Dec 30, 2007

World Records Pictures

FROM THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS ENGINEERING

1) WORLD'S BIGGEST INDOOR SWIMMING-POOL

World Water Park Edmonton, Albert, Canada SIZE 5 Acres

2) WORLD'S BIGGEST SHOPPING MALL

South China Mall, Dongguan, China 892,000 meter-square Shops on 6 floors

3). WORLD'S BUSIEST AIRPORT NEW YORK

J.F.K International Airport , New York USA

4).WORLD'S WIDEST BRIDGE AUSTRALIA

Sydney harbor bridge, Australia 16 lanes of car traffic .8 lanes in the upper floor, 8 in the lower loor

5).WORLD'S LONGEST BRIDGE CHINA

Donghai Bridge , China 32.5 kilo meters

6).WORLD'S BIGGEST PASSENGER-SHIP


7).WORLD'S HIGHEST STATUE

BRAZIL 13 Christ the redeemer statue - rio.D.J brazil

8). BRAZIL WORLD'S BIGGEST STADIUM .BRAZIL

MARACANA STADIUM RIO D.J. BRAZIL CAPACITY 199, 000

9)MOST COMPLEX INTER-CHANGE TEXAS

Interstate 10 Highways Interchange Houston, Texas .

Dec 29, 2007

Wireless family photos

Technology licensing deal leads to virtual, networked family album
An ongoing licensing and technology collaboration has led to the launch of Samsung’s 8" Digital Photo Frame (SPF-83V), a wireless device that can upload images from personal PC photo collections or from services such as Windows Live Spaces.

The product, which is one of the fruits of the Microsoft/Samsung collaboration, represents the new wave of networked products beginning to hit the market.
RSS communication

The frame can also communicate with Windows Media Player and open standard services such as RSS.

Commenting on the launch, Christopher Franey, vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America , said: "Our latest digital photo frames, based on cutting-edge technology from the Microsoft Research labs, are easy to use and are one of the few offerings in the marketplace that offer a 'network' approach to digital photo sharing. This is a great example of our ongoing collaboration with Microsoft, and we are confident that the resulting product will be received extremely well."



dermot watson


13 Dec 2007

Dec 26, 2007

The World's Smallest Radio

Researchers have fashioned the world's tiniest radio out of a carbon nanotube. The nanotube, placed between two electrodes, combines the roles of all the major electrical components in a radio, including the tuner and amplifier. It can tune in to a radio signal and play the audio through an external speaker.

While the practical application of the radio is uncertain, it could be used in biological and environmental sensors. Researchers are now developing microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensors to measure blood sugar levels or cancer markers in the body. Instead of researchers using a stamp-size radio-frequency identification tag, a nanotube radio could be packaged with the MEMS-based sensor and injected directly into the bloodstream, says Alex Zettl, an experimental physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, who is leading the development of the nanotube radio. Once in the body, the radio could provide wireless communication between the tiny biological sensors and an external monitor. To do that, however, the nanotube radio would have to work as a transmitter. Right now, it is only configured as a receiver, but Zettl says that "the same physics would work as a transmitter."

The nanotube radio works differently than a conventional radio does. Conventional radios have four main functional parts: antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. Radio waves falling on a radio antenna create electric currents at different frequencies. When someone selects a radio station, the tuner filters out all but one of the frequencies. Transistors amplify the signal, while a demodulator, typically a rectifier or a diode, separates the data--the music or other audio--that has been encoded on a "carrier" electromagnetic wave.

Zettl's team used one carbon nanotube for all these functions. Because of their unique electrical properties, carbon nanotubes have been previously used to make electronic components such as diodes, transistors, and rectifiers. "It was a revelation that all of this could be built into the same [nanotube]," Zettl says.

