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March 31, 2012

Planet Earth With A Few People Left: Amazing and Creative


At world's end: Artists reveal stunning post-apocalyptic images of the major cities around the globe

From New York City to Beijing, a team of artists are shedding light on what the world would be like at the end of humanity. 
In Silent World, artists Lucie and Simon have taken the world's most familiar and populous cities and removed all but one or two people to create the illusion of a lonely world.
In the thought-provoking work, places like the normally bustling Times Square and Tiananmen Square appear absent of their crowds.

Times scare: New York's normally bustling crossroads of the world is missing all but one person in this Lucie and Simon photograph
Times scare: New York's normally bustling crossroads of the world is missing all but one person in this Lucie and Simon photograph
Desolate: Paris' Place de la Concorde is shown without vehicles or people as the Eiffel Tower rises in the background
Desolate: Paris' Place de la Concorde is shown without vehicles or people as the Eiffel Tower rises in the background
Empty: Locations like the Beijing railway station would normally be packed with commuters, but not in an imaginative post-apocalyptic world
Empty: Locations like the Beijing railway station would normally be packed with commuters, but not in an imaginative post-apocalyptic world
Where has everyone gone? A woman is seen wandering by herself near New York's Queensboro Bridge in this Lucie and Simon photo
Where has everyone gone? A woman is seen wandering by herself near New York's Queensboro Bridge in this Lucie and Simon photo
Instead of multiple exposures, the team used a neutral density filter on their pictures to create scenes right out of the Will Smith film I Am Legend or zombie saga The Walking Dead.
 

The same technology is used by NASA while studying the stars.
Barren: Tiananmen Square, the centre of Beijing and the third-largest city square in the world, gets the post-apocalyptic treatment
Barren: Tiananmen Square, the centre of Beijing and the third-largest city square in the world, gets the post-apocalyptic treatment
No Knicks Game tonight? Lucie and Simon even stripped Madison Square Garden of its normally insane crowds in their Silent World series
No Knicks Game tonight? Lucie and Simon even stripped Madison Square Garden of its normally insane crowds in their Silent World series
Where is everyone? Known for its cafes and bars, France's Montparnasse is a popular spot, but not in Lucie and Simon's post-apocalyptic world
Where is everyone? Known for its cafes and bars, France's Montparnasse is a popular spot, but not in Lucie and Simon's post-apocalyptic world
Unaccompanied minors: Children wander near Beijing's Xizhimen Canal
Unaccompanied minors: Children wander near Beijing's Xizhimen Canal
Lucie and Simon are a duo of artists based in Paris, France, who have been working together since 2005.
According to their website, the award-winning artists focus on blurring the line between reality and fantasy in their work.
No lines: Even with an upcoming Lady Gaga concert, only one man is pictured outside New York's iconic Radio City Music Hall
No lines: Even with an upcoming Lady Gaga concert, only one man is pictured outside New York's iconic Radio City Music Hall
No one left to occupy: A man and a child pause in the middle of Wall Street in this image
No one left to occupy: A man and a child pause in the middle of Wall Street in this image
Low tide: The Baie de Saint Brieuc in France is reimagined in this photo by Lucie and Simon's Silent World
Low tide: The Baie de Saint Brieuc in France is reimagined in this photo by Lucie and Simon's Silent World
Clearing the road: Usually the sight of heavy traffic, the Xizhimen ring road looks like a scene from TV shows like The Walking Dead
Clearing the road: Usually the sight of heavy traffic, the Xizhimen ring road looks like a scene from TV shows like The Walking Dead

March 30, 2012

Apollon: Concept Cameras that Connect Together for Social Photography

 

Apollon is a concept camera designed by product designer Gordon Tiemstra for his industrial design university project. The big concept is that the camera can be physically combined with your friends’ cameras, allowing them to snap photographs together to create things like panoramas and 3D photographs. The images captured by any camera in the cluster is wirelessly transferred to all of the others, giving everyone the complete set of images that were snapped.

