Seeing Sound and Hearing Light

first_imgSynesthesia, the syndrome in which people’s senses become confused, may not be so off the wall.  Research at the University of British Columbia “flips the traditional view of how we perceive the world on its head.” Experiments show that our brains perceive the world by synthesizing multiple inputs.  The latest evidence of this is that we can “hear” through our skin.    BBC News and Live Science reported on experiments by Bryan Gick at the U of BC that show blindfolded subjects perceive words differently when receiving puffs of air on their skin.  He believes that this is very different from traditional interpretations of sense organs as independent channels of perception.  According to Gick, humans are “whole-body perceiving machines.”  The research, he believes, could lead to more effective hearing aids and prostheses for the blind and deaf.Our bodies are marvelously designed whole entities.  Evolution cannot “tinker” with one thing without affecting other things.  Applying a proverb by John Muir to anatomy, the more we try to pick out one function, the more we find it tied to everything else in the body.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How much cheaper is flying today?

first_imgLondon to SydneyOne example is the London to Sydney route. The downward spiral of the cost is spectacular. In 1945, the return airfare was the equivalent of 130 weeks’ average salary. This was a fortune by anyone’s standards and equivalent today to $204,000 Australian dollars for the average Australian worker.By 1965 with the widespread introduction of the Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 707, it had dropped to 21 weeks and with the Boeing 747 in the early 1970s that figure reduced to eight weeks.In 1991, it was equivalent to five weeks’ average salary for an Australian and in 2013 it accounts for just over one week’s average earnings.If the trend continues, analysts suggest that by 2020 the return airfare from Sydney to London will be just three days’ average earnings.last_img

SC takes suo motu cognisance of killing of PWD official during demolition drive in Kasauli

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of the gunning down of a woman assistant town planner by a hotel owner during an apex court-ordered demolition drive in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh town of Kasauli.A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed their shock at the death of Shailbala Sharma on Tuesday, saying this is a “serious issue” in which a government official has been killed for doing her duty in compliance with the order of the highest court.The court is likely to hear the case on May 3. On April 17, it ordered the demolition of illegal constructions at several hotels and resorts in the town, saying the life of people cannot be endangered for making money.The court had observed that the illegal constructions had put the entire city in danger, causing landslips, and ordered the demolition of such constructions. It said that some hotels and resorts were supposed to construct only two-storeyed buildings but six-storeyed ones existed there.“There was landslide in your premises and you did nothing. You are putting the life of people to danger. For what? Money,” the Bench observed while hearing a plea filed by one of the hotels.Owners of several hotels, resorts and guest houses in Kasauli had approached the court challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to demolish or close down several such establishments that were extended illegally without approvals.During the hearing, an advocate representing some of the hotels admitted the existence of unauthorised constructions.Ultimatum to ownersThe Bench had given an ultimatum to the owners: “Either you demolish it [unauthorised constructions] or we will ask the authorities to demolish it. It is your choice. No instructions are needed. Let the authorities demolish it.”The NGT, in its order, had directed the demolition of temporary structures of several hotels, including Bird’s View Resort, Hotel Pine View, Narayani Guest House, Hotel Neelgiri, Hotel Divshikha and AAA Guest House.It had also imposed hefty fines on many of them for causing irretrievable damage to the ecology, polluting the environment and raising unauthorised constructions. The NGT order came on a plea by the NGO, Society for Preservation of Kasauli and its Environs (SPOKE).last_img read more

Bengal polls take grim turn; 12 dead, many injured

first_imgAt least 12 persons were killed and hundreds injured during voting for the West Bengal panchayat polls on Monday. The entire poll process has been marked by violence, from the very first day of filing of nomination papers on April 2.Reports of poll-related violence and irregularities were received from almost all of the 20 districts where elections were held. According to the State Election Commission (SEC) 72.5% exercised their franchise till 5 p.m.During the six-week run-up to the polls more than 20 persons were killed and with Monday’s killings, the total death toll has crossed 30.In 2013, when the polls were held in five phases in July, over 20 people lost their lives during the polling process. The reports of 12 deaths on Monday came from eight districts of the State.Three persons were killed in Nadia district and two each in Murshidabad and Purba Medinipur districts of South Bengal. In Nadia, three persons, two supporters of the Trinamool Congress (Sanjib Pramanik and Bhola Dapadar) and one voter were killed, in three separate incidents at Shantipur, Nakasipara and Tehatta respectively.Two supporters of the CPI(M) were shot dead outside a polling booth in Nandigram, once a hotbed of political violence. Two deaths were reported from Murshidabad district. A supporter of independent candidate Shaheen Sheikh was killed at Nowda in an incident where seven persons sustained bullet injuries and a BJP supporter, Tapan Mondal, was murdered in Beldanga.One death each was reported in South 24 Paraganas and North 24 Paraganas when polling was on. At Kultali area in the South 24 Paraganas district, Arif Hussain Gazi, a TMC supporter was shot dead while Taibur Gayen, a CPI(M) supporter, was killed in poll-related violence at North 24 Paraganas’ Amtala. There were reports of one death each in Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinapur and Cooch Behar district. Four supporters of TMC, three of the CPI(M) and two from the BJP have died in poll-related violence.House torchedIn South 24 Paraganas’ Namkhana area, the house of a CPI(M) supporter, Debu Das, was set on fire in the early hours of Monday. Debu Das and his wife Usha died in the fire. While the CPI(M) claimed that the house of the elderly couple was burned down by Trinamool Congress supporters, rivals said the incident cannot be termed poll-related violence.Director General of Police Surajit Purakayastha described the violence as “stray incidents” and said it was “far less than during panchayat elections held earlier.” The DGP said they have got reports of 12 deaths, of which only six were related to polls.Video footage of people looting ballot boxes, setting ballot papers on fire, groups of people chasing each other and gun-toting masked men roaming the streets surfaced from several districts of the State.last_img read more

