Mesmer scene in tribute to Franz Anton Mesmer, founder of magnetism.
Franz Anton Mesmer, a German physician, who went down in history as the discoverer of the so-called animal magnetism.The modern era of hypnosis and hypnotherapy really begins with Franz Anton Mesmer. Franz Anton Mesmer’s believed that all living beings had magnetic fields running through them which could be manipulated. Mesmer developed a healing technique called mesmerism that is the historical antecedent of hypnosis.
“Star Trek” actor William Shatner flew into space on Blue Origin.
As “Captain Kirk” William Shatner became a “Star Trek” icon. Thanks to a spaceship from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, he is now the oldest person to have traveled into space.
Star Trek is an American science fiction media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry, which began with the eponymous 1960s series and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.
The franchise began with Star Trek: The Original Series, which debuted in the US on September 8, 1966, and aired for three seasons on NBC. It was first broadcast on September 6, 1966, on Canada’s CTV network. It followed the voyages of the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century, on a mission “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series of novels, Jonathan Swift’s 1726 novel Gulliver’s Travels, the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, and television westerns such as Wagon Train.
The Star Trek canon includes the Original Series, nine spin-off television series, and a film franchise; further adaptations also exist in several media. After the conclusion of the Original Series, the adventures of its characters continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. A television revival beginning in the 1980s saw three sequel series and a prequel: Star Trek: The Next Generation, following the crew of a new starship Enterprise a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, set in the same era as the Next Generation; and Enterprise, set before the original series in the early days of human interstellar travel. The adventures of the Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films.
In 2009, the film franchise underwent a reboot, creating an alternate continuity known as the Kelvin timeline; three films have been set in this continuity. The newest Star Trek television revival, beginning in 2017, includes the series Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, Short Treks, and Lower Decks, streaming exclusively on digital platforms. At least two additional television series are in development: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Prodigy.
The entire premise of Star Trek was utopian: it pushed the limits of diversity, progressivism and inclusion on television and the science fiction genre
Blue Origin, created by Jeff Bezos in September 2000, aims to make space flight more available to individuals who can afford it.
Magneto (Marvel Comics) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly in association with the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby, the character first appears in The X-Men #1 (cover-dated September 1963) as an adversary of the X-Men.
Miroslaw Magola portrayed a new version of the character Magneto in Stan Lee’s Superhumans a documentary television series that debuted August 5, 2010 on History.
James Francis Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, artist, and environmentalist who currently lives in New Zealand.
James Cameron is one of the most sought-after directors in Hollywood. In 1990 he formed his own production company, Lightstorm Entertainment. In 1997, James Cameron wrote and directed Titanic. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned eleven Academy Awards.
In 1994 James Cameron wrote an 80-page treatment for Avatar, drawing inspiration from “every single science fiction book” he had read in his childhood as well as from adventure novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard.
Avatar premiered in London on December 10, 2009, and was released in the United States on December 18 to positive reviews, with critics highly praising its ground-breaking visual effects. During its theatrical run, the film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film at the time, as well as in the United States and Canada, surpassing Cameron’s Titanic, which had held those records for twelve years. Avatar remained the highest-grossing film worldwide for nearly a decade until it was overtaken by Avengers: Endgame in 2019, before a Chinese re-release saw Avatar retake the top spot in March 2021. Avatar is the second highest-grossing movie of all time when adjusted for inflation after Gone with the Wind with a total of more than $3 billion. It also became the first film to gross more than $2 billion and the best-selling video title of 2010 in the United States. Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects. The success of the film also led to electronics manufacturers releasing 3D televisions and caused 3D films to increase in popularity. The film is set in the mid-22nd century when humans are colonizing Pandora, a lush habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system, in order to mine the valuable mineral unobtanium. The expansion of the mining colony threatens the continued existence of a local tribe of Na’vi – a humanoid species indigenous to Pandora. The film’s title refers to a genetically engineered Na’vi body operated from the brain of a remotely located human that is used to interact with the natives of Pandora.
Following the film’s success, James Cameron signed with 20th Century Fox to produce four sequels: Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 have completed principal filming, and are scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022, and December 20, 2024, respectively; subsequent sequels are scheduled to be released on December 18, 2026, and December 22, 2028. Several cast members are expected to return, including Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is set to be the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held in Italy, following the country’s victory at the 2021 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands with the song “Zitti e buoni”, performed by Rome band Måneskin.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was held in Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, following the country’s victory at the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade” by Duncan Laurence. The winner was Italy with the song “Zitti e buoni”, performed by Rome alternative rock band Måneskin and written by the band’s members Damiano David, Ethan Torchio, Thomas Raggi and Victoria De Angelis.
