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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Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara spends much of his time in a world where up is down and three dimensions are really only two. Professor Sugihara is one of the world's leading exponents of optical illusion, a mathematical art-form that he says could have application in the real world. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Three sloped ramps are aligned along three of the four sides of a square. Each ramp appears to be sloped in the same direction but when a marble is placed at one end of the ramp it seems to defy gravity. It's called an "anti-gravity slide". Only when the the entire structure is turned 180 degrees, is the illusion revealed. Japanese mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara from the Meiji Institute near Tokyo, has made a career of creating optical illusions. He's devised and built more than a hundred of them, like this one called "Perches and a Ring". [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "Among these models, there are those which are reproductions of optical illusions, and others that seem like normal models, but when you add movement to them, they show movement that should be impossible in real life. This is done by using the same trick, and I call them 'impossible motions'." Professor Sugihara's "impossible motions" have been recognized around the world. He won first prize in an international competition last year with this one, called "Magnet-Like Slopes". Sugihara says the success of his illusions is tied to human perception. Because humans have the capacity to perceive two-dimensional objects as being three-dimensional, they can be fooled into believing that something "impossible" is taking place during the course of the illusion. For Sugiraha the illusions aren't just for amusement. He says they have real world application. For example, he says misjudgments made by drivers on steeply curved roads could be mitigated by changing their perceptions of the immediate environment. [Kokichi Sugihara, Meiji University Professor]: "If we can find how drivers misjudge an incline, we would be able to construct roads where these incidents are less likely to happen. In other cases, we could also reorganize the surrounding environment so that drivers could more easily see the difference between an ascending and descending road, and it could lead to reducing traffic jams." Sugihara says says his dream is to create playground amusements - even buildings with his models. More immediately though he has plans for an "impossible object exhibition", a venue to demonstrate that seeing really is believing.
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Tired of pumping expensive gasoline into your car? Well one Japanese company reveals an eco-friendly car that runs on water, using the company's generating system, which converts water into electrical power - possibly the world's first. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C STORY: All you need is a liter of water - any kind of water to be exact, whether its river, rain, sea water, or even Japanese tea. Genepax unveiled a car that runs on water in the western Japanese city of Osaka. They say it's an electric powered car that runs solely on hydrogen dioxide. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "The main characteristic of this car is that no external input is needed. The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water inside for you to add from time to time." According to Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo, once the water is poured into a water tank at the back of the car, the newly invented energy generator takes out the hydrogen from the water, releases electrons and finally generates electrical power. [Kiyoshi Hirasawa, Genepax CEO]: "We highly recommend our system since it does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars." According to the Genepax, 1 liter of water keeps the car running for about an hour with a speed of 80 kilometers or 50 miles an hour. The company has just applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese automobile manufacturers to mass manufacture their invention in the very near future.
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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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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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What can we say we really know about history? Well, it seams not a lot. What we think we know is constantly changing in light of new discoveries. A recent carbon dating performed on a pyramid in Bosnia, proves it to be at least 25 thousand years old. Most scientists and historians however believe that human civilization started about 5,000 years ago with the Sumerians and Babylonians. That is, until artifacts were found, which predate them. These discoveries suggest, that there was a pre-historical civilization around the world- one that must have been highly advanced. Two Italian archaeologists, Dr. Ricarrdo Brett and Niccolo Bisconti found a piece of organic material on the Bosnian Pyramid. They were able to carbon-date the material and with it the pyramid itself. This carbon dating puts the pyramid 20 thousand years before the Sumerian and Babylonian "civilizations." When the Bosnian Pyramid was first discovered in 2005, researchers could only measure the age of the topsoil covering the pyramid, which is about 12 thousand years old. [Dr. Semir Osmanagich, Researcher of Bosnian Pyramid]: "The organic materials found on the Sun Pyramid and biological analysis are telling us that the pyramids are older than 12 thousand five hundred years. The oldest on the planet." You may be wondering how such a huge pyramid could have remained undiscovered in Europe for so many years. Until its discovery it was just known as Visoko hill. That's right, they thought it was a hill, which is not surprising considering it's size, and the fact that it is covered with topsoil and vegetation. No entrance to the pyramid has been discovered so far, but an intricate network of tunnels underneath the pyramid are slowly being uncovered. [Dr. Semir Osmanagich, Researcher of Bosnian Pyramid]: "Under the valley of the pyramids in Bosnia, there is the most extensive underground tunnel network. It runs for tens of miles. And in those tunnels, the discovery of huge ceramic blocks reaching 18-thousand pounds in mass." There are still scientists and archaeologists who appose the idea of ancient civilizations before five thousand years ago. However this latest finding supports the theory that highly advanced civilizations existed before the beginning of our current one. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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A southern Chinese zoo says a giant panda has given birth to the world's only known surviving set of panda triplets. Full Story: A giant panda has given birth to the world's only known surviving set of panda triplets, a southern Chinese zoo said on Tuesday. According to the announcement by the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangdong province, the panda named Juxiao gave birth to the cubs, which were naturally conceived at the zoo on July 29th. Surveillance footage provided by the zoo showed Juxiao giving birth to the cubs and licking them one by one. The triplets, now in incubators, are being monitored around the clock by expert carertakers, the zoo said. Docile giant pandas, native to the mountains and deep bamboo forests of southwestern China, are notoriously difficult to breed and births can be difficult. