Last weekend, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito underwent the last remaining steps to complete his rituals of accession. As part of his enthronement ceremony that began on October 22, Naruhito took part in the ‘Daijosai’ ritual, a highly controversial and secret religious ceremony. Conservatives in Japan believe the Japanese Royal Family are descendants of the sun goddess and the Daijosai ritual involved Naruhito spending a symbolic night with the goddess. Little information surrounding the Daijosai ritual and what occurs behind closed doors during the ritual is available in the public domain, but critics have claimed that the ritual involves the emperor having conjugal relations with the goddess. The ritual, conducted late into the night, before dawn breaks, has been a part of the enthronement ceremony of Japanese emperors for generations. What is the Daijosai ritual? The Daijosai is a Shinto religious ritual in the Japanese enthronement ceremony of the Japanese emperor. … [Read more...] about Explained: Why Japanese Emperor Naruhito spent a night with the sun goddess
Imagine being able to control your smartphone without touching it? Dismissing a notification or snoozing an alarm with just a wave of your hand? The idea, then called ‘Air Gestures’, was first propagated by Samsung with the Galaxy S4 and more recently with the Galaxy Note 10 series. Now, Google Pixel 4 will use a radar-based Soli chip to introduce Motion Sense, a feature that provides similar touchless gesture-based controls. Soli also enables a Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 4. But the Soli chipset could also be the reason why the Pixel 4 phones are not making their way to India, the only growing smartphone market globally. So what is this Soli radar and Motion Sense on Pixel 4 and why is the Pixel 4 not coming to India? We explain. What is Project Soli? Project Soli, driven by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team, was first showcased back in 2015. The idea is that a radar chip can be used to detect hand movements and gestures to interpret what … [Read more...] about Explained: Why Project Soli is keeping Google Pixel 4 out of India
Amazon Prime released the final batch of The Man in the High Castle Season 4 episodes on November 15, bringing the series to an end with a closing scene that left many fans confused as dozens of civilians started coming out of Die Nebenwalt, the Nazi portal into other dimensions. "Does anyone know what the purpose of all the people walking through the portal at the end means? Who were they? Why were they there?" was one Reddit user's take on the events, and they were far from alone. "I totally don't get the ending scene and hate that it seems like it wasn't explained," one wrote, while another asked, "why are people from other world coming to this fucked up world?" Rather than give us a definitive ending where either the Nazis finally crushed the Resistance and launched their Phase V mass extermination project or the Resistance won after Helen Smith (Chelah Horsdal) finally convinced her husband John (Rufus Sewell) to fight against the party that has broken up their family and murdered … [Read more...] about ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Season 4 Ending Explained: What Happened at the End of the Series?
A decade later, men are still explaining things to Rebecca Solnit. "Men explain things to me, and other women, whether or not they know what they're talking about," Solnit read from her so-titled 2008 essay on Thursday night. "Some men." ("Now we can add the hashtag #NotAllMen," she joked in an aside.) None of these men have ever apologized to her for it, Solnit told the audience in Cooper Union's Great Hall. There's still time, she said, "but I'm not holding my breath." Solnit's keen observation—which she made after a smug man once explained the contents of one of Solnit's many acclaimed books to her, not realizing that she herself had written it, or could have been capable of writing it—inspired the term "mansplaining," and quickly embedded itself in 21st-century feminist thought. The 10th anniversary of her essay "Men Explain Things to Me" arrives amid an exciting cultural and political moment for women, who are finding their voices in the #MeToo movement and running for … [Read more...] about How Rebecca Solnit’s ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ Garnered New Meaning After #MeToo Movement
For some, it’s a smarter, simpler version of the sport. For quite a few, it is an upstart that will ultimately overtake – or take over, depending on which side of the debate you are on – the traditional format. Hockey 5s, a fledgling format that is rapidly spreading its wings, has evoked cynicism and thrill in equal measure. But when the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced on Monday that a Hockey 5s World Cup will be launched in 2023, there was more scepticism than excitement over their intentions. Eye on the Games What were once whispers have turned into roars that the shorter version of the sport will replace the traditional 11-a-side game at the Olympics, with many even suggesting the change could take place as soon as the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. The FIH has denied any such move. “There is no plan at all to have 11-a-side hockey cease to exist at the Olympics,” a spokesperson told The Indian Express. “We have seen how other sports … [Read more...] about Explained: Why Hockey 5s could be the future of the sport at Olympics
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported a third case of bubonic plague on Sunday after two other plague cases were revealed last week, but the disease remains rare despite its fearsome reputation and authorities say the cases appear unrelated. HOW DOES INFECTION OCCUR? Two patients from Inner Mongolia were quarantined in Beijing suffering from pneumonic plague, authorities said last week. A 55-year old man from the same region was later diagnosed with bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit meat, the health commission said. Both types of plague are caused by the Yersinia pestis bacterium. Bites from infected fleas are the most common cause of bubonic plague infection, but the pneumonic variant - where the bacterium is breathed into the lungs - is more dangerous because it is spread through coughing. A rarer third variant of the diseases is septicaemic plague, which infects the bloodstream. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Plague has killed tens of millions of people around the world in three … [Read more...] about Explainer: Don’t panic about China’s “Black Death” plague cases