The nanotube is grown sticking out from a tungsten surface, which acts as a negative electrode. The tip of the carbon nanotube is also negatively charged. A vacuum separates the nanotube from a positive copper electrode. The researchers use an external battery to apply a voltage between the two electrodes. Electrons jump out from the negative nanotube tip to the positive electrode, creating what is called a field emission current.

Intel's Ultrasmall Flash Hard Drive


Last Friday, Intel introduced one of the smallest flash-memory-based hard drives on the market. The chip, also known as a solid-state hard drive, competes with similar chips from Samsung, which store data in gadgets such as Apple's iPod nano and iPhone. But the Intel chip comes with a standard electronics controller built in, which makes it easy and inexpensive to combine multiple chips into a single, higher-capacity hard drive.

The move highlights Intel's effort to establish itself as a leader in flash-memory chips and to make them a replacement for the bulky and conventional magnetic hard drives that store data on most of the world's computers. Smart phones and so-called ultramobile computers will require some kind of dense, durable storage system in order to bring the power of desktop computers to handheld devices.

Since it found its way out of the lab in the late 1990s, flash memory has revolutionized consumer electronics. Because flash-memory chips are smaller, more rugged, and more energy efficient than magnetic hard disks, they have been the ideal replacement for hard drives in handheld devices such as MP3 players, and even in some high-end laptops. Flash is a solid-state memory technology, which means that it has no moving parts and stores data using silicon transistors like those found in microprocessor chips. Because it uses microprocessor technology, it also roughly follows Moore's Law, the prediction that the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years. For processors, this means that they get faster, but for flash-memory chips, it means that data storage doubles. And the market has responded to flash's burgeoning capacity: in 1999, the flash-memory market was nonexistent, but in 2007, it amounts to $15.2 billion.

At a press event, Don Larson, the marketing manager of Nand products at Intel, showed off the new chip. Called the Z-P140, it's about the size of a thumbnail and weighs less than a drop of water. It currently comes in two- and four-gigabyte versions, which are available to manufacturers for use in handheld devices. The first products featuring the new chips will be available in January.

Since the new solid-state drive has standard control electronics built in, it can be combined with up to three other Intel chips that don't have controllers, for a maximum of 16 gigabytes of storage, says Troy Winslow, flash marketing manager at Intel. While that may not seem like a lot compared with the 160-gigabyte hard drives in desktop computers, Larson pointed out that two gigabytes is enough to run some operating systems, such as Linux, along with software applications. The chip's electronics also allow it to work well with Intel processors, which make it useful for the ultramobile-PC market. And by 2010, Larson said, Intel expects to be able to cram 64 gigabytes of storage into a piece of silicon about the size of the new chip.

Flash has drawn criticism because its memory cells, which hold the electrical charges that represent data, tend to wear out quickly. But Winslow says that in the new chips, a memory cell can have data written to it and erased from it up to 100,000 times. And to ensure that no single cell gets overused, the chips have "wear-level" algorithms programmed into them, which evenly distribute reading and writing. Thus, flash memory could start to show signs of wear in about five years, depending on how it is used. In addition, the static electric field that holds charge tends to degrade over time; data losses in this case could occur after about 10 years.

Researchers at Intel and other companies are looking for the next solid-state technology that could replace flash. Winslow says that Intel is currently testing phase-change memory, a type of memory in which the crystal structure of a material changes in response to heat; particular orientations of the crystal correspond to 1s and 0s. Phase-change memory has many of the benefits of flash, such as its ruggedness and small size. But data can be written to it many thousands of times faster than it can to flash.

Dec 22, 2007

World Fastest Car - SSC Ultimate Aero

The SSC Ultimate Aero is now the fastest production car (256.11 mph) it's non tuned and American. But the Bugatti looks better and probably drives a lot better. I would rather have a Veyron anyways. (If I could afford one)

The SSC Ultimate Aero TT is officially the world’s fastest production car – hitting 257mph.

And behind the helm of the SSC Ultimate Aero TT was 71-year-old driver Chuck Bigelow.