ESC 2021 in Rotterdam was presented by Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley, Nikkie de Jager and Jan Smit. The live stream the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final via YouTube was free and from anywhere. The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 was a co-production between three related Dutch television organisations – Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO), Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) and AVROTROS. Executive Producer: Sietse Bakker and Astrid Dutrénit. Executive Supervisor: Martin Österdahl. Multicamera Director: Marnix Kaart and Daniel Jelinek. The logo of Eurovision 2021 is developed by agency Clever ° Franke. The new design is inspired by the world map with Rotterdam as the beating heart of Europe in May 2021.
It is still very much early days in the race to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. So far, seven cities have expressed their desire to host the contest. The six cities, alongside Rome, wishing to host Eurovision 2022 are: Turin, Milan, Pesaro, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Naples.
The Mayor Virginia Raggi of Rome has stated that she would love to see her city host the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in the PalaLottomatica.
The Mayor of Reggio Emilia, Luca Vecchi, expressed interest in hosting the contest in the new RCF Arena, the largest open-air arena in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 spectators located in the Campovolo area in the Emilian town.
The Mayor of Rimini, Andrea Gnassi, expressed interest in hosting the contest, proposing the Rimini Fiera as a venue. The Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, and the cities of Sanremo and Verona expressed interest in hosting the event.
On 28 May 2021, the Mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro, expressed potential interest in hosting the contest On the same day, Marco Di Maio, member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, also reported that if Rimini were to host the contest, it would be in collaboration with San Marino RTV.
The director of Rai 1 Stefano Coletta, interviewed by Newspaper Corriere della Sera, wrote down the first ideas for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Rai 1 is Italy’s national state broadcaster, and the most-watched television channel in the country.
The Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that would be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU has issued invitations to all active members. Associate member Australia does not need an invitation for the 2022 contest, as it had previously been granted permission to participate at least until 2023
The Alte Pinakothek or Old Pinakothek is an art museum located in the Kunstareal area in Munich, Germany. It is one of the oldest galleries in the world and houses a significant collection of Old Master paintings. The name Alte (Old) Pinakothek refers to the time period covered by the collection—from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. The Neue Pinakothek, re-built in 1981, covers nineteenth-century art, and Pinakothek der Moderne, opened in 2002, exhibits modern art. All three galleries are part of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, an organization of the Free state of Bavaria.
More than 800 of these paintings are exhibited at the Old Pinakothek. Due to limited space in the building, some associated galleries throughout Bavaria such as the baroque galleries in Schleissheim Palace and Neuburg Palace additionally have works by the Old Masters on display. From 2014 through 2017, wings of the museum were sequentially closed for renovation, and the artworks in closed sections were unavailable for viewing.
German paintings 14th–17th century:
The Alte Pinakothek comes with the most comprehensive collection of German Old Masters worldwide. Among many others, the Pinakothek shows works of Stefan Lochner (Adoration of the Christ Child by the Virgin (The Nativity)), Michael Pacher (Altarpiece of the Church Fathers), Martin Schongauer (Holy Family), Albrecht Dürer (The Four Apostles, Paumgartner Altar, Self-Portrait), Hans Baldung Grien (Margrave Christoph of Baden), Albrecht Altdorfer (The Battle of Issus), Cranach (Lamentation Beneath the Cross), Holbein (St. Sebastian Altar; Central panel: Martyrdom of St. Sebastian), Matthias Grünewald (SS. Erasmus und Maurice), Hans von Aachen (The Triumph of Truth), Adam Elsheimer (The Flight into Egypt), and Johann Liss (Death of Cleopatra). Early Netherlandish paintings 15th–16th century: One of the most impressive collections worldwide especially for Early Netherlandish paintings with masterpieces like Vera Icon (van Eyck) and other exceptional paintings for example of Rogier van der Weyden (Saint Columba altarpiece), Dieric Bouts (Ecce Agnus Dei), Lucas van Leyden (Virgin and Child with Mary Magdalen and a Donor), Hieronymus Bosch (Fragment from the Last Judgment), Hans Memling (The Seven Joys of the Virgin), and Jan Gossaert, aka. Mabuse (Danae).
Dutch paintings 17th–18th century:
Due to the passion of the Wittelsbach rulers this section contains numerous exquisite paintings. Among the masters are Rembrandt van Rijn (The Descent from the Cross, The Holy Family), Frans Hals (Portrait of Willem Croes), Pieter Lastman (Odysseus and Nausikaa), Carel Fabritius (Self-Portrait), Gerard Terborch (The Flea-Catcher (Boy with His Dog)), Jacob van Ruisdael (Torrent with Oak Trees) and many others.
