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In This Museum: Please Touch The Artwork

A joint exhibition between two Swiss museums invites visitors to experience the sensory, and sometimes sensual world of touch - by squeezing, scratching, feeling and stroking the works of art.

Learning to touch: the iCub robot, featured in the exhibition (MUDAC)
Learning to touch: the iCub robot, featured in the exhibition (MUDAC)
Lucia Sillig

LAUSANNE – In this exhibition, no one yells at you if you touch the works of art. Quite the opposite!

Lausanne's Museum of the Hand and the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts (MUDAC) joined forces to create a very particular exhibition. Visitors are invited to touch, squeeze, feel, and even stroke the exhibits – not to mention enjoy the strange pleasure of plunging both hands into a box of vibrating foam beads. It's the first time the two institutions have worked together on a project: "Touch. The world at your fingertips' is an exhibition spanning both museums that explores our sensory relationship with the world -- real and virtual alike. One of the goals of the exhibit is to help us grasp the importance of touch in today's technological world.

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Taking A Position: A Call To Regulate Yoga In India

Trained practitioners warn that unregulated yoga can be detrimental to people's health. The government in India, where the ancient practice was invented, knows this very well — yet continues to postpone regulation.

Prime Minister Modi at a mass yoga demonstration in Lucknow, India

Banjot Kaur

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the observance of the eighth International Yoga Day from Mysuru, in southwestern India, early on the morning of June 21. Together with his colleagues from the Bharatiya Janata Party, he set out to mark the occasion in various parts of the country — reviving an annual ritual that had to take a break for the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoga is one of the five kinds of alternative Indian medicine listed under India’s AYUSH efforts — standing for "Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and naturopathy, and Homeopathy." Among them, only yoga is yet to be regulated under any Act of Parliament: All other practices are governed by the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM), Act 2020.

Yoga and naturopathy are taught at the undergraduate level in 70 medical colleges across 14 Indian states. The Mangalore University in Karnataka first launched this course in 1989; today, these subjects are also taught at the postgraduate level.

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