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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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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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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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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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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ANCHOR: Brazilian prison authorities have discovered a new smuggling scheme used in jails. Carrier pigeons are being used to deliver drugs and mobile phones to inmates. Here's more on this story. STORY: Brazilian prison authorities have recently discovered inmates smuggling in drugs and mobile phones through an unusual channel. The inmates of Sao Paulo state penitentiary were using carrier pigeons to get the goods inside the jail. The prison is located in Marilia, some four hundred fifty kilometers away from the city of Sao Paulo. Inmates were kept under close surveillance when it was discovered they were somehow getting contraband. The jail's security guards only began to suspect the pigeons had a connection to the increasing amount of drugs and phones inside the cells after they observed some birds were having difficulty in flying. This was confirmed once prison officers found out that some of the birds had small backpacks attached to them. Wanderlei Gatti, a pigeon breeder, believes the prisoners have been taming the birds themselves. [Wanderlei Gatti, Pigeon Breeder]: "Someone is breeding these pigeons inside the cells and they are being tamed inside the prison." The penitentiary also intensified the search to relatives before weekly visits after a woman was caught leaving the prison with two carrier pigeons inside a box. Investigations later revealed that one of the inmates had managed to tame the birds and make a nest in his cell. The pigeons would then be passed on to people outside the prison through the visitors. Police chief Paulo de Souza said it was surprising that such old-fashioned methods were still being used. [Paulo de Souza, Police Chief]: " In the digital era we still find this situation involving post pigeons." Carrier pigeons were first used by the Egyptians and the Persians over three thousand years ago.
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Underprivileged children coming from extreme poverty are given free classes in a makeshift school set up by a shopkeeper under a metro bridge flyover in New Delhi. Full Story: Three years ago, Rajesh Kumar Singh set up a makeshift classroom under a metro bridge in New Delhi. He had only 2 students then, but now his two-hour morning classes have over 60 pupils, six days a week. Singh has a day job as a shopkeeper in the Indian capital. He pulled out of college in his third year due to financial difficulties and says he started his school because he didn't want other children to face a similar fate. His students come from nearby slums - their families too poor to send them to school. Students from ages 3 to 16 sit in his open-air classes. Singh and Laxmi Chandra, who also helps at the school, decided to hold classes under the bridge because they could still be held during the monsoons and on hot summer days. [Rajesh Kumar Singh, Teacher]: "We took this place under the bridge so that when it rains, the kids have space to sit. And when it is hot, children have the shade to sit comfortably." At the school, a quarter of the students are girls, and although there is a lack of facilities, many walk long distances barefoot to attend Singh's classes. Primary school enrolment in India today stands at 95 percent, a level unthinkable a decade ago, but only two in three children of primary school age attend regularly, and one in five drops out. Although there have been improvements in recent years, millions of girls stop going to school for a host of reasons including early marriage, lack of separate toilets and lack of safety. A report published earlier this month described teaching standards in Indian government schools as "abysmally poor." The report by IDFC - an infrastructure finance firm which every year presents recommendations on different themes to the Indian prime minister - said India's primary schools are short of more than a million teachers. Many parents of the students at the school under the bridge are now also sending their children to government schools, realizing the more education they receive, the better. But many students say they learn far more in the makeshift classroom than at government schools, where each class could pack more than 80 students and teachers often don't show up. Abhishek Kumar, age 11, walks two kilometers every day to reach the bridge school before going to his government school. [Abhishek Kumar, Student]: "They teach all subjects here. What you don't know they explain that properly here. I used to get 40 percent earlier in school, now I score 90, 91, 92 percent. Sir teaches us well here." The student-teacher ratio in the makeshift classroom is similar to that of private schools in India. [Rajesh Kumar Singh, Teacher]: "When I give two hours of my time to these children, I feel very good, my soul feels at peace. People give money and other things, I donate education. My parents educated me and I'm giving a part of that to these children." 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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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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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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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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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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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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Prince Harry attends the British Armed Forces Team announcement for the Invictus Games and his notes are blown away by the wind as he makes his speech. Full Story: Prince Harry wished luck to the service personnel who will represent Britain at the inaugural Invictus Games on Wednesday. The 29-year-old cracked jokes in his speech and raised more laughs when the notes for his speech blew away at the announcement of the biggest British military sports team ever assembled from wounded, injured or sick servicemen and women. The competitors will take on rivals from 13 other nations in a Paralympic-style competition in London next month. He said: "Prosthetics, dogs, wheelchairs, high-performance cars, 4x4s, tattoos - we've got everything here. It could only be the Invictus Games." As the notes for his speech blew away, raising laughter from the audience, Harry was forced to retrieve them, joking: "No blowing from the left, thank you." The final members of the 130-strong team, from across the UK, were chosen on criteria including commitment to training, performance, progression in their sport, and feedback from their coaches. The Games start on September 10. