Watch The Sydney Opera House Transform Before Your Eyes In This Riveting Audiovisual Spectacle [Video]

first_imgThe Sydney Opera House, one of the most distinctive and well-known buildings in the world, was illuminated in awe-inspiring fashion this weekend. Beginning on May 25th, the opera house was cast in 3D projections mapped to its universally recognizable facade and synced to an ethereal soundtrack produced in part by Eprom, along with UK producer Air Max ’97, and Canadian producer x/o. The display, which will run multiple times nightly through June 16th, is part of the Vivid Sydney Light Festival, which brings various luminous wonders to the Australian waterfront city.According to Billboard, the 15-minute audiovisual display, dubbed METAMATHEMAGICAL, was spearheaded by multi-discipline artist Jonathan Zawada, who also designed the cover art for Flume‘s award-winning 2016 album, Skin.Digitally mapped 3D projections have become increasingly popular in recent years, but the boundaries of the technology are still being pressed. With the unusual structure and shape of the Sydney Opera House as a canvas, the artists were able to take it to some truly incredible places. As Eprom notes, “The installation will play as part of Sydney’s Vivid festival, as versicolored 3D images transform the sails of the Opera House into something entirely otherworldly.”Strap in an watch the amazing video below via Eprom (skip to 13:30 for the start of the show)… You may have seen a light show projected on a building before, but you’ve definitely never seen anything quite like this.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Know your gnomon

first_imgThe story of Donner Professor of Science John Huth’s interest in primitive navigation techniques began with a body. Two bodies, actually.On his way to do some kayaking off Cape Cod a couple of summers ago, he was stopped by the harbormaster, who told him that two young women had gone missing the day before. They too had gone out in kayaks — neither with a compass — and told their boyfriends that they would return in only 15 minutes. After an hour with no sign of the women, authorities began a search and rescue operation. The next day, one body was found. The other was never recovered.“These young ladies were 19 and 20 years old, college students,” he said. “I actually have two students in college myself. If you read it in the newspaper, you might say, ‘What a shame. That’s horrible,’ and then turn the page. But having been out there at the same time, in the same conditions, it became harder for me to take.”In response to the tragedy, Huth, a physics professor who can often be found working at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN complex in Switzerland, developed his “Primitive Navigation” class, first as a Freshman Seminar, then as a General Education course. The professor gave the families of first-year students a one-hour overview of the course Oct. 14 as part of the annual Freshman Parents Weekend program of lectures, tours, and open houses.Huth told parents that the goals of the course were not only to teach students practical skills that could one day save their lives, but also to help open up their senses to the natural world.“The people around you are relatively closed down, because we aren’t trained to notice [the natural environment],” Huth told his students. “And yet there’s a huge amount of information that’s right at the tips of our fingers that we’re tuning out.”To get the course material to stick with students, Huth designed “Primitive Navigation” as a combination of classroom learning and hands-on outdoor activities. In class, he taught students that common measures of distance grew out of human experience.To get the course material to stick with students, Huth designed “Primitive Navigation” as a combination of classroom learning and hands-on outdoor activities. In class, he taught students that common measures of distance grew out of human experience. The word “mile,” for instance, comes from the Latin “mille pacem,” or “1,000 paces.” Outside of class, Huth had students find their bearings — literally — by getting them to measure their steps, to pay attention to how fast they walked, and to understand how the movement of the stars was related to the change of seasons.“We took the students to the roof of the Science Center and had them identify some major stars,” he said. “They watched the movement over the course of an hour to try and get that motion ingrained.”Huth explained some other primitive navigation technologies to the crowd. Imagine that you’re in the middle of the woods. Your iPhone is out of juice, so there’s no global positioning technology to rely on. The terrain is unfamiliar. There’s not a soul in sight to give you directions. But if no man can help you find your way, a gnomon could. That’s because a gnomon is a stick that casts a shadow made by the sun, which makes it possible to create a working compass.For the course’s final project, Huth had students work in teams. The members of one — the Swiftness Collective — decided to see if they could actually navigate the Harvard campus using the type of sun compass that the Vikings might have had to get around hundreds of years ago. First, the students camped out on the banks of the Charles River on a cold, sunny day to create the instrument, marking off the shadows cast by the gnomon every 15 minutes from sunrise to sunset. The students then used the sun compass to orient themselves and to set the course for several campus landmarks: the Weeks Footbridge, Weld Boathouse, Blackstone Steam Plant, and the Memorial Church. Their bearings were just as good as a magnetic compass, and only a little askew from Google Earth data.When the talk was finished, Rosella Stow of Minneapolis said that she was pleased to know that her daughter, Margaret Nietfeld ’15, could find courses at Harvard that melded the intellectual with the practical.“I thought it was really interesting,” she said. “He’s teaching people what many generations of the past could learn from what was around them, so that his students can say, ‘What’s here to help me get my bearings and go in the right direction?’”The audience was asked to point in the direction they believed was East.last_img read more

