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  1. ROME: The highest level of Rome´s ancient Colosseum will be opened to the public for the first time in 40 years on November 1, Italy´s culture minister said Tuesday. Seats on the fifth level of the amphitheatre were once reserved for ancient Roman society´s lowest commoner: the plebeian. But the seats boasted a breathtaking view -- not only of the gladiator battles far below but of the heart of the empire. "It is an incredible view of the Colosseum and Rome, which the visitor will remember as one of the most beautiful things he has seen in his life," Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said at a media presentation on Tuesday. Far below, tourists peering down into the maze of galleries in the monument´s belly appear as tiny specks, showing just how far away the commoners were from the arena floor, where terrified prisoners were forced to fight wild beasts. Those squeezed together on wooden benches had a long way to climb to get to their seats -- but the tickets were free. Once they were there spectators were protected by a large canvas from sudden downpours. Visitors will have to book guided tours, which will take groups of a maximum of 25 people up to the gods level at a time. They will start with an exceptionally well-preserved corridor between the second and third floors, where traces of the lavatories can still be seen, the Colosseum´s director Rossella Rea said. There is also evidence of restorations to the walls following a fire sparked by lightning in 217 AD. The tour will continue to the third floor, where the middle-classes sat, and on to the fourth, where merchants and traders enjoyed the famously grisly shows. The first level, in blood-splattering distance to the action, was reserved for the emperor and his senators. Completed in 80 AD, the Colosseum was the biggest amphitheatre built during the Roman empire. Standing 48.5 metres (159 feet) high, it was capable of hosting 80,000 spectators for feasts of entertainment that encapsulated the brutality, hedonism and engineering genius that were among the defining features of ancient Rome. The first phase of a major makeover of the venue was completed in July 2016, with a number of sections structurally strengthened and most of the remaining walls water-sprayed to remove centuries of encrusted dirt and grime.
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  3. Indian Railways, a journey that started in the nineteenth century (roughly in the 1830s), has today become one of the most integral modes of travelling and is one of the world's largest railway networks. Be it nostalgia, mesmerizing charm, or meeting new people in every journey with each one having their own story to share; there is something about the train journeys that makes us fall in love with it over and over again. Peeping through the glass windows, looking at the picturesque mountains pass by, kids running and jumping around with excitement whenever the train goes through a tunnel, and eagerly waiting for hawkers to prepare ‘jhaal-muri'; we all have some or the other happy memories about train journeys to reminisce. And let's be honest, had it not been for the trains, Raj and Simran would have never had a happy ending in DDLJ. Yes, these romantic notions and nostalgia is what makes travelling in trains memorable. © pexels However, somewhere between road trips, long drives and taking flights to save time; our love for trains are now lost. People have stopped travelling in trains as much as they did earlier. But, there is someone who is bringing that lost love back by capturing the most beautiful moments from a window seat, and introducing us to the beautiful country that India is. The Window Seat Project is a crowd sourced travelogue, started by Shanu Babar. “A picture is worth a thousand words” and every picture of this Instagram page, echoes this sentiment loud and clear. If these pictures don't inspire you to get up and pack your bags for a memorable train journey, we wonder what will. Track and train!! _ Picture by @kaustubhnerurkar Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #indiabestpic #indiaclicks #indianphotographers #streetsofmaharashtra #ig_india #ourindia #insta_maharashtra #indianphotographersclub #igramming_india #maharashtra_ig #photographers_of_india #desi_diaries #dslrofficial #indiapictures #indianphotography #_indiasb #yourshot_india #kokanacha_nisarga #indianshutterbugs #maharashtra_desha #myhallaphoto #mypixeldiary #_hpics #indianphotos #maharashtra_desha #dslrofficial #oph #_pji #_soi #f4fofficial #_travelersofindia A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Sep 16, 2017 at 10:52pm PDT Suravali is a small scenic railway station which lies along the Margao to Betalbatim road, at Seraulim village. It falls between Madgaon and Majorda station on Konkan Railway. Only passenger trains halt here. This beautiful tree-lined station is an ideal spot to spend some time alone or with your loved ones. Needless to say it is heaven on earth for train lovers. Picture by @abhinavb _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #perurail #canadianpacific #theghan #whitepassrailroad #trenecuador #amtrack #shinkansen #alaskarailroad #trenalasnubes #glacierexpress #NGTIndia #srilankarailways #railways_of_our_world #wearerailfans #instagram #bbctravel #lonelyplanetindia #konkanrailways #insta_maharashtra #maharashtra_ig A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Sep 11, 2017 at 6:10am PDT Thanks