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Christopher Plummer: Star of The Sound of Music dies at 91

Christopher Plummer: Star of The Sound of Music dies at 91

Entertainment
ReutersChristopher Plummer, the distinguished Canadian actor best known for his role as Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 91.He won an Oscar in 2012 for the film Beginners and was also nominated for The Last Station in 2010 and All the Money in the World in 2018.In the latter film he replaced Kevin Spacey, whose performance as billionaire J Paul Getty was removed.His many other films included The Man Who Would Be King and Knives Out.ReutersHe was a memorably villainous Klingon in the sixth Star Trek film and played TV anchorman Mike Wallace in 1999's The Insider.He also played Sherlock Holmes in Murder By Decree and appeared with Peter Sellers in The Return of the Pink Panther.According to reports, Plummer died peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wi...
Sound Of Music actor Christopher Plummer has died aged 91

Sound Of Music actor Christopher Plummer has died aged 91

Entertainment
The Sound Of Music and All The Money In The World actor Christopher Plummer has died at the age of 91, his manager has said.Lou Pitt, his long-time friend and manager of 46 years, said: "Chris was an extraordinary man who deeply loved and respected his profession with great old fashion manners, self-deprecating humour and the music of words. "He was a national treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. Through his art and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to come." Image: Christopher Plummer at the premiere of Knives Out, which he starred in in 2019. Pic: AP Plummer passed away peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor at his side, Deadline Holly...
Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

Rights groups sound alarm on jump in Iraqi activist killings

World
Human rights monitors have sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq’s southBy NABIL AL-JURANI and SAMYA KULLAB Associated PressAugust 20, 2020, 9:19 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBASRA, Iraq -- Human rights monitors sounded the alarm over a recent spike in assassinations targeting civil rights activists in Iraq's south on Thursday, ahead of a much anticipated meeting between the prime minister and the U.S. president as part of ongoing strategic talks. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi departed for an official trip to Washington this week and is expected to meet with President Donald Trump later in the day, to conclude strategic talks expected to shape the future of Iraq-U.S. ties. Meanwhile ba...
Improved method for propagating sound waves may lead to better devices

Improved method for propagating sound waves may lead to better devices

Science
July 17 (UPI) -- Engineers have developed a way to more efficiently propagate sound waves along the boundaries of topological materials. The breakthrough, described Friday in the journal Science Advances, could pave the way for cheaper, lighter and more energy efficient technologies, including ultrasound imaging, sonar and electronic systems sonic devices. Advertisement The new technique could prove especially beneficial to devices that utilize acoustic wave technology, including temperature sensors, pressure sensors, humidity sensors and biosensors. Acoustic wave technology also powers many large touch screens, like those found on ATM machines and airport kiosks. Topological materials and metamaterials are materials that feature properties unaffected by continuous deformation -- pattern...
Species that use sound to ‘fake’ their body size are usually skilled vocal learners

Species that use sound to ‘fake’ their body size are usually skilled vocal learners

Science
July 8 (UPI) -- Animals that use their voice to sound bigger than they are tend to also be skilled vocal learners, according to new scientific paper, published Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters. Previously, researchers approached acoustic allometry, the relationship between voice and body size, and vocal learning as two distinct fields of study. But over time, scientists have started to see the overlap between the two areas of research. Advertisement "We decided to bring our expertise together under an evolutionary framework," study co-author Maxime Garcia told UPI in an email. "In particular, we wondered: For species that are vocal learners, and which can flexibly modify their vocalizations, then how do allometric principles apply?" said Garcia, an evolutionary biologist at the Un...