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Friday, October 29, 2010

Francisco Domingo Joaquim - World's Widest Mouth

The crowned widest-mouth man! Is he a family member of some-kinda elastic type? XD

Incredible pictures of water streaming down Australia's Ayers Rock

 The simply-amazing view of down-streaming waterfalls

The 1,142ft landmark had been drenched by six months' rainfall in a single day when it was snapped this month by amateur photographer Peter Carol.

Ayers Rock - which is called Uluru by the Aboriginal people who live nearby - is in the country's dry Red Centre and just six inches fell there last year. The rock is 270 miles south of the nearest city, Alice Springs, and measures about a mile wide and six miles around the base.
English explorer William Gosse reached the area in July 1873 and named the landmark Ayers Rock after Sir Henry Ayers, then Chief Secretary of South Australia.

China claims world's fastest supercomputer

When it's about speed, everybody want to beat the rest and be at the top.

China has claimed the title of the world's fastest supercomputer, wresting the record from the United States.
The Tianhe-1 machine at the National Center for Supercomputing is capable of sustained computing of 2.507 petaflops, the equivalent of 2,507 trillion calculations, per second, the Chinese project director tells state TV, according to the Associated Press.

Dongarra says the Tianhe-1, which means Milky Way, "blows away the existing No. 1 machine."
Officials from the National University of Defense Technology say the machine is "under the dual supervision of the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Education," The Times reports.

Asteroid would impact ozone layer

A large asteroid smashing into the Pacific ocean would devastate the ozone layer for years afterwards, report planetary scientists.

The simulations find by experts:

  • Ocean impacts of 0.6-mile-wide asteroids "can produce a significant, global perturbation of upper atmospheric chemistry."

  • "Ozone depletion comparable to Antarctic ozone hole records observed in the mid-1980 s and 1990 s, occur worldwide" after such an impact, lasting several years. 

  • Ozone depletion would cause ultraviolet light levels that can be dangerous for living organisms. "In the Tropics, and in mid-latitude summers immediately after the impact, (ultraviolet levels would ) greatly exceed the highest levels currently experienced anywhere on Earth."

  •   An ocean impact of a 0.62-mile wide asteroid "would have a long-lasting negative impact on global food production, which, in turn, may affect the sustainability of the current human population."

  • Effects of a smaller 0.3-mile-wide asteroid would have less far-reaching effects, limited to the hemisphere of the impact and with less duration.