to Marcopolo and Tigress for making us rediscover joys of train travel. It is possible to travel by Indian railway with your pets, if you book a complete coupe ( 2 berths) or a cabin ( 4 berths) .. After booking the tickets, we submit an application two days before our departure date to the railway's Chief commercial officer for the allotment of a coupe in our case ( He is the one making first class chart)...Since the seats for the first class are only confirmed when the chart arrives at the station on the day of departure ( it is all suspense till the end) ..After getting our coupe, we registered our pets at the parcel office ( not necesary for the pets to be there physically) .. It is quite a process but totally worth it in the end. By @dugardd _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #dogsofinstagram #dogs #doglover #adoptdontshop #photooftheday #familygoals #instagood #instadaily #viarail #indianrailways #interraileu #puppiesofinstagram #eurail #beautifuldestinations #theghan #petsofinstagram #ilovemydog #traintravel #trainjourneys #mirror #indiapictures #rajasthantourism #delhigram #bbctravel A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:14am PDT Have you taken the train through Kashmir? Let us know in the comments section. ⺠Picture by @mahabhishek _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #canadianpacific # #whitepassrailroad #instagram #Kashmir #delhigram #itz_mumbai #calcuttacacophony #nammabengaluru #inta_maharashtra #interraileu #eurail #shinkansen #gokerela #kerelatourism #indiaphotoproject A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Sep 3, 2017 at 5:28am PDT This seat is taken! Picture by @vsrshots _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #perurail #canadianpacific #theghan #whitepassrailroad #trenecuador #amtrack #shinkansen #alaskarailroad #trenalasnubes #glacierexpress #srilankarailways #railways_of_our_world #wearerailfans #instagram #bbctravel #lonelyplanetindia #indianphotography #insta_maharashtra #rangeelorajasthan #delhigram A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Aug 30, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT "Bond" Picture by @_ibn_batuta _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #perurail #canadianpacific #theghan #whitepassrailroad #trenecuador #amtrack #shinkansen #alaskarailroad #trenalasnubes #theindianpacific #sncf #glacierexpress #pakistanrailways #srilankarailways #railways_of_our_world #wearerailfans #instagram A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Aug 12, 2017 at 6:56am PDT Those curious eyes . Picture by @a_b_h_i_s_h_e_k_9_7 Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #indiapictures #indiaclicks #indiatourism #indiatravelgram #official_photography_hub #igramming_india #photographers_of_india #indianphotography #streetphotography #streetphotographyindia #_soi #indianshutterbugs #incredibleindia #mypixeldiary #traveldiaries #indianrailways #bbctravel #monsoon #traveldiaries #indianrailway #everydayindia #railways #traintracks #trainjourneys #windowseat #traintravel A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Jul 26, 2017 at 7:27am PDT Karwar Yesvantpur Express on Green Route.. (Mangalore - Hassan) Picture by @raj.lark Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your train travel pictures to get featured . #IndianRailways #indiapictures #windowseat #_soi #travel #travelindia #indiatravel #likeforlike #instalike #storiesofindia #everydayindia #natgeotravelindia #india_gram #indiaclicks #incredibleindiaofficial #lonelyplanetindia #igramming_india #dailylifeindia A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Aug 23, 2016 at 7:29pm PDT Where Sea meets Sky. #swamivivekananda #instagood #bestoftheday #instacool #instago #all_shots #kanniyakumari #azure #_soi #travel #incredibleindia #indiapictures #sea A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Jul 22, 2015 at 12:36am PDT FROM ARCHIVE: New delhi bound Mahabodhi express approaches Tilak Bridge railway station at the last stage of its journey. _ Picture by @anilkshakya - _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #perurail #canadianpacific #theghan #whitepassrailroad #trenecuador #amtrack #shinkansen #alaskarailroad #trenalasnubes #theindianpacific #sncf #glacierexpress #pakistanrailways #srilankarailways #railways_of_our_world #wearerailfans #instagram A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:11pm PDT Picture by @dheeraj.07 _ Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #windowseat #IndianRailways #indianrailway #indiapictures #_soi #traintravel #trainjourneys #railways #eurail #perurail #canadianpacific #theghan #whitepassrailroad #trenecuador #amtrack #shinkansen #alaskarailroad #trenalasnubes #glacierexpress #sunrise #srilankarailways #railways_of_our_world #wearerailfans #instagram #bbctravel #lonelyplanetindia #nationalgeographic #monsoon #kerela A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Sep 2, 2017 at 6:47am PDT Picture by @julientournon Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your train travel pictures to get featured. #indianrailways #train #journey #adventure #india #howrah #photographers_of_india #phodus_competition #visionofindia #igramming_india #ig_india #indiaclicks #betterphotography #irctc #natgeotravel #ig_indialove #lonelyplanetindia #indiapictures #_soi A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Feb 8, 2017 at 4:55am PST A toy train into the wild. Picture by @somewhere_under_the_same_sky Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. _ #indiapictures #indiaclicks #indiatourism #indiatravelgram #official_photography_hub #igramming_india #photographers_of_india #indianphotography #streetphotography #streetphotographyindia #_soi #indianshutterbugs #incredibleindia #mypixeldiary #traveldiaries #indianrailways #bbctravel #monsoon #traveldiaries #indianrailway #everydayindia #railways #traintracks #trainjourneys #windowseat #traintravel A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Jul 28, 2017 at 1:45am PDT #RainTrain A passenger walks near by New Delhi bound 12313 #SDAH #Rajdhani Express at #Sahibabad(SBB) railway #station of Delhi Division during the rain. Picture by @anilkshakya Keep hashtaging #windowseatproject on your pictures to get featured. #indiantrains #indianrailways #railways #trains #traveljournalism #indiaphotoproject #indiapictures #_soi #indianphotography #bnw_india #bnw #mytravelstories #photofie #indianphotography #indiaclicks #indiatravelgram #streetphotographyindia #dslrofficial #storiesofindia #coloursofindia #natgeoyourshot #lonelyplanet #lonelyplanetindia #incredibleindia #traveldiaries A post shared by The Window Seat Project (@windowseatproject) on Jul 21, 2017 at 1:29am PDT
  4. The urban India we live in today is divided on the era before and after street art. Courtesy of a group of socially responsible young adults who felt like it was their duty to give back to the cities and the inhabitants a sense of creativity and imagination that had never even been up for consideration before. Contemporary art in the country has undergone a perceptional makeover because one foundation decided it was time that art changed the face of the country—not just for outsiders; but, even for the residents of the nation. © From L to R - Akshat Nauriyal, Content Director, Hanif Kureshi, Art Director, Giulia Ambrogi, Festival Curator, Thanish Thomas, Project Director & Arjun Bahl - Festival Director_ Photography by Naman Saraiya In 2014, a bunch of artists came together and started a movement; although an understated one at the time, that went on to become an artistic revolution. Thereafter, Indians came to know a form of street art, through the visions and creations of St+Art India; a non-profit organization that has been adding colour and creativity to the barren walls and districts of the prominent cities in the country, ever since. “It all started back in the day, when I was shooting a video for one of the first group walls that had happened, in the Hauz Khas lot. The wall was painted by Bond, Daku, Zion and a few more artists. That's when I got in touch with the street art community,” says Akshat Nauriyal, Content Director & Co-Founder of St+Art India. At the time, Nauriyal used to share a studio with Hanif Kureshi, Art Director & Co-Founder, who in turn, introduced Nauriyal to Arjun Bahl, Festival Director & Co-Founder. Giulia Ambrogi, who at the time had been travelling in the country for an art festival in Khirki, New Delhi as well as to meet some of her Italian artist friends, came on board as the curator at the St+Art festivals. Together, the four of them, along with Thanish Thomas, Project Director & Co-Founder, paved the way for an art form that had previously been as non-existent as the advertisements on the walls. © St+Art at Lodhi Art District St+Art, New Delhi “The idea was to move away from the elusive nature of the uptight art gallery concepts that the cities have to offer,” Nauriyal tells me. “It's like a novelty of the rich and elite. Even someone like me feels really suffocated and constricted in an art gallery; like I'll drop something on the art work. It's difficult to even breathe; that's the aura it creates.” At the time, the most one got out of supposed street art was the rather brash political signage and the in-your-face ‘gupt rog' information that defaced the walls of the cities. What it meant was there was no background to street art and there was no connotation at all like in the West. Because of graffiti culture and vandalism, it earned a rather negative connotation. That's where the urge stemmed from. Nauriyal reminisces one of the earliest projects they took on under the St+Art India banner, at Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. “We literally went around knocking on people's walls, asking them if we could do this and they had no idea what we were talking about. So, we would have to show them pictures of what we had in mind,” he narrates. He explains that every new community shows an initial bit of hesitation and resistance that only comes from the fact that they don't know what they want to do. But once they started, the entire community really opened up. © Unusual Usual by Do & Khatra at Makhta, Hyderabad “We essentially wanted to make art more democratic,” says Nauriyal. “We want people to look at public spaces as not being sterile, plain, or non-interactive structures; but something that could also initiate conversation and, in some form, inculcate a thought process which extends from painting beautiful things to painting deeper meanings via projects and spaces that have a deeply rooted social context.” St+Art, from its inception worked as an Indian platform for Indian artists to be exposed on a global stage which was definitely not happening before. It was to create an ecosystem around street art. The difference was instant. The conversations changed; as did the perceptions. Before long, people were flocking to the prominent areas where, in a matter of days, art had cropped