Archive for May, 2015

Weekender: Solar Impulse Plane

Solar Impulse 2 is an upgraded version of a solar-powered plane that flew across America in 2013. It gets all its energy from more than 17,000 solar cells installed on its fuselage, wings and tail — and can fly through the night, thanks to the power stored in more than 1,300 pounds (633 kilograms) of batteries. Its wings are as wide as those of a Boeing 747, but it weighs only about as much as a family car (2.6 tons).

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The Earth is Awakening

tumblr_static_nature___volcanoes___volcano_smokes_041669_Out of a sudden, the earth inner core starts to stir into life. Volcanoes are erupting. On the small southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu-jima, the 626-meter Mount Shindake burst into life,  producing a plume over 9 km high and a pyroclastic flow that reached the shoreline, according to the Meteorological Agency of Japan (watch the spectacular eruption here). Th eruption is reminiscent of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Is  this a harbinger that we are entering into the age of the apocalyptic end of humanity? Read the rest of this entry »

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Illusions or Reality?

indexLolwot.com “Interactive art allows the audience to interact with the piece in the way or purpose envisioned by the artist. It is meant to grab the audience’s attention, to spark interest and to disrupt its environment. Interactive art comes in many different forms; It can be murals, paintings, 3D, Illusion – you name it! Examples of this art form can be seen in many places around the world sometimes cleverly hidden, other times boldly obvious. Here are some examples of 20 mind-blowing interactive art pieces from around the world.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Vodoo Dances Around the World

indexWatching events unfold around the world is getting more than exciting. The instantaneous news that scurried to and fro add suspense to unceasing twilight zone scenarios previously only seen in movies. On one side are those keenly trying to follow salient events that affect humanity. Frantic news kept them busy and probably confounded. On the other side are those drowned in apathy. Their only interests are reality shows and Hollywood-style movies that numb their senses into paralysis. They are oblivious of real things happening before their eyes. So what’s in the news that could un-nerve us? Read the rest of this entry »

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One Office, Two Gyms

indexIt is inevitable that there will be rich and poor in this fallen world (read “One World, Two Lives”). But when the rich sees the poor with disdain and treats them as a disposable breed, the conscience of fallenness has reached its nadir. It becomes a stigma to be associated with the poor. Politically, those living in a “free” world are too afraid to allow this caste system to be overtly expressed. Hence, in USA, it is Wall Street vs Main Street. In Singapore, the political elites demarcate the stratum as Cosmopolitans vs Heartlanders. In India, Brahmins rule over the Dalits. The list goes on. Isn’t it time to stop this hypocritical veiled societal separation and simply call a spade a spade. Read the rest of this entry »

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One World, Two Lives

indexSome say the world is so unfair. It is true if you look around and compare how different people live their lives even though they are in the same place. Why are the rich so rich, and the poor so poor? Why is there so much injustice? Is it just because they are each born in a different family? Where you are born and the parentage makes a world of difference in a person’s life. It just doesn’t sound fair. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekender: Volcanic House

This organic piece of architecture is carved out of rocks created by the volcanic ash from Mt. Erciyes and Mt. Hasan in Turkey. These is actually just some of the many volcano houses in Turkey. During the 7th century, hollowed rocks initially served as homes and chapels for early Christians

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Temple of Baal

The Temple of Bel. © Mounir Soussi Idrissi

The Temple of Bel. © Mounir Soussi Idrissi

Syria is once again in the limelight. Since Syria’s attempted invasion by USA under the guise of regime change was thwarted by the intervention by Russia, it has gone off the radar. Since then, geo-political earthquakes shifted around Iraq, Libya, and into Ukraine. Looks like it has gone a full circle and Syria is once again back in focus. This time round, it is getting ugly. The Russian embassy came under mortar shelling. Russia is obviously getting more than annoyed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Need a Job?

imagesJobs are hard to find in many developed nations. Europe is struggling with anemic economic growth. Youth unemployment is at historic high levels. The economic powers of USA and Japan are not doing better. Japan had been limping with economic woes for 2 decades while USA has nearly 50 million people on food stamps. Many have given up looking for jobs (according to CNBC, 40% of the unemployed have already quit finding jobs), or are doing casual jobs most of the time. The blame is on China having taken away a huge chunk of industrial production because of its cheap labour. Read the rest of this entry »

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Always Beautiful

imagesThe notion of beauty as applies to a woman is often confounding. There are various cultural preferences when it comes to beauty. Some cultures prefer women with voluptuous bodies, others like them thin. In the western world, beauty has been largely stereotyped by media propaganda. Media often distort perceptions of beauty for the sole purpose of commercial greed. “A Danish magazine has got into hot water for using a model so thin she looked dangerously malnourished. The publication had to issue an apology, and also faces criticism for removing negative Facebook comments.”RT News. Read the rest of this entry »

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