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249 MPH? Japanese Unveil World’s Fastest Bullet Train

Train speeds are improving all the time. Did you know, for example, that Japan has just unveiled a bullet train that can move as fast as 249mph?

The Japanese have a unique habit when it comes to innovation, and tend to be pretty good at taking inventions higher than ever before. Well, with the new ALFA-X, you will be able to see a train that can hit speeds you would barely be able to believe.

When you get on a train, the aim is to get you somewhere without wasting any time. It’s the obvious and main reason to get a train; to help you get to somewhere faster than you would if you had just gone on-foot or alone.

For many people, trains are getting faster and faster than we can imagine. Often, if you were to find out the pace that a train was moving at, you would likely be surprised at just how fast it is.

The power of this train is already making experts blush; though it won’t be actually in service until, it’s estimated, 2030. So, someone has 11 or so years to board a train that can go close to 250mph!

This new treat will be used at around 224mph on average, which would mean that it would travel on average 10kph faster than the Chinese equivalent, the Fuxing Hao. This has the same top speed capacity, but it’s likely that the ALFA-X will win on consistency.

Historical Speed

At around 72ft in the nose area alone, the ALFA-X is an imposing piece of modern locomotive history. It’s going to help change the entire industry, it is hoped, bringing to light an even higher than expected standard for the future.

The futuristic, modern design will obviously make it stand out, while the imperious design style – with 10 cars in total – ensures it will be efficient as well as stylish.

The train will be part of the new Shinkansen high-speed railway lines which are appearing all across Japan. Testing will begin between Aomori and Sendai, during the evening, and will be a 3-year testing plan. This will provide ample time to perfect the overall style of the train, and make sure that it is capable of meeting expectations performance-wise.

Interestingly, the Shinkansen N700S only was agreed to be put into operation in 2020, which can hit speeds of around 186mph. This, though, will simply blow it away, adding a new level of power and pace onto the railway tracks of Japan. While it may not be as fast as trains using magnetic levitation, this will ensure that this particular kind of bullet train can still keep up with the very best.

The bullet train has become a major part of Japanese travel culture, and for that reason many would be sad to see it go. Make no mistake, though, this new kind of train shows that – even with the growth of the maglev trains – there is still much love for bullet trains in Japan and beyond.

Train speeds are improving all the time. Did you know, for example, that Japan has just unveiled a bullet train that can move as fast as 249mph?
The Japanese have a unique habit when it comes to innovation, and tend to be pretty good at taking inventions...

Nature & Tech Science

The Newest Moon of Neptune: Something We’ve Seen Before?

Every now and then, we get a crazy story from the worlds leading astronomers. What’s going on in our own world is hard enough to understand, so information from outside of this planet can seem quite confusing.

However, we often love to hear about things like the discovery of a new planet, or the moon of a planet. One recent finding was that of the Hippocamp moon that was discovered in 2013. This moon, though, was first thought to be a new moon. Now, scientists believe it might actually be a chip-off from a larger moon, known as Proteus.

This was likely caused by a ‘cosmic explosion’ (sounds cool, right?) many years ago.

It was a puzzling discovery in 2013, and in 2019 it’s still confusing the prominent people looking into it. Speaking about this was SETI Institute expert Mark Showalter, who said: “The first thing we realized was that you wouldn’t expect to find such a tiny moon right next to Neptune’s biggest inner moon,

“In the distant past, given the slow migration outward of the larger moon, Proteus was once where Hippocamp is now.”

That’s quite an interesting view. With the orbit of the two moons being around 7,500 miles apart, they are breaking a lot of conventions that we know about space. Normally, it would be expected that Proteus would have swallowed up the smaller moon – that has not happened.

The major deciding point that builds the chipping theory, though, comes from as far back as a photo taken in 1989. Then, the Voyager 2 found a large impact crater on Proteus.

This is, as far as we know, the first evidence that points to this kind of thing being possible in the first place. It’s quite the finding. Alongside Showalter was Imke de Pater of UC Berkeley and Jack Lissauer of NASA’s Ames Research Centre.

Speaking about this finding, Lissauer said: “Based on estimates of comet populations, we know that other moons in the outer solar system have been hit by comets, smashed apart, and re-accreted multiple times. This pair of satellites provides a dramatic illustration that moons are sometimes broken apart by comets.”

Hippocamp itself is actually the product of many years of violent change in space. It was created by the mass tear-up of what took place when the Triton moon was ‘captured’ by Neptune from the Kuiper Belt. This should have been powerful enough to cause major damage to the entire moon system around Neptune.