up that was worth marveling at and talking about. While earlier, any and all talks of art existed in a very small chamber—most of which was restricted to art galleries and high teas—now, every street side vendor, every kid next door and every pedestrian was discussing street art. A museum might get anywhere between 100 to 200 visitors a day; on the grandest of occasions; the St+Art India foundation had, in a short span of time, gained footfalls that crossed thousands in a day! They had started the conversation; and from there various other projects. Other artists, too, began to look at public spaces as a canvas. © St+Art India Over the years, Akshat tells us they've worked with over 20 cultural institutions across the board. “You name a country and we're probably speaking to their consulates over here,” he quips confidently. On an average, the organization works with approximately 25 to 30 artists, per festival. It means that by now they will have worked with over 100 to 150 artists, at least, across all festivals and projects; Indian and International. Most of their funding comes from the sponsors and partners; Asian Paints being a recurring one; year-on-year. “They see value in what we do. They understood where we were coming from and it wasn't about just about branding. We were clear about the purpose of art being paramount and not venturing into a commercial space,” Akshat says. But, that's just one aspect. Being a non-profit organization that may or may not gain favour with governments and local authorities posed one of the biggest challenges initially for St+Art to grow. “When we were doing the first few festivals, it was a bit difficult working with the authorities. But, we tried to create a few landmarks within the city and activate spaces that are not really inhabited and bring art into the spaces,” Akshat says. With the creation of the Lodhi Art District, in Lodhi Colony, New Delhi and the Dadasaheb Phalke Mural in Mumbai, conversations became easier. © Dwa Zeta at Lodhi Art District, St+Art Delhi “People have this opinion of the government being this close-minded institution; but they are pretty open-minded, progressive and forward thinking. It may sound strange,” he reveals. “Of course, they come with their own set of obstacles but those are fairly negotiable and are also within realistic demands. It's understandable because there's a lot of red tape bureaucracy involved and most people have bosses that want things done their way. The point is these are partnerships we're creating; not one-sided conversations.” Akshat and his team present sketches to the authorities following which, they identify an artist and a surface. The plan is then presented at every stage to ensure transparency. “There are ways of winning their trust which we've explored in our own way now and we have a certain format of approaching these projects which is why the government has been great to work with,” he further explains. © Cubbon Park Metro Station Bangalore by Artez, St+Art Together, the organization has worked with various government bodies, like the Delhi Police Headquarters, the BMRC in Bangalore and Mumbai. “The government also sees value in these projects; especially, with the whole idea of smart cities coming up because that's where the world is moving. Art and culture is a huge part of building a smart city. So things are changing as well. It's difficult for people, yes. But, overall it's been great,” he reiterates. As an organization, St+Art India has done approximately 6 large scale festivals so far; they're gearing up for the next edition, soon enough. “With every festival we do, we try to have projects that are a balance of things that are good to look at versus things that are socially relevant and contextual,” Akshat explains. “I'd be lying if I said all the projects we do are socially relevant and I'd be lying if I said all the projects are just aesthetically pleasing.” Depending on the artist that they're working with the team decides on a project basis on the location. This also means having some boundaries of the kind of work that they put out in the public domain. “We stay away from overtly political and religious statements, or picking sides on news events. This doesn't mean that we don't make statements, or don't challenge the society and the norms on things that are happening,” he shares. © Olek, St+Art, India In 2015, for instance, St+Art, along with the government body, got Olek, a well known crochet artist, to create a massive artwork on the walls of the famous night shelter in Sarai Kale Khan to attract the homeless and make them aware of the Rain Baseras project—a project of night shelters created around the city by the government for the homeless. Similarly, in 2016, Banglore-based artist, Shilo Shiv Suleman teamed up with a government foundation called, Sewing New Futures—an organization that works for the betterment of women forced into *** trafficking in the Najafgarh area—and, along with volunteers from the foundation, painted one of the walls in the Lodhi Art District. The mural itself, tells the story of an older woman telling a younger woman that life is going to get better and to not lose hope. In yet another collaboration, St+Art came together with the Aravani Art Project in Banaglore which works with transgender people; bringing them out in the public spaces to let them paint, get them visibility and show people that they are skilled at many other things in life, rather than just the small opportunities