Building A Home Theater System? Do It Right! 10 Crucial Mistakes To Avoid Do an image search for “home theater” and you’ll see photo after photo of huge, lavish theaters with seating for up to twenty (or more!) and giant screens. These ideals are every tech geek’s dream, but let’s face it; most of us don’t have the money or space. Instead, home theater systems are usually placed in living rooms or, if you’re lucky, a small bedroom or office dedicated to entertainment. Home theater design in a normal room, where every element can’t be controlled, is more difficult – which leads to some common mistakes. The daunting challenges of urbanization Updated: 2013-06-14 09:33 By Shen Wei (China Daily) But huge opportunities also beckon for Chinese and European companies
This Man Is Not an Artist, But His Robots Are Absolute Maestros From left, Paul V. Riess, co-founder and creative director, Dr. Acworth, and Blake Goodwin, director of operations, discuss an upcoming presentation one morning at the Artaic offices in Boston.Photo: John Tully/Wired This could be natural stone marble quarried from Carrera Italy to body porcelain fired in a kiln in Arkansas,” says Acworth. India's urban awakening: Building inclusive cities, sustaining economic growth India has a young and rapidly growing population—a potential demographic dividend. But India needs thriving cities if that dividend is to pay out. New MGI research estimates that cities could generate 70 percent of net new jobs created to 2030, produce around 70 percent of Indian GDP, and drive a near fourfold increase in per capita incomes across the nation. Podcast
About the Aerial Camera That Spotted the Second Boston Bombing Suspect When Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two Boston bombing suspects, was discovered hiding in a man’s boat just outside the perimeter police had set up to search for him, the cops took no chances. Rather than sending officers right in and risking injury, they enlisted the help of an impressive aerial camera to confirm his location and then keep watch as police tried to coax him out. The camera, developed by the FLIR corporation, is called the Star SAFIRE III, and it’s the one behind all of the infrared shots of Tsarnaev in the boat that spread like wildfire all over the Internet this weekend.
Asia's most 'innovative' city is... Singapore's skyline and iconic Merlion on March 28, 2012. The city-state is Asia's most innovative city for its ability to attract global talent and high livability, says Solidiance, a strategy consulting firm. Sydney ranked as Asia-Pacific's second most innovative city thanks to its global integration, a skilled talent base and technological advancement. Melbourne ranks as the third most innovative city in the Asia-Pacific because of its superiority in the human talent category. Half of the city's population comes from immigrant backgrounds. Hong Kong ranks as Asia-Pacific's fourth most innovative city thanks to its technological and regulatory leadership, says marketing firm Solidiance
Mind-Blowingly Perfect Water Simulation Is Now A Reality That kinda shows the sad part of this. Hardware was able to do this for years already, but no game saw need to implement it and focused on other parts of graphics and gameplay. I remember that duck game the PS3 had. Complete water simulation with ducks and sharks. It was a good time waster. Actually, a lot of games HAVE taken advantage of the kind of water effects shown in the duck video.
China premier calls for 'human focus' to urbanization plan BEIJING (Reuters) - China's premier, Li Keqiang, wants his plan to turn more Chinese into city dwellers to be "humanity-centered", focusing on quality of life and the environment and driven by job creation, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Sunday. Li, who took office this year, has an ambitious plan to boost China's urban population by 400 million over the next decade, a key plank in a reform effort to restructure the economy away from credit and export driven growth to one where consumers provide the main impetus. But the plan faces huge obstacles, including a lack of infrastructure in cities to deal with an influx of new residents and the cost of building it, which has led to concern that a spending binge could push up already high local debt levels and inflate a property bubble. The need to reform a complex system of residency registration that controls the benefits residents can enjoy is also a sticking point.
Don't Go Near The World's Champion Rainbow Watcher. It's Mean. Very Mean : Krulwich Wonders... A few months ago on Radiolab, we did an hour on color, which included a segment on rainbow watching. We imagined a man, a dog, a sparrow and a butterfly all gazing at the same rainbow and we asked: How many colors does each see? Dogs See Bleaker Rainbows We humans see seven. Our dogs, however, see only three. So those glorious bands of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, to a dog become a sad blur of green, blue and a dash of yellow. 6 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google Some of the tips below are effortless to implement and save you a lot of time and energy when dealing with these issues. Let’s start with the first proof of the awesomeness of Google… 1. Create unlimited disposable email addresses with Gmail
How Things Work Posted by admin on Dec 28, 2012 in Entertainment | 27 comments For many thing that we all day see in our lives, we don’t know how some of that things work. Here you can see how things really work. How a Zipper Works Illustrating Pi: Unrolling a Circle’s Circumference Mega-canyon discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet A previously unknown canyon hidden beneath two kilometers of ice covering Greenland has been discovered by a group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol. The canyon is at least 750km long and in places as much as 800m deep and is on the same scale as parts of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. This remarkable, previously unknown, feature is thought to predate the ice sheet that has covered Greenland for the last few million years and has the characteristics of a meandering river channel. By comparison, the longest river in the UK, the River Severn, is about 350km long and much less wide and deep.
Cool Things About Gravity on Gravity Day - Wired Science Image: Rhett Allain Gravity Day is September 8th (9/8) which represents the constant g = 9.8 N/kg. Clearly, we should celebrate. Here are some interesting things regarding g. What is g? Steam Extraction of Essential Oils Considering the cost of some essential oils exceeds $400 per oz. (30 ml) and most essential oils cost about $100 per oz. I thought it would be an interesting project to experiment with home made extraction. The cost of a pre-built unit (that is only about 5 gallons) is about $1,000 however, I sat up an experiment using a 55 gallon drum - and other junk I found around the farm for $0.00. The following pictures describe the materials and process.