Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Social media reaction was mixed with one user describing the winners as “very Japanese and very cute.” But others said they wanted something “more round” and more “huggable.”“School children, really? Should be B or C,” tweeted one user under the handle @shougodesu_.Several users pointed out that the futuristic-looking mascot chosen appealed more to children whereas adults preferred the softer and more traditional options.The Tokyo 2020 mascot will hope to replicate the success of Soohorang, the cuddly stuffed tiger from the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang handed out to athletes on the podium.More than 100,000 stuffed dolls (Soohorang and Paralympic mascot Banbdabi) were sold over the past year, Pyeongchang organisers said.Soohorang sparked an inadvertent social media frenzy after a volunteer dressed up as the tiger got stuck in a doorway, needing a helper to push him through.The 2016 Rio Olympics had a yellow feline animal representing Brazil’s rich fauna and wildlife named Vinicius after music great Vinicius de Moraes.The Paralympic mascot, a predominantly blue and green figure whose head was covered with leaves to represent Brazil’s rich vegetation, was named Tom after musician Tom Jobim.Brazil netted $300 million in profits from licensing intellectual property from the 2016 Games, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Hit and miss The kids picked option “A,” which, according to the Tokyo 2020 organizers, has a “strong sense of justice and is very athletic.”Helpfully, it has a magical power that enables it “to move anywhere instantaneously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIts Paralympic counterpart sports pink checks derived from Japan’s famous cherry blossom and is “usually calm, however, it gets very powerful when needed.”Its magic power: “It can talk with stones and the wind. It can also move things by just looking at them.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But Wenlock and Mandeville, the widely mocked mascots of the 2012 London Games, proved far from Olympic gold.The one-eyed characters were dubbed “bizarre” and “creepy” by some, reportedly sending shares in their manufacturer down by more than a third.The Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Japan next year, has already unveiled a pair of pot-bellied lions as its mascots.With luxurious manes, short horns and faces that appear to be shaped like rugby balls, mascots “Ren” and “G” are inspired by “shishi,” the mythical lion-like figure that features in Japan’s new year celebrations and kabuki theatre.Organisers turned to children to select the mascot, hoping to avoid a repeat of the bungled roll-out of the official Olympic logo, which ended up having to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.It was deemed to be too similar to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design.Designer Ryo Taniguchi seemed overwhelmed at the decision.“Thank you. My mind is going absolutely blank. I don’t know what to say,” he said when the decision was announced at the ceremony.“I want to tell this to my lovely wife.” View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A TV cameraman films footage of the winning design of the official mascots for the 2020 Olympics (L) and Paralympics Games at an elementary school in Tokyo on February 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKATokyo Wednesday unveiled its long-awaited mascot for the 2020 Olympic Games: a futuristic blue-checked, doe-eyed character with pointy ears and “special powers” that was picked by schoolchildren across mascot-mad Japan.The mascot, which has yet to be named, was selected by elementary school kids across the country from a shortlist of three competitors instantly recognizable as “made in Japan.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning The pair received over 100,000 votes, more than the other two design sets combined.Mascots are massive in Japan, the land of Hello Kitty and Pokemon, and there are literally thousands representing everything from small communities to prisons.Known locally as “yuru-kyara” or “laid-back characters,” mascots can also be major money-spinners.The pot-bellied, red-cheeked bear known as Kumamon — created in 2010 to promote Japan’s southern Kumamoto region — raked in $8.8 million last year for local businesses selling branded products.Big businessADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Origin-of-Life Researchers Caught Playing With Toys

