Check out the latest Volkswagen ads making fun of the iPhone’s auto-correct system:
No doubt they got their inspiration from this website…
This is an on-going photographic project by Diego Goldberg of Buenos Aires.
Since the Fukushima incident which followed Japan’s massive earthquake and consequent tsunami in Marcj of this year, the issue of nuclear energy has been at the forefront of current affairs across the globe. Germany made headlines when its coalition government declared it was to terminate its nuclear energy programme by the year 2022. There had been widespread mass-protest against nuclear energy in Germany in the wake of Fukushima and the decision has made Germany the largest industrial power to commit to giving up on nuclear power.
The news had a hugely positive effect on share prices for renewable energy companies with German solar manufacturer, Solarworld, up 7.6% whilst Danish wind turbine maker Vestas gained more than 3% within a day of the German government’s announcement.
Nonetheless, there is still speculation from sceptics who say that, in order for Germany to make up for the amount of nuclear energy it will be disposing of (currently 11% 0f total energy consumed), the country will have to burn more fossil fuels, thus doing more harm than good to the environment. They believe that, although the German economy can survive without nuclear power, such a quick phase-out is negligent. A stable power supply is taken for granted in Germany – and any suggestion that this was no longer 100 per cent guaranteed might deter investors. According to Dorothea Slems of German paper Die Welt, “A look back at the oil price shocks in the 1970s shows how sensitive the question of energy is.”
This leads me to what could be the greatest energy technology breakthrough of this century, and could potentially change the global energy landscape forever. Thorium is a radioactive chemical element which is around four times more abundant than Uranium and far less hazardous. Some countries, most notable India and China, are now investing heavily in research to build thorium-based nuclear reactors. India has also made thorium based nuclear reactors a priority with its focus on developing ‘fast breeder’ technology (nuclear reactors that create more fissile material in fuel than they consume).
Some of the benefits of Thorium, when compared with Uranium are:
Apparently sports riots are the most common form of riot in North America (who knew?). But, whilst these are usually the result of massive celebration of a win, in Vancouver it seems only to happen when the home team loses. This is what happened yesterday.
So unusual is it that a riot should come after a sports team losing a game, that the phenomenon is now being termed the ‘Vancouver effect’ by academics such as Jerry Lewis, an emeritus professor of Sociology at Kent State University, Ohio. Of 200 separate sports riots in North America studied by Lewis, none of them ever followed a loss.
It’s not all bad though, look at this absolutely fantastic photo taken from the streets of Vancouver last night:
Every year on this day, celebrations are held in Dublin and across the world to commemorate the life of James Joyce, and re-enact the events in his book Ulysses, which covers one day (the 16th of June) in the life of Leopold Bloom, as he travels through Dublin in 1904. Joyce chose this day for his book because it was the day he and his future wife Nora Barnacle went on their first ‘date’, walking to Ringsend together.
And just in time for the big day, a man in Dublin claims to have solved a riddle in the book: “Good riddle would be crossing Dublin without passing a pub”. More here.
My friend Laura is one of those people who spends most of her days acting perfectly well like a serious grown-up. Then she sees a child (any child) and immediately transforms into a soppy great mess of broodiness. Throughout today, I’ve encountered several things related to cute children that would probably have the aforementioned effect on her, so I thought I’d compile them for her entertainment. Hope you like it, pal!
And finally, this is the best telling of Jack & The Beanstalk I have ever, ever heard.