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Scientists in Cuba find a new way to treat cancer -- using scorpion venom... Full story: Cuban scientists are researching a range of cancer treatments based on scorpion venom. The venom is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect, and may even shrink tumors or inhibit their growth. Last year, the state-run pharmaceutical firm LABIOFAM Business Group launched a homeopathic medicine based on the scorpion venom. [Niudis Cruz, LABIOFAM Business Group, Doctor]: "It improves and alleviates symptoms that come with cancer, such as pain, inflammation and loss of appetite, depending on the general state of their illness." The product is currently licensed for sale in parts of Latin America and China. In Europe it is still awaiting approval, but has already attracted attention. [Antonio Fraga, LABIOFAM Business Group, Director]: "In places where it isn't on sale yet, people are coming here for it -- in significant numbers. So far, about 35,000 Italians have flown to Cuba to buy the product." A series of scorpion farms have now opened across Cuba. About one liter of venom can be produced on each farm per month, enough to produce 100,000 bottles of medicine. Research projects in the U.S., Israel, Iran and China are also looking at various applications for scorpion venom, including pesticides, painkillers, and treatments for arthritis and cancer. At a recent symposium in Havana, LABIOFAM presented details of its latest pre-clinical trials on a range of new venom-based medicines. Pharmaceutical-grade drugs need much more rigorous testing than homeopathic products. Full clinical trials are due to begin shortly. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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The ancient Hungarian tradition of horseback archery is enjoying a revival. This is much to the liking of a local horseback archery champion whose special riding school is attracting more and more young people. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C Wearing the costumes of the ancient Hungarians who once conquered the Carpathian Basin, actors are practicing horseback archery skills for an upcoming horse theater show called "The Conquest." World champion and founder of modern horseback archery, Lajos Kassai, is training them in his Kassai Horseback Archery School. Hungarian tribesmen once kept Europe in fear with their fierce horseback archery - "God save us from the arrows of the Hungarians" was a saying in the 9th to 10th century. But later the art of horseback archery all but disappeared from history. At the end of the 1980s, Kassai reconstructed the bow from the time of the Hungarian conquest in the 9th century and started its production. He also created the code of competition rules for horseback archery, and from the beginning of the 1990s started to spread the new sport first in Hungary, then in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. Kassai won all home and world competitions and set four Guinness Book records. In 2006, with changed horses, he practiced horseback archery for 24 hours non-stop. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "For some strange reason, the horseback archery which once created and crushed empires had been forgotten till I revived it. The modern age history of horseback archery began in this valley, this is where I started to get deeply involved with the martial art of our ancestors." His horseback archery school is dedicated to preserving horseback archery as a cultural heritage, a martial art and a sport. It currently has 300 students not only from Hungary but also Romania, Spain, Germany and Canada among others. And Kassai says that training young people is getting harder every year. [Lajos Kassai, Horseback Archery Champion]: "Today we need to bring the children closer to the animal, even the animal is another planet for today's children. We need to show them that the horse is a living creature with feelings, with incredible strength and instincts. Every year we have to take the children to the horse from more and more of a distance, and this is why I fear that there will be serious problems with the rising generations." During the training Kassai teaches his students special techniques necessary for being able to shoot from horseback as well as how to get to know and to feel the horses. For many students, horseback archery is not just a challenge sport, but a matter of national indentity and pride. [Matyas Kovacs, Horseback Archery Student]: "The main thing is that we should not try just to imitate what our ancestors did but we should do exactly the same and then we can become like our ancestors and this is what really sticks to our mind and this is what we can follow." Like Matys Kovacs they see it as a way of continuing ancient traditions.
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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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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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Have you heard the term "Cultural Revolution" and wondered what it refers to? Or maybe you know it was a rough time in Chinese history but don't know what happened during that time. Join Mike Chen as he gives you a brief overview of China's Cultural Revolution and helps you understand some of the phenomena that characterized that time.
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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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If you're looking for a new, hip way to get around look no further. One Chinese man has invented a new bike that is sure to, well, make you laugh. Who says the wheel is round? Retired Chinese military officer Guan Baihua has created an edgy version of the traditional bicycle wheel. He's even patented his new design, in case it catches on. Guan had been mulling over the idea for years, until inspiration came quite unexpectedly. [Guan Baihua, Bicycle Inventor]: "I started thinking, can I invent a bike with a non-circular wheel? But I did not believe that I could actually do it until the end of 2006, one day I was watching television and rolling a triangular pencil and I discovered that though I was rolling it I couldn't feel my hand bumping up and down. So I started to work out how to put the shape and the bicycle together." Unlike circular wheels, these wheels have no set radius. Instead they have an unchanging diameter, so as they turn, the wheels remain at a constant height. The cyclist is protected from a bumpy ride by pivoting joints which keep the frame separate from the jolting wheels. Pushing the triangular and pentagonal wheels along the road is hard work so its fastest speed is still only a brisk walking pace. And it can be a wobbly take-off. But that doesn't deter people from trying. [Deng Xiuli, Qingdao Resident]: "I thought it looked strange with these shapes and at first I couldn't handle it but then the more you ride it becomes quite smooth, its fun." After spending 18 months perfecting this creation, Guan has no further inventions in mind. For the moment, he is content to think of himself as the man who reinvented the wheel.
