Today I found out that during the height of the Cold War, the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 8 zeroes.
Harrison Okene survived 3 days at the bottom of the ocean in the wreck of his ship. You can read about how he ended up there here. This is the video of his rescue from the ship.
Here at MIT Media Lab, new doors to visualization are being opened by some of the pioneers of user-interface. It was Professor Hiroshi Ishii along with his students who made marvelous effort and opened new gates towards virtual world and 3D object creation. Basically, this machine works in a very simple way with the help of cameras and allows it to practically make any sort of tangible objects in 3D interface.
A friend told me to go to a certain latitude and longitude on Google Maps. When I noticed it seemed to be in the middle of an African desert, I thought he was just sending nonsense. But when I zoomed in, my mind was blown. I noticed a tiny icon that looked like an airplane.
So I did some more research and discovered there’s an incredibly tragic and beautiful story behind it. Here it is, from start to finish.
This amazing cosplay montage shows some of the best cosplayers at Atlanta’s Dragon Con 2013. Created by Beat Down Boogie, this video shows that Dragon Con was awesome again this year. We love to see all these epic cosplayers who work so hard!
Imagine for a moment being able to transfer the entire contents of a Blu-ray disc or five DVDs over a wireless connection in a mere two seconds. Impossible, you say? For the everyday user and consumers at large, that’s true. Heck, it might take more than two seconds to toss a set of DVDs across the living room. But for Professor Ingmar Kallffass and his fellow researchers, that type of wireless speed just became possible.
The partners must find their own water, food, and clothes, after they meet in the assigned locale.
Archaeologists at Lund University have found what they describe as a moment frozen in time by a brutal massacre, leaving a fort untouched since the 5th century.
Excavation of the Iron Age Sandby borg – ringfort on Öland, an island off the southeastern coast of Sweden – has revealed a number of bodies, lying where they fell, in one case, it seems that a couple were cut down from behind as they ran through the house, another body lies in a doorway.
Patients who have in the past been given a faecal transplant through an enema may now be offered an easier treatment, in what is known as the poo pill.
The bacterial infection clostridium difficile is deadly. The condition causes diarrhoea, weight loss and can lead to kidney failure.
It kills 14,000 people a year in the United States and there have also been out outbreaks in Australia.
Traditional antibiotic treatment can actually be harmful to patients’ bowels and a new method involving transplanting gut bacteria to recovering patients has had success.
Interesting old film detailing advancements in computer/digital technology.
Includes scenes of:
*Digital musical composition
*Electronic circuit design utilising a digital pen
*Digital movie production
*3D simulation of orbiting satellite
*Conversion of pictures to mosaics composed of tiny images
*Digital voice modulation
With two diminutive legs locked into a leap-ready position, the tiny jumper bends its body taut like an archer drawing a bow. At the top of its legs, a minuscule pair of gears engage—their strange, shark-fin teeth interlocking cleanly like a zipper. And then, faster than you can blink, think, or see with the naked eye, the entire thing is gone. In 2 milliseconds it has bulleted skyward, accelerating at nearly 400 g’s—a rate more than 20 times what a human body can withstand. At top speed the jumper breaks 8 mph—quite a feat considering its body is less than one-tenth of an inch long.
This miniature marvel is an adolescent issus, a kind of planthopper insect and one of the fastest accelerators in the animal kingdom. As a duo of researchers in the U.K. report today in the journal Science, the issus also the first living creature ever discovered to sport a functioning gear.
ACCORDING to Dante, the Styx is not just a river but a vast, deathly swamp filling the entire fifth circle of hell. Perhaps the staff of New Scientist will see it when our time comes but, until then, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania does a pretty good job of illustrating Dante’s vision.
A French climber was left stunned when he stumbled across a metal box on a Mont Blanc glacier that was filled with emeralds, rubies and sapphires worth hundreds of thousands of euros, it was reported on Thursday.
The mountaineer, who wants to remain anonymous, discovered the box of treasures when climbing the famous Bossons Glacier, near Chamonix.
A major earthquake has hit a remote part of western Pakistan, killing at least 46 people and prompting a new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast.
The United States Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake struck 235km south-east of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s quake-prone province of Baluchistan, which borders Iran.
The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 metres off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea.
There are no shortage of things to see at the Kennedy Spaceflight Centre, particularly for space lovers – the place really is Disney World for space nerds. One of the most interesting sites for Apollo enthusiasts is the one thing on site that no one can see: the blast chamber and infamous rubber room underneath launch pad A. Not only is it underground and out of site, but it’s protected as an historical site and off limits to the public. But if you know the right people, which I happily do, you can make your way inside this fascinating piece of history.
On March 28, 1945 the submarine departed from Kiel for its first training patrol in the North Sea, returning on March 30. The submarine departed from Horten for a one-day patrol on April 2, and its first active patrol began on April 6, when it departed from Kristiansand. On April 14, while on patrol, the vessel sank after the toilet was operated improperly.
U-1206 was one of the late war boats fitted with new deepwater high-pressure toilets which allowed them to be used while running at depth. Flushing these facilities was extremely complicated and special technicians were trained to operate them.
On April 14, 1945, 8 miles (13 km) off Peterhead, Scotland, while cruising at a depth of 200 feet (61 m), misuse of the new toilet caused large amounts of water to flood the boat. According to the Commander’s official report, while in the engine room helping to repair one of the diesel engines, he was informed that a malfunction involving the toilet caused a leak in the forward section. The leak flooded the submarine’s batteries (located beneath the toilet) causing them to release chlorine gas, leaving him with no alternative but to surface. Once surfaced, U-1206 was discovered and bombed by British patrols, forcing Schlitt to scuttle the submarine. One man died in the attack, three men drowned in the heavy seas after abandoning the vessel and 46 were captured.
The privilege against self incrimination extends only to the accused in respect of testimonial evidence. Physical evidence is up for grabs. Also hacking an iPhone has proven to be not all that hard for some so beware unauthorised access or bluetooth raids cause it might be your local law enforcement agency conducting their investigations in a new and creative manner.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship is set to be hauled upright for the first time since it partially capsized after striking rocks off the Italian island of Giglio in January 2012.
More than 500 salvage workers have been working on the Italian cruise liner, which will be rolled onto a specially built steel and cement platform on the sea bed, subject to suitable weather conditions.
This should be interesting. If anyone spies the video before me. Please post it! If you are interested in how they are salvaging this ship. Click here for all the info.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” begins by describing the titular character’s underground home as “Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat.”
“It was a hobbit-hole,” the description concludes. “And that means comfort.”
The underground house at 3970 Spencer St. was built for comfort, too, with two hot tubs, a sauna and an in-ground pool in a room larger than some houses in the valley.
It was also constructed to withstand a nuclear blast.