Here’s a “commercial” for the camera:
Apollon [Gordon Tiemstra]

March 29, 2012

5 bold features we wish for the Samsung Galaxy S III

 

The successor to Samsung’s Galaxy S II has got to be the second most speculated and talked about smartphone ...
5 bold features we wish for the Samsung Galaxy S III
The successor to Samsung’s Galaxy S II has got to be the second most speculated and talked about smartphone over the past couple of months, with Apple devices always taking the top spot, of course. Samsung has some big shoes to fill and after the kind of success they achieved with the S II, there’s a lot of pressure to up the ante once again. Given the kind of trend that we’ve seen post MWC 2012, we can now come to expect the S III to have these features as standard, if it has to qualify as a ‘high-end’ Android in today’s day and age. We know it will have a quad-core Exynos CPU, the screen size will probably be around 4.6 inches and have an HD resolution, the camera will most likely be a 12MP with BSI and so on and so forth. Samsung will never launch their flagship device that’s inferior in specifications to the competition and now that we’ve seen what HTC and LG have in store, we can draw a rough picture of what to expect.
Enough with the teasing already
Enough with the teasing already


However, impressive hardware alone is not enough to guarantee a successful product. If you’ve been following the rumour mills, then you’ve probably heard of some of the features that could make it to the S III and we really hope that it’s true as it would truly make it an unique phone and possibly the best Android so far.  

A non-ugly, waterproof phone
So far, all water resistant phones haven’t exactly been much of a looker, except for perhaps theSony Ericsson Xperia Active. But even that wasn’t slim, primarily because of the protective coating for the screen and all the ports. Any manufacturer so far had to fall into the same trap, if they wanted to create an ‘all-weather’ cell phone. The S III, however, needn’t go down that same route. Early last month, we heard rumours about the Galaxy S III getting a water-proof treatment and thanks to the folks at Liquipel, Samsung need not compromise on the design. Available currently in the U.S only, Liquipel will water-proof any smartphone you have for a small fee. It works by injecting the phone with a compound that resists any liquid or moisture. They even had a very impressive demo at CES. this year. which you can see in the video.

 

Think of all the money or silly contraptions you’ve used to protect your phone in the monsoons. This technology makes rubberised housings and bulky chassis a thing of the past. If Samsung does implement this and we sincerely hope they do, then they will be the first to do so and it will give them a major advantage over the competition.

Feel what you see
We know that the S III will have an HD resolution screen as the bare minimum, but high resolution mobile screens aren’t exactly cutting edge right now. What if you could feel what you see? Senseg have developed a special touchscreen technology that lets you feel the texture of the image on screen. This is achieved by creating a little electrostatic field around the area that simulates a particular type of texture. They call this a ‘Tixel’ charge driver that creates a small force and by modulating the charge, Senseg can simulate different textures.
Dont just touch, feel
Dont just touch; feel


While this exact technology might or might not make it to the S III, we hope that Samsung do something special with the screen. If not the ‘Feel Screen’, then at least a higher resolution display would be a nice addition. There were passing rumours that the S III may have a 1080p screen, which seems like overkill, but then again, most high-end Android phones are, so we guess it's ok.

Wireless charging
With everything going wireless, why do we still have to put up with charging cables? According to the Wireless Power Consortium, a number of big companies, including Acer, HTC, LG, etc have certified handsets and chargers that use wireless charging. 

 

‘Qi Certified’ products will be able to charge either from a wall charger or from another compatible device, wirelessly, just as long as they are placed in close proximity. Now Samsung’s name may not be on the list of companies that have applied for patents, but the website clearly states that it’s up to the company, if they want their name up there. Now, given how secretive Samsung have been with the S III, it’s no surprise they don’t show up on the list. This is another big advancement in mobile phones and Samsung can add another feather in their cap should they choose to include it.

Lose the plastic body
While the S II was a sturdy and durable phone, it wasn’t any match for HTC’s unibody aluminium Sensation in terms of build quality. One of the reasons they went with plastic was to keep the weight down, which was fine in 2011, but not anymore. With polycarbonate being used in the Lumia 800 and HTC going with space-age material (literally!) for the One S, Samsung have to step up their game. If you haven't already, check out this really cool video of how HTC creates the chassis for the One S.

 

Alternately, they could use a ceramic casing or even something fashioned out of carbon fibre or kevlar. The trouble with building chassis with materials like these is that the battery would probably be non-removeable. This is not a very big deal and we can certainly live with it just as long as they have a way to hard reset the phone in case it locks up, because I don’t want to wait around for the battery to drain out.

Gesture control?

