As a curator for a Japanese Museum, Isao Hashimoto intended to reach out to everyone in the world with a video showing every single Nuclear detonation in the world from 1945 – 1998. The video also adds the Nuclear bombs dropped by the USA in Hiroshima and Nagasaki regions of Japan.
On this video, 1 second is 1 month and each blinking light, sound and numbers on the world map show how many detonations/ experiments have been conducted by which specific country.
The video is based on data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The number is considered to be accurate. It includes both underground and atmospheric nuclear tests. For some of these tests, more than one nuclear device was detonated at the same time, increasing the overall yield, but it was only counted as one test.
The number of experiments should serve as a clear indication of which country has been doing the most nuclear experimentation so far. It is a well known joke that the country doing the most Nuclear experimentation ends up accusing a smaller country of either housing nuclear weapons or conducting experimentation.
Continue reading Every single Nuclear Detonation from 1945 to 1998 on a Video
Magnic Light iC is a revolutionary new micro-controlled, contactless dynamo-powered bike light system that works without any additional components attached to the wheels.
Designed by Dirk Strothmann, Magnic Light iC is powered by magnets and weighs around 60 grams. It can generate never-ending bright light without the use of any batteries, wheel-contact, cables or resistance!
What is most satisfying is how Strothmann brought together these principles of natural physics into the most efficient, usable product. This should certainly serve as another example to some bigger companies. Magnic Light iC is currently on Kickstarter and looking for funding.
Continue reading Say Hello to Magnic Light iC – The next-gen Bicycle Dynamo
Star Citizen is now ranked at number 1 in the list of the highest crowd funded projects till date, $20 million ahead of the Ubuntu phone, the most funded until now.
Around 330,000 people have backed this project at an average of $100 – much more than a regular Triple-A title!
Since the audience reached one of their stretch goals, they’ve now unlocked the final fan-voted ship design – The Drake Herald. I tried hard to find images of this darned ship on the internet, I failed miserably.
Anyway, what are they actually doing with all this money? Most people who’ve backed their Kickstarter now argue that they just wanted the game with those basic ships that was part of the commercial. $6 million in funding is massive on Kickstarter.
Continue reading Star Citizen hits a colossal $35 million in Crowd Funding
Tesla Motors’ Model S is currently the first electric car to top sales rankings in any country. The Model S has also won numerous awards and recognition such as the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, Time Magazine Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012 award, Consumer Reports’ top-scoring car ever!
The official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-USA) range for the Performance Model S equipped with a 85kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack is a whopping 426km making Tesla Motors’ Model S the electric car with the the greatest range available in the market. (Also topping the Tesla Roadster).
The Model S has sold over 18,200 units globally that includes over a 1,000 cars sold in Europe, and over 4,900 cars sold in North America alone, ahead of the Chevrolet Volt (4,421) and the Nissan Leaf (3,695). The Model S was also the top selling car in Norway with a market share of 5.1% of all new cars sold in the country in September 2013, becoming the first electric car to top sales rankings in any country.
To check out the full features and specifications of the car, head to the official Tesla Motors website.
German Record label Kontor hit up some advertising agencies with a new awe inspiring technology to promote DJ Boris Dlugosch’s new album.
Everyone loves Vinyl, but honestly, no one really has that sort of vintage tech to play one in the office. How do you counter this? Kontor sends in a package complete with Orange Vinyls, an office turntable and a QR code for a smartphone to act as a Vinyl player!
Google has been working hard to build it’s own robot army from a ground up. They’ve been creating massive speculation about their acquisition of 8 robotics companies in 6 months. This is indeed a big deal!
Their latest acquisition, Boston Dynamics is a Massachusetts-based company that’s behind all advanced military-grade robots like LR3 and ATLAS.
Google has also named Andy Rubin, the overseer of the Android Operating System to head it’s Robotics endeavours. According to the New York times, “The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.”
Although Boston Dynamics specializes in Military Robots, it’s highly unlikely that Google maybe intersted in becoming a military contractor. On the other hand, Google has been making its foray into the commercial possibilities that robotics could open up for the company.
“We have had a great time building unusual robots and bringing them this far along,” says Marc Raibert, the company’s founder, in an email statement to a media outlet, adding that the entire company will stay under Google ownership. “Now we can take them to the next level and push them much further ahead.”
Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 after being spun off from MIT. Since then, they’ve designed Cheetah – a robot that can reach speeds upto 29mph, BigDog – robot designed to traverse rough terrain and the anthropomorphic PETMAN designed to test chemical protection clothing. The profitable company has also been doing brisk business with the United States Department of Defense.
With a market capitalization of over $350 billion, I’m sure Google didn’t break a sweat in acquiring the company. There has been no mention of reasons why Google would want to build it’s robotics base. A while ago, it was announced that the Google owned Japanese robotics company SCHAFT won the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials by a wide margin. It scored 27 on 32 beating it’s nearest competitor IHMC Robotics by 7 points. In the third place was Tartan rescue with 18 points and MIT in the fourth with 16 points.