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the lightweight hypercar achieved an official record speed of 256.19mph in two passes along Highway 221 in Washington, USA.

The first pass was at an astonishing 257.45mph, with the second hitting 254.92mph.



The SSC beat the 1,001bhp Bugatti Veyron – which Top Gear presenter James May unofficially recorded at 254mph – meaning the £830,000 hypercar is no longer the most potent production car on earth.

The bonkers SSC Ultimate Aero uses a 6.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 to produce a mind-blowing 1,183bhp and 1,094 lb/ft of pulling power.

And SSC believe wind tunnel testing calculates the Ultimate Aero’s top speed to be 273mph.

Engine: 6.3L V8 Twin-Turbo
Drivetrain: RWD
HP: 1183 bhp (Guinness emissions-legal record)
Torque: 1094 lbs-ft (production record)
Weight: 2750 lbs
Drag (cd): 0.357
Fuel Economy: 18 City / 27 Highway / 22.5 average
Octane: 91 pump

Top speed: 256.19 mph (Guinness record)
Capable top speed: 283 mph
0-60: 2.78 seconds (unofficial record)
1/4 mile: 9.90 secs @ 144 mph (unofficial record)
60-0: 103 feet
Skidpad: 1.05g

Weight to Power ratio: 2.33 (production record)
Power to Weight: 0.43 (production record)
Slalom: 73.1 mph (R&T record

Dec 18, 2007

WORLD'S BIGGEST CAR

PRESIDENT Bush has underlined his commitment to tackling climate change by unveiling the world's biggest car in Detroit.


The Chrysler IceCap is 14ft hight, 36ft long and seats three Americans.
It comes complete with KFC bucket holders and a chocolate-resistant coating on the dashboard.

The IceCap is powered by a 38 litre, V12 engine and achieves 400 yards to a gallon of petrol. The fuel tank is a 40ft trailer which is towed behind the vehicle.

The early promotional campaigns will be accompanied by the slogan "You can feel the water level rising".

The IceCap is the latest attempt by America to make a significant impact on climate change.

Over the next 12 months US companies will roll out the world's biggest patio heater, the world's biggest electric toothbrush and the world's biggest chainsaw.

At the official launch in Detroit, President Bush pointed to the IceCap and said: "Big car. Good. America."

World's 7 Most Expensive Cars

1933 Delage D8S
Sold for: $3,740,000By: RM AuctionsWhen: Aug. 17, 2007Where: Monterey, Calif.This French car has a one-of-a-kind body. The car was presented at the Salon de Paris, the Paris auto show, in 1933, according to RM Auctions. The car could go from 0 to 60 mph in 15 seconds, which was faster than a supercharged Bentley of the era, the auction house said. Sports Car Market called it a "spectacular car with known ownership since new," which adds greatly to the value.

1935 Duesenberg SJ
Sold for: $4,400,000By: RM AuctionsWhen: Aug. 17, 2007Where: Monterey, Calif.This over-the-top car was a "Doozy for a Floozy"—at least, she played one in the movies. This Duesenberg was supposed to have been designed for Mae West, but she never took delivery. According to RM Auctions, this was one of only 36 cars supercharged by the factory. The passenger compartment is finished in an Art Deco design with burgundy upholstery.