This one’s not from any of the rumours, but just hit us while coming up with this list. Rather than using the front camera to recognize gestures, which quite frankly is quite ridiculous because, for one, you can’t use it in the dark and two, it has never, ever worked properly; we were thinking of something along the lines of a PS Vita like touchpad at the back of the phone. The entire phone needn't have this, just a small patch on the top and bottom. For instance, if you hold the phone in one hand, you can easily use your index finger to swipe the rear to unlock the phone, or have a two finger gesture to open the camera. Once in landscape mode, your fingers automatically align around the edges, which comes in handy in racing and action games. Now you never need to block the screen with your fingers, which happens a lot in first person shooters.
It could happen
It could happen


This way, even if the screen doesn’t have an oleophobic coating (which never really work anyways), it’s not a major issue, since you’ll be using the gesture pad. This would be a very interesting feature, if Samsung implements something of this nature, as you now have a ‘gaming phone’ as well.

While it’s great fun to speculate what upcoming tech products may shape up to be, a side effect is the pang of disappointment when you realize that none of the features that were so greatly hyped are actually true (iPhone 4S anyone?). Recently, live shots of a Samsung GT-I9300 have been doing the rounds, which is expected to launch in mid-May. To us, it’s highly unlikely that it’s the S III, as it appears to be more of an upper-end mid-range smartphone. Also, we don’t know if Samsung will actually call it the S III. While that does seem like the most logical name in the series, they could decide to start a completely new series, altogether. Samsung have managed to keep the phone a secret incredibly well, but now, the wait is getting a bit frustrating. They better have one hell of a phone in hand whenever they launch it or risk losing their huge fan following.

Anonymous plans to kill the Internet on March 31, 2012

 

If the threats issued by Anonymous are to be believed, then Internet users, globally, should be prepared for this Saturday, the 31st of March, for it is on this day that Anonymous plans to take down the Internet, confirms a Pastebin post. Anonymous have drawn up a rough plan of how they plan to carry out this task. They plan to attack the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet. While there are plenty of DNS servers, all hosted by ISPs and organizations, they all are interconnected and everything roots from these 13 primary DNS servers. Anonymous sounds confident, so much so that they have even listed down the servers they plan on attacking. DNS servers are responsible for resolving domain names to IP address. Without any DNS servers functioning properly, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to access web sites by names. 
They are Anonymous, but unorganized!
No Internet this weekend?


Anonymous has made it clear that they aren’t really taking down the Internet, but will be temporarily disabling it. All the hundreds and thousands of DNS that rely on these 13 root DNS servers have caching, so technically they should still be functional, but Anonymous says clearly that there’s a timeout period for this caching, after which those will be rendered useless as well. To carry out this attack of mammoth proportions, Anonymous has put together a software they’re calling the Reflective DNS Amplification DDoS tool, which is based on Antisec’s DHN DDoS tool. There are supposedly bug fixes made to the tool and it’s been optimized for performance. 

There are major loopholes in the way services work and Anonymous feels that a major bug in the way DNS servers work will let them overload the servers by sending a small amount of information and requesting much more from the servers. The trick it appears is not to attack the 13 DNS servers directly, but to request that data from other vulnerable DNS servers on the web, which will indirectly bombard the root servers. The links for the tools and information on how to use them are made available freely. It’s hard to predict what will really happen - whether the authorities will rush to plug all the security holes by the weekend causing the attack to fail or if Anonymous will collect enough volunteers to really take down the DNS network or partially disable it. If they are successful in completly turning off the DNS network, this would be the largest and possibly the most damaging event on the Internet in its history.

400 MILLION YEAR OLD MACHINE

 


RUSSIA –  An artifact 400 million years old has been discovered.  The world’s first mechanical device!

In the remote Kamchatka peninsula (map below),  150 miles from Tigil, Russia, University of St. Petersburg archaeologists discovered a strange fossil. The authenticity of the find has been certified. According archaeologist Yuri Golubev, the discovery surprised scientists.  It was a machine.
It is not the first time that an artifact, an ancient object, something like this is found in that region. But, surprisingly, the machine,at first glance, inlaid in rock looked like the remnant of a volcano.
After analysis, it seems that it was made of metal parts that seem to form a mechanism, a gear which may be of a type of watch or computer.   The pieces were all dated – 400 million years ago!


Scientists said  hikers found these remains in rock.  The archaeologists went to the place and made the discovery. Hundreds of toothed cylinders made up the machine.They were in perfect state of conservation.  Archaeologists had to control the area, because the people began to appear in large numbers to look at it.   American geologists examined the machine and confirmed it was a machine.  They wer amazed. .
Nobody could believe that 400 million years ago could have existed on Earth even a man [even more a machine]. At that time, the forms of life were very simple, but the finding suggests the existence of intelligent beings capable of such technology. Certainly, such beings would had come from other planets.


