Round House Theatre to Debut Reinvented Nutcracker

first_imgRound House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with “The Nutcracker.”Round House Theatre continues its 2014/15 season with a magical, fresh new take on a beloved classic – “The Nutcracker,” a holiday musical created by Tommy Rapley, Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, and Kevin O’Donnell. Directed by the award-winning Joe Calarco, “The Nutcracker” makes its area premiere at Round House Theatre, located at 4545 East-West Highway from Nov. 26 to Dec. 28, 2014. Performances are Tuesdaythrough Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays offer the best availability.There’s a special holiday performance on Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. (There are no performances on Nov. 27, Dec. 2, 24, and 25.) Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, by ordering online at www.RoundHouseTheatre.org, or in person at the boxoffice.last_img read more

Cockroaches made to follow directions via wireless nerve stimulation

first_img More information: Locomotion control of hybrid cockroach robots, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1363AbstractSupernatural belief presents an explanatory challenge to evolutionary theorists—it is both costly and prevalent. One influential functional explanation claims that the imagined threat of supernatural punishment can suppress selfishness and enhance cooperation. Specifically, morally concerned supreme deities or ‘moralizing high gods’ have been argued to reduce free-riding in large social groups, enabling believers to build the kind of complex societies that define modern humanity. Previous cross-cultural studies claiming to support the MHG hypothesis rely on correlational analyses only and do not correct for the statistical non-independence of sampled cultures. Here we use a Bayesian phylogenetic approach with a sample of 96 Austronesian cultures to test the MHG hypothesis as well as an alternative supernatural punishment hypothesis that allows punishment by a broad range of moralizing agents. We find evidence that broad supernatural punishment drives political complexity, whereas MHGs follow political complexity. We suggest that the concept of MHGs diffused as part of a suite of traits arising from cultural exchange between complex societies. Our results show the power of phylogenetic methods to address long-standing debates about the origins and functions of religion in human society. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Texas A&M University has found a way to control the path a cockroach takes as it walks using wireless technology. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team, made up of mechanical engineers and entomologists, describe how they created little backpacks for the bugs and implanted electrodes to allow for movement control. Cockroaches are durable, of that there is little question, they live in places where others cannot. That makes them attractive research subjects. In this effort, the researchers sought to duplicate or improve on efforts by other teams attempting to remotely control insects or even rats or mice. In this case, the team created a small backpack and filled it with a very tiny microcontroller, wireless receiver and of course a battery. Next, they inserted electrodes into the body of a test cockroach to stimulate the bug’s nervous system. After putting the backpack on the cockroach and connecting the electrodes, the team found that they could control the movement of the bug by introducing stimulation to either its right or left side, similar to reins on a horse. That allowed them to direct the cockroach as it moved around in test areas. The approach, was not perfect, of course, the team found that the cockroach responded correctly approximately 60 percent of the time—but that could be enough, because if the bug does not respond correctly the first time, it can be given another jolt to correct its path.Such studies straddle ethical boundaries, some have noted, if humans create cyborgs to crawl into misbehaving nuclear reactors or skittle around in debris looking for survivors after earthquakes, for them, does that cross a moral line? What if the technology moves to dogs, cats or even monkeys?There is also the question of how well the technology might work in practice, prior research has found that sometimes the creature under study grows used to the electrode stimulation and begins to ignore it. The team in Texas appears unfazed, they next plan to see if they can achieve the same results with electrodes placed outside the body, avoiding the need for implants. Citation: Cockroaches made to follow directions via wireless nerve stimulation (2015, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-cockroaches-wireless-nerve.html Explore further Discoid cockroach with attached electronic backpack (battery on top, board attached to the forewings). The electrodes enter the body through the pronotum. Credit: Journal of the Royal Society Interface, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1363center_img © 2015 Tech Xplore Researchers develop technique to remotely control cockroaches (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interfacelast_img read more

State lists slew of measures taken to boost security at hospitals CM

first_imgKolkata: The state government on Friday announced a slew of measures undertaken for revamping security measures in state hospitals, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stressing on love and compassion on the part of the doctors while dealing with patients.”It is not always right to take penal measures, which are very much in the ambit of law. The relation between the doctors and the patients should be based on love and compassion rather than a purely profession relation. People come from far with a hope to get good treatment and a compassionate attitude can solve a lot of problems. We need to behave politely and nothing can win over hearts more than love,” said Banerjee, who is also the Health minister, in reply to a question raised by leader of the Opposition Abdul Mannan in the state Assembly, about the government initiative to ensure safety for the doctors. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMannan raised the issue of a junior doctor who was allegedly beaten up at NRS Hospital, following which the junior doctors had gone on a week-long ceasework. He lauded the initiative of Banerjee, who held a meeting with the agitating doctors and solved the stalemate. Banerjee referred to several BJP ruled states like Gujarat and Rajasthan, where the government had imposed laws like ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) and forced striking doctors to join work. She said that the state government is trying to make arrangements for counselling of both the doctors and patients. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe said that the government is ready to take similar initiatives for private hospitals, if they approach her department for assistance in this regard. “Private hospitals have their own security mechanism. Our Additional Chief Secretary Health Rajiva Sinha had already spoken with private hospital authorities,” she added. Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya said that the West Bengal Clinical Establishment Regulatory Commission, which was formed in 2017 to address the grievances in the health sector, has disposed of 150 out of 402 cases that have been lodged with it till November 2018. Bhattacharya said that the state government has taken a 17-pronged security measure to curb any kind of untoward incidents in medical colleges and hospitals. “A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being made where entry and exit protocols will be formulated, which will indicate the number of the people to be allowed with the patients’ families. Specific colour cards will be issued for entry in the wards,” she said. According to the security measures undertaken, there will be one nodal officer for each medical college, apart from CCTV monitoring and a 24×7 public grievance cell. “One officer of the rank of DC will be responsible for formulating the security arrangements in the city and it will be supervised by an Assistant Commissioner rank officer. The hospital authorities have also been asked to depute professional agencies for providing security in the hospitals,” Bhattacharya said. She stressed upon the need for sensitising the doctors and other support staff and guidelines on how to go about lodging FIRs in case of assault on doctors or patient party grievance against doctors, if any. “The security arrangements will be monitored every fortnight,” the minister added.last_img read more

VC Fund to Offer 25 Million to Leap Motion App Developers

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read One of the venture capital firms behind Leap Motion, a company that has developed a 3-D gesture-control technology, is offering entrepreneurs $25 million to create apps and other technology for the platform.The new program, called the “Leap Fund,” is backed by Highland Capital Partners, the VC firm that led Leap Motion’s Series A investment round in early 2012. The goal is to help finance developers who create apps for Leap Motion. The device includes a sensor that essentially enables you to control your computer with a simple wave of your hand or lift of a finger.Apps and other tools that will be available in Leap Motion’s app store may eventually enable, say, a designer to draw or mold 3-D objects by moving their hands in front of the Leap Motion sensor. Leap Motion says its device can have applications across sectors like education, security and health care.In addition to capital, projects the Leap Fund invests in will also receive mentorship and access to a “deep network of advisors,” Highland Capital Partners says in an announcement. Leap Motion says it will begin shipping its controller device ($79.99), which connects to Windows and Mac computers via a USB, starting July 22.In addition to Leap Motion, Highland Capital Partners has invested in startups including Aereo, LevelUp, Rent the Runway and VistaPrint.Related: The 3 Coolest Things I’ve Seen at SXSW Interactive 2013center_img June 21, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more