1931 Bentley 4-Liter
Sold for: $4,510,000By: Gooding & Co.When: Aug. 18, 2007Where: Pebble Beach, Calif.This rare find is one out of only 43 remaining examples, out of 50 units of the so-called "Green Hornet," according to Gooding & Co. It sold for just over $4.5 million last summer, despite what Sports Car Market described as a "leaky engine, ripped seat, faded paint, and ratty top." However, such authentic touches in a rare model make it even more desirable than inauthentic restoration.
1966 Shelby Cobra
Sold for: $5.5 millionBy: Barrett-JacksonWhen: Jan. 18, 2007Where: Scottsdale, Ariz.This Shelby Cobra has a supercharged V8 that produces 800 hp, according to Barrett-Jackson. It was originally configured as a competition car, and then retrofitted as a street-legal car. At one point it was used by Carroll Shelby himself, according to the auction house. Sports Car Market said Bill Cosby once owned a similar car, in which a later owner was killed. Sports Car Market called the sale "a crazy price for a crazy car."
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM
Sold for: $5.7 millionBy: RM AuctionsWhen: May 20, 2007Where: Maranello, ItalyThis Ferrari racer is about as rare as they get. It is one of only two surviving models of its exact type, out of only three ever built, according to RM Auctions. It is restored to look as it did when it was driven in the Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico. In May, it fetched $1.5 million above the highest pre-auction estimated price, thanks to what Sports Car Market called "potent provenance, rarity, 5-liter V12 power, stunning on-the-button condition, and great beauty."

1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
Sold for: $9.3 millionBy: RM AuctionsWhen: May 20, 2007Where: Maranello, ItalyThis well-traveled V12 race car was the 1962 Le Mans winner, driven by the legendary Phil Hill and the late Olivier Gendebien. It raced on other circuits like Bridgehampton and Sebring, and crashed at Le Mans in 1963. Believe it or not, it was a daily driver in New York City from 1965 to 1974, according to RM Auctions. Sports Car Market called it "one of most important Ferraris ever to cross the auction block." Ironically, it was offered for $8 million in 2005 and didn't sell.


Think the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron is the world's most expensive car? Here's a list of 15 cars that sold this year for $2.8 million to $9.3 million each

Dec 17, 2007

Still Kicking

This year, as Washington's spending spree has continued, several conservative pundits have sat in air-conditioned offices and written about the death of compassionate conservatism, which they say has become a euphemism for big government spending.

If that's true, that's a shame, because the concept originally captured the excitement of thousands of small groups, often Christian, dedicated to fighting material and spiritual poverty. Their faith-based initiatives began without governmental help and are likely to continue regardless of what happens inside the Beltway.

But the punditocracy's over-generalizations about compassionate conservatism are not true, as this special section indicates. Included in this week's issue are profiles of 15 small programs that are the 2006 finalists in a contest run each year by the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, a Michigan-based think tank that has as one of its components the Center for Effective Compassion. (Disclosure: I'm an Acton senior fellow.)

Dec 14, 2007

Dec 13, 2007

About Asian Elephants

Asian Elephants, the only elephant species used by most circuses, including Ringling Brothers, are endangered in the wild, due to poaching, hunting, and the destruction of their natural habitat. Asian elephants’ range includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. They are listed as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, which prohibits anyone from “killing,” “harming,” or “harassing” them.

Asian elephants are extremely intelligent and social animals. Adults weigh between 6,000-10,000 pounds, and live to be approximately 65 years old. In the wild, Asian elephants live in matriarchal family groups, or herds, in which mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts all play roles in raising babies and young elephants. There are strong bonds within these family units, and baby elephants are not usually being weaned until they are about four years old or older when their mothers are ready to give birth again. Female elephants remain with their mothers and other members of their herds for their entire lives, while male elephants leave their natal herds when they are roughly thirteen years old.

Elephants’ close-knit family groups stay together,
assist in the rearing of the young, support their sick and mourn their dead. The Matriarch of the herd mentors other elephants, passing on wisdom and knowledge paramount to the survival of the herd. Both female and male elephants learn important social and survival skills from their mother, aunts, and the rest of their natal herd. Each elephant family group roams within an area called the home range and searches for food, water, and other resources together. In the wild, elephants typically travel about thirty to fifty miles a day, foraging for food and socializing with their herds.



Elephants are extremely sensitive and perceptive creatures. They communicate with each other through infrasound – extremely low vibrations that cannot be heard with human ears. In addition to sending and receiving infrasound communications capable of traveling several miles through the air, researchers believe that elephants also send and receive these communications through the ground, with their fleshy footpads acting as the transmittal and receptor devices.

