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10 best music, crafts, literature and film festivals to attend in 2020

Does the rest of the year hang heavy? As you wait for 2020 to begin, you can head to any of these 10 music, crafts, literature and film festivals — from Kohima to Goa to Pune.Where: Alsisar Mahal, RajasthanWhen: December 13-15Why you should go: It is a festival of contemporary music best known for showcasing underground and experimental music. This year’s lineup includes DJs Deena Abdelwahed and Daniel Avery. Plus you get to stay in a tent, or palace, depending on your budget.Tickets: Rs 13,350* onwards (*Lowest price available)

5 timepieces that carry a piece of history

A startup in India is planning to launch watches made using parts of a fighter jet.A look at some timepieces that carry a piece of history.MACH 1 (MIG-21): Bangalore Watch Company will launch 21 pieces of mechanical watches that will have parts made from the fuselage of a decommissioned MIG-21, the first supersonic fighter jet of the Indian Air Force. The MACH 1 collection will cost Rs 48,930-52,430, according to the company’s website.

Man vs machine: How AI is taking over human bastions of complex strategy games

Dota 2: Multiplayer online battle arena game with more than 100 unique characters.AI champion: OpenAI FiveBots play 180 years’ worth of gameplay against itself every day; defeat OG, the champion team.Starcraft II: Science-fiction real-time strategy game – one of the most complex ever.AI champion: AlphaStar (Deepmind)Uses deep neural network trained on raw game data; beats world’s strongest player Grzegorz “MaNa” Komincz.

Kerala man abandons pet dog, leaves bizarre note attached to collar

A dog was found abandoned by its owner in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram for having an "illicit relationship" with a dog next door.

Behind Libra, Facebook's new digital currency

Although Bitcoin has gotten a lot of attention, it isn't widely used. For one thing, its value fluctuates wildly, meaning that $100 in bitcoins today might be worth $300 a month from now - or $2.50. Only a handful of merchants accept bitcoins as payments.Facebook is hoping to keep the libra's value stable by tying it closely to established currencies. Unlike most other cryptocurrencies, the Libra will be backed by real-world bank deposits and government securities in a number of leading currencies.Facebook is also recruiting partners ahead of time. Lyft, Uber and Spotify already have joined the Libra group. They will likely accept libras when the system launches. They'll also help fund, build and govern the system. That'll make Libra less of a free-for-all than Bitcoin. Facebook says Libra will embrace regulation, but it isn't providing many details on how.With most cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, anyone can lend computing power to verify transactions and to prevent anyone spending the same digital coin twice. With Libra, the verifications will initially be managed by its founding companies, such as Facebook and PayPal. Facebook believes the closed approach will mean better security.

Global addiction: Selfie facts and moments from around the world

93 million selfies each day (as of 2015).82% of youth between 18 and 34 in US are selfie takers (as of 2018).259 people have died taking selfies, half of them from India (2011-2017).Selfitis is the compulsive need to take selfies.Source: Google, Statista, AIIMS

5 peaks that make mountaineers tremble

A recent photo showing a "traffic jam" on Mount Everest has highlighted how guided tours are making the world’s highest peak a tourist spot. But hard core mountaineers do not consider Everest the ultimate challenge.Here are 5 peaks that make them tremble:

Earth hacks: 9 climate-friendly solutions that reduce wastage

By: Sourabh GuptaIf we cannot reverse climate change any more, we must learn to adapt. These innovations are preparing us for just that.Ahead of World Environment Day on June 5, ET Magazine lists nine climate-friendly solutions from across the world that reduces wastage and taps new energy sources.

Venice & the world: Art installations from pavillions of five countries

The theme for the 58th Venice Biennale, which opened this month, is May You Live in Interesting Times.Here are art installations from pavillions of five countries that mirror the theme, with subjects ranging from news on social networks to beach boredom to the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.Iceland: Chromo Sapiens - Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir has created a cave of colourful synthetic hair. The labyrinthlike artwork is a fuzzy abstraction of nature.

Did you know there are vending machines that sell cars and even gold?

Vending machines have changed the face of the retail industry, making it easier for buyers and sellers to transact.Last week, Chinese tech major Xiaomi launched a vending machine for smartphones in Bengaluru. Did you know there are vending machines that sell cars and even gold? Check this out:Car no bar: Singapore has a 15-storey car vending machine set up by Autobahn Motors. Sales happen through a touchscreen that offers 60 high-end cars — from Ferraris to Bentleys.

Rising from the Ashes: Landmark restoration efforts that have saved our history

Rising from the Ashes: Landmark restoration efforts that have saved our history

The French government has promised to renovate the Notre Dame cathedral, which was ravaged by a fire last week, within five years and make it “more beautiful”.ET Magazine looks at some landmark rescue and restoration efforts that have returned our history to us.Somnath Temple, Gujarat: The temple is believed to be established by the Vallabhi kings around 649 CE. Its proximity to the confluence of three rivers added to its importance as a place of pilgrimage. The temple's structure has been destroyed several times. In 1026, Mahmud of Ghazni raided the temple and plundered its wealth, says historian Romila Thapar in Somanatha, The Many Voice of History. It is also said that the temple was attacked by Allauddin Khilji in 1297 AD, Mohammed Begeda in 1479, Mujaffar Shah II in 1503 and by Aurangazeb in 1701. The present day temple is believed to be the seventh structure and is built in the Chalukyan style of architecture.

5 buildings inspired by flora & fauna

5 buildings inspired by flora & fauna

London is set to get another skyscraper – which will be the city's tallest. The Tulip Tower will be shaped like the spring flower and rise to 1,000 ft or 305 m.Here are 5 other building designs inspired by flora & fauna:

Unique 'ice-stupa cafe' attracts tourists in Leh's village

Unique 'ice-stupa cafe' attracts tourists in Leh's village

A unique Ice Cafe -a restaurant build inside a giant Ice Stupa in Gya Meeru village is attracting thousands of visitors, including local and Tourists in the isolated village located on the Leh-Manal National Highway.

Forever young: Barbie to turn 60 this year sans wrinkles

Forever young: Barbie to turn 60 this year sans wrinkles

She is turning 60 this year and still doesn't have a single wrinkle.Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president, Barbie is a forever favorite for young girls, even if she has caused controversy over the years.

After IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's bravery, his gunslinger moustache style trends

After IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's bravery, his gunslinger moustache style trends

His bravado apart, Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's stylised beard -- a mix of a thin mutton chop beard, a classic gunslinger or a Franz Josef -- has become the talk of the town. It may not be too long before it becomes a trend among people, say experts.Reminiscent of a beard sported by megastar Rajinikanth in "Petta" or Suriya in "Singam", Abhinandan's well-groomed facial hair style may well be the next big thing for men who have drawn from shapes sported by cricketers Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and Bollywood star Ranveer Singh in recent times.Image: Mohammed Chand, 32, salesman, gets moustache trimmed into Varthaman style.

Strange! Royal lore is filled with uncommon whims and fancies

Strange! Royal lore is filled with uncommon whims and fancies

Two days after the Land Rover he was driving was involved in a car crash, Britian’s 97-year-old Prince Philip was spotted driving a brand new one and without a seat belt!Royal lore is filled with such uncommon whims and fancies:Since the Prince Philip incident, several people came forward in the media to complain about his driving skills. A businessman alleged that he had to wear a neck brace after the Duke of Edinburgh rammed his Land Rover into the back of his Mercedes at a zebra crossing in 1996, while a teaching assistant said the royal “nearly ran my dad off the road at Sandringham a few years back”.

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