarwar Wadud Chowdhury, Flake Exporters Assoc.]: "Poor people collect these non-traditional items from garbage and the roadside and supply them to our factories. In our factory we sort and recycle them to make PET flakes. These PET flakes are exported to China, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. Our importers make PSF which is known as Polyester Staple Fiber and these Polyester Staple Fibers are used in spinning mills." Bangladesh exported over 20,000 tons of PET flakes created in the 3,000 factories located across the country. This earned about $10 million last year and the business is growing by 20 percent every year.
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Bootlegged Apple products have been spreading like wildfire throughout China. But that doesn't mean every iPhone is a fake. Increasingly, iPhones are being smuggled in to Mainland China. And the smugglers are getting pretty creative. 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 Apple's new iPhone 4S and its electronic helper Siri has become a serious smuggling problem in China. PRON:(Siri and Serious start with the same pronunciation) Smugglers are frequently busted trying to illegally sneak the smartphone into Mainland China. The reason -- the iPhone 4S sells for $125 dollars cheaper in Hong Kong. Smugglers try to make a quick buck buying the phone there and selling it in the Mainland. This is the Luohu District of Shenzhen, a port of entry where authorities have been battling increasingly inventive methods of smartphone smuggling. Since the beginning of the year, over 3000 phones have been seized, in a total of 231 cases. In this recent footage from February 21st, a man attempts to pass through customs with 30 iPhones tied to his waist and ankles. Customs officials noticed something was amiss when the man couldn't bend down to pick up his suitcase. About 250,000 travelers pass through here everyday. Customs officials have seen some pretty clever tricks. [Wang Weixin, Luohu Customs Officials]: "Look at the shirt, six internal pockets were sewn into it with three iPhones stuffed into each, so 18 phones can be held inside. And if we look at this pair of shoes, a man hid stainless steel plates in his shoe soles, and stuffed four iPhones inside." Ironically, it's here in Shenzhen that iPhones are made. When NTD asked Siri for her take on the smuggling, she answered, "No comment."
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Long distance commuters can bike to and from Copenhagen on new, specially equipped and almost uninterrupted superhighways. Full story: Copenhagen cyclists can now ride to work on brand new, thoughtfully equipped cycle paths. The superhighway routes to and from the capital have been recently expanded with trails up to 14 miles long. Copenhagen and over 20 local governments have teamed up to develop a bike lane network they hope will increase bicycle traffic by as much as 30 per cent. When completed, 26 paths covering 186 miles will connect parts of greater Copenhagen with as few stops along the way as possible. Clearly marked lanes, sometimes running parallel to the "real" highway or along a quiet field or lake, will be close to public transport stations. Special road signs displaying distances as well as service stations will keep commuters informed while on route. [Ayfer Baykal, Copenhagen Technical and Environmental Mayor]: "We build bicycle lanes all over the city to make it more safe to bicycle. The main thing is not to mix the car traffic and the bike traffic in the same lines. People don't feel safe when they are biking around cars and busses. So that is why we have these major investment in our bicycle infrastructure." Footrests, friendly-angled trash cans and air pumps are thoughtfully placed along the superhighways. [Klaus Nygaard, Cyclist Commuter]: "It's a great idea. It gives me the feeling in the morning that my route is easily accessible and it's practical that I can just pump my bike on the way." For some, to be able to cycle without stopping at red lights for several miles is the clear plus. [Niels Agger, Commuter Cyclist]: "It is a very nice way to commute to your workplace because there are no traffic jams. Meanwhile you get exercise, you save a lot of money, so it is a real win-win situation." According to figures from Copenhagen city council, by not using the car, a daily bicycle trip saves 450 kg of carbon dioxide every year. It's expected the improvements will get more people to leave their cars at home and jump on their bike instead. [Brian Hansen, Head of Cycle Superhighways Steering Committee]: "We hope that this project will bring an increase of 20 percent of cycling in Copenhagen. Because we have a big potential of people who can drive their bike a little bit longer than they do already." 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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Miss World 2013 speaks at the prestigious Oxford University and defends the Miss World event from detractors who say it demeans women. Full Story: Some of the sharpest minds in student academics turned out at the prestigious Oxford University to hear a speech from Miss World 2013 and contestants for this year's competition on Tuesday. Megan Young was crowned Miss World 2013 when she represented the country of her mother's birth the Philippines. But it was less about her looks today when she spoke before a crowd of students at the Oxford Union and defended the Miss World event from detractors who say it demeans women. Before she spoke to the crowd, Young and this year's contestants were given a tour of the University's centuries-old buildings, where some of the world's most celebrated scientists, writers and academic minds have studied. Young implied that she was feeling