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Israeli physicists have discovered that the heat from laser light can weld flesh back together. Now they're experimenting with using it to heal wounds instead of using traditional stitching. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C The bonding is also achieved using a blood protein called albumin. It works a bit like micro hooks on each side of the cut. They attach to each other and bond tightly after the skin has cooled down. Professor Abraham Katzir demonstrates his laser technique on a piece of chicken breast. [Abraham Katzir, Head of Applied Physics]: "Both the edges of the cut and the albumin all stick together. And what the advantage is that you get, first of all, a strong bond, instead of sutures. Secondly it's watertight, so that infection can not penetrate." But it has also proven successful on human flesh. Wounds from patients have healed faster and with less scaring. The next step for Professor Katzir is to design a pen-like laser instrument. That way any doctor or medic could potentially use this technique. [Abraham Katzir, Head of Applied Physics]: "You will simply have an instrument that maybe will be in every hospital or in an emergency situation, or in an ambulance service, or in a battle field, that the less qualified surgeon or a medic, if there is a cut they can do it exactly like they do it in the Star Trek series...the television series. So it is science fiction made real." Professor Katzir is referring to the futuristic sci-fi TV series that used a so-called "Dermal Regenerator" to mend wounds. According to Katzir, this new laser method could also be used in keyhole surgery to seal internal wounds. This would then avoid the need for making large invasive incisions on the body. Katzir and his team hope to see their invention in operating rooms around the world in just a few years time.
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Yuriy Melnychuk has not only mastered the skill of embroidery, but also conducts master classes, teaching others. But unlike the stereotype for the craft, he is a man. Recently, on his birthday, he presented a unique collection of embroidered towels at a museum in Ukraine Full story: Who says embroidery is women's work? Yuriy Melnychuk has been embroidering for over 20 years. And he has not only created embroidered masterpieces, but has also trained many others in this art. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "Embroidery calms the nervous system in our crazy times both for women and men. It requires concentration and focus. Embroidery, in fact, is an active meditation." Melnychuk's favorite pieces have nothing to do with gender or age - they only have to be satisfying. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "I feel this tremendous harmony, greater strength, knowledge, and wisdom. Actually, these three components are ones that we need to cultivate in ourselves." The director of a museum where Yuriy works says the embroidery master is one-of-a-kind. [Peter Gonchar, Director, Ivan Honchar Museum]: "He lives inspired by this. Embroidery for him is not just a technique and something beautiful, but symbolism and a philosophy of life. This is very unusual. Perhaps, there is no one like him in the world today." Yuriy also studies ancient symbols embroidered on canvas. Traditional Ukrainian embroidery often reflects geometric patterns, flowers, the tree of life - even the swastika. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "This is an image of perpetual motion, endless renewal, the image of the sun that moves." On the occasion of his 50th birthday, Yuri presented his collection called "Embroidery, Like Life" at the Ivan Honchar Museum, where he's worked for more than 20 years. This exhibition features over 150 types of embroidery, including outfits for dolls and traditional Ukrainian towels. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "The end of the 19th century - that's one type of embroidery, and the 30 years of the 20th century - it's exactly the opposite. You would think that this is embroidered in another country. And this is the same village." Yuriy gives lectures on embroidery in schools, and has been invited abroad. The embroidery master`s dream to create a center of Ukrainian embroidery and costume to bring folk art closer to everyone. [Yuriy Melnychuk, Master Embroiderer]: "We know that embroidery, work on the potter's wheel and weaving are three crafts that increase our energy field twofold in a few short hours of work. If we practice them all the time, we have no problems with health." NTD News, Kiev, Ukraine For more news and videos visit http://ntd.tv Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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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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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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While most people in the world are considering more energy efficient means of living, Japan is one step ahead. One solar-powered city offers an energy self-sufficient community that produces its own power. Let's take a look. These dark rectangular solar panels could hold the key to a completely self-sufficient community. Ota City, located about 80 kilometers north of Tokyo, is one of Japan's sunniest spots and home to strawberry fields. Quite interestingly enough this nature hotspot is where 550 homes are given free solar panels from the government, as part of a study on how avoid blackouts by sharing solar power. Mika Hiroshima's family moved to the neighborhood three years ago to try out solar power. All of her electrical appliances are mostly powered by solar energy and when they have some unused electricity left, they can sell it to a local power company and make a profit of up to 5,000 yen, or about 50 U.S. dollars, a month. [Mika Hiroshima, House Wife]: "I had never thought I'd be receiving money instead of paying when I receive electricity bills. People had told me how good this is but I didn't believe it until I actually saw negative numbers on my electricity bills. Then I realized how wonderful this system is." Solar panel makers say that at high noon in sunny weather, a 4-kilowatt rooftop power generator can yield enough power to run four dryers at once. In cloudy weather, the power generated is less than half of that. Experts say if families buy them at the current market price, it would take two to three decades before they could recover costs of about two million yen, or 20,000 U.S. dollars. Ota housing development manager Kazuo Nakashima says