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Ejaz Saeed's paintings in an exhibition at the Artscene Gallery, Karachi were about his journey to discover, disclose and disillusioned his personality. And in the wider meaning any person should explore his/her personality to know the world around. Because before understanding one's surrounding a person must know himself/herself first.
A surprise awaits beyond a black door adorned with a silver lotus flower at the end of a tangle of alleyways in Gaza's chaotic Old City. Through it and behind imposing stone walls sits a small, Levantine-style palace, some 430 years old and recently painstakingly restored. It is among the rare vestiges of Gaza City's architectural heritage, battered by war, time, population pressure and simple indifference.
When we meet someone the first thing we look at are his or her eyes. But unfortunately for anyone wanting to look young, the skin surrounding the eyes is the part of the human face that ages fastest. "There are several reasons for that," explains dermatologist Uta Schlossberger. "First of all, the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the rest of the face. Then, eye movements put a lot of strain on the skin. On average we blink our eyes about 10,000 times a day."
A nearly 400-year-old copy of a first edition of William Shakespeare's collected plays has been found in a vast aristocratic house on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland. Published in 1623, the First Folio contains Shakespeare's 36 plays, including several that had never been published before and might have been lost without it, such as "Macbeth", "The Tempest" and "As You Like It".
The next time you go see your favourite band live, you may want to wear earplugs. It might not be cool, but a new Dutch study suggests it can prevent temporary hearing loss from loud music. Researchers studied 51 people at an outdoor music festival in Amsterdam, asking half of them to wear earplugs. In hearing tests after the 4.5-hour show, only 8 percent of the earplug group had what's known as a temporary threshold shift (TTS), or reduced range of hearing abilities that happens after exposure to lots of noise, compared with 42 percent of the unprotected group.
With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus. Dumont had volunteered at Liberty Science Center last Tuesday to don a computer-controlled exoskeleton that can be remotely manipulated to debilitate joints, vision and hearing and shared with the crowd what aging feels like decades before his time.
Fig is a small tree grown for its pear-shaped fruit that is full of seeds and has multiple uses. Western Asia is credited to be its original home, from where it reached many other tropical regions of the world. Fig can survive even under most adverse conditions. All over the world fig is eaten as a dessert fruit, flavours bakery products like cakes, james, jellies and cookies, besides its hordes of theurapetic uses. It is a Member of "Moraceae" Family, to which also belongs the mulberry tree. The ancient Babylonians used fig as early as 2500 B.C. The Romans introduced it into Europe. The Greeks considered it so valuable for them that they stopped its export to other countries. Spartan youths were given fig to maintain their health and stamina. Mention of fig is also made in the holy scriptures of the Christians and the Muslim communities.