 The parts reached the fossilization state in a period of time historically and geologically short.  Possibly, the “machine” fell into a swamp.
Report originally
Misterioso Fossile in Russia: Astronave AnticaZaZoom/IItaly, published in 03 /06/2012

9 Best Upcoming Android Phones of 2012


If you are not impressed with the your phone and instead are waiting for something better to come up, then we have collected the top 9 Android phones from different manufacturers to look forward to.  In the coming up section we have listed best Android Phones that are to be released this year (2012) to shake up the Android market once again and give a tough competition to the iPhone. Although, we are expecting the much awaited Apple iPhone 5 to be released with a major change in hardware, software and design too. Without further ado, lets get to the list of upcoming android phones of 2012.

HTC One X
HTC One X
After huge success with dual core processors we are expecting HTC to release quad core super phones this year. HTC One X is one of the phones in HTC’s list to be released this year. This super phone will feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 1.5GHZ having 5 cores  and one among these will be used for less demanding tasks. Irrespective of this work power the Smart phone is built to have a batter life twice that of predecessors. RAM has been raised to 1GB and internal memory to 32GB plus you enjoy all these features on a 4.7 inch 720p HD resolution screen.


Motorola Bullet

Motorola Bullet
After Motorola’s huge success in the world of Android smart phones the Motorola Bullet is rumored to be released this year to continue the legacy. With its 4.3″ qHD (960×540)  and quad core Tegra 3 processor the smart phone is expected to be released as a candy design. The most prominent feature of this Android smart phone will be its 1.5 GB DDR2 RAM that will sure pace up the things around. The camera is expected to be 12 MP for capturing amazing HD videos and and pictures.

Motorola Jet
Bringing the trend of QWERTY keypad again Motorola Jet is set to be released this year with its 4 inch qHD diplay. It will feature rest of the hardware specs exactly that of its cousin Motorola Bullet which is Tegra 3 with 1.5GB DDR2 RAM and 16GB on-board storage.

Sony Xperia Ion

Sony Xperia Ion
After huge success of Sony Xperia Arc the smart phone manufacturer beast Sony is ready to release Sony Xperia Ion in 2012. This Android smart phone will be featuring 4.55 inch scratch resistant TFT amazing HD touch screen with 6 million colors and  1280 x 720 pixels. It will be running on Android 2.3 and 1.5GHZ Qualcomm Dual Core processor. Other features include a 12.1 MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash.


Samsung Galaxy SIII

Samsung Galaxy SIII
Samsung Galaxy SII was the best android phone of 2011 but with tough competition from other manufacturers the Smasung is bound to release yet another impeccable Android smart phone this year.  Samsung Galaxy SIII will  have Android Ice-cream sandwich, a 1GB/2GB of RAM in combination with 1.5Ghz quad core processor and 4.6 inch 1280×720 AMOLED Plus HD display. The camera will be a 12MP rear camera, with W750 BSI CMOS sensor. Samsung might also be including a3D glass functionality as an extra and all this will be incorporated in a thinner(>9mm) skin than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy SII. 


LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus 4X HD
LG Optimus 4X HD will be running Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich and Tegra 3 quadcore CPU. This Android smart phone is pleasingly thin (8.6mm) and has bright and sharp 4.7-inch True HD IPS display and all this runs efficiently on a high capacity 2000mAh battery. It also features a 16GB in-built memory and it can be extended with a SD card.

Panasonic Eluga Power

Panasonic is set to enter into the international business of smart phones with its Android Panasonic Eluga Power. It is a sleek and “smart phone” with 5 inch display. Performance is boosted with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM. It will be featuring Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and an amazing 5 inch HD screen protected with dust and water proof technology.

Huawei Ascend P1 and P1S

Huawei Ascend P1 and P1S
Huawei Ascend P1 and P1S run Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich. Both these smart phones feature almost the same specs like 3 inch qHD Super AMOLED Display, 8 megapixel camera on the rear with dual LED flash and 1.3 megapixel camera on the front ,  1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM.



Meizu MX
Meizu MX
Meizu MX is going to be released in May 2012 and the phone will be featuring 4-inch 960X640 resolution ASV screen , Tegra 3 Quad Core @ 1.5 Ghz, 1/2GB of RAM, 16 GB ROM amd 8MP Camera supported by 1600 mAh battery. Overall this Android smart phone is built to give iPhone like experience with its advanced UI.