the high equipment cost still is the biggest challenge in spreading the eco-friendly system. [Kazuo Nakashima, Housing Development Manager]: "Through this project, we've cleared technical issues over solar power generation in private homes. Now, the biggest challenge is how to reduce the cost of solar panels and related equipment." The Japanese government scrapped solar panel subsidies in 2006, but it is planning to revive them next year, with the new subsidies expected to cover 10 percent of installation costs. For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Forty years after the tragic Andes' plane crash in which survivors were forced to eat the remains of their dead colleagues, those survivors reflect on the effect of that crash, immortalized in the movie "Alive!" Forty years after a plane carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashed high in the Andes, survivors gathered in Santiago, Chile to commemorate the anniversary. On October 13, 1972, a chartered aircraft carrying 45 passengers crashed into the mountains when pilots miscalculated their landing position. This was later known as the Andes flight disaster, and is still remembered today. Twenty-nine survived the initial accident but, without food or shelter from the cold, several more soon perished. Rescuers eventually gave them up for dead and survivors were forced to eat their fellow travelers just to survive. Two of the crash survivors set off to get help and eventually ran into Sergio Catalan, a local resident, who alerted authorities. The remaining 16 were rescued 72 days after the initial crash. Catalan said it is sheer joy to see how well they are all doing. [Sergio Catalán, Chilean Man who Found Survivors]: (Spanish, male) "I'm happy because they're all doing well and they're in shape for another 40 years." The dramatic story of the crash and courageous survival of the passengers was retold in the 1993 movie "Alive." Survivor Eduardo Strauch said his experience on that mountain still teaches him lessons today. [Eduardo Strauch, Survivor of Andes Plane Crash]: (male, Spanish) "To me, it's truly been moving and surprising how, from that horror, I have been able to turn it all around and achieve super positive things up to today. Forty years later, I'm still learning from the mountain, from the experience. I am totally enamored of the mountain. I return every year. I can't stop going to that place, where I find myself, with silence, that has taught me so much." The survivors will play a commemorative rugby match to mark the 40th anniversary of the Andes Flight Disaster. An exhibit of photographs and artifacts from the incident is also being held at a cultural center in neighboring Uruguay. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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As we've been telling you this week, tens of thousands of villagers are protesting in Wukan, in Guangdong Province. Now the situation has become a standoff as villagers have kicked out both local officials and police. That came after the suspicious death of one villager in police custody. Here's the latest. The over twenty-thousand residents of the village of Wukan in south China's Guangdong Province have expelled all local Communist Party authorities, including police, and blocked road access to the village. The British newspaper The Telegraph was able to get a journalist on the ground in Wukan on Tuesday. Malcom Moore called the current incident the first time on record that the Party has "lost all control" in a situation of "open revolt." This marks the latest escalation in an ongoing confrontation between villagers and local Communist Party officials they've called corrupt and abusive. For three months, Wukan residents have been staging occasional large-scale protests against a longstanding series of abuses committed by local Party officials. The villagers' biggest grievance was corrupt officials profiting from illegally selling the villagers' land. The current intensified protest, including the expelling of all police and officials, came after the death in Party custody of Xue Jinbo. He was a Wukan resident who had served as a negotiator with authorities. Party officials claim Xue died of "cardiac failure." But Xue's family say there was evidence of torture on his body, including broken thumbs and bruises. By Monday, locals had stopped an attempt by hundreds of police and security personnel to enter Wukan. Those forces retreated to a backup location three miles distant, and are now blocking all food and water from entering the town. As of now, at the fifth day of what some are calling a rebellion, police remain blocked from entering, and some townspeople are making comments suggesting that the confrontation has become about more than just land seizures. The Telegraph quoted one villager as saying "We are not sleeping. A hundred men are keeping watch. We do not know what the government's next move will be, but we know we cannot trust them ever again." The situation in Wukan remains uncertain. Other media have managed to enter the village. But anything about Wukan is being quickly censored on the Chinese internet. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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Pakistan's first female fighter pilot helps break the glass ceiling for women. Full Story: Through the ages - the military life has traditionally been a man's world. But one woman in Pakistan has broken through the glass ceiling, and her career is really taking off. Meet Pakistan's first female fighter pilot, 26 year old Ayesha Farooq. She's one of five female fighter pilots in Pakistan, but is the first to have passed the test qualifying her for combat. When it comes to her role as a fighter pilot, she says she's treated just the same as her male peers. [Ayesha Farooq, Fighter Pilot]: "I don't feel any difference. We have the same activities. My colleagues are very cooperative. We take challenges, like who will do more precise bombing and everything. So I don't feel like there is any difference." It's been a long time coming... although women have served in Pakistan's armed forces since 1947, they have largely been confined to desk jobs and medical work. But attitudes towards women are changing. Over the past decade women have become sky marshals, and a select few are serving in anti-terrorist forces. [Naseem Abbas, Wing Commander]: "So, for me, its good whether I have female pilots or male pilots. As far as they are able to fight, they are able to fly." Pakistan now has 316 women in the air force compared to around 105 years ago - a remarkable rise in this conservative country where many women are expected to stay grounded in traditional roles.. