Potential Giant Crystal Pyramid Discovered in Bermuda Triangle

via Collective Evolution

There appears to be a speculative discovery that has been made by French explorers that is being considered a monumental discovery. It is believed they discovered a partially translucent, crystal-like pyramid rising from the Caribbean seabed— its origin, age and purpose are  completely unknown at this point. The picture below is fascinating.

Super-zeppelin: Revolutionary airship may become cargo-carrying champion (VIDEO)


via RT

A functioning prototype of revolutionary airship is undergoing tests south of Los Angeles. A US company is developing a series of gigantic heavy-payload dirigibles with an innovative ballast system that mimics that of a submarine.

­The ‘Aeroscraft’ – developed by Worldwide Aeros – more resembles a spaceship from the 1986 sci-fi movie ‘Flight of the Navigator,’ instead of a classic 20th-century zeppelin. Though the Aeroscraft uses the same basic principles as blimps did 100 years ago, it’s as different from its ancestor as a Boeing 787 Dreamliner if from the Wright brothers’ plane.

According to the engineers who developed Aeroscraft, the airship is a considerable advance in aviation technology. The new airship has potential to carry cargo more efficiently than any other aircraft, and could revolutionize long-range hauling in near-future.

Foster + Partners To 3D Print Structures on the Moon (archdaily)

via archdaily

Foster + Partners, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA), has undertaken a study to explore the possibilities of using 3D printing to construct lunar habitations on the moon’s southern pole (where there is near perpetual sunlight). The firm has already designed a lunar base that could house four people, and has begun to test the structure in a vacuum chamber that echoes lunar conditions.

The shell of the base, which has a hollow closed cellular structure inspired by natural biological systems, should be able to protect potential inhabitants from “meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations.” According to Xavier De Kestelier, Partner at Foster + Partners, the firm is ”used to designing for extreme climates on earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials – our lunar habitation follows a similar logic.”

The study will also address the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, and is investigating the use of lunar soil, known as regolith, as the potential building matter.

Chinese air pollution hits record levels – in pictures


via the guardian

Beijing residents advised to stay indoors as much as possible with severe pollution at levels 'beyond index'

I mean, don’t they have a climate control weapon or “something” which they proudly showcased during the Beijing Olympics?  How come they don’t use it NOW?

They should use it to wash the hazardous PM2.5 down while they are still in Chinese territory.

Beijing's New Year surprise: PM 2.5 readings (CNN)

Zhao Jialin, a blogger on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog site, tweeted: "Thank the government for making this effort to solve the problem. It is a Chinese New Year gift from them to the people."

As I mentioned before, China should seriously consider to slow down their current pace of motorization, put extremely high tax on all vehicles using fossil energy and encourage their people to switch all vehicles to EV or Hybrids, and better yet, go back to bicycles like they used to! 爆笑

アフリカのリスクを地図で見る。本当に危険な場所はどこ? アルジェリア人質事件で現実となった “レッドゾーン”

via Nikkei Business

アフリカ諸国のリスクの状況を、英調査会社エクスクルーシブ・アナリシスが作成しているリスクマップで見てみたい。上の地図(出所:Exclusive Analysis、以下同)は、同社がアフリカ大陸をリスクの度合いによって色分けしたものだ。青→黄→赤の順に危険度が上がっていく。


Sistine Chapel in Virtual Reality (Vatican)


via Vatican.va

Sistine Chapel painting by Michelangelo in Virtual Reality. For your viewing pleasure….

The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named, and was painted at the commission of Pope Julius II. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services.[1]

The ceiling's various painted elements form part of a larger scheme of decoration within the Chapel, which includes the large fresco The Last Judgment on the sanctuary wall, also by Michelangelo, wall paintings by several leading painters of the late 15th century including Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino, and a set of large tapestries by Raphael, the whole illustrating much of the doctrine of the Catholic Church.[2][3]

Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, having an iconic standing equalled only by Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the hands of God and Adam being reproduced in countless imitations. The complex design includes several sets of individual figures, both clothed and nude, which allowed Michelangelo to fully demonstrate his skill in creating a huge variety of poses for the human figure, and have provided an enormously influential pattern book of models for other artists ever since.