March 28, 2012

10 Most Expensive Cars

 

Here we listed 10 most expensive cars in the world. At the top of the list is of course the legendary Bugatti Veyron, most expensive, most powerful, and fastest production car in the world and also introduce some other most expensive sports cars and normal cars

Bugatti Veyron

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engined grand touring car, developed by German manufacturer Volkswagen Group, and produced by French marque Bugatti. It was first introduced in 2005.
The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest road-legal production car in the world, with a top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph).[4] The original version has a top speed of 408.47 km/h (253.81 mph).[5] It was named Car of the Decade (2000–2009) by the BBC television programme Top Gear. The car is built by Volkswagen AG subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS and is sold under the legendary Bugatti marque.
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Ferrari Enzo

The Enzo Ferrari, sometimes referred to as the the Ferrari Enzo and also F60 is a 12-cylinder Ferrari supercar named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built in 2003 using Formula One technology, such as a carbon-fiber body, F1-style sequential shift transmission, and carbon-ceramic brake discs.
The Enzo’s V12 engine is the first of a new generation for Ferrari. It is based on the architecture of the V8 found in sister-company Maserati’s Quattroporte, using the same basic architecture and 104 mm (4.1 in) bore spacing. This design will replace the former architectures seen in V12 and V8 engines used in most other contemporary Ferraris. The 2005 F430 is the second Ferrari to get a version of this new powerplant.
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Pagani Zonda C12 F

The Pagani Zonda is a sports car built by the Italian manufacturer Pagani. It debuted in 1999, and production ended in 2011. As of June 2009, 206 Zondas had been built, including test mules. Both 2-seat coupe and convertible versions have been produced. Construction is mainly of carbon fiber.
Some of the early Zonda engineering was done by Formula One champion Juan Manuel Fangio. The car was originally to be named the “Fangio F1″ after him but, following his death in 1995, it was renamed for an air current above Argentina.
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Koenigsegg CCX

The Koenigsegg CCX is the latest supercar from Koenigsegg. CCX is an abbreviation for Competition Coupe X. The X commemorates the 10th anniversary of the completion and test drive of the first CC vehicle in 1996. The CCX is intended to be more suitable for the U.S. market and thus engineered to comply with US regulations. The CCX is powered by a Koenigsegg designed and assembled, all aluminium, 4700 cm³ DOHC 32-valve V8 based on the Ford Modular engine architecture enhanced with twin Rotrex centrifugal superchargers with response system, 1.2 bar boost pressure and an 8.2:1 compression ratio. The engine produces 806 hp (601 kW) and 678 lbf.ft (920 Nm) on 91 octane (U.S. rating) gasoline, 850 hp (634 kW) on 96 octane (Euro rating) gasoline and 900 hp (671 kW) on biofuel.
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Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT is a supercar, manufactured by by Porsche of Germany. The Carrera GT is powered by an all-new 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612 SAE horsepower (450 kW). Porsche claims it will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) in 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 330 km/h (206 mph), although road tests indicated that in actuality the car could accelerate from 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds and to 0-100 in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 335-340km/h (209-212.5mph).
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Mercedes SLR McLaren

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a sports car and supercar automobile co-developed by DaimlerChrysler and McLaren Cars. It is assembled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, England. Most people presume “SLR” to stand for “Sportlich, Leicht, Rennsport” (German for “Sport; Light; Racing”). The car’s base price is £300,000 or $455,500. The SLR has a supercharged 5.5 (5439cc) litre dry sumped 90 degree V8. It produces 466.8 kW at 6500rpm (626 hp) and 780 N·m (575 ft·lbf) torque at 3250 – 5000 rpm.
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Maybach

The Maybach 57 and 62 were the first automobile models of the Maybach brand since the brand’s revival by DaimlerChrysler. They are derived from the Mercedes-Benz Maybach concept car presented at the 1997 Tokyo Motorshow (which was based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan). DaimlerChrysler attempted to buy the Rolls-Royce/Bentley marque when Vickers offered the company up for sale. When this attempt failed (they were outbid by BMW and Volkswagen respectively) they introduced the Maybach as a direct challenger in 2002. Both models are variants of the same ultra-luxurious automobile. The model numbers reflect the respective lengths of the automobiles in decimetres; the 57 is more likely to be owner-driven while the longer 62 is designed with a chauffeur in mind. The engine is a Mercedes-sourced 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12, generating 550 hp.
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Rolls-Royce Phantom