De Peter summed it up well when he said: “This discovery is yet another example of the violent collisional history and continuous evolution of our solar system,”

For space fans and people who love to see changes take place in real-time, this is a very exciting and satisfying discovery. Quite what it means, we’re yet to find out: we just know that this further shows how unpredictable the worlds beyond our own are.

Every now and then, we get a crazy story from the worlds leading astronomers. What’s going on in our own world is hard enough to understand, so information from outside of this planet can seem quite confusing.

However, we often love to hear about things...

Lifestyle Tech News

Canon Takes on Fuji with New Instant-Print CLIQ Cameras

The trend of instant print cameras has been storming the market in the last five or so years, and of course, Fujifilm has been at the forefront. In an age so accustomed to everything being on their phones, what was normal for the generations previous is novel to this generation – physical photos.

As companies begin to realize this, they’re wanting in. Fujifilm shouldn’t be the only one to profit, so Canon is one of the first to successfully – well, possibly, anyway – create their own instant print camera.

Their new cameras have just debuted and should be available for purchase in a month or two, but for starters, don’t even consider buying the cheaper one which they’re calling the IVY CLIQ. It has a horrible flash – which you’ll absolutely need with these cameras – and no access to the associated app, but more on that later. The CLIQ+, in Europe it’s the Zoemini S, is the more advanced version.

Unfortunately, Canon’s dependence on digital printing keeps them from surpassing Fujifilm, but their device is actually quite simple and easy to use. It contains 8 megapixels in the small sensor – more than enough to send the 2×3” Zink printer holding up to ten sheets of paper they’ve built into the camera.

If you’re in a hurry and want to keep it simple, it can spit them out in a matter of seconds, but you also have the option to edit them, add borders, crop, make duplicates, and more! This is where the app comes in.

Companion App

The more advanced camera comes with a companion app which you can download on your phone. While this sounds novel, it may also be one of the downfalls of Canon’s latest product. The current market is thriving off of people that are tired of taking hundreds of photos on their phones just to never look at them again.

The concept of having a handheld photo keepsake without ever having to pull out your phone is exciting. So, having to mess around with an app on your phone doesn’t really capitalize on the current trend.

But who knows? Maybe the younger generation who could care less about quality and just like adding captions or funny edits to their photos and handing them out to friends will love these cute, colorful Canon cameras.

The other downfall is that Zink prints just aren’t good. They’re much cheaper than Instax Minis – less than half the price –, but they are for a reason. The resolution and color reproduction aren’t worth comparing with instant film standards. Instax, on the other hand, can capture color and detail quite well for an instant print camera.

The CLIQ+, or Zoemini S, will be sold for $160 while the IVY CLIQ with fewer megapixels, no app, and worse quality will cost just $100. However, the one pro of the IVY CLIQ is the happy yellow color it comes in!

The trend of instant print cameras has been storming the market in the last five or so years, and of course, Fujifilm has been at the forefront. In an age so accustomed to everything being on their phones, what was normal for the generations previous is novel...

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Solving The Mystery Of Green Icebergs

Since long before the 1900’s, explorers and sailors around Antarctica have been greeted by the sight of beautiful, but strange,  green icebergs.  Researchers have been perplexed for decades by the unusually colored ice formations.

The mystery may finally be laid to rest, however.  A recent publication released in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans reports that the brilliant emerald green colorations occur because of mainland Antarctica’s rock dust is heavy in iron oxides.  The findings were revealed by a University of Washington glaciologist team, headed by Stephen Warren.

In a Newsweek report, Warren explained that the green icebergs wouldn’t have been seen before 1774’s discovery of the Antarctic Ocean by James Cook’s expedition.  In fact, a famous poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge, describes the phenomenon:
“Ice, mast high, came floating by, as green as emerald.”  It seems this was based on fact, not poetic license.

Warren went on to explain that a German expedition in 1903 noted the green icebergs, and they made the scientific headlines in 1921.  The novelty has been spotted on occasion by a number of sea captains and explorers.

When ice breaks apart from an ice shelf or a glacier, it forms an iceberg. Layers and layers of snow will pile onto the iceberg, gradually becoming solid.  These formations will contain light reflecting air pockets.  The iceberg absorbs less blue light than red, giving them a bluish appearance.

Layers Of Different Ice

The emerald green icebergs in the Antarctic Ocean contain layers of frozen ocean water under the ice shelf.  This marine ice lacks air pockets, making the icebergs look darker and more clear than normal icebergs.  According to Warren, one percent of all icebergs have this layer of visible marine ice.

