Chinese university holds symposium on Pakistani film ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’

To enhance and develop China-Pakistan friendship between people of the two countries and enrich their amateur cultural life, Sichuan Normal University held a symposium on Pakistani film ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon.

It facilitated Pakistan students to watch the movie. The tutor of Pakistani students and some researchers of Pakistan Study Center of the University participated in the activity. In addition, a Faculty member from Pakistan Study Center of Sichuan University was also invited to take part in the activity.

During watching the film in the cinema, all the Pakistani students were proud of the beauty of Pakistan presented in the film, and they were also delighted to share the beautiful connotation of Pakistani culture with the Chinese audience.

In the symposium on reflections on watching the film, combined with the content of the film, the students exchanged their sincere feelings for their motherland Pakistan and their nostalgia for their own nation and family parents.

The students also discussed the connotation and significance of people-to-people exchanges between China and Pakistan based on the plot of the film.

In combination with the scenes of the film, the students also talked about their understanding and feelings of the chengdu culture and their special and friendly feelings towards the Chinese people from a cross-cultural perspective.

The students agreed that they will enhance mutual understanding between the people of the two countries with their practical actions in the future study and life, so as to make people-to-people friendship between China and Pakistan even closer.

The movie tells the story of the Pakistani youth pilot passed through the difficult military quality and flying skills training, thus transformed into excellent, patriotic and dedicated air force pilots growth experience and psychological process.

It motivates youth having persistent desire to focus on the dedication to work, the patriotic enthusiasm of national emotion and pride. It also shows the Pakistani young people straight up the spirit of good quality, the pursuit of a better life.

The movie also provides an opportunity to the Chinese viewers to witness the Pakistani beautiful earth mountains and rivers, and rich cultural connotation, said the University’s sources.

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For Halloween, NASA Turns Astronomy Into Film Posters

This week, NASA released several downloadable posters showing astronomical topics as vintage science fiction films in their Galaxy of Horrors. It’s not the first time they’ve turned science into creative vintage posters — but making posters isn’t the only reason NASA regularly works with artists. Many of the images that accompany official NASA communications about space research are created by visualization experts.

In the series of Halloween posters, NASA turned several astronomical phenomena into concepts for spooky holiday films. Dark Matter is the title of a fictional film with the subtitle “something else is out there”, while the galaxy MACS 2129-1 (which no longer forms new stars) formed the inspiration for an imaginary movie titled Galactic Graveyard.

What’s shown on the posters is directly inspired by real research. For example, the spider web on the Dark Matter poster is based on visualizations of the cosmic web.

The posters were created by NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. They previously created the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, complete with vintage travel posters of planetary destinations outside of the solar system. Like the Halloween posters, the destinations on the travel posters were all based on real research.

Turning scientific phenomena into movie posters may just be a bit of fun, but NASA regularly gets help from artists even when they share serious scientific data. Many of those beautiful images you see on their website, or accompanying news about exoplanetary research, are visualizations based on data collected by various NASA missions.

Even though some spacecraft can send back actual photographic data, not all of the information that NASA missions collect comes in the form of pictures. Often, it’s just numbers that researchers have to interpret to understand what’s going on both inside and outside of our galaxy. But NASA’s visualization studio can turn these numbers into images that represent the information in a more visual way. For example, they can make magnetic fields visible on screen, or show what a neutron star merger might look like.

Such images and videos form a great backdrop for scientific presentations and papers, but they can also help researchers think more visually about the data they collected. When images are not based on real visual data, the visualization experts have some freedom to decide which colors they can use to make the image more informative, or even which orientation to show an image in. After all, up or down are just arbitrary directions in outer space.

But while most of the visualizations that NASA creates are meant to be informative, NASA’s Galaxy of Horrors is just a bit of fun and entertainment. The posters are intended as a fun way to

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Matthew McConaughey on why he went to film school instead of becoming a lawyer, and his trick for getting out of a career rut

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  • Matthew McConaughey, an Academy Award-winning actor and author of Greenlights recently appeared on the “5 Questions with Dan Schawbel” podcast.
  • McConaughey kept a diary for 35 years to get through hard times and remind himself of habits that led to positive life outcomes.
  • He explained that his father’s death forced him to take risks and discover his own identity.
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You might know Matthew McConaughey as an Academy Award–winning actor who has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion. But he’s also a deeper thinker, family man, and professor — and, after decades of keeping a journal, he captured much of his life experiences, quotes, and stories in his new book “Greenlights.”

In our conversation, McConaughey talks about why he kept a journal for 35 years, his relationship with his father, finding the right career, handling uncertainty and his best career advice.

How did journaling for 35 years help you better understand your life and career?

At the beginning, I went to my diary like most people go to a diary. You go to the diary when things are not going well, when you’re trying to figure stuff out, when you’re lost, when you’re looking for identity, and when you’re trying to find your frequency.

Later in life, I noticed in my twenties — when I started to find myself, and [was] catching proverbial green lights and my relationships were going well; I had a job, I was making my grades, things were kind of cooking — I remember at that time saying, “Well, make sure you keep writing in your journal now, McConaughey.”

I was intrigued with the idea that we so often have the habit of dissecting our failures, but hey, let’s dissect our successes too. Let’s take some notes right now while things are going well, and see what those habits are.

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I had a hunch this would be true. But what became true is later on when I got in another rut … I was able to go back in those times, look at those diaries of times when I was succeeding, look at what my habits were.

Who was I hanging out with? Where was I going? What was I eating? What was I drinking? How much sleep was I getting, et cetera. How was I looking at life? How was I approaching things?