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a luxury saloon automobile made by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a BMW subsidiary. It was launched in 2003 and is the first Rolls-Royce model made under the ownership of BMW. It has a 6.8 L, 48-valve, V12 engine that produces 453 hp (338 kW) and 531 ft·lbf (720 N·m) of torque. The engine is derived from BMW’s existing V12 powerplant. It is 1.63 m (63 in) tall, 1.99 m (74.8 in) wide, 5.83 m (228 in) long, and weighs 2485 kg (5478 lb). The body of the car is built on an aluminium spaceframe and the Phantom can accelerate to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 s.
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Lamborghini Murcielago

The Lamborghini MurciƩlago is a GT and supercar automobile made by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and designed by Luc Donckerwolke. It was introduced in 2002 as the successor to the Diablo. The body style is a two door, two seat coupƩ. The LP640 version was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2006. It features a 6.5 L engine, now producing 640 bhp, improving performance substantially. There were also a few minor external changes, primarily to the low air intakes.

Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is a supercar manufactured by Aston Martin since 2001. It rose to fame after being featured as the official James Bond car in Die Another Day, the twentieth James Bond film. In the film, the Vanquish has the usual Bond film embellishments, including active camouflage which rendered the vehicle virtually invisible. The Vanquish is powered by a 5.9 L (5935 cc) 48-valve 60° V12 engine, which produces 343 kW (460 hp) and 542 N·m (400 ft·lbf) of torque. It is controlled by a fly-by-wire throttle and a 6 speed ‘paddle shift’ or semi-automatic transmission. A special V12 Vanquish S debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show with the power upped to 388 kW (520 hp) and 577 N·m (426 ft·lbf)

March 26, 2012

Laser show @Vizag beach ~ Showing "Vizag Rocks"

 

March 24, 2012

100 years after Titanic disaster

 

REUTERS - As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic nears next month the public's interest in the tragedy has not diminished.
On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail on its maiden voyage, traveling from Southampton, England, to New York.
It was nicknamed the "Millionaire's Special".
The ship was fittingly captained by Edward J. Smith, who was known as the "Millionaire's Captain" because of his popularity with wealthy passengers.
Onboard were a number of prominent people, including American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, British journalist William Thomas Stead, and Macy's department store co-owner Isidor Straus and his wife, Ida.
Here is a look at the disaster and its aftermath:
THE DISASTER:
-- The liner struck an iceberg late on April 14 and sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912. The ship's starboard side scraped along the iceberg. At least five of its supposedly watertight compartments toward the bow were ruptured.
-- After assessing the damage, as the ship's forward compartments filled with water, its bow would drop deeper into the ocean, causing water from the ruptured compartments to spill over into each succeeding compartment, thereby sealing the ship's fate.
-- Of the 2,223 passengers and crew aboard the ship, dubbed "unsinkable" before departure, 1,517 died. Third class suffered the greatest loss - of approximately 710 on board, only some 174 survived. Seventy-six percent of the crew died.

Unseen Titanic: New images of shipwreckUnseen Titanic: New images of shipwreck





100 YEARS ON:
-- U.S. and British investigations proposed various safety recommendations just after the sinking, and in 1913 the first International Conference for Safety of Life at Sea was called in London. The conference drew up rules requiring that every ship have lifeboat space for each person embarked; that lifeboat drills be held for each voyage.
-- In September 1985, the first underwater images of the Titanic were recorded as its giant boilers were discovered. Later video showed the ship lying upright in two pieces.
-- In addition to being the subject of numerous books, the ship inspired various movies, notably "A Night to Remember" (1958) and James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic" (1997).
-- Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the 1912 sinking died in June 2009. She was 97. Dean was just nine weeks old when her family sold a pub they owned in London to travel on the maiden voyage of the passenger liner and begin a new life in Wichita, Kansas, in the United States, where her father Bertram hoped to open a tobacconist shop.
-- Researchers assembled in March 2012 a field map of the wreck. The mapping team snapped 130,000 photos throughout 2010 using two underwater robots and using solar imaging to create the most in-depth picture yet of the 3-mile by 5-mile swath of wreckage.

Titanic
Sources: Reuters/www.britannica.com/www.titanicfacts.net