Innovations: IBM’s Next 5 in 5

“…The third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. The Next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBMs Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible…”


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More information:
IBM Press Kit for Next 5 in 5

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World Record BASE Jump from the Burj Dubai

Two guys, a Brit and a Frenchman did it. They’ve done the first base jump from the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai.

This video provides you a 7 minute overview on their preparations, the jump and what happened afterwards.




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“Recently it was discovered that the tallest building in the world – the Burj Dubai – had been the scene for a world record (and highly illegal) BASE jump. 1 British man attempted the jump and was successful, while a second man, a Frenchman, was caught before he could jump. They were both arrested and held in Dubai.

What is not known to either the authorities or the world in general, is that 2 men had already succeeded in climbing the tower and base jumping from it without being caught: another Brit and the same Frenchman who was later caught attempting a second jump. They were the first and have gone down as legends in their sport, for claiming the latest jewel in the crown of the sport. This is the story of that jump.”



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Video: Major meteor over Canada

You might have heard about the substantial (a few tons) meteor crashing down on this planet last week in Canada. Here’s some footage from a police camera showing how it looked from Edmonton, Canada where the thing came down.


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More information:
Another video with the news footage from Canada

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Video: The Black Hole

“…A sleep-deprived office worker accidentally discovers a black hole – and then greed gets the better of him…”




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Weekend Activity: Look there’s snow

Heavy snowfalls across Europe the last days and snow cover building up in many areas reminded us that its only a few more days before the lifts start running again. Here are two videos to warm you up for the new snow season soon to start in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

The first one’s on a carnage at Fernie when about 150 people diving into Currie bowl at rope drop.

The second video is a great animation on the “dangers of snow” – about a bloodthirsty snow man hunting skiers and boarders.

Have fun.


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Fernie Currie Carnage

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Data Visualization: The Three Trillion Dollar War

An outstanding infographic by the Good Magazine on the true cost of the war in Iraq.

The image is based on work by Nobel Prize laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes who have together published a book on this subject earlier this year (link below). There is also a video narrating the key parts of the graphics on the Good Magazine web site.


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More information:
The video explaining the graphic.
Publisher page on Stiglitz’s and Bilmes’ book
The book’s Author web site