that society gives them. © Aravani Art Project, St+Art Banaglore Art can be the ideal medium for putting out a social message. The role that St+Art as an organization plays today is not just to brighten someone's day up with beautiful artwork; but, to provoke a socially relevant statement. It's an important measure, as a reflection of society and an artist. “Because of the massive projection and reach it can have, as a medium, it stands to be able to project a lot more voices to a lot more people than most mediums we have today; especially compared to the gallery structure which is marginalising people,” Akshat opines. © Shilo Shiv Suleman, St+Art India Like any emerging scene, it takes time to get the mass' attention and the artists to get to the purview of the masses. But, the important point is, the conversation has begun. The word is out and it's spreading, like wildfire—wall to wall; city to city. “When we started off there wasn't some ‘How To Do Street Art Festival In India' manual. We've written that manual as we went along,” Akshat reminds us. Thanks to the digital boom, St+Art has become a global medium based on imagery. “Maybe the whole country doesn't know about street art in India; but that doesn't mean that worldwide we're not visible,” Akshat quips. “Our audience is global. We have an organic following built on the basis of the work and appreciation. It's okay to cater only to the people who care about you rather than catering to 10,000 people out of which 9,000 people don't care.” © Daku St+Art Delhi
  5. Most of us realize dreary summer is here when either the ACs aren't effective anymore to beat the scorching heat, or when your friends start posting pictures of them standing on a beach or hills. Talking about vacation, there is one guy whose pictures are making the world lose its calm and making them fall in love with fishing as a hobby. We are talking about the Russian president Vladimir Putin, who recently became a topic of envy after his recent holiday in Siberia, basking in the sun and fishing, made headlines. © AP While, we were busy watching President Trump and his antics on the social media, Putin stole the show and gave another reason to the internet for obsessing over him. Putin is on a fishing and hunting trip to Tuva, a remote region in Siberia and his shirtless pictures have already taken the world by storm. Although his vacation at the Siberian wilderness is giving us some crazy travel goals, Twitter is obsessing over his photos as they have now found fresh fodder for memes and jokes. © AP Being the savage platform that Twitter is, one can't expect them to simply look at the pictures and went on to do their daily chores. So, from photoshopping Trump in the pictures to commending his shirtless pictures, here are some of the funny tweets that will crack you up. Siberian vacation: Putin's 2-day hiking and camping trip (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) https://t.co/MJcFHsvJWN pic.twitter.com/czhkr3aSOI — RT (@RT_com) 5 August 2017 #Putin'sVacation pic.twitter.com/NdGkIlrcRk — mardaw (@mariazdaw) 6 August 2017 Predictable reaction from MSM on latest President #Putin's photos - Vladimir Putin triggering entire Western media with several photos pic.twitter.com/wbTGs1QNUw — Russia in RSA ð·ðº (@EmbassyofRussia) 5 August 2017 When #Trumputin vacations coincide. #putinvacation pic.twitter.com/YhhK5QEIAC — THE Newt Scamander (@noosch) 5 August 2017 PUTIN VACATION #PUTINVACATION #TRUMPFISH #TRUMP pic.twitter.com/6iJ63qA1qi — Enemy of Twitlerðºð¸ (@EnemyofTwitler2) 5 August 2017 *#Putin @ 5ft tall & MACHISMO!#KarateKid ExtraORDINAIRE? Russian RockStar~MuscleMAN° Ridin' Shirtless~#YesHeCAN°#LilPOOT #GOTaPAIR? Ha! pic.twitter.com/JO4yQF11JN — ð²TRUMPOEð±reeð² (@TrumPOETree) 6 August 2017 #Putin must use some good sunblock Dude is always shirtless White as Snow ððððð#Russiagate #RussianHoax — â£ï¸Deplorable Me â£ï¸ (@swahneee) 5 August 2017
  6. Sixty-nine percent of the 100 doctors in the audience said increased reliance on technology and electronic health records only served to separate them from their patients. Photo: NCSBN SAN FRANCISCO: When an endurance runner with a history of heart failure felt under the weather, he brought his activity tracker data from a workout to his cardiologist. Dr Michael Blum examined the runner?s heart rate readings. The cardiologist could see when his patient was pushing to climb a hill or to increase his speed, and when he was slowing down. ?I could tell how hard he was working,? said Blum, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. ?I had this amazing data.? Ultimately, though, he had to inform his worried patient: ?This is all really interesting, but I can?t tell you what it means.? Blum joined three other doctors who spoke last week on the promise ? and the reality ? of technology in a San Francisco panel discussion sponsored by Medscape and titled ?Technology, Patients and the Art of Medicine.? Technology in the form of diagnostic software helped one of the panelists, Dr. Abraham Verghese, conclude that a patient was suffering from neurosarcoidosis ? a diagnosis the Stanford University professor didn?t initially consider but one a software program immediately recognized given the patient?s symptoms. Technology offers doctors a view inside patients? hearts, brains and bowels. And technology may speed the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness, said panelist Dr Jessica Mega, who leads the healthcare team at Verily, formerly Google