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  • Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 5175 - The sound of history (video)($2.6M wristwatch)

    11/01/2014 8:23:12 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies ^ | 10-15-2014 | PATEK PHILIPPE SA
    To pay tribute to its 175th anniversary, Patek Philippe created a collection of limited-edition commemorative timepieces, and one of them stands out in particular. It is the so far most complicated wristwatch of the eminent family-owned watchmaking company and decidedly one of the world's most elaborate wristwatches. This is due not only to the number of complications involved but also to the horological degrees of complexity, two of which have been added to the annals of watchmaking for the first time. Moreover, the Grandmaster Chime is the first double-face wristwatch presented by Patek Philippe that can be worn with either...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • Robert Byrne, Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 84

    04/14/2013 10:07:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 13, 2013 | Bruce Weber
    Robert Byrne, an international grandmaster and United States chess champion who, as the chess columnist for The New York Times, analyzed top-flight matches from 1972 through 2006, the eras of Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov, died on Friday at his home in Ossining, N.Y. He was 84.
  • Drunk grandmaster checkmated after dozing off

    09/04/2009 6:10:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/09 | Sanjay Rajan
    CHENNAI, India (Reuters) – A leading French chess player turned up drunk and dozed off after just 11 moves in an international tournament in Kolkata, losing the round on technical grounds, domestic media reported Friday. Grandmaster Vladislav Tkachiev arrived for Thursday's match against India's Praveen Kumar in such an inebriated state that he could hardly sit in his chair and soon fell asleep, resting his head on the table, Hindustan Times newspaper reported. Indian papers carried pictures of the world number 58 sleeping and the organizers' futile attempts to wake his up. The game was awarded to the Indian on...
  • Hollywood's Martial Arts Teacher Dies (Hapkido Grand Master Bong Soo Han)

    01/09/2007 7:27:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 951+ views
    AP on Yahoo Asia ^ | 1/9/07 | AP
    Korean martial arts master Bong Soo Han, who helped revolutionize Hollywood's understanding of martial arts by creating fight sequences for modern American films, died on Monday. He was 73. Han died at his home in Santa Monica, said John Davis, director of operations for the International Hapkido Federation, which Han founded. The cause of death was not disclosed. Han, who held a 9th-degree black belt and the title of grand master in Hapkido, dedicated his life to spreading the martial art, which combines the kicking and punching of Taekwondo and the joint locks and graceful throws of Judo. Often called...
  • Sexless and Proud - Asexuals Say They're Misunderstood in a Sex-Obsessed World

    03/23/2006 11:42:25 AM PST · by iPod Shuffle · 139 replies · 3,264+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/23/06
    ABC News Sexless and Proud Asexuals Say They're Misunderstood in a Sex-Obsessed World March 23, 2006 — - David Jay has had plenty of girlfriends. But despite the 23-year-old Californian's success in dating, he's a virgin -- and he plans to stay that way. He's not joining the priesthood or taking any vow of celibacy; he said he simply has no interest in having sex -- ever. "I'm sure that life is really, really great when it's all about sex. But life is also really, really great when it's not about sex," he told "20/20's" JuJu Chang. Keith Walker of...
  • Dog genome sequence and analysis published in "Nature"

    12/08/2005 4:23:38 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 25 replies · 652+ views
    EurekAlert (AAAS) ^ | 07 December 2005 | Staff
    Analysis unlocks genetic variation among dog breeds; evolutionary conservation with human reveals regulatory controls of key genes.An international research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced today the completion of a high-quality genome sequence of the domestic dog, together with a catalog of 2.5 million specific genetic differences across several dog breeds. Published in the December 8 issue of Nature, the dog research sheds light on both the genetic similarities between dogs and humans and the genetic differences between dog breeds. Comparison of the dog and human DNA reveals key secrets about the regulation...