Its unique tropical sound makes it sweeter than a banjo, softer than a mandolin and much easier to play than the guitar. “You can really learn to play the ukulele in just two hours,” says Gladson Peter, who conducts workshops in and around Mumbai. With just three simple chords, you can play multiple melodies. Its whispery nylon strings are suited for the soft hands of beginners, making it easy for even kids and seniors to hum and strum with, as well as those who’ve had no background in music at all. … [Read more...] about Hum and strum: The nimble ukulele is a trendy favourite
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Excitement over such a strong programme has been tempered by scepticism about whether Barbera has done enough to showcase the work of female film-makers. Around 45% of the festival’s cinema programmers are female. However, only one of the 21 films in competition is directed by a woman: The Nightingale, by the Australian director Jennifer Kent, whose horror The Babadook was a critical hit four years ago. … [Read more...] about Venice film festival 2018: all star lineup, despite lack of female film-makers
MUSK: Well, Wernher von Braun really knew what he was doing. I mean, his plans were for reusability. But those plans were stymied. I mean, it's so insane the way rockets work today with the exception of Falcon 9. It would be like if you got a plane and the way you get to your destination is you bail out with a parachute (LAUGHS) over the city in question and your plane crash lands somewhere. Okay, that's how rockets work today with the exception of Falcon 9. This is completely bonkers. It is so hard to make a rocket. It's about as hard to make a rocket as it is to make an advance airplane. Maybe rockets are a little harder in some ways. But not that much harder. it's just that we live in a deep gravity well. And so the technical difficulty of a fully reusable rocket is higher than the technical difficulty of a fully reusable plane. If Earth's gravity was just 10% lower fully reusable rockets would be easy. … [Read more...] about Extended transcript: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on putting boots on the moon and Mars
With this first exploration mission, NASA is leading the next steps of human exploration into deep space where astronauts will build and begin testing the systems near the Moon needed for lunar surface missions and exploration to other destinations farther from Earth, including Mars. … [Read more...] about NASA-funded scientists reveal plan to send a rover to the moon within a decade to set up a network of radio telescopes that will look deep into the Milky Way
Eight years on from the announcement of President John F. Kennedy’s ambitions to put a man on the Moon, 500 million people across the planet tuned in via radio and television to witness man’s first steps on the surface of Earth’s natural satellite - steps that are still visible on its surface five decades on. … [Read more...] about How do you remember the Moon landings, 50 years on?