Congress MLA Vishwajeet Kadam injured in car accident

first_imgCongress legislator Vishwajeet Kadam suffered minor injuries in a car accident in Pune late on Wednesday.Dr. Kadam, an MLA from Sangli’s Palus-Kadegaon constituency, was fortunate to have averted a major road mishap after his car rammed into a tree, injuring him and his driver while severely mangling the vehicle.In a statement issued on Thursday after the incident, Dr. Kadam said: “While en route from Mumbai to Pune, I met with a minor accident last night after my car hit a tree. I have sustained minor injuries on my left shoulder. Fortunately, nothing untoward happened and both the driver and I are safe. All requisite medical tests have been done and there is no cause for alarm.”Dr. Kadam was elected unopposed from the Palus-Kadegaon Assembly seat in the bypoll held on May 28 last year. The election had been necessitated owing to the death of Dr. Kadam’s father, former minister and senior Congressman Dr. Patangrao Kadam.In the recently concluded Assembly election, Dr. Kadam had won an overwhelming victory by a staggering margin of more than 1.6 lakh votes, snaring more than 83% of the total votes polled in Palus-Kadegaon. His ‘nearest’ rival, the Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Vibhute, could manage to garner a paltry 8,907 votes.last_img read more

Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80

first_imgDennison had been the unquestioned emotional leader of the Tamaraws for Season 80 as he put up his best statistical year in his five seasons with FEU averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.And if Dennison stayed primarily as one of FEU’s main contributors, the same cannot be said for Trinidad. The Fil-Am guard was initially a starter for Racela but then fell out of the rotation midway through the season before regaining his spot in the starting five near the tail end of the eliminations.Racela even apologized to Trinidad for the way he bounced around the lineup, but the graduating Tamaraw was just happy Racela trusted him in every sense of the word.“He said I went through a lot, that he should be sorry, but I trusted him,” said Trinidad who had six points and two boards in his exit game. “I didn’t expect anything this season, I was just ready and because he’s our coach I knew I could trust him.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “I would really like to give a big ‘thank you’ to coach Olsen [Racela] because he gave Jojo and I this kind of a season,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Racela apologizes to Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exitFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU finished the elimination round with a 7-7 record and as the No. 4 team in the league and Dennison couldn’t be more grateful at what the Tamaraws had accomplished as they came just a shot away from making the championship round.“Even though our team went through ups and downs, the guys still trusted Jojo and I,” said Dennison, who finished with four points, three rebounds, and four assists in his final game.  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad celebrated a championship for Far Eastern University in Season 78, but the two couldn’t win another one before they ended their UAAP careers.The Tamaraws lost to the top-seeded Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-84, in their Final Four rubber match in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but both Dennison and Trinidad would rather remember the good memories during their stay at FEU.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are making an opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Mirror says PSG are keen on a £9million January move for Ramsey.The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season after the north Londoners withdrew their offer of a new contract this season.The French champions are ready to move for him when the transfer window reopens to head off interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.PSG want to strengthen their midfield options with Adrien Rabiot expected to move to leave the club either in January or next summer. last_img

10 months agoEmery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrasco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery approves Arsenal move for Dalian Yifang winger Carrascoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has approved a move for Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco.The Belgian winger, formally of Atletico Madrid, has been heavily linked with the Gunners over the past few weeks.The 25-year-old has been playing in the Chinese Super League since 2015, but could now be set for a sensational return to Europe.Foot Mercato says Emery is a big fan of the winger and has given his permission for Arsenal to launch a bid for the Belgium ace.However, Arsenal will have their work cut out as Dalian Yifang are unwilling to part with the man who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances this season. last_img read more

25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img