The theory behind the green icebergs was traditionally that they were formed out of marine ice, not glacier ice.  The iceberg, it was thought, would take on a greenish hue because of dead marine animals or plants trapped in it as it froze. When this organic material began to break down, it took on a yellowish tinge as it produced organic carbons.  The green color, accordingly, was as elementary as this yellow marine ice mixing with the blue tinged glacier ice.

Warren, however, found that the same amounts of organic materials were found in both blue ice and the green.  This 1990’s discovery torpedoed the long-standing theory.  Something else had to be at work within the green icebergs.

A recent discovery by Tasmanian researchers found that an ice sample taken from the Antarctica Amery Ice Shelf had a significantly higher iron content at its base than was produced by the glacier ice above.  In fact, there was nearly 500 times more iron at the base of the core sample.

Rocks and soils that have heavy iron oxide content will be red, yellow or orange in color.  Warren began to consider that perhaps this is why the icebergs in Antarctica were green. The researchers theorized that when ocean water mixes with the mainland rock of Antarctica, the result was green marine ice.  If the ice turned over as it was breaking away from the main ice sheet, the green bottom layer would be exposed and create a green iceberg.

Scientists are considering the uses of this information and suggest that these icebergs play an important role as a delivery system of iron nutrients to the Southern Ocean.  Tiny marine plants at the bottom of the food chain, known as phytoplankton, need iron to survive.

Warren believes that the green icebergs are responsible for delivering iron directly to the phytoplankton that use it.  This means that green icebergs are more than just a bizarre fluke of nature, they are, in fact, very important to marine life.

Currently, Warren is teaming up with colleagues from the Hobart, Australia Antarctic Center for more testing.  They are hoping to gather more iceberg samples of all colors to check iron content and prove the theory.  The Australian team specialize in measuring the levels of iron in seawater and sea ice.

Warren says, “If our project is approved, we will travel by ship to the Australian Antarctic stations close to the Amery Ice Shelf, where green icebergs are commonly found. The iron analyses will be done in Australia. Spectral reflectance of icebergs will be measured by others of our group. We have submitted a proposal to do this work.”

Since long before the 1900’s, explorers and sailors around Antarctica have been greeted by the sight of beautiful, but strange,  green icebergs.  Researchers have been perplexed for decades by the unusually colored ice formations.

The mystery may finally...

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Kids Who Are A Spitting Image Of Their Famous Parents

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world exclaiming “Wow!”

Gal Gadot & Alma

We’re proud to be able to include this strong beauty into our list. Crowned Miss Israel of 2004, Gadot has bloomed into a multinational icon of girl power. As the cliche goes, she has it all, and her daughter Alma, as it seems, has received her genes from Gal.

Alma, Gal‘s oldest, has her exact beautiful and strong eyes and smile. Gal said in an interview not long ago, “Alma, I’ll tell you, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Alma was present in some of Wonder Woman’s scenes in the movie, as Gal was already pregnant during filming. Gadot said that many scenes needed to be changed later on with special effects to hide her belly.

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“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world...

Humans Are Awesome

Tech Company Hires Specifically Autistic People, Is Awesome

When it comes to companies today, we all too often see heart-wrenching stories of employment practices gone very wrong indeed. The tech industry is an industry in particular where it’s easy to find disheartening stories about people not getting jobs due to obscure reasons.

However, one company, Auticon, is making sure that such nonsense does not have to be the norm. They are a company that gives adults who are on the autistic spectrum a chance to get into the workplace: in fact, it exclusively employs people from this background.

The company tends to employ IT experts giving them a chance to get into the working world. They offer training and workplace adjustment programs to help make sure that all employees are happy in their workplace, too; and they are expanding all the time.

Auticon already has offices based in places like Switzerland, Italy France, Germany, the United States and parts of the United Kingdom: including plan to set up in Scotland.

This is a very cool thing to hear and to see, with autistic people often finding it hard to get into the working world. With just 16% of autistic adults in full-time employment, it’s nice to see a company actively pushing to improve and expand opportunities.

A Refreshing Take On Recruitment

With many companies simply not being able to manage the recruitment process for those on the spectrum well enough, this is a very interesting step forward. Many autistic people fall through the cracks despite having the skills and qualities to be a massive contribution to their chosen industry.

Companies like Auticon, then, will make sure that they are no longer ignored and instead can show the world what they can do.

