In the aftermath of last Friday’s plane crash off the island of Robinson Crusoe, Chile, officials have stated that no effort would be spared in the rescue/recovery of the 17 passengers. This apparently includes using the Find My iPhone app to isolate the coordinates of one of the passenger’s last known whereabouts before the crash.
Film geeks have unearthed India’s first sci-fi film, Hindi space adventure Trip to Moon, made in 1967. And, since it’s unlikely to take Netflix by storm anytime soon (though I fully expect an American re-make by end 2012) they’ve uploaded it to YouTube in full.
American documentary photographer James Nachtwey happened to be in New York on 11 September 2001. The images Nachtwey captured on that fateful day were published by TIME immediately following 9/11, and have become iconic. As the ten year anniversary of the Twin Towers tragedy looms, a number of previously unpublished photos by Nachtwey have just been released.
OK, so, this is a pretty horrific story, but it has a happy ending. After a 14-year battle, these Chimpanzees have been set free from captivity after being taken from their mothers shortly after their births. They’d been kept in a research facility in Austria, undergone medical testing, been injected with HIV and hepatitis. But, at least they’re happy now.
Hello, internet people. Google Takeout has been launched for you – a “data liberation platform” that lets users export their data from a number of Google products. It’s an importance service! If all your information is on Google without a backup, then you don’t have much control over it. Click through and learn things.
To demonstrate the lethal speed at which the Texan wildfires are spreading, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department have released footage of the wildfire consuming the 6 000 acre Bastrop State Park – 84% of which has been burnt down as of today, in spite of firefighters’ efforts to save a number of historic Civilian Conservation Corps cabins.
‘Nett Warrior,’ the military program that aims to give soldiers the tools for communications and mapping with each has been put on ice. It seems the US army have decided to cut a couple of kilograms in the solider’s kit and go with civilian technology. And they’re going Google.
Amazon’s tablet is coming soon. Very soon, according to some of the rumours doing the rounds. We could even see the new device in the next few weeks. Supposedly, it will be in the seven-inch region, run a tweaked version of Android and be quite affordable too. But what’s going to make it special, and better than any Google attempt?
Swedish designers have made a cycling helmet that isn’t totally obnoxious, which is pretty great. It won an award. Understand that no matter how nice this helmet is, it still isn’t okay to wear this guy indoors, because that’s rude. Still, it just won the Index:Award, the largest monetary prize for design in the world.
Do you know what day today is? Google knows what day today is – which is why their latest animated doodle pays tribute to the legendary Freddie Mercury, who would have turned 65 today, had he not made an early exit. Click through to take a look. Please insert your favourite Queen song title here.
This coming Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks by al-Qaeda on the United States of America, and New York especially. Many iconic images depicting the terror of that day sit steadfast in all of our minds, but what is wrong with a photographer portraying a different kind of moment on that day?
I know, I know; can you really steal art from somebody as dangerous and transgressive as Banksy? Two of his pieces, put together during his 2007 project on the West Bank, Bethlehem Santa’s Ghetto, have popped up in a show called Banksy: Original Street Works, at the Keszler Gallery. In the Hamptons.
Wendi Deng, better known as Mrs Murdoch, and pie face defender, has revealed in an interview with Vogue magazine that the ex British prime minister, Tony Blair, is the godfather of one of the Murdoch’s daughters. She went as far as to describe Tony as one of her husband’s closest friends.
Previously known as the breakthrough company for holiday reviews, TripAdvisor has come under attack for false reviews quite a bit recently, and been sued quite a bit too. Now the British advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority, has launched a formal investigation into the hugely popular travel review website because the company is probably in breach of the advertising code.
Sleek, compact design, leather seats, carbon fiber chassis. This is what a baby needs in a stroller today, right? This is the future? Swedish designer Dawid Dawod thinks so, having collaborated with Porsche Design to put together the P’4911 for parents with their fiscal priorities in order.
I love Postsecret. I’ll just put that right there. It’s an ongoing community art project that started in the States in 2005. Now, after almost seven years of receiving the secrets, Postsecret are releasing their very own app for iPhone.
A new game show in the Netherlands features contestants who are currently seeking asylum in the country. The format is that of a quiz show, and the prize is a not-too-shabby R40 000. The only problem is the winning contestant has to move back to his or her own country to go spend it. Nice one, Netherlands.
The president and CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation wanted to put potential customers’ minds at ease about the efficiacy of his company’s bullet-resistant glass. So, like any other sane person, he got one of his employees to shoot at him with an AK-47 while he stood behind the glass.
News emerged yesterday that Benito Mussolini, the great Italian dictator that was partly responsible for fascism, actually did have an affair with Marie-José, who happened to be the last Queen of Italy. Previously, Mussolini’s mistress, Claretta Petacci, claimed this wasn’t so. Mussolini’s youngest son however seems to know something that she didn’t.
You’re not all on Twitter. I get that; I know people who don’t drink alcohol, either, and I don’t judge them for that. To all you cool social media cats, though, this is troubling: Twitter is readying a new ad product that will serve up ads to users from company accounts they don’t already follow.
In other meat-related news today, animal lovers may be pleased to know that China seems to be losing its taste for dog meat. Stats show that more people than ever before now keep dogs as domestic pets in China. While dog meat is certainly still on the menu there, the way dogs are viewed generally is undergoing a major shift across the country.
Researchers in Gothenburg, Sweden, met this week to launch a new “meat without slaughter” initiative – with plans on being able to release bio-sausages in the next six months. Bio-sausages made from exotic animal cells, too, because vat-grown tiger meat isn’t any less ethical than vat-grown bacon.
In what must have seemed like a scene straight from a movie, hundreds of Orthodox Greek mourners were mistakenly served kourabiedes, a traditional Greek biscuit, at a funeral reception. Shortly after tasting the biscuits, the guests started acting incredibly strangely and the funeral bureau officers called the police.
A Florida funeral home has unveiled an ‘alakaline hydrolysis’ unit, which dissolves dead bodies in heated alkaline water. Which is, apparently, something you might want to do; the process is being billed as a far greener alternative than cremation, producing far less greenhouse gas and requiring far less energy.
Still trying to find your perfect match? Look no further than your own face! Find Your FaceMate is an online dating agency that pairs couples up by matching their facial characteristics to someone with the same (or near-enough) looks.
The ancient Egyptians have always been known to be ahead of their time, and one of the most advanced of the early modern civilisations. Scientists have now revealed that they think that the Egyptians used a type of hair gel because, well, appearance was also important back then.
It’s pretty neat – the new pen by Wacom draws like a regular pen, but has a pressure-sensitive receiver that records your actual drawings for digital import and computer manipulation. So when you doodle obscene images, they show up directly onto your screen. Welcome to the future.
Foo Fighters don’t actually have to promote anything to get people to shell out cash for their upcoming North America tour, but because they had a fat wad of cash to spend on advertising and some guy in marketing wouldn’t stop saying the word ‘viral,’ they’ve put this video together for you. Take a look.
Huang Nubo, the sixteenth richest person in China, has offered $100 million to buy 300 square kilometres of Icelandic wilderness. He calls himself a “poet and adventurer,” so it would make sense that he’d want to buy the property to develop a golf course and tourist destination.