Vermont Civil Rights Panel appointed

first_imgThe US Commission on Civil Rights has appointed 15 people to its Vermont State Advisory Committee.Kim Tolhurst, designated the authority of the staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, announced the appointment of â ¢Francine T. Bazluke of Essex Junction, John H. Bloomer of Wallingford, Luther M. Brown of Rutland, Ellen Mercer Fallon of Middlebury, Leslie Ann Holman of Burlington, Terrance D. Martin of Brattleboro, Marion C. Milne of West Topsham, Cheryl W. Mitchell of New Haven, Tara O’Brien of Brattleboro, Eric D. Sakai of Randolph, Stephanie L. Sidortsova of Westford, Diane B. Snelling of Hinesburg, Tracey H. Tsugawa of Williston, and Stewart R. Wood of Quechee. The Commission appointed Diane Snelling as Chair. The appointments are for two years.Congress has directed the Commission to establish advisory committees in all states and the District of Columbia to assist in its fact-finding function. These committees receive reports, suggestions, and recommendations from individuals, public and private organizations, and public officials, and forward advice and recommendations to the Commission. Members of State Advisory Committees serve without compensation, conduct civil rights reviews and investigations, and report to the Commission.###last_img read more

EU bankrolls electrification of Port of Valencia’s terminals

first_img“The average total power demand in the port falls around 7 MW, with demands of around 10 MW being very common. Considering the current characteristics of the port’s power grid, it is not realistic to consider an OPS at the docks of the Port of Valencia, unless the power grid is improved.” Currently, the port of Valencia receives medium voltage electricity (20kV) from three different high and medium voltage electrical substations: ST LA PUNTA, ST GRAO and ST ALAMEDA. The first of these, the Global EALING Project, European flagship action for cold ironing in ports, expresses the need to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change, contribute to the transition to cleaner energy for maritime transport services provided in port areas and meet the new conditions arising from the technological breakthrough towards electrification. “The use of 20kV combined with the security of supply requirements in the ports means that the maximum amount of energy to be demanded from the general network for non-instantaneous use must not exceed 13 MW,” the port said. The project will focus on carrying out the necessary studies to meet the need to build new onshore power supply infrastructure or upgrade existing infrastructure in participating ports, in line with the implementation of land-based electricity use in TEN-T core network ports and other ports by the end of 2025. The project will allow for the co-financing of the electrical substation of the Port of Valencia, which recently received the approval of the Generalitat. The two projects are being selected at a time of increasing demand for electricity from ships at berth. Hence, the port requires improvement of the entire electricity network. The objective of the second of the projects, EALINGWorks Valenciaport, is to prepare the port’s electrical grid for the supply of onshore power supply to container ships, ferries, and cruise ships in the new container and passenger terminals of the port. The Port of Valencia has secured aid from the European Commission for two projects aimed at facilitating and accelerating the possibility of connecting ships to the electricity grid. It will also focus on preparing the final documentation for the tenders so that work can start after the completion of the necessary studies for each participating port. Both projects were studied and drafted by the Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) and the ValenciaPort Foundation.last_img read more

