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News of Steph Curry’s surgery greeted by shock, dismay, half-hearted jokes

first_imgFans, observers and the NBA community barely had time to digest the fact that Stephen Curry was going to miss playing time after suffering an injury to his left hand during a game against Phoenix on Wednesday night.On Friday came another bombshell. The Warriors announced that Curry had surgery to repair his left hand and will be reevaluated in three months. He could miss 45 games.Dr. Steven Shin — who performed surgery on Steph Curry’s left hand — also did procedure on Drew Brees’ broken …last_img read more

Dark Matter as an Escape

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Employing exotic unobservable entities such as dark matter may be an escape from scientific rigor in more ways than one.Recently, the notion that most of the universe is composed of dark matter took an evidential hit.  Live Science said, “A sprawling collection of galaxies and star clusters surrounding our own Milky Way is challenging long-standing theories on the existence of dark matter, the mysterious substance thought to pervade the universe.”  According to a survey of satellite galaxies of the Milky Way conducted at the University of Bonn, dark matter theories fail to account for the arrangement of matter in a region spanning 10 times our galaxy’s diameter. The astronomers extended the impact of their findings to the entire universe:“Our model appears to rule out the presence of dark matter in the universe, threatening a central pillar of current cosmological theory,” said study team member Pavel Kroupa, a professor of astronomy at the University of Bonn. “We see this as the beginning of a paradigm shift, one that will ultimately lead us to a new understanding of the universe we inhabit.“The statement also implies that previous “understanding of the universe” was misguided or absent.Last month Ker Than, reporting for National Geographic News, quoted an astronomer who said the finding of a huge structure of satellite galaxies surrounding the Milky Way puts cosmology “basically in a shambles.”  He referred to his other National Geographic article two weeks earlier that also questioned the existence of dark matter because it wasn’t detected where needed to explain the Milky Way’s halo.  That finding “could provide ammunition for skeptics who argue that the invisible substance is just an illusion,” he said.  About the same time, though, another National Geographic reporter claimed that dark matter particles hit the average human once a minute.Growing questions about dark matter’s existence may be giving rise to a proverb called the “dark matter argument.”  In another context, Maggie McKee at New Scientist reported doubts that the star Fomalhaut has a planet.  A bright spot imaged in a dust disk surrounding the star, imaged by the Hubble Telescope in 2004, had been hailed as a direct observation of an extrasolar planet.  Astronomers were encouraged at the time by the fact that it appeared in a gap in the dust dusk, suggesting that the planet had cleared a path for itself.Now, however, a new study from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has shown that the bright spot might be a dust cloud, not a planet.  Furthermore, simulations shown in a computer animation within the article indicate that gaps in dust disks – even with sharp edges – can form without the presence of a planet.A JPL scientist used the occasion to joke about the escape hatch dark matter theories provide:“I call it the dark matter argument,” says Wladimir Lyra at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “There is something you are seeing that you cannot explain, and you blame the gravity of something you cannot see.“Dark energy has also come under scrutiny.  National Geographic asked, is it a kind of “reverse gravity” as usually described?  Perhaps not.  The pressure leading to accelerated expansion of the universe might come from normal old antimatter, well characterized in earth-based detectors.These appear to be dark days for dark matter theories.Philosophers call appeals to unseen, unknown entities “occult phenomena.”  Like spiritually occult things, they are placeholders for ignorance.  But given a name, these placeholders take on a reality of their own, used by scientific shamans to tell the peasants why things are the way they are.For too long, dark matter has been a rhetorical flubber to impress laypeople while escaping scientific rigor.  It’s time to call astronomers to account.  Account for dark matter, or turn on the light.last_img read more