The biggest threats facing Asian elephants are habitat loss, elephant-human conflicts, and elephant poaching. Maintaining sufficient natural habitat for Asian elephants has increasingly become a daunting task due primarily to an encroaching human population and logging in areas used by elephants. Elephant-human conflicts result when elephants who do not have enough habitat to forage for food are forced into areas inhabited by humans. Elephants straying into human occupied areas eat agricultural crops and cause other damage, which results in the animals being shot, translocated, or captured. Elephants are also illegally killed or poached in the wild for their ivory tusks.

Habitat preservation, resolution of human-elephant conflicts, and efforts to monitor and prevent elephant poaching all require extensive resources. These threats to Asian elephants can only be solved by ensuring adequate investment in securing native range habitats, mitigating elephant-human conflicts, and increasing the number of active ground patrols to prevent poaching in native Asian elephant ranges.

GELADA BABOONS

"Ethiopia is a country that holds many unique treasures, but few are as impressive and as entertaining to witness than its indigenous baboon, which looks like a cross between a lion and a poodle!"

I spent every day for three weeks sitting on a barren exposed plateau high in the Ethiopian mountains, often completely surrounded by as many as 400 of these baboons. Luckily, they are the most peaceful and least aggressive of all the baboons and to me the most spectacular. They are the gelada baboons of Ethiopia and they are found nowhere else in the world. Their main home is in the beautiful and rugged Simen Mountains, an area of ancient volcanoes in northern Ethiopia. Despite years of drought and war, there are some areas, that due to their remoteness, have remained havens for these rare and unique baboons.

Geladas used to be found all across Africa. But being a non-aggressive primate that does not climb trees well and spends most of its time shuffling around on its bottom, meant that they fell victim to man's continual search for easy food. Today most the geladas live within Simen Mountain National Park that was established as Ethiopia's first National Park in 1969. Lets hope Ethiopia continues to have the foresight to protect their unique heritage in this wonderful baboon.


by Linda Waddell


Dec 12, 2007

5 Human Wonders....worth seeing

THE MILLAU VIADUCT is part of the new E11 expressway connecting Paris and Barcelona andfeatures the highest bridge piers ever constructed.The tallest is 240 meters high and the overall height will be an impressive 336 meters,making this the highest bridge in the world.

Parking in Germany
First Air Conditioned Bus Station-Dubai! !
World's Fastest Elevator Installed In World's Tallest Building
Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp announced the installation of the world's fastest passenger elevator just exactly where it is needed - in Taipei 101, the world's tallest building. The elevator runs at a top speed of 1,010 meters per minute when ascending (600 meters per minute on the way down), which works out to 60.6 kilometers per hour.The Elevator can go from the 5th floor to the 89th floor in 39 seconds.The world's fastest elevator offers the following new technologies:* The world's first pressure control system, which adjusts the atmospheric pressure inside a car by using suction and discharge blowers, preventing those riding inside the car experiencing 'ear popping'




The World's First All-glass Undersea Restaurant Opens
15 th April marks the day that the first ever all-glass undersea restaurant in the world opens its doors for business at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. It will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views. "We have used aquarium technology to put diners face-to-face with the stunning underwater environment of the Maldives", says Carsten Schieck, General Manager of Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. "Our guests always comment on being blown aw ay by the colour, clarity, and beauty of the underwater world in the Maldives, so it seemed the perfect idea to build a restaurant where diners can experience fine cuisine and take time to enjoy the views - without ever getting their feet wet." Created by MJ Murphy Ltd, a design consultancy based in New Zealand, Ithaa's distinctive feature is the use of curved transparent acrylic walls and roof, similar to those used in aquarium attractions. "The fact that the entire restaurant except for the floor is made of clear ac rylic makes this unique in the world," continues Schieck, "We are currently planting a coral garden on the reef to add to the spectacular views of the rays, sharks and many colorful fish that live around the area.