With regular adjustments made for each staff member to help ensure they can feel as comfortable as is possible, Auticon make it easy for their staff to fit into their working culture. This is very important, and is sure to be very useful for those who want to be treated as individuals judged on their own personal merits.

Depressingly, just 15% of the present Auticon workforce were actually employed prior to coming into contact with this awesome organization. All but one of these people who were unemployed had a degree.

This shows that there is an obvious stigma which we need to combat as soon as possible, otherwise we’re going to have serious problems in the future getting autistic people into the workplace.

For now, though, awesome companies like Auticon can be the ones who help to change the opinion of employers. When people see just how well this company do, they will come to realize that autistic people are an incredible benefit to any workplace.

We sincerely hope that Auticon can enjoy a wonderful 2019 and beyond, as they are the perfect example how we can create a better, less fractious world.

When it comes to companies today, we all too often see heart-wrenching stories of employment practices gone very wrong indeed. The tech industry is an industry in particular where it’s easy to find disheartening stories about people not getting jobs due to...

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Gorgeous Kids And Their Celebrity Parents

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world exclaiming “Wow!”

Gal Gadot & Alma

We’re proud to include this strong beauty into our list. Crowned Miss Israel of 2004, Gadot has bloomed into a multinational icon of girl power. As the cliche goes, she has it all, and her daughter Alma, as it seems, has received her genes from Gal.

Alma, Gal‘s oldest, has her exact beautiful and strong eyes and smile. Gal said in an interview not long ago, “Alma, I’ll tell you, she’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Alma was present in some of Wonder Woman’s scenes in the movie, as Gal was already pregnant during filming. Gadot said that many scenes needed to be changed later on with special effects to hide her belly.

It only gets better from here, click Next to watch

“The Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” ­— a saying as old as time itself. And while spotting a child who is a carbon copy of their parent is always a little freaky, these celebs whose children are their splitting image have the whole world...

Inspiring Stories

Man Saves Life By Watching The Office

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to save the day when he saw a driver slam herself on her car’s steering wheel. The 21-year-old rushed over to the car, then broke the car’s window in order to get the woman out. This woman was on the verge of losing her life, as her lips were already turning blue.

Stain’ Alive

And with no pre-knowledge in first aid, Cross remembered one episode in The Office where Michael Scott administered CPR to a dummy with Bee Gee’s Stayin’ Alive playing in the background. According to various sources, at 103-beats per minute, the number one song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is assumed to be the correct tempo for carrying out chest compressions.

After about a minute, Cross’s lessons from The Office made a huge impact, the woman began to breathe again, after which she threw up and was taken to the hospital where she regained her health.

Cross explained too, that he was still unaware of the correct way to administer CPR, but the lessons from the show helped him maintain the right tempo.

In Cross’s very words: “I still have no idea how to do CPR – all The Office gave me was a song tempo to go to.” In spite of Cross’s inexperience with first aid, and according to paramedics, there is a great chance that the woman – Claire as identified by local media – would have been in a rather hopeless situation if Cross didn’t step in.

Cross went on to give a shout out to two other women who did their bit in saving Claire’s life by calling 911.

A guy from Arizona was in a situation where he had to try out life lessons which he learned from watching The Office. This life lesson came from an unlikely source – a fictional character – Michael Scott.

The very real Chris Scott rushed in to...

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Funny Moments At The Gym

Get your tissues ready because you’re going to cry from laughter. These gym moments are something you’ll have a hard time understanding.

Working High

Another woman, another stiletto. Her stilettos are fabulous, but it can’t be easy to lift weights while trying to keep your balance on those things!

Get your tissues ready because you’re going to cry from laughter. These gym moments are something you’ll have a hard time understanding.
Working High

Another woman, another stiletto. Her stilettos are fabulous, but it can’t be easy to lift...

Health Science

Research: Your Brain Has Two Clocks

One of those clocks relies on our memories of past experiences and the other on rhythm.  They are both critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world and our surroundings.

You have to be able to calculate when you move, anticipate the timing of future events, and adjust your attention and actions when needed.

According to a new UC Berkeley research, the neural networks that support each of these clocks are split between two different areas of the brain depending on what you need to accomplish.

Timing Is Not A United Process

It doesn’t matter if it’s music, sports, speech or allocating attention, the study suggests that timing is not a united process.