a few nerves before the speech. "I'm a bit nervous of course we're in the Oxford University and we'll be with the Oxford Union so for me to just step into this campus and be in this area where very famous have been it's an honour and I'm just very excited and nervous at the same time." Young was joined at the debate by competitors for the Miss World 2014 title. One of those to join her was Miss England, Carina Tyrrell, who is a final year medicine student at Oxford's traditional academic rivals, Cambridge University. Tyrrell defended the competition from criticism that women are judged more on their looks rather than their brains. "You are surrounded by women who represent their countries. These are role models, they are role models to young women and role models to society." Tyrrell also said that she was looking forward to debating against Oxford University students. "There is a little bit, yes. I'm hoping to make Cambridge proud and stand my ground, certainly," she said. Once the tour was finished Young and the Miss World contestants made their way to the Oxford Union, where they were also joined by the 1953 winner Denise Perrier. The likes of Miss South Africa and Miss United States then delivered speeches before a busy Union. "Miss World allows women the chance to represent their countries. It allows us the chance to lead. Miss World is not a celebrity, she is an ambassador. She tells women all around the world again that it's okay to have an opinion. She makes changes happen. She identifies problems and she finds solutions. She changes the world," said Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit. The contestants then fielded questions from students and Megan Young got emotional as she recalled what the hardest part of being Miss World has been. "And what... it hurts really, it really does hurt and sometimes you just can't help but cry. I'm sorry I'm getting really emotional because you know I've been through so many countries and it's just so difficult seeing them in this position and you know people are saying you're Miss World you should save the world, and to be honest, we can't really save the world as a whole, we're doing it part by part. We're not Superman. We're human too," said Young. With the debate at an end the Miss World contestants and students left the Union. "I was a bit disappointed that it didn't have more of a debate, wasn't formed throughout the evening, perhaps, on the kind of moral issues behind having what's still fundamentally a beauty pageant. And having women from such privileged backgrounds being supposedly representative of their countries," said Oxford University student, Kate Welsh. "All of us here just came to prove that it's a lot more than just pretty faces behind us. Whether it's a story or here for a reason, for a personal reason," said Miss Puerto Rico. Miss World 2014 takes place on December 14 at the ExCeL Arena in London, where Megan Young will be on hand to crown the latest woman to win the historic prize. 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 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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[Ben] "Well I'm here in the studio with Vivian Ge, she plays the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the Pipa and she's going to be telling us a little bit about the instrument and hopefully playing some songs for us as well. Thank you very much for joining us today Vivian. [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "Thank You." [Ben] "Could you first introduce our audience to this instrument?" [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "The Pipa is an instrument inherited from China's ancient history, according to historical records, it has a history of over two thousand years. The Pipa has always had the title of being the king of folk music. The instrument has a special structure, it is 35 inched long. The 3 or 35 represents heaven, earth and man, and the 5 of 35 represents the 5 elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth. It has four strings and these four strings represent the four seasons of spring, summer autumn and winter." [Ben] "What material are the strings made out of?" [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "Modern strings are made out of Nylon or Steel, but in ancient times they used beef tendon or silk strings." [Ben] 'What are the characteristics of its sound?" [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "The sound of the Pipa is pretty special. Its high tones are very bright, its mid tones are gentle and its low tones are thick. Its range of notes is very wide, so it can express an abundant array of sounds. It can express war, it can express culture. Its expressions of culture are more tactful, with an unspoken message to them. In expressing war, the sound is more intense and more forceful." [Ben] "Vivian can you now play for us a few typical Pipa pieces?" [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "I'll play a music first called A Moonlit Night On The Spring River. This music describes a scene that the bright moon is in the sky at night, drums are going on, and the river is quietly flowing, and a small boat is floating on the river. [Vivian Ge, Pipa Player] "Next I will play a piece called 'Ambush from 10 Sides.' This piece portrays the story of the battle between the Han and Chu armies at the beginning of the Han Dynasty in 202 BC. At that time, the Han army used an ambush from 10 sides to defeat the Chu army. This piece portrays the whole process of the battle, from the preparation before hand to the intense middle of the battle to the conclusion. I will now play a section of the beginning part of the piece." [Ben] "Vivian, thank you so much for coming to perform in our studio."