Dec 11, 2007

The Cold Facts

by Martha Brockenbrough

As I write this, I am sitting in my cold basement office, shivering. I have a stuffy nose and a sore throat. I'm cold, and I have a cold. This means I can either feel sorry for myself, or I can think about people who are more cold and miserable than I am.

I choose the latter.

There's nothing like the knowledge that I'm thousands of miles from the coldest place on earth to warm me right up. The Germans would call this schadenfreude, or taking pleasure in the misfortune of other people. I call it better than complaining.

Besides, there aren't a lot of people in the coldest place on earth, so I'm not taking pleasure in true human misfortune. In fact, this place is so cold that no indigenous human populations exist there--although it does host some very well-dressed penguins.

If you haven't guessed, I'm talking about Antarctica. Not only is it the coldest place on Earth, it's also the highest and windiest. And, it's plagued by frequent, snowless blizzards, where flakes that have already fallen are scraped up by wind and flung about, so that visibility is less than a meter.

Another condition particular to Antarctica is called "whiteout." When this happens, the sky and ground appear uniformly white or gray, so that humans and other animals unfortunate enough to be out in the weather can easily lose depth perception and become hopelessly lost.


Dec 6, 2007

Sania Mirza Vs Martina Hingis

Sania Mirza would meet Martina Hingis, five time Grand Slam Champion, in the first round of Dubai Duty Free Women's Open.Last year the very tournament shot Sania Mirza's fame to sky, when she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, then US Open Champion. Sania entered last year draw as wild card.Martina Hingis, who won the inaugural Dubai Tennis Championship title in 2001, returned to tennis in January after her three year absence due to leg injury. Swiss Miss is ranked 48 after her excellent performance in Australian Open where she advanced to quarterfinals and beat Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.Sania Mirza has a tough draw, as she may meet former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina if she went past Martina Hingis and has the prospect of meeting Maria Sharapova in the quarter finals if she runs through Myskina.Dubai Duty Free Women's Open is a WTA Tier-II outdoor hardcourt event with the prize money of US$ one million. Also top four seeded players - defending champion and world number 1 Lindsay Davenport, Australian Open winner Amelie Mauresmo, Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne - all received first-round byes in the 32-player event that starts on Monday - 20th February




Sania Mirza West Bank Open Stanford University 07/23/2007

Sania Mirza's opening round versus Morigami at Stanford University's Taube Tennis Stadium (center court). Sensational comeback from 4-6 down during the 1st set to 7-6 in second set and similarly in the third

Dec 3, 2007

AFRICA HIGH & WILD

In 1991, Australian travellers Sorrel Wilby and Chris Ciantar became the first people in the world to trek the entire length of the Himalaya. The endeavour whet, rather than satiated, their appetite for adventure, their love of high places, and in 1993 they set forth on a second journey together to climb the highest peaks of Africa.


There they found a daunting range of mountain scapes - an unexpected, little known world of primeval forests, vast deserts, active volcanoes and virgin snowfields. They also found - in the heart of those extraordinary, often hostile realms people. Well beyond the reach of developers and promoters of mass tourism, many of the nomads, warriors and highlanders Wilby and Ciantar met continue to live in harmony with their environment. Their life-styles are substantially traditional, their culture and history alive.

With their expedition acting as a preparatory survey, Wilby, photojournalist and experienced adventurer, and Ciantar, a television cameraman, have joined with Beyond Productions to make a documentary series about their adventure. Their story is not about the physical achievement of their trek, great as it is. Moreover, it is an adventure story where the journey - the people, places and experience shared - becomes tantamount to the mountaineering feats fulfilled. The series will comprise three by one commercial hour documentaries that take us to the best of Africa's high, inaccessible locations and introduces us to the most remote and traditional peoples encountered therein.