Bringing back Vinyl: company recreates records from original masters

first_imgEbola: Nigeria Records 7 Deaths Related Company uses robots to care for the elderly Top Tyre company shuts down production in Kenya These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plants These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plantsVinyl is emphatically back in vogue as a London company, using 50s technology, is recreating records from original masters. And it’s finding willing buyers in China and elsewhere in East Asia.The Electric Recording Company recreates the original quality of famous LPs, and though it’s been a painstaking process, it has also been a very rewarding one, CCTV’s Catherine Drew reports.last_img read more

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Humans: Better Designed and Capable than Darwinism Can Explain

first_imgThe embedded video here shows violinist Jonathan Leviim, accompanied by pianist Oleg Poliansky and accordionist Garnik Militonyan, performing “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti (1868-1922). As Leviim demonstrates incredible virtuosity and speed, think of how rapidly the neurons in his arms, fingers and brain are firing to make this possible. Then think about the instrument he is playing, developed by careful research centuries ago (before modern technology) that craftsmen selected to get the best raw materials and organize them into this finely-tuned device, built for pure aesthetic appreciation rather than survival. Then think about the composer who conceived the music in his mind and transmitted it to paper, so that musicians decades later could play it. The products of sheer dumb luck?Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Use your equipment for good.(Visited 557 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Look at the equipment humans come with. Look at the things they can do. Is this the work of blind chance?Equipped for Rapid RepairResearchers unearth secret tunnels between the skull and the brain (National Institutes of Health). An expert in stroke recovery noticed something interesting. Experimenting with rats, Dr. Matthias Nahrendorf noticed that immune cells called neutrophils appeared too rapidly in the damaged brain tissue to have arrived from the usual sources– marrow in the limbs. Pursuing the discovery, his team looked more carefully at skull tissue and found neutrophils in the marrow of the skull bones. Looking closer, they found tiny “tunnels” in the spongy bone tissue where the neutrophils travel to the injury site.Dr. Nahrendorf’s team detected the channels throughout the skull as well as in the tibia, which led them to search for similar features in the human skull. Detailed imaging of human skull samples obtained from surgery uncovered the presence of the channels. The channels in the human skull were five times larger in diameter compared to those found in mice. In human and mouse skulls, the channels were found in the both in the inner and outer layers of bone.Future research will seek to identify the other types of cells that travel through the newly discovered tunnels and the role these structures play in health and disease.Survival of the WisestWhat is ‘primitive technology’ and why do we love it? (BBC News). People have been fascinated by Robinson Crusoe stories for a long time. A new wave of interest in ‘primitive technology’ revolves around the videos of John Plant, who demonstrates human ingenuity at a very basic level in his popular YouTube videos. George Pierpoint describes the movement:Primitive technology is more than just survival skills. It’s like hitting the reset button and seeing how advanced you could become if left to fend for yourself.Need an axe? Make one from a stone and a branch. Need a pot? Mix your own clay and make a kiln. Need to crush some rocks? Make a water-powered hammer.From Robinson Crusoe almost 300 years ago to Tom Hanks in the film Cast Away, the idea of surviving alone in the wild still captures the imagination of many.Primitive technology videos regularly receive millions of views and have spawned an active online community who discuss the latest videos.Most of us live like pampered house cats who couldn’t survive a day “naked and afraid” in the wild. But John Plant shows that we still come with the body and brains able to do it if we had to. Humans are exceptional at using intelligence and wisdom to solve problems. Some birds build elaborate nests. Some crows can make tools. Some mammals help one another in social groups. No other creature on the planet can match the creative ingenuity of the lone human being to find solutions to problems, and then store and communicate the knowledge gained. Most of us profit from the collected wisdom of thousands of years. There’s something fascinating about seeing someone go out and show that the capacity for raw, primitive technology still exists in some of us willing to exercise our innate capabilities. Those living in ‘primitive’ hunter-gatherer cultures probably have more know-how than many couch potatoes today, who couldn’t survive without a car and grocery store.Rapid Creativitylast_img read more

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Tenmember Chinese PLA delegation arrives at city post Sukna visit

first_imgKOLKATA/Darjeeling: A ten member Chinese delegation visited Headquarter Eastern Command, Kolkata, on Thursday. The delegation was led by Lt Gen Liu Xiaowu, Deputy Commander of Western Theatre Command of PLA. Before arriving at Kolkata, the team has visited New Delhi, Agra and Sukna.The visit is a positive step towards enhancing the bilateral defence cooperation mechanism between the two countries, which would help in maintaining peace and stability along the LAC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe delegation visited Headquarters, Eastern Command (HQ EC) at Fort William, where they interacted with Lt Gen Sunil Srivastava, Chief of Staff, EC and other officers. The delegation was conducted around in Fort William and later taken on a visit to Victoria Memorial, prior to their departure from Kolkata.The PLA delegation had departed for Kolkata from Sukna earlier on Thursday.They had arrived at Sukna on July 3. On arrival at the headquarters of the 33 Corps, Lt Gen Xiaowu had a meeting with Lt Gen. Pradeep M Bali, GOC, 33 Corps. This was followed by a delegation level meeting on Wednesday. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe meetings had ended on a positive note and both the Chinese and the Indian sides had expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the interactions. “The interactions will contribute towards maintaining peace and tranquility on the borders” stated a release. A cultural show and a banquet had been held in Sukna in honour of the visiting Chinese delegation. The visit of the PLA delegation is being seen as of great importance to the armies of the two nations, with the objective of enhancing bilateral defence cooperation, increasing interactions at military commander’s level and implementation of various agreements to maintain peace and tranquility at the borders. Incidentally, the Sukna meet is being seen as the result of meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan and Qingdao in the recent past. In both the meetings, the two heads had resolved to strengthen bilateral ties between the nations.The last delegation level meeting had taken place at the Headquarters of the Eastern Command at Kolkata in February 2017.Defence Observers opine that the meetings between the two armies are of immense importance, especially after the Doklam standoff.last_img read more