How (and When) to Use a Steadicam Shot

first_imgFluid cinematic movement has been a staple of filmmaking since the 1975. Let’s explore the Steadicam shot and learn how to use it properly.Top image from SuperiorPicsA few weeks back, we explored some stabilizer options in the article, Questions to Ask When Picking a Camera Stabilizer. Now let’s look at one of those stabilizers a little more in depth.Just about every film and video production made today at some point will make quality use of Garrett Brown‘s invention known as the Steadicam. And why not? It’s an amazing tool to have at your disposal. But as is the case with any creative tool, there’s a time and place to use it. So we’re going to take a good look at when and how to use a Steadicam for both film and video productions.Who is This Garrett Brown Anyway?Since we evoked the name of Mr. Brown in the opening, it’s only fair to tell you a little about him before we move on. Working in Philadelphia, Garrett Brown began his filmmaking career in the early 1970s. However, Garrett wanted to be able to move with the camera without the use of dolly track or cranes. So he set out to figure out how to make a rig that would allow him to move with the camera and capture a smooth shot.By 1975 he had developed a prototype of the Steadicam and sold it to the first company he showed it to. To get a quick look at how Brown’s invention has revolutionized the industry, here’s a great supercut of the very best Steadicam shots in film history, some of which we’ll breakdown further.Video from Refocused MediaWhen to Use the Steadicam ShotNow, while you could use a Steadicam for an entire film or video production, the question is why would you? The fluid motion of the Steadicam is great and looks fantastic, but there are plenty of times in a film when it would be better to put the camera on sticks. Just like we said in the opening, there is a time and place for using the Steadicam and we’re going to give you some examples of those moments.Scorsese and the Goodfellas Steadicam ShotIn this scene from Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese uses the Steadicam to take the audience on a full tour of what it’s like to get the star treatment as a gangster. Our impression of the scene mirrors that of Karen, who is getting her first taste of the mob life with Henry.Steadicam Operator: Larry McConKeyVideo from 805BruinWere Gonna Fly Now with RockyIn this scene from Rocky, the director John G. Avildsen wanted to show Rocky going through his training regime without using static shots of him running by the camera. He wanted the movement and pacing to match that of Rocky as he was making his way from the shipping yard to the iconic shot on the steps of the Art Museum.Steadicam Operator: Garrett BrownVideo from MovieclipsDanny, his Tricycle and the Girls in the HallFor this scene from The Shining, Stanley Kubrick had Garrett Brown follow young Danny’s tricycle ride around the hotel. Just moments before the scene below starts, the framing of Danny was tight and close… but when we get the kitchen hallway, Danny gets some distance, which Kubrick uses as a way to convey that he is now drifting off on his own. We then follow Danny in a hallway where he turns the corner and is met by the Grady twins.Steadicam Operator: Garrett BrownVideo from MovieclipsDocumentary Style Brilliance in The Tree of LifeOne of the best outcomes of using a Steadicam is total scene immersion. For instance, in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, two-time Academy Award Winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki worked closely with his Steadicam operator Joerg Widmer to create imagery that felt close and personal. Much like a documentary film. By doing this they pushed the audience into the space with the characters, thus allowing for a more emotional connection. While a large portion of the film was shot using a Steadicam, it works because it has the look and feel of a “fly on the wall” documentary film.Steadicam Operator: Joerg WidmerVideo from Herbert KapfingerHow to Capture a Steadicam ShotYou would think that this is an easy question to answer, right? You just load up the Steadicam and start filming. Well that sounds right in theory, but there is a lot that goes on before you even mount a camera… and that has to do with balance. This is the most important aspect of a Steadicam. Here is a great video tutorial with Steadicam operator Jerry Hol in which he goes through the steps of making sure a rig is good to go, taking both static balance and dynamic balance into accountVideo from steadivisionThe reason you’re using a Steadicam is to capture smooth flowing shots around your characters or subjects, so you need to be creative in how you go about this. You have a wide range of motion when operating a Steadicam, so put that to use for you. Find dynamic ways in which you can improve and enhance the visual narrative. Don’t use a Steadicam just because you can. Be sure there is a reason for using it versus just putting the camera on sticks.Joining Forces with the 3-Axis GimbalOver the last few years we’ve seen the introduction of the 3-axis gimbal rig, and many peoplesaid it would be the end of the Steadicam. Just don’t say that to Garrett Brown and the heads of Freefly, creators of the MoVI 3-axis gimbal. Here Teradek gives us a great interview with Garrett Brown and the folks from Freefly at NAB 2014, where they talk about the possibilities of combing the benefits of the Steadicam and the MoVI 3-axis gimbal.Video from TeradekDo you operate a Steadicam? Are you looking to get into Steadicam work? Do you have any tips to give us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