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.org Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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The Israeli media sounds the alarm time and again: "There is no water," "Water consumption should be reduced." Since the main source of water in Israel is the Sea of Galilee, we went out to investigate and indeed found a very sad sight. The Sea of Galilee, or as it is called in Israel "Lake Kinneret," is in fact the only natural water reservoir in the country. This lake has great historical significance and is supposed to provide the water for most of the population in Israel. However, in recent years its water level has dropped sharply. Is there true cause for concern? [Mayer Melman, Boat Owner]: "I remember how its color used to be a stronger blue and the water was cleaner. Can you see the water line? Almost five-and-a-half meters are missing." Fisherman from Tiberias]: "All this was full of water. It was full. Seven, eight years ago this was its maximum height, and slowly it began to drop." We turned to the authority responsible for providing water to the population, hoping to learn why is there so much less water in Lake Kinneret today. [Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]: "It's simply that there is less rain. Something has changed, something has happened. We're talking about the whole region. The whole region is thirsty for water... I am very worried by the lack of rain and about the drop of water level both in Lake Kinneret and in other water sources. This is the seventh year in a row without substantial rain. We're at the end of January in a clear, beautiful day, with no rain." We learned further that the whole region of the Middle East shares the same plight as that of Lake Kinneret. [Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]: "The whole drainage basin of the Kinneret is a very large area that includes a part of Israel, part of Lebanon, and a part of Syria. This means that all of this huge area that is supposed to nourish this lake also suffers from lack of rain." We expressed our concern, asking whether the situation is indeed so serious. [Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]: "It's been a long while since we had reached the bottom red line of the Kinneret and are beneath it. This is a line we wish very hard not to have reached at all. The bottom red line is the water level under which processes begin to take place, ones that are causing damage to the quality of the water and danger to this whole water source." The reduction in water quantity of the Sea of Galilee has many implications, pertaining to more than just drinking water. [Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]: "Part of the concern of reaching low levels is that the whole fabric of fauna and flora may sustain permanent damage." And indeed, fishermen that we met seemed to be deeply worried. [Fisherman from Tiberias]: "This situation has serious effects on the fish. They should be coming close to the shore to lay their eggs, but they are not coming now." [Meyer Melman, Boat Owner]: "When there was water and it was cleaner you could drop a net anywhere and catch fish, huge quantities of them. Now the fish are extinct, everything here starts to disappear." People's livelihood is affected, too. [Meyer Melman, Boat Owner]: "People in Tiberias used to make their living mostly from fishing. Today, sadly, there are no fish, the water level is going down, the old fishermen are tired. Only a few have remained here." And what does Kinneret's Water Authority Spokesman think of the current condition? [Uri Shor, Water Authority Spokesman]: "it's obvious that when the water level is dropping and the level of saltiness goes up, changes would occur in all aspects of life in the lake and certainly that could result in a total reversal wherein the lake would become a dead lake. There is no denying that this is a big problem, and I am very worried." 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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Two large diamonds are expected to break world records when they go under the hammer in Hong Kong in October. Auction house Sotheby's presented the two diamonds, including a 118.28 carat, egg-sized white diamond, the biggest ever to be auctioned off, to the media on Thursday (September 19). The stone mined from southern Africa in 2011 is expected to fetch $28 million in the upcoming auction. "This 118-carat diamond, the size, literally like a free-range egg, the weight is like a small tangerine. Actually it's quite heavy. Now our estimate is over HK$220 million, equal to over $28 million. We expect it will make a new world record for white diamond," said Terry Chu, deputy head of Jewellery Department at Sotheby's. Another highlight of the auction is a 7.59-carat round fancy vivid blue diamond, the largest diamond of its kind in the world graded by Gemological Institute of America. The rare round diamond is expected to sell at a pricetag of over $19 million. "The original rough, the shape is perfect enough to be cut into a round, a circular shape, as well as after cutting into a circular shape, it still holds the colour. And no matter the saturation, as well as the purity of the colour, it still hits the highest grade and be qualified as a fancy vivid blue. So it's actually very rare, and also this is the first time and the largest round fancy vivid blue, not only in the world and also is ever offered at auction," Chu said. Sotheby's chose Hong Kong as the place to auction off these two diamonds because the former British colony is set to be the most important city in the jewellery auction market, Chu said. The Chinese appetite for diamond jewellery is expected to double over the next decade, mining giant Rio Tinto said. Eliad Cohen, Chief Investment Officer of Novel Asset Management which specializes in rare diamonds investments, said diamonds are emerging as an upcoming alternative investment for the world's second largest economy. "I think that, what we see in the past few years, more and more Chinese looking at diamonds as an investment, not just a toy to wear it or for parties and things like that. Basically I think the Chinese typical culture is not show off, they're not looking to go around with big things. But definitely they're one of the biggest and the most important investors for this type of industry," Cohen said. The Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction offers over 300 lots with a total estimated value of over $110 million. The auction will take place in Hong Kong on October 7.
