Brendan Fraser plays a volcanologist Trevor Anderson in this adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. There is the world in the centre of the earth with gems, dinosaurs and geysers — all jolly and in 3D. Josh Hutcherson stars as Trevor’s nephew, Sean. Shot in Iceland, which Vernians know is an important portal to go to the centre of the earth, Journey to the Centre of the Earth was directed by Eric Brevig. The sequel, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) directed by Brad Peyton was more of the same. The little elephant was delightful. Dwayne Johnson as Sean’s stepfather and Michael Caine as Sean’s flamboyant grandfather moved things along. There was the lost city of Atlantis, Captain Nemo’s diary (in Hindi) gigantic honeybees and an exploding volcano to pep things up. … [Read more...] about ‘The Mummy’, ‘Tintin’ and 10 other adventure films to watch during quarantine
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By Charlie Warzel Other than a vaccine or an extra 500,000 ventilators, tests and hospital beds, reliable information is the best weapon we have against Covid-19. It allows us to act uniformly and decisively to flatten the curve. In an ideal pandemic scenario, sound information is produced by experts and travels quickly to the public. But we seem to be living in a nightmare scenario. The coronavirus emerged in the middle of a golden age for media manipulation. And it is stealthy, resilient and confounding to experts. It moves far faster than scientists can study it. What seems to be true today may be wrong tomorrow. Uncertainty abounds. And an array of dangerous misinformation, disinformation and flawed amateur analysis fills the void. We’ve grown accustomed to living through an information war fought largely by hardened political operatives and trolls. But while the coronavirus crisis is political and will continue to be politicized, its most consequential fights will take … [Read more...] about What we pretend to know about the virus could finish us off
While Earth may be covered in water, freshwater — the kind we care about — actually only represents 2.5 per cent of that. And almost 99 per cent of fresh water it is trapped in hard to reach places like glaciers and snowfields. In the end, less than one per cent of the planet’s water is actually available to fuel and feed the world’s 7.5 billion people. … [Read more...] about The approaching crisis: Is the world running out of water?
Nagabharana has a research team to do the fact- checking. Well-known names including Pratibha Nandakumar, Sreedhar Murthy, Sreepathy Manjana Bailu and Harish meet virtually for discussions. “I am also in touch with Chidananada Murthy and Suresh Moona.” … [Read more...] about Focussing on developing pet projects: TS Nagabharana
I wake up at 8am and have a light breakfast and start my day with my morning workout. It usually consists of long runs in the society to keep up the energy reserves and maintain my stamina. The session continues for an hour, later in the day I devote my time to household chores like cleaning and sweeping. … [Read more...] about Riya Habbu, badminton u17 no. 1, shuttles between training, badminton practice and painting at her Pune home during the lockdown