Dabholkar case: CBI seizes arms cache from Andure’s kin

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation, in collaboration with the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, has seized a weapons cache from the house of a relative of Sachin Andure, who was arrested last week in connection with the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. CBI officers said Mr. Andure, who was arrested on August 18, revealed that he had hidden some weapons in his cousin’s house in Aurangabad. “We sought ATS [anti-terrorism squad] assistance and on Tuesday morning, the house in question was searched, and a bag was found, which contained a sword, a dagger, a 7.65mm pistol and three live rounds of the same calibre,” a CBI officer said. Since ammunition of the same calibre was used in Dabholkar’s killing, the gun seized on Tuesday would be sent for ballistic testing. “Once the reports are received, we will compare it with the ballistic reports of the ammunition used in the offence,” the officer added. Mr. Andure’s arrest was the result of the interrogation of Sharad Kalaskar who, along with Vaibhav Raut and Sudhnwa Gondhalekar, was nabbed by the ATS on August 10. Mr. Kalaskar allegedly confessed to have been directly involved in Dabholkar’s murder, along with Mr. Andure, who was then summoned for inquiries and later handed over to the CBI on August 18. The ATS went on to arrest a fourth accused, Shrikant Pangarkar, from Jalgaon on Sunday. Disruptive activitiesThe ATS is still working on ascertaining the intentions of the four accused, who are charged with planning disruptive activities in various parts of the State. A large quantity of arms, ammunition and explosives has been recovered from the first three accused, while Mr. Pangarkar is said to be a “facilitator and provider” for the trio. “Investigations so far reveal that the group that the accused are part of is a highly organised one, with various modules operating in silos. There is no interaction between members of different modules, and each module is instructed to focus on its own assigned task, similar to the working of sleeper cells of terrorist organisations. The level of training that the accused appear to have received also indicates an organised set up,” an ATS officer said. The officer said the scope of the investigation is likely to extend beyond the State’s borders. “We have found out that the arrested have travelled all over the country,” the officer said.last_img read more

Bureaucrats to spend two days in J&K villages

first_imgAs part of its unique outreach programme, ‘Back to the Village’, the Governor’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday designated gazetted officers to all the 4,483 panchayats in the State to seek feedback and share knowledge on government schemes.“The idea is to have a gazetted officer each in all 4,483 panchayats. It’s a first for J&K,” said Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring.Each officer has been directed to visit a gram panchayat and interact with the stakeholders “in a bid to innovate programmes, ensure participation and decentralise planning”.Under the ‘Back to the Village’ programme, around 4,500 gazetted officers will spend a minimum of two days, including one night, in the allocated panchayat.“It’s aimed at strengthening the bond between the government and the citizens,” said Syed Sehrish Asgar, District Development Commissioner, Budgam.last_img read more

Nintendo Switch sales hit nearly 37 million but companys profits are down

first_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Nintendo Switch sold 36.87 million units by the end of June. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Even though the Nintendo Switch hit 36.87 million units sold by the end of June, Nintendo on Tuesday reported a 10% decline in its quarterly profits. Despite revenue of 172 billion yen ($1.6 billion), the Japanese company said “foreign exchange losses of 12 billion yen and other factors” resulted in 16.6 billion yen profit for the quarter.In the same quarter last year, Nintendo’s operating profit was 30.5 billion yen, and its revenue was 168 billion yen, so its profit fell 45.7% year over year. See It Now playing: Watch this: However, strong Switch sales (2.1 million for the quarter) are bringing that device closer to the SNES, which sold 49.1 million in total, and Super Mario Maker 2 managed to sell 2.42 million copies in three days — it came out June 28.Nintendo’s aiming to sell 18 million Switches for the year ending March 2020, with the cheaper Switch Lite revision coming out Sept. 20. It’s no doubt hoping big releases like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield will bolster sales. Walmart See it Share your voice Post a comment 29 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Amazon $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $299 See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Nintendo Switch $299 8:34 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendo Consoles Gaming The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch 0 Tags Best Buy See Itlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly remains an idol 11 years after retirement fans celebrate birthday

first_imgGanguly is currently busy working as a commentator at the ongoing Cricket World Cup in England. Even as a commentator, he has captured a million hearts, and the ‘God of Offside’ is emerging as the ‘God of commentary’ over the last few years. Nirmal NarayananSourav Ganguly, the man who taught the Indian cricket team to dream high, celebrates his 47th birthday on June 08, 2019. Even though he retired from international cricket 11 years back, Sourav continues to be a role model for cricket lovers, and he still boasts of a huge fan following across the nation.Ganguly fans in Kerala celebrated the former Indian skipper’s birthday at Pratheeksha rehabilitation center in Kothamangalam. His fans, under the leadership of Shaukath Ali, an ardent Dada follower, visited the center and spent hours with them following a cake cutting ceremony.”Since my childhood, I have been an ardent fan of Sourav Ganguly. Even after his retirement, I continue as a Dada fan and will be the same forever. As you all know, once a Gangulian, always a Gangulian. There are several factors that made me a fan of Dada. His aggression, determination, and moreover, he is the one who taught the Indian team to chase dreams. He showed to the world that Indian team is capable of anything and everything. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli walked through that broad path created by Dada. I love you SG,” said Shaukath Ali.Fans of the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ also donated an undisclosed sum to the rehabilitation center for their activities. Authorities of the center thanked Shaukath Ali and his team for such a noble act in the name of the former Indian cricketer.Several Malayalam film personalities also conveyed their birthday wishes to the cricket legend. Mollywood Superstar Mohanlal, Action King Suresh Gopi, Unni Mukundan and director Arun Gopy posted birthday wishes to Ganguly on their social media pages.last_img read more