There are two different ways you can make temporal predictions and they depend on different areas of the brain, according to lead author Assaf Breska, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

When working together, both brain systems will allow you to exist at the moment and anticipate the future as well. Both Breska and Richard Ivry a UC Berkeley neuroscientist studied anticipatory timing strength and deficits of people with Parkinson’s and people with cerebellar degeneration.

It revealed that if one of these neutral clocks is not working properly, the other will step in. The study also revealed that the context of neurological patients that are impaired can adjust their surroundings to interact better in the world.

The brain uses two different mechanisms for anticipatory timing which challenges theories that a single brain system handles all our needs.  Results from their studies suggest there are at least two different ways the brain has evolved to anticipate the future.

The rhythm-based system is sensitive to periodic events such as inherent in speech and music.  An interval system offers a more general anticipatory ability that is sensitive to temporal regularities even in the absence of a rhythmic signal.

One of those clocks relies on our memories of past experiences and the other on rhythm.  They are both critical to our ability to navigate and enjoy the world and our surroundings.
You have to be able to calculate when you move, anticipate the timing of...

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Check It Out: 10 Surprising Elevators

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the very top with nothing to do in this small, enclosed space.

Other times, you get stuck in there for such a duration with someone you know but never talk to. Welcome to five minutes of awkward silence or hesitant pleasantries.

Don’t get me wrong, the elevator is much better than walking up all those flights of stairs, but at times it can also be hugely inconvenient – if it’s one of those elevators that never seems to work – or just plain boring or awkward.

That is, until you get on one of these twenty elevators designed by some unique people who were tired of the typical elevator experience.

Check it out:

1) To keep the elderly patients from feeling anxious or, worse, running away, this long-term care facility for the elderly thought making the elevators into a mural would be a good idea.

Now, it just looks like a warm, inviting scene!

2) This designer must have been wishing for a snow day and decided to make his own. Step into a winter wonderland with evergreens and snow angels. It feels like Christmas every time you need to go up or down!

3) Wait, where are the buttons? Don’t worry; you’re not trapped. Just look down, and kick instead of pushing buttons, like any ordinary elevator would have you do.

Maybe get some of that pent up anger out while you’re at it, too!

4) This designer had emergency situations in mind. What an inventive way to take care of medical emergencies that cause one to land on the ground, unable to rise!

The alarm button located by the floor is accessible in any situation.

5) Now we’re going from winter wonderland to the tropics. Dive into this elevator that seems to take you under the sea as it’s surrounded by a giant aquarium.

I’d never take the stairs again in this German building.

6) The elevator up to the top of the World Trade Centre is one-of-a-kind.

While you’re in the clear elevator, you’re also getting a clear picture of the architectural evolution of the city as you head up.

7) If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you may want to take the stairs instead of this elevator.

The elevator provides a digital visual aid to alert its riders of how close it is to reaching its weight capacity. Smart!

8) Now this is probably my personal favorite. The button is located 30 feet away from the elevator so that, by the time you arrive at the doors, it should be ready to receive you!

Good for impatient, always-in-a-rush people like me.

9) Whether you struggle with memory loss or you can’t even remember what day it is after what just happened last night, this hotel in Ukraine has got your back.

Every morning, they change the elevator rug to let riders know what day it is.

10) Now this is a bit hilarious; I wonder what prompted the need for a “shuffle” button in an elevator.

The elderly? Indecisive people? Who knows! Definitely the first time I’ve had the option to shuffle off of an elevator without getting stuck in the doors.

A lot can happen in an elevator – or very little. Typically, it’s one of the most boring parts of your days – especially if you work in a high-rise or live in an apartment building. Sometimes you’re stuck in there alone from the first floor to the...

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Celebrity Generation: Who’s The Real Star?

We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who might be much more famous than their parents, or not, but they have taken their talent to higher levels!

Britney Spears, Sean & Jayden James Federline

We’ve all watched Britney Spears’ life unfold, fall apart and then come back together in the past twenty years. The pop star has been the focal point of public interest and there isn’t an aspect of her life that hasn’t been exposed. Still, against all odds, Britney is still around, still looking very good, still touring and still recording hits.

Her critics have raved for a long time how unfit she is to be a mother, but Britney, as usual, proved them all wrong and has two happy boys that appear to live life to the fullest.

It’s really sad that the singer’s children were used against her by people who wanted to see her ruined rather than succeed. If for nothing else, Britney is really one of our all-time favorites.

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We compiled a whole list of celebrities and their children, who might be much more famous than their parents, or not, but they have taken their talent to higher levels!
Britney Spears, Sean & Jayden James Federline
We’ve all watched Britney...