Flemish paintings 16th–18th century:
The collection contains masterpieces of painters like Jan Mabuse (Danae), Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Harbour Scene with Christ Preaching, The Land of Cockaigne), Jan Brueghel the Elder (Harbour Scene with Christ Preaching), Peter Paul Rubens (Rubens and Isabella Brant in the Honeysuckle Bower, The Fall of the Damned, The Great Last Judgement), van Dyck (Deposition, Self-Portrait, Susanna and the Elders), Jacob Jordaens (Satyr with Peasants) and Adriaen Brouwer (Village Barbar’s Shop). The Rubens Collection with 72 paintings the largest permanent one worldwide.
Italian paintings 13th–18th century:
The Italian Gothic paintings are the oldest of the gallery, among them Giotto’s famous The Last Supper, then all Schools of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting are represented with works of Fra Angelico (Entombment of Christ), Domenico Ghirlandaio (Virgin and Child with SS. Dominici, Michael, John the Baptist and John the Evangelist), Sandro Botticelli (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), Fra Filippo Lippi (The Annunciation), Lorenzo Lotto (The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine), Raphael (The Canigiani Holy Family, Madonna della tenda, Madonna Tempi), Leonardo da Vinci (Madonna of the Carnation), Antonello da Messina (Annunciata), Titian (Vanity, Charles V), Tintoretto (Christ in the House of Mary and Martha), Paolo Veronese (Amor with two dogs), Guido Reni (The Assumption of the Virgin), Luca Giordano (A Cynical Philosopher), Tiepolo (The Adoration of the Kings), Francesco Guardi (Regatta on the Canale della Guidecca), Canaletto (Piazetta in Venice) and others.
French paintings 16th–18th century:
In spite of the close relationship of the Wittelsbachs to France it is the second smallest section with works, for example, of Claude Lorrain (The Expulsion of Hagar), Nicolas Poussin (Midas and Bacchus), François Boucher (Madame de Pompadour, Reclining Girl), Nicolas Lancret (The Bird Cage), Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (Woman Cleaning Turnips), Maurice-Quentin de la Tour (Mademoiselle Ferrand Meditating on Newton), Claude Joseph Vernet (Eastern Harbour at Dawn) and Jean-Honoré Fragonard (Girl with Dog).
Spanish paintings, 16th–18th century:
Though this is the smallest section, all major masters are represented, such as El Greco (The Disrobing of Christ), de la Cruz (Infant Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain), Velázquez (Young Spanish Gentleman), Jusepe de Ribera (Saint Bartholomew), Francisco de Zurbarán (The Entombment of St. Catharine of Alexandria on Mount Sinai, St. Francis in Ecstasy), and Murillo (Beggar Boys Eating Grapes and Melon). The paintings of Francisco de Goya were moved into the New Pinakothek.
Michio Kaku latest book The God Equation combines Albert Einstein general relativity with quantum theory to create theory of everything.
Michio Kaku a futurist, popularizer of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and media personality. He is a renowned professor of theoretical physics in the City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center and he is the co-founder of string field theory.
He said, “when I was a kid I was fascinated by science fiction about telepathy, reading minds and telekinesis, moving objects with the mind, and I would read stories about recording memories and becoming a genius and all these things, but I grew up and became a physicist and I realized that all that was nonsense. Until now. Now because of advances in physics, we can actually peer into the brain and all the things that I mentioned — telepathy, telekinesis, uploading memories, recording memories, even photographing a dream – these are things that we actually do in the laboratory. And I wanted to tell people the excitement that we feel knowing that these new advanced instruments of physics are literally prying open the thinking process”.
Books by Michio Kaku: Hyperspace : A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel, Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century, Beyond Einstein : The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe, Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos, Einstein’s Cosmos : How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time, To Win a Nuclear War : The Pentagon’s Secret War Plans, The Future of the Mind : The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, The Best American Science Writing 2012, The Future of Humanity : Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond , Quarks, Symmetries and Strings, Strings, Conformal Fields, and M-Theory, Weapons in Space, Quantum Field Theory: A Modern Introduction.
Michio Kaku latest book, The God Equation, is a clear and accessible examination of the quest to combine Einstein’s general relativity with quantum theory to create an all-encompassing theory of everything about the nature of the universe.
Dr Michio Kaku visited Toruń, Poland at the invitation of the Polish National Foundation. On February 19th, on the 546th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus, dr. Michio Kaku gave a lecture at the Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki. He also visited the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun ( NCU ) Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics. His visit was a part of the Polish National Foundation programme to promote Poland worldwide by inviting internationally renowned people to the country.