Life. Nonetheless, 69 percent of the 100 doctors in the audience said increased reliance on technology and electronic health records only served to separate them from their patients. As evidence of the problem, the panelists cited apps that claim to do things they don?t really do, like accurately measure blood pressure. But the biggest problem stemming from technology for the doctors, and the bane of many doctors? existence, is the electronic health record, also known as an EHR. The US government has touted electronic records, initially designed for billing, as a way to dramatically improve patient care and has used financial incentives to speed their adoption. The hope was that the widespread use of EHRs would reduce medical errors, inefficiencies and inappropriate care. The effort has failed, according to Dr Eric Topol, editor-in-chief of Medscape and the panel moderator. American doctors continue to make 12 million diagnosis errors a year; one in four patients in US hospitals continue to be harmed; and healthcare costs continue to soar, he said. Topol called electronic health records ?a complete mess.? ?Why do we just put up with pathetic technology?? he asked. The panelists, as well as the doctors in attendance, bemoaned the time it took them to complete electronic records, time they longed to spend with patients. Verghese credited electronic records with billing well, with reducing medical errors and with keeping him out of dusty basements in search of patient files. At the same time, he blamed EHRs for tying doctors to their computers and at least partially for his colleagues? unprecedented suicide rates, depression, burnout and disillusionment. ?I find it pretty incredible,? he said, that with ?all the wonderful, sophisticated imaging technology, we still have this dinosaur of an electronic medical record.? Verghese, a best-selling author, is vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University and has championed the return of what he considers the lost art of the physical exam. He questioned how physicians allowed EHRs to take over medical practices without physician input on how to make them work. ?We allowed this to happen on our watch,? he said. ?How did we let this happen?? ?My sense is that the current dysphoria in medicine revolves to a great degree around the electronic medical record but not solely. I think the other piece of it is everything moving much faster, so many more patients, so much more information per patient,? he said. Blum had nothing good to say about electronic health records. But he refused to blame them for all medicine?s ills. High rates of physician burnout, depression and suicide predate the government?s relatively recent push for electronic records, he said. He traced the problem back at least 10 years to increased government regulations that turned doctors? notes into billing documents. ?Then you throw the electronic health record on top of that,? Blum said. ?That just took a bad situation and made it horribly worse.?
  7. I’m pretty sure we’ve all ended up exploring random places all over the world with the help of Google maps. But, what makes it even better is when you get a friendly golden doggo to accompany you and be your furry guide. These pictures taken in Ulleung-gun, Gyeongbuk, South Korea not only give a street view, but also has an extremely adorable photobomber. The little doggie likes to follow around the street view photographer and gives some really cute pictures. While it’s common to find hilarious stuff through street view cameras, this is probably the first time we have a whole series of pictures with the same dog. You can tour the beautiful island of Jukdo yourself on Daum map service, and if you’re lucky, you will also be blessed with the cutest tour guide in the world. All image credits : © Daum
  8. As if being a pilot and having one of the coolest jobs in the world wasn’t enough, JPC Van Heijst is also an incredible photographer. Flying all over the world, he has an amazing opportunity to capture some great pictures, and he doesn’t let that go in vain. Van Heijst is the first officer with Cargolux and he flies Boeing 747s around the world. "Seeing the entire world in my job, I feel privileged to be in a position to capture many different parts of the planet through my camera and immortalize the beauty of the places I visit," he told the Daily Mail. He has the best office setup, don’t you agree? Check out some of his breath-taking pictures: Last night over the Atlantic ocean, between Africa and South America. We witnessed the debris of a Soyuz rocket falling back to earth. Read the entire story with more pictures on my blog; jpcvanheijst.com/blogs/2017/04/571472-soyuz-rocket-debris-in-flight-3-minute-read #space #flight #soyuz #rocket #night #sky #missile #flying #aviation #avgeek #instaspace #spacephoto #photoaday #atlantic #instagramaviation #instaaviation #instaflight #instanight #instastars #arianaspace #jpcvanheijst #cockpit #piloteye #pilotview A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on May 28, 2017 at 9:11am PDT A fly’s perspective of the 747-400 cockpit at night, in flight. #boeing #boeing747 #cargolux #747 #cockpit #flightdeck #aviation #avgeek #aircraft #airplane #instagramaviation #instaaviation #crewlife #pilotview #piloteye #fisheye #nightflight #instadaily #instagood #photodaily #photoaday #jpcvanheijst #nikon #d800 A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:53am PDT Three shooting stars - Reflections on life (6 minutes