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Drawing a unique connect Hills celebrate Tiwar with religious fervour

first_imgDarjeeling: The unique festival of “Tiwar” commenced with “Kak Tiwar” on Monday in Darjeeling and Kalimpong.Dipawali is celebrated in a unique way in Darjeeling. The 5 days of “Tiwar” or “Yamapanchak,” is commemorated in the honour of “Yamraj” — the mythological Lord of Death. The first day of Tiwar is Kak Tiwar, dedicated to the crows, believed to be the bird associated with Yamraj. On this day food is left on rooftops and open spaces for the crows. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe next day is Kukur Tiwar. On this day marigold garlands are put on dogs with vermillion being applied on the forehead of dogs. The dog is offered a sumptuous meal. Even stray dogs are not left out on this day and people offer food to them as well. The third day of Tiwar, which falls on the day of Dipawali, is commemorated as Gai Tiwar. Early in the morning, the cows which symbolise goddess Lakshmi are worshipped. The houses are painted and marigold garlands are put on doors to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the evening after Lakshmi Puja, tika is annointed on the forehead of seven small girls as they are worshipped as the forms of Lakshmi. Diya or lamp is lit in the main altar of the house. Along with the diyas, copper vase called Gagri is kept filled with water and decorated with flowers. Several groups of girls dressed in traditional Gunue Cholo sit outside the main entrance of houses and sing the traditional “Bhailo.” The next day of Gai Tiwar or Laxmi Puja is the Goru Tiwar — the day dedicated to the ox. In the evening “Deushi” is sung by groups of boys wearing traditional “Daura Suruwal” and playing traditional musical instruments, madal, chyabrung and jhyamta. The five-day Tiwar concludes with “Bhai-Tika.” Both Bhailo and Deushi are forms of folk culture. Both have got a common mythological background. According to mythology, during the Satya Yug, Lord Vishnu in the form of a dwarf had asked for alms from King Bali. King Bali was renowned for his charitable nature. Keeping his word, King Bali gave away his kingdom to Lord Vishnu. The girls of his kingdom fearing destruction, in groups, prayed to Goddess Lakshmi to bestow the kingdom with riches so that its lost glory could be regained. “I do not usually return home during Dussehra but try my best to get leaves for Tiwar. The festival is fun-filled and I love playing Deusi with my friends. It’s also about a sumptuous traditional spread including “Sel Roti” (traditional sweet bread) and different types of “Aachar”, stated Avisekh Bagdas who works in Delhi.last_img read more

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Federal Government Hopes to Get a Grasp on the Sharing Economy

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Uncle Sam is trying to keep up with Silicon Valley.Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez says that this week he traveled to the startup hub to talk with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry leaders about the evolving workforce.“Thanks in large measure to innovation in recent decades there, the American workforce — and the very nature of work — is experiencing some profound changes,” Perez wrote in a recent blog post. “It’s not just the growth of new technologies, but also the rise of entirely new industries and new job structures.”  The expansion of the gig, or freelance economy, has been largely fueled by the expansion of the sharing economy, which includes companies such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Postmates and Taskrabbit. Instead of holding one full-time job with a single company, individuals are increasingly creating their own web of multiple part-time, flexible jobs.The trouble for the government, though, is that this tech-enabled evolution in the job market is particularly hard to track.Related: The Sharing Economy Is More than a Buzzword. It’s Changing How We Live.“This is an exciting, entrepreneurial development that is tapping into powerful consumer demand while giving workers flexibility and enabling them to monetize existing assets, like their cars or extra rooms in their homes,” Perez says. “At the same time, the on-demand economy raises important questions about how to continue upholding time-honored labor standards and how to promote economic security for American workers in a changing labor market.”To generate national-level data on this rising gig economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will partner with the Census Bureau to bring back the Contingent Worker Supplement, which tracks independent contractors, temporary employees and workers holding multiple jobs at the same time. The Contingent Worker Supplement will be part of the next population survey, expected in May 2017.The government is not alone in its struggle to keep pace with the recent rapid evolution of the job market. Uber has been involved in legal battles over whether drivers on the platform should be considered employees or contractors.To be sure, we are only just starting to understand the far-reaching implications of the recent reinvention of the workforce.Related: What a Sharing Economy Startup Does to Build Trust in Its Community Listen Nowcenter_img 2 min read January 29, 2016last_img read more

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