Can You Spot the Possible UFO in This Time-Lapse Video of a Meteor Shower? (THE BLAZE)

Time Lapse Video of Geminid Meteor Shower Captures Potential UFO


Time-lapse videos of meteor showers are stunning. Footage of alleged UFOs are intriguing. But what do you get when you put the two of them together? A “dreamlapse.”

The video “Death Valley Dreamlapse” shows one team’s trek to the Eureka Dunes on Dec. 13, 2012, to catch the peak of the Geminid meteor shower.

” … we had to conquer epic climbs, sand roads with the 4×4 Jeep, and the occasional UFO,” Sunchaser Pictures writes on the video’s description.

UFO or not, this clip is absolutely beautiful and intriguing.

The battery that grounded Boeing


U.S. officials grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner because the aircraft's advanced batteries appear to be malfunctioning. But what's the problem? And can it be fixed?

To reduce weight on the plane, Boeing relied heavily on lithium ion batteries -- the same type found in mobile phones and laptops.

Can it be fixed? Fixing the fire issue is obviously the main problem. Boeing chose a particularly risky type of chemical makeup in its lithium ion battery, one that provides more power but does not stand up well to overheating.

"Boeing made a conscious design decision, and is now paying the price," he said.

In pictures: Beijing pollution

via www.bbc.co.uk

And this will affect Our atmosphere soon or later.

My question is, would it be more hazardous than...say Fukushima?

Anyway, I think Chinese government should put ridiculously high taxes on automobiles which uses fossil energies, and encourage all to switch to EVs instead, or better yet, go back to bicycles like they used to...

Back to Tokyo from China trip

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北京では、久しぶりにあった映画脚本家のJin Naさん(彼女は昨年のベネチア国際映画祭で銀熊賞を獲得している気鋭の作家)から、震災直後の中国版Twitter上の発言で際立っていたのは、「日本人の震災に対する冷静な対応に対する驚嘆と称賛の声。」だったと聞いた。







【Google Earth + National Geographic = Mega Fun!】

■Google EarthにNational Geographicのレイヤーが加わった (Google Blog

PCの登場以来、ずっと夢に描いていたソフトの一つといってよい、「Google Earth」。


今まで行った事のある場所や、幼少期を過ごした場所に始まって、現在の自宅建物に至るまで、地球上のあちらこちらにPlacemarkを貼り付けたり、“Fly To”機能を使ってその間を飛んで歩いたり・・・。


そのGoogle Earthに、あのNational Geographicのレイヤーが加わったというので早々チェックしてみた。





【はじめての韓国II はじめてのソウル】 






街の風景は本当に日本と酷似していて、ただし英語と一部の漢字は読めるけど、ハングルが全く判読不能なので、「Family Mart」とか、「MacDonald」とか見慣れたロゴを見かけると安心したりする。

明日は朝9時から釜山銀行の釜田2洞支店の支店長と面談して、その足で日本に戻る予定。何とかJam The Worldの生放送にギリギリ間に合う強行軍スケジュールだ。一緒に同行した連中は近所のパラダイス・ホテルのカジノにノリノリで向かったけど、ギャンブル苦手な僕はパス。


【はじめての韓国 はじめての釜山】









早速いつものようにテレビをザッピング。韓国語はサッパリ判らないけど、何故かCNNが入っていない。代わりにFOX NEWSが・・・。自宅のケーブルじゃ見れないので結構興味深く拝見。さすがアメリカで最も愛国的といわれるFOX NEWS。画面左上に固定ロゴ状態で常時星条旗がはためいている。コメントもブッシュに優しく、ケリーや自伝を発表したばかりのクリントンに対しては、「そこまで言うか?」というぐらい相当厳しい。



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