I was able to recalibrate in the times that I was in a rut, and it would help me find my frequency again and come out of it. Each time was different, but I would find certain habits that I could take with me

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Film breakdown: Joe Milton shows his growth in first career start

For years, Joe Milton has operated behind the scenes, preparing for his moment in the spotlight. So for two years, he only entered the public eye through scattered press conference refrains, insisting he had begun to match his prodigious physical talent with an improved grasp of the mental side of football. 

Saturday night in Minnesota, he finally got the opportunity to show how far he’s come, leading Michigan to a 49-24 win over the Golden Gophers. Milton finished the game with 277 total yards and two touchdowns, all while avoiding turnovers.

On Milton’s second drive of the game, he flashed one of his developments most discussed by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh — the ability to put touch on his throws when needed.

Minnesota’s defense on this play is a textbook example of what not to do on third-and-medium. The Gophers drop two safeties deep to protect against the deep ball, vacating the middle of the field while only rushing three, giving Milton plenty of time in the pocket.

To this point in the game, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis had schemed up a slew of single-read quick passes to get Milton into a rhythm. On this play, Milton does excellently to identify Minnesota’s flawed defense for himself and take advantage, finding freshman receiver Roman Wilson on a post route out of the slot. Wilson has a 15-yard gap between the Gophers linebackers and safeties, but Milton does well to drop a weighted touch pass over the linebackers into the empty space, rather than firing one of his trademark bullet passes.

“My touch tonight was pretty outstanding,” Milton said after the game. “I was pretty impressed with myself. I’ve been working on that a long time.”

Milton, though, still showed the arm strength that makes him such a coveted talent.

Michigan lines up in 12 personnel on this play, dropping both tight ends and freshman running back Zach Charbonnet into pass protection against Minnesota’s six-man rush. That leaves the Wolverines with just two pass catchers against the Gophers’ five defensive backs, forcing Milton to make a special throw. 

And he does just that, finding sophomore receiver Mike Sainristil for a first down. Sainristil runs a 15-yard out route just beyond the first-down marker on the play. It’s a common route in the NFL, but rare in college because few quarterbacks can make the throw. Milton can, zipping a dart into a tight window and kickstarting a touchdown drive.

Far more important than Milton showcasing his arm talent, though, was his ability to consistently make the correct reads. Only three of his 15 completions on Saturday traveled more than 10 yards. And yet, he managed 225 passing yards, mostly on plays like this pass to sophomore tight end Erick All.

Michigan once again sets up for this play in 12 personnel, with both tight ends lined up to the right side of the formation. It’s a near identical play to the Wolverines’ third touchdown of the game, with the offensive line selling a

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Plastic film protects surfaces against novel coronavirus on contact

Plastic film protects surfaces against novel coronavirus on contact
Laboratory tests showed film containing silver-silica nanoparticles to be capable of eliminating 99.84% of SARS-CoV-2 particles after exposure for two minutes. Credit: Promaflex

An adhesive plastic film designed to protect surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, and touch screens inactivates the novel coronavirus on contact.

The manufacturer of the film is Promaflex. It has nanoparticles of silver and silica built into its polyethylene structure, thanks to technology developed by Nanox, a Brazilian company based on São Paulo and supported by São Paulo Research Foundation, through FAPESP’s Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE).

In tests conducted at the University of São Paulo’s Biomedical Sciences Institute (ICB-USP), which has laboratories certified for Biosafety Level III (BSL-3), the film proved capable of eliminating 99.84% of the viral particles after two minutes of contact.

“The technical standard governing measurement of antiviral activity on plastic and other non-porous surfaces, ISO 21702, requires demonstration of this capability within four hours. The plastic film with silver-silica nanoparticles did so far sooner, and its virucidal action increased over time,” Lucio Freitas Junior, a researcher at ICB-USP, told.

The trials performed to measure the adhesive plastic film’s capacity to inactivate the novel coronavirus were in line with ISO 21702:2019. Samples of the material with and without silver-silica nanoparticles were kept in direct contact with SARS-CoV-2 for varying amounts of time. After the stipulated periods, the viral particles found in the material were removed and placed in contact with Vero cells to measure the infection and replication rate after exposure to the film. Vero cells are derived from the kidney of an African monkey and widely used in microbiological cultures.

The viral genetic material was quantified by PCR, showing a reduction of almost 100% in copies of SARS-CoV-2 after two minutes of exposure. “The silver-silica nanoparticles are added to the polyethylene during its production, so the film’s antimicrobial action persists throughout its working life,” said Nanox CEO Luiz Gustavo Pagotto Simões.

Nanox recommends the use of the film for up to three months, however, after which it may wear out from excessive contact.

Face covering

The adhesive film is the second plastic material with silver-silica nanoparticles marketed by Nanox for protection against COVID-19.

In partnership with toymaker Elka, the São Paulo-based firm has developed a reusable face covering made of flexible thermoplastic material similar to rubber, and coated with the additive as a surface layer. The mask promises to confer a higher level of protection against the novel coronavirus.

In early August the product was approved by ANVISA, Brazil’s public health surveillance authority, as a FFP2 mask for use in personal protective equipment (PPE).

“The company won approval for the filter used in the mask in compliance with NBR 13698 [the Brazilian technical standard for filtering half-masks used as respiratory protective equipment of the non-motorized air purifier type] and the mask is registered as PPE,” Simões said.

The silver-silica nanoparticles have been used to coat fabric for anti-COVID-19 apparel. In laboratory tests, the coated material also proved capable

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