total read) Night flight over Central India, between Doha and Hanoi. Thousands of miles from the place I call home, flying through one of those dark nights where millions of stars are illuminating the expanse above and just as many lights and people on the ground pass by in slow motion. With my body still in the European time zone, it feels as if I’m residing in a time capsule that is suspended somewhere between the surface and the infinity of the universe above. Time, distance and perspectives become completely relative if I let my thoughts wander for a minute. At home I’m missing another birthday party I was invited for; one of the many drawbacks of this job that I willingly accepted when I choose to pursue this career. The unique views and perspectives come with a price. What do you want to be when you grow up? 10-year old Christiaan; ‘A pilot!’ This time of the year, the earth is facing the ‘faint’ part of the milky way, with the bright galactic core invisible before sunrise at this time of year. But when there is no light pollution from the moon or other nearby light sources, even this dim band of stars becomes visible for the naked eye in the right circumstances. Three meteorites fall through the earth’s atmosphere during this exposure, leaving bright trails of purple, white, blue, green and yellow that are nature’s reward for the those that take the time to look out and appreciate the views in the celestial heavens above. We dim the cockpit lights and when time and workload allows, I often lean over the instruments to place my face next to the heated window and enjoy the unique view on the world from my cockpit. Watching the occasional moonlight reflect on the rivers and lakes, counting ….. Read more; https://jpcvanheijst.com/blogs/2017/04/549774-reflections-on-life-three-shooting-stars #blog #stars #life #flying #avgeek #aviation #instagramaviation #nightflight #piloteye #pilotview #india #shootingstar #night #instagood #instablog #instablogger #instapic #instagramblogger #jpcvanheijst #longexposure #boeing #747 #flying #flight #aircraft #cockpit #flightdeck #nikon #d800 A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Apr 1, 2017 at 4:47pm PDT A dramatic moonrise, somewhere between New York and Chicago in the middle of the night under a blanket of stars. Unfortunately the airplane was constantly shaking a bit so its not as sharp as I hoped it to be. The light was just surreal though while the normally silver-white moon is shining through the Earth’s atmosphere and its light is filtered through the mass of air. Just like how the sun is burning orange and red when closer to the horizon. #moon #moonlight #luna#lunar #sky #earth #flying #flight #stars #night #nightflight #nightphotography #avgeek #aviation #moonrise #star #aviation #pilotview #piloteye #crewlife #instagood #instadaily #photodaily #photoaday #instapic #longexposur#longexposure #nikon #d800 #jpcvanheijst A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Jan 30, 2017 at 11:33am PST Cruising through the moonlit sky over the Atlantic, as seen from the back of the 747-8 cockpit. #boeing #boeing747 #747 #cargolux #cockpit #aviation #flight #flying #piloteye #pilot #avgeek #instagramaviation #instaaviation #moonlight #moon #photoaday #photooftheday #photodaily #crewlife #instagood #instaphoto #instadaily #nikon #d800 #jpcvanheijst A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:22am PST The ‘new-classic’, Boeing 747-400 flight deck. What used to be a far and unreachable childhood dream, is now my office already for nearly half of my professional flying career. An absolute joy to fly and work with, the 747 is still one of the worlds most iconic airplanes and the flagship for all airlines that still operate them. (note that the runway outside is coming from another photo, this is a composite shot and not taken on an actual runway or taxiway. #747 #boeing #boeinglovers #boeing747 #cockpit #flightdeck #cockpitphotography #pilot #piloteye #pilotlife #pilots #aviation #avgeek #flight #flying #instagramaviation #instaaviation #instaphoto #photodaily #photoaday #blackandwhitephoto #nikon #d800 #jpcvanheijst A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Jan 18, 2017 at 11:58am PST Night flight over the moonlit winter landscape of Canada with the city of Toronto up ahead. On clear nights with snow or ice on the ground, the bright moonlight can illuminate the world like never seen before. Countless reflections in little lakes and rivers, cities and villages showing their orange/yellow lights and the soft, silver light from the moon shining from above. A spectacular view from 35.000ft. #boeing #747 #boeing747 #moonlight #moon #lunar #nightflight #canada #toronto #avgeek #aviation #flight #flying #photoart #photography #artphotography #artphoto #instagramaviation #instaaviation #pilloteye #pilotview #cargolux #nikon #d800 #jpcvanheijst A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Jan 11, 2017 at 12:58pm PST A glance in the office from where I take most of the photos; the flight deck of the Boeing 747-8 Freighter. This photo was taken with the nose door opened on the cargo apron in Singapore, before our flight to Kuala Lumpur. #boeing #747 #cargolux #freighter #cockpit #flightdeck #pilotview #singapore #airport #cargo #freighter #airplane #aviation #aircraft #avgeek #flight #flying #instagramaviation #instaaviation #jpcvanheijst #nikon #d800 A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Oct 17, 2016 at 1:07pm PDT One from the old days when I