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For more news visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision In Hong Kong and the Mainland, there is an excess of garbage and a shortage of fuel. So one company is trying to use an invention to kill two birds with one stone, by turning garbage into fuel. As trash landfills are nearing full capacity in China, one Hong Kong company is trying to solve the problem... converting plastic waste into valuable fuel. Echotech is a recycling company in Hong Kong that is running a prototype which processes three tons of plastic waste into roughly 1,000 liters of fuel oil everyday. The inventor of the million dollar converter machine explains how it works. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director]: "So this process is going to convert this plastic back to this original stage. That is the fuel. Then we found out that the product, comes out what is the fuel, the property is most like the simple like the diesel but we have some gasoline inside and also some wax." Plastic waste unfit for recycling is shredded, before being converted into gas in an airtight oxygen-free liquefying chamber. The gas then regains liquid form in a condenser, and water is then separated from the fuel. While the sulfur-content of the plastic-made fuel is too high to be used in cars, it is much lower than marine-grade fuel. With the world's second busiest port housing numerous diesel-powered ships, Hong Kong's skyline is infamously polluted. Perhaps this new fuel can help alleviate the poor air quality. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director, Echotech]: "Marine grade diesel is about 3-4 percent and then we are only about 0.25 percent. So I believe (if) we got our product to use on the sea, this is great." Ming is waiting for government approval to build a bigger version of the machine. There are still many challenges for now, though. Echotech imports its plastic waste from abroad, because recycling facilities in Hong Kong are not viable, due to land and labor work. [Ming Cheung, Managing Director, Echotech]: "I want all the plastic waste from Hong Kong but we need to do put some effort over there, maybe to educate society or maybe even do the legislation and put some regulation and make sure all this waste plastic is not going to the land fill and come to the proper place and get a proper solution for that." If successful, the commercial potential for the Echotech machine is huge. It will take time however, to overcome current challenges.
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Next in Tokyo, Japan, we'll take a look at the construction site of Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world. Our correspondent spoke with the designer of Tokyo Sky Tree on how it was built to resist even the strongest earthquake in the country. Tokyo Sky Tree will become the world's tallest free standing broadcast tower, and is revealing its secret in overcoming earthquakes in quake-prone Japan. Standing over 630 meters high, Tokyo Sky Tree was designed by Nikken Sekkei, a Japanese architecture firm experienced in building quake-resistant, high-rise buildings in Japan. The company developed a system of adding mass as a balancing weight to buildings, to control how they sway during an earthquake. For the Tokyo Sky Tree project, the emergency staircase, situated in the core of the tower, acts as the mass, controlling sway during an earthquake. According to Nikken Sekkei, it's the first in the world. [Eizo Toyoda, P.R Manager, Nikken Sekkei]: "The core column and the surrounding steel frame are constructed separately. Therefore, when it shakes from an earthquake, they will shake in different ways. The system works by utilizing their different ways of shaking to repress the overall sway." Along the core, oil dampers are also installed to absorb shock. These act as cushions and are able to absorb swaying up to 50 percent. [Eizo Toyoda, P.R Manager, Nikken Sekkei]: "In the middle there's a space of about a meter, and from the height of 125 to 375 meters, we put six oil dampers. This is to control swaying so that the core column won't hit the inner part of the tower. They also serve to absorb the energy from an earthquake." The concept of using a central mass for the Tokyo Sky Tree was borrowed from traditional Japanese wisdom of building five-story pagodas. The longest standing pagoda in Japan is regarded to be at Horyu-ji Temple in Nara Prefecture, built in the 7th century. Tokyo Sky Tree will be opened to the public in May 2012 as Tokyo's newest landmark and popular tourist attraction. Liliana Yap, NTD, Tokyo, Japan For more news and videos visit ➡ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ➡ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ➡ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C
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For more news and videos visit ☛ http://english.ntdtv.com Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://facebook.com/NTDTelevision The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory. This is no ordinary printer. It's been configured to print living organs. Researchers have filled the ink cartridges with a cocktail of cells and nutrients. Today they've printed a rat heart - in the future they hope to print human ones. They watch as the newly made heart begins to beat. This novel process is called bioprinting. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: " ... with printing an organ we have so many different types of cells that we have to use over and over again but just put them in the right sequence." Serious burn victims may soon benefit from the research. [Mohammad Albanna, Researcher]: "Instead of waiting for the skin itself to provide this material which takes around two weeks, we are providing it right away so forming the seal and providing the bedding for cells so that they can grow fast and immediately." This ferret liver had all it's own cells washed away and the remaining tissue has been coated with human liver cells. After spending some time in a bioreactor it will emerge as a human liver. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "It's like they have their own eyes or what we call receptors that recognise the areas where they should attach or where they should be and they do that on their own because we kind of mix them together and they sort themselves out." Baptista believes this technique will make waiting lists for organ transplants a thing of the past. [Pedro Baptista, Researcher]: "We still don't have the technology to take a few millions cells, which is how much we get from a biopsy, to billions." Regenerative medicine research attracts billions in funding every year. Dr.Atala says the money is well spent. [Dr.Anthony Atala, Director, Institute of Regenerative Medicine]: "The goal of regenerative medicine is really to try and replace tissues or repair them. But the promise of regenerative medicine is that it can offer a cure rather than just manage disease." Dr. Atala believes making human organs is not so far off.