9 Rules Fit People Live By

first_imgPersonal trainer Joel Harper has spent two decades helping his clients (from Olympic medalists to Dr. Oz) reach their fitness goals, and over the course of his career he’s discovered the reason why some people thrive and others fail: It’s all about attitude, he argues in his new book, Mind Your Body: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Healthier Life.Harper has taken years of experience and distilled it into “10 core concepts for optimal success.” Health spoke with Harper about these rules, and how to put them into practice.Shut out the noiseBy “noise,” Harper means the constant stream of negative thoughts that runs through most people’s minds. That mental static is your biggest obstacle, he says; learning to filter it by focusing on positive thinking is essential to your success.Maximize inner motivationTo do this you need to be absolutely clear about why you want to get fit. “Figure out what’s really important to you,” Harper urges. “Do you want to lower your blood pressure? Fit into a size two? Or do you just want to feel better?” Motivation that lasts can’t come from an outside source—like your doctor or a loved one who wants you to slim down. It has to come from a personal, deep-rooted desire for change.Cultivate gritGrit is the resolve and passion required on a daily basis to pursue a long-term goal. To cultivate grit, you have to commit to consistency no matter what. A fit person wakes up every day knowing she will do whatever it takes to stay on track—whether that means getting up an hour earlier to make it to the gym before work or squeezing in a power walk at lunch. The secret is focusing on the thoughts that drive and inspire you. If it helps to remind yourself how good you’ll feel post workout, for example, do that. If it motivates you to daydream about your future toned tummy, do that. Concentrate on exactly what you want to achieve and make every day count.Set specific intentionsThe more detailed your daily goals and plans, the better. In his book, Harper cites an English study on women enrolled in a weight loss program: The researchers asked about half of their subjects to write down their strategies for managing temptation (for example, When sugar cravings strike, I will make a cup of tea). After two months, those women had lost twice as much weight as women in a control group. Visualize successHarper has all of his new clients close their eyes and imagine their ideal body—both what it looks like from head to toe, and how it makes them feel. Then he tells them to go shopping: “I say to people, ‘Hey if you want that body, then buy clothes that would fit if you had it. And try them on every day until they fit.’”Eliminate excessive choicesChocolate croissant or steel cut oats? Grilled salmon or a quesadilla? When you have to make these types of dietary decisions all day long, you may end up exhausting your willpower. Planning your meals in advance, however—even just one meal per day—can make it easier (and less stressful) to eat healthy.There are a few classics, like “If I don’t exercise at lunchtime, I’ll do it tonight” or “I’ll have ice cream today and get my diet back on track tomorrow.” But any sort of procrastination runs the risk of bumping you off course, Harper says. His advice: Don’t give yourself an out, and stick to the path that leads to your goal.Yield to trafficIt’s inevitable that from time to time your healthy routine will get interrupted by forces outside your control, like when your partner proposes an impromptu date night right after you’ve bought salad ingredients. When that happens, try to go with the flow and enjoy yourself.Believe it and become itThis rule is simple: “If you believe you can be in amazing shape, then you’ll do things on a day-to-day basis to accomplish it,” says Harper. The problem is, many of us carry around defeating beliefs. When you recognize a negative thought (like, “I’m so uncoordinated”), ask yourself why you think that way. You may discover the criticism originally came from your parents, or your sibling, or a childhood buddy. “Don’t give those outdated internal beliefs power,” Harper says. “Just let them float away, like leaves that have fallen into a river.” You have control over your thoughts, he insists; they don’t have control over you. Jump for joyHarper’s most successful clients are the ones that celebrate their milestones. If you don’t appreciate your successes along the way, “you risk becoming emotionally numb, nonreactive,” he explains. But giving yourself regular (healthy!) rewards (like a massage, for example), provides a little “added oomph” to keep going and push yourself even harder in the long run.–last_img read more