was still flying the Fokker 50 turboprop, about 12 years ago. Still one of the nicest airplanes I ever flew, though rather slow compared to modern jets. Here seen flying over Norway with a beautiful sunset that colours the sky in the most beautiful hues. #fokker50 #airplane #aircraft #aviation #flight #flying #cockpit #flightdeck #flightcrew #pilot #pilotlife #instagramaviation #instaaviation #instaflight #instasunset #norway #nikon #sunset #sunsets #jpcvanheijst A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Oct 1, 2016 at 12:56pm PDT 747 cockpit view while overflying the city of Chicago at night. Thousands of lights illuminate the road-grid that is so typical for Chicago. A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Sep 26, 2016 at 7:36pm PDT Sunrise halfway the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Japan and the United States. A good 10 hours over the endless mass of water, changes face the moment the sun starts to rise. From the dark night with her shooting stars and pale silver moon, to the vibrant colours of the day and some depth in the cloud-scales below. A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:36pm PDT Descending into Huntsville, Alabama, during a beautiful sunset. Navigating gently between the towering clouds below at the end of day. Boeing 747-400 flightdeck, the 'new-classic'. #boeing #747 #airplane #aircraft #aviation #flight #flying #cockpit #flightdeck #sunset #crew #pilot #pilotlife #instagramaviation #instadaily #instagood #instaskys #huntsville #alabama #d800 #nikon #jpcvanheijst #view A post shared by Christiaan van Heijst (@jpcvanheijst) on Sep 12, 2016 at 9:27am PDT Check out more of his work here.
  9. Google?s latest venture Google Lens seems to make the technology giant?s vision for future a little clearer. Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the venture during Google?s developer conference, which wrapped up on Friday. "All of Google was built because we started understanding text and web pages. So the fact that computers can understand images and videos has profound implications for our core mission," he said while speaking about Lens. The technology basically turns the camera from a passive tool that?s capturing the world around you to one that?s allowing you to interact with what?s in your camera?s viewfinder. A few of the features of the Lens include: 1) Telling species of a flower by viewing the flowers through camera lens 2) Read a WiFi password through the camera 3) Offering information pertaining to restaurants by viewing them through the camera The feature is being added to Google Photos and personalised artificial intelligence software assistant. The technology will also help with translation purposes. Pichai's full demonstration of the new technology can be seen here:
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    This is an entry about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release. When you have a diverse range of topics within your community, it makes good sense to separate topics within forums and categories. This will ensure that the viewer can find relevant content by scanning the list of forums first. If you have a more focused community with fewer forums, presenting your community with a list of them can be daunting. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. Fluid forum view allows your visitors to get right to the meat of your community; the topics. A fan site for a band is a good example of a community that will benefit with fluid view. There will likely be forums for album reviews, tour dates, general discussion and so on. Even though there are many forums, the common topic is the band. This makes fluid view ideal as your members can see all those related topics in one view. If your members wanted more specific topics, they could select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail. The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums. Of course, you can permit your members to change the view to better suit their way of working. You will notice a "grid" option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for your members to choose, if the administrator permits it. You have full control over the display options. This screenshot shows that the control panel option to choose the default view. There is also an option to control which views your members can select. You may also decide to not allow your members to switch views at all. This will ensure that they all use the view you choose. You may have spotted that forum names have a colored background in some screenshots. We added the ability to define a feature color per forum. This feature color helps the forum stand out in a more visual way. This is especially useful when you select many forums in a single view. This feature color also works on the table view. We added a feature color hint to topic view to enforce the association between the forum and its color. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don't lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for your audience. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. Your members will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view is an asset to your community and your members enjoy this new functionality. Technical notes. The database stores the members' view choice. This remembers the selection across devices. Guests are not permitted to change between views. View the full article
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