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Li Bai was arguably the most accomplished poet of the golden age of poetry in China's Tang Dynasty. Li, known for his romantic style of writing, has come to be known as the immortal poet. Li lived from 701 to 762 AD—spending much of his time travelling around China. He served briefly as a poet at the Hanlin Academy in the capital city of Chang-an, at the request of Emperor Xuanzong. Li did have one habit that some viewed as a defect—he drank, and drank a lot. Yet when it came to writing poetry, drinking may have been the activity that made Li's poetry so evocative and moving. One story records Emperor Xuanzong summoning Li Bai, while he was having a feast with his favorite consort, Yang Guifei. Li turned up drunk. Court attendants splashed him with water to sober him up, but to no avail. However, once he was handed a writing brush, Li spontaneously composed three songs praising the beauty of Yang Guifei. The emperor was so moved he personally accompanied Li on the flute. Palace life didn't last long for Li Bai. After three years serving the emperor, a jealous eunuch convinced Yang Guifei that Li had been disrespectful towards her in one of his poems. Li was ousted and took to travelling the empire again. Much of Li's poetry alludes to the time he spent on his solitary travels—often drinking alone with only the moon for company. "Amidst the flowers with a pot of wine, Drinking alone without a companion. Raising the wine cup and toasting the moon, Facing my shadow we have become three people." The moon appears frequently in Tang Dynasty poetry. And the moon Li Bai describes is bright and high in the sky—in keeping with his romantic style. The moon becomes a symbol of permanence in the ever-changing world—reminding the poet, of people and places dear to him. "I raise my head and gaze at the bright moon, I hang my head and think of my hometown." In another poem, Li wrote: "The people of today cannot see the moon of ancient times, But today's moon once shone up on the ancients." Although Li Bai has now been gone for well over a millennium, his poetic descriptions of dreamlike landscapes illuminated by the moon have left a legacy in the hearts of the Chinese people. And Li may not be as far away as you think, after all, the same moon that shines upon you today, once shone down upon the immortal poet.
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Prince Harry arrived in Canberra on Monday (April 6) to begin a four week military attachment with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). After landing in Sydney on a commercial British Airways flight the Prince was flown to Canberra by the Royal Australian Air force. He was greeted by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin at the Australian War Memorial before laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and placing a poppy in the Roll of Honour. Before Prince Harry reported for duty to the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin he met hundreds of well-wishers outside the War Memorial, his only public appearance while in Australia. While on secondment with the ADF, Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, will live and work alongside Australian Army in regiments in Darwin, Sydney and Perth. He will take part in regional bush patrols, aviation activities, flight simulation and joint fire exercises as well as spending time with Indigenous NORFORCE soldiers and SAS commandos. 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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Meet 22-year-old Manpreet Singh, a man trapped in a toddler's body. He is only 23 inches tall.
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Chinese consumers have been hit by yet another food safety scandal. This time, it's exploding watermelons. Farmers in eastern Jiangsu province say they used a chemical to make the watermelons grow faster, so they could make more money. Now they have to deal with huge losses because their crops have been ruined. 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 A farmer, Liu Mingsuo was hoping to cash in on his watermelon farm this year. But now he's counting his losses after his watermelon crops began exploding on the ground. Liu only started growing watermelons this year. He says a local agricultural expert advised him to spray his crops with a type of chemical. It's supposed to make the melons grow bigger and taste sweeter. But in a bizarre twist, the watermelons began bursting open, well before they were ripe. In just one morning, Liu had to throw out more than 11,000 pounds of his crops. Farmers nearby are also finding their watermelons exploding. Even those with crops that seem fine are having difficulty selling them, because fruit markets fear they could explode later. This is the latest case of Chinese food producers trying to make a quick buck by artificially boosting their products. Some netizens say they're glad the watermelons exploded on the farms because now the chemicals won't reach their mouths. The Chinese regime has allowed wider media coverage of food scandals recently. It comes after growing public anger over a series of toxic or dangerous foods that have made their way to consumers.
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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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