first_imgA “virtual primordial soup” cooks up life in a computer program in a “toy universe,” according to reporter Leslie Mullen at  She wrote, “The power of computer processing could one day solve the riddle of life’s origin.”    EvoGrid is “a computer creation concept that would be a digital version of the primordial soup,” wrote Mullen.  It was “dreamed up by a group of international advisors and Bruce Damer, the founder of a research company that creates 3-D spacecraft and mission simulations for NASA and the space community.”  When he’s not simulating real space missions, he’s “constructing a model of a ‘toy universe’, which has approximate properties of the early oceans on Earth.”    Mullen’s comment that computer processing could one day solve the origin of life seems counter-intuitive.1  Aren’t computer processors built by intelligent design?  Actually, Damer is dreaming of two versions of EvoGrid: Damer envisions two possible versions of Evogrid: a hands-off “Origins” version, and an experimental “Intelligent Designer” edition that would allow people to tinker with the simulation.  Damer says the ID edition of Evogrid could include a “miracle module” that would allow users to play God in their attempts to create proto-life.  The Origins edition would be the focus of the science, however, with strict controls to shield the experiment from any guiding human influence.That may be too late.  He has visions of expanding EvoGrid into versions tuned for astrobiology and SETI.  He did not explain how a programmer can do tuning without any guiding human influence.  But he didn’t stop there; he wants biologists of the future to translate his digital organisms into real creatures.  Then he wants to create cyber-physical life forms that can colonize other planets.    Building real animals from toy models, though, may be a hard task for unguided processes.  Damer seems to understand that to a point.  “Life is more than the sum of its parts, and you can’t just throw the necessary chemicals together and expect a life form to emerge,” he said.  Mullen didn’t want to leave it there.  “However, researchers are hard at work trying to recreate all the biochemical steps necessary to synthesize a kind of proto-life in the lab, so perhaps this possibility is not too far over the horizon.”  And why not?  Mullen speculated that “other intelligent civilizations in the universe probably harness the power of evolution to solve difficult problems.”1.  The origin of life being envisioned is naturalistic – a chance product of physics and chemistry.Using intelligent design principles and calling it evolution should be a crime.  Calling evolution a power that can be harnessed makes Mullen a repeat offender.    Did you notice that the “Origins” version of EvoGrid (that is, the “science” version as opposed to the “ID version”) also has a Miracle Module?  Damen snuck it in under cover.  It was required.  Without it, the computer would just sit there and rust.  He plays EvoGrid like a theremin (an old musical instrument the soloist plays by moving his hands in the air).  He can claim he has his hands off, but while he is engaged in hand-waving, his ID vibes are controlling everything the computer is doing.    We hate to spoil the fun by revealing the secret during the magic show, but the audience deserves to know it is a magic show, not a science show.  These self-deceived teachers need to leave Toyland and get back to work.  Their toy should not be called EvoGrid, but just GRID – Growth Requires Intelligent Design.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BP invests in South African youth

first_img8 July 2013Global energy group BP, in partnership with University of the Witwatersrand, is to invest R105-million over the next six years in developing a pipeline of talented professionals for South Africa.The investment, announced in Johannesburg on Friday, will enable over 900 gifted grade 10 to 12 pupils from rural schools in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga province participate in the university’s Targeting Talent Programme between now and 2018.The programme, which has been running now for six years, is specially designed to help pupils bridge the gap between high school and university.The programme comprises residential interventions during school holidays over a two- to three-year period, during which time the pupils complete an academic curriculum covering subjects such as maths, information technology and molecular literacy.By providing holistic talent development, the programme seeks to counter possible negative influences on gifted students and to boost their academic, social and psychological preparation for university.Speaking at Friday’s launch event, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters applauded the venture between BP and Wits University, saying that gaining access to university was still a challenge for many South Africans.“This programme is adding value to lives,” Peters told an audience that included pupils chosen by Wits to be part of the programme.Success required determination, the minister said, adding that South Africa was going through a transition phase during which skills would be needed for the country’s massive infrastructure build.Former Wits vice-chancellor and the founder of the Targeting Talent Programme, Professor Loyiso Nongxa, said the programme was a tool for addressing societal challenges such as inequality.Mmadikgetho Komane, who was named the top national matriculant of 2012, is a graduate of the programme.“The cause is close to my heart,” Komane said on Friday. “The programme was a life-changing experience. TTP taught me the value of hard work,” she said, adding that while dreaming big was important, one had to be willing to work hard.Source: read more

MeeGenius Brings Children’s E-Books to Multiple Platforms, Including Google TV

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#E-Books#web Despite the increasing popularity of e-books, children’s literature – particularly picture books – has been slower to go digital. There are a number of obstacles in the way, most obviously the emphasis on colorful illustrations alongside the words. As many e-readers have black-and-white screens and as many formats focus primarily on digitizing the text, you’re unlikely to find a great selection of children’s e-lit in e-bookstores (although that is changing).It’s more common, perhaps, to see children’s literature as apps, rather than e-books. Apps are full-color. They offer interactivity, with games and narration.Those features are important, says David Park, a former tenure-track professor who’s left that world to develop his children’s e-book startup MeeGenius. Mindful of what parents are looking for, he asked about their interest in digital literature for their young kids. Many said that they weren’t willing pay for “just” a digital book. Parents wanted additional features: the ability to have the story read aloud, to have words highlighted as the story progressed, to have it personalized. MeeGenius has done just this, digitizing children’s stories – classic and new – and adding features that make reading along easier. The MeeGenius reading app is available for free, and there is a selection of both free and paid books (priced between $.99 and $2.99) to download.MeeGenius is available across platforms: the web, iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome Web Store, and Google TV. Yes, Google TV. Park, a father of preschool age twins, says that he would often do development on the product on a large screen in the living room, and his children came to see books as just “another channel” on TV. The importance, says Park, is delivering great content, no matter the platform. “Great content” is, of course, a challenge when you’re a startup publisher, and so much of what MeeGenius publishes is based on stories taken from the public domain. They’ve been illustrated, with the work going into digitizing, creating the audio soundtrack, and syncing the word-lighting to match that cadence.While MeeGenius hopes to expand its offerings, this public domain content – particularly content available on the Web and not just on the iPad – does make it readily accessible for schools and libraries. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more