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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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Pit bulls rescued from a dog fighting operation in the Philippines are rehabilitated in a shelter that is campaigning for stiffer laws against animal cruelty and greater support for adoption. Full Story: Abused and traumatised, around 300 pit bulls were rescued a year ago from a site operated by a criminal syndicate in the northern Philippine province of Laguna. During the March 2012 raid, police and activists found the pit bulls scattered in a field-- sickly, wounded, and chained to metal drums that served as their cages. Witnesses said they were beaten, starved, and pumped with steroids to be made more aggressive. [Maria Parsons, Project Manager]: "It was very difficult, as an animal lover, to walk into a scene like that, and not be effected." Some of the dogs, like Bonsai and Bailey, were physiologically altered to make them more conducive to fighting. Bonsai's ears were chopped off -- fighting dogs tend to grip at each other's ears and removing them would keep the dogs longer in combat. Bailey's teeth were shaved, so he could attack the dominant fighter and not hurt him. He now gnaws at the roof of his cage, non-stop. The family of Julien Bourraux, who adopted a fawn and white pit bull named Brutus last November, attests to this change. [Julien Bourraux, Foster PArent to Rescued Pit Bull "Brutus"]: "Something tells me, there are signs there that he's been a part of a family before, that he's been taken away to a drum, so that's been a big, traumatic experience for him, and now he's like, back in a family environment, a house environment, so he's lightening up, he's becoming better and better and better, and more self-confident also." Philippine laws against animal cruelty remain weak. Though dog fighting is a violation of the Animal Welfare Act, the bail in the Laguna pit bulls case only amounted to 365.6 US dollars. The six Koreans who were caught for the operation were detained, only because they overstayed their visas. Penalties against animal cruelty are stiffer in Europe and the United States, where pounds and shelters also receive more funding and the public is better educated about animal welfare and adoption. After a year in operation, only four dogs from the shelter have been adopted, but the volunteers are optimistic that more homes will open up to give the rescued pit bulls a second chance. 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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CHAN: Villagers in southern India are continuing their protest against the Coca Cola plant saying that it is a threat to the environment. They claim that thousands of people have been adversely affected due to the plant. Here's more. STORY: Indian social activist Medha Patkar says that apart from the fact that the soft drink is not healthy, the plant is also damaging the ground water resources. [Medha Patkar, Protest Organizer]: "It is not just the colored beverage which is anyway poisonous as proved by the scientists of the Center of Science, but it is also the bottling of water that has really exploited our ground reserves that has killed our aquifers and that has really encroached upon the people's rights to natural resources and the right to plan with those resources." For more than six years now that the protests have been taking place against Coca Cola here. Groups in India have accused the Coca Cola group of depleting ground water resources and selling polluted or contaminated soft drinks. Protesters claim that soft drinks in India have a high pesticide content. That's because the soft drink and bottled water industry used an enormous amount of ground water as basic raw material. Similar tests on drinks sold in the United States found no toxins.
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