Category: Earth

There Are 6.5 Billion People and Almost 5 Billion Cellphone Subscriptions In This World

Posted by – 17/02/2010


On a planet with around 6.8 billion people, we’re likely to see 5 billion cell phone subscriptions this year.

Reaching 4.6 billion at the end of 2009, the number of cell phone subscriptions across the globe will hit 5 billion sometime in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The explosion in cell phone use has been driven not only by developed countries, but by developing nations hungry for services like mobile banking and health care.

Dark Shuttle Approaching

Posted by – 17/02/2010

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What’s that approaching? Astronauts on board the International Space Station first saw it far in the distance. Soon it enlarged to become a dark silhouette. As it came even closer, the silhouette appeared to be a spaceship. Finally, at just past 11 pm (CST) last Tuesday, the object, revealed to be the Space Shuttle Endeavour, docked as expected with the Earth-orbiting space station.

Pictured above, Endeavour was imaged near Earth’s horizon as it approached, where several layers of the Earth’s atmosphere were visible. Directly behind the shuttle is the mesosphere, which appears blue. The atmospheric layer that appears white is the stratosphere, while the orange layer is Earth’s Troposphere.

US forces Haiti to pay for aid

Posted by – 05/02/2010


Obama pledged $100 million dollars in aid to Haiti when the stricken countryi has $500 million debt to America. How does that make sense?

Haiti’s long troubled history actually started out as a accomplishment the world can be proud of. In 1825 Haiti was the first country to free themselves from slavery. But it came at a cost, they had to pay back the French slavers $21 billion and slowly it crippled the country. Yes, they are people overtaken by witchcraft and strange beliefs, but they were one of the richest islands of the time. With their successful sugar and rice cropsm they had always had the means to come out of poverty if the debt would’ve been dropped. But it was only a hundred years later that this happened, and by that time their economy had taken a serious knock.

Eclipse over the Temple of Poseidon

Posted by – 19/01/2010

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What’s happened to the Sun? The Moon moved to partly block the Sun for a few minutes last week as a partial solar eclipse became momentarily visible across part of planet Earth. In the above single exposure image, meticulous planning enabled careful photographers to capture the partially eclipsed Sun well posed just above the ancient ruins of the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio, Greece.

Unexpectedly, clouds covered the top of the Sun, while a flying bird was caught in flight just to the right of the eclipse.

The Astronaut Who Captured a Satellite

Posted by – 12/01/2010


In 1984, high above the Earth’s surface, an astronaut captured a satellite. It was the second satellite captured that mission.

Pictured above, astronaut Dale A. Gardner flies free using the Manned Maneuvering Unit and begins to attach a control device dubbed the Stinger to the rotating Westar 6 satellite. Communications satellite Westar 6 had suffered a rocket malfunction that left it unable to reach its intended high geosynchronous orbit.

Both the previously caught Palapa B-2 satellite and the Westar 6 satellite were guided into the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Discovery and returned to Earth. Westar 6 was subsequently refurbished and sold.

Food costs to soar as big freeze deepens

Posted by – 11/01/2010


A farmer and his tractor in Denshaw near Oldham, as heavy snowfall continues across most parts of the UK. Photograph: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Ima

Britons have been warned to brace themselves for an increase in food prices as plunging temperatures leave farmers unable to harvest vegetables and hauliers struggle to distribute fresh produce.

Gordon Brown, who will chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee early this week to discuss the freeze, was today forced to reassure the country that it would not run out of gas or grit for its roads during the coldest weather in 30 years.

Nasa’s new space telescope finds five new planets outside our solar system.

Posted by – 10/01/2010

Nasa’s new planet-hunting telescope has discovered its first five worlds beyond our Solar System.

Numerous planets have been found before by other telescopes, such as Hubble, but the sole mission of the Kepler observatory – launched last year – has been to find potential ‘Earths’ elsewhere in our galaxy.

Unfortunately life is unlikely to survive on the new planets as they are thought to generate hellish heat. Estimated temperatures of the worlds range from 1,200 to 1,650 degrees Celsius, hotter than molten lava.

Nintendo still most eco-unfriendly console maker

Posted by – 08/01/2010


Nintendo is still the most eco-unfriendly of all the console manufacturers, says a Greenpeace report.

Greenpeace has once again checked in on some of the biggest technology companies in the world, including all console manufacturers, and has labelled Nintendo the most eco-unfriendly company of them all for the third year running.

Manufacturing electronics on large scales is an obviously eco-unfriendly activity, but Greenpeace campaigns to make the process as efficient as possible. The new report ranked 18 companies according to factors such as e-waste, energy efficiency, recycling protocols and commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

Israel: Peace Wish As Hummus Record Broken

Posted by – 08/01/2010


Israeli Arab and Jewish chefs have served up a world record for cooking hummus in the name of Middle East peace.

The Lebanese broke the hummus-making record in October last year

More than fifty cooks from both sides of Israel’s religious divide filled a seven-metre-wide satellite dish with four tonnes of the dip.

The chefs mashed up the monster mix of chickpeas, sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic to make twice as much as when the record was set last October.

The Guinness world record idea was originally cooked up by Lebanese chefs who claimed the record last year.

The future is finally here: Scientifically accurate predictions for the next awful ten years of your life

Posted by – 08/01/2010


Even though the jury is still out on whether this is technically the start of the new decade or not, we are simply going to ignore all that and just like the mainstream media do whatever the hell we want to. Since everyone and their mother have summed up the last decade in hundreds of nauseating ways, we thought that we would channel the dead spirit of nostradamus (and the people who were pretty darn sure that Iraq had WMD’s) and just like them, based on absolutely nothing, come with predictions which might or might not be true. Who really knows or cares because isn’t everything printed on the internets the gospel truth?